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Brady, Patriots top Chiefs for wild 43-40 win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “It’s tough to slow those guys down, they’ve been scoring a lot of points all year,” Brady said. “They’re gonna be pretty tough to stop. Glad we had our last shot and glad we took advantage of it.”It was the first loss of the season for the Chiefs (5-1), who were again let down by a defense that came in allowing an NFL-worst 462 yards per game.New England (4-2) led 24-9 at intermission, but Mahomes directed an impressive rally for Kansas City. He finished 23 of 36 for 352 yards in his first loss as a starting quarterback, with three of his four TD passes going to Tyreek Hill.Mahomes threw two interceptions in the first half but was unflappable down the stretch. He found Hill for a 1-yard TD pass that made it 33-30 Kansas City with 8:38 left. With the Chiefs trailing 40-33, he connected with Hill again for a 75-yard score that tied the game with just over three minutes remaining.“The last two weeks it seems like we just can’t punch it in there and I feel like the second half we finally started getting it in the end zone,” Mahomes said.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Brady passed for 340 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, diving head-first between two defenders in a rare run by the 41-year-old quarterback.“I got close to the goal line and I just figured I’d try to get it in,” Brady said of his late TD plunge. “We needed it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNew England’s third straight win was Brady’s 200th victory as a starting QB, tops all-time. He also passed former teammate Adam Vinatieri for most career wins in the regular season and playoffs combined with 227.Brady got some help from rookie Sony Michel, who rushed 24 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in another solid performance. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs past Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens (53) and defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady needed everything he had to fend off Patrick Mahomes — including his legs.Stephen Gostkowski hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired , and the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 43-40 on Sunday night after blowing a big halftime lead.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In those 630 days, including the playoffs, Brady threw 54 touchdown passes to 11 different players.Edelman sat out the entire 2017 season after suffering a preseason knee injury. He missed the first four games this season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers.INJURIESChiefs: C Mitch Morse was evaluated for concussion in the second quarter and did not return.Patriots: Right tackle Marcus Cannon left in the second half with a head injury and did not return.UP NEXTThe Chiefs return home to host Cincinnati.The Patriots go on the road for the third time this season when they visit the Bears. LATEST STORIES The Chiefs also started 5-0 last season before losing six of their last 11 and falling in the wild-card round of the playoffs.But coach Andy Reid said he is confident his team has room to grow.“We will learn a lot from this game,” he said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit early and you can’t do that against a good football team.”FIRST STRIKEThe Chiefs extended their streak for scoring on their first possession in every game this season.Harrison Butker connected on a 42-yard field goal with 9:05 left in the first quarter, capping an eight-play, 35-yard drive that began after the Patriots turned it over on downs.PICKING IT OFFThe Patriots now have at least one interception in each of their first six games of the season. New England’s last streak of six consecutive games with an INT was in 2013.EDELMAN ENDS DROUGHTNew England’s Julian Edelman caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter , his first since January 22, 2017, in the AFC championship game against the Steelers Brady used a 16-yard pass to James White and a 39-yard completion to Rob Gronkowski to get New England into field-goal range.After electrifying the NFL during the first five weeks of the season with his freewheeling style and big arm, Mahomes looked unsure of himself early on.He was able to complete some long passes to get the Chiefs into the red zone. But he turned the ball over twice in the first half and the high-scoring Chiefs were held to three field goals.Everything changed in the second half.First, Mahomes broke through with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt . That was followed by a 14-yard TD strike to Hill that came on the heels of a fumble by Brady, helping trim New England’s lead to 27-26 entering the fourth quarter.A 39-yard field goal by Gostkowski stretched New England’s lead to 30-26.But Kansas City kept coming.Tremon Smith took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards down the sideline to the Patriots 3, setting up Hill’s go-ahead TD.The Patriots responded, using 42-yard pass from Brady to Chris Hogan to help set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Brady that put the Patriots back in front.Then, after forcing Kansas City into the first punt by either team on the night, Brady got the Patriots some breathing room when he hit Gronkowski for a 42-yard gain. The play set up 50-yard field goal by Gostkowski. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

PBA D-League: Wangs pounds Marinerong Pilipino for 2nd win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Arvin Tolentino leads Wangs Basketball. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Wangs Basketball showed no remorse and dominated Marinerong Pilipino, 88-78, win in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Arvin Tolentino exploded for 32 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks, leading Wangs’ offense as it bumped its record to a solid 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT It wasn’t all Tolentino, though, as some Couriers also joined in the tough grind.Holding a slim 58-57 lead, Wangs pinned down the Skippers and went on a 13-0 spurt and erected a 71-57 lead with 6:31 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat quick action was enough for the Couriers to hold on despite Marinerong Pilipino’s late-game charge.Gelo Vito provided ample support as he rammed the paint for 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for while Radge Tongco and Darius Estrella pitched in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “Marinero is a big fish, and it’s big thing that we prepared hard for that team,” said Wangs head coach Pablo Lucas in Filipino.Orlan Wamar led the Skippers, who fell to 2-2, with 25 points while Felix Apreku added 14 points and 16 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eddie Alvarez not backing down from ‘toughest, most dangerous’ guys in ONE MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Since when did Guyana’s land belong to Benn to allocate as he sees fit?

first_imgDear Editor,The revelations by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo — about the allocation of land to certain Government functionaries — are startling, and the responses are alarming!Jagdeo alleges that, after the passage of the Motion of No Confidence (MCN) in Government, people with access to sensitive Government plans to develop certain oil-related infrastructure secured land that can be flipped for fortunes. The implication is that these applications were fast-tracked, without the requisite business plans or demonstrated access to capital to develop the lands.For starters, every Guyanese — regardless of race, creed, class, political affiliation, or resident status — should be entitled to obtain land, as long as they can show that they can put the land to productive use. The land is Guyana’s patrimony, belonging to ALL Guyanese. If someone wants to get a piece of land to build a house or a palace; fine, have it. This cannot include the holding of land for speculative purposes, especially if the speculation is based on “insider” information. Acquiring land on the basis of such information is corruption, and should be treated as such.All leases granted after the passage of the MCN should be subject to review. And, further — bad news for the lessees — all land acquired as part of corrupt deals should fall under the ambit of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, and the OECD Convention on Preventing the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in Internationals Business Transactions.So, folks, you have entered into bad deals! You will not be saved by SOCU or SARA or ‘Jane’. Uncle Sam will look at the transactions, and no American company will purchase or lease from you land corruptly acquired. Please check www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa for further information. They have already been alerted to look out for these transactions.The most alarming of all is the land allocation to GECOM CEO, Keith Lowenfield. Keith Lowenfield got 216 acres at Millie’s Hideout (not a hideout again) and two acres at Mocha subsequent to the passage of the MCN?Now, Keith, as a big man, you ought to know that, in the upcoming election, you don’t just have to be clean, but like Caesar’s wife, Pompeia, you have to be above suspicion. Give back the people their land, and resign immediately. Don’t wait for the new GECOM board to fire you. You will fight it all the way to the CCJ and you will lose. And you cannot delay the election, because GECOM could suspend you with pay while you exhaust your legal remedies. You get the drift?The most fascinating part of all this is that Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn, has threatened to sic the Police on Jagdeo and his employees for stealing his clients’ confidential information. His clients’ confidential information? Since when did the land of Guyana belong to Benn to allocate as he sees fit? Does not the Opposition Leader have a right to bring to the Public’s attention suspicious transactions?Yours truly,Randy Depoolast_img read more

Corruption, Ebola both Change Hands

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Peace Region athletes off to National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A total of nine High School Rodeo competitors in the B.C. Peace Region left Fort St. John yesterday for their trip to the National High School Finals Rodeo on Sunday.Fort St. John’s Derek Hadland along with brothers Wade and Tyrel Roberts left for the competition, which starts on July 14th. Other rodeo contestants include B.C.’s All Around Cowboy and Hudson’s Hope native Ben Jackson, All Around Cowgirl Kelsey Drinkall from Chetwynd, Fallyn Mils from Pink Mountain, Dawson Creek’s Tommi-Sue Little, Farmington native Kevin White, and Cali-Jaye Rohloff from Valleyview.The group of nine also competed at the BC High School Rodeo Senior Provincials in Merritt just over a month ago, which is where Drinkall and Jackson were crowned B.C.’s all-around cowgirl and cowboy respectively. At provincials, brothers Wade and Tyrel Roberts finished 2nd in Team Roping, while Derek Hadland and Dexter Keith finished 3rd. Wade Roberts also finished 2nd behind Kevin White in Steer Wrestling at the competition, where Jackson finished 3rd. Jackson also bested Wade Roberts in Tie Down Roping at Provincials, the two finished in 2nd and 4th respectively.- Advertisement -The National High School Finals Rodeo takes place July 13th – 22nd in Gillette, Wyoming. For more information and streaming of the competition, visit https://www.nhsra.com.last_img read more

African players in Europe: Mahrez caps display with goal

first_img0Shares0000Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) bends a free-kick to give Manchester City a 2-1 lead at Everton © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyPARIS, France, Sep 30 – Goal scorers Riyad Mahrez, Karl Toko-Ekambi and Jamilu Collins were among the African players who starred at the weekend in the major European leagues.Algerian Mahrez curled a free-kick into the net to give Manchester City the lead a second time at Everton en route to a 3-1 Premier League triumph. Cameroonian Toko-Ekambi bagged a brace for Villarreal in a 5-1 La Liga rout of Real Betis and Nigerian Collins struck a superb goal for Paderborn in a 3-2 Bundesliga defeat by Bayern Munich.ENGLANDRIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City)The winger capped a superb display with the free-kick that inspired his club’s win at Everton.Needing a victory to keep in touch with leaders Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side had been pegged back to 1-1 when Mahrez stepped up to drive in a fine free-kick in the 71st minute.Mahrez, who has three goals this term, is on an excellent run of form since helping his country win the Africa Cup of Nations in July.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The Egypt winger has gone three games without a goal after failing to score in his side’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Sheffield United.Salah has netted four times in 10 appearances in all competitions this season, but fired blanks in consecutive away games against Napoli, Chelsea and Sheffield.He should have got on the scoresheet in the second half, but fluffed his lines with a tame strike at goalkeeper Dean Henderson.WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester)The Nigeria midfielder scored his first goal at the King Power Stadium since January to cap his team’s 5-0 rout of 10-man Newcastle.For the first time since a defeat against Southampton under previous Leicester boss Claude Puel, Ndidi got on the scoresheet in front of the Foxes’ home fans as he turned to fire low past Martin Dubravka in the 90th minute.SPAINKARL TOKO-EKAMBI/SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal)Toko-Ekambi scored twice and Nigerian Chukwueze once, as Villarreal thumped Betis. Toko-Ekambi put Villarreal in front shortly before half-time with a towering header from a corner and then made it 3-1 with 14 minutes left, guiding a smart finish into the net.Villarreal scored twice more in injury-time, with Chukwueze adding the fifth and final goal. He cut in from the right and picked his spot, digging out a bending shot past goalkeeper Joel Robles.ITALYKALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Senegalese defender Koulibaly sat out the first of a two-match ban as Napoli beat Brescia 2-1. Koulibaly was punished for seeing red and insulting the referee in a midweek league defeat to Cagliari. Koulibaly was also fined 10,000 euros (Sh1.1mn) for the incident.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Fiorentina)/FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ghanaian midfielder Boateng, 32, came on for the last 10 minutes to a warm reception from the fans at his former club AC Milan.Boateng had two stints at Milan, helping the team to their last Serie A title in 2011.Boateng replaced Federico Chiesa as Fiorentina ran out 3-1 winners.Ivorian midfielder Kessie, 22, struggled to make an impact at the San Siro with the hosts falling to their third consecutive defeat.GERMANYJAMILU COLLINS (Paderborn)Paderborn and Nigeria defender Jamilu Collins (R) contests possession with Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich © AFP / INA FASSBENDERThe left-back may not have scored for 24 months, but broke his drought spectacularly with a wonder-strike against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.While his side suffered a 3-2 defeat, Collins gave Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer no chance with a long-range strike in the second half which is sure to be a contender for goal of the season.AMINE HARIT (Schalke)Harit was at the heart of everything Schalke did as they pulled off a surprise 3-1 victory over high-riding RB Leipzig.The young Moroccan pulled the strings for the visitors, scoring a goal and chalking up an assist to continue his strong recent form.ANTHONY UJAH (Union Berlin)Another Nigerian, Union Berlin’s Ujah, also got on the scoresheet in matchday six.He guided the ball home expertly in the 86th minute to make the score 2-1 and give Union hope of a late home draw, but it was not to be for the men from the German capital.FRANCERACHID ALIOUI (Angers)Angers have been one of the biggest surprises in European football this season and they continue to hold on to Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain’s coat tails thanks in part thanks to Morocco striker Alioui.Angers may have only drawn 1-1 at home with lowly Amiens but the 27-year-old continued his fine start to the season with his fourth goal in eight matches to save a point for the unlikely high-flyers, who stay second.EDUARDO CAMAVINGA (Rennes)Just 16 years old, Angolan Camavinga continues to look wise beyond his years in the Rennes midfield.He put in another impressive performance as his side came within a double save of snatching all three points at Marseille.French broadcaster Canal+ named Camavinga man of the match after the 1-1 draw and any more confident displays like this one and bigger clubs will come looking for the young talent.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WATCH: Iker Casillas costs Porto a goal as Manuel Neuer impression fails badly!

first_imgBayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer has been described as a ‘sweeper-keeper’ as he is regularly seen tearing way out of his box and stopping opposing players in their tracks.Iker Casillas decided to do his best impression of Neuer while playing for Porto against Braga at the weekend, but it did not work out exactly how the former Real Madrid star had hoped.Check out the video here: 1 Iker Casillas in action for Porto last_img

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES

first_imgNaomh MhuireThe u12s produced a very spirited performance against a very strong Naomh Conaill side on Friday evening last. There was an A and B team with a total of 25 players involved. On the B team there was man of the match performances from Mark McGee, Eoin Martin & Fionan Rodgers. On the A team Marc Walsh, Fintan Doherty and Jay Doherty all had stand out performances. The A team were defeated by Four Masters on Monday, and the B team secured a good victory against Na Rossa. The B team have a home game against Kilcar next Monday the 28th of May.The under 14s continue their league campaign with a game at home to Aodh Ruadh on Wednesday evening in the banks at 7.30pm. All coaches are asked to be at the banks this Friday evening at 8pm. Good luck to Jack O’Brien and the county minors this Sunday against Cavan. The summer league begins in the banks this Friday evening at 5.30pm.Under 8s and under 10s training continues every Saturday in the banks from 10am – 11am.The adult teams have no game this weekend, as the Cloughaneely games have been postponed.The Ladies recorded an excellent victory in the Banks on Sunday last against Naomh Columba coming out winners on a score of 5-06 to 1-03. Good result and good solid performance from all players. Maith sibh. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm in The Banks for u16s, minors and ladies.Well done to Jade O’Donnell, Caroline Sharkey, Sarah O’Gara, Erika Hanna, Aideen Meehan and Zaria Boyle who have made the cut for the Donegal U16 Team.Comhghairdeas dó Daniel Ward, Scoil Beal na Cruite agus Jack O’Donnell, Scoil Anagaire both Naomh Mhuire u12 players who are picked to represent Donegal in the Mini 7s at half time in the Ulster championship match between Cavan and Donegal.Well done to Bronagh McGinley, for taking part in Cailín Gaelach, in Gweedore last weekend. Bronagh represented the club with great pride at the County Gaeltacht. Thanks also to the Clubmen who gave their time to Officiate as Referee and Umpires at the Gaeltacht Weekend in Gweedore.Lotto details for week 9th May. Jackpot 1820 euro. No jackpot winner and no match 3 winners. Numbers drawn were 4-5-19-20. May 100 club draw will take place on Wed. 30th at 9pm in Caislean Óir. Sellers to make sure all money is collected and in before the draw. New Members always welcome.Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 15th, 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:Naomh Mhuire Club noteslast_img read more

BONKERS! DUBLIN CIVIL SERVANT OBJECTS TO NEW FOOTPATH BEING BUILT IN DONEGAL!

first_imgYOU couldn’t make this up!A Dublin civil servant has stopped work on a new footpath in Dungloe – despite a 30-year campaign which was APPROVED by the county council….and previously APPROVED for funding by the Department which raised the objection!Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher says she has been left gobsmacked by the decision; and says she hasn’t a clue why it was taken. She told Donegal Daily that the Department of Transport refused to allocate funding to the footpath on Caravan Road in Dungloe and no-one can tell her why.She has also questioned why an official in the department in Dublin singled out this road in Dungloe to object to.Cllr Gallagher said: “I am furious on behalf of the people who live on this road and for the people of Dungloe who have been fighting to have this footpath completed for decades. Under the proposed scheme individuals and the community had agreed to make a serious contribution to build this footpath.“This footpath was accepted by the Department under the Community Involvement Scheme, and the department have now singled out this project to object to fund. I would call into question how this decision was reached, by who, and ask what did the people living on this road do on the department to be discriminated against in this matter? “The first part of the footpath was under construction when this decision was made by a man sitting in an office in Dublin. The Council and the Community had all the work done to have this footpath completed once this funding was available to be drawn down. Now the Caravan Road is back in limbo and we will have to start from scratch to get funding for this project.“I stongly condemn this decision and objection from Dublin, and will be raising this issue with the Minister. This footpath has to be completed, the people on this road deserve better than to be blatantly discriminated against in this manner.” BONKERS! DUBLIN CIVIL SERVANT OBJECTS TO NEW FOOTPATH BEING BUILT IN DONEGAL! was last modified: November 18th, 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:discriminationdublindungloefootapathlast_img read more

Donegal GAA in mourning after death of Dessie Kelly, Castlefin

first_imgThe calls became a little more infrequent of late, until finally they stopped.One of Donegal’s best-known GAA supporters, Dessie Kelly, Castlefin passed away suddenly on Thursday afternoon following a short illness. He celebrated his 80th birthday in May.The news came like a jolt. Like many Gaelic Games correspondents, administrators and supporters, the phonecalls from Dessie were as regular as clockwork to this writer over the years.The late Dessie KellyParticularly on Sunday evenings after a big match, Dessie would be on to dissect the game’s happenings in minute detail or, in the days when the press were permitted to attend county committee meetings, Dessie would be keen to get the lowdown.As a former Chairman and Secretary of the Donegal Referees Board, Dessie would take a particular interest in the performance of the referee.In his time as a referee, Dessie refereed the 1972 Donegal senior football championship final, in which St Eunan’s defeated Clanna Gael 1-12 to 1-9. Among other roles, he was the Castlefin delegate to the Donegal county committee and served as the County Minor Registrar for a time.In the late 1970s, he was joint manager of the Donegal Under-21 team with Ambrose Given.“It’s very sad for the family and for the wider GAA community,” said the Donegal County Board Chairman Sean Dunnion.“Dessie was a familiar face, not just at MacCumhaill Park or O’Donnell Park, but at all grounds across Donegal. He had a great interest not just in county football, but in county football and schools football too.“In later life, it became more difficult for him to get to games, but he had the interest right to the bitter end. He was a great Gael and he was GAA through and through.” Indeed, Dessie retained his passion and grá for Gaelic football right up to his passing on Thursday.He had plenty of forthright views and was never afraid to air them, be they to officials or fellow supporters.The last conversation I had with Dessie was between the resignation of Rory Gallagher and the appointment of Declan Bonner as Donegal manager.‘Well, young fella,’ came the familiar greeting at the other end and there followed a lengthy discussion about Donegal’s fortune and future. Little did I realise at the time it would be the last time I’d hear from him.It wasn’t just the football talk that interested him; he’d take an interest in the personal stuff, the festivities and the families, too. Advice, too, was given regularly, be it in a professional or a private capacity.I got the news relayed on Thursday while traveling to the Donegal SFC final press call in Donegal town – it was just the sort of night you could have expected a call. ‘Any craic at it?’ would have been the scene-setter for conversation well into the night.Dessie’s love of the GAA was expansive and he traveled far and wide to games at all levels, while he was a trojan fundraiser and raised huge sums for Donegal GAA and several clubs in the county.I traveled with Dessie to games across Ulster, most especially at schools level, where Maghera, Garvaghy, Omagh, Enniskillen, Irvinestown and Castlederg would have been regular destinations, regardless of the weather.Dessie was known across the province and beyond; his knowledge was almost encyclopaedic and the mind was as sharp as could be.The biggest loss will be felt by his family, his loving wife Pat, sons Martin and Eugene, daughters Jacinta and Joanne, sister Mary and a wide circle of family and friends.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anamDessie’s remains will repose at his late home at Demesne, Castlefin, from 6pm this evening. Funeral from there on Sunday, October 8, at 10.20am for Mass at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Castlefin. Interment afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Castlefin. Donations in lieu of flowers please to Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital or The Donegal Hospice c/o any family member. Donegal GAA in mourning after death of Dessie Kelly, Castlefin was last modified: October 6th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:castlefinDessie Kellylast_img read more