Hundreds bid farewell to proud Letterkenny man Raymond Blake

first_imgLetterkenny publican Raymond Blake has been remembered as a big-hearted man who lived for his family, friends and his love of sport.The 56-year-old businessman was laid to rest at Conwal Cemetary this afternoon following his funeral mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral.Hundreds of mourners packed into the church to say a final farewell to the larger-than-life character who touched the lives of so many. Among the many people who attended Raymond’s funeral was figures from the world of sport, politics and business as well as members of the Letterkenny public whom Raymond was very much part of.His beloved St Eunan’s GAA club formed a guard of honour as Raymond was taken the short distance up Church Lane from his home on the town’s Main Street.Chief celebrant Fr Damien Nejad recalled Raymond’s love of sport including St Eunan’s but also his beloved Manchester Utd.He told on one occasion in 1999 when Manchester Utd took on Bayern Munich in Barcelona. With no direct flights to Barcelona, Raymond instead booked a flight via Lourdes but had to stop off to say some prayers as his late dad Harry would never have forgiven him if he didn’t make an effort!Among the chief mourners at the funeral was Raymond’s brothers Joe, Kevin and David and sister Ita.Local musician Declan Nee provided the moving music.As Raymond was led out of the church, a spontaneous burst of applause rang out from mourners which rippled down Market Square.Members of St Eunan’s again gave Raymond a guard of honour down the Main Street of the town he loved so well while other members of the club stood silently outside O’Donnell Park as the tricolour flew at half-mast. He was laid to rest a short time ago at Conwal Cemetary, a short distance out the road from the beloved GAA club he was so much a part of.Rest in peace Raymond.Hundreds bid farewell to proud Letterkenny man Raymond Blake was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:funeralletterkennyRaymond Blakelast_img read more

Post-Foyle Cup parties are kicking off at Arena7!

first_imgAnother wonderful tournament is almost at a close and as usual, all the Donegal teams have done themselves, their clubs and the soccer community of Donegal proud. Well now it’s time to relax, reflect and cap a brilliant week of football off by having a Post Foyle Cup party at Arena7. There is loads for everyone to do from Laser Quest, Bowling, Pool and a great food. Clubs can avail of a private room if they want to do speeches or make presentations and also there are options for the parents and coaches to relax as well.Check out the deals below and call Darren for more info on 0749128853 VIP Bowling including a hot buffet (Up to 20): €125Bowling and a Fast Food Meal: €9ppBowling, Laser Quest and a Fast Food Meal: €14ppGame of Bowling: €4.50ppFast Food Meal: €5We can also cater for parents from only €4.95pp Best of luck in the final couple of games to everyone and well done to all including the players, parents and especially coaches.To book your party just call Arena7 on 0749128853. Post-Foyle Cup parties are kicking off at Arena7! was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7Foyle Cuplast_img read more

Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne

first_imgThere were poignant scenes in the halls of Deele College this afternoon as the school community paid tribute to former science teacher, Mrs Grainne O’Donnell, who passed away last February after a brave battle against cancer.Former staff, students and current teachers at the school were joined by Grainne’s family for a special mass, which was concelebrated by Father Eamon Kelly, Canon Dinny McGettigan and Reverend Wilson.Though eight months have passed since Grainne’s untimely death, the tears and sadness evident at the mass today is testament to the esteem in which she was held by everyone at the school. The school choir gave a wonderful performance and added to the solemnity of the occasion. There were prayers for Grainne’s family, including her father, Michael, her husband Kevin and her twin daughters, Kaila and Dara.After the mass, a plaque was unveiled in the school’s ‘Remembrance Garden,’ which was revamped by both staff and students in recent months.The plaque in memory of Grainne takes pride of place in the garden and will ensure that her memory lives on in the school that was so close to her heart. The garden offers everyone in the school a quiet place to take time out and it is fitting that it is here that the school community will remember a teacher that gave so much to the students of the local area.Grainne, who had taught in the school for 12 years, was extremely popular with both students and staff and her hearty laugh and bubbly demeanour are sorely missed by everyone connected to the school, especially amongst the science department, of which she was an integral member. She will be remembered as a special person, who always put others first and her kindness and generosity will not be forgotten by the many friends she has left behind.Speaking at the unveiling of the plaque, Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden paid tribute to Grainne and highlighted what a caring and considerate teacher she was.“It’s still hard to come to terms with the fact that Grainne is no longer with us. We didn’t just lose a very valued colleague, the students in the school lost a very kind, caring and considerate teacher, who always had the best interests of the students at heart.“She will always be remembered here at the school and the plaque we unveiled today will ensure her memory is enshrined here at Deele College,” he said.Principal of Deele College, Mr Joe Boyle, echoed the sentiments expressed by Mr McFadden and said that it was important that Grainne would be remembered by everyone at the school. “Today was a tough day but a special day. It’s eight months since Grainne passed away and yet it feels like it was yesterday. Life in secondary schools moves fast and it’s important that we take the time to reflect and remember those special people who are no longer and with us and Grainne was certainly one of those.“I’d like to thank Kevin and all the family for coming here today and I hope that this day will give the family some measure of comfort as they try to cope with the loss of a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.“Grainne’s memory will live on in the hearts of those of us who worked with her at the school but today we ensured that her memory will be forever be associated with Deele College in Raphoe.”Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deele collegeGrainne O’DonnellmassRaphoelast_img read more

Warriors HQ: How are the Warriors managing Stephen Curry’s minutes?

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * * In the episode of the Warriors HQ podcast, Mark Medina and Logan Murdock discuss how the team in managing Stephen Curry’s minutes, how Steph is being managed in the fourth quarter and what the return of DeMarcus Cousins can mean for the distribution of minutes.0:55 – How the team in managing Stephen Curry’s minutes9:10 – Steph’s minutes in the fourth quarter …last_img read more

Oceans Day puts the focus on South Africa’s fish stocks

first_img9 June 2015The oceans around South Africa have the potential to unlock economic development opportunities in the country, according to Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thomson.“We thus need to develop a proactive approach to understand our oceans’ capacity and role to ensure socio-economic emancipation while protecting this vast and fragile environment,” she said yesterday at celebrations of World Oceans Day in Port Elizabeth.World Oceans Day is an annual event on 8 June, recognised by the United Nations and run by its Environment Programme (UNEP). It was declared to remind people of the major role the oceans play, as well as to educate people of the impact humans have on the oceans. “They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe,” says the UN.Thomson said the use of various marine resources in South Africa had increased, but the Department of Environmental Affairs would continue efforts to protect and maintain the country’s marine biodiversity. “We aspire to create partnerships while strengthening existing ones to develop means and ways to share the wealth of the ocean for the benefit of all South Africans.”Sassi StoriesTo mark the day, as well as World Environment Day on 5 June, WWF South Africa’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) is running its #SASSIStories campaign. It is about telling the inspiring stories of fishers, retailers, chefs, and ordinary people who are driving positive change in the seafood sector.WWF-Sassi points out that the oceans are the cornerstone of life on Earth. They cover more than two thirds of the planet’s surface, produce 70% of its oxygen and are responsible for driving weather systems.“Oceans are also a critical source of food, culture and history. Every year they feed over a billion people and almost 1 in 10 people around the world rely on fishing and fishing-related activities for their livelihoods. Yet both locally and globally we are not doing enough to look after this incredibly value asset,” the organisation says.Humanity’s impact can be seen in reports of climate change, overfishing and the increasing user conflicts.It was an issue Thomson also raised. “Aspects of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable coastal area development and unwanted impacts from resource extraction need to be addressed for human well-being, environmental prosperity and integrity,” she said.Blue economyWorld Oceans Day this year is celebrated under the UNEP’s theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”. The department expanded this to “Healthy oceans, healthy planet: enabling sustainable ocean economy development”, to highlight the government’s commitment to sustainable ocean economy through Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa promotes economic growth and job creation in line with the goals outlined in the National Development Plan. Its oceans economy laboratory is estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and create just over one million jobs by 2033.The oceans economy lab has four priority areas: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and ocean governance. –Senzeni Zokwana, the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said almost all humans on Earth depend on the seas’ natural resources. “The sustainable use and management of the oceans, even its resources, is critical to us today and for future generations.”OverfishingThe question, he said, was how to forge an economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible vision for the use of the oceans’ natural resources without compromising future generations.“Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans, making the oceans critical to food security. [but] According to the [Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN], most of the world’s major fisheries are being fished at levels above their maximum sustainable level with a number of fish stocks completely depleted.”In addition in South Africa, many coastal communities had been marginalised for many years and denied access to fish resources, which resulted in compromised fishing livelihoods and economic viabilities.Its Small-scale Fisheries Policy sought to redress this and ensure equitable sharing of the oceans’ resources.“One of the biggest challenges that we face in South Africa today is striking a balance between meeting the food security needs of our people while at same time ensuring that the resources they depend on are managed sustainably,” Zokwana said.“We also have to increase our efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing which are serious crimes because they also cause a huge threat to the collapse of our resources.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jeep captured from Pak in 1971 stands as war trophy in army

first_imgLeh: All of 48 years and maybe more, the ‘Jarpal Queen’, a symbol of India’s triumph against Pakistan, travels through the length and breadth of India as a ‘war trophy’ of the Indian Army.The ‘Queen’, named after Jarpal in Pakistan, is actually royalty on four wheels, a Willys jeep, sleek, shiny and in shipshape condition, the object of lavish attention at the 3 Grenadier Regiment’s camp, about 40 km from Leh. The vehicle, with Urdu script on its sides, is a “war trophy” captured from Pakistan during the 1971 conflict. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Once fitted with a recoilless gun, this US-origin jeep now travels across India as a prized possession of the Regiment, which has ensured the almost 50-year-old vehicle moves like a well-oiled machine. “We captured it during the Jarpal war and it was used by the Pakistani army as a part of their attack plan at Shakargarh border, in Jarpal area of Pakistan. So, it was named Jarpal Queen. From that war, India has two Param Vir Chakra medals,” said Colonel (retd) J S Dhillon. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe two Param Vir Chakra awardees were Colonel Hoshiar Singh from the Grenadier Regiment and Second Lieutenant Arun Khetrapal from the Armoured Regiment. “It is a ‘war trophy’ and was shown to VIP guests and was also used during guard of honour for senior officers. It is in great condition and runs very smoothly,” said Dhillon, a Sena Medal recipient who was commissioned in the 3 Grenadier Regiment in 1982 and now heads the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg, under the Ministry of Tourism. He said the ‘Jarpal Queen’ had gone wherever the Regiment has been stationed. Jaipur, Kupwara, Simla, Poonch, Meerut, Ferozepur… the list is long. In 1988, when the Regiment was in Ferozpur in Punjab, the jeep was registered with the Punjab transport department for it to be driven on the road. “We took a number, insured and registered it. As far as I can recall, except the regiment’s UN mission to Eithopia, the jeep has gone everywhere with them,” said Dhillon. The jeep has also been witness to numerous border skirmishes with the neighbouring country, particularly during the regiment’s stints in Jammu and Kashmir. A full-scale war broke out between India and Pakistan over East Pakistan in 1971. It ended with surrender of 90,000 Pakistani troops and led to the creation of Bangladesh. PTIlast_img read more