Even with United in final, Van Gaal won’t discuss future

first_img Brought down LONDON (AP): Qualifying for the Champions League looks increasingly out of reach for Manchester United. The season could still end with silverware after Louis van Gaal’s side reached the FA Cup final by beating Everton yesterday. And yet van Gaal still has the air of a manager who could be leaving his job. Even amid the joy at seeing Anthony Martial score in the third minute of stoppage time to clinch a 2-1 victory over Everton in the semi-final, van Gaal responded curtly to a question about the team beyond this season. “I am not looking beyond this competition, the FA Cup, because we live in the present,” van Gaal said. “As for the future, I will discuss that with my board and not with you.” When it was pointed out that he had another season remaining on his contract, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: “Yes. You repeat what I have always said.” Martial set up Marouane Fellaini’s opener in the 34th minute against his former club. Although David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty early in the second half to preserve United’s lead after Ross Barkley was brought down by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Gerard Deulofeu’s cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by United defender Chris Smalling with 15 minutes remaining. Martial’s winner was a slick completion of a rapid attack that prevented extra time. The 20-year-old France forward linked up with Marcus Rashford on the left flank and then played another one-two with Ander Herrera before slotting in the winner. The 11-time FA Cup winners will discover today whether Crystal Palace or Watford will be their opponent in the May 21 final. With four games remaining, United remain fifth, four points behind Arsenal, who play relegation-threatened Sunderland today. Crosstown rivals Manchester City are a further point ahead in third place after beating Stoke 4-0 in one of four Premier League games yesterday. Kelechi Iheanacho, City’s 19-year-old forward, scored twice after first-half goals from Fernando and Sergio Aguero from the penalty spot. Newcastle remained in the relegation zone despite coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Liverpool, who announced before the game that defender Mamadou Sakho failed a drugs test before a Europa League game last month. After conceding goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in the first half, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle salvaged a point, thanks to strikes from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback on the manager’s return to the club he won the Champions League with in 2005. Disappointing season Southampton kept alive their outside shot at qualifying for the Europa League by compounding already-relegated Aston Villa’s woes. Dusan Tadic scored twice in a 4-2 victory for seventh-place Southampton, between headers from Shane Long and Sadio Mane. Deposed champions Chelsea are a place behind after cruising to a 4-1 victory at Bournemouth, who have already secured a second season in the Premier League. Cesc Fabregas played a key role in all four goals, including Eden Hazard’s double that produced his first league goals of a disappointing season for the reigning player of the year. Pedro Rodriguez and Willian also scored for Chelsea. The focus shifts to the title race in the coming days. Leicester, who have a five-point lead over Tottenham, host Swansea today. Tottenham face West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane tomorrow.last_img read more

Ginobili set to return to Spurs for 16th season—reports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction PLAY LIST 01:27Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction00:50Trending Articles02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In May, Ginobili was given a rousing ovation on an emotional night in San Antonio as the Spurs’ season ended with a 129-115 defeat to the Warriors.The Argentine star lapped up the adulation but insisted he still felt fit enough to continue playing.“I do feel like I can still play. But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not,” Ginobili said.“I have to choose between two truly wonderful options.“One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is poised to return for a 16th season with the NBA giants, reports said Tuesday.The Argentine star, who turns 40 later this month, had hinted he may retire after the Spurs were downed in the Western Conference finals by Golden State last season.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission READ: Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili?However ESPN reported that Ginobili, a veteran of four NBA championship-winning Spurs teams, was finalizing terms on a new deal for at least one more season.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’Ginobili has played the entirety of his NBA career with the Spurs, encompassing 922 regular-season games and 212 postseason appearances.He has averaged 13.6 points per game with 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in regular-season play. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Capital One Cup or top four? Spurs star reveals what Tottenham want

first_img9 Harry Kane portrait by Jon Enoch for Sport magazine This article appears in the current edition of our sister publication, Sport magazine. Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @SportmagukIt started as a trickle. A Europa League winner away in Cyprus. The third goal in a comfortable Capital One Cup victory at home to Nottingham Forest. The trickle became a torrent, and then a flood. A Thursday night hat-trick. Two against the league leaders, including a commanding run and drive. A towering header to win the north London derby – his second of the game.Kane nets a North London derby winnerTottenham’s Harry Kane is a phenomenon. He has emerged this season as one of England’s brightest attacking prospects. For our interview he’s back where it all began: at Ridgeway Rovers, the youth football club that helped launch the careers of David Beckham, Andros Townsend and Kane himself.“It’s great to come back and see some of the younger kids who will hopefully one day be playing for a big club like Spurs,” says Kane after watching the current members of the club working with trainee coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. “Obviously David Beckham used to play here, and he was a big idol of mine growing up. So the fact that he played for Ridgeway made it even more special that I was playing for them as well.”Main portrait photo and photo above by Jon EnochBeckham never popped his head in while Kane was on the books at Ridgeway, but he did have a brilliant childhood encounter with another footballer. “I was in the street with my mates just playing football,” Kane remembers. “Just having a little muck around. This Range Rover pulled up, and Jermain Defoe got out and said: ‘Do you mind if I have a little kickabout?’ He was probably there about half an hour, just messing about with us. I was quite in awe, quite starstruck. But it was great for him to do that and something I’ll definitely never forget.”Old-fashioned qualitiesWith his hair slicked back and wearing a classic football shirt for our photoshoot, Kane looks like a figure from English football folklore: a classic number nine straight from a pre-war cigarette card. But he is not just an old-fashioned goalscorer. There’s much more to his game.He’s been compared to Alan Shearer, but Kane grew up admiring a more artful breed of forward – Tottenham’s own Teddy Sheringham. “I can see a bit of both in me, which isn’t bad, to be honest,” he says. “To be compared to someone like Alan Shearer is very special. He’s the all-time Premier League top goalscorer. If I score anywhere near as many as he did, it wouldn’t be a bad career.Teddy Sheringham watches Alan Shearer score for England at Euro 96“I feel sometimes I play in both of those roles for Spurs, and I see little bits that they had in my game. Shearer was a great finisher, and I like to think I’m a good finisher. Sheringham brought others into play, so you can definitely say I have some similar attributes. Hopefully I can do well and continue to score goals, and one day people will say that this player is like Harry Kane.”Kane is a thoroughly modern breed of striker, and he’s much more comfortable in modern surroundings. After the shoot, he swaps Tottenham’s 1961 FA Cup final shirt for a hoody bearing the logo of another winning team: the New England Patriots.Portrait by Jon EnochKane is a huge American football fan. One of his dogs is named Brady, after the Patriots’ quarterback, while the other is (coincidentally) called Wilson – sharing a name with the opposing quarterback (Russell) in this year’s Super Bowl. It’s a few days after the Super Bowl when we meet him, and Kane is buzzing from the result. He stayed up with Brady and Wilson to watch the Seahawks blow their last-minute chance to win the game. The 21-year-old has his own experience of painful late reversals, as he recalls when we ask him for his worst moment in football. “When I was on loan at Leicester, we were playing against Watford in the playoff game,” he recalls. “Anthony Knockaert had a penalty to take us to Wembley. He missed it, and they went up the other end and scored from the rebound. It was crazy, because it had happened in a Brentford game the week before. So for it to happen twice in a week…”Kane might have been robbed of the opportunity to appear at Wembley by that last-gasp goal, but he’ll get his chance this weekend in the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea. It’s a repeat of “a very special day out” – Kane was in the Wembley stands in 2008 when Spurs beat Chelsea after extra-time to win their most recent trophy.Tottenham celebrate winning the League Cup in 2008“I was there watching Spurs beat Chelsea on the big stage, and winning trophies,” he says. “It was something I grew up dreaming of doing, and now I have the opportunity.”Kane scored twice and won a penalty against Chelsea on New Year’s Day; a powerful performance, but was it his best in a Tottenham shirt? “I think so,” he says. “So far. It was a game I’ll always remember. Against a top team like Chelsea, to be able to score two goals myself and five as a team, it showed how well we played that night. It was a very special night for me, the players, the fans, everyone.” One of their ownKane is a local lad, and a Tottenham fan – something that has greatly endeared him to the White Hart Lane faithful, who loudly proclaim the forward as ‘one of their own’.“My family are big football fans, and they used to take me over there,” he explains. “I’m sure they’re as proud as I am that I’m playing for Spurs.”Kane wears the number 18 shirt previously occupied by Jurgen Klinsmann and Jermain Defoe, and has inherited their clinical touch. The latter even bequeathed his shirt to Kane: “When Defoe was leaving, he said: ‘You’ve got to have that number 18 shirt, because it’s a goalscoring shirt.’”Kane’s first senior game for Spurs was “a very emotional night”, he says: “It was obviously a great feeling to be walking out that tunnel at White Hart Lane, and I’ve been able to do it more often now, and hopefully I’ll continue to do it for a long time.” His favourite terrace chant, says Kane, is ‘He’s one of our own’:Kane on his Spurs debut against Hearts in the Europa League“Especially after that Chelsea game – it was the loudest I’ve heard it, which was very special to me.” The chants have only got louder since we spoke to Kane. We suspect his answer to his best moment for Spurs may have changed too, after a match-winning performance against local rivals Arsenal. Kane has certainly vindicated his manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to give him a regular starting place – but did he have to keep knocking on the manager’s door to get the chance? “I just had to keep doing what I was doing,” he says. “Whenever I was playing in Europe or in the cups, I was scoring. So I knew I just had to keep my head down and I’d get the chance in the Premier League.”Rush goalieKane’s rise to prominence has not been straightforward. He worked hard to make his mark on loan in the lower leagues, with varying degrees of success.“I went to Leyton Orient when I was 17 and scored five goals in nine games,” he says. “Then Millwall when I was 18, scored nine goals in 27 games. They were very good loans for me. Norwich and Leicester were maybe not as good as I wanted them to be [a combined two goals in 18 appearances]. But it’s still an experience on how to deal with not playing as well and being on the bench, and I think it helped me.”Kane could well be out on loan again this season were it not for Tim Sherwood. “I think sometimes there are a lot of good players who just don’t get the chance to showcase themselves on the big stage, which is unfortunate,” says Kane when we ask whether it’s difficult for young English players to break through.“I was quite lucky. Tim Sherwood first of all played me [regularly] in the Premier League. I knew Tim from the development squad, and we had a great relationship. He threw me in when maybe other managers wouldn’t have. Maybe that’s what a few more young strikers coming through need.”His breakthrough moment this season was arguably the hat-trick he scored in a Europa League game at White Hart Lane. Two weeks later he had his starting place. It was a performance given extra excitement by a brief stint in goal after Hugo Lloris was dismissed. “When I was really young, I had a trial for Ridgeway as a goalkeeper, and they wanted to take me as a goalkeeper,” he says. “But I got a bit bored and wanted to go out on the pitch. It was a good decision in the end, especially after what happened this season!” Keeping goal after scoring a hat-trick in the Europa LeagueKane let a low free-kick slip through his fingers at the near post. “I was quite looking forward to it,” he says when we ask what was going through his head as he donned the goalkeeper’s jersey and gloves against Asteras. “I’d scored a hat-trick anyway, so I was buzzing from that, and I actually go in goal in training sometimes. I’m quite good. We won the game 5-1 in the end, so it didn’t really matter. But yeah, I probably won’t be putting the gloves on again for a while!”Striking statsThere’s no doubt about the position Kane will be playing in on Sunday – he’ll lead the line against the defence he terrorised on New Year’s Day. But if he had to choose between lifting the Capital One Cup or a Champions League spot, which would he go for? “To win a trophy for a club like Spurs would be something very special, but we want to try and get into the Champions League too, so we’re focused on doing the best we can in every competition.”Celebrating semi-final success in the Capital One CupHe has sensed the anticipation in the area building as the Wembley date with Chelsea draws closer. “There are a lot of Spurs fans around this sort of area, and – especially this season now we’ve got to Wembley – you feel that little buzz in the air around the place.”Kane still lives locally with his girlfriend, 10 minutes from his family, who he says have been the biggest influence on his career. Apart from watching American football, he spends his time playing golf and, inevitably for a 21-year-old footballer, on the PlayStation. “I play FIFA and Madden a lot,” he says, referring to the NFL video game franchise. “I play as Tottenham quite a bit on FIFA and I always put myself on. Hopefully my stats might have gone up a bit!”In a triumph for investigative journalism, we fired up the PS4 to have a look. His form has seen Kane’s virtual rating increase from a 68 to a 77, but what stats does he think have changed in real life?“I think I’ve got more physical,” he says. “I’ve got fitter, stronger, faster, which has helped me. And I’m always working on my finishing as well. I think it’s something natural as I’ve got older, but we’ve been working a lot on it in pre-season with the new manager – a lot of time spent in the gym, so that has definitely been part of it.”His performances have caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, who has all but confirmed that Kane will get his first senior call-up when the squad is named for the games against Lithuania and Italy. The striker has been an integral part of the youth set-up for England at all age levels, and will probably be going to the European Under 21 Championship in the Czech Republic in the summer. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he says. “It’s going be a great tournament, we’ve got a great side and we’ve got a good chance.”Kane recently signed a new contract with Spurs that lasts until 2020, and the goals keep going in. He’s at 24 so far for the season, in all competitions: “I’ve set myself a new target in my head. I won’t tell you what it is, but I’ll tell you if I get there.” Right now, no matter what that target is, you get the feeling that Kane is able.For your chance to win a signed Harry Kane Tottenham shirt, follow Sport magazine on Twitterlast_img read more

‘Chelsea will beat Arsenal 4-0 and Wenger will attack Mourinho’

first_img1 Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea are six points behind Arsenal in the Premier League after the Blues’ worst start to a season since 1986, but the Stamford Bridge faithful have more reason to be optimistic than they did earlier in the week.With the Gunners due to visit West London this coming Saturday, Chelsea and Arsenal experienced differing fortunes in their opening Champions League group games.Jose Mourinho’s defending Premier League champions won 4-0 at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Arsene Wenger’s FA Cup holders lost 2-1 away to Dinamo Zagreb.With memories of Arsenal’s 1-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea in August still fresh in the memory, and Petr Cech returning to the Bridge as a Gunner for the first time, it promises to be an explosive showdown.And that’s before we even mention the obvious needle between both managers.Following the midweek European games, some Chelsea fans took to social media to give their views on the upcoming London derby.Check them out below and let us know what you think the score will be by leaving a comment below.Don’t forget you can win big prizes by predicting Premier League scores with our free Predictor game – click here to give it a go!last_img read more

Mourinho to drop big name stars – but who are the Chelsea players to replace them?

first_img 5 Bertrand Traore for Eden Hazard – Hazard was put in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but after his performances this season those suggestions seem laughable. The Belgian is yet to score this season and began the Porto clash on the bench, but if Mourinho is to turn to his kids then he has an exciting replacement waiting in the wings. Traore has spent the last two seasons at Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse Arnhem and last term he bagged an impressive 17 goals in 36 appearances. Mourinho opted against sending him on loan again and it may be time to show Blues fans why. Papy Djilobodji for Gary Cahill – Chelsea’s defence is in complete disarray with only Sunderland conceding more goals than them in the Premier League this season. Kurt Zouma and Cahill appear to be Mourinho’s first choice at the moment but neither have been particularly convincing. Djilobodji has only made one appearance for the Blues but if the manager is considering overhauling the first team to give it a more youthful feel, then the Senegalese centre-back will be first in line to come in. Kenedy for Oscar – Chelsea invested a lot of time in securing Kenedy’s services this summer and while his compatriot Nathan went on loan, the 19-year-old remained in West London. He has found himself on the bench regularly but has so far been unable to make an impression. However, with Mourinho hinting at dropping his big name stars, the Brazilian could be in line for a starting berth in place of Oscar, who has disappointed since his return to the team. Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Cesc Fabregas – Loftus-Cheek could easily come in and replace either Fabregas or Nemanja Matic in central midfield, but given the fragility of the Blues’ back four at the moment, dropping Matic could make things worse. Fabregas has been a shadow of the player that contributed 18 assists last season. Loftus-Cheek is energetic, hard-tackling and eager to make an impression and would add some much needed passion into a side that, against Porto, looked like they didn’t care. It is a pity his fellow youth teammate Isaiah Brown was one of the 33 players carted out on loan otherwise he would certainly be involved too. 5 5 Baba Rahman for Branislav Ivanovic – Ivanovic has had a torrid start to this season and Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Porto was no different. The Serbian’s game by numbers read as 10 misplaced passes, 10 tackles attempted, one tackle won (in the 90th minute), no aerial duels won and no crosses completed. Mourinho has made Ivanovic his captain in the absence of John Terry but perhaps it is time to find someone else. Cesar Azpilicueta is a more than capable right back, allowing £17m summer signing Baba Rahman to start at left back. After another poor showing from Chelsea, this time in the Champions League against Porto, Jose Mourinho could be set to follow through on his threat to drop his big name stars.The Blues boss said he would be willing to play the younger members of his squad if the current crop continued to underperform, and while Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic suffered that fate on Tuesday night, there may be more to come.So who could Mourinho pick from his young guns to turn around Chelsea’s season and end this terrible run of form?talkSPORT looks at five potential replacements for the Blues’ current line-up of stars – click the arrow above, right, to see who is in and who is out.  5 5last_img read more

Nonprofit readies holiday meals for needy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Christmas dinner, which will be similar to the one given on Thanksgiving, will be served outside under the shade of canopies on one block of 11th Street between Beacon and Palos Verdes streets. The nonprofit still needs food donations for turkey, cranberry sauce, desserts and other holiday trimmings. Other nonfood donations such as toiletries for goody bags and toys are also needed. The group will give away the goody bags filled with personal-care items to people who attend the event. Santa Claus will be on hand to distribute toys and take pictures with children. About 500 homeless people and low-income residents are expected at Beacon House’s annual Christmas dinner next week. The holiday meal, billed as the Community Christmas Day Feast, is a long-standing tradition for the nonprofit residential alcohol and drug-recovery facility, which still needs food and other donations for the event. “We’ve been doing this almost as long as Beacon House has been around,” Luis Lozano, the organization’s executive director, said. The dinner will be served Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Although organizers expected 500 to show up for Beacon House’s Thanksgiving dinner, closer to 800 people came, Lozano said. The gift giveaway with Santa Claus is a highlight for Beacon House residents and the local children, Lozano said. Besides food, toiletries and toys, the nonprofit also will accept cash donations for the event. Volunteers are needed to serve at the dinner, but space is limited. Interested individuals or groups are advised to call the Beacon House to check for availability. Lozano said the holiday meal offers the South Bay community a chance to serve needy individuals and families. “There’s still a need out there,” Lozano said. “If we can help make the holidays a little better, then we’ll do that.” justina.ly@dailybreeze.com WANT TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER? What: Beacon House Community Christmas Day Feast. When: Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Where: Donation drop-off: Beacon House, 1003 S. Beacon St., San Pedro. Information: 310-514-4940.160Want 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

GAA STAR TO LAUNCH SAFETY MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL

first_imgDonegal Youth Council have teamed up with Donegal GAA star Ryan McHugh to launch a new road safety initiative highlighting the dangers of mobile phone use while driving.Ryan McHughRyan is the new Donegal GAA Ambassador for Road Safety and will be teaming up for a new poster campaign with Youth Councillors from all across the county, which will be launched in schools and other locations.Donegal Youth Council are members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group and have been involved in a number of road safety initiatives this year, and are set to launch their 3rd road safety advertisement targeting drink driving. GAA STAR TO LAUNCH SAFETY MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:Donegal Youth CouncilRad Safety MessageRyan McHughlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN & LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 23rd 10.00am Margaret Quinnlan – Anniversary 6.00pm Cis Collins – AnniversarySunday 24th 9.00am Special Intention11.30am May Mc Callion – 1st Anniversary & Michael Thomas – AnniversaryMonday 25th 9.30am Tuesday 26th 9.30am James Gallagher – AnniversaryThursday 28th 9.30am Sean Flanaghan – Recently DeceasedFriday 1st 9.30am Special IntentionSaturday 2nd 10.00am Bill Mc Cabe – Deceased6.00pm Brid ,John, & Anthony McHugh – Anniversary Sunday 3rd 9.00am Bridget Mc Ginley – Recently Deceased11.30am Bridie Jordan – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am.Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome! Sick & Housebound – Will be attended to this Friday.Trocaire Boxes are available at the back of the church. They may be returned on Good Friday. Thank you.Service of Light for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri Confirmation Candidates – 26th February in St Patrick’s Church at 5.00pmFirst Confessions for Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala – 11th March at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 11th May at 11.00am.First Confession for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri – 21st May at 5.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 25th May at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Church.TALK BY BISHOP DONAL MURRAYBishop Donal Murray will give a talk in The Abbey Hotel on Monday evening 25th February at 7.30pm. The theme of his talk is “Taste The New Wine, Rediscovering Vatican И”. The evening will offer a chance through input, reflection & conversation to explore our understanding of the church. Entrance fee €5.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 23rd 6.30pm Joe Martin – AnniversarySunday 24th 10.30am Paddy, Mary & Peter Carr – AnniversaryMonday 25th 10.00am Special IntentionWednesday 27th 7.00pm Recent death of Molly Murray – funeral was at Crossroads, Killygordon, mother of Neal Herron,Clar Road.Thursday 28th 10.00am Special IntentionFriday 1st 7.00pm Paul Buckley – AnniversarySaturday 2nd 6.30pm Mary Geary – AnniversarySunday 3rd 10.30am Anthony O’Sullivan – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday & Thursday 10.00am. Wednesday & Friday 7.00pm.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3.00pm -7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Recent Death – Josie Tracey – Mother of Ruperta Gallagher, funeral was in Letterkenny on Friday.Sick & Aged – Will be visited on Friday 1st commencing at 10.30am.Confirmation – St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 2nd March at 11.00am.First Confession – For the children from St Francis School on Thursday, 21st March at 7.00pm.THE MONTHLY DIOCESAN MASS FOR PEACEWill be celebrated in St.Mary’s Church, Stranorlar on Thursday, 28th February, 2013 at 8.00pm Bus leaving Main Street car park at 7.15pm.H.S.E RETIRED PERSONS GROUPThe AGM will take place in The Abbey Hotel on Tuesday 12th March. To book contact Maura 0749723103 or 0868875787 before 5th March.DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY CHAMBER IS HOSTING A SPRING FASHION CLEARANCE SALESaturday the 16th March 2013 in The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, from 11.00am to 6.00pm. We will only accept items in good condition. Contact Bernie Mulhern 087 9804460, Mary McGettigan 087 1777140, Susan McGrory 086 8188242 or Donegal Town Community Chamber Office on 074 9723760 or email development@donegaltown.ieINTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS 7TH MARCH IN DONEGAL TOWNEveryone is very welcome to drop in for a cuppa from 10.00am – 12.00pm in the community room in the Donegal Town Family Resource Centre. In the evening there will be food, a display of beautiful local crafts and quilts and international music. This event will be held in the Presbyterian Hall from 7.30pm – 9.30pm.Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comDD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN & LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN & LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more

EX-DONEGAL SOLDIER JAILED FOR SIX-AND-A-HALF YEARS FOR PSNI MURDER PLOT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A FORMER Irish soldier from County Donegal is beginning a six-and-a-half year sentence behind bars today after being jailed for his role in a dissident terrorist murder plot against a PNSI trainee.Ex-Irish soldier Gerard James McManus from Letterkenny and his pal Kevin Barry Nolan from Blacklion in Fermanagh originally denied various charges including the attempted murder of a student police officer, and possessing a gun with intent to endanger life in Garrison on November 21, 2009.The pair later changed their pleas and pleaded guilty to having a firearm with intent to endanger life. The two also admitted to possessing articles likely to be used in the preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. The court heard these related to a car, a balaclava, gloves, lighters and soap.The charge of attempting to murder the PSNI officer will be left on the books.McManus (28) from Fernhill and 35-year-old Nolan, of Main Street, Blacklion were detained during an undercover police operation at the time.During a series of Magistrates’ Courts sittings, they heard that the two accused claimed they had no intention of shooting the trainee officer, only to scare him.They were allegedly spotted in a Vauxhall Astra approaching the man’s home before police moved in.McManus, wearing a balaclava allegedly went to the front door, while Nolan remained in the front passenger seat of the Astra, where he was later arrested, allegedly sitting on a magazine, loaded with 16 rounds for a Glock pistol.McManus escaped, running down the side of the house and firing off a shot.He was apprehended the following morning, in a garden shed. A mask and gloves were found in the shed, but no gun was ever recovered. During interview, both men maintained they had no intention of harming the student police officer.In his interviews Nolan, whose alleged role was to give McManus directions, claimed that as far as he was concerned: “No harm was going to be caused,” and that firing the gun was to “put the frighteners on him.”Today in Belfast Crown Court McManus was jailed for six and a half years, with a further six and a half years suspended on his release.Nolan got six years, with a further six years also on license.EX-DONEGAL SOLDIER JAILED FOR SIX-AND-A-HALF YEARS FOR PSNI MURDER PLOT was last modified: February 27th, 2014 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:FermanaghGerard James McManusletterkennymurder plotPSNIlast_img read more

GARDAI HUNT HOODED MAN WHO ATTACKED 12 YEAR OLD GIRL IN WOODS

first_imgGardai are hunting for a hooded man who punched a young girl in the stomach while she was out with young friends on a picnic.Gardai are hunting the hooded attacker.The horrific incident happened at Ballyare Woods between Letterkenny and Ramelton at approximately 7.30pm.The girls had enjoyed a picnic and had been walking through the woods when the attacker struck. The 12 year old girl was left badly shaken and also had a severe red mark on her side where she had been struck.The man ran off when the girl called out to another friend who was also in the woods on the picnic.The terrified girls ran back to their homes and told their parents about the horrific incident.A number of men immediately searched the woods but could not find any trace of the man. Gardai were alerted to the attack and interviewed the girls and their families about the attack.They have also issued an appeal to a man who was walking his dogs in the woods earlier to contact them.Garda Inspector David Kelly said “We are asking anybody who was in this area and may have seen anybody acting suspiciously to come forward.“We have launched a full investigation into this incident and we would appeal for witnesses,” he said.  GARDAI HUNT HOODED MAN WHO ATTACKED 12 YEAR OLD GIRL IN WOODS was last modified: June 12th, 2014 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:Ballyare WoodsdonegalGardaihooded manletterkennylast_img read more

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