A cut above: Brigde bows out at B-Bobs after 25 years

first_imgWhen the 13-year-old Brigde Lavery was given a straight choice – get a career or stay in school – by her father, the answer was simple.She spent her weeks between school, at the old ‘Tech’ in Letterkenny, and working part-time in a restaurant in Derry; a job she’d held since the tender age of 11.Frank Lavery had his mind to the future for his young daughter, who had previously been at Coxtown NS in Carrigans. His advice was to the point: ‘You’ll not give up school to work in a restaurant’. “He would only let me leave school if I got a job with a career,” the now Brigde Lavery-Diver says, 40 years on, as she closes the latest chapter.At Finn’s Hairdressers on the Diamond in Derry city, Brigde was to begin a career that reached its height following her founding of B-Bobs hair salon 1992. After 25 years, Brigde stepped away from B-Bobs recently and rinsed out with no regrets.“I was very, very lucky,” says Brigde.“I had 25 years of B-Bobs in October 2017 and finished up a month later. “I never thought much about the 25 years, but I’m proud of it. B-Bobs was one of the busiest salons in the town and we did an awful lot. It gave me so much. I made some great friends out of it.“I just felt that after 25 years that I needed something else. I didn’t want to be the boss anymore.  I just wasn’t happy being the boss. It tied me a lot.”Her story began in Finn’s, where she earned the princely sum of one punt per week as she learned a trade that would eventually see her make it to RTÉ’s Live At Three show.After four years in Finn’s, she was picked up by John Deery’s, based at Austin’s Department Store, before being offered a job at Whispers, a business that is still going on the Diamond to this day.“I knew from there that it was for,” she smiles. “I loved my time in Whispers.“At the start, I didn’t have any interest in hair and I didn’t want to be a hairdresser. All I wanted was money to get to The Grill on a Saturday night! It was years before I made enough to get out.”Brigde in familiar pose at B-BobsThe tricks of the trade of the early days remain central to her work.She was the last apprentice trained by the Finn’s, who also had Mary McDermott, now of Streaks Ahead, under their wing. “They were very old school, but some of the stuff they taught us we still do,” Brigde says.“That’s what I like about the trade. There are people out there who are hairdressers, but they don’t know anything about hairdressing.“Now, people are drying and straightening the hair before they cut it. It’s changing again. For a long time, people became hairdressers without learning the craft.”She talks of scissor combing, curling and perming – ‘the real hairdressing’, as she puts it – with an enthusiasm that could only come from experience.While in Whispers, her mother, Rose, became ill and passed away. Her enthusiasm waned in those dark days, when, as she says ‘I was just fed up’.Light came peering through the clouds, though. Geraldine McCroary, who co-owned Whispers with her brother Brendan, was taking over La Chique, an established salon in Letterkenny,Brigde had the bug again and helped run La’Chique Nouveau until 1992 – when B-Bobs was born.“I decided I was going to look at starting my own place,” she says, “but I couldn’t get a loan because there were so many hairdressers in Letterkenny. There were 32 at the time.“The bank manager said I’d never get one so I scrapped the idea and went back to work. My boss found out, while I was on holidays, that I was thinking about starting out on my own. He said that he ‘owned’ me for five years and that I couldn’t move. I just went around the shop, lifted my scissors, comb, everything, and away I went!“I went back to the bank manager and he told me that if I got him 2,000 punts that he’d give me what I needed. Donal had a car that worth about 5,000 punts. We put the car into the Derry Journal for sale and it was sold that Friday. I gave in the money and got a loan of about 4,000 punts to start up B-Bobs.”A neighbour in Killea, Mary Duffy, suggested the name ‘Bits and Bobs’, but it was her father who gave the added touch and, so, B-Bobs came into being.Her first customer in was Bernie Gallagher, who remained a customer throughout her stay in B-Bobs, while her first male customers were a local band, Ego Minefield.“I have some very loyal customers,” she says.“When I was training, the neighbours allowed me to do their hair. I’m still doing hair for them. you can’t keep everybody, but I kept a great base of clients since the start.“The customers made the place a success. You need a long-standing clientele. Passing trade is fine, but the regulars keep it going when things are quiet.”In the early years, even RTÉ took note about the success of B-Bobs. Three hairdressers were selected to appear on Live At Three. One from Dundalk, another from Dublin and a third, Brigde, from Donegal.Brigde (right) on the set of Live At ThreeSo impressed were the producers that they called her back a second time a few months later.“That was the first time that the same hairdresser was back on the programme,” she says.“It was a great experience. And it was good for business. If that happened now you could make such a big deal on social media with something like that.”One of her lasting legacies from her days in B-Bobs will be the charity contributions. For 11 years, since they first began in 2006, the B-Bobs charity day became an integral part of the calendar each November, raising north of €50,000 for local charities in the process.The Good and New cancer bus was the prime benefactor each year alongside an additional charity or two, usually geared towards mental health; two charities that are close to her own heart following the loss of her father to cancer and in honour of her mother, who suffered from schizophrenia.“All the girls who ever worked for me were brilliant with the charity day,” she says.“They did so much for it and never expected anything for it.“It became a part of the business and there was great fun around it. Other businesses in town were brilliant supporting it as well, giving out spot prizes and donations.”Brigde had her own battle to fight when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a number of years ago.“It was shocking to get that diagnosis, but I was lucky that they got it early. I had a year where it was just chemo, treatment and operations.“The business was the least of my worries, but it was still a worry. Things were getting quiet.“It took a couple of years to pull it back up. I had great staff at that time, though. Veronica (McGinley) was just amazing during it all. She ran the whole show. Customers were very good and very patient – but they still wanted their hair done.”After being diagnosed with the BRCA gene (a test to determine susceptibility to breast cancer) , Brigde, who is thankful for the love and support of her husband Donal and children Alice, Rosie, Keenan and Ginny, had to undergo a double Mastectomy after the turn of this year – something that helped make her decision to walk away easier.She says: “I couldn’t stand the worry about the business again. I decided that the time has come and I’m delighted I made the decision.”Recently, B-Bobs has undergone a change of hands and is now operating under the watch of long-term B-Bobs employee Veronica McGinley, with a new name – Ricky’s – above the door.Brigde is unsure as to her next move in life, but it’s unlikely that she’s made her final cut.One thing is definite, though: “I’m still a hairdresser. I’ll always be a hairdresser.”A cut above: Brigde bows out at B-Bobs after 25 years was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:B-BobsBrigde DiverKillealetterkennylast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael Clarke

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke feels India will storm into the final of the World Cup 2019 without much trouble even though they have to deal with New Zealand in the semi-finals in Manchester on Tuesday.India have been the best team in the tournament so far with seven wins out of 8 matches while one game was washed out. India topped the points table in the league phase and thus, were drawn to face New Zealand, who finished as the fourth-best team after nine matches.Coming to the semi-final at Old Trafford, India are heading into the game on the back of three successive wins against West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. New Zealand on the other hand, lost their last three matches against Pakistan, Australia and England.Kane Williamson’s team therefore, are low on confidence and will be under pressure in the big-ticket clash against Virat Kohli’s India, reckons Michael Clarke.”No-brainer for me, India is in the final. In cricket you should never say that, if I was an Indian player I wouldn’t be thinking like that or if I was Virat Kohli I wouldn’t be thinking like that.”But from outside, India is on fire they are playing unbelievable cricket at the moment and in my opinion they already have one foot in the final.”But they cannot take anything for granted and play good, hard cricket they have been the whole tournament,” Michael Clarke told India Today on the eve of the first semi-final.”New Zealand at the moment are really low on confidence because of their most recent performances. That is what is going to make the game so hard against India. India are flying with confidence because of their most recent performances.”advertisementOne of the major reasons behind India’s success has been the form that vice-captain Rohit Sharma is in at the moment.Rohit is the leading run-scorer in the tournament at the moment with 647 runs from 8 matches at an average of 92.42 with five hundreds and couple of fifties.Last week he became the only batsman in World Cup history to hit five centuries in a single edition after his match-winning 103 against Sri Lanka in India’s final league game.Looking at the way Rohit has been batting in this tournament, Clarke feels there is no bowler at present who can stop the Hitman.”At the moment no one vs Rohit. He is in a different league, how do you get him out? He is a batting genius at the moment, he’s been the batsman of the tournament. Him and David Warner have been the two standouts for me,” Clarke said.Also Read | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In short, he was actually rather effective for the team, which is part of the reason why the Cardinals claimed him off waivers once he was let go by the Patriots.Now in Arizona, Dennard is fighting to make the roster.“I feel like it’s going pretty good,” he said of his time with the team. “It’s a lot of stuff I’ve got to work on, but it’s going to come with progress. Every day I’m just trying to get better.”Dennard said he doesn’t have any ideas of where he might fit with the team, saying he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him because “it’s a blessing just to be on anybody’s team in this league.”Though he’ll have to prove himself during training camp, the Cardinals could very well need a player like the 5-foot-10, 200-pound former Cornhusker. Arizona lost cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets in free agency, leaving them with Patrick Peterson and Jerraud Powers as the only proven options on the roster. “He’s a good vet that’s competing for a job,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s been there, he’s played in big games. He’s got some habits we need to break — he hasn’t played quite as much man as we play, and we’re not allowed to press right now and that’s our forte.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Alfonzo Dennard lines up during Arizona Cardinals minicamp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Alfonzo Dennard slipped from New England Patriots starter in 2012 to more of a reserve role in 2013, then, following an injury, was waived by the team in May 2015. During his time with the Patriots, the former seventh-round pick out of Nebraska in 2012 appeared in 29 regular season games, coming up with five interceptions and 90 tackles. He also appeared in four playoff games — starting all of them — producing two interceptions, one forced fumble and 10 total tackles. Dennard said there is always something that can be improved, adding that he is learning how to play the style of cornerback the Cardinals want.His strength, though, is press-coverage.“Get my hands on a receiver, I feel like I’ve got him,” he said.Dennard said the coaches have not talked to him about any kind of role going forward, but whatever they decide, he’s on board. He said the Cardinals already have a very good defense, with talented players who work hard. “I think I’m going to fit pretty well here,” he said.And though he may not have expected to be in Arizona, Dennard is not lamenting the fact that he is no longer with the defending Super Bowl champions. After all, he said, it’s tough to be mad when you land with a team as talented as the one he’s currently on. “That’s how God wanted it to be, so I’m just happy to be on the Arizona Cardinals right now.” – / 24 Comments   Share   last_img read more