MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Blue Eagles are gunning for a 13th straight victory in the 4 p.m. clash with the Fighting Maroons, who are trying to stay alive in the Final Four race.It will be an uphill climb for the Maroons, who need to win their last two games and hope that FEU does not go beyond seven wins to force a playoff for the last postseasons spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUP coach Bo Perasol is relishing the challenge for his squad, which could also see itself eliminated with a loss to Ateneo.“What a way for us to end our season with a win against a team without a loss,” said Perasol, who is looking to steer UP to the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. “That’s a very tall order, but then again, we have to play. Who knows, they might have a bad game against us.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Far Eastern U goes up against National U at 2 p.m. in a match with huge playoff repercussions.A victory by the Tamaraws, coupled by an Ateneo win over UP in the second game, will seal fourth spot for FEU, which is a full game ahead of the Fighting Maroons with a 6-6 record.The Tamaraws are coming off a 79-63 over University of the East last Sunday, the same day the Maroons dropped a 70-86 decision to Adamson.“It was a good morale booster for us heading into the homestretch,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, who got a big game from guard Jasper Parker against the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo seeks to move within a victory of an elimination round sweep and an outright finals berth as it tangles with a desperate University of the Philippines squad on Wednesday in UAAP Season 93 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Foton downs Iriga, extends win run to 4 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
A miner was on Thursday arraigned on a break and enter charge and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Hubert De Souza, 18, of Port Kaituma, Region One, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on June 17, 2018, while in the North West District, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Diane David and stole $505,000 worth in valuables.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objections to bail, but informed the court that the defendant was previously arraigned on charges of a similar nature.Bail was granted on the conditions that he lodge his travel documents and report to the Police Station nearest to his home monthly.He was released on $150,000 bail. The case will continue on August 7, 2018 at the Matthew Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Courthouse will acquire an international flavor when a $3.5 million cafeteria opens Feb. 1 with a wide-ranging menu. The menu at the LunchStop cafeteria will feature traditional fare such as hamburgers, fries, hot dogs and soup, but also more exotic-sounding selections like a Thai peanut wrap, spicy Indian curry with lemongrass and basmati rice, and a grilled eggplant, arugula and pesto sandwich. “We like to think we have a little bit of everything for everyone, salad bar, hero sandwiches. There will be traditional grilled burgers,” said Wayne Goulding Sr., CEO and president of LunchStop, the San Jose-based firm under contract to the county to operate the cafeteria. “We have an entree section where we serve a main entree every day that will have an international theme, everything you can think of.” County supervisors last week approved the contract with LunchStop, a food-service management company that operates cafeterias as franchises in 60 locations in California, Texas and Oregon. “We are pleased to finally have a cafeteria where both the employees of the courthouse as well as the public can have access to a greater variety of nutritious food,” said Anna Pembedjian, Antonovich’s justice deputy. A county staff report said the cafeteria will offer “quality meals for county staff and visitors at reasonable prices.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The firm’s other eateries in Southern California are located in the federal buildings in Laguna Niguel and San Diego, the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, and the city of Inglewood, Goulding said. Under the agreement, LunchStop will pay the county $700 a month or 5 percent of its monthly gross receipts, whichever is greater, bringing in to the county a minimum of $8,400 per year in revenue. The agreement runs for three years with the option to renew in each of two successive years. The courthouse, named after Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, opened in October 2003 without a functioning cafeteria, so courthouse staffers, attorneys, law enforcement officers and the public had to make do with a catering wagon parked outside the courthouse doors or drive elsewhere to get lunch. The 10,000-square-foot LunchStop cafeteria with a dining capacity for more than 400 customers will serve breakfast and lunch.
GAA manager Jim McGuinness is to give students an inspirational talk on the reasons for going back to school.The Donegal All-Ireland-winning manager is to give the keynote address at the Donegal Vocational Education Committee Adult Learner Fair this week (FRI).The Glenties man, who left school early and went back at 23 to complete his Leaving Cert, is to draw on his own experiences After doing his Leaving Cert, McGuinness went on to do a diploma in sports studies from Tralee IT.He then went on to do a degree in Jordanstown in Belfast before completing a Masters in Sports Psychology at John Moores University in Liverpool.McGuinness is expected to speak about his own education story, how he created success in his own career and for the Donegal team and the steps people need to take to plan their own future.Thousands of people looking for a fresh start in their lives are expected to attend the fair where McGuinness will be the star speaker. More than 60 organisations offering education and training will be at the event.Sean Deeney, of Donegal VEC, said they are delighted to have GAA boss and Celtic FC coach McGuinness as their guest speaker.“We are really pleased to have Jim McGuinness speaking at the fair, not just because of his fantastic success with the Donegal GAA team but also because he started his own adult education journey with Donegal VEC.“He’s someone who has been adult education and has been incredibly successful, so there will be a lot of inspiration to take from his story,” said Sean. JIM McGUINNESS SET TO INSPIRE STUDENTS AT ADULT LEARNER FAIR was last modified: January 21st, 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:JIM McGUINNESS SET TO INSPIRE STUDENTS AT ADULT LEARNER FAIR
DONEGAL Rose Catherine McCarron is heading for Tralee!Catherine is heading to the Roe of Tralee finalThe stunning 26-year old Raphoe native won through at the regional festival held at The Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise this weekend.Catherine joins fellow Donegal woman Caroline Callaghan from Murrin in Fanad who was chosen some weeks back as the Dubai Rose. Catherine’s party piece which impressed the judges was a rendition of Destination Donegal.A series of events were held for prospective Roses – and Donegal girl Catherine shone!A daughter of John and Margaret McCarron, she is a former pupil of St Eunan’s NS and Deele college in her native Raphoe and is now based in Ranelagh in Dublin.She won through the Donegal heats in March and will now be on stage in The Dome in Tralee in August with Daithi O Se. Catherine said she was delighted but genuinely surprised to be chosen for the final.The Rose of Tralee International Festival has been extended by two days to celebrate the Rose Gathering 2013. Anyone who has ever been to the Festival since 1959 – Roses, Escorts, entertainers and festival-goers – are invited back to join in the celebrations in August.Now Donegal’s Catherine will be there – and Donegal will be rooting for her in Tralee!DONEGAL WOMAN CATHERINE MAKES ROSE OF TRALEE FINAL was last modified: June 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Catherine McCarronRose of Tralee
20 20 20 20 5. Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) – The Etihad is a good example of how to convert an athletics stadium into a football ground. It has transformed considerably since the Commonwealth Games in 2002, and recent expansion has brought the total capacity to around 55,000. The drawback is the atmosphere and the fact it does not always sell out, but what an impressive place this is. 20 18. John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield Town) – The first of three newcomers, the West Yorkshire ground hosts both football and rugby league (Huddersfield Giants) games. Holding just under 24,500. with semi-circular shaped stands rather than rectangular (or a dome-shaped ground), it is a very similar design to Bolton Wanderers Macron Stadium – with slightly open corners too. They rarely had full capacity last season, but that will probably change in their first Premier League season. The atmosphere will probably improve too, as they look to roar them on to a good first Premier League campaign. Hopefully they leave the trend of using a band and drummer to generate an atmosphere in the Championship. 20 20 The Premier League is well known for its exciting football and passionate fans. This combination is deserving of world-class stadiums and in 2017/18 we certainly have a variety, old and new, small and large.West Ham have completed their first season in the London Stadium, Liverpool and Man City have developed stands and increased capacity while Tottenham are knocking down White Hart Lane and building a new arena from scratch.The Stadium of Light (Sunderland), KCOM Stadium (Hull City) and Riverside (Middlesbrough) are no longer top-flight grounds after relegation. They are replaced by St James’ Park (Newcastle United), the Amex (Brighton and Hove Albion) and the John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield Town) in 2017/18.So, what makes a great football ground?It is a topic certain to cause debate, as it often does in talkSPORT towers, and we all have our own ideas and we have ranked each Premier League club stadium, from worst to first.We take a combination of capacity, facilities, location, history, design and atmosphere, to come up with our top 20.Starting with Burnley’s Turf Moor, click the right arrow, above, to see our ranking and comment with your thoughts below… 20 20 14. St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton) – A nice modern ground, yet with little character, similar to a few other arenas built in the early 2000s. The Saints often get close to a capacity crowd, with an average of 30,936 (out of approximately 32,000) in 2016/17. Though not held in as high esteem as The Dell, it generates a good atmosphere and does not look out of place in the Premier League. 3. St James’ Park (Newcastle United) – This ground makes a welcome return to the Premier League after a year in the Championship. Magpies fans regularly pack out St James Park and it generates quite an atmosphere. It is unique and also historic, a great example of developing your ground rather than starting again, and it holds just over 52,000 fans. 20 10. Amex Stadium (Brighton and Hove Albion) – An exciting addition to the top flight and a modern-day ground that looks the part and is regularly packed with a great atmosphere to boot. It houses just over 30,000 fans. 13. The Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion) – A nice, closed in stadium which can host around 26,850 fans, the West Midlands ground has been modernised over the years after more than 115 years there. When the Baggies’ supporters are on form, they certainly make themselves heard something we witnessed as they were flying high in the Premier League in the first half of last season. 20 11. Goodison Park (Everton) – An old, traditional stadium, the 40,157seater ground had improvements last year, such as a much-needed lick of paint. It is close to the pitch with steep rows of seating and it makes for an excellent atmosphere on matchdays, a big reason behind its high ranking along with its history and character. The club had plans for a new 50,000-seater stadium approved in March and it will be a shame to see Goodison go. 20 12. Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) – A stunning ground on the eye but severely lacking in atmosphere due to a mixture of the following Gunners fans, tourists, the open plan and too much space for each individual. If you are just there for the football it is great, but the overall matchday experience does not match up to that of other traditional English football grounds. 19. Vitality Stadium (AFC Bournemouth) – The second-smallest ground in Premier League history (after Oldham’s in 1992/93 and 1993/94), Dean Court places so low on this basis. It holds just over 12,000 and the fact it is a lower league ground is testament to Bournemouths shock rise to the top tier. The noise generated is good, especially when they beat big sides like Liverpool at home in dramatic fashion, or the 6-1 win over Hull last season. 17. Vicarage Road (Watford) – A traditional ground that has been modernised, Vicarage Road is not particularly well known for its atmosphere, but that was not helped by the on-field football played by Walter Mazzarris men. They added 700 seats after promotion from the Championship in 2015, taking them above 21,000. 20 20 20 20. Turf Moor (Burnley) – click the right arrow, above, to see our Premier League stadium rankings – Quite astonishingly, this ground first opened its doors for a football match in 1883. It currently has a capacity of just over 21,000 and, considering that is around 25% of the towns population, that is probably enough. While it is full of character and history, there is nothing too exciting about this ground and it is hardly known for its atmosphere. Plus it has open corners, not good in our book. 8. bet365 Stadium (Stoke City) – The Potters were known for their terrific home atmosphere upon their arrival in the Premier League in 2008. Like anything, the novelty has worn off slightly and the club – playing their 10th top-flight campaign in a row next season – are making efforts to spruce it up. Work this summer will see two corners filled with seats, making the ground more closed in. On its day, with atmosphere at its best, the bet365 Stadium is the loudest in the league – and it is statistically proven, after research in 2009 saw them top the table after the noise levels exceeded 100 decibels. 7. King Power Stadium (Leicester City) – A very similar design to Southampton’s, the KP ranks so highly due to the atmosphere generated in the 15-year-old ground. We have particularly seen this in the last three Premier League seasons, as fans roared Nigel Pearson’s Foxes on to survival before cheering Claudio Ranieiri’s side to a shock league title, then a thrilling Champions League campaign. Albeit with the occasional use of clappers, the King Power atmosphere has a real buzz to it, making for an enjoyable day out. 9. Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace) – The Eagles have developed a reputation for creating an atmosphere, with the ‘ultras’ behind the goal in the Holmesdale Road Stand. The stadium on the outside is quite old and run down in truth, but the atmosphere generated in a full house (around 25,500 fans) is incredible and pushes on the team, intimidating the opposition. 2. Old Trafford (Manchester United) – The biggest ground in the Premier League, Old Trafford holds just over 75,000 fans and, again like Newcastle, is another example of developing an existing stadium. Unlike other traditional English football grounds, United developed it over the years with a single masterplan in mind, meaning it has been built up in uniform fashion. Due to the popularity of United, a mix of regulars and tourists means the atmosphere can be mixed, but the Theatre of Dreams is packed full of history. 20 15. Wembley Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur) – Spurs are playing their home matches at the national stadium while their new White Hart Lane ground is built. Wembley is brilliant and pleasing on the eye with great views, but the north Londoners have yet to sell out the venue (in Europe in 2016/17 they had attendances of 85,011, 85,512, 62,034, 80,465), and it seems the novelty of playing at the national stadium has well and truly worn off. This is having a knock on effect on the atmosphere, especially with tourists and neutrals attending because of more accessible tickets. 20 4. London Stadium (West Ham United) – A ground that gets a lot of stick, it has understandably had teething problems since the Hammers started their tenancy in 2016. The stadium itself is pretty spectacular and the atmosphere generated at times last season belied suggestions it was soulless. Although it’s a few miles away from the old Upton Park, the Stratford ground has good transport links and its only real drawback is the running track which means the fans are further away from the pitch in the style of a European ground. But don’t believe all the bad press it’s a much better ground than you have been led to believe, 20 16. Liberty Stadium (Swansea City) – A nice, modern stadium with little character. When the fans are on song, the noise generated in this 20,972 compact arena is loud and benefits the team. 1. Anfield (Liverpool) – Just because Old Trafford is bigger than Anfield does not necessarily mean it is better. Last years Anfield transformation has taken capacity to nearly 55,000, with the magnificent new Main Stand replacing its out-of-date predecessor. It is a ground full of history, tradition and atmosphere on its day the noise generated is like no other, especially on their famous Champions League nights. The main reason behind that atmosphere is the world-renowned Kop, behind the goal, where the diehard and more vocal fans go on matchdays. 6. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) – A nice ground with a near 42,000 capacity, it is set for a mega £500m redevelopment which may not be complete until 2023. The current Bridge is nice and fairly close to the pitch, but the atmosphere is not up there with the best in the Premier League, possibly due to the clubs success and new fans in the last couple of decades. The 140-year-old ground has plenty of history and character, even with the hotel lopped on to the back of the Shed. Transport links are not ideal, making Fulham Broadway tube station a nightmare after games, but there are plenty of places to enjoy a pint close by, 20 20
BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Anton Stanley: Mourinho“It could really resonate through the football world if Manchester United choose to back Pogba over their manager. It would take some careful management but it’s probably the correct decision too. Mourinho has improved the Red Devils but it’s likely others would have done the same, it’s the style of play which sticks in the craw. As Manchester City and Liverpool thrill us, Mourinho’s side are dull in comparison and it is perhaps time for an inventive coach to take up the mantle in an attempt to get them back in range of an authentic title bid. Pogba does need to up his game but he also has legitimate issues which could easily be rectified with a more adventurous coach at the helm.”Tom Sheen: Paul Pogba“Jose Mourinho is acting in the interests of the club and the team, Pogba for himself. No player should be bigger than Man United, but Pogba is pushing that theory as far as he can. In two years, Pogba’s marketing potential and social media presence have been far more valuable to the club than his performances on the pitch.” 5 Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba at Man United appears to have completely broken down Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5 It is thought that only one of Mourinho or Pogba can remain at United Who should leave Manchester United: Paul Pogba or Jose Mourinho?Their training ground spat earlier in the week highlighted their broken relationship and talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil has already made his feelings clear about who he thinks the club should get rid of when he called Pogba ‘poison‘ and a ‘spoiled brat‘.And it is understood the manager is demanding his bosses support him in his battle with their £89m midfielder.It seems football fans in general are behind Mourinho, too, with 56 per cent of people who voted in talkSPORT’s poll saying they’d show Pogba the exit. no dice 5 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Pogba has alluded to problems at United – but the club are believed to be unwilling to sell a player they paid £89m for in 2016 Billy Hawkins: Both.“If United sack Mourinho and keep Pogba it will set a precedent that the player is bigger than the club. If they sell Pogba and keep Mourinho, United will lose their best player and results will fall off a cliff. It’s time to get rid of both and start building afresh.”Richard Forrester: Mourinho“Neither have covered themselves in glory, but Mourinho has too much history in causing rifts among dressing rooms. If it’s not Pogba it will soon be someone else.” Sean Gallagher: Pogba“Pogba thinks he’s bigger than the club and I believe he has created a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room. What example is he setting to the younger players at Carrington? He wouldn’t dare have played up like this if Sir Alex Ferguson was still involved. Mourinho is no angel, granted, but he’s been there and done it, Pogba hasn’t (yet). They need to get rid as soon as possible – preferably January.” huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware MONEY Most popular football news REPLY So what about others? Here, talkSPORT.com’s writers, as well as those from SunSport offer their thoughts on who they think should leave Old Trafford.Toby Gannon: Mourinho“Any club would dream of having World Cup winner Paul Pogba in their ranks and Jose is not only stifling him, but p***ing him off. If the manager of the richest club in the world can’t get their record signing playing then who he hope to replace him with?” 5 Some fans think no club should be bigger than the club and insisted Pogba would not get away with this kind of behaviour under Sir Alex Ferguson Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Dave Fraser: Mourinho“If United have to choose, Mourinho has to go… his style has proven to be widely ineffective in the modern Premier League, while Pogba showed at the World Cup what a truly phenomenal player – and leader – he has the potential to be. In the long run, the club would be served better sticking with their mercurial, £89m midfielder – provided he can knuckle down and focus on on-field matters.”Jake Lambourne: Mourinho“Has to be Mourinho, he already looks to have lost the dressing room, slammed the youngsters on the pre-season tour of the US, and hates playing youth players. Fans appear to be against him, used to seeing their side play attacking, free-flowing football. United don’t look like Premier League contenders under his tutelage.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pogba has made plenty of signals that he is not totally happy at Man United REVEALED 5 Daniel Cutts: Mourinho“Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s biggest star, and their most marketable player for years to come. Mourinho will be gone within the next year and would be the short term option to back.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’
FORMER LIVERPOOL and Ireland star Ray Houghton is under pressure to pull out of a TV show because it is sponsored by The Sun newspaper.The Glasgow-born ex-player, who chose to play for Ireland because of huge family links to Buncrana, is under intense pressure with Ronnie Whelan to leave the RTE programme.The two former Liverpool and Ireland players are being criticised by supporters of the club because of their involvement in the planned live screening of Premier Soccer Sunday on May 1, sponsored by the paper. The Sun is still held in contempt by Liverpool supporters for the manner in which it reported the deaths of 96 fans at Hillsborough, 22 years ago last week.Four days after the tragedy the paper claimed fans had picked the pockets of victims, urinated on police and beat up a policeman trying to resuscitate a victim. Those allegations were subsequently retracted and an apology issued 15 years later, but the feelings still run deep and a large-scale boycott of the newspaper continues in Liverpool.“Their appearance says to Liverpool supporters that there has been a softening of the stance when there hasn’t been any softening,” Jim Boardman of anfieldroad.com told the Sunday Independent.“We’ve boycotted The Sun for 22 years. We’re still waiting for justice for the 96 fans who died and I believe that the stories that appeared in The Sun in 1989 have contributed to the families not receiving justice. I would have expected better from a couple of our old heroes.” Ger Kane, a Liverpool fan from Summerhill, Co Meath, echoed those views: “To have two Liverpool players who played that day in Hillsborough to be associated with The Sun really hurts. Ronnie Whelan was captain that day. He knows what this means. They both attended funerals of those who died. I would be amazed if they weren’t aware of it. They shouldn’t have anything to do with that paper.”Fans might hold a protest outside RTE’s Montrose studios on the night.Houghton, in Dublin at the weekend to appear on Premier Soccer Saturday, also said it was the first he had heard about it.“I haven’t a clue,” he said. “I’ll obviously have to think about it. I’ll have to speak to RTE about it and see what’s going on. I’ll have to find out about that.”RAY HOUGHTON UNDER PRESSURE TO PULL OUT OF RTE SHOW was last modified: April 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:buncranaHillsborough disasterRay HoughtonThe Sun
ST EUNAN’S GAA club is celebrating after getting brand new signage at the entrance to O’Donnell Park – and it’s all thanks to the Tidy Towns efforts in Letterkenny.Cllr Ciaran Brogan – pictured with club members and shaking hands with Charlie McAteer – secured funding for the signage after a report two years ago.“Feedback came back from the Tidy Towns judges that the area around O’Donnell Park looked great but that it would be complimented with signage, especially for visitors,” said Cllr Brogan. “I managed to secure funding through the council and it’s great to see the sign going up.”St Eunan’s GAA Club thanked Cllr Brogan for his work on the project. NEW SIGN PUTS O’DONNELL PARK ON THE MAP was last modified: May 22nd, 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:O’Donnell ParksignSt Eunan’s GAA club
A bus driver has been sentenced to four and half years after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting two sisters during which he tricked them into playing ‘sweet games’ while he abused them.Brave Cathy and Caroline Brady waived their anonymity in a bid to name Inishowen man Leo McFarland.McFarland, now 57, had originally pleaded not guilty to a total of 53 charges against the sisters at his home in Carndonagh when he previously appeared in court. The abuse happened on dozens of occasions for two years between 1983 and 1985 when the girls were aged 5 and 7.However McFarland, a 57 year old father-of-five daughters, dramatically changed his plea and admitted to the charges against the women.His case was put back until today for a probation and psychological report to be carried out on the accused.The court heard how the lives of the women had changed forever since the abuse. McFarland was a neighbour of the victims at the time on Convent Road, Carndonagh and was friendly with the two victims and their family.The women revealed how their attacker would assault them in his kitchen while the other girls waited outside in the hall.Cathleen and Caroline Bardy leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Cathy Brady fought back tears as she revealed how she has turned to drink and also tried to take her own life as a result of the alleged attacks.She also suffered from anorexia and her weight reduced to 6 St 5Ibs at one stage.She revealed how she suffered four miscarriages but thankfully now had a loving partner and was trying to get her life back together. “He would ask us to look for sweets in his pocket. There would be a hole (in his trouser pocket). He would say ‘move about more and more and squeeze and look for it’. It was his penis. There was never sweets.“That happened every two to three days. It was on a regular basis. He would then go to the press and get the sweets. They were never in his pockets,” she previously told the court.She also revealed how McFarland preyed upon her in a vehicle and would sexually interfere with her by inserting his finger into her vagina and her back passage.She told her mother of the attacks and her mother then spoke with her daughters’ attacker. The girls late mother told her daughters that they would get their justice in time.McFarland and his family moved from the area a number of months later.Cathy Brady said she did not inform the Gardai for a number of years as she was friendly with some of the man’s daughters.She initially went to Gardai in 2008 but said she did not have the courage to go ahead with the complaint but reactivated her statement in 2010.Passing sentence Judge John O’Hagan said McFarland has been “calculating, predatory and manipulative.’He said the girls were only getting to known life and that they had their innocence taken away from them.“That was absolutely crushed by Mr McFarland,” said the Judge.He said he viewed the seriousness of the case in the mid-range but said he had to give McFarland some light at the end of the tunnel when he came out of jail.He sentenced McFarland to four and a half years for each of the 11 sample charges and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.He also placed McFarland, who was accompanied to court by two of his daughters, on the sex offenders register.Speaking after the court, the sisters said they were pleased that their attacker had been jailed for four and a half years.They said they felt huge sense of relief but were still annoyed that McFarland, of Oak Grove, Millfield, Buncrana, had not apologised or shown any sign of remorse.Kathleen (Kathy) said “Today was never about the sentencing. It was for him to admit what he done and maybe show some remorse. But he didn’t. The case has been going on for five and half years and he had every opportunity to plead guilty and save us from going through all this.“This act does not affect only the victims if affects their parents, partners, children and their families, not to mention what his now family have gone through.“WE waived our right to anonymity to allow other people going through or who have been through the same as us to get help. They should not blame themselves. It was not their fault. There is a lot of help out there,” she said.She added “We would like to thank our partners, family friends and the community of Carndonagh for their help and support. Thank God it is now finally over and we can move on with the rest of our lives.”Bus driver jailed for abusing sisters during ‘sweet games’ was last modified: October 29th, 2016 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)