Science group to buy Star Factory
The Derry based Science Centre Project announced this week that it is in a position to buy the derelict Star Factory in Foyle Street as the site for Ireland’s first interactive science centre.
One of the organisers of the project, Mary McCarron, believed the centre could prove to be a very powerful tourist attraction, as well as providing an exciting and informative outlet for up to date scientific information for school children and adults alike.
The Science Centre Project has already staged several exhibitions in the city, illustrating the drawing power and educational potential for a permanent centre in the city.
Schools brought children from all over the North West to view these exhibitions and the organisers of the project feel that this would be extended if a permanent centre was established, with the whole of Northern Ireland being served.
Significant shift in our support
As the local government election came to a close in Derry last night the SDLP was claiming a significant shift of support in their favour, pointing to an increase of 13 per cent in their vote in the Northland ward alone. They also gained the Northland seat held by the lone IIP councillor elected at the last election, Mr Fergus McAteer. John Kerr is the new man on the council. The SDLP are also predicting similar increases in their share of the vote in the Shantallow and Waterside wards which will be counted this morning.
Bronagh gets her theatre place
A 17-year-old pupil from St Mary’s Secondary School in Creggan has been offered a place at the prestigious National Youth Theatre in London. Bronagh Gallagher, of Jacqueline Way, is the first pupil from St Mary’s to join the Youth Theatre and one of the youngest students from Northern Ireland to be given a place.
From the Journal of Friday, May 8, 1964
Question for Labour Minister
At Stormont, Mr. E McAteer (Foyle) asked the Minister for Labour and National Insurance whether he would review the position of men, unemployed for a long time, who could only manage to get spells of work on winter relief schemes whether in some cases these unfortunate people were being re-classified as seasonal workers with resulting loss of benefit and whether he would take instant steps to stop this double hardship on this section of the community.
The Minister of Labour and National Insurance (Mr. Kirk) said that in general, winter relief work filled the gap between employment in rural areas in the summer months in successive years and many men had thus been enabled to obtain employment for the greater part of the year.
Bishop’very proud of Derry’s Catholic homes
I am very proud of of the Catholic homes of Derry, I am very proud of the way the parents look after their children,” said Most. Rev. Dr. Farren, bishop of Derry, in St Eugene’s Cathedral, yesterday evening, after he had administered Confirmation to 897 children. His Lordship added that he was particularly glad when he saw, parents, both fathers and mothers, bringing their children on a visit to the church.
O’Neill replies to Springtown Camp invitation
The residents of Springtown camp have received an acknowledgement to their invitation to the Prime Minister, Capt. O’Neill, to visit the camp and see their housing problems at first hand. A spokesperson for the camp’s housing committee said yesterday that in a letter signed by the Prime Minister’s private secretary, Capt. O’Neill expressed his regret that he did not reply to the committee’s first letter, which said the letter, did not appear to have been received by him. The spokesperson said that the Prime Minister had promised them a reply to their invitation as soon as possible.