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Strathpeffer

Strathpeffer is a village and spa town in Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, with a population of 1,469. It lies in a glen 5 miles west of Dingwall, with the elevation ranging from 60 to 120 m above sea level. Sheltered on the west and north, it has a comparatively warm climate; the strategic location of the village has led to several battles being fought in the area: Blar Nan Ceann, lies at the western end of the modern village. Little is known about the battle there, not its date, other than the MacKenzies of Seaforth defeated the MacDonells of Glengarry and some incident took place at a well near the battlefield, subsequently called Tobar a' Chinn. Battle of Blar Na Pairce, in 1486 saw the local MacKenzies, under their chief Kenneth MacKenzie, defeat a large invading force of MacDonalds; the battlefield lies south-west of the modern village, on the banks of Loch Kinellan. The loch contains a crannog, which remained a hunting seat of the Earls of Ross until the late medieval period and was visited by Robert The Bruce during his reign.

It was from this crannog. The Battle of Drumchatt, which took place in 1497 on Drumchatt or "the Cat's Back", a ridge to the southeast of Strathpeffer; the Clan Mackenzie and Clan Munro defeated the invading Clan MacDonald of Lochalsh. In the Victorian era Strathpeffer was popular as a spa resort, owing to the discovery of sulphurous springs in the 18th century; the pump-room in the middle of the village dates from 1819. Soon after that, a hospital and a hotel were built. In 1942 the Spa hospital was destroyed by fire; the Strathpeffer Pavilion dates from 1880, was built to provide a venue for entertainment of the visitors. It fell into disuse and disrepair towards the end of last century, but has now been restored as a new venue for the arts, other functions, events of all kinds. Coal like material was worked for a short time; the material was evaluated by well known Mining Engineer John Geddes in the mid 1800s but it is not known if his suggestion that it should be further evaluated was implemented.

The arrival of the railways in Dingwall in 1862 did much to bring more visitors to the town. In 1885 a branch line from the Kyle of Lochalsh Line was built and Strathpeffer railway station was opened on 3 June; the branch closed in February 1946. The station now contains a variety of shops and craft outlets as well as the Highland Museum of Childhood; the nearest stations are now in Garve. A project is under way by the Strathpeffer Spa Railway Association to restore some of the track, buy an engine and run a short heritage line. Strathpeffer's distinctive Victorian architecture has added to its appeal. Strathpeffer contains several large hotels and many guest houses, holiday cottages and B&B establishments. There is a scenic golf course, which boasts the longest drop from tee to green of any course in Scotland. Strathpeffer is the home of one of the world's most extreme mountain bike races, the Strathpuffer, a 24-hour event held in January each year. Organised by Square Wheels bike shop, it uses the local trail network and attracts over 400 competitors.

The Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band and local Highland dancers perform in the square every Saturday from end May to September, this is a popular gathering for both visitors and residents. Nearby is Castle Leod, seat of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, now open to the public several times a year; the annual Strathpeffer Highland Gathering, one of the longest-established Highland Games in Scotland, takes place in the grounds of Castle Leod every August. Strathpeffer is home to a vibrant music scene and has been described as "The Highland Village of Music". Strathpeffer Pavilion has hosted major acts such as Deacon Blue, The Kaiser Chiefs and Edwyn Collins. Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band perform in the square and are in their 31st year. Strathpeffer is the home of Caberfeidh Camanachd Club; the team play in shinty's National Division One. They field a reserve team in North Division Two; the team have twice won the Camanachd Cup. Rev William Fraser minister of Strathpeffer Free Church 1908 to 1919.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Strathpeffer". Encyclopædia Britannica. 25. Cambridge University Press. P. 1002. Official Strathpeffer Village Website - New from March 2014 Strathpeffer Community Council Strathpeffer travel guide from Wikivoyage Strathpeffer Community Centre Strathpeffer Pavilion Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club Highland Museum of Childhood Photographs of Strathpeffer Strathpeffer Branch at railscot.co.uk

DNIESTER News Agency

The regional news agency DNIESTER was a held independent news agency that covered political processes and trends in the southwest region of former USSR. The news and analytical Internet portal was formed in Tiraspol on 13 July 2009 by Roman Konoplev; the main purpose of the project was to analyse the sociopolitical situation in Moldova and Ukraine. The agency was involved in monitoring the media of Romania and other European Union countries that publish materials about the region. After the presidential elections of 2011 in Pridnestrovie the agency DNIESTER became known as an opposition-leaning; the website of the agency was under constant DDOS attack in the period of summer-authumn 2012. On 8 November 2012 the website of the agency DNIESTER was blocked by the local Internet providers at the territory of Pridnestrovie. Experts of The Independent Journalism Center of Moldova monitored the situation. Both the IJC "Press Freedom Report Republic of Moldova 2013" and "The Report on press freedom and media in Moldova", published in 2015 by the NGO Freedom House, covered the situation with the news agency DNIESTER.

On 8 September 2017 it was announced. Official website.

1978 Cork Senior Hurling Championship

The 1978 Cork Senior Hurling Championship was the 90th staging of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment by the Cork County Board in 1887. The championship began on 6 April 1978 and ended on 22 October 1978. St. Finbarr's were the defending champions, they were defeated by Glen Rovers in the semi-final stage. On 22 October 1978, Blackrock won the championship title following a 4-12 to 1-7 defeat of Glen Rovers in the final; this was their fourth in seven years. Bandon's Pádraig Crowley was the championship's top scorer with 1-25. Since its inception in 1887 the championship had been played on a straight knock-out basis. If any team was defeated at any stage it meant automatic elimination; this system was deemed the fairest as the county champions would always be the team who won all of their games. There were some problems with this system and a special committee was established to examine the standard of competing teams. At the County Convention on 5 February 1978, delegates voted by 143 to 93 in favour of changing the format of the championship.

Section one Section one comprised the five top-graded club teams. They met each other on a league basis; the two teams to top the league table qualified for the championship semi-finals and each were included on a separate side of the draw. The third team in the section qualified for the championship quarter-final. Section two Section two comprised the five remaining club teams, they met each other on a league basis. The two teams to top the league table qualified for the championship quarter-finals. Section three Section three comprised all the college teams, they played off on a knock-out basis with the winners of the section qualifying for the championship quarter-finals. Regraded to the Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship MallowDeclined to field a team. Imokilly Play-off First round Semi-finals Final Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final Top scorers overallTop scorers in a single game Nemo Rangers and Bandon were disqualified from the championship following a fracas in their section three play-off game.

Both clubs were fined £75 each and a share of the gate receipts, while a number of player subsequently received suspensions