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Calchas

In Greek mythology, was an Argive seer, with a gift for interpreting the flight of birds that he received of Apollo: "as an augur, Calchas had no rival in the camp". He interpreted the entrails of the enemy during the tide of battle. Calchas was the son of son of the seer Idmon, by Polymele, he was the brother of Leucippe and Theoclymenus It was Calchas who prophesied that in order to gain a favourable wind to deploy the Greek ships mustered in Aulis on their way to Troy, Agamemnon would need to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigeneia, to appease Artemis, whom Agamemnon had offended. The episode was related at length in the lost Cypria, of the Epic Cycle, he states that Troy will be sacked on the tenth year of the war. In the Iliad, Calchas tells the Greeks that the captive Chryseis must be returned to her father Chryses in order to get Apollo to stop the plague he has sent as a punishment: this triggered the quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon, the main theme of the Iliad. In the story, Poseidon assumes the form of Calchas in order to rouse and empower the Greek forces while Zeus is not observing the battle.

In Sophocles' Ajax, Calchas delivers a prophecy to Teucer suggesting that the protagonist will die if he leaves his tent before the day is out. Calchas plays a role in Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica. Calchas said, it is he rather than Helenus that predicts that Troy will only fall once the Argives are able to recruit Philoctetes. It is by his advice that they halt the battle though Neoptolemus is slaughtering the Trojans, he tells the Argives that the city is more taken by strategy than by force. He endorses Odysseus' suggestion that the Trojan Horse will infiltrate the Trojans, he foresees that Aeneas will survive the battle and found the city, tells the Argives that they will not kill him. He did not join the Argives when they boarded the ships, as he foresaw the impending doom of the Kapherean Rocks. Calchas died of shame at Colophon in Asia Minor shortly after the Trojan War: the prophet Mopsus beat him in a contest of soothsaying, although Strabo placed an oracle of Calchas on Monte Gargano in Magna Graecia.

It is said that Calchas died of laughter when he thought another seer had incorrectly predicted his death. This seer had foretold Calchas would never drink from the wine produced from vines he had planted himself. In medieval and versions of the myth, Calchas is portrayed as a Trojan defector and the father of Chryseis, now called Cressida. 4138 Kalchas, Jovian asteroid

Ridge Wood Military Cemetery

Ridge Wood Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground for the dead of British Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the First World War. The cemetery is in West Flanders, Belgium, in the Ypres Salient of the Western Front; the cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgium in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Belgium during the war. The cemetery was established in May 1915 for front line troops defending the area; the cemetery was used by the Durham Light Infantry and Canadian battalions. The cemetery is in a dip behind a ridge, the site of a wood. In the Spring Offensive of 1918, German forces pushed the front line on to the ridge, being moved back in July, before being swept away later in the year during the Hundred Days Offensive by the 6th and 33rd Divisions. Of the 621 burials at the site, 292 are from Canada, 280 from the United Kingdom, 44 from Australia and 3 from New Zealand, in addition to two from Germany.

The cemetery contained graves of a number of French soldiers, but these were concentrated elsewhere later. The cemetery was designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Media related to Ridge Wood Military Cemetery at Wikimedia Commons Cemetery details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Ridge Wood Military Cemetery at Find a Grave

Steelstown GAC

Steelstown Brian Óg's GAC is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The club is a member of the Derry GAA and cater for Gaelic football and Ladies' Gaelic football; the club's catchment area includes Steelestown and the Greater Shantallow area at the edge of the city. Steelstown are one of the most successful Gaelic teams in the Cityside of Derry, with most of the county's footballers coming from rural areas. Underage teams up to U-12's play in North Derry GAA league and championships; the club play their home games at Páirc Brid. Steelstown fields Gaelic football teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor and Senior levels, they compete in the Derry Senior Championship and Division 1 of the Derry ACFL having won promotion for the first time in their short history in 2011. The club field Ladies' football teams at various age-groups; the senior ladies won county Junior B title in 2012. The minor ladies won their county championship in 2012. Established in 1987, Steelstown GAC is one of the youngest clubs in the county.

The founding members were people from rural areas of the county who had moved to the city. They included twice All Star Anthony McGurk from Lavey, his wife Mary and Marion Devlin from Drumsurn and Mickey Doherty from Claudy; the first team was an U-12 team and they were called Steelstown/Pennyburn, because they drew players from the two schools, played at Templemore Sports Complex. The club gained access to the North Derry Board in 1996 and a Senior team was formed for the first time. With the recent explosion of popularity of Gaelic games in Derry City, the club has gained a lot of members since the mid-1990s and Steelstown is making the best upwards strides of any club in the city. In recent years Steelstown have had numerous players represent Derry at U21 and Minor level. Paul O'Hea and Marty Dunne were part of Derry's 2002 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship winning side, in 2007, O'Hea became the first Steelstown player to play for Derry in the All-Ireland Championship when he came on as a sub against Mayo in Celtic Park.

15 Steelstown players were part of the St Columb's team that won the McLarnon Cup in 2002. Stephen Cleary, Neil Forrester, Mickey McKinney all from the club were part of Derry's 2007 All-Ireland Minor Championship runners-up team. Martin Dunne was part of Damien Cassidy's 2010 intercounty squad and made a number of appearances in the NFL. In 2003, the club's new home pitch was opened on the Ballyarnet Road. A new £600,000 development of club rooms and changing facilities was completed at Páirc Brid, was opened in March 2007. Pairc Brid is the home of Steelstown Brian Óg's GAC, it is named after former Chairperson, the late Brid Kelly-McElroy who taught in Pennburn Primary school and was hugely influential in the formative years of Steelstown in the 1990s. Opened in 2003, Pairc Bhird is a "Prunty Pitch", with clubhouse facilities including 4 changing rooms, meeting room and sports hall. By GAA president, Sean Kelly; the facilities have helped continue the growth of the club at all age levels. In 2005 Steelstown lost out to Glen Thirds in the final of the Derry Junior Football Championship, however the Seniors achieved promotion to Intermediate Football.

Around this time the club started a ladies' team. In 2008, Steelstown claimed their first senior title by defeating Limavady in the Dr Kerlin Cup finalin Claudy with unsung hero Conán Doherty leaping to fame with a heroic left footed effort to the back of the net. In 2008 young Steelstown star Brian Óg Mckeever was diagnosed with cancer and lost his battle with it. Brian Óg represented Derry under 15's and under 16's and was called into the minor team before having to pull out due to illness, he captained the Steelstown teams up to minor level. Brian Óg had a huge influence upon every one. Steelstown decided to rename the club in honour of the committed footballer to Steelstown Brian Óg's GAC. Steelstown retired the number 5 jersey in his honour. In 2010, Steelstown were runners up to Castledawson in the Intermediate Championship final, losing out by a late point on the scoreline of 0–10 to 0–11. Having finished top of Division 2, Steelstown lost to Craigbane in the 2011 league final by 3 points.

With one final chance against Division 1 relegation candidates, Steelstown booked their place in Derry's top flight as the first city side to do so in over 30 years. An injury time wonder goal, courtesy of Stephen Cleary's left boot, was the eventual margin as Brian Óg's secured senior status for the first time. Promotion/Relegation Play-off winners 1 2011 Dr Kerlin Cup 1 2008 Intermediate Football Championship Winners 2 2016, 2018 Intermediate Football League 1 2011 Junior B Championship 1 2012 Minor County championship 1 2012 Minor League title 1 2012 Under 16 county shield 1 2011 Tommy O'Neill Cup 1 2005 North Derry Minor'A' Football Championship: 1 2005 North Derry Under-16 Football Championship: 1 2005 North Derry Under-16'B' Football Championship: 2 2003, 2014 North Derry Under-14 Football Championship: 1 2003 County Derry Under-14 Football A League: 1 2014Note: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of. Derry Intermediate Football Championship List of Gaelic games clubs in Derry Steelstown GAC Website