England striker launches scathing attack on West Ham owner over ‘outrageous slur’ about injury record

first_img1 Charlie Austin and David Sullivan Charlie Austin has hit back at an ‘outrageous slur’ from West Ham owner David Sullivan after he said signing the player would be a big risk for the club.The 26-year-old QPR striker has been linked with a host of Barclays Premier League clubs over the summer after scoring 18 goals as the Hoops dropped out of the top flight last season.West Ham are one of several sides who have reportedly looked to make a move for Austin, who was called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for the final two internationals of the season, but QPR have not budged from their £15million valuation.But, when asked on the Knees Up Mother Brown podcast if Austin was a target, Sullivan was bullish about the former Burnley striker’s injury record.“They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows?” Sullivan said.“To sign a £15m player is a big risk. He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it.“If we had £100m to spend we may say ‘we’ll spend £15m and gamble one-sixth of our budget’. But it’s not one-sixth of our budget, it’d smash our budget to bits.“And he didn’t keep Queens Park Rangers up. If he’d kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different – and a few of those goals were penalties.”Austin released a personal statement on Twitter in reply to the Sullivan comments, defending his fitness and his professionalism.“I feel I have no option but to address the inaccurate, misleading and uninformed innuendo about my physical condition that has been raised today by an individual who is not privy to my personal health history,” his statement read.“It is one of a number of inaccurate reports about my so-called injury problems which have been made over the summer.“For the record, there is nothing wrong with my ‘ligaments’, as has been suggested. My strength and performance in pre-season has been excellent and with two goals in my last two games I don’t think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever.“I scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season, which would not be possible were I feeling discomfort or pain.“Like many professional footballers, I have the legacy of injuries picked up over my career but the effect on my day-to-day training and on matchday is non-existent.“For a senior figure at a Premier League club to insinuate that I could break down at any moment is an outrageous slur on my professionalism and the work that has gone into making me the footballer than I am today. I am fit, strong and looking forward to Saturday’s home game against Rotherham.”The Hammers are keen to add a forward to their squad with Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate all nursing injuries – with boss Slaven Bilic admitting it is a striker he is most likely to bring in before the close of the window.It is understood West Ham had a list of up to 12 forwards who they were looking to bring in, but it appears Austin is not one of them as QPR look to hang on to their main asset in their battle to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.last_img read more

Klopp’s methods making me ‘an even better player’ – Liverpool star Coutinho

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho insists Liverpool are moving in the right direction thanks to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’, but also admits he has a soft spot for former boss Brendan Rodgers.The Brazil international hit a purple patch in late October/November with four goals in three matches, including one in the 4-1 thrashing of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final opponents Manchester City.He is on track to beat the eight goals he got last season, which was his best-scoring campaign at Anfield, and Coutinho believes he has already progressed under Klopp.“It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans,” Coutinho told World Soccer magazine.“In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players.“Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player.“I have been lucky to work under some fine managers already in my career and they have each added an element to my game.“The likes of [Rafael] Benitez, [Mauricio] Pochettino and Dunga are great coaches but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan.“He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club.” 1 Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! La Liga star will NOT be joining Manchester United this summer

first_imgManchester United target Ever Banega has agreed a pre-contract deal with Inter Milan, according to sources in Italy.The 27-year-old had emerged as a potential free signing for United with his contract at Sevilla up in the summer.However, United, as well as Barcelona, appear to have been gazumped by Inter who have persuaded the central midfielder to sign with them.It has been reported that the Argentine was won over by his compatriot Javier Zanetti, who is Inter’s current vice-president.Banega has already completed the first part of his medical with the club and penned a pre-contract, with a three-year deal at the San Siro all agreed. 1 Ever Banega in action for Sevilla last_img read more

Voter satisfaction in California slips in new Field poll

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Six months ago, voters had their brightest outlook on California’s future in the past six years. That didn’t last long. A Field poll released Friday shows that voters now are evenly split over whether the state is headed in the right direction – an attitude fueled by growing frustration over what they believe is failed U.S. immigration policies and poorly performing schools. “People are dissatisfied with the whole state of the country and that affects their opinions toward California,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. The poll indicated that among those who have a dim view of California’s future, the largest proportion – 21percent – cited immigration issues, complaining that the border is not being properly controlled. Of voters expressing optimism, the largest percentage – again 21percent – cited their confidence in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leadership. The poll showed that 42percent of voters thought the state was headed in the right direction and 42percent said it was going in the wrong direction. A survey in March showed that 52percent believed the state was moving in the right direction with 38percent disagreeing. That was the most positive overall assessment since December 2001, prior to the state’s energy crisis and gubernatorial recall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

U.S. bishops say vote can affect personal salvation

first_imgThey have offered similar guidance to Catholics before every presidential race since 1976. While the 30-plus-page document touches widely on Catholic social justice teaching, the bishops said that fighting abortion should be a priority. “The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life is always wrong and is not just one issue among many,” the bishops said. “It must always be opposed.” Catholics make up one-quarter of the electorate nationwide, but do not vote as a bloc, and often do not follow the bishops’ political guidance. Surveys indicate that most don’t choose candidates based on that person’s position on abortion. In the current election season, none of the leading presidential candidates has been reliably anti-abortion. The bishops said that voting for a candidate specifically because he or she supports “an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism” amounts to “formal cooperation in grave evil.” BALTIMORE – Roman Catholic voters and lawmakers must heed church teaching on issues ranging from racism to abortion or risk their eternal salvation, U.S. bishops said Wednesday. The bishops didn’t recommend specific policies or candidates in the 2008 election, and emphasized that “principled debate” is needed to decide what bests promotes the common good. But they warned Catholics that their votes for politicians and laws affect more than just civic life. “Political choices faced by citizens have an impact on general peace and prosperity and also may affect the individual’s salvation,” the bishops said. “Similarly, the kinds of laws and policies supported by public officials affect their spiritual well-being.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly adopted the statement, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” as they ended the public session of their fall meeting. In some cases, Catholics may vote for a candidate with a position contrary to church teaching, but only for “truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences,” according to the statement. The document did not address whether Catholics who violate this guidance should continue to receive Holy Communion. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who helped draft the document, said the bishops are simply asking Catholics to “examine their consciences.” “When you look at eternal salvation, God is the only judge,” said DiMarzio, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. “All we have the ability to do is to warn people.” The document makes clear the broad concerns that keep Catholics from finding a true political home with either the Democrats or Republicans. The bishops said helping the poor should be a top priority in government, providing health care, taking in refugees and protecting the rights of workers, and the bishops highlight the need for environmental protection. However, they also opposed same-sex marriage, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research, in addition to their staunch anti-abortion position. The prelates, who oppose the death penalty, said torture is “always wrong,” and expressed “serious moral concerns” about “preventive use of military force.” But in a very brief floor debate Wednesday before the vote, they heightened their language on terrorism, adding a sentence acknowledging “the continuing threat of fanatical extremism and global terror.” In recent years, some independent Catholics groups have been distributing their own voter booklets, with theological conservatives emphasizing abortion and liberal-leaning groups highlighting church teaching on war, poverty and social justice. The bishops urged Catholics to only use voter resources approved by the church.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘My head is in Manchester’ – United goalkeeper rubbishes exit rumours

first_img1 Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has denied rumours he will return to his former club River Plate in the summer.The Argentine shot-stopper has played second fiddle to David de Gea this season, having made just 10 appearances for the first team.Even if De Gea departs this summer, United are unlikely to promote Romero to first choice, which has left the 29-year-old’s future in doubt.However, Romero has insisted he is content with life at Old Trafford and no move is currently on the cards.“Nobody has contacted me,” Romero told ESPN.“My head is placed in Manchester. In the matches I have played I’ve proved I can do well.” Sergio Romero during training for Manchester United last_img read more

Wales backed to see off Northern Ireland in huge Euro 2016 clash – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales and Northern Ireland will meet in Paris on Saturday evening in a massive Euro 2016 last-16 showdown.The Welsh, with Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in their ranks, are even-money favourites, while the Irish are 7/2.Ireland, meanwhile, face hosts France in Lyon on Sunday and Martin O’Neill’s men are a huge 9-1 to win through to the quarter-finals.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Base your vote on issues, not religion

first_imgIt’s political suicide for a candidate to disavow religious convictions – every candidate has a bungee attached to some church or temple. At the same time there’s a consensus that a candidate’s theological leanings should be a nonissue while evaluating their fitness for office and their decisions in office. For the sake of this column, I’m going to pretend that I feel sorry for politicians when faced with this conundrum. We tell them they better believe in God, and then we tell them God must wait in the lobby when they enter their chambers of judicial, legislative or executive action. Voters will only elect someone who believes that God is king of kings (including presidents), but they become incensed when elected officials seek to politically live out that which they have professed. Essentially we’re tempting our candidates to be double-minded, or as the Bible puts it, hypocrites. This double-mindedness becomes a significant factor when confronted with electing a Mormon for president. No doubt the majority of evangelicals view Mormonism as a cult and are nervous about the kind of momentum a Mormon president might give an already growing sect – although the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 didn’t seem to be a boon for Roman Catholicism. Yet we should be equally nervous about electing a candidate who is readily willing to jettison his or her religious convictions because they’re not politically expeditious. Quite frankly, most politicians claiming adherence to mainline world religions, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic or Jewish, have political world views that would be unrecognizable to any faithful member of their church, parish or temple. Of course, that still doesn’t answer the question: Should evangelicals who believe Mormonism to be biblically abhorrent vote for a Mormon? Heretic or hypocrite – it’s a tough choice. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMy point so far is that we’re left with picking the lesser of evils. I know many resist this saying, “Picking the lesser of evils is still picking evil.” But given the nature of man, unless you’re going to write in “Jesus,” picking the lesser of evils is a logical necessity. And it would appear that the nature of today’s political landscape increases the amount of evil on the ballot. I am under the somewhat cynical conviction that superstar status, especially in politics, requires a healthy amount of soul-selling. This is nothing new. When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, anyone who wanted a position of political power had to make a profession of faith. This not only had a drastically polluting influence upon the church, but it made religious faithfulness a necessary fashion accessory for the upwardly mobile politician. So here we are. Should evangelicals vote for a Mormon? I think a person’s religious convictions are the most important thing in his life. But at the risk of sounding wry, the religious convictions of politicians and other celebrities are so dubious that the amount of disbelief I would need to suspend in order to believe them is more than my tender heart and mind can bear. So I become an issue man. I will vote for the candidate who has the most Christian platform and best promotes, and seeks to live by, Christian ethics. A candidate who is pro-life, pro-marriage, doesn’t believe government should be everyone’s Mary Poppins, will try to protect our nation from invasion and attack and other biblical notions of the purpose of government is my candidate. His heresy or hypocrisy I will leave between him and God. Right now I’m just concerned for my kids. The Rev. Paul Viggiano is pastor of the Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Torrance (e-mail: pastorpaul@integrity.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

4 districts eye ’06 bonds

first_img The high school and Lancaster district each have passed bond measures within the past six years. A $29 million bond measure approved by Lancaster district voters in 1999 was exhausted by the building of Amargosa Creek Middle School and Jack Northrop and West Wind elementary schools and several modernization projects. Money from the $103.6 million bond issue passed by high school district voters in March 2002 will be gone after the building of Eastside High School, the district’s eighth comprehensive high school. Westside officials are looking at the possibility of pursuing a bond measure to help pay for building at least six schools within the next decade. Westside voters in June 1989 narrowly approved an $8.5 million bond measure, passed with 23 votes more than the minimum two-thirds then necessary. In 1998, district voters approved extending the school construction tax to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. “I think that the biggest problem is that you have to have all your financing for schools before the state will give you any money. You have to have a match which is close to 60 percent right now,” Westside Superintendent Regina Rossall said. “There are very few ways to get that without going for a bond.” “Our hope is to be out there dealing with our community. Our parents know that overcrowded schools are not necessarily the best way to provide an education,” Rossall added. “Schools are for everyone’s future. Schools are important to property values.” Beattie said the high school district has reviewed other financing options like special tax districts or a parcel tax, but bonds appear to be the most feasible. “This seems to be the most practical way to do it. If you are building an elementary school and are going to have a neighborhood, it may be that the neighborhood could construct that school with a Mello-Roos (community facilities district) or parcel tax,” Beattie said. “When you are talking about a high school, which serves a much larger area, you need to look at a larger revenue source,” Beattie said. In addition, in the case of a parcel tax, the district would have to hire someone to administer the collection of taxes on all new tracts, Beattie said. “The most practical one with the least impact on extra costs for the district would be the general obligation bond,” Beattie said. High school board President Donita Winn agreed that a bond measure seems the best way to go. “The pros didn’t outweigh the cons on any of (the other options),” Winn said. “None of them seemed to fit this valley, situation or our community. It pretty much boiled down to a bond.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Lancaster, Muroc Joint Unified, and Westside Union school districts are thinking of placing bond measures on the June 6 ballot. Antelope Valley Union High School District wants to put a bond measure on the Nov. 7 ballot. Lancaster and Westside property owners would have to pay for the Antelope Valley Union High School District bond measure as well, if all three pass, because the elementary school districts are within the high school district boundary. Muroc is in Kern County and not affected by other school districts. High school board member Al Beattie said approaching voters later in the year might not necessarily be a disadvantage. “I don’t know that it would hurt our position. Obviously we are going to have to tell the story of our needs,” Beattie said. “There will be less confusion if it’s not mixed up with all the other ballot measures. The November election would bring out more people during a general election.” “I think we need to tell our story, tell of our stewardship of the bond money we received thus far, and how we have managed that fund. When people see that and don’t want 5,500 students on campuses, then they will support it,” Beattie said. LANCASTER – Officials at several school districts that are considering placing school construction bond measures before voters in 2006 are hopeful about the measures passing. The optimism remained despite property owners getting a tax boost from a 2004 Antelope Valley College bond measure for $139 million, and voters in November rejecting a valleywide flood control district that could have added a new property tax. “We are all experiencing the same need for growth,” said Greg Tepe, a member of the Lancaster School District board, one of four districts contemplating bond measures. “In order to house all the students who are moving up here in nice schools, sometimes bonds are necessary to keep our schools modern and safe. “And they are an investment in our community, so hopefully people will support that and recognize that.” last_img read more

King’s legacy not perfect

first_img Some say the civil rights movement sparked a backlash that could reverse gains. Among those concerns are efforts to require a voter ID card in Georgia; the expected confirmation of conservative Judge Samuel Alito to be on the Supreme Court; immigration’s effect on the job market for blacks; and an expected fight next year over reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. “Politically, the group that has gained the most after the civil rights movement was white Southern conservatives,” Bositis said. “They have transformed the Republican Party, which has become the dominant political party.” All 50 states gradually recognized a King holiday. But only one-third of businesses offer a paid holiday, according to the Bureau of National Affairs. Participation in the holiday was enhanced by legislation passed in 1994 establishing the day as one of service. In many places, people will help with projects aimed to improve the community and help the needy. Supporters of the holiday try to discourage businesses from using it as a marketing gimmick. “Martin Luther King would turn over in his grave if he thought he was recognized by a day of shopping and rest,” said former Sen. Harris Wofford, D-Pa., who worked with Rep. John Lewis of Georgia to establish the holiday as a day of service. “The idea that it’s a day on and not a day off is catching on. But the King holiday is well short of what it needs to be,” Wofford said. Three-fourths of those polled say King should be honored with a federal holiday. Blacks almost unanimously favored that, according to the poll of 1,242 adults that included an oversample of blacks. The poll, taken Monday through Thursday, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Accusations that King committed adultery and plagiarized material in academic writings emerged in the years after the holiday was established. Those claims remind people that King had human failings despite his larger-than-life image as a hero of the civil rights movement, said William Boone, a political scientist at Clark Atlanta University. “It does not diminish the mission he was on,” Boone said. “People now have a tendency to sanitize him, to make him more palatable to a broader spectrum of the American population.” For Latoya Williams, a black mother of four from Norfolk, Va., the holiday is a chance to remind her children what King accomplished to give them more opportunities in life. Her children respond with a weary, “We know, Ma.” Replays of King’s soaring “I have a dream” speech from 1963 inspire Williams every time. “When I hear that speech they play on TV every year,” she said, “I still feel that dream.” Demographics and details about racial progress in the United States and the AP-Ipsos poll on attitudes about Martin Luther King Day and racial progress. The survey information comes from a poll of 1,242 adults, conducted Monday through Thursday for the AP by the international polling firm Ipsos. The sample included 312 blacks. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, slightly larger for blacks. The comparative racial information comes from the Census Bureau. WHO COMMEMORATES THE HOLIDAY: Blacks, at 60 percent, were more likely than whites, at 15 percent, to commemorate the holiday. At 13 percent, people age 65 and older were less likely than people in other age groups to participate. People in urban areas, at 30 percent, were more likely than those in the suburbs or rural areas to participate. Single people were more likely than married people to participate. Democrats, at 30 percent, were twice as likely as Republicans, at 14 percent, to get involved. PROGRESS TOWARD THE DREAM: Whites, at 78 percent, were more likely than blacks, at 66 percent, to feel that significant progress has been made toward racial equality. Young adults, at 85 percent, were the most likely to feel significant progress has been made. Those who live in the suburbs were more likely than those in the cities to think progress has been made. Republicans, at 84 percent, were more likely than Democrats, at 72 percent, to think much progress has been made. SHOULD THERE BE A HOLIDAY: Blacks, at 96 percent, were more likely than whites, at 67 percent, to feel that King’s birthday should be a national holiday. People under 50 were more likely than those over 50 to think MLK Day should be a national holiday. Those with a college degree were more likely to feel that way than those with a high school education or less. Democrats, at 84 percent, were more likely than Republicans or independents, to feel the day should be a holiday. ECONOMIC COMPARISON: Comparative numbers on median incomes of whites and blacks from the Census. The median salary is the midpoint of the range salaries. In 1955, when Rosa Parks helped spark the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, blacks’ median annual income was 43 percent of the median income of whites. In 1968, the year King was killed, blacks’ median annual income was 63 percent of whites’ median income. In 1986, the year King’s birthday was made a national holiday, blacks’ median annual income was 68 percent of whites’ median income. In 2003, the most recent year available in the census data, blacks’ median annual income was 81 percent of whites’ median income. – Associated Press MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY SCHEDULE GOVERNMENT:Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed, and the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subways in Los Angeles, Ventura County, Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley will run on a regular schedule. Metrolink trains will run on a limited schedule. BANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. TRASH: Trash pickup in Los Angeles will be on a regular schedule. STORES: Most malls and supermarkets will be open. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three-quarters of those surveyed say there has been significant progress on achieving King’s dream. But only 66 percent of blacks felt that way. “At times, I have felt that we’ve made progress,” said Aubrey Jones, a black deputy warden at a state prison near Macon, Ga. “At other times, I feel we’re at a standstill, especially when you come across instances of individuals being prejudiced.” The obstacles extend beyond instances of discrimination and prejudice. “For a big portion of the African-Americans, there’s not better education,” said David Bositis, an analyst of black issues for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. “There have been some gains made, but it’s uneven. A lot of whites basically say: ‘The civil rights movement has been done. I don’t want to hear about it anymore.”‘ Only 23 percent of respondents say they will do anything to commemorate the national holiday that took effect in 1986 after a lengthy campaign in Congress to honor King. A solid majority of blacks, 60 percent, say they will get involved in holiday activities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anitacenter_img WASHINGTON – Most Americans believe there has been significant progress in achieving Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality, though blacks are more skeptical, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Racial integration has swept across much of American life and blacks have gained economic ground since the height of the civil rights movement. Two decades ago, the government established a federal holiday in honor of the slain civil rights leader. On some measures, such as annual income, blacks have closed the gap considerably with whites over the past few decades, census figures show. The progress for blacks may have stalled, however, and some even fear a possible backlash. “We’ve made great progress over the last 50 years,” said Julian Bond, national chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “Progress has always been stop-and-start, and sometimes back up. We’re in a holding pattern right now.” last_img read more

Young shoppers to get special offers in first Reveal the Teen event

first_imgBusinesses across Letterkenny are going to be treating teenagers to exclusive offers and competitions in the first shopping event of its kind this week. The Reveal the Teen Shopping Event will be hosted by ShopLK this month to celebrate young shoppers. The week of discounts, competitions and events taking place on June 21-24 is designed to welcome and attract more teenagers to Letterkenny after the saving and spending habits of local teens were revealed.A growing list of retailers are already promising top discounts and giveaways for young shoppers. Participating stores include Greene’s Shoes, Backstage Restaurant @ Century Complex, Evolve Menswear, Boots, Magees Pharmacy, Jules Hair & Beauty Supplies, Amelia’s Irish Design & Gifts, Moonshine Coffee House & Craft Studio, Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure, Pats Pizza, Kelco Communications, Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure, Berry Layne, Amazonas Outdoor Store and many more! Visit the Shop LK Facebook page for updates. An Instagram competition will be running throughout the week, and the Shop LK team will be out and about getting photos with their Facebook frame and will giving out prizes to participants.The initiative is the result of a research project by Reveal the Teen, a team led by Evelyn McGlynn of EvelynMcMarketing.com with two Loreto Convent Transition Year students Joanna McMonagle and Claire McGettigan along with Shannon Thackrah, a third year Digital Marketing student at IT Sligo.Evelyn, Shannon, Claire, Joanna and Toni Forrester at the launch of the Reveal the Teen reportThe team carried out research among teens in Donegal looking at teenagers and money, teenagers and social media and teenagers and their recreational time.The results proved interesting to everyone in business and served to help understand the teenage market better. The main lesson in this report for retailers was the need to educate and encourage teens to shop local with student discounts for second level, not just third, and to promote easy returns policies. Evelyn McMarketing, Joanna McMonagle and Claire McGettigan, Gerard McCormick, Magges PharmacyThe Reveal the Teen Shopping Event is designed to be full of activities which will capture the spirit of the Reveal the Teen report. An open invitation has been put out to Letterkenny businesses who want to get involved and attract young customers to their stores.“During the week retailers and outlets are offering discounts and giveaways” explains Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber.“Some retailers are already on board including Evolve Menswear and Berry Layne, Michael Murphy Sports, Magees Chemist, Jules Salon Supplies, Amazonas, Pats Pizza and Moonshine and by the time the 21st comes around we hope to have even more involved over the next week.Greene’s ShoesMichael MurphyEvolve MenswearJules Salon Supplies“The current teen market is very important to local businesses and in general they love shopping locally. These are our future consumers and if this initiative helps in any way to encourage them to shop local then it will have been a success.”“Our thanks for this idea must go to Evelyn McGlynn of Evelyn McMarketing who came up with the whole concept. She is so supportive of TY students and this year’s project was very useful to all of us involved in retail and in retail promotion.” Follow Reveal the Teen on Facebook and ShopLK for more details about the upcoming event.Young shoppers to get special offers in first Reveal the Teen event was last modified: June 20th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny Chamber of Commerceretailreveal the teenShop LKteenagerslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Company requires book-keeper/office administrator

first_imgLeading agricultural machinery outlet McGinty Tractors Limited in Donegal Town, has the above vacancy.We are seeking an enthusiastic, positive candidate, duties to include (but not exclusively) data processing, bookkeeping and office administration.The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years experience working in an office environment. They will be computer literate, have excellent analytical and organisational skills and must have the ability to work both as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. The individual will be responsible for invoicing, debtors and creditors control, reporting financial information to management and other office duties. Experience of working in the motor industry would be an advantage but is not essential.Applications in writing by post or e-mail together with a curriculum vitae for the attention of the Practice Manager at info@jgc.ie  or post to J.G. Carlin & Co. Ltd, Chartered Certified Accountants & Registered Auditors, The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.Tel: 07493 64200Fax: 07493 61955Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 29th September 2017. Job Vacancy: Company requires book-keeper/office administrator was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Donegal TownjobMcGinty Tractorslast_img read more

DONEGAL PEOPLE INVITED TO FREE SEMINAR ON CHOOSING RIGHT CAREER

first_imgWe spend up to 70% of our lives at work so it makes sense to thoroughly investigate what will make it as fulfilling as can be.On Wednesday 28th November at 7- 8.30pm Nicholls Gallagher, Career Advisors, will be hosting a free seminar on “5 things you need to know about choosing the right career” at Rossan College, Letterkenny.With a blizzard of information about encouraging everyone to choose the best options for careers, it can often be very confusing and stressful, especially for young people. “This talk will be helpful for secondary students going into Leaving Cert Year and their parents, people considering a career change and in fact anyone who is unsure what career they should be in,” explains Elaine Nicholls Partner at Nicholls Gallagher.“With so much emphasis on the importance of choosing the right area for a career or role and indeed, the best course or degree, this free seminar offers some insightful and practical tips.”Nicholls Gallagher has over 20 years experience in providing professional guidance in career and education direction.They use a range of techniques including proven psychometric testing, occupational testing and personality analysis. This is combined with one-to-one sessions to uncover interests and work together with people to focus on future career options. The service also comes with a 2 year after care consultancy where clients can get further advice if needed, to refine their CV and receive advice on interview techniques and approach.According to Joe Gallagher, Partner at Nicholls Gallagher, “The idea of the free seminar is to guide people to some practical ways on how to begin to assess what their interests are and how to complement them with qualifications. All are welcome to come along on November 28th at 7pm at Rossan College.”DONEGAL PEOPLE INVITED TO FREE SEMINAR ON CHOOSING RIGHT CAREER was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:FREE CAREERS SEMINARNICHOLLS GALLAGHERlast_img read more

Where’s that Thousand Oaks Vineyard, anyway?

first_img When it initially went on sale last fall, there were three types of Thousand Oaks wine – cabernet, merlot and chardonnay, Gelula said. The producers have since added pinot grigio and white zinfandel. Although Ventura County is considered a good place to grow crops like strawberries, lemons and avocados, its coastal farmland has never been considered wine country, with just a few small vineyards, mostly near Ojai. “When Thousand Oaks was an agricultural area it was basically wheat, barley, cattle and sheep,” said Earl McPhail, Ventura County’s agricultural commissioner. “I very seriously doubt it would ever become a wine-growing region.” On the other hand, several vineyards have developed over the last few decades in the Santa Monica Mountains between Thousand Oaks and Malibu, including the popular Rosenthal Malibu Estate wines from vineyards in the Newton Canyon area above the coastal city. Rosenthal wines are produced in Los Angeles County and offered in some of the areas most exclusive restaurants. Simi Valley residents might have noticed another wine, which has been around since 1876, after Giuseppe and Pietro Simi came from Italy to California. But the Simi Winery is not in Ventura County either. It’s in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, where the Simi brothers eventually settled. Jagath Lakp, manager of a Thousand Oaks 7-Eleven, said he started selling Thousand Oaks Vineyard in December, and sales have tripled as buyers become more familiar with it. “At the beginning they’d say, ‘Oh, Thousand Oaks, what’s this?’ but when they try it they really like it,” said Barbara Cooper, who works in the store. “There are a couple of customers who buy one a day. They say it’s very good wine and it’s inexpensive.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “These are beautiful wines, and sales nationwide are great,” he said. “People are beginning to associate this wine with the 7-Eleven stores.” Oak trees bring to mind the landscape of California, and the Thousand Oaks name was not meant to suggest the wine came from the city of Thousand Oaks, Gelula said. “It was a name that appeals to everyone and connotes the rich tradition of California wines,” he said. As far as the wine attracting particular attention in the city of Thousand Oaks, “It was just sort of a happy coincidence,” he said. “We’re very pleased people in Thousand Oaks are buying it and we’d like to think that they are buying it because it is so good.” THOUSAND OAKS – This eastern Ventura County city is known for its rolling, oak-tree-dotted hills, safe neighborhoods and upscale lifestyle. Now it’s getting name recognition from a $7 bottle of wine sold at 7-Eleven. The Thousand Oaks Vineyard brand has become a big hit at the convenience store, the only place it’s sold. But while it says “Thousand Oaks Vineyard” on the bottle, it’s actually grown in other parts of California and bottled in Sonoma County. Tens of thousands of cases have been sold since last fall in about 3,300 7-Eleven stores in 20 states, said Jonathan Gelula, president of KDM Global Partners, which supplies the wine to the convenience store chain. last_img read more

Motorist shot by CHP still on critical list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHahn said sheriff’s homicide detectives instructed the CHP not to release the man’s name. Sheriff’s officials referred inquiries to the CHP. Recorded by television news helicopters, the chase started just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when a CHP officer tried to pull over the Toyota pickup truck for an unsafe lane change on Victory Boulevard near Woodley Avenue, officials said. The pickup’s driver refused to pull over and got onto the San Diego Freeway, then the Golden State Freeway and the Antelope Valley Freeway, officials said. The truck got off the freeway at Pearblossom Highway. At the Four Points intersection, a CHP car nudged the truck as it made a left turn onto Fort Tejon Road. The truck spun into a field beside the road, and CHP cars closed in. At least five officers pointed pistols at the truck as its wheels spun and it moved back and forth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A motorist shot by California Highway Patrol officers at the end of a 50-mile chase remained hospitalized in critical condition, officials said Wednesday. Authorities did not identify the man, believed to be a Palmdale resident, who was shot after he refused to get out of his pickup truck after it was nudged by a CHP patrol car and spun into a field. “The driver started inching forward. Officers fearing for their lives … shot him,” CHP spokeswoman Officer Wendy Hahn said. Sheriff’s homicide detectives, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the CHP are all investigating the shooting, which occurred just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pearblossom Highway’s Four Points intersection in east Palmdale. last_img read more

THE THUNDER ROLLS INTO ROONIES NIGHTCLUB THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

first_imgThe Irish Garth Brooks Experience is coming to Roonies Nightclub as part of their “The Thunder Rolls Tour” this Friday the 29th of August.The innovative management at Roonies have secured top class entertainment all summer at the popular venue, which is based in the scenic seaside village of Dunfanaghy.Last month an Oasis tribute band wowed the crowds at Roonies, and the much revered Garth Brooks experience is expected to attract a huge crowd, especially after the disappointment of the cancelled Croke Park concerts. The live 6-piece band put on an amazing show and if your a Garth Brooks fan or just love quality live music then this is a night not to be missed!!They’ve sold out the “The Academy in Dublin and other renowned music venue’s in recent months.Doors open @9:30 pm and the band starts at 10pm SHARP!!DJ after the band will play until til late. €12 admission, but check the Roonies Facebook page for a chance to win free admission and a €20 drinks voucher.THE THUNDER ROLLS INTO ROONIES NIGHTCLUB THIS FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesGarth BrooksnewsPromoted PostRoonieslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND

first_imgDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL)Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – Talks and Discussions led by Fr. James Sweeney on Thursday 27th November 2014. Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm, Venue: Dunkineely Community Ltd Offices/The Manse Dunkineely.If you are interested and wish to come along just call the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or 087 3421922 or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com or if you wish to just come along. Please note the talks/discussions would not be suitable for anyone who experienced a suicide in the past year as the subject would be too raw for them.Haiti Project Fund – A Gospel Concert & Musical evening in Dunkineely Methodist Church on Friday 28th November at 8:00pm in aid of Haiti Project Fund.All proceeds will be used to provide free health clinics to those in isolated areas, re-build a teacher training centre and provide supplies for schools, children’s homes and clubs. Thank you kindly for your support.Tir Boghaine – Are you Caring for someone at home? A support group for carers meets on the third Monday of each Month in Killybegs Hospital Day centre at 7:30 pm. If you are coping alone or isolated by your role as a carer, why not come along to the support group.All carers can share their knowledge and support and have opportunities to partake in training sessions.The next meeting will take place on Monday 15th December at 7:30pm in Killybegs Hospital.For more information contact Eileen – Tir Boghaine on 074 9733111 / 074 9733113 or Email: tirboghaine@gmail.comDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityDunkineely LTDFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

FAMILY ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AS VAN CRASHES INTO HOUSE AS THEY UNLOAD SHOPPING

first_imgThis was the image taken the morning after the van hit the house. You can see extensive damage to the roof and walls.A terrified mother-of-three has called on Donegal County Council to erect a crash barrier outside her home after an out-of-control van careered into the side of her house on Saturday night. Terrified Joanne Lindsay Butler and her family were unloading shopping at the time of the crash which she said rocked the house to its foundations.Amazingly it’s the SECOND time the family have cheated serious injury after another vehicle hit their house three years ago. Joanne and her family have been living in their 200 year old stone home at Cashel na gCorr just outside Gortahork for the last six years.Three years ago, on Easter Sunday morning the family awoke to find a car a sandwiched between their house and the back wall.The car which was leaking petrol was dangerously wedged against a gas cylinder which could have started a fire.To make matters worse those involved in that initial incident three years ago fled the scene and it wasn’t until the next morning they discovered the car. Joanne then decided to place two boulders place at the corner of the road just above their house to prevent another car crashing into their house.The was the scene that greeted Joanne and her family on Easter Sunday morning three years ago.However, on Saturday night history repeated itself as a van careered off the road and catapulted into the side of their home.Joanne told Donegal Daily, “We were just unloading the shopping from the car when we heard a loud bang and then we felt everything shake.“We then realised a van had struck the front of the house, it had struck both of the boulders and that reduced its impact but it caused the van to somersault and hit our roof.“Our three children who are aged five, six and eight were absolutely terrified and I took them inside and sent my husband to check on the driver. “The van was absolutely mangled as you can imagine, the driver stumbled out of the van and asked to use the bathroom.“However, as soon as he got to the bathroom, he collapsed, we had called Now Doc as soon as the car hit the house so thankfully they arrived soon after.This was the image taken on the night the van careered into the house.The driver was then taken to hospital where it was discovered he had broken bones in his back an he had also sustained injuries to his head.He remains in hospital and will undergo further assessment over the next number of days. Joanne and the family were forced to spend the night in nearby hotel Loch Altán.Gardaí had informed them they wanted to survey the scene in daylight.Joanne said, “We spent the night in Loch Altán as the Gardaí didn’t want to move the car that night, they wanted to wait until the morning to survey the scene properly.“It was only in the light of day that we were able to see the damage for ourselves, it was scary to think what could have happened if the boulders weren’t there.“The Gardaí actually said that if it was a modern day home the van would’ve breached the house properly.“Our house is over two hundred years old and the old stone it’s made from saved us from even more damage.“Our kids sleep right at that part of the house and it’s terrifying to think what could’ve happened if the kids were sleeping in the room.“They can’t sleep in the room at the minute because of the damage done, and they won’t go into the room unattended to get toys or clothes from the room.“The kids are naturally very shook up the incident as we all are, the sleeping arrangements aren’t ideal at the minute but we’re just thankful nobody was fatally injured.“We’re just hoping there hasn’t been too much structural damage to the home because of the age of the house.Joanne contacted all her local County Councillors but said that only two responded to her calls.Sinn Féin Cllr John Sheamuis O’Fearraigh visited Joanne and her family and listened to their concerns and said he would raise the matter with his delegates in Lifford.Independent Cllr Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig contacted the family via phone but wasn’t optimistic about their chances of having a crash barrier erected.The cost of erecting a crash barrier can cost anything up to €5,000 and Mac Giolla Easbuig doesn’t think the council would pay for the barrier because it’s not on a main road.Joanne said, “There’s no way we can afford €5,000 to erect a crash barrier, but I’m hoping the council can view this as a unique situation now that there’s been two serious accidents in just three years.“It’s a miracle that nobody has been killed, and we just want a barrier erected so it can protect our family.“Will it take someone to lose their live before they do something, I really hope they can do something about the situation.“We can’t afford the money required for a crash barrier so we’re hoping the issue can be resolved, until then I’m on the look out for two new boulders.”FAMILY ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AS VAN CRASHES INTO HOUSE AS THEY UNLOAD SHOPPING was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:barriercrashDonegal County Councilgortahorklast_img read more

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR ‘AUTISM FRIENDLY’ MINIONS FILM AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS

first_imgMr HolmesAn aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Released 19th June:  Certificate PG:  Run Time 104minsThe Longest RideAfter an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.Released 19th June:  Certificate 12A:  Run Time 128mins EntourageMovie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.Released 19th June:  Certificate 15A:  Run Time 104minsTractor Ted – All About Tractors – 12 noon shows: €1.80/£1.50A fun and informative real-life video, available from www.tractorted.co.uk, for young children. We go on a visit to the New Holland factory to see how a tractor is made, then Les shows us his shiny new tractor. There’s another great song, “I Love Tractors”, and we see some of the many jobs a tractor can do – lifting, pushing, pulling and working on some very smelly jobs tooFor Two Days Only – 20th/21st June Certificate G:  Run time 40mins Autism Friendly FilmMinions – Saturday 27th June @ 3pmNew Releases – tickets on sale now!!Minions 2D/3D – Release Date 26th June Terminator Genisys – Release Date 2nd JulyMagic Mike XXL – Release Date 3rd JulyEclipse Classics – Coming Soon27th July: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)24th Aug: Dirty Dancing (1987)TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR ‘AUTISM FRIENDLY’ MINIONS FILM AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

MYSTERY NOTE AND CASH LEAVES RESTAURANT OWNER ‘BREWING’ WITH DELIGHT

first_imgThe note sent from the mystery customer.One humble coffee drinker has restored a Donegal business owner’s faith in humanity.Staff at the Hatter Tea Room in the Twin Towns received a letter in the post this week from across the border.Inside was a crisp ten euro bill and a handwritten note. A spokesman for the restaurant said “We just want to thank the wonderful person who sent us this.“If you read the note it says that they forgot to pay for coffee and a scone on the 11th of July, a senior moment.“A really nice thing to do and we are just humbled by the genuine honesty of the people around us.”The restaurant added that they would love to see the customer again. “We will keep the note until the person comes back and it will wait patiently beside the coffee machine for their return.”MYSTERY NOTE AND CASH LEAVES RESTAURANT OWNER ‘BREWING’ WITH DELIGHT was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalMAD HATTER TEA ROOMtwin townslast_img read more

CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO CO-HOST SECOND CAROL TRAIL

first_imgInside St Eunan’s CathedralThe Cathedral Quarter committee will co-host Letterkenny’s second ecumenical carol service on The Church Lane on Friday, 18th December at 7.30pm.Organised in association with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team, the carol service is facilitated by Trinity Presbyterian Church, St Eunan’s Cathedral and Conwal Parish Church. The event marks the second ‘Community Carol Trail’ in Letterkenny and all are welcome to come along and participate in a very memorable evening.The carol trail will begin with Christmas Carols and readings at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Letterkenny’s main street at 7.30pm.Carol singers are asked to be in the church around 7.15pm, where the group will sing two hymns and listen to a short reading. Derek Fleming will play the organ in the church and at various other points on the trail. The group will then make its way up the Church Lane in a candlelit procession which is being put together by Letterkenny CDP and donations can be made on the night. The group will stop mid-way outside the Gospel Hall where a short passage will be read.Then it’s off to the top of the Church Lane and left towards Mount Southwell, stopping outside Cullinane Steele Architects at the Market Square. This building was once home to the Methodist Church in Letterkenny and here the group will listen to a short reading, followed by a rendition of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. This famous carol was written by Charles Wesley, younger brother of the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley.The next stop on the trail is the landmark of Letterkenny, St. Eunan’s Cathedral, where another two well known Christmas carols will be sung, followed by a short reading. The carol service will end at Letterkenny’s oldest building, Conwal Parish Church at the top of the Church Lane for more carols and a short reading.The evening will finish with tea and mince pies sponsored by The Mountcharles Group who provide catering for Pramerica at Conwal Parish Church Centre. Hymns on the night include: ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’, Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David’s City, Love Came Down at Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem. This unique event promises to be a very special evening and hopes to give people the chance to take time and reflect on the real message of Christmas; ‘goodwill to all.’ The Cathedral Quarter would like to thank Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Billy Alexander and Reverend Tommy Bruce from the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Very Reverend Fr Eamonn Kelly and his secretary from St Eunan’s Cathedral, Canon Stuart Wright from Conwal Parish Church and Dessie Larkin, Town Centre Manager.So, come along on Friday, 18th December and enjoy a very special night in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO CO-HOST SECOND CAROL TRAIL was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN MAN AND TWO SONS ACCUSED OF MURDER

first_imgA Donegal man and his two sons are in police custody following a gruesome murder in England two weeks ago.Robert Derek Johnston, 56, who is originally from Donegal Town, and his sons Ben, 26, and Tom, 24, are accused of killing Shaleem Amar in Sunningdale, near Ascot, Berkshire.Shaleem Amar, a 33-year-old father of three, was found dying in the back of a van having suffered serious injuries. Mr Amar, who subsequently died, was only dsicovered when armed officers pulled the van over on the A30 almost two weeks ago.Within days the four men including the Johnstons from Pimipisford near Cambridge and another man, Shaun Matthews, of Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, 54, were charged with murder.They accused men are now in custody awaiting trial at Reading Crown Court on March 1st.A post-mortem examination showed Mr Amar, who had moved to Sunningdale with his family just two months ago, died from head injuries.Mr Johnston moved to England from his Donegal town home about 30 years ago.www.donegaldaily.com spoke to a number of people who remember father once owning a garage in the town.EndsDONEGAL TOWN MAN AND TWO SONS ACCUSED OF MURDER was last modified: December 2nd, 2010 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

PROMISING BOXER SHOT JOGGER THREE TIMES FROM CAR

first_imgThe accused man Darren Kelly. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A promising young boxer shot and injured a man three times while he was out exercising.The shooter, Darren Kelly, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury. Kelly, 20, appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to the charge.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan revealed how a jogger was out with  friend in Letterkenny at 9.30pm on October 2nd, 2014.He felt a sharp pain to his head and he initially thought he had been hit by a stone from a passing car.He jogged on but then felt another pain in his right arm and again outside a local petrol station he felt yet another pain in his arm.The man then noticed a black VW Passat passing him by and a man was in the passenger seat holding a gun.He got the registration of the car but it managed to speed off.The injured man immediately went to Letterkenny Garda station and reported the shooting.Pictures of the jogger’s injuries were handed into court.Inspector Sheridan said the gun, understood to be a pellet gun, had the capability of piercing the skin.Solicitor for Kelly of Ard McCool, Stranorlar, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was under the influence of other people in the car.He said his client was very sorry for what had happened saying he was a man of considerable talent in the boxing ring.He asked for a period of time to compensate the victim.Judge Paul Kelly said “This was extraordinary behaviour going around with a gun in a car shooting at people.”He adjourned the case until October 24th next and ordered a probation and supervision report join the accused.PROMISING BOXER SHOT JOGGER THREE TIMES FROM CAR was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:darren kellydonegalgunjoggershootinglast_img read more

Fashion emerges from discards

first_imgLA SOLEDAD, Mexico – Empty candy wrappers, potato chip bags and cookie packages that once littered roads and filled Mexican dumps are now making fashion statements in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. Indian men and women from the central state of Mexico have converted the food labels into colorful women’s clutches, shoulder bags and hip belts that are selling on Web sites and in upscale U.S. boutiques and department stores for up to $200 apiece. The idea began here with the nonprofit Group for the Promotion of Education and Sustainable Development, or Grupedsac, an organization that since 1987 has helped poor Mexican Indians become self-sufficient through development projects that also aim to preserve the environment. Solar energy, water cisterns, irrigation systems, organic food cultivation and housing construction are among the many initiatives the group has brought to dozens of residents in La Soledad and other poor communities in Mexico State, which surrounds Mexico City on three sides. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Making purses out of nonbiodegradable packaging started about eight years ago, after a visitor to Grupedsac’s training center taught a group of women how to mold candy and food-wrapper chains into small change purses. The classes inspired Edith Samanao, a social worker with Grupedsac who at the time was teaching women how to sew and make stuffed animals. Samanao learned from her mother years ago how to weave suspenders and belts out of wrappers, but she didn’t know how to make the purses. “We realized that it was actually very easy to do,” she said, adding that soon she and her students began making larger purses as well as designing and manufacturing their own backpacks, bracelets, earrings and placemats. Recently, they added a new item to their collection: belts made from metal beer-can tabs. In early 2004, Grupedsac began looking in earnest for ways to market the purses, initially distributing them to small gift stores and boutiques in Mexico, project coordinator Olivia Mogollon said. Later that year, a daughter of Grupedsac Executive Director Margarita Barney de Cruz brought a few purses with her to show to friends in Palm Beach, Fla, where they quickly caught the attention of retired British textile manufacturer Stanley Cohen and his wife, Elaine. The couple were so attracted by the bags’ designs and socially conscious origins that they began buying them in bulk from Grupedsac in 2005. The organization currently provides the Cohens with up to 150 bags, plus dozens of belts, a week. The Cohens resell them to Bloomingdale’s branches and small boutiques throughout the state of Florida, as well on their Web site, www.Sweetiepurse.com. “Customers love them,” said Stanley Cohen. “They sell from age 8 to 88.” Miami-based entrepreneur Jonathan Marcoschamer began buying the purses more than two years ago – first from a woman who learned how to make them at Grupedsac and now directly from the nonprofit group. Marcoschamer says he has distributed the purses to 250 high-end boutiques in Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities, as well as to other countries, including Japan. “The product has a really significant `wow’ factor,” he said. Marcoschamer says the product also appeals to the socially aware. “In the U.S. and Europe and around the world, there is more consciousness toward the environmentally friendly,” he said. “We try to communicate the fact that the products are one-of-a-kind, made from materials that would have ended up in landfills, that are now giving people the chance to earn a living.” Keeping up with production isn’t easy for the 40 women from Grupedsac who manufacture bags for export. Due to their elaborate, handmade construction, each artisan is able to turn out only five small purses, or two large purses, each week. Grupedsac pays the Mexican artisans somewhere between $10 and $20 per purse, depending on each product’s size and complexity. The group then marks up the bags by 20 percent to 25 percent for export, investing all proceeds back into the nonprofit organization, said Mogollon, who along with Barney volunteers her time at Grupedsac. Graciela Cristobal, a housewife and mother of four, said before Grupedsac came along, many men in her small community of San Lucas Ocotopec emigrated to the United States because they couldn’t make a living as subsistence farmers. “By selling our products, we have some income to help our husbands stay here and continue working the land,” she said. The purses can be found in Mexico, both in outdoor markets and small specialty shops. Some are distributed by Grupedsac, while others are peddled on the street by unrelated artisans who have picked up the technique on their own. The women of Grupedsac make the purses in their homes and occasionally get together as a group, as they did on a recent day here in La Soledad. Displayed on one of the artisan’s work tables was an elegant black and white clutch purse that upon closer inspection revealed the secret of its design: hundreds of bar codes cut out of product packages and woven together. A shiny shoulder bag that glimmered as if made of copper was actually composed of the inverted wrappers of chocolate cookies. “We never thought they would become so fashionable,” Barney said, “or that they would end up being sold in New York.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Transfer ALERT! Everton, West Brom and Torino all in hunt for Italian striker

first_img Italian striker Diego Falcinelli scored 13 goals last season 1 Everton and West Brom have been joined by Torino in the hunt for Sassuolo hotshot Diego Falcinelli.The 25-year-old impressed out on loan at Crotone this term, scoring 13 goals in 35 Serie A outings during the stint.That form has attracted the interest of West Brom and Everton, both of whom will be in the market for a new striker when the window opens.The Baggies endured a torrid time in front of goal during the course of the season with their top scorer, Salomon Rondon, finishing the campaign with just eight goals in the league.Meanwhile, Everton may have to replace star striker Romelu Lukaku, who seems set to leave Goodison Park this summer.Reports in Italy have suggested that Falcinelli is an option for both clubs but now Torino have joined the race too.It is unclear whether the 25-year-old is open to moving to England having spent his entire career to date in his homeland.last_img read more

Given insists Hart NOT at fault for Scotland goals and is still England’s No.1

first_imgShay Given has leapt to the defence of Joe Hart, insisting he doesn’t deserve to be axed as England’s first-choice goalkeeper.Having lost his starting spot at Manchester City, Hart is now facing a battle to keep hold of his Three Lions jersey having been criticised for his failure to keep out both of Scotland’s goals in the 2-2 draw in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.Ex-England captain Terry Butcher has led the calls for him to be dropped and replaced by Jack Butland in the wake of his display against the Scots.But while Given is expecting big things from Butland in the future, he does not believe Hart should be discarded by Gareth Southgate just yet.Given, a former teammate of Hart’s at Manchester City, told talkSPORT: “They were two fantastic free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths.“The media and people on social media are on his case and I don’t see it. Your job as a goalkeeper is to protect your side of the goal and the wall protects the other side. Joe has protected his own side and it has gone the other side, over the wall.“It is inevitable that Jack Butland will be first choice for England. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, he has got a huge future, but Joe is in possession at the top and, for me, they weren’t mistakes against Scotland.“I thought there were two fantastic Leigh Griffiths free-kicks and it is taking credit away from Leigh Griffiths to be honest.”Hart is facing an uncertain future, with Manchester City’s decision to sign Ederson this summer ending any hopes he may have had of playing for the club again.The 30-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Torino, insists he has yet to receive any serious offers this summer, but Given reckons there will be plenty of interest in him.He added: “I would be very surprised if Joe is not in the Premier League next season. Probably not at Man City of course with the new signing they have got but another top club will be looking at Joe definitely.”last_img read more

Donegal newspaper owners ordered to pay €192,000 to Waterbus directors

first_imgDamages of €96,000 each has been awarded by the High Court to two directors of a waterbus service operating in Donegal Bay after finding that they were defamed in articles in a local newspaper.Mr Justice Paul McDermott said Daniel Ward and Sean Quinn were entitled to the awards against the Donegal Times Ltd, The Diamond, Donegal town and its editor, Liam Hyland, who wrote the articles. The Irish Examiner reports that both men, the judge found, had suffered “very serious damage” to their respective personal and professional reputations.Mr Ward is the financial controller and Mr Quinn the CEO of Donegal Town Enterprises Scheme Ltd, which operates a leisure boat known as the Donegal Waterbus.Mr Quinn and Mr Ward had brought defamation proceedings against the paper and editor over articles published by the paper in September and October 2013.They claimed the articles defamed them and wrongly alleged they were involved in financial mispractices and mismanagement of monies associated with the Donegal Waterbus.Donegal Town Enterprise Scheme Ltd is a not-for-profit community scheme that promotes marine and tourism activities in and around both Donegal Bay.Mr Justice McDermott said he was satisfied the men had been defamed in the articles. Their good names had been damaged, they had suffered in their communities, and they were entitled to damages, he said.Donegal newspaper owners ordered to pay €192,000 to Waterbus directors was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

OLYMPIAN TREACY TO LAUNCH DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP 10TH ANNIVERSARY

first_imgSport plays a huge part in the lives of many people in Donegal and this again will be highlighted in a special event in which Mr John Treacy, Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Sports Council together with Minister of State Dinny McGinley will attend.Both men will be guests of honour for a special sports event in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Donegal Sports Partnership.The event, which takes place on December 2nd commencing at 7:00pm, will also see the launch of  ‘Active Donegal 2011 – 2014’ which is the company’s new strategic plan. Over the past ten years the Local Sports Partnership in Donegal has been supporting and promoting sport and physical activity in the North West with many new and innovative initiatives being developed to encourage greater participation in sport.Among the recent developments have been;• The establishment of a dedicated education and training programme for sports club development, for schools and communities.• A Sports Inclusion Disability Project which provides participation opportunities for People with Disabilities (a report on the progress of this project will be available on the night) • A cross border sports programme which develops cross community and cross border opportunities.• Walking and cycling initiatives to support community development.The first part of the night in the Aura Sports Centre will showcase many of the organisations programmes where groups of young and the not so young will provide a demonstration of fun physical activities followed by the launch of ‘Active Donegal 2011 – 2014’Also taking place on the night will be the presentation of the Donegal County Council Sports Bursary Awards where Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Noel McBride along with County Manager, Seamus Neely will present the counties elite athletes with bursaries to support their ongoing training and development.Donegal Sports Partnership invites anyone with an interest in sport and physical activity to come along on Friday 2nd December in the Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex and enjoy the festivities which will commence at 7:00pm sharp. Anyone interested in coming along on the night should let the Donegal Sports Partnership staff know either via email to info@activedonegal.com or by calling 074 9116078 or16079.OLYMPIAN TREACY TO LAUNCH DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP 10TH ANNIVERSARY was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

ENTRIES BEGIN THIS EVENING (WED) FOR NORTH WEST 10K

first_imgEntries for Sunday’s North West Charity 10k will begin at Letterkenny Community Centre on this evening from 6 p.m. to 7.30 and will continue until Saturday evening.The registrations will also be taken upstairs at the Community Centre on this Thursday and Friday evenings from 6.00 to 7.30 p.m and on Saturday evening from 4.00 to 7.00 p.m.With a huge turnout expected for the charity event the organizers are appealing to all walkers and runners to come and register early where they will receive their numbers and t-shirts. Also the athletes will pick up their chip for the run. All those coming for the 10k can avail of free car parking at McGinley Motors. There will be no parking permitted at the Community Centre. Meanwhile, the Pearse Road will be closed for a period to facilitate the charity event. Participants, spectators and motorists are asked to comply with the Gardai and marshals in the interests of safety and smooth running of the event. ENTRIES BEGIN THIS EVENING (WED) FOR NORTH WEST 10K was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES

first_imgGAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESTicket collection for Sunday’s Historic All-Ireland quarter-final v Kerry can be collected tomorrow, Thursday between 8pm and 9pm in the Clubhouse. Please keep an eye on your e-mail and Facebook in case the collection has to be moved to Friday evening – if you don’t hear or see anything, come ahead on Thursday night. The Minor Board Executive are also having a meeting on Thursday evening at 7pm. Please be on time so we can be finished for the ticket collection.The Minor Football Div. 1 League semi-finals scheduled for this Friday (August 3rd) have been postponed, they will be reaffixed for the following week. Details when we get them.  Please remember to pay for your Club Tie if you have not already done so….. There are a few extra ties (€15) if anyone wants to get their hands on one, a very limited number so be quick if you want one. Best of luck to Rory, Kevin and Donegal on Sunday as they travel to Croke Park to take on Kerry for the first time in Championship action.The Senior hurlers had a good win over MacCumhaills last Wednesday and if Burt beat MacCumhaills our boys will meet Burt in the Final.The Minor boys footballers claimed the Northern Board League title last week courtesy of a 1-08 to 0-08 win over Cloughaneely in Dunfanaghy, they take on Aodh Rua, Ballyshannon in the county semi-final this Friday (Aug. 3rd) in Ballybofey. They also have championship quarter-final first leg away to Urris this Wednesday (Aug. 1st).The U14 boys are also in Championship action on Wednesday evening at home to MacCumhaills, the winners will meet Buncrana in the Northern final. They had a huge win over Naomh Conaill in last week’s League Final winning by 1-20 to 0-03.The Friday Evening Hurling & Camogie Academy is on a two week break and will return on Friday, August 17th. The Sunday morning Football Academy is also on a break and will return on August 19th.The U16 Hurlers had a walk over from the Gaels last Thursday. They play away this Thursday against MacCumhaills. The bus will leave at 5:45pm.The U12 Hurlers had a good win away to the Gaels. They play at home to MacCumhaills this Thursday. U16 Hurling training is on every Monday at 5:30pm in O’Donnell Park. U12 Hurling training Tuesday at 5:30. As usual all new hurlers welcome.Money is now being collected for the Club Ties for those still to pay. If you ordered one and still haven’t got it, contact Paul McGovern on 086-8114151 to arrange collection. There are still a limited number available for anyone that wants to get their hands on one.Rumour has it that Brian Kelly has a milestone birthday in the next week or so (Lordy, Lordy!!).The Letterkenny Reunion will have their Gaelic Match next Wednesday, August 8th in the Park and is always great entertainment. There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot. 3 winners matched 3 numbers and win €35 each: Dessie Larkin, New Mills; Neil Campbell and Kieran Tobin, Orchard Grove (all card). Numbers drawn were: 1-3-11-24. Next week’s Jackpot is €2,200.We extend our sympathies to the Grimes family on the sad passing of Frank, a true gentleman.Paul McGovernGAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

VICTORY OVER KERRY: McFADDEN HAILS RORY AND KARL FOR SEALING WIN

first_imgTV3 Man of the Match Colm McFadden may have bagged 1-05 in today’s cracking Croker clash with Kerry.But he recognised superb work at the end by his teammates helped seal victory.Karl Lacey’s point to take Donegal back into a two-point lead at the end followed great work in midfield by Rory Kavanagh. “With us being six points up we thought we were safe but Kerry showed us all how good a team they are to bring it back to a point,” said Colm“We are just delighted that Rory Kavanagh won the final midfield ball and got it off to Karl Lacey to give us that two-point cushion.”The star forward warned however that Donegal are only back in a semi-final.“It is so good to beat Kerry but we are just back where we were last year,” said McFadden. “Cork are next and it will be a big big test – Cork are the form team at the minute and it is something to look forward to,” he said.The St Michael’s player admitted his goal was jammy.“The goal now was a fortunate one. I just wanted to put into the back post to Murphy and just fortunately he went to compete for it and it went straight into the net.“It doesn’t matter whose goal it is, as long as it went it. It was a great lift that early in the game,” said McFadden.He added: “It’s fantastic to be back where we were last year again. There’s going to be big work done in the next three weeks to try and go one step further and get to an All-Ireland final.” VICTORY OVER KERRY: McFADDEN HAILS RORY AND KARL FOR SEALING WIN was last modified: August 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:VICTORY OVER KERRY: McFADDEN HAILS RORY AND KARL FOR SEALING WINlast_img read more

STUNNING BOOK ON 100 YEARS OF KILMACRENNAN SOCCER SET TO MAKE DEBUT

first_imgA book chronicling the history of soccer in the Kilmacrennan area over the last century will be launched on Friday next, August 31st, in the Anglers Haven at 8pm.‘Kilmacrennan FC – an illustrated history’ is a 344 page hard-back publication that has been compiled by Kilmacrennan Celtic FC’s Trevor Gorman and is the culmination of 18 months of research.Speaking about the book – it’s in full colour and contains 556 photos – Trevor explained that the club received 75 per cent funding from the Donegal Local Development Company for the project. “I got a great deal of help from a number of people – Tony Gorman, Hugo McDaid, Paddy McMenamin, James Doherty, Mairead Shields, Oran Doherty and Gavin Gorman all made vital contributions. 500 books have been printed and at this stage we are all looking forward to the launch,” Trevor commented.“The stories told in the book by the people of Kilmacrennan help recreate the special moments of a club which has some of the most devoted and proud people in football. Each section reflects the triumphs and disasters in the long history of football in our village. Some recall thumping victories, where individual players rose gloriously to the occasion and others remind us of the brittle fragility of junior football. Matches are memorable for goals, major incident, end to end free flowing football, or sometimes simply a special occasion like the 1953 youth cup final in Swilly Park,” he added.Describing the book a unique collection of memorable and evocative photographs, Trevor said its primary aim is to bring to life the memories of the history of one of Donegal’s most cherished football clubs.“Much has happened in the last century –  too much to record fully in the book. To give our story meaning we must seek out land marks, find moments to explain much in a short space of time. Players such as Murray, Strain, Burke and Grant, the famous 1996 Downtown cup final, the pursuit of our first Donegal Premier League title and the white hot excitement as the women toured the country in search of national cup silverware are all treasured memories of the ‘Kilmac’ faithful. ” Trevor continued: “The stories surrounding these games have been compiled through research from old newspapers, from talking to older supporters and former players and delving into the few other books written about the club and its history. It has been a privilege to bring together the special memories of a football club so rich in tradition.“In recent years I have my own recollections as a coach, a player and a supporter which go back to the early 90’s. However, organised football in Kilmacrennan dates back to 1922 when Johnnie Gorman, the great grandfather of the club we know today, and his original pioneers , organised a ‘footballers ball’ to fund the running of a cup competition in Kilmacrennan and also to enter a team to compete in other local summer cups at a time when there was no league football and cup was king.”He added: “I hope all Kilmac fans and football lovers in general will enjoy reading of the elation, despair, celebration and heartbreak in the fortunes of all our teams over the years, have a greater understanding of the history of this great club, and what makes it tick.”STUNNING BOOK ON 100 YEARS OF KILMACRENNAN SOCCER SET TO MAKE DEBUT was last modified: August 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:STUNNING BOOK ON 100 YEARS OF KILMACRENNAN SOCCER SET TO MAKE DEBUTlast_img read more

DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHT

first_imgDONEGAL’S All-Ireland winning stars will be at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny this evening – along with the Sam Maguire of course!The popular hotel’s is marking the opening of its new function room which will be even more popular with Glenswilly players and fans – it’s being called the Glenswilly Room!To mark the occasion there will be a dance this eveing with the Sam Maguire and some of the county players there for the official opening. Doors open at 9.30pm with a €5 entry fee – and all the proceeds with go to the Players’ Training Fund. DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHT was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHTlast_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURES

first_imgNaomh Mhure Ladies CLG U-16s who defeated Glenswilly this eveningNOTE to all clubs. As part of increasing the profile of the Ladies GAA, clubs are encouraged to send results and match reports to Donegal Daily on info@donegaldaily.comA busy weekend coming up on the Ladies GAA Calender.First the County Minor ladies play Cavan in the championship on Saturday. The girls hope to continue on from their fine performance when they were victorious against Tyrone. This game takes place in Breffni Park with throw in at Midday. This weekend also sees all three divisions continue.The fixtures are as follows:Division 1.St. Eunans vs Termon. Glenfin vs Moville.Division 2.Dungloe vs Aodh RuadhGlenties vs KilcarCloughaneely vs Convoy Four Masters vs Milford.Division 3.St. Nauls vs UrrisConvoy vs Termon Carndonagh vs KillybegsGaoth Dobhair vs LetterKenny GaelsBuncrana vs Red Hughes.GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more

HARPS PREPARE FOR CUP SHOWDOWN WITH STIFF LEAGUE TEST IN LONGFORD

first_imgWith the season fast approaching its end, Finn Harps make the trip to Longford on Saturday evening with all the pressure on the home side (kick-off 7.45pm).For the second season in a row, Longford look like they have thrown away the chance of automatic promotion as the season enters the final straight.For Finn Harps, promotion looks like it has gone for another year and Peter Hutton’s side will travel to Longford on Saturday with one eye already on the following weeks FAI Cup Quarter-Final against Drogheda United at Finn Park. “This weekend’s clash with Longford will be a good test but one we must look forward to,” said Hutton earlier this week.“We have a good record against them and we hope that continues. Longford are still very much in the promotion hunt and will view each game now as a must win. We on the other hand must look to the cup as our main priority now so we should go and enjoy the game but continue to finish the league campaign as strong as possible.”Last Saturday, Harps came out on the wrong side of a five goal game in Cobh against a side who they had knocked out of the Cup in the same St. Colmans Park venue just six days earlier.“Whilst we were disappointed with the result I was happy with the level of performance in general,” said Hutton of the 3-2 defeat at the Cork venue. “Defensively we gifted the three goals with some slack play and should have done better in preventing situations developing higher up the pitch. We got off to a great start with a really well worked goal with a real footballing passage of play down our right side which was finished well by Pat McCann. Cobh then got an equalizer from a very dubious penalty when young Kynan Rocks went down very easily in the box.“We managed though to take the lead again with a well taken goal by young Shane McGinty from the edge of the box but again we couldn’t hold on after Kynan Rocks was allowed to get away from three of our defenders to set up Stanton for Cobh’s second equalizer.“The second half we dominated possession for long spells and had a few chances but we failed to deal with a long punt forward that caught our defence on their heels and young Stanton broke free to grab what proved to be the decisive goal. Overall we were disappointed with the defeat and there are areas in which we were poor but performance wise I thought that given the amount of changes made to the starting 11, I was pleased and took a lot of positives.”As Hutton said, he made wholesale changes from the team which had won in Cobh earlier in the week.“I felt that given Monday’s replay, the journey involved and in particular the potential of a few confrontations given the nature of Monday’s game I decided now was an opportune time to freshen things up and change the personnel,” explained Hutton for his reasons for all the changes to personnel. “The vast majority of those that came in had for different reasons not played much recently but deserved some game time as they too have been working hard in training.”Hutton may decide to continue to rest some of his key players on Saturday ahead of the Cup quarter-final. Doubts hang over the fitness of Tommy McMonagle (foot) and Johnny Bonner (knee) and they are unlikely to be risked.In the three previous meetings with Longford this season, Harps hold the upper hand with two wins and a draw. Harps have won on each of their previous three visits to Longford despite having won only once there in ten games prior to last season.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Tommy McMonagle (foot), Johnny Bonner (knee).Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-L-W-L-L (6 pts)Longford Town: L-L-D-L-W-L (4 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six away games against Longford Town13-Aug-10 – Longford Town 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)03-Jun-11 – Longford Town 0-0 Finn Harps (FAI Cup)09-Jul-11 – Longford Town 3-2 Finn Harps (First Division)14-Apr-12 – Longford Town 1-3 Finn Harps (First Division)11-Aug-12 – Longford Town 0-1 Finn Harps (First Division)11-May-13 – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Kevin McHugh – 9 (2 in FAI Cup)Sean McCarron – 8 (1 in FAI Cup)Michael Funston – 4 (1 in FAI Cup)Keith Cowan – 3 (1 in FAI Cup)Mark Forker – 2Thomas McMonagle – 2Pat McCann – 1Shane McGinty – 1Lee Toland – 1 (in FAI Cup)Paul McVeigh – 1 (in FAI Cup)Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)Aaron O’Hagan – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)31-Aug-13 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 3-2 Finn Harps (McCann, McGinty)26-Aug-13 – FAI – Cobh Ramblers 0-4 Finn Harps (McHugh, Toland, McVeigh, Funston)23-Aug-13 – FAI – Finn Harps 1-1 Cobh Ramblers (McHugh)16-Aug-13 – AL – Finn Harps 0-2 Waterford United09-Aug-13 – AL – Finn Harps 2-0 Salthill Devon (Forker 2)02-Aug-13 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps26-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Wexford Youths (McHugh)19-Jul-2013 – AL – Mervue United 4-0 Finn Harps12-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Longford Town28-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (Funston, Cowan)28-Jun-2013 – AL – Waterford United 3-0 Finn Harps14-Jun-2013 – AL – Salthill Devon 2-1 Finn Harps (Funston)08-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-3 Athlone Town (Funston, Cowan)31-May-2013 – FAI – Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (Cowan, McCarron)24-May-2013 – AL – Wexford Youths 2-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)20-May-2013 – LC – Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City (O’Hagan) – Derry win 6-5 on penalties17-May-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United (McCarron)11-May-2013 – AL – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (McCarron, McHugh, McDonagh og.)04-May-2013 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (McHugh, McCarron)26-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United19-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Salthill Devon (McMonagle)12-Apr-2013 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps05-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)HARPS PREPARE FOR CUP SHOWDOWN WITH STIFF LEAGUE TEST IN LONGFORD was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CUPfinn harpsLeagueLongford TownPeter Huttonlast_img read more

FORMER IRELAND MANAGER CRITICISES DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD OVER MURPHY FINAL DECISION

first_imgFORMER Ireland International Rules manager Eugene McGee has launched a verbal attack on the Donegal County Board over its decision to go ahead with last Sunday’s county final – forcing captain Michael Murphy to play two games in two days.The Glenswilly man celebrated his second Championship medal win on Sunday as his side brushed aside Killybegs.The match took place less than 24 hours after Murphy captained Ireland to victory over Australia. McGee said the fixture should be taken more seriously.“We had a ridiculous situation where the captain of the Ireland team had to play a full match on Saturday night and then go back to Donegal to play with his club team in the Donegal county final,” McGee said.“That is not acceptable. It is asking too much, although it did go well for Murphy as he was a great success in both games.”McGee also criticised the Australians for their performance.  FORMER IRELAND MANAGER CRITICISES DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD OVER MURPHY FINAL DECISION was last modified: October 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:AustraliafixturesglenswillyIrelandMichael Murphylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOTHERS AND OTHERS GROUP GET OFF THE GROUND IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgIt was a quiet weekend in terms of football and the only activity at the club was the Og sport Seven a side on Bank holiday Monday.Under 15 teams from Termon, Buncrana, Muff, Mac Cumhaills and Glenswilly were in attendance and it was a fantastic days football with some quality players on show. Our boys didnt make it through but did fantastic to get that far.The Mothers and Others group had their first meeting at the training pitch last Wednesday and good numbers turned up on the evening, the group will continue to meet every Wednesday at the training pitch from 8 to 9pm. There is also a walking group meeting there at the same time. It is a great social group and an opportunity to meet others.Any queries contact Elaine Mc Fadden on 086 1611240. Due to the Donegal match the Under 13 girls have no training this week. We would like to wish our Under10s all the best this coming Saturday when they travel to Dublin for a competition at Fingal GAA Club and they will also be attending the match in Croke Park thus an exciting day for them all.The annual Summer Camp will take place from August 20th to 22nd at the Clubhouse, places are very limited so to get your names in contact Karen on 0863827312.The Under 16 boys are in the league semi final at home to Carndonagh on Monday August 11th at 7.30pm. Well done to Cormac Callaghan and the Donegal Minor team on reaching the All Ireland Semis where they face Dublin, hopefully Neil and Michael will follow suit with a victory over Armagh next Saturday.The Club had a fantastic evening last Monday when we had the Two County Boys along with the Ulster Cups in a meet and greet at the Clubhouse. Great numbers turned up for photos and anyone looking for their photo can contact Geraldine Diver on 086 0741551. Unfortunately Cormac was unable to attend due to County training, but again thanks to Michael and Neil for their time and patcience on the evening. GAA NEWS: MOTHERS AND OTHERS GROUP GET OFF THE GROUND IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Crash My World 7/4; 2, Bovally Mist 7/4. Time 19.21. Distance:  a length.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Wilma 9/4; Coolcholly Kate. Time: 19.57. Distance: .5 length. Race 3 Booking Office Novice 350 (350 yards): 1, Tons of Speed 6/4; 2, Bardic Rose 5/2. Time: 19.29. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 4 Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal (525 yards): 1, Cant Change It 4/5 fav; 2, Original Song 7/2. Time: 29.48. Distance: 6.25.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook (525 yards): 1, Mullrook No Cash 6/4; 2, Longrange Bazie 1/1. Time: 29.33. Distance: 5.75 lengths.Race 6 Christmas Party Nights 525 (525 yards): 1, Blackstone Maxx 2/1; 2, Hi Dibbles 6/4. Time: 29.27. Distance: a short head. Race 7 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 350 (350 yards): 1, Ghetto Buddy 5/2. Ballybun Oshea 6/1. Time: 19.09. Distance: .5 length.Race 8 Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Nosey Taz 5/1; 2, Westwood Lee 5/4 fav. Time: 19.14. Distance: a short head.Race 9 Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Smurfing Convoy 7/4 fav; 2, Altmore Champ 5/2. Time: 29.98. Distance: 3.25 lengths.Race 10 Buy a Buster 350 Final (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic 4/1; 2, Tahina Kadyn 7/4 fav. Time: 18.84. Distance: .75 length.Race 11 Gearoid McCafferty Stag Party 525 Stakes (525 yards): 1, Maid of More 3/1; 2, Mullrook Kofi 5/2. Time: 29.66. Distance: .5 length. Race 12 Getting Out 525 Bumper Stakes (525 yards): 1, Counterfit 5/1; 2, Shanmoyle Legend 2/1 fav. Time: 29.44. Distance: 3.25 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC TO HOST PRESENTATION FUNCTION THIS WEEKEND

first_imgRosses ACRosses AC Juvenile presentation function will take place in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dore on Sunday 7th December at 5pm. All parents are asked to bring their children along. For more info from Ita or Bríd.The Adult presentation night will take place on Friday 12th December in An Chuirt starting at 8pm. All adults involved in the club are encouraged to come along. It will be nice to catch up after a hectic year and there will be food and beverages available.  Donegal Sportshall Athletics trials in the Aura, Letterkenny on Sunday 14th Dec from 1pm to 4pm. Age groups are U-13: Born Sept-Dec 2001, 2002 and Jan-Aug 2003. U-15: Born Sept-Dec 1999, 2000 and Jan-Aug 2001. Sportshall Athletics continues on Mondays in Gweedore from 6-7pm and in the gym RCS, Dungloe at 6.45 – 7:45pm for children born 2007 and older. For Health and Safety reasons we cannot accommodate children born 2008 or younger. Fee €2. Naomh Muire GAA Club will host Sean McGrory Project Manager of Jigsaw Donegal for a one hour talk this Friday December 5th at 7pm in the Banks. The talk is for Adults, Parents, Coaches, Committees, Teachers and all those who wish to improve their understanding of the key issues impacting on mental health and well-being of young people. The talk aims to help us understand the value of listening as a way of supporting young people. This is open to everyone in the. Tea afterwards with information available. Please share on your page  Good luck to Ciaran McGonagle who will represent the club on the Donegal team in the All Ireland Novice Championships in Santry Dublin this Sunday December 7th. A new Fit4life session started in early November in the gym RCS, Dungloe with coach Sinead Diver.Fit4life is a programme for all whether you are a complete beginner or a regular jogging/runner. The programme will help you to achieve improved levels of fitness and wellness within the club structure in a fun, sociable environment. Training sessions allow runners/walkers to train at an appropriate level. There is progression from Walking to Jogging to Running. No previous experience is needed. Fit4life group meet at Carrickfinn track on Saturday mornings at 10 am with coach Sinead Diver. New members welcome. Training sessions are happening on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at the Industrial Estate. Please feel free to come along and join the adult group who do a long run in the forestry every Sunday morning at 11am. Meet at the Blue Bridge, Arduns, Gweedore. Some upcoming events are: Dec 7th – All Ireland Even Ages and Novice C.C. Championships, Santry Dublin. Dec 4th – 5k in Letterkenny at 9:30pm. Dec 14th – Turkey Trot Letterkenny. Dec 16th – Goal Mile, Letterkenny. Dec 26th – Darren Mills Memorial 5k – Viking House.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC TO HOST PRESENTATION FUNCTION THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports Watson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 0 Whitestrand United 0In a fixture reversed a draw was a fair result in a game of few chances. Playing with the breeze in the first half Whitestrand went close from a corner on ten minutes when Benny Callaghan shot just wide. Paul Lynch also went close from another corner with Chris Toner clearing off the line. Lagan’s best chance of the game came when Austin Marron received a Kevin Kelly cross but after creating space he shot over. With the aid of the breeze in the second half Lagan would have expected to create some chances. But the Strand defence, well led by Paddy Kelly in goal and Benny Callaghan at centre half, were resolute. Strand in fact went closest to scoring when Jason Quinn had to rush off his line to beat Eddie Blake to a through ball. Lagan had a half chance when Gerard Hilley glanced a near post corner into Paddy Kelly’s arms. As Lagan frustration grew Conal Mc Gonagle almost won it for them when his effort from thirty five yards just whistled wide. Despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles in the final minutes Lagan didn’t get the breakthrough and Strand got the point they deserved. Best for Lagan were Conal Mc Gonagle and Chris Toner. For Strand Benny Callaghan and Paul Lynch were best. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny. Ulster CupGlenea United 1 Drumoghill F.C. 1(Drumoghill won 4-3 on penalties)Glenea’s run in the Ulster Junior Cup came to an end with this penalties kicks defeat. In trying conditions it took a while for both sides to settle with Drumoghill having the first serious attempt on goal, which brought a good save from Joe Coll. As the half progressed the home side came more into the game but were finding it difficult to create any clear cut chances. Drumoghill almost opened the scoring on 35 minutes when, after a good run from Robert Moore, he saw his chip just clear the bar. In the 2nd half Glenea started well and took the lead on 55 minutes when Sean Coll’s through ball found Michael Barry and he slotted the ball home off the far post. Glenea pushed hard to double their lead and went close with efforts from Darren Mc Geever and Gavin Mc Glanaghey. Drumoghill were awarded a penalty on 62 minutes, but Joe Coll saved Robert Moore’s effort. However from the resultant corner Marcus Oliver was on hand to drill the home ball. The loss of the goal seemed to spur on the home side and they began to create chances with the away keeper forced to make a number of good saves. Drumoghill’s best effort came from Terence Shields but his attempted lob was well saved by Joe Coll. In extra-time it was the home side that dominated but were unable to take advantage of the chances that came their way and it was Drumoghill that were successful with the spot kicks. Best for Glenea were Dean Gallagher, Padraig McGee and Kevin Mulhern, while Robert Moore was best for Drumoghill. Referee: Kevin Logue.Rathmullan Celtic 1 Clonmany Shamrocks 3Inishowen kingpins Clonmany Shamrocks advanced to the last four of the Ulster Cup after three strikes in the second half from their industrious forward line was enough to secure the quarter final win over Rathmullan Celtic who got a consolation gal from Ryan Mc Cullagh.The opening half saw very few chances created with both sides coming to terms with the blustery conditions in what was a stalemate with both defences coping with the few attacks created. The Seasiders were dealt a blow at half time with their in-form sharp shooter and manager Dara Patton forced off through a knee injury. A Mc Loughlin free kick from 30 yards on 57 minutes, which Hoops keeper Mark Gallagher could only parry, ended with Philip Devlin tapping in from close range. This lead spurred on the visitors and they duly doubled their advantage on 64 minutes after Raymond McDaid played a neat one-two with Marty Doherty to open up the Hoops defence allowing McDaid to round the keeper and finish off the classy forward play in style. The Hoops upped their tempo with Ryan Connolly striking low from 20 yards out on 73 minutes but Clonmany’s shot stopper Paddy Harkin was on hand to deny the striker with a smart save. The contest was over on 80 minutes after Mc Loughlin crossed for Alan Friel to calmly finish from inside the area. Hoops scored a consolation goal on 88 minutes with Shea Coyle smartly flicking on an Edwards’ pass to Ryan Mc Cullagh who finishing low to the left post of the outstretched Harkin in goals. Referee: Paddy MartinErne Wanderers 1 Gweedore Celtic 0Saturday League side Erne Wanderers booked their place in the Ulster Junior Cup semi-final with a victory over Premier Division side Gweedore Celtic. Most neutrals would have expected to see the Gaeltacht side’s name in the semi-final draw but Alan Dorrian’s side are capable opponents for most sides on their day and that added to their mastery of the Lakeside surface made Gweedore’s task more onerous than many thought. Barry Mulligan got the all important goal in the second half after the sides remained deadlocked at the interval. Gweedore will now focus on gaining as many League points as they can as the season enters it’s latter stages while Erne have an unfamiliar prestigious match to look forward to as well as their remaining League fixtures.Ulster Junior Shield Moville Celtic 3 Deele Harps 1Deele Harps came up just short as they attempted to make it an All Donegal Junior League Ulster Junior Shield Final. With Convoy Arsenal in the process of defeating Bonagee United at Orchard Park Deele were visiting Inishowen outfit Moville Celtic Reserves in the other semi-final. The Lifford based side fell behind early on and despite getting back into the game through a goal from Shane Gallagher they just couldn’t find the form that they are capable of. That said they did create chances but the damage had been done and Martin Duffy’s side will now concentrate their efforts on their push for promotion from the CT Ball Division Two.Convoy Arsenal 3 Bonagee United 2Despite the weather the conditions were perfect for football in Orchard Park. Both teams started brightly but cancelled each other out in the opening exchanges. The deadlock was broken in the 24th minute when Glenn Rainey nodded in at the back post. Convoy got back on level terms when Lee Guthrie finished off a great Darren Harvey cross. Two minutes later Convoy took the lead when a corner fell to Lee Guthrie at the edge of the box and he slotted it home. It turned out to be a great 10 minutes for Convoy when Darren Harvey cooly finished off a fine Convoy move. Convoy had their heads up and kept the pressure on until half time but couldn’t get the vital 4th goal. The second half started off a cagey affair with Bonagee pressing to get back into the game but Convoy a constant danger on the break. Bonagee did get their second in the 75th minute when Leon Kelly forced the ball home after Convoy failed to clear a corner. That led to an exciting finish but Convoy saw the game out and booked their place in the final. Best for Convoy were John A Kee, Conor Cairns and Lee Guthrie, with a good battling team performance from Bonagee. Referee: Martin QuinnReportsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneDonegal Town Reserves 3 Glencar Celtic 4Donegal Town hosted unbeaten table toppers Glencar Celtic at the Hospital Field in difficult conditions. Glencar started the stronger playing some good football. They were rewarded on 22 minutes when Stephen Browne got on the end of a clever through ball to finish with a deft chip over the keeper. Donegal began to get a foothold in the game soon after and equalised on 33 minutes, Gary Ward racing clear to finish with an even better chip than Glencar’s opener. The second half started with Glencar the stronger and they re-gained the lead on 59 minutes, Sean Houston latching onto a long ball over the top. Donegal came back into the match but missed a penalty on 78 minutes. They were punished for that miss 2 minutes later when Glencar went 3-1 up, Paddy Collins on target. All hope seemed lost for Donegal on 82 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men but this was not the case. Two quick fire goals on 84 and 86 minutes, from David Bustard and Adrian Ward respectively, seemed to have rescued a point for Donegal. Glencar were not to be denied the 3 points however, Stephen Browne getting his second of the game in the very last minute. Two great team performances culminating in one of the most exciting matches witnessed at the Hospital Field.Glenea United Reserves 7 Glenree United Reserves 2Glenea continued their good form with another good display. The away side opened the scoring when Vinnie McLaughlin fired past the home keeper after 20 minutes. Glenea soon got back into the game when Shane Coll scored direct from a free-kick. As the half progressed the home team began to take control and went close on a couple of occasions. In the 2nd half Glenea took the lead on 50 minutes when Shane Ferry turned in a Neil Mc Geever cross at the near post. Glenea extended the lead on 55 minutes when Aodhan Ferry’s through ball found Lee O’Brien who slotted home. Neil Mc Geever added the 4th goal on 58 minutes when he reacted quickest to a free-kick and headed home. Shane Ferry got the 5th goal when he drilled home Lee O’Brien’s cross from the left. Neil Mc Geever got the 6th when he tapped in from close range after Glenree failed to deal with a corner. Glenree pulled a goal back on 85 minutes when Peter Brannigan got onto a through ball and found the corner of the net. Glenea completed the scoring on 90 minutes when Aodhan Ferry turned in a cornerBest for Glenea were Kevin McFadden, Shane Ferry and Martin Maguire, while it was a team effort from Glenree. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers 1 Curragh Athletic Reserves 0The sun shone high and the game started brightly with both teams passing the ball about nicely. Strand seemed to make better use of their wings early on and a delightful cross from Brendan Glackin saw Cathal Boyle head home to put Strand one up after 12 minutes. More good passages of play from Strand saw them create chance after chance, the closest coming to Darragh Hanlon who struck the crossbar just before half time. Into the second half and Curragh started trying to hit Strand on the counter attack but all credit to Strand’s defence who kept them at bay. Strand pushed hard again and enjoyed good spells of play in Curragh’s half of the field. Chance after chance fell for Strand with Brendan Glackin hitting the post on 70 minutes. Great play from Doalty Boyle on the left saw him send in numerous crosses to the Curragh box. Best for Strand were Stephen Glackin, Doalty Boyle,Mulroy Celtic 4 Tullyvinney Rovers 1Mulroy bounced back to winning ways courtesy of a resounding four one victory over Tullyvinney. Playing with a strong breeze at their back the home side took the lead through talisman Michael Sweeney who tapped in from close range. The second followed soon after when Packie Mc Elwaine raced clear to finish expertly past the advancing keeper. Mulroy continued to press and made it three nil almost immediately, Eamon Sweeney sending a free kick in from the half way line which ended up slipping through the goalkeeper’s hands. Five minutes later Michael Sweeney doubled his tally, dispatching a rasping shot into the bottom corner from eighteen yards. Tullyvinney pulled a goal back just before half time. There were o goals in second half, Tullyvinney pressed throughout but couldn’t break through the home defence. Tony Mc Bride and Michael Sweeney excelled for home side, team performance from Tullyvinney.Keadue Rovers Reserves 9 Ramelton Mariners 4Keadue Reserves kept up their fine recent run to stay top of the Saturday League with a good win over Ramelton Mariners at Central Park. In the third minute, following good work down the left wing, Daniel McHugh moved into the box and fired low past the keeper for the opening Keadue goal. This was shortly followed on six minutes by a second when Paul Yank Boyle shot home from ten yards after a corner wasn’t cleared. It was three on twelve minutes when Adrian Hanlon followed up some good play with a fine lob over the keeper. It was four to Keadue after sixteen minutes when Adrian Hanlon was on hand for his 2nd. To their credit Ramelton came back into it with Packie Durning quick onto a through ball firing past the keeper. It was 5-1 on thirty three minutes, Adrian Hanlon completing his hat trick with a deft finish through the keepers legs having taken the ball down well. Ramelton though were still proving lively in attack despite the deficit and reduced the deficit three minutes from half time when Paul Gallagher slotted home a penalty. Keadue started the second half on the front foot and made it six when Paul Yank Boyle finished well with a dinked effort over the keeper. The home side were content to hit on the break with Ramelton taking more possession. They made it seven on the hour when Adrian Hanlon bagged his fourth with a tap in at the far post following good work from Paul Mc Garvey. Ramelton though hit a good patch of form after the hour pulling two goals back in a five minute spell. First Corey Mc Cahill made it 7-3 and then a few minutes later a free kick from Ramelton was parried and Packie Durning made it 7-4. Ramelton were pushing at this stage threatening to make a game of it however Keadue made the game safe on seventy eight minutes when Adrian Hanlon got his fifth firing home from a left hand cross. After eighty minutes sub Adam Neely made it nine with a header.Ramelton played well despite the scoreline, putting in a good effort with good performances from Packie Durning and Corey Mc Cahill while best for Keadue were Adrian Hanlon, Paul Yank Boyle and Chris Greene. Referee: Seamus Mc Grory.Downtown CupCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Orchard F.C. 1An even first half in Parkview saw both teams having plenty of possession and both teams creating chances. Castlefin had a great chance to take the lead when Thomas Devlin was one on one with Orchard keeper after 20 minutes but the keeper made a great save to deny Devlin.Niall Bonner had Orchards best chance on 30 minutes, Bonner found himself in plenty of space, his great strike from 20 yards slightly over the bar.Castlefin started the second half the brighter. JP Malley’s cross found Damien Mc Anenny free at the edge of the box. Mc Anenny’s shot was narrowly wide of the post. Castlefin should have taken the lead on the hour mark after two goal mouth scrambles, Orchards defence did well to clear the ball off the line. Orchards best chance of the second half fell to Eddie McLaughlin who’s strike was well saved by Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Menamin.Castlefin were awarded a penalty on 65 minutes after a handball in the box, JP Malley’s shot was well saved by Orchard’s keeper. Castlefin broke the deadlock on 70t minutes. Thomas Devlin’s corner found James Mc Menamin who headed home at the back post.Castlefin made it two five minutes later. Good work down the left wing freed Darragh Redmond who crossed to JP Malley. Malley’s shot was palmed away only to fall to Brian Dooher who made no mistake from two yards. Orchard pulled one back three minutes from time, Joe McCarron’s excellent free kick from 20 yards giving Castlefin keeper Mc Menamin no chance as it went into the top corner. Castlefin held out for the remaining minutes to progress.ResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 4 Glencar CelticGlenea United Reserves 7 v 2 Glenree United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers 1 v 0 Curragh Athletic ReservesMulroy Celtic 4 v 1 Tullyvinney RoversKeadue Rovers Reserves 9 v 4 Ramelton MarinersDowntown CupMilford United Reserves P v P Cranford United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Orchard F.C.St. Catherines Reserves P v P Drumbar F.C.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town P v P Lifford CelticSt. Catherines P v P Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic P v P Dunkineely CelticLagan Harps 0 v 0 Whitestrand UnitedKeadue Rovers P v P Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town P v P Ballybofey UnitedUlster CupGlenea United 1 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.(Drumoghill won 4-3 on penalties)Rathmullan Celtic 1 v 3 Clonmany ShamrocksErne Wanderers 1 v 0 Gweedore CelticUlster Junior ShieldMoville Celtic 3 v 1 Deele HarpsConvoy Arsenal 3 v 2 Bonagee UnitedFixturesSaturday 28-02-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United v Erne Wanderers (1 p.m.)Glencar Celtic v St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves v Drumbar F.C.Ramelton Mariners v Drumoghill F.C. ReservesTullyvinney Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesSunday 01-03-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionSt. Catherines v Kildrum TigersDrumoghill F.C. v Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic v Lifford CelticCappry Rovers v Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Lagan Harps v Dunkineely CelticCurragh Athletic v Castlefin CelticGweedore United v Copany RoversCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic v Deele HarpsRaphoe Town v Dunlewey CelticBonagee United v Ballybofey UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Glenree UnitedKnockalla Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Cockhill Celtic v Rathmullan Celtic (1.30 p.m.)DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: February 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

ST. COLUMBAS PIP ST.EUNANS IN ULSTER COLLEGES U15 FINAL

first_imgJoel Bradley Walsh who scored the winning goal for St. Columbas College in today’s Ulster Final against St. Eunans College. Pic.: Ciaran Foy, newsandsportfilesA second half goal from Joel Bradley Walsh was enough to claim the Ulster Colleges U-15 title for St. Columbas College, Stranorlar.This game was evenly balanced throughout with both defences well in control. Both sides were cheered on by sizeable numbers of their classmates who co-habitated, in good spirits, the Stand at the New Camp Complex in Killygordon.Neither side could break the deadlock before the interval so the teams turned round with everything to play for. Within fifteen minutes of the re-start Bradley Walsh capitalised on some indecision in the Eunans defence, as three defenders left it to each other to clear the danger the, diminutive by comparison, striker nipped in to lob the ball delicately over the out of position goalkeeper.St. Eunans never really responded to this blow.In defence they coped as they did around the centre but they lacked any forward-line punch. For their part Columbus remained calm and dealt with any Eunans threat capably. They had one defining moment when the otherwise impeccable Foy in nets dropped a cross. When the Eunans striker reacted quickest from six yards it was the impressive Oisin Gallen who acrobatically cleared the ball off the goal-line.The game, played entirely in a very sportsman like manner, ran it’s course with match officials Marty Quinn, Gerry Gallagher and Vincent Mc Laughlin keeping the game flowing. At the end FAIS representative James Rodgers presented the cup to Columbus captain Luke Gavigan as their supporters cheered on. Man of the Match: Oisin Gallen. ST. COLUMBAS PIP ST.EUNANS IN ULSTER COLLEGES U15 FINAL was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE: BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR DONEGAL

first_imgBY CATHAL MAC SUIBNHE, THE VOICE OF THE FANS: It was a case of back to the future for Donegal last night as the all out defence model that was inflicted upon the public in 2011 made its re-appearance. The game of Gaelic football survived after that seminal day five years ago and despite a poor spectacle in Croke Park, the game will survive again.After Roscommon posted a total of 1-19 on the O’Donnell Park scoreboard last time out, Rory Gallagher made sure there would be no repeat against an even more formidable attack. It was an unashamed and unapologetic display of doggedness right from the off – under no circumstances were Donegal going to give away a big score. We’ve seen this tactic from numerous teams in various sports over the years; after a bad beating or a chastening experience teams revert to type, go back to basics and get their defence sorted. That is the foundation upon which the rest can be built. Chelsea often did it under Jose Mourinho while the English rugby team revert to a forwards-orientated game when times are tough. Even in hurling, the aristocrats in Kilkenny, after conceding 1-28 against Tipperary in the 2014 All-Ireland final, made sure that the replay would see a big reduction in their concession rate. Keeping Tipperary to sixteen scores helped bring Liam McCarthy back to his usual winter resting spot along the Nore.Donegal didn’t win the game of course last night but it wasn’t because they conceded too much; the trick to playing the blanket effectively is getting the balance right to allow you to create and score at the other end. Some awful wides, juvenile shot selection and a lack of shape up front cost Donegal dear.Donegal only scored one point in the last half hour; Rory or anyone else doesn’t need to be told that that isn’t good enough to win big games. The manager though will take certain plus points out of the game while also acknowledging that there’s nothing much won in March.The Dubs had their homework done on Donegal’s kick outs and pressed high in the hope of forcing the ball long. It has been a recurring theme this year, even in the victories gained, that the team are struggling to win possession around midfield. A change in goalkeeper was made last night but in truth Mark Anthony McGinley didn’t fare too much better than Peter Boyle has up until now – the ball just isn’t sticking when it goes out long. The simple answer to that is to go short but Dublin penned Donegal in at The Hill in the opening half and with a breeze to play against as well they rarely made much headway.McGinley was constantly berating his team mates out the field to move and show for the ball but to no avail. With at least another game left in this league campaign might we see another change in goal? Perhaps the most in-form net-minder currently in a Donegal jersey at present is Danny Rodgers. The Dungloe stopper is the incumbent U21 ‘keeper and should also be in the mix with McGinley and Boyle for keeping Paul Durcan’s jersey warm. For now, Rodgers has the small matter of an Ulster semi-final battle with Tyrone on Wednesday night.Donegal’s plan worked to a large degree in the first half, suffocating Dublin and only a few well worked scores from the boys in blue troubled the umpires. At the other end though, things did not work so well. Time and again there was no one in front of the ball when attacks reached halfway. Conversely, Leo McLoone had the unenviable task of being the sole target man with several Dublin players for company. At least if Paddy McBrearty was the nominated lone striker, he might have troubled the defence with his pace but Leo isn’t that kind of player. A big, strong ball player, he only hits top speed after working through the gears whereas the game plan called for a more impish, wriggly forward.McBrearty was eventually moved in and registered a trademark point on the turn. Rory Kavanagh, Michael Murphy and the excellent Eamon McGee also notched fine points but the accuracy illustrated by those scores was all too fleeting. Kavanagh, Odhran MacNiallais and the McHughs were guilty of some poor striking; calm, measured build up was often the order of the day instead of some of the horrid ballooned efforts witnessed.At one stage in the first half with Donegal two points in arrears, Murphy took an opportunity to tie his boot laces and that halt in play took the sting out of Dublin’s momentum. Donegal got a couple of scores back and took the lead briefly following another scoring spurt after the restart. Murphy rallied the troops as best he could and put in a tireless shift but his departure on a double yellow seemed to signal the end of any hopes of collecting a league point or two.The second bookable offences, which saw Murphy and James McCarthy shown the line, left both teams at fourteen a side but the difference in departing personnel was huge. Donegal’s heads dropped somewhat while Dublin injected more pace into the game and managed to get in behind the Donegal backline.While a lot of similarities were evident with that 2011 semi-final, this game ended more like the 2012 league clash; that was a tight, cagey affair but Donegal were well in the game thanks largely to the work of Murphy both in defence and attack. His premature departure that night, due to a knee injury that would keep him out of that year’s championship opener, also signalled the end of Donegal hopes.It is often said that Donegal are over-reliant on Michael and at times that notion is laughable – why wouldn’t you rely on the country’s best player? Monaghan’s dependence on Conor McManus gets similar coverage but the Clontibret ace is the best finisher in the game so it makes sense that he finishes the majority of his team’s chances. Reliance on a big player is fine within reason and obviously teams also need to have alternative plans. Where the over-reliance theory does have credence is when the star men mentioned above aren’t there. Players cant rely on Michael Murphy when he’s not on the field of play and the countless instances last night of players abdicating shooting responsibility onto someone else was disappointing and had a big effect on the game.All sports are about decision making. In football, every player makes hundreds of decisions in a game and every time they receive the ball their mind debates about holding onto the ball, taking a man on, soloing, holding possession or shooting. The higher the level, the less time you have to make these decisions. On too many occasions last night we saw Donegal players make bad decisions in passing to McBrearty or Murphy while they themselves were in space in front of goal. There are top class footballers wearing green and gold but offensively they are not making top class decisions.Not having Michael on the field for the closing stages, or indeed Neil Gallagher to bring on from the bench, robbed Donegal of a chance to seriously test out Dublin’s full back line. The decision by Rory O’Carroll to leave the panel and go travelling leaves a big hole in the champion’s defence but that perceived porosity wasn’t put to the test with Donegal having no target man option.Dublin ran out winners and there was no doubt about the result following Philly McMahon’s well taken goal. Rory and Jim Gavin though would both have been annoyed with some of the sloppiness on show particularly the hand passing from either side.Hand passing is seen as a fairly basic skill but it still has to be executed properly. A lot of what the Croker crowd saw was of a low standard not expected at inter-county level. Passes were played to the man on the wrong side, too close to his marker. Others weren’t going straight onto a team mates’ chest and were instead hopping once, maybe twice before reaching their target. It is only a small detail but it takes the receiver that extra second to get the ball in control and amongst the big boys seconds matter.The blueprint adopted by Donegal coupled with the result didn’t make for good viewing but in spite of all the probable negative coverage that the match will generate, this was two of the country’s biggest going head to head. Come summertime they will still be two of the biggest gunning for glory.The Dubs march on and are aiming for a fourth league title in succession, a phenomenal record. The Hill enjoyed cheering every Dublin pass near the end of the game but as Mickey Harte once observed, there’s always another day.CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE: BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: March 27th, 2016 by John2Share 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:2016Cathal Mac SuibhnedonegaldublinNational Leaguelast_img read more

END OF DAY 2 STANDINGS: LEONARD INTO THE LEAD AS BOYLES’ CAR PACKS UP!

first_imgManus Kelly is in 4th place – 15 seconds behindSEAMUS Leonard and John McCafferty lead the Joule Donegal International Rally at the end of Day 2 – after Declan and Brian Boyle’s car engine seized during the Gartan stage today.Leonard’s Subaru has a tiny 3.30 second advantage over Keith Cronin’s DS3 R5.Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett are in fourth place in their Subaru 12b. In the natonal Frank Kelly’s Escort leads Scotland’s David Bogie by nine seconds. O/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS14RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev111Seamus Leonard/John McCaffertySubaru S147O/A8:01.00:001:40:32.227Keith Cronin/Mikie GalvinCitroen DS3 R55O/A7:59.30:001:40:35.50:03.30:03.338Sam Moffett/Karl AtkinsonFord Fiesta R55O/A8:02.50:001:40:50.80:18.60:15.3410Manus Kelly/Donall BarrettSubaru S12717:52.40:001:41:06.30:34.10:15.559Josh Moffett/John RowanFord Fiesta R5518:07.50:001:41:27.10:54.90:20.864Eugene Donnelly/Paddy TonerBMW Mini WRC727:57.70:001:41:54.41:22.20:27.3716Jonathan Greer/Kirsty RiddickCitroen DS3 R5528:08.10:001:42:26.71:54.50:32.3814Stephen Wright/Arthur KieransFord Fiesta R5538:10.60:001:42:33.72:01.50:07.0915Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran GeaneySkoda Fabia s2000548:13.30:001:43:50.23:18.01:16.5106Alaistair Fisher/Gordon NobleFord Fiesta R5558:10.50:001:44:11.63:39.40:21.41129Aaron McHale/Paul McGeeSkoda Fabia568:37.60:001:46:45.86:13.62:34.21258Pauric Duffy/Kevin GlynnFord Fiesta R5578:31.30:001:46:49.66:17.40:03.81334Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrathMitsubishi Evo 10418:57.80:001:47:59.27:27.01:09.61437David Guest/Paddy RobinsonMitsubishi Evo 9429:04.80:001:48:58.08:25.80:58.81556Callum Devine/Keith MoriartyOpel Adam218:57.80:001:49:26.58:54.30:28.51657Paul Rowley/Patrick BridesSkoda Fabia s2000589:00.70:001:50:09.89:37.60:43.31759Gary Cairns/Justin CoyleMitsubishi Evo 9439:00.20:001:50:57.310:25.10:47.51874Gavin Kelly/Elaine Ni SheMitsubishi Evo 9448:57.00:001:51:02.510:30.30:05.219113Cathan McCourt/Brian HoyMitsubishi Evo 9459:13.80:001:51:44.611:12.40:42.12095John Mulholland/Jeff CaseSkoda Fabia s2000599:01.80:001:52:15.011:42.80:30.42163Gus Kearney/Tommy HayesMitsubishi Evo 9468:33.00:001:53:21.012:48.81:06.022112Peter O’Kane/Tommy CuddilyMitsubishi Evo 10479:17.50:001:53:34.713:02.50:13.72332Tony Quinn/Anthony NestorSubaru WRC739:18.60:001:54:23.413:51.20:48.724120Fraser Mulholland/Geoff PattersonFord Fiesta229:34.50:001:54:52.814:20.60:29.42565Marty Gallagher/Dean O’SullivanPeugeot 208239:22.20:001:55:10.514:38.30:17.726135Christopher Boyce/Pascal DillonHonda Civic3110:31.00:002:01:38.021:05.86:27.52762RAshley Dickson/Ryan McCloskeyMitsubishi Evo 9489:45.10:002:05:42.925:10.74:04.92864RJoseph Connolly/Richard ConnollyFord Fiesta R55109:05.30:002:16:18.335:46.110:35.42970RMark Boyle/Charles GallagherMitsubishi Evo 9499:00.80:002:24:52.544:20.38:34.2Results for the National categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS14RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev121Frank Kelly/Michael CoadyFord Escort Mk214O/A8:17.10:001:43:58.1219David Bogie/Enda SherryFord Escort Mk214O/A8:19.70:001:44:07.10:09.00:09.0322Damien Gallagher/Mac WalshFord Escort Mk214O/A8:25.70:001:44:25.30:27.20:18.2424Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaneyFord Escort Mk21318:25.30:001:44:26.90:28.80:01.6518Declan Gallagher/James McNultyToyota Starlet RWD1328:34.90:001:45:10.91:12.80:44.0645Richard Moffett/Martin ConnollyToyota Starlet1418:36.50:001:45:34.51:36.40:23.6730Frank Wray/Joe McNultySubaru WRC1518:43.30:001:46:32.42:34.30:57.9848Conor Curley/Nigel FrazerFord Escort Mk21339:07.80:001:47:13.13:15.00:40.7951Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’DonnellFord Escort Mk21348:44.90:001:48:03.94:05.80:50.81047David Moffett/Johnny BairdToyota Starlet1358:58.60:001:48:23.54:25.40:19.61177Patrick Boyle/Donal McColeToyota Corolla1368:41.91:001:48:34.04:35.90:10.51217Jonathan Pringle/Alan KeenaFord Escort Mk21428:44.60:001:48:37.34:39.20:03.31353Peter Wilson/Brendan McElhinneyFord Escort Mk21379:20.10:001:49:27.85:29.70:50.51449Michael Carbin/Darragh KellyMitsubishi Evo 42018:53.50:001:49:34.05:35.90:06.21538Jason McSweeney/Denis O’MahoneyMitsubishi Evo 92028:59.60:001:49:45.65:47.50:11.61627Gary Kiernan/Niall TierneyFord Escort Mk21388:37.70:001:49:52.45:54.30:06.81733Pj McDermott/Niall BurnsSubaru Impreza1529:14.50:001:50:01.96:03.80:09.51836Pat Kirk/John McElhinneyMitsubishi Evo 102038:57.10:001:50:28.26:30.10:26.31985Gerard McQuaid/Thomas TreanorFord Escort Mk21399:05.40:001:50:36.96:38.80:08.72082Liam Doherty/Dermot McGettiganFord Escort Mk211R19:27.40:001:50:41.96:43.80:05.02197Kyle McGettigan/Dale McGettiganToyota Corolla11R29:20.10:001:51:27.57:29.40:45.62289John Reddington/Paddy McCruddenFord Escort Mk21439:22.70:001:51:38.07:39.90:10.52355John Ross Marshall/Dave RobsonFord Escort Mk213109:37.60:001:51:48.07:49.90:10.02440David Armstrong/Martin McGarrityFord Escort R51449:22.80:001:52:02.78:04.60:14.72586Gary McElhinney/Emmet BrosnanFord Escort Mk213119:19.50:001:52:14.48:16.30:11.72680Thomas O’Connell/Emmett SherryFord Escort Mk213129:14.30:001:52:15.48:17.30:01.027117Darragh Kelly/Eamonn DohertyFord Escort Mk211R39:16.60:001:53:03.29:05.10:47.82894Gene McDonald/Emmett KellyFord Escort Mk2919:34.90:001:53:22.09:23.90:18.829137Lee McLaughlin/Aaron McLaughlinMitsubishi Evo 52049:26.00:001:53:27.19:29.00:05.13039Robbie Peoples/Keith StewartFord Escort Mk213139:48.20:001:53:27.19:29.03125James Cullen/Damien ConnollyFord Escort Mk21459:34.20:001:53:27.39:29.20:00.23296Adrian Sweeney/Shane BuckleyPeugeot 20711F19:36.60:001:53:37.49:39.30:10.13371Kieron Graffin/Eoghan RodgersMitsubishi Evo X2059:24.90:001:53:42.99:44.80:05.534101Paul Doherty/Hugh CollFord Escort Mk213149:41.40:001:53:46.19:48.00:03.235166Patrick Bradley/Niall McDaidFord Escort Mk213159:32.80:001:53:53.39:55.20:07.236102James McCarville/Gareth DohertyFord Escort Mk211R49:33.50:001:54:16.110:18.00:22.837106Donal Kelly/Shane ByrneHonda Civic11F29:13.30:001:54:19.910:21.80:03.83860Lee Hastings/Julie McGuireSubaru Impreza2069:44.10:001:54:25.410:27.30:05.53984Conor Watters/John BoyleFord Escort Mk21469:33.70:001:54:56.110:58.00:30.74093Barry McGill/Derek HeenaFord Escort Mk2929:34.10:001:55:34.511:36.40:38.44173John O’Sullivan/JJ CreminFord Fiesta11F39:29.80:001:55:48.111:50.00:13.642108Kieran McGinley/Danny McCloskeyHonda Civic11F49:48.60:001:56:12.912:14.80:24.843111Shaun Callaghan/Paddy McBrideFord Escort Mk213169:53.50:001:56:30.412:32.30:17.54472Jp Logue/James LogueHonda Civic11F510:09.80:001:56:33.112:35.00:02.74520Brian Brogan/Damien McGettiganFord Escort Mk21478:22.60:001:56:34.812:36.70:01.746128Dermot McGroary/Joseph TimoneyTalbot Sunbeam11R59:41.70:001:56:35.412:37.30:00.64779John Dolan/Liam McIntyreFord Escort Mk2131710:06.50:001:56:37.412:39.30:02.04875Jason Roache/John McCarthyFord Escort Mk213189:30.00:001:56:52.612:54.50:15.249129Donal McGrath/Finbarr FogartyToyota Corolla11R610:47.80:001:57:09.413:11.30:16.850127Charlie Heraghty/Barry McBrideToyota Corolla11R710:08.90:001:57:13.213:15.10:03.851100Dermot Cannon/Bobby TrimbleFord Escort Mk2131910:06.30:451:57:15.813:17.70:02.652119Roy Baldrick/Stacey McNuttTalbot Sunbeam132010:09.80:001:57:22.013:23.90:06.253118Darragh Doherty/James McDermottToyota Corolla11R89:45.60:001:57:30.913:32.80:08.95499Damian Campbell/Declan McGarrityFord Escort Mk213219:59.70:001:57:35.813:37.70:04.955162Kieran O’Kane/John FrewOpel Ascona14810:26.00:001:57:45.213:47.10:09.45688Liam Egan/Raymond CoppingerSubaru Impreza15310:05.20:001:58:38.614:40.50:53.457165Daniel McCanny/Martin GallogleyFord Escort Mk2132210:29.20:001:58:42.714:44.60:04.158145Shane McLaughlin/Fiona DevlinFord Escort Mk210110:15.30:001:58:50.514:52.40:07.859126Padraig Coll/Aidan SweeneyToyota Corolla11R910:29.00:001:58:58.115:00.00:07.66083Jim McDowall/Charlotte McDowallSubaru Impreza N101549:50.81:301:59:03.015:04.90:04.961104Vincent Collins/Fintan KilroeFord Escort Mk21219:51.80:001:59:38.815:40.70:35.862164Gerard McGivney/Gavin McGivneyFord Escort Mk2132310:52.90:002:00:34.516:36.40:55.763103James McDermott/Paul McDermottVauxhall Chevette12210:24.60:002:00:42.616:44.50:08.16443John Bonner/Leon JordanFord Escort Mk213249:36.80:002:01:20.917:22.80:38.365159William Vance/Billy VanceFord Escort Mk212310:41.00:002:01:55.617:57.50:34.766152Alan Browne/Michael DonnellanSubaru Impreza20710:21.90:002:02:48.418:50.30:52.867116Eamonn Russell/Gavin O’DonnellHonda Civic11F610:22.30:002:02:50.318:52.20:01.968163Alaistar Hethrington/Dermott FrielFord Escort Mk212410:48.60:002:03:09.319:11.20:19.069114Declan Gallagher/Columba HeenaToyota Corolla11R1011:02.50:002:03:23.219:25.10:13.970121Roy Jarvis/Adam MilnerFord Fiesta11F710:28.80:002:03:24.919:26.80:01.771107Victor Beamish/Susan BeamishVauxhall Nova10210:10.40:002:03:30.419:32.30:05.572156Michael Black/Pauric McGinleyFord Fiesta R211F810:22.90:002:03:30.619:32.50:00.27378RKevin Eves/Chris MellyToyota Corolla1498:44.40:002:03:45.519:47.40:14.974133James Greenan/Darren HarveyOpel Corsa9310:26.30:002:03:56.419:58.30:10.975150Mark Glackin/Michael GlackinHonda Civic11F910:27.90:002:04:49.120:51.00:52.776143Nick Barnett/Martin BradyHonda Civic17O/A10:21.60:002:05:17.021:18.90:27.977167Gary Cooney/Darragh MullenSubaru Impreza1559:35.70:002:06:57.122:59.01:40.178132Shane Carr/Ciaran CarrVauxhall Nova10310:04.30:002:06:58.423:00.30:01.379123Ciaran Brogan/Sean BroganFord Escort Mk212510:48.90:452:11:27.227:29.14:28.880141Johnny Wilhare/Cahor WilhareHonda Civic11F109:58.01:002:12:15.428:17.30:48.281131RBrian Muldoon/Patsy CorrToyota Corolla11R119:57.80:002:13:00.129:02.00:44.78298RDeclan Hall/Christy CorrToyota Corolla11R129:48.50:002:18:54.934:56.85:54.883125Andrew Hegarty/Eoin KellyFord Puma11F119:51.13:302:22:05.338:07.23:10.4END OF DAY 2 STANDINGS: LEONARD INTO THE LEAD AS BOYLES’ CAR PACKS UP! was last modified: June 18th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Day 2 resultsdonegal rallyManus Kellylast_img read more

Lagan Harps: Calm before the storm as seniors to face Tigers on Sunday

first_imgWe had no teams in action over the weekend. Our men’s team are away to title challengers Kildrum Tiger’s next Sunday.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 6,13,15 and 20. Rosemary Wallace and Josephine Duggan both had three numbers and won €25. Next week’s jackpot is €7575.Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Eunan O’Donnell who has been hospitalised recently. The club offers sincerest sympathy to the Blake family Letterkenny on the death of Mr Harry Blake.Lagan Harps: Calm before the storm as seniors to face Tigers on Sunday was last modified: January 16th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Aston Villa settle tax bill to allay immediate fears of administration

first_img Villa owner Tony Xia is under pressure 1 Aston Villa have resolved their immediate financial crisis and will settle their £4million tax bill.The club have paid £500,000 to HMRC and are expected to pay a further £1.2million by the end of the week, it is understood.The outstanding amount is likely to be paid swiftly after the club missed a tax payment on Friday, heightening growing fears of financial issues with Villa needing to find around £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play.Chief executive Keith Wyness was suspended on Tuesday amid reports he had fallen out with owner Tony Xia.Chairman Xia – now acting chief executive – has been struggling with short-term cash flow with tight rules on taking money out of China causing problems.But he currently has no intention of selling, although there are at least three parties interested in the Sky Bet Championship club.Administration is not yet an immediate fear for the club but Villa do need to find money in the long-term.Xia, who bought the club from Randy Lerner for £76million in 2016, is looking at funding options with Villa facing large-cost cutting measures following a failure to return to the Premier League.They lost the Championship final 1-0 to Fulham last month and face a third season out of the top flight.Xia has confirmed the club faces “severe FFP challenges” and that Villa need to be a sustainable club.Captain John Terry will not renew his contract after they missed out on promotion while star midfielder Jack Grealish could be sold to raise cash.Villa were relegated from the Premier League in 2016, losing an ever-present record, and their final parachute payment is cut to around £15million this year.The future of boss Steve Bruce is also uncertain with Xia yet to confirm the manager will remain in charge amid the financial uncertainty.last_img read more

‘I’ve managed a lot of Croatian players – they have a bond, a togetherness’

first_img“Modric is a fantastic player, it was a pleasure to work with him for four years, he’s an amazing player and a great guy. Low maintenance, never a problem. He just came in every day, trained great and fantastic to watch on the training ground. He’s a model professional and an absolutely top-class player.“They are a dangerous team, they can play. They keep the ball and they’ve got quality. In midfield they are top-class.“It’s going to be a tough game for England.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of Croatia v England in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM BST Harry Redknapp has warned England they will face their toughest test of their World Cup run yet when they play Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.The Three Lions have completely surpassed the country’s expectations by getting this far in Russia, and they now have a chance to become the first England team since 1966 to reach a World Cup final.Only Croatia stand in their way – but they have been one of the most impressive teams at the tournament so far.While their previous two results – back-to-back penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and Russia – have made many England fans confident, they would do well to remember their brilliant form in the group stages, where they won all three games, including a brilliant victory over Argentina.And Redknapp, who coached Croatia stars Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar during his spell in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, says England will face one of the world’s most cohesive units when they meet at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Spurs boss said: “Croatia have got a togetherness about them, that’s what makes them special.“It’s a small country but I’ve managed a lot of Croatian players and they’ve all been great lads, they’ve got a real bond between them. 2 2center_img Both Modric and Corluka (both 32) remain key players for Croatia and are likely to play against England Luka Modric was one of Harry Redknapp’s most important players during his Tottenham reign last_img read more

Fans praise ‘world class’ Pogba as France reach World Cup final

first_imgPaul Pogba vs Belgium:100% take-ons90% pass acccuracy4 tackles won3 chances created3 aerials won2 fouls won2 clearances1 shotTop class. #mufc [Squawka] pic.twitter.com/P0t1c9e1cU— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 10, 2018 Pogba put in an inspired showing I said a few days ago that Kanté and Pogba make my World Cup XI. I say it again. They have been so consistent, especially in the knockout phase. A golden duo, they complete each others in every possible way. And they’re still in their mid 20s! France can be proud.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) July 10, 2018 The media probably won’t mention it, but Paul Pogba has genuinely been exceptional all tournament. He’s completely put the ‘he’s too flashy’ and ‘he can’t handle defensive responsibility’ debates to bed. Was class again tonight, both in possession and without it. Mature display.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) July 10, 2018 Paul Pogba casually dropped a world class performace in a World Cup semi-final and bossed 65% of the pitch.My midfielder ❤️ pic.twitter.com/48XewpCO7r— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) July 10, 2018 Rio Ferdinand on Pogba: “We all know how good he is on the ball. His work rate and defensive discipline, I loved his intensity, he knew his job and his intensity was top drawer. I love him as a a player.” #mufc [BBC]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 10, 2018 Paul Pogba has been absolutely incredible this game.— Tom Coast (@thcoast) July 10, 2018 1center_img Pogba’s been utterly fantastic.— EiF (@EiFSoccer) July 10, 2018 One of Pogba’s best games ever, the Man of the Match for me. Spectacular showing. Superb all around.🔝 @paulpogba— Arjun Pradeep (@IndianRegista) July 10, 2018 .@KMbappe superb again tonight also @paulpogba very very impressive. #FRABEL #Russia2018— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 10, 2018 Paul Pogba was the centre of attention as always during France’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday night.However, this time the Manchester United midfielder was much discussed for a positive reason – as the result of a magnificent performance. .@PaulPogba is a #WorldCup finalist!!!Well in, Paul 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/FH4cQoziJa— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018 Despite some underwhelming periods during his time at Old Trafford so far, Pogba has told a different story at the 2018 World Cup.The French midfielder set the defensive standards for his countrymen alongside the likes of N’Golo Kante and Raphael Varane against Belgium, as his side shut out the Red Devils’ ‘golden generation.’Social media reaction to Pogba’s performance saw him receive a great deal of adulation, you can see the best tweets below.last_img read more

Barcelona’s shock Chelsea bid, Man United move for World Cup finalist – gossip

first_img 4 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 4 Conte had a disappointing 2017/18 Premier League season as Chelsea finished fifth Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Wayne Rooney joined DC United in a £12.5m move from Everton moving on LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 4 Brighton want to sign Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma, with Fulham also thought to be interested in the 21-year-old Malian. (Argus)Wilfred Ndidi is set to be offered a new deal by Leicester City with the player insisting he has never thought about leaving  the club. (Leicester Mercury)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlinesSPOOF – Antonio Conte reacts furiously to Chelsea sacking* Real Madrid release statement about Neymar, claiming they have ‘no intention’ of signing Paris Saint-Germain starEverton transfer news: Toffees eyeing double swoop for Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne‘Real Madrid don’t need Harry Kane…they have Karim Benzema!’ – Fernando Morientes does not want Tottenham Hotspur striker to come to the BernabeuChelsea FC transfer news: Maurizio Sarri looking to bring in ex-Liverpool player Suso – reportsLiverpool transfer news: Barcelona set £25m asking price for shot-stopper Jasper CillessenTottenham Hotspur transfer news: Inter Milan preparing £12m move for Mousa DembeleLeeds United transfer news: West Bromwich Albion win the race to sign Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley‘They were happy for me to leave’ – Wayne Rooney claims Everton nudged him out the door before DC United move IN DEMAND Lazio’s Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, is expected to complete a move to West Ham in the next few days, having had a medical on Friday. (London Evening Standard)Paris Saint-Germain will offer Neymar an improved contract as they try to repel Real Madrid who want to make an offer for the 26-year-old Brazil forward. (AS)Manchester United are in discussions to sign Inter Milan’s World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic, 29. (Paris United, via Sun)Newcastle’s hopes of signing Crystal Palace’s English winger Andros Townsend, 26, depend on whether Stoke can agree a deal for the Magpies’ Scottish winger Matt Ritchie, 28. (Newcastle Chronicle) Latest Transfer news Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race REVEALED targets Could there be a return to St James’ Park for Andros Townsend? Barcelona have offered a cash-plus-player deal for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, 27. Unwanted ace Andre Gomes, 24, is the player Barca are willing to include, suggest the reports. (Sky Sports)Chelsea have held talks about the possibility of signing Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, and want any deal to involve Blues striker Alvaro Morata returning to his former club. (Mail)Inter Milan are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Bordeaux wonderkid Malcom and sign the Brazilian on an initial loan deal. (Times)Leicester are ready to offer England hero Harry Maguire, 25, an improved contract – taking his weekly wage from £45,000 to about £75,000 – in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United.(Mail) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea are set to complete a deal to sign Jorginho from Napoli. 4 RANKED talkSPORT give you the lowdown on the latest transfer news and rumours from Saturday’s papers and online…Napoli midfielder Jorginho, 26, was at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening to complete his move to Chelsea from the Italian club, which will see him follow manager Maurizio Sarri to west London. (Guardian) LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets TOP WORK Tottenham transfer news: Barcelona linked with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien RabiotArsenal starlet Armstrong Okoflex reportedly set to join CelticLiverpool FC news: Danny Ward will be given shot at No.1 spot as Loris Karius’ position appears untenableHow Manchester United could line-up in 2018/19 season with Gareth Bale, Harry Maguire, Fred and more new signingslast_img read more

Tottenham predicted line-up to face Fulham

first_img 4 4 Can Kane score in August? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Most Popular Premier League News 4 possible standings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops Tottenham encounter Fulham in their first home match of the 2018/19 season.The game will be played at Wembley Stadium, as Spurs’ new home is not yet ready to host the side and won’t be for some time. gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? revealed predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 4 smart causal Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Mauricio Pochettino’s men won their opener at Newcastle 2-1 last week, despite an unconvincing performance.Meanwhile, Fulham were beaten 2-0 at home by Crystal Palace, and will be looking to bounce back at the country’s national stadium. Sissoko is yet to win over the North London supporters Here’s talkSPORT’s predicted line-up: Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware changes The match, which is a 3pm kick off on Saturday, could see a change in the Tottenham midfield as fan frustrations with Moussa Sissoko were fully justified against the Magpies.It is expected Mousa Dembele will now return to Spurs’ starting XI after his late return from the World Cup prevented him from doing so last week. Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are also back in contention, according to Mauricio Pochettino. Some have speculated that Mauricio Pochettino may return to a back three against Fulham, bringing in Toby Alderweireld to start while also swapping Ben Davies and Serge Aurier for Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.However, it seems unlikely that the Argentinian will change the side’s shape so drastically so soon.It must be said that if Trippier is fit enough, he could take Aurier’s position regardless. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It is unclear how Mauricio Pochettino will set up his defence against Fulhamlast_img read more

Alonso sinks Arsenal as Chelsea go top of the Premier League

first_imgArsenal should have pulled level moments later, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang skied his shot over the ball – much to the delight of opposition fans.Almost instantly, Chelsea went up the other end and doubled the lead thanks to Alvaro Morata, who turned Shkodran Mustafi inside out before firing past former Blue Petr Cech.Determined not to succumb to a rout, the Gunners pulled a goal back through the impressive Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before he turned provider for an unlikely equaliser Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED gameday REVEALED Morata was overjoyed to finally score in the Premier League Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings Alonso celebrates scoring the winner for the home side silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League news Marcos Alonso secured all three points for Chelsea as they defeated an extremely open Arsenal side.With 20 shots on target in the first half alone, both side threw caution to the wind as the London derby fizzed into life. 2 Goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata put the home side into a comfortable lead at Stamford Bridge, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi pulled the Gunners level.But with less than ten minutes left on the clock, Alonso was allowed to stride into the Arsenal box to tap home Eden Hazard’s cross.The game was played at break neck speed right from the off, with Jorginho playing in Alonzo with less then ten minutes on the clock.The former Bolton Wanderers defender slid the ball across to fellow countryman Pedro to sweep home. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ALTERED 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures .The home side completely switched off as a simple ball was rolled into the box by the Armenia international and converted by Alex Iwobi.Both sides were far more conservative in the second half, but the introduction of Eden Hazard changed the game completely – putting Arsenal on the back foot.Alexandre Lacazette inexplicably gave the ball away in his own half, before allowing Hazard to skip past him and find the rampaging Alonso who coolly slotted past Cech.More to follow…last_img read more

Full transcript of Roy Keane’s foul-mouthed attack on Ireland stars

first_img BEST OF 3 Keane branded Arter a ‘f***ing p****’ and a ‘c***’ revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City silverware REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Keane is alleged to have verbally attack Arter and Walters Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted center_img 3 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most read in football scrap Keane was angered by Walters pulling out of training Martin O’Neill, the Ireland manager, revealed Ward’s account does not tally with Keane’s, though two of the country’s legends, Johnny Giles and Liam Brady, want to see the former Manchester United midfielder sacked from his position as assistant manager.You can read the full transcript of Ward’s leaked WhatsApp message below…“So basically lads, Roy was getting on the boys for not training like three days in a row. Johnny’s got a bad knee so he can’t train all the time.“They were at the training ground and him and Harry were just sitting on the bench, just relaxing and icing themselves and stuff. Roy walked over and was like, ‘Why aren’t you lads training?’ and he obviously blatantly knew why they weren’t training because the manager would have told him. And they were like, ‘We can’t do three days in a row’. ‘What are you lot? Professional footballers? That’s a f***ing shambles that is’. They both didn’t say anything and Roy walked off and came back over again, ‘So when are you going to train, I’m sick of people pulling out with injuries, what the f*** is wrong with ya?’ and the lads were like, ‘Listen, we’ve got problems, we do it at our clubs, we can’t do it’. Roy said something under his breath about Johnny and walked off. Read the full transcript of Roy Keane’s alleged foul-mouthed tirade on Ireland stars Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, explained by Stephen Ward in a leaked WhatsApp message.Though Ward was not present when the alleged incidents took place, during the international break in May and June of this year, he has relayed a version of events concerning the row. gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “Johnny lost his head, jumped off the bench and walked after him, grabbed his arm and said, “What’s the story Roy? If you’ve got a problem say it to my face, don’t f***ing walk off’ and he was like, ‘I do have a problem, you’re not training, you’re getting soft, it’s no wonder Dyche doesn’t play ya, you’re f***ing always looking for an argument like you are now’ and he was like, ‘No Roy, you are the one trying to cause an argument’, and apparently they were squaring off to each other and having it off and had to be pulled off each other. All the lads were grabbing Johnny away from him… Johnny was going to kill him.“Roy brought up something about when they were at Ipswich, they had like a falling out as well. He said, ‘You’re threatening me again Jon, like you did at Ipswich’, and Johnny was like, ‘Yeah what, are you going to be a s***house again and send me my fine in the post rather than saying it to my face?’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “It blew over for a few days and then they flew out to France and apparently Johnny just text Roy was like, ‘Listen Roy, I’m in room whatever, if you wanna come up, you’ve obviously got something on your mind that p***** you off about me because it’s causing tension in the squad, let’s talk it out’. Apparently Roy just wrote back, ‘Nah, I’m just here to help players. People like you… stay out of each other’s way. You don’t need to reply to this message’, and that was that.“They got back from France and Harry felt his quad in training again. So he wasn’t training. Apparently he was getting treatment in the treatment room and Roy walked in and was like, ‘When are you going to train you f***ing p****?’ and Harry was like, ‘What?’, and he was like, ‘F***ing any chance of you training?’ He explained the situation again and Roy was going off going, ‘You’re a f***ing p****, you’re a c***, you don’t even care, you don’t wanna train’, and Harry was just going, ‘Roy, I’m not speaking to you like this. I’m not listening to you. You’re not the manager. You can’t say anything to me’. 3 SORRY “Apparently Roy was just going mad getting f***ing worse and worse and Harry got up off the treatment bed and walked back to his room. As he was walking back to his room Roy was shouting down the corridor, ‘You’re a f***ing p****, you’re a **** you’ve been all your life’ and that was it really lads.“It didn’t come to blows but basically just Roy was losing his head.”last_img read more

Carragher says Rashford not as good as Lukaku, explains why he must leave Man United

first_imgJamie Carragher has joined talkSPORT to explain comments he made urging Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to join a club like Everton.Rashford, the forward, played the full 90 minutes in each of England’s past two matches, and scored in both the defeat to Spain and the friendly victory over Switzerland. 3 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings “I just think for young players – Rashford is the obvious one – that they may need to come away, similar to what Lukaku did; he was at Chelsea and couldn’t come through with Mourinho, had to move to Everton, and now he’s at Manchester United.”Carragher went on to admit Rashford never became the ‘teenage sensation’ he was expected to be in his brilliant debut season, and he doubts whether the starlet will ever prove himself good enough to be Man United’s centre-forward unless given an extended chance to play the position.The former England defender continued: “I’d love nothing more, as I’m sure Rashford and United fans would, of him being the main man through the centre for Manchester United in the future.“There have been others; Michael Owen and [Robbie] Fowler at Liverpool, but they were teenage sensations… Rooney joining United at 18. He was handed the chance to start both games by Gareth Southgate, the England manager, despite being selected from the beginning for just one of Man United’s four Premier League fixtures in 2018/19; Rashford has now played more international minutes (180) this season than club minutes (121).Liverpool legend Carragher was working as a pundit for Sky Sports when he addressed Rashford’s role at Old Trafford, making the suggestion that leaving United for a club outside the Premier League’s top six would be a wise idea for the 20-year-old to push on with his career.“The problem he’s got, and it’s the same for every young striker at big clubs, nothing’s harder than that position,” Carragher opined.“Romelu Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don’t see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there. silverware “But remember when Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away and go to Everton. Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Man United.“Possibly Everton is the sort of club you are looking at, just below the top six, for someone like Rashford, similar to what Lukaku did.“You know you are going to play every week as the centre-forward and you know if you have a couple of games where you don’t score then you are still going to play the next week.”Carragher reacted on Twitter when talkSPORT ran the story, and he later joined the Jim White show to clarify his views by insisting he was not singling out Rashford, he was instead making a point about any young player who is struggling for game time at a top six club. Rashford netted the only goal of the game in England’s 1-0 defeat of Switzerland tense latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Most read in Premier League Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “We thought Rashford may have been that, but it hasn’t quite happened, so we still don’t know if he’s good enough to be Manchester United’s centre-forward.“But I don’t think we’ll ever know if he doesn’t play in that position, and I don’t see him playing in that position any time soon.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The point is not just about this player or club, but coming through as a striker at a top club is the most difficult for any young player. You have to be one of the best in Europe at a young age. Owen & Fowler teenage sensations. Kane got a chance because Spurs strikers failed. https://t.co/1VeuNCkko2— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 12, 2018However, Carragher did stand by his view that Rashford would be served better leaving United for game time – as he’s not as good as the player blocking his chances at Old Trafford, Lukaku.He said: “Last night, the big debate was a lot of those players had not played enough football and Gareth [Southgate] was giving them a game.“But the point on Rashford was slightly different.“It wasn’t so much about Rashford and Manchester United, it was about being a young player coming through at a top six club and the most difficult position to come through is striker. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? revealed 3center_img 3 whoops SORRY First-choice strikers at top six clubs Rashford scored eight goals in his mesmeric breakthough season The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre LacazetteChelsea – Alvaro MorataLiverpool – Roberto FirminoManchester City – Sergio Aguero and Gabriel JesusManchester United – Romelu LukakuTottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? REVEALED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker Lukaku is undeniably Man United’s first-choice centre-forward “Look at [Manchester] City; what young City striker is going to take [Sergio] Aguero’s place? Liverpool have [Roberto] Firmino who plays for Brazil, [Manchester United’s Romelu] Lukaku was at the World Cup for Belgium.“Even though Chelsea have struggled for centre-forwards since [Diego] Costa they’ve still got a man who’s played for Juventus and Real Madrid in [Alvaro] Morata.“That position is the most difficult to come through and establish yourself.“That’s not me saying: ‘[Jose] Mourinho doesn’t give young players a chance’ or ‘Rashford should be playing’, because I don’t think Rashford should be playing for Manchester United at centre-forward – I don’t think he’s as good as Lukaku.“But how will he ever get to that standard of the strikers I’ve just mentioned if he doesn’t play centre-forward?“I think in other positions on the pitch you can bed yourself in, but as a striker you’ve got to win the game.“Top clubs can’t wait for a young striker to go six or seven games without scoring as they learn and get more experience and improve – they need the ready-made article right now.last_img read more

Liverpool star stretchered off in first-half of Champions League match at Napoli

first_img shining 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED The Reds go into tonight’s game having won their first group match against PSG in Group C Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? A visibly upset Keita is consoled by Liverpool’s medical staff gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Liverpool FC News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Naby Keita’s Liverpool Champions League debut came to a heart-breaking end after he came off in the 19th minute with an injury.The Guinean went down in the middle of the pitch holding his back and his leg with no other player around him. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 It’s not clear what the extent of Keita’s injury is but the summer signing looked very disappointed when it became clear he wasn’t going to play any further part.Club captain Jordan Henderson came on for Keita, who left the field on a stretcher.Keita’s departure marked the beginning of a bad night for the Reds as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in Naples thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s 90th-minute winner. latest REVEALED silverware RANKED last_img read more

Real Madrid chief wants Mourinho as next boss, not Pochettino – Ramon Calderon

first_img 4 The European champions are five league games without a victory, leaving them ninth in LaLiga, and Sunday’s 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona was the final nail on Lopetegui’s coffin – but Calderon believes the club were ‘unwise’ to axe the boss so soon into his reign.Real’s biggest problem has not been their manager, Calderon says, but their decision to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to leave and their failure to replace him.A host of top bosses have been linked with the job but, as Calderon points out, the majority of them are currently under contract with other clubs. MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Recent reports claim Pochettino is Real Madrid’s top choice for the now-vacant role and are hoping to appoint the Argentine by the end of November, with Castilla boss Santiago Solari taking over as interim coach.But Calderon believes Perez is still a big fan of Mourinho and would ideally want the Portuguese to come back for a second spell in charge.Asked if Pochettino would be a good fit for the Bernabeu job, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “For sure, he’s proving that at Tottenham, but he has a contract in force at Tottenham and I think he’s willing to stay there. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “He is one of those coaches any big team would like to have on their side.“[But] I’m sure the president is thinking of Mourinho, he is always the coach he would like to have at Real, but he’s with Man United now.“Mourinho is the only coach Perez has respected up to now. He gave him all the power for the first time in his life, which was very unusual.“It’s true that he’s been in touch with Jose in the last few years trying to bring him here again, but being with Man United I think now it’s not possible.“If he leaves Manchester United I’m sure he’ll be here again.” Roberto Martinez and Antonio Conte are also said to be in the running no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Former Chelsea boss Conte and Belgian national coach Martinez have also been linked with the role, although Calderon believes the Real Madrid will struggle to appoint a top boss this time around due to their interfering president, Perez.He claims the chief has already put a number of high profile managers off the job as he refuses to relinquish his influence over team decisions and signings.“It’s difficult to find a coach of the right level for Real Madrid because there are no top level coaches on the market,” the 67-year-old told talkSPORT.“The only one is Conte and he’s asked for a longer term of three years and to have his hands free with signings, but that’s not something the president is willing to give him.“I think Roberto Martinez would be a good one but he’s under contract with the Belgian team. ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED 4 Most popular football news REPLY Mauricio Pochettino would be the perfect fit for Real Madrid, but club president Florentino Perez would prefer Jose Mourinho to return and take over at the Bernabeu.That’s the verdict of former Real chief Ramon Calderon, who joined talkSPORT to give an interesting take on the club’s hunt for a new head coach, with Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez also linked.He also claims the Spanish giants have been in contract with Mourinho about a possible return ‘over the last few years’.Real Madrid are without a manager following the decision to sack Julen Lopetegui on Monday after just four and half months – 14 matches – in charge.Los Blancos’ form has been wretched under the former Spain boss – winning just one game from their last seven in all competitions. huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Mourinho has been frustrated at Man United this season – could he be tempted back to Real Madrid? REVEALED Real Madrid suffered an humiliating defeat to Barcelona on Sunday 4 Pochettino is likely to stay at Tottenham, believes Calderon Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “Lopetegui should have thought why Zidane left and why up to five important coaches decided not to come – they know the president is going to interfere too much with the decisions of the line-ups and the signings, and that’s going to be a problem to find a new coach.”On Lopetegui’s sacking and the problems Real Madrid are facing this season – despite boasting eight Ballon d’Or nominees in their squad – Calderon added: “I think the decision to sack Lopetegui after only two months of the competition was very unwise.“It’s true the 5-1 defeat to Barcelona was very tough for the fans, but I think it would have been wiser to keep the coach for a few matches more to see what happens.“The main problem has been letting Ronaldo go, he was giving us 50 goals a season and we haven’t signed another one to replace him, that’s been the real trouble.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Ramon Calderon IN FULL above!last_img read more

Chelsea vs Everton: Premier League preview and confirmed line-ups

first_imgMarco Silva (Everton): “We have confidence in our work and the way we are playing.“Seeing how our team is growing and getting better and getting results in the last two-and-a-half months. I accept they will be favourites but it is a big challenge for us.”Confirmed line-ups Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri can set the longest ever unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager when his side host Everton on Sunday afternoon.The Blues, undefeated in their opening eleven league games, could go top of the table with a win ahead of the all-important Manchester derby later in the day. MONEY 3 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ross Barkley spent eight years at Everton Getty Images – Getty 3 Latest Football News The match takes place just three days after Chelsea’s underwhelming 1-0 victory over BATE Borisov, featuring a gruelling 3200-mile round trip to Belarus.And they will not be able to afford a Europa League hangover against an Everton side who are beginning to find their feet under Marco Silva.The Toffees are in fine goalscoring form, netting 11 goals and taking four wins from their last five league games, but they haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1994. ADVICE 🔵 | Here it is, Blues! Your starting XI for today’s #EFCawayday…1️⃣ Change. Full debut for Yerry Mina! pic.twitter.com/ioV6WJekcS— Everton (@Everton) November 11, 2018 REVEALED RANKED Here’s how we line up today! 💪#CHEEVE pic.twitter.com/shT0HmwYmU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 11, 2018center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Marco Silva is pleased with the way his team is playing huge blow Maurizio Sarri is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, a major success story under the new Chelsea regime, could face his former club for the first time since swapping Goodison Park for Stamford Bridge in January.What the managers are sayingMaurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “The best situation is the result [against BATE]. We didn’t play very well.“It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here. There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything. I think we could have done better.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

France World Cup winner weighs in on Paul Pogba-Jose Mourinho relationship

first_img BEST OF Petit, a World Cup winner with France, added: “Well, even if Jose Mourinho has been living with criticism and big pressure recently, I still believe he’s one of the best managers in the world.“He has won so many trophies – he repeats that in the press conferences. They won the Europa League last year – they won a trophy where all the managers didn’t win anything. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane RANKED SORRY Paul Pogba has been in and out of Jose Mourinho’s team this season 3 Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus “I think the story between Manchester United and Pogba is not finished. If he leaves at the end of the season just because of his relationship with his manager, for me, that’s not a good reason.“Manchester United is bigger than the problem they have together.”Mourinho has been criticised for failing to get the best out of Pogba since his £90million move from Juventus in 2016.The midfielder starred for France in their World Cup-winning campaign last summer, but has not replicated his international form with his club. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest scrap revealed He was hooked off in United’s goalless draw to Crystal Palace last weekend and dropped for their Champions League clash with Young Boys on Tuesday.And former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit thinks Pogba, who has been linked with a return to Juventus, should fight for his place at Old Trafford.He said: “I don’t know about the future of Paul Pogba. I still believe when you come back to a club you left, this is because you have a good reason to come back. Emmanuel Petit in action for France gameday cracker 3 PAYBACK REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Former France international Emmanuel Petit says Paul Pogba should not leave Manchester United because of his relationship with Jose Mourinho.The Red Devils boss stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy after the Frenchman criticised his team’s playing style in September. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST “So, what we’re asking of managers is to win games and titles and this is what Mourinho does. But we all know it’s becoming difficult after three years in the same club.“His methods in management are sometimes a little bit hard for the players to cope with. He’s got his own responsibility for his relationships with some players.“But I still believe, at the end of the day, the players have to take their own responsibility on the pitch as well. The responsibilities, for me, are shared.”last_img read more

STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNER

first_imgSTEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNER IS SPONSORED BY IRISHCOUNTRYMUSIC.CO.UK – FREE DELIVERY TO DONEGAL!Hello Everyone and welcome along to the 6th Country Corner. I hope you’s all enjoying it as much as I am writing it, keep your comments coming in if you have any photos of you with your fav Irish Country Stars please email them to me.Country Music News Rachel Percy from Randalstown has just released her 2nd CD entitled – Till This Ring Turns Green, 12 great numbers on this cd, you have the favourites like Blanket On The Ground, Next To You, Next To Me, and the old time waltzes – Someone From Home and Tennessee Waltz, as the title goes Rachel is Ireland’s Country Singing Senation she is certainly that.  The cd was recorded at Harmony Recording Studios in Letterkenny – a lot of top musicians played on this album.Donegal Band – The Tractor Boys support the Donegal Football Team in The All Ireland Championship 2011 –  with the song called The Green and Gold Jersey of Tir Chonaill, check out the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOcVFsZu4i0 Justin Mc Gurk has just released his new single – Take Me To The Fair, its about the Annual Lammas Fair which takes place in Ballycastle at the end of August every year – Justin has just released his new video for it check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crwcwLnvchcShaun Loughrey is set to release his new CD entitled Brand New Me on 29th August 2011 – shaun’s father was the legendary Singer Johnny Loughrey Billy Mc Farland is ready just to release his New Cd – The Best I Know How – Billy is no stranger to the music business – Billy has been singing for many years the popular singer from Ballymena – billy is famous for his trumpet playing – check out billys website at www.billymcfarland.com. Robert Mizzell sings ‘The Rose of Tralee’ It takes a certain kind of stage performer, with legendary appeal, to effectively bring proceedings to a close at an International Show, and in particular to our global celebration of Irish culture, the Rose of Tralee.  Robert Mizzell, Country Music Artist, will fill this role on Tuesday 23rd August 2011, and give the international performance of his life, as he serenades the newly crowned 52nd Rose, on stage in the festival dome in Tralee, Co. Kerry. The finale of the festival will be watched by millions of people around the world and it will be a huge honour for Robert, already a true crowd favourite, to sing to the winning Rose, that beautiful world famous nineteenth century Irish Ballad, ‘The Rose of Tralee’.Nathan Carter Fans Look: – Nathan will be doing A Concert Tour In Sept in the following Venues The shows are being filmed for a live DVD which will be on sale for Christmas. Special guests are Louise Morrisey and Hugo DuncanAN GRIANAN THEATRE LETTERKENNY Mon 19th SeptMARKETPLACE ARMAGH Tues 20th SeptARDOWEN THEATRE ENNISKILLEN Wed 21st SeptBURNAVON THEATRE COOKSTOWN Thursday 22nd Sept2011 Parade of The Stars AwardsMale Vocalist Of The YearRobert Mizzell Jimmy BuckleyMike DenverDerek RyanPatrick Feeney Nathan CarterGerry GuthrieFemale Vocalist of The YearPhilomena BegleyMary DuffSandy kellyDee ReillyLisa Mc HughIsla GrantEileen KingLifetime AviechmentMick FlavinLouise MorriseyMatt LeavyRoly DanielsSusan Mc CannShawn CuddyJohn HoganSongwriter of the yearHenry Mc MahonPeter Mc KeeverJohn NelsonDerek RyanJohn FarryBill AllenVic HoldroydLocal Artist Of The YearShunie CrampseySteve FarlowBonnie StewartTrevor LoughreyCurtis MageeSimon PetersTony KerrBreakthrough AwardKym KellyJesse ConlonEddie CareyJason TraversEunice MoranCaz HunterEddie KellyGroup of The YearWee AmigosBonnie Stewart DuoThe Three AmigosJust 2The IndiansThe Benn SIstersThe SierrasLost Heros Of Country MusicPat mc CoolJohnny LoughreyJoe DolanJohn GreerDan O HaraCyril Mc KevittVenue Of The YearThe Ryandale – MoyThe Bushtown ColeraineThe Plaza Buncranathe riverclub – CastlefinThe mellon country OmaghJosies country tavern – LetterkennyBiddy friels – LetterkennyPlease email to stephendoherty2008@gmail.com – the deadline is Sept 9th 2011Dancing DatesFriday 12th Aug 2011Mellon Country Hotel (Omagh)John Mc Nicholl & BandFriday 12th Aug 2011Josies Country Tavern (Letterkenny)Lisa Mc Hugh & BandSaturday 13th Aug 2011The Halfway House (Toban)Nathan Carter & BandSaturday 13th Aug 2011Riverclub (Castlefin)Derek Ryan & BandSaturday 13th Aug 2011White River Hotel (Toome)Gerry Guthrie & BandSat 13th Aug 2011The Ryandale, (Moy)Robert Mizzell & BandSat 13th Aug 2011The Allingham Arms Hotel (Bundoran)Mick Flavin & BandMon 15th Aug 2011Bushtown House Hotel (Coleraine)Stephen Smyth & BandTues 16th Aug 2011Logues of Cranford(Milford)Mick Flavin & BandCompetition Time:To Win a copy of Rachel Percy’s New Cd – Till This Ring Turns Green  please answer the following question:-Q: Where Does Rachel come fromAnswers to info@donegaldaily.com – closes on Tues 16th Aug 2011Good LuckDont forget to tune into me on 105fm or 107.6fm or online at  www.icrfm.ie every Tuesday between 3pm and 4pm this Tues 16th Aug I’ll be talking to Margo. You can also get in touch with me at stephendoherty2008@gmail.com or visit my website which is www.keepitcountryradioshow.co.ukSTEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNER IS SPONSORED BY IRISHCOUNTRYMUSIC.CO.UK – FREE DELIVERY TO DONEGAL!STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNER was last modified: August 13th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

DDTV: HILARIOUS VIDEO OF DOG EATING BREAKFAST SWEEPS THE COUNTY

first_imgIT is – by all accounts – the talk of the entire county all day.And when you watch this hilarious video, you’ll see why! It was made by Letterkenny man Brian Crawford.Said a friend: “It’s just brilliant. It’s hilarious and works really really well.”DDTV: HILARIOUS VIDEO OF DOG EATING BREAKFAST SWEEPS THE COUNTY was last modified: September 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:dog eating breakfastdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

GAA BOUNDARY DISPUTE: REVEALED…FORMER GAA PRESIDENT OPPOSED SPLITTING LETTERKENNY

first_imgAn independent report written by former GAA President Peter Quinn opposed the introduction of a split in parishes in Letterkenny, we can reveal.The report was written last year as Letterkenny Gaels pushed to have a part of the town – the parish of Aughaninshin – recognised as a Gaels-only area where it could draw players from.That would have left St Eunan’s with Conwal and Leck. However St Eunan’s claim splitting the town would break a decade-old agreement, and say the boundary issue could hit other clubs in the county.A meeting of clubs in the county next month is set to vote on the issue. And it is even set to be discussed at Letterkenny town council monthly meeting.Here is the Peter Quinn report in full:MEABHRÁN DO COISTE DHÚIN na NGALL I was asked, by a representative of Coiste Dhún na nGall, to examine the respective merits of the claims made by the two G.A.A. clubs currently operating in Letterkenny viz. St. Eunans and Letterkenny Gaels, on the need for boundaries to determine the catchment areas of the two clubs within that town. I set out below the nature of my investigation and, ultimately, my conclusions and recommendations.BackgroundUntil relatively recently, Letterkenny was a single Parish, which was, by far, the biggest Parish in Raphoe Diocese, on a population basis. It has since been divided into two Parishes, each with its own church. According to the Diocesean web-site, the two Parishes of ‘Aughaninshin’ and ‘Conwal and Leck’ are still the two biggest Parishes in that Diocese, with ‘Conwal and Leck’ being almost twice as big as the third biggest Parish and both of the Letterkenny Parishes having a population which is a multiple of that in the majority of Parishes in this Diocese. A number of senior clubs in Donegal are selecting from population bases as low as 15% of that of either of the two parishes in Letterkenny.At present, each of these Parishes hosts three or four primary schools and each has at least one second-level school. The primary-level school-going population in the town is well in excess of 2,000, according to Diocesean figures.Not only is Letterkenny the largest settlement in Donegal, but demographically, for much of the past decade, it was also the fastest growing town in its size category in Ireland and, for part of that decade, it reputedly had the most rapid growth, in its category, in Europe. According to G.A.A. policy, as provided in its strategic review of 2001, the population of Letterkenny would justify the existence of three clubs, though, in major settlements, that policy is taken as an aspiration rather than being mandatory.Soccer and rugby are already strong in Letterkenny, as are basketball, swimming, athletics and golf. In St. Eunan’ College, soccer is now the field sport with the highest profile, and throughout much of Donegal both soccer (in particular) and rugby are well organised and are clear threats to the G.A.A.’s position in the County.There is an acceptance that increased participation in Gaelic Games, in this town, is a priority for the G.A.A. in Donegal. There is also a concern that any dispute within the G.A.A.1 fraternity may have the ultimate consequence of encouraging potential young players to give their primary allegiance to other codes. In Letterkenny and in other parts of Donegal, there is, and there is likely to continue to be, considerable cross-over between Gaelic Games and other codes.The Two ClubsSt. Eunans is a long established club, having being founded more than eight decades ago. It was, for most of that period, the sole G.A.A. club in Letterkenny. It has had an outstanding run of success, over the past decade, and is easily the foremost club in Donegal at present. Its success on the playing field has helped it to attract playing members, who come from outside Donegal, to reside in the town.In the past, O’Donnell Park (owned by St. Eunans) was Donegal’s premier ground, but problems with flooding reduced its status. Those problems have now been rectified and it has again started to attract occasional, major, non-championship, inter-county games. Currently, it has two pitches – a full size ‘Prunty’ pitch, with a stand for 2,500 spectators and total capacity of close to 10,000 and a second ‘training’ pitch.Some years ago, following the establishment of Letterkenny Gaels, this club developed a St. Eunan’s Academy, for coaching and developing young players and has been attracting up to 200 children, between male and female, to its Sunday morning sessions. Its overall youth coaching programme is very comprehensive, involving a large number of coaches, both males and females, and both football and hurling. It also uses members, who are unemployed, to undertake coaching within local schools, where it provides an extensive programme.This club has also acquired other parcels of land, some of which are also used in coaching under-age players, leaving it with total property extending to close to sixty acres, in adjoining parcels (the aggregate area was not confirmed during this analysis – the foregoing figure was provided by the club).It also has a Club House, with a bar licence and eight changing rooms. It has invested approximately €1.75 million in its more recent developments, including borrowing €750,000 (these figures were also provided by the Club and accepted as accurate). All its facilities are vested in the G.A.A.2Letterkenny Gaels is a relatively new club; it has been in existence for approximately fifteen years, when its application for affiliation was supported by the St. Eunans representative(s) on the County Board.The Gaels currently participate mainly in the lower leagues at adult level, but their recent under-age performances in football have been quite good. They also participate in hurling, where they are reasonably strong, competing in Division 1, as compared with Division 2 in football. Its progress in football is demonstrated by the fact that it has recently had two representatives on the County Minor panel and another on the under-16 squad.The club has its own dedicated G.A.A. pitch, within a complex, which it shares with the local rugby club, which is expanding its activities in the Letterkenny area. There is, therefore, major cross-over between Gaelic games and rugby in this part of the town. The current arrangements provide for a dedicated G.A.A. pitch, a dedicated rugby pitch and a pitch which is shared, with each club having use of it for an agreed part of the year. The quality of its playing facilities is confirmed by their use for under-age finals in Donegal.This club is planning a major physical development scheme, in conjunction with the rugby club. The proposed investment is budgeted at €750,000 and Letterkenny Gaels will have to undertake major fund-raising; it believes it needs some guarantee of numbers, if it is to become involved in such expenditure.Methodology AppliedI met with representatives from both clubs, separately, on two evenings in Ballybofey. The agenda for the first of these meetings was entirely open and both sides were represented by three officers. The second meeting, which was also attended by three representatives from each club, was designed to clarify a number of issues which arose from the earlier meeting and to try to identify potential areas of agreement. In both of those meetings, arguments were advanced forcefully and there was clear evidence of differences in perspective, on a variety of issues. I then held a third meeting at which both sides were present together. I also reviewed demographic data from both CSO sources and Raphoe Diocesan sources.I do not propose to rehearse all the issues presented to me on those occasions; instead, I set out below the main issues raised by the two parties, as identified by me – I recognise that the two Clubs may hold a different view of my summary of each of their positions.3The Case Presented by Letterkenny GaelsLetterkenny Gaels are seeking the introduction of defined catchment areas for each of the two clubs within Letterkenny, based on ecclesiastical boundaries and citing the provisions of Treoraí Oifigiúil in relation to ‘Playing Eligibility’ – specifically, the definition, of ‘Home Club’ and its reference to “…a player’s native Parish…”.Effectively (and they accepted this), the town would then be divided for G.A.A. purposes, with each club having identifiably distinct catchment areas and boundaries. They accepted that Aughaninshin Parish currently contains many families whose heads of household or other family members have a strong affinity with St. Eunans; that includes many who had played for that club in the past and would probably wish their offspring to play for it too. They recognised that this had the potential to create dissention and they offered to accommodate St. Eunans, in any manner agreeable to an Coiste Contae, in retaining such members and potential players, including accepting special provision which would allow the off-spring of former St. Eunans players or senior club members to opt for that club. However, they clearly anticipated that, over time, Letterkenny Gaels would have the active support of almost the entire G.A.A. fraternity in the Aughaninshin Parish.They argued that the development of their club was being constrained by the strength, success, resources and profile of St. Eunans, as well as by its tradition within the town. In the absence of a dedicated catchment area, the Gaels could never develop to their full potential. In particular, they felt disadvantaged and discouraged by the fact that, when they undertook coaching in any of the schools in the Aughaninshin Parish, St. Eunans responded by sending their coaches into that school, thereby splitting the allegiance of the pupils.They expressed the view that rugby was much better co-ordinated in its support for local schools – providing a united front to potential new members.Letterkenny Gaels also indicated that the club was now facing critical issues, in that it was proposing to embark on a major programme of physical development, with huge financial implications and that the club needed some level of assurance about its “…supply chain of young people…” if it was to justify undertaking this investment.However, they explicitly recognised that St. Eunans had a very well organised under-age structure – probably “…the best in Donegal…”; that they had “…raised their game…” in response to the formation of the Gaels (including in hurling activity) and that they were4putting major effort into ensuring that they would continue to have access to all the best players in Letterkenny.Ultimately, they proposed to focus the development of the club on the schools and the young people who attended those schools in Aughaninshin parish. Their expectation was that, over time, the young players from Ballyraine etc., who were currently being attracted to train with St. Eunans, due to both that club’s success at senior level and peer pressure, would eventually align themselves with Letterkenny Gaels, if the parish rule was applied and they were given sole access to the schools within their parish.The Case Presented by St. EunansSt. Eunans accepted the need for a second club in the town, given its population, and indicated a willingness to work with the Gaels in strengthening the Association in Letterkenny. They would accept the creation of a Letterkenny Board as a mechanism for increasing participation in Gaelic Games among the youth of the town.However, they rejected the division of the town on a parish basis, citing the following two main reasons:(i) affiliation of Letterkenny Gaels was accepted on the explicit understanding that boundaries would not be introduced within Letterkenny; and(ii) their club’s membership (playing and non-playing) currently derives from all parts of the town, and has done so down through the years.There are, they claimed, socio-economic differences between the two Parishes, which render primary population statistics useless as a basis for determining boundaries within a town, where the majority of parents of potential young G.A.A. players are former St. Eunans players.They asserted that they have become the premier club not just in Letterkenny, but in Donegal, by providing good facilities and the most comprehensive programme of coaching and player development in the County. If the Gaels wished to become an equally strong club, they would have to match the efforts of St, Eunans.Using the schools as an argument for separate catchment areas ignores the fact that, in virtually every staff room in the town, there are members of the St. Eunans club and any such proposal would be extremely divisive within the schools.5According to them, the existing transfer system allows players to transfer within the town and should be left as the best route for resolving problems within Letterkenny.St. Eunans argued that there was a need for more investment in coaching in Letterkenny; but the main focus should be on raising the profile of Gaelic Games in St. Eunans College and not on splitting the town, by introducing boundaries. There are enough young players to satisfy the needs of both clubs, but introducing a boundary would result in loss of support from both the business community and others and would have a particularly adverse effect on St. Eunans and its playing base. Specifically, they argued that those who do not currently support the Gaels would not support them after the introduction of a boundary either.Ultimately, for St. Eunans, the only acceptable solution was for Letterkenny Gaels to increase their efforts at promoting the games to the youth of the town and match St. Eunans on that basis; that would improve their access to players, raise standards within the town and benefit the G.A.A. as a whole.ConclusionsBased on my analysis of the data and information provided to me, the following main conclusions arise (other matters also arose, but they are not germane to the current issue):(i) There is a clear need for a second club in Letterkenny and it should be viable in both playing and financial terms; a third club is not on the agenda, at present, and could not easily be accommodated in Letterkenny;(ii) Club affiliations and all related issues, including territorial implications, are entirely a matter for each individual County Board, according to Treoraí Oifigiúil;(iii) Donegal has not, to date, adopted the so-called ‘Parish Rule’ as part of its bye-laws (and neither have several other counties – particularly in Ulster);(iv) Even if Donegal adopted a ‘Parish Rule’ as a bye-law, it would not necessarily apply to urban areas (the former ‘parish rule’ had an explicit exemption for urban areas) and Letterkenny is a new urban area, though it was not specifically covered in the former rule;(v) St. Eunans provide a more comprehensive under-age development programme than do Letterkenny Gaels, but it has vastly more resources and experience, and it is, and will continue to be, very difficult for Letterkenny Gaels to compete in that environment;6(vi) Members and supporters of St. Eunans live in all parts of Letterkenny and many of those who live in Aughaninshin Parish do not identify with the new club, with which they never had any affiliation;(vii) Failure to reach some form of agreement has the potential to damage the G.A.A.’s capacity to achieve its optimal status within Letterkenny.Clearly, Letterkenny Gaels are operating at a significant disadvantage at present and this is adversely affecting the club’s development – but that is primarily attributable to their relatively short existence.RecommendationsBased on my analysis of the issues involved and on my conclusions as set out above, I hereby make the following recommendations for action by Coiste Chontae Dhún na nGall and for consideration by the two clubs:(a) Coiste Dhún na nGall should take the lead in establishing a Letterkenny Board designed to promote under-age coaching and games development in the town, using the G.A.A.’s coaching and games development structures and processes as set out in national policy i.e. with no formal competition among younger age cohorts and a focus on skills development; the Letterkenny Board should include equal and multiple representation from both clubs, and should also include one representative from each of the local primary schools; it should be chaired by an officer of an Coiste Chontae; its activities should be based in the facilities of both clubs, on an equitable basis, and any informal competitive activity should involve members of both clubs, on a shared basis; terms of reference for this Board should be determined by Coiste Dhún na nGall.(b) Coiste Dhún na nGall and the two clubs should understand clearly that participation in any under-age coaching programme(s), organised by either club, bestows no right of membership and that membership must be awarded entirely in accordance with the Association’s Treoraí Oifigiúil, at the ages specified therein for youth and full membership, respectively.(c) Coiste Dhún na nGall should not impose boundaries within Letterkenny, at this point; instead there should be a ‘stand-still’ agreement for the next five years, during which time both clubs would compete for members throughout all of Letterkenny and the effectiveness of the Letterkenny Board in raising standards could be assessed.7(d) All coaching within the town’s primary schools should be co-ordinated by the Letterkenny Board, using resources provided by an Coiste Chontae, in tandem with any resources provided by Comhairle Uladh or Ard Comhairle and those provided by the two clubs; unilateral coaching activity at primary school level, by either club, should be prohibited, unless it has been sanctioned in advance by the Letterkenny Board.(e) Coiste Dhún na nGall should seek special support from superior bodies to assist with coaching and games development in Letterkenny and should devote some of those resources to specific coaching initiatives by Letterkenny Gaels for those in the 14-18 year age-group.(f) The Letterkenny Board should co-operate with Coiste na nÓg, at County Board level, in promoting Gaelic Games within the second level schools and colleges in Letterkenny.(g) The progress of the Association’s games within the town should be monitored by the County Committee, on an annual basis, to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to participate in them and, in the event that some schools are not being catered for on an adequate basis, it should be prepared to make whatever adjustments to these recommendations, it deems appropriate.It is reasonable to expect that the two clubs may have differing views on the foregoing recommendations. Their views should be considered by Coiste Dhún na nGall, prior to finalising action on whatever recommendations are accepted.Peadar Ó Cuinn 25u Bealtaine 2010.8GAA BOUNDARY DISPUTE: REVEALED…FORMER GAA PRESIDENT OPPOSED SPLITTING LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal GAALetterkenny GaelsPeter QuinnSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN REJECTS FRAUD CLAIMS IN CZECH COURT

first_imgA COUNTY Donegal businessman has rejected the verdict of a Czech court which found him guilty of fraud.William James Harkin, 52, who has been living in Glasgow, was one of almost 300 businessmen who attended a high-profile event in Dublin last month aimed at supporting jobs here.Last week he was sentenced to six years in prison by the regional court in Zlin, south Moravia, after it found that he fraudulently borrowed Kc19,000,000 (about €770,000) during the takeover of Moravan Aviation, which produced light aircraft for pilot training and acrobatics. Prosecutors told the court that Harkin had negotiated a total of six loans in the knowledge that he could not pay them back, a crime which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years in the Czech Republic.The court heard that the company subsequently collapsed and was later bought out of receivership by new Czech owners. Harkin was represented in court by a lawyer who strenuously denied the charges.However, Harkin has rejected the finding of the court and says neither he nor the company he owns ever took any money out of Moravan. “We in fact invested considerable sums of money to stabilise and develop its business.”Harkin has alleged that he himself is the victim of a fraud perpetrated by a number of individuals.“The allegations at the heart of this court case are false and we have concerns that there may have been an abuse of process, including malicious and false litigation against me.”While he has been described in the Czech press as a fugitive, a spokesperson for Harkin said that his client had not been present at the court hearing, as he had not been informed that the hearing was to take place.The court decision is not final, as Mr Harkin intends to appeal the verdict.Harkin claims that the problem arose after he entrusted a local management team with the day-to-day running of the company but that “one local manager took advantage of this trust and without proper approval of the Moravan board of management, or the company’s owners, entered into various loans during 2009 on behalf of the company.“The loans were secured in such a way as to allow a local ‘lender’ an opportunity to remove certain assets from the company”.Harkin says that he has “launched legal proceedings against a number of individuals whom we believe have engaged in a conspiracy to fraudulently acquire the assets of the company and abuse the legal process to wrong-fully enrich themselves”.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN REJECTS FRAUD CLAIMS IN CZECH COURT was last modified: October 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL’S ONLY 18 HOLE INDOOR CRAZY GOLF CENTRE HITS A HOLE IN ONE!

first_imgIn June 2010, local man Andrew Houston opened the doors to Donegal’s only Indoor Airsoft and Archery Shooting Range called Donegal Airsoft.Six months later in December 2011 Andrew was pleased to open Donegal’s Only 18 Hole Indoor Crazy Golf Course which celebrates its first year open this week. And just like the airsoft and archery range, the golf course has been right on target.” With the Airsoft and Archery recommend for age 8+, the 18 Hole heated Indoor crazy golf course was perfect to allow friends and family of all ages to take part and have fun all year around.” I would like to thank all our fans and customers over the past year and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” said Andrew.Luckily Donegal Airsoft will be open over the Christmas holidays for everyone to enjoy. Booking is advised but not essential. Christmas Opening Hours : 2pm- 8pmXmas Eve 24th Dec: OpenXmas Day 25th Dec: ClosedBoxing Day 26th Dec: ClosedTuesday 27th Dec: OpenWednesday 28th Dec: Open Thursday 29th Dec: OpenFriday 30th Dec: OpenNew Years Eve 31st Dec: ClosedNew Years Day 1st Dec: Closed Return to normal opening hours Wednesday – Sunday, 2pm – 8pm.DONEGAL’S ONLY 18 HOLE INDOOR CRAZY GOLF CENTRE HITS A HOLE IN ONE! was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Airsoftlast_img read more

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS

first_imgPAST GLORY: Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board; Brian Sweeney of Swilly Group, Overall Award Winners 2011; Malachi Eastwood of Gartan Technologies, Overall Award Winners 2010; and Minister for Small Business John Perry TD. If you run a business employing less than 50 people in Donegal you now have a great chance to raise your profile.Nominations have just opened for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards and businesses across the county are being encouraged to submit an entry.Organised by the Donegal County Enterprise Board, the Awards are recognised as the most prestigious business awards in the County, and they generate huge publicity and business opportunities for the winning companies.Previous award winners include The Swilly Group, Gartan Technologies, DS Environmental Services and North West Aluminium. “The awards acknowledge the talent and determination of small businesses in the county. Despite the recent and current tough economic conditions, local businesses are continuing to succeed and innovate. The awards are a great way for any business to publicise their services or products, to give recognition to all those involved in the business and to celebrate our local enterprise culture in Donegal” says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive, Donegal County Enterprise Board.The County Enterprise Board supports enterprise and entrepreneurs across Donegal, providing services such as business advice, mentoring, business information, training and finance.The awards were started by the Board in 1997 as a way to highlight success stories among small businesses in Donegal and to inspire other individuals and local companies to establish new businesses in the county.The awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal and there are a number of award categories including innovation, business growth and business achievement, as well as the overall business of the year award.The winner of the business of the year award for 2011 was the Swilly Group, Irelands leading driver training, consulting and general training service provider. “Winning the award was a positive endorsement and vindication of our work over the years and of our plans for expansion. The award was major boost for all of us involved in the business” said Brian Sweeney, MD Swilly Group.The closing date for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012 is Tuesday 7th February. To nominate your company, please contact Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email info@donegalenterprise.ie. Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie to download an entry form.Ends. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: January 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:DONEGAL ENTERPRISING BUSINESS AWARDSlast_img read more

HERE COMES THE SUMMER! SEND US YOUR SIZZLING DONEGAL PICTURES

first_imgHitting the water aboard the RIB in Donegal Town. Donegal Bay Waterbus has sailings today. Call 074 97 23666 to bookIT’S hot out there – and it’s going to get much hotter.Met Eireann says it will be 26C in Donegal on Tuesday. Enjoy it while it lasts.So send us your Donegal Summer Sun pictures to info@donegaldaily.com.  Adam Rory Porter’s stunning shot over InishowenThis is a view from Arranmore lookin out towards Inishscaorach with Maghery and Portnoo beachs in the background – Pic Maureen FerryEva dunnion in The sun The McFaddens from Ramelton enjoying the weather at Rathmullan today The circus is in Buncrana – and this camel was enjoying the heat and the sand. Pic By Chris McClaffertyCarrigart by Marcella Crossan  Sunset over Lough Swilly ByMary Lafferty’s stunning pic of Lough Swilly Magheroarty Beach By Kathy McFadden Sunset on Rossnowlagh on Monday night. Pic by Andrea Whelan Ducks at Inch Lake: Pic by Martin McGuinness (the north’s joint first minister!)  HERE COMES THE SUMMER! SEND US YOUR SIZZLING DONEGAL PICTURES was last modified: July 9th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegal in picturessummersunweatherlast_img read more

NORTH WEST 10K ENTRANTS ASKED TO REGISTER EARLY

first_imgRunners and walkers taking part in the North West Charity 10k on Sunday, May 6th in Letterkenny are being asked to pre-book in order to avoid congestion with a huge crowd expected for the event.Entries will be taken upstairs at Letterkenny Community Centre on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of May from 6.00 to 7.30 p.m. Also on Saturday 5th May from 4.00 to 7.00 p.m.Entrants will pick up their numbers and t-shirts at these times which means no queuing up on the day of the 10k. By doing this you are assisting the committee to ensure that event runs off smoothly and gets started on time at 2.00 p.m. Entries are also being taken on-line at www.northwest10k.com.Sponsorship cards for the charity event are available from Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex, Canal Road. For more details ring 9124866 or visit the website where there is also very important pre-booking details for the charity race and walk. NORTH WEST 10K ENTRANTS ASKED TO REGISTER EARLY was last modified: April 21st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:North West 10klast_img read more

UNIQUE BASKING SHARK RESEARCH BEGINS OFF COAST OF DONEGAL

first_imgA unique research project off the coast of Inishowen into basking shark behaviour has started in earnest.An unusually early start to the shark season in April caught Donegal’s basking shark research team from Queens University in Belfast a little off guard.With sea surface summer temperatures starting to climb above 11 degree Celsius for prolonged periods a Malin head based research team are gearing up for what may prove to be one of the most memorable seasons in recent Irish marine research. To investigate shark movements and predator- prey associations the team plan to deploy numerous different types of tracking tags on the sharks including five satellite relaying tags.It is hoped these pioneering Fastloc GPS enabled tags will relay live positions and record fine scale movements of the huge sharks.Until now tracking marine based animals has proven to be extremely problematic for scientists because satellite signals can only be retrieved from a steady platform on the waters surface.Light Geo-location using recorded measurements of light levels and day and night have been used to roughly determine positions (with an approx. 75km radius of uncertainty). All sounds a bit complicated, well it is, add in a cocktail of unseasonal weather, unpredictable shark behaviour and some of the Atlantic oceans roughest waters and the possibilities of success are greatly reduced.This small chance of success hasn’t deterred the Inishowen based researchers who are working with the Marine Biological School in Queens University Belfast to pioneer this deployment a first for Ireland and the Atlantic.“Last year we pioneered the worlds first deployment of Timed Depth Recorders on the basking shark, this year we are taking it to another level with the deployment of five Fastloc enabled satellite tags.“If they work, the data recovered will provide an insight into the shark’s behaviour which has been an enigma to marine biologists for decades.” stated Emmett Johnston the project coordinator.The tag deployments are the final part of a five month long programme of marine based community awareness funded by the Inishowen Development Partnership entitled ‘The Monster Munch Project’. Five lucky Primary School classes from Inishowen have named the tags and will be following their progress over a google maps viewer in a newly developed section of the website.For more details log onto www.baskingshark.ieUNIQUE BASKING SHARK RESEARCH BEGINS OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Basking SharksInishowenlast_img read more

GAELIC GAMES: MAYO JUST TOO GOOD FOR DONEGAL LADIES

first_imgDONEGAL’S senior Ladies team were edged out in a tough game against Mayo today.The home side eventually won out by 2-15 to 1-09, but the scoreline probably flattered the Mayo ladies in the encounter in Claremorris.Donegal had started the game well, with the irrepressible Geraldine McLaughlin scoring a goal to give the visitors the lead. But that was as good as it was going to get in the difficult conditions as Mayo came roaring back.Mayo’s eight-time Allstar Cora Staunton scored 1-09 for her county.Aileen Gilroy added 1-01 hosts including a brilliant second half goal.Donegal lost goalkeeper and captain Roisin McCafferty to an early injury which was a serious blow.  GAELIC GAMES: MAYO JUST TOO GOOD FOR DONEGAL LADIES was last modified: February 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAELIC GAMES: MAYO JUST TOO GOOD FOR DONEGAL LADIESlast_img read more

YOUR DONEGAL DAILY PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgSunset over Lough Swilly by Whitedog Photography IrelandIT may be cold, but it is beautiful this week in Co Donegal.The bright sunshine is helping to lift the winter blues, even if it is a bit on the chilly side.Forecasters say the settled sunny weather could continue for the rest of the week. So get snapping and send us in more of your great pictures to info@donegaldaily.comSunset over Gaoth Dobhair by Patricia FerryWe visit relatives in Donegal several times a year and have found it to be one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited. I thought you may like to use this shot for the photo section of your website. It was taken from Rathmullen overlooking Lough Swilly.Cofion gorau iawn / best regardsJason S TobyCardiff, Wales Sunrise at Keadue Strand by Kathryn RussellPoison Glen by Kathryn Russell   Maureen Duffy at Rathmullan for donegaldaily.com Moonrise last evening near Biddys O’Barnes, Barnesmore from Kate Kelly Slevin YOUR DONEGAL DAILY PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: February 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:YOUR DONEGAL DAILY PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

DONEGAL APARTMENT FAILS TO SELL AT STRESS AUCTION DESPITE €25K ASKING PRICE

first_imgThe Letterkenny apartment failed to attract biddersExclusive: A TWO bedroom apartment in Letterkenny failed to sell at the country’s biggest stressed property auction – despite a reserve price of just €25,000.In another sign of how far the property market has sunk, Allsop Space failed to shift the flat in front of more than two thousand speculators in Dublin.However a substantial property – The Fisherman’s Lodge on the Laghey Road, Pettigo – did sell for an astonishingly low €40,000. It shows there is no sign of a recovery in property prices in other counties like Donegal, with one lot failing to sell and the other being sold off at such a low price.Homes in Dublin, Cork and Galway did sell well – with many selling way above their reserve prices.The ground floor apartment which didn’t sell – at 13 Fortwell – is situated just off Letterkenny’s main street. It comes with its own car parking space.A spokesman for Allsop Space said that although the apartment failed to sell at Friday’s auction, it was still available to purchase at offers over the reserve price. The Pettigo property is a substantial building.It is a four-bedroom B&B and is pictured below.Fisherman’s Lodge – sold for €40kDONEGAL APARTMENT FAILS TO SELL AT STRESS AUCTION DESPITE €25K ASKING PRICE was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL APARTMENT FAILS TO SELL AT STRESS AUCTION DESPITE €25K ASKING PRICEDONEGAL PROPERTYLagheyletterkennyPettigolast_img read more

WIN FREE TICKETS FOR NEIL DELAMERE AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgFollowing his sold out performance last year, Neil Delamere returns to An Grianán Theatre with his brilliant show DelaMere Mortal this saturday 25th May.Neil DelamereNeil is writer and presenter of the IFTA award-winning The Only Viking in the Village and star of RTÉ’s The Panel, BBC’s Fighting Talk and Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week.Ireland’s favourite comedian wonders why everything he thought he knew has changed and why trampolines aren’t always a good idea… We have a pair of double-tickets for the show. SImply answer the question – What is the name of Delamere’s IFTA award-winning show?Email your answer to admin@donegaldaily.com today and we will announce two winners tomorrow. Include your name, address and phone number. Good luck! WIN FREE TICKETS FOR NEIL DELAMERE AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:An griananNeil Delamerelast_img read more

DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK

first_imgBernadette PorterA nurse consultant from Raphoe has been awarded an MBE for her trailblazing work for patients with multiple sclerosis.Bernadette Porter who has been awarded an honorary award for services to nursing, has pioneered projects to help thousands of patients at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.She was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003. Bernadette, who has worked at the NHNN for nearly 25 years, said: “It was such a surprise for me to receive an award – and such an honour!“I feel very humbled and continually feel inspired by the people I meet who face a challenging disease like MS and live their life with such dignity.”“Around 3,000 people a year use the MS service at UCLH and it’s important to put patients at the centre of all we do. I try to really listen to what patients say about our services, to ensure they fulfil their needs.”She developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive. This is now due to be adopted elsewhere in the NHS. It included: a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses; email advice service for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurosurgeon and a video clinic linking the neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.The original ‘NeuroResponse’ pilot in 2009 was supported by UCLH and the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation.Bernadette said: “It has linked up people with MS with expert clinicians and patients tell us it has improved their quality of life by giving them the confidence to manage their condition.”Bernadette also paid tribute to her ‘excellent colleagues.’“I feel privileged to work with them,” she added. The Raphoe native, daughter of the late Joe and Kathleen Porter, trained in Dublin’s Richmond Hospital before moving to work in London in the late 1980s.Bernadette also won recognition at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011. She was chosen by a panel of respected judges as one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing.DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Bernadette PorterMBElast_img read more

UPDATED: BANK HOLIDAY TRAGEDY AS WOMAN KILLED IN DONEGAL ROAD CRASH

first_imgUPDATED: A woman has been killed following a serious road traffic accident in Newtowncunningham this afternoon.The accident happened just after 3.30pm on the main Letterkenny to Newowncunningham Road at the townland of Ardee.Gardai have confirmed that one person, a woman in her 30s, has been killed in the accident. They also confirmed that three children in the car were injured and were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The woman’s car was in collision with a Bus Eireann bus.There are serious traffic delays in the area at the moment.The road has been closed and traffic diversions are in place. The accident comes the day after the head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison, appealed to motorists to take care on Donegal’s roads over the bank holiday weekend.Tonight a Garda spokesman appealed for witnesses to the 3.30pm crash.He said: “At approximately 3.30pm a female aged in her 30s was fatally injured when the car she was driving collided with a bus on the N13 between Letterkenny and Derry near Newtowncunningham. She was pronounced dead at the scene.“Her body was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination. Three children travelling in the car at the time were taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. The driver of the bus was uninjured.“The road is currently closed to traffic and diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the scene. “Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”UPDATED: BANK HOLIDAY TRAGEDY AS WOMAN KILLED IN DONEGAL ROAD CRASH was last modified: May 4th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Artesia 42, La Mirada 34

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Mirada’s Eddie Martinez gained 110 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Josiah Bentle Blood had earlier fumbled at his own 15, where Steven McKnight recovered the ball and ran to the end zone for a touchdown. Blood was sacked on La Mirada’s last possession of the first half before his team trailed 28-14 at the break. On their first play back from the locker rooms, the Pioneers sacked him again and followed that with a 25- yard interception return. From there, Tony Minero took over the Matadores offense, throwing for 142 yards on 9-of-15 completions with two touchdowns, but his efforts weren’t enough to keep the Pioneers from victory. center_img LA MIRADA — The Artesia High School football team scored 28 unanswered points to defeat La Mirada High on Friday night. La Mirada quarterback Trevor Blood, who came off the bench last week to lead the Matadors past Bellflower, threw for 76 yards on six attempts in the first half. A third of his numbers came on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Risser in the second quarter. last_img read more

More fire sprinklers urged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals He pointed to increasing cases of multiple families living in single-family homes in the county. The increased population density can lead to residential fire deaths that sprinklers could help prevent, he said. One of the worst examples of what can happen in crowded conditions was a January fire in a three-bedroom Simi Valley home where 13 people were living. One man eventually died in the hospital as a result of injuries from that fire. Diane Morgan, Ventura County’s fire marshal, agreed that fire sprinklers have proven to be lifesavers and advocated their use wherever possible. “As a fire marshal, what I want is to fire sprinkler everything we build,” she said. “I would like to have sprinklers wherever there are people living or working.” It costs $1.50 per square foot or $150 per sprinkler to install them in new structures, Morgan said, but putting them in existing homes can be more expensive depending on how difficult it is in each case. The cities of Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Paula already have laws requiring sprinklers in new residential and commercial structures. The ideas for sprinklers and extending brush clearance were part of the Ventura County Fire Department’s proposal offered to supervisors Tuesday as part of an effort to improve fire safety in the county from 2006 to 2011. Morgan said the Topanga Fire in October that burned about 24,000 acres from Simi Valley to Agoura Hills and the Nov. 18 fire that burned 4,000 acres along the hills above Ventura demonstrate the importance of brush clearance. “I have no doubt we would have lost numerous homes in each one of those fires without the brush clearance,” she said. Brush is now required to be cleared 100 feet from any structure. Fire officials said they’d like to see that upped to 200 feet, at least in some cases. Firefighters already recommend that distance in Bell Canyon, which is in Ventura County. Supervisor Linda Parks said she has met with Bell Canyon residents who appear to support the 200-foot clearance to protect their neighborhood. Failure to clear brush in Ventura County can be expensive, costing thousands of dollars. Residents can clear the brush themselves, or the Fire Department will do it for them, charging them for the cost of clearing plus a $650 administrative fee. Roper said fire sprinklers, like brush clearance, can be particularly valuable in outlying developments that are farther from fire stations than more urban neighborhoods. “We can never get a fire engine to every house, so the best thing we can do is have a fuel-abatement program,” he said. “In certain areas we need to have a large brush clearance area on a case-by-case basis.” As for fire sprinklers, he said the county might not be able to build fire stations in all outlying areas, so the sprinklers would be particularly valuable. “We know they work and we know they save lives,” she said. “Someday maybe my children and my children’s children will live in a totally fire-safe environment.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VENTURA – Firefighters in Ventura County would like to see sprinklers installed in new single-family homes and have brush cleared as far as 200 feet from some residences as part of a long-term effort to save lives and reduce property damage. Bob Roper, chief of the Ventura County Fire Department, told the county’s Board of Supervisors of the plans last week and said he would make a formal recommendation for a new sprinkler ordinance next year. The ordinance would make sprinklers mandatory in new home construction but would not apply to existing homes, he said. Ventura County already requires sprinklers in structures of more than 5,000 square feet. “The number of fire deaths could be greatly reduced,” Roper told the board. last_img read more

Cheney, Congress and fed workers get a raise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The measure provides most civilian white-collar civil servants with at least a 2.1 percent overall average pay increase. Uniformed military personnel will receive a 3.1 percent increase in basic pay next year. The 1.9 percent pay hike also applies to the vice president – who is president of the Senate – congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices. The pay for Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the chief justice of the United States, who is now John Roberts, will go from $208,100 to $212,100. Associate justices move from $199,200 to $203,000 and House and Senate majority and minority leaders’ pay jumps from $180,100 to $183,500. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush on Thursday outlined pay raises that take effect in January for federal workers, members of Congress and judges – even Vice President Dick Cheney. Congress passed the pay raises earlier this year, but Bush was required to sign an executive order detailing the pay hikes before the end of the year. The president’s annual salary of $400,000 is not affected by the legislation. The cost-of-living raise lifts salaries for members of the House and Senate by 1.9 percent from $162,100 this year to $165,200 in 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pico Rivera strip club case comes to a close

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera officials voted last week to join a consent decree with the the city’s first and only strip club after a four-year legal fight to shut the establishment down. Under the new agreement, Imperial Showgirls, a strip club featuring all-nude female dancers, will be allowed to remain at its current location on Slauson Avenue until 2009, at which point it will have to leave permanently. In addition, the city’s own rules against lap dancing or tipping the dancers cannot be enforced against Imperial Showgirls, although the agreement does not prevent the city from imposing the rules on any other adult businesses that attempts to open in the city, said Jamie Casso, city attorney for Pico Rivera.The city must also pay the club’s owner, Leroy Smith, $97,000 in attorney fees, the consent agreement states.But does every adult establishment result in increased criminal and lewd behavior or prostitution in the area, as critics suggest?Wherever a strip club attempts to open its doors, community activists, religious leaders and residents inevitably make dire predictions of moral and neighborhood decay.When Imperial Showgirls opened in 2002, the Rev. Richard Ochoa led protesters who camped outside the club for 18 months until a court order forced Ochoa off the private property.Ochoa said that during the 18 months he protested against the club he saw plenty of moral turpitude and negative ramifications resulting from the club’s presence.“The club is terrible,” Ochoa said. “It fosters divorce, bad marriages, breakups … all the perversion that goes on in there. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the men that go in there can’t be very happily married. They come out with all that perversion in their minds.“During the time we were picketing, we saw very angry wives come to the doors. I witnessed women crying to their husbands to get out of there. It’s just a bad thing.”An anecdotal survey of area residents, however, did not reveal any spike in criminal behavior related to the club’s inception, although it remained unpopular. Also, officials at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said there was no significant crime associated with the club.Victor Godoy, 24, grew up on Passons Boulevard, around the corner from where Showgirls is located.“There’s no extra crime or trouble from it that I’m aware of,” Godoy said. “But it just feels kind of wrong. I grew up here. A lot of kids live around here and many of them pass it on their way home from school.”Even though Raymond Marmolejo, 60, worried about declining property values and increased crime when the Showgirls opened up, he said he has not witnessed such activity.“I’m not really against it – it’s the wrong place,” Marmolejo said. “There are too many kids here that walk past it to the 7-Eleven.”Two hefty bouncers guard the front entrance and ban patrons from bringing in handbags. According to state law, no alcohol is served on the premises. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lomas Advances To The Finals At Drake Invitational

first_imgThe Bulldogs had all four players advance to the semifinals of their respective draws with sophomore Joely Lomas being the only Bulldog to advance to the finals. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team continued play at the Drake Invitational on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Day 2 Results Story Links The Bulldogs will wrap up their weekend with the final day of the Drake Invitational on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Version Lomas started her day with a 6-3, 7-5 win over UNI’s Gisela Kemper and then came back from being down a set to defeat Wichita State’s Tanaporn Thongsing 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the Flight “B” championship match. In doubles, the Bulldogs didn’t fare well as both teams fell to Wichita State in the semifinals. Sophomore Kenya Williams went three sets in both of her matches, beating North Dakota’s Preethi Kasilingam 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 and losing to South Dakota’s Maria Pandya 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the Flight “C” semifinals. In Flight “A”, Tess Herder rolled past Creighton’s Ashley Ishimura, 6-0, 6-3, before falling to Wichita State’s Gabriela Porubin 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals. Brills also lost to a Shocker in the semifinals after recording a comeback victory over South Dakota State’s Ellie Burns 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.last_img read more

Ison Leads Zach Johnson Invitational Through 36 Holes

first_imgStory Links Ison’s even par, 142 (71-71), put him on top of the individual leaderboard. He fired a 71 to begin the day and then answered that with the best round of the afternoon, 71, in winder and tougher conditions. Sophomore Kyle MacDonald bounced back from shooting to a 79 in the opening round to register a one-over par 72 for a total score of 151 (79-72) and is tied for 21st-place. Junior Arjun Reddy is a stroke behind MacDonald with a score of 152 (75-77) and is tied for 25th-place. Fellow Junior Jack Kennedy tallied a 153 (75-78), while freshman Tim Lim recorded a 154 (74-80) to round out the team’s effort. WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior Drew Ison is even par through 36-holes to lead the Drake University men’s golf team on the first day of the Zach Johnson Invitational Monday at the Glen Oaks Country Club. The Bulldogs started the day recording a 295 and then registered a 298 to end the day in third-place (593). Drake trails first-place South Dakota by seven strokes (586) and second-place Indian Hills CC by six strokes (587). Sophomore Chase Wicklund, who is playing as an individual, is tied for fifth-place after shooting a career-best 68 to start the day then carding a 77 for total score of 145. The Bulldogs and the rest of the 11-team field will wrap up the Zach Johnson Invitational with the final 18-holes on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Version Zach Johnson Day 1 Results last_img read more

Poppen’s Penalty Kick Sends Men’s Soccer Past No. 23 Tulsa, 2-1, In Overtime

first_imgIt is the first overtime victory this season for Drake (4-3-0), which had lost its two previous extra -time contests. No. 23 Tulsa (3-3-1) lost its second-straight home match as the two teams played each other for the first time since 2013. It is the first win for the Bulldogs in Tulsa since 1996. “For the first goal, it was a great run from the back by Nic (Jaimes) who dribbled past four Tulsa players and showed good composure to slot his shot past the goalkeeper,” Smith commented on his team’s third win over a top-25 team this season. “Jared (Brown) was excellent yet again and showed his quality by making an amazing save on the penalty at 1-0 which was a key moment in the game. Tulsa is one of the top teams in the country and they showed their quality for long phases of the game. Our area of growth is that we have to continue to work on regaining possession against teams at this level. One of the most pleasing aspect of our performances was our organization, discipline and resolve when defending. We knew that we had the ability to create chances and win the game and that’s what we did. Great credit to Cole for showing the courage and composure to step up and bury the penalty to win the game in overtime.” “We are delighted with what was a hard-fought victory on the road against another top 25 team,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “We showed real character, ambition and quality to get this result as this is a tough place to play. I was happy with how we started as we showed a high level of intensity and desire to go at Tulsa. We had a chance to take the lead early through Leroy with good build up play but just couldn’t finish. It was an excellent performance all around with some real special moments.” Nic Jaimes scored the match’s first goal in the 18th minute (18:24) after he beat the Golden Hurricane’s backline and blasted it in from a short distance in the box. It is the first goal for Jaimes this season. Preview Live Stats PDF Box Score The Golden Hurricane took the next three shots, but Brown saved one attempt and the other two were high or wide. Out of halftime, Steven Enna, Leroy Enzugusi, Erik Fahner and Ryan Johnston all had shots but couldn’t convert. Brown withstood an aggressive attack by Tulsa, making two saves in the first 11 minutes. After a mandatory water break due to the heat in the 69th minute, the teams traded shots before going to overtime. TULSA, Okla. – Cole Poppen, a transfer from Tulsa University, converted a penalty kick early in overtime to send the Drake University men’s soccer team past his former team, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 15 afternoon at Hurricane Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. Next Game: at Loyola 9/22/2018 – 7 PM Story Links Watch Live Following Saturday’s match, Drake begins Missouri Valley Conference play at Loyola on Sept. 22. The match in Chicago will start at 7 p.m. and be shown on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version ESPN3 Minutes later, goalkeeper Jared Brown, made a tremendous save on a Tulsa penalty kick by Chase Bromstedt to preserve the Bulldogs’ 1-0 lead. However, three minutes later the Golden Hurricane were awarded another penalty kick, taken by Juan Sanchez, who converted the equalizer this time. Poppen was awarded the penalty kick in the 93rd minute (93:55) after a Tulsa foul in the box. He buried the ball in the net for his second goal of the season. Full Schedule Roster Brown finished with seven saves. Drake overcame a 16-8 shot advantage by Tulsa as well as 16 corner kicks by the Golden Hurricane to just four by the Bulldogs.last_img read more

McGETTIGANS GROUP ANNOUNCED AS FINN HARPS MAIN SPONSOR FOR 2014

first_imgFinn Harps has announced that the McGettigan’s group Ireland and UAE will be the club’s main sponsor for 2014.The Dubai based company, which was founded by former Donegal person of the year Jim McGettigan, will be Harps principal commercial partner during the club’s 60th anniversary year.The launch of the sponsorship agreement took place at McGettigan’s Bar in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Monday evening, and was attended by an array of well-known Harps faces past and present, including legendary all-time scorer Brendan Bradley. McGettigan’s Pub was first opened in Ireland in the 1960’s on Queen Street in Dublin by Jim McGettigan. Since that day, the business has grown from Dublin, moved to Dubai and last November expanded with the acquisition of the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.Finn Harps acting chairman Sean Quinn said “Everyone at Finn Park is thrilled that a successful Donegal company like McGettigan’s will be working with us during our diamond jubilee year.  They are a highly reputable company that have created a recognised international brand, and who continue to provide excellent employment opportunities for Irish people both at home and abroad.  On behalf of our committee, volunteers and supporters I would like to welcome the management and staff of McGettigan’s for the coming season.”2010 saw the very first McGettigan’s Irish Pub in Dubai open its doors at Jumeirah Lakes Towers.  Eighteen short months later, the McGettigan’s story in Dubai expanded with the opening of both McGettigan’s Irish Pubs at Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Airport.Unique décor, delicious Irish food & drink, the best Irish and international entertainment and sporting events are the ingredients that have made McGettigan’s Irish Pubs such a success in the United Arab Emirates. McGettigan’s proudly wears the tagline “The Modern Irish Experience”, as it reflects modern Irish food, culture, sports and music. The brand is steeped in Irish family history and is using this history and experience to bring a real flavour of Ireland to a global market.Jim and Dennis McGettigan see opening in Letterkenny and becoming main sponsor of Finn Harps as extremely exciting developments for the brand.  CEO Dennis McGettigan said “Over the past 3 years we feel we have represented Ireland fantastically in Dubai, we have promoted Irish music, culture and cuisine to the global Ex-Pat community in Dubai. Moving back home and investing in the area where it all started for my father is an extremely proud moment for us as a family.  Jim is a proud Donegal man so this is always where his heart has been.”McGettigan’s Pub in Letterkenny opened on 29th November 2013 at the Clanree Hotel, Derry Road, after the McGettigan’s group took over the management of the hotel. McGettigan’s Pub will continue the brands tradition of serving award winning food and entertaining guests with some of the best local bands performing every weekend.  McGettigan’s have brought the modern Irish experience back on home soil and are looking forward to supporting Donegal’s senior football club. McGETTIGANS GROUP ANNOUNCED AS FINN HARPS MAIN SPONSOR FOR 2014 was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:finn harpsletterkennyMcGettigan’sSponsorslast_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENTS’ PLANS TO ‘RELIVE’ COULD SEE THEM AMERICA BOUND

first_imgTwo young Donegal lads have turned a bit of the past into a possible business venture.Conor Mallon and Niall O’Shaughnessy are two 16 year old entrepreneurs from Kilmacrennan.The two lads have started a company called Relive which converts any old videos into DVDs. The pair have been entered into the International competition (Global Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2014).If they are successful in getting through, they will win a trip to the Awards Dinner and Gala in Washington DC on April 24th.The lads were yesterday short-listed for the final of the event and will be interviewed on Thursday in Dublin with a view to going to the US.Conor said “As you could imagine, we would absolutely love to get through.” In the meantime the lads are trying to drum up as much business as possible.Anyone wishing to find out more about their service can contact Conor on 087 2799646. DONEGAL STUDENTS’ PLANS TO ‘RELIVE’ COULD SEE THEM AMERICA BOUND was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:CONOR MALLONkilmacrennanNIALL O’SHUAGHNESSYRELIVElast_img read more

JOHN DOWNEY CRISIS: UNIONISTS THREATEN TO COLLAPSE SIX COUNTY GOVERNMENT

first_imgJohn DowneySINN Fein insisted today that unionists knew of a deal for 187 republican suspects which allowed a Donegal-based County Clare man to walk free from court.John Downey, 62, from Creeslough, had a murder case against him withdrawn in London.He had been accused of killing four British soldiers in the London Hyde Park bombing in 1982. Today unionists claimed they knew nothing about it.DUP leaders including Peter Robinson, Nigel Dodds and Gregory Campbell all threatened to collapse the North’s government.Sinn Féin MLA and former IRA leader Gerry Kelly said the letters guaranteeing no prosecution to On The Runs’ were a pragmatic move and the agreement should not be rescinded.“This was something which needed to be sorted out. A public commitment and, I repeat, a public and a political commitment was given to resolve that and this was one of the ways of resolving that,” he said. “They should stick to that, they should not try and unpick despite what the electioneering unionists are at now. They should not try and unpick what has been agreed.”Mr Kelly said he believed the most recent recipient of one of the letters had received it in late 2012.Peter Robinson however called for all letters sent out to be rescinded and “full disclosure” of what had happened.“I am not prepared to be kept in the dark by Her Majesty’s government about matters relevant to Northern Ireland,” he told the BBC in Belfast.“I want a full judicial inquiry to find out who knew, when they knew and what they knew. I want to know who they are and what crimes they are believed to have committed.” He said he felt deceived by the government, and if he and former DUP leader Ian Paisley had known about this, they would not have entered into power-sharing government with Sinn Féin in 2007.“I am not prepared to be a stooge for Westminster who keep secrets on matters which are now devolved to Northern Ireland,” he saidJOHN DOWNEY CRISIS: UNIONISTS THREATEN TO COLLAPSE SIX COUNTY GOVERNMENT was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:gerry kellyJohn DowneyOn The RunsPeter Robinsonlast_img read more

THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – mild weather continuing right through the weekend before turning cooler into Monday, before warming up again midweek with temperatures up to 15C or 16C again by next WednesdayFRIDAY … Apart from the odd passing shower it will be mild and bright at times across Co Donegal today, possibly the best day of the week so far. Showers – when they do appear – will be heavy. Highs of 14-16 C. SATURDAY …Mainly cloudy on Saturday and temperatures will drop a couple of degrees but it will still feel mild. There is a possibility again of showers, turning to rain after dusk and driven by strong south to south-westerly winds. Highs of 12C-13C.SUNDAY: Sunday will start breezy with rain at times, possibly thundery. Winds will ease in the afternoon and rain replaced by the odd shower. Highs of around 13C again, turning cooler on Sunday evening.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.   THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal Daily weather reportletterkennymild weatherMount Errigal Hotelsunnywarmwetwindylast_img read more

HUGE AUDIENCE EXPECTED TO WATCH DONEGAL SHARK DOCUMENTARY ON CANADIAN TV

first_imgA TV documentary about Donegal’s basking sharks is to be watched by millions of viewers across Canada today.The huge Basking Shark is usually found in Donegal waters in summer months.Discovery Channel Canada will feature a number of research initiatives undertaken by the Irish Basking Shark Study Group off Malin Head as one of its Shark Week news items.The programme which was filmed in 2013 and 2014 will air today at 7pm Canadian time as the lead feature for the magazine programme Daily Planet. It will be made available online afterwards for those who were not able to watch the program.Shark week is Discovery Channels flagship promotion and last year was the most watched event on the station and on American TV, outside of Sports events.Shark conservation and in particular shark finning is rapidly becoming the conservation battle of the new century.HUGE AUDIENCE EXPECTED TO WATCH DONEGAL SHARK DOCUMENTARY ON CANADIAN TV was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Basking SharksCanadaDiscovery Channeldonegallast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL NAME ‘TEAM’ FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL

first_imgTHIS is the official starting teams for Donegal against Kerry for Sunday’s All-Ireland Final.Patrick McBrearty and Christy Toye are named in the ‘starting’ line-up.However it’s likely there will be last minute changes for both sides before throw-in.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL NAME ‘TEAM’ FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalteam v kerrylast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: McGUINNESS TOOK ROLE TO A NEW LEVEL

first_imgThe news broke on Donegal Daily late on Friday night that Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has stepped down from the position.Social media went into overdrive, with the story going viral in a matter of minutes.There can be no doubt of the influence that Jim has had on Donegal football. He has taken the role of the manager in GAA to a new level.His tactics have been broken down and analysed and many have tried to imitate his ‘system’ ever since they brought Donegal to the All-Ireland Final in 2012.Jim Mc Guinness has nothing to prove.He set out a 4 year plan when he took over the managerial position in 2010 and he had achieved his objectives within 2 years. In his 4 years as manager of Donegal, he has taken the team to:
1 x national league title in 2013, 
3 x Ulster Football championship titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and 
1 x All Ireland Senior Football Championship title in 2012…Not bad for a man the Donegal County Board turned down for the job on numerous occasions.On one of these occasions, he intended to deliver a PowerPoint presentation during his interview. No one anticipated that a plug socket might have been needed during the interview process. The County Board quite literally weren’t ready for Mc Guinness’s level of professionalism.During this time Jim was approached by other counties offering him managerial positions, but he held firm and was determined to get the Donegal managerial role.Jim himself said in an interview the week before they won the 2012 All Ireland Final that when he applied for the job in 2010;
“I was the only candidate and I struggled to get it”. Fortunately someone finally saw sense and Jim was appointed to the role.When you look back at the Donegal team that Jim inherited when he took over the role you can start to see the volume of work that he achieved over the last 4 years.
 
Donegal hadn’t won anything in the championship in 19 years and his more experienced players hadn’t won so much as a match in the Ulster championship in four years.Donegal, in the four years since Jim’s appointment, have won 20 of their 24 championship matches. Jim has overseen victories over some of our toughest opponents – Dublin, Kerry, Mayo, Cork, Armagh, Tyrone, Monaghan, Derry and Down.He never missed key training sessions, despite also holding down a full time position with Glasgow Celtic FC. Jim’s commitment, drive and focus to the role was on a level that has never been seen before in Donegal GAA.He is leaving behind a legacy that will be extremely tough to follow for whoever decides to apply for the managerial position.It is not just his victories that they will have to emulate.Jim has captured the hearts of the people of Donegal; posters were painted, songs were written and statues were erected.He has become an icon not only in the GAA circles, but in every household around the county and over the country.An evaluation of Jim’s career as manager of Donegal GAA is simple.Has he been successful in his role during his tenure?Yes.Has he left the team and football in Donegal in a better state than when he took over in 2010?Yes.Jim has seen football restored in Donegal and has left plenty of smiles in his wake.But, as he said himself that was what it was always about for him.“I’m very aware and have always been very aware of what football means to the people of Donegal, I’ve said it all along, seeing smiles on people’s faces makes everything worthwhile.”And smile we did.#TrainSmart
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: McGUINNESS TOOK ROLE TO A NEW LEVEL was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalemmet rusheJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

DONEGAL PAINTING FETCHES TOP PRICE AT AUCTION

first_imgThe painting ‘Early Morning In Donegal’ by Paul Henry which fetched the top price at auction.A painting of a Donegal landscape by artist Paul Henry has fetched the top price at one of Ireland’s best-known art auctions.Adam’s regards its Christmas Important Irish Art auction as “a barometer of the health of the Irish art market”.And the top price, €160,000, was achieved for Early Morning in Donegal by Henry – comfortably exceeding the €70,000-€100,000 guide. Managing director James O’Halloran said the sale had been “a huge success with 86 per cent of lots sold” for a total of €1.6 million.Another painting The Egg Collectors by Mark O’Neill, which used to hang in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rosnowlagh, made €6,200 at the same auction. DONEGAL PAINTING FETCHES TOP PRICE AT AUCTION was last modified: December 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:auctiondonegalpaintingPaul Henrylast_img read more

DONEGAL HERO TO GET GLOBAL AWARD FOR DARING PACIFIC RESCUE

first_imgThe Cruising Club of America (CCA) has confirmed that its 2014 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship will be awarded to Sean McCarter, skipper of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race Northern Irish entry Derry-Londonderry-Doire.The award is in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh northern Pacific Ocean last March.The Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship is an internationally renowned trophy awarded annually for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht, or one or more individuals at sea. The Buncrana man learnt to sail on Lough Swilly in County Donegal, Ireland at just five years old.A former Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteer, Sean says: “The CCA is a club that has over 85 years of promoting the adventurous use of the sea and puts a premium on safety and seamanship.“I am honoured to have been selected to receive The Rod Stephens trophy for Outstanding Seamanship but must accept it on behalf of the entire crew of Derry-Londonderry-Doire on the Pacific leg. Finding and rescuing Andrew Taylor in the midst of a North Pacific gale was not down to one person but to the skill and determination of a well-trained team.”Crew member Andrew Taylor, 46, from London, went overboard in the middle of a Pacific Ocean storm, approximately half way through the 5,600 mile race from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA at the end of March this year whilst competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Race. He was recovered after 90 minutes in the water. The search was particularly difficult due to low visibility, high winds and mountainous seas which caused Andrew to drift quickly out of sight from the yacht. Andrew made a full recovery after initial shock, hypothermia and a badly bruised leg. He continued the remaining six races to complete the circumnavigation when the Clipper Race returned to London in July 2014.Clipper Race chairman and founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says: “The recognition of Sean McCarter’s leadership and motivation by the Cruising Club of America’s prestigious Outstanding Seamanship Award during the recovery of Andrew Taylor from the Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht during the passage across the North Pacific Ocean will be welcomed by many.“Andrew fell overside in strong winds and heavy seas during the race from Qingdao to San Francisco. Sean’s determination to recover Andrew motivated the crew and it is fair to say that had Sean not shown outstanding leadership Andrew might not be with us today.”Derry has been represented in the Clipper Race since 2011 and finished in fourth position at the end of the last edition earlier this year.In the past, the Rod Stephens trophy has been awarded for diverse acts of seamanship such as the rescue of 51 Haitians by the captain and crew of Corwith Cramer, a Brigantine sail training ship. In 2007 it was awarded to Mike Golding for his rescue of Alex Thomson during the 2006 Velux Ocean race when Thomson’s boat Hugo Boss was sinking. The award will be presented during the Annual Awards Dinner of the Cruising Club of America at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on 6 March, 2015.Sean McCarter and his crew were also recently nominated for Yachts and Yachting Magazine Achievement of the Year Award. Winners will be announced in February.DONEGAL HERO TO GET GLOBAL AWARD FOR DARING PACIFIC RESCUE was last modified: December 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:awardrescuesean mccarterlast_img read more

SKIPPER OF WORLD’S BIGGEST TRAWLER ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL FISHING OFF TORY

first_imgTHE skipper of the world’s largest trawler used illegal equipment to grade fish in an operation which caused a ‘double whammy’ for stocks off the Irish coast, a prosecution lawyer has told his trial. Dutch national Gerrit Plug, 59, the master of the 14,000 tonne Annelies Ilena, is on trial at Donegal Circuit Criminal Court on five charges relating to an incident off Tory Island, Co Donegal, on November 22, 2013.Patricia McLaughlin, prosecuting for the DPP, told the jury of six women and six men, that Mr Plug was in breach of European legislation on the day. He was in charge of a fishing operation aboard the 144-metre long vessel, formerly the Killybegs-based Atlantic Dawn, which dumped perfectly good dead fish back to the sea but kept the best fish on board, she alleged.Grading fish in this way is illegal, Ms McLaughlin told the jury, because discarded fish should be recorded and set against a ship’s quota.It was also illegal not to record the discards over 50Kg on the ship’s electronic log-book.“He graded the catch by discarding smaller fish and retaining larger fish to increase the value of the catch,” said Ms McLaughlin in the trial before Judge John O’Hagan.This was to optimise the market value, said the prosecution barrister.“If you are only retaining the best fish and discarding fish which are less valuable and you are not logging it, it is illegal,” she said.She said trawlers were obliged to record their catch and any discards of species over 50kg, with the dumped fish counting against a quota.This was also done so that when quotas were being decided by scientists, they could give fair allocations.“This was a double whammy in the depletion of resources,” added Ms McLaughlin.The Annelies Ilena was boarded by crew from the LE Roisin at 9am on November 22, 2013 and escorted into Killybegs.Lt Michael Devaney, one of the Navy officers who boarded the factory ship, said there was evidence of fish in the water and seagulls feeding off them.He told the judge that ship masters have to update their electronic log-books up to 23.59 each night but during an inspection they are allowed to update their records for the day in question up until the time of the inspection.This wasn’t done, he said, and no records of dumped fish were added.Lt Devaney said that on inspection he found that there were no records of any fish discards between October 8 and the date of the boarding on November 22.Richard Lyons, SC, for Mr Plug, put it to Lt Devaney that the fishing that day could have been what’s known as a ‘clean catch’ where the crew had just happened to have had come across a a shoal of large mackerel.Mr Lyons also told the court that the records were updated by midnight on November 22 and 83kg of discards were recorded.Questioned again by Ms McLaughlin, Lt Devaney said 53kgs of fish were found in an area of the boat known as the scupper ready to be discharged back to the sea.He said 95pc of the mackerel in the scupper were above the legal catch size of 15cms.The court heard was illegal in 2013 to discard any mackerel above the legal catch size.Mr Plug has pleaded not guilty to five charges.The case continues.SKIPPER OF WORLD’S BIGGEST TRAWLER ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL FISHING OFF TORY was last modified: March 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:atlantic dawnlast_img read more

DOUBLE FOR DONEGAL – ALL-IRELAND GLORY FOR INISHOWEN OSCAR TRAYNOR TEAM AND U13 SCHOOLBOYS SIDE

first_imgSOCCER: Donegal have clinched an incredible All-Ireland double with the Inishowen Oscar Traynor representative side and Donegal U13 schoolboys side winning their respective national titles.Inishowen defeated Limerick 2-1 in a closely fought encounter to ensure they won the Oscar Traynor competition for the first time ever. Goals from Stephen and Kieran McDaid ensured Inishowen would clinch an historic All-Ireland success.Kevin McHugh’s Donegal Schoolboys side avenged their 2014 All-Ireland final defeat to Waterford on penalties by overcoming the same opponents earlier this afternoon.The Donegal side won the All-Ireland courtesy of a superb goal from Finian O’Donnell to win 1-0.Incredibly, McHugh’s side have never been beaten competitively in two years. They won the Foyle Cup in June and were undefeated throughout the entire defeat and didn’t lose a match last year until Waterford eventually overcame McHugh’s young charges on penalties.Well done to the players, management and all the staff associated with both sides on a fantastic achievement for Donegal soccer.  DOUBLE FOR DONEGAL – ALL-IRELAND GLORY FOR INISHOWEN OSCAR TRAYNOR TEAM AND U13 SCHOOLBOYS SIDE was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAInishowennewsOscar TraynorSFAIsoccerSportlast_img read more

FALCARRAGH TECH COMPANY LANDS €2M CONTRACT WITH CENTRA AND SUPERVALU

first_imgKelsius executive chairman Eamonn Quinn with Ray Bowe, head of food safety at SuperValu and Centra.Pic northwestnewspixA COUNTY Donegal-based food technology company has landed a €2 million contract with Musgraves.The deal will see Kelsius’s wireless FoodCheck technology rolled out in SuperValu and Centra stores across the State. Between them, the two brand stores operate 680 outlets in the Republic.Workers in store use sensors to ensure food is being maintained at correct temperatures, with the data being recorded on a web-based system. Figures that do not conform with required regulatory standards generate alerts, which are sent to store supervisors and managers by way of text message.The FoodCheck system will replace the paper-based monitoring record, which requires more time to carry out and is more prone to human error.Kelsius is a cloud-based food safety monitoring business based in Falcarragh.It says its FoodCheck system, based on expertise in sensor technology, is the only one of its kind in the market. The Donegal group says the contract has a potential value of €2 million annually. FALCARRAGH TECH COMPANY LANDS €2M CONTRACT WITH CENTRA AND SUPERVALU was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:CentradonegalFalcarraghKelsiusmusgravesSuperValulast_img read more

AMERICA’S TOP GENERAL WITH RANAFAST ROOTS RETIRES WITH IRISH SONG AND SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

first_imgTHE head of America’s armed forces has stepped down – with Donegal in his retirement plans.General Martin Dempsey, who spent many summers in the west of the county with his cousins, had been Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the highest-ranking military officer in the US Armed Forces. At his retirement ceremony, after 41 years of military service, General Dempsey led a powerful rendition of the Parting Glass….before rejoining his family and giving one final poignant salute (video above).But we could be seeing a lot more of the 63-year-old as he is planning a visit ‘home’ next year.Donegal County Council is expected to honour General Dempsey.His grandfather, John Óg Devenney, originally came from Ranafast, a Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) part of Donegal. He left his hometown in 1926, boarding a train at Crolly and going to the port at Derry, where he boarded a ship, The Cameronia, bound for New York. Dempsey spent every summer of his youth learning Irish in Ranafast and many of his relatives, with whom General Dempsey keeps in touch, live in the area.His family hopes that he will visit Donegal next year, and that the Irish government will recognise him.His cousin Donnchadh Devenney said: “His grandfather left the old train station in Crolly with four of his friends to find a better life in America and they were played off by the local Ranafast band which they were members of.“It’s great to see that something good came of it and that an Irishman and the rest of his family have done so well for themselves.”President Obama’s speech at the retirement event is below…AMERICA’S TOP GENERAL WITH RANAFAST ROOTS RETIRES WITH IRISH SONG AND SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA was last modified: October 9th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalGeneral Martin DempseyParting GlassRanafastretirementlast_img read more

LEAGUE CAMPAIGN ENDS AS HARPS FACE CHAMPIONS WEXFORD YOUTHS

first_imgFinn Harps bring the curtain down on their 46th League of Ireland campaign when they welcome First Division Champions Wexford Youths to Finn Park on Saturday evening.And while the game will signal the end of the 2015 league season, Harps still have much to play for as they enter the play-off series next weekend against UCD.Harps will play the students home and away over the next fortnight with the winner going on to play the club that finishes second from bottom in the Premier Division – also over two legs. The winner of that tie will play in the Premier Division next season. Before that though, Harps have their final outing in the league with the visit of the Champions to Ballybofey.Harps and Wexford had fought it out between themselves for the top two spots for all of the season, but it was the Youths who held firm to top the table and claim promotion after just nine seasons in the domestic game.“Wexford already turned us over in Ballybofey and went on to deservedly win the league,” said Horgan as he prepares for the visit of Shane Keegan’s table toppers this weekend.“They have a great mixture of experience with younger lads and have a lot of top players,” he said. “They have a bit of everything from ability to strength and togetherness. They will be a great test for us on Saturday.” Despite nothing only points at stake in Saturday’s game as all but the minor finishing spots have been decided in the First Division, Horgan will still be preparing his team in the usual fashion ahead of the game.“We prepare for every game the same as the last game although we hope to get lads game time that were out last week,” continued the Harps boss.Last Friday, a much changed Harps side recorded a 1-1 draw against Athlone Town at Lissywollen.“Athlone are a strong side and any result down there is good,” said Horgan. “We weren’t at our best in the second half in particular and were lucky in the end to get a point. However, it was good to see a few of our younger players stepping up to the first team and doing well.”Horgan has the suspended foursome of Tony McNamee, Wilfried Tagbo, Ciaran Coll and Kevin McHugh available again, although the latter is a doubt for Saturday’s game. Damien McNulty has made a quicker than anticipated return from injury while Raymond Foy is the only player now on the injured list. Wexford hold the upper hand over Harps this season with two victories in the three games between the sides. Wexford also have a great record at Finn Park and only left empty-handed on five of their previous fifteen visits to Ballybofey.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Kevin McHugh.Injured: Raymond Foy.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-W-D-W-W (13 pts)Wexford Youths: W-W-W-W-W-W (18 pts)LEAGUE CAMPAIGN ENDS AS HARPS FACE CHAMPIONS WEXFORD YOUTHS was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:finn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

Disappointment as OPW refuse grant-aid for Maghery Beach

first_imgDeep disappointment has been expressed with news that the OPW has refused an application for funding to reinstate and install new coastal defences for Maghery Beach.Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher said the local community in West Donegal is deeply disappointed at the news.“The Community of Maghery, in conjunction with Donegal County Council, has put a lot of work and effort into this application to reinstate the present defences and install rock armour to protect the village and community centre in Maghery. “We were all very hopeful that these measures would secure the future of the beach and village.“This decision however to refuse this application for funding is a major blow to the area and to the district council.“I am now in the process of arranging a special meeting with all the stakeholders to ensure that other options are considered. It is not an option to leave this village defenceless and it is now more important than ever to find a solution without delay.”Disappointment as OPW refuse grant-aid for Maghery Beach was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Madrid start life after Lopetegui when they host inform Valladolid

first_imgReal Madrid will start life after Julien Lopetegui when they host Real Valladolid on Saturday afternoon. By time the Spaniard left, Los Blancos were languishing in 9th position with only 14 points from their first 10 games of the season and having lost all of their last three league games including the 5-1 humiliation away to Barcelona last time out.Interim manager Santiago Solari will have no easy task trying to get back Real where it is supposed to be despite winning on his debut, mid week in the Copa Del Ray.His first task will be to overcome inform Valladolid who are currently occupying sixth spot on the log having won four of their last five league games. An interesting feature to note is that the visitors are owned by former Real Galactico, Ronaldo da Lima who would very much love to get one over his former bosses.With Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale misfiring and Madrid missing a host of players including Marcelo who scored their consolation at the Camp Nou last Sunday, Valladolid will surely be fancying their chances in this one.Madrid’s sworn enemy-Barcelona will also be in action on Saturday when they travel to Rayo Vallecano. Unlike their rivals, Barcelona should be in high spirits after the ‘Classico’ victory last week and any doubts about the team without their injured captain-Messi should have been buried after Sunday’s match.In Vallecano, they come up against the second worst side in the division having won only one game this season and lost a league second high, six matches.With Luis Suarez and Philip Coutinho firing, Ernesto Valverde must be calm about what lies ahead in Rayo.This surprise package so far-Deportivo Alaves will hope to continue their fine start to the league when they travel to Eibar on Sunday afternoon.Albelardo’s side currently sit in the comfort of second place on the log having won six of their first 10 games and all of the last three.The trip to Eibar should be less complicated as the hosts have lost three of their last five.Elsewhere, Diego Simione will lead his Atletico Madrid side out when they travel to lowly Leganes in the first fixture of game week 11.Atletico have had an indifferent start to the league, currently occupying fourth spot with five victories and four draws in their first 10 games. However, Leganes should be light weight as they are currently occupying the third of the three relegation spots after winning only twice this season. But don’t forget, Simione’s side host Borrusia Dortmund in the Champions League, mid week, a side they lost 4-0 to just under a fortnight ago.The other La Liga fixtures to look out for include third placed Sevilla’s trip to the Anoeta to face Real Sociedad, Spain’s other champions league representative-valencia play host to Girona on Saturday while Villareal welcome inform Levante.La Liga Fixtures on Match day 11:Saturday.-Leganes vs Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid-Valencia vs Girona-Rayo Vallecano vs BarcelonaSunday.-Eibar vs Deportivo Alaves-Villarreal vs Levante-Real Sociedad vs Sevilla-Huesca vs Getafe-Real Betis vs Celta VigoMonday.-Espanyol vs Athletic BilbaoYOU CAN BET ON THESE GAME @BUNGA BETComments Tags: Spanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

New suicide prevention resources launched in Donegal

first_imgThree new information resources were launched by Connecting for Life Donegal today to promote awareness of suicide risk.Mr  John Meehan, Director of the National Office for Suicide Prevention introduced the resources at an event today in the Vestry, St Conals, Letterkenny as part of World Suicide Prevention Week.The Resources include a poster outlining the key services and phone numbers to contact in a mental health crisis, GP Patient Pathway for those experiencing a suicidal crisis, and a Family Information Pack to be issued when a loved one is admitted to the acute psychiatric unit. Photo Clive WassonThese resources are the latest developments from the Connecting for Life Donegal suicide prevention action plan, aimed at promoting awareness of suicide risk within the county.Connecting for Life Donegal was launched in 2015 and since then there has been a huge commitment from the health and other statutory organisations and the community and voluntary sector to lead on and support the implementation of actions.John Meehan, Director of the National office for Suicide Prevention at Connecting for Life Donegal. Photo Clive WassonDuring the development of Connecting for Life Donegal an extensive public consultation process took place which highlighted a lack of information about support services among individuals in distress and their families. In response a poster has been developed which outlines key services and contact numbers available in a mental health crisis. This will be publicly available across the county in a range of settings including GP and other health settings, workplaces and a variety of other public and social venues.An online version has already been distributed through the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. An Irish version of the poster is also available. The public is encouraged to ‘take a photo’ of the poster so that the information is close to hand should they or someone they are concerned about ever need it. Inspector, Gretty Sheridan, encourages guest at the sucide prevention launch to take photographs of the poster with sucide help line and support details. Photo Clive WassonGPs are often the first point of contact for individuals in distress.  In collaboration with the mental health service, GPs and the Emergency Department in Letterkenny University Hospital, the ‘Managing  Suicide Risk in General Practice’ resource has been developed.This pathway provides a structured guide for GPs to ensure that individuals, depending on their level of suicide risk, are directed to the most appropriate service. The pathway will be distributed to every GP in the county immediately.Consultation with families bereaved by suicide (as part of a study conducted by the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF)) highlighted the need for additional information and support during times of a mental health crisis including admission to the psychiatric inpatient unit.Dr Collette Corry, Senior Research Psychologist NSRF. Photo Clive WassonSpeaking at the launch Dr Collette Cory, NSRF discussed the development of a Family Information Pack stating “This Pack addresses the important issues and questions which family members may have on admission of a loved one to the acute inpatient unit, such as how to explain mental health problems to children and how to support a family member following discharge from the acute inpatient unit.“This pack will be given to family members following admission of a family member to the inpatient unit. We are hopeful that it will prove to be an invaluable resource to family members”. John Hayes, Chief Officer Community Health Service at Connecting for Life Donegal. Photo Clive WassonAnne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Resource Officer at Connecting for Life Donegal . Photo Clive WassonCliff Hayley, clinical Director Donegal Mental Health Services. Photo Clive WassonThe launch was attended by a number of HSE staff including Mr John Meehan, Director of the National office for Suicide Prevention as well as representatives from voluntary organisations and representatives from media outlets throughout Donegal.New suicide prevention resources launched in Donegal was last modified: September 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Judge opts against custodial sentence for sexual assault accused

first_imgA District Court Judge said he was not imposing a custodial sentence on a Donegal man charged with sexual assault as it would not ‘benefit the victim or society in general’.The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to the charge arising out of an incident that happened in March 2015. Both parties in the case were minors at the time of the offence when the victim was 9 and the defendant 16.In a victim impact statement, the victim’s mother said her son was ‘reluctant to speak, broken down and nervous leaving the house, especially leaving family’.She said in the written statement: “He has prescribed medication to overcome the problems. He has nightmares and is embarrassed getting dressed or changed in front of people. We are extremely protective and are worried when he is not with us.“The medication has placed an additional financial strain. The whole experience has had a negative impact on the family as a whole.”The victim, now 12, and his family were not present in court.Letterkenny District Court heard that the accused, who is now 18 and who was accompanied in court by his parents, had to leave education and has been unable to resume since.“In a way, he has been living a sentence as well,” his Barrister said.,“No mater what way he turns, the door appears shut.”The defendant’s father said that his family apologised for what had happened.“We understand the gravity of what happened,” he said. “It has been a nightmare for us, socially, mentally and physically. We wish it had never happened.“24/7 supervision is very difficult, but that’s the only option available. I don’t think anyone can expect a father and mother to supervise a child 24/7.“He understands the gravity of the situation too. It has taken a while to grasp it. He does realise that the actions and what happened were totally wrong.”Inspector Goretti Sheridan said there should be nothing to percale the defendant from being named, but Judge Kelly noted that Judge Mitchell placed a reporting restriction on the case.Judge Paul Kelly said the conviction would ‘form part of life’ for the defendant going forward and that allegations of a ‘serious sexual nature’ would have ‘all sorts of connotation’.Judge Kelly noted progress in his engagement with the probation service, but had serious concerns around his ‘intellectual situation’. He praised the efforts of the defendant’s parents, whom he said had been ‘greatly distressed’ but who had supported him ‘to an extraordinary high level’.Passing sentence, Judge Kelly said he had to mark ‘the seriousness and impact on the victim’.He directed that the accused enter a bond to keep the peace for two years in his own bond of €500. The bond was subject to conditions: that the continue attending for treatment; that he attend a psychotherapist weekly; that he attend any education, training job or training programme that is acceptable; that he have no unsupervised contact through social media or phone with persons under 18 or vulnerable adults; and that he be placed on the sex offenders register for five years from May 2017.Judge opts against custodial sentence for sexual assault accused was last modified: February 3rd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Calls for Minister to intervene as Creeslough school denied extra teacher

first_imgAs Creeslough national school’s application for an additional teacher has been rejected, Deputy Thomas Pringle has raised the issue directly with the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton.Creeslough is a DEIS school with a projected pupil number of 124 children from September and there are currently five teachers including one post of ‘learning support’.It is claimed the threshold for an additional staff member is 113 pupils and as a consequence of the Dept’s refusal to provide an extra teacher, it has led to a situation of class overcrowding. Deputy Pringle told this week’s Tirconaill Tribune: “It is unfortunate that the Minister did not grant the school an additional teacher for 2018/2019 despite the pupil teacher ratio exceeding the Department’s own limits and considering that the DEIS school serves a rural area of high economic and social deprivation.“Overcrowding in the school will only increase as pupil numbers rise adding to the difficulties around the lack of facilities in the school. An enormous amount of pressure is being placed on teachers and staff particularly at infant level to deliver on the curriculum in an environment that continues to deteriorate as the pupil teacher ratio rises further over the course of the year.“I believed the situation at Scoil Mhuire warranted a debate in the Dáil with the Minister himself. Unfortunately the Minister declined my request to review the strict criteria for extra staffing even though schools like Creeslough are falling outside existing categories.“The school had to appeal on the grounds of ‘alleviating pressure on class size at infant level’ even though their needs went well beyond this categorisation.” Deputy Pringle said he was seeking a review of the decision and has issued a call on the Minister to examine what he called the ‘restrictive nature’ of the application process.Calls for Minister to intervene as Creeslough school denied extra teacher was last modified: April 5th, 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:CreesloughCreeslough NSDeputy Thomas PringleMINISTER FOR EDUCATIONlast_img read more

Sadness at passing of music legend Big Tom

first_imgIrish Country Music legend Big Tom has died today at the age of 81.The ‘king of country’ passed away this morning (Tuesday) peacefully surrounded by his family.A statement from his children said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father Big Tom McBride(RIP) this morning. Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.May he rest in peace .” A Monaghan native, Tom McBride’s career spanned over 50 years on the Irish country music scene. He was the iconic frontman of Big Tom and the Mainliners and is best known for his hits including ‘Four Country Roads’ and ‘Gentle Mother’. In 2016, he became the first inductee into Ireland’s Country Music Hall of Fame.Big Tom made a special surprise appearance at last year’s Flood Aid concert in Donegal. He came out of retirement to show support for his local fans and perform at the Inishowen Flood Appeal fundraiser. His appearance was one of the stand-out moments for all involved in the event.Noel Cunningham and Big Tom: Flood Aid, 3rd September 2017. Photo: North West NewspixSadness at passing of music legend Big Tom was last modified: April 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Big Tomlast_img read more

North West City Region takes the spotlight in Dublin

first_imgCivic leaders from Donegal, Derry and Strabane met with senior government officials in Dublin yesterday to highlight the substantial progress being made in the North West City Region.Representatives of Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council attended the meeting at Dublin Castle, which was focused on the achievements in the region’s priorities for growth.The meeting of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership which is made up of senior officials from Government Departments in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with a special focus on the Letterkenny, Derry, Strabane City region heard first-hand how the strong collaborative regional approach is driving forward growth and development in this cross-border region. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan believes that this cross-border regional approach is reaping dividends for the North West City Region saying “the support for the ambitions of the North West City Region is clearly evident among those attending this meeting of the Strategic Growth Partnership.  Having this focus on the North West City Region in Dublin and having senior government officials working in a co-ordinated and concerted way on the region’s priorities is to be welcomed by everyone concerned.  We are only at the beginning of our journey, but already we can see progress being made.”John Kelpie, Chief Executive, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills, Cllr. Michaela Boyle, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council and Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr. Michaela Boyle acknowledged the support of central governments in both parts of the island for the North West Strategic Growth Partnership saying “we have a long history of cross-border connections in the North West region and to see this approach being formalised and supported by central government is a massive step forward for us in realising our untapped potential as a region.  Aligning our regional strategic priorities with those of central government allows for more targeted economic growth and investment contributing in a positive and meaningful way to social and community cohesion and wellbeing.”Representatives from the Irish Business Employers Confederation, the Confederation of British Industry NI and IBEC/CBI Joint Council presented on how working with business and industry is delivering opportunities for growth in the North West City Region.They spoke about the importance of utilising the opportunities available to strengthen existing partnerships that will allow the Donegal, Derry and Strabane areas to build on their strategic strengths. Members of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership which is made up of senior Government officials from Departments in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland meeting in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Picture includes Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr. Michaela Boyle and Chief Executives of Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council Seamus Neely and John Kelpie.It was suggested the region extend the City Region scope to connect with other hubs such as Galway and Limerick, while ensuring there is a robust and co-ordinated framework that can underpin cross-border public and private investment.The Regional Innovation Partners which include Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal ETB, Ulster University and the North West Regional College working with both Councils outlined details on emerging opportunities to deliver economic growth through regional innovation pathways.Among the ambitious plans are the expansion of the Ulster University Magee Campus, the creation of a UniverCity, and the advancement of key City Deal projects that includes the Medical Entry School and projects relating to personalised medicine, data analytics and advanced robotics to be underpinned by state-of-the-art digital infrastructure.Discussions also took place in relation to the emerging Climate Action and Adaptation policies and how the North West City Region can deliver on national priorities in these emerging areas.Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council said “we are steadfast in our approach to developing a City region that is thriving, sustainable and prosperous and while challenges remain substantial progress has been made with a number of key strategic infrastructural and regeneration projects underway.” John Kelpie Chief Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council explained that the North West Region of the Island of Ireland is the fourth largest urban agglomeration on the island and said “the North West Strategic Growth Partnership is proving to be a vital mechanism in enabling the alignment of strategic policy and resource allocation in such a way that allows the region to realise it’s full and considerable potential as a net contributor to the economy North and South and in an East – West context.”North West City Region takes the spotlight in Dublin was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal County Councilnorth west city regionlast_img read more

New additions to menu of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019 – Launch Special

first_imgSome brand new extras have been announced for A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019, which will take over the Donegal Town Pier in just one month’s time.Taking place on 23rd-25th August, the 11th annual celebration of great food and drink is set to be the “best yet”, according to Chairman Ernan McGettigan.The official festival launch on Wednesday in the Abbey Hotel was the perfect place for the committee to reveal the newest elements of the family-friendly event. A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Committee members at the Official Launch in The Abbey Hotel: L-R: Ian McClay, Maeve Carbin, Ernan McGettigan, Mary McGettigan, Sian Breslin, Loretta Maulerhofer and Bernie MulhernA special award will be launched in memory of a great friend of the festival, Chef Gerard Molloy.Mr Molloy, who was an esteemed Passion to Inspire judge, sadly passed away in January of this year. In honour of his lasting contribution to the festival, Mr Molloy’s family have sponsored a trophy to celebrate a newcomer chef or restaurant at A Taste of Donegal.“We were sad to lose one of our judges, Gerard Molloy from New York. He will be sadly missed by all of us. He was very highly regarded in New York by the American Culinary Association,” said Ernan McGettigan as he announced the new contest. Festival Organiser Mary McGettigan with Donegal Town Mayor Pauric Kennedy at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelMr McGettigan also welcomed plans for a brand new kids’ marquee in the festival village next month. The idea, which was four years in the making, will bring children together to learn about food biodiversity, food management, waste management.With part-funding from Donegal County Council and Tidy Towns, the 9x6m space will incorporate a bespoke kitchen from Cherrymore Kitchens for budding young chefs to work with the experts and chefs of the festival.Committee members and special guests at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelA Taste of Donegal attendees can look forward to another packed programme of tastings, demonstrations, local and celebrity chef appearances, expert masterclasses and much more in August 2019. Over 120 exhibitors are already lined-up to join the major event.“This is the 11th year of the festival and we are getting stronger and stronger. This year is going to be no different,” Mr McGettigan said.Over 150 guests attended the launch of the festival last night, where they were treated to a sparkling reception, An Dúlamán Gin, a delicious dinner and a surprise performance by the Donegal Contemporary Choir.Tom Conneely (Failte Ireland), Emma Coulter (Abbey Hotel) and Danny O’Donnell (General Manager Abbey Hotel) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelDonegal Contemporary Choir at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelThe committee were also delighted to announce that Donegal Town has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s Foodie Destination 2019 awards. The committee called on all supporters of the festival and Donegal Town’s food scene to vote for them in the much-coveted awards at www.foodiedestinations.ie.The Food Coast Donegal’s Good Food Initiative is also nominated for the award. Mr McGettigan commented that the two nominations are a great advantage for the county.“It creates an opportunity for all of us in Donegal to focus on what we know is the best thing in Ireland – our food and our hospitality,” he said.Ernan McGettigan (A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Committee) and Zach Gallagher (Irish Food Guide) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelA Taste of Donegal 2019 was officially launched by Donegal Chef Zack Gallagher from the Irish Food Guide. Mr Gallagher said: “The overall quality of any product in the food and hospitality industry is only as good as the ingredients used to create it.“In this room tonight, we have some incredibly passionate people who are making, selling and promoting superb food tourism products and events like A Taste of Donegal.”Mr Gallagher led a tribute to organisers Mary and Ernan McGettigan and the committee for their many years of dedication to the event.“A Taste of Donegal, situated in that beautiful tented village on the pier has, since it started 11 years ago, demonstrated the potential tourism that can be created by a well-organised food event,” Mr Gallagher said.Cllr Michael Naughton, Rosie O’Gara (Abbott), Cllr Tom Conaghan, Sinead McGowan (Lough Eske Castle) and Fionnuala McBride (AIB Donegal Town) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelCllr Niamh Kennedy, Leas Cathaoirleach said that A Taste of Donegal Food Festival has become an important part of the annual calendar of events in Donegal:“Donegal County Council is delighted to be associated with A Taste of Donegal Food Festival, that attracts large numbers of tourists to the area and generates an important economic spin off for the town and its businesses,” Cllr Kennedy said.Mayor of Donegal Town Pauric Kennedy commended the committee for driving the festival forward to make it world famous coming into its eleventh year.“It’s a great occasion and a great way of bringing the community together,” he said.“It’s great to see so many exhibitors taking part and enjoying Donegal and seeing what we have available up here. It really adds to the tourism and is one of the key dates in the calendar year for Donegal.”Make sure to add the dates of 23rd-25th August to your calendar for A Taste of Donegal 2019!Browse the 2019 Festival Programme at: https://www.atasteofdonegal.com/2019-programme/Check out more photos from the launch event below.Rana and Susan Miah from Chandpur Donegal Town and Anne Boyle from the Abbey Hotelat the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelShowcasing An Dulaman Donegal Gin are Barbara Edwards, Shane Mahey, Maria Murphy and Willie Cremen at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelSean Duffy, Patrice Duffy and Ciaran O Hannrachain of LYIT School of Tourism Killybegs at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelAndy Kilfeather (Wines Direct), Irene Sweeney (Castle Grove Country House), Owne Murphy (Wines Direct), Sue Glackin (Donegal Food Tours), Karoline Sweeney (Castle Grove Country House) and Iga Lawne (Donegal Tourism) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelElaine McInaw (Abbey Hotel and Central Hotel Sales & Marketing Manager), Sue Glackin (Donegal Food Tours) and Rachel McLaughlin (Donegal Daily) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelMaeve and Shay Carbin with Jimmy and Sinead Hervert at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelFionuala McBride (AIB Donegal Town) and Rosie O’Gara (Abbott) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelPaul and Phyl O’Sullivan, Elaine Steel and Pauline Connolly at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelIsabella Rowatt (Bellaville Farm) and Aude Rome at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelBreige Campbell (Outside Catering Donegal), Owen Murphy (Wines Direct IRL) and Peter Campbell (Outside Catering) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelNew additions to menu of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019 – Launch Special was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:a taste of donegal food festival 2019abbey hotel donegal towndonegal foodfoodie destinationslaunchSocialWhat’s on?last_img read more

Donegal Rose does county proud in Tralee

first_imgDonegal Rose Chloe Kennedy has been praised as a brave, beautiful and positive young woman after her appearance in the Rose of Tralee final.The 20-year-old Psychology student from Donegal Town missed out on winning the crown – but she was a winner in many eyes after her uplifting interview.The overall winner was the Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan. Donegal Rose Chloe started her interview on a high note, with a big ‘Up Donegal’ filling the Dome. She earned a big round of applause for mentioning her fondness of ‘the sesh’ and she got a wonderful surprise when she got a celebrity message sent in from Majella O’Donnell to wish her well.In her interview with Daithi O Se, Chloe opened up about the shock of her recent cancer diagnosis.She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the end of last year and spoke about the impact it had on her and her family.“It was harder seeing what it did to other people,” brave Chloe said about her illness. “I found a strength in myself that I didn’t know I had.”Chloe also gained strength from her family, she said: “I knew we could get through it we’re a strong family. I knew we could get through it and we did.”Laughter filled the room when Chloe revealed that, despite her challenging year, she was fond of the sesh! She said that she had good weeks and bad weeks while having chemo treatment, and the good weeks would involve seeing friends and going for a few drinks.Chloe Kennedy Donegal Rose #RoseOfTralee pic.twitter.com/lnIlbEeIs1— Rose of Tralee (@RoseofTralee_) August 27, 2019Chloe’s treatment was a success, and she said that hearing she was cancer-free was a ‘phenomenal’ feeling.“It’s the best feeling in the world. I hope so many people who get that diagnosis hear that as well,” Chloe said. Chloe had her proud parents – dad Pauric Kennedy, mum Jenni Timoney, stepdad Donal Gallagher, and many more family members and friends cheering her on in the audience.But one famous face was cheering her on from elsewhere – Majella O’Donnell.Chloe mentioned how Majella’s famous head shave on the Late Late Show inspired her as she prepared to shave her own head. “If she can do it, then I can do it,” Chloe said.In a heartwarming surprise moment for Chloe, a video clip was shown from Majella wishing her luck and strength. Viewers on social media have praised Chloe as an amazing young won who has done her home county proud.https://twitter.com/beccaoconnor/status/1166440890195488769Loving the Donegal Rose … 11 months after receiving a cancer diagnosis, 4 months after finishing chemotherapy and she is standing like a champ on the rose of tralee stage #inspirational #donegalroseforthewin #roseoftralee— Karen O’Dowd (@kcroche) August 27, 2019What an inspiring story from Donegal Rose, Chloe Kennedy. Powerfully, heartfelt, honest & positively inspiring description of her experience of living with #Cancer#RoseOfTralee2019 #RoseofTralee#cancersurvivor— John Wall (@walls2) August 27, 2019Donegal Rose does county proud in Tralee was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Bishop Séamus Hegarty to be laid to rest today

first_imgThe former Bishop of Raphoe and Derry, Séamus Hegarty, will be laid to rest today (Mon) in St Eugene’s Cathedral.On Friday last, Dr Hegarty died at Letterkenny University Hospital, where he was receiving treatment.He led the diocese of Derry from 1994 to 2011, when he retired due to an “irreversible and progressive” illness. Before that, he served as the Bishop of Raphoe.Hegarty, who was from Kilcar, had been Bishop of Derry from 1994 to 2011 having served as Bishop of Raphoe.He was ordained as a priest in 1966, and was consecrated Bishop of Raphoe in 1982.During his tenure, Bishop Hegarty caused controversy on a number of occasions for his response to the issue of clerical child abuse. In 2005, he apologised to Derry parishioners for not telling them that some of their donations were going towards a central church fund to support victims of clerical sex abuse.The Stewardship Trust was set up by Irish bishops to provide financial redress to victims and to fund child protection initiatives.Bishop Séamus Hegarty to be laid to rest today was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Finn Harps Media Officer steps down and vows to take legal action

first_imgDECLAN KERR has stepped down from his role as Finn Harps media officer and vacated his seat on the Club’s Board of Directors.In a statement this morning, Kerr confirmed that he has resigned ‘in light of negative comments from sources within the club’ – and has warned that he is considering legal action against ‘three individuals’.Kerr, in his statement, claims that he has been ‘subjected to an ongoing social media campaign of personal attacks over the past year by three individuals.’ He said: “I wish to remind those who’ve posted these comments on social media sites about my professional and personal integrity that such remarks are subject to the same legal rigours for libel content, such as  that pertaining to the print media, and are likely to be a matter for court proceedings.“In that regard, I have been tracking these comments for consideration by my legal advisers with the objective of having those who’ve made them being held to account for their actions.”Matters raised their head earlier this week in response to an article posted on the official Finn Harps website, www.finnharps.com.A report about Harps’ draw against Cork City last Friday night, which was accompanied by the by-line ‘By Declan Kerr, Finn Harps Media Officer’, read: ‘Fans can see the work being put in by Hogan (sic) and Paul Hegarty on a small budget and appreciate the efforts of the players and back room team who have stuck together through very difficult periods this season. They have ignored the baffling negativity from a small element, some of whom actually call themselves Club volunteers.’ The last line, in particular, appeared to be a tipping point for many.On social media, several high profile Harps volunteers, including the Supporter Liaison Officer Aidan McNelis, and Diaga Design, said they had withdrawn their services from the club.Kerr had served as Finn Harps’ Media Officer since July 2016 and was a nominee for the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) ‘Press Officer’ Award.Although not included in the list of the club’s Board of Directors, it is understood that Kerr joined the Board earlier this year.Statement of Declan Kerr in full“I am stepping down as Media Officer with Finn Harps FC in the light of negative comments from sources within the club in relation to my coverage of a recent away match.For some time it has been my view that I do not have the full support and positive reaction needed to report and comment in a manner that is in best interests of promoting Finn Harps in a proactive way. I have also been subjected to an ongoing social media campaign of personal attacks over the past year by three individuals.I wish to remind those who’ve posted these comments on social media sites about my professional and personal integrity that such remarks are subject to the same legal rigours for libel content, such as  that pertaining to the print media, and are likely to be a matter for court proceedings. Advertisement In that regard, I have been tracking these comments for consideration by my legal advisers with the objective of having those who’ve made them being held to account for their actions.I have been forced to consider my position over a number of months in the hope that the issues arising could have been resolved and it is with much regret that I am now taking this course of action to step down as Finn Harps Media Officer and from the Club’s Board.Despite this very difficult time for me personally, I have been fundraising over the past week to help Finn Harps through a challenging financial period and I will be presenting the proceeds to the Club in the coming days.I am proud to have served in the Media Officer role for the past three years. It was very rewarding also for me personally that my work was recognised by being nominated twice in three years for the Irish Soccer Writers Association Media Officer Award. Advertisement I trust that my work has been of real benefit to Finn Harps in promoting the Club teams at both senior and underage level.Finally, I want to wish Finn Harps Football Club, their hundreds of volunteers and supporters all the best in the future. Hopefully the senior team can retain their place in the Premier Division for next season and the underage sides can achieve success in their respective competitions in the coming weeks.Finn Harps Media Officer steps down and vows to take legal action was last modified: September 26th, 2019 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:Declan Kerrfinn harpslast_img read more

Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale

first_imgA fully renovated property with a rich history on a small Donegal island along the Wild Atlantic Way has been placed on the market for sale. Inis Saimer is a private residential island surrounded by the quiet waters of the Erne Estuary in the town of Ballyshannon on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its island status has led to a fascinating and eventful history.Historical records indicate that Inis Saimer was used as a protected stronghold by Irish chieftains such as the O’Cannons, O’Mulderrys, and the O’Donnells.​Cistercian monks used it as a place of residence in the 1100s and 1200s.As part of the Plantation of Ulster, the island was taken by the British Crown and given to protestant planters and Trinity College Dublin.The island also played a role in various historical battles at Erne River crossings. The present house on Inis Saimer was constructed in the mid 1800’s by the Erne Fishery Company as part of the then very lucrative Erne salmon and eel fishery.It is also understood that Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament, and then the richest man in Ireland, Thomas Conolly.Currently, the island has its own private jetty and is just one minute by boat from Ballyshannon’s Mall Quay.Owned by Brendan Connolly, Inis Saimer is a sheltered restful place, a discreet island retreat, yet Ballyshannon’s town centre with shops, restaurants etc. is no more than 6 minutes from the front door of the island’s historic residence.You can full the full details on the Inis Saimer website here. Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

RnaG to remember life of famed Donegal writer this weekend

first_imgThe 50th anniversary of the death of famed Donegal writer Séamus Ó Grianna, or Máire, takes place this weekend.And on Friday 25 October at 2 pm Damien Ó Dónaill will present a documentary about the writer on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Ó Grianna from Tóin a’Bhaile in Rann na Feirste, was a prolific writer, and his work is renowned for its beautiful, rich Irish. His novel Caisleáin Óir, and short story collection Cith is Dealán, are amongst his best-known works. In the programme Séamus Ó Grianna 1889 – 1969 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Friday, Damien Ó Dónaill will interview some of those who knew him about his life, and he will speak to scholars who have studied his work.We’ll also hear archive material from Séamus, his son Feilimí, and his brother Seán Bán. Guests will include Prof Nollaig Mac Congáil, Dinnie Dhónáill Ó Domhnaill and Dr Tony Mac Ruairí.This weekend, starting on Friday evening, there will be a celebration of Séamus Ó Grianna’s life at Áislann Rann na Feirste, with events including lectures, a walk, dramas, and a night of music on Saturday night.Séamus Ó Grianna 1889 – 1969 will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Friday 25 October at 2 pm, and is presented and produced by Damien Ó Dónaill. RnaG to remember life of famed Donegal writer this weekend was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Picture Special: Tick-tock, tick-tock, Ballyshannon’s new clock won’t stop

first_imgLast Friday marked the start of a new era for Ballyshannon installed a new town clock in the south Donegal area following a huge community drive.The timing system on the clock is set to be activated by the end of this week with the second face of the clock being replaced on Friday afternoon.Following a lightning strike of their own in 2014, the old clock was damaged beyond repair, prompting a south Donegal regeneration group to take matters into their own hands. Several community fundraisers later and enough money was raised for the new clock, a project the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group have been involved with from the beginning.Cllr Barry Sweeney, who is a founding member of the group, told Donegal Daily: “It means an awful lot to the town of Ballyshannon.“People have come together and it one of those symbolic gestures to get the town clock up and running again.“It means more than just a clock, I think the people of Ballyshannon see it as a bit of a revival or regeneration. “Not only are you getting the clock ticking again, but you are also getting the town ticking again.“There was a real positive mood about it and there was a buzz about the town,” he added.“The community raised the money for this clock and they are not seeing the fruits of their labour and the fruits of the money that was put into the project.”The original clock face was built in 1878 when an agreement was struck between the planning authorities and Belfast Bank.The building was later owned by the Royal Bank before an amalgamation with the Provincial Bank resulted in the Allied Irish Bank forming there in 1966. Local businessman Eamonn McNulty, who now owns the building, purchased the property from the well-known Gallogley family earlier this year.Cllr Sweeney continued: “The building was bought about 10 months ago and the new owner, Eamonn McNulty, has helped greatly with the project.“He is doing a lot of the physical work as well, he is up and down the stairs and the ladders and he is a man of 80-years-old – his work has been great.” Picture Special: Tick-tock, tick-tock, Ballyshannon’s new clock won’t stop was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Chelsea’s players ‘urged Roman Abramovich to make Di Matteo boss’

first_imgLuka Modric is prepared to hand in another transfer request at Tottenham after they missed out on the Champions League because of Chelsea winning this season’s competition, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Spurs playmaker, previously a target for Chelsea, is still on the Blues’ radar, with Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs also interested.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s players reportedly urged Roman Abramovich to make Roberto Di Matteo their full-time boss in a dressing room sing-song after their Champions League triumph in Munich.The Mirror say the club’s owner went to see Chelsea’s victorious squad, who pointed at interim boss Di Matteo and chanted: “We want you to stay, we want you to stay.”Abramovich has a decision to make.A source is quoted as saying: “It was one of those rare occasions where the players felt able to push the boundaries with the owner a little.“They all want Robbie to stay and they wanted to get their message across. It was all very light-hearted.“The owner was smiling and laughing as they were singing the Di Matteo song. He knew the players were teasing him.”The Sun claim Abramovich told the players he wants four more Champions League titles.Several papers report comments by Chelsea striker Fernando Torres which appear to cast doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge.Torres, unhappy at being a substitute for Saturday’s final, is quoted saying: “I felt I’ve been treated in a way I was not expecting and not in the way for which the club brought me here.“We have had many conversations and now the season is finished we will have more talks to see what happens in the future because this is not the role for which I came and I’m not happy.“Winning the Champions League makes up for it of course but as far as the future is concerned… well.“Right now I do feel it’s all worth it but the truth is I’ve gone through some very bad moments – the worst moments of my career – during the season and I am not willing to relive those moments.”The Sun and Daily Mail both suggest that Lille’s highly-rated Belgian winger Eden Hazard is leaning towards a move to Chelsea rather than Manchester City or Manchester United.And Fulham are set to make an offer for Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson, according to the Northern Echo.Simpson, who has also been linked with Chelsea, is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal at St James’ Park.It is suggested that Fulham manager Martin Jol is planning a formal approach for the 25-year-old.Jol is keen to sign a right-back and has also been linked with the likes of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter and Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton.Who was your man of the match against Bayern? Click here to voteSee also:Overjoyed Di Matteo celebrates incredible Chelsea winDrogba the hero as Chelsea are crowned European championsBayern v Chelsea: player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Higgins wins on professional debut

first_imgKilburn boxer Alan Higgins enjoys the perfect professional debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at York Hall. (Video courtesy of Goodwin Promotions)See also: Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Redknapp disappointed to lose out to West Ham after trying to sign striker

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp admits it was a blow to miss out on Carlton Cole, who is set to re-sign for West Ham in the coming days.The former Chelsea striker was released by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce during the summer and then failed to prove his fitness when subsequently given another chance to earn a contract.Rangers were therefore hopeful of convincing Cole to join them in the wake of injuries to forwards Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, but were left disappointed when he was offered a return to Upton Park after all.“I was interested in Carlton Cole but he’s signed for West Ham,” said Redknapp.“The situation is that we’ve got one striker, Charlie Austin. Where are you going to find someone? It’s difficult.“I wanted Carlton but he’s been at West Ham so is going [back] there, and finding someone on loan is hard.”See also:Redknapp unsure whether Chevanton is the answer to QPR’s striker shortage 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Froch claims Groves rejected rematch offer

first_imgCarl Froch claims George Groves has rejected an offer worth more than £1m to face him in a rematch.The Hammersmith man’s challenge for Froch’s WBA and IBF world titles in November ended in controversial circumstances when he was stopped in the ninth round.Groves was ahead, had floored Froch earlier in the fight and appeared to be well capable of continuing when referee Howard Foster halted the contest after a flurry of shots thrown by the champion.There has since been a clamour for the pair to meet again – but Nottingham’s Froch says he is now likely to fight Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.Froch kept his titles after Groves was stopped.In a statement, Froch said: “There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future.“As it stands we are looking closely at two options: George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.“Yesterday, we made a seven-figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer.“I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight.“Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I’m happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career.”See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more