The scene at Manor post office: Pic Copyright Joe Boland North West News PixThree men charged in connection with robbing a Co Donegal post office have been remanded in custody.The men, all from Co Derry, appeared amidst heavy security in handcuffs at Letterkenny District Court today. The three, Noel Lavy, Joseph McMullan and David Knight, are charged with robbery and criminal damage at Manorcunningham Post office on October 3rd last.Solicitor for McMullan, Mr Frank Dorrian applied for bail for his client.He said he had little means, had no passport and could sign on at Burnfoot Garda station just a few miles from his home in Derry.However Judge Paul Kelly refused the application.Knight, is 36 and from 24 Melmore Gardens in Derry, Lavy, is also 36 and from 57 Ballymagowan, Derry, and McMullan, is from Kavanagh Court in DerryHe remanded all three in custody to appear at the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on April 28th.THREE DERRY MEN TO FACE TRIAL FOR MANOR POST OFFICE ROBBERY was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Magic tree air fresheners, old spice aftershave, the whiff of Brylcreem from my father on a Sunday morning.Pioneer radios and supper tickets for Bella’s nightclub in the Golden Grill. Advertisement All memories of touring around when I first started to drive.You will always remember your first car, the first one you got on the road, especially if it was a car you grew up with.It also can spark the memories recalling other things other than driving that were in your life at that time.The transformation of growing up, from sitting in as a passenger daydreaming of the day you drive the car on the road by yourself for the first time. Advertisement My father owned an old Hillman Avenger. He bought it second-hand from the late JJ Reid. It was yellow with a black vinyl roof.A photo out our very young motoring columnist Brian Mc Daid with his father’s old Hillman Avenger in the background.Picture by the Late Fred McDaid.They were quite trendy in Letterkenny back then because the Hillman Avenger also made a good club man rally car.Our car was four years old when we bought it with a 1974 Donegal registration, WIH 211.The late Eamon Harvey’s latest rally car back then was also a Hillman Avenger, a green one, two doors with a 1973 Donegal registration of UIH 131.While I was getting on the road complete with my ‘L’ plate front and rear back then two young up and coming local lads were teaming up to build their own rally car from a bare shell up.It came to Donegal with a Dublin number plate from 1970, 799 RI was a four-door Avenger. All them years ago we didn’t know it but we were watching history in the making. Looking on in the Church Lane to see if the lights were on late at Caddye’s garage and find any excuse in to see the white rally car taking shape.A four-door family car transforming from a bare white shell to a rally car in a tin shed on the church lane in Letterkenny.Back of the fieldThem young hopefuls received an entry seeded at 112 on the road, then started the 1979 Donegal Rally on a Friday morning, and over the weekend, passing nearly everybody to finish 100 places up in 12th overall on Sunday evening at the finish ramp and first in their class. The local boys, and now heroes, were on their very first Donegal Rally.Over the following decades between them, they went on to win the Donegal Rally no less than six times outright in their separate career paths.The mighty Hillman Avenger in the hands of James Cullen and Rory Kennedy in their first ever Donegal International RallyThat young Letterkenny crew were of course driver James Cullen and his navigator Rory Kennedy.With a car prepared by Danny Caddye and Sons, they proved what could be achieved with a little bit of belief and a huge amount of talent.“And make no mistake about it,” as the late Danny Caddye would say.Mystery AvengerWinding the clock on to the present day and while trying to restore some old rally photos this week, I came across a picture of a Donegal registered Hillman Avenger VIH 330 rally car that I had never seen before.My nose was out of joint because I thought I knew all the Avenger rally cars in Donegal back in the 70s and 80’s as they were passed from driver to driver, but this was the first time I had ever seen this one.The driver was the late Derek Mc Mahon, he is pictured in it on ‘The Tour of Britain’. I’m guessing it was a 1600GT version by the half vinyl roof, proudly promoting Mc Mahon Bros, Letterkenny on its back quarter panels complete with bog standard steel wheels.The late Derek and Anne McMahon pictured with one of their sons Arthur. Photo Brian McDaid.Derek rallied many cars over the years all were well known from Stilettos, Renault Gordni, BMW, RS2000, Series 7 Avengers and Sunbeams all well known in the rally circles but this Series 6 version has mystified a lot even some of the mechanics that worked and prepared his car over the years.After spending the bank holiday Monday this week trying to find out anything about this car, I felt a bit better because no one else seemed to know about this car either.A train of thought was that this Donegal car might never have competed in Donegal, and might only have competed in England where Derek ran a motorsport team, ‘Derek Mc Mahon Racing’.Derek may have proudly registered the car in his native Donegal, a county “Big D” as he affectionally called it and was very proud to be from.All WinnersIf we drew a blank this week in trying to find out the history on this ‘Tour of Britain’ classic Avenger, I hit the jackpot with a chance conversation with Arthur McMahon, a son of the late Derek McMahon, when I showed him a picture of our old Hillman Avenger parked up at the back of our house.My brother Nelius stood at the wheel with a head full of curly hair and my father, Fred, also known as ‘Big Fred’ alongside our dog, Rover, giving him a paw.Our old family car in the 70’s a Hillman Avenger, which started out life at the top prize in the Letterkenny Golf Club Prize, which was won by Anne Mc Mahon in 1974. Photo Brian McDaidLooking at the faded photo and spotting the number plate Arthur asked was the car yellow with a black vinyl roof.I was to find out that even my fathers old Hillman Avenger was also a winner in its day.WIH 211 came out of Mc Mahon Bros brand new and was transported to the Golf Club in Letterkenny as the top sponsored top prize in the Barnhill Golf Club Members draw in 1974.A rare glimpse of this Donegal’s registered Avenger competing on the Tour of Britain with Derek Mc Mahon behind the wheel.Arthur remembers the car so well because it was his mother the late Ann McMahon who landed home with it after her name was drawn out of the hat in the clubhouse draw and she was the winner of the car.So, what ended up as our run about family car, and the car that I so fondly started on the road in, was also the family runabout in the McMahon family in the years before it made it way to the McDaids.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Avengers assemble was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Students from KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects sing their hearts out for Radi-Aid.(Image: iKind) The familiar oil heater seen in countless South African homes can save Norwegians, says Radi-Aid.(Image: Radi-Aid)MEDIA CONTACTS • iKind Media+27 31 205 1255 Gwinyai NhapataIt’s cold and snowy in Norway, but hot and sunny in Africa. It’s time to share your heat, Africa; keep Norway warm.Back in 1984, the British and Irish supergroup Band Aid released the song, Do They Know It’s Christmas, to raise funds for the poor and starving of Africa. It contained the line, “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time”.Inspired by Band Aid and the later Live Aid, in 1985 a group of Norwegian artists going by the name of Forente Artister, which means United Artists, recorded the song Sammen for Livet, or Together for Life, to raise money for the victims of hunger in Africa.Now in a reversal of fortunes, Radi-Aid is urgently calling on Africa to warm up the snow-covered lives of Norwegians by donating radiators – or oil heaters, as they are familiarly known in South Africa.It is a parody, of course, but one with a serious message: the spoof video was made with the intention of changing global perceptions of Africa. It was made by the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) together with a group of performing arts students from KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects who took the lead roles in the video.AN organisation of students and academics, SAIH focuses on education for development, and supports the right to be educated. It has projects going in projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Bolivia and Nicaragua. The organisation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.The video was produced and edited by South African Devin Carter of Durban-based iKind. Wathiq Hoosain, A south African jazz pianist studying in Oslo, and Durban guitarist Kurt Pienke composed the music and Norwegian group Bretton Woods wrote the lyrics.Sharing the heat, sharing the love“There is heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share it,” says Radi-Aid.Released on 16 November, in under a month the video has clocked up more than 1.8 million Youtube views and counting. It depicts Norwegians suffering in extremely harsh, snowy conditions and Africans singing in sympathy for the “kids dying in Norway”. It has created an international stir, and has been featured on BBC and Al Jazeera news channels and in The Guardian newspaper.It’s been seen as a wake-up call for the world, pointing out that the traditional negative images of poverty, famine, war, and suffering are not all that Africa has to offer.“Collect radiators, ship them over there, spread some warmth, spread some smiles,” says the Radi-Aid spokesperson, South African rapper Breezy Vee, who appears in the video. “Say yes to Radi-Aid.”The project, set up by SAIH with youth education campaign Operation Day’s Work, was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation and the Norwegian Children and Youth Council. The point of Radi-Aid, according to the campaign’s website, is to “publicise that the media should show respect, provide better information on Africa and not just exploit stereotypes [of the people] they seek to help. Aid should be based on real needs as opposed to good intentions.”The video is also available for download through iTunes. Apparel is available at the Radi-Aid online shop.Turn the stereotype aroundSAIH president Erik Schreiner Evans explains: “The reason that we did it this way was to sort of turn the stereotypical image upside down. Because way too often we see charitable fundraisers that show real problems, but they portray especially Africans as passive recipients of aid in need of the charity of countries in Europe like Norway. And the subtle message is also that we, the Europeans, are the developed ones, the successful ones, and the ones able to share of our bounties, and are really the only sort of, real protagonists, in this story.”Norway lies along the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula, jutting out into the Arctic Ocean and North Sea; a large part of the country is inside the Arctic Circle. Winters are brutal.“A lot of people are not aware of what is going on there right now,” Breezy Vee parodies on the video.But in truth, Norway has one of the highest per capita GDP rates in the world, with an unemployment rate of just 3.3%, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book, which has no listing for people living below the poverty line. It is a wealthy country with large reserves of oil, natural gas, minerals, seafood, lumber, and hydropower.Norway is also among the top 10 international aid donors to Africa, according to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The country clearly does not need aid, so why the Radi-Aid campaign? The answer is to emphasise that Africa is portrayed in such a way countless times, with its brighter side neglected. The Radi-Aid campaign shows the concern that many people – including Africans themselves – just give up on Africa because media portray it as if nothing is getting better. Africa should not be something that people either give to or give up on.“Imagine if every person in Africa saw the Africa for Norway video and that was the only information they ever got about Norway,” says Radi-Aid. “What would they think about Norway?”Positive stories“The truth is that there are many positive developments in African countries and we want these to become known,” says SAIH. “We need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on African’s development. If we want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.”Through SAIH and other NGOs that work with local groups in southern Africa and Latin America in education, research and other projects, Norway has setup successful operations in African countries. Norwegian missionaries first landed in Africa in the late 19th century when they settled in KwaZulu-Natal. The country later became a supporter of South Africa’s fight against apartheid.South Africa and Norway share a long history of collaboration in the fields of arts and culture, environmental protection and energy, human rights and peace and security, education and research, and trade and investment.South Africa has maintained a consulate-general in Oslo since September 1988, following the opening of Norway’s consulate-general in Cape Town. On 1 January 1992, diplomatic relations between the two countries were upgraded to ambassadorial level.