Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nathan Kirwan Blog:My life after spinal injury

Twenty four year old Nathan Kirwan broke his neck in a fall from a tree on June 3 and was left paralysed. He is a native of Currabinny Co. Cork and was due to graduate from the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy. In his wonderful blog he discusses the horrific injury which he suffered.

The Nathan Kirwan Trust is hoping to secure 100 runners in the Evening Echo Ladies Mini Marathon on September 15 while a fundraising barbecue is also taking place.

The Nathan Kirwan Trust- Notice

Cork Mini Marathon - Sunday 15th September – 4 miles.
Please register with Evening Echo and email your details to minimarathon4nathan@gmail.com and we will sort you out with everything you need!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Pope Francis will consecrate the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart on October 13, 2013

This coming 13 October Pope Francis will consecrate the world to Mary’s Immaculate heart, as part of the Year of Faith initiative. This is in continuation with the consecrations performed by his predecessors, from Pius XII to John Paul II and is a demonstration of Francis’ deep devotion to the Virgin Mary.

The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima, with the bullet that struck John Paul II (in the 13 May 1981 attempt on his life) set in the Virgin Mary’s crown, will arrive in St. Peter’s Square in the afternoon of Saturday 12th and Francis will be there to receive it. This is the 10th time in just under a century that the Marian effigy leaves the Chapel of Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal. In the evening the statue will be taken to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome, where a prayer vigil will be held. On morning of October 13th, the statue will return to St. Peter’s Square, where the Pope will celebrate mass after the Rosary and will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary...Continue reading at Vatican Insider.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Waterford Senior Hurling Manager: STATEMENT FROM WATERFORD COUNTY EXECUTIVE 13/08/2013

On behalf of the Executive of CLG Port Lairge, the term of office of the current Management team and panel ended with our defeat to Kilkenny.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to Michael Ryan - Team Manager, his selectors, panel of players and back room staff.

Michael has given a lifetime of service to the GAA and has given 100% dedication and commitment during his term as Waterford Senior Hurling Manager.

His knowledge and level of input cannot be questioned. The Executive would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge this.

In looking forward to the 2014 season, we will be seeking nominations, as is the norm for a new management team.

The position of Manager will be open to all interested parties. Should the outgoing Manager wish to put his name forward, it will be considered equally with all others who may express an interest.

There will be no further comment from the Executive on this matter.



Emer Barry

PRO, CLG Port Lairge

Waterford Manager Michael Ryan's Resignation Bombshell rocks Waterford Hurling: Time for some hard truths

It is particularly sad to see the resignation of Michael Ryan as Waterford senior hurling manager. He has made herculean efforts often at his own expense to rebuild the county team. He has maintained Waterford's Division 1A status. Waterford also came within seconds of knocking Kilkenny out of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. According to the Irish Examiner:

A delegation of the 2012 squad approached the county board last week seeking a change in management following a players’ meeting. The majority of the panel met in the Ramada Hotel yesterday morning [Sunday] where Ryan’s position was discussed and voted on, with approximately 20 of 28 players understood to have voted against the Ballymacarbry man. It was at the same venue where members of the 2008 panel met when a majority of them expressed a vote of no confidence in Justin McCarthy, which led to his decision to step down. In a one-line statement released during the first half of yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final, county board PRO Emer Barry wrote: “Michael Ryan has officially informed Waterford County Board that he will not be seeking the position of Senior Hurling Team Manager for 2014.” Ryan, who had initially wished to stay on, was expected to receive an extension to his two-year term. It was thought he was interested in another two-year deal. (Irish Examiner)

Player power has removed two managers in the last five years. This has serious implications for the county team. It will undoubtedly deter many potential managers from applying for the vacancy. Michael Ryan and his backroom team got as much out of this team as was humanly possible taking into account the fact that Waterford is rebuilding and has very scarce financial resources. Some people in Waterford need to wake up. To make the breakthrough the county must unearth another four quality players at least. The future is with the young players. Michael Ryan and his selection committee scoured the county for talent. New young players were introduced. There were no prima donnas on the team managed by Ryan. Players were substituted irrespective of reputation. Now of course that was not always the case in Waterford. In the not too distant past it was more difficult to get off the team than to get on it. Cork Manager Jimmy Barry Murphy does not accept prima donnas on his team. Everybody is equal. You take orders or you are dumped. That's the way it must be in Waterford also. No so called star can be allowed to dictate to any Waterford manager. It does not matter who he is. Discipline must prevail. If a so called star can’t take orders then he must go. We in Waterford are inclined to allow one or two so called stars too much leeway. Possibly within three years we might be able to win an All Ireland title at senior level. This will only be achieved with military discipline. Any so called star/player that refuses to take orders must be dumped off the panel until such time as he learns to see sense and shows respect.

John Mullane has suggested that Donal Og Cusack should replace Michael Ryan was Waterford manger. This is nonsensical. The Waterford country board has a debt of €700,000. It is just not possible to fund expenses of a high profile manager from outside the county. Incidentally Donal Og has no great track record as a hurling manager. Not for the first time Mullane is wrong. Incidentally the county team could have done without his sniping in the Irish Independent. It is likely that the new manager will come from within the county. My preference would be for Lismore clubman Sean Prendergast who has had great success training Tipperary and Cork club teams. Derek McGrath of De La Salle would also make a strong candidate. Sadly Waterford GAA is once more in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mystery priest performs miracle at Missouri crash on Highway 19 - then disappears!

Katie Lentz was hit head-on by a drunk driver on Sunday morning on an isolated stretch of Missouri highway. Emergency workers battled for over an hour to rescue her but they couldn't free her from the car wreck. Pinned inside her mangled Mercedes, seriously injured and fading fast, Katie Lentz turned to her rescuers on the lonely open stretch of Missouri highway and asked them to pray.
But as they joined hands a Catholic priest appeared, even though there were no bystanders and the road was blocked. The priest offered a prayer and an instruction to the rescuers that they would now be able to free her. Suddenly, heavy equipment needed to cut through the metal arrived from a nearby town and Lentz was pulled from the wreck in time to be saved - but when they turned to thank the priest, he was gone. It now transpires that the mystery priest was Rev. Patrick Dowling: Read Mystery Priest Who Showed Up at a Crash Scene Then Vanished Has Been Identified — and Here’s the Unlikely Way He Came Forward

Read more: MailOnline

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Video: Joe Brolly lambasts Seán Kavanagh and Tyrone

Perhaps this will add a new word to the English language. To brolly someone means to criticise harshly in a very passionate manner. So I suppose we can say that Joe brollied Sean Kavanagh and Tyrone