Thursday, 28 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Friday, 8 January 2010
Over the past few months on the Slugger O'Toole website and elsewhere I've drawn attention to the surfeit of senior officers in the ranks of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and a significant deficit of constables at a time when further moves have been made to dispense with the Full Time Reserve.
Comparisons can be made by rank against the overall Patten figure of 7500 full time officers, broken down by rank to give Established figures. These Established figures have been 'dropped' from the current January statistics. Why? Have they become an embarrassment? Also, why are student numbers included in the full time officer numbers?
Does the new Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, agree or disagree with the statistics provided by the PSNI? Has he played any part in the removal of the Established figures?
Does the Policing Board have a view on the removal of the Established figures* from the monthly statistics or on any of the other points raised in this blog?
[* this link contains Established figures]
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
"The Northern Ireland Place-Name Project, established in 1987, researches the origin and meaning of the place-names of Northern Ireland. It is the only centre for the study of Gaelic place-names in the United Kingdom, with parallels in the Institute for Name-Studies in the University of Nottingham in England, and the Archif Melville Richards Place-Name Database in the University of Bangor, North Wales. The Northern Ireland Place-Name Project grew out of the work of the voluntary Ulster Place-Name Society established in 1952, and supports the aim of the Scottish Place-Name Society to achieve a similar centre for the study of place-names in Scotland. Within Ireland, the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project co-operates with colleagues in Dublin in the Placenames Branch of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, and in the Locus project on historical Irish place-names in University College Cork.
The place-names of Northern Ireland include those of 6 counties, 60-plus barony and district names, 269 parishes, 9,600 townlands and at least 20,000 other names, in the languages of Irish Gaelic, English and Scots, with a few names in Latin or Old Norse. The gazetteer compiled by the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project is still growing, with current additions including both traditional names of fields and modern streets. There has always been a strong "community relations" aspect to the work, since everyone lives in a place."
The townland can also be located on a map and when you zoom into the map you're also given the option of historic maps from 1830 and 1850. I've noted a problem with the former. It would appear that there is an overlay from another location on the townland I chose to view.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Excavations by the Water Service close to the old castle site and across the Diamond from Holy Trinity Church have revealed some interesting discoveries - according to local historian, Danny McGill.