Programme Spring 2017

Date Speaker Topic
4 January Rev Donal Bennett New Year Reflections
11 January Annual General Meeting Election of Officers for 2017
18 January Deborah Maxwell Omagh Leisure Centre
25 January Business Meeting All-Ireland Rally May 2017
1 February Emma Sloan  N.I. Blood Transfusion Service
8 February Marie McClenaghan  “Aware”: Mental Health Support
15 February  DVD provided by PSNI  Scams and internet fraud
22 February Members’ Forum
1 March Kevin Harper Cancer Research UK in NI
8 March Business Meeting Up-date on 2017  Probus Rally
15 March Rachel Ludlow-Williams  Sustainable Transport
22 March Patrick Bogues My sister. Louise
29 March Meeting with IMTAC [Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee]
5 April Probus Inter-club Quiz
12 April Dr John Moore South West College of Further Education
19 April Frank Loughran Omagh Credit Union
26 April Jim Corr Traveller’s Tales
3 May Business Meeting: Planningfor the All Ireland Probus Rally 17-18 May
10 May Joint Meeting with Ladies Probus – Final arrangements for the Rally
17 May All Ireland Probus Rally 2017, hosted by the Probus Clubs of Omagh
24 May Ian Johnston End of Life Matters
31 May Desmond Smart  Some Old Words
7 June Annual Club Outing – this year to Londonderry
Summer Recess:  Club activities resume on Wednesday 4th October
4 October Mark Lusby US Forces in Derry World War II

Annual Club Outing

Wednesday 7 June 2017: Annual Club Outing:  Visit to Londonderry

Summer Outing
Summer outing 2017: Probians pose for a group photo on Derry’s Walls

On a bright sunny morning with the promise of fine weather, 25 members of the Men’s and Ladies Probus Clubs boarded a coach at Omagh Golf Club bound for a day out in Derry.  First stop on arrival at the maiden city was the Warehouse Coffee shop for refreshments before a conducted tour of the Guildhall and the Tower Museum, led by informed and entertaining guides.    This was followed by an “open top” bus tour of the city through the Waterside, over the Foyle Bridge and back to Guildhall Square via the Bogside.   The on-board commentary through the headphones drew attention to many of the landmarks of the troubles including memorials and gable wall artworks.   In the afternoon the party was given an informative talk on the history of the city while walking the walls with a knowledgeable guide.   This included a look inside St Augustine’s Church – “the wee church on the wall”.   Back on the coach the party moved on to Beech Hill Country House Hotel where they learned something of the role played by the house as an garrison for US Forces based in Derry during the Second World War, before sitting down to an enjoyable evening meal.  Thanks were expressed to Club President John McCandless for organising and arranging such an interesting visit to his native city.

Desmond Smart: Some Old Words

Wednesday, 31 May 2017: Desmond Smart: Some Old Words

Eamon and Desmond
Eamon Cunningham,[left] enjoying a chuckle with Desmond Smart about some old words

Club member, Desmond Smart, is a collector of “Old Words” , writing down words that were in common usage in our parents’ and grandparents’ time but little used today.   The meeting had a simple but entertaining format; Desmond would call out a word and Probians would respond by saying if they had ever heard it or used it.  Among those more readily recognised were NEB [beak or nose], OXTER [Armpit], WHEEN [small amount], GIRN [to pull a face] GULDER [shout or roar], BESOM [a broom].   Some words evoked childhood memories, for example BROO [riverbank] on which many members remembered playing and fishing.  SNED was readily associated with the trimming the green tops off turnips – as in snedding turnips and some recalled sitting on a SLIPE [sledge] being pulled along by their grandfather’s horse.  All could recount the stinging bite of CLEGGS [horseflies] and PLOUTERING through GUTTERS wearing WELLIES.   However buried in the vernacular were some unflattering terms for persons such as an untidy girl [a CLART], a contemptible boy [a SCUT], a big stout fellow [a SWAD] and a rough course woman [a HASK].    Other words evoking memories included COOM [turf dust],  SPANG [leap],  STOON [pain], TRUMPERY [bric-a-brac] and DAYLIGONE [twilight]