Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Fire and Rescue Tender @ Distillery

There was a little more fun than expected for a small coach load of American visitors who dropped in to the distillery in Bushmills this afternoon. I'm told that they were fire-fighters from California and that the fire-alarm was triggered while they were on the premises.

Not this one!

A fire tender appeared in my rear view mirror as I drove up Main Street, went past as I pulled to one side and swept into the distillery car-park.

Visitors had assembled in the main car-park and distillery staff in the lower car-park. A short time later, staff returned to work and visitors resumed their tour.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Bushmills - Book of Remembrance - 1914-18

Bushmills - Book of Remembrance - 1914-18

Robert Thompson

 ISBN 978-0-9537583-2-6

Robert has written many books about those from the towns, villages and countryside of the northern coast of the island of Ireland who perished in the Great War 1914-18 and his latest one - available in Carletons, The Diamond, Bushmills - is a collection of accounts - some quite long, some quite brief - about those who survived; the index contains a list of almost 400 men and women with a connection to Bushmills district. He'd love to hear more about those who have brief accounts or who may have been missed.

This story about Daniel Graham caught my attention:

I don't think I ever met Daniel but I did know some of his family and I've just recently linked up with Paddy, one of his granddaughters; neither of us knew about the existence of the other until the following photo of 'Al' Graham & His Hungarian Band' was posted on Facebook:

Her reaction, "That's my uncle Alex and uncle John" to which I replied, "That makes the two of us second cousins". Alex, on the front left, is playing a piano-accordion and John, on the back right, is playing a button-keyed accordion. Perhaps someone can name the other two.

Alex and John are sons of Daniel Graham of Carnmoon afore mentioned. There have been Grahams at the Whinhill in the townland of Carnmoon for over two hundred years and Daniel is common to the various families that were living there four generations ago. His mother's name, Mrs Samuel McKaig, links him to a particular family. Samuel was her second husband; her maiden name was Mary Jane McKaig of the Islands of Carnmoon and her first husband, Andrew Graham, Daniel's father, is my great-grandfather. Andrew and Mary Jane were married in Bushmills Presbyterian Church on 11 August 1871 and Daniel was born about 1876.

At the time of the 1901 census, Daniel is a servant in The Osborne Family and Commercial Temperance Hotel run by a Donegal lady, Jane Hurst, in Main Street, Portrush. He marries a Portrush girl, Rosetta Adams, in Bushmills Presbyterian Church on 12 October 1904 and by the time of the 1911 census they have three children - Jeannie, Maggie and Daniel - and are living in Causeway Street, Portrush. This is Daniel's signature in the 1912 Ulster Covenant:

The headstone at Ballywillan graveyard contains the following inscription:

Please send any additional information - photo/newspaper scans - to me at the contact address Robert can be contacted by email at the address at the top of the article.

Northern Ireland - Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011

According to the Moyle District Council website:

Animal Welfare

Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011

From the 2nd of April 2012, District Councils have had responsibility for enforcement of the powers in the Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011, in respect of 'non-farmed animals' e.g. domestic pets of any vertebrate species and equines (horses and donkeys).

Local Councils have adopted a collaborative regional approach to the new legislation and have appointed Animal Welfare Officers to enforce animal welfare in respect of non-farmed animals only across Northern Ireland. The Officers have statutory enforcement powers and can take a range of action to improve the welfare of non-farmed animals including, providing advice, issuing an improvement notice, taking animals into their possession(in extreme cases of suffering), and initiating prosecution action. It should be emphasised that the responsibility for the welfare of any animal remains at all times with the owner or keeper of an animal. Enforcement officers will investigate complaints and ensure the owner complies with the legislation. Rehoming of animals that are unwanted should be dealt with through a sanctuary or relevant charity.

The enforcement officers cover the whole of Northern Ireland working on a regional basis. If you need to report an animal welfare issue during office hours Monday – Friday 9am-5pm you should contact the appropriate telephone number relating to the region you live in, which for Moyle residents is the Northern Area. Between 9am and 5pm at weekends and over holiday periods contact the same number and your call will be diverted to an answering service.

Northern Area ( 10 Councils) – Moyle, Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey

Telephone: 02825660412

Eastern Area (5 Councils) – Ards, Castlereagh, Down, Lisburn and North Down

Telephone: 02890494567

Southern Area (5 Councils) – Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon and Newry and Mourne Telephone: 028 37515800

Western Area (5 Councils) – Derry, Fermanagh, Limavady, Omagh and Strabane Telephone: 028 82256226

Belfast City Council Area

Telephone: 02890270431

Welfare complaints in respect of farmed animals (that is animals bred or kept for the production of food, wool or skin or other farming purposes) should be referred to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. During office hours Monday to Friday 9am-5pm telephone - 0300 200 7840

Weekends – contact a local Private Veterinary Practice or PSNI who will, as necessary, refer the welfare complaint to the relevant “on call” officer.

Welfare complaints in respect of wild animals, animal fighting, badger baiting or criminal activity against a person’s property including animals should be referred to the local Police Station.

Details of the enforcement roles and contact points can be accessed using the link below.

The recently posted Northern Ireland says "NO" to Animal Cruelty Facebook page has a summary of the actions of councils with regard to non-farmed animals since the introduction of the act in 2012:

Time for Councils to act on animal cruelty !

We make no apology for repeating the statistics about Councils first year in charge of animal welfare enforcement :-

1 person was prosecuted out of 

5178 complaints 

4,292 incidents investigated 

9 animal welfare officers cover the WHOLE of Northern Ireland

Not even 1 full time person in each council area 

1 animal welfare officer is responsible for the whole of Belfast. 

What is also becoming apparent from your comments is that for abuse to be acted upon it must take place between 9-5 Monday to Friday

What a pity the abusers don't seem to know this.

Appalling statistics which clearly show that our local councils are not allocating sufficient resources to combat animal cruelty 

Shame them into taking action !

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People do care but they don't know ! 

And thanks Peter for designing and sharing this poster

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