Coalisland Post’s review of the year 201219, December 2012 | By: brendan64 | Comments Off on Coalisland Post’s review of the year 2012
Taking a look back at some of the main stories – and more quirky tales – that have occurred during the year in and around the town – and we also reveal the top 10 Coalisland Post stories of 2012.
(Scroll down for the top 10 Coalisland Post stories of 2012)
Sewer nightmare for Gortgonis residents
The BBC revealed how homeowners in Gortgonis became the latest victims of the recession after discovering the properties they were sold were never connected to a proper sewer system and never received building approval.
Reeling in the years: Clonoe online social archive launched
In January, we reported on the launch of a Facebook photo archive chronicling the history of the Clonoe area.
Clonoe Gallery has since become a huge hit with local people, clocking up almost 1,500 ‘likes’.
Derrytresk players suspended after semi-final brawl
Football fans in Derrytresk were outraged after GAA officials banned eight of the club’s players following a pitch-side brawl during the All Ireland Junior Club semi-final game on January 22 against Kerry’s Dromid Pearses.
The club was then given a five-year ban from the competition when the sanctions were altered upon appeal.
A Derrytresk supporter who hit Dromid Pearses player Declan O’Sullivan with a handbag during the match was also banned from attending games for almost a year.
And weeks of frustration ended in despair for Derrytresk after the team lost by just by just one point against Galway side Clonbur in the final at Croke Park.
Families ‘demand truth’ on 20th anniversary of SAS Clonoe ambush
February 16 this year marked 20 years since four IRA members who were killed in Clonoe by undercover soldiers following a machine gun attack on Coalisland’s RUC station.
Relatives of the men who died renewed calls for the government to hold an inquest into their deaths.
Christian group: ‘Please pray for us – we’re heading to Coalisland’
We all know Coalisland can sometimes be a hellish place, but one religious group appeared more fearful than most when travelling to our little town.
In February, Armagh-based religious group Give Way To Jesus asked Facebook friends to PRAY for them as they set off to spread the good news across Coalisland – ominously adding that there was “no turning back”.
‘Our young people will be taken away and kneecapped’: Fears of vigilantism as drugs problem sweeps through Coalisland
Coalisland was gripped by concerns over drugs usage following reports of teenagers being caught up in the illegal activity.
Community members held a series of public meetings and a mass demonstration in protest.
Failed Washing Bay Road ‘ghost estate’ stumbles back onto the market
Haunting photos showing rows of boarded-up houses from the Millbrook by the Canal development on Washing Bay Road emerged as the development was put up for sale.
The luxury development on Washing Bay Road was supposed to contain 70 homes priced at around £175,000, but was abandoned halfway through when the property boom collapsed and the houses failed to sell.
Windows were smashed, fireplaces were ripped from the walls and skirting boards were taken up as thieves looted the empty properties. Some of the people who moved into the isolated estate also complained of being infested with rats.
Derrytresk road safety event cancelled after protest planned over PSNI involvement
The Irish News revealed how Derrytresk GAC was forced to call off a road safety event after angry residents threatened to protest over the PSNI’s involvement in the meeting.
Approved: Lineside supermarket development receives planning consent
After years of controversy, plans to build a third major supermarket in the centre of Coalisland were given the go-ahead.
The new Lineside Newell Stores is set to open business in spring 2013.
From Killyman to Hollywood: Local lad Fra Fee to star in Les Misérables movie
Coalisland Post spoke to local lad Fra Fee on his role in the new movie version of Les Misérables.
Top 10 Coalisland Post stories and links of 2012:
- Reeling in the years: Clonoe online social archive launched – in pictures
- “Newell Stores” tag
- Families ‘demand truth’ on 20th anniversary of SAS Clonoe ambush
- Revealed: Shocking new photo from Derrytresk semi-final with Dromid
- From Killyman to Hollywood: Local lad Fra Fee to star in Les Misérables movie
- Christian group: ‘Please pray for us – we’re heading to Coalisland’
- Crowds mark Clonoe ambush 20th anniversary – video
- ‘Our drugs and alcohol problem in Coalisland is a parenting issue’
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