Friday, 28 September 2012

Ryder Cup


It's been months since I've been here, so I've missed celebrating recent sporting successes from the Coleraine area.
As that's the case, I'm now going to celebrate the Ryder Cup.

What's the connection with Coleraine?
Well, the man in the centre in the photo, Darren Clarke, lives in Portrush, a few miles from Coleraine.  And he's a Vice-Captain of the European Ryder Cup team.
The man on the right, Graeme McDowell, was born and brought up in Portrush - and learned to play golf there.  Two years ago he was the person who, at the last moment, won the Ryder Cup for Europe.  To-day he had the honour of playing the first shot in the current competition.
The man on the left, Rory McIlroy, is currently the World No 1 golfer.  Although he's not from this area, he is from Northern Ireland.

I'm delighted to say that McDowell and McIlroy won their match to-day - once again by McDowell playing the final stroke.

The photograph is © @DarrenClarke60

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Garda Cósta na hEireann

A rescue helicopter belonging to the Irish Coastguard Service arrived in Portrush this afternoon.  This was part of a training exercise with the local Search and Rescue Service.
It landed on the tennis courts at the Recreation Grounds.
The helicopter is based at Sligo in the Irish Republic.


Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!



Ramore Head, Portrush.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Bigger than yours...?


Limavady Council area is Coleraine's neighbour to the West.

This sign is on the opposite side of the road from the Coleraine one.
Given the size of the sign, it seems there's a bit of macho posturing going on.

And, in the summer, there are flowers around the base of theirs...

Friday, 23 September 2011

Marking the Boundary


Every local council likes to mark its' territory - and Coleraine is no exception. These signs have been erected on all the main roads where you cross into the Borough.

This sign is on the A37 Coleraine - Limavady road.

La Roche sur Yon, with which Coleraine has been twinned since 1980, is a town in Western France.

Coleraine Borough Council is one of twenty-six local councils in Northern Ireland. These are the councils which were set up in 1973 when local government was reorganised.
Proposals currently exist to reduce the number to eleven.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Back...?

Perhaps I'm back.

I've a long list of excuses for my absence. And one very good reason.

My grand-daughter - three last month - takes up time at the week-end. Time I'm happy to give to her. But not a lot of spare minutes left for photography.

No photo to-day. I think there should be a few changes to the blog first.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Last of the Snow...?


This is the path which runs alongside the Bann from the town to the Cutts at Castleroe. The photo was taken on Friday afternoon.

To-day the thaw has begun. The temperature is just above freezing, sleet is falling...