Alan McMahon Named As Big Names Return For Rugby League World Cup Qualifer

first_imgAs the seeded team in the group Ireland are expected to win this game but will be aware of the potential banana skin that a skilful Spanish side hurting from their loss could be. Spain draws its players mostly from the Basque region who play their rugby league between Spain and France.Only the winner of the three-team group qualifies automatically for the World Cup, with the second placed team facing a play-off against Wales, Italy or Serbia.An Ireland team of only domestic players were outmuscled 68-16 by Jamaica in Bray last weekend after good recent wins over Malta and Italy. However, Ireland will be bolstered by big names from the Super League in England and Australia’s NRL when they face Spain.They include the likes of captain Liam Finn of Wakefield, Warrington Wolves brothers George and Toby King, and James Hasson from the Parramatta Eels.Richard Egan, Rugby League Ireland Director, said: “The Spaniards are relatively new to the rugby league fold but have made huge steps in a short time and have been very strong in their European Championship games to date.“With a tough game behind them Spain will be a lot sharper for this match. They have some excellent organisers as well as big aggressive ball carriers.Ireland require a win against Spain to remain favourites in the hunt for qualification.“We expect a very tough game in Valencia this weekend. Our players are already focusing their minds on getting the task done.” Richard Egan said. “We have the team and the ability to qualify from our group but need to be respectful and aware of the progress that Spain have made in recent years.“They will be a huge challenge and although they are new comers to this level we know that they will be well organised and have huge passion to qualify for the World Cup.”Ireland’s 22-man squad to face Spain contains eight domestic players who either play their club rugby league in Ireland or have come through the club system in Ireland.Following their loss to Russia, Spanish head coach Darren Fisher said: “Our focus is now about bouncing back against Ireland and putting some things right, the boys have got to believe in themselves and pick themselves up and that’s what we’ll try and do.”After Spain Ireland will face Russia (October 29th) in Bray. The Rugby League World Cup takes place in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea next autumn.Full Irish squad: G Gill (Ballynahinch Rabbitohs), C Hall (Belfast Met Scholars), J Keyes (Bradford), J Kelly, M Russell (Dublin City Exiles), A McMahon (Galway Tribesmen), L Ambler (Halifax), S Grix, O Roberts (Huddersfield), M Cahoon (Ireland Students), G McNally (Leigh), C Dunne (Longhorns RL), W Hope (Oldham), J Hasson (Parramatta), D Bridge (Redcliffe Dolphins), M Hadden (Rochdale), S McDonnell (St Helens), L Finn (Wakefield, capt), G King, T King, J Philbin (Warrington), D Allen (Whitehaven)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Wolfhounds take on the Spanish this Saturday in Valencia and victory is vital. Russia has taken an early lead in Group B after beating Spain 40-6 in Moscow last weekend. Galway Tribesmen’s Alan McMahon has been Named in the Irish Rugby League Squad for Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Spain.last_img read more

Host families sought for collegiate summer baseball league players

first_imgThe Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL) is looking for host families in Monmouth and Ocean counties for June and July. Anyone interested in hosting a player may call the ABCCL at (732) 500-0634 for additional information. Twenty-one former ABCCL players have signed professional contracts. Each host family provides their guest with a place to sleep. The guest joins the family at meals when he is present, but he will miss at least 50 percent of family meals because of baseball games, practice, work and social activities. He will be responsible for his own meals for those times. The guest will have his own car, or a carpool will be set up to take him to work and his games. Many of the league’s players were all-state athletes in several sports, and they will be happy to teach any children in the host family some of the finer points of the various sports. Guests are between 18 and 21 years of age and are serious student-athletes from universities who were recommended to the league by their coaches. Each guest has a scholarship and is in New Jersey to play competitive baseball to improve his skills and prepare him for his next season. Baseball and work will keep him very busy. The guest will do his own laundry and will need to use his host family’s washer and dryer three times a week to keep his uniform clean. If the host family is going away on vacation, the organization will provide temporary accommodations for their guest until the family returns. Guests will arrive at the end of May and leave the first week in August.last_img read more

Woods adds Frys.com to his schedule

first_img“I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends,” Woods said on his website Monday.The $5 million tournament begins October 6 at CordeValle Golf Club near San Jose.“John Fry and his company have supported the tour, and I’ve heard good things about the event and the golf course,” said Woods, who grew up in Los Angeles. “One of my goals this year was to participate in a tournament I hadn’t played before, and now, I will.“I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly.”Woods has played just eight USPGA Tour events this year partly because of injuries to his left knee and Achilles’ tendon.Woods has never played the Tour’s fall series events but a couple of weeks ago he was urged by American Presidents Cup team captain Fred Couples to play more tournaments. Couples announced last week that Woods would be included on the American squad as a captain’s pick.Ten players automatically qualify for the US team based on points accumulated over the past two years.Two captains’ selections complete the team that will compete against a team of International players at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia November 14-20.The Internationals include players from outside Europe, taking on the United States in a Ryder Cup-style match play showdown.Woods failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship earlier this month and also failed to make it into the FedEx Cup playoffs. The PGA Championship was just Woods’ second tournament in eight weeks.Woods, who has played every Presidents Cup since he first became eligible in 1998, has already said he would play the Australian Open and the one day Notah Begay charity event in New York on Wednesday.The Frys.com will be his first appearance on the PGA Tour since the PGA Championship.Woods also plans to play in Asia before heading to the Aussie Open followed by the Presidents Cup in Melbourne the following week.There is also a chance he could play in the Chevron World Challenge in late November.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SAN JOSE, California, August 30 – Ailing Tiger Woods, who fell to 38th in world rankings this week, will tee off in the Frys.com Open in October which boasts the richest purse of the PGA Tour’s fall series events.Woods added the Frys.com to his itinerary after saying earlier he would try to add another event to his schedule in order to reverse his fortunes in time for the Presidents Cup tournament.last_img read more

Burkinabe march on at Adebayor’s expense

first_imgThe Stallions face four-time champions Ghana here on Wednesday while two-time title-holders Nigeria tackle Mali in the other semi-final in Durban.Burkina Faso broke the deadlock through the lively Pitroipa on 105 minutes when he nodded a corner beyond surprised goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and into the net.Pitroipa’s winner was just reward for Burkina Faso’s more offensive approach, especially in extra time after 90 drab minutes at Mbombela Stadium in this north-eastern city.The Stallions, whose only other last-four appearance came 15 years ago when they staged the competition, seem to find extra strength as the game wore on while the Sparrow Hawks tired.Togo enjoyed more possession, but could not translate it into goals.The first half belonged to Togo, who created the better chances.Burkina Faso took the game to their opponents and after just four minutes Kofi Mohamed attempted to surprise the Togo goalkeeper with a shot from distance, but Agassa collected easily.Floyd Ayite wasted a good chance for the Togolese when he scuffed his shot inside the box after good work by Serge Gakpe.The Stallions had a chance in the 29th minute, but skipper Moumouni Dagano left Togo off the hook when he chose to control the ball inside the goal area and pass it back with the Togolese defence in disarray.Just after the break, Tottenham Hotspur striker and Togo skipper Emmanuel Adebayor thought he had scored with a header, but the Senegalese referee correctly ruled that Mady Panandetiguiri cleared the ball before it crossed the line.Adebayor evaded several opponents in the 78th minute, but his shot from inside the box was pushed away by Burkina Faso goalkeeper Daouda Diakite.Burkina Faso responded four minutes later when substitute Prejuce Nakoulma went on a mazy dribble only to be foiled by the alert Agassa.Afcon at a glanceQuarter-finalsSundayAt RustenburgNigeria 2 (Emenike 43, Mba 78) Ivory Coast 1 (Tiote 50)At NelspruitBurkina Faso 1 (Pitroipa 105) Togo 0 aetSaturdayAt Port ElizabethGhana 2 (Wakaso 54-pen, 90+5) Cape Verde 0At DurbanSouth Africa 1 (Rantie 31) Mali 1 (Keita 58) aetMali win 3-1 on penaltiesSemi-finalsWednesdayAt DurbanMali v Nigeria 1500At NelspruitBurkina Faso v Ghana 1830Third place play-offFeb 9At Port ElizabethSemi-finals losers 1800FinalFeb 10At SowetoSemi-finals winners 1830Group AJan 19At SowetoSouth Africa 0 Cape Verde 0Angola 0 Morocco 0Jan 23At DurbanSouth Africa 2 (Sangweni 30, Majoro 62) Angola 0Cape Verde 1 (Platini 35) Morocco 1 (El Arabi 78)Jan 27At DurbanSouth Africa 2 (Mahlangu 71, Sangweni 86) Morocco 2 (El Adoua 10, Hafidi 82)At Port ElizabethCape Verde 2 (F. Varela 81, Heldon 90+1) Angola 1 (Nando 33-og)Final standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)South Africa 3 1 2 0 4 2 5 – qualifyCape Verde 3 1 2 0 3 2 5 – qualifyMorocco 3 0 3 0 3 3 3Angola 3 0 1 2 1 4 1Group BJan 20At Port ElizabethDR Congo 2 (Mputu 53, Mbokani 69-pen) Ghana 2 (Badu 40, Asamoah 49)Mali 1 (Keita 84) Niger 0Jan 24At Port ElizabethGhana 1 (Wakaso 38-pen) Mali 0DR Congo 0 Niger 0Jan 28At Port ElizabethGhana 3 (Gyan 6, Atsu 23, Boye 49) Niger 0At DurbanDR Congo 1 (Mbokani 3-pen) Mali 1 (Samassa 14)Final standingsGhana 3 2 1 0 6 2 7 – qualifyMali 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 – qualifyDR Congo 3 0 3 0 3 3 3Niger 3 0 1 2 0 4 1Group CJan 21At NelspruitZambia 1 (Mbesuma 45+3) Ethiopia 1 (Girma 65)Nigeria 1 (Emenike 23) Burkina Faso 1 (Traore 90+4)Jan 25At NelspruitNigeria 1 (Emenike 57) Zambia 1 (Mweene 85-pen)Burkina Faso 4 (Traore 34, 74, D. Kone 79, Pitroipa 90+5) Ethiopia 0Jan 29At NelspruitBurkina Faso 0 Zambia 0At RustenburgNigeria 2 (Moses 79-pen, 90-pen) Ethiopia 0Final standingsB. Faso 3 1 2 0 5 1 5 – qualifyNigeria 3 1 2 0 4 2 5 – qualifyZambia 3 0 3 0 2 2 3Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 7 1Group DJan 22At RustenburgIvory Coast 2 (Y. Toure 8, Gervinho 88) Togo 1 (J. Ayite 45+2)Tunisia 1 (Msakni 90) Algeria 0Jan 26At RustenburgIvory Coast 3 (Gervinho 21, Y. Toure 87, Ya Konan 90) Tunisia 0Togo 2 (Adebayor 32, Wome 90+3) Algeria 0Jan 30At RustenburgAlgeria 2 (Feghouli 64-pen, Soudani 70) Ivory Coast 2 (Drogba 77, Bony 80)At NelspruitTogo 1 (Gakpe 13) Tunisia 1 (Mouelhi 30-pen)Final standingsI. Coast 3 2 1 0 7 3 7 – qualifyTogo 3 1 1 1 4 3 4 – qualifyTunisia 3 1 1 1 2 4 4Algeria 3 0 1 2 2 5 1Leading scorers3: Emenike (NGR), Traore (BUR), Wakaso (GHA)2: Gervinho, Y. Toure (both CIV), Keita (MLI), Mbokani (COD), Moses (NGR), Sangweni (RSA)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NELSPRUIT, South Africa, February 3 – Jonathan Pitroipa scored late in the first period of extra time to give Burkina Faso a 1-0 victory over Togo Sunday in the last Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.Captain Emmanuel Adebayor twice went close to putting Togo ahead in the second half of regular time before Pitroipa struck with a near-post header off a corner that went into the net via the underside of the crossbar.last_img read more

United fans honour late hero Best

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United fans salute legend George Best who died 10 years ago in a file picture. PHOTO/Man UnitedMANCHESTER, November 26- Manchester United’s supporters paid tribute to late club great George Best as their team played PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, 10 years to the day since he died aged 59.Fans illuminated the screens on their smartphones and held them aloft during the seventh minute of the Champions League game, in a nod to the shirt number most closely associated with the richly talented Northern Irish winger. Supporters had earlier hung a new banner in the stadium bearing the legend ‘GEORGIE… SIMPLY THE BEST,’ while fans laid roses at Best’s feet on the statue of him, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton that stands on the Old Trafford forecourt.The dashing Best, who won the 1968 Ballon d’Or, played 470 times and scored 179 goals for United, winning two First Division titles and scoring in the club’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968.But he left aged 27 after becoming disillusioned with the game and wound down his career over a nomadic 10-year period that took in sporadic spells at clubs in England, Scotland and North America.Heralded as one of the game’s finest players by greats such as Pele, Diego Maradona and Franz Beckenbauer, Best was renowned for his charisma and playboy lifestyle but struggled with alcoholism in later life.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man City celebrate with fans as they bring Premier League title back to Etihad

first_img🏆Champions🏆 Very excited to obtain another title with this fantastic FC, and on the most competitive league in the world. We’ve achieved this together — the players, the coaches, the staff, the board, and our amazing supporters. Thank you all, and we’re aiming for more! 💪🏽 🤟🏽 pic.twitter.com/lHlHYsSuwX— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) May 12, 2019 8 8 There was no open-top bus tour, but there was a ton of fireworks and Oasis blearing out of the speakers, as thousands of supporters gathered in wild celebrations after beating Liverpool in one of the tightest title races ever.City needed a 14-game winning run to beat Liverpool on the final day of the season.The latest win came at Brighton in a thrilling finale, with City recovering from a scare to beat the Seagulls 4-1 to seal a second straight title.Glenn Murray gave Brighton an unlikely lead at the Amex Stadium, but that lasted only 83 seconds as Sergio Aguero – who else? – popped with a quick equaliser. What a feeling!!! Back2Back Champions! Absolutely buzzing to have won 14 in a row to retain it. We were pushed all the way by an incredible Liverpool side, but this team is special! #TilTheEnd pic.twitter.com/VoCCm8ShHo— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 12, 2019 Aguero poses with the trophy 8 8 Ooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… Wheeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyy! We did it again!🏆🏆#PremierLeague #mancity pic.twitter.com/6E1Jr1DS54— PepTeam (@PepTeam) May 12, 2019 Also big respect to @LFC for a fantastic season that is usually enough to deserve and get the league title. You’ve been a great opponent until the very last match day. It was an amazing title race! #EPL @premierleague— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) May 12, 2019 8 8center_img Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and manager Pep Guardiola show the Premier League trophy to supporters outside the Etihad Stadium in Manchester The blue moon rose over Manchester again as Man City flew home to celebrate being back-to-back Premier League champions with their jubilant fans on Sunday night.Pep Guardiola’s side wasted little time after becoming the first team to defend the title in a decade as they returned to the Etihad Stadium with the trophy. And City never looked back, with Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan completing a comfortable win – which was needed after Liverpool beat Wolves to finish just one point behind as runners-up.Only a few thousand supporters were there to celebrate with their team as they lifted the trophy in Brighton, so the Etihad was absolutely packed when the team arrived home.And the City fans went absolutely mad when their very own ‘Rock N Roll star’ Vincent Kompany lifted the famous trophy again.Check out highlights of Man City’s celebrations below! Thousands of supporters waited to give their heroes a rapturous welcome 8 Pep Guardiola and assistant Mikel Arteta celebrate Manchester City being back-to-back Premier League champions 8 The celebrations in full swing in Manchester Celebrations befitting the Champions 💫🔵 #mancity 🏆 pic.twitter.com/gEt1xvI3HG— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Getty Champagne Football 🍾 Champagne Supernova 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/Qy26VT4fYP— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) May 12, 2019 City fans were going absolutely bananas outside the Etihad Stadium last_img read more

Graham scores late League Cup winner for Ross County at Montrose

first_imgIt was Montrose with the next chance close to the break when Chris Templeman’s chipped effort was denied by Scott Fox. Fraser again blasted a shot over the crossbar in the closing moments of the half.Montrose came close to breaking the deadlock when a Paul Watson free-kick landed to Ross Campbell in the box but the ball hit Fox’s legs only for Fraser to strike the rebound just wide of the post.Ross County created a few chances for themselves in the opening stages of the second half but Kenny Van Der Weg fluffed the first opportunity as he hit his effort high after decent work from Michael Gardyne found him down the left.On the hour mark it looked as though Ross County took the lead but Chris Robertson’s close-range shot was ruled offside. It was almost 15 minutes later when Jonathan Franks had the next chance for either side but Miller was quick to catch the shot from just outside the box. Ross County left it late to take three points in their opening game of the League Cup group stage with a contentious late penalty by Brian Graham sealing a 1-0 win over Montrose.Graham converted from the spot in the 86th minute to ensure the Premiership side edged past their League Two hosts.Montrose had the first chance when Gary Fraser broke through the Staggies defence before shooting from 25 yards only for the ball to miss the post by inches.Martin Woods was the first to come close to scoring for the Premiership side but his overhead volley from close range went too high and moments later an Alex Schalk low drive from inside the box was caught well by Montrose goalkeeper Jordan Millar. With four minutes to go County were awarded a penalty when Michael Bolochoweckyj tripped Graham inside the box with Graham stepping up to send Millar the wrong way to hit the back of the net and that decided the match.last_img read more

17 motions down for debate at Leitrim County Convention

first_imgThat in order to halt the dramatic fall-off in the number of teams in our Leagues that the following changes be introduced in 2018: Clubs that fielded only one League team in 2017 and who wish to register a second team in 2018, be required to name 11 players who not be eligible to play with their second team in 2018. Clubs that fielded two League teams in 2017 be required to name 11 players who played for their first team in 2017 and will not be eligible to play with their second team in 2018. Clubs that fielded three League teams in 2017, be required to name 13 players who will be eligible to play with their first team only. Then name a further 11 players who not be eligible to play with their third team in 2018.Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín 2018 COUNTY CONVENTION MOTIONS General Grading of Players: From 2018 forward players must nominate 13 players who are from among the First 17 used in the highest grade of championship football of the previous year to be its First 13 for League purposes only. If a club has three league teams, the remaining players from among this First Championship 17 of the previous year plus any additional players who played at any stage in its highest ranked team in the previous year’s championship shall be the first players listed on its Second League 13. The remaining players on the Second 13 to be players who were among the club’s Second Championship 17 in the previous year. All remaining club players only shall be eligible to play league football on the club’s third team. In the case of clubs having only a second team and that team eligible to play in ACL Division 4 and any Division 5 that may exist in 2018 and beyond, the club shall be required to nominate 11 players to be its First 11. These players shall be from among its First 17 in the previous year’s championship.Exceptions:Should a club have a player who hasn’t been graded in accordance with the above criteria on account of not having played before First 17 previous year’s championship being established, for whatever reason, then the club may make a case for that player’s grading at the higher level.Members of the current Leitrim Senior Football Panel must be named on the First 13, irrespective of their current championship status.Coiste Chontae Liatroma The Under 21 Championship to be discontinued from 2017 and replaced by an Under 20 Championship from 2018 forward.Coiste Chontae Liatroma That in the event of their existence each club participating in Connacht Club Championship matches be circulated with a copy of the Provincial Council Match Regulations governing the organisation and presentation of these games in advance of the competition commencement. Such regulations to be amended, if required in 2018 to specify arrangements regarding venues that are suitable for all these matches, covering all eventualities.Achadh na Síleann Comhdháil Bhliantúil Competitions – Leagues/Shields In the event that no specific Connacht Club Championship Match Organisation Regulations exist that such be formulated n 2018 for circulation to clubs in advance of their participation in the relevant competition. Such regulations to specify arrangements regarding venues that are suitable for all these matches, covering all eventualities.Achadh na Síleann That two delegates from Leitrim Ladies’ County Board have the right to attend the Men’s County Board meetings with speaking rights, but not voting rights.Achadh Mhaoláin Competitions – Grading The following pertains to competitions where there is re-grading of teams; i.e. from 15 aside to a lower number (e.g. 13 aside). Prior to the Competitions Control Committee (CCC) structuring competitions, the teams wishing to participate in the lower grade competition (meaning a competition comprising teams of less than 15 aside), shall submit an official list to the CCC at least 3 weeks in advance of the competitions commencement. The team shall not be allowed deviate from this list for the remainder of the particular competition. For teams wishing to compete in a lower grade competition, the maximum number of players permitted on the list is the starting number plus 6 substitutes.Naomh Pádraig Droim Dhá Thiar 17 motions are on the agenda to be debated at this year’s Leitrim County Convention on December 11.Seven come from Leitrim County Board, among them they are proposing that the U21 Championship be changed to U20; the senior and intermediate club championships would be seeded; the shield competitions would be discontinued; and the senior leagues would be reduced to ten teams for the 2019 season.Aughawillan have two motions calling on two delegates from the Leitrim Ladies Board to have the right to attend the Men’s County Board meetings and vice versa.St Mary’s have a motion calling on the GAA not to enter into another exclusive TV coverage agreement with any subscription channel after the current deal with Sky Sports expires.And Aughnasheelin are calling for regulations from Connacht Council to specify what venues are suitable to host Connacht Club matches. This is after their game against Sligo’s St John’s in the Connacht Intermediate Championship was played at the Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan this year.The Dromahair club also have a motion concerning the re-grading of teams in competitions that have a 13-a-side or 11-a-side level.center_img That the regulation which applies to Div 4 of the leagues whereby a match can be played at 13 aside, if one or both teams only have 13 players, that this be extended to games in the Junior B Championship in 2018 and beyond.Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín CCC Liatroma to be given the brief to examine derogation from Rule 6.14 2017 with a view to formulating a regulation that is more equitable towards the relative playing strength of clubs and their ability to field teams. CCC to have any revised playing eligibility regulation formulated for approval at the March meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma.Coiste Chontae Liatroma The GAA will not allow continued exclusive TV coverage for any games to any subscription channel after the current contract expires. In future, all proposed GAA match TV coverage will be made available via free to airNaomh Muire Cill TochairtComhairle Connacht That the senior and intermediate championships be restructured as follows (to the 2016 format). It is initially divided into three groups of four, with each group consisting of four teams with no seeding. An open draw decides placement into the groups. Every team in each group plays each other once. The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The highest ranked third-placed team also qualifies for the quarter-finals. The two lowest ranked third-placed teams playoff, with the winner qualifying for the quarter-finals and the loser entering the relegation playoffs. All fourth-placed teams also enter the relegation playoffs. The competition proceeds with a knockout format from here, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final to determine the winner. Relegation semi-finals and a relegation final determine the team to be relegated. There will be an open draw for quarter-finals, semi-finals and relegation semi-finals. The intermediate champions are promoted to the senior championship in the following year. The relegated senior team plays in the intermediate championship in the following year. The relegated intermediate team plays in the junior ‘A’ championship in the following year. The following regulation will be applied in the case of teams finishing on equal points in the group: Official Guide Rule 6.21 (c) Except where provided for otherwise in County Bye-Law or in Competition Regulation, when Teams finish with equal points for Qualification for the Concluding Stages, or for Promotion or Relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified: (i) Where two or more Teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition; (ii) Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For); (iii) Highest Total Score For; (iv) A Play-Off. All regulations previously pertaining to the senior championship to be amended accordingly.Achadh Mhaoláin Competitions – Championship That in order to halt the dramatic fall-off in the number of teams competing in our Championships that the following changes be introduced to the interpretation of the derogation from Rule 6.14 in 2018: The 15 players who start in the first round championship match for a club, at Senior, Intermediate and Junior A, be precluded from playing at a lower championship level for the club in the same year. All other limitations in relation to this derogation remain as in 2017.Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín CCC to be given the authority include in its regulations the scheduling of two rounds of the All-County Leagues that are to be exclusively played without members of the Leitrim Senior Football Panel in 2018 and the years beyond, while the current format of 12 Team leagues continues.Coiste Chontae Liatroma That two delegates from the Leitrim Men’s County have the right to attend the Ladies’ County Board meetings with speaking rights, but not voting rights.Achadh Mhaoláin Seeding to be introduced into the draws for the 2018 Senior Football Championship and Intermediate Football Championship as follows:2017 Senior Finalists to be seeded into opposite groups and the remaining two semi-finalists to be similarly seeded. Both draws to be open in this regard. Remaining teams will be drawn randomly to constitute the groups.2017 Intermediate losing finalists and relegated team from Senior in 2017 to be seeded into opposite groups and the remaining two semi-finalists to be similarly seeded. Both draws to be open in this regard. Remaining teams will be drawn randomly to constitute the groups.Similar seeding to be followed while the current structure remains in existence.Coiste Chontae Liatroma The numbers in teams in All-County Leagues to be reduced at the end of the 2018 season to a maximum of 10 teams per division in the following manner:ACL Division 1 Relegation of the bottom two teams to Division 2ACL Division 2 No Promotion of the top two teams to Division 1 and relegation of the bottom 4 teams to Division 3.ACL Division 3 No Promotion of top two teams to Division 2 and relegation of bottom 6 teams to Division 4.ACL Division 4 No promotion and an ACL Division 5 to be reintroduced in 2019 and the number of remaining teams to be split as closely as evenly between these two divisions as possible with a maximum of 10 in ACL Div 4.Coiste Chontae Liatroma From 2018 Shield League Competitions at adult level be discontinued.Coiste Chontae Liatromalast_img read more

End of a era as King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers is laid to rest

first_imgIreland’s last king, Patsy Dan Rodgers was laid to rest on his beloved Tory Island off the Donegal coast today.Hundreds traveled by road, boat and helicopter to say a final farewell to the man who made the remote island his home for more than 70 years.Although born in Dublin’s Westland Road, Patsy was adopted and brought to Tory Island aged just four. by Stephen Maguire on Tory IslandAlthough not a native of the island, he became an ambassador for the local community both locally and around the globe.Mr Rodgers, who passed away at Dublin’s Mater Hospital on Friday last after a long-term illness aged 74, was remembered during his funeral mass as a man of many talents.A talented button accordion player, he was also a proficient artist having been taught a primitive form of art by the renowned English artist Derek Hill. The King of Tory Island Mr. Patsy Dan Rodgers. RIP. (Picture By Brian McDaid)He became King of Toraigh in the 1990s when the children of the last King, Padraig Óg Rodgers, asked him to accept the honour of their father and become King.He campaigned against proposals to relocate islanders to the mainland in the 1970s and 1980s, he fought for better transport links to Toraigh and for further development to promote employment and tourism.He was a renowned musician and was awarded an honorary Master’s degree by the University of Ulster in 1997.Hundreds of people poured into the tiny St Colmcille’s Church overlooking the island’s harbour to hear of the life and times of Mr Rodgers.Among those who made the long journey to the island set almost 15 Kms off the mainland was Minister for Education Joe McHugh, Deputy Pearse Doherty, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O Domhnaill and chairman of the Donegal Education Training Board, Cllr Martin Harley. President Michael D Higgins was represented by his Aide de Camp, Colonel Liam Condon.Mr Rodgers’ remains had earlier been brought the short distance from his home in West Town accompanied by the islanders with whom he called his community.The large procession was led by Mr Rodgers’ daughter who carried a large wooden cross which was later placed on her father’s grave.Those who attended the mass, which was conducted in Irish, were welcomed by an array of musicians and singers including Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. As well as his beloved button accordion and his signature black seafarer’s cap, a framed picture of the island’s lighthouse painted by Mr Rodgers was brought to the altar.The mass was concelebrated by parish priest of Gortahork Fr Sean O Gallchoir and Fr Ciaran Creagh.Fr O Gallchoir described Patsy as a King, a Taoiseach, ‘Minister for Foreign & Home Affairs, Minister for Arts and Music but above all of those Minister for Toraigh and one who looked after his island community.Henry O’Donnell, a close friend of the late Mr Rodgers, recalled how Patsy was “of” Tory and very proud of that fact.“His heart was in Tory and Tory was in his heart. He was very proud of that,” he said.He also recalled how visitors to the island were often met by the King who welcomed them in Irish as they made their way up the steps of the pier.Others who travelled for the funeral was Dr Art Hughes who publish a biography of Patsy Dan earlier this year titled Rí Thoraí – From City to Crag and Dublin artist Brian O’Neill.Following his funeral mass, Mr Rodgers was led to his final resting place in the adjoining cemetery by members of the local Coastguard Service where the rosary was led by local man Jimmy Doohan.Mr Rodgers is survived by his wife Caitlin and their four children including daughters Breda, Majella, Christina and son Sean, son-in-law Daniel and two grandchildren Dean and Fionn.End of a era as King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers is laid to rest was last modified: October 30th, 2018 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:donegalpatsy dan rodgersTory Islandlast_img read more

HR in 2014: It’s all about the technology

first_imgOne of the things I enjoy about the end of the year are predictions posts. I think it’s fun to read other people’s take on upcoming trends and the future of the profession. As a business professional, trend watching confirms my thoughts about what’s happening in the workplace. And when I see predictions about something new, it challenges me to learn about those topics.I believe 2014 will be a very exciting time for human resources and the world of work. We’re on the edge of so many cutting-edge technology advancements. Here’s my list of what to watch next year:1.       Companies toy with gamification tools. Ha! I couldn’t resist the play on words. Seriously, marketing departments have embraced gamification strategies for the consumer side of the business and, as a result, so will the rest of the company. Human resources departments will bring gamification not only into training activities but to the recruiting process as well.2.       Go mobile or go home. This is a no-brainer. Forbes cited earlier this year two surveys that confirmed over half of adult Americans have a smartphone. There are just too many smartphones to ignore mobile. eCommerce is big business. Using mobile technology for human resources related activities such as recruiting, training, and workforce scheduling only makes sense. Businesses will use mobile to keep employees selling and making customers happy versus filling out forms and filing reports.3.       Companies will start adopting enterprise social collaboration solutions. Businesses have come to recognize the value of informal and social learning. Couple this with the opportunities to engage with employees using internal networks. Social collaboration tools are the logical next step in organizational communication.4.       Organizations experiment with wearable tech. Fitness bands are helping people with their wellness goals. The introduction of devices like smart watches and Google Glass are changing the game. It’s only a matter of time before companies figure out how to use these devices to enhance the workplace.The Buzzword for 2014: Analytics. Even though it shouldn’t be a buzzword; it’s a business imperative. Some words get the buzzword moniker because they’re different (aka “selfie”), others become buzzwords because they are used frequently. We’re talking about the latter. During a recent conference, I heard business pros consistently, without hesitation, say the number one goal is data and analytics. Companies realize data equals profits and no one can afford to leave money on the table.The Top Compliance Issue for 2014: Yes, you guessed it – the Affordable Care Act. This is a very complicated piece of legislation. There have been some implementation set-backs. I suspect we will spend much of 2014 trying to figure this new law out together.You probably noticed this year’s predictions have a lot of technology in them. More and more human resources functions and solutions have a technology component to them. Human resources technology is part of our jobs. Frankly, technology is part of our jobs – no matter what position or level in the organization. Period.Employers once expected human resources to just know word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. Today, those same employers expect their people to know about smartphones, tablets, apps, and social media.You don’t need to be an expert or own every device. You do need to understand the fundamentals. And recognize that the fundamentals change all the time. Because technology is changing quickly. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to build technology into your professional life. You can learn more by doing small things like test driving the latest devices next time you’re in a shopping mall or stepping up your social media participation.Companies and individuals that embrace technology will have a definite advantage in 2014 (and the years to come). For HR pros, technology can bring advantages that allow us to focus on the operation. What do you think? Share your predictions in the comments.last_img read more