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EIB looking to tap into deepwater harbour in Guyana

first_imgEIB Vice President Pim van Ballekom (centre) along with Angel Diez Fraile (right) and EU Ambassador, Jernej VidetiĉAfter a 10-year bilateral hiatus, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has expressed interests in reviving relations with Guyana and is willing to inject some ‘big bucks’ into developing a deepwater harbour here.This was disclosed by EIB Vice President responsible for lending in the Caribbean, Pim Van Ballekom, who led a high-level delegation from the bank.Briefing the media on the its visit, Ballekom noted that during his talks with Government and the private sector the possible investment in the rehabilitation of the harbour was discussed at length.He explained that this move is part of a much bigger investment programme to improve links between Guyana and neighbouring Brazil. However, the Vice President pointed out that it would be more practical to embrace those projects separately, beginning with the deepwater harbour.Ballekom said it is more a matter of preparing the infrastructure for the more expansive project: “I was told that without a harbour, investing in the road link to Brazil is not economically viable, so we have to start somewhere and I think the harbour, as such, is any how needed due to the fact that Georgetown can receive bigger vessels for containers. I think that makes sense even without investing in the link,” the EIB executive stated.According to the Vice President, prior to coming here he did not consider whether the project is economically feasible but having been given an insight as to what it entails, he believes it is long overdue.He revealed that already he has met a few persons from the local private sector who are willing to invest in a deepwater harbour, mainly because of the potential it has to facilitate access for bigger container vessels. The banking executive further noted that even with Guyana’s emerging oil sector, a harbour port will be more economical for the country.“I think as a stand-alone project, it will be to the benefit of the economy anyhow, apart from what is going to happen in the oil sector.”Nevertheless, Ballekom noted that they are yet to iron out the specifics of the project, that is, whether it will be a Public-Private Partnership or a loan-project. He explained that discussions were held on four separate substantial projects, and the EIB never finances a project fully, as such it will be looking to other international financial institutions, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) perhaps, to join forces.“So we start up the process, the ultimate amount we are lending to those four projects remains to be seen.”However, the EIB Vice President outlined that no commitments were made on any of the projects until the bank carries out its due diligence process: “I will ensure that (our officers) start up the whole process of appraisal and they will have to come back more often to the country in order to look more in detail on the investment opportunities but I didn’t commit myself to anything.”Meanwhile, Ballekom emphasised that the EIB is eager to re-engage Guyana, either in the private sector or the public sector or both, noting that its economic climate is welcoming.Thus far, the delegation has held talks with President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson and Finance Minister Winston Jordan. It has also had discussions with the private sector as well as the commercial sector.The Vice President continued that he was pleased with the preparation of the Guyanese Government, which was particular in its interests.The trip was well prepared by our office in Santo Domingo and I have to say that the Guyana Government was well prepared as well because every minister I met with, highlighted similar projects.“There was good coordination between the various departments and that’s what I like, because if you want to re-engage a country, we want to have people who are focused on the priorities… All in all, it looks very promising in the near future, and I’m sure that I’ll be back in the country in the course of next year to sign the first operations between the European Bank and either the private or public sector in Guyana,” the banking executive posited.Furthermore, Ballekom pointed out that Guyana stands to benefit from doing business with the European Investment Bank, which finances itself on the capital market and as a triple A bank, its funding costs are low, thus those advantages can be passed on to customers.He added too that the bank has a longer tenant than the private sector and also have an impressive technical expertise from which Guyana can benefit, especially as it relates to the deepwater harbour.last_img read more

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Brit completes 13-year trip around the world

first_img“It’s been my life, for 13 years, I’ve put everything into this,” he said. “To be honest I didn’t know it was going to happen. There were many times in the trip where it should have failed.” Lewis was recruited by fellow adventurer Steve Smith, who first dreamed up the idea of going around the world using only human power in 1991. The pair had little experience at sea, but Lewis thought the prospect of hiking and biking across the world was “wildly romantic.” Trouble began early. After two years of planning and fundraising, the pair set out in July 1994 only to get “horribly lost” on their way to the English coastal town of Rye, where their pedal boat was waiting. After crossing the English Channel to France and then cycling to Portugal, the pair pedaled their boat in shifts across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Miami in February 1995. Along the way, they survived close encounters with a shrimping trawler, a whale and a giant wave that swept Smith overboard. By the time they reached America, the two adventurers had been cooped up in a broom closet-sized space for 111 days with little in the way of food, and their relationship had begun to deteriorate. They crossed the U.S. separately, with Lewis strapping on his inline skates for the 3,500-mile trip to San Francisco. It was on this leg of the journey that he was hit by a car in Pueblo, Colo., breaking both legs. He spent nine months recuperating. LONDON – He was hit by a car in Colorado, attacked by a crocodile in Australia, detained as a suspected spy in Egypt and survived illness and periods of despair. On Saturday, British adventurer Jason Lewis finally came home, completing a 13-year, 46,000-mile human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. The 40-year-old carried his 26-foot yellow pedal craft the last few miles up the River Thames, pushing it across the Meridian Line at Greenwich, where his expedition began in 1994. “I’m overwhelmed,” Lewis told Sky News television after arriving. He struggled for words as he described his feelings at the close of an odyssey that took him around the globe, powered only by his arms and legs – on a bicycle, a pedal boat, a kayak and inline skates. Smith and Lewis reunited in San Francisco and eventually pedaled from the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawaii, where the two split for good. He biked across the Australian outback, dodged supertankers in the Singapore straits and hiked the Himalayas. From Mumbai, India, he pedaled his boat across the Indian Ocean to Djibouti and made his way north by bicycle through Sudan and Egypt. Accidents and sickness dogged the trip. The collision in Colorado nearly cost Lewis his leg. The trip across the Pacific left him sore, inflamed and depressed. While kayaking across the Barrier Reef off Australia, he was attacked by a crocodile, which bit off a piece of his paddle. Local authorities were a problem, as well. Lewis logged “interesting experiences” with Alabama police and gun-wielding locals in the United States. He had to cycle through Tibet at night to avoid detection by Chinese roadblocks. And when he crossed into Egypt from Sudan, he was thrown in jail by the military on suspicion of being a spy. After his release from prison, he biked through the Sinai desert and across Jordan, Syria and Turkey. He then powered through Europe over the summer, arriving in Greenwich, in southeast London, to cheers from family, supporters and the Duke of Gloucester, the expedition’s British patron. Lewis said he hoped to use the expedition to raise funds for humanitarian causes and draw attention to environmental issues.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES

first_imgIndoor Hurling & Camogie Finals:The following teams have qualified for the county finals that are being held on Thurs. 6th December in the Burnfoot Hall @ 11am sharp! Schools are asked to be there @ 10.45am for registration.Hurling: (Derrybeg; Glenties; Dromore; Whitecastle; Tooban Camogie: (Derrybeg; Barnesmore; Woodlands; Tooban)Football Competitions: Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.  Mouth Guards: Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it will be compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level. Committee Meeting: The next monthly meeting will be held in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Jan. 9th @ 5pm.GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES was last modified: December 3rd, 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:Schools GAA noteslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED COMFORTABLY BY GLENFIN

first_imgGaeil Fhánada C.L.G. NotesLotto resultsNo jackpot winner. Nos drawn were 06, 08, 11, 13, 16. Bonus 01. €100 winner Nora Connor, Tamney, €50 winner Leo Blaney, Rosnakill. Next week’s jackpot €3,050.Comhghairdeas Mór – Bus Eireann Féile Peile na nÓgGaeil Fhánada had another really proud weekend for our wee Club.Our U14 boys had great wins over the weekend to get to the Féile final last weekend. Some great talent and team work was displayed, congratulations to all involved.We are very proud of you all.Gaeil Fhánada play Sean Mac Cumhaill’s at home in Páirc Uí Siail, Portsalon this Sunday at 3.00p.m. in the Senior League Division 2 Round 13. Reserve game at 1.30p.m.Referees: TBCSenior League Div 2 Round 12 – Gleann Fhinne (1-16) v (1-9) Gaeil Fhánada. Gaeil Fhánada – Mark McConigley, Joe Blaney, Fergal ‘Una’ Friel, Frankie Sweeney0:01, Ronan McAteer, Patrick McConigley, Ryan(Red Bird) McGonigle 0:01, Kevin ‘Bear’ McGonigle, Michael Sweeney 0:01, Jimmy Coyle, Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel 0:03, Johnny ‘Nanny’ Friel 0:01, Marty McAteer, Mark ‘Sparky’ Friel (C) 0:01, Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel 0:01,Oisin Shiels for Jimmy Coyle, Jerry Friel, Davitt Walsh 1:00 for Fergal Friel, Shaun McGovern, Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle, Oisin Blaney . Referee: Connie Doherty.Senior Reserve League Div 2 Round 12Gleann Fhinne (1-08) v (2-07) Gaeil Fhánada. Gaeil Fhánada – Oisin Blaney, Shaun Coyle, Ken Dempsey, Michael Heraghty, Shaun McElwaine 0:01, Paul ‘ Dougie’ Coyle, Ciaran Carr, Eamonn Sweeney 0:01, Colm ‘Turkey’ McGonigle, Shaun McGovern 0:03, Jerry ‘Diver’ Friel 1:01, Paul ‘Friely’ Friel, Charlie Crerand, Brian ‘Teddy’ McVeigh 1:00, Kevin Loughrey, Paul O’Connor, Brendan Callaghan, Gary McGonigle, Ciaran Coll, Conor McGonigle, Kevin McGonigle, Niall Carr 0:01, Ultan McGettigan, Eamon Carr, Conor McConigley, Aidan Heraghty. Best for Fanad were Eamon Sweeney, Shaun Coyle and Man of the Match was Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle. Referee: Greg Mc Groary.U10 blitz in Downings this Saturday 5th July at 11a.m. For further info contact Martin on 9163472.County Player For Gaeil Fhánada GAA CÚL CAMPMeet and greet a county player in the run up to the Ulster Championship final on July 20th. Camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games. On the last day of the camp a “blitz” will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are run throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm, in all 32 Counties and overseas. Gaeil Fhánada will host a Kellogg’s Cúl Camp from Monday 14th to Friday 18th July. The cost of the camp includes your Cúl Camp gear of jersey, shorts and socks. This year the bag which accompanies the gear will be in the Donegal colours. Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Please bring packed lunch + drink, Hurley and Helmet for Hurling and Camogie, mouthguard for Football, Suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots, rain jacket and changes of gear on wet days, sun cream and baseball hat, towel and water.COST: €55 for 1st. child; €45 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. For children attending a second camp, without gear, the cost is €35. In addition to internet bookings Fiona Shiels will accept application forms and entry fees from now on. For anyone who wishes to pay by instalment, she can also organise this. She may be contacted on 085-1555645. Get all the information you require by checking out the internet link below. Book early so that you won’t be disappointed. https://secure.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=11&venue=478&day&month&year=2014&sort=2Congratulations to all the Fanad Youth Club boys and girls who took part and won gold, silver & bronze medals in Tralee last weekend, well done everyone.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED COMFORTABLY BY GLENFIN was last modified: July 1st, 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

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HOW INCREDIBLE CATHERINE BEGAN HER INTER-COUNTY GAELIC CAREER AGED 37

first_imgCatherine in action for St Eunan’sA LOCAL ladies gaelic footballer has made her debut as an inter-county player – at the age of 37!At a time when most players have retired, St Eunan’s footballer Catherine Fletcher donned the jersey of her native Derry in the Ulster Junior Final….and she only took up the sport FOUR YEARS AGO!And although they lost out to Antrim, she is already looking forward to an All-Ireland quarter final against Carlow on August 7! The mother-of-three lives in her adopted Letterkenny with husband Keith and was persuaded to line out for St Eunan’s by Senior Ladies coach Alan O’Connell in 2012.“I never thought I’d ever play inter-county football,” said Catherine – known at her club as ‘Fletch’.“In fact a few years ago I never thought I’d even play gaelic football, never mind play it at that level.”The game’s administrators at Croke Park confirmed to her a few weeks ago that although she lived in Donegal and played her club football here, she was eligible to play for either Donegal or Derry – so she went along to the Derry trials at Owenbeg and was selected. And she was picked to start in the Ulster final.“We lost the game but it was a huge honour to play for Derry. It was really very special,” said Catherine.“I know we are now into the quarter-final of the All-Ireland against Carlow so I’m going to continue to work hard and hopefully I’ll get a run out in that game. It really is still sinking in.”Catherine’s entire life has been sports orientated.And she has brought all her skills learned in other sports to play in gaelic football. She played Netball for Northern Ireland at U16/18/21 and Senior Level. She played in numerous European Championships and played in the 1999 World Championships in New Zealand when she was 20 years old.She retired from netball after a knee injury aged 22 but went back to playing soccer.She played with Quigley’s Point Swifts and Redcastle FC in the Inishowen League, Derry City Ladies in the Northern Ireland Premier League, Letterkenny Rovers and Lagan Harps in the Donegal League.She won two Intermediate FAI All Ireland Medals with Lagan Harps. She has been a PE Teacher at Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry for past 14 years.Catherine also studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Ulster Jordanstown, winning various inter varsity titles in both netball and soccer.Now she has really taken to gaelic.She was St Eunan’s Senior Player of the Year last season and was appointed club captain this year.“I would say age isn’t a barrier to anyone playing gaelic football,” she said.“There are a lot of women out there who maybe played the game in their youth and their 20s and then gave it up due to career or family or going to college. It’s never too late to come back to sport.”Catherine receives her player of the year award – aged 36!Catherine – wearing No4 – in the Derry line-upHOW INCREDIBLE CATHERINE BEGAN HER INTER-COUNTY GAELIC CAREER AGED 37 was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 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:Catherine FletcherDerryDonegal Ladies Gaelic FootballLadies GaelicSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof wanted by Everton boss Marco Silva

first_img Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 1 NEW ERA who plays? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? ALTERED possible xi Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics latest in football Everton boss Marco Silva wants to bring out-of-favour Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof to Goodison Park this summer.Silva, who was recently announced as the new Toffees manager, has drawn up a list of transfer targets as he plans a complete overhaul of the club. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? predicted crackers And, according to the Mirror, he has prioritised a potential £35million move for 23-year-old defender Lindelof.Lindelof only made 13 league appearances for United as he struggled to make an impact following his £31.5million switch from Benfica last summer.He made two costly mistakes at Huddersfield as the Red Devils slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat and the Swede is yet to live up to the reputation he developed in Portugal.But Silva, who has an impressive knowledge of Portuguese football, rates him highly.There’s no indication that Jose Mourinho wants to ditch Lindelof and United insiders believe he will be given another season to impress the boss.However, there is no shortage of centre-backs at Old Trafford, with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind also in the ranks. Lindelof will travel to the World Cup with Sweden and his manager Janne Andersson expects him to eventually become a hit at United.He said: “Victor was outstanding in our two World Cup play-off games against Italy when they didn’t score against us in either game.“It was a difficult transition from Portuguese football to the Premier League for Victor but I’m absolutely certain he will be a success for United going forward.”last_img read more

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ARMED GARDAI TAKE PART IN RAIDS ON LETTERKENNY PREMISES

first_imgArmed Garda units have taken part in a series of raids across Letterkenny today.Members of the Garda Regional Response Unit took part in the raids this morning.The raids took place at two locations at least including an apartment block at Lower Main Street and at a house at Long Lane. It is understood that a number of people were interviewed in relation to criminal activity as a result of the raids.The raids were part of a planned Garda operation.It is unsure if any arrests were made.Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the raids. ARMED GARDAI TAKE PART IN RAIDS ON LETTERKENNY PREMISES was last modified: March 18th, 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:GardaiLETETRKENNYletterkennyraidsREGIONAL RESPONSE UNITlast_img read more

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Donegal IFA urge farmers to apply for Flood Damage Relief Scheme

first_imgDonegal Irish Farmers’ Association held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the Flood Damage Relief Measure for farmers affected by recent flooding, which opened to applications this week.The IFA meeting offered information to farmers on the terms of the flooding scheme and advice on completing the application form.Donegal IFA Chairman Michael Chance encouraged all affected farmers to ensure they made their applications as soon as possible and in advance of the closing date, Friday, September 29th. Michael Chance said it is unacceptable that crop losses are not covered under the scheme and IFA has been in direct contact with Minister Michael Creed on this issue. He said the Department of Agriculture must be flexible in the evaluation process, and in the event of a dispute, farmers must have access to an appeals mechanism.The lack of support surrounding crop losses has affected farmers such as Seamus Lynch, who was left devastated when a combination of the spring tide and the torrential rain destroyed his crops. Despite spending €10,000 erecting pumps in an attempt to drain his property, Seamus has lost 65 acres of potatoes and another 60 acres of barley, worth an estimated €300,000.Support under this measure will apply to losses of livestock, the loss of conserved fodder (Hay or Silage) and as a contribution towards the clean-up cost of agricultural lands, including repair to fences, damaged by debris washed up by the floods. Only losses not covered by insurance will be eligible for consideration.At the meeting last night, farmers raised issues in relation to the impact of land damage on farm scheme eligibility. The meeting was assured that IFA has received commitments from Minister Creed and the Department of Agriculture that farmers will not be penalised. Michael Chance assured farmers that if there are any issues with this, IFA will deal with them.Minister Creed says; “While it is not possible to address all of the problems the floods caused on farms, the measures I have announced will specifically direct support to those that have borne the brunt of the flooding.“I would particularly like to pay tribute to the tremendous community spirit of the people in Donegal in supporting those affected by the flooding.”You can find the application form for the DAFM Flood Damage Relief Measure by clicking here.Declan Grant and Neilly Garnt at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonJoseph Callaghan, Patrick Gill and Sheila Gill at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonJames Strain, Gerad Mclaughlin and Sean Breslin at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonJoseph Callaghan, Patrick Gill and Sheila Gill at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonFarmers at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonGerry Gunning and Francis Burns at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonJohn Sterritt, William Monigle and Brendan McLaughlin at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonMartin McCullagh , Teagasc, Francis Burns, IFA Enviorment Committee, Brendan McLaughlin, Donegal Vice Chairman, Bert Stewart, North Leinster Regional Chairman, Michael Chance, Donegal Chairman, Gerry Gunning, IFA Rural Development Executive, Adrain Gallagher, Secretary, Marcus O’Halloran, IFA Developmet Office and Seamus Campbell, Teagasc at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonFrancis Burns, IFA Enviorment Committee, Bert Stewart, North Leinster Regional Chairman, Michael Chance, Donegal Chairman, Gerry Gunning, IFA Rural Development Executive and Brendan McLaughlin, Donegal Vice Chairman at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonFrancis Burns, Donegal IFA Enviromental Chairman at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonBert Stewart, North Leinster Regional Chairman, Gerry Gunning, IFA Rural Development Executive and Francis Burns, IFA Enviorment Committee at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonFrancis Burns, Donegal IFA Enviromental Chairman at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonMartin McCullagh, Teagasc speaking at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive Wassonat the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonSome of the crowd at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive Wassonat the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive Wassonat the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonFarmers at the IFA flood damage relief meeting in Buncrana to assist farmers with completing application forms for financial assistance on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonDonegal IFA urge farmers to apply for Flood Damage Relief Scheme was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:agricultureIFAInishowen Floodingirish farmers associationLiffordlast_img read more

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Arranmore Island to host annual Walk of Remembrance today

first_imgThe eighth annual Walk of Remembrance will take place on Arranmore Island today.The walk begins at 4pm from the Community Centre on the island.As this is not a race, you can walk as far or as little as you like, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Irish Guide Dog’s has been chosen as the charity of choice for this years walk.There is no cover charge for the walk, just a donation of your choice.Hearts are on sale for the next few days.You can write the name of your loved ones on the hearts, along with your own name. Your name will be entered into an Easter Saturday draw.Prizes include two return flights from Donegal Airport to Dublin, a two-night stay in the Sandhouse Hotel, a voucher from CJs, Nails by Aine, Charlie Mace, Irish Guide Dogs prizes plus a few hampers.You will also have a chance to win two prizes of €400 cash.Organisers have five candles which represent the different stages of grief, and these will be placed on a table by children from the community, with a poem being read out for each. Balloons are then released in memory of loved ones.Arranmore Island to host annual Walk of Remembrance today was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Letterkenny International Folk Festival lives on – this weekend!

first_imgThe folk who organised the original event, which ran back in the seventies and eighties, may not – with the odd honourable exception – be there but the spirit of the Letterkenny International Folk Festival lives on!And this weekend, a revised version of the popular entertainment experience is being staged in the town and is set to draw huge crowds to enjoy a packed programme of music and dancing and plenty more besides.The event will be officially opened by singer and songwriter, Charlie McGettigan, at the An Grianan Theatre on Thursday evening at 7.p.m. The Ballyshannon born performer won the Eurovision Song Contest in the company of Paul Harrington with ‘Rock ‘N Roll Kids’ in 1994. Before and since he has been a highly popular figure on the entertainment scene.“He’ll be singing a couple of his songs on the night while a few more acts will also be performing to help launch the Festival,” chairperson, Johnny Joe McCollum disclosed.Deputy Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr. Kevin Bradley pictured at the press conference to announce details of the Forthcoming Letterkenny Folk Festival pictured with Shiloe Kelly, Manager at the Station House Hotel Festival Committee including Chairman, Johnny Joe Mc Column, and committee members Dunkan Bartley, Paddy Kelly and Margaret Tonner. Photo Brian McDaid.“We would like former festival committee members to come along and share their memories of the old days. But we want to see as many as possible there.”The gig rig will be located at the Market Square on Friday night with live music, starting at 8.p.m., featuring Rory & The Island and the Dublin City Ramblers who themselves performed at one of the original Folk Festivals. Before that the Cathedral Quarter will host a walking tour of Letterkenny starting at Dillons Hotel at 3.p.m. This particular venue will also a special Church Lane Reunion as part of Heritage Week on the Thursday night from 8.p.m. to 10.p.m.Meanwhile, one of the true originals of the old Letterkenny International Folk Festival, Sally Blake, will host an exhibition of old Festival memorabilia, comprising numerous photographs and other material, at the Donegal County Museum from 6.p.m. on Friday.“I gathered together a big collection of photos, programmes and posters and a lot more during the time of the festival and am delighted to be able to put it on public display,” said the Honorary President of the new Folk Festival.At 7.p.m. on the Friday evening, ‘The Tailor’s Troubles’ will provide a session of traditional music at the Market Square.On Saturday from 11.a.m. through to 2.p.m., the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce will host a busking festival which promises to attract a wide variety of street performers. At 12.p.m., Brian Walsh will host a Town Treasure Hunt commencing at the Station House Hotel.Then for four hours from 2.p.m. onwards, Letterkenny Main Street will fairly buzz with the sound of music and the sight of dancing at various venues including the Old Courthouse, the Market Square, the Central Library, and the Post Office.A true international flavour will be incorporated into the afternoon with Polish, Russian and Indian groups bringing culture and colour to the main thoroughfare.The Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band will give a rendition at the Market Square from 5.p.m. to 6.p.m. while the day will also include fun and games for children (2.p.m. to 5.p.m.) and skittles at (where else?) Skittles Alley at 6.30.p.m. The gig rig on Saturday will have relocated to the Port Road where a trio of top performers will keep the masses entertained including Jim Devine and Johnny Brady and the legendary Brush Shiels who, way back in the mists, was the frontman for the big act of the time, Skid Row.On Sunday morning, it’s time for the athletic minded to take to the roadways for the Festival Road Relay Races hosted by Letterkenny Athletic Club.Race One will feature girls and boys 3×500 metres while Race Two will see the male and female open 3×1500 metres event along with the Masters event. Registration is from 10.a.m. at Charlie’s Café on the Pearse Road.One of the events that caught the imagination from those old Folk Festival days was the Soap Box Derby and it’s making a return for the 2019 version in association with the RNLI Lifeboat. The starting ramp will be located at the Golden Grill on the Port Road and entry fee is 40 euro with children going free.Organisers are hoping for as many as possible to climb on their soap boxes and there’s 500 euro in prize money as a prime incentive. You can enter by contacting Frank at 083-4228226.And following the derby, a ball race, with up to €1,000 in prizemoney.The Festival of former times was geared towards every age group and this one is no exception with the St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Club and Letterkenny CDP hosting a Family Fun Day from 3.p.m. to 6.p.m. at O’Donnell Park.Everything from face painting to a fancy dress competition and from wet sponge throwing and sporting activities has been pencilled in with various flavours of international cuisine also on sale.The same venue will host a special Party in the Park organised by the Donegal Youth Services coinciding with the family fun event.“We are hoping the town comes out in its droves to support the festival over the weekend,” chairperson McCollum appealed.The Festival is receiving the support of the Letterkenny Vintners Association and the brewers along with local business outlets and organisations.“We are extremely grateful to them all for their backing. Now all we need is for the people to come out and lend their support,” added the chairperson.The Letterkenny International Folk Festival lives on – this weekend! was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalFolk Festivalletterkennylast_img read more

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