BRAVEHEARTS….Some of those who braved the cold weather to take part in the annual New Year’s Day charity swim in Culdaff. PIX BY NORTHWEST NEWS PIXHUNDREDS of people from across Derry and Inishowen braved the chilly waters of Culdaff for the annual New Year’s Day swim yesterdayDespite inclement weather on the day, the popular event attracted a huge amount of participants, who undertook the challenge to raise funds for charity. HUNDREDS BRAVE THE WEATHER TO TAKE PART IN ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY CHARITY SWIM IN CULDAFF was last modified: January 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet DerryHUNDREDS BRAVE THE WEATHER TO TAKE PART IN ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY CHARITY SWIM IN CULDAFFinishowenNORTH WEST NEWS PIX
It was also agreed that there was a need for increased and targeted enforcement to seize alcohol from under 18’s and more engagement with off licences to help address the issue.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock described the meeting as extremely informative and worthwhile.She said: “This is an issue of real concern to everyone and in particular to residents living close to St Columb’s Park.“We all want our young people to enjoy themselves but we want them to be safe and to be informed. Ongoing problems of underage drinking in St Columb’s ParkA multi-agency group meeting, chaired by Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, has met at Derry City and Strabane District Council Offices to discuss ongoing concerns and issues with anti-social behaviour caused by underage drinking across the City and District.Top of the agenda was the ongoing problems at St Columb’s Park, where residents have been concerned following reports of large numbers of young people gathering and consuming alcohol during periods of good weather.Two teenage girls reported to police that they were raped in the park earlier this month. One team boy was charged with rape and released on bailA second man arrested over a separate incident has been released on bail pending further inquiries.The meeting was called following a number of incidents of antisocial behaviour in a number of areas over the last few weeks in an effort to offer reassurance to the public with regard to safety in public areas and parks across the City and District.The meeting, which was attended by representatives from a number of agencies including the PSNI, Council and CCI, agreed to take forward a number of actions in an effort to address the problem.They included an increased proactive partnership approach to dealing with the issues raised including the early identification of incidents and early intervention, increased security and monitoring in problem areas, ongoing engagement with schools and the youth sector to raise awareness of the problem and proactive communication to encourage responsible behaviour in young people. MAYOR HILARY MCCLINTOCKMULTI-AGENCY GROUP’S PROACTIVE APPROACH SET TO ASSIST WITH UNDERAGE DRINKING ISSUESSt Columb’s ParkSUPT GORDON MCCALMONT ShareTweet “The issue of underage drinking in parks and open spaces is of significant concern to local residents and the wider public, who feel intimidated and afraid to go to places where young people are congregating.“There is also concern about the number of alleged incidents where teenagers have been the victims of alleged alcohol related crimes and it’s everyone’s responsibility to be proactive in doing what we can to address the issue and find solutions to the problem.”Encouraging the public to assist with the solution, the Mayor said it was important that residents and the public report issues and incidents where they notice young people gathering with alcohol, to the PSNI or the Community Safety Wardens so that action can be taken to prevent anti-social behaviour.She added that parents and grandparents also have an important role to play in knowing where their child under 18 is, what they are doing and speak to them about responsible behaviour and personal safety.“We want everyone to be able to enjoy and to be safe in our parks and open spaces.Alcohol recently seized by police in Derry’s St Columbs Park from under age children“By working together we can help change attitudes and behaviours and get the entire community to get involved in helping us resolve this problem.”The PSNI’s Derry City and Strabane District Commander Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “The commitment to address the wider issues relating to anti-social behaviour is both positive and welcomed.“Policing ASB can be resource intensive, especially over the summer months, and while we recognise that we have a part to play around enforcement, there is a collective responsibility involving partners, parents and community leaders to tackle the underlying factors that lead to anti-social activity.”Karen Phillips, Director of Environment and Regeneration with Derry City and Strabane District Council said drinking alcohol in parks and open spaces is not permitted and will not be tolerated and Council will continue to work closely with its partners, in particular PSNI, CCI and St Columb’s Park House in order to deal with these issues and to prevent recurrence.The contact numbers for the Community Safety Wardens are as follows – 07709457690 or 07736213140.And the non-emergency number for the PSNI is 101.MULTI-AGENCY GROUP’S PROACTIVE APPROACH SET TO ASSIST WITH UNDERAGE DRINKING ISSUES was last modified: May 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:
Derry singer Niamh McGlincheyTHOSE attending this weekend’s Walled City Market are in for a musical treat as rising country star Niamh McGlinchey will be performing live at the event.The Market returns to Guildhall Square this Saturday March 2nd from 11am to 4pm and Niamh will be performing on the day from 1 pm to 3 pm. ShareTweet “The stalls open from 11 am to 4 pm and offer a wide range of top quality fresh produce at affordable prices.“We also have street food and a wide range of locally produced craft products for sale so if you are out and about on Saturday make sure and come along.”Hailing from Gulladuff in County Derry, Niamh started her days as a folk singer and earned an All Ireland medal in solo singing.She has made a number of high profile appearances including singing the anthem at Croke Park and appearing on RTE’s All Ireland Talent Show and TG4’s Glor Tire and Opry Le Daniel,She has spent the last six years touring the UK, Ireland and America alongside artists such as Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Bagatelle and the Irish Dance Spectacular “TitanicDance.”Later in March she will be performing in the renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, so be sure to pop by and enjoy this songbird’s performance before she take’s flight. Among the traders at the Walled City Market will be well known local company Doherty’s Meats who will be serving a selection of their award winning street food including beef burgers, hot dogs and Derry Stew made with their Special Mince.Other traders at Saturday’s Market will be: Windy City Baking Company, Granny Knitter, C&M’s Pantry, Living Crystal, Willow Studios, Curry Sauce NI, Amara Dexter Cattle, Crepes N Coffee, Watercolours By Noeleen, Keltic Slates, Rainbow Tie-Dye, No 9 Creations, Doorish Art & Crafts, Bake N Joy, Coffee & Cream, So27 Skincare and Simply Irresistible, La Tia Juana’s.Anyone interesting in finding out more about trading at the market are asked to contact Nicolle at email@example.com or Tel: 02871 376506.For further information visit www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/Walled-City-Market/Welcome.Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whatsonderrystrabane/ or follow us on Twitter @Walledmarket.Derry singer Niamh McGlinchey to perform at Walled City Market was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The popular food and craft market is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council and takes place on the first Saturday of the month every month.The market offers a wide range of speciality food traders with fresh breads, vegetables, meat, homemade jams and preserves as well as handcrafted products such as textiles and paintings.Nicolle Walters, Market Development Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council said she was pleased to be offering musical entertainment along with the usual offering of some of the finest locally produced food and craft products.“We are delighted to be able to add to the atmosphere in Guildhall Square with a live performance from Niamh McGlinchey who is one of the most in demand country performers on the circuit. BagatelleDerek RyanDerry and Strabane CouncilDerry singer Niamh McGlinchey to perform at Walled City MarketGULLADUFFNATHAN CARTER
Missing Limavady teenager Patrick CrumlishPOLICE say that 14 year old Patrick Crumlish from the Limavady area has been found safe and well.Officers in Derry had been making enquiries about his whereabouts after receiving information that he may have used public transport to travel to the city. The last sighting of Patrick was at the Translink Foyle Street Depot last Friday afternoon, August 3.PSNI Foyle said this evening: “Missing person Patrick Crumlish has been found safe and well. “Thank you for your help with our appeal.”Missing teen Patrick Crumlish found safe and well was last modified: August 10th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet limavadyMissing teen Patrick Crumlish found safe and wellPSNI FOYLE
“It calls into question a flagrant disregard of the needs of people in this historically neglected area of the city- not to mention the quality of utilities used by DfI given that this intentional damage was seemingly carried out with ease on not one but two lampposts.“The vandals involved in this senseless destruction need to get a grip. “This inconsiderate stupidity only serves to disadvantage those within their community.“Considering these essential streetlights are directly outside local retail facilities and the area is therefore heavily utilised, DfI needs to find the resources to ensure they are fixed as soon as possible,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan slams DfI response to urgent repair of Creggan street-lighting was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “Firstly, the vandalism of two lampposts outside Creggan shops must not and cannot be tolerated. “The remaining stumps with exposing wires posed potential safety risks to residents, particularly children who frequent this area.“And whilst I have received assurances that these columns have now been sealed and marked with hazard tape, I find this solution highly unsatisfactory. “The vagueness in response alluding to lack of resources is simply not good enough. ShareTweet CENTRAL DRIVECRegganDFIDurkan slams DfI response to urgent repair of Creggan street-lightingFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPvandalism THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has blasted a response from DfI regarding the urgent maintenance of vandalised street lighting in the Central Drive area of Creggan as “disappointing”. Following safety concerns raised with DfI, Mr Durkan has been advised that these columns will not be replaced until ‘resources become available.’Said the Foyle MLA: “The response from DfI is hugely disappointing to say the least.