Karate is more than you think

first_imgDear Editor,I am a karateka of the Wales branch of the Guyana International Kyokushin-kai Martial Arts Academy (GIKMAA). My colleagues and I are guided by Shihan Abdool Nazim Yassim (Seventh Dan black belt in Kyokushin Kai Karate). Our organisation also has a branch that operates out of the Enmore Community Centre Ground.However, with that being said, my letter is not for promotion. My letter is to allow readers to understand what karate really is, and what benefits it could offer.Recently, I have overheard many rumours and speculations by parents and senior members of many communities, who refuse to send their children to karate classes because they are afraid of the consequences, fearing that their children would become more delinquent in the process. However, my organisation’s aim is to change that view; and personally, I advise on the benefits karate has to offer. I will begin by saying that when you hear the term karate, please do not think it is one form of fighting. Karate is a martial art, and as such, it has various styles. Similarly, dancing is an art, and it has styles like the waltz, tango, the merengue and the ever so popular “passa passa”.Karate has many styles which are practised in Guyana. There is the Shotokan style, the Kyokushin style, the Wado-Ryu style, The Tang-soo-do style (Korean) and the Hapkido style (Korean). All of these are internationally recognised styles of karate, and are taught by qualified professionals.While the Kyokushin style and the Shotokan style are currently the lead runners in Guyana, I would like to adumbrate some of the benefits karate has to offer.Firstly, due to the goal setting, positive encouragement, and respect for values that are part of all martial arts programmes, the greatest benefit usually reported by karate students is greater self-confidence. You become more comfortable in all situations, whether you’re in danger or simply doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone; and you’ll discover you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.Secondly, karate is a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength would all improve through martial arts.Thirdly, as Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses are. As a karate student, you will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused.Fourthly, karate wisdom has it that after consistent practise, one becomes less impulsive and aggressive towards others. Patience, insight, and calmness are considered prerequisites of good karate. This reminds students of the right attitude, frame of mind, and virtues to strive for inside and outside the dojo.Fifth and lastly, it gives us as Guyanese the opportunity to explore an art that was brought to us from various other countries. And as such, we should take pride in learning something that is worth our time and will benefit us in the future.If you would have noted, out of the five benefits I have listed, not one of them highlighted fighting and violence as being an advantage. This is because fighting is the end product that is produced after pursuing the martial way of karate.I hope my article would have served to encourage many parents, and even you, as adults, to become part of the karate arena in Guyana. Two hours a day for a far less fee than the gym charges for much more benefits than the gym delivers is something to consider. Don’t you agree?Yours respectfully,Ganesh PersaudKaratekalast_img read more

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No need for SARU, Police can probe corruption – Jagdeo

first_imgBY DEVINA SAMAROOOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says the forthcoming legislation to institutionalise the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) can be regarded as nothing more than laws for witchhunting, a contraption which can backfire on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoSARU was established with the purpose of hunting for State assets which initially belonged to the Government, but later ended up in the hands of private individuals.It has since been conducting investigations and making recommendations to the Guyana Police Force for charges to be laid against allegedly culpable persons, without any legal framework in place governing its operations.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams had announced recently that the draft legislation is currently being reviewed by his Chambers.But Jagdeo contended that there really is no need for legislation to be put in place to govern a body that has no need to be in existence.“Corruption cases can be dealt with routinely by the Police. The current legislation can deal with any act of corruption. We have enough laws to deal with corruption by anyone,” he stated.Moreover, the former President wondered whether SARU will also investigate corruption allegations against sitting Government officials or if it will just target instances under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration.“Take for example, the 16 computers for Leader of Opposition’s Office… These were in the Parliament’s register given to the APNU when they were in Opposition… When they went into Government, they had to hand back those assets, but they were never returned. Where are those assets? Should SARU recover those too?” Jagdeo rationalised.He also opined that should an allegation of corruption be levied against Government Ministers or even President David Granger, would SARU be mandated to investigate those claims.In this regard, Jagdeo contended that from all indications, SARU is being established as a ‘witchhunting’ body under the pretext of a transparency mechanism to satisfy the demands of the international community.“It is being used as a propaganda arm to destroy reputations,” he decried.When prompted, Jagdeo conceded that when the PPP/C returns to Government, they will too go after stolen assets but in a more effective and efficient way.“If there are assets that are stolen, we will go after assets differently and efficiently. Not like how it is being done now,” he stated.In fact, he explained that if the Government puts legislation in place to facilitate witchhunting, then it will remain in the books even when the PPP/C returns and can be used against them.“I hope they know what they’re doing,” Jagdeo expressed.Moreover, he lamented too that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) under the Guyana Police Force appears to also be politically controlled.Jagdeo pointed out that to this day, Government is yet to make public the protocols governing the conduct of SOCU.SOCU has been involved in a number of controversial operations, including the high-profile car chase which resulted in the death of Guyana Defence Force Sergeant Robert Pyles and his wife Stacy along with another civilian in a horrific smash-up on Carifesta Avenue in December 2015. … questions if organisation will investigate Govt officialslast_img read more

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Suspect in Guyana Goldfields employee’s murder likely for court today

first_imgAs Police wrap up their investigation into the murder of Neil Whyte, who was found stabbed to death in his apartment, the confessed murderer is expected to make his court appearance today at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The suspect, who hails from Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown and who was employed with a taxi service in Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, confessed to killing Whyte during a robbery.A Police source told Guyana Times that the completed file on the matter would be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions this morning and once it was returned in a timely manner, the suspect would be arraigned with the murder.The 28-year-old taxi driver was arrested on Thursday last and confessed to the heinous crime after a few hours of interrogation.Upon his confession, he led a team of Police ranks to a taxi base in Alberttown where he handed over several items belonging to the now dead man, along with aDead: Neil Whyteknife suspected to be the murder weapon. Based on information received, the knife matched one that was missing from a set that was owned by the now dead man.Investigators believed that Whyte might have put up a fight with his attacker thus the marks on his hands. Hours after Whyte’s body was discovered, a close friend of his was arrested and interrogated about the murder which he vehemently denied committing.After reviewing all the evidence at their disposal, the detectives realised that the friend indeed visited Georgetown on the day Whyte was killed, but went to collect a female friend at a popular beauty salon.Based on information received, after conducting business in the city, the young man drove back to Berbice. At no point in time did he visit the now dead man at his Thomas Street apartment.His alibi was confirmed by CCTV footage collected from the Berbice Bridge Company, which proved that the young man crossed the Bridge way before the time Whyte was killed. As such, the young man was released on station bail.Meanwhile, the post-mortem performed on the man’s body proved that he died from multiple stab wounds. Initially, it was reported that the man was stabbed at least seven times.His nude and bloody body was found on his bed on Monday evening last. At the time of the discovery, his hands and feet were bound, and several stab wounds were seen on his neck and other parts of the body.last_img read more

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CoI begins public hearings today

first_imgDeadly piracy attackThe one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the April 2018 pirate attacks on several fishing boats with Guyanese fishermen off the coast of Suriname will commence public hearings today in Berbice.Dead: Tilacknauth MohabirSurvivor: Dhramdeo PersaudDead: Gowkarran OutarThe CoI was appointed by President David Granger to investigate the circumstances surrounding the piracy attacks that resulted in the death of several Guyanese fishermen on April 27, 2018, in the Surinamese waters.Then on July 2, 2019, Dr Rishi Thakur was sworn in to lead the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the attack where at least 20 fishermen were beaten, chopped and thrown overboard.Dr Thakur, who has the power to summon witnesses, will investigate and present the findings with respect to the piracy attack. He is also tasked with determining the identities of those killed, the motive for the attack and possible prosecution of those culpable.In addition, the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the probe include the role of State agencies with respect to security of the firemen. The findings have to be submitted to President David Granger by September 2, 2019.According to a notice from the Ministry of the Presidency, the public hearings will commence today. The first set of sessions will be held at the Number 68 Primary School, Corentyne, from August 5 to 10, 2019. Then it will move to the GuySuCo Training Centre in Port Mourant from August 12 to 17, 2019.The hearings will start at 09:00h and run until 15:00h.Persons wishing to provide information or give evidence to the Commission are advised to make themselves available at the venues on the day of the hearings. Persons can also visit the CoI Secretariat at the CuySuCo Training Centre to speak with members of the Commission.In April 2018, four fishing boats with a total crew of 20 were attacked during the two-day period. Five of the fishermen survived after being chopped and thrown into the ocean. The bodies of only three of the missing men have since been recovered.On the one-year anniversary of the incident earlier this year, survivors and family members of the missing are still finding it very difficult to cope.One of the survivors, Dhramdeo Persaud, called “Achie Boy” had told Guyana Times that he still has nightmares. He said many nights he wakes up screaming after reliving the incident in his dreams.Survivors of the attack had reported being burned with hot oil, attacked with cutlasses and forced to jump overboard with anchors tied to their bodies at Wia Wia Bank just off the French Guiana coast in the Atlantic Ocean.Persaud received several chops to his right hand, both legs and his head before being told to jump into the cold water. He swam until he was rescued. Three of the survivors including Persaud had reported seeing the alleged mastermind as one of the attackers.In fact, he had told this publication that he does not want to discuss the incident, having received threats. Another survivor refused to say anything other than, “I am alright, I don’t want nobody to publish anything about me”.Meanwhile, family members of those missing are finding it difficult to cope even one year after. This is compounded by the fact that over the past year, several relatives have also reportedly been threatened.In fact, in January, a 16-year-old daughter of the alleged mastermind of the piracy attack was arrested at the Springlands Court in relation to threats made to relatives of the deceased and witnesses in the trial.Since the attack, four bodies have been discovered. The bodies of Mohabir and Mahesh Sarajoo also called “Cobra” are the only two that have been positively identified after the deadly piracy attack.One other body which was found in Surinamese waters is still to be identified via DNA testing while the body of Gowkarran Outar also called “Gavin” was found on the Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, on May 10, and was positively identified by a tattoo on his chest.Eleven of the Guyanese fishermen are still missing and are believed to have also died.Since the attack, two men have been taken before the courts in Guyana; Nakool Manohar called “Fyah”, the alleged mastermind, of Number 43 Village Corentyne and his co-accused Premchand Persaud aka “Sinbad”.Under the Piracy Act 2008 Chapter 14, it states that where an act of the offence is committed outside of Guyana, the person committing the offence may be dealt with in respect of the commission of the offence as if the offence had been committed at any place within Guyana or its territorial waters.The two are accused of the murder of Tilacknauth Mohabir called “Caiman”. It is alleged that between April 26 and May 3, 2018, while at sea, Manohar and Persaud murdered Mohabir.The Preliminary inquiry is still ongoing.last_img read more

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Sundowns interested in Kenyan defender Mandela

first_img“It is true, Sundowns have shown interest, but as per now, I am a Maritzburg United player and I will respect my contract. If they are interested in signing me, then the right channels should be followed. It is a bigger challenge I would be willing to take, but it is up to the clubs to agree,” Mandela told Capital Sport.Mandela has been part of the Maritzburg side from the 2015/2016 season when he joined from second tier side Santos where he had spent three seasons.Last year, he renewed his contract until 2019, having proved to be a cog in the PSL side.He was at the heart of the team’s relegation fight in his debut season, helping them to retain Premiership status with a last day victory.Defender Brian Mandela during a past training session with Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaLast season, he continued with his superb performances for the club, featuring in 23 of the 30 league games and scoring four goals.On reports that he has been AWOL from the team’s pre-season as reported by a section of the South African press, Mandela said.“It is not true. I had come home to sort out some paperwork and I am scheduled to report back to the team on Tuesday. I am a professional who takes very keen interest on my job and those reports are very unfortunate,” added the tough tackling defender.The defender has meanwhile been keeping fit with his former club Posta Rangers as he waited for the completion of his papers, with eyes on a better performance this season for Maritzburg.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela training at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – Reigning African Club champions Mamelodi Sundowns are interested in signing Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela, currently with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Maritzburg United.Mandela has been missing from Maritzburg’s pre-season training as he has been back home working on renewing his paperwork leading to further speculation that he is headed to Sundowns.last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos: ‘I never wanted to leave Real Madrid’

first_img1 Sergio Ramos has denied claims he wanted to leave Real Madrid this summer, with the defender insisting it was always his plan to retire at the famous club.The defender was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United this summer, but ended one of the summer’s most high profile transfer sagas by signing a new five-year contract with at the Bernabeu on Monday.Reports from Spain had previously suggested Ramos was keen to leave the La Liga giants having become frustrated by life under an intense spotlight from media and fans.But the Los Blancos captain is adamant there was no truth in the claims and that he never wanted to leave Real Madrid.“I know this renewal has taken a while but my heart and head have always been with Real Madrid so I couldn’t be happier,” he said in a press conference.“I’ve never spoken about my renewal. With a contract that had two years to go, whatever the press want to say I respect but the reality is a bit different.“My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I’m thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team. The priority is always Real Madrid, keeping our fans happy and winning titles.“I’m being honest I never said I wanted to leave, I was quiet. I never said anything out of respect for my team-mates and the president, I never rang the office to ask for more money. I’m just very happy that I have renewed and I want to stay here for the rest of my career.“At the end of the day I have been here almost my whole life. My first year was in Sevilla and the rest of my life has been here, that is sufficient motive to want to stay. There is nothing like this institution. My own happiness is the priority, in the end that was fundamental.”United were reportedly ready to offer Ramos a pay rise in a bid to lure him to Old Trafford after he was identified as one of Louis van Gaal’s main transfer targets.But, having been a Real Madrid player for a decade, the former Sevilla youngster said money is not his main concern.“Honestly, if it was an economic decision I wouldn’t have stayed,” he said.“It wasn’t a question of money. There were personal and professional things that I needed to organise and that is all sorted.“It is reality that I wasn’t happy in certain ways. I never said I wanted to leave but I spoke to the people I needed to speak to and couldn’t continue how I was. Those personal things were nothing to do with money.“The economic situation, the president and I solved that in five minutes. There were other things to talk about – past, present and future. Now everything is cleared up I’m excited to get everyone together and try and win. Everything is cleared up now, I’m very happy to be here.”Ramos added that he is counting on the continued support of the club’s fans now that his protracted contract talks have come to a satisfactory conclusion.“I think they will always receive me with the same affection they always have,” he said, when asked what sort of reaction he expected from the supporters.“I have never felt anything untoward in this stadium and as long as the fans love me that is one of the important things that helped me to stay.“The fans will always ask a lot of you but the footballers of Real Madrid know we have pressure and responsibility, and I hope I will have the same affection I have always had.” Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez at a press conference to announce the defender’s new five-year contract with the club last_img read more

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YOUR DONEGAL DAILY PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgEvening sunset as seen from Blaney Bridge: By Richard Conneely for donegaldaily.comWITH apologies once again to readers abroad, here’s some more of your wonderful pictures from across Co Donegal in the past 24 hours.If you have a snap you want to share you can send it to info@donegaldaily.com.Your picture doesn’t have to be a snazzy snap of a shoreline; it can be of a family member celebrating an occasion – or a loved pet. Get snapping!Sunset over Derrybeg by Tommy Curran for donegaldaily.com Robert McClean took this pic at Derryreel, Falcarragh. Robert is a weather watcher and told us: “I’m convinced we’re going to have a great summer.”Kathryn Russell captured this image for donegaldaily.com at Kincasslagh Robert McClean was also in Dunfanaghy taking this picture  Kevin Dunleavy took this great picture at Loughros Point for donegaldaily.com And why not? Rose McGettigan makes sure her lambs are all fenced in! YOUR DONEGAL DAILY PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: February 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:YOUR DONEGAL DAILY PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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Golf: Great weather brings great scores to Dunfanaghy Golf Club

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes: Last weekend we were blessed with some magnificent weather at Costa Del Dunfanaghy and we had some scores to match.The big competition of the week was the Brian McGinley Memorial GOY Stroke Competition played on Sunday. Cornie McMullan must have thought he was in with a good chance of first prize after coming home with a great score of 62 net however he was pipped by Declan Lynch of Strabane by the narrowest of margins. Declan also had a 62 net and managed to take first prize on a BOT. In the Saturday Open 4BBB, the winners were Pat Bonner and Ml Dunne, narrowly beating Mal Johnson and Nigel Doherty into second.The Wednesday Open was won by Owen Magee with a great score of 40 points. C McCallion was second with Niall Roarty in third. Phelim McGeady won the gross with 32 gross points.Junior GolfThe standard of golf in the Senior Boys Section was of the highest quality this week. If it weren’t for a slow start Finn Dalton would have come out on top. He had 24 points on the back nine but this was only good enough for third place. James Sweeney was second with a great score of 38 points and also won shot of the day when he holed out from 100 yards for a great birdie on the fourteenth. The winner of the senior boys was Carlos O’Reilly with a tremendous score of 39 points. Carlos played some terrific golf and was thoroughly deserving of his win.In the Juveniles Section, the winner and one of our most consistent golfers was Michael Dolan who won by two shots from Max Roarty. In the cadets section the winner and one of our newest recruits was Matthew Wilkinson . Matthew has come on in leaps and bounds since he started competition golf a few weeks ago and is definitely one to watch for the future. Shot of the day went to Caolan McFadden who hit a towering second shot onto the eighteenth leaving his ball 10 feet from the hole.Competition Results: Wednesday Open Stableford – 5th October 20161st Owen Magee CGC 40pts2nd Chris McCallion CGC 39ptsGross Phelim McGeady CGC 32 gross pts 3rd Niall Roarty Jnr 36ptsOpen 4BBB Stroke – 9th October 20161st Pat Bonner Portsalon 57ptsMichael Dunne Portsalon2nd Mal Johnston 59ptsNigel Doherty3rd P McCabridge Banbridge 60ptsEamon McConville BanbridgeBrian McGinley Memorial GOY Stroke– 9th October 20161st Declan Lynch Strabane 62pts2nd Cornie McMullan 62ptsGross Daniel McColgan 70pts3rd Paul O’Reilly Strabane 65pts1st 9 Tim Ryan 28pts2nd 9 Terence McDermott Strabane 31ptsEvents for the Week Ahead:Wednesday 12th October Gents open single stablefordSaturday 15th – Gents open single stablefordSunday 16th – Gents Monthly MedalMonday 17th – Open Ladies & Gents senior comp. (50+)On Saturday the 29th October our Captain’s V President’s will be a mixed Competition. A sheet has been posted on the notice board in the front foyer for names. A draw will be made on Friday the 28th for teams and Tee times. Please put your name on the sheet for a fun day’s Golf.The Vardon Lounge will be now only open for foodFriday 3-8Saturday 12-8Sunday 12-8Golf: Great weather brings great scores to Dunfanaghy Golf Club was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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:Brian McGinley Memorial GOY StrokeCLUB NOTESDUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUBgolfSportlast_img read more

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GORSE FIRE LATEST: ‘AIR CORPS SAVED DUNGLOE HOMES FROM INFERNO’

first_imgAIR Corps choppers saved homes in Dungloe from ruin as the Defence Forces dropped 100,000 litres of water on fires in the county.Local people say the raging inferno would have destroyed homes on the Quay Road in the town had the Air Corps not intervened.Said Paul Wallace: “The community spirit shown in Dungloe was commendable. “Hats off to the hard working staff of the Donegal County Fire Brigade and acting fire chief officer Bob McMeniman for a very difficult job well done.“The presence of the helicopters with the water drops saved householders on the quay road in Dungloe, there is no mistake about it.”More than 100 troops with specialist suits and three Air Corps helicopters have continued with efforts to tackle wild fires in the north west.The Defence Forces said operations continue to focus on the Dungloe area where “significant progress” was made on overnight.They have been backed up by staff at Carrickfin airport.Three helicopters, two equipped with buckets able to carry 1,200 litres of water at a time, are being deployed to the scene to help firefighters on the ground. Advertisement Bobby McMenamin, acting Donegal chief fire officer, said fire crews were making progress.“We’re on top of it at this moment in time now,” he said.However he says he knows now for a fact that many of the fires are being started deliberately.“We had one situation where we knew an area was clear and then two fires started. They could only have started deliberately,” he said. The Defence Forces were drafted in over the weekend as flames ripped through gorse and forest in the Doochary, Leitir and Dungloe areas.A Defence Forces spokesman said more than 100,000 litres of water were dropped on affected areas from helicopters on Sunday.At least seven houses were evacuated in Donegal, with one property in the Ballyshannon area in the south of the county suffering damage.There are also gorse fires this afternoon in Fanad, Inishowen and near Termon.You can follow all our weekend coverage of the worst gorse fires in living memory on other earlier posts and in our archive.GORSE FIRE LATEST: ‘AIR CORPS SAVED DUNGLOE HOMES FROM INFERNO’ was last modified: May 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal gorse firesdungloelast_img read more

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EUROPEAN SURFERS FLOCK TO DONEGAL TO CATCH TIDAL SURGE WAVES

first_imgHUNDREDS of surfers from around Ireland and Europe have descended on Co Donegal today – to ride massive waves from the tidal surge.They are taking to the waters off Bundoran and Rossnowlagh with waves up to 70-ft high.Neil Britton from Finn MacCool Surf School in Rossnowlagh said: “There are people here from all over Europe. “These are unprecedented waves and they are coming here to surf them.”Hotels and B&Bs in the south west of the county are reporting a large rise in bookings as a result of the storm. EUROPEAN SURFERS FLOCK TO DONEGAL TO CATCH TIDAL SURGE WAVES was last modified: January 6th, 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:EUROPEAN SURFERS FLOCK TO DONEGAL TO CATCH TIDAL SURGE WAVESlast_img read more

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