History of Bonagee United shared following launch of new floodlights

first_imgTwo and a half acre acre site at Dry Arch on the outskirts of Letterkenny purchased for £1,000 in 1970 is now the site for a €1.25 million development that could rival any of its kind in Ireland.In the early days, a team called Arcade Athletic was founded by a committee led by Paddy McFadden and based at that two-and- a-half acre plot.Arcade Athletic evolved into the Bonagee United we know today and there was surely a nostalgia feel for Katie McFadden, widow of the late Paddy McFadden, as she cut the tape on the latest phase of works at Dry Arch Park. Lights of any sort were in the future for the club in those early days, but six, 18-metre tall floodlights now standing over Bonagee United’s home.On Friday night, the latest part of the development – the floodlights, the relaying of one of the astroturf pitches and the installation of a wheelchair access area, at a total cost of €150,000 – was launched by Katie McFadden.“He’d have been so proud of this,” she said, referencing her late husband, as she put scissors to tape.Larry Maguire and Eric Funston were at the first meeting of the club in 1970 and remain instrumental now. Donal Coyle, the Club Chairman, referenced deceased members such as Hughie McKay, Barnie Crampsie, Billy Baird, Hughie McGuinness and Paddy McFadden.Mr Coyle said: “It’s a great night for the club and it’s a development started away back in the 70s. Those men had the foresight and the vision.“There has been a lot of hard work and a lot of fundraising put in over the years. The great thing about this club is the support we have received in the community.“From small beginnings, we have a community hall and some of the finest facilities in the country.”In 1998, the club – backed by grant aid from then Minister for Sport Dr James McDaid – started a massive re-development which went on to incorporate a general purpose hall, two astroturf pitches, a spectator stand, new playing pitch, additional dressing rooms and ancillary facilities. From the 2015 Sports Capital Programme, Bonagee United received funding of €90,000 while they obtained €7,250 from the Development Funding of Councillors in the Letterkenny Municipal District – and a unique piece of politics.“What happened this year was unprecedented,” Coyle explained. “We got €7,250 from the Council Development Fund Inititative and all tenCouncillors contributed. That hasn’t happened before and I would like to thank all ten Councillors for their contribution.”You get the feeling Bonagee United won’t rest on their laurels for long. Coyle said: “We are always looking to develop. You have to keep building and you have to keep developing.”Photography by Evan Logan History of Bonagee United shared following launch of new floodlights was last modified: November 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Recreational saltwater season set to begin

first_imgNext Wednesday kicks off another ocean sport fishing season on the North Coast as both rockfish and Pacific halibut are set to commence. And with a lengthy salmon season only a month away, we’ll be going full bore before you know it. Without abalone or razor clams to fill in the gaps, it will feel good to be back on the salt. As boats hit the open ocean next Wednesday — weather and conditions permitting — all the fish politics and talk of closures will fade, replaced with images of big lings …last_img

Ex-MBMC mayor, 19 others booked for assault

first_imgFormer mayor of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), Geeta Jain, and her 10 bodyguards have been booked for allegedly manhandling the organisers of a Navaratri event in the township and creating a ruckus, police said on Thursday.According to officials from the Naya Nagar police station, where the offence was registered, the incident occurred on Wednesday night during an event in Shanti Nagar, where the current mayor of Mira Bhayandar, Dimple Mehta, was being felicitated. “During the function, just as Ms. Mehta was being felicitated, Ms. Jain arrived with her followers and 10 bodyguards,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mira Road Division, Shantaram Valvi, said. Ms. Jain demanded that she also be felicitated at the event. “Her bodyguards and supporters then went on to the stage and manhandled the organisers,” Mr. Valvi said.last_img read more

Fred VanVleet, Raptors aren’t smiling now, but they might be soon

first_imgToronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet applauds from the bench after receiving several stitches from an elbow to the face from Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Fred VanVleet had a face that only a country of hockey fans could love.A bandage covering stitches under his right eye. Swelling near the side of his nose. Fresh dental work to repair a damaged tooth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Raptors were down and almost out in the Eastern Conference finals, in danger of falling into a hole from which no NBA team has ever recovered. But they pulled out Game 3 of that series against Milwaukee to kick off a powerful postseason run, and the only thing that might slow them down is stopping to collect the Larry O’Brien Trophy.Toronto can do that Monday by beating the Golden State Warriors at home in Game 5.“It’s going to be a battle, it’s going to be hard, but at the same time if we stay together and do everything we’re supposed to do, we have a chance. We have a good chance to put ourselves in a position to win,” Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said.The first trip to the NBA Finals in franchise history appeared it might have to wait at least another year when the Raptors fell behind in the second overtime of Game 3 of the conference finals. Kawhi Leonard’s leg seemed to be hurting, Kyle Lowry had already fouled out and a victory would have given Milwaukee a 3-0 lead that has been insurmountable in the NBA.The Raptors recovered to win and have barely looked back, winning seven of eight games against the Bucks and Warriors, the No. 1 seeds in each conference. Coach Nick Nurse had seen the possibilities from his team even before the comeback started, first with how the Raptors played so well in Game 1 of the conference finals after needing seven grueling games against Philadelphia in the previous round, and then by the way they shrugged off a blowout loss in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT His day off in the NBA Finals consisted of a trip to the hospital and then the dentist, necessary stops after he was hit in the face and bloodied late in Game 4, when he had to leave the court with part of his tooth somewhere still on it.The play hurt, but the Toronto Raptors have a team of guys who would take the pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Yeah, we got some tough guys,” VanVleet said.And they’ve overcome tough situations. 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Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Warriors say Kevin Durant will practice before Game 5 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “So that’s probably a moment of where I thought the team had something inside them to keep on going,” Nurse said.What Toronto didn’t have at that point was a reliable offense beyond Leonard.Veterans Lowry, Danny Green and Marc Gasol had struggled to make shots. The bench was contributing only sporadically.That isn’t happening anymore. The Raptors made 17 3-pointers in their Game 3 victory at Golden State and have hit 10 or more in 10 straight games. VanVleet from the perimeter and Serge Ibaka on the interior have come off the bench to provide big boosts.“Most teams, they’re expecting their bench to be better than ours,” Green said, “and when they come in outplaying their bench or giving us a huge plus against their starters, it’s due for a win when you’ve got guys performing like that off the bench.”VanVleet will be back out there trying to keep doing it Monday — this time wearing a mouthpiece — after having to leave Game 4 when he was inadvertently hit in the face by Shaun Livingston while running back on defense. He had a CT scan to make sure there were no broken bones in his face and said he has no concussion symptoms.He wouldn’t show off his dental work Sunday, but that made him just like his Raptors teammates who walked off the floor without hints of satisfaction on their faces after Game 4. They are too focused on keeping their run going, though they’ll be smiling plenty if they can get one more win.“Now is the time to lock in even more,” VanVleet said. “We’ve been doing it, we’ve proven that we can do it. It’s not time to change anything that we’ve done, it’s just time to do it a little bit better, a little harder and a little smarter.” LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Ohio States poise against Purdue could carry over

For as deafening as Purdue’s Mackey Arena can be, it wasn’t enough to unnerve Ohio State’s men’s basketball team. Rowdy Boilermakers fans donning same-color shirts in sections of the stadium to create a gold and black design were silenced as the Buckeyes stole a road victory, 74-64. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas said it didn’t faze him. “I didn’t hear the crowd. I didn’t really care about the boos,” Thomas, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., told the Associated Press. “That’s about being on the road.” OSU staved off the hostile environment at Purdue, but life away from the confines of the Schottenstein Center has otherwise been inhospitable to the No. 15-ranked Buckeyes. OSU’s first road game was a loss to then-No. 2 Duke in late November. That game could be viewed as a moral victory because a young OSU team only fell short in the game’s waning minutes. That notion likely no longer exists, though. Not after Saturday’s 74-55 shellacking against Illinois. And recent history suggested OSU would falter again on Tuesday. Additionally, the Boilermakers beat the same Illini team that easily dispatched the Buckeyes. on Jan. 2. Against unranked Purdue (7-8, Big Ten 1-2) squad, OSU hardly looked like the team that was rocked by Illinois mere days earlier. After the game, Matta said he spent that time in between contests preparing his team for what would inevitably be “coming down the pipe.” “I thought we had an element of composure about us … we had to have it,” Matta told reporters after the Purdue victory. “This was a team win as you could possibly have.” It couldn’t have come at a better time. “We came out with toughness and our offensive execution was going well. We knew we needed to do that after the Illinois game and that’s what we did,” Thomas told reporters. “We came out with toughness and executed really well.” While it’s probably an exaggeration to call Tuesday’s game a “must-win,” had the Buckeyes faltered, it could have had a lasting effect on the psyche of a team that doesn’t always seem secure of itself. The win against the Boilermakers didn’t answer all of the questions about OSU – it won’t exempt them from the many deficiencies they’ve shown against quality opponents. That’s an issue that could reappear throughout conference play, but Tuesday felt like a step in the right direction for a team that’s lacked the fortitude to play its best in the most critical of times. read more

Enzo Zidane has signed for Rayo Majadahonda

first_imgEnzo Zidane will sign Rayo Majadahonda on a single season long loan from Real Madrid, according to Goal.The son of the former Real Madrid coach will play his trade at the home of rivals Atletico next season in the Spanish second division.The 23-year-old midfielder will be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer to sign for Rayo as hopes get his career on the right track.Enzo joined the youth structure at Real in 2004 as a nine-year-old, he featured regularly for the Real Madrid C and B sides.He’s yet to make appearance in the La Liga for the first team but has featured for the senior side in the Copa Del Rey.Zinedine Zidane will be back to action soon according to his son Marko Vrakela – November 30, 2018 After staying put for about six months, Zinedine Zidane could soon return to action according to his son EnzoThe legendary Frenchman left Real Madrid…“After several weeks of talks and despite having numerous offers from other teams in Spain, Enzo has joined with Rayo Majadahonda for our club’s first season in professional football.” A statement on Majadahonda’s website read.“It is an indication of the direction we’re heading in as a sporting club in the world of football.”“We’ve made great efforts to bring the player here on a season-long loan but the intervention of first-team coach Antonio Iriondo has been decisive in convincing the player of the importance he’ll have with us.”Majadahonda have risen to the ranks of the Segunda A division for the first time in their history. The club based just outside of Madrid will play their football at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium after they reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Sarri didnt understand Giaccherini

first_imgEmanuele Giaccherini’s agent says there was “a tactical misunderstanding with Maurizio Sarri” at Napoli.Giaccherini spent two seasons at Napoli but only made 24 appearances before signing for Chievo Verona. His agent now blames tactical misunderstanding under Sarri for his poor displays.The versatile midfielder scored for Chievo against his former side Juventus on Saturday.“At Napoli he couldn’t show his full ability due to a tactical misunderstanding with Maurizio Sarri,” Giaccherini’s agent Furio Valcareggi explained on Radio Crc. (via Football Italia)Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“Giaccherini was deployed on the right wing, but he was more suitable to cover other roles on the pitch. Now we look forward, the divorce was consensual.“Against Juventus Emanuele played an excellent game, and at the end of the match he also shared a few words with Cristiano Ronaldo.“The Juventus we saw on the pitch on Saturday cancels all other teams’ ability to fight for the Scudetto. They’re aliens, they deserved to win because they created countless scoring opportunities they didn’t take advantage of.“When you have CR7 in the team there’s nothing for anyone.”last_img read more

Klopp believes positive emotions will key for Liverpool today

first_imgIn his column for Liverpool’s matchday programme, Jurgen Klopp expressed his belief that they can use the emotions that come from facing Manchester United to their advantageLiverpool will host United later today at Anfield hoping to grab their first Premier League win over them in four years to reclaim their lead in the standings from Manchester City.And Klopp hopes his players will be able to harness the emotions that come from facing Liverpool’s old rivals in a positive manner.“Liverpool versus Manchester United is not a fixture that requires any hype or build-up,” said Klopp on the club website. “Merely saying the fixture out loud is enough to capture its importance.“For both clubs it is the ‘next game’, but I think we would all be kidding ourselves if we tried to suggest it wasn’t an occasion that means a little bit more. I have never been one to shy away from games that really matter to the supporters.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yes, three points are three points whoever they are available against, but these sort of matches produce emotions and memories that are so valuable. It makes sense I think to try to embrace it.“For the players, my staff and I, we absolutely need to keep focused on the job to do and the game that is to be played. We need to recognise that performing well and working hard are essential. We need to not abandon the processes that have served us well until now. We need to do all the things we do for the other 18 home games during a league campaign.“But it is possible to do all that without ignoring what the fixture means. It’s a matter of take from the moment what helps you. Positive emotion helps – positive energy helps – we saw this on Tuesday night.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) today.last_img read more