Mother of crash teen left critical says ambulance wait almost cost his life too

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Mother of crash teen left critical says ambulance wait almost cost his life too
By Armagh I newsletter • Issue #55 • View online
Good morning, Micheal here with you. We usually have an announcement about some sort of expansion, or job role available, but there’s a reversal of that today – for Friday marked Conor’s last day with us. The baby boy is off to pastures new. Conor was our first recruit four years ago and we got it right. My wife – as our resident psychologist – was on the hiring panel (a panel of two) back then. She knew he was the right one for our little burgeoning business. He was a fresh-faced college graduate but his time with Armagh I truly weathered him – I joke. It has been a pleasure to see him develop and ultimately take a whole range of new skills with him to the BBC. I have absolutely no qualms about losing him to the BBC – anywhere else and the tone may have been one of rage, perhaps a good riddance to bad rubbish, sort of vibe (again, I jest). He has been great and I, along with our slightly bigger team these days, wish him all the best for the future. Now, back to finding someone to replace him….the absolute joys…!!

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This is Part one of a four-part mini series on Young Entrepreneurs. Matthew McSherry explains how he came about opening a woodfired pizza shop in the heart of Armagh. From studying science at university in Dublin to cooking and selling pizza…
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Tis the last of the quiz weeks this week – I’m exhausted. As expected the number of submissions have been much less…thanks to my cryptic round. Although there has been at least one person get full marks…
Last week’s answers were: John Thomas; Millicent Sparrow; Home Bargains; The Rokeby Obelisk; Bottling; Charles Wood Festival; Greyhound; Newtownhamilton; Portadown; Ogle Street.
Check this week’s quiz out here.
Until next time folks…in the meantime, I’m away to see if I can find anyone who wants to work at our lovely institution…here is Conor’s farewell photo..what a hero! PS. We have our mole in the BBC now. And that’s not a joke.
Off he goes into the sunset with his hamper!
Off he goes into the sunset with his hamper!
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