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Tony Becca: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

first_imgIn the early days before the 2015 Ashes got under way, England were playing so badly and Australia so well that Australia were installed as favourites to win the coveted urn. By the time Australia had dominated the World Cup, however, by the time they ran rough-shod over the West Indies, especially with England suffering badly during that time, losing to Bangladesh and not coming out of the first round of the World Cup, and when they were later bowled out of for 123 in the second innings and lost to the West Indies at Kensington Oval, the Aussies were riding high, very high. The Australians, with Steven Smith, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Chris Rogers, and Shane Watson as batsmen, and with a pace attack to come from pacers Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, and spinner Nathan Lyon, were overwhelming favourites not only to win the Ashes, but also to demolish England. Smith and Warner, especially, were expected to smash Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, and company to all parts of England, from Cardiff to the Oval and back again, and Johnson, Starc, and company were expected to destroy Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, and Joe Root. For Australia, it would be, or it was supposed to be, almost like taking candy from a new-born babe. The critics of England, however, including myself, who expected the scoreline to be 3-0 or 4-0 in Australia’s favour, had forgotten a few things: we had forgotten that the ‘fat lady’ had not even warmed up as yet, we had forgotten that the series was not being played in Australia, and we had forgotten that it was being played in England where the conditions usually favour the home team. We had also forgotten the glorious uncertainty of cricket, the many thrilling and exciting surprises it sometimes has in store for its fans. We also forgot that playing cricket in England is like playing in no other place, not even, probably, in New Zealand, and we also forgot the importance of winning the toss and what to do when you have won it. England, after warming up with a drawn 1-1 series against a plucky New Zealand, completely and shockingly overturned the form book in winning the Ashes, 3-2, in no uncertain manner, a result which led to the retirement of the humbled Australian captain. MOTHER OF ALL BEATINGS MAGNIFICENT CATCHING After surprisingly winning the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs, and after losing their way in a 405-run thrashing at Lord’s, a loss which suggested that the Australians were back and that England’s victory at Cardiff was just a mirage, England came out firing and won the third and fourth Test matches, one at Edgbaston by eight wickets, one at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs, before losing the fifth Test at The Oval by an innings and 46 runs. It was, all things considered, probably the mother of all beatings. It is true Australia made 566 for eight declared with Smith stroking 215 at Lord’s and 481 at The Oval with Smith getting 143, but they made nothing else to write home about. The mighty Australia, the never-say-die Australia, the team which hardly ever bowed to anyone, were dismissed, apart from the Lord’s and Oval Test matches, almost without a fight and for scores of 308 and 242, 136 and 265, and for 60 and 253. In fact, the entire series was peculiar, with three Test matches ending in four days and two in three, and with the losing team, Australia, also winning two Test matches easily and convincingly. It is true that the pitches at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge were tailor-made for England’s seamers, but the English bowlers used them wonderfully. Unlike the Australian bowlers, who are accustomed to hard, fast, bouncy pitches, the English bowlers pitched the ball up and got it to swing and to seam. At Edgbaston, the conditions were just what England ordered. They bowled first, and Anderson, with six for 47 in the first innings, and Steven Finn, with six for 79 in the second innings, buried Australia. At Trent Bridge, and with Anderson out, the pitch was again just what England ordered and the conditions were in their favour. They again bowled after losing the toss, and Stuart Broad nailed them unceremoniously. In one of the great spells of bowling, Broad ambushed Australia and cut them down for a paltry 60 runs with figures of 9.3 overs, five maidens, 15 runs, and eight wickets. Some, including the Australian batsmen, may blame the pitch, but although the conditions changed a bit after Australia had batted, especially at Trent Bridge, when it is remembered that England were 274 for four at close on the opening day, it must have been fast bowling, pure and simple, at its best: two wickets in the first over of the match, five wickets in 19 balls, 29 for six in the first 35 minutes, and Australia dismissed in 18.3 overs in 93 minutes, 27 minutes before lunch. The England catching was brilliant, or rather magnificent, especially one taken by Ben Stokes at fifth slip to dismiss Adam Voges off Broad. With Broad pitching the ball up and getting it to swing, every one of his wickets, all eight, were caught in the slips. Like Finn at Edgbaston, who backed up Anderson with six second-innings wickets, Stokes also bowled well at Trent Bridge and took six second-innings wickets. The toss is usually blamed for such embarrassment but this time that could not have been the case. England won the toss at Cardiff and batted first, and Australia won the toss at Lord’s and batted first. Australia, however, again won the toss at Edgbaston, batted first, made 136, and lost the match, and at Trent Bridge, England won the toss, sent Australia to bat, bundled them out for 60, and won the match. At that stage, it was 3-1 for England, with the Ashes decided in the third and fourth Test matches when Australia, for whatever reason, won the toss in the third Test and batted, and England, with good reason, won the toss in the fourth and bowled first. Sixty all out was embarrassing, especially in an Ashes series, and as it turned out, it was dust to dust, ashes to ashes for Australia. It was a case of, in a series of relatively poor batting, and if Anderson and Broad didn’t get you, then Finn or Stokes must. The usually proud and arrogant Aussies will remember this contest for a long, long time; one that England will also always remember, probably forever.last_img read more

Joey Jagan predicts PPP victory at 2020 polls

first_img– urges party to address public perceptionsVictory may have just eluded the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in the last General and Regional Elections in 2015, but according to Dr. Cheddi “Joey” Jagan, the son of the party’s late founder, that party is likely to return to governance.Speaking recently during an Indian Action Committee-sponsored event in honour of his father, former President Dr. Cheddi Jagan, “Joey” pointed to the party’s track record of bouncing back stronger than ever from defeat.“I come from the PPP. I grew up in the PPP. So I have sympathy for the PPP. I willOpposition Leader and PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeoalways have sympathy for (them). I feel the PPP is the birth of politics in this country, and will end up as the party to carry this country forward eventually. Everybody will come back to the PPP, just like it started. That’s what is going to happen,” he predicted.“If you understand history, the PPP is like the Romans. The Romans took a beating from Hannibal in one afternoon and the Romans came back with two armies three months later. So the PPP are like the Romans. You can knock them down, you can hit them down. They will come back.”He urged the party in the meantime to address the perceptions of the party held by the public. According to the junior Jagan, addressing these issues will be key to the party’s return to the seat of governance.Also speaking during the event was PPP Member of Parliament Vickram Bharrat, who fielded questions as to whether the party had moved away from Jagan’s founding principles. He had refuted suggestions that the party no longer reflectedLate former President Dr. Cheddi JaganJagan’s ideologies, while noting that as time progressed, the PPP has evolved.“I know this has been a burning question, something finding its way around the media and the circles: that the PPP is moving away from Cheddi Jagan’s principles and teachings. But as a young person within the PPP, I want to say the party is grounded along Cheddi Jagan lines. Sometimes we tend not to differentiate between government and party.“Sometimes we tie the party and Government actions into each other, and we say that the Government between 97 and 2015 did not act in this way and that way. But it is a different era, and we often say, maybe if Jagan was alive he would have taken these decisions that our leaders are taking today.“One famous comment he (Jagan) made is: we must learn to walk within raindrops. It means that as time moves, as people change, it may require different ideological thinking, policies, and you must adopt it. As time changes, we have to change with it too.”Taking on suggestions of a fraction within the party, Bharrat noted that, like any “family”, there will be disagreements and dissenters among the party leaders. But he noted that when the party shows its face, it is a united one.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who is also the PPP General Secretary, hasDr. Cheddi ‘Joey’ Jagan, son of one of Guyana’s founding leaders, Dr. Cheddi JaganJaganlong been publicly confident of a PPP win at the polls. He has repeatedly referred to large numbers of persons formerly loyal to the coalition making the crossover to PPP out of disillusionment over the Government’s actions.The IAC event was in honour of Dr. Jagan’s 100 birth anniversary. Cheddi Berret Jagan was born on March 22, 1918, at Plantation Port Mourant, British Guiana. He was a politician and union activist who, in 1953, became the first popularly-elected Prime Minister of British Guiana (now Guyana).He headed the country’s Government again from 1957 to 1964, after which the People’s National Congress (PNC) retained power. That was until late former President Desmond Hoyte ran and lost to the PPP in 1992, after which Jagan returned to power until his death in 1997.From there, the PPP/C’s grip on political power remained strong, until the 2011 General and Regional Elections when it lost parliamentary control. As a result, a few years before the 2015 election, then President Donald Ramotar ruled Guyana in a minority Government.The APNU/AFC narrowly won the 2015 General Election, securing 206,817 votes, while the PPP/Civic accumulated 201,457 votes, a difference of 5360 votes, which brought an end to over two decades of PPP dominance in government. The APNU/AFC secured 33 seats in the 11th Parliament of Guyana, while the PPP/C received 32 seats.last_img read more

ABC countries, Germany among target markets for tourists – GTA

first_img…consultant to be contracted for marketing and communications strategy By Jarryl BryanIn the Caribbean, specifically the Eastern region, the World Bank last year calculated tourism to account for roughly 52 per cent of earnings on average. Even without festivals, other parts of the Caribbean are famous for their scenic tourist destinations.GTA Director Brian MullisNew Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Director Brian Mullis hopes to leverage the increased focus on Guyana, with the oil and gas sector being an international topic of discussion, while ironing out a strategy to effectively market Guyana as a tourist destination.In an interview with Guyana Times, Mullis stressed the importance for the tourism authority to have a master plan for marketing local destinations worldwide and that this plan be used as a reference for implementing tourism policies.“Right now we are working off a five-year strategic marketing plan that was developed in 2015, so you would see things like recent announcements on the launch of our first new website in over 10 years.”“We’ve just launched phase one; we’re in the process of launching phase two. We’ve also recently announced that we’ve secured market representation in two of our three core markets and one of our investment markets,” Mullis added.According to the Tourism Director, the United States and Canada are those two core markets, with the United Kingdom being the third. He also referenced Germany as one of those priority markets. The concentration of their efforts in these countries, he noted, is based on the large streams of tourists emanating from them.“(These tourists) are very interested in authentic adventure culture and nature-based experiences and the demographics that we are targeting, in addition to the traditional demographics in the Diaspora, are those people that come to destinations like Guyana to spend more money and stay longer and are typically open to the types of travel that we have, which are well aligned.”These different things, Mullis related, include more emphasis on digital, social media marketing. He noted that once they can boost their success with the core markets, the intention is to target other markets from the Caribbean and South America.One of the initiatives on the card is for a consultant to soon be contracted, via competitive tender, to formulate a marketing communications strategy and action plan. In addition, it is the intention to build capacity within the GTA and its destination to marketing divisionsHistorical tensionBut Mullis acknowledged that there has been historical tension between the GTA and tourism operators. Asked directly whether he has met with local operators in order to hear and address their concerns, he had this to say.“During my first few weeks, I held an open house and had a number of meetings, one on one and small group meetings, just to get to know individual players at an interpersonal level, build relationships with them, build trust, foster transparency, and open communication,” Mullis explained.According to the Director, he did this to attain a clear understanding of the challenges faced by the sector. Without this understanding, Mullis noted that it would be more difficult to overcome them.“The challenges are not unique. Emerging destinations around the world face the same challenges. But the context and the details are unique and with that information we can form solutions that will be contextualised to Guyana’s needs in order to overcome those challenges. One of the expectations, historically, is that the GTA, its sister agencies and the tourism sector have not worked closely together.”“But the reality is in the Government…there are a lot of agencies that touch through them. This is international best practice. You find it in any leading destination, the tourism Private Sector and agencies like the GTA are working more closely together and aligning goals and objectives, then we can achieve a lot more than we can achieve individually. So we’re actively working towards that.”He further explained that from his understanding, the expectations of the tourism Private Sector are that the GTA more actively market Guyana and that the Private Sector begin to see some economic benefits as market demand and awareness of what Guyana has to offer to tourists grows.In addition to more market benefits, Mullis said that people want to see more training opportunities. With that in mind, the agency recently completed a training needs analysis to better understand how to address current capacity needs.“It also became clear that our licensing system has not been working well. It was developed many years ago and many aspects of it are somewhat antiquated, given that the travel and tourism sectors are evolving on a year in year out and the industry looks very different today that it did when those regulations were first developed in 2002 and thereafter, when the GTA Act was established.”“So we have to look at revising that system entirely and we’ll be going through a stakeholder consultation process, probably starting late August, early September, to get feedback on the system that we’ve developed and be able to bring something to the sector that is much more accessible, user friendly and tied to tangible benefits that the sector can take.But Mullis acknowledged expectations that the coming oil boon will be leveraged by the GTA to bring more tourists to Guyana. And while he believes tourism will benefit from the economic growth that will accompany the sector, he noted that tourism can also align well with the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).“I think that if we look at the GTA’s expectations, my expectations as Director are that we’ll strengthen the GTA so that it can be the best organisation that it can be in the areas of marketing and communications, licensing and capacity building and product development facilitation, which we play a major role in.”“Part of my mandate is also to raise funding to support tourism product development, capacity building related initiatives, so that’s something I’ve been actively focusing on,” he stated.Mid-year ReportThe recently released 2018 Mid-year Report does paint a favourable image of the sector. It states that in the first half of 2018, tourist arrivals increased by 18.3 per cent to 134,347 visitors, when compared to the same period in 2017.“This outturn was attributed to national events, sporting events, meetings and workshops, held during the review period. Of the visitors for the first half of 2018, those from the Caribbean and United States of America accounted for the largest share, of 48.6 per cent and 30.3 per cent, respectively.”“This increasing trend of visitor arrivals will continue in the second half, with the hosting of Caribbean T20 cricket, ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup and at least two international conferences,” the report states.last_img read more

Windies eye another series win

first_img– Russell to miss final ODIWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the last One-Day International (ODI) set for today at Warner Park, St Kitts, with the hosts looking to tie up another impressive series win.The Jamaican has since had treatment to his knee and should be fit for selection for the three-match T20 series. Bangladesh and Windies are currently locked in a 1-1 state heading into the final match on Saturday, following two brilliant games at Providence.Windies will be sweating the loss of the power-hitter, but have drafted in Russell’s countryman, left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, who will play in the last game.Cottrell, who was injured back in March and was replaced by Guyanese Keemo Paul in the Windies squad, made a strong return bagging wickets in the Global T20 Canada Cup where his franchise, Vancouver Knights, were crowned champs.Guyana lit up over the past few days with the return of international cricket afterAndre Russellnearly a year. The touring Bangladeshis racked up a big win in Sunday’s opener thanks to Tamim Iqbal’s 10th ODI ton and a solid 97 from Shakib Al Hasan.It was, however, the tag-team of skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, returning to the side for the first time since 2015 and Mustafizur Rahman who bagged four and two scalps each to seal a good win.Young Shimron Hetmyer was the star in a losing effort with a vital fifty, but soon turned the tides on the Tigers during Wednesday’s epic day/night game. In a match where skipper Jason Holder defended seven from the final over, Hetmyer smashed the highest score by a Guyanese (125) on the track as well as rack up the honours of being the youngest West Indian to top score at Providence.The Caribbean side almost encountered a scare when Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim hit resurgent fifties during the 280-run chase. While the bowling has not clicked fully for the hosts, it is left to be seen what combination they will go for in Basseterre.Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be eyeing gold after they suffered a 2-nil hammering in the Tests. Prior to the tournament, Mortaza was relishing the fact that his side had been making huge strides in limited-overs cricket and as such, had predicted a more dominating ODI series compared to the Tests. With the batting coming on strong minus huge contributions from Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman, it is still unlikely that the Tigers will change their batting combo.Change is also unlikely in the Tigers bowling unit, which has been the better of the two sides to date in the ODIs. Mustafizur, Mortaza and Ruben Hossain have been making steady inroads while the spinners, most notably Mehedy Hasan Miraz, have been doing their job well.Play at Warner Park is set to bowl off from 09:30h on Saturday, July 28. Meanwhile, the three-match T20 series will start in St Kitts on July 31 with the last two matches being played at Central Broward Regional Park in Florida on August 4 and 5.Full Squad: Jason Holder – Captain; Devendra Bishoo; Chris Gayle; Shimron Hetmyer; Shai Hope; Alzarri Joseph; Evin Lewis; Jason Mohammed; Ashley Nurse; Rovman Powell; Sheldon Cottrell; Keemo Paul and Kieran Powell.(Clifton Ross)last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Inishowen photographer Adam Rory Porter’s video and timelapse he made of this year’s ancient solar alignment on the Autumnal Equinox at the Grianan of Aileach in BurtAfter the past couple of days, we hope it lifts your soul and spirits. Click Play to watch and enjoy.DDTV: ADAM RORY PORTER’S INCREDIBLE AUTUMN EQUINOX SNAPS was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 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:adam rory porterAutumn EquinoxBURTlast_img read more

Arsenal to join Premier League rivals in Checkatrade Trophy

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Arsenal are the latest Premier League side to enter the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy as former captain Per Mertesacker makes his mark in his new role as head of the club’s academy.The Gunners will enter an under-21s team alongside top-flight rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham as they seek to build on lifting the Premier League 2 title in 2017/18. Liverpool and Manchester United also received mandatory invites as Category One academies who finished in the top 16 of the Premier League, but rejected the chance to enter a team.Arsenal’s under-23s won the Premier League 2 title in 2017/18 just a year on from being promoted from the competition’s second tier, finishing two points ahead of Liverpool.The club appear keen to continue the legacy of Arsene Wenger in developing youth, with the Frenchman having handed debuts to 93 academy products in his 22-year reign at the club.In 2017/18, eight London Colney graduates including highly-rated prospects Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock made their first-team bows, while Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles continued to establish themselves in the squad. smart causal NEW ERA 2 gameday LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS ON TALKSPORT.COM Twelve Premier League sides in all will enter their under-21 teams, including promoted sides Fulham and Wolves.Swansea, Stoke, West Brom and Middlesbrough’s academies have also been invited to enter the competition, competing against the 48 teams from League One and League Two.Mertesacker, who retired at the end of the 2017/18 season after a 15-year career, said: “We’re pleased to be entering our Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy this forthcoming season.“We feel it’s important to provide our young players with a variety of experiences in their development and we certainly felt that by entering the Checkatrade Trophy, the players will face different challenges from strong club sides.“With many of the players in this age group destined to go on loan soon in their careers, the experiences from this competition can act as a very good link between academy and first-team football.” How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? possible standings silverware ALTERED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes center_img Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Premier League 2 winners Eddie Nketiah, Josh Dasilva and Reiss Nelson all made their first-team debuts in 2017/18 Mertesacker retired from playing at the end of 2017/18 after seven years at the Emirates How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 2 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? predicted who plays? possible xi crackers How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more


first_imgThere promises to be a huge turn-out in Inishowen this Sunday for the annual Carndonagh Race Day.The seven race card gets underway at 2.30pm.The event, which takes place at a location close to the Tul na Ri Bar, is billed as a real family event. There will be refreshments and something for everyone.And the good news is that children are absolutely free.And with the weather looking to stay fine for the weekend, you could do worse than to trot down to Carn.GALLOP DOWN TO CARN FOR A GREAT DAY OF RACING THIS SUNDAY was last modified: June 13th, 2014 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:Carndonagh horse racingdonegalInishowenlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal is set to do its best impression of the Caribbean again this week!Get ready for another sun-sational week!That’s the message from Met Eireann who say high pressure and plenty of sunshine is set to continue until at least Friday.And temperatures are even set to improve even more as the week goes on. Although the east of the country looks like it could get a little rain, Donegal is in the clear for a change.Today is set to be another fine day as the kids enjoy another day off school before returning tomorrow.Wednesday looks set to be a sizzler with temperatures reaching up to 18 degrees – well above the average temperature for this time of year.And the good weather is once again good news for our local economy with visitors flocking to Donegal from across the border. The strength of sterling means that cash registers across the county have been ringing all weekend.Many are predicting the early spell of fine weather may be a sign of things to come for up to three months.But Met Eireann are playing their cards close to their chests and suggest the fine weather could break by next weekend.But we’ll take that.Two weeks of sun and April isn’t even out the door yet. Roll on June, July and August.SUN-EGAL! COUNTY TO ENJOY TOP TEMPERATURES ALL THIS WEEK! was last modified: April 19th, 2015 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:beachesdonegalsuntemperatureslast_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley has proved he’s a good prankster. 🙂Jason Quigley has proved that despite his tough exterior he’s still a mammy’s boy at heart.Quigley had told his devoted mother Muriel that he was sending a present home with his girlfriend April McManus and that the present would be located in the boot of the car. When April arrived back in Donegal she drove over to Muriel’s to give her the present Jason had sent.However, Muriel almost collapsed with shock when out of the boot jumped Jason. 🙂Muriel wasn’t expecting to see her son for another while, so despite the initial shock she was then overcome with emotion.Click on the link above to see the hilarious video. 🙂 Well played Jason.’S ‘GOLDEN BOY’ JASON GIVES HER A BIG SURPRISE! was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingJason QuigleyMOTHERMurielnewsSportSurpriselast_img read more

Do you fancy yourself as a feckin’ Mrs Brown lookalike?

first_imgIt’s all round to the Congress Resource Centre in Letterkenny today for a unique fund-raising effort on behalf of the Donegal Hospice.The brainchild of Catriona Rodgers from Dungloe, the ‘Mrs Brown’s Look-A-Like competition’ promises to provide a few hours of fun and games. And the entertainment value will soar with music and madness the order of the day.Catriona’s mother, Mary, had been diagnosed with leukaemia in April last year and spent time in the Oncology department at Letterkenny University Hospital and at St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin. “She didn’t give up the fight to live – she was stubborn like that. A real trooper to the end,” says Catriona.And the end came in the Donegal Hospice in November. “It was such a calm and peaceful environment and the staff there were so good and so compassionate.“And I always thought I wanted to do something for them and help support the Hospice.”It was a belief, in truth, she had held since her uncle, Paddy McGee, had passed away in the care of the Hospice in 2002. “So when mum passed last year, I said I would definitely do something this time.”To date that has included organising an Easter hamper draw and a book sale at the Resource Centre. There was also a recent quiz night at the Arena 7.“We made €1,300 between the draw and the book sale and another €711 from the table quiz.”Mrs Brown’s Look-a-Like competition should add considerably to the fund-raising effort. Members of the public are invited to come along to the Centre on the day dressed in the regalia of one of the popular television comedy’s characters and there’ll be an adjudication to decide the best of the Brownies!Not the only entertainment lined up – the likes of Fergus Cleary and Freddie McGettigan will be along to provide some fun and music in conjunction with other local entertainers. A specially erected marquee will add to the occasion and there’ll be tea, coffee and refreshments on offer.The fund-raising effort will include a bucket collection on Letterkenny Main Street to help swell the takings on the day. There’ll also be a selection of spot prizes and a raffle while the organisers are in addition looking for books and bric-a-brac to sell during the event.Acknowledges Catriona: “I want to thank all who are helping to organise the event and Centre coordinator, Marie Slevin, for her great support.“And I also want to thank the Donegal Hospice for looking after my mum. They take care of all of the family unit and not just the patients and do an incredible job.” Adds Marie: “It was Catriona’s idea from the start and she has done great work in organising this fund-raiser and we hope for the support of the community to help make the day.“We’re specifically looking for men to come along dressed up as Mrs Brown! Don’t be shy and just ask yourself, how far will you go for the Donegal Hospice?.”Hopefully as far as the Congress Resource Centre on Wednesday 9th May for the look-a-like competition and cuppa tae morning.It’s running from 10.a.m. to 2.p.m. and a ‘fecking’ great four hours is promised…!Do you fancy yourself as a feckin’ Mrs Brown lookalike? was last modified: May 9th, 2018 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:Congress Resource CentredonegalfundraiserletterkennyMrs Brownlast_img read more