Guyanese, visitors welcomed with sweet treats at CJIA

first_imgSweet treats and a warm Guyanese welcome met visitors arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Saturday morning.As the passengers disembarked the flight and made their way to Immigration, they were welcomed with warm bright smiles, black cake and beverages, ranging from ginger beer to fruit juices and even energy drinks.The taste of the traditional Guyanese black cake no doubt left both returning Guyanese and visitors alike with a sweet taste in their mouths.Those who spoke with the Department of Public Information said they were pleasantly surprised, but were equally appreciative of the initiative.Some of the passengers remarked that the welcome was a surprise they truly appreciated. Another noted that the new airport facilities were a vast improvement from previous years. While generally many agreed that it was good to be back home – “the best place to be for the Christmas holidays.”This initiative is a collaboration between Digicel Guyana, Ansa McAl and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Representative of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport., Paul Dwarka, says although an official count has not yet been conducted, arrival figures have increased compared to last year.“The number of passengers coming in has surged due to the increase in flights” … more flights, more passengers, all incoming flights have been full,” Dwarka said.The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has also been instrumental in the hosting of the meet and greet at the main airport and other ports of entry in Guyana. Over the past week several teams have fanned out across the country to welcome visitors in true Guyanese fashion, and to spread Christmas cheer, these ports also include Moleson Creek Crossing and the Ogle International Airport.The body believes this exercise of spreading cheer during the festive season helps to promote Guyana’s tourism in the area of hospitality.Throughout the calendar year, the GTA conducts similar exercises for national holidays.last_img read more

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Messi equaliser denies Chelsea victory at Stamford Bridge

first_imgHowever, one moment of carelessness cost Chelsea dear as Andres Iniesta intercepted Andreas Christensen’s pass to tee up Messi to swing the balance of the tie in Barca’s favour 15 minutes from time.The English champions must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight.Barcelona star Lionel Messi celebrates with his long-time team-mate Andres Iniesta after they combined to score the goal. PHOTO/ DAILY MAILChelsea manager Antonio Conte sprang a surprise before kick-off by leaving out both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata with Eden Hazard instead operating in the middle of a front three featuring Willian and former Barca winger Pedro Rodriguez.And it was Hazard who sent the first warning that Barca were in for an uncomfortable evening when he fired just over from 20 yards five minutes in.Antonio Rudiger also headed just wide in a positive opening from the hosts, but it was Barca who had the first clear chance on 16 minutes.Chelsea constantly tried to surround Messi with three or four blue shirts to limit the Argentine’s threat, but he dug out a cross to the far post where an unmarked Paulinho headed wide.Barca then went on to dominate possession for a large spell of the first half with their control of the ball reaching 80 percent at one stage.However, the visitors lacked penetration before the break and were lucky to go in level at half-time.Chelsea’s No 22 is joined by his Chelsea team-mates bu the corner flag after scoring the opening goal of the two-legged tie. Photo/DAILY MAILWillian showed his ability to score from outside the box off either foot with a double against Hull City to take Chelsea into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.He was inches away from another long-range stunner when he curled onto the post from 25 yards with Marc-Andre ter Stegen beaten in the Barca goal.Barca had kept six clean sheets in their previous seven Champions League games, but once again had good luck rather than good defending to thank four minutes before the break when Willian hooked another effort from outside the box off the woodwork.Ter Stegen dives to his right in an attempt to save a shot from Willian, but is spared when it bounces off his goalpost. Photo/DAILY MAILHazard then volleyed just over as Chelsea ended the half on a high.Barca appeared to have restored order early second period, but failed to learn their lesson of Willian’s danger from the edge of the box.A short corner was worked into the Brazilian’s path and he arrowed a low shot past the rooted Ter Stegen.However, Barca remain unbeaten in 31 La Liga and Champions League games under Ernesto Valverde thanks to a late rally.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (right) gesticulates wildly on the touchline after seeing Willian hit the post for a second time. Photo/DAILY MAILLuis Suarez had claims for a penalty waved away when he went down under pressure from Rudiger.But Barca’s protests had barely been silenced before they were level.Christensen’s dangerous ball across his own box was a gift for an old scourge of Chelsea in Iniesta.At the end where he broke Chelsea hearts with a stoppage-time equaliser in a highly controversial semi-final in 2009, Iniesta this time squared for Messi to apply the finishing touch low past Thibaut Courtois for his 28th goal of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Messi celebrates grabbing the equaliser along with Andres IniestaLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Lionel Messi struck for the first time in nine games against Chelsea to give Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after earlier hitting both posts in the first half.last_img read more

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Strike threat leaves cloud over La Liga

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona on the opening weekend © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Aug 24 – The prospect of a player strike hangs over Spanish football heading into the second week of the season, as Barcelona and Real Madrid look to build on winning starts to the campaign.La Liga bosses dropped a bombshell on the eve of the campaign when they announced their intention to stage top-flight matches in the United States, starting from this season. However, a move announced as part of attempts to improve the Spanish league’s global popularity has this week been attacked by the country’s players union, AFE.“Footballers are not for sale. We don’t only think about money,” said AFE president David Aganzo, once a striker on Madrid’s books.The union say they hope to persuade league chiefs to change their minds at a meeting next month, with strike action promised if they do not get the outcome they are hoping for.“We are worried for supporters. We see football in a different way. Going to the United States is madness,” Aganzo added.The AFE have also said that match scheduling is a concern, with Valencia’s opening weekend draw with Atletico Madrid one of two games played on Monday night.Matches that do not finish until after midnight are also a feature of the start of the new season, with champions Barcelona’s match at Valladolid one such game this weekend.– Messi in fine fettle already –Ernesto Valverde’s side face their newly promoted opponents fresh from starting their title defence by beating Alaves 3-0 at the Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi scoring a brace, including a superb free-kick.“Finding a way to stop Messi is practically impossible,” said Valladolid coach Sergio Gonzalez.“We will try to ensure that he touches the ball as little as possible. That is great in theory, but the important thing is to stay focused.”While Messi looked as brilliant as ever against Alaves, Real began life in La Liga without Cristiano Ronaldo by beating Getafe 2-0.For now, the two great individuals of the last decade continue to be compared with one another, even with Ronaldo having left for Juventus.“People rarely mention one without mentioning the other,” Valverde said in an interview with Barcelona club media.“A lot of people are interested, me too, to see how it will affect Real Madrid’s football and what they might do in the transfer market, and also knowing that Ronaldo is at another club and what that might mean for La Liga and the Champions League too.”– Courtois awaits debut –Will Thibaut Courtois make his Real Madrid debut in Girona? © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOThe early signs for Real are that Gareth Bale will step forward, after he scored one goal and made another against Getafe to give new coach Julen Lopetegui his first win at the helm.The European champions go to Catalonia on Sunday night to face Girona — who beat them in this fixture last season — with Thibaut Courtois still waiting to make his debut in goal following his arrival from Chelsea.Atletico have been tipped to make a serious push for the title this season, and they started with a 1-1 draw at Valencia, despite Angel Correa giving them the lead.Diego Simeone’s side have a derby at home to newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening and come into the game with winger Vitolo having been ruled out for several weeks with a knee injury.Rayo look set to welcome back striker Raul de Tomas on loan from Real Madrid, with media reports saying he has agreed to return to the club for whom he netted 24 times on loan during their run to promotion last season.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayGetafe v Eibar (1815), Leganes v Real Sociedad (2015)SaturdayAlaves v Betis (1615), Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano (1815), Valladolid v Barcelona (2015)SundayEspanyol v Valencia (1615), Girona v Real Madrid, Sevilla v Villarreal (both 2015)MondayLevante v Celta Vigo (1815), Athletic Bilbao v Huesca (2000)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Classic Transfer: Real Madrid sign Liverpool’s star attacker for FREE

first_img Steve McManaman celebrates winning the Champions League It’s being reported that Real Madrid, despite having the firepower of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Isco and Jese, are ready to add Liverpool sensation Raheem Sterling to their ranks.With Reds manager Brendan Rodgers not keen on handing the youngster a mega-money contract, a deal could be in the offing next summer and, if the teenager does make the switch, Los Blancos will be hoping he has an impact like that of Steve McManaman’s back in 1999.England international McManaman had been one of Liverpool’s star players in the 1990s as the likes of Graeme Souness, Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier attempted to halt a decline following their 1990 First Division title win.Having burst on to the scene after making his debut in 1991 under Kenny Dalglish, the lank-haired midfielder, blessed with stamina, skill and eye for a pass, was soon an Anfield hero as he created the chance for Michael Thomas to score in the 1992 FA Cup final, where the Reds beat Sunderland 2-0, earning him the man of the match award.And following another man of the match display at Wembley in 1995, where he scored two virtuoso goals in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Bolton in the League Cup, all and sundry were hailing McManaman’s abilities.Interest peaked in 1997 when Barcelona and Juventus made bids for the dribbler’s services and by 1999, following a series of contract wrangles, he was being lined up by Real Madrid, who secured him on a free transfer thanks to the relatively new Bosman ruling, which allows out of contract players to leave for nothing.The deal was arranged part way through the 1998/99 season, and was the first time Liverpool had lost a star player for nothing, which shocked many Kopites at the time and undoubtedly reduced McManaman’s status in the eyes of some supporters.In Spain, however, McManaman was vindicated as he thrived where so many Englishman had failed before. In his debut season he became the first English player to win the Champions League with a foreign club, as he volleyed home (see below) their second in a 3-0 victory over Valencia in the Stade de France and was named man of the match.More success followed in the 2000/01 season as he was a member of the team which won La Liga, despite Vicente del Bosque being keen to sell him along with a raft of other players, which included Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Redondo, to finance their move for Luis Figo.Eventually, during a sustained period of excellence at the Bernabeu, even though Florentino Perez’s ‘Galaticos’ transfer policy threatened to curtail his time in Madrid, McManaman won a second Champions League in 2002, scoring a crucial goal in the semi-final away win at Barcelona, and a second league title in 2003.Upon his exit from the club in 2003, as David Beckham moved to the Spanish capital, McManaman was comfortably the most successful English to have played abroad and is still remembered as club legend at Real Madrid. 1last_img read more

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AC Milan agree loan deal for Chelsea target

first_img Gonzalo Higuain in action for Argentina during World Cup 2018. Chelsea could be set to miss out on transfer target Gonzalo Higuain as AC Milan have reportedly agreed a loan deal for the player.With the future of Blues striker Alvaro Morata currently unclear, Chelsea have been linked with Higuain ever since new boss Maurizio Sarri arrived.However, the Rossoneri are believed to have secured a season-long loan for the 30-year-old ahead of a big-money move in 2019. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Sky Sport Italia claim the switch includes a £32million option to buy next year, while they could also snap up Mattia Caldara with Leonardo Bonucci returning to Juventus.Higuain managed 16 goals in 35 Serie A outings last term, which is his lowest return since he arrived in Italy from Real Madrid in 2013. LIVING THE DREAM three-way race Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets targets LATEST 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

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Clippers hope new swagger hangs on

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I haven’t won like he has,” Brand said. “I don’t have my two rings. If I had my two rings, maybe I would talk differently.” Cassell’s confidence even came out during the feel-good, non-confrontational media day as he dismissed the notion that he could be in a training camp battle with 20-year-old Shaun Livingston for the starting point guard job. “That’s a guy that you guys (reporters) blew up,” he said. “When we get on the court, his (butt) is mine. That’s the mind-frame that he’s got to understand. What you did previously no one cares about that. You got to be ready, and I’m going to help him be ready.” CLIPPERS NOTES: Corey Maggette was the lone Clipper not to be with the squad. He rushed home to Chicago because of a family emergency. He is expected to join the squad sometime this week in Santa Barbara. “Without a doubt, the swagger level goes up,” Brand said. “Sam Cassell has been talking trash as soon as he came here. That’s what we need. We need somebody that’s confident like that, saying, hey, jump on our bandwagon or get left behind. We haven’t had that.” In contrast to Cassell, Brand can be vocal but in a Mr. Nice Guy manner. The forward accepts that his personality is different than Cassell, who won championships with the Houston Rockets in his first two NBA seasons in 1994 and 1995. Sam Cassell was all smiles as he chatted with numerous reporters. Cuttino Mobley wore a stern look on his face for most of the afternoon. And the rest of the new Clippers got together for the first time at Staples Center for media day Monday as the team starts training camp today in Santa Barbara. The team’s goal is to make the playoffs and how Cassell and Mobley fit in could be the decisive factor in achieving that. Cassell and Mobley, who can be extremely vocal and cocky, could change the overall attitude of the Clippers as they try to have a winning record for the first time since the 1991-92 season. Elton Brand, who is starting the third year of a six-year, $82.2 million contract, still will be the team’s leader, but the dynamic among the squad should change with Cassell and Mobley. center_img 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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Men’s Basketball Takes 3-Game Win Streak Into Final Week of MVC Play

first_img Live Video Live Audio The Drake University men’s basketball team heads to Illinois State Wednesday evening with a three-game win streak in tow to begin the final week of Missouri Valley Conference action. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Redbird Arena on The Valley on ESPN3.Drake makes the annual trip to Normal, Ill., in search of a season sweep of the Redbirds after an 87-62 victory in the first meeting this season in the Knapp Center. Reigning MVC Player of the Week Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) scored 28 points in that game and is coming off a week in which he scored 59 points to earn league honors. In the Bulldogs’ last game, he scored 20 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer to push Drake past Missouri State, 67-63, and earn a season sweep of the Bears. That victory improved Drake to 10-6 in the MVC standings and guaranteed the Bulldogs no worse than a fourth-place finish in the final league standings. The 10 wins are the team’s most since 2007-08 and mark just the 11th time in program history the team has recorded 10 or more league wins. Live Stats Drake Game Notes Illinois State returns to its home court with a 9-7 mark in league games after defeating UNI, 79-75, Saturday afternoon. Milik Yarbrough, the current MVC Newcomer of the Week, leads the Redbirds with 16.8 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting with 6.4 rebounds per game. Following Wednesday’s game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center to close the regular season Saturday afternoon against MVC newcomer Valparaiso. Tipoff for the season finale is set for 2 p.m. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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DONEGAL TRUCKERS HEAD NORTH TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

first_imgTruckers from Donegal, who are part of a delegation set up to oppose the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the UK’s proposed HGV Road User Levy, will travel to Northern Ireland tomorrow to make their voices heard.The delegation will convene at Parliament Buildings, and is due to meet various MLAs, and are due before the Committee for the Environment.The UK road user charge levy is proposed to be introduced in April 2014; the charge requires all non-UK registered HGV vehicles to pay a charge when entering UK territory – including Northern Ireland. The proposed charge can be paid as a daily levy of £10, or as an annual sum of £1,000, depending on the haulage operator’s preference.The haulage industry feel the introduction of the charge will have major repercussions for Irish hauliers operating in the six counties and transiting through them. Furthermore, the levy is seen as being detrimental to the Northern Irish economy, as the charge will make Northern Irish Ports unattractive to hauliers operating from the Republic.Not only will the charge increase the price of goods entering Northern Ireland, but many feel the introduction of this levy will create a fiscal border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, something which is viewed as contradicting the sentiments of the Good Friday Agreement as well as being harmful to the increase in cross-border co-operation of recent years.Donegal Hauliers in particular, feel that this charge will have an adverse effect on their livelihoods, on the haulage industry, and on industry as a whole. In recent days, the introduction of this new levy has been the subject of much media coverage; Ministers in Stormont, as well as Political figures in both the Seanad and Dáil Éireann, have condemned the impending charge.It has been reported that the Minister for Transport in Dublin, Leo Varadkar TD, last week met with his British Counterpart to discuss the charge, where the issue of an exemption for Northern Ireland was raised.The delegation will be comprised of various political representatives from North and South, as well as hauliers and business owners from both jurisdictions.The Group ‘Action Against Lorry Road User Charge’ are on Facebook, where they have attracted nearly one thousand likes in only a few days, and it’s on their Facebook page that people can sign their online petition. The petition will then be presented to politicians both in Stormont and in Leinster House. DONEGAL TRUCKERS HEAD NORTH TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD was last modified: February 24th, 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:donegaltruckerslast_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: ‘POSTERS IN ARDARA ARE DISGRACE’ – CARR

first_imgLOCAL community activist and election candidate Brian Carr has blasted politicians who have put up posters in Ardara.Whilst Glenties has remained poster-free, it seems every other spare posters has made its way up the road to Ardara, says Carr who lives in Glenties.He says he was shocked when out canvassing last night. “I know Ardara won a fantastic accolade as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns and congratulations, but this definitely was awarded before the political posters were allowed to go up for the elections,” said Brian.“To travel down the hill head and see what greets everyone is nearly unbelievable, poster after poster on poles, railings and every place that one could possibly be placed.“After leaving Glenties town which is totally poster free and to drive into this I must say was a shock. Speaking to people on the street before the 10k they are not happy at the complete lack of thought by the placement of all these posters. I’m sure I am not the only person that noticed this.”  ELECTION 2014: ‘POSTERS IN ARDARA ARE DISGRACE’ – CARR was last modified: April 30th, 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:ArdaraBrian CarrelectionGlentiesposterslast_img read more

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Hundreds out and about this weekend as part of Big Donegal Clean Up

first_imgHundreds of people from all over Donegal are set to be out and about this weekend taking part in community clean-ups as part of the 2019 Big Donegal Clean Up.Groups in Buncrana, Carrowmenagh, Dunree, Moville, Greencastle, Culdaff, Manorcunningham, Newtowncunningham, Killea and Carrigans will be out on Saturday (6 April) as part of the Inishowen Community Clean-up initiative while the St. Johnston Community Clean up will take place for a week from Monday 8th April to Saturday 13th April.Elsewhere clean-ups will also be taking place on Saturday 6th April in Donegal Town, Ballybofey and Stranorlar, Crossroads and Killygordon, Tullyvinny near Raphoe, Ballymacool in Letterkenny, Knather in Ballyshannon, Loughside in Letterkenny as well as the Breaghy area of Ramelton. On Sunday 7th April groups in Dungloe, Rossnowlagh, Leitirmacaward and Dooey beach will be out in force while Glenties Tidy Towns committee are holding their clean-up on Thursday 4 April from 10am to 1pm. Killybegs are also hosting a week-long community clean up this week.The Green Campus Group in LYIT will be doing a clean-up of the nearby roads on Thursday 4th April while other groups including Donegal YMCA are planning a clean-up at Magheraroarty beach on 3rd April.The clean-up on Arranmore Island.Various schools are also getting in on the action with Scoil Naisiunta Mhin Teineadh De, Scoil Naomh Brid Muff, Kerrykeel National School, Scoil Choluim, Ballyheerin, Killaghtee National School Dunkineely, Monreagh National School Carrigans and Gartan National School planning clean-ups in their respective areas.Last weekend clean-ups took place in Redcastle, Manorcunningham, Cranford, Glenmaquin and Arranmore Island as well as in Glenveagh, Convoy and Castlefin. And clean-ups are also planned the following weekend with large scale clean-ups planned for Fanad, Portsalon, Kerrykeel and Rosnakill on Saturday 13 April. A further clean-up is planned for Dungloe on Sunday 14 April while the Falcarragh clean-up is planned for the 20th April. Clean-ups are also planned for the Glebe (21st April) and Glenoughty (2nd May) areas of Letterkenny.The Rathdonnell/Trentagh Community Clean Up takes place on Saturday 13th AprilMeet outside Harley’s Trentagh at 10am and bring litter pickers/ gloves if possible. Refreshments served afterwards.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill is delighted with the response to this year’s Big Donegal Clean-up.Bags of rubbish collected following community clean up on Arranmore Island last weekend.He said “It never ceases to amaze me the sense of community we have here in Donegal and this response simply reinforces this for me. There is no way that the Council would have the resources to keep every road and public area in the county clean, and that’s why the work that these people do is so important.“These people are our unsung heroes and are the backbone of our communities and they should be highly commended for all the work they do. While this work is very important from a tourism perspective, it is about more than that. It is about caring for our own environment and about the pride we have in our own communities and I would ask our illegal dumpers and litter bugs to take a minute and think about the effort these people are making.“Every piece of litter that is thrown out of a car window must be lifted by someone, every bag of rubbish that is dumped illegally must be collected by someone. I would ask you to think again. Your reckless action is endangering natural habitats and creating an unsightly mess that reflects badly on everyone in the community.” Get involvedAnyone who would like to take part in any of the clean-ups mentioned can find more information on times and meeting points at bit.ly/DonegalCleanUp.There is still plenty of time to take part in the Big Donegal Clean Up by organising a clean-up in your own area. All you have to do is call the Council on 074 91 53900 or call into to any Council office to register. Donegal County Council provides bags, pickers and high vis vests and then collects the rubbish from designated points at agreed times.Bags of rubbish collect at Clar BeachHundreds out and about this weekend as part of Big Donegal Clean Up was last modified: April 4th, 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:Big Clean-updonegallast_img read more

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