Oral Tracey Column

first_imgThe dissenting voices against Usain Bolt being voted the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year across all sports by members of the international media ahead of tennis’ Novak Djokovic, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are relatively few but quite fervent.I too would have voted for Bolt to win this award, not because he is a Jamaican, but because of the impact of his performances at the World Championships.Indeed, I am shocked that the American decathlete, Ashton Eaton, was given the nod ahead of Bolt for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, but that is a separate issue.The core argument being put forward is that Bolt was not by any stretch of the imagination the most consistent athlete across all sports in 2015. Certainly, he was not more consistent than Djokovic, who won three of the four available grand slam titles and lost in the final of the other, therefore, Bolt should not have received this award.Just listening to this debate unfold, it confirms a fundamental deficiency in the analysis of sports performances in terms of impact and the magnitude of one performance relative to another.CONSISTENCY ARGUMENTThe notion seems to be that performances at the top in one sport automatically make that performance equal to the top performances in other sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning three grand slam titles in tennis is hardly equivalent to winning three gold medals at the World championships.Not surprisingly, these are by and large the same voices that have been attempting to use the same flawed premise to make the case that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time based on his consistent performances season after season for his club.Again, there is a conspicuous inability or unwillingness to properly reconcile Messi’s excellent club achievements with his abysmal international failures. The simplistic thinking is that he is consistent week in, week out, so he is the best, with no regard for the magnitude of big-day performances.What the journalists across the world saw in Bolt’s performances in Beijing was enough impact in those big performances to outweigh all other performances.Who remembers that Novak won three grand slams?BIGGESTRACEOFTHEDECADEWe all remember vividly, though, that Bolt won the biggest race of the decade, repelling the threat of the drug-tainted Justin Gatlin and all that a victory for the American might have meant to the very credibility of the sport, thus the school of thought that Bolt not only retained his 100 metres title, but effectively saved the sport of track and field.These are the intangibles, the context and perspective about a particular performance which cannot be ‘Googled’ and will not show up on the stats sheet.Bolt does not have to compete every week on the Diamond League circuit to be crowned the Male Athlete of the Year. This award, after all, is not a consistency award.If there is a global event such as the World Championships and Bolt performed the way he did in Beijing in 2015, the sheer magnitude of those performances would have decimated all other performances on the relatively smaller stages provided by the other sports.That is why most of the astute international sports journalists across the globe quite rightly voted for the ‘Big Man’ as 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Neither my fellow journalists nor I can be held responsible for anyone’s inability to grasp that simple principle.last_img read more

Province wide registration system to start for off road vehicles

first_imgTo provide plenty of notice and allow for a smooth transition, the new registration system is currently voluntary for operation on Crown land, but will become mandatory on June 1, 2015.  The combined cost of the number plate and registration fee is $48.Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says “Off-road vehicle registration will help combat vehicle theft as well as promote safe and environmentally responsible use of ORVs in B.C.’s backcountry. Starting voluntary registration now provides ORV owners plenty of opportunity to adjust to the new requirements.”Effective Nov. 17, off-road vehicle owners can obtain a one-time registration for off-road vehicles that is integrated within the pre-existing structure of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) motor vehicle registry. This will reduce implementation costs and allows off road vehicle owners to register at any of the 900-plus ICBC insurance brokers in the province.- Advertisement -These changes, made possible by the passage of the Off-Road Vehicle Act on March 24, 2014, support the Province’s Off Road Vehicle Management Framework. The framework will help British Columbians get out and enjoy the beauty of the province’s backcountry and ensure off-road vehicles, including snowmobiles, are driven in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.To date, the Off-Road Vehicle Management Framework has been implemented in stages. Future regulations will follow that will flesh out ORV rules of operation, safety standards, penalties and conditions of use for awide range of modern ORVs, including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or “quads”, dirt bikes and side-by-sides (e.g., Rhinos and Argos).BACKGROUNDEROff road vehicle registration detailsAdvertisement Why should I register now?There are a number of good reasons to register under the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Act now rather than wait for the mandatory date of June 1, 2015:* ORV riders that choose to register now start to benefit from this program earlier.* For example, if your ORV is stolen, a registered vehicle can more easily be tracked back to you as the registered owner.* The ORV number plate is a dual purpose plate — if you register and a get the number plate under the ORV Act, it may also be used for highways crossings if the ORV is also licensed and insured under the Motor Vehicle Act.What information do I need to bring to the broker to register my ORV?Advertisement To demonstrate you are the legal owner of the vehicle, one or more of the following is required:* A New Vehicle Information Statement or a Certificate of Origin if purchased new, but never registered previously.* A Bill of Sale or other document acceptable as a Bill of Sale, such as a Transfer Tax Form (APV9T) signed by seller – Transfer Tax forms are widely available from any Autoplan broker.* A completed B. C. Consumer Taxation Branch Gift of Vehicle Form (FIN 319)* For ORVs imported from the U.S., a Title Certificate; Form 1 or B15 Accounting Document.* For ORVs imported into B.C. from another Canadian jurisdiction, the previous registration documents.* In the absence of the above, a sworn statutory declaration (MV1484) will be required with information about how you came into possession of the off road vehicle and your attempts to get the one or more of theother documentation as described above.If you’re uncertain on what documents you need to register your ORV, contact your local ICBC Autoplan broker who can help figure out which document fits your situation best.last_img read more

Sofapaka closing in on Zanzibar’s Makame

first_img“We have been talking to the club for a while now and we are almost coming to an agreement. The talks are positive and I am certain we will land the player. He will be our final signing of the January window,” Kayoyi said on Thursday.Head coach Sam Ssimbwa also acknowledges he has been informed of the pending arrival of the 21-year old, though he admits he doesn’t know much about him.Sofapaka FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa issues instructions during a training session at te Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“I didn’t have the privilege of watching CECAFA and so I didn’t see much of him. But my fellow coaches did watch him and the report I get is that he is a very good player and will be a very good addition to the team,” Ssimbwa said.Makame mesmerized during the recently concluding CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup where he played a starring role in Zanzibar’s run to the final, where they lost 3-1 on post-match penalties to Kenya’s Harambee Stars. He was however injured after 21 minutes of the final.Several KPL clubs were said to be trailing his services with Gor Mahia having expressed a concrete desire to land his services, but were slowed down by the lack of opportunity within their foreign player quota. AFC Leopards had also shown interest.Sofapaka, the 2009 league champions have already snapped up one outstanding player from the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, having tied down Burundian centre back Mousa Omar to a two-year contract.Sofapaka FC players gather after a training session at the Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe club has also signed Western Stima utility Vitalis Akumu, left-back Yussuf Mohammed from Muhoroni Youth, former AFC Leopards keeper Ian Otieno, Kariobangi Sharks duo of Ibrahim Kitawi and Elli Asieche, Jackson Saleh, strikers Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani as well as midfielder Teddy Osok on loan from Gor Mahia.Meanwhile, the club has released Ugandan defender Jonathan Mugabi, Sam Mutiria, Hansel Ochieng and George Opiyo while forward Morven Otinya has been shipped out on a season-long loan deal to Nzoia Sugar.“It is a good team, but I can’t say it is the strongest. The one I had in 2010/2011 was one of the best. In this one, we only have one national team player. In 2010 we had up to nine players. But we are working during the pre-season to gel and hopefully we can compete,” head coach Ssimbwa said.Batoto ba Mungu kicks-off their 2018 KPL campaign at home against Bandari FC on February 4 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zanzibar Heroes midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame in action for the side during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11- Former Kenyan Premier League champions Sofapaka will complete the signing of Zanzibar midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame in the next one week with the clubs already having agreed terms.Batoto ba Mungu Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Kayoyi has revealed to Capital Sport that only a few details of the transfer remain to be completed but the Jang’ombe FC player will don the blue and white of Sofapaka in the coming season.last_img read more

‘You have to suffer’ – Zidane hails gritty Real win

first_imgWhen Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern an early lead and James Rodriguez levelled with 27 minutes remaining, Real looked in danger of surrendering their 2-1 advantage from the first leg.By the end, Real’s fans were begging for the full-time whistle and if it is to be Liverpool in the final in Kiev, Jurgen Klopp’s men will take heart.Zidane, however, insists the grit his team have shown to overcome Paris Saint-Germain, Juve, and now Bayern, should not be underestimated.“In football, you have to suffer,” Zidane said. “You cannot be in the final without suffering, it’s even better, more beautiful when you win like that.“Madrid never gives up. It is the same in adversity, we believe in what we do and we get things done by believing in ourselves and fighting.”Real, and Zidane, are now on the brink of a third consecutive Champions League triumph, and 13th overall in Europe’s premier tournament.Whether it be Liverpool or Roma they face in Kiev, Los Blancos will be strong favourites to lift the title.“We are only in the final,” Zidane said. “You can be happy, you have to be, it is not normal to be in the final for the third consecutive time.“But now that we are, what we have to do is try to win. We will fight to defend our title.”– ‘Spectacular’ Navas –Benzema’s two goals were also credit to Zidane, who had picked the striker despite a poor run of form that had included only one goal in 12 games.“He never gave up and I’m happy for him,” Zidane said. “I defended Karim as I defend all my players, I defend them until the end.”Bayern, meanwhile, are left wondering what might have been after dominating large spells of the two legs but paying a heavy price for individual mistakes.Benzema’s second, which proved decisive, was a gift, with goalkeeper Sven Ulreich making a mess of Corentin Tolisso’s under-hit back pass and allowing the Frenchman to slot into an open net.“If you look at both games it is quite apparent we were the best team,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said.“I’m very disappointed in the result. We dominated, I believe, and they should thank Keylor Navas for his performance in goal, he was spectacular, particularly towards the end of the match.”On Ulreich’s error, Heynckes added: “He had a little blackout, he got confused, he didn’t realise he couldn’t pick it up with his hands.“It’s terrible for a player to live through such a moment, but nevertheless we did have a lot of opportunities, and all in all our ‘keeper performed well.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Karim Benzema scored twice but Real Madrid had to hang on for a 4-3 aggregate win after Bayern levelled 2-2. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 2 – Real Madrid scrapped their way into a third consecutive Champions League final on Tuesday and coach Zinedine Zidane said he would not have wanted it any other way.After their last-gasp win over Juventus in the quarter-finals, Real were left hanging on against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu as Karim Benzema’s double secured a 2-2 draw and 4-3 win on aggregate.last_img read more

AFTER THE SNOW, STORM RACHEL SET TO BATTER NORTH WEST WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS

first_imgStorm rachel is on the way to Donegal today.URGENT WEATHER WARNING: Donegal and the North West is set to take the full force of a storm later today on a scale experts say could be the worst to hit us in years.Already forecasters believe Storm Rachel is packing winds of up to 90 miles per hour and will bring havoc to this part of Ireland in the same way a storm hit Munster on February 12 last year cutting power to half a million people.If you look closely at this predictive wind map, you will be able to just make out the North West of Ireland. The warning comes as Donegal wakes up to snow covered streets and countryside for the second day in a row after move heavy snow overnight.Several schools remain closed and many roads across the county are treacherous this morning.Schools which have opened have advised children to travel only if it is safe to do so.But now there will be even more disruption later today and in to tomorrow, warn forecasters. The Yellow Wind Warning applies from 3pm today and lasts until midnight tomorrow, so it promises to be a significant weather event.Met Eireann say gusts of wind will reach up to 140kph across Donegal.Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online warned: “The highest winds will hit the North West of Ireland.“People should secure loose objects and if you have to park a vehicle outdoors, pick a spot that is not downwind from trees or other potentially loose objects.“To assess that before the winds pick up, you can stand in the proposed location and face southwest then west, to see what is upwind of that location. It might save you a bit of damage to your car if you avoid a location where a tree branch or roofing tiles could fly into it. Definitely time to bring in the trampolines.” AFTER THE SNOW, STORM RACHEL SET TO BATTER NORTH WEST WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS was last modified: January 14th, 2015 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:donegalrainsnowStorm Rachelwindlast_img read more

St Michael’s GAA club: Congrats to PCC on Ulster final win!

first_imgCongratulations to PCC Falcarragh who won their first McDevitt Ulster Colleges Cup on Friday last when they beat St. Ronan’s Lurgan on a scoreline of PCC 3-9 St. Ronan’s 1-11.The club had a number of players on the team.  Well done boys and congratulations to everyone involved with the club.Following the AGM held on the 16th December, the officer Board elected for 2017 is: Chairperson: Neil McGinley. Vice-Chairperson: Mickey Mc Fadden, Secretary: Ann Marie Kelly, Asst Secretary: Patricia Kelly, Treasurer: Brian Dolan, Asst Treasurer, PRO: Moses Alcorn, Registrars: Suzi Roarty & Ann Marie Kelly, Development Officer: Cairns Witherow, Asst Dev officers: Shaun Langan, Tommy Mc Ginley, Oifig Na Gaelaige agus Cultuir: Margaret Anne O’Reilly, Coaching Officer: Manus Friel, Youth Officer: Shaun Langan, County Board Delegates:Hugh O Donnell, Hugh McGee, Players Rep: Michael Gallagher, H & WB officers, Elaine McDaid & Stephen Doak.Executive Committee Members, Liam McElhinney, William Sheridan, Brian Mc Ginley, Michael McColgan, Collette Alcorn, Liam Ferry, Nicola Ferry, Joanne Hughes, Dominic Carr, Eamon McGinley, Danny Langan, Mark Langan, Martin McGarvey. St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 1,3,10,12,14,17.  There were no Match 5 Winners; thirteen People Matche 4 and their names were drawn. The winner of the €100 was Hugh McCarry Kildarragh. This weeks Jackpot be €2550.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated. Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo Session The €75 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Terri McFadden Killoughcarron Creeslough; €75 on the 10th Game was won by Brid McGinley Main Street Dunfanaghy.  The €100 on the Snowball game was won by Kathleen Ward Figart Dunfanaghy. The winner of the Christmas Hamper was Patricia Hunter Ards.  St. Michael’s GAA Club would like to thank The Creeslough Supermarket for Sponsoring the Christmas Hamper and Huckleberry Café Creeslough and Bacus Ui Bhaoill Bakery Fintown  for sponsoring the Cup of Tea and Cake before the start of the Bingo on Sunday Night Last.Patrons please note that The Bingo Session in Creeslough will go ahead on Christmas Night at the usual time of 8pm, everyone is welcome.  All lines €30, 2 Houses at €75, All other Houses at €50, Sheet: €30 Line, €100 House, The Snowball is now €1,000 on 45 Numbers or less.The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.National Club Draw St. Michael’s Club officials will be selling the annual National Draw tickets door to door in the Dunfanaghy and Creeslough areas over the next few weeks.  All support would be greatly appreciated for this important fundraising event for the club.  Tickets are priced at €10 and included in this is a local, County and National Draw.2017 Season Tickets & Club + CardsSales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games. Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardSt Michael’s Minor Board AGMSt Michael’s Minor Board AGM took place last Tuesday evening in St Michael ‘s Day Centre. The meeting was very well attended and it is exciting to have new faces and new ideas along with the experienced. Registration took place on the night for the 2017 season. The following officers were elected:-Chairperson : Manus FrielAsst Chairperson : Colette AlcornSecretary :Joanne HughesAsst Secretary: Ann Marie KellyTreasurer : Peter TonerAsst Treasurer : Agnes BreenRegistrar : Pauline Mc GinleyAsst Registrar: Annette FerryPRO: Margaret Anne O’ReillyAsst PRO: Yvonne FrielU8 Manager : Bernard Mc GinleyAsst Manager : Mick HarkinU10 Managers:Dave Chernick &Eric GreenbergAsst Manager : Martin Mc GarveyU12 Managers : Martin Wood&Danny MartinLaffertyU13/U14Managers: Darragh McCarry &Damian McGinleyAsst Manager : James HunterU 16 Managers: Manus Friel &Mickey Mc FaddenU17 Managers:/ Raymond McMinors                           Laughlin &Chris Mc ElhinneyAsst Manager: Hugh O’Donnell.We wish the new Committee and Management team every success and enjoyment in the year ahead . We are continuing to take registrations for the 2017 Season.We wish to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work throughout the year and for a very successful season.Clothes BankA clothes bank is now situated on High St, Creeslough ie around the corner from McNultys Bar in aid of St. Michael’s Minor Board.  If anyone is clearing out presses etc. all donations of clothes, shoes, bags, curtains etc would be much appreciated.St Michael’s GAA club: Congrats to PCC on Ulster final win! was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

UPROAR AS SUNDAY WORLD MAN CLAIMS DONEGAL WERE SECONDS FROM ‘ANOTHER HUMILIATION’

first_imgOutspoken Sunday World sports writer Roy Curtis has taken another dig at Jim McGuinness and his team – despite Donegal’s superb All-Ireland semi-final victory against Dublin.Roy Curtis – the man Donegal GAA fans love to hate!Curtis has been lambasted by GAA fans here in Donegal for a number of critical articles he has penned about Donegal.A few weeks ago he called Jim McGuinness a ‘buffoon’ as well as predicting the Dubs would brush past the challenge of the Ulster champions with ease. Now Curtis has had the neck to say that Jim McGuinness was just seconds from being humiliated by Dublin at Croke Park.Curtis said, “Those who deem Jim McGuinness a worker of miracles forget that he was one kick away from a second humiliation in a little less than 13 months.“Connolly’s goal chance is converted and Dublin are home free, they might have won by twenty. But they didn’t,” he said.But he adds “As somebody who has been slow to acclaim McGuinness – the distaste at his treatment of Kevin Cassidy and Declan Bogue, the suspicion of his fervour for messianic self-promotion are undimmed – it would be mean-spirited, juvenile not to salute his finest hour. “And this was his finest hour, the afternoon he became Hercules.”Curtis does heap praise on Donegal’s new sensation Ryan McHugh who he admits is currently favorite for the Player of the Year Award. UPROAR AS SUNDAY WORLD MAN CLAIMS DONEGAL WERE SECONDS FROM ‘ANOTHER HUMILIATION’ was last modified: September 8th, 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessRoy Curtissunday worldlast_img read more

DRIVER ‘CRITICAL’ AFTER SERIOUS ROAD ACCIDENT

first_imgThe main N56 road between Loughanure and Dungloe is closed this morning as a result of a serious accident at 2am. The single car crash happened near the Cruckakeehan junction.It is understood the car was coming from Dungloe travelling in the direction of Loughanure. The driver, a male occupant in his twenties, and his female passenger, also in her twenties, were removed to Letterkenny General Hospital.It is understood the male is critically ill in the hospital’s intensive care unit.The road is expected to remain closed for several hours to facilitate a technical examination.Diversions are in place via Meenamara or Annagry on the Loughanure side, and via Ardcrone/Kerytown on the Dungloe side.  DRIVER ‘CRITICAL’ AFTER SERIOUS ROAD ACCIDENT was last modified: August 4th, 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:crashdungloeGardailetterkenny hospitalLoughanurelast_img read more

Tree-mendous! Shandon Hotel opens its Christmas winter wonderland!

first_imgIf it’s a genuine Christmas feel you are looking for, then look no further than the Shandon Hotel this festive season.The hotel’s Magical Winter Wonderland began last night at the Shandon and for overnight residents this package is sold out every weekend between now and Christmas.Not many other hotels can boast they have 50 Christmas trees as part of their festive decorations. The Shandon will welcome over 1000 families to stay between now and 23rd December, in a season typically where families don’t travel and in a hotel that historically closed down in the off peak!Due to local demand, we have decided to open the magical winter wonderland walkthrough on the Sunday the 4th, Sunday 11th and Sunday the 18th December to nonresidents from 10am to 4pm.Booking is not necessary, however it’s on a first come first service basis so we recommend that you come as early as possible to avoid long queues.Meet Santa at The Shandon! Take the journey to Mrs Claus’ Cabin, where you will meet Santa and enjoy a photo & small gift, but before you do, you must make your way through the Shandon’s magical winter wonderland walkthrough, first up explore the Shandon Forest’s reindeers and abundance of trees (indoors) next up meet our 7ft talking polar bear in Narnia before you finish off picking a candy cane from the tree in Gingerbread Alley!After your Christmas adventure, Santa Claus will be waiting to meet you and talk about what he would like left out for him and Rudolf on Christmas Eve!Pricing, 1 child €25, 2 Children €40, 3 Children €50 and 4 Children €60. Price includes 1 family photo, the winter walk through, small gift for each child.Bar food is available from 12.30 until late each day and on Sundays we offer our Special Sunday Roast main course for €13.50, or why not enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies by the turf fire while you wait on your photo to be printed!Tree-mendous! Shandon Hotel opens its Christmas winter wonderland! was last modified: November 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Sharks’ Martin Jones is playing his best hockey of the season

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — Apparently, leapfrog is a game that adults can play, as well.The Sharks continued their game of tag with the Calgary Flames on Monday, moving back into first place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference by extending their winning streak to five games in Minnesota.The Flames jumped back into first place on Sunday by beating the Vegas Golden Knights one day after the Sharks took the penthouse suite with a win over the St. Louis Blues. Both squads are desperate to …last_img