World Cup: Russia stuns Spain in shootout, reaches quarterfinals

first_imgRussia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, center, makes a save during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3.Russia’s captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, while all four Russian shooters scored.ADVERTISEMENT Spain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012.Defeat Sunday likely spells the end of Andres Iniesta’s career. The veteran Barcelona midfielder came off the bench and almost won the game with an 85th-minute shot well saved by Akinfeev. Iniesta also scored the first spot-kick of the shootout.Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time.Akinfeev pushed away a 109th-minute shot from substitute Rodrigo who ran hard at goal from near the halfway line. He also ensured the game needed 30 extra minutes with back-to-back diving saves in the 85th to deny substitutes Iniesta and Aspas.Spain dominated the ball during the game — completing more than 1,000 passes — but was too passive against a well-organized Russian defense.ADVERTISEMENT 76ers to meet with LeBron James’ agent 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Spain led in the 12th minute when captain Sergio Ramos helped force Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich into an own goal when his back was turned to the play. The 38-year-old defender diverted a crossed ball into the net with his heel as he and Ramos got tangled up.An error in Spain’s defense let Russia level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique’s raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba at a corner. Pique’s complaints were wasted. Referees and video officials have consistently penalized handballs in the box at this World Cup.Dzyuba’s penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Akinfeev used his trailing left foot to kick the ball high away from the goal on Spain’s last attempt by Aspas. The veteran goalkeeper leapt up, punched the air with both hands and leapt into a surfing, belly flop dive on to the rain-soaked turf as teammates raced to him from the halfway line.The World Cup’s lowest-ranked team now advances a quarterfinal against Croatia or Denmark in Sochi on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I just feel emptied out,” Akinfeev said. “Over the whole second half and extra time we were defending our goal and managed it, we were hoping for penalties because Spain are hard to beat. Spain can’t always be lucky.”It gave Russia its greatest win in international soccer for 10 years, since Akinfeev was in goal for an extra-time victory over the Netherlands in a European Championship quarterfinal. That run was ended days later by a Spain team beginning its era of dominance. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Serena, the No. 17 seed, will face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who knocked out top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round.Serena, who turns 37 next month, leads the series 18-12 with her sister, 11-5 in Grand Slam tournaments. But this one wasn’t expected to be so easy, not with Serena still working her way back into form after returning to the tour in the spring.But this was the type of tennis that has brought her to 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the ability to pound balls all over the court and chase down the rare shots that looked like they might get past her.“This was my best match since I returned,” he said. “I worked for it. I worked really hard these last three or four months. That’s life, you have to keep working hard no matter ups or downs you have. That’s what I’ve been doing.”She pounded 10 aces to just one for Venus, the No. 16 seed who was perhaps a little drained after two tough matches to begin the tournament, including a three-setter against 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in her opener.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Serena had an easier time in the first two rounds, though that was expected to change Friday under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium. They had combined for eight titles in Flushing Meadows, six by Serena, and each had beaten the other in a U.S. Open final.But there was no beating Serena on this night, and the discouraged look on Venus’ face across much of the match indicated she seemed to realize it.It looked as if Serena could have trouble when, in the second game of the match, her right ankle turned awkwardly when Venus hit behind her on a shot. Serena stood near the baseline with her back to the court for quite a few seconds, then motioned to the chair umpire that she wanted to the see the trainer at the next changeover.Serena had the ankle treated with a 2-1 lead, then broke in the next game, helped when Venus missed an easy swinging volley wide. She would break again for a 5-1 lead, then pound two aces in the next service game to wrap up the first set in 31 minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boxers come through LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams, left, meets her sister Venus Williams after their match during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. Serena Williams won 6-1, 6-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night in the third round of the U.S. Open.Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games and seize control in perhaps her most dominant performance since giving birth to her daughter a year ago Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The sisters’ earliest meeting in a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years was over early, with Venus unable to do anything to blunt Serena’s power, even after the crowd tried desperately to get behind her early in the second set.“It’s not easy,” Serena said, despite how easy it looked in a match that lasted just 1 hour, 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“She’s my best friend. She means the world to me. Every time she loses, I feel like I do. It’s not very easy, but it’s a tournament. We know there’s more to life than just playing each other and playing tennis.”They hadn’t played this early in a Grand Slam since Venus won in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open in their first meeting as pros, and only once over the next two decades had either won so decisively. Serena won by the same score in a semifinal victory in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Nimba Student Group Take Issues with Lawmakers

first_imgA group of University students under the banner, Progressive Students Association of Nimba (PSAN), has taken issue with the county’s Legislative Caucus by calling on them to desist from pushing for the resignation of Superintendent Fong Zuagele. The students, in a statement, expressed concern about their lawmakers’ quest for the resignation of the superintendent in the wake of the violent crisis that occurred at the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba two weeks ago. The students stressed that the legislative caucus wants the Supreintendent’s removal only to get them achieve their selfish intentions. According to the students, members of the caucus and some “senior” citizens of the county recently held a meeting that ended in deadlock at Senator Thomas Grupee’s residence, where they called  for the dismissal of the Superintendent.The student group, quoting the lawmakers, said they (lawmakers) had threatened that failure on the part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to dismiss Superintendent Zuagele would lead to their  noncompliance in supporting  bills submitted by the President, or halt the legislative work by boycotting sessions.The students alleged that the lawmakers claimed the President failed to consult them before appointing the Superintendent, while the Superintendent himself unilaterally suspended Clinton Laywhee, the county’s Public Management Committee (PMC) chair.The students also said the lawmakers alleged that the Superintendent had provoked the recent riot in the county, and masterminded the arrests of many citizens during the violence.Regarding the President’s failure to consult them before appointing the Superintendent, the students said, “We are constrained to ask our lawmakers where had  they have ever read that the President must consult the Legislature before making appointment executive appointments.”On the issue of Mr. Laywhee’s suspension, the students said, they are beginning to suspect that the lawmakers are connected to the unjustifiable US$300,000 withdrawn from the county’s account in a day’s time as alleged by the Superintendent for which he suspended Mr. Laywhee.“We are afraid that the lawmakers are using the recent violence as a scape goat to quiet the Superintendent on his investigation,” the students said.As per Supt Zuagele provoking violence and masterminding the arrests of several other citizens as claimed by the lawmakers, “we want to make it categorically clear that though the Superintendent had some missed steps in the process, equally so, some of the lawmakers played direct and clandestine roles in the arrest, detention and incarceration of some of those arrested.”The students disclosed in their statement that Superintendent Zuagele had made significant  efforts in ensuring that some of those arrested were released. “We urged all parties to proceed to Nimba so that our elders, women, youths and all relevant authorities can intervene and have this problem resolved as it was done in the Teeko VS. Lawmakers’ case,” the students pleaded.They then called on their lawmakers to immediately disengage as the resignation or dismissal of the Superintendent is not the way forward in resolving the numerous problems in Nimba.When a member of the Nimba Legislative Caucus was contacted shortly after the students presented the statement, Representative R. Matenokay Tingban, described the student group as “misinformed people,” who have been incited to do things they do not know about.According to the Nimba District #9 Representative, members of the caucus have resolved not to work with the Superintendent, because he has “grossly disrespected us.”Representative Tingban alleged that the Superintendent does not communicate with them, because they refused him a loan from the county’s coffer to purchase his vehicle.On the issue of the suspension of the Project Management Committee head, Clinton Laywehyee, Representative Tingban said the Superintendent, the caucus, and even the President does not have the power to suspend him, but the council that set up the PMC.At the same time, Superintendent Zuagele has refuted claims by the Legislative caucus that he has grossly disrespected them. When he spoke via mobile phone to this newspaper, Mr. Zuagele said, if members of the caucus feel he is part of the recent trouble in the county, they should prove evidence and take him to task, “but not to lie on me.”He disclosed that they want him to compromise fraud in the county; something he said, he has consistently rejected, and that is why they are seeking his dismissal.“I suspended the PMC head for fraud, and he should be investigated.  Fraud is a crime that was committed and in such a case the suspected person should undergo investigation,” Mr. Zuagele concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businessman charged for attempting to bribe CANU rank

first_imgA businessman who was intercepted on November 25 while attempting to export $7.3 million in raw gold via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri was on Thursday slapped with a bribery charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Vibert MarksForty-four-year-old Vibert Marks of Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charge which alleged that on November 18, 2019, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), he offered Dominic Smart, a CANU agent, $100,000 as a reward for forbearing to investigate him.Marks was represented by Attorney-at-Law Glenn Hanoman, who asked that his client be released on reasonable bail.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on the day in question, the defendant, who is a permanent resident of the United States of America, was an ongoing passenger at CJIA destined for the USA when he was intercepted with a large quantity of raw gold.However, at the time, he attempted to bribe the agent but was unsuccessful and as such, he was arrested and subsequently charged.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, released Marks on $100,000 bail.The condition of the bail is that he reports every week to the headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU). He will make his next court appearance on January 6, 2020.Marks was previously charged for being in possession of raw gold weighing 974.13 grams valuing $7.3 million without an export licence. He denied the charge and was granted $200,000 bail.last_img read more

KELLY’S ROADSIDE DINER IS NO1 PITSTOP FOR DONEGAL RALLY

first_imgPROMOTED POST:Kellys Roadside Diner at Mountain Top in Letterkenny is YOUR No1 pitstop this Donegal Rally Weekend: One stop fuel stop for you & your motor! *Letterkennys famous American roadside Diner *Proud to own the best value menu in the North West *Massive 30% allowance on sterling *Open early to late all rally weekend *Serving our famous breakfast at only €5 /£3.85 which includes tea & toast *Saturday Steak Night – Sirloin steak and ALL the trimmings an unbelievable €10 /£7.70 *3 Course Fathers Day Lunch €13.95 /£10.74 – and our legendary Steak deal from 3pm- The best quality lunch in Derry & Donegal €3 Pints all Rally weekend!!! *On site Centra store & forecourt *5mins from town centre *Ample car & bus parking, Free wi-fi, Colouring and dvd players for the kids.Call in and see for yourself why we are proud of our unbeatable priced menu & award winning customer service the s rally weekend!KELLY’S ROADSIDE DINER IS NO1 PITSTOP FOR DONEGAL RALLY was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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:Kelly’s CentraMountain TopRALLY WEEKENDspecialslast_img read more

DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgTWO TRIBES: Two GAA clubs in Letterkenny have made final submissions to the county committe before a vote on November 7th on where St Eunan’s and Letterkenny Gaels can draw players from. Eunan’s want to make the parishes in the town open to both clubs as currently exists whereas the Gaels want exclusive access to the Aughaninshin area.NOT NOW DOC! The county’s four out-of-hours GP services are set to be slashed to two. Carndonagh, Derrybeg and Mountcharles will be cut from midnight next month. The entire county will then be serviced in the nighttime hours by a car based in Letterkenny. This comes after a warning from a local councillor to donegaldaily.com a month ago. See here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/09/21/councillor-claims-nowdoc-service-is-to-be-downgraded/WATER CUTS: Donegal County Council is to begin to disconnect businesses which haven’t paid water rates in a bid to claw back millions in unpaid fees. PROPERTY BUBBLE: The National Housing Development Survey has reported that there are 133 unfinished housing estates in the county as a result of the recession. These include more than 800 detached homes, 1,718 semi-detached properties, 34 terraced homes, 568 apartments and 82 duplex apartments!!!!FOOD BILL: Hungry councillors and council staff had €24,000 paid towards their food bill at the Court House bistro in Lifford.DONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH THE NEWSDONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: October 21st, 2011 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:DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEFlast_img read more

RICHARD BRUTON ‘SECOND VOTE COMMENTS ARE OUTRAGEOUS’ – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has described as outrageous comments from Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton that he would ask Europe if Ireland could vote again if the austerity treaty is defeated on May 31st.Minister Bruton made his comments and then retracted them during a debate on Today FM this evening.Deputy Doherty said the mask has slipped and that the government is intent on bullying the people into accepting a treaty that is detrimental to their interests. He said: “The comments from Minister Bruton, that he would seek permission for a second referendum in the case of a no vote, are an outrage and an affront to democracy.“And even though he retracted his comments the mask has slipped and it is clear that the government is intent on bullying the people into accepting a treaty that is detrimental to their interests.“This government had to be threatened with legal action in order for it to announce a referendum.  We now face the prospect of it not respecting the outcome of that referendum.  This is the level of respect the government has for the people.”His party colleague and fellow Donegal deputy Padraig MacLochlainn insisted that “No is the European answer to the Austerity Treaty.” MacLochlainn was speaking at a press conference organised by the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty alongside MEPs from Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Portugal.Speaking after the press conference Deputy MacLochlainn said: “Today, we heard about how austerity is failing people across Europe and how Ireland will not be isolated if we reject the Austerity Treaty. I am convinced more than ever that No is the European answer to the Austerity Treaty. We know that anytime in the recent past when people across Europe have had a chance to vote they have rejected the pro-austerity parties.“By voting No Ireland would be allying herself to the growing movement across Europe 20which wants Europe to focus on job creation and not on cutting domestic demand across our continent.”OBAMA TELLS EU TO END AUSTERITY:http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/17/barack-obama-eu-growth-crisis RICHARD BRUTON ‘SECOND VOTE COMMENTS ARE OUTRAGEOUS’ – DOHERTY was last modified: May 18th, 2012 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:RICHARD BRUTON ‘SECOND VOTE COMMENTS ARE OUTRAGEOUS’ – DOHERTYlast_img read more

UPL: SC Villa, URA flex muscles at Luzira

first_img Tags: Edward Kazibasam simbwaSC VillaUganda Premier LeagueURA FC SC Villa have not lost in any of their last 8 games. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueSC Villa vs URA FCLuzira Prisons Grounds, LuziraFriday, 01-11-2019 @4pmLUZIRA – After a while without football, SC Villa will return to action on Friday afternoon when they host URA FC in the Uganda Premier League.The game should have been played on Wednesday but due to the unavailability of the Mandela National Stadium, it was postponed to Friday.With Namboole still closed, it will take place at the Luzira Prisons Stadium, the home of Maroons FC.SC Villa were last in action on the 12th of October which is exactly 19 days ago.In their last fixture, they drew 0-0 with Maroons, a result that must have disappointed the Jogoos as the only thing that stood in their way of three points was the brilliance of opposing custodian Hannington Ssebwalunyo.Three points will be the target for Villa on Friday but they will have to overcome the rust issue.“We have not been in action for a while and that will be our only concern going into the game, noted SC Villa head coach Edward Kaziba“We last played a game over two weeks ago but we will hope that does not affect us as we eye three valuable points off a very good side.”Villa have been performing unexpectedly well since the season started.In their first 9 games, they have managed to collect an impressive 16 points and for a team that fought relegation last season, they have improved immensely.Starting the day in fourth spot, the Jogoos will climb into third with a victory over URA FC.For the Tax Collectors, they are enduring a poor season as per their standards.Since the league started, they have won just two games all seasons and those two victories have been hard to come by.After defeating Maroons 3-0 on opening day, it took them six match-days before they beat Onduparaka 2-1 away from home.The pressure is mounting on head coach Sam Simbwa and a run of poor results may see him become the latest coach to be fired.Like Villa, URA’s last league game came on November 12th when they drew 0-0 at home to Mbarara City FC.Match FactsThis will be the 19th meeting between the two sides since September 2010.In the past 18 games, URA has won 6, Villa 5 with the other 7 games all ending in draws.This fixture has not produced an away victory since URA beat SC Villa 4-0 in 2013.Last Season, the Tax Collectors took four points off SC Villa, including one in the 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.SC Villa come into the game on an 8 game unbeaten run (D4 L4).At home, the Jogoos are yet to lose a game this season, drawing twice and winning the other two of their four games so far.URA, on the other hand, have also not lost in their last four games (W1 D3).Away from home, Sam Simbwa’s side have collected four points out of a possible 9 so far this season.The other game on Friday-BUL FC vs Kyetume FC @4:30pmComments last_img read more

Cycling path on Letterkenny to Burtonport railway to pick up steam

first_imgA long-distance walkway and cycleway on the old Letterkenny to Burtonport railway line is being considered as a future amenity for Donegal.The west Donegal line has been identified as an achievable project as community groups seek to develop disused railway lines across the county.Cllr Michael McBride this week asked Donegal County Council if it had identified any funding opportunities from Europe for the project. Donegal County Council said a recent study found that a long distance greenway into west Donegal that makes use of the railway line would be feasible.The project will now be subject to negotiations with landowners, appropriate environmental assessments, planning permissions and significant financial investment.Donegal County Council said the strategy for the future of development of greenways will be published later this year and the study will be taken into account to make preparations to avail of any future funding for greenway development.Cycling path on Letterkenny to Burtonport railway to pick up steam was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:burtonportletterkennyrailwaylast_img read more

Letterkenny Folk Festival sets out its stall for a new beginning

first_imgIt was an international event that attracted high profile names and thousands on to the streets of Letterkenny.Now the town’s Folk Festival is being revised to mark the 50th anniversary of the original.After months of preparation and organisation, a newly formed committee is busy finalising the programme for the festival which will run from Thursday evening, August 22nd, through to Sunday 25th. And it’s a programme that will do full justice to its predecessor.Former Eurovision Song contest winner, Charlie McGettigan, will perform the official opening of the revised festival at An Grianan Theatre on the Thursday at 7.p.m.It will launch a series of events that will, in the words of chairperson, Johnny McCollum, “have the town buzzing” from one end of the weekend to the other.Some of the top acts in the music industry have been pencilled in to perform onthe festival gig rig while the international element will be evident with the presence and performances of Russian, Polish and Indian dancers.The idea for a revival of the Folk Festival took hold earlier in the year as groups of local people wondered how to mark that 50th anniversary. And how better than to bring the event back to life again? The Letterkenny Heritage Group had been one of the organisations planning to mark the half century since the launch of the first Folk Festival and got together with two other enthusiasts, local councillor, Ciaran Brogan, and Paddy Kelly, to put ideas into action.Letterkenny International Folk Festival opening from years ago at the Market Square in Letterkenny(L to R) County Manger, FrŠnk MaloneyFestival Director, Cllr. Tadgh CulbertArtist, Derek Hill and MEP, Neil BlaneyPic. B.McDaidThe plan to hold a festival was quickly given the seal of approval and since last April the committee has been involved in putting together a programme that promises quality entertainment and fun.Among the acts performing on the Friday night of the festival are Rory & The Island along with the Dublin City Ramblers, who like Charlie McGettigan, took to the stage on respective years during the original Letterkenny Festival.On the Saturday night, the gig rig will feature the highly acclaimed Johnny Brady and Jim Devine while the former frontman of Skid Row, one of Ireland’s most popular bands from the past, Brush Shiels will make a welcome return to a Donegal stage.And apart from the appearance of the international dancers on the streets – outdoor venues will include the County Library, Market Square, the Post Office, the Old Courthouse, and the theatre, – also stepping into view will be the husband and wife pairing, Frank and Eileen Sweeney, whose Irish dancing routines have enthralled audiences including those at the Letterkenny Memories nights. Other events packed into the weekend programme include a walking tour of Letterkenny with members of the Cathedral Quarter, a town treasure hunt on the Friday, and a busking festival on the Saturday from 11.a.m. to 2.p.m.On the Sunday, the competitive element continues with the Festival Road Relay Races, to be hosted by the Letterkenny Athletic Club from 10.a.m. at the Pearse Road.And want to climb up on your soap box? Then get out the necessary materials and enter your own for the Soap Box derby which will run – and possibly not! – from 2.p.m. at the Port Road,The St Eunan’s G.A.A. club will, meanwhile, also on the Sunday host a family fun day at the O’Donnell Park which will feature a whole range of activities including adult and childrens’ races, a fancy dress competition, arts and craft events, animal farm, Glamorous Granny and Trendiest Granda, and much more besides. One of the many popular features of the original Folk Festival was the pub singing competition and this has also been earmarked into the programme of events.Sponsorship for the festival has been generated through the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, local councillors, and the vintners.Among the organisations involved include the Community Development Project, the Cathedral Qiuarter, the Heritage Group, the Letterkenny Historical Society, the Letterkenny Youth Club, local community representatives and business concerns.Honorary President of the new festival committee, Sally Blake, who will host an exhibition of old Festival photographs and memorabilia at the Donegal County Museum on the Friday evening of the event, has hailed the revival as a tribute to the forerunner.“It’s great to see another festival being organised after all these years. The International Folk Festival used to pack the town out and I’m sure this new version will also get big crowds attending.”Letterkenny Folk Festival sets out its stall for a new beginning was last modified: August 16th, 2019 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:beginningdonegalLetterkenny Folk FestivalmeetingNewlast_img read more