Garda Ken gets set to carry up Carrauntoohil

first_imgWhatsApp NewsCommunityGarda Ken gets set to carry up CarrauntoohilBy David Raleigh – February 22, 2020 972 Print Facebook Twitter A LIMERICK Garda is planning to carry a rowing machine to the summit of Ireland’s tallest mountain where he will row a distance of ten kilometres to raise funds for children battling terminal and serious illnesses.Ken McDonald from Ashbrook Gardens on the Ennis Road has set a €30,000 target for his “Carry up Carrauntoohill” fundraiser to cover the cost of repairs to the Share A Dream ‘Dreamland’ play area which was broken into a number of times last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The one of a kind fantasy play land on the Dublin Road allows for non-able bodied children to play with their able-bodied siblings and friends.A champion rower and training instructor at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Garda McDonald told the Limerick Post that he was determined to help the Share a Dream Foundation after meeting its founder Shay Kinsella last year.“To say I was blown away by the amazing work being done by the charity for seriously ill and disabled children all over Ireland for the last 27 years, would be an understatement.“Not only do Share a Dream make dreams come true for children fighting terrible life threatening illnesses but they have also built the very first ever all- inclusive magical indoor Fun Centre called Dreamland.”Garda McDonald said the charity relies solely on donations and the goodwill of the community and does not receive any government funding.“So, when the charity suffered two major break-ins last year causing thousands of euros worth of damages, I decided I had to do something to raise much needed funds for repairs and to make dreams come true for terminally ill children while raising more national awareness that the charity deserves.”“Rowing is my passion and I have been so fortunate in my career to have broken the World indoor record over 1000m last November at the Provincial rowing Championships; I won the Rhine marathon in Germany in a men’s coxed quad, and won two Gold medals at the World Masters rowing championships in Budapest.“So, whatever I decided to do, it had to be associated with rowing. After witnessing the amazing courage and determination that the children endure daily to find some quality in life, I decided I would challenge myself to the limit for Share a Dream.”He plans to carry out his ‘Carry up Carrauntoohill’ challenge on Saturday, March 28.“I will be attempting to carry my rowing machine, which weighs 26kgs up Carrauntoohill and then row 10 kilometres before bringing it back down.“My aim is to raise €30,000 rectify the damage caused by the break-ins and so that this wonderful organisation can continue making dreams come true for very sick children.”He is now encouraging people to take part in raising funds by organising a sponsored cycle on a stationary bike or rowing machine; a sponsored head shave/beard shave.“Or why not get out with the kids and go for a walk or a climb in your local area,” he suggests.Online donations can be made at on iDonate or contact 061-200080 to get a sponsor pack.center_img Email Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleCity’s churches will fill for Limerick Choral FestivalNext articleWATCH: Munster earn bonus point win over Zebre David Raleighlast_img read more

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Unai Emery ‘had reservations’ about Aaron Ramsey’s role at Arsenal

first_img / Top articles Full Screen Read More Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1/1 Unai Emery ‘had reservations’ about Aaron Ramsey’s role at Arsenal Video Settings Read More Read More Read More About Connatix V67539center_img Coming Next by Metro Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Feb 2019 1:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link605Shares Skip Advertisement Comment SPONSORED Aaron Ramsey has been used sparingly by Unai Emery at Arsenal (EMPICS Sport)Unai Emery had reservations over Aaron Ramsey’s role at Arsenal, according to reports.The 28-year-old has now confirmed he will join Juventus at the end of the season as a free agent and has signed a four-year contract reportedly worth £400,000 a week with the Italian champions.Ramsey also had offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, while Arsenal also held talks over a possible extension.But the Gunners withdrew their offer in September, even though Ramsey claims he was willing to sign a new deal with the club he has been with since 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Ad According to the BBC, Arsenal were not prepared to meet the Wales international’s salary demands.But the report also claims that Emery ‘had reservations’ over where Ramsey could fit in his new system at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementRamsey is keen to play as an advanced midfielder who runs on to the ball in and around the penalty area, but the BBC claim that the midfielder’s desire ‘clashed with Emery’s vision’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySince taking charge at Arsenal, Emery has used a variety of systems but the majority of his formations require two central midfielders who have less license to roam.Ramsey has been used sparingly by Emery this season and has started just nine games in the Premier League so far.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1 min. story PLAY last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Eastern Washington

first_img Comments Published on November 6, 2018 at 9:15 am Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img After two exhibition games, Syracuse begins the 2018-19 regular season on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome as the Orange welcome Eastern Washington of the Big Sky. SU comes off a 23-18 season that ended at the hands of Duke in the Sweet 16. The Eagles went 20-15 a year ago, with the season ending in their first game at the College Basketball Invitational.Syracuse and EWU tip off at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the country’s opening night of college basketball. Here’s what you need to know about Eastern Washington.All-time series: First ever meetingThe Eastern Washington report: EWU just graduated the two winningest seniors in the program’s Division I history, Bogdan Bliznyuk and Sir Washington, who combined to lead the Eagles to 87 wins and four-straight winning seasons in their tenures. Bliznyuk is the Big Sky’s all-time leading scorer (2,169 points), so EWU is replacing a program legend.Last year’s Eastern Washington team played methodically on offense, ranking 290th in the country  per KenPom.com, and ranked in the top half of the nation in offensive and defensive efficiency. The Eagles return their numbers two through seven top scorers from a season ago, with only Bliznyuk graduating from the top seven.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJacob Davison, Jack Perry and Cody Benzel all cleared the 41 percent mark from 3-point range a season ago, posing a threat against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. Mason Peatling and Jesse Hunt, 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-7 Australians, respectively, are the top returning rebounders for the Eagles. When EWU played Washington and Mike Hopkins’ 2-3 zone in its second game last season, the Eagles scored 69 points and lost by 10.How Syracuse beats Eastern Washington: Rebound and limit open looks. The Orange had a negative rebounding margin in their final exhibition game against Le Moyne, which didn’t feature a player taller than 6-foot-8. The Eagles don’t have any players taller than 6-foot-9. SU struggled with long rebounds on 3-point attempts against Le Moyne, and will have to find ways to limit second chances against EWU.Odds are, Eastern Washington won’t outscore Syracuse if the Eagles are limited to one shot per possession. But scrambles off offensive rebounds can lead to open 3-pointers, and EWU returns three guys who shot more than 40 percent from beyond the arc. As long as SU plays sound half-court defense and grabs first-shot rebounds, the Orange shouldn’t encounter many problems.Stat to know: 28.3 percentThe graduated Bliznyuk scored 87.3 percent of EWU’s total points last season. That’s a gaping hole in the scoring of the Eagles that will either have to be picked up this season or threaten to derail Eastern Washington’s streak of four-straight winning seasons.Kenpom odds: Kenpom.com gives Syracuse a 97 percent chance to beat the Eagles, predicting a score of 80-59.Player to watch: Jack Perry, guard, No. 11Perry likely poses the greatest threat to Syracuse’s zone with his shooting, as the Melbourne, Australia-native shot 43.1 percent from downtown as a freshman, including games late in the season where he hit four, five or six 3s. Perry is also the top returning assister for the Eagles, another role that Bliznyuk held that needs to be accounted for. Eastern Washington would need Perry to get hot, or set up his teammates, to hang with the Orange.last_img read more

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Five new caps in Boys Home Internationals squad

first_img Patrick Kelly and Bobby Keeble, who were involved in a four hole playoff for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports last week, have both been selected in the England team that will defend the Boys Home Internationals at County Louth Golf Club in Ireland on 7th – 9th August. Keeble (Abridge, Essex), who finished runner-up, is one of five new caps in the 11-strong team, the others being Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Daniel Brown (Bedale, Yorkshire), Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), and Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI). The rest of the team is: Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Overall there are four members from Yorkshire, including two of the team, Brown and Dean, that has qualified for the Boys County Finals. Keeble, 16, finished tied sixth in the south East Boys qualifying and is the newly crowned Essex champion, while Burlison, 17, the Staffordshire Youths champion, is a former under 16 cap who finished runner-up in the South of England Boys last year. Brown, 17, finished joint seventh last week in the under 18 championship for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports, while Dean, 18, won the Poncat Dutch Junior Open recently and has finished runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophy and the Northern Boys qualifying. Singh Brar, 15, was a joint winner of the Junior Champion of County Champions tournament last year and finished sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and in the English under 16 championship for the McGregor Trophy. Fitzpatrick, 17, was another joint winner of last year’s Junior Champion of County Champions tournament when he finished second on the EGU boys Order of Merit. This year he has won the Selborne Salver, second in the Berkshire Trophy and Hampshire Salver and equal third in last week’s Carris Trophy. Kelly, the new under 18 champion, became a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and played in the recent European Boys Team Championships, having been an under 16 international. He finished runner-up in the British Boys last year but won the Fairhaven Trophy in April. Marsh, 17, earned his first boy cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships in Sweden and has finished joint runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy and joint third in the Fairhaven Trophy this year. Orrin, 18, another former under 16 cap, has been a boy international for two years. The newly-crowned Kent champion is enjoying a successful season with second places in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy and Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and third in last week’s Carris Trophy. Tree, 18, made his full England debut against France in May but earned his first boys cap in the Boys Home Internationals two years ago. Won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa early in the year, was a quarter finalist in the recent Amateur Championship and finished fifth in the Carris Trophy. Turner, 16, is the Lincolnshire boys’ champion who stepped up from under 16 level to a boy cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships. Finished third in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and fourth in the McGregor Trophy. Under its current format, England has a fine record in the Boys Home Internationals having finished champions 17 times, including last year in Wales. Image of Bobby Kebble © Tom Ward. 2 Aug 2012 Five new caps in Boys Home Internationals squad last_img read more

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