As Strabane’s Fair Day gets closer, all stops are being pulled out to ensure Saturday 30th June is a successful day with fun, games and entertainment for all the family. The main parade will travel through the town centre at 1.30pm

Community groups, school children and musicians are preparing for their input to the entertainment. A wealth of activity is happening throughout the district with children learning to play new instruments and perform dance routines and parents and youth leaders have taken a ‘hands on’ role in producing costumes for the parade. Businesses in the town including the Farmers Market are looking forward to the influx of visitors that descend on the town for this very popular annual event.

This year the parade will include carnival razzmatazz relating to the theme of Traditions, Myths and Legends. Maid Marion alias Grainne O’Connor, the Glenelly Rose, will lead the way in an open top vehicle. Plans are afoot to provide a gallant escort for the journey!

The local bands and community organisations are getting into the spirit of the event. St Joseph’s, Strabane Concert ,Sion Mills Independent Pipe band and the Tom. P Mullen Memorial Band will perform the music in the parade and from Letterkenny Community Development Samba Group making their first visit to the town. Local groups have made some amazing carnival props and exciting novelty carnival performers from Belfast, Donegal and Dublin will add further panache to this year’s parade.

The best of the District’s up and coming talent will be performing on stage from 1.00pm. These performers have been hard at work since Easter, producing their own lyrics through the Strabane & District Community Network music development programme. This local talent will perform an eclectic range from rock to traditional music. Making their debut in Strabane later in the afternoon will be Belfast based pop band, The Bizz, a session with Barba Papa a celebration of classic Motown and Stax, the Show band era and classic West Coast flavoured Rock. This group was formed by local guy David Oliver nie McGarrigle, they just released their first single’ I will be your Man’ which guaranteed to compliment all musical ears and tastes .

Other events happening on the day will start at 10.00am with a junior sports competition at Melvin Sports Complex and in the town centre at 1pm there will be fun and games for all ages with street entertainers, acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns, and medieval characters strolling the town. Inflatable castles and a carousel for kiddie’s entertainment will also be available in the Butcher Street Car Park.

Please note that the Butcher Street Car Park will be closed to public parking for the full day.

If you would like any further information on this year’s carnival contact Jean Smyth on 028 7138 2204. For accommodation contact Strabane Tourist Information Office on 028 7138 4444.

It’s heading into July and pulses are racing faster as the Bank of Ireland provincial football championship final season kicks in just ahead of the All-Ireland qualifiers which are certain to prove ultra-competitive this year.

The honour of launching the provincial final circuit falls to Munster and those old rivals, Kerry and Cork who clash in Killarney next Sunday.
Galway and Sligo are through to the Connacht final; Monaghan and Tyrone will contest the Ulster final while Dublin have qualified for their third successive Leinster final where they will play Laois or Wexford who meet in the last remaining provincial semi-final next Sunday.

Next Sunday’s programme is as follows:

Bank of Ireland Munster SFC Final
Kerry v Cork, Killarney, 2.00pm
Live on RTE 2

Bank of Ireland Leinster SFC semi-final
Laois v Wexford, Croke Park, 2.10pm

Next Sunday’s Bank of Ireland Munster football final in Killarney will have a special edge as it features Kerry, the reigning All-Ireland champions against Cork, the reigning provincial champions.

Games between these great rivals are always special treats and this year will be no exception as Cork bid to win successive Munster titles for the first time since 1993-94-95 when they won the three-in-a-row while Kerry seek to regain the provincial crown, having won their last title two years ago.

Kerry hold a massive lead over Cork on the provincial honours table, having won the Munster title on no fewer than 70 occasions between 1892 and 2005. Cork have won the title on 34 occasions between 1890 and last year.

The counties met three times in last year’s championship, drawing in the Munster final in Killarney (0-10 each) before Cork won the replay by 1-12 to 0-9 in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. However, the Kingdom got revenge in the All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park which they won by 0-16 to 0-10, en route to winning the title. Interestingly, it will be the sixth championship meeting in three seasons between the counties as they also met twice in 2005 with Kerry winning both the Munster final and All-Ireland semi-final.

New Kerry manager, Pat O’Shea will experience a Munster senior final for the first time while his Cork counterpart, Billy Morgan will be trying to steer Cork to a ninth Munster crown, having presided over eight previous successes in 1987-88-89-90-93-94-95-2006.
Cork beat Limerick and Tipperary to reach the final while Kerry ousted Waterford.


Cork have scored a total of 4-32 in their two Munster championship games so far and have yet to concede a goal. Kerry hit 2-15 in their semi-final win over Waterford.

Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-7
Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10
Kerry 2-15 Waterford 0-4


2006 – Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2006 – Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Munster final replay)

2006 – Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Munster final)

2005 – Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2005 – Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 (Munster final)


A Leinster final clash with Dublin on July 15 is the prize for the winners. Laois are attempting to reach the Leinster final for the fourth time in five seasons while Wexford last reached the final in 1956. Wexford will be hoping it’s fourth time lucky, having lost Leinster semi-finals in each of the last three years to Westmeath (2004), Dublin (2005) and Offaly (2006).

Laois and Wexford last clashed in the championship in 2003 when Laois won easily. Wexford’s last win over Laois in the championship was in 1953 when they won a quarter-final clash by a point.

Although the counties have met twice in the Leinster championship this decade, it’s not one of the busiest rivalries with only 16 championship games recorded between them and only six since 1950. It stands at 8-8 from those 16 meetings.


Laois 0-14 Longford 0-9 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 0-16 Louth 2-8 (Leinster quarter-final)

Last Five Bank of Ireland Leinster SFC clashes

2003 – Laois 1-19 Wexford 0-10 (Leinster 1st round)
2001 – Laois 0-18 Wexford 0-14 (Leinster 1st round)
1968 – Laois 2-12 Wexford 1-9 (Leinster 1st round)
1953 – Wexford 1-9 Laois 0-11 (Leinster quarter-final)
1951 – Laois 1-9 Wexford 2-4 (Leinster semi-final)


May 13: First round: Longford 2-13 Westmeath 1-13, Pearse Park.
May 20: First round: Louth 1-11 Wicklow 0-14; Meath 2-11 Kildare 1-8 (Both in Croke Park.
May 27: Replay: Louth 1-9 Wicklow 0-12, Parnell Park.
June 2: Quarter-final: Laois 0-14 v Longford 0-9, Tullamore.
June 3: First round 2nd replay: Louth 2-18 Wicklow 0-11, Croke Park; Quarter-final: Dublin 1-11 Meath 0-14, Croke Park.
June 10: Quarter-final: Offaly 2-19 Carlow 3-7, Portlaoise.
June 17: Quarter-finals: Wexford 0-16 Louth 2-8, Croke Park: Replay: Dublin 0-16 Meath 0-12, Croke Park.
June 24: Semi-final: Dublin 1-12 Offaly 0-10, Croke Park.
Next Sunday: Semi-final: Laois v Wexford, Croke Park.
July 15: Final: Dublin v Laois/Wexford, Croke Park.

May 13: Preliminary Round: Cavan 2-11 Down 3-8, Kingspan Breffni Park.
May 20 (Replay): Down 0-15 Cavan 0-11, Newry.
May 20: Quarter-final: Tyrone 0-13 Fermanagh 1-9, Clones.
May 27: Quarter-final: Donegal 1-9 Armagh 1-8, Ballybofey
June 3: Quarter-final: Antrim v Derry, Casement Park (postponed due to waterlogging)
June 10: Quarter-finals: Monaghan 2-15 Down 1-15, Newry; Derry 1-13 Antrim 0-10, Casement Park.
June 17: Semi-final: Tyrone 2-15 Donegal 1-7, Clones.
Next Sunday: Semi-final: Monaghan 0-14 Derry 1-9, Casement Park.
July 15: Final: Tyrone v Monaghan, Clones.

May 13: Quarter-final: Sligo 2-18 New York 1-3, Gaelic Park, New York.
May 20: Quarter-final: Galway 2-10 Mayo 0-9, Pearse Stadium.
May 27: Leitrim 1-12 London 2-5 Ruislip.
June 17: Semi-final: Sligo 0-13 Roscommon 2-5, Dr.Hyde Park.
Next Sunday: Semi-final: Galway 0-17 Leitrim 1-10, Carrick-on-Shannon.
July 8: Final: Sligo v Galway.

May 20: Quarter-finals: Waterford 1-6 Clare 0-7, Dungarvan; Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-7, Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
June 3: Semi-finals: Kerry 2-15 Waterford 0-4, Dungarvan; Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10, Gaelic Grounds.
Next Sunday: Kerry v Cork, Killarney.

Saturday, July 7 – Round 1: Limerick v Louth, Gaelic Grounds: Leitrim v Donegal, Carrick-on-Shannon; Mayo v Cavan, Castlebar; Down v Meath, Newry; Roscommon v Kildare, Dr, Hyde Park; Westmeath v Longford, Mullingar.
Sunday, July 8: Fermanagh v Laois/Wexford, Enniskillen or Clones, 2.0; Armagh v Derry, Clones, 4.0
July 14 – Round 2 (Eight Round 1 winners play off against each other)
July 21 – Round 3 (Connacht and Munster runners-up v two Round 2 winners)
July 28 – Round 3 (Leinster and Ulster runners-up v two Round 2 winners)

Aug 4: All-Ireland quarter-finals (2)
Aug 11: All-Ireland quarter-finals (2)
Aug 19: All-Ireland semi-final, Croke Park.
Aug 26: All-Ireland semi-final, Croke Park.
Sept 16: All-Ireland final, Croke Park

To quit smoking successfully your brain as well as your body needs to adapt
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We often hear it takes willpower to quit smoking. It also takes courage
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So it makes sense that if you can support your mind and emotions through
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Given that conventional methods of support such as nicotine replacement
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A lack of dopamine in the brain is associated with cravings. In fact,
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Note to editors:

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Get fired up for the summer early this year as the Ulster American Folk Park host their famous American Independence Celebrations. From Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th July, the museum will be bursting with entertainment for all the family as thrilling re-enactments from the American Civil War take centre stage at the popular visitor attraction.

The spectacular re-enactment follows the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia as they cross into Pennsylvania foraging for supplies. Discover what life was like in July 1864 when the war was reaching its climax in places such as Gettysberg, Virginia & Port Hudson, Missouri. Visitors can walk around the army encampments and experience their living conditions, mingle with the soldiers finding out what weaponry was used. Visitors will have to be on the look out for the Union corporal though who’s recruiting anyone he can get and of course take cover when those dramatic skirmishes begin!

There are also a range of other exciting activities taking place over the five-day extravaganza including Punch and Judy shows, dramatic readings from the Declaration of Independence, traditional American games and live bluegrass, jazz and folk music. This includes performances from crowd pleaser, musician and singer Tom Sweeney with his fun filled sing-along shows for kids while for older visitor’s charismatic performer James Huish & his Swing Band will perform dulcet renditions of ‘Rat Pack’ classics. Also returning to the museum to help with the 2007 celebrations will be the exciting and talented, Keili Kids. This popular group of young fiddlers and singers from the USA have performed on stage with Seamus Connolly, Irish Grand Champion Fiddler and with Grammy Award winning Jay Ungar & Molly Mason.

A full programme of each of the day’s activities are available on line so log on to “” or telephone 028 8224 3292 to plan your visit.

June 2007
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