A Donegal County Councillor has claimed the arrest of a man in connection with the murder of former Sinn Fein member Denis Donaldson was politically motivated.Councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig was speaking following the detention of Gary Donnelly in West Donegal yesterday afternoon.The Derry and Strabane councillor was arrested by Gardai as he attended a commemoration ceremony for the Meenabanad train robbery. Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig had help organise the event at which Cllr Donnelly was arrested.He told Donegal Daily that there was no question the arrest was carried out to damage him and his status locally.“There’s no question it’s part of an ongoing campaign against independent socialist republicans and I’ve no doubt the Government knew it was happening.“The Gardai had ample opportunity to arrest Gary Donnelly in Donegal before now because they are well aware of his whereabouts. “But they chose yesterday at a public commemoration to arrest him. It will not damage his reputation but the Gardai and the Government think it will damage the work I’m doing here in Co Donegal.”Mr Donnelly was arrested in connection on foot of a warrant issued on November 22 last year.He is currently being held at Letterkenny Garda station.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig added “I’ve no doubt that he will be released later today because they have nothing against him. It’s a politically motivated arrest.”Donegal county councillor claims ‘Donaldson’ arrest is politically motivated was last modified: January 10th, 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:arrestCllr Gary DonnellyCllr Mac Giolla Easbuig
Cofer capped her final MVC Championship by earning a third-place finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:52.74. Cofer was in the top three for the entirety of the race and held off all challengers after the leaders pulled away from the pack. 200 Meters4. Aaron Chier, 21.92 4×400-Meter Relay4. Priebe, Zak, Metivier, Van Leersum, 3:19.95 The women’s field events were paced by Christina LeMunyon (Overland Park, Kan.) clearing 11-4.25 to finish in a tie for sixth in the pole vault. The men’s team got tremendous points from the 60 meters with three Bulldogs in the final led by Deonne Witherspoon’s (South Bend, Ind.) third-place finish in 6.81. Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters3. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.815. Aaron Chier, 6.878. Kundai Maguranyanga, 7.10 In the men’s distance events, newcomer Kevin Kelly (Kilcok, Ireland) scored three times in his MVC debut with a third-place showing in the mile and a time of 4:24.27. Men’s Team Results1. Illinois State, 182 2. Indiana State, 112 3. Southern Illinois, 105 4. Northern Iowa, 86 5. Bradley, 78 6. Drake, 58 7. Loyola (Ill.), 31 8. Valparaiso, 11 Bailee Cofer right after earning a podium spot with a 3rd place finish in the 3,000m pic.twitter.com/gh0ZKwHlRX— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 25, 2018 Young’s time was just .01 seconds off the winning time and matched her previous effort as the second-fastest time in school history. The third-place finish came less than 24 hours after she finished fifth in the 5,000 meters Saturday night. Deonne Witherspoon minutes after crossing the finish line in 3rd of the 60m at the #MVCTF Indoor Championship pic.twitter.com/7ANPtUnJ4t— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 25, 2018 Heptathlon8. Erik Olson, 4,39712. Maxwell Harlan, 3,992 Four all-conference performances highlighted the second day of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship for the Drake University men’s and women’s teams. Drake’s men’s team finished sixth in the team standings while the women’s squad was seventh. Illinois State swept both men’s and women’s team competitions. 4×400-Meter Relay7. Giuliano, Young, Coombe, Kearney, 4:15.82 Kelly returned to the track later to finish fifth in the 3,000 meters, running a time of 8:28.25 in the slower of the two heats to still score points for the Bulldogs. On Friday evening, he ran the anchor leg of the team’s distance medley relay that finished second. 60-Meter Hurdles2. Mary Young, 8.34 Mile3. Kevin Kelly, 4:24.27 Complete Results (PDF) 3,000 Meters5. Kevin Kelly, 8:28.2520. Josh Yeager, 8:45.2623. Kyle Brandt, 8:48.7531. Kyle Cass, 8:53.30 The field events also produced points for the Bulldogs with Cloud Masibhera (Harare, Zimbabwe) finishing fourth in the triple jump a day after winning the MVC title in the long jump. For his efforts, Masibhera was named the MVC Freshman of the Year. Pole VaultT6. Christina LeMunyon, 11-4.25 (3.46m) Witherspoon was followed by Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) in fifth in 6.87 and newcomer Kundai Maguranyanga in eight. Chier returned to the track moments after his 60 meters to take fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 21.92 to cap a big weekend for the sprinter. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs’ top women’s performances came from a pair of veterans in Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) and Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.). Young added to her collection of MVC honors with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.33. Story Links Triple Jump4. Cloud Masibhera, 46-10.75 (14.29m) Drake Individual Women’s Results400 Meters8. Victoria Coombe, 57.59 Mary Young reflects of her best race of the season, an 8.34 in the 60mH to finish 2nd at the #MVCTF Indoor Championship pic.twitter.com/kdvv4uBUS9— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 25, 2018 3,000 Meters3. Bailee Cofer, 9:52.7431. Morgan Garcia, 10:34.9035. Rachel Selva, 10:46.83 High Jump8. Forest Moses, 6-7.5 (2.02m) Women’s Team Results1. Illinois State, 174 2. Indiana State, 139 3. Northern Iowa, 103.50 4. Southern Illinois, 90 5. Missouri State, 62 6. Loyola (Ill.), 47 7. Drake, 29.50 8. Bradley, 17 9. Evansville, 1 Coach Carroll remarks on a great weekend for the Bulldogs at the #MVCTF Indoor Championship pic.twitter.com/0p3yZ9LDbc— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 25, 2018 Newcomer Kevin Kelly talks about his 3rd place finish in the mile at the #MVCTF Indoor Championship in a hard-fought race pic.twitter.com/kk1neqbZ6o— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 25, 2018
MATTHEW KUTZ/herald photoAs the Wisconsin Badgers’ volleyball team tips off against Indiana Friday night at the UW Fieldhouse, a number of individual milestones could be reached.Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack will attempt to extend her double-digit dig streak to 48 consecutive games, and continue to chase Griselle Lopez-Pereira’s (Virginia Commonwealth) streak of 63.Senior co-captain Aubrey Meierotto is just nine kills short of reaching the 1,000-mark for her career. She would become only the 15th player in school history to achieve this feat, joining the likes of Jill Odenthal, Erin Bryd, and Sherisa Livingston in the UW record books.And last but not least, head coach Pete Waite, already the school’s all-time winningest coach, will be going for his 100th conference win as he is currently 99-27 in Big Ten play in his seventh year at Wisconsin.Even with the potential for a handful of new records, don’t expect the Badgers’ mindset to be on anything but their match.The UW volleyball team knows the importance of every Big Ten contest and won’t be overlooking a rather sub-par Indiana team that is currently just 1-5 in conference play.”Coming into any match, you can never take any team for granted,” sophomore setter Jackie Simpson said. “We play in a conference where every night you’re going as hard as you can and we respect any team that comes into our gym or any gym that we go into, we have to really respect every team equally.””[The Big Ten is] very competitive,” Aubrey Meierotto said. “Every night is going to be a really hard game. Every team in the Big Ten is a really good team so it’s going to be a fight.””Every year the Big Ten is really competitive and we’ve just got to come out every match and fight, and I guess take one match at a time,” senior co-captain Sheila Shaw said.So although Friday’s match won’t have the same hype that Minnesota or Penn State brought with them, Indiana will not be taken lightly by any means from the Badgers’ perspective.While Indiana may not be in the upper echelon of Big Ten teams, they still present a legitimate challenge for Wisconsin in a number of ways.Senior right side hitter Rachel Gerling is one of the best servers in the conference. She currently leads the Big Ten in service aces with 40 on the year (0.68 per game).On the defensive side of the net, senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle, a Sussex, Wis., native, leads the conference with 29 blocks in 15 Big Ten games.Also, freshman setter Laura Holms has been a welcome addition to the Hoosier line-up, as she is averaging 11.51 assists per game on the season, comparable to Wisconsin’s very own Jackie Simpson at 12.03 per game.Another main concern for Friday’s match is this week’s schedule. Typically, two games are both played on the weekend, but with a Wednesday game this week, the team may be out of routine and only has one day of preparation following the match against Northwestern.”It always is [difficult with a mid-week game],” Waite said. “Even for the players — some of them are still at classes or have different things going on so some have to be late, but I think they’ve adjusted well to that.”Nevertheless, Waite is confident going into this weekend with his balanced Badger team.”[Our balance] is why we’ve done well over the season,” Waite said. “People can’t key on one or two of our players. I think we’ve got a good number that are very strong offensively and they come from different areas of the court.”Not only does UW have great balance from position to position, with five players averaging over two kills per game, but they also have great versatility, as many of their players can move from one position to another.”That’s something we’re trying to do to expand our game a little bit and become more versatile,” Waite said.
Barcelona delivers on all accounts as the perfect family break with its combination of beach, fun park and enough edgy architecture to wow everyone.A short flight time from Belfast International Airport and the holiday starts after a thirty minute ride on the express airport bus into the heart of the city at Plaça de Catalunya.Amid the teeming hub of tour buses, cafes and bars, you can buy a coffee and simply sit in this famous square and people-watch against the backdrop of the illuminated fountains. The kids will enjoy the jugglers, musicians and street theatre as well as watching the gymnastics of the skateboarders although they might have to negotiate a path through the flocks of pigeons that have made the square their home.Just a short distance away is Barcelona’s famous pedestrianised street – La Rambla.Lined with gift shops, human statues, food outlets and hotels, it is a must-do on the tourist trail simply because of its energy and atmosphere.You will also find one of Europe’s famous food markets along this route – La Boqueria. After a stroll around the many stalls of fish, hams and fruit you may have a chance to try the fine tapas at market bar El Pinotxo. Dining out in this part of the city is expensive but you can still get tapas, pizza, falafel, noodles and other street food without blowing the budget.Our tapas experience was excellent and some highlights included the traditional Catalan tomato bread, cuttlefish stew, patatas bravas, spicy prawns and salted cod.We were saving the other traditional Catalan treat of churros and chocolate for another day.The easy-to-use transport system of metro, buses and trains makes Barcelona a true family-friendly city.However, walking does give you the chance to stand awestruck at the masterpieces of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. We passed Casa Batlló and La Perdrera every day and every day the kids had to take a photograph.But staring at the work-in-progress of La Sagrada Familia was definitely a wow moment.“And it’s not even finished yet,” declared the youngest.It’s said that when asked why it was taking so long to complete the Bascilica (under construction since 1882) Gaudi replied: “My client is not in a hurry.” After a couple of days sight-seeing, it was time to see another side of the region so we caught the train and an hour and a bit later we arrived at Port Aventura.This was our first time at the theme park but I know we will be back.Walking through the resort with its Hallowe’en decorations in gorgeous sunshine was bliss.The park was filled with pumpkins, giant spiders and there were specially-themed Halloween shows taking place.The lack of queues for any rides was a huge advantage of travelling at this time of year.Despite the Aqua Park being closed for the season, there were enough water rides and heart-thumping roller coasters to keep everyone happy.Screams from the Shambhala, Europe’s tallest roller coaster, were warning enough for the faint hearted to avoid.Our only disappointment was the hot chocolate and churros were not the bestAfter a day of full-on fun, the train home was a chance to catch up on some sleep.One of the best ways to discover Barcelona with children is a hop on/hop off tour bus.There are other fantastic tours including a literary tour, Gaudi tour, Gothic Quarter by Night or you could combine your sightseeing with your workout and do a running tour.For us, the Barcelona Bus Turistic was perfect. It was a chance to relax on the top deck in the sunshine and take in this colourful, exciting city.We hopped off at Park Güell, bought some picnic food and spent a sunny afternoon wondering around this artistic playground with its giant ceramic lizard, columns, mosaics and catacombs.The bus route also included a stop at Camp Nou, the hallowed ground of FC Barcelona.We were also able to change routes and take another tour along the Port area of the city.Tickets for the bus tour for a family of four cost €84.00 but this was a full day of sightseeing and one of our holiday highlights.When and how to go: We went in Halloween week and booked flights well in advance with EasyJet from Belfast International to Barcelona. Two adults and two children for less than €360 return.Book well in advance at www.easyjet.com and you can save even more. Watch out for sales periods for even better offers.Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Barcelona and Portadventura. There are fewer people around at those times, cutting queues to the main sites. And it’s cooler!If you are planning to go in the autumn, there’s more here on Portaventura’s Halloween week.https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/10/01/travel-portaventura-launches-halloween-horror-experience/Spain is Ireland’s favourite tourist destination. But there’s more to the country than a beach holiday.You can visit www.spain.info and browse through hundreds of great ideas about where to go and what to see.Where to stay: Check tripadvisor.ie for the best deals and advice from other travellers. Expect to pay €100 per night for family rooms.You can get various guided walking tours of Barcelona – including a gothic tour, and a chocolate tour. All reasonable and a must.Visit www.barcelonaturisme.com to find out more.TRAVEL: HOW BARCELONA DELIVERS THE PERFECT FAMILY BREAK was last modified: January 19th, 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:BarcelonaBelfast International Airportcity breakeasyjetfamily holidayGuideSpanish tourist Board