As emigrants the world over return for the Letterkenny Reunion, which starts this weekend, the chairman of Donegal County Council Ciaran Brogan, has spoken of the “significant boost” the event brings to the local economy. “Since it started back in 1991, the Reunion has brought literally thousands of emigrants back to their home town and this has, in turn, helped provide increasing amounts of revenue for local hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, shops, restaurants and bars.“We owe a serious debt of gratitude to the organisers who put a programme together every three years and invite all those people to come back and help provide such a significant boost to the economy. “It presents an opportunity for all those who are away to return at a given time and meet up again.“And there’s the added factor that because Letterkenny has got so big and spread out, the locals hardly get to meet each other from year to year and this gives them an opportunity as well to catch up.”Pointing out that the Reunion reached out to all corners of the globe, the County Mayor referred to the trips organised by the local committee which brought townspeople to various ports abroad including the United States, Scotland and England.“This in a way is a reverse of what will be happening over the coming week and helps to maintain that very important link between those at home and those overseas. “I can remember being on one of those trips to London about fourteen years ago and the huge attendances that turned up in the Grosvenor Rooms for one of the functions.“There were so many there and the staff were so overwhelmed that Charlie Fox, Con McDaid and myself had to go behind the bar to help out.“Those trips give you a chance to meet with the emigrants on their adopted soil and I remember catching up at the time with the likes of Teresa Gallagher, who has done so much for the Irish in London, and with Anthony Devine,” said Cllr. Brogan.The 2015 Letterkenny Reunion will unofficially get underway this Saturday night with a special function in the Station House Hotel featuring the return of the Marine Showband to the stage and run in conjunction with the Coravaddy School Reunion and the Letterkenny Memories get together.Officially the Reunion is launched with the mass in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Sunday at 6.30.p.m. followed by the opening reception in the Clanree Hotel. “The mass is a very special part of it because that’s when most of the returning emigrants and locals meet with each other for the first time for God knows how long,” said the Mayor who confirmed he would be putting his name down for inclusion in the G.A.A. celebrity match which takes place on Tuesday evening at 7.p.m. at O’Donnell Park.Other highlights during a week of many include the Re-Enactment of the Fair Day on Bank Holiday Monday at Lower Main Street – complete with train service! – and the Cultural Afternoon on Tuesday at the Regional Cultural Centre.“Every one of the events brings with them a chance for the sharing of stories from days gone by and the recollections of school days and social events from the past.“On behalf of the people of the town and those coming back for it, I congratulate the Reunion committee for making it all happen,” said the County Mayor. EMIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD SET TO RETURN HOME FOR LETTERKENNY REUNION was last modified: July 31st, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
His predictions have given Donegal a rub of the green!And now former Donegal star Martin McHugh has done it again!This time the RTE pundit and Daily Star columnist has opted for Cork to win Sunday’s crunch All Ireland semi-final. Last time out the Kilcar man, and father of current Donegal star Mark McHugh, sided with Kerry to beat Jim McGuinness’ side in the quarter final.We all know what happened there but McHugh has still decided to go with Donegal’s opponents yet again.Nobody is quite sure if this is a rouse by McHugh to give the Rebels a false sense of superiority!McHugh says “I watched eight teams play in the All Ireland quarter finals on the August bank Holiday weekend and I left Croke Park on the Sunday evening thinking that Cork wouldn’t be stopped.” He adds that Donegal must produce their best-ever performance ever to give themselves a fighting chance.Sunday will tell a tell! GAA STAR MCHUGH GOES FOR CORK (SO THAT’S A DONEGAL VICTORY THEN!) was last modified: August 23rd, 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:CorkdonegalMartin McHughThe Star
LATEST: This is the jaw-dropping scene which greeted motorists after a 40 ft steel container was blown across a Donegal road.The container, which weighs at least a tonne, was blown across the main Doochary to Dungloe road earlier today.Motorists watched in horror as the heavy container simply slid across the road before coming to a standstill. One eyewitness told donegaldaily “It was likes something out of a Hollywood movie. As we came towards it, we could see somehting moving across the road.“We thought it was a truck going sideways but then we noticed there was no truck – it was just a container.“I’d hate to think what could have happened if we were up the road any further and had been hit by this thing.”An operation to remove the huge container was underway this afternoon. Meanwhile ESB engineers are now battling to restore power to more than 10,000 homes across the county as a massive storm wreaks havoc.The storm, called UDO by meteorologists, has been whipping up winds of up to 127kph.Dozens of powers lines are down and a spokesman for the ESB has warned people not to touch them.“Our engineers are doing their best to restore power to homes affected by the storm as quickly as possible.“There are a number of lines dopwn and we would ask poeple not to touch these wires but to conatct us immediately on 1850 372999,” he said. Motorists and pedestrians have been warned to be extra vigilant after reports of falling trees and blowing debris across the county.There have been major tree falls in Raphoe, Letterkenny, Malin, Ballybofey and Muff while electricity supplies have also been knocked out in parts of Letterkenny, Donegal Town and across Inishowen.Meteorologists say we are currently in the eye of the storm.The storm has already caused a number of serious incidents across the county. A 40 ft container lorry was blown onto its side on the road between Doochary and Dungloe but there are no reports of injuries.There are also reports of dozens of ESB and telegraph poles down in Killygordan, Ballybofey, Milford and Gaoth Dobhair.Siobhan Ryan of Met Eireann have warned people that it is dangerous to go outside at the moment.Schoolchildren in Tullygay on the outskirts of Letterkenny had a lucky escape when a tree came down across a busy by-road.Our exclusive picture of the scene was taken just minutes after the tree came crashing down just seconds before local postman Ed Margey was making his deliveries.Gardai have asked people only to make journeys if they are absolutely necessary.The border crossing at Muff has been closed after a tree crashed across the road completely blocking traffic.Weather website Irish Weather Online have issued a warning about gusts of up to 126kmh being recorded at Malin Head weather station.Sustained gusts of wind are expected for the rest of the day and could reach Gale Force 10.EndsSTORM LATEST: MOTORISTS’ LUCKY ESCAPE AS 40FT CONTAINER BLOWS ACROSS ROAD was last modified: May 24th, 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:donegalstormtrees
Under the hammer at the Carrick Auction.The third Carrick Auction has raised a staggering €20,000 for three very worthy local charities.Speaking on behalf of the committee Barry Campbell said the success of the Auction was down to the wonderful generosity of the people in the locality who donated so many items.The funds were distributed to various charities but the main beneficiaries this year were Clara House Killybegs, Woodhill Resource Centre Ardara, Niall Mór N.S. Special Class, Carrick Day Care Centre and Carrick Autism group. All of the groups mentioned will be in a position to buy equipment that they are in need of or materials necessary for the very specialised work that they do.The members of the Carrick Auction Committee would like to thank the people who donated lambs (60 of them), the people who donated items for the night auction (100 items) and then all the people who so generously bought these items.The committee would also like to thank Anna, Ellie, Noel and all the staff at the Sliabh Liag Bar, Ivan, Monica and Carolyn, our three Auctioneers Malachy, Clement and Declan and to Marie and all the people who sold cards, to Seamus Haughey for his photography to the Glencolmcille Agricultural Show for the use of their equipment and to Máire Cannon for facilitating the lamb auction and to Conal Diver for the lively start to the evening. The auction also received great support from the Killybegs and Ardara Communities.Money was well spent on this signed Donegal jersey. UNIQUE CARRICK AUCTION RAISES €20,000 FOR DONEGAL CHARITIES was last modified: December 17th, 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:Carrick Auctioncharitydonegal
Vipers (blue) are now three points behind the leaders KCCA FC on the log (photo by Agency)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Tuesday, 12-02-2019-Tooro United 1-1 Vipers-Bright Stars 0-0 Mbarara City -Onduparaka FC 0-0 URA FC-Maroons 0-1 Ndejje University FC -Kirinya JSS 1-0 Police FCVipers were held to a 1-1 draw away to Tooro United on Tuesday in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.The defending champions who lost 3-1 at home to SC Villa on Saturday have now gone two games minus victory.After a first start by the home side, they took the lead thanks to a Godfrey Lwesibawa free-kick from just outside the area.Vipers would soon be level before halftime with Hamis Diego Kizza scoring his first goal since joining the Venoms last month.Tooro who looked frustrated for conceding with only 7 minutes to the break, had Allan Kayiwa and Musa Mukasa both booked for descent on 42 minutes.Ij the second half, both sides pressed for a winner but custodians at either end were equal to the task as they held on for the two to draw 1-1 in the end.Vipers are now on 38 points, three behind leaders KCCA FC who take on Bul FC at Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon.For Tooro who have not lost a single game since moving to Buhinga, they also remain 6th on the standings having gathered 28 points from their first 19 games.At the Green Light Stadium in Arua, Onduparaka continued their unwanted winless run with a 0-0 draw against URA FC.Onduparaka went into the game winless in their last 6 League games and struggled to create decent chances.At the other end, the visitors looked like they had come to play for a draw as they were happy to sit back on multiple occasions.After a clean but barren first half, both sides had two players booked in the second with Faizul Ibrahim and Rashid Okocha flashed for the home sides, Patrick Mbowa and Ronald Kigongo on the visitors side.Onduparaka who last won a game on 16th December moved up to 7th on the log with 27 points while URA remained 5th with 29 points from 19 games.At Mwerere, inform Mbarara City were also held to a goalless draw away to Bright Stars.The Ankole Lions who always tend to struggle on the road, found it difficult against a properly organized Star’s side and their frustration was compounded by two yellows shown to Rashid Muhammad and Jude Semugabi.For Bright Stars, they looked to be the better side over 90 minutes but failed to find the all elusive winning goal.The draw means that Fred Kajoba’s side have now gone 10 League games minus victory and remain 9th with 24 points.For Mbarara, they are still third on the standings with 36 points from 19 games.Elsewhere, there was a rare victory for Ndejje University who defeated Maroons 1-0 at the Luzira Prison’s Grounds.Richardson Asaba was the hero for Raymond Komakech’s side, scoring the winner 10 minutes to the break.In a nerve racking game for Ndejje, they received three yellow cards on the day as Isaac Kisujju, goalkeeper Derrick Emukule and Robert Esenu were all booked in the process.Maroons who were coming off a 1-0 win away to URA failed to get going from the first minutes with their only notable statistic being the yellow card flashed to Belmos Opio on 75 minutes.Defeat for Maroons leaves them sitted in 13th spot with 18 points from 19 games.For Ndejje who registered a first win since beating Paidha Black Angels on 30th of October, they climb into 14th with 13 points, 5 adrift of safety.In the other game played on Tuesday, Joel Madondo scored the only goal of the game as Kirinya JSS overcame Police FC 1-0 at the Mighty Arena in Jinja.Madondo who has now scored 10 goals this season, found the back of the net, 5 minutes to the break as his side held on to a first victory in 8 competitive games.The victory elevates Kirinya into 10th on the standings with 24 points while Police drop to 8th, having accumulated 27 points from 19 games.The other Tuesday encounter:-SC Villa 2-1 Paidha Black AngelsComments Tags: bright starskirinya jssmaroonsMbarara Cityndejje universityonduparaka fcpaidha black anglespolice fcSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro unitedURA FCvipers sc
Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has received confirmation from the office of the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed that the flood relief payments are finally being processed and are on their way to the farmers in Donegal affected by last August’s floods.Senator Mac Lochlainn, a member of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, said he has been assured the payments are on their way.But he said he was frustrated by the length of time it took for the payments to arrive. “I have been very frustrated by the length of time these payments have taken. But today, I have been assured by the Minister’s office that the payments are being processed and they are on their way to the affected Donegal farmers.“The reality for most Donegal farmers is that is tough to make a living in this county from farming. Annual margins are very tight if there is any profit at all and these floods just made things even tougher”.He concluded “While I welcome this news, I want to put on record again that this flood relief scheme should be widened beyond the maximum payment of €15,000 and extended to include crop growers, some who were financially devastated by the floods. It is deeply unfair to abandon some of the farmers whose losses go well beyond €15,000 and to limit the scheme to certain categories of farmers or growers”.Flood relief payments finally on the way to Donegal farmers was last modified: December 14th, 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:AugustdonegalfloodpaymentsSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainn
12 February 2008South African wheelchair racing superstar Ernst van Dyk’s lofty status in the international Paralympic community was recently underlined when he was chosen as one of 11 Paralympic ambassadors by the International Paralympic Committee.The 11 ambassadors will serve as role models for young athletes, both disabled and able-bodied, and help to increase the profile of Paralympic sports.Joining Van Dyk as ambassadors are:Verena Bentele (Germany, Nordic skiing)Hou Bin (China, athletics)Cheri Blauwet (USA, athletics)Kirsten Bruhn (Germany, swimming)Muffy Davis (USA, alpine skiing)Michael Teuber (Germany, cycling)Tanni Grey-Thompson (Great Britain, athletics)Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, wheelchair tennis)Chris Waddell (USA, alpine skiing)Henry Wanyoike (Kenya, athletics)The 2006 winner of the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year Award for an athlete with a disability, Van Dyk is a legend of the Boston Marathon, having won it six times in succession from 2001 to 2006. His wins included a world record time of 1:18:27 in 2004, which marked the first time the one hour 20 minute barrier had been cracked.Wheelchair marathon giantA true giant of the wheelchair marathon, with other victories in New York, Paris, Seoul, Los Angeles, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Oensingen , Schenkon, and Oita, Van Dyk has also excelled in much shorter races, winning international meets over distances as short as 400 metres.In 2001, competing at the Swiss Nationals, he set a world record in the 800 metres of 1:32.17.Van Dyk was the first ever winner of the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour Hand Cycle race in 2005, and repeated his victory in 2006 and 2007.Early sports careerBefore he made his mark in wheelchair racing and handcycling, Van Dyk, who was born with congenital birth defects that required a double amputation of his legs from the knee down, also shone as a swimmer.He won national colours at the age of 17 and in 1992 participated in the Barcelona Olympics, both as a swimmer and a wheelchair athlete. He finished fifth in the pool and made it into the semi-finals of his wheelchair events. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
9 May 2011Two of South Africa’s top road cycling professionals, Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of Team Bonitas, made an impressive entry into the mountain bike racing category when they won six stages and the overall title at the 2011 Fairbairn Capital Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike stage race, which ended on Saturday.The nine-day, 910 kilometre race, which started just south of Johannesburg and finished on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in Scottburgh, was the first mountain bike race for Team RE:CM, the sister outfit to Team Bonitas, both owned by South African cycling legend, Malcolm Lange.Woolcock and MacDonald, both experienced road cycling stage race specialists, went into the event as underdogs and an unknown factor. But they didn’t waste any time showing their potential when they won the first racing stage on day two and in the process claimed the overall lead.Lost the leadBut two days later they lost their lead to FedGroup Berg & Bush’s pair of Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill, who won the 125km fourth stage, putting just over a minute into Team RE:CM.Stewart, one of South Africa’s most experienced mountain bike stage racers and Lill, the current South African road champion, appeared to be in control and spent the next few days defending their lead and forcing Woolcock and MacDonald to be the aggressors.For newcomers to mountain bike stage racing, Team RE:CM certainly rode with a combination of determination and maturity, attacking the race leaders at every opportunity and out-sprinting them consistently to collect a string of stage wins.ResignedOn Thursday, after having won their fifth stage out of a possible six and with just two days remaining, Woolcock and MacDonald were all but resigned to the fact that any chance of overall victory was extremely slim. But on Friday’s penultimate stage they discovered one of mountain bike racing’s ubiquitous companions, Lady Luck.After having been dropped by Stewart and Lill early on the 99 kilometre stage through the Umkomaas Valley, Woolcock and MacDonald passed the FedGroup Berg & Bush pair just before halfway after they’d been halted by a cut tyre.The tyre continued to be problem once they got going again and ultimately cost Stewart and Lill over 25 minutes and the possibility of overall victory as the Team RE:CM pair powered away to win their sixth stage and opened up a substantial overall lead with one stage remaining.Victory processionThe final 85 kilometre stage, which finished on the beach in Scottburgh, was as close to a victory procession as one can get for the Team RE:CM pair, who finished in the front pack and watched Lill and Stewart claim a consolation stage win and secure second place overall.“We decided at the start to race conservatively, both from an energy expenditure perspective and a racing strategy perspective and it paid off,” smiled Woolcock, whose longest mountain bike race previously was the 100 kilometre Crater Cruise, largely a dirt-road race.“Even our equipment was on the conservative side. We chose more robust tyres, which were maybe half a kilogram heavier in total than those of some of our rivals, but we never had one puncture. And in the end, the final race result was decided by a tyre problem.‘A bit unexpected’“Winning the race was a bit unexpected,” admitted MacDonald. “But we certainly showed with all the stage wins that we were worthy contenders for a final podium place.“It’s not ideal for Brandon and Darren to have lost the race the way they did and I do feel sorry for them. But as I’ve come to learn quite quickly, that’s one of the things that define a mountain bike race – nothing is certain until the very end.”Team owner Malcolm Lange was understandably thrilled at Team RE:CM’s success. “I’m very chuffed,” he smiled.“I’ve been racing alongside Neil for many years on the road and he was always so effective over cobbled roads in Europe, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s taken so well to mountain bike racing. For Waylon it was obviously a whole new experience, but he really adapted quickly.“I’m very proud of what they achieved. A dream start for Team RE:CM!”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather returns to Ohio today, tomorrow, and Thursday. Today is a bit of a transition day, as we still are trying to see moisture from yesterday exit off to the east. Clouds will likely mix with sun today, but we see better sun potential through tomorrow and Thursday. Temps will stay above normal, relative humidity values low, and drying should become excellent.Our moisture for late in the week and the weekend looks on target for Friday, less impressive on Saturday, and then still very, very impressive for Sunday. Therefore, overall, we are putting precipitation potential for the three-day period at .25”-1.9” with coverage at 80% of the state. Rain potential for Friday comes as a fairly minor front sags across the state through the day. Moisture totals will be mostly be under a third of an inch, and the general rains will be a tenth or two. Saturday there is nothing more than hit and miss scattered showers. However, on Sunday, we see strong thunderstorms moving through with heavy rain potential. Northern Ohio may escape, but the rest of the state sees good rains, and we wont rule out a farther north push too…that remains to be seen. The map at right shows rain potential through Monday morning.Dry weather is back for next Monday, but the pattern looks to speed up with our next system next week. Rains can be in as soon as Tuesday late evening, and then go through Wednesday. Rain totals remain at half to 1.5” with coverage at 70%. As the rains move in sooner, they also move out sooner, and we think we can put together a dry finish to the week, Thursday into the weekend. The rest of the extended 11-16 day period is wetter, with a strong front delayed back into the 29th and 30th, and then another low comes in from the NW for the 1st and 2nd. We could see half to 2 inches of rain combined from those two systems over the 4 days combined when we flip the calendar. Colder air comes in behind the front next week and reinforcing cool air comes behind that late system in early October.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday expressed concern over the Food Corporation of India’s gradual withdrawal from procurement of foodgrains in the State.He said the State government would raise the issue with the Centre and seek increase in the central agency’s procurement share.An official statement said that Capt. Amarinder, during a meeting to review the procurement arrangements for the upcoming Rabi season, said that he would ask the Union Food Minister to increase the share of FCI in State procurement. The procurement, he pointed out, had declined from 30.69% to a mere 12% in the last 20 years.“In the last ten years, FCI had been pulling back at the last minute from procuring even the quota decided at the start of the season,” said the statement.