Sunday, 25 February 2018

Tyrone Lieutenancy

COUNTY OF TYRONE


LORD-LIEUTENANT
   
SCOTT, Mr Robert W L, OBE JP



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT

NOLAN, Mrs Frances B, MBE DL



DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS
   
SCOTT, Mr Richard T M, DL

HADDEN, Mr John R, DL

BLAKISTON-HOUSTON, Dr Lucinda, DL

RUSSELL, Dr Clive, OBE DL

SHIELS, Mr Leslie A, JP DL

PINTO, Mr Dominic, OBE DL

BUTLER, Mr W Richard C, DL

ORR, Mr Thomas Neville, DL

McCAUL, Mrs Shiela A, MBE DL

GAMBLE, Mr Sydney, DL

EASTWOOD, Mrs Geraldine, DL

COLHOUN, Miss Angela F, DL

O’HARE, Dr Brendan J, DL

CASTLE STEWART, Rt Hon the Countess, DL

HAMILTON-STUBBER, Mr James, DL

BAXTER, Mr William James, QPM DL

BOYD, Mrs Gail Ann, DL

BELL, Mrs Meta, MBE DL

THOMPSON, Rev Dr John Isaac, MBE TD DL

FRAZER, Mr David Iain, DL

McALEER, Mr Malachy Stephen, DL

MURNAGHAN, Mary, DL

PARKE, Charles Gregory, DL

WATERSON, Peter David, DL

DUFFY, Mrs Catherine, OBE DL

STRATTON, Mrs Maureen, DL

CUDDY, Mrs Elizabeth Ruth, OBE DL

KERR, Mr Christopher Leonard, QFSM DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Wodehouse Gems: IV

Lady Glossop: Do you work, Mr Wooster?

Bertie Wooster: What, work? As in honest toil, you mean? Hewing the wood and drawing the old wet stuff and so forth?

Lady Glossop: Quite.

Bertie Wooster: Well... I've known a few people who worked. Absolutely swear by it, some of them. Boko Fittleworth almost had a job once.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Londonderry Lieutenancy

COUNTY OF LONDONDERRY



LORD-LIEUTENANT

MILLAR, Mrs Alison



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT


McKENNA, Professor Patrick Gerald, DL



DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS

BOYLE, Mr E A Harry, JP DL

McGINNIS, Mr William, OBE DL

MOORE, Mr W Robert L, DL

HILL, Mr J Desmond, DL

O’DONNELL, Mrs Rosemary, DL

DAVIDSON, Mr Alastair, DL

McKEOWN, Mr William, MBE DL

DALY, Dr John G, DL

McVEIGH, the Rev Canon Samuel, MBE TD DL

SHERIDAN, Mr Peter, OBE DL

MARK, Mrs Helen, DL

GIRVAN, Lady, DL

YOUNG, Mrs Lorraine Martha, JP DL

CUNNINGHAM, Mr David, DL

ARCHIBALD, Mr Richard Neal, DL

OLIVER, Mr William, DL

KANE, Leona Mary, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

County of Londonderry

A maritime county in the north of Ulster bounded, on the north, by the Atlantic Ocean; on the east, by County Antrim; on the south, by County Tyrone; and on the west, by Lough Neagh, Lough Beg, the Lower (river) Bann, and County Donegal in the Irish Republic.

The river Ballinderry traces the southern boundary over the last five miles of its run to Lough Neagh.

A lofty line of watershed along the central summits of the great mountainous district of northern Ulster forms most of the boundary westward from the vale of the river Ballinderry to Foyle Valley.

An artificial line of about eight miles in extent winds round a district on the west side of the River Foyle, down to the beginning of that river's expansion into estuary; and Lough Foyle forms the whole of the western boundary thence to the ocean.

The district east of the River Bann extends at Coleraine; and the district west of the River Foyle, that of Londonderry; so that, but for the artificial disposition of territory connected with these two towns, the Bann and the Foyle would have formed boundary-lines over the entire extent of their contact with the county, and rendered it a naturally well-defined region, from river to river, and from the line of watershed to the ocean.

The outline of the county is roughly triangular, with its sides facing the east, the south-west and the north-west.

Its area comprises almost 520,000 acres.

The highest mountaain is Sawel Mountain (The Sperrins), at 2,224 feet.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Fermanagh Lieutenancy


COUNTY OF FERMANAGH



LORD-LIEUTENANT


BROOKEBOROUGH, Rt Hon the Viscount, KG



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT


PLUNKET, Mr Charles P B, MBE UD DL



DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


FAWCETT, Mr David, DL

FAWCETT, Mr John E C, DL

PLUNKETT, Mr Charles P B, DL

SCOTT, Mr Mark R H, MBE DL

WILKINSON, Mrs Rosemary, DL

BLAKE, Mrs Mary, DL

LITTLE, Mrs Melanie, DL

STYLES, Mrs Jane, DL

McVEY, Mrs Joanna, OBE DL

WIGHAM, Mr William T A, DL

McMANUS, Ms Roisin, DL

PENDRY, Mr Shaun, DL

FISHER, Mr Ernest, DL

LOGAN, Mr Hamish, DL

ERNE, Rt Hon the Earl of, DL

RASDALE, Mr Anthony, DL

GRAHAM, Dr John, DL

MAGUIRE, Mrs Catherine Mary, DL

IRVINE, Jennifer Hannah, DL

JOHNSTON, Jennifer Alison, DL

SEMBHI, Jisbinder Singh, DL



Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Down Lieutenancy


COUNTY OF DOWN



LORD-LIEUTENANT


ROWAN-HAMILTON, Mr Gawn William, JP,




VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT


CHAMPION, Mrs Catharine June, DL




DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


BLAKISTON-HOUSTON, Mr Richard, DL

BARNETT, Mr Robert, DL

GORDON, Mr Richard John, DL

OSBORNE, Brigadier Ian, OBE DL

NIXON, Mr James, DL

LAMMEY, Mr Colin, DL

McCAUSLAND, Mr Duncan, OBE DL

FITZSIMONS, Mr Barry, DL

DUNLEATH, Rt Hon the Lord, DL

NICHOLSON, Lady, DL

WITCHELL, Mr John, DL

KING, Mrs Sally Louisa, DL

FLOOD, Dr Richard Derek, DL

O’HAGAN, Dr Leonard, CBE DL

KINNAIRD, Mr Nigel John, DL

ROWAN-HAMILTON, Mr Gawn, DL

O'HARE, Dr William Gerard, CBE DL

HAUGHIAN, Mrs Catherine A, DL

KELLY, Dr Thomas, OBE DL

LOGAN, Dr Robert Alexander, DL

WATT, Mr Michael Desmond, DL

BROWNLOW, Mrs Amanda Claire, DL

CONWAY, Mr Peter Campbell, DL

McCLURE, Professor Neil, DL

BLACKMORE, Miss Amanda Fiona C, DL

LAMB, Mr Noel, DL

McCORKELL, Mrs Sara Caroline P C, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Friday, 9 February 2018

New Tyrone DL

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY LIEUTENANT


Mr Robert Scott OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of County Tyrone, has been pleased to appoint:-
Ms Mary MURNAGHAN LL.B
Omagh
County Tyrone
To be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County, her Commission bearing date the Fifth day of February 2018.

Signed: Lord Lieutenant of the County

Monday, 5 February 2018

Decanal Installation

Quite recently I wrote about the original design for the cathedral church to succeed St Anne's parish church, Donegall Street, Belfast.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Anne in Belfast, more commonly known as Belfast Cathedral, has a peculiar status.

The Lord Bishop of Connor is the Ordinary, because the Cathedral is in the diocese of Connor, County Antrim.


The Lord Bishop of Down and Dromore, however, also has an episcopal throne, or cathedra, in the Cathedral.

So it is shared between two dioceses (three if Dromore is included).


The original design for the new cathedral, at the turn of the 19th century, was rather grand.

The intention was to have an elaborate bell tower and a lady chapel at the extreme east end.


In fact there was a greatly modified design at a later period which, too, did not come to fruition.


Clearly these schemes were thwarted in the fullness of time by financial constraints.


Yesterday I attended the installation service for the fourteenth Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend Stephen Forde.

The ceremony was led by the Bishop of Connor, the Right Reverend Alan Abernethy.


Dozens of diocesan clergy were in attendance; and the former Archbishop of Armagh, the Right Reverend Alan Harper OBE.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland, represented the citizens of Belfast.

The Rt Hon Sammy Wilson MP and the Mayor of Larne, Councillor Paul Reid, were also at the service.

Very Rev Stephen Forde with Mrs Jay-O'Boyle

The Lord-Lieutenant of Belfast (the tenth holder of that office), Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle CBE, represented Her Majesty The Queen.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Wodehouse Gems: I

CARRY ON, JEEVES, BY SIR P G WODEHOUSE, KBE

P G Wodehouse's mastery of the English Language was quite unsurpassed.

Here's Bertie Wooster's description of Lady Malvern in Carry On, Jeeves.

It always brings a smile to my face. Instanter, as Bertie would say:-
Lady Malvern was a hearty, happy, healthy, overpowering sort of female, not so very tall but making up for it by measuring about six feet from the O. P. to the Prompt Side.

She fitted into my biggest arm-chair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the hips that season.

She had bright, bulging eyes and a lot of yellow hair, and when she spoke she showed about fifty-seven front teeth. She was one of those women who kind of numb a fellow's faculties.

First published in  July, 2011.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Brackenbrian XI


Here are another couple of photographs again kindly sent by Peter Clarke.

Click on them to enlarge.

On this occasion we have the two old boys' cricket festivals which Howard Hastings organised at Rockport in October, 2006 and June 2007 (about 22 degrees and constant sunshine).


The old boys' teams taking part were: Rockport, Cabin Hill, Brackenber and Mourne Grange (it is thought).

Captain of the Brackenber team on both occasions was Jay Piggott (former headmaster of Campbell College).

In the first picture, Howard Hastings is wearing the white hat.

Howard took the second photograph.

First published in February, 2011.