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A windfall for Beermen

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Guevarra tops Bicol netfest LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Ang, a basketball fanatic who refuses to watch the games live as much as possible, reminded the team to keep its feet on the ground and remain focused on the big picture as the Beermen once again aim for the rare Grand Slam.“I tell the players to relax and give thanks to God because He is the one blessing us with this success,” Ang said. “He gave us a chance to win this conference and we shouldn’t be boastful of our success. We should continue praying for these players so that they can accomplish the goal we set.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC For Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo, this means rewarding his parents whatever they desire while also saving for his future.“Whatever my parents want and whatever I can give them, I will. But of course, I have to save too,” Fajardo, who won a record sixth Best Player of the Conference award, said.“It doesn’t mean that when we get these bonuses, we have to spend all of it. We have to spend it wisely,” he added as he stands to gain the most if the BPC and Finals MVP awards perks are counted.Normal bonuses of PBA teams give players 4.5 months for winning the Philippine Cup.None of the players divulged the exact figure during the celebrations, with former MVP Arwind Santos refusing to look at it as a motivating factor.“For me, money is not the main factor here. What we achieved, with the bonding we had as a team, that’s what makes us happy,” said Santos in Filipino. “As for the bonus, I’d like to say we’re always happy here.”ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It was evident in the faces of the players during the victory celebration on Tuesday night at the SMC compound that hefty bonuses were given and that they were rewarded well.Inquirer sources, who refused to be identified, pegged the amount at “seven months at the least to eight months (of a player’s basic pay) at the most.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat means players receiving the maximum monthly base pay of P420,000 will get at least P2.940 million, excluding the extra that generous team owner Ramon S. Ang could give.“I think San Miguel is very generous when it comes to giving us extra, especially with what we have achieved,” said coach Leo Austria, referring to the all-Filipino championship record after dispatching of sister team Magnolia, 4-1, in the best-of-seven Finals. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAfter collaring an unprecedented fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup title last Friday, San Miguel Beer certainly put itself in the conversation as the best team of all time.And with that run—and if reports are accurate—these Beermen also became the wealthiest in terms of bonuses earned.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Congratulations, Amazon Warriors

first_imgDear Editor,The dry weather game “cricket”, for now, is over in Guyana. I join with every Guyanese in expressing congratulations to the management of GAW and the Amazon Warriors for the most memorable season of CPL. Kudos! You have all made us proud.  The games were entertaining and the crowd support was electrifying. The general conduct of the fans was excellent, the work of the traffic officers before and after the games was commendable. However, there are two things that were evident and need to be corrected for future activities.First, after the games, or any other event, the management of the stadium should ensure that all the bottles, boxes, garbage and other forms of disposables are removed from the compound.In plain sight, garbage was evident at the entrance of the gate leading into the VVIP section. Heaps of bottles, boxes, bags, etc were seen throughout the duration of the games. I find it hard to believe that the officials in charge of the stadium overlooked that important entrance. That section is where the most important people of this country and even further traverse. Among the noticeable persons at the games were Government Ministers, the Opposition Leader, presidential nominee of the PPP/C, the American Ambassador, high officials of ExxonMobil, senior public servants, the business elites and bankers. It was indeed a disgraceful sight and demeaning of our standards.The other issue is for the Commissioner of Police. After every event at the stadium, numerous persons get robbed, assaulted and caressed by knife-wielding bandits. I am surprised that this activity has been going on for so long and there is no active police presence between Princess Hotel and the Harbour Bridge to protect the supporters of the event despite several reports and complaints to the Guyana Police Force.On many early mornings after a social event at the Providence Stadium, myself and other worshipers from the neighbouring Masjids have had to assist young girls who are left stranded without passage, assist them with telephone calls or transport them to their destinations.It is my hope that the relevant authorities can look into these matters and take corrective measures in good faith.Yours truly,Nazar Mohamedlast_img read more

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Mother killed, daughter critical in Mahaica accident

first_imgA British citizen was on Wednesday morning killed, while her daughter is in a critical condition, following an accident along Chelsea Public Road, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.Dead: Bibi O’DonovanDead is Bibi Aneeroon O’Donovan, 58, formerly of Lot 15 Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice (WCB); while Shaneeza Lewis, 23, is presently a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Reports are that the mother and daughter were heading to the Eugene F Correia International Airport for a flight to Barbados then to London when the driver of the car reportedly lost control and slammed into a parked truck.Guyana Times was told that the car bearing registration number HC 6753 was speeding along the East Coast Public Road. Both the now dead woman and her daughter were transported to the Mahaicony Hospital where the mother was pronounced dead on arrival.Her daughter, however, was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was, up to press time, in a stable condition. When contacted, Azeemoon McLean, the now dead woman’s sister told Guyana Times that she received the dreaded news at about 06:00h. She said that after receiving the message, she immediately went to her sister’s house in Cotton Tree, WCB.She noted that her sons travelled to the crash site after which they called to confirm that her sister was dead. The aggrieved woman noted that her sister travelled to Guyana about six weeks ago to spend some time with the family and was heading to the airport to board her flight back to the United Kingdom.She added that her sister left home at about 04:00h in a taxi driven by a relative. While she could not confirm what might have caused the accident, the devastated sister noted that it was impossible to speak with the driver since he was being questioned by Police at the Mahaicony Police outpost.She also recalled that it was only three months ago that the family buried a brother and it is now heart-rending to lose a sister.The woman noted that her sister’s three other children and husband are in the United Kingdom and have been informed of the fatal accident. With respect to her niece’s condition, she explained that she is in a stable condition but her face was seriously damaged. The Police have launched an investigation into the accident.last_img read more

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Northern Lights College Grads

first_imgA UBC professor will receive this year’s Honorary Associate of Arts Degree, during Fort St. John Campus Northern Lights College graduation ceremonies tomorrow.They’re scheduled to begin at 2pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre and, the College will then host a gathering for Doctor Robin Ridington at the NLC campus from 7 to 9pm.Professor Ridington holds a PhD in Anthropology, from Harvard University and, is being recognized by the NLC for his contributions, to northeast BC aboriginal studies.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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MAN WHO HAD JAW BROKEN IN LETTERKENNY ATTACK GIVES EVIDENCE VIA VIDEOLINK FROM AUSTRALIA

first_imgA CO Galway man who suffered a broken jaw in an attack while he was in Co Donegal working has given evidence in the trial of two local men charged with assault.Carpenter Mark Smyth, from Ballinsasloe, gave evidence to Letterkenny District Court via video link from Australia during an 8am hearing this morning.Before the court are 28-year-old Shane Diver, 45a Glencar Park, Letterkenny, and 22-year-old Conor McGowan, Windyhall, Letterkenny. Diver faces two charges of assault while McGowan faces three charges.In his evidence to the early morning hearing – set at 8am to facilitate Mr Smyth, Garda Sean Duffy said that on the 1st of July 2011 at Letterkenny Garda station at 2pm three males reported that they had been assaulted at the station house hotel on the 29 June.They were John Kelly, Mark Smith and Enda Carthy from Ballinasloe.They had been working in Letterkenny for a week as carpenters by trade.At 8.30pm on June 28th they left the Station House Hotel where they had been staying and went to the Brewery Bar for food and a pint.Then they proceeded to the Voodoo bar for more drink. While there got speaking to a male of thin build about 6ft tall wearing a blue t- shirt and a gold and silver chain around his neck.This person talked to Mark Smyth, Smyth couldn’t understand his accent so asked his friend Enda Carty to engage in conversation with him. The conversation was about work.They continued socialising and went to the ink nightclub upstairs in the voodoo. Enda Carty met the man again upstairs in the nightclub and they bought each other a drink each.Enda Carty then left Voodoo early and returned to the hotel. But he had forgotten his key and walked back towards Voodoo to meet his two friends.He met up with them and they made their way to the Station House. John Kelly walking slightly ahead of two other Galway men turned around noticed three males running a bit of a distance away.Suddenly Enda Carty got a fist in the back of the head. A stand off ensued and an argument began.The three injured parties tried to reason with the other males, said the Garda, asking the the male in the blue t-shirt and gold chain that had been drinking with Enda Carty why their friend had hit him.Then another male landed on the scene and there was possibly another male in a car nearby. This all took place around 3.40 am on the Pearse Road beside the Station House Hotel.Mark Smyth, after a short period of time trying to talk to the males, received a strike to the right hand side of his face on his jaw.The next thing Smyth remembered was going into the Station House. Memory was hazy after receving the blow, he said.John Kelly received two punches from two separate males. Enda Carty received the initial punch in the back of the head while walking to the hotel, the court heard.Carty then confirmed in his statement that he received 2 or 3 other blows from the other males.The Galway men then ran into the hotel to escape the melee, said Garda Duffy.In his evidence via video link, Mark Smyth confirmed most of the evidence of what Garda Duffy said.He said he had ten to 12 pints on the night and that he was “well oiled.”He said he sustained a broken jaw from the attack and had to have surgery to put a wire in his jaw. He also lost a tooth.He said: “I woke up the next morning after the attack and my pillow was covered in blood.”He confirmed he went to work the next morning but after two hours realised there was something “seriously wrong” with him and he went to casualty.He was later taken to Altnagelvin hospital for surgery.Mr Carty and Mr Kelly have flown in from Madrid to give evidence later.The trial before Judge Paul Kelly is continuing this afternoon.Mr Diver and Mr McGowan deny all the charges. At hearing.* COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON ONGOING COURT CASESMAN WHO HAD JAW BROKEN IN LETTERKENNY ATTACK GIVES EVIDENCE VIA VIDEOLINK FROM AUSTRALIA was last modified: February 22nd, 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:MAN WHO HAD JAW BROKEN IN LETTERKENNY ATTACK GIVES EVIDENCE VIA VIDEOLINK FROM AUSTRALIAlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA FACE NAOMH COLUMBA IN IFC QUARTER-FINAL

first_imgAll Ireland Final Tickets   Ciarraí v Baile Atha CliathAny member wishing to have their name in the draw for All Ireland tickets send me a text before Friday at 1 p.m.Gaeil Fhánada Lotto Results  Numbers drawn were 05, 09, 11, 12, 13. Bonus 11.No jackpot winner.  €100 Joachim McAteer, Rinmore.  €50 Brenda Friel, Tullyconnell.Next week’s jackpot €1,500.  Come on support our wee club with the chance of taking home the jackpot.Rachel and Declan on duty. Seniors & ReservesLeague game possible this weekend, please keep an eye on our Facebook page.Intermediate Championship Quarter Final DrawNaomh Columba play Gaeil Fhánada on Saturday 19th September 2015 in Convoy @ 5:30pm.Intermediate Reserve Championship Quarter Final DrawGaeil Fhánada v Carndonagh also on 19th September 2015 in Convoy @ 4:00pm.  Michael and the boys would appreciate as much support as possible please. Cumann na mBanCounty Final for Gaeil Fhánada Minor LadiesThis weekend promises to be an exciting one for the minor ladies of Gaeil Fhánada, who will take to the field in the Minor A Championship final against Moville this Sunday in Convoy at 1pm. This particular group of ladies are no strangers to playing at this stage in the championship as many have competed in finals at various different age groups in the past and the girls are hopeful they will take the next step and prevail in Sunday’s decider.Ladies football has been getting stronger in the club in recent years and that has culminated this year in the senior ladies team being reformed and many of the players who will play on Sunday have also been playing senior football for the club this year. The Gaels qualified for the final after defeating Ardara in a tough contest in Convoy three weeks ago. That particular game was played in very poor weather conditions but an excellent team performance ensured they wouldn’t be denied their place in the final and eventually won on a scoreline of Gaeil Fhánada 5:09 Ardara 1:03.The championship campaign began in June with the Gaels grouped with Gaoth Dobhair, Cloughaneely, Dungloe, Naomh Mhuire and Milford. Cloughaneely visited Traigh a Locha in the first game where Fanad ended the game as comprehensive winners. Disappointment followed the following week when a depleted team travelled to the Banks and were beaten by a strong Naomh Mhuire team. Although defeated, the team played with great composure and confidence in the second half with many of the younger girls coming to the fore. Victories followed against Milford, Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair which meant a total of 8 points after the group stage, the same amount as Milford and Naomh Mhuire. However, a superior points difference ensured Gaeil Fhánada would be the team to qualify for the A semi-final.The team face into the final knowing that a very good performance will be required against favourites Moville, but have shown during the summer that they are well capable of putting in big performances. Many of the panel are still playing u16 football and have gelled well with the older girls on the team. Team captain, Orla Mc Gonigle and Hannah Shiels will be back for the final after both were unavailable for the semi-final and management are hopeful that they will have a full panel to choose from on Sunday.  See you all at 1pm in convoy supporting the girls.Gaeil Fhánada panel: Orla Mc Gonigle (captain), Maireád Coll (vice-captain), Lauren Carr, Orlaigh Carr, Saoirse Cushnan, Michelle Doherty, Gráinne Friel, Mariosa Friel, Aisling Howe, Eimear Mc Conigley, Aoife Mc Devitt, Niamh Mc Devitt, Roisín Mc Elwaine, Rosheen Mc Ginley, Shona Rogers, Hannah Shiels, Aoife Sweeney, Orla Sweeney, Rachel Sweeney, Caoimhe Walsh.Bord na nÓgU16s  Termon v Gaeil Fhánada Our U16s put up a superb team performance last Monday evening away to Termon to earn a well deserved draw in the championship quarter final.Scorers for Fanad were Sean Little 2:01, John Friel 0:01, Bernard Mc Gettigan 1:02, Mark Mc Ateer 0:04 Fergie Friel 0:01.Replay date to be confirmed.U14s County FinalNaomh Pádraig, Muff v Gaeil FhánadaOur u14s were very unfortunate to lose out 0:05 – 0:03 against a strong Naomh Pádraig side in the County Final.  Still a very proud and successful year for our Dougie, Martin and our U14boys to get this far, the future looks very bright for this group of young fellas.  Be proud boys.U13 Championship  Division3Our u13s lost out to CLG Na nDúnaibh last Sunday in Traigh a Locha.Our boys are playing Red Hughs away, maybe this Friday.   Patrick Heraghty will send out a text with more information later in the week.U10 blitzCLG Baile na nGallóglach hosted U10 all boys blitz last Saturday.  Termon, Gaeil Fhánada and Milford took part.  Great performance from all the boys.   Thanks very much to Pat Barrett and CLG Baile na nGallóglach on a well run blitz. Thanks also for the refreshments afterwards.U8sOur U8s play in a blitz up in Letterkenny Gaels this Wednesday.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA FACE NAOMH COLUMBA IN IFC QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

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‘He’s improving game after game’ – Liverpool great hails defender Joe Gomez

first_img Most Popular Football News Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is “one of the most underrated players in the Premier League”, according to Anfield great John Barnes.Gomez, 21, has had a fantastic season at Liverpool so far, forming a formidable partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the back that has seen them ship just five goals in twelve Premier League games this season. Gomez made many appearances at right-back last season but is now a regular fixture in the centre The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 PAYBACK The former Charlton man has also been in brilliant form for England, most recently helping the Three Lions make it to next summer’s finals of the UEFA Nations League after completing a 2-1 turnaround win over Croatia.His form has led to comparisons with the great Bobby Moore, who captained England when they won the World Cup in 1966.Meanwhile, Gomez is set for a bumper new contract with Liverpool as a reward for his splendid form.And Barnes was also full of praise for the centre-back, claiming Gomez is improving game after game. latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane center_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker Van Dijk and Gomez have improved Liverpool’s defence dramatically this season 2 LATEST scrap Barnes, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform BonusCodeBets.co.uk, said: “[Gomez] one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.“He’s learning from one of the best defenders in the world [Van Dijk] and keeps improving, game after game.”“If England play a back five then he absolutely should be starting for me. [Harry] Maguire and [John] Stones just about pip him for an automatic place in a four-man defence.” tense revealed last_img read more

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DDTV – THE MOMENT SAM SHONE IN THE DIAMOND

first_imgThis is the moment when Four Masters player Paul Durcan stepped off the bus in Donegal Town to an unforgettable welcome from 20,000 fansIt may have been raining cats and dogs but nobody cared. Thanks to our friends at Wallace Media for this short, yet absorbing clip from last night’s homecoming.Simply click on the video to play.    DDTV – THE MOMENT SAM SHONE IN THE DIAMOND was last modified: September 26th, 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)last_img read more

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Weightlifter Irene Kasuubo, 4 others vanish in Australia

first_imgBody builder, Irene Kasuubo at the Miss Fitness 2016 finals: (FILE PHOTO)KAMPALA: Following Uganda’s spectacular performance at the just concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, a number of Ugandan athletes went missing from the camp.Irene Kasuubo is a three-time gold medalist in the African Weightlifting Championships, Miss Kampala Fitness 2016 and a body builder.In November 2016, Kasuubo added the Miss Uganda Fitness accolade to her collection displaying an evident improvement in gymnastics, fitness, muscle toning and above all, confidence.PML Daily has learnt that five athletes were reported missing as Team Uganda prepared to return.The others missing include Halima Namboozo (Table Tennis), Kalidi Batuusa (Weightlifting), Reagan Ssimbwa (Boxing) and Bashir Nasir (Boxing)Uganda’s Bashir Nasir in action at the Glasglow Commonwealth Games 2014: (FILE PHOTO)Reagan Ssimbwa defeated Lukmon Lawal (Nigeria) at the Round of 16 however lost to Sammy Lee (Wales) at the quarterfinals in the Light Heavyweight (81 kgs) category at the just concluded 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia.Team Uganda display medals up on arrival at Entebbe: (Courtesy Photo)Team Uganda was on Thursday afternoon received by the First Lady, also Minister of Education and Sports, Janet K Museveni at Entebbe International Airport, amidst celebration across the nation.Comments Tags: Bashir Nasircommon wealth gamesKasuuboPML DailySportsUgandalast_img read more

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DD Motoring: Remembering two great Donegal people

first_imgThis week, Motoring columnist Brian McDaid recalls fond memories of two proud Donegal people who gave up their time for the benefit of others.The late John Mangan once told me his Daf 55 car would go faster backwards than it could go forward.I was reluctant to ask John how he knew this fact in case he would demonstrate it, or ask him how he discovered it, or was it just John who could personally reverse his car faster than he could drive it. But always feared the day I would see him coming out of the town in reverse and pulling into the Hegarty’s petrol pumps as he normally did, but in reverse! He is one of two Donegal people who will be remembered today, Thursday, in Donegal by their family and friends. Advertisement Journey.The train sat at the platform ready to take the gathering group on its journey up to the castle. The carriages were soon filled out with family and friends of the late Paddy Harte. His wife Rosaleen stood on the platform making sure that all her clan were on board, she nearly didn’t get a seat herself.Rosalyn Harte boarding the train at Oakfield Park last Sunday where she unveiled a chair in memory of late Husband Paddy Harte. Photo Brian Mc DaidA look through the camera lens as I asked Rosaleen to smile before she boarded the train. As the shutter opened and captured her image the thought cross my mind of a photo of herself and Paddy I was meant to get. It was going to be a surprise from Paddy to his wife to celebrate an anniversary of when they first met. That was also on a railway platform of a station many years before.Paddy was in the process of recreating where they first met heading for the train near Gleneany House in Letterkenny which was just across from the old Lough Swilly Railway and CDR station and for me, (his “official photographer” as he always joked) to be there to take a photo of them both.As things turned out that picture never happened because of Paddy’s failing health but, just this week, while looking for something else, a picture of Paddy and Rosaleen popped up out of the archives back when the Paddy Harte Rd was officially opened. Advertisement Happy Accident.As things turned out that photo that Paddy was planning was taken years before in 2009 with Cllr. Victor Fisher who grew up nearby where the Paddy Harte Road is now.Victor’s home was No1 gatehouse out of Letterkenny Railway Station along where the Pearse Road is now located, so by accident, Paddy did get his wish to link the railway in Letterkenny through Victor Fisher with the happy couple that met all them moons ago heading for the train.Paddy and Rosaleen Harte pictured with Cllr. Victor Fisher along the Paddy Harte road back in 2009. Photo Brian Mc DaidFrom Peace ParkLast Sunday we were all guests of Gerry Robinson as the train pulled out of the station in Raphoe to head down memory lane on Sunday. The diesel engine took its passengers through the park near Raphoe that Paddy Harte loved to walk through in his final years.Admitting that he didn’t know him when he was in politics but always seen a sparkle in his eye, Gerry admired Paddy for following his belief in fighting for recognition for those from Ireland who fought in the First World War.Gerry Robinson’s kind gesture sparked up some of the memories of Paddy Harte’s efforts to remember the Irish people who fought in the First World War for peace, no matter how unpopular it might have seemed at the time. Gerry worked on a beautiful seat made from deal wood which was unveiled by Paddy Harte’s wife Rosaleen in the castle overlooking the pond in the grounds of Oakfield House.Gerry Robinson pictured with Roseleen Harte at the cutting of the tape to unveil a beautiful hand made seat in memory of the late Paddy Harte at Oakfield House and the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidMy family were staunch “Harte People” so Paddy included me on a number of trips to Belgium and the Peace Park where I was to find out about my own grand uncles that fought in the First World War. They were never talked about in our house until Paddy Harte created The Peace Park in Messines in Flanders.In 2005 Paddy Harte was presented with his OBE at the Irish residence of the British ambassador in Dublin for his work on the peace park.Paddy’s seat was unveiled last Sunday so as many of his family could be there for the occasion but it’s Thursday is the day that Paddy Harte would have celebrated his 88th birthday. Remembering John Mangan.For me, today is also the day of another great familiar face in Letterkenny who will be remembered on the 1st anniversary of his death.At 11am in the isle of the Courtyard Shopping Centre special guest and friend Neil Gallagher will unveil a plaque to remember the Late John Mangan.John Mangan pictured in his home in Churchill with his daughter jackie and his grandson Charlie. Photo Brian McDaidJohn Mangan was the face of the Irish Wheelchair Association in Letterkenny, long before there ever was a parking space in town for the disabled. He was one of the associations longest-serving members. John lost the power in his legs as a young teenager in an era where wheelchair bound people ended up confined to their home.When John returned from Dublin minus the power of his legs he did so without even a wheelchair. His first wheelchair was made up from bits of old tractors and motor bike wheels by local people in Churchill.John told me in them days he was wheeled down to the nearby shop in Glendowan where he sat outside the shop for the day. John recalled always having a yarn with my late uncle Miah Deeney who drove for Lymacs in Letterkenny.Miah would always throw John a bottle of mineral off the back of the lorry which John always looked forward to but what John enjoyed more was that Miah gave John no graces, Miah would just have the banter and craic with John like anyone else.John believed that friends like Miah helped him more than they ever knew they did, by helping him believe in himself. John Mangan was the man in the wheelchair selling Bingo Cards outside Dillion’s Supermarket for years and then moved down the Main St. to the Courtyard shopping centre.The 1961 portrait By Derek Hill of John Mangan in his first wheelchair painted in Churchill complete with John’s dog Jack and Cruckshaw Hill in the background. The painting is a part of the Dublin City Gallery Collection at The Hugh Lane Gallery.This Thursday both Paddy Harte, on what would have been his 88th birthday, and John Mangan, on the 1st anniversary of his death, will be remembered respectively at Oakfield Park in Raphoe and the the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny where a plaque will remind us of both these proud Donegal people who gave up their time for the benefit of others.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Remembering two great Donegal people was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaidjohn manganMemoriespaddy hartetributelast_img read more

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