Month: December 2019

  • Loose play is costly California falls to Chadwick

    first_imgTuesday’s 16-8 loss to visiting Chadwick was another example of the Condors’ inexperience. “We gave them a lot of open looks (at the goal),” coach Jeff Boline said. “We’re just not picking up the loose player, particularly the one with the ball, and that’s just our inexperience.” A wide-open Katie Hazelrigg then set the tone for the game when she rifled a shot from 7 meters into the left corner while Condors defenders just watched. The Patriots led, 4-2, after one quarter, and although they increased the advantage in the second quarter, California trailed only 7-3 to stay within striking distance at halftime. Chadwick all but slammed the door shut in the third quarter when Hazelrigg scored four of her game-high eight goals and the Patriots led, 12-4, going into the fourth quarter. “We were hot and cold today, which is pretty much the way we’ve been playing,” Boline said. “At times, we’ll not play well, and at other times, we actually look good, like we’re taking care of business. “We have moments when we look like were making strides in the right direction, but we’re definitely not where we want to be, especially with league starting next week. We need to make some improvements.” Carney and Vanessa Justin led the Condors with three goals each. Kern shared the spotlight for Hazelrigg for Chadwick, scoring six goals. (562) 698-0955, ext.3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Inconsistency often is the mark of talented but youthful high school athletic teams. That pretty much sums up the California High School girls water polo season. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonChadwick (6-5) outshot the Condors, 29-21, and while California goalkeeper Leslie Mancilla had seven saves, six of them came in the second quarter. She had none in the second half when the Patriots scored on nine of 12 attempts. In fairness, at times it looked like Mancilla was on her own when the Condors’ loose defense allowed the Patriots to make their attempts against little, if any, pressure. In contrast, Chadwick goalie Zoe Naggotte needed to make only three saves. Most of California’s misses were way wide or too high. California (3-9) scored the first goal three minutes into the game when Sarah Fernandez made a soft pass to an open area and Maree Carney collected the ball and beat Naggotte with a throw from 4 meters. Chadwick came right back to tie it when Elia Kern took Carolyn Ela’s feed and whistled a shot past a group of swimmers and Mancilla from 5 meters. last_img read more

  • Redlands comes back to down Fontana

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Junior guard Stephanie Berger scored 18 points as the Highlanders (10-8, 2-1) defeated the Cougars. Junior Tamesha Jackson scored 16 points in the win for Upland, which plays at Los Osos at 5 p.m. on Friday. Eiline Fonua had 14 points in the loss for Rancho Cucamonga. Terri Washington scored the go-ahead free throws with 40 seconds remaining as Etiwanda rallied to beat Los Osos 57-54 in a Baseline League contest on Friday night. Etiwanda (16-3 overall, 3-0 league) trailed 17-4 after the first quarter and was still down by six points entering the fourth quarter. Los Osos dropped to 9-7, 1-2. Washington scored 19 points and Lyneeka Boyd added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Etiwanda. Christina Warren scored 16 points to lead Los Osos. Etiwanda plays Redondo tonight at Concordia College at 6 p.m. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Briana Hall scored 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Aundria Anderson added 15 points to lead the Rebels (15-4, 5-0) past the Thunderbirds (3-2 in league). Sophomore Nicole Hamilton scored 14 points as the Wildcats (14-4, 4-1) defeated the Eagles (7-8, 2-3). Senior Tiffany Schmitz added 12 points in the win for Redlands East Valley, which meets crosstown rival Redlands at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Redlands. Sherrie Hughes scored 11 points in the loss for Eisenhower. Senior guard Jasmine Edwards sank two free throws in the final minute to secure the victory as Redlands came back from nine points down in the fourth quarter to down Fontana 42-38 in a Citrus Belt League contest on Friday night. Sophomore forward Emily Vore scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Terriers (8-7, 3-2) to victory. Senior point guard Renee Selden had 11 points and four assists in the win. Redlands hosts Redlands East Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. BASELINE LEAGUE center_img Senior center Shamick Harris and sophomore Brittany Tiouti each scored 12 points as the Knights (11-7, 2-3) defeated the Yellowjackets. Tiouti grabbed eight rebounds in the win for Rialto. Monica Kyle scored seven points in the loss for Colton. DE ANZA LEAGUE Junior forward scored a team-high 14 points as the Trojans (11-3, 5-0) defeated the visiting Cougars (12-6, 3-2). MT. BALDY LEAGUE Senior forwad Falisha Ramirez had 23 points to lead the Tigers (8-10, 2-0) past the Cavaliers. Junior guard Laura Galicia netted eight points and sophomore forward Taryn Webb scored six to help in the victory. Chaffey plays host to Diamond Ranch at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Junior guard Eliza Dye had 22 points, six assist, five rebounds, and four steals to lead the host Panthers (15-2, 2-0) past the Titans. Junior guard Chantelle Nolen added 15 points, and junior Nina Earl added 13 points for Diamond Ranch, which plays at Perris in the MLK Classic at 2:45 p.m. Monday. Senior guard Arliss Enriquez scored 13 points and had seven steals to lead the Conquistadors (7-12, 1-1) past the Jaguars (0-2 in league). The Conquistadors jumped out to a 19-2 lead and never looked back. Sophomore guard Amber Rivera netted 11 points in the victory. Forward Teberina Johns scored 10 points in the loss for the Jaguars. Don Lugo hosts Colony at 6:30 p.m. Friday. MAJESTIC LEAGUE Senior Julie Church scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bears (4-6, 1-0) defeated the Ravens. Church outscored the Ravens by her self but also got help from freshman Carly MacLeod, who scored 13 points. MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE Senior guard Keyanna Johnson scored 32 points as the Scorpions (15-5, 2-0) defeated the Sultans (14-4, 2-1).Kinyatta Johnson added nine points in the win. Senior Ashley Oliveira scored 16 points in the loss for Sultana. Shonique Williams had 31 points (making nine of 12 free throws) and had 12 rebounds and Vanessa Hagan added 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Diamondbacks (7-10, 1-1) to victory. Ashley Garrison scored 20 points to lead the Scots (6-7, 0-2). SIERRA LEAGUE Sophomore Rebekah Gardner scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (11-7, 2-0) defeated the Huskies. Breanna Beridon scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win for Ayala, which continues its 80-game winning streak in the Sierra League. Daeshawn Page scored eight points in the loss for Chino Hills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Florida remains unbeaten, 69-57

    first_imgThe sophomore point guard finished 12 of 12 from the free throw line, made three 3-pointers and led Florida in scoring for the second consecutive game. This one was close until the Gators put together a 10-0 run midway through the second half, one that included seven points from Chris Richard. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Taurean Green scored 21 points, Al Horford had 14 and No. 2 Florida remained unbeaten with a 69-57 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Green made six free throws over the final 5:25 to help the Gators (16-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extend the best start and longest winning streak in school history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaRichard had a dunk, a turnaround jumper in the lane, a free throw and a layup during the stretch that turned a 49-47 lead into a 12-point advantage. The Tigers (8-6, 0-3) were helpless to slow it down, too, because Frank Tolbert used the team’s final timeout during a loose-ball scramble with 10:47 to play. Tolbert’s slam off a rebound made it 49-47 with about 12 minutes to play, but the Tigers scored 10 points the rest of the way. Tolbert hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds to play and finished with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Florida won despite an off-shooting night from its guards. Green and Lee Humphrey were a combined 6 of 20 from the field, including 6 of 17 from behind the arc. last_img read more

  • Final call for nominations for Donegal Person of the Year

    first_imgA final reminder that our closing date for the receipt of nominations for Donegal Person of the Year is 30th November.You only have a number of days left to get your nomination to the Donegal Association in Dublin.The current Donegal Association Person Of the Year is hotelier Deirdre McGlone from Harvey’s Point. Anyone or any group may nominate someone – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups.Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Association’s website Alternatively, you can send your nomination directly to us by letter outlining the reasons for your nomination which we look forward to receiving.Final call for nominations for Donegal Person of the Year was last modified: November 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deirdre McGlonedonegalDonegal Person of the Yearlast_img read more


    first_imgStrabane District Council chairman Thomas Kerrigan and Madge Toye-Temple presenting Geraldine Robinson and Colette Kelly from Sargasso Restaurant with their Bronze award.Sargasso Restaurant in Letterkenny has been awarded one of the first Change a Little Change a Lot Accessibility Awards.Sargasso Restaurant along with Douglas Bridge Cross Community Association Limited in Strabane were presented with a bronze accessibility award, while Healthy Bon Fitness Club in Strabane received a silver accessibility award.Straddling the cross border axis of Donegal and Strabane, the awards honour businesses, community organistions and public sector bodies who make themselves more accessible to people with disabilities. Funding for this project has been provided by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by Co-operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.Last week’s CSO figures for Co. Donegal show that 14% of the population in the county have a disability while this figure is similar in neighbouring Strabane.“As I know from my own family experience finding accessible social venues locally is very difficult so it was very close to my heart when I opened Sargasso last year to create a fully accessible restaurant to enable full inclusion in the dining experience” says Colette Kelly, owner of Sargasso Restaurant.“When we saw the Change a Little Change a Lot Awards we knew they were right up our street. Social inclusion is a must for the future so I would really encourage businesses to apply for the awards and make whatever changes they need to reach the necessary accessibility standards.” Sharing the same commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, Sargasso staff have undergone Disability Awareness training which has improved confidence in using a range of methods to communicate with people with disabilities and one staff member has sign language skills. The restaurant menu is now available in large print and other alternative formats will be provided on request.“There’s no doubt that being inclusive is simply good business,” says Caroline Robinson, Restaurant Manager. “We really enjoyed going through the process with ADAPT NI whose services were absolutely free as a result of this programme. They guided us and ensured we made changes that would make a difference.”This programme culminates in an overall gala awards ceremony in the Clanree Hotel on 30th May 2013. The results of this awards programme will mean that people with a disability in the Donegal/Strabane area will be able to access their services easier, and according to the organisers will “give participating organisations’ edge in the marketplace and encourage more footfall into their companies.”To apply log onto or email for more details. You can also call Joanne directly on +353 74 9168478. DONEGAL RESTAURANT WINS ACCESSIBILITY AWARD was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL RESTAURANT WINS ACCESSIBILITY AWARDlast_img read more


    first_imgNEWSLETTER OF ST EUNAN’S Sunday 17th February 2013First Sunday of LentEVENING OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION and GLOBAL LIVING ROSARY In this Year of Faith ‘Come Worship the King of Kings’ in an Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary led by the Children of our Parish in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Wednesday 20th February at 8 pm with guest speaker: Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, Founder of Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade.CONFIRMATION CLASSESA TIME OF PRAYER AND PREPARATION for the children of the Parish receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year will take place in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Thursday 21st February at 6.30 pm. ALL children being confirmed and their families are invited to attend.GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN CONFIRMATION Please remember in your prayers all the girls and boys from Gaelscoil Adhamhnain, their parents, families and teachers who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation next Saturday 23rd February at 3 pm. CONFESSIONS for the Children, their families and friends will take place on Thursday 21st February at 8 pm.AFTERNOON OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAYERNext Sunday, 24th February, we will celebrate 25 years of JESUS truly present in the Blessed Sacrament in St. Pius X Adoration Chapel.Fr. Thaddeus Doyle (Curate’s Diary) will lead us in an afternoon of Thanksgiving and Prayer for healing in the Cathedral. We will commence at 2.30 pm with an Introduction followed by Exposition/Holy Hour. From 4.30 pm to 6 pm we will have a Eucharistic Healing Service. Mass will be celebrated at 6.30 pm followed by the laying on of hands for healing.Confessions available after 7.30 pm Mass every Monday SUNDAY 17th FebruaryMasses ~ 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 5 pm (Polish) and 6.30 pmBaptisms in the Cathedral – 1.30 pmSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 7 pm ‘The Dead Theologians Society’ Young Adults Prayer Groupin the Cathedral Conference Room – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY 18th February8 am Mass ~ Special Intention10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY 19th February8 am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions on the next page10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Canon Harry A llison (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation in the Parochial House tonightDivine Mercy Prayer Group in the Crib Room – 8 pmLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room – After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY 20th February8 am Mass ~ Bridget and Carmel Collins10 am Mass ~ Teresa, Kathleen and Matthew Hegarty7.30 pm Mass ~ James Breslin (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openChildren’s Rosary in the Cathedral – 8 pmScripture Course in the Parochial House – 8.15 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Room – 8 pmMother’s Prayer Group Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmTHURSDAY 21st February8 am Mass ~ Tommy Dillon10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Thomas DorrianSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openTime of Prayer and Reflection for Confirmation Children in the Cathedral – 6.30 pmConfessions for the Confirmation Classes from Gaelscoil and their families – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCharismatic Prayer Meeting in the Conference Room – 8 pmFRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY8 am Mass ~ Catherine Doherty10 am Mass ~ Anne and Packie McIntyre7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions below8.15 pm Mass ~ Annette Larkin (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmSATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY10 am Mass ~ Frank Comiskey (First Anniversary)Gaelscoil Confirmation in the Cathedral – 3 pm7.30 pm Vigil MassConfessions: 12 noon to 1 pm and after the 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amMass Intentions for 8 am Tuesday and 7.30 pm FridayEamonn KellyRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityCadhla Lynn McVeigh ~ Martin Francis Mongan ~ Jack Kelly DonnellAndrew Philip BuchananPRIEST ON DUTY: Fr. Damian McGroartyPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9121021Email: steunanscathedral@eircom.netSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Conwal and Leck ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366Pastoral Council on conwalandleckpc@gmail.comDON’T GIVE UP – TAKE UP! Why not take something up for Lent? There will be Reflection and Meditation on the scripture readings for the Sunday’s in Lent after 7.30 pm Mass each Monday evening. These sessions will last about half an hour and will be held in the Conference Room. Come and deepen your relationship with the Lord this Lent through His Word in Scripture.CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GOD, FAITH AND FAMILY LIFE – For parents/guardians who want to explore their Catholic faith and their own role as the first teachers of faith for their children will take place in The Colmcille Rooms (above Veritas) on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday 19th February from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.In order to raise the public’s awareness of the Governments intentions to legislate for abortion Public Meetings will held in An Cuirt Hotel, Gweedore on Thursday 21st February at 8 pm and in The Plaza, Buncrana on Friday 22nd February at 8 pm. Why not come along and find out why such legislation is not necessary and have your questions answered. The Speakers are: Joe McCarroll, ‘Pro Life Campaign’; Bernadette Smyth, ‘Precious Life’; Bernadette Goulding, ‘Woman Hurt by Abortion’, and Peter Saunders, ‘Christian Medical Fellowship’, England.Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are staging CALENDAR GIRLS, in An Grianan Theatre from Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd February at 8 pm nightly. Book by ringing An Grianan Box office 9120777 or online at All profits from the first night are in aid of Buddy Bear and Barretstown charities.ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY monthly meeting will take place on Friday 22nd February at 8 pm in the Pastoral Centre. Everyone welcome.TASTE THE NEW WINE: REDISCOVERING VATICAN II – An evening of input, conversation and reflection with Bishop Donal Murray author of ‘Keeping Open the Door of Faith: the legacy of Vatican II’ on how the Second Vatican Council has shaped our understanding and experience of Church, will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Monday 25th February at 7.30 pm. Booking essential – by phoning the Pastoral Centre on 9121853.MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE (Donegal N/W) – Annual Medjugorje Pilgrimage will leave Letterkenny on 29th September. Deposit of €50 secures discounted fare. Bookings and enquiries to Michael on 087-2922499.The following have been enrolled as DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE RAPHOE DIOCESAN SOCIETY. Rose Harkin, Drumany; Nellie Callaghan, Rosemount; Catherine Gordon, Lower Carnamuggagh; Bridget Duffy, Convent Road; Margaret E. Kelly, Letterkenny; Frank Comiskey, St. Columba’s Tce.; Ron Harrison, Letterkenny; Ruby Harrison, Letterkenny; Annie McAuley, Carnamuggagh; Eamonn Gallagher, Carnamuggagh; Marion Harkin, Glasgow; John Harkin, Glasgow; James Campbell, Glasgow; Manus Harkin, Glasgow; Joseph Harkin, Glasgow; Betty Menaghan, Letterkenny; Brigid McGettigan, Kilmacrennan; John McGettigan, Kilmacrennan; Margaret Drummond, Scotland and George Drummond, Scotland. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peacetalk Enrolment Fee for the R.D.S. (Living and Deceased) is €15.DD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more


    first_imgWhen caretaker Charlie Kane says jump, it’s usually the pupils of Glenswilly National School who follow orders.Charlie Kane is taking a 10,000 ft leap of faith!But in a few short weeks, the much-loved school-caretaker will be the one taking the leap of faith.That’s because Charlie, along with teachers Andrew Burns and Martin Greene have agreed to take part in a charity parachute jump. The three amigos are undertaking the task to raise funds for their school and for the Donegal Hospice.The jump takes place on Saturday, May 18th and the sponsorship cards are literally (pardon the pun) flying out the door.Cheeky Charlie is taking all the fuss in his stride despite his 10,000 ft jump.“Sure there’s only one way down,” Charlie told Donegal Daily. Mr Burns and Mr Greene are believed to be already taking survival lessons in case they come down in enemy territory anywhere north of Churchill!Anybody looking to sponsor the lads or take a sponsorship card can contact Charlie directly on 086 3891846 or Glenswilly NS on 07491 37342.Now there’s only only thing to say to the lads – break a leg!Mr Burns, Charlie, Mr Greene, members of the parents committee and pupils‘CHEEKY CHARLIE’ ADMITS HE IS PLANE MAD! was last modified: March 13th, 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:ANDREW BURNSCharlie KaneGlenswilly NSMartin Greeneparachute jumplast_img read more


    first_imgby LUCY COSTELLOThe gathering is heard before it is seen; in the distance, the sound of the commentator can be discerned, rising over the chatter of the crowds of runners, joggers and walkers, which are making their way down to the Letterkenny Community Centre for the annual North-West 10km race. The weather is average: dry but dull, but the grey sky provides a wonderful contrast with the explosion of colours that gathers in front of the Community Centre. The crowd is mostly lime green, due to the official race t-shirt, but the mass of athletes is peppered bright blue, crimson-red, black and fluorescent yellow. The pure excitement of the event is also in marked contrast to the surly sky; the atmosphere is electric. ‘8 minutes to go!’ So comes the shout from the commentator. Warm-ups are already in full swing: dozens of legs are poised, stretching, against windowsills and walls, several begin star-jumping in the middle of the car park, and a few of the serious athletes are already running up and down the course, impala-like muscles flexing. Many have already begun to gather near the starting line, and as the ushers and commentator urge them on, a steady stream strides down, looking for all the world like a parade of athleticism. The starting line is bustling with the athletes. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and ability levels form a massive crowd behind the line, a shifting crowd that buzzes with anticipation. The front of the crowd, traditionally where the elite runners gather, showcases some of the finest athletic talent in the county, and indeed, beyond. It is a collage of running shorts, race numbers, white socks, and fluorescent Asics trainers. Many jog slowly on the spot to warm up, and the front of the crowd is a mass of dancing legs: legs, in some cases, so muscular they appear to be carved from marble. The atmosphere of the procession is as loud as an orchestra, but silence nevertheless descends rapidly as the athletes make ready. There is something mystical about the period just before a race begins. The silence. The anticipation. The boundless potential energy, which has the ability to be deafening in the midst of the quiet. This energy is straining at the seams of the silence. The athletes step forward towards the starting line, and the photographers and reporters dash forward, snap photos, and retreat quickly in the face of the crowd, which this year, numbers far more than 3,000. The athletes and spectators hold their unanimous breath as the final seconds approach. The hands of the elite runners hover above their personal timers, waiting. The energy bursts through as the whistle screams, punching through the silence. Timers are activated, muscles unclench, feet push off. The mass of muscle rushes forward, undulating in streams of blue, yellow, red and green. Thousands rush past in mere minutes, and the rubbery footfalls and snatched breaths create a human symphony over the screaming of the whistle. As the crowd progresses, it slows, and the whistle’s scream is rounded off as the last of the walkers stride beneath the starting banner, which looks naked and insignificant now. All the energy it held back like a dam has been unleashed: the North-West 10k has begun.The sheer numbers, and diversity of athletes that the event has attracted this year is stupendous. The area’s athletic clubs are out in force. Streams of colour thunder along the course: Finn Valley’s royal blue, Lifford’s crimson red, Letterkenny’s black and Foyle Valley’s deep purple, amongst many others. Hundreds of lime-green athletes dash past in the official race t-shirt. Fit for Life participants dash past. Dozens of men and women walk and run with prams, the babies and toddlers bouncing along, oblivious to the excitement. Two young women are dressed in army camouflage and miniskirts, wearing their race numbers on garters. A playing card strolls along. Even Spiderman makes an appearance. The variety of the athletes is matched by the medley of shouting and encouragement that punctures the air above their heads: ‘C’mon Catherine!’ ‘You can do it Nigel!’ ‘Go Amy, you can do this!’ ‘Hon ya boy ya!’ I’m even addressed directly: ‘Not running today, Lucy?’ Dozens of familiar faces flash past, showcasing just how many are participating in this race. Despite their diversity, one thing unites them: the atmosphere. Laughter and chatter are snatched from the athlete’s mouths as they dash past, and greetings and smiles are tossed between the runners and the crowd. The community spirit is palpable, and contagious. As the race progresses, the evidence of the athlete’s progress is obvious: hundreds upon hundreds of plastic white cups, handed out by volunteers, lie abandoned on the road, looking for all the world like wedding confetti. For the serious athletes at the front, the mood is undoubtedly different. The determination and focus of the elites seems to precede them along the way. The spectators gather on either side of the metal railings as the first runners approach. A white silence descends, before being smashed, suddenly, by a streak of purple: Foyle Valley’s Keith Shields , who sprints over the finish line with a stupendous time of 32.15 minutes. Foyle Valley nets a double victory with the arrival of Scott Rankin, who joins Shields on the other side of the finish line with a time of 33.11 minutes. Cranford AC, Inishowen AC, and Finn Valley AC then punch through in rapid succession. Children are perched on the shoulders of their parents, dogs poke their heads out through the railings, the spectators cheer and shout encouragement as the elites sprint past. The runners increase in numbers, blurring into a medley of grunts, heavy footfalls, and straining muscles, aching to get over the finish line. ‘Watch out for Mammy now.’ Children clap and cheer as their parents and older siblings dash past. A runner’s white rosary beads trail behind his neck. Those who have finished proceed to enjoy a bottle of water and a banana by the Community Centre, leading the commentator to announce: ‘Bet you that banana tastes good!’ The runners keep coming, piling into the Community Centre’s car park until it once again resembles the scene prior to the race. Tired muscles are stretched and relaxed, sweat is wiped from foreheads, hands are shaken and backs are slapped in mutual pride. Some eight hundred runners manage to cross the line before the one hour mark- a new record. The elation is palpable. As the runners finish up, and the walkers begin to stride past the finish line, the atmosphere winds down, yet the ‘runner’s high’ is strong enough to be tasted; I crave that feeling. As a bystander, looking over the events of the North-West 10k is an eye-opening experience. I have had the valuable experience of being the bystander in an event such as this; an event which has shown the strength of the athletic community in Donegal and beyond. THE NORTH-WEST 10K – A BYSTANDER’S VIEW! was last modified: May 5th, 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:North West 10klast_img read more


    first_imgLast year we had an amazing response to our ‘Westport Festival’ competition and this week we’re doing it all again.We’re giving away a weekend pass for two people (you can also bring up to four children) and the competition is completely FREE to enter.All you have to do is to answer the question – Which famous balladeer is headlining the Westport Festival on Saturday night? Send your answer to and we’ll announce the winner later this week. And what a festival awaits our winner!The ‘Westport Festival of Music and Food’ a two-day, multi-stage, family-friendly festival is taking place in the grounds of Westport House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and parkland estates this Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th June.Head to Westport for a fantastic fun filled weekend of entertainment with music from over 50 international and Irish artists including Christy Moore, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Waterboys, Imelda May, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, The Stunning, ABC, Delorentos and Ryan Sheridan; comedy from Reginald D Hunter, Phil Jupitus, Barry Murphy and Colin Murphy with mouth-watering culinary demonstrations by top chefs Derry Clarke, Dylan McGrath, Richard Corrigan, Oliver Dunne, Kevin Dundon and Seamus Commons.The festival has so much to offer we had to make a map!Saturday, 29th June Main Stage Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott, The Waterboys, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Eliades Ochoa & Omara Portuondo, Blind Boys of Alabama, ABC, The High Kings & Red Bull Bedroom Jam Winner – Corner BoyMarquee Stage The Grand Parade (Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish, Wallis Bird, Declan O’Rourke, Mundy & Gavin Glass), The Stunning, Alabama 3, Hayseed Dixie, Gavin James, Julie Feeney, New Sunset HotelThe Roisin Dubh Stage Le Galaxie, Daithi, Tieranniesaur, Funeral Suits, Sleep Thieves, Elaine Mai, In their Thousands, The Depravations, Stephen James BandThe Comedy Tent Reginald D Hunter, Karl Spain, Bernard O’Shea, Barry Murphy, Danny Dowling and Joe Rooney.Chefs Kitchen – Derry Clarke, Seamus Commons, Kevin Dundon Westport House – what a setting for a festival!Sunday, 30th JuneMain Stage Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Imelda May, Squeeze, Martha Wainright, LAPD (Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin), The Cabin Collective, I Draw SlowMarquee Stage Jack Lukeman presents Jack’s Duets, Damien Dempsey, The Clew Bay Pipe Band presents “Pipe-Versity”, Ryan Sheridan, The Riptide Movement, Cry Before Dawn, Hermitage Green, The Silver SeasThe Roisin Dubh Stage Delorentos, Squarehead, Kid Karate, Not Squares, Mojo Gogo, So Cow, Dott, Doghouse, B & The Honey Boy Comedy Tent – Colin Murphy, Joe Rooney, Phil Jupitus, Barry Murphy and Danny Dowling & Gerry MallonChefs Kitchen -Dylan McGrath, Richard Corrigan & Oliver DunnStage times are available on ROISIN DUBH STAGEThe Róisín Dubh is a name that is synonymous with live music in the West of Ireland. Not only does the Róisín continually play host to the finest national and international artists, it also promotes events outside the venue, including the Galway Arts Festival Big Top, the Black Box, Radisson Live Lounge and the Seapoint Ballroom.Róisín Dubh has chosen some of their favourite Irish artists, from electronic to bluegrass to rock to perform in Westport. They have provided a cross section of the enormous array of talent from the current incredibly vibrant Irish music scene including Delorentos, Le Galaxie, Squarehead, Daithi, Funeral Suits, Kid Karate, Sleep Thieves, Mojo Gogo, Elaine Mai, In Their Thousands, So Cow, Dott, The Depravations, Doghouse and Stephen James Band.THE FOODThe FOOD&WINE Magazine Village, hosted by Norah Casey, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Tony Fenton, will bring together some of Ireland’s finest celebrity and Michelin Star chefs and restaurateurs for a series of culinary demonstrations. The line-up includes Derry Clarke, Richard Corrigan, Kevin Dundon, Oliver Dunne, Seamus Commons and Dylan McGrath, making the food element of this year’s festival bigger and better than before.These leading chefs will team up with some of the most talented, up and coming commis chefs from catering colleges around the country including the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. The event will not only showcase the wonderful produce the West of Ireland has to offer but will also provide culinary students from the Department of Culinary Arts in GMIT with a platform to work alongside many of their gastronomy heroes. The event is a must for all food lovers who can watch Ireland’s leading culinary professionals demonstrate excellence in their craft whilst also supporting the next generation of professional chefs.”The culinary experts face a unique challenge as each chef has to come up with the perfect dish for one of their favourite musical inspiration; their chosen artist will decide on the day if it’s a hit or a miss! Whether you’re a budding cook or a cordon bleu culinary expert you are guaranteed to learn something from the masters in action. Some lucky diners will be invited to join the Chef’s Table where they can dine on the gourmet feasts prepared by the chefs. Michelin star chef & owner of L’Ecrivain, Derry Clarke said “There will be culinary demonstrations, challenges, discussions, tasting, and we will also have a Chef’s table, where people will be treated to a truly unique and exciting dining experience.”A diverse selection of 29 food producers will present the most exciting and vibrant foods to suit all appetites! From traditional Spanish Paella at Paddy Paella and award winning Thai and Vietnamese Cuisine at Saba to slow roasted pulled-pork at Most Wanted Foods and a selection of delicious chicken wings at The Wing Bar. For those looking to indulge their sweet tooth, Rainbow Delight will host a large selection of top quality nuts, fudge and baklava while Choc-Amore will offer fresh, seasonal fruit smothered in melted Belgium chocolate.PADDY PAELLA, THE WING BAR, ECO BUS CAFÉ, CHOC-AMORE, MANGO CATERING, CREPES IN THE CITY, JUST PASTA, MOST WANTED FOODS, ALFRESCO STONE BAKED PIZZA, KERALA KITCHEN, THE COFFEE BOUTIQUE, FAVARA, RISOTTO2GO, CRANKY YANKEE CORN DOGS, MEAT CURE, CANARD SOUVAGE CONFECTIONERY, MIMI’S CREPES & WAFFLES, THE WILD HOG ROAST, RAINBOW DELIGHT, THE FLYING MACHINE CAFÉ, GOLDENHILL ICE-CREAM, GALWAY CATERING, PIEMINISTER, FIRE & FOOD RESTAURANTS, O’BRIENS EVENT CATERERS, RAMBLIN’ CRAFTS, K-CHIDO MEXICANO, SABA & DRIFTWOOD COFFEE CARTFUN FOR ALL THE FAMILYThe Westport Festival welcomes all ages and of course kids under 12 are allowed in for free accompanied by an adult. Monkey Shine Theatre, one of Ireland’s most exciting children’s theatre companies, will be creating a whole village full of fun and imaginative activities for young festival goers in the picturesque grounds of Westport House.The Enchanted Oak Village will sprout up around the Old oak tree for a weekend of wonderment with a fully scheduled programme of activity start on Saturday and Sunday including…· The Craft Tent – Children will be able to make their own wizard wand, plant a fairy garden, weave a dream catcher or create their own gnome hat.· The Workshop Tent – kids can join a dance class, learn to juggle, play some music or take part in a play. There will be lots to watch too, puppet shows, storytelling and theatre.· Outdoor & Walkabout Performers – Say hello to the Clown, Tea Lady, giant Birds and play silly sports day games· Little Chill Tent – Families can rest and relax with occupation for little hands and seats for tired adults. There will also be Baby Changing Tent.· The Performance Tent – The highlight of the weekend will be a Kid’s Cabaret! Kids will have the chance to, not just watch, but to perform at Westport Festival! Now that’s something to tell your friends.· Installations & Un-facilitated Activities – Dig in the sand pit, Play in the mini truck mine, dress up at the tea party, enjoy the wall of sound percussion area or check out the Fairy play house, Wishing tree, Mushroom seats and Oak tree installation.In addition, Westport House has an amazing award winning Pirate Adventure Park which includes a host of FREE activities for kids and parents too…The Pirate Queen Swinging Ship- Not for the faint hearted, the Pirate Queen will test your head for heights – and your stomach!Pirate Plunge Log Flume Ride – A Pirate Adventure ark favourite, the Pirates Plunge is a splash-tastic log flume water ride that guarantees to entertain (not to mention splashing the passengers).Swan Pedaloe Boats – Families can pedal around the Westport House Lake on eight foot high Swan Pedaloe boats and enjoy views of the House, the Park, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. The swans are pedal propelled so it’s a fun way to get a little work out during your weekend at the Westport Festival.Westport House Express Train Ride – You can take a short ride through the grounds and watch out for surprises around every corner. Check out the stunning views of the lake, the House, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay.Pirates Playground – Set adjacent to Gracy’s Bar & Cafe, The Pirates Playground offers a slide, climbing frames and rockers to entertain.Gracy’s Bouncy CastleSet in the Pirates Haven, Gracy’s Bouncy Castle provides ideal fun for the younger members of the family. Children will have a ball!Take a guide Tour of the Pirate Adventure Park here Festival is situated in the very heart of Westport town which was voted Irish Times best place to live in Ireland recently. There is a wonderful selection of hotels within 200 yards of the entrance to our festival and amazing guest houses to stay close by. There is also a first class campsite located in Westport House. Check out for more info on hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation.CAMPING, CARAVANS & CAMPERVANSWestport House has an established campsite with excellent facilities. With hot water in the showers and real toilets, it’ll provide the best festival camping experience you’ll have all year! Pitch your camp in this gorgeous natural environment surrounded by ancient trees with Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in the background. It’s a camper’s dream! And you’ll only be a short walk away from all the Festival action and just a 10-minute walk from Westport town.Onsite Facilities include: FREE hot showers, electrics (limited numbers so allocated on a first come-first served basis!), WiFi, recycling, picnic & washing up areas. Onsite bar/café with live music & food open until 11pm. Weekend Festival & Camping Tickets are on sale from the year we are welcoming the award winning hair stylist Dylan Bradshaw and his team to Westport. Enjoy a glass of bubbles while Dylan and his team pamper you. And have your festival photo taken with Ireland’s most famous photographer Barry McCaul at his photo booth.DYLAN BRADSHAW HAIR SALONRenowned stylist Dylan Bradshaw will be incorporating his pop up dry bar salon into this year’s Westport Festival. Using the revolutionary steam pods from L’Oreal, festival goers will be able to refresh their hair, and create the ultimate festival look without shampooing! The express dry bar will have the talented db nail technicians on hand to tend to your talons and along with the professional db Face makeup team you will be festival fabulous in no time!BARRY MCCALL PHOTO BOOTHTop Irish photographer Barry McCall will have a Photo Booth on site where festivalgoers can get capture their festival memories forever as they have their picture taken in style !CHILDVISIONThe Westport Festival of Music & Food is delighted that ChildVision, the National Education Centre for Blind Children will be their official charity partner for 2013. ChildVision will be at the Westport Festival of Music & Food in Westport House on Saturday, 29 and Sunday 30 June, to give music fans the chance to experience the buzz of the festival blindfolded, putting themselves in the shoes of someone who is visually impaired during the ‘ChildVision Blindfold Challenge’.Festival-goers, who participate in the ChildVision Blindfold Challenge, will have to wear a blindfold and be guided around the music and food festival by a sighted partner. Each pair will be taught how to guide each other so they find out first-hand what is like to be visually impaired or blind. Blindfolds will be available from the ChildVision marquee in the Food & Wine Village.TICKETSTickets for Westport Festival of Music & Food are on sale now via with combined festival and camping tickets on sale through· Adult Day Ticket – €75.00· Adult Weekend Ticket – €130.00· Teen Day Ticket* – €40.00 (13-17 years old)· Teen Weekend Ticket* x €65.00 (13-17 year olds).NB Children under 12 are free, once accompanied by a person 18yrs or older – Limit of 2 children per adult. *Teens must be accompanied by an adult, aged 18 years or older.WIN TWO FREE PASSES FOR THE WESTPORT FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND FOOD was last modified: June 24th, 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:competitionfree passesWestport Festivallast_img read more


    first_imgHundreds of people have left messages of sympathy and support for Conor Boyle and his family.Tragic ConorOne such message was this poem left by a friend of Conor’s.We asked the young person permission to use her words which she has agreed to. She stressed that she was not best friends with Conor but knew him from afar – but enough to pay this beautiful tribute to him.“Such style and such swag but you didn’t bragYour sparkling smile could make life so worthwhile,Your twinkling eyes made the ladies all sigh, So cool you could rule all the kids in the schoolA star on the pitch, a star in the ring, a star on the stage- a star to all age.A savvy young chap the sky was your limit, Harry Styles who? When Conor Boyle was”innit”..A beauty to watch and a beauty inside, it’s no wonder your friends reach so far and wide.Close friends you have many and they want you to know that they stand by your side as you brave this big ride. So dance with the angels and sing songs of joyYou’ll make heaven look cool with your swagger like Jagger.Turn your face to the sun and leave the shadows behindYou fought til the end take a rest now young friend.” HARRY STYLES WHO? – A POEM FOR CONOR was last modified: September 21st, 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:Conor BoylecrashdonegalLoughanurepoemlast_img read more