JGA to spend less on flights, more on development

first_img NON-NATIONAL EVENTS As of next year, some members of Jamaica’s contingent to the Caribbean Classic Champion-ships event will have to contribute to the cost of their travel as the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) looks to refocus its funds on the development of the sport. Earlier this month, the JGA sent out an email to its members advising them that the cost of sending teams to the various events around the region was placing a “tremendous strain” on the association. “Of all the revenues collected, over 90 per cent is spent on sending teams to compete in various championships. This leaves little, or nothing, for development of the sport, which is a major priority. “The executive has made a decision that members of the teams selected to participate in the Caribbean Classic Championships will have to contribute to the cost of playing in these championships,” the email said. JGA Honorary Secretary Fred Sutherland told The Gleaner that the men who compete in the Hoerman Cup and women who qualify for the ladies team will not have to pay their own way. This amounts to approximately six men and four women. He said the email was directed to participants who may wish to travel for non-national team events such as seniors and super senior categories. “The people who represent their country in the Hoerman Cup, there wasn’t a question of them funding themselves in the national teams,” he said. In the past, the JGA covered the expenses for all or most of the travelling team members. “The JGA pays, but people in those categories – seniors and super seniors – may be requested to part-fund themselves. When you add all the other groups, it is quite a large group,” he added. “The association stands ready to assist with any fundraising activity undertaken by participants,” Sutherland also noted.last_img read more

SEA Games 7: Players to watch out for in basketball

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Christian Standhardinger – F/C, PhilippinesLargely a mystery man a few months back, Standhardinger has undoubtedly shot up the ranks thanks to his solid play with the national team.The Fil-German has provided the national team a viable option in the paint, as evidenced by his performances in the 2017 Jones Cup and the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.However, one thing going against Standhardinger will be his tiring schedule as he and Carl Bryan Cruz are set to fly to Malaysia for the SEA Games after the tournament in Beirut.It’s a mystery how coach Jong Uichico will utilize the 28-year-old given this exhausting challenge, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Standhardinger imposes his will down low and help the Philippines shun the opposition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Chess god’ Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The Philippines against Indonesia during the 28th SEA Games Men’s Basketball final game held at the OCBC Arena Hall 1, Singapore Sports Hub. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMADespite tougher competition in the region, the Philippines remains the team-to-beat for the gold in the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.And deservedly so, as the cadet-laden Gilas Pilipinas is bringing in a young but feisty squad aching to claim the country’s 18th pole finish in the meet.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Photo from Asean Basketball League websiteOne of the fastest rising stars for his country, the 20-year-old Kwek has proven that he’s a solid commodity for the Singaporean national team.However, the 6-foot-2 forward couldn’t sustain his good showing from his time with the Singapore Slingers in the ABL as he only posted pedestrian numbers in the 2017 Seaba Championship with his 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals.One thing going his way, though, has been his efficiency as his presence has been a stabilizing force for a largely disappointing outing.Kwek would love to bounce back from that experience, and he has to, especially with the tough field awaiting for Singapore in the SEA Games.6. Kuek Tian Yuan, F, MalaysiaKuek Tian Yuan. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueHosting the SEA Games also means bringing in the big guns for Malaysia.And with the hosts hell-bent to upend the Philippines from its throne, the Malaysians welcome back majority of their star players from the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL and Kuek Tian Yuan is one of those.The 26-year-old, who has been the team’s top performer when they were welcomed as a guest squad in the PBA D-League last season, returns to national team duty ready to slug it out for national pride.Tasked to hold the paint for Malaysia, Kuek will have his hands full against the bevy of guards aching to challenge his length.And if he passes the test? It’s not far-flung that a podium finish is on the horizon for the hosts. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Expect more from the Thai-American in this tourney as he will fortify an already dangerous Thailand crew bannered by scorer Chitchai Ananti.3. Tam Dinh – G, VietnamPhoto from Vietnamese Basketball AssocationVietnam is leaving no stones unturned as it parade possibly its strongest squad headed by Tam Dinh for the regional tilt.The Vietnamese-American guard was the leading scorer in the inaugural Vietnamese Basketball Association season last year, where he averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 steals for the Can Tho Catfish.Dinh’s inclusion, together with the additions of Horace Nguyen and Stefan Nguyen, could only mean positivesfor Vietnam as it aspires to contend in this upcoming SEA Games, this time under coach Todd Purves.4. Sandy Kurniawan, G/F – IndonesiaSandy Febrianysah Kurniawan of Indonesia (R) attempts to block against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines (L) during the men’s basketball gold medal match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL / AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROLKurniawan didn’t shy away from the spotlight when Indonesia competed in the 2017 Seaba Championship, proving that he can hang with the best in the region.The 31-year-old swingman showed that he’s a reliable three-and-D guy for his side, averaging 11.5 points on a 47-percent shooting from threes on top of 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 steals.Spotlight may be on his heralded teammates like Mario Wuysang, Arki Wisnu, and Biboy Enguio, but don’t sleep on Kurniawan making his impact in Kuala Lumpur.5. Leon Kwek – F, Singapore 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Though one of the youngest in the crew, the 23-year-old guard is one of the veterans in this level of competition in another go-round in the SEA Games.As the vocal leader for this PH squad, Ravena is expected to play a key role in another attempt for Philippines to stay at the top.2. Tyler Lamb – G/F, ThailandTyler Lamb. Photo from Asean Basketball League websiteThe reigning ABL Heritage MVP takes his act to the SEA Games as he finally makes his debut for the Thai national team.Averaging 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.8 steals this past ABL season with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, Lamb has been a household name in the region thanks to his outstanding play that almost earned him a spot in GlobalPort as the team’s Asian reinforcement last season.ADVERTISEMENT However, it doesn’t mean that the other countries will just roll over and hand the country the gold as they themselves want to show that true to the critics’ observations, the rest of region has indeed closed in on the Philippines.With the task laid out, INQUIRER listed seven players who we feel the fans should keep tabs on this August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’1. Kiefer Ravena – G, PhilippinesPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArguably one of the best amateur players in the Philippines right now, Ravena is gunning for a record-setting fourth gold medal in the biennial meet. MOST READlast_img read more

Shaheed Girls Orphanage reopens after devastating fire

first_imgThe Shaheed Girls Orphanage, which was completely destroyed by a fire in late October 2018, was officially reopened on Sunday with a ceremony held at its Oleander Gardens location.The new building houses eighteen girls ranging from ages 4 to 16 years old. In attendance were Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.Chief Executive Officer of the Shaheed Girls and Boys Orphanage, Raheema Rahaman speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday said that the reconstruction of the home is a huge success story after lots of obstacles and negativity.“The building was burnt flat to the ground. Everything was lost. All that was left were the clothing the children were wearing at the time,” she said.Rahaman said the experience of the fire was a traumatic and emotional one for her and the children as they lost everything.She added that with limited resources and a small budget, she faced major difficulty in making any progress with obtaining materials to begin the reconstruction of the home and it was at this time that she reached out to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who she said was always readily available to assist in any way possible.As a result of his “determination and heart of gold,” she was able to receive every piece of material she needed for the reconstruction of the home to commence.She expressed gratitude to Nandlall and others who helped to rebuild the facility which is a safe place for vulnerable girls.She added that more work is still needed in getting the home back to where it was in terms of facilities for the girls. “We still need ACs, fans, TVs and computers and so on and Mr Nandlall said he will continue to work on getting assistance for us in this regard. He said he is working to ensure that every child gets a computer,” Rahaman said.She also expressed gratitude to all the neighbours and others who played a part in getting the orphanage back on its feet.The girls that were temporarily being housed at the Shaheed Boys’ Orphanage returned to the newly-constructed building last week and are settling in well.Meanwhile, in an invited comment on Sunday, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said that he is privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to assist in the rebuilding of the orphanage which has been around for several years.That home, he said, has produced a number of wholesome citizens that have returned to society and have made significant contributions. Some of which were in attendance at Sunday’s ceremony.“One of them is a member of the Guyana Police Force and his sister is married and has assisted in the rebuilding effort,” Nandlall said.He is hopeful that the publicising of the event by the press will bring further awareness of not only the existence of the orphanage but its functions because it survives based on contributions from members of the public who have generously donated over the years. “It is hoped that those contributions continue,” he added.He noted that he is currently working with the orphanage to supply computer systems to them. “At least a personal computer to each child, both the boys and the girls and I look forward to the public’s support in this regard,” he said.Nandlall pointed out that computers and access to computers will be a sure way in educating the children and education has been tested and proven to be one of the surest ways to extricate one from poverty.“The education of these children is vital. Just imagine if you didn’t have institutions like these that take our children off the streets, imagine the destitution, the prostitution, the crime and everything else that they would have been embroiled in,” he added.These institutions, Nandlall said, play a vital role and the Government and civil society must partner in ensuring that these institutions continue to function.He expressed thanks to dozens of persons who have responded to his calls for contributions and donations. “That building is an amalgamation and a result of the efforts of so many kind, giving and hardworking Guyanese and I want to thank them and recognise them for that,” he added.Nandlall also received a certificate from the institution recognising the integral role he played in the rebuilding process.“I am humbled by the gesture by Shaheed Boys and Girls Orphanage for recognising my simple contribution and it’s a stepping stone for a lot more that has to be done and I will continue to make whatever simple contribution I can towards the upliftment in the lives of those unfortunate children,” he said.The Shaheed Girls Orphanage is a Muslim orphanage which was established in the 1930s. The institution provides care, home and other services for orphans, vulnerable and destitute children.last_img read more

Mancini determined to rekindle Italy’s love affair with football

first_img0Shares0000“Road to 2022 World Cup” – Italy coach Roberto Mancini starts rebuilding Italy in the Nations League © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 6 – Roberto Mancini takes charge of his first competitive game as Italy coach in Friday’s Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna with the tough task of rekindling the nation’s love affair with their national side, decimated after the low of their World Cup fiasco.The former Inter Milan and Manchester City boss was appointed in May after the four-time winners’ shock failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Mancini’s job will be to rebuild a new and vibrant side going into the European Championship in two years’ time and heading towards the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.The Nations League — in which Italy will also be up against European champions Portugal in Group 3 — will have an impact on seeding for Euro 2020.And the 53-year-old has insisted that a key to his strategy was to bring in new blood after the departure of several veterans, including iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in the wake of Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden last November.Buffon’s exit has opened the way for 19-year-old AC Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.“We’re a great group, very young,” said Donnarumma at the team’s Coverciano training centre near Florence.“We’re determined to bring Italian football back where it deserves to be. It’s our duty.”Italy have plummeted to an all-time low of 21st in the FIFA rankings.They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they fared better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016.But Mancini said he wanted to “try something different” and focus on youth, with four uncapped players including Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, who is 19 and has yet to start in a Serie A game.“When I looked at TV and saw my name among the players called up I was overwhelmed, I didn’t expect it. I called my father and he started crying,” said Zaniolo, whose father Igor played for several Italian clubs including Genoa.“I will work with humility, commitment and by watching the best and trying to steal some of their secrets.”– ‘Strong message’ –Italy coach Roberto Mancini has called up Mario Balotelli for Nations League games against Poland and Portugal. © AFP/File / Boris HORVATItaly’s under-21 side reached the semi-finals of the 2017 UEFA Under-21 Championship, while the under-20s finished third at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017.Mancini called on the coaches of Serie A squads to give younger players more playing time to build on their potential.“We’re trying to send a strong message from Coverciano. We’re convinced that those who play well at youth level can do so even at a higher level,” said Mancini.“At this historic moment there are not many Italian players playing on a consistent basis. Because of this, we have included many young players to increase the number of players so we can get to know them better.”One of Mancini’s first decisions on being appointed last May was also to recall controversial striker Mario Balotelli for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.The Nice striker scored in his first game — a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia — but Mancini’s next two friendlies were a 3-1 defeat to World Cup winners France and 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.As well as 28-year-old Balotelli, Italy’s strike options also include Lazio forward Ciro Immobile, 28, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, 20, and Juventus’s Federico Bernardeschi, 24.To anchor the younger players, veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 34, returns to the squad for the first time since Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat.“Chiellini is back and he’s captain, he’s a point of reference and experience, especially for the youngsters,” said Italy’s Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.“Point of reference” – veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to the Italian national team. © AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM“Italy doesn’t deserve to stay where we are now, we’re all motivated to do well and get back to winning. There’s enthusiasm and we feel good together.”“I can guarantee you that this national team is not so far from the best.”Poland too have something to prove after being eliminated in the group stage at the World Cup without star striker Robert Lewandowski scoring once. He and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik are expected to play.After Poland, Italy play Portugal — minus Cristiano Ronaldo — in Lisbon on September 10.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Egyptians light up stadium in tribute to fallen fans

first_img0Shares0000Egyptian fans used their phones during the match against South Africa to pay tribute to victims of the 2012 and 2015 football tragedies © AFP/File / OZAN KOSECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 7 – Even as Egypt struggled against South Africa in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, the home fans took time to honour a recent tradition.In the 20th and 72nd minutes of a match that the Egyptians were to lose 1-0, hundreds of supporters switched on their mobile phone flashlights — a simple tribute to victims killed in deadly stadium clashes after the 2011 revolution. “This is our tradition that we pull out our mobiles,” said 19-year-old Mostafa Atef.“The blood of martyrs has nothing to do whether we support (rival clubs) Al Ahly or Zamalek.”The timing of the flashlight tributes reflect the numbers of fans killed in two separate incidents.There is still uncertainty at the number of fans who died in February 2012 when security forces stormed the field at the Port Said stadium of Al Masry during a match with Cairo-based Al Ahly.Some reports claim 74 fans died that day, others say 72. Whichever, it was one of the world’s deadliest football clashes.Three years later, almost to the day in 2015, 20 Zamalek fans — some reports say 22 — died after a mass stampede at the gates of the Cairo stadium’s gates prompted by police use of teargas and live bullets.That led to the reinstatement of a total ban on attending domestic games which is still in effect.For sales representative Islam Abdel Sadek, 30, the tragedies are a reminder that security in football stadiums will still be necessary after the tournament.“Egypt is strong and safe now,” said Sadek. “But it’s a poignant memory and we are praying for the martyrs. So of course we will always turn our lights on”.– Troubling times –Egyptian fans were left bitterly disappointed by the 1-0 defeat by South Africa on Saturday © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEIn a tournament designed to promote the country’s international image, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the national squad that preparations for international audiences were more important than their results on the pitch.Under Sisi, who led the army’s overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, a focus on political stability and crushing dissent has meant that even football has been heavily scrutinised by the security forces.The Cup of Nations has been a testing ground for fan attendance when the domestic league resumes.“Fans going back to the stadiums has been a great thing for Egyptian football”, said Ahmad Yousef, editor of website KingFut.Authorities, though, have been selective in their choice of who attends matches with a new online system requiring a background check using an Egyptian national ID.“When the league does restart after the tournament and whether Ultras fans will make their way back to the stadiums, that’s when trouble could start again,” he added.In recent years, devoted fan groups known as the ‘Ultras’ have been politically active in mobilising young, mostly male football enthusiasts.The Ultras Red Devils of Al Ahly and White Knights of Zamalek have been caught up, though, in a government crackdown.Many online users, bitterly disappointed by the Pharoahs’ defeat by South Africa, pointed to the dozens of Ultras in jail as a sign of Egypt’s fear of football fans.Less then 24-hours after the South Africa defeat, the whole of Egyptian football appears to be in disarray with federation president Hani Abou Rida sacking coach Javier Aguirre and then announcing his own resignation, paving the way for a vast shake-up within the organisation.Whether that will change the fans’ relationship with the security forces remains to be seen.In the meantime, supporters like Atef will continue to flash their lights.“We are honouring these martyrs so their memory lives on,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I’LL STICK WITH OUR LORD RATHER THAN CLARE DALY,’ SAYS DONEGAL PRIEST

first_imgA Donegal priest has hit out at a TD after she claimed that prayers should not be recited in the Dail.Fr Martin Doohan, PP of DunfanaghyParish priest of the Catholic Church in Dunfanaghy, Fr Martin Doohan, slammed the remarks made by Independent TD Clare Daly over the recital of a prayer before each Dail sitting.Deputy Daly described the recital of the prayer as ‘offensive’ and claimed it had no place in modern Ireland. Her comments sparked a heated debate in the Dáil, with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath calling her remarks ‘ill-judged’ and ‘baseless’.That row in the Dáil prompted Fr Doohan to speak about it during his homily to his congregation at the Holy Cross church at the weekend.When contacted about his sermon Fr Doohan told Donegal Daily “I was very surprised that she found the recital of a prayer both ‘offensive’ and outdated in modern society.“But it’s almost getting to the stage in this country where you actually need to apologise for having faith in your religion. “We live in a democratic state, and everybody’s beliefs should be recognized and respected, but for an elected representative to say that about the recital of a prayer was astonishing.“I told my congregation, that in times of illness, tragedy and death, we get strength from our Lord, and our faith can get us through the most difficult times we experience in our lives.“I said, I think we’ll stick with our Lord in times of hardship rather than Clare Daly,” he said. ‘I’LL STICK WITH OUR LORD RATHER THAN CLARE DALY,’ SAYS DONEGAL PRIEST was last modified: October 8th, 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:Clare DalydailFeaturesFr DoohanIndependent TDnewsPriestRecital of a prayerlast_img read more

NEW MAYOR BACKS INNOVATIVE SAFE-DRIVING SCHEME

first_imgMayor McGarvey calls by to meet the Pro-Social Driving teamThe newly elected Mayor of Donegal Ian Mc Garvey dropped into the new offices of the Pro-social Drivers Programme at 18 Celtic Apartments in Letterkenny on one of his first official visits.The Mayor presented the latest group of Graduates (out of picture) who have completed the Pro-Social Drivers Program with their Certificates.The graduates of the scheme complete the course in order to get a better appreciation of the dangers of driving and to improve their driving skills. Pictured left to right are Kevin Mc Grory (Fire Service), Martin Mac Fadden (Lead Course Facilitator), Gary Doggett (Programme coordinator), Mayor Ian Mc Garvey, Mary Clinton (A-Ceart) and Aidan Guthrie (Facilitator). NEW MAYOR BACKS INNOVATIVE SAFE-DRIVING SCHEME was last modified: July 4th, 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:Mayor Ian McGarveyPro-social driverslast_img read more

JOGGER HIT BY RUNAWAY CAR AFTER CRASH

first_imgA jogger has been rushed to hospital after an out-of-control car mounted a footpath and struck him.The man was jogging on the Port Road in Letterkenny when the accident happened.One car struck another car send it onto the footpath hitting the jogger at around 7.30pm last night (TUES). The jogger and one of the drivers were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but it is not understood their injuries are not life-threatening.A spokesman for the Garda Press office confirmed a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash has been launched.   JOGGER HIT BY RUNAWAY CAR AFTER CRASH was last modified: October 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car crashjoggerletterkennyPOrt Roadlast_img read more

GAA PLAYER JAILED AFTER VICIOUS ATTACK LEFT MAN WITH LOSS OF SIGHT IN EYE

first_imgA young GAA player, who drank all day to build up the courage to dress up for a club fundraiser, has been jailed after attacking another man.Victim Jamie O’Brien lost the sight in one eye after being struck with one punch by Noel Kelly.Kelly, 23, had been drinking all day with his team-mates from Gaoth Dobhair GAA team. The men had gone to Dodge Nightclub in Gaoth Dobhair on July 24th, 2011 but Kelly had been ejected from the premises for horseplay.Outside the premises he had words with Jamie O’Brien and ended up striking the then 20 year old once.Other people tried to intervene and Kelly ended up punching two other women Natalie McGee and Nicola McFadden.He was told to leave the area by bouncers from the nightclub but returned minutes later and ended up striking another man, Peader Woods, who was operating a chip van.Mr Woods’ brother Joe, who had taken the previous three victims to see a local doctor, returned and he was also assaulted by Kelly.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard that Kelly of Meenaniller, Derrybeg, who pleaded guilty to five separate assault charges, was an excellent footballer and had played at Under 16 level for Donegal and plays senior football with Gaoth Dobhair.Among the references in court for Kelly was one from his own club and from the management team of the Donegal senior football team.The accused man’s father, Declan Kelly, said his family were shocked by his only son’s actions.Noel Kelly told the court that he “messed up” and said he would like to genuinely apologise to Mr O’Brien.“I am sincerely sorry. I messed up that night and I’m ashamed of what I did. I drank too much and got myself into a shape that I should not have. I regret what happened.“I have not drank since and I have no plans to socialise,” he said.Kelly’s barrister Peter Nolan said his client had been drinking all day.“He had been drinking all day in a bid to build up the courage to dress in a wig and a dress.“It was fundraiser and he needed a bit of Dutch courage, if you like, to go out on stage in drag,” he saidThe court also heard that Mr O’Brien’s medical bills so far were in the region of €15,000 which the Kelly family had offered to cover.Judge O’Hagan recommended that €5,000 be paid to the O’Brien family but said he did not see it as compensation but as costs towards their medical bill.The accused father said his son was working five days a week at his business and three days of this pay was going towards paying off the €15,000In a hard-hitting address to the court, Judge John O’Hagan slammed the culture of drinking and fighting in Donegal.“What are we going to do in our society – flutered drunk and beating the lard out of eachother. What are we going to do?“I get it all the time. I dealt with 11 or 12 sentences this week and every single one have drink. It’s very sad that our society is going down this road,” he said.Judge O’Hagan said he had no question that Kelly came from a very respectable family and he thanked Mr Kelly Snr for apologizing to the O’Brien family.However, he said the matter was too serious not to impose a custodial sentence.“I shudder to think how much you paid for the drink. You would have been better giving it to the GAA donation box,” he told Kelly.He sentenced Kelly to two years imprisonment for the Section 4 assault on Mr O’Brien and suspended the last six months of the sentence.He also sentenced him to one year in prison for each of the Section 3 assaults while the two Section 2 assaults were taken into consideration with all sentences to run concurrently.Members of Kelly’s family including his mother and sister wept in court as he was led away in handcuffs.GAA PLAYER JAILED AFTER VICIOUS ATTACK LEFT MAN WITH LOSS OF SIGHT IN EYE was last modified: February 2nd, 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:attackdodge nightclubJamie O’BrienJUdge John O’HaganNoel Kellylast_img read more

TERMON LADIES GOING FOR FOUR-IN-A-ROW

first_imgThe Termon Senior ladies teamThe Termon Senior Ladies GAA team travel down to Waterford on Sunday for the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta All Ireland Final against Cill Chomáin of Mayo.The girls will be aiming to do a “Four In A Row” this year, if they are successful on Sunday this will be a huge achievement for the girls and the whole entire club.Throw in is at 4pm & Updates of the game should be on Radio Na Gaeltachta or the Twitter page of Comórtos Peile Na Gaeltachta.https://twitter.com/ComortasPeile13 TERMON LADIES GOING FOR FOUR-IN-A-ROW was last modified: May 31st, 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:all-irelandGAATermon ladieslast_img read more