Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts Pinterest Home News Council Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts NewsCouncil Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Three new chairs of the three Municipal Districts in Laois have been elected in the last day.Fianna Fail’s Seamus McDonald and the Fine Gael duo of Thomasina Connell and Aisling Moran will chair their respective areas for the next 12 months.History was made in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington area yesterday as a female Councillor was elected chairperson for the first time in the district’s 11 year history.Cllr Aisling Moran took over from Fianna Fail’s Paschal McEvoy and she will lead the monthly meetings from now on after seeing off the challenge of Independent Ben Brennan.In Portlaoise, Fine Gael’s Thomasina Connell was elected ahead of Labour’s Noel Tuohy as she replaced Fianna Fail’s John Joe Fennelly in the chair.While in Borris-Mountmellick, it was a Fianna Fail politician who replaced a Fine Gael one as Seamus McDonald succeeded John King.McDonald will be 35 years as a Cllr this June and in a slight change to the other areas, Independent Cllr Ollie Clooney was elected as vice-chair.Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have a deal in place in the three districts to rotate the role of chair and vice-chair between them over the five year term of the local government.This means that Cllrs Aidan Mullins and Ben Brennan (both Graiguecullen-Portarlington), Noel Tuohy and Caroline Dwane-Stanley (both Portlaoise), James Kelly (Borris-Mountmellick) cannot become chairs.And this is a process that angered some of them over the previous day.Sinn Fein Cllr Aidan Mullins slammed what he called “a sad and fairly shameful” pact between the local Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael councillors.He said: “It’s very sad, fairly shameful and I think you should be ashamed of yourselves.”While Independent Cllr Ben Brennan added: “Nothing has changed and I can’t see change in the next few years either.“It’s the same at national level. What the new national Government has done is not to save the country but to save their own rear ends.”SEE ALSO – An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors againSEE ALSO – We want your #LoveLaois photos as the county begins to open up again WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick Municipal DistrictCllr Aisling MoranCllr Seamus McDonaldCllr Thomasina ConnellGraiguecullen Portarlington Municipal DistrictPortlaoise Municipal District Electric Picnic News Previous articleBurnt out cars, boy-racers, rubbish and anti-social behaviour – chaos on the Slieve Bloom MountainsNext articleLaois Gardai launch campaign on dangers for children and teenagers online Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 18th June 2020 Pinterestlast_img read more

Jacob Huff becomes integral part to the defensive back core

first_imgJacob Huff came out of Bolingbrook High School not only playing football, but playing and lettering in baseball and wrestling as well. The Huff family is full of football players, with Jacob Huff being a defensive back, Julian Huff a linebacker and one of their other brothers is a running back at St. Cloud State.“Both of those guys [Jacob and Julian] are respected players within our program,” said defensive coordinator Robb Smith. “They have a great relationship with each other. They’re leaders, not only on the field, but off the field, whether it’s in the classroom, spiritually, whatever it is those guys are always doing the right thing.”Julian has had a lot of success at linebacker in his first two years at Minnesota, including three fumble recoveries and 52 tackles over that time. Jacob is coming into his own as a member of the Gophers’ secondary, already over doubling his tackle numbers from his first two seasons. This season, Huff already has two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, eight tackles and one tackle-for-loss.“[Huff] has provided great leadership for us on the back end,” Smith said. “He directs a lot of traffic back there, he’s a smart player [and he] always finds himself in the right place.”While he is making more of an impact, he is listed behind both safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. and Duke McGhee on the depth chart.Huff will get another chance to thrive in the Gophers defensive plan this weekend versus Maryland, as the Terrapins are down two quarterbacks since their season started three games ago. Jacob Huff becomes integral part to the defensive back coreHuff had an interception return for a touchdown against the Blue Raiders last game.Junior defensive back Jacob Huff runs in for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 16 at TCF Bank Stadium. Drew CoveSeptember 28, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s defensive back core is proving to be deeper than expected this season.Safety Jacob Huff has shown improvement from last season, especially against Middle Tennessee State. Huff is coming off a game where he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the week for his performance against the Blue Raiders.“I still saw the excitement he had on his [face],” said defensive lineman Steven Richardson. “He wasn’t really selfish about it, he came right back and celebrated with the team.”He recorded an interception that he returned for 67 yards, four tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. His interception return marked the first time Minnesota’s defensive unit scored points all season.Still, his impact on the defense is no accident.“It’s no coincidence a guy like Jacob Huff is having a phenomenal first three games,” said head coach P.J. Fleck. “He didn’t play much at all last year, and when all of the sudden you start to see him make the plays he’s making, it’s just a direct reflection of all the right things he’s doing off the field.”When coming to Minnesota from his hometown of Bolingbrook, Illinois, he didn’t pack lightly. He and his identical twin-brother Julian made the trip, and they’re both playing for the Gophers.last_img read more

English Heritage chief slams Smithfield market plans

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Orn shoots golden round at Phoenix

first_imgPSC Golf from The Billabong Golf BarWednesday, April 8, Green Valley – StablefordThirty-four players arriving on the first tee were lulled into a false sense of security thinking that the cloud cover and breeze would provide a cooler day than experienced of late, but they were to discover, very quickly, that the weather was playing a game with them and the humidity levels were stifling, resulting in many damp shirts.  The greens had been scarified and dressed this week making putting a little more of a gamble than usual but this remedial work is essential to maintain the usual high standards at Green Valley.Billabong ladies – Eng, Orn and Sa. Eight ladies had their own competition today and were obviously not put off by the slow greens as Orn returned a fine score of 38 points but the ever-improving Sa topped that with an even better 41.Bob Newell, on loan from the nearby Players Lounge, returned with 34 points to push Captain Bob and Barry McIntosh out of the reckoning with a back nine of 18 points.  The streamlined Greig Ritchie, having recently had most of his hair cut off, had 36 points, with occasional visitor from Sydney, Craig Wheeler, coming in second with 37 on a count back from Bob Finley, who had a respectable 19 points on the back nine.We got back to the Billabong just in time to witness a huge storm which cut all the electric but the drinking (by candlelight) proceeded unabated and did not seem to cause any problems for the enthusiasts.Friday, April 10, Phoenix Gold – StablefordThe second visit to Phoenix in recent weeks and first impressions show a real change in the atmosphere here and the staff are so friendly and helpful, which always makes for a good start to a day’s golf.For reasons unknown to us, the Mountain Course was closed and we played the Lake and Ocean courses, the former to be closed shortly for substantial repairs and not being, therefore, at its Sunday best.  Phoenix is a great layout and remedial work at this time of the year, particularly on the greens and just before the rains descend upon us, will show a huge improvement in conditions in both greens and fairways and all bodes well for the coming months.Some black clouds were moving towards us in the latter stages of the round, with some golfers looking around anxiously hoping the rain would hold off before they finished, and fortunately it did.The top dressing on the greens proved no deterrent for the ladies today as their lowest score was 37 points.  Sa continued her brilliant form with a fine 41 points but she was overshadowed by Orn with an outstanding 45.  She had never broken 90 before but today’s net 84 will go a long way to achieving her ambition of reducing her handicap to an eventual 18.Greig Ritchie started on Lakes with 15 points for the first 6 holes and looked forward to scooping the pool with a great score but, following some words of encouragement from Capt. Bob, the wheels fell off and a total of 33 points was the result.Good scores were difficult to come by for most of the men but Peter Davies beat his handicap with 37 points, as did Gary Ritchie with a very steady 38.  Jim Grieve lost his way a little on the first six holes but put those holes aside to score 23 on the back nine for an excellent 38 points also.  But these scores were all put in the shade by Capt. Bob’s great round of 40 points.The treatment the greens are receiving obviously had an effect on putting for there was only one birdie 2 and that went to Peter Davies.last_img read more

Real Betis reach deal with coach Quique Setién

first_img 25/05/2017 IN SPORT.ES Sport EN Upd. on 26/05/2017 at 00:20 CEST Ya hay acuerdo entre el Betis y Quique Setién Quique Setien will be the new coach of Real Betis. As revealed by ABC Sevilla, he will sign on for three seasons, until 2020, although his contract will have options to leave each summer. The former Las Palmas coach will earn 1.5m euros a season. Betis like the style his teams play and the Andalusian club are close to announcing the deal, either late on Thursday or on Friday. He will then be able to get to work, thinking about how he wants to construct his squad.last_img

Rampant rubbish

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Firies push for fair cancer compensation

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Sustainable living starts at home

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Early season showdown goes Tuesday between Beaver Valley and Nelson

first_imgIt’s only October, but we have a good old fashion showdown in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Division-leading Nelson Leafs play host to second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first meeting of the season between the two West Kootenay combatants Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.“It’s exciting the guys are starting to believe, but this will be a good test for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.Both teams enter the contest on a roll to start the KIJHL season.Nelson has won five consecutive games after losing two of its first three — the second setback coming in overtime to Kelowna.In the Beaver Valley, the Hawks, under the guidance of seasoned KIJHL veteran coach Terry Jones, have lost just once in six games and sit only three points behind the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings.“Beaver Valley is a strong, disciplined coached team,” said Maida of the upcoming clash.“Terry (Jones) has been around the league a long time and it looks like he has his team playing very well.”Snipers Ryan Edwards and Chris Derochie along with 16-year-old rookie Craig Martin lead Beaver Valley in scoring.All three players have more points this season than the top scorer on the Leafs, Matti Jmaeff.Last season Beaver Valley dominated the Leafs, winning the season [email protected]last_img read more

Wins for Galway McDonagh and Galway Tribesmen in Celtic Challenge

first_imgThe opening round of the Celtic Challenge saw the all Galway meeting of Galway McDonagh and Galway Maroon in the sunshine in Pearse Stadium. Galway McDonagh emerged victorious and laid the platform for the win by building a 1-13 to 0-4 lead at the interval with the aid of the breeze.Conor Molloy, who finished with 0-10, shot 8 first half points with Mark Kennedy shooting the game’s first goal on 27 minutes to help build that sizeable lead. The McDonagh side were well worthy of that half time lead as they hurled with conviction in that opening period.The Galway Maroon side, to their credit, lifted their performance in the second half and a 33rd minute Niall Coen goal helped their cause. Still by the 49th minute the Galway McDonagh side still led by 1-19 to 1-7, before Conor Walsh struck for a goal. That score was quickly followed by Niall Coen’s second major and quick fire points from Adrian Gavin and Ross Albertini had the Maroon side back to 3-9 to 1-19 on 54 minutes.However, that was as close as it got and by the final whistle the Galway Maroon side were left to rue their 12 wides as Galway McDonagh emerged with the bragging rights on a final score line of 1-21 to 3-11.Galway McDonagh Squad: 1. Dara Conneely (Liam Mellows), 2. Sean Burke (Kilconieron), 3. Conor Lee (Clarinbridge), 4. Jack Hughes (Skehana), 5. Sean Joyce (Salthill Knocknacarra) 0-1, 6. Mark Gill (Castlegar), 7. Caimin Killeen (Loughrea), 8. Diarmuid O’Brien (Ballygar) 9. Dylan Shaughnessy (Loughrea), 10. TJ Brennan (Clarinbridge) 0-1, 11. Mark Kennedy (Clarinbridge) 1-3, 0-1 free, 12. Michael Glynn (Skehana), 13. Damien McGlynn (St Thomas) 0-1, 14. Conor Molly (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 0-10; 0-6 frees, 0-1 65, 15. Jack Egan (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 0-2, 16. Cillian Lawless (Athenry), 17. Neil Conneely (Portumna), 18. Isaac DeHora (Clarinbridge) 0-2, 19. Cathal Dolan (Kiltormer) 0-1, 20. Eoghan Kerin (Rahoon Newcastle).Management: Manager Damien Curley (Kiltormer), Willie Burke (Oranmore Maree), Gerry Spellman (Clarinbridge)Galway Maroon Squad: 1. Darrach Fahy (Ardrahan), 2. Sean Duffy (Killimor), 3. Ronan Flannery (Pearses), 4. Dean Callanan (Craughwell), 5. Adam Clarke (Craughwell), 6. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore) 1-4; 0-4 frees, 7. Noel Keogh (Athenry), 8. Enda Egan (Michael Cusacks) 0-1 free, 9. Paul Creaven (Killimordaly), 10. Ross Albertini (Ardrahan) 0-1, 11. John Fleming (Meelick Eyrecourt) 12. Nathan Earner (Meelick Eyrecourt), 13. Liam Quirke (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 14. David Jordan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry) 0-1 free, 15.  Niall Coen (Ballindereen) 2-2, 16. Diarmuid Mullen (Turloughmore) 0-1, 17. Evan Ryan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 18. Eoin Caulfield (Athenry), 19. Eoin O’Donnell (Ardrahan), 20. Jack Glynn (Turloughmore), 21. Matthew Lyons (Turloughmore), 22. Oisin Flaherty (Castlegar), 23. Adrian Gavin (Ballygar) 0-1.Management: Manager: Niall Canavan (Annaghdown), Selectors: Joe Hession (Turloughmore), Kevin Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim)Ref: Shane Hynes (Liam Mellows)The Panels Galway MaroonBack L-R: Kevin Molloy, Niall Canavan, Jack Glynn, Diarmuid Mullen, Niall Coen, David Jordan, Conor Walsh, Darrach Fahy, Enda Egan, Ronan Flannery, Noel Keogh, Oisin Flaherty, Eoin O’Donnell, Joe Hession.Front L-R: Matthew Lyons, Nathan Earner, Paul Creaven, Evan Ryan, Sean Duffy, Liam Quirke, Ross Albertini, Adam Clarke, Dean Callanan, Eoin Caulfield, John FlemingThanks to Tony Conneely https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyconneely/albumsGalway McDonaghBack L-R: Willie Burke, TJ Brennan, Sean Burke, Conor Lee, Diarmuid O’Brien, Dylan Shaughnessy, Mark Gill, Jack Egan, Daragh Conneely, Sean Joyce, Jack Hughes, Eoghan Kerin, Damien CurleyFront L-R: Damien McGlynn, Conor Molloy, Micheal Glynn, Mark Kennedy, Isaac Dehora, Neil Connelly, Cillian Lawless, Caimin Killeen, Cathal DolanThanks to Tony Conneely https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyconneely/albums Galway McDonagh 1-21 Galway Maroon 3-11 Celtic Challenge U17 Group A Meanwhile in the Connacht Centre of Excellence, Galway Tribesmen recorded an emphatic 5-23 to 0-9 win over Sligo…….Galway Tribesmen Squad: 1. Mark Connolly (Ahascragh Fohenagh) 2. Diarmuid McCartin (Craughwell) 3. Jack McCullogh (Athenry) 4. John Quinn (Salthill Knocknacarra) 5. Peter Martin (Kilconieron) 6. Jack Keville (Liam Mellows) 7. Jason Niland (St. Thomas) 8. Tom O’Connor (Moycullen) 9. Dara Coleman (Abbeyknockmoy) 10. Luke Lynskey (Killimordaly) 11. Jordan Ruffley (Rahoon Newcastle) (Capt) 12. Cillian Davoren (Moycullen) 13. Sean O’Brien (Portumna) 14. Fionn McDonagh (Moycullen) 15. James Smith (Castlegar) 16. Jake Hogan (Sylane) 17. Ronan Mitchell (Mullagh) 18. Conor Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt) 19. Jack Tully (Ballindereen) 20. Stephen Doran (Padraig Pearses) 21. Hugh Moylan (Ballindereen) 22. Dylan Carroll (Castlegar) 23. Aaron Madden (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 24. Adrian Prendergast (Craughwell)Management: Manager: Gordon Crowley (Liam Mellows) Frank Enright(Moycullen), Denny Forde (Turloughmore). The Galway Tribesmen PanelBack L-R: Sean O’Brien, Dara Coleman, Jack McCullagh, Jack Keville, Peter Martin, James Smith, Fionn McDonagh, Mark Connolly, Stephen Doran, Adrian Prendergast, Jack Tully, John Quinn, Dylan CarrollFront L-R: Aaron Madden, Tom O’Connor, Luke Lynskey, Ronan Mitchell, Jason Niland, Diarmuid McCartin, Cillian Davoren, Conor Larkin, Hugh Moylan, Jordan Ruffleyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more