New boy Bergwijn scores stunner before Son strikes against ten men

first_imgSTEVEN BERGWIJN immediately endeared himself to the Tottenham fans as he netted on his debut in a feisty affair.The goal came just three minutes after Oleksandr Zinchenko had been sent off for Man City, but Pep Guardiola’s men failed to put away their chances – including a penalty.And it got worse for the visitors, as Son Heung-min doubled Spurs’ lead as they saw out a huge 2-0 win over the Premier League champions.Tottenham 2 Man City 0 FTTV/ live stream: Sky Sports Premier League and Main EventFor those without a Sky TV subscription – grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99Follow ALL of the latest updates below…Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:32 pmSO a 2-0 win for Spurs this Sunday evening.Pep Guardiola’s clashes with Jose Mourinho may not be the title bellweathers they once were – yet some things never change.Three shots, 32 per cent possession, less than half the passes, but…Two more goals and three vital points.Jose Mourinho, ladies and gentlemen.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:29 pmMANY fans waiting around to show their appreciation of the scorers.And they get their chance with seemingly hundreds of South Korea flags for Son.Bergwijn picks up the tele’s man of the match award.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:27 pmBIRTHDAY boy Harry Winks leads the celebrations in front of the home fans.A big cheer too for Hugo Lloris after he saved Ilkay Gundogan’s spot-kick in the first-half.Both Steve Bergwijn and Son Heung-min are delaying their celebrations due to TV interview duties.I suspect it will be a huge roar for the white side of North London’s newest hero…Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:26 pmPEP GUARDIOLA angrily throws down the controller and restarts the game.How did they lose that one?!Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:24 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Full time!Spurs go fifth as the visitors’ ten men fail to make chances, and a penalty kick, pay.What a moment for matchwinner Bergwijn!Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:23 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Booking for Rodrigo for barging over the advancing Lamela.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:23 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ And that won’t be it. De Bruyne’s cross is headed into Lloris’ arms.Just 90 seconds left.City hit the bar with their last kick – just for fun.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:22 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Gundogan flashes a low ball across the box that Lloris tips into a dangerous – but vacant – area.City need a goal now.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:21 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Ndombele sends Rodrigo for an ice cream with a delightful piece of skill, the ball making its way to Son who fires in Spurs’ first shot of the game that doesn’t hit the net.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:19 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Five minutes added on.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:18 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City89′ Another save!Silva is denied by Dier before De Bruyne attempts a looping cross/shot towards the back stick, tipped over well.The keeper now has a leg knock but appears okay to defend the corner.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:17 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City87′ Ambitious high ball lobbed into the box from Fernandinho, City needing to try something different now.But Lloris continues his excellent game by collecting the ball from Jesus’ head.A good candidate for man of the match?Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:14 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City85′ Ndombele writhes in agony after bumping into Fernandinho.Spurs want a possible elbow checked but Mike Dean is satisfied it was an innocent coming together – and the replays seem to agree.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:12 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City83′ Into the final ten minutes, Tottenham don’t quite know what to do when on the ball.Luckily for them, City aren’t able to do much with it either as De Bruyne fires a cross into Lloris’ arms.Dier replaces Moura and Sterling is off for Bernardo Silva.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:09 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City79′ Somehow the visitors don’t force another opening…Cancelo races down the left and has De Bruyne wide open on the 18-yard line, but his precision is off and the balls runs out of the Belgian’s reach.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:06 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City77′ Fernandinho drills an effort into a crowded box and wins a corner…Nothing doing.What can Guardiola’s (ten) men magic up now?Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:04 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City75′ The shot from Son did take a slight nick off Fernandinho as it flew in at the near-post.But it was a ferocious strike and indicative of City’s defensive disorganisation – a simple straight pass forward and the damage was done.So much for a flat back-four, you could have drawn that backline with a styrograph.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:01 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City72′ Well well well.Gabriel Jesus now comes on with this game suddenly having gotten away from the visitors. Mahrez off.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:00 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City71′ That might be that! The Korean takes the ball in the box, turns, shoots and scores!Emphatic finish and he is straight to Mourinho to celebrate.Otamendi went walkabout for that one.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:00 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City71′ GGGOOOAALLLLL!!! Son!Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:59 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City70′ Ndombele and Lamela will come on for the hosts.Bergwijn’s night is over with Alli off too.Huge cheer for the debutant as he is taken off and parades across the Spurs home end en route to the bench.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:58 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City68′ That Aguero substitution looking very interesting now for City.Sterling is going through the middle with Gundogan just off him, Cancelo a left-back and left-winger all in one.De Bruyne, down the right, wins a corner but there will be a break as Bergwijn has cramp.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:55 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City66′ Yellow card now for Lo Celso as he makes a very dodgy lunge on Walker.A solid 61,022 in attendance today, it is confirmed.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:54 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City65′ Tottenham Stadium is rocking with the score 1-0.It’s also 1-14 on shots, but who counts that?Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:54 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City63′ Aguero off and Cancelo on for City – a curious change but not the Argentine’s day.Not any of the Citizens’ day to be fair.A man down and now a goal down having had buckets of chances…Load more entries…last_img read more

More safety concerns raised over heavy-duty trucks

first_imgCalls are beginning to mount for closer attention to be paid to heavy-duty trucks which traverse thoroughfares across Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), more so Linden and the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, in light of safety concerns.Region 10 Democratic Council (RDC) members as well as residents continue to express concerns over the “haphazard” way in which some operators utilise the roadways by not adhering to safety guidelines. On Sunday, a heavily-laden lumber truck was stuck across the highway at Amelia’s Ward, causing a traffic build-up. This caused residents to raise concerns over safety.“This nonsense got to stop. The authorities have to do something about these lumber trucks. People can’t get to work on time,” an affected resident remarked.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said he would be meeting with members of the Police Traffic Department to discuss recommendations. The administration recently made a decision to clamp down on defaulting timber and lumber trucks utilising the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge and internal roads in the Linden community, after concerns were raised over trucks not operating under standard regulations when utilising the roads and bridges. With Linden being a major link to interior locations, scores of these trucks pass through the community on a daily basis.“I would want to also talk to the person in charge at the toll (Kara Kara) station, the stop points on the highway,” Morian told Councillors, during a recent statutory meeting.He noted that just recently he was forced to inform staff at the toll booth after observing a heavy-duty truck traversing without tail lights. “So we would need to involve the Police here … and I would want to involve the Police too in the meeting,” the Regional Chairman said.Councillor Tracy Johnson has, however, called for the trucks to occupy a particular location and be escorted by Police.“I think it would be wise for us to ensure that those trucks are parked in a particular area and every hour the Police escort them out of Linden to Soesdyke and they pay a fee to the Police,” he told members of the Council. Morian said while the RDC did not make laws, it could make recommendations and urged Councillors to present same at the meeting with the Traffic Department.“We got enough grounds to make strong recommendations because over the past three years – and maybe we need to chronicle as part of the argument, the amount of deaths that happened (involving heavy-duty trucks) over the past three years. I would have that report from the Police Station. So, it would strengthen our case,” he said.Adding to the discussion, Councillor Antonio Hackett suggested that there be representation from the National Road Safety Council at the meeting. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Health reform gaining steam

first_imgFor example, a central tenet of Schwarzenegger’s health proposal – and one embraced by the reform backers – is that the cost of universal coverage should be shared by employers, workers, health providers and government. But the real question is how to spread the load ($12 billion, under the governor’s plan). Unions fret that workers will be forced to buy coverage they can’t afford. Health insurers worry that they’ll be forced to cover everyone, without any assurance that people won’t simply wait until they’re sick to buy insurance. The California Medical Association, which is also part of the reform coalition, says a 2 percent fee on doctors’ revenue recommended by Schwarzenegger would be unfair to many doctors. Those are just a few of the possible quarrels. Meanwhile, potential adversaries – which include well-heeled interests such as the California Restaurant Association, Blue Cross and the state Chamber of Commerce – could spend millions to derail reform. Those groups have been relatively quiet so far, but that could change if lawmakers close in on a compromise. Still, veterans of past health reform efforts say the atmosphere feels different this year. Having a popular Republican governor at the helm provides a huge boost. “The biggest difference this year from the past,” Senate President pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said in an interview, “is that the governor has declared this his No. 1 issue.” Perhaps equally important, Perata and others say, is that the issue seems to have reached a tipping point in the public conscience. An estimated 6.5 million people are without insurance for all or part of the year, but that’s just part of the problem. Spiraling health care costs are pinching business profits more and more each year, and chipping away at workers’ paychecks. Health-care premiums this decade have grown at more than double the inflation rate; last year they rose 8.7 percent in the state, to $988 per month for a worker enrolled for family coverage, according to the California Healthcare Foundation. The employee’s share of that total: $235 per month – and growing. Those costs are creating a sense of urgency, and bringing unexpected players to the health reform table. Steven Burd, the chief executive of the Safeway supermarket chain and an outspoken proponent of national health care reform, is expected to announce in the next few weeks that a coalition of large businesses will push for change in California as well. On a separate but parallel track, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, whose members include dozens of high-tech companies, has embraced the governor’s health care push, without endorsing his specific proposal. Among those joining the business group are the AARP, labor unions representing teachers and service workers, and three of the state’s top health insurance companies – Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield and Health Net. “We believe we are responsible corporate citizens and should be actively engaged,” said David Olson, senior vice president of corporate communications at Health Net. One sign that the coalition appears serious: It has hired a prominent political consultant, David Doak, to craft an advertising campaign. If reform advocates “can gather the resources and stick together,” said Sragow, the political adviser, it could give legislative leaders “political cover” to broker a compromise on health care legislation. Skeptics warn that even if a deal can be reached, opponents could challenge it in court or launch a ballot initiative to overturn it. In 2004, after the Democratic Legislature passed a mandate on medium-size and large businesses to provide health care, voters narrowly overturned it. But the political landscape has changed since then, and reform advocates vow they wouldn’t let that happen again. “Because we came so close last time, everyone knows we could go back to the ballot and win,” said health care lobbyist Beth Capell. Since Schwarzenegger announced his plan for universal health care in early January, he’s been spending much of his time trying to mobilize support. The governor has made dozens of speeches around the state, bemoaning what he calls the state’s “broken” health care system, and held private meetings with interest groups, including some that are unenthusiastic about his proposal. Last week saw the first flurry of activity on the legislative front, as Democratic health reform plans – which mirror the governor’s proposal in some respects and depart from it in others – cleared health committees in the Assembly and Senate. The votes were not considered significant, though, because key details of the plans, including how much employers would have to pay if they don’t provide coverage to workers, haven’t been spelled out. All the while, Schwarzenegger, who has dubbed 2007 the “year of health care,” continues to raise expectations. “California will be the first state, I guarantee you,” the governor said in a speech Tuesday to the California Medical Association, “where we will have universal health care, where we will insure everybody.” (916) 441-4603 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats begin negotiating a plan to revamp the state’s health-care system, an unlikely band of interests is forming to demand change, raising the hopes of reform advocates that Schwarzenegger will deliver on his promise of universal health care this year. The agitators span a wide spectrum. They include unions and consumer groups, a Fortune 500 supermarket chain, Silicon Valley tech executives and three of the state’s largest health insurers. “You have a group of people who don’t usually see to eye-to-eye coming together on health care and saying, `We’ve got to do something,”‘ said Democratic strategist Darry Sragow, an adviser to the California AARP, one of the groups pressing for reform. “These are people who normally don’t hang out together.” At this point the groups are not uniting behind any one plan, but instead endorsing a set of broad reform principles. And their camaraderie could collapse under the stress of fashioning an actual compromise. Health-care reform has eluded policy makers for decades for good reason: It affects practically everyone, and any change that pleases one constituency is bound to offend another – and hit them in the pocketbook. last_img

Ferus signs MOU with mining companies to provide LNG for proposed Territories mines

first_imgVANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver-based Casino Mining Corporation, which is owned by Western Copper and Gold, and Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. to supply liquefied natural gas to a pair of mining projects proposed by Casino and Selwyn Chihong in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.To ensure proximal and long-term security of supply for the mines, Ferus plans to build and operate a two-phase LNG plant in the Fort Nelson area. The Fort Nelson area was strategically chosen to minimize the cost of transporting the LNG to the mines, contributing to supply reliability and strong project economics. Each phase of the project, which are anticipated to be commissioned in 2020 and 2022 respectively, will produce 300,000 US gallons per day of LNG (equivalent in energy to approximately 175,000 gallons per day of diesel) and will supply the power generation plant and mining operations for the two projects.President & CEO Paul West-Sells of Western Copper and Gold Corp., the public company that owns Casino, said that ”The use of LNG instead of diesel in their mining operations will significantly reduce the cost of power generation and also eliminate 140,000 tonnes per year of CO2 emissions over the projected 22-year lifespan of the mine. The Selwyn Chihong project is expected to eliminate 115,000 tonnes per year of CO2 emissions over the current 11-year mine life.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Leading Democrats vie for black vote in L.A.

first_imgFor the two leading Democratic presidential contenders, the dueling events just six days apart highlighted the stiff competition for support and dollars within one of the party’s key voter groups – blacks. Johnson, the former Los Angeles Lakers star whose sprawling business interests range from movie theaters to health clubs, also held a fundraiser for Clinton at his Beverly Hills home Friday night. It was expected to be considerably smaller than the lavish event staged by Winfrey for Obama, an Illinois senator, on Sept. 8, which attracted 1,500 people. Johnson’s fundraiser was co-hosted by music industry heavyweights Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and Clarence Avant, and scheduled guests included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is a co-chair of the Clinton campaign. Guests at the Obama event included Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker and Chris Rock. The divided loyalties among blacks show “the community just isn’t going to go lockstep behind any candidate, even a black one,” said UCLA political scientist Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. FUNDRAISING: Clinton picks up a bit of “Magic” for campaign a few days after Obama lands Oprah Winfrey. By Michael R. Blood THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hillary Rodham Clinton pursued votes Friday in the historical black heartland of Los Angeles County with basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson at her side, less than a week after rival Barack Obama banked $3 million at a fundraiser at Oprah Winfrey’s seaside estate. When it comes to competing celebrity endorsements, “I don’t know if anybody stands equal with Oprah,” Gilliam said. But Clinton is not conceding the black vote to Obama and “she can compete for it in a legitimate way.” Thursday, the California Legislature’s black caucus endorsed Obama – but one of its eight members is backing Clinton. And independent polls in California suggest the black vote is divided, largely between Clinton and Obama. Obama, whose late father was Kenyan, gives blacks a chance to put one of their own in the White House for the first time. But Clinton benefits from the strong relationship her husband, former President Clinton, maintained with blacks for years. “People in the black community love Bill Clinton; she’s seen as comfortable in the community,” Gilliam said. And “there’s concern about Obama being electable, period, because he’s black.” The rivalry between Obama and Clinton also showcases the clout of black political influence and money. Obama has predicted that black voter turnout would swell by at least 30 percent if he wins the presidential nomination, giving Democrats victory in Southern states that have been voting Republican for decades. Asked last month why she would be a better candidate for blacks when Obama was in the race, she cited her years of public service and advocacy, and described herself as the more experienced candidate. “My attitude is, I don’t deserve anyone’s vote. I have to earn everyone’s vote,” Clinton said. “When I’m president, there will not be any invisible Americans,” she said earlier at a school near Watts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pressure on Man Utd’s Louis van Gaal is ‘normal’, says Premier League boss

first_img Louis van Gaal Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink on Friday said Louis van Gaal must accept scrutiny as manager of a Manchester United side vying for the Barclays Premier League title.Hiddink was asked about United’s troubles in a campaign which has seen Van Gaal’s position come under sharp focus amid fan frustration over tactics and results, with Jose Mourinho apparently waiting in the wings to succeed him.Van Gaal has bristled at suggestions he could lose his job, with United fifth, 10 points behind leaders Leicester.And a win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday could reignite the Red Devils’ hopes of succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions.“He has to perform, this is normal, as we have to perform here as well,” Hiddink said.“There is pressure. There was and still is big ambition. They have to cope with that.“The pressure is on. It’s on everyone. But if you have the possibility to go into first position, then pressure is on.”Hiddink replaced Mourinho at Chelsea in December and declined the opportunity to fully appraise United’s season, suggesting the Blues had enough concerns of their own.The London side remain in the bottom half of the table entering this weekend’s fixtures.“I am not going into the ‘problems’ from other clubs as well,” Hiddink added.“We can talk all morning about Manchester United, but I’m wearing a different colour.“Every club during a season has some periods where they might worry a bit.“We had that as well. I don’t like to go in too much in other people’s kitchen.” 1last_img read more


first_imgThe Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee are delighted to announce that they will host an inaugural Cancer Survivorship Conference on the 5th April 2014 in The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Relay for Life Donegal is more than just a fundraising event. In addition to providing the Irish Cancer Society with the finance to fund numerous vital cancer services, the committee also aim to offer vital information and support networks.The committee feel that this is necessary due to the fact that 1000 people each year in Donegal hear the words ‘YOU HAVE CANCER’.Cancer survivors are central to every Relay for Life Donegal decision being made and every Relay for Life Donegal event being held, as cancer survivors are Relay for Life Donegal’s VIP’s.This conference has been organised to highlight Relay for Life Donegal’s commitment to all cancer patients and their families. The conference title is “LIVING BEYOND CANCER – SUPPORTING CANCER SURVIVORS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS”The theme of the event is “FOR YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU, THANKS TO YOU”This conference is FOR YOU if you have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis.The conference is BECAUSE OF YOU, because of the 1000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in Donegal.BECAUSE OF YOU we need to keep you updated and informed.BECAUSE OF YOU we need to create awareness of how we can help ourselves. BECAUSE OF YOU we are determined to find a cure for cancer.It is THANKS TO YOU, that we, the Relay for Life Donegal committee can host this conference for your benefit.It is THANKS TO YOU that we are committed to supporting all who are impacted by cancer in Donegal.It is THANKS TO YOU for supporting Relay for Life Donegal which now affords us the opportunity to bring all this expertise together to support you back in return. Attendance at the conference is limited and free (including lunch) to all those who attend.As attendance is limited and no registration will take place on the day of the conference, it is essential to register in advance to avoid disappointment.In order to register your interest in attending and secure a place at Donegal’s first Cancer Survivorship Conference on the 5th April 2014 email us at, or alternatively telephone one of the following, Ena at 087 9966096, Mags at 087 6865828, Laura at 086 3517202 or Robert on 087 2716344.RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL LAUNCH INAUGURAL CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE was last modified: February 20th, 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:FeatureshealthnewsRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Tractor run this Sunday for Paul Holian Recovery Fund

first_img.A LARGE crowd is expected this Sunday for a tractor run to raise money for the Paul Holian Recovery Fund.Paul was injured in an accident in July and since then the community of Ballyare and people all over Ireland have rallied round him and his family.The next fundraiser is this Sunday, October 2 – and tractors and their owners are welcome at Carr’s of The Diamond for registration at 11am. The run gets underway at 1pm and will take in Ramelton, Milford and Kilmacrennan before returning to Carr’s.Anyone taking part is asked for a minimum donation of €15 – with everyone taking part provided with free soup and sandwiches before it gets underway – and then free food afterwards including fish and chips or sausages and chips!So it promises to be a fun day out (the forecast is good) with tractors old and new taking part.All entrants will also be entered into a draw to win a specially-commissioned mirror…complete with a tractor theme. Music in the bar after the event is by Trevor Loughrey.For further information call Mickey on 089 4361072.Tractor run this Sunday for Paul Holian Recovery Fund was last modified: September 28th, 2016 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:Paul Holian fundtractor runlast_img read more


first_imgJim McGuinness has revealed personal tragedies in his life has made him stronger.The Donegal boss lost brothers Charles and Mark but says the loss puts family into perspective over sport.“I think it does make you stronger on one level – it also leaves you slightly vulnerable for the rest of your life. “The one positive I would say would be that it gives you a really, really strong perspective on your own life.“For me there’s nothing more important in my life than my family and my children.“That in many respects comes from the fact that I know what loss is and how much it can impact a family so every moment with my wife and children is very precious to me ” he said.The Glenties man revealed he is also expecting twins with wife Yvonne, the sister of Donegal star Colm McFadden. The All-Ireland winning boss says he also respects the fact that he was also able to pay tribute to his dead brother Mark – when Donegal won the Sam Maguire.Mark was driving Jim to the airport in 1998 when he crashed and was killed in Fermanagh.Jim stopped the at the spot where Mark was killed on the Newtownbutler Road.“It’s nice to be able to pay tribute on the way home with the cup,” he said. FATHER-TO-BE McGUINNESS SAYS FAMILY IS ALL TO HIM was last modified: June 1st, 2013 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:donegalfamilyGAAJim McGuinnesstwinswifeYvonnelast_img read more

Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly: A hero is laid to rest

first_imgThe rattles and revs of the Subaru Impreza S12B WRC pierced the air as it travelled through Glenswilly this morning.That car saw Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly become a Donegal International Rally champion on three successive years with his co-driver Donall Barrett.But today, the Subaru was part of a heart-breaking final stage. Declan Boyle was in the driving seat, with Manus’ son Charlie by his side. The car was emblazoned with memorial images to lead the cortège to the funeral mass of the late Cllr Kelly at St Columba’s Church.The funeral took place on a glorious sunny day, but a dark cloud has hung over Donegal in the five numb days since Manus’ death.Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly tragically lost his life while taking part in the 2019 Donegal International Rally on Sunday. He was a cherished champion of the competition, having won the National rally in 2015 and the International three times in 2016, 2017 and 2018.But a fatal accident at Fanad Head on Sunday saw Donegal lose a motor sporting hero. Not only was he a humble sportsman, but he was a county councillor, a business owner, a GAA coach, a husband, a father, a role model and a friend to so many.“Life is a journey. For some of us it is short and we don’t understand why. Manus lived a full life and touched so many hearts just by who he was,” said. Fr Paddy Dunne, chief celebrant. Eight other priests concelebrated the mass.700 people gathered at St. Columba’s to celebrate Manus’ life and say a sombre farewell. Among the mourners were Manus’ wife Bernie, their five children Annie, Mandy, Charlie, Conan and baby Bella; Manus’ father Donal and mother Jacquline, his brothers Donal, Caolan, Teigharan and Leon and sisters Breigeen, Kelda, Ciara and Shannagh.Manus’ co-pilot Donall Barrett, who received minor injuries in the crash, attended the funeral and received a kind-hearted round of applause from the congregation.Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin and Aide-De-Camp to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Comdt Caroline Burke joined the congregation, alongside all Donegal County Councillors and Chief Executive Seamus Neely. For a man who died at 41, Fr Dunne spoke of how Manus had achieved so much in his life.Those triumphs were symbolised in the offerings brought to the altar by Manus’ children and young people who loved him so well.They included a family photo, symbolising how family was first for Manus, always. The Jim Kennedy Memorial Trophy, which Manus and Donal held high in their rally victories. Manus’ helmet, a miniature rally car, and a little Honda 90 were brought up, as well as a tractor in memory of Manus’ grandfather, from whom he got his name and nickname ‘Mandy’.Representing his other sporting loves was a Glenswilly GAA Jersey and a Donegal flag. A County Council tie represented how his achievements in politics had only just begun. Manus was elected to Donegal County Council for the first time in May, representing the Fianna Fáil party.The council had accorded Manus and Donal with a civic reception in 2018, and this trophy was brought to the altar along with the duo’s Sports Personality award. Also brought up was a photo of Manus’ businesses in Letterkenny – Tailored Facility Solutions, Haz Waste and Uptown Cafe.Manus had gathered many trophies in his career and was a legend to his fans, but Fr Dunne said that Bernie and his children were his number one.Fr Dunne spoke of Manus’ warm, cheerful and good-humoured personality.Friends remember his ‘big happy smiley head’ and Fr Dunne recalled one saying: “When he went in somewhere, he went in smiling and cheerfully greeted people. He didn’t take the smile with him, he left that smile in the person’s heart.”Fr Dunne spoke of Manus’ pride in his Glenswilly GAA community and how his voice will be missed from the sidelines. He coached and encouraged many children in the best way, and was described as a big kid himself.“He never grew up in many ways and that is why kids love him and he loved kids,” Fr Dunne said.Manus’ business and political ambitions were remembered, as Fr Dunne looked back on happy memories of his election to council just a few weeks ago when his supporters lifted him high.“All the people, we lift him high today. We lift him high to God. We lift him high in thanks for the gifts we have received from his man, the friendship, the memories, the good times, the happy times, the joy, the encouragement, the love,” Fr Dunne said.Despite all the happy memories, the shock and anguish over Manus’ passing was still evident and young and old united to say goodbye to a hero. There were tearful scenes at the four guards of honour, carried out by local councillors, Glenswilly GAA, Glenswilly National School and the Donegal Motor Club.The remains of the late Manus “Mandy” Kelly are carried his resting place in Conwal graveyard as his sons wear garlands from his wins in the Donegal International Rally. (North West Newspix)Following the funeral mass, Manus’ coffin was carried through a rally finish line arch before the funeral cortege pressed onwards towards Conwal Graveyard.Many more attended the burial, which was marked with poignant scenes as Manus’ eldest sons Mandy and Charlie wore the Donegal Rally garlands in a special tribute to their dad as he was led to his final resting place. His final stage.RIP Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly: A hero is laid to rest was last modified: June 28th, 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