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Update on the Trillick Leisure Hub

On  Monday 17th November, there was an ‘interview meeting’ in Trillick Leisure Centre with the ‘Space & Place’ funders – Community Foundation NI. It was  attended by representatives from across the entire Trillick Community – all of  whom spoke passionately about their desire / need for the Leisure Hub project and the benefits that it would bring to the people of the area. Hopefully, Mr. Hughes from the funders was suitably impressed and that money will be  forthcoming for this exciting project in due course.

The whole community come together  to support  the Leisure Hub, including representatives of the Leisure Centre itself,  Trillick 2020, our designer, QS, Trillick GAC (seniors, youths, Ladies,  U-12s and U16s), the Parish, Senior Citizens  of Trillick and  Kilskeery, Trillick & District Young Farmers Club, Youth Club, children /teachers / governors of Queen Elizabeth II, St. Scires and the other 2 schools and Peter Pan Playgroup, Woodview  Residents, Omagh DC, Neighbourhood Policing Unit and our 3 Councillors. Many  thanks to all who contributed, and to our caterers for their generous and welcome refreshments.

We  expect to hear in February 2015 if the Leisure Hub has been successful in making  it through to the next stage of this funding competition – though Mr. Hughes did warn  that there was a lot of competition for the available money.

GAC and YFC – doing Trillick proud

While Ireland was in the end narrowly defeated by the Aussies in the International Rules game on Saturday, all pundits agree that Trillick man Mattie Donnelly (pictured below) was one of Ireland’s stand-out performers.  In fact, a Kerry commentator on the Hogan Stand website reckoned that ‘Mattie Donnelly was probably our best player’.  Well done Mattie.

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Mattie Donnelly in action against the Australians on Saturday

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Trillick & District YFC picked up another award, this time the prestigious Super Club Plate, kindly sponsored again this year by the Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh.  Trillick & District YFC (members pictured below at the recent awards session in the Silver Birches hotel in Omagh) pick up such awards regularly and it is a credit to the quality of the organisation and dedication within the club.

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Trillick YFC members pictured at the awards cermenony in Omagh last week

While we rightly celebrate such tangible achievements by our local people, the long-term un-sung benefit of Trillick GAC and Trillick YFC lies in the fact that both clubs do so much to develop ‘social capital’ locally.  Studies (e.g., Halpem, 2009) show that ‘communities with a good ‘stock’ of such ‘social capital’ are more likely to benefit from lower crime figures, better health, higher educational achievement, and better economic growth’ and the World Bank notes that ‘increasing evidence shows that social cohesion is critical for societies to prosper economically and for development to be sustainable’.

So next time you’re asked to buy a raffle ticket or sponsor someone from either club, give what you can – it’s an investment in Trillick’s future.

Latest Entrepreneur from Trillick

Declan_Mc_Donnell_TrillickWell done to local inventor and businessman, Declan McDonnell, from Kinine, Trillick who featured in a new TV business series called “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” which was aired on Sunday night, 4th May 2014, on satellite channel PICK.

Declan, who was offered investment for his company of £50,000, believes his involvement with the show really broadened his horizons for his product’s potential. He is owner and inventor of the Xpanda Bra, a maternity nursing bra with adjustable cup sizes, which enables it to fit not only throughout the pregnancy, but throughout breastfeeding too, adapting along with your changing body.

Declan is one of only a handful of contestants throughout the UK and Ireland that were invited to take part in the show – a new feel-good business series which delves into the patent archives in search of some of the many brilliant inventions that haven’t yet fulfilled their full potential.

Every episode sees two specialist presenters pick an original invention each. They pay a surprise visit to the original inventors to re-ignite their old passion for their products, and then provide support from a team of experts to help the inventors structure a business plan, produce and market-test a prototype and coach them in how to pitch their project. Finally, the inventors like Declan make a pitch to potential investors and industry buyers, who are ready to fund production and help the inventors hit the high street.

After the offer on the series, Declan said that he decided not to accept the investment as he felt it was too big of a stake of the company to give away, but he has disclosed that since the filming of the programme and it being aired, he was approached by another private investor who has offered to put in £250,000 to fund manufacturing and help the company be put where it should be. He states that just around 6-8 weeks ago he signed an agreement with the new investor and already big changes have happened – from the changing of the company name and it becoming a limited company (Mamamigo Ltd) to a relaunch of their new online website. He said that involvement with the new investor has really made him get out and start expanding his business and work on getting their product out into more retailers.

Currently, Xpanda Bra can be bought in nine local stores: in five S.D Kells stores; Bey-Bee, Irvinestown; The Lingerie Room, Dungannon; Orchid Lingerie, Belfast and McElhinneys, Ballybofey. It can also be bought online from  www.xpandabra.com or from Amazon.

Declan would like to thank all his family and friends for all their ‘support’ and said that involvement with the show has really made him get out and start ‘Xpanding’ his business(!).

The Trillick 2020 Action Plan seeks to assist existing local businesses (Action B2) and also to encourage new businesses / enterprise / entrepreneurs (Action B3), thereby to help Trillick’s people and businesses to increase their employment, wealth and prosperity. If you are based in the Trillick District and would like assistance to start up a new business or to expand your existing business, please contact any member of Trillick 2020 or e-mail us and we will point you in the right direction.

The show featuring Declan and Xpandabra is No.4 in the series and went out on channel Pick on 4th May at 7pm (Channel 11 on Freeview, Channel 152 on Sky and Channel 180 on Virgin).

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