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first_img4 BAFFERT FIVE SHY OF CAREER WIN NUMBER 3,000 Anna Meah4 3 STRETCH RUN OWNER/TRAINER LOUNGE IS OPEN Bob Baffert24 55% Richard Baltas36 2 1st $411,034 3rd ITM% 41% 15 Mike Smith19 30% 3 7 Ruben Fuentes18 1 Mario Gutierrez25 Philip D’Amato26 19% $206,412 Drayden Van Dyke34 42% 5 $59,525 Doug O’Neill30 1 2 2 33% 2 TrainerSts 5 6 1 3 $111,951 1 22% $181,391 12% 5 2 15% $115,881 2 6 Umberto Rispoli20 1 J.C. Diaz, Jr.21 26% Flavien Prat34 J. Eric Kruljac11 Richard Mandella13 1 2 2 2 4 41% $523,509 Money Won $272,357 1 $909,092 42% $339,465 $291,731 3 44% $47,140 9% 4 Peter Miller22 2 5 4 9% 14% Mark Glatt20 8 50% 50% 4 5 40% 8 64% 2 1 3 26% 0 WORLD TRAVELER RISPOLI MAKES QUICK IMPACT Joel Rosario55 5 18% 0 2 Abel Cedillo57 Craig Anthony Lewis8 Steve Knapp10 56% 1st 2nd 31%center_img Win% $246,359 5 25% Michael McCarthy10 2 John Sadler23 2 1 $469,042 2 $131,556 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 11) Assael Espinoza8 $609,682 40% 28% 43% $462,902 5 12 HECK YEAH RETURNS IN CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT $43,722 50% 0 38% 4 25% 13% 4 0 9 25% $678,600 0 9 54% $53,115 1 0 16% 1 4 1 $294,568 29% 3 TURF CLASSIC FINALE FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR? SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 5 40% 13% 1 1 4 8 40% ITM% 3 Andrew Lerner8 9 31% 0 $140,527 10 24% Jeff Bonde5 4 0 $55,791 20% 80% 25% 2 2 10% 22% 40% 4 10% Money Won $575,980 20% 2nd VENERABLE ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR EYES TURF CLASSIC VICTORYAshleyluvssugar, as familiar to fans at Santa Anita as its art deco façade, could make his last start in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic.The nine-year-old gelded son of Game Plan has raced 18 times at Santa Anita, winning six, with two seconds and four thirds, earning almost a million dollars, at $948,963. Overall, he has 10 wins from 36 starts with earnings of $1,475,583.He worked Sunday morning for the Turf Classic, one of five attractive stakes for California-breds Saturday, the others being the $200,000 California Cup Derby, the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, the $150,000 California Cup Sprint and the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.Ashleyluvssugar went “an easy five-eighths” in 1:01.80 for trainer Peter Eurton.“We’ll just play it by ear every race from here on out,” Eurton said. “We expect him to run well Saturday, but if he doesn’t, he could be retired at any time.”Ashleyluvssugar last raced Nov. 30, finishing fifth in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate. It was his first start on the synthetic Tapeta track and his first start in four months. “I think he was just getting used to it,” Eurton said.“If he had been there for a couple races he probably would have been better off. The first part of the race he was kind of checking things out.”This will mark “Ashley’s” third start in the Turf Classic. He won it in 2017 and was second last year. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashley’s last victory came against open company in the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes May 28, 2017.Gary Stevens was the rider.Probable for the Turf Classic: Appreciated, Rafael Bejarano; Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Prat; Irish Heatwave, no rider; The Hunted, Tiago Pereira; Ward ‘n Jerry, Umberto Rispoli; and Wound Tight, Abel Cedillo.BAFFERT FIVE AWAY FROM CAREER WIN NO. 3,000Bob Baffert, already with a resume good enough to be in the Hall Fame twice over, is approaching another milestone, career victory number 3,000.The two-time Triple Crown winner, who celebrates his 67th birthday tomorrow, has eight wins through eight days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, and 2,995 overall from 13,214 starters.He also has 2,227 seconds, 1,818 thirds and purse earnings of $295,321,592, enough to balance the budget of a third-world country.Discussing the approaching signature triumph with trainer Ron McAnally this morning at Clockers’ Corner, Baffert asked the 87-year-old fellow Hall of Fame member how many career wins he had.That was old school to McAnally, in his golden years his priorities long since realigned.“I’ve stopped counting,” he said. (Actually, it’s 2,587).FRESHENED HECK YEAH RETURNS IN CAL CUP SPRINTHeck Yeah, who tailed off after starting his career with three wins, returns to action in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at six furlongs after an absence of 10 months.“There were no serious issues,” explained Bob Baedeker, who owns the five-year-old California-bred son of Acclamation along with Constance Pageler and Michael Sigband.  “We just freshened him up.“We brought him back after his two-year-old run and didn’t do too well. It was due to the competition and also he didn’t seem to have the spark. We gave him more time, and fingers crossed, he’s showing that old fight now, so we’re hoping for the best.” Heck Yeah worked five furlongs this morning in a minute flat for Bob Baffert.NEWCOMER RISPOLI WELL RECEIVED AT SANTA ANITA                   Umberto Rispoli is a new name to California but under the tutelage of world-class agent Ron Anderson, it could become familiar in a hurry if his first eight days riding at Santa Anita are an indication.The 31-year-old is a native of Italy where he won riding championships in 2009 and 2010, most recently having ridden in Hong Kong. Through the first eight days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, Rispoli has four wins, four seconds and two thirds from 20 mounts.“The reception for Mr. Rispoli so far has been good,” said Anderson, who also represents Joel Rosario, the current meet leader with 12 wins.“Umberto has ridden all over the world, dirt, turf, sprints, routes, for all kinds of people, won graded stakes everywhere he’s been.“He’s a newcomer here but he’s been well received. We’re very excited and business is picking up every day. He’s opened some eyes with a couple of his rides already, so we’ll see what happens moving forward.”OWNER/TRAINER LOUNGE AT SANTA ANITAAvailable to licensed owners and trainers only, Santa Anita Stretch Run Suites, located on the Grandstand Mezzanine near the sixteenth pole, offers race day food and beverage items, as well as lounge seating to those with current CHRB licenses.Located above Section I of the box seat area.Present a valid CHRB owner or trainer license for access.Licensee can bring in a guest who doesn’t have to be licensed.Lounge type setting for every race day.Complimentary small food items from FrontRunner from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Two complimentary drinks per person, then cash bar.The Stretch Run Suites are a part of Santa Anita’s continuing efforts to accommodate horsemen who dedicate great amounts of time and energy in putting on the show here at The Great Race Place.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award contender Storm the Court worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.60 for Peter Eurton with Flavien Prat in the irons. Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem had his first breeze as a three-year-old, going three furlongs in 39.20 for trainer George Papaprodromou. There were 193 recordedworkouts this morning, 28 on the training track . . . Andrew Lerner is considering the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15 for Queen Bee to You after the former claiming horse won her third straight stakes, the Grade III La Canada yesterday by a pulsating nose under Ruben Fuentes. “She’s a gritty little thing,” the 30-year-old trainer said of the six-year-old California-bred daughter of Old Topper, who earned a Beyer Speed figure of 86. “She got headed two or three times down the lane but just fought back. Horses like her don’t come along too often. It was a great ride by Ruben and it was a helluva race.” . . . Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica, impressive 1 ¼ length winner of yesterday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes in her U.S. debut for Richard Mandella, earned a 98 Beyer in the process . . . Early probables for Saturday’s California Cup Oaks at a mile on turf: Almost a Factor, Been Studying Her, Cholula Lips, Homehome, Reiwa, Smiling Shirlee, Warren’s Showtime, Warrior’s Moon and Wise Rachel. Probable for Saturday’s California Cup Derby: Bettor Trip Nick, Blaisin’ Eamon, Club Aspen, Dapper, Fast Enough, Indian Peak, Rookie Mistake, Sacred Rider and Summer Fire . . . Probable for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions F&M Sprint: Absolutely Perfect, Apache Princess, Just Grazed Me, Lippy and Stealthediamonds . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Jan. 13 through 16, and resume live racing Friday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. Live action will continue through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 20 when first post time is 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 15 and 16, in the Paddock Room and the Sports Book, with free admission and free parking. Admission gates open both days at 10 a.m. The Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at a mile on turf for fillies and mares four and up is the feature on Jan. 20, which also is Dollar Day. Hot dogs will be on sale for $2 and beer and soda for a buck apiece. Early probables for the Megahertz include Brill, Carressa, Excellent Sunset, Keeper Ofthe Stars, La Sardane, Super Patriot, Take These Chains, Tiny Tina and Tonahutu.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 12th, 2020Beloved Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear Turns 99 Years Old on January 17thQuick Questions With Cameraman Guy Stuttley at Santa Anita ParkWORKOUTS:American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 1-12-20Campaign (Outside) and Combatant (Sadler) 1-12-20Cistron (Sadler) 1-12-20Higher Power (Outside) and Horse Greedy (Sadler) 1-11-20Lakerball (Outside) and Oliver (O’Neill) 1-11-20Itsinthepost (Mullins) 1-11-20Gift Box (Sadler) 1-10-20Mucho Gusto (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 1-10-20 36% $83,500 JockeyMts 1 0 4 $102,620 75% Edwin Maldonado16 Tiago Pereira22 $66,351 38% 30% 1 75% 2 Jorge Velez35 Win% 42% 2 3rd 33% $146,622last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Don’t look now: Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and kit man Vic Akers are helpess as Brighton win 2-1 © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Manchester City’s remorseless run to the Premier League title continued with a 1-0 win at home to Chelsea that left Pep Guardiola’s men a remarkable 18 points clear of the chasing pack.Liverpool went second with a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle that saw Mohamed Salah score his 32nd goal of a remarkable season while Tottenham Hotspur beat Huddersfield by the same scoreline to maintain their top-four challenge. Yet there was more misery for Arsenal and under-fire manager Arsene Wenger as the Gunners suffered a fourth straight defeat in all competitions with a 2-1 loss away to Brighton.Below AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from this weekend’s action in the Premier League.Kane can do more than scoreHarry Kane failed to score for the sixth straight game, but more than played his part as Tottenham cruised past Huddersfield 2-0 on the back of a Son Heung-Min double.The South Korean’s second came from a pinpoint in-swinging cross from Kane that pulled Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl out of position and required a simple nod of the head from Son to find the far corner leaving even visiting boss David Wagner impressed.“We’ve seen an unbelievable cross by Harry Kane and they scored a wonderful goal. This goal said everything about the teams which met today.”Cautious Conte on the brinkAntonio Conte is widely rumoured to be on his way out as Chelsea manager at the end of the season come what may in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.However, the end of Conte’s reign may even come sooner after the champions meekly surrendered to champions-elect Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday.No hiding place: Chelsea coach Antonio Conte sees his side lose 1-0 at Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFFNot for the first time in recent weeks, Conte chose not to start a recognised centre-forward.But this time there was no attacking intent from Chelsea to feed the speed and skills of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro Rodriguez on the break as Chelsea failed to muster a single shot on target.A fourth defeat in five league games means Conte’s men are now five points off the top four.Wenger trapped in vicious circleBack-to-back 3-0 defeats by Manchester City in the League Cup final and league may be one thing; losing 2-1 away to a Brighton side who kicked off just four points above the relegation zone is something else.It appears the only way Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can rationalise the reverses — this was Arsenal’s fourth straight loss in all competitions — is to stay on and turn the tide. Meanwhile the defeats mount up.One of his former players, Thierry Henry, summed up the prevailing mood of sadness thtoughout English football regarding Wenger’s position.“What I don’t want to see is what’s happening to him, and I would like him to have the last word, whatever word it’s going to be,” said Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goal-scorer.Perhaps being pitied is the only thing that will shift Wenger from his stubborn desire to go on.Liverpool making case for defenceSalah grabbed most of the headlines in scoring Liverpool’s opener against Newcastle, while Sadio Mane’s goal was the Reds’ 200th in the Premier League since Jurgen Klopp became their manager in October 2015.Yet for much of that time, it has been Liverpool’s defence that has been the problem.But the way goalkeeper Loris Karius and a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson combined at Anfield against a Newcastle side managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, suggested the Merseysiders might at last be tightening up in defence.Rock’n’ roll SwanseaSwansea went soaring up the Premier League table with a 4-1 win at home to West Ham.Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal then departed from the usual post-match script by saying:“There are times in football when you have to dance to the tune of your opponents….But today we put on our music, we put rock’n’roll on at the stadium and we made things very difficult for West Ham.”Well, a few more results like this and Carvalhal really will be Top of the Pops with the Swansea faithful.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe 44-year-old was later released pending further inquiries.A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called at around 2pm on Tuesday 16 April 2019 to reports that a woman had been assaulted at a house on Broadway, Hale.“The woman received a small cut to her hand and does not require hospital treatment.“A 44-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further inquiries.”Butt won six Premier League titles in his playing career at Old Trafford before joining Newcastle and Birmingham.He returned to United as a reserve team coach in 2012 and has headed up the club’s academy since 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nicky Butt (right) was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail by police © AFP / ANDREW YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – The head of Manchester United’s academy Nicky Butt has been bailed by police after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman.Butt, a former United midfielder, was held following reports on Tuesday that the woman had been assaulted at an address in Hale, Greater Manchester.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Lautaro Martinez scored twice to put Inter Milan top of Serie A © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Dec 1 – Lautaro Martinez’s first-half brace sent Inter Milan top of Serie A on Sunday with a 2-1 win over SPAL after champions Juventus were held at home by Sassuolo.“We didn’t use our heads,” lamented Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri after his side dropped their first points at home this season. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot to rescue a 2-2 draw but Juventus slipped one point behind Antonio Conte’s Inter.Argentinian Martinez put Inter ahead on 16 minutes at the San Siro, and then headed in Antonio Candreva’s cross to score his eighth league goal this season.Mattia Valoti pulled a goal back, but second-from-bottom SPAL fell to their ninth defeat of the campaign.Conte has guided Chinese-owned Inter to 12 victories in 14 league games for the first time, and they reclaimed the top spot which they had previously held until their 2-1 defeat by Juventus on October 6.“When a team like Juventus drops points, you need to make sure that you make the most of that,” said former Juve coach Conte.In Turin, Leonardo Bonucci struck early for the eight-time reigning champions but Ivorian Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo hit back for Sassuolo before Ronaldo’s intervention.Sassuolo, in 12th, claimed their first ever point at Juventus, and held Sarri’s unbeaten champions to their third draw this season.“We got into trouble on our own, we didn’t use our heads in the first half, as the goals conceded show,” said Sarri.“But we were coming off two games in which we used up a lot of energy against Atalanta and Atletico Madrid. We woke up after going behind.”Veteran Gianluigi Buffon endured a nightmare in the Juventus goal.The 41-year-old was making just his fifth start this season, putting him two short of Paolo Maldini’s record of 647 Serie A appearances.Boga dinked the first Sassuolo goal on 22 minutes over the onrushing Buffon, who then fumbled in Caputo’s second after the break following a mix-up between Juan Cuadrado and Matthijs de Ligt.– Napoli crisis intensifies –By contrast, 18-year-old Stefano Turati made an impressive debut in the Sassuolo goal, and pulled off a string of fine saves, denying a Ronaldo free-kick, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala late on.Ronaldo’s penalty pulled the hosts level in the 68th minute after Filippo Romagna fouled substitute Dybala.Sassuolo’s teenage goalkeeper Stefano Turati (L) made his Serie A debut against Cristiano Ronaldo’s (R) Juventus © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOIt was the Portuguese star’s fifth Serie A goal this season, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner also having an effort ruled out for offside.“Ronaldo has regained stamina, the next step will be to recover brilliance, but the road is right,” insisted Sarri.Lazio consolidated third place — seven points behind Inter — with a 3-0 win over Udinese thanks to a double from Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile, including one from the spot, to bring his tally to 17 goals this season, and a Luis Alberto penalty.Roma moved up to fourth, two points behind their city rivals, after a 3-1 win at midtable Verona, ahead of Cagliari, who host Sampdoria on Monday.Justin Kluivert score after 17 minutes in Verona with Diego Perotti converting a penalty just before the break, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan adding a third in injury time.But Napoli’s winless run stretched to eight games in all competitions with a 2-1 defeat at home by Bologna, leaving last season’s runners-up in seventh.Bologna got their first win since October 27 with coach Sinisa Mihajlovic back on the bench following a bone marrow transplant as he fights leukaemia.Despite taking a point in their Champions League game at Liverpool in midweek Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are five points off the top four.“It’s a very delicate time for us,” said Ancelotti.Fernando Llorente put Napoli ahead four minutes before half-time, but Dane Andreas Skov Olsen volleyed in an equaliser just before the hour with Nicola Sansone scoring the winner 10 minutes from time.Llorente thought he had scored a 95th-minute leveller, but it was ruled offside by VAR.AC Milan, struggling in 11th, got their first win in a month, 1-0 at Parma.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgI think this is a bit of a stretch. I don’t think many 12-year-olds think to themselves, “Oh, wow, I’m going to be an outstanding wide receiver so I can attend a diploma mill, leave school short of a degree, have my own line of footwear, accumulate a posse of no- good, freeloading hangers-on and get arrested outside a nightclub at 4 a.m. and get charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, assault and resisting arrest and have the cops impound my Escalade. That is just so cool!” It’s good that the league worries about the youngsters’ role models. But what about the rest of us? What about aging males? What about our role models? College is long past us. And we don’t have no-good, freeloading hangers-on unless you count our college-age children. No one is asking us to endorse a line of orthopedic footwear. Escalades are too hard to get in and out of, and we would only use one to haul mulch anyway. We can’t stay up late enough – or get up early enough – to be out at 4 a.m. And we haven’t been in a nightclub since the ’70s, and even then it was too loud. Belichick is 55, divorced, surly and uncommunicative, has an attitude, and is disliked by many of his peers. But he’s bulletproof; he’ll never be downsized or outsourced. He’s won three Super Bowls. In the improbable event he got fired, one of the teams bad-mouthing him now would hire him in a second. You think he’s not a hero, a role model, for every 55-year-old corporate middle manager who’s beginning to hear footsteps? Think again. Oh, and great job against the Chargers, Bill. It’s almost like you knew what they were going to do. Dale McFeatters is a Washington-based editorial writer and columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. His e-mail address is local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Belichick’s salary this year is $4 million, so the fine isn’t going to have him moving into his office because he can’t make his rent. The loss of the draft picks could hurt, however. In eloquent coach speak, Belichick admitted the videotaping but denied any attempt at cheating. Then why bother? If he was collecting Jets highlights, he was wasting his time. He took “full responsibility” but said it was because “my interpretation of a rule ? was incorrect.” This is like a politician admitting taking the money but denying any wrongdoing. The league, it should be noted, did not suspend Belichick, the inevitable fate of players who fall afoul of the rules – Tank Johnson of the Chicago Bears, Pacman Jones of the Tennessee Titans and whichever Cincinnati Bengal is in trouble with the law this weekend. And the usual reason for coming down hard on the players is that they are “role models.” And that’s what’s missing from this scandal – the role model. When a player acts badly the fear is that impressionable youngsters might emulate the conduct of their presumed hero. By Dale McFeatters Maybe you noticed it too. The scandal over the New England Patriots’ cheating lacked the one inevitable ingredient of every sports scandal, and I, for one, am sort of offended by the omission. You’ll recall that the Patriots were caught trying to steal the New York Jets’ sideline play-calling signals by surreptitiously and illegally videotaping them from within the stadium. The way the Jets played in that 38-14 game, the Patriots were doing them a courtesy by pretending their signals were worth stealing, but the league takes this stuff seriously and fined head coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 and docked it one of its two first-round draft picks (if the team makes the playoffs, second and third round picks if somehow New England doesn’t). last_img read more

first_imgThe two winners of a pair of free tickets each to the Albert Lee concert at Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre are Caroline Devenney of Castleforward, Newtowncuningham and Dualtach Bonner of Letterkenny.Both can collect their pair of tickets at the box office before the show tomorrow night (Wednesday).Keep an eye as we’ll have plenty more free competitions in the comings days!  WINNERS OF ALBERT LEE TICKETS AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: May 14th, 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:Albert Lee ticketsAn Grianan Theatrecompetitionlast_img read more

first_imgNoel Boyle from The Paper Post in Letterkenny is hoping to sell the winning ticketLOTTO fever has hit Donegal today – as the EuroMillions jackpot hits €125M.Lottery retailers across the county are reporting a brisk trade as punters bid to get their hands on one of the biggest ever jackpots.Noel Boyle, from The Paper Post in Letterkenny, said: “It hasn’t stopped all morning. “When there is such a big jackpot there are always more players and we’ve been inundated today.“Fingers crossed I might sell the winning ticket.” LOTTO FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL AS JACKPOT HITS €125MILLION was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:euromillionsLOTTO FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL AS JACKPOT HITS €125MILLIONlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Cranford United 0 Glenea United 1Glenea left Cranford with all three points but it was a lucky escape for the title challengers as the winner came against the run of play with just seven minutes remaining. In a tightly contested first half chances were at a premium with Marty McBride and Shaun Mc Elwaine having efforts for Cranford and Kevin Mulhern and Ryan Mc Fadden for Glenea. The second half saw Cranford mostly on the front foot and they were unlucky to have two penalty shouts turned down when Kyle Black and then Philip Buchanan went to ground in the area. Glenea scored the goal which turned out to be the winner in the 83rd minute when a Denis Boyle deflected shot hit the net off the crossbar. Cranford still had time to see a Seamus Friel shot brilliantly tipped over by Joe Coll. Best for Glenea were Joe Coll and Sean Maguire with Seamus Mc Laughlin and Ryan Mc Gonagle best for Cranford. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Lifford Celtic 3 Rathmullan Celtic 1Played in heavy conditions, Lifford settled quickest and went one ahead on 5 minutes thanks to a Stuart Carlin volley from 30 yards. Rathmullan cleared from a corner only for the full back to rifle the ball to the bottom corner. Lifford doubled their advantage soon after when Johnny Robb headed to the bottom corner following a cross from Alan Gethins on 15 minutes. As the half wore on Rathmullan got their reward when Oisin Mc Menamin headed home following a goalmouth scramble from a corner kick on the stroke of half time. The second half was a more even affair with both defence’s coming out on top resulting in very few clear cut chances for either team. Dara Patton almost equalised for Rathmullan from point blank range but Lee White was equal to the task. From the resulting kick-out Lifford wrapped up the three points when Mark Neeson was on hand to lob Ian Strain from 20 yards in the 85th minute. Team performances from both sides in what was a spirited game played in poor conditions.Curragh Athletic 3 Gweedore Celtic 1Curragh gained their first points of the season thanks to a very good performance and three well taken goals from Dan O Brien (2) and Shane Barclay. Playing against Gaeltacht club Gweedore Celtic, the home team deserved their victory and although they had to defend in numbers in the last ten minutes, they fully deserved the victory. The first half saw both keepers keep out certain goals, with Mickey Mc Kelvey tipping over a thunderbolt from Marcus Oliver before Roy Duffy produced the save of the match palming a point blank header against the bar. On thirty one minutes Shane Barclay shot wide as Curragh began to dominate and they deservedly went in front when forward Dan O’ Brien was put through on goal by Marcus Oliver and his delightful chip beat keeper Mickey Mc Kelvey to put Curragh one up at the break. The second half continued well for Curragh who then doubled their lead on forty nine minutes when Shane Barclay produced a brilliant individual goal beating three players before also chipping the ball over the advancing Mc Kelvey. Both teams then played some good football with Gweedore always looking to push forward and Curragh looking dangerous on the break. The Gaeltacht team did pull a goal back following a corner with Kieran Ferry netting on sixty five minutes but Dan O’ Brien wrapped up all three points on eighty one minutes when he rounded the keeper and scored from a very tight angle. Best for Curragh were Roy Duffy, Mickey O Brien, Neil Lloyd, Alan Boal and Dan O’ Brien along with youngsters Justin Mc Bride and Dillon Irwin. Best for Gweedore Celtic were Kieran Ferry and Mickey Mc Kelvey. Referee: Marty QuinnDonegal Town 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2It was honours even at the Hospital Field as Donegal Town and Kilmacrennan Celtic played out an entertaining two all draw. The first half was a quiet affair with both sides cancelling each other out and there were very little in the way of clear cut chances. The game sprang to life in the last half hour when Benny Byrne put the home side in front, finishing from close range. Kilmacrennan responded well and got an equaliser when Steven Mc Elwaine slotted the ball home. The home side then pressed in search of a winning goal and an excellent strike from Clint Walsh looked like it had sealed the three points for the home side. Kilmacrennan had different ideas and ensured they left with a point when Michael McLaughlin slipped through the defence to slot the ball under the town ‘keeper Dermot Mc Cafferty. Both sides pushed for a winner late on but the game ended all square. Good team performances from both sides. Milford United 1 St. Catherines 4Milford were beat by a harder working St. Catherines’ team who scored at vital times . The visitors took the lead on twenty minutes through Shane Molloy and Jamie Heaney equalised a minute later driving home a ball from a corner. The Killybegs men took the lead on the stroke of half time with a well worked team goal. Milford had a great chance on 60 minutes when Joey Cullen shot wide at back post and St. Catherines went up the field on the break an Daniel Breslin tapped home for a three one lead. Milford pushed to get back in to game but never created any clear cut chances. Killybegs scored a fourth in the final minutes through O’ Rourke.. Best for St. Catherines were Shane Molloy and Daniel Breslin. Best for Milford were Caolan Mc Gettigan, PJ Hagan and Pauric FerryWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 Gweedore United 1 Mark Hunter came close on seven minutes for the home side, after a good through ball from Garry Patton, but his strike went just wide of the post. Bonagee took the lead on twelve minutes when Noel O’ Donnell fired home from ten yards after a Reece short cross from the left. Paul Doohan had a free kick from twenty five yards well saved by Carr in the home goal. Owen Doohan came close for the visitors on thirty five minutes but his header from six yards went over the crossbar. Gweedore started the second have a lot sharper and efforts from Michael Connolly and Ken Sweeney were just wide of the home goal. Gweedore levelled the match on fifty seven minutes when a free kick from twenty five yards from James Boyle found the top right corner of the net. Both teams had chances, for Coyle and Short for the home team and Michael Connelly and Ciaran Mc Fadden for the visitors. Both defences cancelled each other out and a draw on the day was a fair result. Referee: Kevin Logue.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 Keadue Rovers 0The ‘71 got back to winning ways with a good win over a young Keadue side, the score-line not reflecting a good performance from the Dungloe men. Kerrykeel started well with Paddy Mc Grenaghan and Cathal Martin doing well in midfield and their first chance fell to Niall Doherty but his effort was well saved by Donal Boyle. Keadue had a goal ruled out for off-side on ten minutes and again went close on eighteen minutes with Ryan Green’s effort going wide. The ‘71 went in front on thirty five minutes when a great Aidan Mc Ateer cross was met by Johnny Nanny and he fired home from eighteen yards.Kerrykeel had a great start to the second half when Seimie Coshia Friel found room in the box and cooly shot home. The points were made safe on fifty eight minutes when Paddy Mc Grenaghan played in Niall Doherty and he brilliantly rounded the keeper and hit the bottom corner. Keadue, to their credit, never stopped but found Marty Mc Ateer, Patrick Mc Conigley and Aidan Mc Ateer a hindrance in defence. Paddy Mc Grenaghan made it four on seventy five minutes, this time Mark Friel set him up and he drove home from ten yards. Mark Friel rounded off the scoring on eighty eight minutes when he broke clear down the right and beat two defenders before striking from ten yards to beat Boyle. A good win for the ‘71 which keeps them in the promotion race.Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Cathal Martin, Seimie Friel, Patrick Mc ConigleyBest for Keadue: Ryan GreenReferee: Victor RaineyLagan Harps 2 Castlefin Celtic 3Lagan will wonder how they came away with no points from a game they dominated for long periods. They started strongly but passed up some great chances early on. Austin Mallon went closest but young Anthony O’Hagan pushed it round the post. They paid for this when Castlefin took the lead on twenty five minutes. PJ Mc Menamin scored with a freekick from thirty yards. They doubled their lead when they were awarded a penalty on thirty eight minutes. Ronan Tourish converting the kick. Lagan got a lifeline when Ruairi Crawford’s cross was turned in by a Castlefin defender. Lagan pressed for most of the second half but between good defending and poor finishing they couldn’t get the equaliser. Castlefin grabbed a third on eighty five minutes when Ronan Tourish pounced to score from close range. Lagan grabbed a second when they were awarded a penalty and Eunan Diver converted. Despite a late flurry Castlefin held on for three hard won points. Best for Lagan were Ronan Lennon, Ruairi Crawford, Oisin Kelly and Eunan Diver. For Castlefin Aaron and Anthony O’Hagan, Ronan Tourish and Simon Mc Glinchey did well. Referee: Ed Moore.Dunkineely Celtic 2 Drumoghill F.C. 4Played in perfect conditions at Darney Park this was a very competitive and entertaining contest. Dunkineely had the first strike on goal in the opening minute when Cian Kennedy shot narrowly wide following a long throw. Liam O’ Donnell had Drumoghill’s fist effort on 10 minutes which was just over the bar. Drumoghill took the lead on 28 minutes when Kevin Kelly scored with a direct free kick from the edge of the box. Dunkineely’s reply was instant. From the kick off they forced a corner and in the resulting scramble the referee awarded a penalty for a foul on Martin Cunningham. Adrian Nesbitt scored the penalty. Drumoghill continued to press and had a shot cleared off the line by Declan Murrin. On 40 minutes they drew level when they were awarded a penalty. The keeper saved the first attempt, but the referee ordered it to be retaken for encroachment by Dunkineely. Liam O’ Donnell scored at the second attempt but once again the referee ordered it to be retaken for encroachment by Drumoghill. Liam O’ Donnell put the third attempt away to level the score.The second half was a close affair with both sides having half chances without really testing either keeper. Drumoghill took the lead on 75 minutes. With the home team expecting a whistle for a foul Damien Crossan fired in a long range shot which flew into the top corner. They scored their fourth to seal the victory on 78 minutes when David O’ Connell headed home a free.Referee: Martin Mc AnnenyEany Celtic 0 Cappry Rovers 7Cappry Rovers secured all three points at Eany Park but it wasn’t till early in the second half that a fortunate goal from Dylan Ramsey got them on the scoresheet. The first half ended 0-0 with Cappry dominant but a defiant Eany also had chances fall to Pauric McHugh and Barry Rose. Following Ramsey’s goal in the 50th minute further goals in a twenty minute spell from Brian Lafferty, Dylan Ramsey and Michael Lafferty saw the visitors break Eany’s resolve. It wasn’t till late on in the game that the other goals from Mark Griffin and Kyle Lafferty completed the Cappry performance. Team performances from both sides. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 2 Deele Harps 1Copany Rovers entertained Deele Harps at Ballykillone Park for what proved to be a closely contested game. Copany opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a good passing move up the right wing which found its way to Glenn Harron who neatly slotted it home. David Graham made it two nil in the 37th minute. It remained like that until half time. Deele Harps started the second half strongly. Their pressure paid off when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which Darragh Kelly slotted home via a deflection. Copany started to up their game and were unlucky on numerous occasions, hitting the woodwork twice. The game ended in a well deserved win for Copany Rovers. Good team performances from both sides.Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Ballybofey United 1Letterbarrow Celtic came from behind to claim a share of the spoils from their home match with Ballybofey United on Sunday afternoon at Tymeen. The Twin Towns outfit took the lead on fifteen minutes when David White scored. After that both sides had numerous chances but neither could add to the score-board. Letterbarrow got their equaliser ten minutes into the second half when Paul Murrin registered and that completed the scoring in this CT Ball Division Two match. A minutes silence was impeccably observed before the match in memory of Kara Mc Cole. Referee: Seamus Mc GroaryRaphoe Town 2 Dunlewy Celtic 1It took Raphoe a while to get into this game as the first 25 minutes went by without any goal mouth action. Raphoe sprung to life when a fine move involving David Craig and Jamie Gallagher who set up Gavin Mc Brearty to slot home with a fine finish. Raphoe stayed on top after this and went two up just after half time when Jamie Gallagher was on hand to slam home a rebound after a fine effort from Seamus Bogle was saved by the Dunlewey keeper. Raphoe should have made it three but Gallagher and Craig where both denied by some last ditch defending but credit to the away side they kept going and got a goal back after a great run by Mc Geady, beating four men and finishing well. Raphoe had to withstand some late pressure but held out and claimed a vital win. Stephen Craig, Seamus Bogle and Finbar Allen were best for Raphoe and a good team effort from a determined Dunlewy.Whitestrand United 2 Convoy Arsenal 1On a cold fresh day Whitestrand United took on Convoy Arsenal at Whitestrand Park. The match started with both teams being evenly matched and not many chances coming for either team. As the match progressed Convoy began to take control of the game and Whitestrand were second best for large parts of the early stages. The Whitestrand keeper kept his team in it with two superb saves as Convoy pressed for the opening goal. Then against the run of play Anthony Fisher seized upon a hopeful ball forward and he squared it to Paul Lynch who struck for goal. The Convoy keeper saved but was unable to keep out Michael Sweeney’s rebound conversion. That goal came against the run of play but it spurred “The Strand” on to score a second when James Gallagher hit a cross come shot which crossed the line in the 36th minute. The game was stop start as the referee gave a lot of free’s. This led to Convoy getting a goal back when Luke Harkin’s free found the bottom corner on 38 minutes. The referee then blew for half time with the game poised at 2-1.The second half was quite bad tempered with a few yellow cards and again a lot of free kicks. The game was much more evenly balanced with Michael Sweeney in particular having a few chances, which were saved by the Convoy keeper. Sean Gallagher hit a good strike from range, which went narrowly over the bar. As the match wore on Whitestrand seemed content to hold on for the victory, which was exactly what happened as late Convoy pressure led to nothing and the game ended 2-1. Best for the Whitestrand were Eamon Martin and Sean McFadden and it was a good overall team performance from Convoy.Glenree United 4 Drumbar F.C. 2On a bitterly cold but day on the banks of Sheephaven Bay it was JJ Mc Gettigan’s Red Shirts of Glenree who finished off a hard battle in style. The visitors got off to a good start when Brogan, their number ten, shot on goal and a Glenree defender deflected the ball to wrong foot his keeper on 10 minutes. Glenree responded positively with great work from Paul Coyle to assist Andrew Kelly who scored on 12 minutes. The visitors seemed to have the rub of the green on the day and Brogan again notched, this time a good effort top corner.And so the half finished with Drumbar having the advantage.A more positive approach to the game from United in the second half saw them equalise on 46 minutes through Paul Coyle. Then a masterclass of a dead ball free kick from Danny Langan saw the ball hit top corner. The final minutes were played out cagey enough and it was Danny Langan again who scored from an acute angle to tie up the affair.A good battling performance from Drumbar with John Cunningham and Danny Langan having a good game for the Carrigart men. Referee: Gerry RoddenDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSATURDAYDowntown CupDonegal Town Reserves 3 Curragh Athletic Reserves 1Donegal finished off their Downtown Cup campaign with a 3-1victory over a Curragh Athletic. In a game played at a frantic pace it was Curragh who played the better football and created some good scoring chances in the opening stages. Donegal then settled into the game and took the lead when Joe Lafferty powered home a Ciaran O’Reilly corner. Donegal doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Alex Mc Nelis pounced on confusion in the Curragh defence to put the home side two up at the break.Donegal came out strong for the second half and dominated the early stages with David Bustard and Paul Gerard Duncan both going close. Curragh remained a threat but where thwarted by some last ditch Donegal defending. The victory was sealed with twenty minutes left on the clock when Ciaran McGinley got the goal his performance deserved, running through to round the ‘keeper and slot the ball home. Curragh kept playing away and got a consolation goal when Dan O’Brien finished well inside the area. An entertaining game overall with good team displays from both sides.Erne Wanderers 2 Glencar Celtic 3Erne Wanderers hosted Glencar Celtic in this “Winner Take All” encounter in the Downtown Cup on Saturday. It was the visitors who came out on top in a very entertaining game which saw a host of chances for both teams. Erne got off to the perfect start and scored after only two minutes when Diarmuid Spratt found the net after a centre from Alan Russell fell to his feet, via a miscued effort from Michael McNeely, and he blasted into the roof of the net. Celtic levelled on twenty minutes when Pajo Rafferty broke into the box and went down under a rash challenge from Cassidy. Rafferty finished the penalty straight down the middle. Wanderers took the lead again on thirty minutes when Spratt broke the offside trap and rounded the keeper and centred for David Dolan to find the bottom corner from ten yards. Erne were now on top and had another three good chances to extend their lead but to no avail. At the other end Pajo was keeping the Erne backline on their toes and created three or four good chances that went abegging. The second half started with Glencar fast out of the blocks and they hit the post inside a minute. With Spratt causing problems for the Celtic defence Erne were still a threat on the counter attack and had two or three half chances but no end product. Glencar thought they levelled on the hour mark but it was ruled out for a marginal offside. The leveller came on seventy minutes when Erne went to sleep from a throw in and the centre was tapped in at the back post by Pajo from two yards. Erne pushed hard for a winner in the last quarter but Glencar were a serious threat on the break and thats what happened on eighty four minutes when an Erne shot from the edge of the box was blocked and the ball fell to a grey shirt and a long ball over the top found Pajo who raced clear and found the top corner from twenty yards with a left foot drive. This floored Wanderers and although they threw everything at Celtic in the last few minutes Celtic held firm. A great game between two fully committed teams with both teams looking like scoring every time they attacked. Best for Erne were Spratt and O’ Brien in nets with Pajo Rafferty the pick of the visitors. Referee: Andrew Mullin.Tullyvinney Rovers 2 Ramelton Mariners 2This Group B match pitted two teams together who have struggled to find any form in this season’s Cup competition. With both sides having lost their opening three matches in the group it was a credit to the players who played out an entertaining encounter. At the end a draw was probably a fair result and it means that neither side have finished the group stage without registering a point on the table. No doubt both sides will have better fortunes in the League.Referee: Barry HunterOrchard F.C. 3 Glenree United Reserves 3Orchard F.C. took the lead fifteen minutes into this game when Martin Sweeney chased down a back pass to the Glenree keeper, nicking it off him and scored easily. Five minutes later Orchard had a man sent off for an off the ball tangle in the Glenree eighteen yard box. Orchard went two up when Joe Mc Carron sent a through ball to Niall Bonner who slotted home.Glenree came out all guns blazing for the second half. They scored after ten minutes to reduce the deficit. They then equalised from the penalty spot to set up an interesting finish. With the momentum favouring the visitors they grabbed a lead goal with fifteen minutes remaining.Orchard looked to have slipped up but a great cross from Eddy Moore was finished off by Sean Sweeney to see the match finish in a draw.Mulroy Celtic 0 Gweedore United Reserves 2Gweedore United Reserves moved into third position in Group C of the Downtown Cup with this hard fought victory over Mulroy Celtic on Saturday. This match was played in near perfect conditions and both sides gave good accounts of themselves. The home side had numerous chances to score but they found the final ball elusive and failed to really test the visiting ‘keeper. Gweedore had Sean Paul Mc Mahon to thank as the hit-man weighed in with two goals to give his side the points. Best for Mulroy Celtic: Dougie and Barney. Best for Gweedore United Reserves: Sean Paul Mc Mahon. Referee: Charlie Crerand.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 2 Cranford United Reserves 0Arranmore took the points at home to Cranford United Reserves as they won by two goals to nil.Arranmore began well and were keeping possession with ease but with no cutting edge. Danny Rodgers went close from a corner as did Gavin Mc Glanaghy. The breakthrough came with thirty six minutes gone when Gavin Mc Glanaghy did brilliantly to turn in the box and his legs were taken from under him. Daniel O’ Donnell stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom corner.Cranford started the 2nd half the brighter going close from a long ball which was flicked on but their number 9 failed to connect from six yards.. Again the Cranford number 9 fired over when he found himself in front if goal. Danny Rodgers, Doalty Boyle and Gavin Mc Glanaghy all went close before great play between Daniel O’ Donnell and Mark Ward resulted in a through ball to Jamak, who had just come off the bench. He in turn squared for Chris Mc Glanaghy to finish into the bottom corner. Michael Mc Hugh and Gerard Diver were best for the home sideTeam performance from Cranford. Referee: Martin CollKeadue Rovers Reserves 5 Strand Rovers 2Keadue Rovers came out on top in this local derby played at Central Park on Saturday. Played in good conditions for the time of year it was the home side who started the brighter and created a number of half chances. Keadue took the lead on nine minutes when Damien Hanlon’s flicked header from a corner was flicked to the net by Ryan Greene. After that the home side were well in control producing a number of chances which fell to David Ward and also to Shaun “Yank” Boyle whose effort went off both posts but somehow stayed out. On twenty minutes Strand had their first effort on target, a good effort from Brendan Glackin which was well saved by Chris Mc Gonagle in the home nets. On twenty five minutes Keadue went two up when Ryan Greene grabbed his second from close range. Strand came more into it in the latter part of the first half and gained most possession while the home side were content to hit on the break. The second half started with Keadue to the fore. They created some good chances in the opening ten minutes with Ryan Greene and Luke Neely both going close. In the sixty fourth minute Ryan Greene completed his hat-trick by heading home from a corner. Strand made a few substitutions after this and one of them, Tommy Brennan, turned well on the edge of the area and from his shot which was saved, Brendan Glackin poked home the rebound. They gained confidence from this goal and started playing better. Keadue made the game safe on seventy five minutes when Shaun “Yank” Boyle scored. Strand kept battling and on seventy nine minutes they got their second. Chris Mc Gonagle and Tommy Brennan competed for a ball that ran loose to Brendan Glackin who got his and Strand’s second. Keadue completed the scoring in the eighty second minute when Ryan Greene ran onto a through ball and finished well under the keeper. Strand kept going and finished well forcing a few corners but they failed to trouble the home defence. A good victory for Keadue who move up the table and a decent performance from Strand.Best for Keadue were Adam Neely and Ryan Greene who capped a great display with 4 goals. Best for Strand were Adrian McGeehan and Brendan Glackin.Referee: Brian O’ Kane.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 1 Curragh Athletic ReservesErne Wanderers 2 v 3 Glencar CelticTullyvinney Rovers 2 v 2 Ramelton MarinersOrchard F.C. 3 v 3 Glenree United ReservesMulroy Celtic 0 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 2 v 0 Cranford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 5 v 2 Strand RoversSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCranford United 0 v 1 Glenea UnitedLifford Celtic 3 v 1 Rathmullan CelticCurragh Athletic 3 v 1 Gweedore CelticDonegal Town 2 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United 1 v 4 St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 v 1 Gweedore UnitedKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 v 0 Keadue RoversLagan Harps 2 v 3 Castlefin CelticDunkineely Celtic 2 v 4 Drumoghill F.C.Eany Celtic 0 v 7 Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 2 v 1 Deele HarpsLetterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Ballybofey UnitedRaphoe Town 2 v 1 Dunlewy CelticWhitestrand United 2 v 1 Convoy ArsenalGlenree United 4 v 2 Drumbar F.C.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 25-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCErne Wanderers v Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Glenree United Reserves (K.O. 1 p.m.)Donegal Town Reserves v Milford United ReservesSUNDAY 26-01-2014Ulster Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Gweedore Celtic v Redcastle F.C.Milford United v Carndonagh F.C.Dunree United v Lifford CelticClonmany Shamrocks v Cranford UnitedGweedore United v Rathmullan CelticMoville Celtic v St. CatherinesGweedore United Reserves v Aileach F.C.Cockhill Celtic Youths v Whitestrand UnitedDrumbar Celtic v Moville CelticRaphoe Town v Cockhill Celtic YouthsWatson Hire Division One K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Cappry Rovers v Bonagee UnitedDrumoghill F.C. v Eany CelticCastlefin Celtic v Dunkineely CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Lagan HarpsDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 19th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgClannad’s lead vocalist Moya Brennan presents ‘Song of the Seven Sisters’, a gala celebration of female artists from Donegal and around the world.This unique event sees Moya Brennan, a true legend of Celtic music, bring together seven unmissable female artists in homage to Donegal’s inspiring western mountain range the “Seven Sisters”.This event forms a key part of the Earagail Arts Festival’s inaugural Donegal Folk and Roots Festival, a celebration of folk, roots and traditional music from around the world. Taking place in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday, 11th July, ‘Song of The Seven Sisters’ is a not-to-be-missed night of musical entertainment.Accompanied by the three part harmonies of The Henry Girls, the choral presence of the Inishowen Gospel Choir, rising singer/songwriters Aisling Jarvis and Leila Keeney with American folk singer Twain, this unique concert will feature a very special guest, the Soul of Morocco, Sahrawi singer Oum and a performance by the Japanese Yushuro No Kai dance group.In her music making, Moya has never been content to nestle within comfortable boundaries. From an early age she trod the boards with her father Leo in the dance halls, then became fixated with the likes of Joni Mitchell and the Beach Boys before going on to share, with her band Clannad, an enlightening discovery of the extraordinary wealth of Celtic history and melody on her doorstep.Oum shines as a cultural ambassador of Morocco due to her personality, talent and commitment. Her intense voice and songs reflect her cultural heritage, spinning wonderful connections between soul, jazz, Gnawa rhythms, and the resonance of the Hassani dialect of her Western Sahara origins.‘Song of the Seven Sisters’ forms part of the inaugural Donegal Folk and Roots Festival, a weekend of music which features over 20 different concerts, masterclasses and traditional Irish music seisúns throughout Letterkenny.Another highlight of the weekend is ‘Altan Plus Special Guests’, which takes place in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Sunday, 12th July. Doors open 8pm and tickets cost €27.50. Earagail Arts Festival is currently offering tickets to both ‘Song of the Seven Sisters’ and ‘Altan Plus Special Guests’ for a combined rate of €40.00. Tickets for the full weekend of the Donegal Folk and Roots Festival are also available at a rate of €110 from booking is advised and, this year, the Earagail Arts Festival has introduced free online booking. For full details on the Earagail Arts programme and bookings visit Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.MOYA BRENNAN A ‘MUST’ AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL WITH ‘SONGS OF THE SEVEN SISTERS’ was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Earagail Arts FestivalMoya BrennanVClannadlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA) held their annual conference in Ohio last week. Ag leaders from all over the Midwest gathered to talk about tough issues facing their respective states and allow for some brainstorming and idea sharing from neighboring states to tackle those issues.This also allowed for some of the states that dealt with a tremendous amount of wildfire devastation this spring to extend their debt of gratitude to those that traveled long distances and took many days to help out those in need. Greg and Rose Hartschuh from Bucyrus were recognized for their efforts in gathering a crew of good Samaritans for a trip to Ashland County, Kansas — one of the hardest hit areas of the wildfires.“When we started this project is was all about what can we do right now to help, being acknowledged for heading west never crossed our minds,” Rose Hartschuh said. “It was really neat to see all of the states come together as an industry. We played just one small piece in that so it is an honor to be able to accept the appreciation for everyone else that was a part of that project too.”After a couple of trips to southwest Kansas, the more than 1,000 miles separating the farmers in Ohio and in Kansas doesn’t seem so far.“The efforts made by farmers from Ohio and other states just shows that even though we all may have different crops or animals that we’re raising, we all have the same goals and desire to help one another,” Hartschuh said. “The next time we head out it will be to visit some new friends and we certainly hope they will come to see our farm someday as well.”That feeling of agriculture being one big family was something echoed at the conference by the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.“All the time as I was growing up if you had a neighbor in trouble, you lent a hand,” David Daniels said. “Kansas isn’t exactly a neighbor but nevertheless they are still producers and still our brothers and sisters and farmers across Ohio loaded up and took time out of very busy schedules and gave farmers the aid that they needed.”In early March, Kansas alone lost 1.3 million acres of grassland, 30 homes and thousands of miles of fence due to wildfires. Months later, the grasslands are recovering and greening up nicely, but the structural things that were destroyed are taking more time to replace. Help from farmers like the Hartschuhs continues the long process of rebuilding.“I don’t think they can underestimate what they did for our state,” said Susan Metzger, assistant secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “They are helping us rebuild and helping us recover and more importantly restoring our faith in humanity by really showing the kindness of farmers from all over the country.”last_img read more