The 31st year of the Earagail Arts Festival will be dedicated to the memory of a dear friend of the local arts scene – Dessie Larkin.Dessie Larkin RIPDessie Larkin, a former county councillor who passed away in March, was a long-serving board member and former Chair of the Earagail Arts Festival.The Letterkenny man was fondly remembered at the launch of the festival on Monday at Rockhill House Estate. “He demonstrated what was important about the festival. That was about bringing people together and celebrating what is probably one of the most fundamental human endeavours, which is art,” said Artistic Director Paul Brown.Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Pauric Kelly, Inishowen Motors, and Paul Brown, Artistic Director of Earagail Arts Festival at the 2019 launch. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDessie’s presence was greatly missed at the festival launch, as people gathered to listen to music and to hear important figures within the community talk highly of the summer to come.The festival was officially launched by Leas Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Niamh Kennedy. She had only good words to say about this year’s upcoming festival with its “diversity, illumination, culture and to showcase us in a way that only Donegal can.”Méabh Conaghan and Cllr Niamh Kennedy at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinat the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinRuairí Friel & Sarah E Cullen at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThis year’s festival takes place from 10th-28th July 2019, marking the next era of the festival’s cultural evolution, continuing investment in the making of great artwork, creating an opportunity for a new generation of artists and fostering wider participation in the arts across the North West of Ireland. This year’s programme leads with a major new music commission in partnership with India’s leading folk festival in Rajasthan. Along with this is a series of spoken word, circus, comedy and special events celebrating diversity and freedom of movement and a visual arts programme from east to west reaching across bridges, islands and horizons.Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Paul Harrigan at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinKaroline Sweeney, Jimmy Stafford and Patrick Gildea at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinMeabh Uí Chonnachain, who is one of the board members for the festival, said that this year’s festival is about “diversity, equality, bringing together artists, programmes and visual art.” She also talked about the impact Earagail Arts has on Donegal with the number of people that attend the festival. More than 38,000 people attended different events last year. Sixty per cent of them were local and the rest were mostly from Northern Ireland.Earagail Arts Festival Board member Meabh Uí Chonnachain at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDeirdre McGrory, Ellen Corby and Lauren Hauchard at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinLast year the festival promoted 309 performances in 29 venues spread across 16 towns, villages and islands over 23 days. There are so many different events that range from music to drama to open mic, comedy and spoken word and many more. With a festival this big, there is sure to be something for everyone. The festival kicks off on Wednesday the 10th of July in The Cottage Bar in Letterkenny with Mouthpiece Open Mic which promises laughter, tears, surprises and a warm, supportive atmosphere.Earagail Arts Festival brochures are now available in usual outlets, or on eaf.ie.See the gallery below for more photos from the launch: Margaret McGlynn, Siobhan Grant and Frances Spears at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEunan Kelly and John Curran at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinAmanda Boyle, Leonard Watson, Jimmy Stafford and Joan Crawford at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde and Aodh Mac Ruairí checking out the programme booklet at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinPaul Harrigan and Jeremy Howard at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinLeas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Niamh Kennedy officially launches Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinKaroline Sweeney, Castle Grove County House, Sue Glackin, Donegal Food Tours and Carol Harkin, McGrory’s Hotel, at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThe launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House Estate. 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7 June 2004A worldwide campaign to increase the number of volunteers who regularly donate safe blood will be launched in Johannesburg, South Africa on the first ever World Blood Donor Day on 14 June.The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) out of all other blood transfusion services worldwide to officially host the event.“South Africa’s national blood service has achieved 100 percent voluntary blood donation”, the WHO said in announcing the choice of SA for the official launch of its “Blood, a gift for life” campaign.“A sufficient supply of safe blood is one of the cornerstones of a good health care system and a powerful tool for preventing the transmission of disease”, the WHO said. “Yet most countries in the world experience a shortage of blood in their hospitals and health care facilities. Others have faced problems with infected blood.”The main launch of World Blood Donor Day will be held in Johannesburg in partnership with the SANBS and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The day will be celebrated with music and entertainment, and will honour a group of young South Africans who regularly donate blood, known as “Club 25”.Events and activities will be organised across the world, uniting in a global celebration.SANBS medical director Robert Crookes said the Blood Transfusion Services of South Africa had a proud record of providing safe blood to patients for more than 70 years.In the past four years alone, Crookes said, over 2 000 donors had reached a milestone of 100 donations and over 350 individuals had given over 200 donations.Crookes said there were 18 donors in the country that had given more than 300 donations.“In fact, we believe that the world record for whole blood donations … is currently held by a South African, who has donated an incredible 342 blood donations, and is still donating”, Crookes said.Crookes said statistics from around the world show that despite significant improvements in recent years, over 70 countries still do not test all donated blood for at least one of the major infections that can be transmitted to patients.“This is another reason why the safety of the blood supply in South Africa compares favourably with that of other industrialised countries”, he said.World Blood Donor Day events on 14 June are being planned by local organisations with the collaboration of the WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion.SouthAfrica.info reporter
20 November 2013 South African canoeing has received a major boost with the announcement by the International Canoe Federation that the World Canoe Marathon Championships will be hosted by the Natal Canoe Club at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg in 2017. The announcement came at the ICF board of directors’ meeting in Lima, Peru on the weekend, bringing to fruition the lobbying work done by the Natal Canoe Club to host the event at the home of the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon. “This is a major boost for canoeing in South Africa,” Canoeing South Africa president Christo Horn said this week. “Marathon racing is one of our strongest disciplines, and we currently have both the senior men’s K1 world champion and under-23 men’s K1 world champion in Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett to go with our long history of marathon successes. “This will allow our elite athletes to perform in front of their hometown supporters, and it will be a great opportunity to market and grow the discipline of flat water marathon racing at a venue more famous for river racing.” For under-23 world champ Birkett, a Pietermaritzburg resident and member of the Natal Canoe Club (NCC), the event will be an opportunity to compete for a world title on home water.‘A great place’ “I am very excited. In 2017, I will be 27. That’s pretty much the perfect age,” Birkett said. “I’m sure that Pietermaritzburg will be a great place to have it as well. The people tend to support big sporting events held in the city. It’s quite a small community, but sports events, like the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships, are very well supported. Hopefully we’ll see something along the same line for the Canoe Marathon World Champs.” Brett Austen Smith, the general manager of the NCC, said he wanted to make the event as accessible as possible for overseas visitors. “We are very grateful to the ICF for awarding us this event,” he said. “Their confidence is very encouraging and we see this as reward for the strong reputation South Africa has in marathon canoeing. “Our intention is to make the World Champs a truly memorable event, and the biggest event in the history of marathon racing. “We will be able to offer very affordable food and accommodation packages due to the exchange rate. The strong Zulu Culture of this region will also make for an exciting and interesting event, both on and off the water. We will be able to offer and present an event that will be totally unique for both competitors and spectators alike.” Austen Smith said R17.5-million (approximately €1.3-million) would be spent to ensure the World Championships will be memorable. “Hosting the 2017 event will ensure that facilities at Camps Drift are significantly upgraded. This will result in a world class venue, not only for competition, but for training during northern hemisphere winters as well. “The NCC Clubhouse has gym and physio facilities, as well as access to perfect training waters. The close proximity to the City centre means that paddlers never have far to travel for shopping conveniences like coffee shops and internet facilities that are always so important to athletes. Year round, the weather is very suitable for paddling.”A reward Three-time world champion Hank McGregor said he saw the awarding of the World Championships as a reward for South Africa’s passion for marathon paddling. “It’s fantastic news, ‘ he said. “The ICF has clearly seen South Africa as a country that is serious about marathons and this is due to all the results, from our junior boys and girls to our masters over the years. “It is such a big plus, but we mustn’t take it for granted. “I would love to be part of it in some way,” McGregor added. “I am getting a little long in the tooth, so I don’t know if I will be racing the seniors, but I really want to be there in some form or other.” The NCC will host a number of major events at Camps Drift in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships, including the 2015 Kwa-Zulu Natal Championships, the South African Championships and the All African Championships currently planned for the venue. In 2016 the ICF World Cup will serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Champs.Masters Cup The 2017 World Championships will be preceded by the Masters Cup events for veteran and masters paddlers, which is expected to be very well supported by local paddlers. “Our veteran and masters age group paddling is extremely strong, and because there is no limit to the entry for these events, we expect a huge turnout of local paddlers eager to be a part of this event in their own backyard,” said Austen Smith. “We have four years to prepare for this event, and also to get our talent identification process geared up so that we can really mount a considerable challenge in every age group and category.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are off to a very slow start here in Northwest Ohio. I can only think of a handful of operators who have put any corn in the ground. I can only think of one operator who has put any soybeans in the ground. We had a good run last week. We completed a lot of spraying. We did some tillage work and we planted corn for one day last week. We are only about 5% done with everything we have to plant this spring so we have a long way to go. On average, we received over 1.5 inches of rain in our area on Thursday and Friday. There will not be any field work performed in our area this week. We are at a standstill.We hit the spraying pretty hard for three days putting down pre-emerge products on our soybean acres that we plan to no-till. We did tillage for two days and the ground conditions were excellent last week.I am not really concerned yet about a late start. Last week conditions were about perfect. I wish we could have continued, but just getting some field operations done this early was a good feeling. We were fortunate to get some field work started. Many in our area were still holding back because of the cold weather forecast this past weekend. We still have plenty of time and we still have the opportunity for a great crop. We just have to be patient and wait until the time is right.There was some light frost over the weekend, but nothing has emerged at all around here. One operator planted some corn a week earlier which has sprouted but not emerged. It was nice that we had that window of opportunity to get the planter set and make sure everything was programmed correctly. It was nice to take the extra time necessary to be particular about how everything was set up. Now we will be ready to roll when the time is right.
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