A well-known former Donegal Garda Sergeant has paid tribute to the brother of Garda Robbie McCallion who was found dead following a tragic incident in Co Mayo.Christy Galligan said he got to know Garda John McCallion following the tragic death of his brother Letterkenny-based Garda Robbie McCallion.Robbie died ten years ago in the line of duty when he was struck by a car at Tara Court. Robbie’s brother John was found by the roadside while out cycling in training for a Mizen to Malin cycle on Friday morning.Here Christy Galligan remembers John and his family.I received the sad and tragic news that Garda John Mc Callion of Swinford, County Mayo died while out training for a charity cycle run near his home. I got to know John after the death of his younger brother Robbie, also a Garda, in 2009. I was Robbie’s Sergeant In Letterkenny on the fateful night when he got knocked down responding to a call with two other colleagues to the theft of a car in Tara Court, Letterkenny, in March 2009.John was the spokesperson for his family and was the one whom I made contact with and spoke with during that very sad and upsetting time and came to know and appreciate over the past decade.His calm exterior and humility belied the sadness and turmoil at losing his kid brother, but he remained a stalwart in the face of all of the publicity from Robbie death until the trial and conviction of the accused person.I had that privilege and honour of getting to know all of the Mc Callion family,from Bob and Nancy, the parents, to Noreen, Deirdre and John, and all their children during this past decade.John, like Robbie, had a deep sense of duty, but with that deep sense of duty came responsibility. With it came a great sense of humility, honesty and dedication to all those who made contact or came in contact with them. They epitomised all that was good, not just in their personal lives, but also to duty to the public they served.The Mc Callion family typified the dedication to duty as John and Robbie’s dad, Bob, and Uncles were members of the Garda Síochana also.They exuded all that was good and right. They did not shirk from their duties or responsibilities as front line members of the force or as family men.I met John and all the Mc Callion family when a Garda select team from Donegal went to Swinford to play in the Robbie McCallion memorial park in March of this year commemorating the tenth year of Robbie’s death. I also met the family in the Memorial Gardens of Dublin Castle remembering all our fallen colleagues of the Garda Síochana only on the 18th of May last.Knowing the family as I’ve got to know them, and that is only minuscule compared to those in this close-knit group, they exuded all that was good and right.John was training for the Garda Cycle Run from Malin to Mizen Head, and it was this sense of dedication and love for others that makes him stand out as the incredible person that I will remember him as.To his wife Colette, daughters Sarah and Grace and son Robert, and all the Mc Callion family, friends and work colleagues, I mourn with you at this great loss but always remember that your Husband, Father, Uncle, Son and Friend and Colleague, will never be forgotten just, like his brother Robbie.They will always be very much a part of our lives, and those of us who knew John and Robbie will know that we had the privilege and honour of meeting that which was good and honest and caring in society, and one that we all strive to be.Ar Dhéis Dé Go Raibh a hAinm Dílís.Christy Galligan, (retd. Gda. Sgt)Letterkenny,Co. Donegal.Former Donegal Garda Sgt remembers tragic colleague was last modified: May 26th, 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:Garda Robbie McCallionletterkennytragedy
A Donegal motorist was stopped on yesterday and arrested at a checkpoint for driving under the influence of drugs.The motorist was caught driving under the influence of cocaine during a roadside test on Saturday, October 5. The vehicle was first stopped by Letterkenny’s Roads Policing Unit at a Mandatory Intoxication Testing (M.I.T.) checkpoint. The driver was subsequently tested for the presence of drugs and the test came back positive.A blood sample was obtained and he was later released.The blood sample will now be sent for analysis. Driver under the influence of coke arrested in St Johnston was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
The Giants may not be able to save their season but they’re doing all they can to save their season ticket holders, taking the unprecedented step of slashing ticket prices for 2020.Dwindling attendance over the past four seasons prompted the Giants to cut costs for 80 percent of their season tickets next season. It’s the first time since moving to Oracle Park that season ticket prices will go down, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. In a letter to season ticket holders on Wednesday, …
Raking up the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a section of media for creating tension and claimed that six persons had died in the State due to fear of NRC.“I am extremely sad that in Bengal six persons have died due to fear of NRC,” Ms. Banerjee said, addressing a gathering of members of the trade union wing of Trinamool Congress.The Chief Minister said that what the BJP leaders were saying was part of their political agenda but the media “keeps doing shows after shows on that one thing to heighten tensions among the masses”.“And this has caused six people to die. I have already requested the media that we should not indulge in any provocation,” she said.The Chief Minister asked the people to have faith in her and categorically ruled out any exercise of NRC in Bengal. “NRC will take place neither in Bengal nor in any other part of the country,” she said, urging people to update their names in the voters’ list. Earlier this month, a resolution was passed in the State Assembly against the NRC and the Chief Minister had taken to the streets on the issue. Ms. Banerjee had also raised the issue of NRC during her meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.During the day, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee visited the family members of a person who has allegedly committed suicide over fears surrounding NRC. Mr. Banerjee met the family of Kalachand Midya, who died on Sunday. BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh said that no Hindu will be forced to leave the country and that the TMC was creating fear among the people on the issue.“No Hindu will have to leave the country. We are bringing Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will give Hindus citizenship rights. They are trying to scare Hindus who have come to Bengal as refugees,” Mr. Ghosh said in Kharagpur.
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â€œFreddy Fittler and Lammy were good and were also stirring the boys up as well so it will be good to watch,â€ Norman added with his trademark competitive grin. See also Touch Football Australiaâ€™s CEO Colm Maguireâ€™s take on the program via YouTube and stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in coming days providing a sneak peek of the on/off beach action.You can watch The NRL Rookie at the following times and can also watch online at www.nrlrookie.com. Â· Premiere â€“ Tuesday (28 June) â€“ GO! 7.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS)Â· Encore 1 â€“ Wednesday – CH9 10.30PM (SYD/BRIS) Â· Encore 2 – Saturday – CH9 1PM (BRIS)Â· Encore 3 – Sunday – CH9 2.30PM (SYD) Â· Encore 4 – Monday – GO! 11.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS/ADE/PER). â€œNew Zealand was great, it was something totally different. It was great for us TFA/BLK ambassadors to get over there and get amongst those NRL Rookie guys. Episode five of the popular 10-part series will be broadcast on Tuesday, 28 June 7.30pm and replayed throughout next week; tune in to see which team prevails (refer below TV schedule/times). Does the superior fitness and strength of the NRL Rookies see them through? Or, is it the guile, speed and deception of the Touch stars that leaves the Rookies and the Piha Beach sands in their wake?The TFA All Stars team (pictured above) features some of the best Touch Football talent ever assembled in a â€˜Mixedâ€™ format. The team demonstrates the distinct family connection, which embodies the social side and highlights the inclusive nature of the sport and strong participation numbers Australia-wide. Destination? The black sands of Piha Beach on the beautiful but wild, west coast of New Zealand. And, serving further notice to the NRL Rookies is the fact that each of the Touch Football stars love the feel of sand between their toes: they all reside, cut their teeth and compete regularly near a beach traversing the East Coast of Australia. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all travelled to New Zealand late last year to film the segment. For those playing at home, The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract. After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with now just a handful of players remaining in episode five. For Hennessey (pictured above with wife Emily), it was an opportunity to admire not only the country but also The NRL Rookie talent on show. â€œIt was so exciting to be a part of the series and being able to play the NRL boys in their Rookie quest and adventure,â€ Rodgers said. â€œIt was a great experience to go over there and not only witness the program but also be a part of it; so that was pretty amazing,â€ she added. On top of his most recent appointment as part of Mal Meningaâ€™s Kangaroos coaching contingent (backs coach), he is also a regular in the Mastersâ€™ divisions at the National Touch League, NSW State Cup and State of Origin Series events as well. The show also features Performance Psychologist, Dr Kate Baecher as well as host, Channel Nine personality, Erin Molan. Fresh from their recent Trans-Tasman success also in Auckland, Australian Menâ€™s Open representative stars, Pete Norman and Dylan Hennessey said they all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the show. â€œLots of them are characters, thereâ€™s a couple of good footy players in there with some quality skills,â€ Norman said. â€œThose boys have a lot of talent and we wish them all the best for their careers.â€ â€œI think it will be pretty funny â€“ there will be some good highlights and some good Touch Footy on show. It was in the sand so it was pretty tough!â€ Will the â€˜NRL Rookiesâ€™ meet their match in an epic Beach Touch match in New Zealand? In a clandestine operation late-2015, six of Australiaâ€™s best Touch Football athletes quietly exited the country with a covert mission on their mind. Brad â€˜Freddyâ€™ Fittler is coach of the side, assisted by Mark Geyer and Adrian Lam. â€˜Lammyâ€™ of course, along with his QLD State of Origin captaincy and Roosters and Wigan Rugby League pedigree boasts an equally impressive Touch Football CV, representing Australia on 11 occasions â€“ at the 1991 World Cup in Auckland as well as one Test Match against New Zealand in the same year. Following instructions from TFA and with boots and passports packed, work leave approved and the GPS coordinates set to a remote Beach near Auckland, our intrepid Aussie reps were primed, programmed and ready to perform upon landing. The mission? Take on to their knowledge an undisclosed team of potential NRL stars in a game of Beach Touch, all looking for a shot at an NRL contract and the big time.Status? Fast forward nine months and six of our Australian representatives will finally get to reveal their sublime skills on next weekâ€™s episode of the popular Channel Nine/GO production, â€˜The NRL Rookieâ€™. Australian Womenâ€™s Open representative, Samantha Rodgers (pictured above, front/left) and partner of the other Sam (Brisby, right), thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Related Files160621_media_release_mission_impossible_the_nrl_rookie_tf_v1-0-pdfRelated LinksNRL Rookie
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier: Hasenhuttl right manager for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Southampton ambassador Matt Le Tissier has no doubts about the ability of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.As well as the recent performances, Le Tissier has been encouraged by Hasenhuttl’s training sessions.“I’ve been very impressed with the training I’ve watched and the difference in the performance of the team since Ralph H has come in and am confident for the rest of the season,” he said.“I’ve loved watching training under the last four or five managers since Ronald [Koeman] was in charge and there’s definitely an intensity to it that I’d not seen before.“I didn’t see them train under Mauricio [Pochettino] but imagine it would have been pretty similar.”
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1. Will the suspended players start in the Sugar Bowl or have their playing time limited in any way? It’s doubtful anyone will know the answer to this question until minutes before kickoff. There are arguments for and against the players even participating in the game. However, if Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey and Mike Adams even miss a few possessions, that could give the Razorbacks a lead they may never relinquish. If coach Jim Tressel decides to bench the suspended players for any amount of time, it would be beneficial for the Buckeyes to go on defense in the beginning of the game to try to set the tone against the high-scoring Arkansas offense. 2. Can Pryor put up Cam Newton-like numbers against the Arkansas defense? Back in mid-October, Auburn and Arkansas put on an offensive exhibition for the ages. The two schools combined for 108 points, 1,036 yards and 55 first downs. Auburn quarterback and Heisman winner Newton accounted for a total 329 total yards and four touchdowns. Ohio State would be in very good position to win the game if Pryor approached Newton’s staggering numbers. And although Pryor and Newton play the game differently, despite their similar size and stature, Tressel plans on paying close attention to the Auburn game in his preparation for Arkansas. “We’ll study that one for sure because we always love to steal ideas from anybody,” Tressel said. “And most especially when you think you have similar capabilities.” 3. How will Arkansas try to crack the nation’s No. 2-ranked defense? The obvious and most probable answer is that the Razorbacks will rely on the arm of quarterback Ryan Mallett, who has passed for more than 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-6 Michigan transfer also spreads the ball around — six of his teammates have 27 or more catches — but tends to favor D.J. Williams, who has 49 receptions this season. Williams, who won the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end, presents a unique problem for the OSU defense: It hasn’t faced a tight end of Williams’ caliber all season long. A case could be made that the Razorbacks and their No. 3 passing offense haven’t seen a defense like the Buckeyes, who are not only atop the Big Ten in many defensive statistics but are also No. 5 nationally in third-down conversion percentage and No. 9 in red-zone defense, two critical defensive statistics. 4. Which team will win the special teams struggle? Deciphering the differences between the team’s two kickers is akin to distinguishing between identical twins. Devin Barclay and Arkansas’ Zach Hocker each have three misses on the year, and both have made all of their extra points. Thus, field position could come down to kick- and punt-return coverage. The OSU special teams, which hit rock bottom after allowing the opening kickoff to be taken for a touchdown at Wisconsin, has steadily improved over the last half of the season as the team has gotten players back from injury. Glancing over the statistics, each team appears to have an edge in the return game. OSU is No. 3 in the country in kick returns, as the tandem of Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry has averaged nearly 27 yards per return. Meanwhile, Arkansas averages a little more than 17 yards on punt returns, good for fourth in the country. 5. Is this the year OSU snaps its bowl game losing streak against the SEC? A lot has to go right for the Scarlet and Gray to snap its 0-9 bowl game record against the SEC. But the main area OSU needs to focus on is something it’s done well in all season: forcing turnovers on defense and limiting them on offense. OSU is plus-14 in turnover margin, good for third in the country. Arkansas is plus two. It’s a cliché football adage, but whoever wins the turnover battle will win the Sugar Bowl.