Cornwall continue ominous march towards D’Cup title

first_imgWestern Bureau A rampant Cornwall College steamrolled their way past Manchester High on their way to a 5-2 victory in the first game of a double-header at Jarrett Park yesterday, securing a semi-final berth in the 2016 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup, while going unbeaten in the process. Lennon High secured their place also, after edging Rusea’s 1-0 in the second match. It also means the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team qualifies for the Ben Francis Knockout competition, where they are likely to face familiar foe in Clarendon College. Defending daCosta and Ben Francis Cup champions, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) also advanced after stopping Petersfield 2-0 in Santa Cruz to top Zone R with maximum nine points At Jarrett Park, it took them little time to get cracking, when central defender Pagiel Brown scored easily from close range in the 7th minute, after the Manchester defenders failed to clear on several attempts. Brown would add a second on the brink of half time, when he provided the simplest of finishes to make the score 2-0. It was Manchester’s time to pounce, and they did with pleasure in the 50th minute. Damani Henderson cracked a powerful shot that ricochet off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal to slice the lead in half. That was as close as it got for Manchester, as Cornwall went all out for more goals, adding a third in the 68th minute through their talismanic forward Jourdaine Fletcher, who in spite not having one of his better matches, manage to find the back of the net. Fletcher was brought down inside the area by Manchester goalkeeper Odane Reid. He then stroked home the resulting penalty kick for his 27th goal in all competitions so far this season. Shavon McDonald in the 71st and Dwayne Harding in minute 79 rounded off the scoring for Cornwall College. Ajay Chin netted Manchester’s second goal in the 78th. PAID OFF “I feel that we can do it all this season,” said a confident Fletcher, “We want all four titles, so being in the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup is a great feeling,” He added. “Today we played hard football and it paid off. I am just enjoying the football right now, and I know that we have enough quality to win each time we play,” stated Fletcher. Cornwall is on a sixteen game winning streak in the daCosta Cup and have successfully negotiated three games in the Flow Super Cup to reach Saturday’s final against Wolmer’s. Meanwhile, Tavis Grant was on target for Lennon in their 1-0 win over Rusea’s to win Zone Q with 9 points. Elsewhere, despite going down 1-2 to a plucky Spot Valley in Zone S, Clarendon College advanced on goal difference over Little London, who defeated Steer Town 3-1 to end their promising season on a high note. The four semi-finalists and Ben Francis hopefuls are Cornwall College, STETHS, Lennon and Clarendon College. STETHS 2, Petersfield 0 Clarendon College 1, Spot Valley 2 Little London 3, Steer Town 1 Vere Tech 2, Fair Prospect 0 Dinthill 2, Paul Bogle 2 Ocho Rios 1, Glenmuir 1 Lennon 1, Rusea’s 0 Cornwall 5, Manchester 2 Yesterday’s resultslast_img read more

Aces rebound

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The best that Blackwater could do was come within six in the third period as Alaska came out flat for the second half.In the nightcap, Rain or Shine grabbed a share of the early lead after a 108-89 victory over debuting Barangay Ginebra.Raymond Almazan poured in seven of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Ed Daquioag had 17 and import Reggie Johnson contributed 16 points for the Painters who tied idle TNT KaTropa at 2-0.Meanwhile, Christian Standhardinger and Troy Rosario will banner the Philippine men’s team in the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup to be held at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, in June.Rosario’s TNT KaTropa teammate Roger Pogoy and Stanley Pringle will also play for the team to be coached by Ronnie Magsanoc.ADVERTISEMENT Abueva finished with just three points but had 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and the same number of blocks, an effort which Compton said practically saved the Aces from imploding after they nearly lost a 30-point first half lead.“There were two words for us out there: Calvin Abueva,” Compton boldly declared, talking more about his prized workhorse than the career-high 27 points of Vic Manuel, who tossed in 15 of his total career high 27 points in the final frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He was awesome and it (Abueva’s efforts) just rubbed off on everyone else,” Compton went on. “We all came alive with what he brought us [in the fourth quarter].”The loss was the third straight for the disappointing Elite, who trailed 19-49 in the second period and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Calvin Abueva went 0-for-10 for Alaska on Sunday night, and yet, coach Alex Compton feels that games like what the 2013 Rookie of the Year had against Blackwater are the ones that will help the Aces challenge the big guns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“He made so many extra-unselfish plays that we coaches love,” Compton said after a 93-74 decision of the Elite at Smart Araneta Coliseum that had the Aces improving to 1-1 in the import-spiced conference.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Alab shoots for clincher The Philippines is in Group C together with Russia, Brazil, Canada and Mongolia.Patrick Aquino will handle the women’s team composed of Afril Bernardino, Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda and Janine Pontejos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

Contractors Abandon Bong Technical College

first_imgConcerns are mounting in Gbarnga, Bong County, over the slow pace of construction work being done by Chinese contractors at the Bong Technical College (BTC), formerly the Gboveh Community College in Gbarnga.The Bong Technical College is one of several community colleges legislated by government to be built in every county capital as part of the Government of Liberia’s provision of education to its citizens.Funding for the construction of the BTC is directly from the County Social Development Funds (CSDF) provided by concessionaire companies operating in the county as a means of realizing benefits in keeping with their corporate social responsibility as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed with the Liberian Government.The community college, when built, will have a greater impact on county inhabitants pursuant of government’s commitment towards creating an enabling environment to enhance transformation in the lives of its citizens through quality education.The BTC construction project is being implemented by the Chinese-Liberia United Construction Company.Active work on the college started in September of 2010 with the agreement between the contractors and the county leadership that the first phase of the project, which comprised the school and the administration buildings, would be completed in 2012.   But it appears that deadline for phase one has elapsed and the project has not gone 50%.The President of the college,  Dr. John Flomo, in an interview with this newspaper,  maintained that the BTC may close down this semester if the necessary financial support is not provided the to complete the project.Dr. Flomo explained that at present the BTC is being housed at the United Methodist William V.S.Tubman-Gray High School in Gbarnga.  He stressed that the Tubman-Gray school cannot accommodate the existing enrollment. The BTC president also informed this reporter that the institution may not administer placement entrance exams for this semester as the result of limited space at the Tubman-Gray High School that cannot host additional students.Dr. Flomo emphasized that the school as a technical institution has procured some laboratory equipment for students who are reading engineering and biology but cannot access these equipment due to limited rooms at the Tubman-Gray High School.“We have run the school for two semesters now and most of the students are sophomore, so they cannot be in the school without having access to laboratory.    We would not be doing good to ourselves,” Dr. Flomo emphasized.He said as the result of the limited rooms, his administration is finding it very  hard to establish departments at the school; noting, we need to constitute departments as a college.“The BTC will not open for this semester if the building to house the college is not complete” Dr. Flomo stressed.He said during his recent trip  to United States of America he met with faculties and officials of the universities of Minnesota, Iowa and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build international partnerships in order to make the BTC a viable institution to meet international educational standards.He said the community college will be offering Bachelor of Science degree in six distinct disciplines: computer engineering, mining engineering, civil engineering, agricultural technology, nursing and education.Dr. Flomo explained that his administration is in constant negotiation with the administration of Iowa University for some of its professors to come to the community college when completed to offer their expertise in agriculture since the university is one of the best agricultural universities in the world and to also develop agriculture curriculum for the school.An investigation conducted by the Daily Observer in Gbarnga established that the county leadership has provided a little over US$4M to the Chinese Company for phase one which includes the construction of the school and the administration buildings. The estimate of the entire project was put in the tune of US$ 7.9m, which comprises of teachers’ quarters, students’ dormitory, the school and administration buildings.In March of 2013, at the County Council sitting, the leadership of the county allotted US$ 800,000.00, to the college for the roofing of the building but the money is yet to be provided to the administration of the school.There has been rigmarole amongst county officials over the construction of the BTC on grounds that the college is close to the Cuttington University and may undermine the enrollment of Cuttington University.The BTC was conceived in 2009 by the 52nd Legislative Caucus of Bong County, with Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Representative George Sylvester Mulbah being at the forefront, to address the  growing demand of high school graduates in the county who do not have the financial will power to enroll at Cuttington University.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

One More Year is All We Need

first_imgMr. President,I thank you for the opportunity to participate in this Briefing Session. A few months ago, we were similarly honored. We used the occasion to draw the attention of the Council to the continued progress of Liberia in consolidating its cherished peace. Today, notwithstanding the difficulties we face and the challenges that lie ahead, we remain confident and optimistic in the success of the peacekeeping mission, and in the growing capacities of the Liberian government to maintain and sustain the peace.Essentially, the defining question of this current engagement of the Council is how, and importantly, when can a transition from full peacekeeping operations occur so that Liberia’s progress and the success achieved at such high costs in lives and treasure are not unnecessarily risked and regrettably undermined?Essentially, as to the important question of “how,” a number of measures have been recommended by the Secretary General in defining the possible mandate of a successor mission. The Liberian Government finds these measures to be largely favorable. We, however, urge careful consideration including of analyses not only of residual gaps but also of the quality of accompaniment, as well as lessons to be learned so as to more meaningfully address the challenges of the future – challenges in peace building, consolidation and development.Responding to the critical question of “when,” the Liberian Government is proposing an extension through a definitive period of one year. Only one more year to continue the phased withdrawal – one more year to enable our recovering and reforming institutions to continue to stand up as UNMIL draws down; one more year of presence of UNMIL, which represents to many Liberians a “brand of confidence” that would assist in mitigating, if not deterring, the real risk of a disruption during the country’s most sensitive political period. Only one more year of working together, in what for Liberia is a successful partnership to properly prepare for a successor mission and a democratically-elected government to continue the useful partnership and build upon the progress. We understand the many concerns associated with our request for an extension. There are concerns about increasing dependencies by national institutions on the international community; there are concerns that a request for extension may become recurring; there are concerns that the resources contributed to UNMIL are needed elsewhere including in more troubled spots; there are concerns that similarly conflicted countries, including in our neighborhood, have had their missions brought to successful closures, which necessitates that we do so as well; and there are concerns that electoral processes are not the objects, or ought not to be the objectives, of peacekeeping missions. These are all reasonable concerns.Mr. President,The failure of the Liberian State, which necessitated the deployment of UNMIL, also occasioned the greatest collapse in the productive capacity of any nation since World War II – an estimated collapse of more than ninety percent. Corroded over time, national institutions were not simply defaced and rendered dysfunctional; they were effectively eviscerated. Dwindling public confidence was altogether lost, and hope in a democratic future was nonexistent. Of course, we have come a long way. Thanks to your continued support. And we are always the first to admit that we have some ways to go to become the nation we know we can be. Notwithstanding, we intend to meet our target of an eight thousand strong police force fully deployed all across the country from its current strength of five thousand one hundred, and to ensure a continuous commitment of the police, and all other security institutions to training, including in the important element of safeguarding human rights and improved professional standards. The nearly two thousand six hundred immigration officers will be further strengthened with the completion of training facilities in northern Liberia with a training capacity of one thousand officers. And we are proud that our military is growing in professional competence with support especially from the United States, and other friendly governments, and with mentoring from ECOWAS. Access and affordability to justice which was nonexistent in many parts of the country is improving. Our security institutions are demonstrating signs of increasing readiness to stand up as UNMIL stands down.However, we continue to remind ourselves not to be consumed by overconfidence. The ensuing conduct of historically unprecedented elections, the impactful consequences for the future, and the associated risks that portend, are challenges for which many of our institutions may not yet be fully tested or adequately prepared. To have UNMIL, this “confidence brand,” walk with Liberia for only one more year through this last mile is an added guarantee and a priceless insurance which completes the UNMission of keeping the peace not only by the separation of belligerents, but importantly also, through a more meaningful transformation from a failed state to a thriving democracy. And although this may not have been the mandate per se, it is hard to imagine that the peaceful and successful conduct of the ensuing critical elections is not an important test, if not the last important test, of the success of the mission.Indeed resources are finite. And yes, there are growing needs in other parts of the world including on the African continent for the resources of UNMIL. We continue to consider this situation seriously, and take the needed steps, within the limits of our means, to be removed from a dependence on UNMIL. And the truth also is that the lack of resources, or the growing need in other parts of the world for the resources of UNMIL, must necessarily compel all of us – the Liberian Government and the Security Council – to bring this successful mission to an end in a way that may not require a return to the Security Council; nor will the Security Council perceive a reason to redeploy peacekeeping resources to Liberia in the foreseeable future. In this regard, the potential risks, especially pertaining to the conduct of unprecedented elections, to which the recent Assessment Report of the Secretary General refers and the Peace Building Commission alludes, should be avoided.Mr. President,Whatever decision the Council makes, the truth is that today, Liberia is a better country – a more peaceful and secure nation. We intend to keep it that way. Again, we are grateful to the Security Council, the other agencies of the United Nations as well as our many bilateral and multilateral partners for your continued support. We do not take your continued support, or its associated costs, for granted; nor should the depths of our gratitude be ever underestimated. We know that because of your priceless investments in Liberia’s peace and security, today, Liberians are increasingly hopeful – imbued with a growing desire, a more realistic impulse – at home and across the Diaspora, to be the builders of our future and the masters of our destiny. We know we were brought to our knees by the prolong tragedies of self-implosion. But no nation has been more desperate to recover. Again, we were recently ravaged by Ebola, and are currently shackled by an economy under severe stress. But the resiliency of our Liberian character – our will to overcome – must never be taken for granted.Even so, Liberia cannot afford another major shock to our recovery. We simply cannot afford to ignore the possibility, however remote, of another risk to our ongoing recovery efforts. One more year is all that we believe we will need to deter the looming risk. One more year, to afford a new administration of the Liberian Government the security it would need to continue the recovery and reform processes without the baggage of inherited insecurity.Mr. President,We are really at the end of a long walk together through UNMIL. We know it has been difficult. But it has been worthwhile. It has lifted spirits, rekindled hope and brought a country back from the depths of its own self-destruction. This may not have been the mandate per se. But no one can deny that this United Nations Mission has been successful. Let us now end it as sustainably, as responsibly, and as successfully as we possibly can.I thank you for your kind attention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah Nominates Dismissed DEA Agent Deputy for Administration

first_imgSebastian A. Gibson, Deputy Director for Administration, LDEAThe Daily Observer yesterday learned that the individual President George Weah nominated as Deputy Director for Administration at the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) was among five officers the LDEA dismissed in 2015 for constant bribe-taking.The act, LDEA said, violates part-1, count 20.0 of its code of conduct. The affected officers were also charged with extortion from drug suspects, which is also in contravention of chapter 15 of section 15.51 of the penal law of Liberia, the Agency said at the time.In his March 13 appointment, President Weah nominated the former LDEA dismissed agent, Sebastian A. Gibson, as Deputy Director for Administration at the same Agency.Until his dismissal on September 1, 2015, by authorities of the Agency, Gibson was the deputy chief of training, according to our investigation.Other officers that were dismissed along with Gibson were Prince Harris, chief of intelligence; Darius Davies, secretary to the Board of Internal Investigations and Professional Standards; Albert Hare, deputy chief investigator; and Eugene Quiah, chief of operations assigned in Bong County.Gibson’s dismissal was in line with prescribed penalties for violations of the Agency’s Duty Manual Category D, count/Dot-17 and page 45 of the Agency’s code of conduct.“You intruded the home of Madam Amelia Gaye of Johnson Street where you intimidated, harassed and took bribe in the amount of L$6,000 and extorted US$1,000 respectively under the pretense of protecting her from the LDEA’s arrest and prosecution for her alleged involvement in the sale of illegal drugs,” Gibson’s dismissal letter said at the time.He and other affected officers were ordered to turn over all properties in their possessions to the head of the human resource department, and to act accordingly by reporting in three days to the authorities after they were disrobed.“While we are trying diligently to bring sanity to the country in the wake of United Nations Mission of Liberia’s (UNMIL’s) drawdown from the country, there are some bad apples among us undermining our security sector and, therefore, we have with immediate effect dismissed the five so far caught in the act of extortion,” a paragraph of Gibson’s dismissal letter noted.Those the President  nominated, along with Gibson, are Cllrs. Daku Mulbah   Solicitor General, Nyananti Tuan, Deputy Minister for Codification, Atty. Kou Doliae, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Juah Nancy Cassell Deputy Minister for Administration and Atty. Meo Dabbah Beyan  Assistant Minister for Economic AffairsOthers include Augustine Flomo, Deputy Minister for Economic Management, Benedict Kolubah  Assistant Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning, Abraham Korvah, Assistant Minister for Micro- economic and Financial Policy; Nigel Sieh Appleton, Assistant Director for Operations and VIP Services, National  Security  Agency. These nominations and appointments are awaiting confirmation by the Senate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chamber of Commerce elects 2014 Board of Directors

first_imgMindy Bing will hold the position as 1st Vice President alongside Nelson Stowe as 2nd Vice President. Julie Ziebart will hold the position as Treasurer.Moira Green – representing B.C. Chamber of Commerce – and Brent Taillefer are both coming back for another term as Directors. They’ll be joined by Kathey Miller, Tannis Frantik, Karin Carlson, Wayne Perry and David DeVos.Tara Waddy will remain the representative of Synergy FSJ for another term.- Advertisement –last_img

Arsenal starlet finally cleared to play FIVE years after joining

first_imgWellington Silva has finally been given permission to make his Arsenal debut next season after receiving a Spanish passport.The Brazilian joined Arsenal in January 2010, however he has spent five years at various Spanish clubs in a bid to earn citizenship and a work permit to play in England.Those loan spells have now paid off after the 22-year-old tweeted a picture of his Spanish passport on Tuesday.“A good thing is slow in coming, but it has arrived with the greatest satisfaction in the world. Spanish nationality!” Wellington wrote on his Twitter page.The forward is currently on loan at Almeria this season, where he has made 14 La Liga appearances. Wellington Silva in action for Almeria 1last_img

Manchester City to stick with 4-4-2? Predicted XI v Crystal Palace

first_img 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 7. Raheem Sterling (striker) 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 17. Kevin De Bruyne (left midfield) 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 11 11 Manchester City are looking to close the gap at the top of the Premier League table.The Citizens are three points off leaders Arsenal and second-placed Leicester City, and host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.Their previous outing was a disappointing goalless draw against Everton, and manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping his side put in a much more attacking performance when they host the Eagles.The Chilean opted for a 4-4-2 formation in midweek, with injuries interuppting his team selection – could he go for a similar tactic this weekend?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester City line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11 10. Sergio Aguero (striker) 11 15. Jesus Navas (right midfield) 11 11 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 26. Martin Demichelis (centre back) 11 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) 42. Yaya Toure (centre midfield)last_img read more

FASHION ROADSHOW: FANCY PICKING UP A PAIR OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES ON THE CHEAP?

first_imgFASHION: The Pre-Loved Fashion and Accessories Roadshow is Coming to Donegal Town this Weekend!Calling all of you ladies out there that love a bit of luxury, a bit of bling or that little something that will pick you up. For one weekend only a Pre-loved Clothes & Accessory Roadshow is coming to Donegal Town.The roadshow is the brainchild of a group of young professionals, who are travelling around some key locations throughout the country selling some pre-owned luxury and high-street items.Both lady and gent items will be sold throughout the weekend. A large number of the items have never or barely been worn and are being sold for knock-down prices.Some of the items on sale on the day include genuine Christian Louboutin shoes, Louis Vuitton accessories, Juicy Couture Accessories, Burberry Bags, French Connection Dresses, All Saint Skirts, Abercrombie Shirts, Fran & Jane Dresses and much much more! Stock for ladies include clothes e.g. from wedding & race-day outfits to everyday wear, fascinators, jewellery, scarves and shoes. Stock for gents include suits, shirts, t-shirts, trousers and jumpers. Be sure to mark this event in your diary: Saturday 4th until Monday 6th June. (June Bank Holiday Weekend). We promise you won’t be disappointed!Location of the Pop-up Shop is The Studio, Donegal Town (Beside Donegal Fruit Company or behind So-Lo Stores).Check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/prelovedroadshow to find out opening hours and to catch a glimpse of some of the items which will be on sale!FASHION ROADSHOW: FANCY PICKING UP A PAIR OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES ON THE CHEAP? was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 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:BusinessDonegal TownFashionFeaturesnewsroadshowlast_img read more

Stunning RTE documentary to tell the story of the man behind Glenveagh

first_imgA stunning documentary on Glenveagh National Park is set to be broadcast on RTE television in the coming weeks.Glenveagh lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the North West of County Donegal and is the second largest of Ireland’s six national parks.Like so many properties that now belong to the state, Glenveagh Castle was given to the nation by a generous benefactor, and this documentary tells the story of Henry McIlhenny, the last private owner of the Glenveagh estate. Henry McIlhenny’s grandfather left Donegal in 1843 aged 13 with his young, widowed mother. America offered emigrants the chance to make a completely new life and, in Henry’s grandfather’s case, to create huge wealth by inventing the gas meter.Less than 100 years after his widowed great-grandmother emigrated to America with four young children, Henry McIlhenny returned to the land of his forebears.This documentary was shot in Glenveagh and Philadelphia and includes interviews with people who stayed at Glenveagh as Henry’s guests, including American photographer Richard Noble, and with two people who each worked for him for 30 years, his butler Paddy Gallagher and his agent Julian Burkitt. For anyone interested in social history, fine art, the logistics of keeping the castle and deer park running, gardens, interior design and even making a telephone call in the 1970s, this is a fascinating documentary, with stunning photography to match the grandeur and beauty of Glenveagh.The land which now comprises the National Park was originally consolidated into a single estate in the 19th Century by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from County Laois who became notorious for the eviction of 46 families from Derryveagh. Adair built a castle, modelled on Balmoral in Scotland, which was completed in 1873. In 1929 the estate was bought by another American, Arthur Kingsley Porter, a professor at Harvard who owned the estate for just four years before disappearing mysteriously and his widow sold the estate to a 27 year old American with Ulster Scots roots – Henry McIlhenny.Henry was in Donegal in September 1939 when Britain declared war on Germany. He returned immediately to the United States where he served with distinction. The documentary contains footage of a kamikaze attack on his ship, the USS Bunker Hill, in May 1945. After the horrors of war, Glenveagh offered peace and sanctuary. For the next 40 years, Henry spent every summer in Donegal.Around the castle he created gardens that are ranked as some of the finest in Europe, and inside he set about creating a style that was both appropriate and unique.He was known as a thoughtful and generous host and Glenveagh became renowned for its deer stalking, and amazing food.Many of the guests who visited Glenveagh reflected Henry’s passion for the arts and some of them liked Donegal so much, they moved there permanently. One such guest was the American photographer Richard Noble, who is interviewed in the documentary. Another was the artist Derek Hill with whom Henry had a friendly rivalry.In the 1970s, Henry entered into negotiations with the Irish government to sell most of his land, but Glenveagh’s isolation offered no protection against the Troubles. A combination of the Troubles, the expense of keeping the estate going and old age persuaded Henry to leave Glenveagh in 1983. He gave the castle and gardens to the nation, and stipulated that all the people that he had employed would keep their jobs. Glenveagh opened as a National Park in 1984. Henry died in 1986 – he never came back to Ireland. Philadelphia and Ireland have both benefited greatly from Henry’s generosity, which has ensured that many people can enjoy fabulous works of art, and some of the most spectacular landscapes and gardens in the world.Narrated by Bibi Baskin, the documentary was written, directed and produced by David Hare (Myrtle Allen: A Life in Food and Ballyfin: Portrait of an Irish Country House).A look at Glenveagh National Park………Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal. It’s the second largest of Ireland’s six national parks, and like so many properties that now belong to the state, Glenveagh Castle was given to the nation by a generous benefactor.These benefactors are often completely unknown to the wider public.The land which is now comprises the National Park, was originally consolidated into a single estate in the 19th Century by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from County Laois who became notorious for the eviction of 46 families from Derryveagh.Adair built a castle, modeled on Balmoral in Scotland, which was completed in 1873.After he died, his American widow spent much of the next thirty years at Glenveagh, becoming a society hostess, and well-liked in the locality. In 1929 the estate was bought by another American, Arthur Kingsley Porter, a professor at Harvard.He owned Glenveagh for just four years before disappearing mysteriously, and his widow sold the estate to a 27 year old American with Ulster Scots roots – Henry McIlhenny.Less than 100 years after his widowed great-grandmother emigrated to America with four young children, Henry McIlhenny returned to the land of his forebears.The McIlhennys were one of the Ulster Scots families brought over from Scotland as part of the Ulster Plantation. James McIlhenny, Henry’s great grandfather, was a successful cloth merchant in Milford but in 1843 he became seriously ill and on his deathbed he urged his young wife to take their four children to America.Mary-Anne McIlhenny set sail for America with the children. Her eldest child, John, was just 13 when the family arrived in Philadelphia. They stayed in the city for a few years before moving to Columbus, Georgia, where John studied to become an engineer. He was the mayor of Columbus for 20 years following the American Civil War, and he created the McIlhenny fortune by inventing the gas meter. (Note to editors: the family money did not come from Tabasco Sauce.)The Ulster Scots in America were known for their philanthropy, and for their belief in good works as a way of giving back to society. One of the many worthy causes supported by Henry’s father was the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Henry became a curator in 1934, and to which he donated his own extraordinary art collection which included works by Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Davide, Landseer, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec.In 1929, aged 19, Henry McIlhenny went to Harvard, to study fine arts. His ambition was to work at a museum, and to become a collector.While studying at Harvard, Henry had met Arthur Kingsley Porter, the scholar of French medieval art who had bought Glenveagh in 1929. Four years later, while staying in Donegal, Kingsley Porter mysteriously disappeared while bird watching on Inisboffin. His body was never found, and rumours started, including that he had faked his own death.On hearing of Kingsley Porter’s death, Henry McIlhenny went to see his widow to pay his respects. She invited Henry to stay in Glenveagh when she went back to Donegal to sort out her dead husband’s estate. He fell in love with Glenveagh, and bought it in 1937, aged 27.Less than 100 years after his grandfather had left Milford, Co Donegal, aged 13, Henry returned in very different circumstances to the land of his forebears.Henry was in Donegal in September 1939 when Britain declared war on Germany. He returned immediately to the United States and and served in the US Navy once America joined the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.He served with distinction in fierce battles in the navy, coming under attack by kamikaze pilots. The documentary contains footage of an attack on his ship, the USS Bunker Hill, in May 1945.After the horrors of war, about which Henry never spoke, Glenveagh offered peace and sanctuary. For the next 40 years, Henry spent every summer in Donegal.Around the castle he created gardens that are ranked as some of the finest in Europe, and inside he set about creating a style that was both appropriate and unique.He was known as a thoughtful and generous host and Glenveagh became renowned for its deer stalking, and amazing food cooked by local woman Nellie Gallagher.Entertaining on such a grand scale meant employing a large number staff. Paddy Gallagher first came to work at Glenveagh in 1954, aged 16. He was to become Henry’s butler for more than 30 years in both Donegal and PhiladelphiaMany of the guests who visited Glenveagh reflected Henry’s passion for the arts and some of them liked Donegal so much, they moved there permanently. One such was the American photographer Richard Noble, who is interviewed in the documentary. Another was the artist Derek Hill with whom Henry had a friendly rivalry.In the 1970s, Henry entered into negotiations with the Irish government to sell most of his land, the first step towards creating a national park. The state acquired 29,000 acres for a modest price, and took on the responsibility of employing the estate workers. Henry retained the Castle and garden, and continued to employ the domestic staff and gardeners.But at the same time as the negotiations between Henry and the Irish Government were going on, the IRA was intensifying its violent activities. Glenveagh’s isolation offered no protection against the Troubles. A combination of the Troubles, the expense of keeping the estate going and old age persuaded Henry to leave Glenveagh in 1983. He gave the castle and gardens to the nation, and stipulated that all the people that he had employed would keep their jobs. Glenveagh opened as a National Park in 1984. Henry died in 1986 – he never came back to Ireland.Henry McIlhenny’s grandfather had left Donegal in 1843 aged 13. America offered emigrants the chance to make a completely new life and, in Henry’s grandfather’s case, to create huge wealth. The Ulster Scots tradition of giving back to society through good works and philanthropy was something the McIlhenny family believed in.Philadelphia and Ireland have benefited greatly from Henry’s generosity, which has ensured that many people can enjoy fabulous works of art, and some of the most spectacular landscapes and gardens in the world.Many of Ireland’s treasures have been donated to the state by generous benefactors, and this documentary is a small contribution towards giving these men and women the recognition they deserve, but rarely receive.The documentary was shot in Glenveagh and Philadelphia and includes interviews with people who stayed at Glenveagh as Henry’s guests, and with two people who each worked for him for 30 years, his butler Paddy Gallagher and his agent Julian Burkitt. For anyone interested in social history, fine art, the logistics of keeping the castle and deer park running, gardens, interior design and even making a telephone call in the 1970s, this is a fascinating documentary, with stunning photography to match the grandeur and beauty of Glenveagh.Henry McIlhenny: Master of Glenveagh will be broadcast on Thursday 23rd March 2017 onRTÉ One at 10.15pm.Stunning RTE documentary to tell the story of the man behind Glenveagh was last modified: March 7th, 2017 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:glenveagh national parklast_img read more