EXCLUSIVE: The new owner of Rockhill House in Letterkenny has promised to return the mansion to its former glory for the people of Co Donegal.In an exclusive interview with Donegal Daily, John Molloy has said he wants to restore every part of the 70 room house and turn it into Donegal’s equivalent of Lissadell House.And Mr Molloy, who paid €670,000 for the 30 acre site at Bomany at auction yesterday, said he wants the people of the county to be heavily involved in the project. He revealed “As a company we have always been about restoration and preservation and this will be no different.“We want to restore Rockhill House to its former glory and that project will start as soon as we gets the keys to the building.“We know Rockhill holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Letterkenny and Donegal and we want them to be involved in the project from the outset.“We will be setting up a Facebook page and we welcome any contributions or comments or any information which will help allow us to be true to the original house as is possible,” he said. Mr Molloy, who is from Sligo but who has been resident in Convoy for several years, said he wanted to restore the property in a similar fashion to that of Lissadell House in Sligo which is owned by the Cassidy family.“That would be our plan, that we would firstly restore the building and then schedule tours of the house so the people can see the glory that the house once held.“We also appreciate the role the army have played in Rockhill and this will be an aspect that will be reflected in our development and preservation,” he said.Mr Molloy agreed that it will take a substantial amount of cash to bring back the house to its original glory.But again, he said he hoped the local community and workforce will help them in their quest. “We all know what wonderful craftsmen and women that Donegal has and we will be hoping to resource workers from the local community to help us with the project,” he said.He added “We have the vision and determination to bring this beautiful house and its lands back to life in a sensitive and caring manner and I suppose part of the challenge will be to make the house when restored accessible to visitors while at the same time adapting areas of the house to meet the needs of family life in the 21st century.”He also paid tribute a personal tribute to well-known local soldier, Declan O’Carroll, a former army commander of the barracks at Rockhill House.“Post auction yesterday we were very kindly given a small booklet titled Rockhill House –A History written by Lt. Col, Declan O’Carroll and dedicated to those ex Irish servicemen who were stationed in Rockhill from 1939-1946 and especially to their comrades that died in the service of our country. “It was a very special ending to a most exciting day and I hope that working with Declan and colleagues we will seek during the restoration process to find some appropriate way to address on the site the memory of all that served here.”Former county councillor and now Letterkenny Town Manager, Dessie Larkin, said he was delighted and relieved that the new that Rockhill House is now to be preserved and returned to its former glory.“This is the dream of many people of Letterkenny for Rockhill House and it brings great relief and joy.“We are not just honouring the memory of history and all those who served at Rockhill House however.“As a hub, Letterkenny has always been a dormant town for visitors wishing to see Glenveagh, Sliabh Liag, Malin Head or Ards Forest Park.“This news now means that we will now have a leading tourist attraction of our own and I wish to congratulate the Molloy family on their purchase and offer them any assistance they need going forward,” he said.‘I WILL TURN ROCKHILL HOUSE INTO THE NEW LISSADELL’ SAYS NEW OWNER was last modified: August 21st, 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:army barracksDessie LarkinJohn MolloyletterkennyRockhill House
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Animal welfare organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), on Thursday announced its Hero to Animals Award for Assam-based Bollywood singer-actor Zubeen Garg.The award is for his call to end animal sacrifice at Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple at a Bihu function on May 28.“All religions call for compassion. No religion requires killing or eating animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is just plain cruel,” Sachin Bangera, PETA-India’s associate director of celebrity and public relations, said.“We commend Zubeen for being a voice for animals and calling for an end to animal sacrifices,” he added.Mr. Garg is a member of People For Animals (PFA), another animal rights organisation.A PETA statement said it has previously given Hero to Animals Award to a few celebrities. They include actor Asin Thottumkal for saving a dog that was hit by a car, actor and TV personality Cyrus Broacha for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull, actor Zarine Khan for rescuing a cat from the street, actor Rani Mukerji for helping a dog in distress on her film set, and actor Dia Mirza’s production house for giving hope to homeless animals.One of PETA’s major successes, along with PFA, was influencing the Municipal Council of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh to issue an executive order refusing to grant permission for animal sacrifices on the last day of the Kullu Dussehra festival.PETA has also campaigned against animal sacrifice during Bakrid with a letter from the Animal Welfare Board of India to the States saying killing of animals outside licensed slaughterhouses is illegal under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules of 2001.
Kolkata, Jun 6 (PTI) Indias limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and multiple Grand Slam champion Leander Paes are among a host of top sportspersons, who have decided to come forward to help Kolkata-based cancer patient Bapi Majhi and the family of deceased Alip Chakraborty. The charity fund-raising auction will take place at a Central Kolkata hotel on June 11. It is being organised by Kolkata based media group by sports website xtratime.in. Dhoni will not be present in person (he will be in Zimbabwe) but he has donated his wicketkeeping gloves and pads used in limited overs while Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane donated his autographed India jersey for the fund-raiser. Leander has decided to donate one of his racquets used in ATP tour for the upcoming auction. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has decided to donate a couple of his jerseys while Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has given his autographed bat for the auction. Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman, KKR players Manish Pandey, Brad Hogg, Indian womens team pacer Jhulan Goswami, Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri and his team-mate Jeje Lalpheklhua have all donated their jerseys. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu has given his signed keeping gloves. The entire amount collected will be handed over to Bapi Majhis family as he is undergoing treatment for liver cancer. A part of the amount will be handed over to late Alip Chakrabortys wife for the education of her children. Alip passed away recently after suffering from throat cancer. Bapi is an ardent Mohun Bagan fan, who used to be a regular at clubs matches till last year. Similarly Alip was an East Bengal fan. PTI KHS PDS KHSadvertisement
3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). Full ScorecardHardik Pandya made a strong comeback to the Indian team after his suspension over Koffee with Karan was lifted by BCCI. Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and asked to return home before the first ODI against Australia in Sydney following their controversial remarks on Koffee with Karan.After the suspension was lifted, Hardik Pandya flew out to join the Indian team in New Zealand for the ODI and T20I series. On Monday, Pandya replaced Vijay Shankar and picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to see off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.India skipper Virat Kohli was happy to have his star all-rounder back in the team and said he was glad to see Pandya’s efforts and intensity on the field against the Black Caps on Monday.”It’s very, very good to have Hardik back. He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team. And the way he bowled today showed he went back and practiced his skills.”He put his head down and focussed on what he needed to do and you could tell from the way he bowled with intensity straightaway.. picking two crucial wickets at that stage.”He’s someone who will give you those important contributions in all three departments and that’s something any team would want to have and when he comes in, the team looks a lot more balanced,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.advertisementHardik Pandya, who had stayed away from social media after issuing an apology, tweeted with two words and a few pictures from what was undoubtedly a special match for him.Thank you pic.twitter.com/rzIKQX7ELxhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019After Pandya derailed New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar hailed the all-rounder for a terrific performance.”Terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.Also Read | Hardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat KohliAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effort
David Luiz Conte awaits assessment on David Luiz knee injury Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images David Luiz Chelsea Premier League The defender been on the bench in recent weeks and could be forced out with a knee issue, but the coach is optimistic about Victor Moses’ availability David Luiz has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Premier League contest against Swansea City and will be subject to a further assessment on his knee injury.Boss Antonio Conte said the centre-back, who has found himself on the fringes of Chelsea’s starting XI, is among several injury concerns, with Charly Musonda definitely out and Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy not yet at 100 per cent.Chelsea 7/10 to beat Swans to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And it appears as though David Luiz may be set for a spell on the sidelines as Chelsea attempt to determine the full extent of his troublesome knee.”I must be honest at the moment it is difficult for me to answer [how long he will be out],” Conte told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s away fixture.”It will be up to the doctor to assess it and take the best decision. I don’t know [how long].”There was better news on wing-back Victor Moses, though, who is back in contention for the first time since damaging his hamstring last month.”He is in contention but at the same time I have to make the best decision for every player,” he added.”For sure Victor is back from a bad injury and needs a bit of time to find the best physical condition. He is an important player for us.”Conte reports David Luiz (knee problem) and Charly Musonda are out, and Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy are trying ‘to come back to 100 per cent’.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 28, 2017 Conte has made no secret this season of the fact he believes Chelsea to be lacking in depth, and the Italian conceded that more injuries would leave his squad stretched.”Yeah [injuries will stretch the squad], but my hope, my hope, first of all is to have all my players available,” he said.”I have spoken before about our problems at the start of the season. We started with a lot of problems because we started the season with a lot of injuries – with [Eden] Hazard, then Pedro in pre-season, then N’Golo [Kante] and Moses.”For sure, it’s always important for every team to have all the players available. We know our situation and we try to do our best in every moment. “Then, I repeat, I’m very happy to work with my players and try to face every situation: easy or difficult situations.”
Prior to the start of the State of Origin series, the two captains of the men’s open teams Steve Roberts (New South Wales) and Daniel Withers (Queensland) shared their final thoughts.Steve Roberts on…The first game:“The nerves are starting to creep in but there is a good feeling amongst the boys. We are seeking redemption from the last time we played.”The 2012 series loss:“We’ve spoken more so about us and what we can do. I think we are masters of our own destiny. We talked about our attitude and getting that right.”The sky blue of New South Wales:“Whenever you put on a rep jersey, I always wear it with pride. That’s the feeling we are trying to distil in everyone within the team. It is up there with the fastest touch you will play, alongside the Trans-Tasman series. It is really exciting and the skill level out there will be on show.”Daniel Withers on…His team:“We are pumped and are really keen to go. We have got some really young guys who are just enthusiastic and are tearing at the bit to get out there and prove they are more than good enough.”Pressure of being defending champions and playing in Queensland:“At the end of the day you just have to take it as another game. For us it is about coming down tonight, turning up and make sure for 40 minutes we rip and tear, take care of a few things in our game plan and make the scoreboard in our favour.”Team’s preparation:“We had our last session a couple of weeks ago and it was incredibly sharp. I was probably the most sharpest session I’ve ever walked away from in my touch career. We are extremely excited and to see these young boys out there, and if they can bring their A-game, it will just be awesome.”State of Origin series:“You look at the rugby league guys and the New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry, nothing changes. It is probably the fastest game you will ever be involved in and to get out there, play at this level, against some of your mates and the best players in the world, there is no better stage to be running on.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksCaptain’s tales: Men
Twitter/@ClemsonFBClemson, last year’s national runner-up, opened up its 2016 training camp yesterday. The Tigers are considered one of the favorites to win this year’s national championship after coming up just short in 2015.Besides a Heisman candidate at quarterback and an intimidating home field, Clemson is known for its social media presence. The program dropped a highlight video this afternoon recapping yesterday’s practice.Clemson aims to take the next step in 2016.Lace up. Strap in. Cross the line. #Clemson Football is here. Finish with no regrets. #ALLIN #BYOG pic.twitter.com/oxL4kEKCrC— Clemso Football (@ClemsonFB) August 4, 2016The Tigers open up their 2016 season at Auburn on Sept. 3. Kick-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.To see what Auburn has been up to in its camp, click here.
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)One of the longest winning streaks in college football history has come to an end tonight.Florida, which had beaten Kentucky 31 straight times, did not earn victory No. 32 this evening.The Gators fell to the Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.Kentucky 27, Florida 16.Kentucky beats Florida for the first time in 32 years ? pic.twitter.com/oUEHJ2iisE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 9, 2018A Florida defensive back had “guaranteed” the win heading into Saturday night.”It’s 31, right? It’ll be 32 on Saturday.” — Gators DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on streak against Kentucky— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 3, 2018Oops.