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I’m Happy That We Can Shake Hands Again

first_imgVice President Joseph Boakai has expressed joy that Liberians are once more able to do their traditional handshake.The famous Liberian handshake resumed immediately following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, May 9, that Liberia is now Ebola virus transmission free.Guess who did the first public handshake? To prove that the nation was now Ebola transmission free, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf shook the hands of WHO Rep., Dr. Alex Gasasira moments after he read the WHO Declaration and also US Ambassador Deborah Malac. Before that day, the President has not shaken anyone’s hand openly for more than six months, because touching is one way to spread the disease. The declaration was made after the country had endured the torments of the horrifying virus for nearly 415 days during which it killed over 4,000 people.The famous Liberian handshake requires both the right hands of two individuals to engage firmly together their thumbs and middle fingers in a snap, making a loud, joyful sound.May 9 was the 359th Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Meeting day, which was being held at the Incident Management System (IMS) on 18th Street in Sinkor.Mr. Luke Bawo, Head of Epidemic Surveillance, the man who leads the IMS group that takes stock of the daily Ebola happenings around the country, announced that the entire country was now “green,” meaning that the entire nation is now free of the viral transmission.Even though Mr. Bawo said it, more than 100 days had passed that Lofa County, which was the entry point of the Ebola virus disease into the country, had not reported any confirmed case despite its borders with Sierra Leone and Guinea, both of which are still reporting confirmed cases of the virus. In March 2014, a Liberian lady who was married to a Guinean crossed back into Liberia after her husband had reportedly died of the virus. She became sick and also died. It was confirmed that she had died of the virus. From that point on, the virus began to gradually spread throughout the country.Lofa’s predominantly Muslim Quardu Gboni District was worst hit with reports of over 500 persons dying in Barkedu Town. Lofaians came together and abandoned some of their traditional practices, including bathing and touching their dead relatives. It was a hard thing to do, but they did. Being the first to let Ebola in, it was the first to get rid of the disease. Vice President Boakai, himself a Lofaian, having visited the county, including Barkedu during the height of the crisis, decided to go back after the WHO declaration to thank the people of the county for working together to flush out the deadly virus.He was visibly elated to shake hands with his kinsmen and women again throughout his week-long tour of the county. He told them: “We feel that we are home now. We thank God for what He did to protect our people from Ebola. You listened to our President and kept the rules. We are happy that we can shake hands again.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Straightening Out the Justice System

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Simple Logic And The Law: After Years Of Kind Repose, Liberia’s Tubman Still Rests…

first_imgPresident Weah, President Tubman, Fulton YancyBut only after Liberians had grown tired from koongosying (badmouthing) Tubman for denying them freedom of speech during his reign — all, except Albert Porte, that is!By Atty. Keith Neville Asumuyaya BestNovember 29 was only a few days away when this article was written, but young Liberians, wherever they could be found around the globe, already were excited about this year’s upcoming Christmas, New Year and Valentine festivities, that—judging by the excitement already on the ground here in Monrovia, the season had begun before the ink had dried on our sheets.November 29 is indeed what jumpstarts the Christmas, New Year festive season; it is the birthday of the man most Liberians—young and old—for some reason, consider the best-loved of the nation’s 25 or more presidents: William Tubman was affectionately called: W.V.S.T., Vat, Borbor Shad, The Old Man, and other endearing names that he is today, still called and remembered by.Did he have a great time? Of course he did! Should he have stayed in power that long? Maybe not! He could have ended up more loved, admired and missed than he is today, had he left the presidency earlier. That is to say, with his health intact—he could have gone on enjoying himself and all other blessings the good Lord may have had in store for him.On the positive side, Tubman is best remembered for having brought Liberia into the 20th century, during his prime. In the process, Tubman ensured that Liberians enjoyed an unprecedented, (never before) high per capita income, (a fair monthly income for all); a feat that has not been equaled since.THE EPITOME OF CHICTubman had a way about him that encouraged others including potentates, (monarchs, rulers) to treat him like royalty. No Queen or princess—anywhere in the world—had anything on Tubman and his West-Indian consort, Antoinette Padmore Tubman, when it came to refinement, polish and elegance. Together, they set the stage for a power-duo—when it came to style and class as no other president and first lady on the continent would for a long time to come. After all, they were the first couple of the first independent republic on The Continent.In the final days of this veritable African Camelot in typical African royal tradition, a poem was begun by this author—still in his teens—that anticipated the transition to a new era in the making. That poem ran out of steam after two verses, because of the lack of a trajectory, (course, flight or bullet direction) to take it beyond that point.Just the same these two beginning verses that follow capture the “pomp and vanity” of a fading autocracy that Tubman and his entourage epitomized in the final days of the passing of that era—an era that a decade after his 1971 death—would fall into a military junta.“HOW THE MILITARY CAME TO POWER”That giant beast, the Elephant, (True Whig Party)Over the land held sway;He reveled in his power,Great strength he did display.He dreamed of years of plenty,He feasted night and day.In banks, beneath planks, in safes and graves,He stashed his cash away.’’And there, the poem brought itself to an unexpected and rude halt—for the time being! Why? There was nowhere else to go, and nothing to work with. What was needed was any activity that would dictate a continuation—a happening that would jumpstart a continuum, (a continuous extent or succession that produces or causes the next event that follows from one set in a series, and flows into the upcoming set, stage or phase of the same series. In other words, cause the poem to continue creating itself.TUBMAN DIESAnd then, President William V.S. Tubman passed away in London, in January of 1971. And immediately, the nation and people took up the old English refrain (catchphrase) ushering in the new king—along with fresh hope for the future—while ringing out the past in the same breath: “The king is dead, long live the king!” Almost at once, Liberians began koongosying, (bringing up some of the negatives) that spanned a little over a quarter of a century; not because Tubman was a bad president, no, he was not. But Liberians needed to get past a disappointing aspect of their existence: not having been able to speak their minds in over a quarter of a century!Speaking now, was something they needed to do; but it would take time. They could not change a way of life overnight; they were going to have to keep chipping away at those straightjacket rules that Tubman had forced them to adopt and spend their lives obeying.Tubman had had his way and, after passing away, it was only natural that—for however briefly—citizens would be returning to the status quo, (the way things had been) exercising a right they long had not enjoyed! But that was not the way Tubman’s cousin, Counselor Fulton Yancy, saw it.It disturbed Fulton that people could change and shift back to the past—and so quickly, to make matters worse! Fulton wrote and published an article in one of the local newspapers in defense of our president who, by many, had been referred to as: the “poor man’s lawyer.” “A friend,” ‘the kind gentleman’, and other names of affection were added. Vat’s brother, Roosevelt, often referred to that dynamic duo as: “us two: good type,” Our uncle, the late Albert Porte, whose cousin, ‘Nettie (Antoinette Padmore was married to Vat, called Tubman “a wise man.“DEED, NOT WORDS”Fulton wondered and wanted to know why people wanted to take advantage of his cousin’s when they had kept their mouths shut over the final 27 years of Tubman’s life, that he spent in office—doing a lot of good, but wanted no one criticizing how he went about running the nation!“Let Tubman Rest in Peace,” Fulton scolded; something we could all understand, given the shock and bereavement over so “indestructible” that giant of a man that Tubman had been—to himself and to many. How could I forget how my invalid sister, Sybil Best-Sieh, mother of Yvonne, Maureen, Rodney and George cried, after she heard the shocking news of Tubman’s death? That was the way Fulton felt, all things considered. And that is what the paper allowed him—to write, saying his piece.As my Mother, Lilian Porte-Best, always said: “it was a free country and he had the right to say any damned thing he wanted—even if he wanted to use that right, to scold other people about using theirs—ran in the family, didn’t it?IT WAS HIS RIGHTAnd, indeed, it was: something that the Liberian people had gotten used to: telling each other “Hush you mouth,” when anyone tried to say anything negative about Tubman, while he was president. The walls seemed to have ears! And that was how it went, since Tubman seemed not to give a hoot for competition from other political aspirants. But why, had Fulton felt so hurt that people were speaking up—and out, following Tubman’s demise—something they had not done for ages?It was almost as though Fulton had forgotten that the True Whig Party’s ‘motto’ had been and still remains: “Deeds, not Words!” That had not rung true during most of Vat’s life-time. Those he was serving—or should have been serving—had long forgotten how to speak out—certainly, not in front of their children—especially not in their presence. That could land them in trouble.But that did not apply to Albert Porte! Like his younger sister, Lilian, Albert let Tubman know that indeed, this was a free country, and he was going to do any damned thing he wanted! Unfortunately, not too many—besides Albert Porte—are known to have made any serious attempt to correct anything he did not agree with.DO NOT TOUCH MY PAYCHECK“Do not cut my pay check for your True Whig Party operations,” Albert Porte had told President Tubman from the start. Unfortunately, Porte operated as an ‘army of one’—thus, under Tubman, and could do little more than write— publish his pamphlets—and go to jail under Tubman!Albert Porte was not much of an organizer, and not too many people were ready for much activity during the William V. S. Tubman presidency, when Porte started going to jail, for challenging Tubman for amassing too much power in the presidency; Tubman also kept asking the Legislature to restore “emergency” powers to the presidency, whenever he felt like it.But Tubman’s Cousin Fulton was behaving as though he could get Borbor Shad to reach back from beyond and continue what had worked for him in the past: something that—at least, for now—was working itself into action; something spelled: “d-e-e-d-s!” But Fulton had gotten the words of the motto mixed up, just as many of other True Whig, “Jolly Boys and Jolly Girls, of Tubman’s, often did! Imagine, then, trying to confuse people even further, by telling them all over again: “hush you mouth”!WEAH CHALLENGEDThis piece as our readers may have noticed is intended to pay homage to President William V.S. Tubman. However, it would be a serious disservice to his memory to only recall the good things that he did. That would not be the Porte tradition that we were brought up in.Following the death of President William R. Tolbert—at the hands of the military junta that seized power and set up a dictatorship in 1980, Liberians would see their country and people go from one unfortunate situation to the other. Most that followed—bringing themselves to power as presidents—stepped out and showed that they either could not or would not do the right thing. And to a man, every damned one of them was nothing more than a Tubman imitator—a Tubman Wannabee, who had little to show for himselves or what he understood was best for their country and people!President TolbertAccordingly, whatever they could not and would not do had not been done at all, since those doings had not been done right; certainly not in the sight of God nor to the benefit of their countrymen and women! And that is what becomes the key to the solution to all that Liberia has been put through and subjected to over the years—at the hands of pretenders—passing themselves off as leaders.That, then, is what would constitute the test—that dates all the way back to God’s creation of mankind—leading to man’s fall, that would necessitate the sending of His Son, to restore mankind back to God based on that maxim of all maxims: “only one life, it will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.Last week, a legislator challenged Liberia’s current president Oppong in a manner that few other ‘presidents’ would have tolerated. Weah had little choice than to operate within the framework of the kind of society that Liberia has become, thanks in part to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Liberian Press, the Liberian people in general and the international community. That’s how far Liberia has come, the short-coming of past ‘leaders’ notwithstanding. And here is why we saw the need to take Fulton Yancy to task almost half a century ago leaving nothing to chance.MY REPLY TO FULTON YANCYI soon shot off one of my first poems of the new, Tolbert era, in my “Response to Fulton’s ‘Let Tubman Rest in Peace:’ After reading my poem following its appearance in the papers, the-then assistant minister for information, Johnny McClain, called me to his office for a ‘chat’; “you will never ever be able to top this,” he told me, excited as he was, over my poem.Needless to say, Johnny McClain, nephew by marriage to the incoming president, William R. Tolbert who had succeeded Tubman in 1971, was wrong: In a few years, Education for the Masses would be on the Liberian market and introduced into English classes at the University of Liberia. And waiting to introduce me to poetry out of my own book containing poems I had been writing over the years, was my English instructor, Dr. Winsgrove Dwamina, who was married to one of President Tubman’s nieces. The book: Education for the Masses had been written and published by me, funded by Jesus and Rocheforte Weeks, of The Revelation Magazine and BestWeek Magazine that did not make it to Press, just before I enrolled as a student, at UL. Here was my:“Response to: Fulton Yancy’s, ‘Let Tubman Rest in Peace:’ ”And was Liberia shaken,And was Liberia dead,Or have our voices quickened, (come to life)Since Tubman bowed his head?Liberia was shaken —Uncertainty was bredAs our head of state was takenTo join the ‘ever-dead’.But dead, well, yes: Illusions:“Deception meets its doom;”And under new revisionThe “Truth” now finds its home.Our progress too, might quicken:It should double in the run;Yes! We, finally, are awakenedIt seems, we have just begun!Could we have been mistaken?Could we have been misled?Why dash away a garlandThat might grace a “hero’s” head?The stage was long in setting:The forerunner now retires;‘Mid ovation ear-splitting,A solid promise now aspires.So it’s, “down!” to base stagnation;Yea, it’s “up!” to lofty heights:Give vent to indignation,It’s your basic ‘human right’!THE 1980 COUPPresident DoeOn the morning of 1980, a neighbor from across the street on Snapper- Hill Broad Street where I lived, called me from my window while I still slept, after being out shooting pool the night before, at RVR’s pool joint at the intersection of Benson and Warren Streets. Don’t you know that the world has turned upside down, the Army has taken over and nothing remains as you remember it last night I fell on my knees and asked God’s blessings for the country and for myself, as I tried to do each morning. After prayers, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I got out my unfinished poem and resumed writing: The words poured out in an unbroken flow exactly as they was designed to be written from and by someone other than I:But then, one day, the hunterGot ready for the huntThough young, his back from labor bent,He straightened with a grunt.No need to stalk the elephantWho, in great napped:One swift move by the hunterAnd the snoring beast was trapped.The people cheered the hunterAs he strutted up and down.With the elephant before him,They marched to end of town.The people jeered the elephant,They challenged it to rageNo more to feast, the silent beastWas pushed into a cage.In days a state of sobernessThe elephant did reach;Unmoved, the brazen hunterTook a further step to teachThat blind is retribution,Comes round from each to each:The hunter strapped the elephantAnd shot it on the beach.Before the fatal bulletTook his wretched life away,The elephant did defecateUpon himself that day:The filth rolled down hairy legs,The sweat poured down his back.The salty tears from his eyesMade puddles in his tracks.All day the queasy ocean,A watchful distance kept;The filth left on its beach that dayIt just would not accept.By night, the uneasy oceanBegan to howl and roar;Rearing into a tidal wave,It swept upon the shore.The filth, the guilt, the slime, the grime,The ocean swept them back;The wind picked up the foul fumes,To town, it blew them back.So, they are here again, the evilsThat once before, did taunt us:Ignorance and greed, impunity,They are here again to haunt us!ELLEN MAKES THE DIFFERENCEPresident SirleafThat brings us to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who, in the 1900s, would become president as well. Ellen took her bow and made her exit when the time came to leave. Unlike Ellen, though, Tubman found himself in that category of people, who took their hold on power too seriously and would come to discover—too late—that hanging on endlessly was not in their best interests.Don’t get us wrong; Ellen, in her own way, was a power fanatic herself! But, in her own interest, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—after seeing it happen again and again—had grasped, (taken hold of) the understanding that it is one thing to enjoy power but, quite another, to keep hanging on to it, long after one failed to do those grand things he or she had promised God, herself and her people, squandering the opportunity, the time—and even the focus, at that point—and failing to get much done!So, Ellen decided to make the big difference! Fortunately for her, a number of things were happening over that period—a bit, of her own making, it appeared to some—and it became clear that it was time she ‘hit the road’—and, perhaps, not a minute too soon. She took a bow and left the stage—a difference that people are still celebrating around the world.Ellen’s Mo Ibrahim Prize of five million dollars already had been counted; all she had to do was pick it up—for doing something some people would rather have killed for. Some end up getting themselves killed—or sent to prison for playing the fool and waiting for things to catch up with them. Invariably, (habitually) many remained vain enough to believe they might separate themselves from what they had set out to do, expecting to walk away, scot free!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Army Chief warns against unprofessional behaviour

first_imgGDF 51st anniversary confabNewly-appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier George Lewis on Tuesday warned officers against misrepresenting the military unit, and decried instances of undisciplined and unprofessional behaviour.Lewis, who recently assumed the helm of the army, was addressing ranks at a church service held to kick off the institution’s 51st anniversary in the auditorium of Base Camp Ayanganna.Chief of Staff Brigadier George LewisWhile he expressed gratitude for the successes achieved so far, the Chief-of-Staff was more concerned with the decorum of soldiers, especially since they have a significant role to play in society.He urged them to examine the way in which they execute their duties, the values they upheld and customs they practised.“It was cases of indiscipline that resulted in ranks being charged with traffic offences. It was cases of indiscipline that caused ranks to be involved in spousal abuse, and cases of integrity that caused ranks to scale. The fundamental ingredient of discipline is regimentation. If we fail to regiment ourselves, then by extension, we will continue to contribute to serious indiscipline in the Force,” the new Army Chief said.Brigadier Lewis sought to enforce that each officer had a major responsibility, and implored them to recognise and apply the new standards required at the inductive training levels.“We must look at the way we execute our duties, the values we uphold, and the customs we practice and always strive for best practice,” he said.He continued, “I do believe that we need to continuously evaluate our mission in this changing environment, in order to continue to provide safety and security. Threats are evolving and we must likewise evolve. Those evolving threats may require we change our operating posture.”The celebration on Tuesday was also to commemorate Defence Force Day. Lewis said the day was a special one in the lives of the Defence Force.“We celebrate 52 years as a defence force and providing defence and security to Guyana, something we all should be proud of and applaud ourselves for.”He added that the church service must be seen as a time for reflection and introspection.“We must examine our past, deliberate on our present and chart our course for future. We must ask ourselves, what does it mean to be 51 years old?” He said that at 51 years old, the GDF must demonstrate that it was an experienced and matured State organisation, committed to defending Guyana, “with officers, soldiers and civilian workers who are committed, dedicated and disciplined”.“We must also commit ourselves to professionally performing our duties without fear or favour. I do also believe that after 51 years of providing public safety, that no fair-minded person would dispute the fact that the GDF has made a unique contribution to the safety and development of this nation, and that in every way we have satisfied our motto to serve throughout our existence,” the Army Chief declared.Further, he stated that the Force must continue to provide public security in the future and must also be able to continue to transform the counter changes in the contemporary operating environment and to counter new and emerging threats.“I have every confidence that we, together as a force, would embrace the changes that are necessary for our development, that we would continually assess the environment in which we operate and modify our training and operations to meet those threats.“I do believe that the GDF cannot stand apart from society. Our very existence requires an integrated presence with society. Therefore, the future GDF must forge stronger ties and bonds with society, with governmental departments and with our veterans.“Let me assure you that you have nothing to fear with the new leadership, once you do your job professionally and make positive contributions towards the achievement of our objectives. Our every act must be above reproach, as being a soldier is an honourable profession.”last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool target credits boss for rejecting PL a move

first_imgGonzalo Higuain says it took Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri just ‘five minutes’ to persuade him to snub interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.The striker was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, with Anfield or the Emirates deemed his most likely destination.However incoming Napoli boss, Sarri, held crisis talks with Higuain and persuaded him to stay at the club.Since then the Argentina international has gone on to score 22 goals in as many games to help Napoli sit top of Serie A.“Sarri? He convinced me with his sincerity,” Higuain told Serie A’s official television channel.“It took five minutes for him to convince me to stay, and he got the best out of me.“So far this has been the best year of my career, but we have to be perfect to win. It’s hard to top the record of 35 goals in a Serie A season, but I hope I can make it.” 1 Gonzalo Higuain last_img read more

RIGID POLICY ON EXAM READERS MUST BE REVIEWED – McCONALOGUE

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDCharlie McConalogue has called for a review of the State Examination Commission’s “reasonable accommodation” policy after a High Court overturned a decision not to facilitate a dyslexic student’s request for a reader for his Leaving Cert.Readers can be provided to students to help them understand the exam papers, however the SEC had in this case refused the student’s request.Deputy McConalogue commented, “This High Court case has highlighted certain deficiencies with the current system and as a result I would like to see a review of the “reasonable accommodation” policy. The guidelines used to decide whether a reader is allocated appear to be unnecessarily rigid and should be examined. We need to ensure that students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties are properly supported and the decision taken by the SEC in this particular case was clearly wrong and the High Court ruling has reflected that. “The Leaving Cert is an exceptionally stressful time for students, and the added anxiety for pupils with dyslexia is being exacerbated by these stringent rules and the fear of being denied the assistance they need in an exam situation.“I am calling on the new Education Minister to instigate a review of these guidelines to ensure that the students who need additional supports at exam time are allocated them without having to bring a case before the courts”.RIGID POLICY ON EXAM READERS MUST BE REVIEWED – McCONALOGUE was last modified: April 29th, 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:Charlie McConlaoguedonegalexam readerslast_img read more

GAA: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS GAA CLUB NEWS – MASSIVE THANK YOU TO STEWARDS

first_imgNearly€12,000 TO BE WON.You can win up to 11,800 euro with Sean mac Cumhaills. Our Lotto Jackpot is €5,00 and our Bingo Snowball stands at €6,800.SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS STEWARDS. A massive thank you to all the Mac Cumhaills members that helped out at the match on Sunday. We had over a 100 members selling tickets, programmes, manning the shops,dressing rooms, making sandwiches and a litany of other jobs. You all showed yourselves to be true Gaa people and are a credit to our club. Thank you to one and all.DONEGAL HURLING.What a weekend for Donegal Gaa. On Sat the Hurlers took on Monaghan in O Donnell Park. The winners would book a place for themselves in the Nicky Rackard Cup Final in Croke Park. Donegal started slowly and at half time were trailing 2-05 to 1-05 at half time. The introduction at half time of Mac Cumhaills man Lee Henderson changed the game. Lee finished with 2-03 for 35 mins play. Well done to all the Mac Cumhaills men involved with the team. A great result and this team deserves all GAA supporters to follow them to Dublin for the final. DONEGAL FOOTBALLThe day finally came and the Footballers certainly didn’t let us down. They fought hard for every ball and never slackened off. It was great to see the introduction of our own Marty O Reilly at half time and he put in a great performance. He used the ball well, covered a lot of ground and did everything that was asked of him. Well done Marty. A great start to the Championship. We are now in the Ulster Semi Finals on the 23rd June. Anyone wishing to get tickets for the match, can give their name to any executive member.SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPThe Seniors and Reserves are out this Sat in the first round of the Championship. We will be taking on our neighbours in Mac Cumhaill Park at 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Please come and support the lads.CAMOGIE FUNDRAISERAs you may know, our Under 14 Camogie team qualified to represent Donegal in the All Ireland Feile Na nGael in Limerick in July. We are hosting a fundraiser in Kees Hotel on June 15th to help cover the expenses. The Beefstake Dancers will provide the music on what promises to be a great nights entertainment. A donation will be made to the Local Cancer Bus Fund. Tickets are €10 and can be obtained from Geraldine Kennedy, Mags Gillespie, Don Browne or Alan Martin. Please support the girls. RESULTSUnder 14 Championship. Sean mac Cumhaills 2-14 Buncrana 2-12. Please see our website for full match report.TRAININGTraining for all adult players continues Tue and Thurs at 7.45pm sharp. Training on Sat morning TBC U6 Boys and Girls. Astro pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U8 Boys and Girls. Training pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U10. Boys and Girls. Training pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U12 Girls Football. Training pitch Wed 6.00pm.U14 Football. Tue and Fri 7-8 both nights.U14 Girls Football. Thur 6.00pm.Minor Hurlers Wed 7.30pm.Camogie. Monday 6-7 and Friday 5.30-6.30.New members welcome.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.Numbers drawn were 6,7,16 and 17.There was no match 3 winners.Three names drawn out were Patrick Breen, C Quinn and Seamus Mc Connell.Each receives €30.€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsSellers this week are Terry O Reillys team.The jackpot will be €4,900 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS GAA CLUB NEWS – MASSIVE THANK YOU TO STEWARDS was last modified: May 28th, 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:GAA: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS GAA CLUB NEWS – MASSIVE THANK YOU TO STEWARDSlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB HOSTING SUMMER BBQ ON AUGUST 16

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 3rd August 2014 Donegal MinorsCongratulations to Donegal Minors, winners against Roscommon on Saturday and now into the All Ireland semi-finals with a major contribution from Buncrana lads Caolan McGonigle and John Campbell. Comhgairdeas a bhuachailli! All Ireland Quarter FinalBest of luck to Donegal in their all-Ulster quarter final against Armagh next Saturday in Croke Park. The club and county will be behind the team, especially our club members Darrach O’Connor and Paul McGonigle. Buncrana Abu!Minor HurlersGood luck to our minor hurlers who take on old rivals Aodh Ruadh from Ballyshannon in the championship final on Tuesday 5th in O’Donnell Park. Throw in at 7pm and all support welcome. Annual Family Fun DayIt was wet, darn wet…but a great day too! Thanks to everyone who came out for the Club’s annual Family Fun Day, all the kids had a fantastic time and it was amazing the number of medals and trophies they won. I’d say every kid there went home with a prize…and some of the adults too! The Club also wants to thank everyone who organised, baked, sold tickets, managed events, ran stalls, Nicholas Crossan for compering, anyone who helped out in any way. Buncrana GAA, community action at its best!Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome! Senior LadiesTraining every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.Club JerseysElizabeth Anne is now taking orders for the new Buncrana club jersey. Keep in mind lads that they are player fit/tight fit. If you want to order one let her know the size and number on back you require, price €50. EA also has club shorts and white shorts are in stock. Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pm Friday ScarveyU8 Football Tuesday 7-8pm and Friday 6.30-7.30pm ScarveyU8 Hurling 11-12 Sunday ScarveyU10 Football returns to normal time ScarveyU10 Hurling 11-12 Sunday ScarveyU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday ScarveyU12 Hurling 7-8pm Tuesday ScarveyU14 Football Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-1, Friday 7-8.30 ScarveyU12/U14 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyU16 Girls Football 5-6.30pm Tuesdays ScarveySummer BBQ at the ScarveyThis is one social event you don’t want to miss! The Club’s Annual BBQ will be held in the Scarvey on Saturday 16th August starting at 8pm. This event is open to everyone and a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Music is by the ever-popular ‘Inch Ramblers’. For your €10 you get top-class entertainment and fed with 2 burgers or Hot Dogs. Tickets on sale now or simply turn up on the night…and pray for good weather in the meantime (but we’ll put up the marquee in any case!).St Vincent de Paul FundraiserClubman David Cullen and 15 friends are seeking your support for a ‘Malin to Mizen’ fundraising cycle in aid of the local St Vincent de Paul. They successfully completed the challenge and you can check their route here http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/348129905 and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/missiontomizen. If anyone would like to make an online donation the iDonate site is up and running on http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/23973_mission-to-mizen-svp-buncrana.html.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB HOSTING SUMMER BBQ ON AUGUST 16 was last modified: August 4th, 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:Buncrana GAA newslast_img read more

ELECTION 2014: CANVASSERS FACE APARTMENT BLOCK LOCKOUT – GALLIGAN

first_imgA large number of apartment dwellers in Letterkenny are not getting a chance to grill their local election candidates due to difficulties canvassing the complexes, according to election candidate Christy Galligan.Election candidate Christy GalliganGallligan sai d he is encountering many difficulties trying to canvass people in apartments and getting to speak to them face-to-face.“This is far from ideal, and is denying people who live in apartments a chance to engage with the campaign. “I’ve been unable to canvass apartments on the Lower Main Street, the Port Road, High Road, Neil T. Blaney Road and a number of other blocks in the town,” he revealed.The former Garda Sergeant said he understood fully if people don’t want to engage with candidates.“But there are always those who do, and who like to get a chance to quiz them on the doorstep.“Buzzing an intercom in the hope that an apartment-dweller will answer and come down a few flights of stairs to talk to you is total pot-luck. I think we need a more innovative way of facilitating residents if they wish to engage a candidate, and to allow canvassers make their case to the electorate. “I think local residents’ groups in the town need to find a solution to the problem, either by organising a local meeting at which candidates could attend, either within a complex or at a nearby location.“Many people in these apartments might be of the negative equity generation and dealing with personal debt, so it is important that we get to engage with them, find out their issues, and discuss how it is that local public representatives can help them.“People who live in apartments have just as much of a right to have a say in their local democracy and meet candidates as people in housing estates.”ELECTION 2014: CANVASSERS FACE APARTMENT BLOCK LOCKOUT – GALLIGAN was last modified: April 9th, 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:apartment blockscanvassersChristy GalliganElection 2014:lockoutlast_img read more

Sunshine on a rainy day – ‘Sunshine Park’ opened at Tara Court

first_imgThe skies above were greying, but ‘Sunshine’ will now be a permanent fixture in one Letterkenny estate. A new park – ‘Sunshine Park’, as it has been named – was officially opened at Tara Court this evening.The park is named in memory of the late Patrick ‘Sunshine’ McFadden, who died four years ago this week. A native of Milford who settled in Letterkenny in the early 1980s, he was one of the Cathedral Town’s best known characters.Possessing a wit and a humour that were equally matched, he was a fond political analyst and a keen sports fan, who was a former captain at Portsalon Golf Club.A large crowd of family and friends gathered for the official opening today.The ribbon was cut by Patrick’s wife Anne, daughters Natalie and Stephanie and son Patrick, who spoke on behalf of the family. Another daughter, Danielle, couldn’t be present as she now lives in Toronto.A wooden bench, with a commemorative plaque (including the inscription ‘Sometimes I sit and think. Sometimes I just sit. Come and sit a while with me’) was unveiled by his grandchildren Emma and Patrick.An avid follower of the Blaney family, his political passion remained sharp and he was a firm backer of Ciaran Brogan’s election to Donegal County Council in 1999.From then right up to his death in 2015, he was a loyal follower of the Letterkenny-based Fianna Fáil councillor, for whom he regularly canvassed.“He’s gone now four years this week and he was one of the greatest characters that we all knew,” Cllr Brogan said at today’s ceremony. “He was someone who was very loyal to me from the day and hour that I entered political life.“There was no doubt that his heart was here in Tara Court.Cllr. Ciaran Brogan with James Russell on the bench unveiled in memory of the late Patrick ‘Sunshine’ McFadden at Tara Court“Some of the older residents will remember issues about taking over Tara Court, tarring Tara Court, getting the roads done and the footpaths done.“He was never found wanting when it came to the residents of Tara Court. “He was well known right across the county and further afield, as a plasterer, a great golfer, a powerful dart thrower, but politics was definitely where he came into his own.“It was all about people: putting people first and meeting people.”Former Minister for Sport James McDaid was among the large crowd who attended the opening.The new park was blessed by Fr Brendan Ward, CC Aughaninshin and a minute’s silence was held in memory of all deceased Tara Court residents.Fr. Brendan Ward blessing the “Sunshine Park” on Saturday with Gabriel Flood, chairman of the Tara Court Residents Association.Speaking on behalf of the Tara Court residents, Gabriel Flood remembered one of the estates ‘much missed residents’.“Paddy was already a well known character in the Letterkenny area through his work, his love of golf and huge involvement as a political activist for the late Neil T Blaney,” he said.“Indeed, there are many stories told of canvassing on doorsteps and tae being drunk in the search of securing votes.“One thing that sticks in my head is the huge respect Paddy had for people in public office – regardless of what party, if any, they belonged to and he would often state ‘ABC is a good hard working councillor.Ann McFadden at the opening of the “Sunshine Park” at Tara Court, Letterkenny on Saturday evening with Enda Nicholls, Phil and Mary Brogan, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Dr. James McDaid, Anne McGowan, Anthony Arthur and James Russell.“It is a great testimony to the man that he be remembered by members in attendance here of the local Municipal Council.”The idea of a park in Tara Court was first mooted in 1991, but has finally come to fruition.Gabriel added: “Projects like this demand a lot of thought work, sponsorship and planning and a committed driving force from people like James and Ann Russell, Eamon and Annmarie Rusell and the rest of the Russell family along with Billy Gibbons, who kept a keen eye on the procedures as work was being done.“There are so many who played a part in this project.”Patrick McFadden speaking at the opening of the “Sunshine Park” at Tara Court, Letterkenny on Saturday evening.Thanks were extended to the sponsors who made it possible.Now, Tara Court has a permanent memorial to one of the area’s most staunch activists.And now there’ll always be Sunshine on a rainy day in Tara Court.Sunshine on a rainy day – ‘Sunshine Park’ opened at Tara Court was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Ciaran BroganGabriel FloodletterkennyPatrick McFaddenSunshine ParkTara Courtlast_img read more