Tony Becca | Some words of advice for president Billy Heaven

first_img Six-wicket hauls Will improve Most of Jamaica’s good cricketers, as happened this year, play cricket for four or five weeks a year, in March and April, but what happens in the months of May, June, July, and August? Those are the months for cricket in Jamaica, and the more we play, properly, with the best up against the best, the more we will improve. We need a long season annually in which to develop our cricket, for the best to play against the best, on good pitches and on bad pitches, in rain or shine, for the batsmen to really learn to bat, for the bowlers to really learn to bowl, (fast leg breaks, googlies, et cetera), and for everybody to learn how to field properly. We need a competition of the best eight or ten clubs playing all over Jamaica in one league of return matches. Those clubs will eventually attract the best players, and with the clubs falling in line with good work habits and good discipline, with the players playing the right atmosphere and learning from it, the Jamaica team should be selected from these players. So many players do not train properly, so many players are not coached properly, so many players believe that they are good, and so many people believe that there are many talented players in this country. I do not know, but I do not believe so. But for a few, I do not see them. What I see every day are batsmen who drive beautifully through the covers one or two times, batsmen who play a cut shot or two, and get out for 10 or 20 runs. I also see bowlers who bowl on a length most times, but who never attempt to bowl something like a “wrong ‘un” or even a “flipper”. Although a few of our batsmen look good, even when not in the nets, I have not seen, for a long, long time, a batsman bat for a day or a team bat out a day in a Senior Cup match. What matters really is that cricket has been losing ground over the years, and, in losing ground in its popularity and its influence, it has, like the West Indies, lost its strength. Cricket needs some serious action if it is to survive, and if it is to make a U-turn and show some improvement while really developing itself. Cricket needs to divide itself into three groups, into those who play for fun and exercise, those youngsters who play to get better, and those who play seriously with the aim of doing so professionally at the first-class level and beyond. Jamaica’s cricket needs many competitions for its many players. The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), however, needs to spearhead one long two-day competition so that its few talented players can train daily to play against each other on Saturdays and Sundays in return matches for a season of 14 or 18 matches. Rome was not built in a day, and the standard of Jamaica’s cricket cannot and will not be built in a day, regardless of who thinks so. Losing ground The Senior Cup cricket season is over, and congratulations to Melbourne on being crowned champions, and to St. Thomas for reaching their first final. The question may well be asked of Melbourne, however, and justifiable so, and especially by cricket lovers, champions of what? The season has come and gone. It lasted only a few weeks, between late March and early May, and it only lasted until May because of a protest which extended the season by one week. Melbourne, having won the cup for the umpteenth time, although not for some time, may not mind it. They certainly will not mind winning the $500,000 prize money, and neither will the one or two players who did really well as batsmen, bowlers, and as fielders, throughout the exercise. With 23 teams playing in the competition which was divided into four groups, probably because of the lack of money, with each team playing four or five matches before going in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and the final, the competition was too short, much too short at that. Whatever is said about Jamaica’s cricket, regardless of how many people play the game, regardless of how many competitions there are around the country, and regardless of who wins these competitions, Jamaica’s cricket is poor, and it is getting weaker and weaker. Once upon a time, cricket was the number one sport in Jamaica. Today, it is not so. Today, and it really does not matter, it is number three, behind football and track and field, or track and field and football. Some of our batsmen score hundreds in local cricket. They hit the ball to all parts of the field, and some of bowlers take five or six-wicket hauls by just attempting to bowl wicket to wicket, and that is fine. Put a Jamaica cap on their heads, however, send them out to bat or to bowl for Jamaica, and they look, most of them, like misfits. Jamaica is not a rich country, and it cannot do the things that others can do. It can, with a little planning, however, do a lot more to develop our cricket, or, at least, to make it as good as it was once upon a time with what we have. We do not need to talk about longer terms in office. Two years is a long time, and neither do we need to propose term limits for officers. Jamaica is too small a country. The JCA needs to talk to the Government also. The Senior Cup should be the biggest competition in the land, and, therefore, it should carry the highest prize money. If cricket is to progress, you cannot have a situation where a competition of less quality deals out a greater prize money, and where some players, definitely less talented, will, if there is clash, choose the competition which promises more money. Congrats Melbourne, and well done St. Thomas, but better, from cricket administrators, for cricket and for cricketers, is needed, and urgently.last_img read more

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High School Rodeo Association holds third spring rodeo in Williams Lake

first_imgSaturday: 1. Milanna Jones – 17.62, 2. Kerri Moat – 17.94, 3. Fallon Jones – 18.12Sunday: 1. Milanna Jones – 16.62, 2. Shelby Corr – 17.20, 3. Kerri Moat – 17.35Junior Ribbon Roping: Saturday: No Qualified times.Advertisement Junior Boys Goats:Saturday: 1. Korbin Mills – 13, 2. Wyatt Bondaroff – 15.4, 3. Danny Jones – 15.7Sunday: 1. Carson Gunderson – 14.1, 2. Korbin Mills – 15.4, 3. Danny Jones – 15.6Chute Dogging:Saturday: 1. Korbin Mills – 3.9, 2. Wyatt Bondaroff – 6.1, 3. Ethan Nelson – 8.3Sunday: 1. Wyatt Bondaroff – 2.7, 2. Ethan Nelson – 14.2, 3. Danny Jones – 16Junior Pole Bending:Saturday: 1. Kerri Moat – 23.81, 2. Brook Kosick – 26.52, 3. Twiggy Esau – 27.6Sunday: 1. Twiggy Esau – 22.31, 2. Kerri Moat – 22.44, 3. KiKi Dietner – 25.9Junior Team Roping: Saturday: 1. Korbin Mills/Carson Johnson – 16Sunday: 1. Rylie Dowling/Carson Gunderson – 9.3, 2. Fallon Jones/Cashlynn Callison – 12.9Queen Event:Saturday: No Event.Sunday: 1. Tyler Bondaroff, 2. Gracie ChappelSenior Saddle Bronc:Saturday: No Qualified Rides.Sunday: No Qualified Rides.Bull Riding:Saturday: No Qualified Rides.Sunday: No Qualified Rides.Senior Barrel Racing:Saturday: 1. Destiny Ollenberger – 16.62, 2. Aspen Wollen – 16.86, 3. Hanna Pederson – 17.19Sunday: 1. Aspen Wollen – 16.58, 2. Brittany Ollenberger – 16.76, 3. Daylynn Callison – 17.16Senior Girls Breakaway:Saturday: 1. Hanna Pederson – 2.9, 2. Rylie Bondaroff – 4.6, 3. Brittany Ollenberger – 5.1Sunday: 1. Hanna Pederson – 3.2, 2. Rylie Bondaroff – 4.6Senior Tie-Down Roping:Saturday: 1. Ben Jackson – 20.1, 2. Zane Jones – 24, 3. Wade Roberts – 27.3Sunday: 1. Tyler Pederson – 11.3, 2. Ben Jackson – 11.9, 3. Wade Roberts – 12.1Senior Girls Goats:Saturday: 1. Payden Hinton – 9.5, 2. Lauren Konashuck – 10.1, 3. Lainy Proctor – 11Sunday: 1. Rylie Bondaroff – 7.7, 2. Lauren Konashshuk – 9, 3. Lainy Proctor – 13.3Senior Steer Wrestling: Saturday: No Qualified Times.Sunday: 1. Wade Roberts – 4.3, 2. Ben Jackson – 10.1Senior Pole Bending:Saturday: 1. Aspen Wollen – 21.32, 2. Hanna Pederson – 21.71, 3. Lainy Proctor – 22.71Sunday: 1. Hanna Pederson – 21.54, 2. Payden Hinton – 21.8, 3. Aspen Wollen – 21.95Senior Team Roping:Saturday: 1. Rylie Bondaroff/Tyler Pederson – 9.5Sunday: 1. Tucker Esau/Jaytin Jones – 8.5, 2. Rylie Bondaroff/Tyler Pederson – 10.6, 3. Wade Roberts/Tyrel Roberts – 14.8 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Association held their third rodeo of the Spring Season over the weekend in Williams Lake.Here are the results from the May 4 & 5 Rodeo:Junior Saddle Bronc:- Advertisement -Saturday: Danny JonesSunday: Danny JonesJunior Barrel Racing:Advertisement Saturday: 1. Shelby Corr – 4.5, 2. Rylie Dowling – 5.4Sunday: 1. Rylie Dowling – 7Junior Girls Goats:Saturday: 1. Fallon Jones – 11.3, 2. Brook Kosick – 11.9, 3. Shelby Corr – 12.3Sunday: 1. Shelby Corr – 11.1, 2. Twiggy Esau – 11.2, 3. Kerri Moat/Rylie Dowling – 15.2Advertisement Sunday: 1. Carson Johnson – 18, 2. Danny Jones – 18.9Junior Boys Breakaway:Saturday: 1. Wyatt Bondaroff – 3.7Sunday: 1. Wyatt Bondaroff – 3.8, 2. Danny Jones – 4.6Junior Girls Breakaway:Advertisementlast_img read more

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RETIRED FARMER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ABUSING HIS NEPHEW

first_imgA retired farmer has been found not guilty of sexually abusing his nephew in a holiday home in Downings.Retired farmer Sam Cunningham was found not guilty of sexually assaulting his nephew.Samuel Cunningham, 66, was accused of four counts of sexual assault against his then 14 year old nephew at a holiday home in Rosguill in 1993. The alleged victim, Patrick Cunningham, now a 35 father-of-four, claimed he was assaulted when he went to do repairs with his uncle on the holiday home at Rosguill, Downings.Patrick Cunningham says he was fondled and that his uncle performed oral sex on him at the farmhouse.However Samuel Cunningham stressed “There is no way on this earth I would have done that to any young person. If I thought I had done that I would have taken myself out the back and shot myself.”Today after 50 minutes of deliberation, a jury of eight men and four women found the accused not guilty on all four charges of alleged sexual assault.When the verdict was read out, Patrick Cunningham’s family sobbed in the court.The alleged victim, who waived his right to anonymity, had claimed the alleged sexual assaults were sparked when water was splashed on his trousers when they were fetching water from a well.“He told me to take off my clothes because I would get a flu. He then made a makeshift bed on a sofa.“He said there were only a few blankets in the house and told me to get in beside him,” he said.Mr Cunningham then alleged the four assaults took place.Sobbing in the witness box at Letterkenny Circuit Court, he said he counted flowers on some curtains to block out the pain.Patrick Cunningham said he kept the alleged assaults to himself until a number of years later when he told his cousin Seamus.He said he became introverted after the alleged assaults.He also partially blamed the assaults for falling in with the wrong crowd and eventually being convicted of two armed robberies in Northern Ireland.However he said he used his time in jail constrictively to study and became the first prisoner to get day leave to study for a diploma in Environmental Science at university.However the accused, Sam Cunningham, denied that any such assaults ever took place between December 1st, 1993 and January 31st, 1994.In fact, the retired farmer from Glenside Road, Dunmurray in Belfast, said he always spent the New Year period at his late wife Rose’s family home in Cavan.He alleged that his own son Francis along with the alleged victim Patrick and his cousin Seamus had now formed a “team.“This is the worst thing I have ever witnessed. The devastation to the family who have been turned upside down has ben unbelievable.“The only thing I can think of is that the want to keep me away form my farm,” he said.A niece of Mr Sam Cunningham, Mrs Doreen Robinson, said she does not believe the holiday home was even in the possession of the family claiming it had been sold in 1992She also said she not believe the allegations against her uncle.“I don’t believe it. A paedophile does it over and over again and doesn’t stop after just once,” she said.RETIRED FARMER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ABUSING HIS NEPHEW was last modified: April 8th, 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

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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAY 01-9-2013 Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers 2 Arranmore United 0Keadue Rovers are through to the Gweedore Area Final of the Brian McCormick Cup following this tough victory over Arranmore United at Central Park. The game was played in difficult conditions with a near gale force wind throughout. The away team were quick out of the blocks and won a penalty in the second minute when Gavin Mc Glanaghey was fouled in the area. The penalty kick was saved well by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. Following good work from David Sweeney, Donal Rodgers found a bit of space in the box and found the net with a low shot from close range. Arranmore were unlucky not to equalise when Daniel O’Donnell hit the bar with a free kick. The home team went two goals up when Donal Rodgers was again on hand to stab home following another good move. Arranmore’s best chance of the second half came from a hooked effort which went just over the bar on sixty seven minutes. Keadue prevailed in the worsening conditions and qualify to play Glenea in next week’s Area Final. Best for Arranmore were Peter Dillon and Frankie Early. Best for Keadue were Ryan Greene, Donal Rodgers and David Sweeney. Referee: Ronan Floyd.Strand Rovers 0 Dunlewy Celtic 2This game was played in windy conditions in Maghery .Strand Rovers put on all the pressure in the first half but gave away a silly free kick in front of goal allowing Dunlewey to take the lead. Dunlewey played some nice football then for a while before “Strand” began turning the screw in search of an equaliser. Dunlewey then scored against the run of play when the ball was held up in air by the wind and it caught out the home defence.Glenree United 2 Cranford United 4Cranford got the result they wanted but didn’t have it all their own way. Glenree took the lead twice from Sosa and Weeman but those were cancelled out by Martin Mc Bride and Kyle Black before half time. Arthur Lynch scored a great free kick to make it 3-2 early in second half and Kyle Black sealed the win two minutes later with a good finish. Good team performances from both sides.Gweedore United 0 Gweedore Celtic 3This game was played in very windy conditions at Carrickboyle making it very difficult for either side to play football. Celtic went away with a victory over their local rivals. In the opening half chances were few and far between. It took a long range effort from Damien O’Sullivan to break the deadlock when he hit a good shot from 20 yards into the top corner to make it 1-0. In the second half the visitors were quickest out of the blocks and went two up in the 55th minute when Odhran Mc Nelis hit an excellent shot from 25 yards. The visitors went three ahead 10 minutes later when John Mc Fadden found himself one on one with Liam Mac Fadden in the United nets and Mc Fadden made no mistake securing the points for Gweedore Celtic. Odhran Mc Nelis who was outstanding on the day was the difference between the sides. Referee: Kevin Logue Tullyvinney Rovers 0 Castlefin Celtic 5Despite being down several players for this derby match Tullyvinney started with a few younger players against a well drilled Castlefin team .On two minutes a mix up between Sam Hegarty and SB Malley allowed Simon Mc Glinchey to tap home . Castlefin scored their second goal from a free kick which struck the unfortunate Sam Hegarty and flew into the top corner . Castlefin scored a further three goals and ran out comfortable winners firstly JP Malley robbed his brother SB on the edge of the penalty area and fired home . Then on sixty minutes a misplaced clearence by the SB Malley fell to Mark Carlin who fired home . Then Colin Carlin scored with a header from a corner . Best for Castlefin Simon Mc Glinchey , Mark Carlin .Best for Tullyvinney SB Malley , Billy Sweeney . Referee: Paul DohertyDeele Harps 2 Convoy Arsenal 1This match was reversed to Orchard Park, Convoy, on a great day for football. In an evenly contested game it was Deele who took the spoils with goals from Aidy Gallagher and Shane Gallagher. Convoy showed signs of a positive season ahead. Good team performances from the sides. Curragh Athletic 2 Lagan Harps 0In a first half that the home team dominated it took full back Chris Burns to open the scoring on forty four minutes. After good running from Ryan Carlin Burns, who started the move off, drilled home from inside the eighteen. Both John Mc Laughlin and Carlin had chances earlier but could not find the net. A very young Lagan Harps team did keep trying to play football but did not manage to trouble Roy Duffy in the Curragh nets in this first half. The second half was a similar affair however Lagan did create some chances and almost equalised when Ross Hamlyn forced a splendid save from Roy Duffy on sixty two minutes. John Mc Laughlin wrapped up the scoring for Curragh on eighty six minutes when he slide the ball home at the near post. Referee: Paddy MartinCappry Rovers 4 Drumbar F.C. 2Cappry Rovers recorded a home win in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup against Drumbar United by four goals to two in Cappry Park. Drumbar started the stronger and created numerous chances following a couple of corners. They took the lead when Adam Enright scored direct from a corner after ten minutes. Cappry equalised in the fourteenth when a cross from Dylan Ramsey was finished to the net by Alan Patton. The Home team had numerous chances to take the lead through Alan Patton, Kyle Lafferty and Brendan Mc Laughlin but the Drumbar defence and the keeper held firm. The visitors regained the lead in the fortieth minute when Shane Mc Loone scored with a volley to the top corner of the net giving Brendan O’ Meara in the Cappry goal no chance.The second half started with Drumbar looking to stretch their lead but it was Cappry who got on level terms in the fifty second minute through Kyle Lafferty when he scored with a low hard shot.Alan Patton got his second goal and Cappry’s third in the sixty fourth minute when he beat the offside trap to slice the ball past the advancing keeper. Drumbar had a few half chances to score but were unable to finish. Cappry substitute Pete Lafferty scored in the eighty eighth minute when he won the ball to head past the keeper. Decent team performance from Cappry. Best for Drumbar Shane Browne and Mark Butler. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny.Fintown Harps AFC 2 Dunkineely Celtic 3Donegal Town 2 Erne Wanderers 0Donegal Town came out on top in a closely fought affair. Neither side were able to score in the first half with Erne coming closest when a long range effort hit the bar. In the second half Donegal got the break through when Kevin Devaney’s free kick was nodded home by team captain JP Byrne. Erne dominated possession from then on but failed to carve out any clear cut chances while Donegal were always threatening on the counter. Donegal sealed victory when Kevin Mc Cafferty, who was excellent throughout, broke the offside trap which allowed Padhraic Mc Glynn to finish after Mc Cafferty’ s original effort came back off the ‘keeper. Good team performances from both sides with Marty Byrne and Mc Cafferty best for Donegal.Copany Rovers 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Copany Rovers hosted Letterbarrow Celtic at Killowen Park on Sunday. It proved to be a highly entertaining match, well balanced with plenty of chances on both sides. In the 36th minuteCopany broke down the left and David Graham found himself free on the edge of the box and with a well struck drive he gave Copany the lead. It remained 1-0 until the break. In the 53rd minute after a deep free kick from Thomas Given on the half-way line, with Letterbarrow’s defence hesitant, the ball broke to David Graham who was taken down for a penalty. The spot kick was well saved by Enda Kenny in the Letterbarrow goal. Letterbarrow should have equalised on the 70th minute when a long throw found James Mc Groary at the back post but Stephen Doherty made a good save. David Graham and Dale Duncan were best for Copany with Enda Kenny, James Mc Groary and Christie Burke best for Letterbarrow Celtic.Orchard F.C. 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1Orchard F.C. and Kerrykeel ’71 played out an entertaining draw at Errigal College on Sunday. Kerrykeel took the lead on the half hour when Hughie Walsh capitalised on a poor back pass and shot to the net. The Rab’s Park men failed to make their dominance count for the remainder of the first half and went in with the minimal advantage. Orchard started the second half with a renewed urgency and midway through the period they found an equaliser. Kriss Mc Laughlin played a One-Two with Damien Watters and after outpacing the Kerrykeel defence he slid the ball past the outrushing keeper. The draw was a fair result.Milford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Milford took an early lead with a well taken goal by Darren McLaughlin following good work by Jamie Heena. Milford, with the wind at their backs, pushed for a second but failed to create any great chances. Kilmacrennan attacks in the first half were limited and Milford went in at the break ahead. Kilmacrennan began the second half brightly and were level within ten minutes when Gary Gorman headed home from a free kick. Milford pushed for a winner while Kilmacrennan looked dangerous on the counter attack. A Ciaran McGinley free kick was met at the back post by Jamie Heena who headed home to keep the tie alive with twenty minutes remaining. Milford won two one and the teams played extra time to establish a Group winner. When the extra time failed to separate the sides penalties were taken and Milford United prevailed. Best for Milford were David Curley, Joey Cullen and Peter Doherty. Best for Kilmacrennan were Gary Gorman and Timmy Burke. Referee: Mick Langan.THURSDAY 29-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupBallybofey United 2 Drumoghill F.C. 4Drumoghill F.C. secured all three points on their visit to Ballybofey United on Thursday evening and they will contest the Lifford Area Final on September 8th. This was an open match from the first whistle to the last. Experience told throughout as the visitors, with their seasoned team, controlled the play for periods. That said nothing should be taken from the efforts shown by the youthful Ballybofey United side who boasted of only four players who had Donegal Junior League experience to their name prior to the start of this season’s Brian Mc Cormick Cup. This coupled with the fact that all seven substitutes were in their first Senior Season augers well for the future of the Twin Towns outfit.Drumoghill took the lead after only three minutes when the home defence failed to deal with a corner and Carlos Rodgers headed home. Sixteen minutes later in the nineteenth minute Christopher O’ Donnell got the first of his two on the night when he converted from close range after another Drumoghill corner. Then on twenty nine minutes Liam O’ Meara saved well from Andrew Peoples who tried his luck from twenty five yards. On the stroke of half time Carlos Rodgers headed against the Ballybofey United crossbar. Ballybofey then broke and Conor Doherty sent a searching ball over the Drumoghill defence. Ballybofey’s Noel Quinn won the race to the ball but his shot rebounded off the legs of the Drumoghill keeper. Niall Mc Closkey picked up the loose ball thirty yards from goal and curled his shot high into the Drumoghill net to leave the minimum between the sides at the interval.The second half again started poorly for the home team. After four minutes David O’ Carroll did well on the right wing and after getting past P H Bonar he sent a powerful shot past O’ Meara. It was over as a contest five minutes later when again Ballybofey United conceded at a corner kick situation. Again Christopher O’ Donnell was the beneficiary as the home side showed defensive naivety. The introduction of three substitutions added some vital edge for the hosts. Aaron Mc Auley was only into the action when he shot narrowly wide after been set up by Conor Doherty. Another replacement Conor Scanlon found the net on twenty seven minutes but the home side had too much to do at this stage and the game. With time running down O’ Meara made another good save this time from Shane Mc Intyre and David O’ Connell missed a penalty after a handball in the home box. Best for Ballybofey United: Conor Doherty, Niall Mc Closkey and Dylan Laverty. Best for Drumoghill: Christopher O’ Donnell, Carlos Rodgers and Andrew Peoples. Referee: Victor RaineyGlencar Celtic 1 Whitestrand United 1Whitestrand broke the deadlock through Sean Martin who finished neatly after a through ball caught out the Glencar Celtic defence. Glencar started the second half brightly with Paddy Collins causing problems and going close on one occasion after a good run. Glencar made a double substitution bringing on Pajo Rafferty for Steven Browne and Sully for Decky Scanlon. They brought more fight to Glencar and shortly after their arrival Glencar had a penalty after Paddy Collins was tripped in the area. Pajo stepped up and converted his second spot kick in as many games. Glencar threw everything at the Whitestrand defence for the last 20 minutes but they stood firm in defence and saw out the draw.Referee: Ed MooreSATURDAY 31-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupBallybofey United 2 v Raphoe Town 2Despite the fact that there was little at stake when Ballybofey United and Raphoe Town met in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup on Saturday evening the two teams served up an enjoyable game of football. Ballybofey took the lead midway through the first half when David White profited from some indecision among the Raphoe defenders. Raphoe were level just before the interval when Michael Quinn scored in the scramble that followed a corner kick. Simon Mc Glynn, who was outstanding throughout, gave Raphoe a deserved lead after ten minutes of the second half as they had opened the half the brighter. Ballybofey never gave up and grew in stature as the half progressed. They introduced Darren Kelly, Christopher Darby and Daniel Mc Glinchey to the play and the youthful determination of the trio helped to complete Ballybofey’s comeback. Darby won a free thirty five yards from goal and Enda Corry stepped up to send a fine strike to the back of the Raphoe net. The game ended at two apiece, a fair reflection on the match. Best for Ballybofey United: Sean Duffy, Liam O’ Meara. Best for Raphoe Town: Jamie Gallagher, Simon Mc Glynn. Referee: Liam FarrenOSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITIONWith the Donegal Junior League season up and running the attention of the League’s Oscar Traynor team manager, Stephen Corcoran, turns to selecting a panel which he hopes can progress to the later stages this season. Last term there wasn’t much between the teams in the group stages and Inishowen, who the Donegal League acquitted themselves well against, went all the way to the final. With this in mind Corcoran has organised two trials. The first will take place on Wednesday night next, 4th September, at the Curragh Athletic’s New Camp Complex in Killygordan commencing at 7.30p.m. The second, at a venue yet to be decided, takes place the following week on September 11th. The initial list for these trials is as shown below and the manager, who can be contacted on 087-1201952, will be in contact with each individual player prior to the trials.The League has also recently received their match schedule for the first three matches. This season’s campaign begins in Roscommon where the Donegal League will meet the Roscommon League on September 29th. Diamond Park, Ballyare will be the venue for the second match when last season’s competition runners-up Inishowen will be the visitors on October 27th. The third match will also be an away fixture on November 11th as the Donegal League visit Yeat’s County to play the local Sligo/Leitrim League. Last season three players from the Donegal League squad went on to represent Ulster in the inter-provincials and Christopher Sweeney of Gweedore Celtic received the ultimate Amateur honour when he was selected to represent his country. On receiving his International Cap from League Chairman John Joe Mc Cafferty and Secretary Christina O’ Donnell, Sweeney encouraged more players to make themselves available for the squad and further stated that he was very proud to receive such an honour. Team manager Stephen Corcoran has made it clear that the door is open and he wants to put as good a team as possible on the field in an effort to emulate the team of ’83 won the tournament for the Donegal League.Players for trails: Joe Coll, Declan Mc Garvey, Paul Sweeney, Ryan Mc Fadden, Denis Boyle, Kevin Mc Fadden, Kevin Mulhern, Michael Barry, Darren Mc Geever, John Harley all Glenea United, Joey Cullen Milford United, Paul Boyle Keadue Rovers, Garbh Gallagher, Ryan Carlin Curragh Athletic, David Mc Gee, Jamie Boyle, Oran Mc Nelis, Christopher Sweeney all Gweedore Celtic, Lee White, Johnny Robb, Kevin Mc Brearty, Mark Neeson all Lifford Celtic, Colin Carlin, JP Mailey, Emmett White all Castlefin Celtic, Darragh Patton, Eoin Sheridan, Shay Coyle, David Millar all Rathmullan Celtic, Gio Peoples, Joe Mc Carron both Orchard FC, Barry Rose Eany Celtic, Shane Gallagher Deele Harps, Paddy Collins Glencar Celtic, David Graham and David Duncan Copany Rovers.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSTUESDAY 27-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupRamelton Mariners 1 v 0 Milford UnitedTHURSDAY 29-8-2013Ballybofey United 2 v 4 Drumoghill F.C.Glencar Celtic 1 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedSUNDAY 01-9-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers 2 v 0 Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 0 v 2 Dunlewy CelticGlenree United 2 v 4 Cranford UnitedGweedore United 0 v 3 Gweedore CelticTullyvinney Rovers 0 v 5 Castlefin CelticDeele Harps 2 v 1 Convoy ArsenalCurragh Athletic 2 v 0 Lagan HarpsBallybofey United 2 v 2 Raphoe TownCappry Rovers 4 v 2 Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC 2 v 3 Dunkineely CelticDonegal Town 2 v 0 Erne WanderersCopany Rovers 1 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticOrchard F.C. 1 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Milford United 2 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESTUESDAY 03-09-2013 K.O. 6.30 p.m.Brian Mc Cormick CupMulroy Celtic v Bonagee UnitedTHURSDAY 05-09-2013Donegal Area – Group 2 PLAY-OFFSt. Catherines v Copany Rovers( Venue & Time To Be Confirmed )SATURDAY 07-09-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoKeadue Rovers Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Strand RoversDonegal Town Reserves v Cranford United ReservesTullyvinney Rovers v Gweedore United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Glenree United ReservesSUNDAY 08-09 2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick – Area FinalsDunkineely Celtic v St. Catherines / Copany RoversRathmullan Celtic v Milford UnitedKeadue Rovers v Glenea UnitedCastlefin Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 1st, 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 Leaguelast_img read more

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DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSSUNDAY 18-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick Cup Dunlewy Celtic 2 Arranmore United 3The summer sun shone brightly on a very entertaining game which had it all. It was the visitors who took the lead when a home side attack broke down in the Arranmore half. It was quickly turned around with Gerard Diver providing the killer pass for Mark Ward to convert.The home side began to take control of the game with Liam McMullen and Ronan Cheney working well in centre midfield, and it didn’t take long for the home side to draw level when Michael Mc Laughlin drill home from a Christy Cannon cross. It was Christy Cannon himself who then put the home side ahead after a great move which involved Daniel Cannon and Lorcan Gallagher .The second half was very intense with the wind getting ever so strong it put the home side on the back foot and this resulted in Arranmore getting back on level terms when a kick out from keeper Hugo Cannon landed at the feet of Geared Diver who in turn knocked it swiftly back goal wards and caught out the home keeper. This left the game evenly balanced and it looked like it was going to end in a draw. The game’s last attack saw the visitors brake the offside trap and Chris Mc Glanaghey beat the approaching keeper to give the visitors a hard earned victory.Good team performances from Dunlewey and Arranmore.Orchard FC 4 Mulroy Celtic 0Orchard collected all three points at home after a hard fought battle with Mulroy. Both teams had good chances early on and it took until the thirty fifth minute for Orchard to open the scoring when Redmond Doherty started an attack deep in his own half and was on hand to fire home from the edge of the box after some good work down the left by John Boyle. Niall Bonner made it two when he slotted past the keeper from close range. Then Stefan Gillan made it three on seventy eight minutes when he collected Joe McCarron’s cross field ball and although his first effort was well saved by the keeper he hammered home the rebound from ten yards. In the eighty fifth minute Eddie McLaughlin slotted home from six yards after some good play by Niall Bonner.Best For Orchard : Niall Bonner, Joe McCarron, Eddie McLaughlin Decent team performance from MulroyRathmullan Celtic 1 Bonagee United 1Played in a blustery conditions, both teams served up an entertaining encounter. Bonagee playing into the wind in the first half had the better of the game and will be disappointed at going in on level terms at half time after some strong showings from their midfielders. Shortly after the break the opening goal arrived when a free kick from Darren Ashmore found Ian strain’s net from 30 yards. That woke Rathmullan up but they had to wait until the 80th minute before evergreen Mark “Mushy” Curran found space in the box to beat Paul Doherty at his near post. Both teams had chances to win it but a draw was a far result.Milford United 2 Glencar Celtic 2 Glencar came to Milford and left with a point after a hard fought contest with a share of the spoils a fair result. Glencar took the lead after 20 minutes when Stephen Browne volleyed home. Milford’s best chance of the first half was from a Johnny Sweeney free kick that was headed off the post by Joey Cullen. Milford got back on level terms twenty minutes into the second half when Lee Burke finished well from a Johnny Sweeney through ball. Glencar responded 5 minutes later when Stephen Browne finished excellently past Caolan Mc Gettigan. PJ Hagan levelled the game on 80 minutes, lobbing the keeper from 20 yards. Milford pushed for the winner and could have been caught with Glencar counter attacking swiftly on a couple of occasions. Overall it was a fair result with both teams battling strong for an early season game. Referee: Brian O’ KaneRamelton Mariners L Whitestrand United LStrand Rovers 0 Keadue Rovers 3There was a great reception for Strand Rovers who were playing their first game in the Donegal Junior League.But that welcome didn’t last long as neighbours Keadue showed they meant business from early on.The history making panel of Strand Rovers Football Club who played in their first Donegal Junior League, Brian Mc Cormick Cup, match against near neighbours Keadue Rovers on Sunday in Maghery. Pic.: Gary Foy, League PROGood game played in good conditions and in good spirits scorers were Adam Neely, Donal Rodgers penalty and Ryan Greene, man of match Brendan Brennan for Strand RoversGweedore Celtic 8 Glenree United 1A five goal salvo by Colin Ferry gave the home side a convincing victory over Glenree United. Gweedore opened the scoring on ten minutes when Ferry sent a looping header over the keeper from Brendan Mc Geady’s cross. The lead should have been doubled on twenty minutes but Eamonn Curran drove a spot kick over the bar. The second goal arrived 5 minutes before the break with Colin Ferry again the marksman.Ferry completed his hat-trick on fifty minutes. With the home team well on top now Ferry bagged his fourth on fifty-five minutes. Five minutes later Ferry fed John Walsh to fire home.The best goal arrived on sixty five minutes when Ferry fired into the top corner from the edge of the box. Brendan Mc Geady and Jamie Boyle completed the scoring for Gweedore. Damien Nelis scored a late consolation for Glenree.For Gweedore, Colin Ferry was man of the match well supported by Jamie Boyle and Cathal Campbell. A team performance from Glenree United. Referee: Ronan FloydCranford United 1 Glenea United 3Cranford opened their season with this Brian McCormick Cup game against Glenea in superb conditions at Cranford park. Both teams started cautiously but they game sparked into life when Darren Mc Geever scored from the penalty spot for Glenea on 15 minutes. Cranford’s task was made more difficult when they were reduced to ten men in the 25th minute but almost equalised when Chris Duffy’s corner was headed goalwards by Philip Buchanan and cleared off the line, with the follow up by Martin McBride cleared also despite Cranford claims that one if not both of the efforts had crossed the line. The second half was also very closely contested with Chris Duffy, Brendan Giles and Shaun Mc Elwaine all going close before a free kick for Glenea was scored by Darren Mc Geever to put two between the teams. Good work by Hughie Bradley and Brendan Giles resulted in a Cranford penalty which Buchanan dispatched to put the minimum between the teams with 15 minutes remaining. However the game was put to bed when Donal Coll scored a screamer from 30 yards which was worth the admission fee on its own. Seamus Mc Lauglin, Shaun Gallagher and Chris Duffy best for Cranford with Darren Mc Geever and Joe Coll best for Glenea.Tullyvinney Rovers 1 Deele Harps 1Played in great conditions at the Crossroads it was Tullyvinney who took the game to Deele in the first twenty minutes . It was Tullyvinney who had the first chance when Martin Alexander beat the offside trap but blasted over when it seemed easier to score. Deele came more into the game then without ever really threatened the home side. The second half started and it was end to end stuff but in the sixty fifth minute a through ball played by Denis Mc Bride was latched onto by Adam Gardiner and he was upended in the box by the Deele keeper .Up stepped Anthony Dignam to blast home the penalty. Deele pressed forward in the remaining minutes and they drew level with the last kick of the game when a throw-in from Paul Lynch was not cleared and it fell to James Mc Nulty who blasted home, so in the end a draw was probably a fair result .Best for Deele Shane Gallagher, Paul Martin and Aaron Conroy Best for Tullyvinney Nigel Hegarty, Paul Mc Daid and Adam Gardiner. Referee: Barry HunterLifford Celtic 5 Convoy Arsenal 1On a fine day for football at The Green Brae Convoy started brightest. They had the majority of possession in the opening 10 minutes only for Lifford to take the lead against the run of play when Johnny Robb beat the offside trap to finish neatly. Lifford’s lead didn’t last long as Convoy’s reply was immediate when Brian Harvey equalised from the edge of the box. Johnny Robb struck his and Lifford’s second on the 30 minute mark after good approach play from Cian Patton and Declan Laverty. The second half began similar to the first with Convoy maintaining dominance and pressing but to no avail. Robb grabbed his hat-trick on the hour mark as he cut in from the left following a through ball from Stuart Carlin to finish to the bottom corner. As the game was coming to a close Lifford added on two further goals as Robb grabbed his fourth and Johnny Mahon got on the score sheet to leave the score 5-1 at the final whistle. Best for Lifford were Johnny Robb and Johnny Mahon. Good team performance from Convoy.Curragh Athletic 4 Ballybofey United 0Curragh strolled to an easy victory over neighbours Ballybofey United in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. Eddie Moore opened the scoring on thirty three minutes when he headed home a rebound from the crossbar. It was two on forty three minutes when Ryan Carlin drilled home. John Mc Laughlin then headed in on seventy six minutes before the same player scored the goal of the match on eighty six minutes. The young Ballybofey side put in a credible performance and although they did not manage an effort on Roy Duffy’s goal they were well served by man of the match, keeper Liam O Meara, Darragh Redmond and PH Bonar. For Curragh it really was a stroll as they continue their preparation for the Premier League campaign. Referee: Mick LaganDrumoghill FC 2 Raphoe Town 2The spoils were deservedly shared in this derby encounter as Drumoghill twice came back to secure a share of the points thanks to a brace from Jason Burke.Raphoe opened the scoring on 22 minutes through a Paddy Gallagher free kick after Emmet Kelly was upended on the edge of box. Gallagher’s strike was firmly hit and although Mc Cready got hands on it, he was unable to prevent it from going into the net.The lead was short-lived though as Drumoghill restored parity 7 minutes later. Jason Gibson and Stephen Davenport combined well to send Jason Burke clear and the striker hammered home from 12 yards to level the scores at the break.The second half opened with both teams having chances but it was Raphoe who took the lead after a mix-up at the back allowed Mark Bogle all the freedom in the world to put Raphoe back into the ascendency on 57 minutes.Drumoghill though lack nothing in character and forced a second equaliser when Burke flicked in at the back post from McIntyre’s 80th minute corner to secure his side a valuable point.Referee: James MalseedCappry Rovers 3 Fintown Harps AFC 1Cappry Rovers defeated Fintown Harps 3-1 in an entertaining game in the Brian Mc Cormick in Cappry Park on Sunday. The home team started the stronger and had some near misses with a few good saves from the Fintown keeper. Kyle Lafferty had a great chance early in the game when he blasted the ball against the bar from close range with the keeper stranded. The opening goal arrived in the thirty seventh minute following a cross from Aaron Kelly, the ball was bundled home from close range by Kyle Lafferty. Dylan Ramsey got Cappry’s second goal in the forty second minute when he shot to the bottom corner of the net.Cappry started this half where they ended the first but it was the visitors who dominated a lot of the play in an attempt to get into the game and they were rewarded in the sixty third minute when they were awarded a penalty following a tackle in the area. The spot kick was scored by Brian Delaney. Good play by the Cappry defence and good saves by Brendan O’ Meara prevented the visitors from equalising. Cappry secured the points in the eighty seventh minute when following a rebound substitute Pete Lafferty, who was also making his debut for the seniors, scored from close range. Alan Patton was best for Cappry. Peter Toner best for Fintown Harps.Eany Celtic 1 Dunkineely Celtic 5A young Eany side faced a strong Dunkineely side in their first home match of the season in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. The visitors got the perfect start through Andrew Mackey on ten minutes, with Ciaran Kennedy adding a second 6 minutes later. Barry Rose got one back for Eany on the half hour mark and the score remained 1-2 until half time . Eany came out looking for the equaliser from the start of the second half and were caught out by a counterattack from which Colm Mc Nicklaus got the first of his brace. He followed up quickly with his second ten minutes later. Alan Lyons got Dunkineely’s fifth in the 80th minute . Good team performances from both sides.Donegal Town 0 Copany Rovers 4A weakened Donegal Town side travelled to Copany Rovers in a reversed fixture and the home side ran out convincing winners. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze Copany dominated the early stages and took the lead when David Graham finished well at the front post. Copany doubled their lead from the spot when Clarke was brought down inside the area. Graham stepped up to score his second and it stayed that way until half time. Graham completed his hat-trick just after half time when he prodded home from inside the area after good work wide on the left hand side. Declan Brown came closest for Donegal when his header came back of the bar from a Gary Ward corner. Due to an injury Donegal played the majority of the second half with ten men but the win was sealed in stoppage time when Copany added a fourth goal. Best for Copany were Graham and Clarke. Best for Donegal were Farragher and Hegarty.St. Catherines 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 1No Report ReceivedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSUNDAY 18-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupDunlewy Celtic 2 v 3 Arranmore UnitedOrchard FC 4 v 0 Mulroy CelticRathmullan Celtic 1 v 1 Bonagee UnitedMilford United 2 v 2 Glencar CelticRamelton Mariners L v L Whitestrand UnitedStrand Rovers 0 v 3 Keadue RoversGweedore Celtic 8 v 1 Glenree UnitedCranford United 1 v 3 Glenea UnitedTullyvinney Rovers 1 v 1 Deele HarpsLifford Celtic 5 v 1 Convoy ArsenalCurragh Athletic 4 v 0 Ballybofey UnitedDrumoghill FC 2 v 2 Raphoe TownCappry Rovers 3 v1 Fintown Harps AFCEany Celtic 1 v 5 Dunkineely CelticDonegal Town 0 v 4 Copany RoversSt. Catherines 4 v 1 Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESTHURSDAY 22-8-2013 K.O. 7 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick CupBonagee United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Mulroy Celtic v Rathmullan CelticWhitestrand United v Kilmacrennan CelticGlencar Celtic v Ramelton MarinersGweedore Celtic v Cranford UnitedGweedore United v Glenea UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Castlefin CelticRaphoe Town v Lagan HarpsBallybofey United v Drumoghill F.C.Dunkineely Celtic v Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC v Eany CelticLetterbarrow Celtic v Erne WanderersCopany Rovers v St. CatherinesSUNDAY 25-8-2013 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick CupArranmore United v Strand Rovers (K.O. 1p.m.)Rathmullan Celtic v Orchard F.C.Kerrykell ’71 F.C. v Mulroy CelticRamelton mariners v Milford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic v Glencar CelticKeadue Rovers v Dunlewy CelticGlenea United v Glenree UnitedCranford United v Gweedore UnitedLifford Celtic v Tullyvinney RoversCastlefin Celtic v Deele HarpsDrumoghill F.C. v Curragh AthleticLagan Harps v Ballybofey UnitedEany Celtic v Cappry RoversDrumbar F.C. v Fintown Harps AFCSt. Catherines v Donegal TownErne Wanderers v Copany RoversDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: August 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:Donegal Junior Leaguelast_img read more

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SADNESS AT THE DEATH OF LEADING DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness at the death of leading Donegal businessman Frank Grimes.The founder of the Four Lanterns fast-food chain passed away yesterday after a long battle with illness.He is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Kevin, Sean and Oran and daughters Marie and Edel. Mr Grimes became a huge business success following the establishment of the Four Lanterns which had outlets in Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Ballybofey and Buncrana.Tributes have been flowing in for Mr Grimes who lived at The Glebe, Letterkenny.He was well-known and respected throughout the entire community where he was a hugely generous sponsor of many local clubs and teams.Mr Grimes passed away last night at Letterkenny General Hospital of Frank Grimes. Removal is from the hospital tomorrow (Monday) at 2pm going to his late residence.Requiem Mass is on Wednesday at 11am in the Church of the Irish Martyrs with interment afterwards in New Leck Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 11am.Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Donegal Hospice or Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.Donegal Daily would like to pass on our deep sympathy to his wife and family.AMong those who paid tribute to Mr Grimes was Senator Jimmy Harte. “I’m saddened to hear of the sad passing of Frank Grimes who was one of the most successful business person in the county. He was also a person who contributed to the community and gave back so much to many charities in the county and was always willing to support local groups and clubs.“He developed his business with enthusiasm and his success was down to hard work and looking after both his staff and the customers. His family have carried on this tradition and even during Frank’s illness he was still looking at expanding and creating employment during the recession.“He had a positive outlook on life and his decency always shone through even in difficult times. He will be sadly missed by his wife Barbara , and sons Kevin, Sean and Oran and daughters Marie and Edel. He has left a legacy throughout the county and beyond and I glad that I knew Frank as he was always a step ahead and was keen to help many worthwhile causes. He was a lovely man .He is a loss to the community and his family. May he rest in peace ”SADNESS AT THE DEATH OF LEADING DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN was last modified: July 29th, 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:Four LanternsFrank Grimeslast_img read more

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Childvision Centre to benefit from Donegal’s Lottie Doll gift drive

first_imgDonegal-based toy company Lottie Dolls have launched a gifting campaign for March after being inspired by the children of Ireland’s Education Centre for blind and multi-disabled children.The Childvision Centre in Drumcondra is a truly remarkable place, so Lottie MD Ian Harkin recently discovered when he visited the National Education Centre for blind children.The 150-year-old organisation is the only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children. Among the many, many various therapies conducted at Childvision, one of the most extraordinary is perhaps their equine therapy program. Lottie Doll MD Ian Harkin visits Childvision DublinHorse-riding offers children the opportunity to improve joint mobility, balance and co-ordination. Engagement with the animals can also have profound effects on a child’s confidence and social interaction skills. Childvision is unique in its Equine service, offering a combination of both equine and occupational therapy using the horse as tool.So astounding are the benefits of equine therapy that Childvision’s Audrey Darby, an occupational therapist and equine manager Terri Brosnan are soon to present a paper on the subject at the International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ) in Sydney around the theme of “Animals in Our Lives: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Study of Human-Animal Interactions”. The conference will be help from the 2nd – 8th July.One of the centre’s most popular visitors, a five-year-old girl who by an amazing coincidence is also named Lottie, was on hand to welcome Ian to the centre. Lottie Gottstein, who has a visual impairment loves visiting the centre and even has a favourite horse! The great work done by everyone at Childvision and the amazing children who, like Lottie attend it, prompted MD Ian Harkin, to announce a ‘Buy One, Gift One’ drive. Lottie Gottstein with her favourite horse Echo from ChildVision’s Equine Therapy Centre. PIC JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHYFor every Lottie Doll or horse bought on www.lottie.ie, the company will donate one Sirius Pony to the centre. Customers can add their donation to the purchase by using the code ‘CHILDVISION’ at checkout. The campaign will run from March 14th until the end of the month.The Lottie Doll brand recognises the great work done by Childvision to encourage all children to actively enjoy horseriding in a way which increases their independence skills and inspires them to dream big!Lottie Dolls has previously championed inclusivity in toys by collaborating with Toy Like Me, a non-profit organisation to develop the world’s first mass-produced doll with a cochlear implant. Mia the Wildlife Photographer was released in July 2017. Childvision Centre to benefit from Donegal’s Lottie Doll gift drive was last modified: March 14th, 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:childvisionDonationsIan HarkinLottie dollslast_img read more

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Seven Donegal projects to be supported by €320,000 funding pot

first_imgFunding worth more than €320,000 has been granted to seven projects in Donegal, it was announced today.The Leader and Dormant Accounts allocations will support a range of social, community, environment and enterprise groups who work on the ground to improve their local communities.Four groups have secured funding from Leader: –       Áislann Rann na Feirste has secured €126,014 to fund a children’s playground–       Coiste Forbartha Chnoc Fola awarded €75,940 for an energy efficiency project to refurb the community centre with a new kitchen for meals-on-wheels; heating and LED lights.–       Stocaí Dhún nan Gall/Donegal Socks in Glenties has been allocated €58,367 to help with costs of machines.–       Amuigh Faoin Aer tourist cycling in Carrick awarded €41,701 for a new fleet of bikes. Two projects in the Donegal Local Development CLG have been supported through the Small Capital Grants Scheme which comes from the Dormant Accounts Fund.–       Liquid Therapy, with funding of €8,000–       And Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha with €15,000Donegal Minister Joe McHugh says the funding is “a great result, especially in the run in to Christmas.”Minister McHugh said: “All the groups are really deserving of Government support for the work they do and for the difference they are making on the ground in different parts of the county and for social, community, environment and enterprise. “Tá na tógraí seo iontach tábhachtach ina gceantracha, agus déanann sibh difear mór don phobail agus do na ceantracha maguaird.“Some of these projects are doing great work with their local communities and others are providing work and amenities for people in the area and others we’d like to see coming to visit and staying.“It is hugely important that Government is there to back up the initiative and ambition of the people involved in these organisations and enterprises and it is brilliant to see that support a reality on the ground.”“Tá sé thar a bheith tábhachtach go bhfuil an Rialtas ann chun tacú le tionscnamh agus le huaillmhian na ndaoine a bhfuil baint acu leis na heagraíochtaí agus na fiontair seo agus tá sé thar a bheith tábhachtach an tacaíocht sin a chur i bhfeidhm ar an talamh.” Seven Donegal projects to be supported by €320,000 funding pot was last modified: December 11th, 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

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Baseball, softball league champs garner top H-DN awards

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Fortuna’s Hailey Dolcini earned her fourth Humboldt-Del Norte League Softball MVP award and Eureka’s Ethan Fischel, St. Bernard’s Garrison Finck and Ferndale’s Taylor Watkins also picked up MVP honors as the H-DN All-League baseball and softball awards were announced on Friday.Dolcini capped off another stellar season with her fourth Big 5 MVP award after leading Fortuna to its fourth straight H-DN title and victory in the county championship tournament.The UC Riverside-bound …last_img read more

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Giants’ most intense competition for roster spots set to begin

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–With rain expected to fall throughout the day, the Giants took the field early Friday and shortened their final workout before Cactus League play begins.The team started practice about an hour ahead of schedule so Jeff Samardzija, Dereck Rodríguez and Sam Coonrod could throw live batting practice against hitters. Samardzija and Rodríguez are expected to start games at the beginning of next week for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy said it was important the pitchers had the …last_img read more

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