MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Controversial opener Chris Gayle launched a scathing attack on several former and present cricketers after an explosive innings in the Australian Big Bash T20 League. Gayle, who equalled Yuvraj Singh’s record for the fastest half-century in T20 history playing for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers on Monday, launched his blistering attack in an instagram tirade yesterday. The explosive Jamaican batsman did not hold back in his assessment of former players who shared the BBL franchise’s view of his conduct. “I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could’ve had their say in the public when my so call issue was going on, but y’all don’t have the balls to stand firm when it matters,” said Gayle. “But yet when u (you) see me you’re like, Chris that’s BS against you, it was blown out of proportion. Don’t tell me, tell the media and public!” The 36-year-old West Indies opener has come under fire for appearing to openly flirt with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin, by telling her during a live TV interview: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here. Just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice.” He continued: “So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.” Gayle was subsequently censured by Cricket Australia and Big Bash League organisers and also fined $10,000 (US$7,000) His comments led to him being criticised by the likes of former Sydney Thunder teammate Chris Rogers, current BBL players Shane Watson and Ed Cowan, as well as former England skipper Andre Flintoff and former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell, who recommended a worldwide ban. “The real ppl (people) who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You. To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more,” Gayle posted in social media-speak on his Instagram account. “The past cricketer who said I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the t\Thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behaviour from Chris – Y’all can ….. I love Australia and I will be back again.”
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid was right to shut himself down for a bit if he needed rest to benefit what was best for his long-term outlook.“I know it’s on everybody’s mind to try and press him and pin him to something maybe a little bit more concrete and less mist,” he said. “It’s hard to say, ‘this is the day.’ I do feel like he and the organization are working hand-in-hand. He came to us, we listened, as we should. I think he feels like he’s getting ahead of it, on top of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s all about long term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said.Embiid said he could “for sure” play through the mild tendinitis but wanted to rest up for the stretch run and the playoffs. Embiid also dismissed any connection between his soreness and playing 23 minutes in the All-Star game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe did not give a specific game for his return, but the Sixers play again Tuesday against Orlando, and three more times through March 10.The Sixers played short-handed against the Warriors: big men Boban Marjanovic (right knee sprain) and Amir Johnson (upper-back tightness) also sat out with injuries. Jonah Bolden started for Embiid, and the backup was Justin Patton, who hasn’t played this season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with Rapper 2 Chainz ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid expects to return to the lineup next week from a sore left knee that has cost him the last five games.Embiid sat out again Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors and has not played since the All-Star game. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. Embiid underwent an MRI last week, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapyADVERTISEMENT
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“I thought we were the better side and created more clear chances. I think we should have won,” Klopp said after a draw that leaves Liverpool seven points adrift of front-runners Manchester City and Manchester United.A victory that would have moved Liverpool into the top four appeared likely after Coutinho put them ahead in the 29th minute, but they paid the price for failing to take other chances.Klopp remains confident, however, that Liverpool, yet to win the English title in the Premier League era, are equipped to mount a challenge at the top of the table.“I cannot talk about our football and the gap between us and other teams. We are having our hard moment and other teams will have their hard moment,” he said.– ‘Real challenge’ –“I really think it looks like we are not far away from a real challenge,” he added with Liverpool having won the last of their then-record 18 English titles in 1990.Klopp insisted: “If we do what we are good at then we can score more goals and we will win more games.“We don’t have to think about other teams and we will close the gap. It’s is all about our situation, we are not thinking about where the others are.“I’ve played a lot of times with different teams in my life to know when we have a problem — and here we were the better team again and created more chances. We were in very promising situations, but didn’t score.“I’ve been around football and I know there is going to be one day when it will click and we will score more. Yes, we have one win in seven, but in most of those games we have been the better team.”“Now the only thing to do is carry on and hope that something happens. We are still confident. It’s our duty to be confident because the players have quality.”Quality is not always enough, however. There has to be defensive organisation and it was lacking when Joselu scored Newcastle’s 36th-minute equaliser following an excellent through ball from former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.“It was a good pass, but if the defenders see it, they have to step forward and get him offside,” Klopp said. “We made one mistake and it’s 1-1. They (Newcastle) made a lot more mistakes.”Benitez was pleased by his team’s performance against the club he once guided to a Champions League triumph in a match where millionaire businesswoman Amanda Staveley was among the crowd amid speculation she could be linked with a takeover of the Tyneside club.“We have got a point at home, which isn’t the best, but against one of the top teams, you will take it,” said Benitez, now well on the way to becoming a fans’ favourite at northeast side Newcastle.“They have a lot of players with quality, they are dangerous from set pieces and they are dangerous in one v one situations,” the Spaniard added.“They are a very good team and that is why I’m pleased with the performance of my players. They were really working hard and, if we had shown a little more composure on the ball, maybe we would have scored a second goal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp on the touchline during the English Premier League football match against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 1, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Jurgen Klopp assessed Liverpool’s latest failure to win a Premier League game after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United by saying: “Football is not fair.”Liverpool’s German manager found it difficult to accept that the visitors emerged with only a point thanks to a spectacular long-range goal from Philippe Coutinho after enjoying twice as much possession as Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Rangers celebrate clinching promotion to the Scottish Premiership 1 talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham discusses the impact Rangers’ promotion to the Premiership will have on Scottish football…We had a fantastic debate to kick off the show on Wednesday. We asked the question: “Have Rangers saved Scottish football?” And soon we were inundated with intelligent callers: talkSPORT at its finest.However, Twitter proved to be the ignorant runt when it came to this debate I’m afraid. The genuine debate about the state of Scottish football and its future was lost in bigoted bile, swearing and pure hatred.Trying to have an intelligent football debate with people who know only insults is pointless. They think they’ve won the argument by calling you a ‘ginger prick’: in reality these people couldn’t tackle a high level debate, so they just vomited all over it instead, and claimed victory.Twitter could be brilliant, but unfortunately it’s taken dumbing down to the deepest depths.There will always be some who can’t raise their level above the meaningless nonsense about Rangers ‘no longer existing’, but there is a genuine debate to be had for people who can think bigger than those who cannot open their minds.Have Rangers saved Scottish football? My view is, in purely literal, superficial terms, no, of course not. If they hadn’t got promoted the Scottish Premiership would have carried on.But the debate is much bigger than that.Firstly, Scotland are the only home nation not to qualify for the newly expanded European Championship.Secondly, Scottish clubs have been useless in Europe. Keep those two things in mind as you read on. A couple of years ago I used to enjoy watching Dundee United, in particular Gary Mackay-Steven. He looked dynamic, he looked like he had a big future. Along with another exciting player, Stuart Armstong, Gary signed for Celtic last January and levelled out. Neither player has played for Scotland since they joined Celtic.So why have two talented footballers failed to step up since the “big move”?Players get better when they are challenged, when they have to perform with intensity, they learn from playing against tough opposition, they learn from playing in high pressure games, performing at that level regularly.So with talents like Armstrong and Mackay-Steven not being developed, the Scotland team suffers; hence the likes of Liam Bridcutt playing for Gordon Strachan’s side. And consequently Scotland stay at home this summer, while Northern Ireland and Wales join in the fun in France.Rangers coming back to the top flight won’t instantly help the national side. But the level of intensity will start to rise: suddenly there’s another massive stadium full of fans to raise the bar, there is a big club up there to be shot down. Everyone in the Scottish Premiership will want to beat Rangers, especially Celtic.Big game experience; high intensity. The more it happens, the more players learn, the better they become. The chances are a good number of Scottish players will be involved in these games. That can only benefit the Scotland team. From that point of view Rangers being back is a positive. The same applies to Scottish clubs in Europe. Long gone are the days of Celtic taking 100,000 fans to Seville and Rangers playing in the Europa League final. That night in Manchester was only eight years ago, but it seems more like 88 years ago.Celtic’s intensity has dropped without their rival on their case constantly. While Rangers have been away, Dundee United improved, then Celtic signed a couple of their best players to keep them down, and ultimately send them down.Now Aberdeen have improved, so let’s see how the season unfolds. Inverness and St Johnstone have won the Scottish Cup without Rangers around in the Premiership. Is it a sign that the rest of the top flight are better off without half the Old Firm? Possibly. But it’s definitely a sign that Celtic’s intensity is virtually non-existent.Celtic achieved the seemingly impossible by getting knocked out of two European competitions before Christmas this season. That’s an embarrassment. Why did it happen? Nobody is pushing Celtic, to the point where they seem to have no awareness of just how low they’ve sunk.Do Rangers raise that level just by their very presence back in the big time? Maybe not straight away, but be left in no doubt that one of Mark Warburton’s aims is to challenge Celtic as soon as possible.If Rangers get close, Celtic players will have to work harder, be better, or be released and replaced. Managers as well: if Ronny Deila continues to be bang average, he won’t be able to get away with it once a competitive Rangers are in the vicinity. You’ve got to be a hard-boiled irrationalist to ignore the fact that Rangers’ return changes the landscape of Scottish football dramatically. It has the potential to change things for the better for Scottish clubs in Europe, and has the potential to improve the national team. Only those who don’t care about the soul of football will try to keep hammering home the moribund talk of Rangers dying, that it’s not the same club, throwing in lame old ducks like title-stripping and taxes still being owed. Those of us who genuinely care about football got over all that some time ago.What happened wasn’t right of course. But it happened, sanctions were served, and it’s time for intelligence to take over, and for people to move on. Let’s think about football, and forget the peripheral stuff. It’s time for Scottish football to draw on the clear benefits of Rangers’ return to the top flight. Anything that might possibly bring back special nights like Celtic seeing off Messi and Barcelona to Glasgow, has to be a good thing, right?
The local soccer community in Donegal has been plunged into sadness following the sudden death of Drumkeen United official Tom Bonner.Tom was a highly respected and hugely popular figure in local soccer circles and his passing has come as a great shock to all those lucky enough to have known him.Tom was heavily involved with his own club Drumkeen United for well over thirty-five years. Tom was also well known for his roles serving on numerous other committees and organisations in local soccer in Donegal.He was affectionately known as Mr Drumkeen by players and other officials associated with the club.Tributes have poured in for Tom on the Drumkeen United Facebook page.Officials from other clubs as well as players past and present have left touching tributes that indicate how popular Tom was with everyone involved in Donegal soccer. Drumkeen United left a very poignant message on their Facebook account regarding the role and impact Tom had on the club.“This is a very sad day for our club, it is hard to know what to say at this time.When you think of Drumkeen Utd, you think of Tom and it is hard to imagine the club without him.“He was the driving force that kept us all going. it is impossible to put a value on the amount of work he did for the club.“Over the years he must have held every position in the club at one time or another. He did a lot of the day to day work behind the scenes, the little things that gets taken for granted. “We had big plans for the year ahead including the completion of the Astroturf pitch which he was overseeing.“Sadly he will not get to see his project completed. It is only a few days since we were all down in the clubhouse appointing a new team manager and planning for the future.He was of course well known all over Donegal and further afield through his work with various football organisations and committees.“I have seen people today refer to him as Mr Drumkeen and I would not argue with that. “He will be sorely missed by us all at Drumkeen United, things will never be quite the same again.“While this is a great loss for us it is an even greater loss for his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad and difficult time.We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Margaret, Son Damien, Daughter Edel and his brothers and sisters and extended family.May he Rest In Peace.SADNESS AT PASSING OF DRUMKEEN UNITED STALWART TOM BONNER was last modified: January 12th, 2015 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:deathdrumkeen unitednewspassingSportSuddenTom Bonnertributes
But while it may seem an impressive feat, a quick glance at their recent opponents shines a different light on their winning run.The Gunners’ league victories have mostly all come against struggling teams, with Everton and Watford the only top-half opponents they have beaten, while it also includes a win over Championship side Brentford in the EFL Cup and two European minnows in the Europa League.Arsenal’s two league defeats this season came from their opening two games against Chelsea and Manchester City. They haven’t faced a top-six side since.And Pearce believes Unai Emery’s men will struggle when they come up against their top Premier League rivals again, with their next big meeting against Liverpool at home on November 3. Stuart Pearce has dismissed Arsenal’s impressive run of ten consecutive victories in all competitions, saying their fixtures ‘have been kind to them’.The Gunners extended their winning run with a 3-1 Premier League victory over Leicester City on Monday night.It could have been a different result had the Foxes taken advantage of their early dominance. Arsenal were under the cosh for the first 30 minutes and went 1-0 down through a Hector Bellerin own goal.Arsenal were much improved after the break, though, and sealed an impressive win at the Emirates Stadium, with Mesut Ozil shining in midfield and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a brace to make it ten wins on the bounce. Arsenal produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Leicester Listen back to Stuart Pearce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above Unai Emery has guided Arsenal to fourth in the Premier League table, but have they been treated to a run of easy fixtures? Arsenal’s last clash against a top-six rival ended in a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea Discussing Monday’s win over Leicester, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Arsenal played some lovely football in the second half, but the game could have gone either way, really.“Leicester played extremely well in the first half and could have had a couple of goals, which would have changed the balance of the game.“I think the fixtures have been fairly kind to Arsenal so far.“Any time they have played the other top six teams they’ve been beaten this year and I think push will come to shove when they play the bigger teams again.” 3 3 3
A cyclist has died following an accident in Inishowen.The man, named locally as Brendan Doherty, of Woodside, Carndonagh, was involved in the accident on Sunday last.It is believed Mr Doherty, who was in his 50s, struck a wall while out cycling near the Isle of Doagh.He was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he was being treated for serious head injuries.However he has since died in hospital as a result of his injuries.Gardai are now appealing for anybody who may have witnessed or come across the incident on Sunday last to contact them.MAN DIES FOLLOWING CYCLING ACCIDENT IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: July 11th, 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:accidentBrendan DohertyCarndonaghCYCLINGdonegalInishowen
Tags: champions leagueChelseamanchester unitedpogbasevillasports top Shakhtar Donetsk have a strong recent home form heading into Roma’s visit.Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS RomaOblasny SportKomplez Metalist(Kharkiv)Wednesday. 10:45pmReferee: William Collum(Scot)The sides have faced each other in the Champions league on four different occasions with the Ukrainians winning three and losing one of those encounters. This one promises to be mouthwatering for the neutrals as a lot of attacking talent will be on show.Shakhtar’s major injury concern remains the long term absentee Maksym Malyshev. The Defensive midfielder is still out until April after undergoing a knee operation.For Roma, they will be without the trio of Maxim Gonalons, Jonathan Silva and Rick Karsdorp who are all injured.Shakhtar have had a mixed form going into this one, losing two of their last five games but the fact that they progressed through a tough group that consisted of Manchester City and Napoli will give them a lot of confidence.Roma them selves led a difficult group which had Chelsea and Athletico Madrid but their away form especially in the Champions league leaves a lot to be desired. The Italian capital based side have won only once in their last 13 travels in the Champions league.Shakhtar have won all but one of their last six at home in Europe, with the one exception being a 3-4 loss to Real Madrid in November 2015. Lionel Messi has never scored against Chelsea in any of the eight games he has faced them in the Champions league.Chelsea vs BarcelonaStamford Bridge, LondonTuesday. 10:45pmReferee: Cuneyt Cakir(Tuk)The fixture between these two sides has served us with breath-taking matches over the past years but non stands out like the game at Stamford Bridge in 2009. When that particular game is mentioned, everyone’s mind runs to Tom Ovrebo, the famous Hungarian referee who will always be remembered for the wrong reasons as per poor display in that tie’s second leg. Luckily for Antonio Conte, it is a Turk in the middle this time round.Chelsea have been boosted by the fact that both Marcos Alonso and Ross Barkley, who have missed Chelsea’s last three games, trained on Monday, but David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko were absent hence leaving them with slim chances of taking part in Tuesday’s game.Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen has travelled to London, but Philippe Coutinho is cup-tied, after playing for Liverpool in the group stages. Otherwise Ernesto Valverde has a full strength squad to choose from.Chelsea and Barcelona are facing each other for the 13th time in the Champions League, the fifth-most played fixture in the competition and the Blues head into the fixture unbeaten against the Blugranaes in any of their last seven meetings, winning two and drawing five.Barcelona have won only one of their six away games against Chelsea in the Champions League and they have never kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge but head to the Bridge as one of four teams still unbeaten in this season’s Champions League group stages, alongside Besiktas, Liverpool and Tottenham.Barcelona are on course to another treble as they hold a healthy seven point lead at the top of the La Liga, have a final against Sevilla in the Copa Del Ray and are also in the Champions league knockout stages. Ernesto Valverde’s side look a whole lot more organised defensively than in the past so Chelsea will have it all to do in this one.For Chelsea, only a wonderful Champions League run is the only thing that could save their manager Antonio Conte as the Italian has failed to replicate last season’s league form.Chelsea fans could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to Lionel Messi, because the Argentine has failed to score in any of his eight previous games against the London club – the most he’s played against any team without scoring. However, their team will have to be on their toes to stop him like they have always done.It will surely be a fixture the neutrals can wait for and promises to be nothing short of drama like it has always been in the past.Ricardo Quaresma si one of several experienced players that have seen Besiktas not loose a game in the Champions league this season.Bayern Munich vs BesiktasAllianz ArenaTuesday. 10:45pmReferee: Ovidiu Hategan(Rom)Manuel Nuer is Bayern Munich’s only absentee for the visit of Basiktas on Tuesday as the German number one goalkeeper continues recovers from a fractured foot so Sven Ulreich will continue in goal.Besiktas defenders Dusko Tosic and Atinc Nukan and midfielders Veli Kavlak Gokhan Tore are all out injured.The Turkish side are in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time but face a tough task against a Bayern Munich side that has won its last 13 games in all competitions.Bayern are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for a seventh year in a row and this is their 14th time in the last 16 but what stands in their way is a Basiktas side that became the first Turkish team to win their Champions League group when they saw off RB Leipzig, Porto and Monaco in Group G.With this being the only last 16 tie featuring two reigning domestic champions a lot can happen despite Besiktas not matching Bayern interms of quality and past history in the Champions league. The Turkish side posses some quality in players likes of ex-Barca defender Adriano, Pepe, Ricardo Quaresma, Chilian Gary Medel and former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel who can cause an upset.Pic 3. Paul Pogba may return to the Manchester United midfield after recovering from illness.Sevilla vs Manchester UnitedEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, SevillaWednesday. 10:45pmReferee: Clement Turpin(Fra)Sevilla look increasingly in danger of not qualifying for the Champions league next season as all the four teams ahead of them in La Liga do not look like they are to slow down anytime soon. The team from Seville face an uphill task of going into the quarter finals as the mighty of Manchester United stands in their way.For Manchester United who will have to wait for another year so as to get their hands on the Premier league will be targeting the Champions league this season as their number one priority.Their Manager Jose Mourinho is no stranger to winning it as the Portuguese has won it with Porto and Inter Milan in the past.Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla side may be set to be without Sebastian Cochia, Simon Kjaer and Nolito who are all doubts as they carry injuries. Left back Lionel Carole is cap-tied for this one but they should welcome back Juaquin Correa and Ever Banega for this one after shaking off respective knocks.David de Gea will return between the sticks for United after being rested for the FA Cup win at Huddersfield on Saturday but It remains to be seen whether Paul Pogba will come straight back into the side after missing the Terriers game through illness. Eric Baily may start following a return from a three months lay off but Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rojo and Daley Blind are still out with injury.This will be the first competitive fixture between the two sides and Manchester United who have won only one in the last 10 visits to Spain should be worried about a Sevilla side who have lost once at home to an English side. The loss was against Manchester City in 2015. Comments
Glamour, generosity and great craic was the order of the night when Donegal social diarist Gabrielle McMonagle hosted her 10th fundraising ball last weekend.Over 400 people flocked to the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on Saturday night for the Gabrielle’s Diary Ball, one of the biggest events in Donegal’s social calendar.The event was a giant party of music and dancing and heartwarming moments in aid of a great local cause – the Donegal Down Syndrome Association (DDS). Style icon Gabrielle was joined by special guest and fellow fashionista Sinead McDevitt for a grand entrance and some exceptional speeches.Sinead McDevitt and Gabrielle McMonagle at the 2019 Gabrielle’s Diary Charity BallSinead, who Gabrielle first met on World Down Syndrome Day 2018, was the inspiration behind this year’s event being held in aid of DDS.Just days after World Down Syndrome Day 2019, Sinead shared some important messages in her speech. She spoke about the huge benefits she gained from Speech and Language therapy with DDS and with a little help from family, teachers and friends, she has truly come into her own.The aspiring fashion designer, who loves sport and dance, made a big impact with her words: “I like being different, I like being me, and I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Sinead.Gina Grant from DDS shared the history of the local branch and outlined the outstanding work they have done over the years to champion equal education and support for children and adults with Down syndrome.Members of DDS their partners put on a spectacular dance which was excellently choreographed by Shona Tinneny. This show stopping performance was a proud and memorable moment for all the dancers and their families and it set the tone for a lively and fun night for all.Gabrielle’s Diary Ball in the Clanree Hotel, with decor by EventfulAntoinette Coyle, Clanree Hotel, MC Lee Gooch and Gabrielle McMonagleFew could wait for one of the most exciting parts of the night – when the winners of Gabrielle’s fundraiser raffle were revealed. Fabulous prizes from local hotels, stores and beauty salons were won, while there were huge celebrations for Jacqueline Abbas, who scooped the grand prize of five nights in the 5 star Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lake Towers.Martin McGettigan of the McGettigan Group was there to award the top prize, and was full of praise for Gabrielle’s hard work in organising the ball in support of DDS this year. Well-known photographer and columnist Gabrielle has raised over €150,000 for local causes from her fundraising nights. From the huge numbers in attendance and generosity for the grand prize raffle, she is sure to add another great amount to this total.After a wonderful banquet, great giveaways, a holiday auction and entertainment MC’d by Lee Gooch, guests packed the dancefloor to enjoy music with the David Craig band and DJ Tubbsy – and more than a few dance-offs!See photos from the ball below:Hundreds turn out for Gabrielle’s Diary Charity Ball – Picture Special was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:charity ballclanree hotelDonegal Down SyndromeGABRIELLE’S DIARYletterkenny