Skibb actor goes back to the day he was born

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Skibbereen native and actor Don Wycherley will feature in ‘An lá a Rugadh mé’ on TG4 on Tuesday, November 4 at 8pm. Produced by Clonakilty native Mary Kingston Graham of Adare Productions, ‘An lá a Rugadh mé’ is a ten-part series of entertaining half-hour programmes, combining nostalgia, national and International news and popular culture.

Each episode is a subjective social documentary, which chronicles a guest presenter, as they sift through the Irish newspapers, radio and television archive from the day they were born.

Born in 1967, by following the lead of a small article in the paper, Don Wycherley uncovers a beautiful archive of photos from the time, as he follows a story of ‘Jim Pringle’ the photographer. How did a beautiful couple end up cutting their wedding cake with an orangutan? Watch the episode to find out.

“My father is a historian so I inherited a love of history from him,” says Mary Kingston. “I’m also a big fan of ‘Reeling in the Years’, so taking some favourite Irish people on a journey to the past made a great programme.”

Each episode begins with a visit to the national library to meet Harry McGee of the Irish Times. He meets each celebrity presenter in the spectacular reading room and has prepared the newspapers for them to browse through. Harry guides the featured celeb through the events on their birth date and asks them to choose three stories to follow up on. It will be up to the guest presenter to decide which three stories they like best. It might be those that made headlines on that day, or the smaller news stories that catches their attention. The stories can be a complete mix of heavy news items that have resonance today or lighter items that speak more about the culture, fashion or trends of the day.

Having picked three stories, the presenter embarks on an investigative road trip to meet the people or their direct descendants directly involved in the three chosen stories. Interspersed throughout the programme are archive packages reminding the viewer of the big news events of that year.

At the culmination of the journey, the presenter returns to Harry and reveals what they have discovered and what they feel the three stories say about the time in Irish history. They will chat about the implications, ramifications and impact each of the stories has had on modern day Ireland.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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