Maghery Band get ready for their whirlwind tour of the US

first_imgFour times All-Ireland champions, the Senior Competitive Maghery Band embark on their East Coast USA Tour on Wednesday 13th March.Following their international champion and All Ireland success, the Maghery Band have received numerous invites to perform globally.The band who recently rebranded as Maghery Band Academy train youth and adults in traditional Irish music, classical and contemporary music, drumming and performance art in the form of drill, marching & Drum major roles. The academy does so with the use of the Irish language and are passionate about representing their Irish heritage and culture, hence the extent of their Performance tour this March.In January 2018 the band’s committee revealed their performance tour to members and since May 2018 have been avidly fundraising to assist subsidising the members to undertake the performance tour itself.All members of the academy work voluntarily to train, organise and perform. Their registration fees and the likes assist in just some of the maintenance of the academy but do not cover all annual expenses which sees them perform locally, nationally and compete in All Ireland and International Competitions.When receiving invitations from overseas the members are primarily faced with incurring these charges themselves and so the academy try their best to assist in subsidising these costs.Primarily youth based, members in the academy range from national school, to second and third level students and this performance experience will be a cultural experience that will expand their performance horizons. ‘We are most thankful to all the locals, local businesses and local councillors etc who have supported us and our local fundraisers in the past 10months. The tour has cost approx €101,000 to undertake of which the members have paid 50%. The remaining 50% was raised through several channels. Like all community groups local fundraisers were organised showcasing events such as Variety Shows, Fashions Shows, Table Quizzes and the likes.“A gofundme page was established for international supporters to contribute and business and personal donations were contributed also.’Due to the lack of funding available for undertaking such performance tours and maintenance of their academy Band chairperson and Drill Instructor Annemarie O’Donnell, who as a professional is a Masters Graphic Designer developed a sponsorship package and book called ‘Band With Us’ which like their local fundraisers, which had entertainment and services provided to give back to the community, offers branding and advertising opportunities for businesses in return of their support.‘We are delighted to be associated with McCafferty’s Bar & Bayview restaurant in Letterkenny, Donegal Town & Dungloe. Owner Declan Boyle has been supporting the band in the run up to our Tour and will continue this relationship post tour for to assist the academy’s development.’ McCaffertys Bar are based in Letterkenny & Donegal Town. Both are traditional bars and host live music and sports 7 nights a week. Bayview Restaurant is based in Dungloe.Second sponsor and to the East Coast USA Tour is Clipfine Construction. Clipfine is owned by Ardara native Tommy McCarron who is currently working on the renovations of Big Ben in London. The benefit of supporting an education in the arts helps students to improve literacy, mathematics and cognitive development. It also helps young people develop cultural literacy and personal skills, from collaboration through to perseverance, which are critical to the modern workplace. Your contribution to today’s band students ensures a stronger economy for the future.There have been many more contributors and sponsors who although are not receiving branded recognition will be recognised in a book due for publication in late 2019/2020. The book which is in part published for their sponsorship proposal will be based on Annemarie’s ‘Band With Us’ proposal which documents the band’s history, dreams, successes and support received in the build up to this momentous year.A special thanks has to be given to Leas-Cheann Comhairle & TD Pat the Cope Gallagher, his office and Current running councillor Noreen McGarvey. Both Pat & running councillor Noreen have been great advocates for the Band and see the potential that this tour has not only for it’s participants but for the community as a whole, our county and country who are being represented on the world stage.The academy gives so much to the community in terms or training, development in individuals and in general a great education and work ethos. The commitment and dedication that our academy members have given consistently in the past 9years have been outstanding and is proof that hard work can be rewarded. The East Coast USA tour will introduce those values to the world stage. It is an honour to be recognised worldwide and the professional performance tour will only further that reach and increase interest in the culturally curious target audience which is at its best very powerful in the USA. The band hope to receive groups and bands from their global visits in the near future, once more drawing people to their hometown and community.Maghery Band have been most successful in bridging relationships and breaking moulds on international platforms. Their 3times Youth Band International Champion Status introduced them to competing on the international stage where they competed against as many as 18 other bands from across Europe & USA. Representing their county and country has been a great foundation as they engaged with performers on Irish Soil.In November 2018 the Maghery Band competed in Northern Ireland obtaining their first win and entertainment recognition in Northern Ireland which found them scouted by Europe’s famous Tattoo show organisers. As a result the band were invited to headline at Liverpool Tattoo in September 2019. Another exciting venture for the professional performers!Maghery Band’s East Coast USA Tour will commence on Wed 13th March visiting New York, New Jersey & Florida.In New York the band will perform across three days on the iconic Times Square, on Liberty Island, at Ellis Island Memorial Wall & on 5th Avenue in NYC’s St.Patricks Day parade, to name but a few.The band are honoured to be leading the NYC Donegal Association and will be parading from 11:35am on Sat 16th March with televised coverage by NBC.The band will then be travelling to Bayonne, New Jersey where they will be parading in their St. Patrick’s Day Parade and performing in their post celebration party on Sun 17th March.The band were honoured to be invited to Boston, Brooklyn & Newark parades but due to their busy performance schedule were unable to commit to these on this occasion!Following their New Jersey visit the band will then be travelling to Orlando Florida where they will perform and parade in International Drive, Universal Studios & Magic Kingdom, Disney World.“The performance schedule for the members will be intense as we intend to maximise our worldwide coverage and publicise our origins of Maghery, Dungloe, Co.Donegal and Ireland. Across the two weeks of performing the members have just 4days of free downtime to ensure they can maintain the busy schedule. This is very much a working tour. It’s intense schedule will pave way for members to enjoy the working schedule which will broaden individuals horizons. The opportunity professionally for the academy and personally for the individuals will be immense!The organisation of the tour would not have been possible without the Band’s successful Committee. Chairperson, Drill & Drum Major Instructor & PRO: Annemarie O’Donnell, Co-Chair; Annette Boyle, Head Treasurer: Yvonne Houston, Co Treasurers: Karen Hunter & Hannah Glackin, Head Secretary & Drumming Instructor; Anthony Houston, Co Secretary and Music Instructor: Karl Doherty, General committee members; Martina Diver & Jamie Glackin & Gaeltacht & funding representative; Anthony O’Donnell.Chairperson Annemarie commends the committee for their hard work over the past year with the organising, fundraising and implementation of the tour. They look forward now to seeing through their plans and hope that their travels will be safe and enjoyable.Support continues to be invited for the Academy pre and post tour and anyone wishing to contribute can do so via gofundme for either the East Coast USA Tour or for the Academy there after.You can check out their Facebook page @magherybandThe band will on Sun 10th March be attending Meenacross Mass so as to fulfil their annual tradition in advance of their tour departure.At this 10:30am mass they will be blessed and will then parade Maghery Village at approx 11:45am, they will then travel to parade on Dungloe Main Street at approx 12:30pm before playing at Dungloe Community Hospital.Their Junior and Senior ‘Old’ Band will fulfill their annual commitment on St Patricks Day as normal.Maghery Band get ready for their whirlwind tour of the US was last modified: March 9th, 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:donegalMaghery BandtourUSlast_img read more

[WATCH] Nike celebrates SA’s golden girl, Caster Semenya in cutting-edge ad

first_img“Too fast? Too bad. I was born to do this.” This is the message gold medallist Caster Semenya conveys in her latest ad.This year has been nothing short of amazing for the South African 800m runner, who has just wrapped up another phenomenal season. She reached an 800m personal best of 1:54.25 in the Paris Diamond League that took place in June this year, followed by another seven Diamond League wins, and her most recent wins at the IAAF Continental Cup, claiming the 800m title and the silver medal in the 400m, where she set a new South African record of 49.62.On Monday, Semenya trended on social media yet again, this time after posting a powerful Nike commercial she features in. In the ad, she utters the words: “Would it be simpler if I stopped winning? Would you be more comfortable if I was less proud?”The ad responds to on-going criticism directed to Semenya around her hyperandrogenism and the recent IAAF ruling of the female category in track and field that states: “women racing distances between 400m and the mile must adhere to a new upper limit for testosterone of five nanomoles per litre.”Nike has, in celebration of the 30th birthday of their ‘Just Do It’ pay offline, released a series of ads starring powerful athletes from around the world. The first ad features former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Other global sporting stars also included in the Kaepernick ad are Serena Williams and LeBron James.As the Nation Brand, we will continue to stand behind Caster. We applaud her for being an inspiration to the nation with every new stride and achievement.last_img read more

Vigilance raids J&K Bank, hours after chairman was replaced

first_imgA team of the Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Commission on Saturday raided the headquarters of the J&K Bank in Srinagar, hours after an official communique announced the removal of Parvez Ahmad as the bank chairman.A bank employee told The Hindu that the entry and exit points of the bank headquarters in Srinagar were sealed by the security forces in the afternoon. “Employees were barred from leaving the premises,” said the employee.The vigilance team accessed the Human Resource department and the main office of the former chairman for investigation. There has been no official communique from the vigilance department on the reasons behind the raids.The move came just hours after Vishal Sharma, additional secretary of the State Finance Department, issued an order announcing “cessation of Mr. Ahmad on the Board of Directors (BoD) of the J&K Bank. Mr. Ahmad cease to be director on the BoD and no longer be chairman cum managing director of the board,” reads the order.R.K. Chibber has been nominated as director on the board and “an interim chairman” of the bank. The bank was mired in a controversy over its recent recruitment in the State. Established in 1938, the State Government holds 59.3% share in the bank. Governor Satya Pal Malik-headed State Administrative Council (SAC) on November 22 last year approved a proposal to treat the bank as Public Sector Undertaking and evoked criticism from regional political parties. National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had then termed it “a conspiracy to rob the bank, the sole lender to the J&K State, of its autonomy”. However, the Governor’s order then claimed that the board of the bank was competent to take decisions regarding employees’ salary and other decisions. “The bank will be regulated by the RBI as an old generation private sector bank, by the Registrar of Companies as it is a Government Company under Companies Act and by the SEBI as it is a listed company,” Mr. Malik’s order said.The Governor had also accused the bank of recruiting people in 2018 “under the influence of the politicians from the regional parties like PDP and NC”. However, the recent recruitment saw the Raj Bhawan also at the Centre of controversy.last_img read more

Fighting is family affair for Golovkin

first_img“Nobody knows about it because camp is always closed,” Max Golovkin said. “No one knows how dedicated and focused and concentrated he is.”Max knows Gennady better than anyone. They had an older brother, Vadim, who helped introduce them to the sport and another brother, Sergey, who took time to work with them as well.Two brothers diedTragically both brothers were killed in separate incidents during Russian government service.The funeral for Vadim, who died first, was held with an empty casket. The family is still trying to find out the details of what happened.Gennady named his first child, a boy, Vadim. Max is also on Gennady’s mind when he fights. The family didn’t have much money so when Gennady turned 18 he was the one they picked to pursue a boxing career.“They chose Gennady should continue his career,” Max said.When you consider Gennady’s difficult journey to the pinnacle of his profession it is easy to see why he insists on taking nothing for granted.They say styles make fights and this one has the ingredients to be the start of a special rivalry. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Pelicans add free agent Tony Allen Boxer Gennady Golovkin poses on the scales during a weigh-in with Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIGennady Golovkin has travelled the globe winning boxing matches in 22 cities and seven different countries to earn his Las Vegas debut on Saturday.The 35-year-old Golovkin has waited years for the arrival of this career-defining superfight against Mexico’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES When reporters asked him on Wednesday about the birth of his second child, which happened last Friday, he said, “Please don’t ask me about my family. I am just focused on boxing.” His boxing career started in his native Kazakhstan. Growing up in a family of four boys, if he wasn’t scrapping with his brothers at home he was fighting much older and bigger kids in the streets.He had his first professional fight in 2006 at age 24 after a superb amateur career which included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His fought in Germany and Denmark before joining forces with trainer Abel Sanchez who taught him how to maximize his strengths.Sanchez and Golovkin teamed up for fights in Panama, Kazakhstan, Germany and Ukraine before Golovkin made his US debut in 2012.Golovkin’s twin brother, Max, said Gennady is a very private person.ADVERTISEMENT Alvarez insisted on a rematch clause for the fight which some are hoping is the beginning of boxing’s newest trilogy series like Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti.Golovkin says he’s willing to take on all comers and can’t wait to get into the ring with Canelo, comparing the excitement to being with a new lover.“It is like you are going with your new girlfriend. Oh yeah,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fightIt is also the three-belt champion’s first fight in Las Vegas and it fittingly comes against the toughest opponent he has ever faced in a career which has been defined by a steady jab and explosive knockout power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The biggest day is coming,” Golovkin said. “This is my game. My fight, I am the boss. I am the champion.”That was a mouthful from Golovkin. All week long during the build up to Saturday’s fight at the T-Mobile Arena for middleweight supremacy, the reserved Golovkin has said he prefers doing his talking in the ring. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more