Irish teenager dies in road crash

19 year old Stephen O’Gara, from Ballaghaderreen died tragically in a road crash on the island. He was on holiday here with his family. The accident took place in 2:35 on Saturday morning near Rancho Texas. Stephen was riding a rented scooter and the other car involved was a hire car.

British School of Lanzarote India trip

A teacher from the school is accompanying a year seven student and her father to India this week.

This academic year they have linked with a school in Anantapur, India, which is supported by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation. Students in Year 5, 6 and 7 have been learning lots about India and have all made booklets about their lives in Lanzarote for the children in India to receive. Later in the year, the students in India will send them booklets, and drawings about their life. This week, the three are travelling to Anantapur to deliver these booklets to the school, as well as lots of stationery items the students have bought with money they raised. Whilst there, Mario (the student’s father) will be running an ultramarathon to support the foundation.
They have created a Twitter page which we will be using as a blog during the trip, and you can follow it here:

Christmas Voices

The  Voices’ 2017 Christmas performances attracted record attendances. More than 250 people came to the three venues and 1150 Euros was collected for Lanzarote charity Calor y Cafe.

Deirdre Macfarlane-Archer, founder and leader of the group for the past 15 years, said “A fantastic result and how satisfying. It has all been so worthwhile and so rewarding”. 

Having such a successful season was a high point for Deirdre whose last year this was as leader of Christmas Voices. She has handed over the reins to Alan Taylor and Tim Macer. They have been visiting members of the choir for the last 3 years but have recently taken up permanent residence on the Island.

Deirdre will continue to be an active member of the group.

The choir exists solely to give their annual performances of Christmas Carols for which they begin rehearsals in November. If you will be on the Island from November through to Christmas and would like to sing with the group please get in touch with Deirdre at drearymac@gmail.com.

Museo Atlantico – first birthday

The underwater museum off the coast of Playa Blanca is celebrating its first birthday this week. Over the year since the launch, it has generated worldwide publicity for the island, and has been the subject of several documentaries. More than 10,000 divers have visited the site, and there is now a growing ecosystem of fish and plant life on the exhibits.

The image at the top of the page is courtesy of Manta Diving, voted “Best dive guides” for the museum in 2017.

Olympic public swimming pool for Arrecife

A public tender as been announced to build a 50 metre Olympic swimming pool and changing rooms on the site of the Cenrto Deportivo in Arrecife. The new pool sits well with Lanzarote’s aim to remain a top level European sports destination and will also allow the island to host world class swim meets.

A minute’s silence for the victims in Playa Bastian

The Cabildo and several town halls held a minutes silence at noon on 16th January for the seven immigrants who died the day before. At The Cabildo, they were joined by the Moroccan consul. Full story here: Immigrant boat tragedy.