Ricketts out, Sinclair now JFF VP

first_imgLong-serving Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) vice-president Michael Ricketts was unexpectedly ousted from the post at Congress at the JFF office yesterday. Ricketts, the Clarendon Football Association president and South Central confederation chairman, has been replaced by former treasurer Garfield Sinclair. Sinclair now joins St Mary Football Association president Raymond Anderson and St James’ Bruce Gaynor as the association’s three vice-presidents. NEW STATUTE Captain Horace Burrell, the JFF president, said Sinclair’s selection was based on a new statute by FIFA – the sport’s governing body – which requires national football associations to have a vice-president of finance in their administrative set-up. “Mr Ricketts is held in high esteem by the president, and he is still a member of the board. The only thing was that there were only three positions and not four,” said Burrell. “All four (nominees) are valued members of the executive, and in the end, everyone, including Mr Ricketts, felt we had to first go with the vice-president with financial knowledge, as we are handling in excess of half-a-billion dollars, and we voted for one who is versed in financial affairs,” he told The Gleaner.last_img read more

Govt praises launch as MovieTowne opens to public

first_img…even after PPP officials before courts for sale of very landThe long-awaited local branch of MovieTowne opened on Thursday evening with much fanfare, cocktails and the presence of several senior Government Ministers. The complex, which is a US$40 million investment, was built by Trinidad entrepreneur Derek Chin.Former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former NICIL Chairman Winston Brassington were charged last year for the sale of the land to MovieTowne’s ownerMinister of State Joseph Harmon, one of several Ministers in attendance at the ceremony, lauded the initiative. He was also optimistic of MovieTowne carrying its brand throughout Guyana.“This project here is just one step in a journey that will take you to other parts of Guyana. We have 10 administrative regions. It represents 10 countries, so when you go to one region, just imagine you’ve actually crossed one area and gone into the other.”“There are some real opportunities here in Guyana for investments. We are an investment destination. So I welcome MovieTowne,” Harmon added.Meanwhile, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin acknowledged the role Government plays in creating an enabling environment for the Private Sector. Gaskin also noted the importance of customers coming away with a good experience.“The consumer experience is [essential] and this is a constantly evolving part of business. Particularly for the services sector, but even for the goods sector because there’s a service that goes along with the provision of goods and an after sales service as well,” Gaskin said, also going on to congratulate Chin on the investment.Cutting the ribbon. From left; MovieTowne proprietor Derek Chin, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Business Minister Dominic GaskinThe proprietor, Derek Chin, spoke of the challenges that he was faced with but noted that in the end, it was worth it. The proprietor also informed the attendees that the facility would be the starting point of great things.“This has been a tremendous journey, it is one that I can say at long last, but you know, at the end of every good thing and every great challenge you do have these great things that happen. I want to see great things for the Caribbean and let’s make this, particularly MovieTowne, be the starting point of that turn,” he said.Also in attendance was Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, who also lauded Chin for his investment and Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton; Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo, former President Donald Ramotar, PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Transport Rohan Sinanan, Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine and other dignitaries.Bumpy roadWhile Government Ministers turned out in support of the MovieTowne complex, it has been a bumpy road leading up to the launch. Officials from the former People’s Progressive Party Administration have paid a heavy price for facilitating what has turned out to be a multimillion-dollar investment.Former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Head Winston Brassington are currently before the courts regarding the sale of the very land the complex sits on.They were charged last year by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), which alleged that the 10 acres of land were sold below market value. Both parties, as well as Chin and the parliamentary opposition, have defended the sale. They have argued that it was to ensure foreign investment and the benefits that come with it including local jobs.The specifics of the charge are that on May 14, 2011, while Singh was the Finance Minister and Brassington was the Chairman of NICIL, they sold a tract of land of 10.002 acres, letter A-A being a portion of Plantation, Turkeyen, situated in Greater Georgetown and property of Guyana for the sum of $185,037,000 without procuring a valuation of the said property from a competent valuation officer.MovieTowneEver since its establishment in 2002, MovieTowne has been credited with boosting the creative arts industry in Trinidad and Tobago, while providing several hundred employment opportunities for Trinidadians.MovieTowne Guyana has been promising that when it is opened, it will provide hundreds of job opportunities for locals. It is understood that when the complex was still in its construction phase, it had already begun attracting the attention of internationally recognised entertainment franchises.The ultra-modern complex is ideally positioned on 10 acres of prime land, with a 200,000-plus square foot building, standing along the East Coast Demerara (ECD) corridor.last_img read more

Men’s Rec League post-season underway

first_imgOn Sunday, Jiffy Lube and MRC square off at 8:00 p.m. in Side A action, while Logix Legends and Epscan clash in B-side play at 9:45 p.m. In the Side C opener, D&T Disposals play FSJ Tropics at 9:15 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Men’s Rec League playoffs have begun after concluding their regular season last week.The thirteen-team league consisted of the A and B sides with Rig Ratz being crowned Side A winners with a record of 12-1-1 while DRS won Side B with a record of 9-2-1.“The regular season went very well,” said President Mike Hamre. “The surprise of a new Rig Ratz cleaning up most of the team in the league and only losing two games all season with both losses being to Jiffy Lube.”- Advertisement -In the postseason opener on Tuesday in the five-team Pool A, Jiffy Lube and Puckhunters skated to a 3-3 tie while on Wednesday night Big Horn fell to Rig Rats by the score of 5-2. In the four-team B Pool on Wednesday evening Epscan bested DRS 5-1.Hamre feels that this year’s playoffs will be wide open with no early favourite.“Playoffs have split into three divisions,” added Hamre. “The A-side favourite being the Rig Ratz, but last years defending league champions Big Horn will be looking to repeat though. The B-side favourite being Epscan with DRS a close second. The C-side favourite being D&T Disposals with all four teams being a possible contender.”Advertisementlast_img read more

TV group opposes airwave Internet

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The ad blitz is aimed against an initiative by a high-technology coalition that seeks federal regulatory approval for a prototype device that could transmit high-speed Internet, or broadband, service over unlicensed and unused TV spectrum, also known as “white spaces.” The technology coalition – which includes Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., EarthLink Inc. and Philips Electronics North America Corp., a division of Netherlands-based Royal Philips Electronics NV – said the devices could make Internet service more accessible and affordable, especially in rural areas and also spur innovation. But the NAB, whose members include Walt Disney Co.’s ABC division and Univision Communications Inc., fears such devices could interfere with millions of TV sets. By Dibya Sarkar THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Television broadcasters on Monday launched an advertising campaign to fight a technology industry proposal to transmit high-speed Internet service over unused airwaves. The National Association of Broadcasters, which is worried about possible interference with over-the-air TV programming, said TV spots will air in the Washington, D.C., area and print ads will run in Capitol Hill publications for several weeks. last_img read more

Everett is expected to be able to walk

first_img“Based on our experience, the fact that he’s moving so well so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again,” said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine. “It’s totally spectacular, totally unexpected,” Green told The Associated Press by telephone from Miami. Green said he’s been consulting with doctors in Buffalo since Everett sustained a life-threatening spinal cord injury Sunday after ducking his head while tackling the Denver Broncos’ Domenik Hixon on a second-half kickoff in the Bills’ season opener. Everett, 25, dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet. Asked whether Everett will have a chance to fully recover, Green said: “It’s feasible, but it’s not 100 percent predictable at this time. … But it’s feasible he could lead a normal life.” NFL: Prognosis improves dramatically as Bill moves his limbs. By John Wawrow THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BUFFALO, N.Y. – Kevin Everett voluntarily moved his arms and legs on Tuesday when partially awakened, prompting a neurosurgeon to say the Buffalo Bills tight end would walk again – contrary to the grim prognosis given a day before. On Monday, Bills orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, said Everett likely wouldn’t walk again. “A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely,” said Cappuccino, who operated on the tight end. “I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit.” In a report Tuesday evening, Buffalo’s WIVB-TV quoted Cappuccino as saying: “We may be witnessing a minor miracle.” “I don’t know if I would call it a miracle. I would call it a spectacular example of what people can do,” Green said. “To me, it’s like putting the first man on the moon or splitting the atom. We’ve shown that if the right treatment is given to people who have a catastrophic injury that they could walk away from it.” Green said the key was the quick action taken by Cappuccino to run an ice-cold saline solution through Everett’s system that put the player in a hypothermic state. Everett remains in intensive care and will be slowly taken off sedation and have his body temperature warmed over the next day, Green said. Doctors will also take the player off a respirator.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


first_imgDONEGAL is set to feature in a major network BBC documentary on Irish culture and religion.Simon Reeve is one of the station’s top presenters – he is picture above at Malin Head. His new 2×60 minutes series titled Ireland with Simon Reeve follows Simon as he travels around the Republic of Ireland and the North – the series will look at how centuries of religion, history and politics have shaped life here and still affect people today.Across the series, Simon will uncover a place of myths and spirituality, alongside a modern state still attempting to work out its identity and values: a multicultural place where communities no longer just define themselves along Protestant and Catholic lines.Following in the style of Simon’s previous documentaries for BBC Religion & Ethics – Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve and Sacred Rivers – the programme takes the viewer on a journey and includes a mix of tone and light and shade in its choice of stories.Simon Reeve said: “I really hadn’t travelled much in Ireland before starting this journey, so the whole experience was a complete eye-opener. It’s a stunning place to visit, packed with extraordinary history, wonderfully welcoming people, and spectacular landscapes. “Unlike almost all the other telly travellers who’ve been there in recent decades, I’m not Irish – I don’t even have an Irish auntie. But that was part of why I wanted to go: there’s nowhere closer that I understood less.“So I set out on a journey around the whole island. I felt at home there, but it also felt exotic. It’s close to where I’m from, but still far away. My trip taught me a huge amount about the place, and I think I understand a bit more now about Ireland’s complex history and ongoing challenges. I loved the place, and I loved the Irish – north and south. They were endlessly funny and patient when dealing with a daft outsider asking daft questions.”The executive producer for the series is David Upshal who has just joined the BBC to work across Religion & Ethics output.David moves from Lion TV where he has spent the last 11 years devising and exec producing factual programmes including long running series Victorian Farm for BBC Two and its now expansive franchise.As an Executive Producer he has been responsible for over 150 hours of television – ranging from Drama Docs, Travel and Music to Current Affairs, Daytime and Religion. His shows include Days That Shook The World, Rough Guides, Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve and most recently Hunt For The Arctic Ghost Ship.Aaqil Ahmed, Head of BBC Religion & Ethics and commissioner for the Ireland series commented: “David is an excellent addition to our team and brings with him a wealth of TV experience and knowledge. I’ve been lucky to work with David on a number of projects over the years and I am really excited about working with him more closely and benefiting from his creative talents and ideas. “This latest project is a real challenge as it’s a subject most people have never really thought about – yet it’s so close to home. Simon and the team have delivered an exciting series and it’s exactly where religion should be – explaining how we got to where we are today, in this case the making of modern Ireland and Britain’s often challenging relationship with it.”Ireland with Simon Reeve is produced by in-house BBC Religion & Ethics. The series producer is Dominic Ozanne and the executive producer is David Upshal. The series is due to TX later in the year.TOP BBC PRESENTER IN DONEGAL FOR NEW TWO-PART SERIES was last modified: October 8th, 2015 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:BBCdonegalIrelandSimon Reevelast_img read more

Man stopped car within an inch of Garda’s foot at checkpoint

first_imgA man who was anxious to get home to feed his child stopped within an inch and a half of a Garda’s foot at a checkpoint.Patrick McDonagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with failing to stop at Rosemount Lane on August 28th, 2016. When Gardai stopped McDonagh, of the Big Isle, Manorcunningham, they noticed his passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.Garda Inspector Sean Grant said the accused became quite aggressive and said he wanted to get home before rolling the car forward to within an inch and a half of the Garda’s foot.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was having a bad day and that he had been unnecessarily stopped.He had been anxious to get home to feed one of his children, the court heard.Judge Paul Kelly fined McDonagh €150 for failing to stop and a charge of driving without reasonable care was struck out.Man stopped car within an inch of Garda’s foot at checkpoint was last modified: December 1st, 2017 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:courtGardaiPatrick McDonaghlast_img read more

Danny Mooney wins Shaun Graham Memorial 3k event

first_imgAlmost 100 runners and walkers took part in this evening’s Shaun Graham Memorial 3k race in Letterkenny.Danny Mooney wa the clear winner followed by Gavin Crawford and Pauric Breslin.The following a list of names and times for those who entered.Place Bib Name Gender AG Club Time1. 2850 Danny Mooney m MO Letterkenny AC 09:11,92. 333 Gavin Crawford m MO 24/7 Triathlon 09:51,83. 302 Pauric Breslin m MO Letterkenny AC 09:53,24. 285 Sean Mc Fadden m MO Letterkenny AC 09:57,25. 323 Michael Black m MO 10:00,26. 286 Raymond Birch m MO Letterkenny AC 10:09,47. 278 Eoin Hughes m JM Letterkenny AC 10:13,38. 305 Paddy Ryan m MO 10:16,09. 354 Rayan Magnalla m JM Letterkenny AC 10:17,210. 2949 Natasha Adams f FO Letterkenny AC 10:23,011. 357 Kevin Mc Gee m MO Rosses AC 10:42,712. 346 Paul Doherty m MO 24/7 Triathlon 10:44,213. 318 Gwyn Yemn m MO Letterkenny AC 10:46,414. 1949 Fionnuala Diver f FO Letterkenny AC 10:47,115. 295 Brian Crossan m MO letterkenny Kickboxing 10:48,816. 292 Padraig Mc Cafferty m MO 24/7 Triathlon 11:04,417. 306 James Donaghey m MO Convoy AC 11:05,418. 279 Mark Diver m MO Letterkenny AC 11:13,819. 272 Colly O Donnell m MO Letterkenny AC 11:21,220. 277 Paul Gamble m MO Inishowen AC 11:28,521. 334 Sean Crossan m MO Finn Valley AC 11:30,122. 296 Barry Mackey m MO Letterkenny AC 11:31,523. 307 Patrick Mc Nulty m MO 24/7 Triathlon 11:41,324. 363 Ronan Dorrian m MO 12:00,725. 313 Martin Jordan m MO Convoy AC 12:05,426. 293 Angus Hunter m MO 12:05,927. 353 Kealan Dunleavy m JM 12:07,428. 350 Seamus Gallagher m MO Letterkenny AC 12:08,229. 271 Paul Sweeney m MO Letterkenny AC 12:09,630. 303 Pauric Mc Ginley m MO 12:16,031. 280 Fionnuala Larkin f FO 12:25,932. 342 Terence Diver m MO 12:29,733. 325 Danielle Mc Namee f FO 12:46,334. 284 David Larkin m MO 12:51,835. 300 Richard Raymond m MO Letterkenny AC 13:09,836. 291 Ben Dunleavey m MO Letterkenny AC 13:11,337. 298 Paul Doherty m MO 13:18,638. 358 Deirdre Diver f FO Letterkenny AC 13:20,439. 274 Anna Boyle f JW Letterkenny AC 13:32,240. 321 Shaun McFadden m MO 13:35,641. 301 Tommy Doherty m MO Drumoghill Running Club 13:43,942. 349 Sharon Black f FO Letterkenny AC 13:51,443. 336 Seamie Nallan m MO 24/7 Triathlon 13:55,444. 304 Sean O Donnell m MO Swanlings 14:12,545. 287 Kevin O Malley m MO 14:15,346. 362 Emmett Gallagher m MO 14:18,847. 324 Nancy Mc Namee f FO Finn Valley AC 14:20,148. 335 Orla Nallan f FO 24/7 Triathlon 14:23,849. 331 Niall Mc Crossan m MO 14:58,350. 2849 Niamh Mc Daid f FO Letterkenny AC 15:01,251. 322 Mary Bond f FO Finn Valley AC 15:05,852. 337 Harry Dorrian m JM 15:11,253. 273 Mary Bonnar f FO 15:13,254. 282 Noel Heekin m MO Sliabh Liagh 15:13,755. 347 John Mc Glinchey m MO 15:17,756. 289 Leigh Gallagher f FO 15:28,257. 343 Suzie Bogan f FO 15:30,558. 319 Eileen Morning f FO Swanlings 15:36,359. 283 Marie Gibson f FO Run for Fun 15:40,460. 351 Goretti Sheridan f FO Run for Fun 15:51,961. 352 Isabel Gardiner f FO Run for Fun 15:52,262. 329 Alan O Connell m MO 15:56,963. 328 Lauren O Connell f FO 15:57,464. 338 Rory Callaghan m JM Letterkenny AC 15:58,265. 339 Gerard Callaghan m MO Letterkenny AC 15:58,366. 340 Saoirse Callaghan Herrity f JW 16:19,667. 341 Shauna Mc Fadden f JW Letterkenny AC 16:19,768. 348 Marie Bonner f FO 16:34,869. 330 Stephen Doherty m MO 16:37,670. 345 Noreen Sharkey f FO 16:39,971. 276 Desmond Brownlie m MO Lagan Valley AC 16:40,172. 327 Ciara Crossan f FO 16:55,173. 320 Megan Quinn f FO 16:55,474. 297 Donna Gallagher f FO Run for Fun 17:08,475. 356 Jack Gallagher m JM 17:12,376. 312 Jack Mc Dermott m MO 17:49,277. 311 Edel Mc Dermott f FO 17:49,578. 315 C.j. Mc Ginley m MO Letterkenny AC 18:03,379. 281 Amanda Toland f FO 18:09,480. 314 Orla Jordan f FO 18:11,681. 317 Barry Jordan m JM 18:16,482. 316 Jack Mc Connell m JM 18:20,883. 309 Raymond Mc Gahey m MO 18:25,284. 308 Ann Marie Mc Gahey f FO 18:25,585. 288 Patricia Gallagher f FO 19:20,286. 355 Darragh Dunleavy m JM 19:59,787. 326 Rebecca Fletcher f FO 19:59,788. 361 Sharifa Gibson f FO 21:27,489. 359 Alisa Gibson f FO 21:28,090. 2950 Marian Cullen f FO 22:59,291. 344 Josie Gallagher m MO 26:09,592. 310 Geraldine Rabbitte f FO 27:42,493. 294 Lucia Dunleavy f FO 29:08,994. 332 Orla Duffy f FO 31:20,8 Danny Mooney wins Shaun Graham Memorial 3k event was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Holds First Offseason Workout Under Head Coach Niko Medved

first_img The Drake University men’s basketball team held its first offseason workout under new head coach Niko Medved Wednesday, April 5, afternoon in the Shivers Basketball Practice facility.The hour-long practice began with a brief film session as Medved starts to implement his system to the Bulldogs’ roster. On the court, the session focused on fundamentals and teaching the basics of the Bulldogs’ future transition offense. Watch the video above for more of Coach Medved’s comments on his first practice as the Bulldogs’ head coach.Print Friendly Version Story Links Practice Photo Gallery last_img read more

My Donegal… with teacher and festival manager Tanya McLaughlin

first_imgA native of Convoy, Tanya McLaughlin works in various roles on the Donegal Arts scene, and also as a Primary School teacher in a job share position in Raphoe Central National School.“I feel fortunate to be able to work in both education and the arts, two areas I feel very passionate about,” she says.As Festival Manager for the new Disappear Here Film Festival, opening in Ballyliffin on Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th September, Tanya is keen to make theatre, film and the arts as accessible to the people of Donegal as possible. “Disappear Here Film Festival will have something for everyone, high quality films and animations, master classes, workshops and entertainment. If you love film, then this weekend is not to be missed.”Tanya is a mother of one teenage daughter and they love nothing more than going on adventures when they get some free time – and where better to go exploring than the Coolest Place on the Planet?!“We love to travel but coming home to Donegal is always a joy. There’s nowhere quite like home. There is so much variety within the county, so much to see and do on our doorstep. All you have to do is pack a picnic and hop in the car, an adventure is never far away!” This is Tanya’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I’m happiest when I’m on the beach, and we’re more than spoilt for choice here in Donegal. If I had to pick one spot, it would be Lucky Shell Beach near Ards Friary. It’s a firm family favourite. I always feel more at peace when I’m near the sea, especially early in the morning or later in the evening.(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The public transport, both the availability and the cost. I’m sure it’s on many people’s wish list!(3) Who is the one person that you look up to and why?I can’t pick one! Can I have a few? Of course my parents and my brother and sister, as they have all been so inspiring to me in so many different ways. Their opinions are really what matters to me. We all need a soft place to land, and home with my family would definitely be that place for me.Professionally, Patricia McBride, as director of An Grianan Theatre, she is someone I greatly admire and turn to for advice. She is also a great friend.(4) What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?My childhood, growing up in Convoy, was a very happy time. I have a very vivid memory of pure excitement during Italia 90, dancing on the wall outside my house with my brother wearing our green jerseys. Also every summer of my teenage years I spent in Ranafast. My mum always talks about the depths of despair I would be in when I had to come home. I made friends for life.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?I would say that most recently, being voted the coolest place on earth. We already knew that but I guess the secret has gotten out! The work that people like Joan Crawford from Donegal Tourism have put in to making the world notice our wonder of a county can not be underestimated. (6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be?I don’t want to stray into world peace territory here, but I would definitely wish that people felt valued more by those around them. We don’t need a magic wand for that though, we just need to be more compassionate towards each other.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal has such a variety of products that are created here that it’s difficult to choose. You just need to look at the quality of products on offer at places like the Artisan Market in Letterkenny or Ramelton on a Saturday morning.The entrepreneurial spirit in Donegal is alive and well. I am really impressed by the Lottie Dolls that are a product of a Donegal based company, with dolls that children can really relate to.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I think at the minute we have a great ambassador in the actress Amy Beth McNulty. Amy Beth is playing the lead role in ‘Anne with an e’ on Netflix, a series based on one of my favourite books, Anne of Green Gables. Amy Beth was a member of the Youth Theatre in An Grianan for years, and seeing her using her artistic talents so successfully is wonderful.(9) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?Any compliment from my 14-year-old daughter is a big deal!(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Chloe Magee from Raphoe. She was the first Irish woman to ever win a badminton match at the Olympics. Herself and her brother Sam made history in April by winning the first ever medal for Ireland at the European Badminton Championships. I know that they are a huge inspiration to the children of the town.And also the Donegal GAA Ladies team, what a great group of athletes, they deserve more recognition.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I love The Olde Glen Bar and Restaurant – top notch food and a wonderful atmosphere. And I can’t forget to mention my daily haunt, The Counter in Letterkenny. It feels like a home from home, except with better coffee and less housework!(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Aye no bother.” The technicians, the engineers, the designers, making everyone look and sound their best, I couldn’t do my work without a lot of “aye no bother’’ from these people.(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Having our voice heard on a national level on things that are important to us is something we all need to continue to work for.(14) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?The World Famous Chowder from Nancy’s Barn in Ballyliffin – it even has the official title to back me up! During our upcoming film festival, Disappear Here Film Festival, we hope that people take the opportunity to visit Nancy’s Barn and taste it for themselves when they’re in the area.(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Things that annoy me are few and far between, and usually out of my or anyone else’s control, namely what feels like a winters day in August when you’ve planned an outdoor event!(16) Do you have a favourite local band?If only you knew how hard this question is to answer! I have many friends that are such talented musicians, and I feel like Donegal has one of the most thriving music scenes at the minute. For me, Constant Supply and Aul Boy are two bands I am hugely supportive of.I was at Swell in Arranmore in July during the Earagail Arts Festival and it’s mind blowing how many Donegal bands are making extraordinary new music. The Plea from Ballyliffin are closing Disappear Here Film Festival and it’s guaranteed to be a great gig. I would definitely encourage people to check out local music events.(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I know that a lot of the time it’s the money to pay staff that can hinder a facility being put to better use. So if I had a million euro to improve something I think I would use it to employ more staff in facilities where they are needed to support people.(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?I suppose the furthest away place would be LA, though I’m not sure how unusual that is these days. Supposedly Irish people are the most travelled people in the world.(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I am immensely proud of the traditions we still have here, the Gaeltacht, the language, the music, the sport, the dance, the theatre. I love the sense of community, the get-togethers in not only times of joy but also in times of sorrow.(20) What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?The most rewarding thing about what I do, in theatre and the arts, and also in education, is the relationships I form with the people I meet, the children I teach, and the position of trust that I am in to look after them and their work.The hours can be long but when you love what you do, and you can see it makes a difference, that audiences can really feel something by seeing a piece of theatre, film or art, well it just can’t be beaten.My Donegal… with teacher and festival manager Tanya McLaughlin was last modified: August 27th, 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:An griananArtsBallyliffinconvoydisappear here film festivalMY DONEGALtanya mc laughlinlast_img read more