LIVERPOOL IRISH FESTIVAL
celebrating the heritage of its largest immigrant population with a
month-long festival. From Irish jigs to contemporary literature from
the emerald isle, the festival spans the broad spectrum of culture
in a dazzling array of events until the end of October. The
festival's mission is to celebrate the links between Liverpool and
Ireland and organisers are hoping to develop a permanent annual
Liverpool City Council leader, Councillor Mike Storey said:-
"This year Cork in Ireland enjoys the accolade of Capital of Culture
that passes to us in Liverpool in 2008, so the festival further
links the two places. Liverpool has always had an incredibly strong
Irish community and the heritage plays a very important part in the
fabric of our city."
In its 3rd year, the festival is supported by the Liverpool Culture
Company. The 2005 festival will feature traditional and contemporary
art by dozens of artists from Ireland or with an Irish connection,
ranging from worldwide superstars of Irish music to local primary
school children performing work created during a programme of
Festival organiser Dinesh Allirajah said:-"Liverpool has a
unique historical affinity with Ireland, as well as an evolving
modern relationship, so the annual event promises to be an Irish
Festival like no other in Britain."
A full listing is at the end of this press release and more
information can be found by visiting
SOUTHPORT ARTISTS PUT CONWY IN THE FRAME
Jim Gray certainly knows how to inspire his students. He makes sure
they are never short of an idyllic scene to be captured in
water-colours. 59 year old Jim and his class of eleven were
themselves framed last weekend in the walled town of Conwy in North
"I try to make sure my students feel inspired by what they see. This
has been a fantastic weekend. Conwy has so much to offer for
artists, we will certainly be back" he said.
Jim has 3 art classes in the Southport area and his many trips away
attract students from throughout the North West. In fact Sylvia
Foster and her husband were so impressed by the town of Conwy they
stayed on for a few days extra.
The group stayed at the Castle Bank Hotel which only last year was
featured on the Channel 4 programme Risking It All when 2 couples
from Manchester decided to re-locate and move into the hotel
business. The programme has since been back to the hotel to see how
the owners are getting on and that's due to be shown on the 13 of
"They have certainly done a great job" said Jim.
"We've had a wonderful time and have been made so welcome. I think
we can safely say - We Will Be Back".
Farmer Teds... Halloweek
24 October 31 October 05
year's chilling Halloween is coming to Farmer Ted's... will you be
safe? The whole farm will be themed for this spooktacular event with
lots of fun for young and old. For the younger generation there'll
be free tractor rides to the "Spooky Barn" in
which we have found out that a friendly spooky manner has been
created! There'll be a huge marquee full of thousands of
Pumpkins for your kids and you to carve at your liesure, story
telling, "Bat the Rat","Knock His Block Off...",
plenty of seats for those trembling legs,a Hog Roast and for those
more mature.. Well for the adults who are the more adventurous
types, we dare you enter the "Corridor of Fear". This
is 60 meters of twisting passage ways and is not for the faint
hearted. A not enter if easly frightened.... You have beeeeeen
warrrrned! There's not just animated suprises, but real ones too!
Enter at your peril..........
Open from 10am to 8:30pm... Hauntings & Stories from 3pm.
Price includes entry to "Spooky Barn" &
"Corridor of Fear".
Children £7.50 (inc vat)
Adults £5.50 (inc vat)
Concessions £4.50 (inc vat)
Family Ticket £22.50 (inc vat) 2 Adults, 2 Children
TOWN AFC MOVING THE GOALPOSTS
YES, St Helen's
team, Rainhill Town AFC have just netted a £881 funding goal from
the UK's largest sports charity the Football Foundation to replace
their unsafe goalposts for their 100 players. The grant is the first
to be offered by the Foundation in Rainhill.
Since 1991 9 young footballers have tragically been killed in the UK
by unsafe goals. Many more have been seriously injured by posts and
crossbars that fail to meet even basic safety standards. To put an
end to these shocking accidents and the increase safety on the field
of play, the UK's largest sports charity the Football Foundation,
has earmarked almost £4m to replace non-compliant and unsafe goals
in England at thousands of schools, clubs, parks and local
the country. Amazingly, research by The FA revealed that 41% of
mini-soccer goals, 50% of 5-a-side goals and 22% of junior goals
failed stability tests.
Foundation Chief Executive, Peter Lee, welcomed the project:-
"In this day and age to have young people being killed and injured
from unsafe sports equipment is simply unacceptable. We have been
working closely with our colleagues at the FA who share our
determination to replace sub-standard goals with ones that meet
modern safety requirements. We are delighted to be able to award
Rainhill Town AFC with this cash boost and looking forward to
working with more clubs, local authorities and schools in St Helens
and would urge them to undertake checks on their goals to make sure
kids are as safe as possible when they play our national game."
The Football Foundation
is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game,
constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a
force for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in
communities throughout the country. Funded by the Premier
League, the Football Association, Sport England and the Government,
the Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity, having
already funded 1,300 projects worth over £300 million.