LeBron resting strained calf

first_imgCLEVELAND, United States (AP): LeBron James will sit out Cleveland’s regular-season finale, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the play-offs. James did not play in Monday’s loss at Miami, and General Manager David Griffin confirmed yesterday the three-time NBA champion would also miss tonight’s game against Toronto. The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007. He logged 47 minutes in Sunday’s overtime loss at Atlanta. James is attempting to reach the finals for the seventh straight time. PRIORITISED HEALTH The Cavaliers have prioritised health and rest over getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The defending champions also sat All-Star guard Kyrie Irving against the Heat. He’s been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Cleveland are also without centre Tristan Thompson, who has a sprained right thumb.last_img read more

India’s Chandrayaan-2 prepares for historic moon landing

first_img…changing paradigm for women – High CommissionerAll eyes will be on India as it creates history by landing its second lunar mission on the moon this Friday.Chandrayaan-2 launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota, India, on July 22, 2019The “Chandrayaan-2” mission was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 22, leaving the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in southern Andhra Pradesh. It weighs 3.8 tonnes and has three elements: lunar orbiter, lander and rover.According to the ISRO, the touchdown is scheduled for late Friday afternoon, which would be early Saturday morning India time. The mission will be studying previously discovered water deposits.If all goes well then India will become the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon and the first to land towards the lunar South Pole.Thus far, only the United States, Russia and China have put landing crafts on the moon. Israel had attempted to join the elite club but failed in April.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K J Srinivasa explained that this mission is the second phase and an upgraded version of Chandrayaan-1, which successfully landed on the moon in 2008.“This mission will be used to explore the topography of the lunar surface, the middle content and mostly important, the presence of water on the moon,” he explained, adding that it is “intended to be sort of a technology demonstrator for future planning, management, development and also the organisation of inter-planet remissions and also to see how we can use the moon as a preparatory platform for using India’s technology in future missions”.According to the diplomat, Chandrayaan-2, which he said means “mission to moon”, displays a lot of confidence in India’s technological prowess. He pointed out that India’s steady growth of 7 per cent GDP is not only because of one particular sector but an amalgamation of all. This, he noted, is part of India’s aim of becoming the fifth largest economy in the world and having successes such as the Chandrayaan-2 mission will propel these efforts, especially on the technological education front.“Success breeds interests and for us, we are seeing this as a trailer for bigger things to come,” he posited.Dr Srinivasa reminded that Indian ancestors had vast knowledge of space and this serves as an additional impetus for the country to work on new technologies and also promoting science in India.“Science has help mankind to develop and the sudden explosion of development, science had everything to do with that…” he contended.Currently, he noted that Indian students, especially researchers, have helped the country develop great interests in the science field and these people have evolved into experts who are flourishing abroad. In fact, he highlighted a recent study which shows that more than half of NASA’s scientists are Indians.“So when such missions happen, it helps promote science at a micro level,” he stated, noting that India’s education sector is geared at encouraging more people to go into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas.Dr Srinivasa noted that the country’s previous space missions – lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 in 2008 and its mission to Mars in 2014 – garnered tremendous interests and scientific developments. One of which, he explained, is cost.According to the diplomat, the general notion of space missions is that it is a very costly exercise. But he noted that India has been able to develop a low budget mission despite being a developing country. This, he noted, is depicted in the Hindi-cinema movie “Mission Mangal”, which portrays the country’s journey to Mars using a low-cost model to become the first country in the world to reach Mars in its first attempt.Furthermore, Dr Srinivasa asserted that Chandrayaan-2 is blazing the trail for future generations having brought young scientists, especially women scientists, to the fore.The Project Director of Chandrayaan-2 is Muthayya Vanitha while the Mission Director is Ritu Karidhal – both engineers at the ISRO. However, the Indian High Commissioner noted that the way was paved for females since the Chandrayaan-1 mission.“That changed the paradigm of how space exploration and women’s [involvement] were being looked at. The proverbial glass ceiling has been broken…,” he noted.Recognising that encouragement for women had been previously lacking both at home and in the professional environment for varying reasons, this is now becoming a thing of the past.“But in this modern era, I think [women] are being given a safer involvement, a secure involvement in the laboratories and working fields. It has helped them to get their talents to be exposed to the fullest,” he said.The Indian diplomat added, “This is the new India, brave India or, I would say, bold India which we are seeing now. Women especially have had a very important role in India and this will actually help them to get into more scientific streams, get into space explorations, and also at the same time contribute meaningfully to the development of the country”.last_img read more

Farmers markets

first_imgCooking with fresh, natural ingredients is all the rage in culinary circles, and farmers markets are the best suppliers. Markets small and large carry anything from fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables to exotic meats and cheeses, breads, wine, and natural bath and beauty products. Plus, buying from local growers is a great way to give back to the community. BEVERLY HILLS: 9300 block of Civic Center Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. BURBANK: Olive Avenue between Third Street and Glenoaks Boulevard, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. CALABASAS: 23504 Calabasas Road, across from Sagebrush Cantina, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR: 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. ENCINO: 17400 Victory Blvd. (between Balboa Boulevard and White Oak Avenue), 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. GLENDALE: 100 block of North Brand Boulevard (between Broadway and Wilson Avenue), 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays. HOLLYWOOD: Ivar and Selma avenues (between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards), 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. MALIBU: Los Angeles County Civic Center Complex, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. MONTROSE: Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. NORTHRIDGE: Northridge Fashion Center, Tampa Avenue and Plummer Street, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays (April through October) OXNARD: Downtown Plaza Park (Corner of Fifth and C streets), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays. PASADENA: Victory Park, North Sierra Madre Boulevard at Paloma Street, 8:30-12:30 p.m. Saturdays; Villa Park, 363 E. Villa St. (corner of Garfield Avenue), 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. SANTA CLARITA: College of the Canyons parking lot 8, 26455 Rockwell Road, 8:30 a.m.-noon Sundays. Downtown Newhall, San Fernando Road and Sixth Street, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays. SANTA MONICA: Arizona Avenue and Second Street, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. Ocean Park and Main Street, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. Cloverfield Avenue and Pico Boulevard, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Third Street and Arizona Avenue, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. SILVER LAKE: 3700 Sunset Blvd. (between Edgecliff and Maltman avenues), 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. STUDIO CITY: Ventura Place (near Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards), 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. THOUSAND OAKS: 401 W. Hillcrest Drive (relocated because of construction at The Oaks mallat the east end parking lot (across the street from Armstrong Nursery), 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays in winter and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays in summer. WOODLAND HILLS: 6200 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. 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

Rafa Benitez: My Newcastle players are starting to believe

first_img Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez Rafa Benitez believes his Newcastle players are starting to show self confidence after they got back into the fight for Premier League survival with a helping hand from arch-rivals Sunderland.The Magpies’ 3-0 home victory over Swansea on Saturday, coupled with the Black Cats’ success at Norwich by the same score earlier in the day, means they are within three points of the 17th-placed Canaries with a game in hand ahead of Manchester City’s visit to St James’ Park on Tuesday evening.Sunderland remain in the better position to secure survival, with only one North East club likley to overtake Norwich, but Benitez is pleased that his players are starting to beleive top flight survival is possible.When asked whether the mood in the Magpies’ dressing room has improved, Benitez replied: “Obviously [it’s] much better. Everybody was happy and I think they are now thinking that we can do it and they believe.“They have this feeling, like all the fans watching the team working as hard as today, everybody thinks we can do it. That’s the main thing. As I have said a lot of times, we will fight until the end, but now we are closer and it will be easier for me to give this speech.”Swansea wasted a number of chances in front of goal to deal another defeat to the Tyneside club, but Benitez is not too bothered seeing as the three points came on the celebrations for his 56th birthday.He said: “When you are expecting something from your players and they give you this, three goals and three points and the way that we won, you have to say congratulations to them and congratulations to our fans because they deserved this game.“The players worked so hard and they showed the passion, the character, the commitment we were looking for and the fans appreciate that, so I am really pleased for all of them, and it’s a good present for me.“Now with some players, some friends, my staff, hopefully we can enjoy today – and then tomorrow, we have to start working because we have Manchester City.” 1last_img read more

DONEGAL TD IN BID TO END POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARY

first_imgSinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has published legislation to put an end to the system of political appointees being made judges in Ireland.The Reform of Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013 is designed to amend the way in which the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board operates in order to increase transparency and accountability in judicial appointments.Donegal Deputy Mac Lochlainn TD said: “Confidence in the justice system is contingent on a judiciary which is free from political control or political or other bias. It is essential that there is an independent and impartial judiciary which is representative of the community it serves. “A truly representative judiciary would enhance confidence in the justice system. It would also promote the development of a non-partisan judiciary, and thereby further promote a culture of judicial independence.“Future judicial appointments should be drawn from a wider pool of qualified candidates that is fully representative of the community in order to eradicate the corrosive and unaccountable system of patronage previously in operation.“This bill is part of Sinn Féin’s campaign to end the political cronyism that is embedded in Irish society. For too long we have all been aware of stories the length and breadth of the State where judges were appointed with a wink and nod after demonstrating their loyalty to either Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and the PDs. The days of the Old Boy’s Club that dominates the legal and political spheres in Ireland must come to an end. They have failed our people.“We cannot allow a ‘jobs for the boys’ attitude to permeate something so fundamentally important as the administration of justice in this State and this bill is one part of a range of measures that we intend to propose. As well as increasing transparency and accountability in the appointment of judges. We also want to see a judicial council and complaints body that will hold judges to account, as well as a Code of Ethics that they should abide by. We are calling on the government, if it is serious about ending corruption, to stop the practice of political appointments being made to the bench and support this legislation.”DONEGAL TD IN BID TO END POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARY was last modified: February 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL TD IN BID TO END POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARYlast_img read more

Shaw to start alongside World Cup heroes? Predicted England XI for Spain clash

first_img Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Will England’s summer of fun continue now that the year is drawing to a close? How England could end up in a Euro 2020 group of death with France and Portugal England’s group at Euro 2020 revealed as Southgate’s men face a familiar foe RIP LEGEND England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania England play their first match since the end of the World Cup when Spain visit Wembley on Saturday evening, and you can listen to full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT.That glorious summer may have ended in despair, with Croatia knocking the Three Lions out in the semi-finals, but it gave visions of a future for England that is bright and filled with success. Adam Lallana was also back in the squad, but has withdrawn through injury, while Raheem Sterling will too miss the upcoming fixtures with a back issue.For the clash against Spain, Southgate is expected to utilise the same 3-3-2-2 system used in Russia, and the starting line-up should be relatively similar.However, the aforementioned Shaw is likely to come in after performing so well for Manchester United in the early stages of the season, while his Old Trafford team-mate Marcus Rashford should replace Sterling in attack. REJUVENATED Euro 2020 explained: How it works, stadiums and dates as tournament turns 60 The inclusion of Shaw solves one of the biggest issues England faced during the World Cup – the lack of width on their left flank.With Ashley Young, right footed, featuring as the left wing-back, all England’s play that went down his side of the pitch would inevitably slow down as he looked to cut back onto his stronger foot. Play would also narrow, as he would move inside with no one replacing him, as although Harry Maguire, the defender, and midfielder Dele Alli would move wide, they too would always play on their stronger right feet.Shaw is naturally left footed and loves to bomb up and down the flank, much like Kieran Trippier did with such great success in Russia. With two wing-backs playing on their natural side, England will find it much easier to break through the opposition’s lines. Furthermore, they will be much harder to defend against as the opposition will have to accept the ball could be delivered from either flank, rather than just the right; in Russia, Trippier often found himself doubled up upon, thus limiting his effectiveness in the final third. Difficult confirmed England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 3 scared lions GETTING READY Shaw will bring England natural width on the left flank, something they were severely lacking throughout the World Cup Second is best Elsewhere the team stays the same. Jordan Henderson will sit in front of the defence rather than Eric Dier, with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard providing driving runs forward from deep.Harry Kane will start alongside Rashford in attack, though the Tottenham man will likely drop into the number 10 position, as he did during the World Cup, rather than play as an out-and-out centre-forward. Rashford, who is the faster player, will act in that role as England look to break Spain’s lines by moving the ball forward with pace for Rashford to run on to. 3 Gareth Southgate became a waistcoat wearing national hero in those four short weeks, and now is the time for him to continue England’s resurgence.The Three Lions take on Spain in their first ever fixture in the Nations League, UEFA’s new tournament that has replaced international friendlies, and we can now see whether the performances put in in Russia have become the norm, or if it’s back to the ‘same old England‘ – an England of disappointment, despair, and crying in pub bathrooms after another tournament exit.Southgate has kept faith in much of the squad that served him well over the summer, with Luke Shaw and Joe Gomez the biggest names to be recalled to the international fold. Latest England news info 3 Southgate watches defender star in Italy amid talk of England recall Mega deal England ‘ducking out’ friendly against France before Euro 2020 preparation Chelsea ready to ‘break transfer record’ to sign winger ahead of Man United last_img read more

DONEGAL GOLF CLUBS TEE OFF AT IRISH OPEN

first_imgRepresentatives from over 65 Fáilte Ireland quality assured golf courses from across the country were this weekend given a great promotional platform to showcase what they have to offer, at the Irish Open in Carton House. [Photos: Malcolm McGettigan][ Representatives from Donegal Golf Clubs were among 65 Fáilte Ireland quality assured golf courses from across the country given a key promotional platform to showcase what they have to offer, at the Irish Open in Carton House.Indeed, Irish golf has taken the world by storm in recent years with our player’s success generating great interest in coming to the land where golf giants are made. This flagship event provided an ideal opportunity for Donegal golf clubs such as the Ballyliffin Golf Club; Bundoran Golf Club and Donegal Golf Club to showcase what they have to offer for golf visitors in Donegal at the Golf Ireland stand, Carton House.This is a key promotional platform and is regarded as an event highlight of the year for the golf industry.Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Golf Tourism, Tony Lenehan  said “The quality assured golf clubs that are here today representing Donegal, take their golf standards seriously and to-date we have over 100 Irish golf courses boasting the Shamrock symbol North and South.“This weekend at the Irish Open provided a wonderful advertising opportunity to showcase the two ingredients we are most famous for – our wonderful golf courses and our warm and friendly hospitality and people. “Ireland has some fantastic golf courses but we want to be the best in the world. That’s why we have been working hard to raise standards even higher within the golf sector, thus ensuring that every single golfer who comes to Ireland has an outstanding experience. Golf is already an important part of the tourism industry, and there’s room to increase revenue further. We in Fáilte Ireland are working closely with the golf sector to build further on our success rate.”The golf sector provides a total overseas spend of €202m for the Irish economy with 163,000 overseas visitors playing golf while in Ireland in 2012, each worth on average €1200 to the economy (two and a half times that of the average tourist).Fáilte Ireland research shows that Ireland is hitting the mark on both satisfaction levels and value for money for our overseas guests – with satisfaction rates at 94% and value for money at 83%. DONEGAL GOLF CLUBS TEE OFF AT IRISH OPEN was last modified: June 30th, 2013 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:Donegal Golf ClubsFailte Irelandlast_img read more

JACQUI’S SINGING CAREER REALLY IS ON THE CREST OF A WAVE!

first_imgDonegal solicitor Jacqui Sharkey is about to make ‘waves’ at the National Concert Hall.The West Donegal legal eagle is well known and respected around the courts of Donegal.But she is becoming increasingly well-known as a singer. The singer has just released her new album ‘A New Dawn’ to critical acclaim.And now she has been chosen to perform as a special guest for legendary singer Billy Ocean when he performs in Dublin on May 7th.Supporting Billy Ocean o tour – Jacqui’s entertainment career really is on the crest of a wave!Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily JACQUI’S SINGING CAREER REALLY IS ON THE CREST OF A WAVE! was last modified: April 4th, 2012 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:Billy OceanconcertJacqui Sharkeylast_img read more

HISTORY: FROM FALCARRAGH TO A MEDAL OF HONOUR – THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF MICHAEL DOUGHERTY

first_imgDOCUMENTING our history is a labour of love.And no-one has done more to document the Irish who fought overseas than Damian Shiels.His book – The Irish In the American Civil War – is a bible for those who are gripped by the history of the Irish in America and the roles many played after moving there. One of those whose stories he has uncovered is of Michael Dougherty, a Co Donegal man, who fought on the Union side in the civil war.Dougherty is one of 146 Irishmen who Shiels has identified who received the Medal of Honour for heroism in battle.BY DAMIAN SHIELS:On 10th December 1864, Michael Dougherty made the following entry in his diary: I feel no better. My diary is full; it is too bad, but cannot get any more. Good bye all; I did not think it would hold out so long when I commenced. Yours sufferingly, Michael Dougherty, Co. B, 13th Pa. Volunteer Cavalry. The fact that Dougherty had no further means of keeping his diary was the least of his worries. Not only was he sick, he was also confined in a Confederate prison, with little prospect of release or exchange. Michael Dougherty was born on 10th May 1844 in Falcarragh, Co. Donegal, emigrating to the United States in 1859. At the age of 18 he decided to enlist, and on the 8th August 1862 he mustered into the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry for three years service. It is no surprise that Dougherty chose this unit to serve in, as it had a distinct Irish character; indeed it had initially been intended to serve as a squadron with the Irish Brigade. The unit was to be known as the ‘Irish Dragoons’ when it was formed by James A. Gallagher of Philadelphia in September 1861. Further authority was received to increase its size beyond that of a squadron, and it became the 117th Regiment (13th Cavalry) with Gallagher becoming its first Colonel.The capture that led to Dougherty’s 1864 diary entry was not his first taste of life in Confederate prison. On 26th February 1863 his regiment was based in the Shenandoah Valley at Winchester, Virginia, when they were ordered to engage what appeared to be some Confederate foragers. They secured a number of the enemy and drove the remainder into the camp of the 11th Virginia at Woodstock, some twenty miles away from their base. With their horses exhausted they turned for home, but as they approached Fisher’s Hill they were engaged by a body of Rebels, who were positioned on both of their flanks. After a fight which lasted for half an hour the 13th Pennsylvania had lost 108 men killed, wounded and captured. The Donegal man was among the latter, and he was taken to Libby Prison in Richmond. Dougherty was exchanged on 26th May 1863 and was able to rejoin his comrades at Winchester; his first experience as a guest of the Confederacy had been mercifully brief.As 1863 continued the Irishman was quickly becoming a veteran, and he was engaged in his first major battle at Second Winchester that June. During the fighting Dougherty was responsible for carrying dispatches, a role he executed so well that he was presented with a gold medal for bravery by Co. Wexford native Colonel Michael Kerwin. Kerwin had succeeded to command of the 13th Pennsylvania shortly after the battle, replacing Colonel Gallagher. Following Second Winchester the regiment became part of the Army of the Potomac, joining the 2nd Brigade of Brigadier-General David McMurtrie Gregg’s 2nd Division. On 12th October of that year the 13th Pennsylvania was on picket duty at Jefferson, Virginia, on the south side of the Rappahannock opposite Sulphur Springs. At about 6 o’clock that morning the Confederates attacked their positions, driving in the unit’s pickets. Heavy skirmishing continued throughout the day, and the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry moved up to support their comrades from the Keystone State. During this fighting the young Donegal native once again showed his worth when he dashed across an open field at the head of some men from his company, forcing the Confederates to abandon one of their positions in an unoccupied house. Michael and his comrades then took possession of the building themselves, and fought off repeated attacks against it for a number of hours. The Rebels were not finished, however, and that afternoon they attacked the cavalrymen’s positions with increased force. By 5 o’clock the 13th and 4th had been driven back, but many men were cut off and could not escape across the river. The 13th Pennsylvania lost 163 men killed, wounded and captured, the vast majority being forced to surrender. Once again Private Michael Dougherty found himself a prisoner, and this time it would be for the remainder of the war.Andersonville on 17th August 1864. Dougherty’s diary for that day records: ‘No prisoners left here today or yesterday. Alfred Friend, Co. F, 12th N.Y.C., has just informed me that he is the only man alive out of 53 of his regiment.’From 12th October 1863 to 12th April 1865 Dougherty was to spend his time in Confederate prisons. Throughout this time he kept a diary charting his experiences in prisons such as Libby, Pemberton and Belle Isle in and around Richmond, with a recurring theme being the constant hope and endless rumours regarding prisoner exchange. On 8th February 1864 he boarded a train away from Richmond with 600 others, but it was not for the purpose of his release. The train travelled south to Georgia and arrived at its destination, Camp Sumter, on the 15th February. This was a new prison, and it would soon be known by another name, one that still conjures images of death, suffering and cruelty- Andersonville. Of the 45,000 Union prisoners held there during the 14 months of its existence, 13,000 of them would never leave. Michael tried to occupy himself by visiting the different parts of the camp and recording any events in his diary. It is a stark record of the human misery he and others experienced during his time in the exposed 26 1/2 acre compound. Unsurprisingly, the main topics include new prisoners, the deaths of comrades, and rations:18th April 1864: About five hundred more prisoners came in to-day from Cahaba, Alabama. Bernard Tolen, Co. D, died to-day.15th May 1864: We can see wagons haul away bodies from the dead-house, like so much dirt; as many as twenty bodies piled on one wagon. Upwards of fifteen hundred men have died since we came here.20th July 1864: One hundred and thirty prisoners died yesterday; it is so hot we are almost roasted. There were 127 of my regiment captured the day I was, and of that number eighty-one have since died, and the rest are more dead than alive; exposure and long confinement is doing its work among us. Dougherty makes reference to an interesting incident from an Irish perspective on the 13th November 1864: All the Irish who could walk were called to the gate this afternoon by a Col. McNeill of the 10th Tennessee (rebel) regiment, to see if any of them would take the oath to join the rebel service. Not an Irishman enlisted, but two Yankees did, one from Connecticut and the other from a New York regiment; so you see the Irish are the most loyal. The following day Dougherty added: Webb called on me to-day; we had a talk over the excitement caused by the appeal to the Irish; he says McNeill is no true Irishman or he would not try to degrade Ireland and her people by making such a proposition.The 10th Tennessee had been formed of Irishmen from Nashville in 1861, and ‘Col. McNeill’ was in fact Colonel John G. O’Neill. The remnants of the unit surrendered with the Army of Tennessee in 1865 following its defeat at the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina.Michael Dougherty’s visit to the Andersonville hospital in late 1864 should have been fatal, but he somehow managed to survive. Incredibly, having experienced the American Civil War and the worst prison conditions in the nation’s history his tribulations were still not at an end. On 23rd April 1865 at Vicksburg, Mississippi, he boarded a ship called the ‘Sultana’ along with between 2,200 and 2,400 others, many also former Andersonville prisoners. They were steaming up the Mississippi for St. Louis, Missouri, and had arrived in Memphis, Tennessee on 26th April. Early in the morning of 27th April one of the boilers on the vessel exploded, enveloping the boat in flames. Some 1,800 of the passengers lost their lives, in what remains the worst maritime disaster in United States history.The Irishman had again beaten the odds and survived. He returned to Bristol, Pennsylvania and his mother and sisters on 27th June 1865. He would go on to marry Rose Magee with whom he had 12 children. In the post war years he worked at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia and served as a Bristol Council Member between 1880 and 1882, as well as being an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Michael Dougherty was awarded the Medal of Honor on 23rd January 1897 for his actions on the day of his capture on 12th October 1863. His citation read: ‘At the head of a detachment of his company dashed across an open field, exposed to a deadly fire from the enemy, and succeeded in dislodging them from an unoccupied house, which he and his comrades defended for several hours against repeated attacks, thus preventing the enemy from flanking the position of the Union forces.’ The Falcarragh native published his prison diary in 1908, providing an invaluable insight into the terrible conditions experienced by Union troops in Andersonville. Having survived such trials in early life, Michael Dougherty went on to live well into his 80s. He died on 19th February 1930, and is buried in Saint Mark’s Roman Catholic Churchyard in Bristol, Pennsylvania.At least 146 Irish-born men received the Medal of Honor for services during the American Civil War, almost ten percent of the total number awarded. Of these, a number have only recently come to light as Irish-born, having initially been erroneously categorised as of unknown or American nativity. It is probable that this figure will increase as further research is conducted into the backgrounds of Medal of Honor recipients. Of the Irish awards, no fewer than fifty were awarded to Irishmen in the naval and marine service, just over fifteen percent of the total number for that category.Studies of Irish participation in the American Civil War often focus on well-known ‘green flag’ units such as the Irish Brigade and Corcoran’s Irish Legion. However, the vast majority of Irish-born men served in non-Irish regiments or in the naval arm of the service. Perhaps understandably, their stories are often much harder to discover and explore. Analysis of the Irish-born Medal of Honor recipients brings some of these men to the fore. Indeed of the total number, fewer than twenty were members of ethnic Irish regiments.Three of the Irishmen would eventually receive the award twice; Coxswain John Cooper of the U.S.S. Brooklyn for two separate actions in Mobile Bay, Alabama; Boatswain’s Mate Patrick Mullen for gallantry in action and lifesaving, both in 1865; Fireman John Laverty (Lafferty) for actions on the Roanoke River during the war with the second for bravery in peacetime, aboard the U.S.S. Alaska in 1881. Although instituted during the American Civil War, the earliest chronological award was to Irishman Assistant Surgeon Bernard J.D. Irwin for service at Apache Pass, Arizona in February 1861.(4) The chronologically earliest Irish award of the conflict was to Corporal Owen McGough for actions at the First Battle of Bull Run. The first Irish-born men to physically receive the Medal of Honor were all sailors, who were presented with the award on 3 April 1863.A list of these 146 Irishmen appears below, together with their unit and the engagement at which they performed their act of heroism. This listing forms part of the Irish-born Medal of Honor Project. If you are aware of any potential additions or corrections to the list below, or have information that you feel will further the project please contact me at irishamericancivilwar@gmail.com.For more please go to:http://irishamericancivilwar.com/2013/02/17/the-146-irish-recipients-of-the-medal-of-honor-from-the-american-civil-war/********Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDailyHISTORY: FROM FALCARRAGH TO A MEDAL OF HONOUR – THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF MICHAEL DOUGHERTY was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HISTORY: FROM FALCARRAGH TO A MEDAL OF HONOUR – THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF MICHAEL DOUGHERTYlast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: PENSIONER ROBBED IN LATEST DONEGAL BURGLARY

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A PENSIONER has been robbed in the latest burglary in County Donegal.The man was at home around 4.30pm this afternoon when a dark coloured jeep drove up to his front door in the Ballinamore area of Fintown.A man in his 20s knocked and asked for a jug of water. When the pensioner went into the kitchen of his home to answer what he thought was a good errand for someone in need, the thief struck.He walked into the house and lifted money which had been sitting on a table.When the pensioner returned, the burglar had fled.A text alert on the incident was sent out in the area over an hour later. Gardai in Glenties have spent this evening trying to locate the thief.“This was a particularly despicable crime,” said one shocked neighbour.“The victim is one of the gentlest and nicest people you could ever hope to meet and someone has taken advantage of that generosity.”    COMMUNITY ALERT: PENSIONER ROBBED IN LATEST DONEGAL BURGLARY was last modified: May 12th, 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:break-inburglaryFNTOWNthieflast_img read more