Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, May 30, 2020

middle_imgfirst_imgHONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET FOR SHIRREFFS TRAINER HOPES HE HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ BUSY DAY LOOMS FOR MICHAEL McCARTHYcenter_img ANNEAU D’OR IN RUNHAPPY SANTA ANITA DERBYBlaine Wright knows his way around the race track,You might say he was born in the game.His father, Richard, was a jockey and a trainer. His mother, Susan, was an assistant trainer, an owner and a breeder, so when Blaine sends out an outsider against two deservingly obvious favorites in a Grade I race, it should be given more than a longshot’s chance.That’s the scenario the 46-year-old trainer will find himself in next Saturday, June 6, when he runs Anneau d’Or against undefeated Authentic and Honor A.P. in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.As a two-year-old, a future of gold and glory seemed on the horizon after Anneau d’Or lost the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head at 28-1 to Storm the Court, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.That effort was followed by a neck defeat as the 6-5 favorite behind well-regarded Thousand Words in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity.But that was then and this is now. In his two races at three, Anneau d’Or (ring of gold) was an eventful ninth in the Grade II Risen Star at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 15 and fifth of six by 9 ½ lengths in the first division of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on May 2.Next up: the Santa Anita Derby.“Our plans are to leave Monday morning (from Golden Gate),” said Wright by phone from the Bay Area, adding that Victor Espinoza has been engaged to ride the $480,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro owned by 85-year-old Peter Redekop, an inspirational story in his own right.Born in a Mennonite colony in the former Soviet Union–in the area now known as the Ukraine–Redekop’s family was oppressed by Communists for their religious beliefs and displaced in Germany for two years after World War II ended.“We basically didn’t have any food to eat,” Redekop has said. “I was 10 years old and remember it very vividly. I will never forget it.”Following several years in The Netherlands, Redekop immigrated to Canada in 1948, landing in Winnipeg. He made his fortune in real estate, jumped into racing with both feet in 1968 and has been a prominent fixture for more than half a century.Redekop is the perennial leader among owners and breeders in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame.Wright, who began training full time in 2006, is best known for developing millionaire Alert Bay into a four-time graded stakes winner including Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile in 2015.But back to Anneau d’Or.“We had to use him a little more than we wanted the first part in the Arkansas Derby,” continued Wright, a native of Ogden, Utah, who has been a mainstay in Northern California and the Great Northwest, where he was leading trainer at Emerald Downs in 2016-17.“He broke bad, but that’s no excuse. The winner (Charlatan) ran off the charts (leading throughout to post a six-length triumph). Nobody was outrunning him that day. Maybe we would have placed a bit better, but on the other hand, it had been nine weeks since he ran in the Risen Star and it was another nine weeks from the Los Al Futurity to the Risen Star.“We had been at Santa Anita and breezed over the track for the Santa Anita Derby when it was originally to be run on April 4, but was ultimately postponed, so we came home to Golden Gate.“Now we’re looking forward to running him back in 30 days, but make no mistake; all of what transpired is no excuse as to why he got beat. He’s got to step up his game, obviously.“He really likes the track at Santa Anita. He breezed super over it (six furlongs in 1:13 flat March 28) when we had him there earlier and we were really looking forward to the Derby before racing was shut down.”Now the countdown is on in earnest.HONOR A.P. WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P. had his final major breeze this morning for next Saturday’s Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs in 1:00.20.Mike Smith, who has ridden the ridgling in all three of his races, was aboard for the drill.“He looked really good,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Honor Code for the C R K Stable, LLC of Lee and Susan Searing. “Mike was happy with him.”Also working this morning for a possible start in the Santa Anita Derby was Rushie, who went five furlongs for Michael McCarthy in a snappy 59.80 under leading rider Flavien Prat.Midcourt, also owned by C R K Stable and trained by Shirreffs, is set to work tomorrow for the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter on June 6.Midcourt was third beaten less than a length as the 7-10 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.In the Gold Cup, he will once again be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard the five-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last six races, winning four, including the restricted Comma to the Top, the Grade III Native Diver and the Grade II San Pasqual.  Espinoza will be seeking his third Gold Cup win, as won it 2018 with Accelerate and in 2015 with Hard Aces.Hard Not to Love draws the rail for the second straight race in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, which could be problematic, as she lost her left eye as a youngster when kicked by another horse.  While she has made great strides adapting, she can still become antsy when there’s no horse to her inside at the starting gate.Favored at 3-5 in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, Hard Not to Love broke from the number one post position and ran second to Ce Ce, who has post two in the Santa Maria, just outside Hard Not to Love.Asked how he felt about drawing the inside again with Hard Not Love, a nonplussed Shirreffs left ’em laughing with this: “That required another cocktail.”FINISH LINES: Trainer Michael McCarthy will saddle 3-5 morning line favorite Ce Ce in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and he’ll be plenty busty next Saturday as Santa Anita presents a plethora of prestigious playing possibilities, highlighted by seven stakes races. Already established as a national presence, McCarthy, a 49-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio, could have Rushie in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby; Brown Storm in the Hollywood Gold Cup; Speech in the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks; and Cono in the Crystal Water Stakes. Speech worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80. Also to be decided June 6 will be the Cinema Stakes, the Fran’s Valentine Stakes and the Desert Code Stakes . . . It was 2019 Juvenile Champion Storm the Court who worked five furlongs in 59.80 today for Peter Eurton, not Santa Anita Derby candidate Shooters Shoot. He will breeze on Monday…Happy 59th to trainer Richard Baltas.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Honor A.P.  (Shirreffs) 5-30-20Rushie (McCarthy) 5-30-20Rookie Mistake ( O’Neill) 5-30-20No Slo Mo (Glatt) 5-29-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-29-20Lane Way (Mandella) 5-28-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-28-20Justinian (Baffert) 5-28-20Honor A.P. (Shirreffs) 5-27-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-27-20Charlatan (Outside) and Crystal Ball (Baffert) 5-27-20Bellafina (Callaghan) 5-27-20last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, May 30, 2020

first_imgBUSY DAY LOOMS FOR MICHAEL McCARTHY TRAINER HOPES HE HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ ANNEAU D’OR IN RUNHAPPY SANTA ANITA DERBYBlaine Wright knows his way around the race track,You might say he was born in the game.His father, Richard, was a jockey and a trainer. His mother, Susan, was an assistant trainer, an owner and a breeder, so when Blaine sends out an outsider against two deservingly obvious favorites in a Grade I race, it should be given more than a longshot’s chance.That’s the scenario the 46-year-old trainer will find himself in next Saturday, June 6, when he runs Anneau d’Or against undefeated Authentic and Honor A.P. in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.As a two-year-old, a future of gold and glory seemed on the horizon after Anneau d’Or lost the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head at 28-1 to Storm the Court, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.That effort was followed by a neck defeat as the 6-5 favorite behind well-regarded Thousand Words in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity.But that was then and this is now. In his two races at three, Anneau d’Or (ring of gold) was an eventful ninth in the Grade II Risen Star at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 15 and fifth of six by 9 ½ lengths in the first division of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on May 2.Next up: the Santa Anita Derby.“Our plans are to leave Monday morning (from Golden Gate),” said Wright by phone from the Bay Area, adding that Victor Espinoza has been engaged to ride the $480,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro owned by 85-year-old Peter Redekop, an inspirational story in his own right.Born in a Mennonite colony in the former Soviet Union–in the area now known as the Ukraine–Redekop’s family was oppressed by Communists for their religious beliefs and displaced in Germany for two years after World War II ended.“We basically didn’t have any food to eat,” Redekop has said. “I was 10 years old and remember it very vividly. I will never forget it.”Following several years in The Netherlands, Redekop immigrated to Canada in 1948, landing in Winnipeg. He made his fortune in real estate, jumped into racing with both feet in 1968 and has been a prominent fixture for more than half a century.Redekop is the perennial leader among owners and breeders in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame.Wright, who began training full time in 2006, is best known for developing millionaire Alert Bay into a four-time graded stakes winner including Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile in 2015.But back to Anneau d’Or.“We had to use him a little more than we wanted the first part in the Arkansas Derby,” continued Wright, a native of Ogden, Utah, who has been a mainstay in Northern California and the Great Northwest, where he was leading trainer at Emerald Downs in 2016-17.“He broke bad, but that’s no excuse. The winner (Charlatan) ran off the charts (leading throughout to post a six-length triumph). Nobody was outrunning him that day. Maybe we would have placed a bit better, but on the other hand, it had been nine weeks since he ran in the Risen Star and it was another nine weeks from the Los Al Futurity to the Risen Star.“We had been at Santa Anita and breezed over the track for the Santa Anita Derby when it was originally to be run on April 4, but was ultimately postponed, so we came home to Golden Gate.“Now we’re looking forward to running him back in 30 days, but make no mistake; all of what transpired is no excuse as to why he got beat. He’s got to step up his game, obviously.“He really likes the track at Santa Anita. He breezed super over it (six furlongs in 1:13 flat March 28) when we had him there earlier and we were really looking forward to the Derby before racing was shut down.”Now the countdown is on in earnest.HONOR A.P. WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P. had his final major breeze this morning for next Saturday’s Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs in 1:00.20.Mike Smith, who has ridden the ridgling in all three of his races, was aboard for the drill.“He looked really good,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Honor Code for the C R K Stable, LLC of Lee and Susan Searing. “Mike was happy with him.”Also working this morning for a possible start in the Santa Anita Derby was Rushie, who went five furlongs for Michael McCarthy in a snappy 59.80 under leading rider Flavien Prat.Midcourt, also owned by C R K Stable and trained by Shirreffs, is set to work tomorrow for the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter on June 6.Midcourt was third beaten less than a length as the 7-10 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.In the Gold Cup, he will once again be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard the five-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last six races, winning four, including the restricted Comma to the Top, the Grade III Native Diver and the Grade II San Pasqual.  Espinoza will be seeking his third Gold Cup win, as won it 2018 with Accelerate and in 2015 with Hard Aces.Hard Not to Love draws the rail for the second straight race in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, which could be problematic, as she lost her left eye as a youngster when kicked by another horse.  While she has made great strides adapting, she can still become antsy when there’s no horse to her inside at the starting gate.Favored at 3-5 in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, Hard Not to Love broke from the number one post position and ran second to Ce Ce, who has post two in the Santa Maria, just outside Hard Not to Love.Asked how he felt about drawing the inside again with Hard Not Love, a nonplussed Shirreffs left ’em laughing with this: “That required another cocktail.”FINISH LINES: Trainer Michael McCarthy will saddle 3-5 morning line favorite Ce Ce in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and he’ll be plenty busty next Saturday as Santa Anita presents a plethora of prestigious playing possibilities, highlighted by seven stakes races. Already established as a national presence, McCarthy, a 49-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio, could have Rushie in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby; Brown Storm in the Hollywood Gold Cup; Speech in the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks; and Cono in the Crystal Water Stakes. Speech worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80. Also to be decided June 6 will be the Cinema Stakes, the Fran’s Valentine Stakes and the Desert Code Stakes . . . It was 2019 Juvenile Champion Storm the Court who worked five furlongs in 59.80 today for Peter Eurton, not Santa Anita Derby candidate Shooters Shoot. He will breeze on Monday…Happy 59th to trainer Richard Baltas.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Honor A.P.  (Shirreffs) 5-30-20Rushie (McCarthy) 5-30-20Rookie Mistake ( O’Neill) 5-30-20No Slo Mo (Glatt) 5-29-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-29-20Lane Way (Mandella) 5-28-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-28-20Justinian (Baffert) 5-28-20Honor A.P. (Shirreffs) 5-27-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-27-20Charlatan (Outside) and Crystal Ball (Baffert) 5-27-20Bellafina (Callaghan) 5-27-20center_img HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET FOR SHIRREFFSlast_img read more

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Finals experience helps Meralco overcome Phoenix

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco and Phoenix had vastly different identities during their quarterfinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kevin Belingon ends Fernandes’ reign, becomes undisputed ONE bantamweight king “We knew we had to win two games so we wanted to set the tone right from the get-go.”The Bolts are considered powers in the PBA’s third conference with two straight finals appearances to attest to that.Meralco fought by the skin of its teeth to get to the playoffs after falling to a 1-6 record in the preliminaries.“We understood that they’re [the Fuel Masters] going to make adjustments and I felt like that’s where our finals experience came in making those adjustments because is a series that’s what happens,” said Newsome who had 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT The Fuel Masters came into the series as the no.2 team an 8-3 record and brought along a twice-to-beat advantage while the Bolts entered the playoffs after slugging through the eliminations and winning four straight do-or-die games.Meralco, riding on that incredible winning streak,  stunned Phoenix and overcame a twice-to-beat disadvantage to continue its hot streak on the way to the semifinals against a tough Alaska team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBolts wingman Chris Newsome said it just may have been his team’s championship experience that got them over a determined team like Phoenix.“I definitely felt like that [championship experience] played a key especially in Game 1,” said Newsome after their 108-103 overtime win in Game 2. “I felt like we understood what we needed to do to set the tone.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Prince George RCMP seek missing man

first_imgPhoto: Jackson George Ginger has was last seen on May 31/SubmittedThe Prince George RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 70 year-old man who went missing from the area.- Advertisement -Jackson George Ginger was last seen on May 31 and was later reported missing by his friends and parole officer.He had apparently sold some of his possessions before going missing.RCMP are making contacts with friends and family in B.C. and Alberta.Since he has breached his parole conditions, a Canada wide warrant has been issued for his arrest. Before he went missing, he had been complying with the conditions of his parole.Advertisement Ginger is a native male, about 5’5’’ in height and weighs approximately 159 lbs.He has brown eyes and long, browish-grey hair.Anyone with information about his whearabouts is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

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JOIN ARENA 7 ON THEIR FANTASTIC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRIP TO BELFAST

first_imgBelfast Christmas Markets, City Square.Arena 7 have launched their annual Christmas shopping trip to Belfast, which will take place on Saturday, November 22nd.The hugely popular trip departs Arena7 at 8.30am on Saturday morning with a day packed with shopping, drinks and food.The itinerary for the day is outlined in more detail below. • Depart Arena7 at 8.30pm• Arrive in Benedicts of Belfast Hotel for Breakfast at 10.30am.• Shopping until 4.30pm• Cocktails at Benedicts of Belfast until 5.30pm • Depart Belfast at 5.30pm• Arrive in Arena7 for 4 Course Dinner at 7.30pm• Cost €60ppCall us today on 0749128853 or follow the link http://www.arena7.ie/christmasshoppingIf you’re interested in the brilliant details outlined above out then call us on 0749128853 or email sales@arena7.ie JOIN ARENA 7 ON THEIR FANTASTIC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRIP TO BELFAST was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 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:Arena 7BelfastBusinessCHristmasFeaturesnewsshoppinglast_img read more

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Man poured hot sauce over restaurant worker who was being ‘smart’

first_imgA man who poured hot sauce over a staff member in a restaurant has agreed to pay his victim €500.Martin Reilly was in Hillbillys restaurant in Letterkenny with friends. He thought the staff member was being smart with him and poured hot sauce over the man’s shirt as he passed.Reilly, aged 44 from Oak Manor, Drumgola Woods, Cavan, appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he was charged with assault.Judge Paul Kelly asked the solicitor for the accused, Mr Kieran Dillon, why his client had poured the sauce over the man.Mr Dillon said his client had asked the staff member if he was being smart and the staff member replied he had not and Reilly then poured the hot sauce over him.Martin Reilly leaving letterkenny District Court where he appeared accused of pouring hot sauce over a man. (North West newspix)The court was told the staff member had not been injured in the assault.Reilly had already paid the man €40 for the cost of his short and had apologised to him.He added that he had another €500 in court which he wished to give to the staff member as a way of compensating him for the ordeal.Mr Dillon said his client had lost his son and was still grieving when the incident happened as he had been drinking heavily.He added that his client deeply regretted what he had done but that he was battling with his fight with drink and also the loss of his son.Judge Kelly said that if the money was paid to the injured party he would apply the Probation Act.Man poured hot sauce over restaurant worker who was being ‘smart’ was last modified: February 18th, 2019 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:courtHillbillyshot sauceletterkennyMartin Reillylast_img read more

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LADIES GAELIC: U14 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP

first_imgSenior Ladies player Karen Guthrie congratulating the U14 Joint Captain Ellie Barron (St Mary’s Convoy) on her 14th birthday todayLADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL: THERE were some cracking football matches in the All County U14 girls Championship over the weekend.The pick of the games was in Division One North & East on Tuesday evening at O’Donnell Park where St Eunan’s overcame Termon.Mya Alcorn and Ciara McGarvey stood out for the visitors, but the hosts cruised to a comfortable victory in the end with Shannon Cunningham, Caoimhe Kelly, Niamh Walsh and Niamh Harkin in sparkling form. In the same division Na Dunaibh travelled to Moville and won very comfortably while Milford also had a good away win this evening over N Padraig Muff.Buncrana were unable to field against Urris in the same division.Saturday’s fixtures in this division are below:Na Dunaibh v MuffMilford v BuncranaTermon v MovilleUrris v St Eunan’sIn Division One South & West favourites N Conaill travelled to Bundoran and recorded a very comfortable win. Grainne Agnew, Nadine Furey and Maria Bonner all shone for Naomh Conaill. A goal decided another game in the division on Sunday – Four Masters 3-06   Mac Cumhaills 2-06 while Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon had a good win over St Naul’s. Glenfin against Ardara was postponed.This Saturday’s fixtures in Division One South and East are as follows:Week 4 – Saturday 23rd AprilMac Cumhaills v BundoranArdara v N ConaillSt Naul’s v Four MastersGlenfin v A RuadhDivision 2, North and East has been disrupted by the unfortunate withdrawal of three teams, Robert Emmets, N Colmcille Newtown and Fanad Gaels.This meant there were no games for Convoy, Red Hughs and Burt. The only other tie in this group was played last week with Carndonagh securing a good win over MalinRound 4 fixtures are disrupted this Saturday with just one game possible:Burt v ConvoyIn Division 2 South and East there were a number of outstanding games.N Muire’s girls caused something of an upset with a good home win against visitors Glenswilly. Roisin Rodgers was in superb form for the hosts in their 5-07 to 3-09 win. The battle of the gaeltacht clubs Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Columba was just that – a battle! Both teams managed eight scores apiece but it was Gaoth Dobhair’s goals which counted as they beat their visitors 4-04 to 3-05, a two point win.Elsewhere Killybegs hosted the young girls of Termon B and proved too strong in the end for the visitors.Dungloe v Cloughaneely is this Thursday.Week 4 – Saturday April 23N Columba v GlenswillyTermon B v N Muire (5pm)Cloughaneely v Gaoth DobhairDungloe v Killybegs (Wednesday April 27)LADIES GAELIC: U14 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP was last modified: April 20th, 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:Donegal ladies gaelicGaelic FootballResultsu14last_img read more

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Inishowen councillor slams Sinn Fein’s “disgraceful’ insult to people of peninsula

first_imgInishowen Councillor Bernard McGuinness has accused Sinn Fein of being “disgraceful” over what he claims is an insult to the people of the peninsula last year.The Culdaff-based publican hit out at the party’s representatives over the Cockhill Bridge opening ceremony.“They (Sinn Fein) whinge and go on all the time,” McGuinness told supporters at his party’s North Inishowen Selection Convention in Ballyliffin on Monday night. “When I stood up in Donegal County Council in 2014 and 2015 and told the council that Minister Joe McHugh would deliver a new bridge at Cockhill they (Sinn Fein) laughed at me.“And of course Joe delivered the project. And when our Taoiseach came to Inishowen to open the Cockhill Bridge not one of them bothered to turn up; they couldn’t find any of their 9 elected members in Donegal nor any party members to be there. It was disgraceful behaviour.“Cockhill Bridge was the main issue when I came into politics. Lorries and cars were getting stuck there. I predicted we’d fix it in Government and we did. Sinn Fein boycotting that event was an absolute disgrace; they were disgraceful that day – and they did not serve the people of Inishowen that day.”Cllr McGuinness was first elected in 1979 and has served as a councillor for 40 years. Minister McHugh and European election candidate Maria Walsh were among those at the convention to see McGuinness selected to run unopposed for Fine Gael in May’s local elections.Minister McHugh praised Cllr McGuinness’s 40 years of service to Inishowen.“He has worked tirelessly on so many issues over the years, for farmers, for victims of the Inishowen floods, for those affected by Mica, for local people across Inishowen – and of course he was the voice behind calls for a new bridge at Cockhill,” said the Donegal TD.“I am delighted that Bernard is running again for council as he brings a wealth of experience to the role which is unmatched in this county.”Inishowen councillor slams Sinn Fein’s “disgraceful’ insult to people of peninsula was last modified: March 12th, 2019 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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Brilliant event tonight to mark 50 years of Scór in Donegal

first_imgAn Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny is the place to be tonight (SUN) if you have ever attended a Scor event.This event is a celebration of Scór in County Donegal over the last 50 years, and is hosted by Donegal GAA.It will include past Donegal All-Ireland and Ulster winners, and Fergus McGee will be the MC on the night. Scór is a GAA competition which was established by the GAA in 1969. It combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture.Scór also offers club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months. In winter, Hurling, Football, Handball, Camogie, Ladies Football and Rounders have ceased.There are 8 events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture.These are: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation & Storytelling, Instrumental Music, Nuachleas (Novelty Act), Ballad Group, Set Dancing and Table Quiz. The competition is divided into two age levels: Scór na nÓg for people under 17 years and Scór Sinsir for those over 17 years of age. Ceolchoirm – An chead leathNuachleas: Gaoth Dobhair All Ireland winning Leiriú from 2017 in Belfast with their historic piece about Niall Mac Giolla Bhríde from Creeslough who wrote many songs and recitations in Irish and English including Noreen Bawn and Mo Chó beag ag bun Cnon a’ Tí. It is noteworthy that this is the first ever all Irish novelty act to win an All Ireland in ScórGrúpa Bailéad: Na Gleanntaí (Naomh Conaill) All Ireland champions from 1992 Scór na nÓgAmhránaíocht Aonaoir: Zara Laughlin – Na Rossa who won several county titles in solo singing and recitations, prepared ballad groups for Scór na nÓg and has adjudicated at county and provincial levelAithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Pat Sweeny – Aodh Rua B.A.S. All Ireland champion from 1991 in recitation which took place in Threemilehouse, MonaghanBailéad Ghrúpa: Roibeard Eiméid – Scór na nÓg group. The Harpur family represented Robert Emmetts and won Ulster and All Ireland titles in 1980 and 1982. Robert Emmett’s will be represented by the current county champions in Scór na nÓg.Nuachleas: Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn won the Léiriú Ulster final in Silverbridge with their piece Paddy McNamee. This is a must see novelty act about two Donegal lads in Dublin for the first time for the All Ireland football final in 1992.Leath ama: a draw will take place at half time with all money from the draw going to a Donegal charity.Ceolcoirm An dara leath Advertisement Nuachleas: Gleann tSúilí who won the Scór na nÓg All Ireland in Athlone in 2008. Gleann tSúilí have competed in Scór for many years and in truth should have won more than one all Ireland in the Nuachleas categoryAmhránaíocht Aonair: Conor Ó’Gallchóir a bhain craobh Uladh san aithriseoireacht sa bhliain 2017. Bhain An tAthair Seán Ó Gallchóir as Cloich Cheann Fhaola a bhain craobh na hÉireann san aithriseoireacht/scéalaíocht i 1982Bailéad Ghrúpa: Naomh Adhamhnáin who won the Ulster final in 2001. This group also won 11 county titles over a 12 – 13 year period and it is great that they will be part of the concertIorras instrumental group who have participated in scór for many years and won several county titles in Ceol UirliseAithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Noel Ó Gallchóir All Ireland champion in recitation in 1981. Bhain Noel sa bhliain 1981 do Ghaoth Dobhair agus i 1982 bhain a dhearthar, an tAthair Seán Ó Gallchóir do Chloich Cheann FhaolaAmhránaíocht Aonair: Caitríona Solan (Doherty) who won several county titles and the Ulster title in solo singing in 2017 in addition to adjudicating at county, provincial and all Ireland level. Caitríona will be accompanied by her sister Bríd SolanBailéad Ghrúpa: Gaoth Dobhair who won Ulster titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015 will bring the concert to a close.Brilliant event tonight to mark 50 years of Scór in Donegal was last modified: September 29th, 2019 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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