After decades in storage, the rare medals of lifeboat volunteer Patsy Sliney turned up — meaning his story can now also be revealed to a new generation, writes Niall Murray.The exploits of one of Ireland’s most decorated lifeboat volunteers will reach a wide audience after his rare set of bravery medals was given to Cork Public Museum.Patsy Sliney was best known for leading the Ballycotton lifeboat crew in the rescue of eight men from a lightship outside Cork harbour in 1936.The rare gold medal for gallantry that he received for the feat — one of three occasions he was honoured by the RNLI for his lifeboat work — was hardly ever seen, even by his own family. That has now changed after Patsy’s grandchildren and later generations saw the medals — and four more he received for Royal Navy Reserve service during the First World War — when they were handed over as a donation to the museum’s acting curator, Dan Breen.Patsy was awarded the … [Read more...] about Lifeboat volunteer’s story revealed to a new generation
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Ulster Senior Football Championship preliminary roundDonegal v Cavan ***** WELCOME to this year’s cabaret. Everything you’ve seen, heard and read suggests that it will be different. A feast of attacking expressionism rather than defensive repression. But will it really? Donegal and Cavan are the ones standing before a blank canvas with the artistic licence to do as they please. But like a Scrabble board, if the two sides decide to shut it down from the start then it could be a very slow and tactical summer on the whole. Take the 2014 season as recent evidence that the sprightly trends of League do not necessarily becomes the trends of Championship. That was a wonderfully open spring but the summer lungs never aired their capacity, producing a constricted version of what had gone before and ending with a drab All-Ireland final between Donegal and Kerry. Ulster football took a battering last winter when Tyrone and Monaghan, its two best, collapsed so limply at the feet of the … [Read more...] about GAA: Donegal v Cavan: a new feast of attacking expressionism or the old defensive repression?
20 Apr From the section Rugby Union Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43836739 Read more about sharing. Guinness Pro14: Ulster v Glasgow WarriorsVenue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Saturday, 21 April Kick-off: 18:05 BSTCoverage: Watch live on BBC2 NI, BBC2 Scotland and the BBC Sport websiteUlster have made five changes from the win over Ospreys for Saturday's crucial Pro14 game against Glasgow.Luke Marshall replaces Darren Cave at centre with Andy Warwick, Rob Herring, Alan O'Connor and Nick Timoney drafted into the pack.Rory Best drops to the bench with Callum Black, Kieran Treadwell and injured Matthew Rea also missing out.Glasgow, who have already booked a Pro14 semi-finals spot, make six changes from their win over Connacht.Ali Price and Finn Russell start in the half-back positions with … [Read more...] about Pro14: Ulster v Glasgow (Sat)
EVER found yourself stuck in traffic, staring at the back of the car in front of you, wondering how anyone came up with the random collection of letters and numbers staring back at you? Well, wonder no more... What do the letters on a licence plate mean? When the DVLA issues a car registration plate, they actually follow a very distinct system. The first section of a number plate is the local memory tag - the first two letters of the plate - which identifies where the vehicle was registered. The first letter stands for the local area, for example E denotes Essex, while L stands for London. The plate's second letter then identifies at which DVLA office in that area the registration took place - multiple letters can signify the same DVLA office. The letters I, Q and Z are not used as local office identifiers, while Z can be used only as a random letter. WHICH REGION DOES EACH LETTER STAND FOR?A - Anglia B - Birmingham C - Cymru D - Deeside E - Essex F - Forest and Fens G - Garden of … [Read more...] about What do the characters on a number plate really mean and what do they reveal about a car?
It's time for Fashion Week, folks. Weak at the knees already, envisioning the flood of black-clad Stockholmers obscuring the streets? You may find there's more to Swedish fashion than you thought. So knuckle down - this could take all week. Pieces from Acne's fall collection. A – Acne (Ambition to Create Novel Expression). Arguably Sweden's biggest fashion export (after H&M of course), Acne founded in 1996 started as a jeans company but is now so much more encompassing ready-to-wear, womenswear and menswear collections and showing at Paris, New York, London Fashion Weeks. B – Black. Fashion loves black and so does Sweden. Stockholm's women in particular – much like their Scandinavian cousins in Copenhagen, Denmark - have a long-standing love affair with black. Summer, winter, rain or sunshine; black is always appropriate. C – Clean lines and minimalism. If there's one thing Swedish fashion is it's clean: lines, cut, fabrics; regardless of the … [Read more...] about The Local’s ultimate A