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

Assam CM dispels fear about citizen register

first_imgWith Assam on the edge ahead of the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday sought to dispel apprehensions, and said “genuine” Indians missing from the register would get enough opportunities to add their names.Massive preparations are in place to ensure peace, and no one will be allowed to take the law into their hands after the publication of the first draft of the register, a list of the State’s citizens, on December 31, the Chief Minister said.“No one should have any apprehensions. If the name of a genuine Indian citizen is missing in the part draft of the NRC, he or she will get a proper chance to incorporate it,” Mr. Sonowal said.The Chief Minister made it clear that the government would tolerate no violence. “We have received Central forces and they are being deployed across the state to ensure peace. No untoward incident will be allowed,” he said. The NRC is being updated following a Supreme Court directive in 2005.last_img read more

Farmers allege ‘favouritism’ in Punjab debt waiver plan

first_imgEven as the Congress government in Punjab is preparing to roll out its much touted farm debt waiver scheme on January 7, several farmer groups are alleging that the State is resorting to “favouritism” in preparing the “eligibility list”.The politics surrounding this issue has also started gaining momentum ahead of the launch of the scheme with the Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday accusing the Congress of betraying the beleaguered farmers of the State.As many as seven farmer unions, including Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakunda), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Punjab Kisan Sangrash Committee (Azad) and Kirti Kisan Union, have threatened to launch protests if the government plays “politics of favouritism” while implementing the farm debt waiver scheme.List scrutiny“They (Congress) promised complete loan waiver to farmers during the Assembly election campaign but after coming to power they took a U-turn and announced to give partial waiver. Now, even while giving this partial waiver if they deliberately ignore genuine beneficiaries (farmers) it is most unfortunate and shameful,” said Surjit Singh, State president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari).Mr. Singh alleged there have been several instances where farmers, who are eligible for the waiver, have been left out of the list being prepared under the debt waiver scheme. “We have decided to collect and scrutinise the eligibility list of beneficiaries from villages across the State to ensure that only genuine farmers get the benefit. We would launch State-wide protest if the government tries to give benefit to the ineligible,” he added.SAD demands inquiry The Punjab government’s scheme in its first phase envisages to waive off debts of marginal farmers, having land up to 2.5 acres and with a loan up to ₹2 lakh. Loans given by cooperative banks would be waived under the scheme.Former Akali Minister Bikram Singh Majithia has accused the Congress legislators of hijacking the crop loan waiver scheme by “leaving out small and marginal farmers from it”.“The farmers themselves have exposed this fraud by revealing how the Congress favourites have been included in the scheme, even as eligible indebted farmers with less than five acres of land have been kept out,” he said. “There should be an independent inquiry into what seems like a scam and the perpetrators, who are making money out of the misery of indebted farmers, should be brought to book,” said Mr. Majithia.last_img read more

Chinese football at crossroads again after Lippi abruptly quits

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “My pay is very high and I take all the blame. I am quitting as China coach,” Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.“We could beat weaker opponents like Maldives and Guam, but when we encountered stronger teams like the Philippines and Syria, we could not play our own football.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceLippi then abruptly left the press conference, walking out before translators had even finished interpreting what he was saying. His second spell as China coach lasted only six matches.Hours later, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said in a statement that it accepted Lippi’s resignation. Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, facing lengthy ban, rejects dope test charge The former Juventus and Italy boss, who was broadly popular in China, reportedly earned 180 million yuan ($25 million) per year, making him one of the best-paid coaches in the world.He first quit the post in January after taking China to the Asian Cup quarter-finals, where they lost 3-0 to Iran, and his compatriot Fabio Cannavaro took over.But Cannavaro lasted only two matches — both 1-0 defeats — before saying that balancing the job with managing Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande was too much.That saw Lippi return in May with the aim of taking China to the World Cup.Li Tie to take over?China languishes 69th in the FIFA world rankings and have reached the World Cup only once, in 2002, when they left without a point or scoring a goal.Lippi, who began his first spell as China coach in October 2016, was accused earlier this month by local media of delivering “a slap in the face” to Chinese football, amid grumblings that he was not doing enough to justify his hefty salary.It came after the CFA announced that former Everton midfielder Li Tie would temporarily take charge of the national side at the East Asian championships next month in South Korea, with Lippi opting to remain home in Italy.The 42-year-old Li, who is coach of CSL side Wuhan Zall, will now be in pole position to succeed Lippi.China has begun naturalizing foreign players, such as the Brazilian forward Elkeson, but their squad remains limited.That lack of quality was the “core” problem, said Xinhua in a commentary, refusing to blame Lippi, who lifted the 2006 World Cup with Cannavaro as his skipper. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “We are really sorry that the unsatisfactory results disappoint all Chinese fans,” the CFA said.“The CFA will seriously reflect, rebuild the team, and try our best in the following World Cup qualifiers.”Syria’s victory left them comfortably atop Group A in qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.China is five points behind in second, only above the Philippines on goal difference, putting their World Cup hopes in peril.It has been a turbulent year for Chinese football and Lippi’s resignation is another dent to the government’s hopes of making the country a superpower in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “How many times have we blamed the loss on the head coach, the national team management etc,” said Xinhua.“But when we invited a World Cup winner… the result was still disappointing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis (FILES) This file photo taken on June 7, 2019 shows China’s coach Marcello Lippi looking on during the team’s football friendly match against the Philippines in Guangzhou, in China’s southern Guangdong province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTChina is searching for a third coach this year after the football association accepted Marcello Lippi’s resignation following the damaging loss to Syria in World Cup qualifying.A clearly infuriated Lippi, the 71-year-old Italian World Cup winner, made a brief but angry appearance in front of the media after the 2-1 defeat on Thursday in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more


first_imgDuring the 2004 NTL’s, they will eat 13kg of bananas and 5 boxes of lollies per day. They will drink 30 litres of water per timeslot and 200 tea bags worth of tea. They will use 18 bags of ice per day, and they are some of the fittest athletes that touch has to offer. Whether you love them or you hate them, nobody can deny that referees are an integral part of any touch tournament. For the past 20 tournaments, Alan Williams has been the Assistant Manager of the referees, a position which requires him to work alongside Referees Manager, Mike Harris and attend to the needs of the referees during the tournament. Although his job is a tough one, Alan comes back to his referees simply because he loves doing his job. “I just love being here, the referees really appreciate what you do for them. I can’t referee myself anymore so it’s great to just come here and help out, just as others did for me when I was a referee”, he says. During tournaments such as NTL, referees are divided into teams, a tactic which many referees believe contributes to the strong friendships and sense of comraderie established amongst them. “You wouldn’t believe the friends I’ve made through refereeing at national level,” says NTL 2004 Referee Richard “Tickets” Lawry. “It’s all about mateship and watching the younger referees move up through the ranks.” Fellow referee Colin “Casper” Farlow also highlights how friendships drive most of the referees to come back each year. “The friendships we make during NTL are unbelievable!” This sense of mateship can be shown through their “Elders” system. Team members, who are Level six referees and identified as “Elders” can make younger referees, known as “assistants”, make donations and do tasks. Examples could be wearing a crazy wig for making mistakes, such as not taking all equipment to games or knocking a player over. The donations collected during the tournament are given to a charity decided by the players. This activity is just another example of team building exercises that the referees take part in. Sadly, one of Australia’s and also the World’s, best referees will end his national career at this years 2004 NTL’s. Rick Borg has been the top referee in Australia for 13 years, and the Number 1 in the world for the past nine years. His teammates and also officials describe Rick as a legend of the game, an unassuming leader who helps to guide the younger referees. So, whenever you’re about to question a referee, take a moment to remember what fine athletes they are, and like the players are here to do their best…and have a bit of fun at the same time! Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

Vale Bob Dyke

first_imgBob’s involvement in the game started in the 1960’s when with Ray Vawdon, he helped create the sport. They formed the South Sydney Touch Association in 1968 before founding the New South Wales Touch Association in 1972 and he was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Australian Touch Association in 1976. He was instrumental in the drawing up of the official rules of the sport and competition structures. He visited many ‘informal’ Touch Football gatherings sharing his and Ray’s vision assisting them form associations and structured competitions. He served as Senior Vice President with the New South Wales Touch Association from 1972 to 1978 and Finance Director from 1979 to 1981, following which he became the sports first fulltime paid administrator. At a national level he was the Finance Director in 1978 and 1979 before taking on the role of Vice President from 1980 to 1982. Bob’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, 5 January 2011 at Allambie Gardens in the Somerville Chapel commencing at 10am. On behalf of the whole Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia offers Bob’s wife, Dawn, and his entire family our deepest condolences.last_img read more

20 days agoKlopp offers opinion on Rodgers’ Liverpool downfall

first_imgKlopp offers opinion on Rodgers’ Liverpool downfallby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Brendan Rodgers’ downfall at Liverpool.The current Reds manager welcomes his predecessor back to Anfield at the weekend as they host Leicester City.“Only in public when a manager gets the sack that people think he lost his football brain or something. That is not how it happened,” he explained.I knew when I came that he was not the reason that things didn’t work out. Whatever it was, I don’t know, but it was not his quality as a coach. It is not as easy as that.“Expectations, relationships, whatever, if that doesn’t work anymore, the club has to make a decision. That will happen one day and the club will make a decision.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CBS Sports Ranks Its 5 Most Difficult College Football Schedules Of 2016

first_imgCBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli decided to rank what he believes to be the five most difficult schedules heading into the 2016 college football season Friday afternoon. #FridayFive: The five teams with the most difficult schedules in 2016— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 10, 2016With a lot of schedules to work through, these are the five he came up with.1. Wisconsin 2. USC 3. Alabama 4. BYU 5. AuburnA couple thoughts: There’s no way Wisconsin’s schedule is more difficult that USC’s. The Trojans have one of the most daunting slates in recent memory. In case you missed it, we ranked our 15 most difficult schedules for 2016 earlier this year and you can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Did he get it right?last_img read more

Gerald Butts full testimony on SNCLavalin case

first_imgGerald Butts, the friend and close advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is testifying before the parliamentary Justice committee in Ottawa.Butts resigned from his position after the SNC-Lavalin affair broke.He is accused by former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould of putting pressure on her to intervene in Quebec company’s criminal trial.last_img