Donegal socialisers to reunite to recall memories of famous London pub

first_imgA Donegal reunion is on the cards for former regulars of famous west London pub, the Hop Poles. The charity event aims to bring back both fond and hazy memories of the Hammersmith bar, and will take place on Saturday 15th October at the Tara Hotel, Killybegs.The Hop Poles was taken over by Dungloe couple Jackie and Mary Greene in July 1968 and became a focal point for Irish men and women in London over the next 20 years. Jackie was heavily involved with Tir Chonaill Gaels GFC at the time, becoming chairman in 1970, and Donegal Gaels were to hold many meetings at the venue, from club AGMs to much less formal occasions.Alongside the Gaels, all classes of tradesmen and women, especially tunnellers, carpenters, ground workers and gas workers, converged on the Hop Poles around this time.This continued after Jackie’s sister Elle and her Galway husband Gerry Curley took over the running of the pub in the mid 70s, and up until the pub changed hands in 1975.Anyone who was about London around that time are invited to come to the Tara Hotel and share memories of drinking with friends on the Hammersmith Broadway. There will be a buffet on the night and music by Eunan McIntyre, commencing at 7.30pm.There will be a cover charge of €20 on the night, and also a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Donegal Cancer Bus and Solace Cancer Support Group, Donegal Town.Accommodation is available at the Tara Hotel (0749741700), Bayview Hotel (0749731950), Fleet Inn (0749731518), The Ritz (0749731309) & Seawinds B&B (0749732003).For further information please follow @hoppolesreunion on Facebook.Follow @hoppolesreunion on Facebook for more information. Donegal socialisers to reunite to recall memories of famous London pub was last modified: September 5th, 2016 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)Tags:donegalLondonpubREUNIONThe Hop Poleslast_img read more

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Quebec agriculture minister fired whistleblower who sounded pesticide alarm

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. — Quebec Agriculture Minister Andre Lamontagne is defending a decision to fire a whistleblowing bureaucrat who went to the media with concerns about pesticide use.While the province has legislation protecting whistleblowers, Lamontagne says there are other factors that led to the dismissal of department agronomist Louis Robert.Radio-Canada reported last year that Robert, a seed expert, had spoken out against private-sector interference in a public study on pesticide use. Last Thursday, Robert was fired for transmitting a confidential document to a reporter and contravening secrecy obligations.Quebec’s whistleblower law protects employees who disclose information within their department. But disclosure to the public is protected only if the employee believes there is a serious risk to health, safety or the environment.Lamontagne told reporters outside the Coalition Avenir Quebec caucus meeting that he was briefed on the matter after being named minister last fall.“It’s my decision, so I’m very comfortable with my decision,” he said. He remained vague about the reasons for the firing but suggested there were other factors at play. Lamontagne said Robert has indicated he will challenge his dismissal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jaime Lannister grows a hand

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint While the epic final season of Game Of Thrones has fans frantically proposing endgames, the editors of the impressive series have got egg on their face yet again. Jaime Lanister seems to have grown back a hand.Without going into spoilers for those who have as yet not seen the episode, the awesome cinematic effects of this final season have been undermined by a second great booby. After the Starbucks cup plainly visible on the medieval banqueting table in Episode 4, now, Jaime Lannister’s hand has miraculously re-grown.Die-hard fans of the long-running fantasy drama will remember Jamie, famed for his elaborate sword-play, relearning the art of combat after it was brutally cut at the wrist during its third season. This was a watershed moment for the character played by Nikolai Coster-Waldau, as he lost his hand to save Brienne of Tarth. This action humanised a character which, up to that point had been a rather two-dimensional ‘baddie’. The gold hand which replaced his severed hand gave the character depth and eventually helped in his transition into the ‘goodies’.  However, the cumbersome gold replacement was nowhere in sight as he embraced sister Cersei one last time.Instead, the hand we last saw being separated from his right arm in 2013 appeared to be in frame ….and as for the rest, our lips are sealed.center_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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