Meville site is sold
The site of the former Melville Hotel at Foyle Street in Derry city centre was sold for almost £400,000 when it was auctioned in Belfast on Friday last.
The prime half acre site was bought by Derry estate agent, Pat Andrews, for £285,000 on behalf of an un-named client.
The auction, which was conducted by Kevin Milhench, of Lambert Smith Hampton, attracted considerable interest and there was some heated bidding at the close of the sale.
The Melville Hotel was one of Derry’s best known landmarks before it was burned down in the early 1970s.
It was situated close to where the Boston property development company, O’Connell Brothers, have expressed an interest in siting a shopping and office complex.
St Eugene’s closes for six months
Derry’s St Eugene’s Cathedral temporarily closed its doors on Sunday evening in order to facilitate Phase Three of the extensive renovation programme, costing in the region of £500,000, which has been ongoing since early 1986.
The Cathedral is expected to be closed until mid-December.
Phase Three involves extensive work on the interior of the building, including the construction of a new and permanent Sanctuary in marble and cut stone to replace the wooden structure built in 1975; the provision of new pews and seats; a sound system which will incorporate a ‘loo’ system to assist the deaf and hard of hearing; and intensive decoration of the entire interior of the building including the cleaning of the Gothic pillars.
St Eugene’s, which was opened in 1873, took 22 years to build and was dedicated by the then Bishop Kelly.
Death of Donegal born actor
Buncrana born actor Ray McAnally died suddenly on Thursday last in Ballycouge, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. The BAFTA award winner was 63.
From ‘Derry Journal’ of June 23, 1964
Proposed improvements to
Brandywell dressing rooms
Derry Corporation’s Finance Committee has recommended that the Corporation should approve improvements which Derry City Football Club propose to carry out to the dressing room facilities at Brandywell.
The recommendation was made on the understanding that the facilities provided by Derry City FC will be available to all other authorised users of the ground and that the cost of the Corporation’s part of the work will not cost the rates more than £50.
In a letter to the Town Clerk, the football club said it was anxious to have extensions and renovations to the pavilion carried out before the start of the football season in August.
The club has suggested that heating in the pavilion should be by electrically controlled immersion heater.
The letter added that the club would install completely new lavatories.
Stormont talks on Springtown Camp future
Representatives of Derry Corporation and Derry Rural Council are to have talks at Stormont with the Minister of Health and Local Government on the future of Springtown Camp and the 110 families still living there.
Dublin premiere for Derry dramatist’s play
The latest play of Derry dramatist Brian Friel, ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’, is to have its premiere on September 28 at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
The play is set in Ireland on the night before a young man emigrates to America.
It will be produced by Hilton Edwards at the Gaiety Theatre.
Mr. Friel’s play has not yet been cast but he plans to travel to Dublin for some weeks prior to its production to attend rehearsals.
Mr Friel is shortly to have preliminary talks with Mr Edwards about the production and he plans to take his family to Dublin for the period he will be there in connection with the play.