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Neymar ‘not yet 100%’ but ready to play for Brazil

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a dream to play in another World Cup, a dream which I hope won’t be interrupted again,” he said.Brazil will play two warm-up matches before traveling to Russia, with a friendly against Croatia at Anfield on June 3 before a trip to Vienna to face Austria on June 10.The five-time world champions play their opening match in Group E against Switzerland on June 17 in Rostov-on-Don. Brazil then faces Costa Rica on June 22 in Saint Petersburg and Serbia in Moscow on June 27. ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “It’s going to take a bit more time for this fear to go away, but I’m ready to play. Nothing can stop me from doing so,” Neymar added, hours before a planned flight to London where the team will continue their World Cup preparations.The world’s most expensive player hasn’t played since hurting himself in a French league game against Marseille on February 25, but Neymar has been training for the past 10 days and took part in a national team preparation camp this week in Teresopolis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I feel good physically. My foot is fine. Of course, I have to adjust to certain things. I’m feeling a bit of discomfort but it’s not going to stop me from playing,” he said.The 26-year-old also reflected on what was a frustrating 2014 World Cup experience on home soil, as a back injury ruled him out of Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Semana could miss remainder of PVL tournament due to ankle sprain View comments LATEST STORIES Brazil’s Neymar smiles after taking a spill on the pitch during a national soccer team practice session ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center In Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. Neymar, the world’s highest paid soccer player, is nearly recovered from a foot operation and has joined 16 of his teammates in Teresopolis, looking ahead to competing in Russia at the World Cup in July. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Neymar acknowledged on Sunday that he was “not yet at 100 percent” after surgery on his fractured right foot, but the Brazil forward said he was ready to play for his country at the World Cup.“I’m not yet at 100 percent. That will come with time. I’m still a bit scared of going all out, but there are still several days before our start,” the Paris Saint-Germain star told reporters at Brazilian football headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

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Chris Haugan takes first mountain bike race of the season

first_imgThe race was held on the main loop circuit, and following Chris Haugan was Tyson Kaempffer of Vancouver who finished his race in 31:00.Defending champion Matt Gilmore was in third place, finishing his ride in 31:30. Fourth and fifth went to Nicki Haugan and Tate Haugan. They finished with times of 32:21 and 34:10 respectively.George Gamble took sixth spot as he finished his race in 35:10. Pat Ferris and Jolea Bilodeau took seventh and eighth. They clocked in with times of 39:59 and 52:30. Roger St. Jean completed the shorter version of the circuit, clocking in at 28:04.- Advertisement -Next up for the Blizzard Bike Club is a race this evening at 7 p.m., with another running of the Baldonnel Time Trial.last_img read more

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Buick Creek inquest testimony wraps up

first_imgDespite that, there is evidence George may have fired a shot of his own.Two RCMP officers testified that they clearly heard a shot that sounded distinctly different from that of an M-16, the rifle the officers were using, after the initial shot fired by Cpl. Ryan Arnold.When asked, the other officers at the scene testified that they did not remember hearing the shot, but that everything happened so quickly it may have occured without them noticing.After George was found lying on the ground, Cpl. Brian Merriman picked up his rifle, dropped 6 feet away from him, and gave it to then-Corporal Milo Macdonald.Advertisement The coroner’s inquest into the death of Buick Creek resident Valeri George continued today with the last of the witnesses testifying.The jury heard how a friend was fearful of what George was capable of doing.- Advertisement -Lead investigator Sgt. Dave Chauhan testified that Jacob Rempel told him he believed if George was told where his wife and children were, he would have come over and shot all of them.George repeatedly told Rempel, one of the few people to communicate with him during the ordeal, that he would not speak to police unless his family was returned to him.Chauhan maintained that it would have been too dangerous to send anyone on to the property.However, in a conversation with another RCMP officer, Rempel said he did not beleive Mr. George would shoot at police.Advertisement When Macdonald opened the action of the gun, he found an empty shell casing.Cst. Matthew Shaw, who was observing close to George’s house, reported he had observed him cycle the action of the gun when he walked down the driveway earlier.There was no evidence given that he fired a shot at any other time.At the end of testimony, Coroner Rodrick Mackenzie gave Mr. George’s family the chance to ask any remaining questions they may have.The jury will begin deliberation tomorrow morning.Advertisementcenter_img They are expected to clarify the facts relating to Mr. George’s death, as well as make recommendations.last_img read more

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First Nation waits on logging road at centre of pipeline dispute in northern B.C.

first_imgCoastal GasLink says it’s committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation as long as that is an option, although the hereditary chiefs say they will only meet with provincial and federal government leaders.The company posted an injunction order online Tuesday, and a copy is pinned to a tree that was felled across the logging road by the Wet’suwet’en, blocking the RCMP and the company from access to the work site.The RCMP said trees along the Morice West Forest Service Road are a safety hazard because some were partly cut and the wind could cause them to fall without warning.Officers also found stacked tires covered in tarps and trees with jugs of gasoline, diesel, oil and kindling underneath. The Mounties have started an investigation under the Criminal Code for traps likely to cause bodily harm, they said.Advertisement There was already an enforcement order in place prior to the new posting, she said.Merriman said Thursday he had no knowledge of the partially cut trees, tires, accelerant or fuel-soaked rags.Some of the supporters who joined him Thursday drove from neighbouring communities, while others hiked in from camps beyond the felled logs.Luke Pitzman, who lives about an hour away in Telkwa, said he came to help out at the camp after running into an old friend who is involved.“I happily volunteered because I care for the environment and I think we’re messing it up,” he said.Advertisement Elisa Tomassini, who comes from the Adriatic coast of Italy near Bologna, said she has learned about the conflict since coming to northern British Columbia last year to work as a tree planter.“I understand it’s important to be here and try to save the environment and the community has a right to stay here,” she said.An RCMP vehicle patrolled past the site but did not stop.Officers are stationed at what the RCMP calls a community-industry safety office. An officer declined an interview.Merriman was part of a group last year that set up an encampment at the 44-kilometre mark on the road where the RCMP enforced a previous injunction granted to Coastal GasLink.He was there until he saw RCMP officers coming down the road and then he left. His partner Molly Wickham was there too and the couple, who have two children, couldn’t risk two arrests, he said.Wickham, who is a spokeswoman for the Gidimt’en, which is one of five Wet’suwet’en clans, was among 14 people arrested Jan. 7, 2019.The fight over territory and land has been going on for hundreds of years, said Merriman, and the process for resolving disputes has to change.“Unfortunately it’s that time again and I don’t see this fight going away any time soon,” he said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 9, 2020.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press HOUSTON, B.C. — About a dozen supporters of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary clan chiefs arrived to help set up a new camp on the side of a snowy logging road that’s at the centre of a disputed pipeline route in northern British Columbia on Thursday.They brought with them new supplies, including two-by-fours and wood pallets, and began work erecting a second canvas tent on the site just outside the first of dozens of trees that have been felled across the road leading to a natural gas work site.Coastal GasLink has provincial approval to build a 670-kilometre pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to LNG Canada’s $40-billion export terminal in Kitimat, but the chiefs say they won’t allow anyone on the First Nation’s traditional territory without their consent.- Advertisement -Cody Merriman, who is ‘Namgis and also goes by the name Mona’gila, said the supporters are there to ensure an eviction notice issued by the chiefs to Coastal GasLink over the pipeline it is building is respected.“They made a decision and we’re here to support them in that, to make sure Wet’suwet’en law is enacted and respected,” he said.They’re also eyes on the ground in case the RCMP begin to enforce an injunction granted to Coastal GasLink against the pipeline opponents, he said.Advertisement “We want to emphasize that we are impartial in this dispute and our priority is to facilitate a dialogue between the various stakeholders involved,” the Mounties said Wednesday. “We remain hopeful that these efforts will result in a resolution.”Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer called the findings extremely disappointing in a statement Thursday.“Our primary concern is the safety of all users of this public forestry road, including those who wish to protest our activities. Unlawful actions that put people at risk for serious harm are dangerous, reckless and unacceptable, and do not reflect peaceful protest,” he said.Company spokeswoman Suzanne Wilton said Wednesday that posting the order, which gives the defendant 72-hours to clear the way before the company is authorized to remove any barriers along the road, was a procedural court requirement.“This does not indicate a request for enforcement whatsoever. As we have stated, we believe that dialogue is preferable to confrontation while engagement and a negotiated resolution remain possible,” she said in an email.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE IN JUNE

first_imgGlenswilly 5KThe annual Glenswilly GAA 5K will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7.30pm.The annual fun run has been a huge success since it was launched. Again the club is hoping for a large numbers on the night and hopefully even some good weather!A meeting of club members and volunteers will be held in the coming weeks to ensure that all goes to plan.This is a chipped time race for the serious runner but also a fun night out for families.A date for these meetings will be included in the notes and also on the club’s Facebook page. There will be the famous Glenswilly refreshments afterwards, however!Donegal GAA grantsThe Donegal GAA are sponsoring 6 grants of €250 each to members attending a Colaiste Gaeilge of their choice. Anyone interested in applying should contact secretary Aisling Pat McDaid quickly as the closing date is Thursday, April 30th!Well done to the seniorsThe seniors have enjoyed a solid start to their league campaign and had a great win against neighbours St Eunans at O’Donnell Park last Sunday. Michael Canning’s team travel to the Bridge in Dunfanaghy on Friday evening to take on St Michaels with a throw-in time of 7.30pm (Reserves will play same venue with a throw-in of 6pm).On Sunday, the seniors play Gaoth Dobhair at 6.30pm in Ardara in the Comhartas Peile na Gaeltacht. All support is welcomed.Under 12 boysThe U12 boys enjoyed a great friendly against neighbours Letterkenny Gaels at home on Monday night – despite the horrific conditions! The U12 mentors would like to thank the management of Letterkenny Gaels for bringing the lads out. LadiesThe ladies team play Urris at home on Thursday, April 30th, with a throw-in time of 7.30pm. All support is welcomed.BingoBingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday at 9pm. The bingo continues to attract growing numbers with great cash prizes on offer. Anybody who can lend a hand on the night is asked to contact either Paul Lapsley of Peter McConnell.Facebook page continuing to grow!The club’s new Facebook page continues to grow in popularity. There are now more than 500 people friends with the page and people are asked to give it a like. The page will be used to post updates on training, meetings and any event related to the club. Simply leave a private message and messages will be posted online. Thank you.Contact for local notesAnyone with anything for the local notes can email messages to PRO Stephen Maguire at stephenwmaguire@gmail.comGAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE IN JUNE was last modified: April 28th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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Volleyball Closes 2015 Season At Home This Weekend

first_imgStory Links Drake vs. Bradley Live Stats Drake vs. Bradley (ESPN3) Drake vs. Loyola/Bradley Match Notes The Drake University volleyball team closes its 2015 season this weekend with a homestand against Loyola and Bradley. Friday’s match against Loyola is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with Saturday’s contest versus Bradley beginning at 3 p.m. Both will be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.Saturday’s match against Bradley is part of a busy day on campus as the football team hosts Dayton at 1 p.m. while men’s basketball plays UMKC at 7 p.m. The Drake athletic ticket office is offering fans who attend either the football or volleyball matches the opportunity to redeem their ticket stub for a $5 ticket to the men’s basketball game.Prior to the start of Saturday’s season finale against Bradley, the Bulldogs will honor its seniors in Katie Allen, Katie Dulek, Rebecca Brown, Scarlett Howerter, Shelby Daum and Cassie Effken.Those seniors have been instrumental in helping lay the foundation for the rebuilding of the program. Heading into the final weekend of the season, the team has amassed its most wins since the 2010 season with a 14-19 overall record and a 5-11 MVC mark, setting the table for future success.Earlier in the season, the Bulldogs defeated both of this weekend’s opponents on the road. On Aug. 28, the Bulldogs rallied from an early deficit to beat the Ramblers, 3-1. Two weeks later, Drake earned a 3-1 win at Bradley. Freshman Grace Schofield led the Bulldogs in those wins with 26 combined kills.Loyola travels to Des Moines with a 19-10 overall record and an 8-8 conference mark to clinch the final MVC Tournament berth. Bradley is 6-22 this season and like Drake, has been eliminated from the postseason.The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-2 loss to UNI in their last outing. Kyla Inderski led Drake in that outing with 13 kills and 14 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. Drake also matched a season-high with 79 digs. Thirty of those came from Michelle Thommi who matched her career high with 30.While this weekend marks the end of the season and the careers of the team’s seniors, the future looks bright for the Bulldogs as players responsible for 74.4 percent of the team’s kills are slated to return in 2016. Additionally, 54.8 percent of the team’s assists and 80.1 percent of its digs are due back as are the team’s leaders in kills (Makena Schoene), digs (Michelle Thommi) and aces (Chandelle Davidson).Print Friendly Version Drake vs. Loyola (ESPN3) Drake vs. Loyola Live Stats last_img read more

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SEAMUS COLEMAN HAVING DINNER WITH THE QUEEN

first_imgSeamus Coleman: Having dinner with the UK queenDONEGAL soccer star Seamus Coleman is among the guests at State banquet being hosted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth this evening.The Killybegs man is among hundreds of guests at a dinner in honour of President Michael D Higgins at Windsor Castle.They include dozens of personalities and sports stars from Ireland who ply their trade in Britain – including Everton star Seamus. Earlier today the Quen and Prince Philip welcomed the President and his wife, Sabina, to Windsor.The presidential couple had lunch at Windsor Castle with the royal couple, before heading back into central London.The President also inspected a guard of honour drawn from Grenadier Guards.There was plenty of pomp and ceremony on display as the President arrived at Windsor Castle, with more than 800 soldiers, 275 horses and the band of the Irish Guards involved in the welcome for President Higgins and his wife. A 21-gun salute also sounded as Britain’s Queen and Prince Philip greeted the President with Amhrán na bhFiann ringing out over Windsor Castle.President Higgins later addressed parliament at Westminster about the growing friendship between the two islands. SEAMUS COLEMAN HAVING DINNER WITH THE QUEEN was last modified: April 8th, 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:seamus colemanstate visitwindsorlast_img read more

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DONEGAL FIGHT FANS LEFT DEVASTATED BY DUFFY OMISSION FROM UFC DUBLIN

first_imgDonegal fight fans are reeling this morning – following the decision by UFC medics to withdraw Joseph Duffy from his UFC headline fight against Dustin Poirier in Dublin. Tickets for the fight at the 3Arena sold out in minutes when they went on sale in early September.Hundreds of Duffy supporters from Donegal snapped up tickets and booked accommodation in the capital ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash.Supporters have been left gutted after Duffy was forced to withdraw late last night after suffering concussion in sparring. Duffy has a large fan-base and had supporters from London, Wales, Glasgow and the UAE all travelling over for the fight on Saturday.However, UFC’s medical staff determined that Duffy was unfit to face Poirier due to the concussion he suffered.Some fans are looking to flog their tickets – as it seems many don’t have much interest in the other fighters on the undercard.Duffy’s return to Ireland was the main attraction and some have already received a refund due to the cancellation. Duffy’s stock has risen considerably since making his UFC bow in March.Two devastating first-round wins propelled his reputation and UFC president Dana White decided that Duffy would headline the UFC card in Dublin.Duffy is also the last man to beat Conor McGregor – and he was hotly tipped to put Dustin Poirier to the sword on Saturday night.When Duffy will fight next is unclear, but he will be hopeful of fighting before the end of 2015.Duffy posted the following message on his Facebook timeline, “So sad to announce that I won’t be fighting on Saturday. “After a strike to the head in training I had precautionary medical tests which resulted in me being deemed not fit to fight.“Obviously I’m absolutely gutted, I really wanted that fight and felt sharp in training.“Firstly, a huge apology to Dustin. We have both put in an incredible amount of work to get ready for the fight, he’s a great fighter and I hope I get another chance to face him.“Sorry to all my fans, friends and family who were planning to come and see me fight and who have supported me all the way. “Although it’s hard to think about anything other than the disappointment right now, I can’t wait to get another fight booked in and hope to be in the octagon as soon as possible.“Good luck to my teammate Tom Breeze, thanks to my camp Tristar and to the UFC.“Saturday will still be an amazing night for MMA in Ireland.DONEGAL FIGHT FANS LEFT DEVASTATED BY DUFFY OMISSION FROM UFC DUBLIN was last modified: October 22nd, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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Cope “shocked” at 25% cut in Donegal islands funding

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has expressed his shock at the level of reduced funding the Donegal Islands are to receive this year.The West Donegal TD said the announcement by the Government that €359,000 has been allocated to the all the Donegal Islands signals a reduction of 25% in funding levels on the 2017 figure.Last year €450,000 was eventually allocated after an initial delay on the part of the Department but this year funding has been slashed by the Government for our Islands at a time when other areas are showing increased funding, he said. He said “The figures across the board show reductions less funding for Arranmore Island which sees its funding reduced by 32%, Tory Island funding reduced by 28% and most other Donegal Islands failing to obtain any funding at all. This is a shocking indictment of the level of interest this Government really has for our Island communities,” he said.He added that island communities in other counties have had their funding increased but Donegal has been the victim of a grossly unfair and savage cut in its Island Funding for this current year.“It is totally unacceptable that our Island communities are being treated as second-class citizens by this Government and todays’ cuts must be reversed and I am requesting that an immediate second allocation of funding be made in order to address the imbalance created by these grant and funding allocations today.”Pat the Cope added the allocation of €20,000 for the Lighthouse road on Arranmore Island is a paltry sum and purely a cosmetic exercise on the part of the Minister, the Department has already been informed by Donegal County Council that for the Lighthouse road between the public and non-public sections will require over €550,000 to improve therefore an allocation of a mere €20,000 will hardly fill the potholes with crush and run. He said “Whilst, I have to state I do not fully agree with the amount of the estimate being supplied by the local authority for the Lighthouse Road it still remains abundantly clear that €20,000 is going to solve nothing in terms of the overall requirement for that road.“The failure to include the Aphort Pier road especially the section from the pier to the slipway is very disappointing.“Likewise no actual road funding has been allocated to Tory Island despite applications for funding of over €700,000 awaiting approval on the island. Similarly the other islands requiring funding such as Owey Island €132,000, Inishboffin €290,000, Gola €132,000, Innisfree €66,000, Rutland €69,000 and Inishkeeragh €59,000 none of these islands received any funding.”He said a further €900,000 will also be required for Arranmore Island roads as per there application to the Department.He added “Therefore the allocations made by the Department are well short of the figures required in order to carry out the improvement that are necessary on our islands and when one factors in an actual reduction in funding then the situation is considerably worse.” He conlcuded that this round of funding for Donegal Islands is a poor reflection of the level of representation we have at Cabinet level, if at a time when other island communities see increases in the levels of funding they are obtaining but we in Donegal experience cuts of the nature of between 25% to 32% then something is wrong and there is a failure to get the Donegal message through to this Government added Pat the Cope.“I am calling on the Government to make an additional allocation to our Islands from this year’s budget and to put in place a multi annual programme of funding that will affectively deal with the need for island funding on all the Donegal islands that currently have applications for funding with the Department,” he said.Cope “shocked” at 25% cut in Donegal islands funding was last modified: August 6th, 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:arranmorefundingGolaislndsPat The Cope GallagherTorylast_img read more

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My Donegal – with restaurateur Aidan Friel

first_imgAidan Friel runs the trendy new eaterie in Kerrykeel – the Narrow Quarter. The popular cafe – run with business partner John McDaid – has been enjoying a good summer; one of a number of new businesses to pop up in the village over the past year or so. Here’s Aidan’s My DonegalWhere is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Anywhere in the Fanad peninsula, it’s beautiful. Where in Donegal do you call home?KerrykeelWhat do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Fanad light house without a doubt. I never get tired of it. Rain hail or shine! Fanad Lighthouse is always a must see when I have friends visiting the county. Summers or winters?Summers. Is there anywhere more beautiful than Donegal (when the sun shines)Ideal day out in Donegal?A trip to Dunfanaghey, A walk on marble hill, coffee from the shack followed by a pint in Patsy Dan’s.Favourite Donegal product? Our tweed products are amazing. McNutts in Downings or Orwell & Browne. (check them both out on Instagram. Stunning products that make great gifts.)Who is Donegal’s best ambassador and why?She might not be known world wide just yet but I really think Erin McGinty is doing a wonderful job promoting Donegal. She has a strong online presence with her Instagram account @coolestplaceontheplanet. She is really showing off the county in all its glory. Her clever posts and busy lifestyle are catching the attention of thousands of online users both from inside the county and further afield.Who is Donegal’s most successful business person? This is a difficult one …. Exactly how are we measuring success?Favourite Donegal sports person?Barry McNamee who hails from ‘the wee toon’ Ramelton, #25 Derry City MidfielderFavourite Donegal restaurant?The Lemon Tree Letterkenny. If you haven’t been you don’t know what your missing.Change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I’d like to see a bigger push for real environmental changes and sustainability.Favourite Donegal expression or saying?“I’m foundered” I spent my whole life thinking that this was a perfectly normal everyday expression. Until I went to Carlow to study. Where I quickly realised it must be just a Donegal thing.Biggest challenge facing Donegal people of today?One of the biggest challenges and perhaps one of the most overlooked facing the people of Donegal is mental health. Many people struggle at some point with their mental health and sadly it seems more common that young people appear to be affected. For the younger generation, social media has transformed their daily lives. However, Online, we are constantly being bombarded with other people’s lives and their perceived success. It can be very easy to begin to question your own circumstances and question your individual successes in life. Also, I feel like work pressures in Donegal has increased, with an increase in corporate employment in the county. I also think the elderly are suffering from mental health challenges such as isolation and loneliness. We don’t visit our neighbours like we used to and this has created a real detachment in the community.Favourite Donegal food?Where do I even start with this one. Honestly, I can’t just choose one. Donegal has some of the finest produce around. The Haven Smokehouse has the best smoked salmon out there without a doubt. Hugh Wilhare and his team from Mulroy Bay Mussels grow such an excellent product. We have some of the best seafood in the country coming in fresh from Killybegs. Ballyholey Farm Shop produce fresh and tasty veg and our local butchers all around the county including Kerr’s butchers in Kerrykeel. If there’s one thing for certain we are spoilt for choice when it comes to good fresh produce.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Not a thing. After living away for a while I’m just so grateful that I am able to live and work in Donegal.Favourite local bandIn Their Thousands.If you had a million euro in Donegal to improve something what would it be?I’d love to see rural transport links further improved. But I’m afraid sometimes in Ireland, a million euro wouldn’t even cover the cost a feasibility study costs.Daniel O Donell or Packie Bonner?“Wee” Daniel, my grandmother wouldn’t allow any other answer to this one.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Yes, I am exceptionally proud of the local people of Kerrykeel and surrounding areas. Whether they realise it or not without them our business, The Narrow Quarter wouldn’t be a success. The local support we have received since we opened in April 2018 has been over whelming. To think in such a small village it would be possible to employ so many people and remain open all year round, It’s amazing and humbling to say the least.My Donegal – with restaurateur Aidan Friel was last modified: August 1st, 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:Aidan FrielCarrigartdonegalMY DONEGALThe Narrow Quarterlast_img read more