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172nd Independence Day Oration: TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER (Full Text)

first_imgLiberian Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee National Oration by Leymah Roberta Gbowee on the 172nd Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Liberia, July 26, 2019  H.E. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, H. E. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President Republic of Liberia, His Honor Frances Korkpor Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, Hon. Bhofal Chambers, Speaker and Members of the National Legislature, Hon. Albert Chie, Pro Temp and members of the Senate, Dean and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Officials of Government, women of Liberia – women oh women – members of the religious community, members of the traditional council, foreign guests, business leaders, students, members of the fourth estate, fellow citizens.This is another great day the Lord has made and I will rejoice greatly and be glad.Every year, a Liberian is given the task of being National Orator. When you sit from outside, it seems like a really beautiful and colorful experience; which in fact it is. The pressure that comes with this national duty is beyond description. Everyone has a piece of advice on how you should proceed. I have a sister who asked me to include everything in this speech from how to be better Christians as Liberians, to morality and infidelity, to domestic violence issues, just about everything. I have received emails on different thematic concerns and what I needed to say. People have asked me to come and speak the truth, others just wanted it to be the typical Leymah style speech straight from the heart. These requests added additional pressure to the already mounting expectations.July 26 is one of the few moments where almost all of the population and diaspora community gather to listen to the National Orator, hopeful that the message will speak to issues that are important to their daily existence, the future of their children and the growth and development of the nation. Many also listen to this moment hopeful that the designated speaker will recommend solutions to national issues and that government will take strides to implement some of the recommendations.When gathering my thoughts in preparation for this speech, I drew on a daily practice that I frequently use to guide my steps – which is to sit back and do an analysis of the situation that I am confronted with or my interactions. What I deduce from all these requests back and forth is that Liberians are generally concerned about their nation and all they wish for is the very best. This concern cuts across all counties, ethnic, gender and financial lines and it is not aligned to any political party or movement.The theme for today’s celebration is really befitting for the times that we find ourselves in, “Together We Are Stronger”. We are at a place in our national’s life where it is very important for us to begin to speak the language of unity, this language of unity and togetherness is a language that we have used from the founding of this nation. Our national anthem propounds this message of unity, our pledge to the flag speaks of it, in our traditional and native languages we have very special ways of speaking about togetherness. The Kpelle people say “Kukatonon”, the Lorma people will say “Zeewelekeze”, every tribe in this country has a special way of speaking about togetherness.The question that kept coming to my mind is: for a nation that has so many ways of preaching togetherness and so many symbols of national unity, why do we need to focus on this now and why do we find ourselves drifting further and further away from the dreams of our founding fathers and mothers? Why has unity evaded us? Why is unity like a mist in this land, we preach it, we proclaim it but we unfortunately cannot hold on it?To help me answer these questions, I did a mini tour of different communities in our country, trying to get views of Liberians – technically seeking help from ordinary Liberians to craft this speech. I wish my team and I had created a video documentary for everyone in this room to watch. From Bong to Bomi, Cape Mount to Center and Randall Streets, students, teachers, religious leaders, petty traders, sex workers, also our neglected brothers and sisters commonly called Zogos and Zogees. I wanted to hear from all of them about how we as Liberians, can be stronger together.The themes were consistent. The recommendations were synced. Some wanted to go straight to the point whilst others thought it was important to talk about why we are not together in the first place. Others felt it was important to define “togetherness” before we could even proceed. The youngest respondents were between 10 and 13 years old.The tour also had a very interesting spin. On many occasions, I was being questioned by my participants:How can we be together, Madam Gbowee, in the presence of very harsh economic conditions? How can we be stronger together when corruption is still at its peak?How can we be stronger together when individuals who were poor yesterday are now living in mansions and driving cars that cost enough to fund good schools for our children?How can we be stronger together when women are still dying in the hundreds during the process of giving birth?How can we be stronger together when there is a serious war on the bodies of women without any legal recourse in many instances?How can we be stronger together when there is a prevalence of selective justice?How can we be stronger together when political appointment is based not on competence but party affiliation?How can we be stronger together when our educational system is a huge challenge?How can we be stronger together when we can’t feed ourselves?How can we be stronger together when interests are never national but individual?My 13-year-old, very intelligent friend asks, “how can we be stronger together when too many wrongs are never corrected and are allowed to continue from one regime to the other?”One question in particular resonated with me and has stuck with me as I prepare my remarks. The question was: how can we be stronger together when our country is divided in three parts – the Ruling Position, the Opposition and the No Position – and each comes with rhetoric and hate messages that are worse than the war rhetoric?I pondered on the three divisions that were mentioned and decided to probe further on what those three equal parts really represent in our society.Let me start with the first category, the No Position.This is the biggest group, but it comes with the mentality of the smallest minority. No Positions are the ones that suffer the most in our society. Their children are the key recipients of the messy education system. They are the ones who suffer the poor health care system. Justice for most No Positions is nonexistent. They live in abject poverty and can barely afford a meal a day. They are the everyday Esau’s: their political alliances and choices are never developmental driven but driven by stomach infrastructure. They fail repeatedly to look at the plans or even ask for plans from politicians. Rather, they take cash, t- shirts and bags of rice.I agree things are tough. Life is hard. People are hungry. But if we fail to ask the hard questions when we have the power, why are we surprised when we elect SGGs: “Steal, Grab and Go”.No Position has the “government must” and “that the people’s thing attitude”, and they refuse to get involved constructively and creatively in national issues, including issues affecting their daily lives. No Positions hold government responsible for everything including the garbage they throw out the windows when seated in public and private transport.The ‘No Position’ group feel that they are separate from politics and decisions. But this means they have allowed themselves be played like a game of tennis or a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid. By having no position, they tell themselves they are excused from the dilemma we face as a nation.The second category is Opposition. Depending on which period we find ourselves, these are a bunch of recycled politicians or wannabe politicians. They claim to have all the answers for our national problems, including peace and reconciliation. Opposition suffers from a severe case of amnesia. They refuse to acknowledge that they too have contributed to our national crisis.Opposition is often so desperate for power that they are willing to align with murderers, criminals, con artists and just about anyone to achieve their goals. One interesting thing about the opposition is that their enemies of yesterday can easily be friends of today and critics of yesterday can quickly become praise singers of today.The Opposition, in most instances, operates from a place of intense irrationality with no room for common ground. The opposition is suspicious of every and any interaction with the ruling position, labelling anyone that interacts with the ruling position a “sell out” or a regime collaborator. This makes it difficult for politicians to interact across the divide and increases the level of deception and two-facedness in our daily political interaction.The Opposition in many instances perpetuates “Us versus Them” rhetoric, increasing the division in our country through their words and actions. There is no space for collaboration and partnership to solve the people’s problems.The third category is the Ruling Position.They come into power with “Da Our Time” attitude, winner takes it all. The Ruling Position has a severe sense of entitlement, believing they have the right to a certain position and lifestyle. They have no room for criticism and anyone who holds views contrary to the agreed upon view is seen as the enemy.The Ruling Position expects blind loyalty; which turns the story of the “Emperor with no clothes” into a reality. Leaders are fed a diet of unnecessary praises and lies by members of the Ruling Position. All for one purpose: jobs. Jobs that they are in most cases not qualified for. Political appointments within the Ruling Position have absolutely nothing to do with qualifications but rather a person’s ability to sing the political anthem of the day. “Pressure” in one case or “Gbeyama” in another case.The Ruling Position gives rewards not on the basis on excellence but on the basis of who can denigrate their opponent the most on social media and other platforms. This creates a culture among our young people that competence and education are not necessary tools for ascending to any position.The Ruling Position often has misplaced priorities. Their development agenda is nicely written on paper but implementation is basically their private projects.The Ruling Position, like the Opposition, also suffers from a severe case of amnesia, forgetting their actions and reactions when they were opposition.For generations, we have lived in this vicious cycle of Opposition and Ruling Position. When Opposition becomes Ruling Position, too often they adopt the same practices that they used to critique. When the roles shift, the situation remains the same or are exacerbated. While Ruling Position and Opposition continue to argue about who is right, our country is gripped by many vices. Our young people are feeling hopeless. Drug addiction has taken over Liberia. Education is perceived as a mess by both sides of the divide. While Ruling Position and Opposition go at each other’s throats, our children’s futures are being mortgaged, natural resources are sold to those who have no development agenda for the Republic of Liberia. While these groups argue about ideology, Liberian women are raped, abused, maimed with no form of justice. Our country continues to lag behind our neighbors while these groups clash.Fellow Liberians, the beauty of these three groups is that they’re not static and regardless of their positions, they all have to share a common space. The space called Liberia.Friends, I was once told that the meaning of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over but expecting a different outcome. We cannot continue to conduct business in this county as we have done since 1847; 172 years and we are still searching for what it is that brings us together.If I may take you back to the questions that were asked of me during my listening tour, I honestly did not attempt to respond to any of these questions or comments. My role is not to tell you my personal opinion, rather it is to spark a conversation about our shared values and how we can build a future where together we are stronger. As hard and controversial as each of these questions and concerns may seem, these are legitimate concerns and I must state that not one was spoken out of spite but out of hope that things would be better.What I heard in these concerns is the reality that for Liberians to be stronger together, we need to address health issues, teenage pregnancy, teen prostitution, drug addiction and many more. We need affordable and accessible health care for mothers and babies. I heard that we need to address education. Our young people need quality education that prepares them for the future. I heard that we need to address youth unemployment. We must create viable employment opportunities for our youth population beyond pehn-pehn riding.When young people are positioned to be job creators rather than job seekers, it makes it almost impossible for people to be lured into picking up arms and creating instability for a few to be powerful. I heard that we need freedom and justice. When the needs of all are considered, it is easier for people to vision and dream together, peace becomes a collective reality, reconciliation comes more naturally. We must address the harsh economic conditions because families can barely find food to pay their children’s school fees or buy basic necessities.Fellow Liberians, it is time we sit individually and collectively and do some serious soul searching on where we want to go as a nation. For us to be stronger together, we must agree on a set of collective values that we will live by and teach to the next generation. Values that will guide our national politics as well as our everyday life. The Bible says “…two cannot walk together unless they agree”. It will be near to impossible for us to be stronger together if we have not agreed on the values of the journey of togetherness.The values that kept coming up time and time again in my listening tour are transparency, truth, equality and love for country above self.Transparency is something that we heard repeatedly.Mr. President, members of the Legislature, the fight against corruption is not in words, it is in action. You must walk your talk. You cannot preach against corruption and then not declare your assets and keep it locked up. Show us what you came with so that in a few years when you’ve got two houses, we can know that you already had those resources in the bank.Second, truth. Truth has evaded us in this country. We lie to gain prominence, to gain positions of authority. Let us stop lying. Truth will bring unity. From generation to generation, our leaders have been fooled by religious and traditional leaders. Bishops have become partisans. Pastors and Imams have become praise singers. Traditional leaders repeatedly twist our cultural practices to please a powerful few, giving unmerited traditional titles. It’s time for us to bring truth back into the national history.Third, is the value of equality. Liberia is not a political party. Liberia is a nation for all Liberians. In order for us to move forward together, we must recognize that men as well as women, the blind, the physically challenged, and youth groups are equal parts of the society. Mr. President, I will address this to you directly. It is not acceptable for us to have only two women in cabinet. I, Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Nobel Laureate challenge any Liberian to tell me that the men in this country are smarter than the women, hence the men should be given prominence in jobs and elected position. I believe that it is high time that the women who fought through tears and blood from the founding of this country to the bringing of peace to this nation should be given positions of leadership based on their competence. As a self-declared feminist in chief, you are being called out to walk your talk. It’s time to stop the old boy’s network.Finally, love for country above self. Liberia is our “Land of liberty”. The reality is that despite our differences, this is our home and we share a common duty to move Liberia forward by taking responsibility as civilians and not expecting government to take on the tasks that are in our own hands. A typical example could be taxi drivers putting bags in their cars to help passengers stop throwing rubbish in the streets. We, all 4.5 million of us are called to use our unique gifts and talents in service of Mother Liberia.Fellow Liberians, a common symbol of unity in this country is the broom. Please allow me to invite three guests that I brought to join me on stage to help me illustrate this point.Let’s study the broom for a moment. A broom isn’t a broom before its tied together. Before being bound together, a broom is a collection of straws scattered with no defined purpose. The scattered straws remind me of the current state of three groups- the No Position, the Opposition and the Ruling Position. When the groups are separated and scattered from one another we are unable to work together to meet our common goals. We cannot be coordinated and we move in opposite directions from one another. To become a broom that cleans the house, the hundreds of tiny straws need to be held firmly together with a very strong cord at the top. Similarly, when the three groups come together, united by the cord of our common values: transparency, truth, equality and love for country, we turn an unproductive situation, an unproductive nation around.When the three groups come together in service of our nation, we will have true peace. Let us remember that peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of the conditions that gives each person a purpose. Peace is all we have standing between our country’s development or sliding back. To have peace, to really have sustainable peace, as it is said in our national anthem, we must unite together through our common values and collective efforts. For we are truly stronger together.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Canal No 2 Polder roads finally rehabilitated

first_imgAfter multiple reports in the media about the state of the Canal Number Two Polder access road, residents have confirmed that repair works were done.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, a resident of the area, Mark Itwaru indicated that much relief has come to the community after their road was resurfaced with asphalt.Sections of the fixed road“Presently, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure come and repaired the road and they resurface it and patch whatever had to patch and so forth.”He noted that while they were happy with the improved road, it seemed as though the works were incomplete since seven speed-bumps in the area remained unpainted. As such, it is of concern to those who traverse the roadway.“The piece of road that they do, they put speed bumps on the road and they didn’t identify the speed bumps properly. In the night, it does be very hard to make out the bumps. They just make it with the asphalt and they leave it like that,” Itwaru said.He added, “They put two small reflectors and you don’t see that from a distance. It’s very hard to pinpoint the speed bumps. They need to paint it so that you can be able to identify that you approaching one because is about seven in the areas that they do.” The unlit roadway spans some seven miles, and multiple calls have been made for streetlights to be installed, since the many animals that wander along the road have been the cause of several accidents.“The only concern we the villagers have to say is that [in] certain areas we need streetlights. That is our biggest concern in the village. During the night, the road is one road in, and we don’t have much streetlight,” Itwaru said. “The streetlights there presently is what residents put on. We would be happy if the Ministry can be able to put on some streetlights to bright up the road. The animals would normally be on the roads and sometimes you don’t see them.”Previously, it was reported that the main canal was also in need of clearing after the growth of moss and aquatic plants negatively affected drainage.Efforts have been in progress to have the canal cleared. “I see they come and clean the trench, but it don’t look like they finish as yet,” Itwaru noted.last_img read more

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Bandits rob overseas-based Guyanese

first_img…escape with US$7000An overseas-based couple and their taxi driver were on Tuesday morning robbed at gunpoint shortly after the couple arrived in Guyana.The couple’s Corentyne, Berbice home where they were robbedReports are the couple arrived at their Fourth Street Johns, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home at about 01:00h and were about to enter the yard when three masked men carrying cutlasses and guns attacked them.The bandits relieved the couple of US$7000 along with a number of security cameras, which they had in their possession. The bandits also grabbed the couple’s passports.Meanwhile, the taxi driver, who drove the couple from Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), was also robbed.No attempt was made by the bandits to enter the couple’s home.Police have launched an investigation and have since questioned several persons.last_img read more

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Heat wave blamed in 12 deaths

first_imgIn L.A., officials urged residents to keep conserving energy. “Look, this is hot weather, and some of the hottest weather we’ve had in a very long time, … Death Valley-like numbers,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference. “No step to save energy can be too small.” Still, no energy bill can be worth dying for, said city officials, who offered to assist residents in any heat emergency. “If you are someone who is concerned about turning on your air conditioning because of the cost, please know the Department of Water and Power will work with you to do a payment plan,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, in whose district the Menahems died. “Your life is more important. It’s important for you to be able to turn on that air conditioning, particularly if your apartment or home has gotten to an extreme level of heat.” Coroner’s investigators have no way of knowing how many of the 12 deaths will ultimately be attributed to the heat. Despite investigating dozens of cases suspected of being heat-related last summer, the hottest on record in Los Angeles County, medical examiners ultimately attributed only two of them to the heat. Over the weekend, the Los Angeles County Fire Department received 1,600 calls a day – 30 percent above normal – each one related to the heat, officials say. Firefighters were acting on a tip from neighbors when they broke down the door of an elderly couple’s garden apartment on the second floor in the 5100 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, department spokesman Humphrey said. The man, identified by coroner’s officials as Menahem, sat slumped in his wheelchair, according to news reports. His wife, whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, was lying nearby. A fan hummed, Humphrey said. A west-facing window was open. The A/C, when turned on, worked perfectly. “It was hot, sweltering inside, like a furnace,” Humphrey said. “He was deceased; his wife was nearby, dead.” The deaths were “a reminder how quickly our elderly can succumb to these conditions,” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said. “In this instance, a nephew had checked on them the day before and had advised them to keep the fans and air conditioning on. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and it took their lives.” In some of the other deaths: Coroner’s Capt. Ed Winter said a man was found dead from apparent heat-related causes at 8 p.m. Monday in a house in the 11000 block of Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood. Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, the body of Linda Burkhart, 53, was found in a car she’d apparently been living in near a Goodwill store in Lancaster. A few minutes later, the body of Dorothy McGlothan, a woman in her 80s, was found in her Pasadena apartment. Across the region, power companies added extra crews to repair transformers pushed past their limits by 24-hour air conditioners. By midday Tuesday, Southern California Edison reported 29,000 outages. The L.A. Department of Water and Power reported outages to 30,000, or 2 percent of its customers. “It’s basically all hands on deck to repair the outages,” said Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady, who reported widespread outages in Simi Valley. Both Edison and the DWP attributed the week of outages to increasing numbers of homes with central air conditioning, big-screen TVs and computers, and to appliances that draw power when not being used. “What we have is overtaxed infrastructure at the local level, or individual transformers at the poles,” said Kim Hughes, a DWP spokeswoman. “We’re burning out equipment.” The DWP reported it had 77 crews working to replace busted transformers and failed circuits. Of those, 15 are private crews called in to help speed repairs. Wary of unpredictable wind shifts, more than 1,000 firefighters battled two brush fires in northern Los Angeles County. The two blazes – one in Acton east of Santa Clarita, the other west of Lancaster in the Elizabeth Lake area – were partially contained Tuesday. A Metrolink line from Lancaster was temporarily shut down. Actress Tippi Hedren’s Shambala preserve in Soledad Canyon stood ready to evacuate its 69 lions, tigers and other wild felines – including two Bengals removed from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Flames had come within a few miles of the sanctuary, but retreated with the wind. Staff Writers Kerry Cavanaugh and Patricia Farrell Aidem contributed to this story. dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 Cooling stations Residents can take a break from the sun at these cooling stations, open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Residents can bring small dogs and cats with them to the centers, according to the city Department of Recreation and Parks. For more information on cooling centers, residents can call (888) LA-PARKS or go to www.laparks.org. These regional cooling stations also are open to residents, although hours vary: 7326 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park 8640 Fenwick Ave., Sunland 5040 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks 8956 Vanalden Ave., Northridge Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster, (661) 726-4400 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster, (661) 948-6060 City of Burbank, 1301 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, (818) 238-5357 Glendale Parks and Recreation, 201 E. Colorado St., Glendale, (818) 548-3775 Hart Park, 24151 N. San Fernando Road, Santa Clarita, (661) 222-7657 Organization for the Needs of the Elderly, 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, (818) 705-2345 Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Avenue Q-12, Palmdale, (661) 267-5551 San Fernando Valley Service Center, 7555 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, (818) 901-3501 Santa Clarita Valley Service Center, 24271 San Fernando Road, Newhall, (661) 254-0070160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALLEY VILLAGE – A fan whirred over the heads of 82-year-old Lugassi Max Menahem and his wife when firefighters found their heat-stricken bodies. Their apartment window was open, letting the 110-degree air in, and their working air conditioner was turned off. Menahem and his wife, discovered Sunday in Valley Village, were among a dozen residents believed to have died from the weeklong heat wave – which would be one of the biggest death tolls from the Los Angeles summer heat in recent memory. “We have had heat-related deaths in the summer months, but they are precious few,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “Because of our relatively low humidity, our heat index is relatively mild on an ongoing basis.” Fortunately, meteorologists say the heat wave should pass today. “Over,” declared Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “For the Valley areas, we’ll be looking at mid-80s to mid-90s” through the weekend. The eight-day bake that shot thermometers in the San Fernando Valley to 112 degrees over the Labor Day weekend caused record power use; air conditioners strained transformers. On Tuesday, temperatures dropped below 100 degrees in some areas as power companies worked to restore juice to 60,000 homes and businesses throughout Southern California. Meanwhile, firefighters in Los Angeles County fought two fires – one west of Lancaster and the other near Santa Clarita – that have consumed 2,100 acres of parched brush in northern Los Angeles County. last_img read more

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere staying patient as he nears return from leg injury

first_img Jack Wilshere Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he will not rush his return from injury, despite reports suggesting he will be back in action next month.The England international, whose career has been plagued by a number of injury setbacks, suffered a fracture to his left fibula just a week before the start of the season, condemning him to yet another spell on the sidelines.Wilshere is closing in on a return to full training and believes his experience of previous rehabilitation programmes is helping him to make sure he is fully fit for the second half of the season.“It’s going well,” he said.“I’m working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I’ve been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I’m not going to rush it.“I’ll make sure my body’s right and at the moment I’m feeling good.“Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England,” he added on the club’s site.“Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season.“I thought ‘This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me’. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take.” 1last_img read more

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DD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN AND LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgNEWSLETTER OF ST AGATHA’S AND ST PATRICK’SSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 9th 10.00pm Patsy & Teresa Furey – Anniversary 6.00pm Tommy Hegarty – AnniversarySunday 10th 9.00am Patrick & Kathleen Hegarty – Anniversary11.30am Pat Mulrennan – AnniversaryMonday 11th 9.30am Tuesday 12th 9.30am Mary Cassidy – AnniversaryWednesday 13th 9.30am Ash Wednesday7.30pm .Thursday 14th 9.30am James Deffely – AnniversaryFriday 15th 9.30am Private Intention Saturday 16th 10.00am Seamus Caldwell – Anniversary6.00pm Winnie & Tommy Mulhern – AnniversarySunday 17th 9.00am Lorraine & Eddie Thomas – Anniversary. 11.30am Conor Sinclair – Anniversary Masses During the Week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am. Wednesday 9.30am & 7.30pm.Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome!Scoil Aodh Rua agus NualaService of Light for Confirmation Candidates – 11th February at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Confessions for Holy Communion Candidates – 11th March at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 11th May at 11.00am.Gaelscoil na gCeithre MaistriFirst Confession for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri – 20th May at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion 25th May at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Church.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 9th 6.30pm Garda Adrian Donohoe – Recent death, nephew of Bartley Cahill.Sunday 10th 10.30am Patrick Gallagher – AnniversarySaturday 16th 6.30pmSunday 17th 10.30am Brigid Meehan – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Thursday & Friday 10.00am. Wednesday 13th Ash Wednesday – Mass at 7.00pm, ashes will be blessed and distributed.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3.00pm -7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.St Vincent de Paul Your local St Vincent de Paul branch is nearby at 0871918912Service of Light – For Confirmation class from St Francis School – Wednesday, 20th February at 7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Confirmation – St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 2nd March at 11.00am.First Confession – For St Francis School in St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Wednesday, 6th March at 7.00pm.First Holy Communion – For St Francis School on Saturday, 18th May at 11.00am Mass.D.A.R.AOur Annual trip to the Park House Hotel, Galway is on the 26th-28th February, travelling by public transport. Names to Frances at 0749721073.A general meeting of DARA will take place on Monday 25th February at 2.45pm in the Solace Centre. New members welcome.SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT AND PERSONAL LOSSOur next meeting will take place on Thursday February 14th at the Solace Support Centre, St Joseph’s Avenue.REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT OUTREACHCan help long term unemployed get back to full time employment. The outreach officer will be in attendance in The Family Resource Centre, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town on Thursday 7th February from 11.00am-1.00pm. Contact Helen or Mary 0749128010.ST FRANCIS NS BARNESMOREIs now taking enrolment for children starting school in September 2013. Please ring the school on (074) 9722109 for further details.DONEGAL SOUTH FORUM HISTORY & HERITAGE COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETINGIn the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, on Monday, 11th February, at 8.00pm. Regarding the preservation of the heritage in the town & district. The talk, “Heritage Groups from a Local Perspective”, will be given by Derek Vial, Chairperson of the Committee. All welcome & admission is free.BIG CHIEF RISING STAR & CHEROKEE SHOWBAND SPECIAL GUEST GRAINNE GAVIGANFundraising Dance in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town, Sunday 17th March 2013, from 10pm.Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comDD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN AND LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 9th, 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:LOCAL NEWSLOCAL NEWS: ST PATRICK’S DONEGAL TOWN PARISH BULLETINST AGATHA’Slast_img read more

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HAIL THE BRAVE SURFERS OF DUNFANAGHY!

first_imgThe brave pair get ready for their surf.There may have been hailstones on the beach in Dunfanaghy but that didn’t stop these brave surfers fro catching some waves.Up and awayvvvvve!The pair had to walk over the freezing balls of ice before taking to their boards in the freezing waters off Donegal.Luckily they had what looks like two very warm hooded wetsuits. But we can’t help thinking a nice armchair before a roaring fire would have been warmer!Many thanks to Paul McGlinchey for the pictures.The hailstones which came on the beach at Dunfanaghy.HAIL THE BRAVE SURFERS OF DUNFANAGHY! was last modified: January 17th, 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:donegalDunfanaghyhailstonessurferswaveslast_img read more

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Wayne Rooney keen to remain at Manchester United next season

first_img The Red Devils captain has featured sparingly under Jose Mourinho this season Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United, even if the lack of game-time is grating on the club’s all-time top scorer.For so long a key player for club and country, this season the 31-year-old has found himself in the unusual position of scrapping for a starting role.Rooney has made just 22 United starts across the competitions and continuing questions over his viability at the top level have fuelled talk that his future lies away from Old Trafford.The skipper committed his immediate future to United in February amid interest from China, saying he wanted to remain at the club during this “exciting time” – a period that could soon bring Europa League glory.Rooney spoke of his desire to win the competition on the eve of the semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo, although his future rather than the tie formed the main line of questioning in the press conference.“Of course you want to play, you want to play every game,” he said. “Sometimes that’s football.“I’ve had to keep working and try to take my chances when I get the opportunity. That’s what I’ve done and when called upon I’ll try my best to help the team.”Asked if he thinks this could be his final chance to reach a big final with United, Rooney said: “My focus is on trying to help us win this final and that’s my sole focus.“I think it’s a massive opportunity for us as a group of players to win a European title and my focus is to help us try and win this one.”Rooney continues to be linked with a big-money move to China, where his agent Paul Stretford spent time earlier in the year speaking to interested clubs.Everton and the United States are other potential destinations, but Rooney is keen to stay at Old Trafford, even if he had to be pushed on a subject the forward seemed keen to skirt around.“Would I like to stay? I’ve been at this club 13 years,” he said. “Of course I want to play football. Of course (I want to do it here).”This is, though, a period of transition in Rooney’s career – something the skipper is all too aware of.No longer the lung-busting teenager that burst on to the scene, the 31-year-old is having to adapt his game to the changes that come with age.“I think football changes and you have different periods, different challenges in your career,” Rooney said.“This season, of course, I haven’t played as much as I’d like to play. I would like to play more but that’s the way it’s panned out.“I’ve tried to help the team off the pitch, on the pitch and tried to help us win.“I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram, I haven’t made a big fuss of it.“But of course I’m a football player, I want to play football and the more I can play obviously the better for me and the more I feel I can help the team.”Whether Rooney is in the starting line-up on Thursday – or the squad next season – remains to be seen, although his desire to end the season with another trophy is clear.Rooney accepts United’s top-four tilt is all but over, with Europa League glory offering the most likely route back to where “this club belongs”, the Champions League.“I think with Champions League semi-finals, you know you’re in touching distance of final,” Rooney, a European champion at United, said ahead of a clash with Celta they approach with a 1-0 first-leg advantage.“This is a European semi-final, it’s the biggest chance to win a European competition in the last two or three years. The tie’s not over.“It’s a dangerous position we’re in but we’ve got a good chance of going to the final if we play to our best tomorrow.”Adding to Community Shield and EFL Cup glory would be a good end to a difficult first campaign for Mourinho – a manager Rooney has once again backed to flourish in the Old Trafford hotseat.“I said in October, November, that this club will be successful under Jose Mourinho having seen the way he works,” he added.“If we can win the Europa League, that will be three trophies in his first season. We’re not far off challenging for the Premier League and I hope next season in the Champions League. But I feel the club will be successful under Jose.” 1last_img read more

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‘I’m laughing and crying’ – Some United fans can’t believe this player is starting

first_img REAL DEAL Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof in action against Tottenham. Lindelof is going to balls this one up today isn’t he.— Andy (@AndyJeffery97) October 20, 2018 whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Imagine Young, Lindelof and Smalling against Hazard. Argh— Hector. (@HexHeizzy) October 20, 2018 Latest Premier League News REVEALED gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Hazard vs Lindelof & SmallingI am laughing and crying 😂😭— |DAVE SAVES| (@TonyStark_Has91) October 20, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Feeling bad for Bailly. On any day he shld start ahead of Lindelof . #CHEMUN #Bailly #Mourinho— Athiswamy (@athitheboss) October 20, 2018 shining tense Lindelof Oh dear— Ted The Red (@Bigted_78) October 20, 2018 lindelof 😭 #mufc— talal (@TalalAlBaghli) October 20, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals 1 Some Manchester United fans are fearing a bad result against Chelsea after seeing their starting XI.Jose Mourinho has chosen to start Victor Lindelof alongside Chris Smalling, with Ivory Coast star Eric Bailly left on the bench. no dice I don’t trust Young and Lindelof 😭😭😭😭— CHRIS HAZE GRAPHICS 🎨🎨 (@ChrisHaze_) October 20, 2018 Lindelof, Lukaku and Matic should be nowhere near this starting XI Danny. https://t.co/8fUZdMOkWf— Red Devil Chronicle 🔰 (@wefollowunited) October 20, 2018 Lindelof chale. He’s a problem. The worst Jose signing. Dude can’t defend to save his life.— Kev (@itzkankam) October 20, 2018 The inclusion of Swedish star Lindelof hasn’t gone down too well, especially with Eden Hazard in such good form for their opponents.When the Man United XI was announced before the match, there were some nervous and annoyed reaction.You can see what supporters said on Twitter below… Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Hazard will make Lindelof dance today 😢— Ikay Senpai (@___Ikechukwu) October 20, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Smalling and Lindelof is a disaster waiting to happen, can see Morata getting at least 1 header ghosting in between them 2! And Hazard up against Ashley Young won’t end well for us 😱— Jon Bell (@jonbell84) October 20, 2018 REVEALED Lindelof always has a mistake in him I don’t trust him in such big games. #MUFC— Privilege Makuvire (@privilege_mufc) October 20, 2018last_img read more

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ANGER AS ANOTHER DONEGAL POST OFFICE TO CLOSE

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Rural Donegal has been dealt another body-blow this morning with the news that ANOTHER local post office is to close.People collecting their pensions at Meenlaragh Post office in Magheraroarty, West Donegal were told the shocking news today.Some post office users will now have to travel another five miles to the next nearest post office in Gortahork. The closure is the second such closure in recent months.Laghey Post Office outside Donegal Town also closed suddenly and An Post confirmed it will not open again.Post Mistress at Magheraroarty PO, Ms Mary McFadden, was forced to tell her customers that her office will be closing soon.One local pensioner told Donegaldaily.com that she was shocked to hear the news. “I live close to the post office. I don’t drive and I don’t have anybody to drive me.“I will now have to make arrangements to travel to Gortahork everytime I have to collect my pension or even want to post a letter,” she said. ANGER AS ANOTHER DONEGAL POST OFFICE TO CLOSE was last modified: January 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:closuregortahorkMagheraroarty Post Officelast_img read more

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