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2019 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament Begins Wednesday

first_imgFirst game: vs. No. 2 Central Arkansas, 12 p.m. First game: vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4 p.m. Home of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s Sugar Land Skeeters, Constellation Field is hosting the Southland tournament for the sixth time in seven years. No. 7 Northwestern State – Record: 30-23, 15-15 SLCThe defending Southland Conference tournament champions enter their fifth tournament in the last six years looking to repeat their 2018 performance at Constellation Field. The matchup of Northwestern State and Central Arkansas is the only matchup of teams that didn’t play in the regular season, so the Demons and Bears will get their first look at one another in the noon game on Wednesday. Northwestern State had three named to the Southland’s all-conference teams in second-team pitcher Nathan Jones and third-teamers Caleb Ricca and Tyler Smith, who also garnered all-defensive honors. The winner of the Southland Conference Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The bracket will be announced Monday, May 27 on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT.  First game: vs. No. 4 Incarnate Word, 7 p.m. First game: vs. No. 7 Northwestern State, 12 p.m. The 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series (CWS) will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., from June 15-25/26. First game: vs. No. 1 Sam Houston State, 4 p.m. The double-elimination tournament will broadcast exclusively on ESPN+, available through ESPN.com and the ESPN app. First game: vs. No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana, 9 a.m. No. 5 McNeese – Record: 31-24, 16-14 SLCThe Cowboys closed out the season 9-2 in conference play, including a sweep of No. 6 seed Stephen F. Austin, to earn a spot in their eighth-consecutive Southland Conference tournament. McNeese is seeking its first tournament title since 2003. The Pokes finished as the league leader in stolen bases with 85, led by 18 from Reid Bourque. McNeese earned four all-conference picks in first-team designated hitter Clayton Rasbeary, second-team second-baseman Nate Fisbeck and third-teamers Carson Maxwell and Jake Dickerson. Maxwell also appeared on the all-defensive squad. First game: vs. No. 5 McNeese, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stephen F. Austin – Record: 24-31, 16-14 SLCThe only tournament team with a losing record, the Lumberjacks opened the year 7-0 in Southland Conference play and ended the year with a series win over 2018 Southland Conference tournament runner-up New Orleans to slide in to the No. 6 spot. Alex Palmer, a junior transfer from Cisco College, stepped in as Stephen F. Austin’s ace in 2019 and set a program record for single-season strikeouts (99) en route to Newcomer of the Year honors. “The Mane Event” allowed the fewest hits per nine innings (6.15) and held Southland hitters to a .191 batting average. The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship consists of a 64-team field – 31 automatic qualifiers and 33 at-large selections. Sixteen teams will be seeded and each of the seeded teams will be placed at one of the regional sites. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship are scheduled for May 31-June 3 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted and the 16 winning teams advance to the Super Regionals, held June 7-9 or June 8-10 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Men’s College World Series. No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana – Record: 30-25, 19-11 SLCSouthland Conference Pitcher of the Year Corey Gaconi leads the Lions into their 12th-straight Southland Conference tournament appearance after a dazzling line in conference play, in which he went 6-0 with a league-low 1.82 ERA and 63 strikeouts. Southeastern Louisiana ended the year on a high note with a road series win at Incarnate Word. The Lions also picked up road series wins over tournament qualifiers Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Stephen F. Austin. SLU garnered three all-conference nods as Gaconi was joined by third-teamers Kyle Schimpf and Jared Biddy. The Lions also placed two on the all-defensive squad in shortstop Cody Grosse and left-fielder Nick Ray. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Record: 30-24, 14-16 SLCThe Islanders are making their first appearance at the Southland Conference tournament since 2015, when their Cinderella run was cut short one game shy of the championship contest. A&M-Corpus Christi once again looks to best Sam Houston in a matchup of aces after the Islanders hassled Hayden Wesneski for six runs on eight hits on May 4. The Islanders feature two first-team all-conference players in third baseman Enrique Sanchez Jr. and infielder Itchy Burts, and pitcher Dustin Lacaze was named to the all-defensive team. SUGAR LAND, Texas – The top eight teams in the league descend on Constellation Field for the 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT. Top seed Sam Houston State enters as the regular season title holder for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. No. 2 Central Arkansas – Record: 29-25, 19-11 SLCThe Bears made a late run for the No. 2 seed, winning five of their last six league games to catch Southeastern Louisiana in the standings. Central Arkansas was awarded the No. 2 seed by virtue of taking two of three from the Lions in the opening weekend of conference play March 8-9. Skipper Allen Gum went in to the final weekend of play having secured his 500th career win with a sweep of Abilene Christian, and added two more to his tally with a series win at Lamar. The Bears accounted for three all-conference spots in second-team pitchers Cody Davenport and Noah Cameron, and Tyler Smith, a third-team all-league selection and a member of the all-defensive team. No. 4 Incarnate Word – Record: 35-20, 18-12 SLCLed by this year’s Southland Conference Clay Gould Coach of the Year, Patrick Hallmark, the Cardinals manufactured a five-game turnaround from 2018 to qualify for their first-ever Southland Conference tournament. UIW led all Southland institutions with a .311 team batting average, and the Cardinals’ pitching staff owned the third-best ERA (4.20), led by all-conference reliever Bernie Martinez (2.12). UIW collected a league-high eight all-conference selections, headlined by Freshman of the Year Taylor Smith, who also appeared on the conference’s all-defensive team. First game: vs. No. 6 Stephen F. Austin, 9 a.m. No. 1 Sam Houston State – Record: 31-23, 20-10 SLCThe Bearkats secured their seventh regular season title in nine years and are seeking a third Southland tournament title in the last four seasons this week. Sam Houston State took two out of three over the defending tournament champion Northwestern State in the final weekend of the regular season. Freshman Colton Cowser, the 2019 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year, capped the weekend with a walkoff single in the season finale to clinch the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed. Cowser was one of seven all-conference picks and one of four first-teamers, joining first baseman Hunter Hearn, second baseman Riley McKnight and ace Hayden Wesneski.last_img read more

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Cook Islands Sevens team prepares for Oceania meet

first_imgThe Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) this week released the 22-member squad. In a statement, CIRU says the national 7s head coach Chris Roden will be visiting Rarotonga from August 4 to 7 to observe the local talent at the Cook Islands Games 7s tournament to be played on August 6 and 7 at the BCI Stadium.Roden has also visited overseas Cook Islands 7s players in Auckland and Melbourne.“Apart from playing in the local league and rugby union competitions, some of the local players have also been attending extra gym and cross-fit sessions to improve their strength and conditioning,” the statement says.The Oceania 7s tournament will be held on November 14 and 15 in Auckland, New Zealand. Meanwhile, The Bond Store Rarotonga Club 15s competition will resume after the Constitution Celebrations.The second round of the competition will start middle of next month. Defending champions Takuvaine Reds lead after an unbeaten run in the opening round of the competition.Players Teina Savage, Eddie Marama, Tautua Solomona, Bernard Faireka, Peter Natua, Timo Tangirere, Johnny Marsters, Moti Saamu, Mana Havi, Saulosi Nagi, Logo Leuta, Vatu Sika, James Tofilau, Jerry Labaibure, Elaisa Ravula, Andrew Purua, B J Heather, Teu Paerau, Hugh Henry, Mata Andrew Matapakia, Thomas Potoru, Jason Potoru.last_img read more

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NOEL Ó GALLCHÓIR BRINGS HIS ONE MAN Mac GRIANNA SHOW TO GORTAHORK

first_imgA ONE-man show on the life of Seosamh Mac Grianna will be performed in Gortahork next week after a successful show in DublinA large crowd gathered in the Teachers Club in Parnell Square in Dublin last weekend for three productions of the one-man show on the life and writings of the famous Rann Na Feirste and Donegal author who died in 1990 aged 90.The show ‘Idir dhá cheann na hImní’ written and performed by Noel Ó Gallchóir, gives a dramatic insight into the eventful, troubled and tragic life of Seosamh Mac Grianna as well as showing his great imaginative style of writing. The use of stage lighting, music and some props helped to encapsulate the audience with childhood stories and different aspects from his books ‘An Druma Mór, An Grá agus an Ghruaim and Mo Bhealach Féin’.He is considered as one of the Greatest Writers of 20th Century Ireland.The Teachers Club, Parnell Square (managed by Annagry man Tadhg Mac Phaidín) was an ideal venue for those living in Dublin and those who had an interest in Mac Grianna’s work.All three shows boasted a great atmosphere and a packed house where the audience were treated after the drama to music from Donegal singers Maria McCool, Brian Danny Minnie Ó Domhnaill, Máire Ní Choilm, Caitlín Nic Niallias and members of the famous ‘Na Casaidigh as well as Cathal ‘banjo’ Ó Curráin. The proceeds from the event were given to the Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless. The show in Gort a’Choirce next week..The local Glór na nGael group have organised an Oíche Dhrámaíochta in Halla Na Paróiste, Gort a’Choirce next Monday 2nd February @ 8.30pm which will feature the one man show on Seosamh Mac Grianna and other musical items.All are welcome. NOEL Ó GALLCHÓIR BRINGS HIS ONE MAN Mac GRIANNA SHOW TO GORTAHORK was last modified: January 28th, 2015 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:gortahorkNoel Ó GallchóirONE MAN SHOWSeosamh Mac Griannalast_img read more

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FUN DAY DURING CHURCH HILL FAIR AT GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE

first_imgCheck out what’s happening in Gartan OETC over the Church Hill Fair 18th & 19th July.Fun filled activities for adults and kids, have a look at the flyer ABOVE. To book contact the Centre on 074 91 37032, email office@gartan.com or visit our website www.gartan.comFUN DAY DURING CHURCH HILL FAIR AT GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE was last modified: July 8th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

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THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR DONEGAL AS TEMPERATURES REACH 24C

first_imgPic: Irish Weather OnlineTWO thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Co Donegal.Forecasters say there is a risk of massive downpours over the county this afternoon – and there is an Orange Status alert for bank holiday Monday.Irish Weather Online reports: “If a capping layer can break(area of warm air aloft), then conditions are favourable for some thunderstorms to break out in the midlands and northwest over the next few hours. “Main thread will be surface flooding due to slow storm motion, CG lightning and possibly hail.“Current satellite data suggest wind convergence setting up in the area which, if strong enough can help storms initiate and break through the cap.”Met Eireann hasn’t issued official warnings for today – but the Orange Status alert for tomorrow is for heavy thundery rain for the afternoon and evening.This could lead to treacherous driving conditions, said the forecaster. Temperatures today hit 24C. It’s also very humid across the county. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR DONEGAL AS TEMPERATURES REACH 24C was last modified: June 5th, 2016 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:lightningthunderWarninglast_img read more

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Liverpool boss defends £67m Alisson fee – ‘Oblak would have cost £89m!’

first_img 2 Alisson arrived in Merseyside from Roma earlier this month in a deal which could rise to £67million.But the Reds boss insists the club were forced to spend big to land a top quality goalkeeper this summer due to the lack of options elsewhere.Slovenian gloveman Jan Oblak was another of Klopp’s targets, but his buy-out clause from Atletico Madrid proved too expensive for the Premier League side.‘Liverpool have paid £66m and only have the second-best keeper on Merseyside’“Everybody thinks it’s a lot of money. It is a lot of money, but he could’ve left for crazy money,” Klopp explained in an interview with ESPN FC.“The clause for Oblak for example is 100m euros (£89m), so nice!“The goalkeeper market is different because it’s not each year that there is anybody available.“We didn’t know exactly if Alisson is available or not, but from a specific moment we realised obviously he is available and that’s the moment when we decided we want to go for him.” 2 “Yes, we all know what happened in the final, but we know as well why it’s not about that. It’s not the reason (for signing Alisson).“We really wanted to bring in a player which we didn’t have before to be honest and that’s what happened with Alisson.”Meanwhile, Roma president James Palotta has admitted he was delighted with the club’s business.“In Alisson’s case, come on, let’s be serious. You know, 70m euros is a lot,” he told SiriusXM FC. Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have not been convincing in the Liverpool net Welcome to @LFC, @Alissonbecker. 🔴https://t.co/t4msWAm2sU pic.twitter.com/2xefw3zIFU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 19, 2018But the boss also gave a half-hearted reason why the club decided to go all-out to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.Klopp has had a long-standing problem between the sticks since his appointment at Anfield.He inherited Simon Mignolet as his number one, but the inconsistent Belgian was later dropped for young German Loris Karius, who then made two huge mistakes in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.But Klopp has refused to lay blame on either goalkeeper for their form and has now hailed both Mignolet and Karius as ‘highest-level Premier League quality’.That only raises the question why he felt the need to sign Alisson in the first place and, when quizzed, the German danced around the subject.“We are really fine with our goalkeepers,” he added.“There are no doubts (about) Simon Mignolet – big quality, absolutely Premier League highest-level quality, Loris Karius as well. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended the signing of Alisson for a world record fee for a goalkeeper.But the Reds boss has offered a bizarre explanation to why he brought the Brazil number one to Anfield.last_img read more

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TRAINEE CHEF WARNED HE COULD BE COOKING FOR PRISONERS BEHIND BARS!

first_imgA trainee chef was warned by a judge that he could find himself behind bars cooking for prisoners if he does not “cop on.”Barry McBride of Downings kicked a taxi outside the Golden Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny, Co Donegal on September 22nd last.When the taxi-driver alerted Gardai, McBride became abusive and told Gardai to “***k off.” Letterkenny District Court heard McBride had previous convictions for public order, threatening behaviour and urinating in public.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said McBride, 23, was a talented chef who is currently in France doing job interviews but had a slight drink problem.However Judge Paul Kelly said “He is running out of rope. He would want to cop himself on or he will be ‘cheffing’ for guests of the State.”He fined McBride a total of €400.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTRAINEE CHEF WARNED HE COULD BE COOKING FOR PRISONERS BEHIND BARS! was last modified: November 17th, 2011 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:Barry McBridechefDowningslast_img read more

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Banks, cards push saving programs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week They’re building on earlier spend-to-save programs, such as BabyMint and Upromise, which help families save for college for their kids, and NestEggz, which is a retirement savings program. And, of course, there are dozens of rewards cards, some of which urge consumers to save the cash they get back. “Over the past 18 months or so, there’s been an explosion of programs out there,” said Greg McBride, a financial analyst with Bankrate.com in North Palm Beach, Fla. Most of the rewards cards are designed to increase customer loyalty, he said. That’s because the more they use a specific card, the more they get back. The new cards have a similar goal, “with savings as a side benefit,” McBride said. NEW YORK – It’s increasingly obvious that Americans are not very diligent about saving money. According to the latest government figures, Americans spent more than they earned throughout the summer. That resulted in negative savings rates for June, July and August, following a paltry savings rate of just 0.1 percent in the preceding three months. So it should come as no surprise that banks and other financial institutions are creating spend-to-save programs – rewards programs patterned after the popular airlines’ frequent flyer plans and aimed at allaying consumer fears about their bad savings habits. New offerings include Bank of America Corp.’s “keep the change” debit card, which rounds the price of a consumer’s purchase up to the nearest whole dollar and transfers the extra money to a savings account. American Express Co., meanwhile, has introduced a credit card called One, and says every purchase on the card will trigger a 1 percent deposit into a high-yield savings account. But some consumer experts worry that Americans don’t need more inducements to spend. “If it’s enticement to run up higher credit card debt, that’s a confusing saving incentive, to say the least,” said Travis Plunkett, legislative director of the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America advocacy group in Washington, D.C. Plunkett also worries that some consumers will overestimate the amounts they’ll accumulate under spend-to-save programs. If a program promises a 1 percent rebate, for example, a consumer has to spend $1,000 to get $10 back or to get $10 deposited in his or her savings account. “These are absolutely not alternatives to meaningful savings,” Plunkett said. Even if consumers read the fine print in the spend-to-save offers and don’t find pitfalls, they can still trip themselves up if they’re not careful. Bankrate.com’s McBride points out that the reward credit card offers are best for consumers who play their bills in full every month. “They don’t incur any finance charges, so they’re truly getting something for nothing,” he said. But consumers who carry a balance on their credit cards – and some 60 percent of Americans do – might be better off looking for a low-interest card than a spend-to-save or rebate offer, he added. Here’s his math: Say the card promises 1 percent back, and it’s going into an account that can earn 3.5 percent, but the card carries a 13 percent interest charge on unpaid balances. If a consumer spends $100, the rebate of $1 would earn 3.5 cents in interest in a year, but the finance cost for carrying that $100 balance would be $13. “That’s dwarfing what you’re getting back,” McBride said. On debit cards, he said, “the one caveat is, don’t overdraw your account.” That’s because an overdraft fee – often $25 or more – “will wipe out months of … contributions to your savings account.” Both Plunkett and McBride said the new programs could be a small step toward saving for people who aren’t doing so. “It is a way Americans can save a little bit of money in a regular fashion,” Plunkett said. “But it shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for regular savings in real savings accounts.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Set to Host Drake Invitational

first_imgBrills, Herder and Lomas each recorded over 12 singles wins last year. In doubles, Lomas is the Bulldogs top returner with 16 wins during her rookie season. First-year head coach Mai-Ly Tran returns three juniors, Summer Brills, Tess Herder and Mela Jaglarz and two sophomores Joely Lomas and Kenya Williams. The squad welcomes one newcomer, freshman Abigail Sogard from Indianapolis, Ind. The eight-team field includes; Creighton, Drake, Iowa State, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Upper Iowa and Wichita State. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team opens its fall campaign this weekend, hosting the eight-team Drake Invitation at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Tournament play begins on Friday at 10 a.m. with two round of doubles and one round of singles. Competition continues on Saturday with two rounds of single and one of doubles. The final rounds of singles and doubles will be played on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.center_img Story Links Drake Invitational Draw After the Drake Invitational, the Bulldogs head to Colorado Springs, Colo. for play in the Air Force Invitational.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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DEADLINE EXTENDED AS DONEGAL SCHOOLS URGED TO REMEMBER RAINBOW RELAY

first_imgSt Eunan’s National School in Raphoe took part in the Rainbow Walks.With the Easter holidays now over, schools heading back into their last term have been urged to keep their rainbow walks in mind for Relay for Life – and to let the committee know what day they plan to hold them.Schools across the county last year made the Rainbow Relay one of the big successes of Relay for Life, Donegal, helping to raise awareness of cancer across the county.“The emphasis on these walks is not on fundraising, but on education and awareness and hopefully we will gets of schools taking part once again this year,” said Liam Porter, Relay for Life Schools coordinator. He added: “We know that schools are really busy and that’s why we have left it to them to organise the walk any day that suits them. That said, we’d love to know what days schools are planning so we can get along to some of the walks.”The Rainbow Relay sees students and teachers dress up in bright colours before taking part in a walk that will help raise awareness of all types of cancer.“Primary and secondary schools across Donegal took part in this last year and it was a fantastic success and hopefully it will be an even bigger success this time around. Secondary schools who don’t have a team entered could still perhaps do the walk as a way of getting involved,” Liam added.Deadline extended The Rainbow Relay is just one of the ways schools can take part this year with poetry and song contests also included for students, and the deadline for entering those contests has been extended, Liam revealed.“We are really excited about the standard of the fantastic entries we have already received for the contests, but because our closing deadline fell during the school holidays we have extended the deadline for entries for both the song and poetry contests now to 12 noon on Friday May 2nd.”Liam added that full details of how schools can get involved are available on the Relay for Life blog page – http://dlschoolsrelay4life.wordpress.com/ where educational resources are also available to download.Schools can also get in touch with Liam by sending a text to 0862657758 or an e.mail to lporter@eircom.net DEADLINE EXTENDED AS DONEGAL SCHOOLS URGED TO REMEMBER RAINBOW RELAY was last modified: April 27th, 2014 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:donegalRainbow WalksRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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