A dark day as Ballyshannon mourns loss of ‘kind, bright spark’ Aisling

first_imgA cloud of grief has descended on Ballyshannon following the tragic death of Aisling O’Connor – a much-loved young woman who gave so much to her local community.Aisling, 21, passed away two days after a kayaking accident in Co. Kerry. A fun trip with friends in the University of Limerick Kayaking Club turned into a devastating tragedy on Saturday when two students got into difficulty near Caragh Lake.Aisling was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry, where she sadly passed away on Monday. The second student, a 21-year-old young man, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. As news of Aisling’s death reached Ballyshannon, a sense of shock and heartbreak hit the town.“She was one of those girls who made an instant impression wherever she went,” said local Councillor and neighbour Barry Sweeny.“It is so devastating for the family. She will be sadly missed. She was so well-loved among her circles of friends. She had so much more to give.”Aisling was in her third year of a degree in Industrial Biochemistry at UL. Before university, she attended Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon and completed her Leaving Cert in the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal, where her mother Sorcha Begley is a teacher. As a granddaughter of historian Anthony Begley, Aisling had a keen interest in the heritage of Ballyshannon and volunteered in the local tourist office.“She was a kind, bright spark who was so willing and helpful,” Cllr Sweeny said.“She was so eager to help with the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, for a young person to be so interested in the community and do something good for her town shows the kind of person she was and the type of family she came from.”Aisling is the second eldest of five children. She is survived by her mother Sorcha Begley, Ballyshannon and father David O’Connor, Cork, her older brother Ciaran and younger siblings Matthew, Clodagh and Maeve.“She left her mark wherever she went,” Cllr Sweeny said, and that is evidenced by the Discover Ballyshannon website, where much of the information on display was compiled by Aisling as part of her voluntary work. Cllr Sweeny said today is a “dark day for Ballyshannon” as the town comes to terms with the loss of a popular young lady.“My sympathies go out to both the Begley family and the O’Connor family in Cork. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”Dr Des Fitzgerald, the President of the University of Limerick, also expressed his condolences following Aisling’s untimely and tragic death.In an email sent to all UL students, Dr Fitzgerald said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aisling’s family especially her parents Sorcha Begley and David O’Connor, her brothers Ciaran, Matthew and her sisters Clodagh and Maeve. We will work to support Aisling’s friends, class mates and club mates here at UL in coming to terms with this loss.” Students affected by the loss are being encouraged to contact the university’s Chaplaincy, the Eist counselling service and the student’s union for support services.Funeral details will be announced later.A dark day as Ballyshannon mourns loss of ‘kind, bright spark’ Aisling was last modified: November 6th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Giants closer Will Smith hits for himself, stuns Phillies to secure series-clinching win

first_imgSmith grabbed a bat for the first time out of necessity for the first time in his … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — With the game on the line, there’s no one the Giants would rather have on the mound than closer Will Smith.At the plate? They’ll take Smith, too.“In the second or third inning, we were talking in the dugout about how he needs to get an at-bat.” second baseman Scooter Gennett said. “He was like, ‘I rake.’”last_img

OFBF makes additional CAUV recommendations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has offered a second set of recommended changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program, which should result in more accurate valuations that reflect the current economic conditions faced by landowners are facing. An additional benefit should be to encourage more participation in conservation practices and programs.The changes to the CAUV formula were proposed in a letter to the Ohio Department of Taxation and can be taken administratively without the need for new legislation.In its recommendations, Farm Bureau challenged two inaccurate assumptions in the current capitalization rate portion of the CAUV formula: that land is a short-term investment and that it becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down.The current formula assumes land is held for only five years when in reality farmland is typically held for decades and often across multiple generations. The formula also now assumes land is more valuable as its debt is reduced, but Farm Bureau argues that land values are a function of productive capacity regardless of the level of owner equity. Both changes would lessen the impact of nonfarm market forces on the capitalization rate.Another proposal asks that all lands in federal conservation programs or other lands managed under year-round conservation practices be valued at the lowest possible rate.Currently, farmers are discouraged from idling land because it is taxed as though it was producing crops. Farm Bureau believes taxing conservation lands at the CAUV minimum value is appropriate because conservation lands are nonproducing. This also supports farmers who take steps to protect the environment and water quality.Farm Bureau is also asking the Tax Department to take additional steps to further reflect the lower value of woodlands compared to crop ground.This is Farm Bureau’s second set of recommendations on ways to improve the CAUV formula. In March, the Tax Department enacted several of the organization’s previous recommendations. OFBF thanked Tax Commissioner Joe Testa and his staff for their willingness to consider Farm Bureau’s views.Ohio Farm Bureau’s ongoing study of the CAUV formula has included extensive effort by volunteers and staff who have obtained input from numerous tax policy experts. The organization believes CAUV is Ohio’s most effective tool for preserving farmland. The goal of its study is to identify adjustments to the formula that provide fairness and accuracy while protecting the integrity of the program.last_img read more