DONEGAL SOLDIER GETS MARCHING ORDERS AFTER HE FORGOT TO PAY FOR TEA

first_imgDD EXCLUSIVE: An army corporal who has just retired after 22 years service has been told he cannot have an official retirement presentation unless he pays for tea he had while on duty.Furious Fearghal MacLochlainn from Lifford was due to receive an official crystal presentation for his service which included four tours of duty overseasHowever an official letter sent to Mr MacLochlainn, 40, has told him that he will not be allowed to take part in his retirement function because he owes €28 or “mess subs.” Mr MacLochlainn told Donegaldaily.com he is furious that he is being threatened in such a manner.“It is not the matter of €28. I would gladly pay that. It is the manner in which they have sent me an official letter and threatened me to pay up. It’s like I’m being blackmailed.“If someone had have called me and mentioned it to me then I would have had no problem paying the money,” he said.The married father-of-two, who has served in the Lebanon and Kosovo, said this is the first time he has been asked for the money. “The €24 charge comes every six months and covers tea and coffee when you are in the mess. I have never ben asked for it and I didn’t even known about it.“For al I knew I could have been down the country or somewhere else on duty on the day it was supposed to be paid,” he fumed.The €28 charge for Fearghal includes the term from January to June, 2011 and another month after that.Ferghal, who family have a proud tradition of serving the Irish army, has served in all three army bases in Co Donegal at Finner Camp, Rockhill and Lifford barracks.He only retired last October. The letter, which was signed by the President of the NCO’s (Non Commissioned Officer) Mess at Finner Camp, Sgt Liam Owens reads “As per NCO Rules Part 1 Paragraph 25, only fully paid-up members of the NCO’s Mess at Finner Camp will be entitled to a Retirement Presentation.”The Lifford man, who now works as a teaching assistant, said he will not attend the retirement function as a matter of protest at how he has been treated.“It would just sicken me to go along after how I have been treated. This is what I get after 22 years service to the Irish Army.“I have decided what I am going to do. I am going to put this letter I got from the Irish army and put it in a frame and let my children see what their daddy got after 22 years service,” he fumed. A spokesman for the Army Press Office has told Donegaldaily.com they are examining the complaint.DONEGAL SOLDIER GETS MARCHING ORDERS AFTER HE FORGOT TO PAY FOR TEA was last modified: February 4th, 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:ArmyFearghal MacLochlainnFinner CampLiffordlast_img read more

La Serna girls maintaining tennis legacy

first_imgThe road to the Del Rio League girls tennis championship has gone through La Serna High School for the last decade. The Lancers have won 10 league titles in a row, doing so in dominant fashion, going through league play undefeated the last nine years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The kids have really stepped it up,” La Serna coach Mike Gimbel said. “They want to win and are putting in the time it takes to be competitors. Everybody is playing well.” The team’s five returners have all played major roles in the Lancers’ success. Top singles player Tiffany LeCong is undefeated in league as are the doubles tandems of Larissa Van Lockner and Lucia Prieto, and Gabby Gottlieb and Allyson Rudolph. La Serna’s next league match is Thursday against El Rancho. For the Lancers to secure their 11th consecutive league crown, Gimbel believes the team needs to keep its concentration. “We need to continue to play at the level we have been playing at,” Gimbel said. “We need to stay focused, and take it one match at a time.” – Schurr, which has won three Almont League titles in a row, dropped a hard-fought contest against Mark Keppel on Tuesday. The Spartans and Aztecs tied 9-9, but the Aztecs won with a 81-70 edge in games. But going into the 2005 season, the Lancers appeared headed for a transition year. They lost standout players Irene Burga, Nicole Cormier and Jenna Lyons to graduation and were returning only five players. With league play near its halfway point, the Lancers have experienced no letdown thus far. After Tuesday’s victory over California, La Serna improved its record to 4-0 in Del Rio play, and 10-1 overall. center_img The loss dropped the Spartans’ league record to 4-1, one game behind Keppel’s 5-0 mark. Schurr, however, will get a quick chance at payback as they host the Aztecs on Thursday. The Spartans are led by senior singles player Tiffany Kang, a four-year varsity starter, and the junior doubles tandem of Trisha Asada and Tammy Lee. “They have been our strong points so far,” Schurr coach Mike King said. “They have done really well in the first round (of league play). We’re really proud of them.” – Pioneer, which features a youthful squad consisting mostly of sophomores, is experiencing its share of growing pains. The Titans, who lost to Whittier on Tuesday, have a record of 0-4 in the Del Rio League and 3-7 overall. “We’re kind of rebuilding,” said Pioneer coach Bob Dubesa, whose team features five sophomores, two juniors and two seniors “We’re pretty young. In league, we’re kind of overmatched but we are improving. The program has grown the last five years.” The Titans’ top players include singles competitors Xochitl Delgado and Celia Medina, and the doubles teams of Jenny Fabela and Letty Dorme, and Laura Medina and Anali Conde. Pioneer continues league play Thursday against Santa Fe. “We’re looking toward the future,” Dubesa said. “Our junior varsity program has increased (in numbers). Hopefully, more of our girls can play year-round. That would be something we can build on.” — Eric Terrazas can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2801, or by e-mail at eric.terrazas@sgvn.com. 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