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BETTER WEATHER THIS YEAR


Marie Smyth ladies road bowls winners 2015

Marie Smyth ladies road bowls winners 2015

It was bettter weather this year for the Marie Smyth Ladies Road Bowls competition. As with last year there wasa good turnout of ladies willing to take on the Drumacairn Road score.Unlike last year the ladies didn't get a sound drenching for their efforts which only added to the excitment and enjoyment of the night.

Originally scheduled for Wendesday night the score had to be brought forward because it clashed with a previously arranged score organised by  Ból Cumann Na Meirleach. Nevertheless the word went out and via social media and the ever effective grapevine all were informed of the change. Congratulations to Kate Martin and Danielle  Casey who lifted the trophy And well done to all who attended.

Marie Smyth Road Bowls 2015

Political Discussion on second night of festival

 

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The second night of the festival saw our political discussion held in the consortium hall. Entiled Irish unity and it's cost, is it viable and is it partition costing us? the top table consisted of Sean Fearnon Queens University Student Officer, Maggie Lennon formerely of SNP and now Women for Independence, Stevie Nolan from Trademark, Dr,Conor Patterson from Newry/Mourne Enterprise, Dr. Peter Doran from School of Law, Queens University, Michell O'Neill MLA and Micky Brady MP.

The speakers were well recieved by the audience and their comments provoted and number of questions addiing furthere to the debate that linked the cost of irish unity or non unity with globalisation and the increasing widening of the divide between the ultra rich and rising power and influence of multi national corporations.

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Festival Kicks Off

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The West Armagh Community kicked off on Monday 3rd August with start of the children's summer camp. Held at our premises at Sherrys Field sports complex children form the west of the city are being given a week long programmes of sports, crafts, language and fun events. Monday started off with a football and camogie coaching session delivered by Julie O'Neill from St.Brigids Camogie Club. Many thanks to Julie and the volunteers who came along to help out.

 

 

It was somewhat appropiate that camogie should be on the menu as our first challage match took place on Monday evening when under - 12 teams from St.Brigids and St.Joseph's in Madden did battle for the Mallon/McIlvenna Memorial Cup.  Named in honour of local men Gerard Mallon and Peadar McIlvenna thhis is the first year of this challenge. St.Brigids were triumphant and became the first winners of the cup. St.Joseph's but up a valliant fight but St.Brigids proved just too strong for them, although Madden are already looking forward to claiming the cup next year.

Democracy, Self-Determination and the cost of Unity

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As part of the West Armagh Community Festival the organisers  are hosting a political debate on the ecomonics and cost of irish Unity.

Time and place... Tuesday 4th August @7.00pm in Consortium Hall Sherrys Field

There will be a seven person panel of guest speakers who will include

Sean Fearon QUB Students Union Officer
Maggie Lennon, Women for Independence
Stevie Nolan, from Trademark,
Dr. Conor Patterson, Newry & Mourne Enterprise
Dr. Peter Doran, School of Law, Queen's University
Michelle O'Neill, MLA
Mickey Brady, MP

The venue will be the consortium hall at Sherrys  Field. Admission is free

West Armagh Community Festival kicks off on Monday 3rd August

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This year’s West Armagh Community Festival kicks off on Monday 3rd August with the summer camp. As can be seen from the accompanying poster there will be a lot on offer this year. We will have a return of the established favourites, particularly the Hughes/McGerrigan under 14 football tournament. The Desy McQuaid Football Challenge, Harry McCartney Tug-o-War, Marie Smyth Ladies Road Bowls are all on the menu as well as a few new ones. There is one significant change to this years’ programme and that is the Peter Corrigan Memorial Quiz. Due to unforeseen events this years’ quiz will actually be held on the Friday following the main events. Devlins’ Bar will be the venue on Friday 14th August at 9.00pm. As with previous quizzes there will be teams of five. A full programme of events will be published and available at numerous outlets.

It is worth remembering the reason why this community festival came about. August has been noted as a volatile time of the year. One of the most significant events in the troubles occurred on Monday August 9th when the then Stormont Government introduced detention without trial, better known as Internment which  continued in use until Friday 5 December 1975. During this period a total of 1,981 people were detained; 1,874 were Catholic / Nationalist, while 107 were Protestant / Loyalist. Internment lasted for four years.

Coming about at a time of civil unrest the Unionist controlled Stormont Government convinced the British Government of the need, and the advantages, of introducing internment as a means of countering rising levels of violence. The policy proved however to be a disastrous mistake. The measure was only used against the Nationalist community. Although Loyalist paramilitaries had been responsible for some of the violence no Protestants were arrested in the initial swoops (the first Loyalist internees were detained on 2 February 1973)

In the years that followed Internment and its anniversaries ,August 9th  sparked violent reaction particularly in Nationalist areas. It almost became traditional even after the communitys'  outage at Internment had subsided. It was against this backdrop that community festivals began to emerge. In Armagh; it was no different as community activists sought to channel energies into something less destructive and benefitial to the community.Perhaps the biggest such festival is Féile an Phobail that takes place annually in Belfast. Although, on a smaller scale Féile Phobail Ard Mhacha Thiar ( West Armagh Community Festival) can claim some benefit for redirecting similar energies in Armagh.

St.Patrick's Day Parade Float Competition

 

St Patrick’s Day Float Competition,Tuesday 17th March 2015 Win £400, promote your group and join in the fun.

Following the success of last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Procession, Armagh City & District Council invites you to take part in the event next 17 March 2015.
We have a fantastic £400 prize to the best Community float.
March 2014 saw 980 participants take part and with 18,000 spectators, it was a busy high profile event.
Two of the participant groups told us what some of the benefits in taking part were:
Niamh from the Bocce community sports group said “St Patrick’s Day was a great chance for us to raise the group’s profile, tell people what services we deliver and it also helped us gain a few new volunteers.”
Brian, a volunteer from the Rugby youth club said that the street procession, “helped our young people find a way to contribute as some really love to do arts and creative activities. It was also a great networking opportunity and gave our club a positive identity.”
We hope that with your involvement, the procession March 2015 will be even bigger. This in turn would draw more spectators and media so a greater chance to showcase your group’s activities. Wear costumes with your logo on them, include a banner in your float that tells of your services. It can be a walking or vehicle float and the theme is Armagh, Spring into the Future. The procession will start at 11am, Palace grounds and finish at Cathedral Road Centre 2.30pm.

This procession is the closing event of a four-day festival of cultural and family entertainment in Armagh City.

 

If you would like to enter, please complete the form below and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further details please contact Majella Flanagan.

 

Thank you for your attention

 

Majella Flanagan, Arts Event Officer

 

St. Patrick’s Day Float Competition

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Community Registration Form

Group Name:             _________________________________________

Contact Name:                     __________________________________________

Address:                                __________________________________________

__________________________________________

Tel / Mobile No:                     __________________________________________

Email Address                       __________________________________________                                   

Level of participation - Please circle

Float                /           Walking           /                      Band

Approximate numbers in your group        __________

If a float or in a vehicle have you attached a copy of your insurance?         Yes      /          No

Any other requirements: _____________________________________________________

Food will be served for all participants at Cathedral Road Centre after the event.

 

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO MAJELLA FLANAGAN BY

THURSDAY 5 Feb, 2015.

  1. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Arts Event Officer, The Market Place Theatre, Market Street ARMAGH BT61 7BW T: 028 3752 1820

 

Guidelines - In keeping with Armagh City and District Council’s policies, we ask that floats and groups taking part in this event do not display flags, emblems, regalia etc that may be perceived as sectarian, sexist, racist. To do so risks making some event participants and spectators feel excluded or uncomfortable.

Please consider the following when making your float for the event

 

Armagh City & District Council will need the following from you:

 

  • A completed booking form above
  • If using a vehicle in the event, a copy of the driver’s licence and a copy of the vehicle’s insurance. Returned by 5 Feb, 2015

 

If using a trailer, flatbed truck etc ensure that people, especially children and animals who are standing on it are not near the edge.

 

Please have a barrier eg a rope along the edge of the vehicle to prevent anyone falling off or to act as an aid should anyone fall

 

Ensure any animals are secured

 

No items eg sweets, promotional material should be thrown off the vehicle towards the crowd. If this is part of your activity, you might consider having people walk alongside and handing them out to people, this also prevents spectators trying to get too close to your vehicle

 

Any generators being used for sound or light should be safe and filled with diesel in advance of the event.

West Armagh Community Festival

 

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The West Armagh Community Festival began in 2001 the festival and takes place in early August. Designed to coincide with the anniversary of the introduction of internment in 1971 the idea was to divert energies at this particular time to something more positive. In the early years of internment the anniversary was a particularly volatile time of year. Protests were widespread and the city was no different and it was a period of considerable street unrest.

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St.Patrick's Day

First up on the calendar is St.Patrick's Day. Despite being the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, the feast of our patron saint has not always been significantly celebrated. Official recognition of the day was not always forthcoming and in the late 80's early 90's a group made up of locals got together and organised what turned out to be some of the biggest parades the town has ever seen.

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