Derry on verge of ‘economic boom’
Derry could be on the verge of an economic boom, according to Tony Hopkins, chief executive of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) who said this week: “The city is alive with ideas and people are starting to make things happen.”
Mr. Hopkins, who was in Derry to officially open the new city centre premises of North West Marketing, added: “Equally important, it is also a city with people willing to commit their time, money and talents to put these ideas into action.”
£333,000 to run Derry City FC
Derry City Football Club spent in excess of one third of a million pounds running Ireland’s most successful soccer club last season and still ended up making a trading loss of more than £17,000 for the year, the club’s shareholders were told at the Brandywell outfits annual general meeting this week.
Club directors informed shareholders at the Everglades Hotel that the club had budgeted for a loss for 1988-89, but financial director Patrick Durkan conceded that the actual figure of £17,000 was more than expected.
However, club chairman Ian Doherty explained the deficit by stating that the club had concentrated on success on the soccer field during the season and that this had been achieved to spectacular effect by the capture of all three major trophies in the League of Ireland.
Book of Kells replica for Long Tower
A replica of the original Book of Kells is to be presented to the Long Tower parish in Derry next year for display at St. Columba’s Church.
The replica has been produced by Fine Art Publishers in Switzerland with the authority of the Board of Trinity College, Dublin, which houses the original Book.
This is the first and only art facsimile of this priceless work of art which is to be published in a numbered edition.
50 years ago
From the ‘Journal’ of Friday, July 17 , 1964
Derry postmen go on strike
Postal services were at a complete standstill in Derry yesterday as more than seventy postmen joined a national one day strike.
There were no deliveries during the day and street post boxes went unattended as the men picketed the GPO and staged a protest march through the city centre.
The first shift to return to work reported for duty at 4.30 a.m. today to begin sorting a tremendous backlog of mail which accumulated yesterday.
More than seventy postmen joined in the march from the GPO to Transport House. They carried placards and were led by a piper.
Springtown residents threaten ‘sterner measures’
The Minister of Health and Local Government, Mr W. Morgan, has been asked to state a definite time for the clearance of Springtown Camp and the rehousing of the residents of the 82 huts still occupied at the camp.
In a statement, the camp committee said that, after consultations with the three local housing authorities, they had come to the conclusion that the people of the camp were expected to ensure more years of awful conditions.
“We wish to state categorically that we do not intend to stand for the inhuman treatment meted out to us by the local authorities,” the statement added. “Our patience is exhausted and we intend to take sterner measures in the next phase of our campaign.”
New diving boards for bath
The diving boards at the Derry city swimming bath are to be replaced. The one metre board is to be replaced by a fibreglass board and the three metre board is to be replaced by a diving platform. The work will cost £166.
Creggan won’t get extra phone kiosk
The Post Office has refused a request for the provision of an additional telephone kiosk for the Creggan Estate.
It revealed that three of the existing kiosks were “remunerative” but that a new kiosk at Rathlin Drive was not.