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FARMFAMILY
FARMWEEK
JANUARY 23 2020
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Book of ‘Placenames and Fieldnames of Culfeightrin’ is launched
A
NEW book about ‘Placenames
and Fieldnames of Culfeightrin’
has been ofcially launched by
members of Carey Historical Society.
The community-led project was
supported by Causeway Coast and
Glens Borough Council’s Museum
Services. The initiative was funded
by the European Union’s PEACE IV
Programme, which is managed by the
Special EU Programmes Body, under
the theme ‘Understanding Our Area
– People and Places’ which forms
part of the council’s £3.8m Local
Authority Action Plan.
The book will help to preserve
many of the unique names which
exist in the area and will serve as an
important record for generations to
come. The launch was attended by
LEFT: A copy of the
new book ‘Placenames
and Fieldnames of
Culfeightrin’ book,
which has been
created as part of
Causeway Coast
and Glens Borough
Council’s PEACE IV
Programme.
members of the local community,
including those who made valuable
contributions to the project by
sharing their knowledge and
historical information.
After two years of hard work, a
range of cross community projects
like this new book are nearing
completion in many areas of the
borough.
The PEACE IV Funding has
encouraged increased expression
and understanding of our people and
places, through museum collections,
historic sites and cultural heritage
using interpretation, arts and
multimedia to create a peace building
legacy.
n You can read ‘Placenames and
Fieldnames of Culfeightrin’ online
now by going to www.niarchive.org<
http://www.niarchive.org> and a
reference copy available in Causeway
Museum Services Resource Area in
Ballymoney Town Hall.
ABOVE: Representatives from Carey Historical Society, Kevin
McGowan and Aidan McMichael, with Councillor Cara McShane,
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services
Development Manager Helen Perry and Vice Chair Peace IV
Partnership Patricia Crossley at the recent launch of the new book,
‘Placenames and Fieldnames of Culfeightrin’.
Irish language series puts spotlight
on the agricultural show scene
T
HE popular Irish language country
agricultural show series Beidh
Aonach Amárach is back on screens
this evening (Thursday, January 23),
starting at 8pm on TG4.
Witness the excitement, tension and fun
as we join the competitors going for glory at
Ireland’s country shows and fairs.
With 140 agricultural shows across Ireland,
this scene is hugely popular with competitors
and spectators. Every year thousands of
people spend months of preparation before
travelling the country to take part in the
competitions every weekend.
Throughout 2019 cameras and crews have
been capturing the stories of the people of
all ages and backgrounds who vie for the top
spots in an amazing range of competitions.
We see competitors giving everything
to be Best in Show – from cattle to cakes,
sheep-shearing to ower-arranging, showjumping to shiny cars, not forgetting the best
vegetables, dogs, birds, clothes, art and craft.
The programme joins the army of
volunteers who organise and judge these
events. The pressure is on when several
thousand people are going to descend on
your village for the “show”. And choosing
the top animal or display sometimes isn’t as
straightforward as it seems.
‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’ takes viewers
into the heart of the country show scene
all over Ireland. In this six part series we
visit all types of fairs from the ancient
‘Ould Lammas Fair’ in Ballycastle, County
Antrim, to the very large – The Ploughing
Championships in County Carlow; the very
scenic – Clonmany Show in County Donegal
and Puck Fair, County Kerry, and we also visit
the traditional shows – Castlewellan Fair in
County Down.
The series begins in Tyrone in glorious
sunshine at the Omagh Show. Tyrone shows
judge Peter O’Malley that Connemara doesn’t
have a monopoly on ne Connemara ponies.
Ciarán O’Rourke gets mouths watering with
the smell of bacon, Cáit Ní Cheallaigh enters
her rst baking competition with future
dreams of entering The Great British Bake
Off. Music from Omagh Community Choir and
Cliona Hagan all add to the fun of the fair.
Throughout the series we meet competitors
who travel from all over the country to take
part and we also meet many people who
attend because it’s a great day out.
That red rosette is a prize worth winning
and the competitors take it very seriously.
The show scene is great fun and an
opportunity to catch up with friends and
fellow enthusiasts.
Beidh Aonach Amárach is made by
independent production company Crawford
McCann Television, with support from
Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language
Broadcast Fund, for TG4 and BBC Gaeilge.
n Catch the rst episode on TG4 tonight
(Thursday) at 8pm.
LEFT: Ciarn
O’Rourke
of Kennedy
Bacon at
Omagh Show.
RIGHT: Cit
N Cheallaigh
ringing her
grandad to tell
him the good
news.
ABOVE: Peter O’Malley and fellow judges at Omagh Show.
Celebration as baby bongo Jumapili arrives at Belfast Zoo
B
ENDANGERED: The birth of a new eastern bongo at Belfast Zoo.
ELFAST Zoo is celebrating the
birth of a new eastern bongo.
The species is listed as critically
endangered with there estimated to
be less than 80 eastern bongos left in
the wild. The successful breeding of
eastern bongos is crucial to species
survival.
The latest baby bongo is the rst
birth from new couple Tombo and
Surali, who were coupled up as a
breeding pair in Belfast Zoo just last
year.
The new eastern bongo is a
bouncing baby girl, called Jumapili.
Jumapili is Swahili for ‘Sunday or born
on Sunday,’ with the name chosen as
the little calf was born on a Sunday.
Zookeeper Nick said: “The
pregnancy period for an eastern
bongo can last between nine and 9½
months, this varies depending on the
female.
“We had known Surali was pregnant
for some time now but couldn’t
predict the date the birth would
happen. The Saturday night before
the birth I had a dream that the baby
would be born the next day, when I
arrived that morning my dream had
come true!
“Our new baby bongo had been
born in the middle of the night! It was
a fantastic feeling walking into the
zoo and seeing our new bongo baby
bouncing about with her healthy
mother and protective father.”
He continued: “Tombo, Jumapili’s
father, is playing an excellent fatherly
role and is very ‘hands on’ and
protective of her.
“Surali, Jumapili’s mother, is doing
great after the pregnancy and is
rearing her calf very well. Mother and
calf are on show to the public at their
enclosure.
“Jumapili, or Juma for short, can
be seen strutting her stuff already!
Bongos are one of the cutest babies
in the animal kingdom when they
are born. Don’t waste any more
time, come visit the zoo and see our
adorable baby Juma.”
Belfast Zoo is open from 10am to
4pm daily, last admission is 2.30pm as
animal houses close at 3.30pm. Juma
is on show at the bongo enclosure
with her mother and father.
n For more information on
admission please visit http://www.
belfastzoo.co.uk/plan-your-day/
prices-tickets.aspx

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