Donegal Association remembers their friend Gay Byrne at Annual Mass

first_imgA large crowd attended the Donegal Association Annual Mass on Sunday, 10th of November in the Bonnington Hotel, Dublin.Many friends of the association attended the mass and it was lovely to have the 2018 Donegal Person of the Year Jason Black present on the evening.Jason brought up a candle in memory of Gay Byrne who was a long-standing friend of our association and attended many of our Gala Balls and read the citation at the first Donegal Person of the Year function. Each year the association hold a mass to remember deceased family and friends of the Donegal Association. The mass was concelebrated by Fr. Maurice McGill and Fr. Michael McCullagh.Family and friends of the deceased brought forward candles in their memory. After the mass those present were given an opportunity to catch up with family and friends. We thank those who came along and contributed to making our mass the special evening that it was.Final Call for Nominations for Donegal Person of the Year!A final reminder that the closing date for the receipt of nominations for Donegal Person of the Year is the 30th of November. Any individual or group of people may submit a nomination. The person nominated should be from Donegal and have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and may include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nominations may be submitted to info@donegalassociation.ie or you can send your nomination directly to us by letter at The Donegal Association, 33, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2.Upcoming EventOn Thursday, 28th of November we are having a Christmas Gathering in conjunction with Donegal G.A.A. in the Harcourt Hotel. The new Donegal G.A.A. Jersey and the Win Your House in Dublin Fundraising Draw will be launched at 7pm and 9pm on the night. Everyone welcome from 5.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.Donegal Association remembers their friend Gay Byrne at Annual Mass was last modified: November 11th, 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:donegalDublin AssociationGay Byrnemasslast_img read more

India are the favourites, says Imran Khan

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.”  When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”last_img read more

Guardiola admits title race is still open

first_imgPep Guardiola has not written off Manchester City’s four main title rivals claiming they could still win the Premier League.City returned to the summit of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United on Super Sunday, leaving them 12 points above their city rivals, and two above Liverpool.Guardiola told Sky: “I think Man City right now and Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, I think they have numbers to be champion, not just City. We’re just two points in front.“Last season we didn’t get points at Anfield, we draw this time. Last season we lost here [against United], but we won. So it’s good, four games against contenders, three away just one at home.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“What is important is that we are consistent, that we play most of the time good, and always I see many things that we can improve.”City have impressed in the last month, scoring 15 goals in their last three games, and there are suggestions this City side could even surpass last season’s record.“We are in November. It’s November. It’s a lot of games, we haven’t finished the first round, a lot of things can happen in football.“Now we can feel good, we made an incredible month, after the international break after we drew at Liverpool, missed a penalty at the end, and we made an incredible performance after this month. We are scoring a lot of goals, make a lot of chances, concede few, and that is rhythm.”last_img read more

Tata Group has shown interest to buy Air India says Jayant Sinha

first_img[Representational image]Creative commonsSalt-to-software conglomerate, the Tata Group had formally shown interest in buying debt ridden national airline — Air India, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said.Air India is up for sale, as government does not want to face the brunt of huge losses. The government has given in principal approval for the disinvestment of the national carrier, which currently has a debt of over Rs 50,000 crore, reported PTI.”We have, of course, received from both IndiGo as well as the Tatas indications of interest for the airline (Air India), and then, we have received formal indications of interest for other aspects of the Air India group. These are the formal indications we have received so far,” Sinha told CNBC TV18.Earlier in October, Tata Sons Chairman, N Chandrasekaran hinted about the Tatas’ intention of picking up stake in Air India when he said that the group will look at how Air India’s disinvestment is currently being executed by the government. Chandrasekaran further said the company needs more details from the government on the process in order to finalise its position on the deal.The junior aviation minister said that the government is working in time-bound manner to conclude the bidding process and that the process of receiving the expressions of interest as well as bids should take six to eight months. Tata Sons Chairman N ChandrasekaranReutersAir India’s disinvestment is facing major headwinds for past few months, primarliy becuse of its huge debts. Experts estimate that around Rs 30,000 crore of working capital debt needs to be written off for potential buyers to consider acquiring the airline.Writing off the Rs 30,000 crore debts will lead to a serious financial problem, and the government would be facing serious opposition from Air India’s unions. Another industry expert believes that selling off the airline won’t be an easy task and selling won’t bring substantial amounts of cash to the government to help it meet its disinvestment targets.Market leader in the domestic aviation space IndiGo had earlier written to the ministry of civil aviation, expressing interest to buy out Air India’s international business.However, IndiGo has the also set their ‘Plan B’. The low cost airline had earlier said that the company is considering investing in Jet Airways, if it fails to acquire a stake in Air India. “IndiGo would go all out to get Air India’s international business as the state-owned carrier has international flying rights and slots. Another alternative could be Jet Airways. The company sees an opportunity there,” an airline official said in September.The government has also appointed the legal, transactional and asset valuation advisors for the purpose, said Sinha.Earlier on Wednesday, senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Air India, replacing interim CMD Rajiv Bansal.last_img read more