Extracts from the Journal archive
The Rock ABC has opened new club rooms at 112 Strand Road in Derry.
Among the coaches working at the club rooms are Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly, the former British and Empire featherweight champion, Paddy Kelly and Michael McBride.
The club is confident that Billy’s vast experience and near legendary status in the town will attract many new members.
He should certainly prove to be a great asset to all young boxers in the town.
The club is also running keep fit classes every day, except Sundays, from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who helped make the opening of the new city centre club rooms possible.
Disappointment expressed at Muff’s Tidy Towns decline
Bord Failte have expressed disappointment at Muff’s efforts in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.
The village dropped seven points on last year’s score with an overall score of 109 out of 150 points.
The village scored 26 out of 35 points for effort, 12 out of 20 for tidiness, 13 out of 20 for presentation of buildings, 15 out of 25 for presentation of amenities , a score of 15 points out of a total of 20 for the appearance of approach roads, 12 out of 15 for presentation of residential areas and, finally, nine points out of 15 for presentation of street signs.
While tourism body Bord Failte said it was disappointed by the village’s performance in the competition, it did express thanks to the people who, it said, had put in a lot of effort .
Foyle headmaster slams proposed transfer procedure
The Headmaster of Foyle and Londonderry College, Mr. Hugh Gillespie, has criticised plans by the Department of Education to once again change the school transfer procedure.
Speaking at the school’s annual prizegiving at the Guildhall, Mr. Gillespie said a proposal to reduce the number of pupils gaining a ‘M’ grade and to limit the grammar school’s ability to accept fee-payers would, if implemented, have a crippling effect on Foyle and Londonderry College, reducing its numbers by as much as 25 per cent, with comparable reductions in the teaching staff and curriculum.
Mr. Gillespie added: “One has the feeling that 1984 will, indeed, mark a further loss of freedom for the grammar school, with the Department increasingly adopting the role of inflexible big brother.”