Hubert Lawrence | Living Leicester’s Dream

first_imgWhen Leicester City won the English Premier League title last season, fans of big-name clubs groaned. Now the groans are louder. Though Leicester are struggling to defend their league title, the team captained by Jamaican Wes Morgan has safely emerged from the first round of the UEFA Champions League. Fans would use the ‘minnows’ label to describe the current champions of England. Morgan’s team barely escaped relegation from the Premiership at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Twelve months later, these new Blues were champions. Now, Morgan and his teammates are writing another brilliant chapter in the club’s history. Early in the Champions League campaign, Leicester City became the only English club to win their first three matches in the flagship of European competition. That’s staggering given the success other English teams have had in Europe in the past. With a 2-1 win over Club Brugge early this week, Leicester City have qualified for the knock-out stage with a game to spare. Discarded by Chelsea in 2004, coach Claudio Ranieri has organised his Leicester City team so well that it has survived a Jamie Vardy scoring drought to advance. Prolific last season with 24 strikes in the league, Vardy returned to the scoresheet with a diving header for England in a 2-2 day against Spain recently. If that breakthrough heralds a new flood of goals for the 29-year-old, Leicester could be headed upward in the Premiership and onward in Europe. That’s an aside. The real story is inspiring for sporting hopefuls everywhere. It’s still remarkable that little Leicester City could outplay big-money outfits like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in England. It’s even more remarkable that now football fans have to include Leicester City in their list of teams already through to the Champions League knockout stage. That list includes the star-studded Real Madrid aggregation. That’s no easy achievement. Ask Tottenham Hotspurs. Hamstrung by the injuries suffered by their own prolific scorer Harry Kane, Spurs’ fans have seen their team shuffled out of the Champions League and into the subordinate Europa League. For the record, that’s where Manchester United are also playing. Liverpool, the most successful English club of all time in the Champions League or the European Cup, as it used to be known, didn’t qualify for Europe at all. FANS CAN DREAM No one is proposing that Leicester City will soon overtake Liverpool’s record of five wins in Europe’s top club tournament, but fans of the Blues can dream. Critics will say former European champion Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen, Leicester’s rivals in the first round group G, aren’t big teams. They can say that, but no one thought Morgan and company would even be in the same stadium with them at this time last season. It’s a dream come true. Now, little teams and newcomers have Leicester as a model of hope. Success is possible without super deep pockets. It is possible if shrewd management is matched by on-field desire. It won’t happen everyday. After all, there is something to be said for tradition and financial clout, but Leicester nevertheless overcame all of that to win the league last year and have continued with a fine 2016 European campaign. A year ago, no sports fan outside of that English city would recognise Morgan, Vardy or magical midfielder Riyad Mahrez if they met in the street. Should the good times keep coming for Leicester City on the field of play, some of them may even become household names. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Erratum

first_imgIt has been brought to the attention of the Daily Observer’s sports desk that the article carried in yesterday’s edition of the newspaper under the headline: Duannah Wants ‘Amputee Lone Star’ to Return Home’ quoting a letter to Youth & Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe was actually written by the president of the World Amputee Federation, Mr. Richard Hoffman of which he (Duannah Siryon) forwarded a copy to the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A wild Tartans victory

first_imgGlendora’s Kyle Gordien hit a 3-pointer and Adema scored six points, including a basket to break a 23-23 tie midway through the second quarter. That basket spurred the Tartans to a 9-0 run. An offensive rebound and bucket by Robert Meyer at the buzzer capped the spurt for a 32-23 halftime lead. Gordien led the Tartans with 21 points, Adema added 12, all in the first half, and Meyer tossed in 11. “We were hurt by turnovers and offensive rebounds in the first quarter,” LeDuc said. “Then we got hurt by three’s in the second before we did a better job on both in the third.” Regular point guard Casey Ivancich made his first appearance at 7:09 of the fourth quarter. The Tartans got some unexpected scoring from Josh Adema in the first half and help from a player with a broken foot at the end of the game to advance to a Friday night’s first-round game against Ramona. “Josh made some big baskets,” Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. “He’s always around the basket, and if teams want to put too much emphasis on our other people he can get some. He made some big plays that really helped.” The Golden Hawks closed the gap to six points with a minute to go, but Ivancich controlled the ball and Gordien and Meyer made free throws down the stretch for the win. “He (Ivancich) has a broken foot,” LeDuc said. “We weren’t going to play him unless we needed him and we needed him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img PLACENTIA -The first wild-card game in school history for Glendora High School’s boys basketball team turned out similar to when the Tartans were one of the top-seeded teams in their division. The Tartans, spurred on by 500 fans who followed them down the 57 freeway, picked up their defense in the second quarter en route to a 60-52 victory over El Dorado in a CIF-Southern Section Division I-A game. last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL – RAPHOE MAY DAY FAIR DAY

first_imgA large crowd was in attendance at the Raphoe May Day Fair Day, and there was lots of entertainment on show for all the family.Below are some pictures of those young and old, who enjoyed the Fair Day in Raphoe. (Pictures courtesy of North West News Pix)PICTURE SPECIAL – RAPHOE MAY DAY FAIR DAY was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fair DayFeaturesMay DaynewsRaphoelast_img read more

KELLY’S CENTRA NOMINATED FOR WORLD’S BEST CONVENIENCE STORE

first_imgKelly’s Centra have incredibly been shortlisted for the NACS Global Convenience Store of the year award for the second year running. Following on from their recent success in the Centra Store of the Year Awards in February, Kelly’s Centra has been shortlisted for the prestigious international accolade.It is the second time in as many years that the store has been shortlisted for the prestigious award. NACS global convenience retailer of the Year has shortlisted Kelly’s Centra for their outstanding ability to continue to evolve, adapt and improve the service they provide to the local community.Kelly’s Centra have established a stellar reputation over the years for their commitment to providing the highest standards of customer service excellence.Since winning the Centra Store of the Year award in February, they set about increasing the space at the front of store making much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit and veg.A highly acclaimed health foods section, fresh homemade takeaway meals and not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh Artisan breads. Over the past few years, the store has won numerous industry accolades from Centra, Shelflife, EIQA and Forecourt and Convenience Retailer to name a few, with the NACS Global store of the Year award being one which they will be keen to bring home to Donegal for the very first time.There is a voting system in place which will decide along with marks being given for a mystery shopper to decide the final three for the awards ceremony which will be held at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel in London in June.You can vote for Kelly’s Centra by clicking on the link below.http://www.globalcstorefocus.com/awards/Kelly%27s%20Centra%2c%20MouKELLY’S CENTRA NOMINATED FOR WORLD’S BEST CONVENIENCE STORE was last modified: April 28th, 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:BusinessFeaturesKelly’s Centranewslast_img read more

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain to battle for Atletico Madrid midfielder

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The Gunners were linked with Partey in the summer and manager Unai Emery is set to go head-to-head with his former club PSG in a race to land the Ghana international.Reports emerged earlier this week that both the Gunners and PSG are interested in snapping him up in January, with the unhappy midfielder growing increasingly frustrated.And, according to Marca, Partey is considering his options ahead of the mid-season window and could look to leave Atletico in search of regular first-team football. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice MONEY Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Thomas Partey is a wanted man despite limited minutes this season. ADVICE Atletico have been linked with making a move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, which would push Partey further down the pecking order at the Wanda Metropolitano.And it would appear the Ghanaian is ready to leave Atletico, with a potential move to the Premier League in the offing. REVEALED center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow RANKED Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in out-of-favour Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.The 25-year-old has made just two appearances in LaLiga this season and is reportedly considering his options. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining last_img read more

JOHN MURRAY’S RTE RADIO ONE SHOW TO BROADCAST FROM DONEGAL

first_imgFrank McBreartyThe RTE Radio One John Murray Show will be broadcasting live from Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday morning from 9 to 10am as part of the SAM Sport Aiding Mental Health Conference.Said Mayor Frank McBrearty: “I am delighted that RTÉ is supporting the National Conference on Sport Aiding Mental-Health (SAM) by broadcasting the very popular John Murray Show live from Jacksons Hotel, just before the beginning of the conference.“This show has more than 500,000 listeners nationwide and this is a great vote of confidence by RTÉ both for the conference and for what we are trying to do in terms of promoting positive mental health and highlighting the services and supports that are available.” Miriam O’Callaghan who has been presenting the John Murray Show for the last number of weeks will also be presenting the SAM Conference which looks set to be an inspirational day and a must for anyone with an interest in sport and mental health.Speakers on the day will include Jim McGuinness, Dr. Tony Bates, Minister Kathleen Lynch and a number of inspiring and motivating individuals who have experienced mental health issues and who want to share their stories so that they can give others hope and encourage anyone who is experiencing mental health problems to seek help and to know that recovery is a reality.With over 300 attendees already confirmed, this conference is gearing up to be a day not to be missed. There are still places available so book your place by emailing samconference2013@donegalcoco.ie or call 074 91 53900.  JOHN MURRAY’S RTE RADIO ONE SHOW TO BROADCAST FROM DONEGAL was last modified: May 27th, 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:JOHN MURRAY’S RTE RADIO ONE SHOW TO BROADCAST FROM DONEGALlast_img read more

WIN A FREE HAMPER WITH DONEGAL’S THE COUNTER DELI

first_imgThe winner of last week’s fantastic hamper from The Counter Deli was Rosemary Gallagher from Drumkeen. Rosemary collecting her hamper at The Counter DeliTo be in with a chance of winning this week’s hamper all you have to do is answer the following question – Name one of the items you can get from one of the hampers at The Counter Deli. Send your answers to info@thecounterdeli.com And Letterkenny’s newest arrival in the world of artisan food and wine, www.thecounterdeli.com, certainly proves that.Owner Richard Finney has a wealth of experience in knowing that little extra special treat people want at Christmas – but at the right price.And so it’s no wonder that his hampers at www.thecounterdeli.com are becoming Christmas favourites even before a decoration has been put up in most houses this festive season.Donegal Daily has teamed up with www.thecounterdeli.com to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a FREE hamper each week for the next four weeks.  There are no trick questions or expensive phone textlines.All you have to do is to like and share this post on Facebook and visiting the www.thecounterdeli.com Facebook page certainly won’t damage your chances!Meanwhile, why not browse down through this article and see all the delightful goodies www.thecounterdeli.com has on sale.You’ll be surprised at the range but even more delighted at the value!  WIN A FREE HAMPER WITH DONEGAL’S THE COUNTER DELI was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:hampersRichard FinneyThe Counter Delilast_img read more

GOVT ENGAGED IN COVERT ATTACK ON DONEGAL SCHOOLS – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said there is a mounting threat to the future of small schools in Co Donegal as the Government continues to sit on a report which could determine their future.Charlie McConalogue TDIn response to questions from Deputy McConalogue in the Dáil, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn again refused to commit to a date for publishing the Value for Money review, which he has had since early this year.“Minister Quinn has been sitting on this report for about nine months now, while uncertainty looms over the future of schools with less than 85 pupils. This uncertainty is highly damaging, as parents will understandably be less likely to send their children to a local school whose future is in doubt,” explained Deputy McConalogue. “It’s my suspicion that this is exactly what Minister Quinn wants. He is deliberately creating uncertainty over the future of small schools as part of plan to squeeze them out. He has repeatedly cut resources for smaller schools and raised the pupil teacher ratio. It’s all part of a targeted attack aimed at forcing some small schools to merge or shut down entirely.”The Inishowen Deputy said Donegal will be particularly badly hit by this targeted attack.“We have among the highest number of smaller schools in the country, as well as a greater number of gaelscoileanna and minority faith schools. These schools cater for a vast geographical area and in many cases they provide much more to the local community than traditional teaching. Many of these schools have already lost a teacher and have seen their resources cut. Many now fear they could face closure.“This is a policy by a Dublin based Minister who appears to have no understanding of the enormous value that a local school, however small, adds to a rural community. His attack on small schools makes no consideration of a school’s ethos, its catchment area and the key role it plays in the local community.” He called on Minister Quinn to end this uncertainty, immediately publish the Value for Money review and come clean about his plans in relation to small schools.“Parents and staff of smaller schools throughout Donegal have a right to know where they stand,” said Deputy McConalogue. GOVT ENGAGED IN COVERT ATTACK ON DONEGAL SCHOOLS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueschoolslast_img read more

LOINNEOG LÚNASA – A CELEBRATION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE BEGINS NEXT WEEK

first_imgThe fourth annual Loinneog Lúnasa festival promises to be an unforgettable weekend of ceol, cultúir and craic. A celebration of Irish traditional music and culture. Taking place from the 8-11th August and attracting music enthusiasts from all the world, the line up includes Na Casaidigh, Na Bonney Men, Clann Mac Ruaidhrí,  The Unwanted and New Road all performing in various venues throughout the parish. Local star Emma Ní Fhíoruisce renowned for her pop covers as Gaeilge of Fleetwood Mac, Eagle Eyed Cherry and Guns na Roses will be showcasing her new material!Emma, who is deeply inspired by Clannad and Altan, will perform her new song which is about Gaoth Dobhair and how it feels coming home, aptly called “Ar ais go Gaoth Dobhair”.This young singer is exactly what Loinneog Lúnasa is all about.Mairead Ní Mhaonigh and sister Ann have both commented on what a natural musical talent Emma has, that she has the ability to mix modern with traditional and sound original. Festival organizer Cathal O Gallachóír, says that “This festival not only celebrates musical tradition, but also nurtures and encourages musicians and singers to carry the tradition forward.“This is why there are workshops, recitals and concerts with the best of Irish music.Other special events include a special one-day event dedicated to Sean Nós Singing.If you’re interested in Sean Nós as a beginner or otherwise and would like to learn new songs and techniques, this is the perfect opportunity.Acclaimed local Sean Nós singers Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde & Connie Mhary Mhicí will be joined by Éamon ó Donnchadha & Saileog Ní Cheannabháin will deliver singing workshops at An Gaileairí.Throughout the day each artist will teach two songs. They’ll then perform a concert later in the evening joined by the renowned piper Gay McKeon, (CEO of NPU) on the uileann pipes.The uileann pipes are a regular highlight at Loinneog Lúnasa, with last year’s ‘Tionól’ attracting pipers from all over the country and expect this gathering to continue this year.Gay Mc Keon will deliver workshops between 10 and 3pm and there will be a rare opportunity to ‘try the pipes’ with local piping teacher Conor Day and overseas Cuban student Alexander Suarez Mendez on Saturday the 9th between 10 and 1pm.Alexander Suarez Mendez is part of the Buena Vista Pipers Club in Havana – In 2011 Gay Mc Keon was invited to play at Celtfest. He had brought along sets of pipes for people to try, and said, “There were queues of people waiting to try and it took off from there. (Journal.ie)Alexander is currently in Ireland following a fundraising campaign by Irish pipers to bring this piping student to Ireland to learn more about the pipes, including making them, so he can bring these skills back to Cuba and continue to teach.Gay said, “Alexander is innately musical and people will be thrilled to hear him play. Even the way he interprets slow airs, which is a difficult thing for anyone even if you are immersed in the tradition. It is astonishing.”So those of you who are interested in the uilleann pipes are in for a special treat at Loinneog Lúnasa this year and we anticipate some unforgettable sessions in the local bars and hotels.Gaoth Dobhair, the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and an area famous the world over for being a cradle of Irish culture and home to musical acts such as Enya, Altan, Clannad, Donal Lunny, Bothy Band, and Clann Uí Dhomhnaill of Skara Brae and younger acts like an Crann Óg and Noílín ní Cholla is proud to promote such a rich tapestry of local talent.With music and singing workshops, set dancing, open mic, craft market, a full moon beach walk and fun for all the family, there was never a better time to visit Gaoth Dobhair.All this and spectacular scenery and atmosphere, Loinneog Lúnasa presents a musical backdrop to a wonderfully cultural, family friendly festival.Also check out the Loinneog Lunasa Festival flybreak offer via Dublin and Glasgow in association with mng.ie & Donegal Airport.(www.mng.ie/whatson)LOINNEOG LÚNASA – A CELEBRATION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE BEGINS NEXT WEEK was last modified: August 1st, 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:CultureEntertainmentFeaturesGaoth DobhairIrish MusicLoinneag LúnasanewsTraditionallast_img read more