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Bell hails Special Olympics medal winners

first_img HARDEST GAMES Executive director, Special Olympics Jamaica, Lorna Bell says she is extremely proud of Jamaica’s outstanding performance, so far at the World Winter Special Olympics Games in Austria. Romaine Austin won gold in the Division 15 500m speed skating event yesterday while Dave Oddman won silver in Division 23 in the 222-metre speed skating race in Graz earlier this week. The Special Olympics Jamaica floor hockey team edged Costa Rica 2-1 for the bronze medal. “I am extremely proud of our athletes. Their outstanding performances at these games is an example of what can happen when we give them a chance. I am a firm believer in whatever the mind conceives and believes, the mind can achieve. Our athletes were determined to make Jamaica proud and they did exactly that!,” Bell told The Gleaner yesterday. “It is important to note that this is the first time most of our athletes are travelling, let alone to a cold country. And to adapt like they did, despite the challenges, is a win in itself,” she added. Austin spoke about his gold medal performance. “I led from the start, I maintained my lead and I am happy to win the gold medal for Jamaica,” Austin said from Austria.. Jamaica’s floor hockey team captain, Sydney Manyan said that it was one of the toughest games ever for the team. “We played one of our hardest games but were brilliant against Costa Rica. We had injury problems, despite that we gained the bronze medal. We say big up to the team, coaching staff and everybody involved,” Manyan said. Special Olympics Jamaica sent a 16-member floor hockey team and two speed skaters to the Games.last_img read more


first_imgThe focus of this third article of the series centers on the role of effective communication in initiating and maintaining community ownership. What do we mean by an effective communication? What kind of communication do we need to help us spur on community participation at every level in every part of the country? Why is communication important for the right kind of community engagement? The second article on spreading community ownership everywhere in Liberia observed the following salient points:One way communities can remain engaged with their own and national issues is to maintain and build on the gains made with the involvement of the local communities in the fight against the Ebola pandemic. There was a massive effort from many partners to engage the local communities and get them to spread the awareness messages and the needed actions to halt the transmission. This was done through the use of local administrative structure and the huge training of chiefs, religious leaders, teachers, women and youth leaders, and getting many ordinary people at various levels of the community engaged with the process. In no time every local community in Liberia was in action in fight Ebola.This much training and community involvement should now be used in creative ways to attend to other critical needs of the nation such as keeping our schools and all learning institutions safe and promoting the restoration of basic health services (immunization of our children and building the required confidence in our health system).Through practical actions from government and others, communities should be taught and shown that the solution of their problems and promoting their own good causes lies in their own hands. Others can help but they must take the lead. Such vital lesson can be conveyed through involving, in a persistent and continuous way, the local communities in planning and implementing program and projects in the areas of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, and inculcating local entrepreneurship. Communities must be consulted and made active partners in every part of the county. They can be active forces for the good of all.A required element of community engagement is appropriate communication. Communication is a two-way activity. It requires both speaking through verbal and non-verbal means and listening. One speaker speaks and the other listens and the other speaks and the one listens. Keen listening means the listener attempts to feel what the other feels, hear what the other hears and to put one in the other’s shoes.An effective communication is absolutely vital to any attempts to persuade people to do something, especially if it involves asking them to change their mental attitude and behavior. Any kind of propaganda (whether it is a war of any kind, a political platform, a new policy, a marketing strategy, an evangelistic undertaking, or any human endeavor that asks the voluntary involvement of other people) requires the right kind of communicating if it is to succeed. In fact, communication is a necessity for all who lead or influence others in one form or the other. Sometime the difference between success and failure depends on one communicates his/her vision.If communities are to find self-generating solutions to their problems and improve their total wellbeing there must be effective community at every level and stage of a continued process. Those who initiate and remain with community engagement have to be effective communicators.This requires an entry into the community. Community entry is about the strategies employed to get the community to open herself up and disclose its true needs, concerns and aspirations. There are all sorts of ways of doing this, depending on each particular community. Whatever means one chooses has to include involving the local leadership on the ground.Effective communication takes a lot more listening than talking. It means honestly and earnestly seeking to understand and learn from the community as opposed to telling her what one wants to communicate and coming to teach the community something. When one listens empathetically very often one learns something valuable from and about the people that one desires to engage. Effective communication overcomes barriers and creates countless opportunities for community participation and ownership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No delays: CJ hands down strict deadlines

first_imgLegal challenges to H2H Registration….gives GECOM, AG until Friday to submit additional documentsIf anyone expected that the filing of new applications would cause delays, they were left disappointed on Tuesday when Chief Justice Roxane George ordered applicants introducing new affidavits in the House-to-House legal challenge to get it done by Friday.Attorney General Basil Williams, on behalf of the State, and Trinidadian Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus, on behalf of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield, were both given this strict deadline.In the case of Williams, he is seeking to have the High Court dismiss attorney Christopher Ram’s challenge to GECOM’s House-to-House Registration exercise. When it comes to Marcus, he is seeking the recusal of Justice George from hearing the case.Prior to handing down her timelines, Justice George had raised questions with Marcus regarding Lowenfield’s role. Lowenfield is named as a respondent in Ram’s challenge to House-to-House Registration. At the same time, Lowenfield signed the affidavit submitted by Marcus alongside his application seeking her recusal.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, a leading member of the legal team representing Ram, contended in an interview afterwards that these applications were meant to frustrate the court. He lauded the court for ensuring that these applications fell in line with the original Friday timeline to hear Ram’s challenge.“It is clear that [efforts are being made] to delay this matter,” Nandlall said. “And what you are seeing before the court are attempts to carry out that plan. Fortunately, from the timelines that the court has given, it is clear that the courts are not going to allow themselves to be manipulated in this time-wasting, procrastinating exercise.”“The court has not shifted its timelines but has given more rigid timelines for them to do what they have to do. They want to file a whole set of affidavits. The court said no problem, but you will file it without shifting the timelines already fixed by the court.”Nandlall maintained that the applications made by the Attorney General and GECOM are completely without merit. In the case of Marcus’ application on Lowenfield’s behalf, he noted that the Trinidad-based lawyer should not even be involved.“The one filed by Lowenfield, he’s not authorised to file. Lowenfield is not GECOM. GECOM is made up of the Chairman and six Commissioners. GECOM is not bound by GECOM. GECOM [is in charge], not the other way around,” Nandlall asserted.“And the attempt by the AG to argue that these matters have already been dealt with by the Caribbean Court of Justice is also a very frivolous argument. These matters have not been dealt with. We are questioning the legality of House-to-House Registration, relative to the CCJ rulings. These are new matters. We are trying to protect the CCJ judgement and the Constitution.”Last week, the High Court had denied an application for an interim conservatory order to block GECOM from continuing its House-to-House exercise that began just days before. At the time, the order was not granted since the Chief Justice required more evidence as to the unconstitutionality of the exercise.Attorney-at-Law Neil Boston’s request for 14 days to present his written arguments was denied by the CJ, who gave him until July 29 to submit his affidavits. Boston is representing Lowenfield, as a named respondent, in this matter.Nandlall and team filed an affidavit with the additional evidence for the CJ that very afternoon and were given until July 31 to respond to the other filings, with the Chief Justice ordering that all relevant submissions be laid over with the court by July 31.The Guyana Bar Association, which is being represented by its President, Teni Housty, and prominent attorney, Sanjeev Datadin was also given leave to join the proceedings as a party and make written submissions. The case will, meanwhile, be heard on August 2.last_img read more

Prosecutor: Eviction threat led to slaying

first_imgAshton Hurst killed his stepfather because he was trying to do the one thing in the world Hurst could not live with: Separate him from his mother, a prosecutor told a jury this week. Contrary to Hurst’s claims, Robert Gauci was not a pervert who sexually assaulted Hurst, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Stodel said during closing arguments Monday and Tuesday. Gauci simply didn’t want the 33-year-old man, whom he described to friends as a “freeloader,” “loser” and “drug addict,” living with him and his wife in their Torrance home anymore, Stodel said. But Henry Salcido, Hurst’s defense attorney, chastised the prosecutor for backing away from his original theory – that Hurst killed Gauci after he had a delusion that Gauci sexually assaulted him – in favor of the eviction motive that arose midway through the monthlong trial. Stodel reminded the jury that a police officer testified that Hurst would have had to travel approximately 140 feet round trip to retrieve the knife and return to the front lawn where Gauci lay. Hurst told his family he stabbed Gauci because he didn’t think anyone would believe him and he didn’t want to go to jail, and because he didn’t want Gauci to live with brain damage. This showed deliberation as well as premeditation on Hurst’s part, Stodel argued. Both are necessary for a conviction of first-degree murder. If the Torrance Superior Court jury of five women and seven men acquits Hurst of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life, they can still consider lesser charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Since the night of the killing, Hurst has “rehearsed, prepared and lied” about the “kung fu”-style fight to have it appear that Gauci was the aggressor who introduced the knife, Stodel argued. But even in some of his later statements, Hurst acknowledges that Gauci was “knocked out” when he stabbed him. During the fight, Hurst hit Gauci with a 5-pound dumbbell and stomped and kicked on his head and body, leaving Gauci bleeding profusely and curled up in a fetal position with brain matter coming out of his head at the time he was stabbed, Stodel said. At least a dozen things point to the fact that Hurst didn’t kill in self-defense, Stodel said. Among them: Gauci was stabbed in the back of the neck, which shows he was not attacking or the aggressor. Hurst admitted to his mother that he started the fight. He told his mother and sister why he stabbed Gauci – and it didn’t have anything to do with fearing him. Gauci had defensive wounds, while Hurst was barely injured, but for a few scratches. The law says that the right to defend yourself ends the moment the threat of death or injury stops, Stodel reminded the jury. “He has completely incapacitated his victim,” Stodel said. “At that point, there’s no imminent threat.” Historically, Hurst’s mental issues would grow worse during times he wasn’t living with his mother, Stodel said. When he’s apart from her, he is “a ticking time bomb,” Stodel said. So it’s key evidence that Harbor College baseball coach Marc Alvillar testified that, an hour before Gauci was killed, Gauci told him he was going to go home and evict Hurst. Alvillar’s testimony was corroborated by Gauci’s colleagues and friends, who said Gauci was frustrated with his stepson and wanted him out of the house in the months before he died. Salcido, though, asked the jury to disregard Alvillar’s testimony, suggesting that he lied on the witness stand – either because the passage of time mixed up his memory or because he’s biased. “Alvillar is now remembering what he wants to remember because he wants to help,” Salcido said, acknowledging that Alvillar came forward after he read about the trial in the Daily Breeze. In the first two hours of Salcido’s closing argument, he barely mentioned the incident or Hurst’s mental issues. Instead, he focused on why he thinks the jury should find Mrs. Gauci credible, and why he thinks Gauci was a “liar, deceptive, thief and a cheat.” Mrs. Gauci, who now clearly believes in her son’s innocence, said she was in a sexless marriage – and told police this information even when she thought Hurst was a liar the night he killed Gauci. She also said their real estate portfolio of six properties was built on her money, and that she discovered after her husband’s death that $100,000 she gave to Gauci for their retirement account was missing. In addition, she also testified about an incident in 2001 where Gauci threatened her and she called 911 because she was scared. Police records corroborated her testimony. However, Salcido noted that character witnesses called by the prosecution said Gauci told them he had normal sexual relations with his wife, had helped Hurst financially and was coming up with down payments for real estate. “He was two-faced,” Salcido said. “He was leading a deceptive life.” Salcido will continue closing arguments today and likely argue that Gauci was interested in sex with men – corroborated by about two-dozen images depicting homosexual or bisexual behavior that were found on his computer. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“What makes more sense – that Ashton will kill Gauci because he is evicting him or that Gauci sexually assaulted Ashton?” Salcido asked. “It is so simple.” Hurst, now 36, is charged with murdering Gauci, 44, on Feb. 8, 2005, by stabbing him six times in the back of the neck at the end of a fight that began inside the home in the 2200 block of 232nd Street. Hurst, who has a mental illness that causes him to believe men are gay and want to rape him, has given varying accounts as to the genesis of the altercations, as well as the details of the battle itself. But Stodel used Hurst’s own words and actions to argue to the jury that Hurst committed first-degree murder, and did not kill in self-defense. The night of Gauci’s death, Hurst told his mother, Melba Gauci, that he got a butcher knife from the kitchen. last_img read more

Fun run in memory of the late Conor Boyle this Saturday

first_imgAll roads lead to Casadh an tSugaín this Saturday, July 30th as friends and family remember the late Conor Boyle.Conor was just 18 years old when he passed away in 2013 following a road traffic accident.There are two routes on the day depending on fitness levels, a 5K or a 10K. You can crawl, walk, jog or sprint either of these routes. “I have never done a 10K in my life before but have been training this past few weeks so hopefully I can do it in a good time, so if I can do it so can you.” – said the ever competitive John Walsh to Donegal Daily.Registration starts at 2 pm and people are being urged to get registered early as Donegal take on Cork at 4 pm which will be shown live in Casadh an tSugaín afterwards.All monies raised on the day will be going towards the Rehabilitation Unit in St. Conal’s Hospital Letterkenny.On completion of the walk/run there will be light refreshments in Casadh an tSugaín along with presentations to First Gent to Finish, First Lady to Finish and First Youth to Finish. Also on the day will be a raffle with some amazing prizes to be won. “Spread the word as all money raised is for a great cause and a great way to remember and honor our dear friend friend Conor who is always in our thoughts.” Click here to view the Facebook event.  Fun run in memory of the late Conor Boyle this Saturday was last modified: July 26th, 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:10K5kConor BoyleFun Runlast_img read more


first_imgNaomh Padraig GAA club notesCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there were five winners of €20 the numbers drawn were 4-6-7-2-1-3-5. The winners were as follows:McMenamin Family, Carry RDGerard Grant, Grove Cottages.Mary Harkin, Grove Cottages.Stephenanie McCallion. AughtMary Harkin Grove Cottages. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime. If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €1050SENIORSThe seniors recorded a Great result in pettigo on Saturday night as they made it 2 out of 2 in the Junior A Championship as they beat the hosts 1-14 to 3 points. They now play their last group game next weekend in ture against red Hugh’s. .UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfDEFIBRILLATOR FUNDMany thanks to Paul Donnelly for his generous donation of €152 to the defibrillator fund. It was the proceeds from a pool competition organised in the Point Inn.We where delighted to receive a cheque from Topaz Centra Muff for €1000 in there recent fuel promotion. Thanks to all who supported us through this promotion and we hope you all continue to support Doherty’s Topaz Centra.CLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: MUFF SENIORS RECORD GREAT WIN OVER PETTIGO was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAmuffNaomh Padraiglast_img read more

Man United tipped to win the Premier League under Mourinho by Ibrahimovic

first_img Mourinho and Zlatan have been close for several years LATEST tense getty Reports on the eve of the Premier League clash emerged suggesting the former Real Madrid boss was to be sacked regardless of the result.After finding themselves 2-0 down, United rallied to secure all three points thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s late header. However, the question about Mourinho’s future still lingered.Public spats with players, boardroom battles and failing to sign top transfer targets have undoubtedly played a part in the club’s worse start to a season in almost thirty years.But Ibrahimovic, who spent two seasons with United before joining LA Galaxy, has backed his former boss to deliver trophies. 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed Jose Mourinho to WIN the Premier League trophy as Manchester United boss.Speculation about Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford threatened to reach a brutal crescendo last weekend against Newcastle United. Most Popular Football Stories gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2center_img BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest revealed scrap “I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]” said the Swede, speaking to BetHard. “I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team.“But a coach is only as good as his team, so it’s not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough.“And I feel the team is good – it’s progressing, becoming better. This is his third year, the players know more and more the way he wants to play and how he wants it – so I believe, yes.”The pair have maintained a close relationship since Zlatan worked under the Portuguese at Inter Milan for a season. Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his debut season at Old Trafford Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ After scoring 25 goals to fire the Nerazzurri to the Serie A title, ‘Ibra’ revealed in his autobiography that Mourinho had given his wife specific instructions to keep the start striker happy.He wrote: “Jose Mourinho is a big star. The first time he met my partner Helena, he whispered to her, ‘Helena, you have only one mission: feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy.’last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL sports legend Packie Bonner says he believes Jim McGuinness will join Celtic as a youth coach and retain his role as Donegal GAA manager.The ex-Celtic goalie and Ireland international – and former Donegal GAA player — was asked if he believed Celtic will persuade Jim to join them and replied: “I think it’s going to happen.”He went on: “It’s all up probably to Jim McGuinness and whether he wants to leave and go over there to work and whether he can do it part-time. “A job where he can go over there, and when the Donegal games come up he can still keep that role — he might fancy that one.“What an opportunity for him — to see can he transfer what he has and the fitness and the psychology bit into a professional soccer club.“It would be a great experience to see does it actually work and my advice would be for him to go for it.”Former Donegal manager Brian McEniff, who took the county to its first All-Ireland success in 1992, says he believes McGuinness can do both jobs – part-time paid job at Celtic and his voluntary role as Donegal manager. Celtic fan Brian said: “Jim has done a wonderful job for Donegal and I am very proud of him. I rate him very highly, not just as a football man but as a person.“He definitely has the skills to do something in other sports.“Whether he could juggle two balls between Donegal and Celtic is the question — but if anyone can do it, he can.“But while I am a big fan of Celtic, I’d prefer to see Jim McGuinness stay in Donegal.” PACKIE BONNER: ‘I BELIEVE JIM McGUINNESS WILL JOIN CELTIC’ was last modified: November 9th, 2012 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:celtic fcJim McGuinnessPackie BonnerPACKIE BONNER: ‘I BELIEVE JIM McGUINNESS WILL JOIN CELTIC’last_img read more


first_imgPCC Falcarragh are celebrating after winning the Ulster Bank Arthurs Cup in the Ulster final clash in Omagh today.The Donegal boys played some classy football to see off St Mark’s of Warrenpoint…by a single nerve-wrecking point!The final score was 2-09 to 0-14. Falcarragh had led by four points at the break 1-06 to 0-05.And the Donegal school side held on into injury time to take the title.PCC FALCARRAGH CROWNED ULSTER CHAMPIONS was last modified: March 5th, 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:PCC FALCARRAGHUlster Bank Arthurs Cuplast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Daily GAA columnist Cathal MacSuibhne reflects on last night’s decision by Jim McGuinness to step down as Donegal manager.Donegal Daily GAA columnist Cathal MacSuibhne with Jim McGuinness.Jimmy won the matches, Jimmy won the games, Jimmy brought Sam back to Donegal again.The news nobody wanted to hear but that we were half expecting arrived late last night. Jim McGuinness had led us all on an incredible journey since 2010 but now it has reached its conclusion. His stint as U21 manager followed by the four year plan with the seniors has been the most successful period in our county’s history. He took over a group that had been described, somewhat accurately, as half football team half stag party; what followed is one of the greatest sporting stories ever told. Breffni Park and that damn crossbar got things rolling as Jim led Michael and his team to an All Ireland U21 Final. Within a few months, the senior job was his.It all started on a wet Saturday night in Ballybofey against University of Ulster Jordanstown in a McKenna Cup tie and finished two weeks ago on the biggest stage of all. Could the few hundred of us that were in MacCumhaill Park that night have dared to dream that such days lay ahead? Jim turned all our dreams into reality.In between there have been significant milestones – a trophy captured in Croke Park, three months later 19 years of hurt were annexed with an Ulster title; then that unforgettable night with Kildare, ‘real living’ as Jim described it as. Football was supposedly close to Armageddon the next time Donegal rolled onto Jones Road as the game with Dublin became the most talked about match of all time.One year later and we were top of the pile, 2012 will forever hold the most special place in our hearts as Jim took us to the Promised Land. It looked like it would all end in a perfect fairytale after trouncing the unbeatable Dubs before going down in the final – it wasn’t to be. It doesn’t in any way dilute what Jim achieved with this team and his legacy is untouchable.Will there now be a number of players that will follow? It is safe to assume that some will certainly call time on their careers having served the green and gold jersey with distinction but with the underage talent looking quite healthy this hopefully won’t have a terminal effect on the squad. Donegal will retreat back into pack in the coming years as this team breaks up but that inevitable slide can be halted if the team and its resources are managed correctly. All successful senior teams must have some sort of underage traction however a good underage team does not guarantee a quality senior team.The big question now is who can replace the irreplaceable? Despite losing a legendary figure, an All-Ireland winning panel remains and with the right appointment our glory days can continue.Declan Bonner will most likely be the front runner after leading the minor team to an All Ireland Final. Ideally you’d like to see Declan take the group onto the U21 stage before having a second crack at the senior job but with circumstances as they are now, he is sure to be in the frame.What about a joint ticket of Jim’s former background team, Rory Gallagher and Maxi Curran? Both men are leading clubs in this weekend’s Championship action but their ears will have pricked at hearing the news last night. There may be some lingering animosity over their departure from Jim’s setup last year but for the good of Donegal football, any differences need to be put aside if they are deemed the best candidate(s). Could Jim’s outgoing backroom team be interested? Damian Diver, John Duffy and Paul McGonigle played their part in this year’s Ulster success and subsequent passage to the All-Ireland final and must surely be considered.Elsewhere in the club scene, Gary McDaid led his Glenswilly team to an Ulster Final last December. It would be a big step up from club to county but his record may be enough to put him in with a shout.Other names such as Martin McHugh and Tony McEntee will also be linked but it would be a surprise if the successor didn’t come from the first two options above.As we’ve seen with Mayo in the last fortnight, county boards have an unfortunate habit of making a mess of such appointment processes – it took Jim himself three attempts to get the post – so this has to be done right. Jim may well have a say himself. His greatest achievement is not the titles, the cups or the system. His most important gift was really highlighted in the aftermath of the defeat a fortnight ago. Despite a devastating day, Donegal supporters, one and all, were proud of their team. That was Jim’s first goal – for the team to be loved again, for everyone to have pride in their county and their jersey. Mission accomplished Jim.These thoughts have only scratched on the surface of the genius that is Jim McGuinness; a million words wouldn’t do justice to the greatest of great men.His family and his work commitments in Glasgow will obviously have had a huge bearing on his decision to stand aside. He may even have a chance to devote more time to Celtic in the months and years ahead. The words of Scotland’s most famous hero, William Wallace, (slightly altered!) might best describe our journey with Jim…In the years of our Messiah, 2011-2014, patriots of Donegal, hungry and written off, charged the fields of Clones and Drumcondra. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Tir Conaill men. And won their destiny.Our Chief. Our Leader. Our Legend. Our Messiah. Our Jimmy.Míle Buíochas agus Ádh Mór leat Jim.‘JIMMY WON THE MATCHES, JIMMY WON THE GAMES’ – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE ON McGUINNESS’ REIGN was last modified: October 4th, 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:Cathal MacSuibhnedonegalGAAJim McGuinnesslast_img read more