Weekly Blog, Thursday 20th August


Asda to increase to increase the price it pays for milk

A decision by supermarket chain Asda to increase the price it pays for milk is a move in the right direction, the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said.

milk bottlesSome dairy farmers have said they face going out of business if prices they receive for their products do not rise.

They have held protests at supermarkets to show their frustration that they are currently paid less than the cost of production.

Asda has said it will begin paying 28p a litre for milk from Monday.

Dairy farmers currently receive about 19p a litre for milk, well below the cost of production at about 27p.

Asda confirmed on Friday that it had told Dale Farm, its Northern Ireland supplier, that it will increase the price it pays to 28p a litre.

It said this would “assist our farmers during the current crisis”.

Ian Marshall, the president of the UFU, said Asda’s move was something farmers were “glad to see” and hoped other retailers would follow.

But he warned that the situation remained “dire” for those in the dairy industry.

“It’s a starting point for us,” Mr Marshall said.

“What we’re seeing is a move in the right direction.

“We just hope it’s something that it can roll out to other products, not just milk.”

Mr Marshall said farmers accept that they need to “strive to produce as efficiently as possible”.

Asda has said that the cost of paying more for milk will not be passed on to its customers and retail prices will remain at their current rate.



Church Hill Silver Band Performs at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann

The streets of Sligo were the stage for Church Hill Silver Band and Sligo Concert Band on Saturday 15th August. The bands performed at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann as part of a cross border project funded by the International Fund for Ireland. The project Between the Jigs and the Marches brought an exciting mix of performances, sessions, lectures and exhibitions linking musicians, artists and historians across the border and across different musical traditions. Events included an exhibition by Londonderry Bands Forum, a lecture on The Hidden History of Protestants and the Irish Language by Linda Ervine and performances by Ulster Scots and traditional Irish musicians.

The project brought the two bands together to explore their heritage and how this is expressed through music. This was the first time the bands had collaborated and the performance at the Fleadh demonstrates their continuing commitment to the promotion of musical collaboration across the two traditions in a spirit of friendship and mutual respect.

Musical Directors Donald Swain and Stephen Magee developed a programme that took its inspiration from the music of Northern marching bands, the airs from Irish traditional music and an eclectic mix of contemporary airs. The playlist included instantly recognisable pieces such as a collaboration of greatest hits by ABBA, Michael Jackson hit Thriller and Londonderry Air. The highlight of the performance was Central Gate, a piece composed especially for the Fleadh by Stephen Crooks.

The performance was very well received by the huge crowds with many comments on the musical talent in both bands and the number of young people in Church Hill Silver Band – a positive sign for the future.

Both bands look forward to future collaboration with plans in the pipeline for a concert in Sligo at the end of the year.


Derrygonnelly 10k/5k Run/Walk will take place on Saturday 19th September at 12pm. Registration at Tir Navar Centre from 10am on the day. 10k £10 / 5k £5.



Fermanagh Recreational Trust open for applications

The Fermanagh Recreational Trust, administered by the Fermanagh Trust is open for applications. The trust supports the organisation, development and funding of recreational activities and facilities in Co. Fermanagh with particular emphasis on young people and youth development.

Community, voluntary or sporting organisations or individuals fermanagh_trust_logobased in Fermanagh can apply. Previous recipients include classical singer Andrew Irwin, footballer Matthew Smyth and Olympic hopeful rower Leonora Kennedy who all received help towards training, equipment costs etc which will help their future career.

Organisations supported include Erne West Wrestling Club which has been recognised by the Fermanagh Sports Advisory Committee as the best new developing club. Also supported by the fund is Enniskillen Tennis Club, a cross community club with 100 adult members and 100 junior members. The club are proud of their pro-active outreach activities in the community which they are keen to expand on. Fermanagh Milk Cup, Ballinamallard United Football Club and Enniskillen Rugby Club also received support from the Fermanagh Recreational Trust towards training, pitch hire, transport costs etc.

Potential areas of support include;
– Provision of equipment
– Provision of courses, training and coaching
– Contribution towards training or training costs
– Contribution towards the development of facilities
– Bursaries to assist individuals develop their potential
– Activities and events which will benefit young people

Pat Cassidy, trustee of the Fermanagh Recreational Trust said “This is a great opportunity for individuals in helping to develop their careers. For local organisations this is a chance to utilise and enhance their provision including training new volunteers and encouraging increased levels of participation by young people.”

Closing date is 31st August. For more information or to download an application form CLICK HERE



Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday 14th September 2015. Time and venue to be confirmed. All welcome. In the meanwhile we hope you all have a lovely summer.

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