Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

first_imgIn this Oct. 24, 2018 photo, Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, speaks while showing one of Naomi Osaka watches, which she wears during her tennis matches, at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo. Osaka is headed for big money with both Japanese and global appeal. Among companies vying to cash in on her stardom is Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co. Its 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out after it got a lot of exposure on her wrist at the U.S. Open, where she beat Serena Williams of the U.S. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)TOKYO— Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings.Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience,” said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California.Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning female athletes this year at $18 million, almost all endorsements.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 ChrissOsaka appears to be the right woman in the right sport at the right time with the draw to overtake Williams.“What’s more, tennis, especially women’s tennis, is a sport that lends itself to a broad variety of sponsors: sporting goods, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle, travel, personal care, you name it,” Dorfman said. “And the sport’s international following brings with it a large, loyal and affluent fan base. All the more reason why so many companies are lining up to sign her up.” “She appeals to the young and old, men and women, everyone,” said Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, her sponsor since August.Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.’s 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the U.S. Open.Citizen was quick to take advantage of her Grand Slam win, taking out a one-third page ad in the Yomiuri newspaper’s extra edition report of her win.Companies won’t say how much her contracts are worth, but they tend to be written so that if she keeps winning, her earnings will keep going up. If one company won’t pay, another will just snatch her up, marketing experts say.Although Japanese baseball players like Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani are superstars, that sport doesn’t have the global appeal of tennis. There are Olympians, but their appeal tends to come and go every four years.Japan is “just starving for a star,” Evert said.Osaka has been wearing various Citizen watches in matches and in photo ops and has told reporters the first watch she got from her mom was a Citizen. She has also said her father drove a Nissan while she was growing up — another in a growing line of sponsors.Besides Citizen, Osaka has deals with instant noodle-maker Nissin Foods Group, Japanese badminton and tennis racket maker Yonex Co., and athletic-wear and sneaker giant Adidas.Nissan Motor Co. signed Osaka as its three-year “brand ambassador” in September. The deal was in the works for a while, but the timing couldn’t have been better, coming right after the U.S. Open.The Yokohama-based automaker is mulling a “Naomi Osaka model” car. She is also getting keys to a silver GT-R sports car. Investing in Osaka enhances brand image for the long-term, said Masao Tsutsumi, general manager in charge of Osaka-related marketing at Nissan. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES The big question is: Can she keep this up?Much has happened very quickly for her, notes former tennis star Chris Evert.“You know, it’s going to be life-changing for her and very, very important,” Evert said. “From what I see, she is very humble and from what I see, her parents are very humble people. Hopefully they won’t go Hollywood on us. We don’t want that to happen.”Osaka’s multicultural background — Japan-born but raised in the U.S. by a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother — adds to her wide appeal, endearing her to fans in Japan and elsewhere.Her disarming charm, off and on the court, including how she handled the turmoil surrounding her win over Williams, is also winning people over.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Westbrook-less Thunder beat Rockets for 7th straight win Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img He said her transformation from “every girl” to superstar parallels the automaker’s commitment to technological innovation. “She also is such a nice person while being utterly professional,” he added.Yonex has been supplying rackets to Osaka since she was 10, after receiving a letter from her mother. The Osaka effect is evident in the growing popularity of Yonex rackets among younger Americans, the company says.Appearing before Yonex employees in Tokyo, Osaka drew affectionate laughter by insisting on addressing the crowd in Japanese, though she managed only a few words, including “onaji,” or “the same,” says Nori Shimojo, the company’s official in charge of tennis player service.At just 21, Osaka’s got plenty of time to learn the language of her birthplace if she wants to.As for her sponsorship windfall, she is shrugging it all off.“I wouldn’t really know because I have never been in this territory,” she said during a recent tournament in Singapore. “For me, I just focus on my matches, and, I mean, like I’m a tennis player, so I just play tennis.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

Royal bachelor eligible again: William, Kate split

first_imgLONDON – Many saw her as Britain’s future queen, but it looks like Kate Middleton’s royal romance will not have a fairy-tale ending. Middleton and Prince William have ended their four-year relationship, a decision that surprised palace-watchers and disappointed monarchists hoping for a glamorous royal wedding to rival that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. For many Britons, however, the split provided more evidence that the royals are as human as anyone else. “I think they’re just like any other couple,” said Minet Marshall, a 36-year-old London office worker. Behind the scenes, a different story unfolded. The Sun said the split was caused by the “extraordinary pressures” on the couple and by William’s career in the army. The second in line to the throne graduated from Sandhurst military academy in December and is undergoing further training at an army base in rural England, while Middleton lives in London. The prince, 24, and Middleton, 25, met as students at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland in 2001 and had been dating since 2003. Once their relationship became public with a joint photo on a Swiss skiing vacation in 2004, Middleton was a media darling. The brunette fashion buyer was photographed attending public events, going to work, even getting a parking ticket – a level of attention that evoked the romance of William’s father, Prince Charles, and then-Lady Diana Spencer a quarter-century ago. “William, after what happened to his father, cannot get it wrong,” The Sun’s royal reporter Duncan Larcombe told AP Television News. “He cannot marry the wrong woman, and I suppose, in a funny kind of way, it’s better that we’re here today talking about his girlfriend leaving, splitting up with her, than us talking about a royal divorce.” Charles and Diana married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, in a televised ceremony watched by millions around the world. They had two sons, William and Harry, but divorced in 1996 after admissions of adultery on both sides. Diana died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. William was determined Middleton would not suffer the same media hounding his mother had endured, appealing through his office for the media to leave her alone. Last month, Middleton lodged a complaint of media harassment with Britain’s media watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission. She settled the claim earlier this month following an apology and admission of error by the Daily Mirror newspaper. “It would put pressure on any relationship, that sort of attention,” said Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine. But she said the media were not to blame for the split. Seward said the couple’s relationship had simply reached an impasse. Some were glad to see the end of the affair. “He deserves better,” 13-year-old Jessica Davis said. “I think Prince William should marry me.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’re young, and before you meet the right person, you have to kiss a lot of frogs.” The Sun newspaper reported the breakup Saturday in a front-page story, saying the couple had reached an “amicable agreement” to separate. William’s Clarence House office refused to comment, saying it did not discuss the prince’s private life, but royal sources did not deny the report, tacitly acknowledging it was true. The news took many royal-watchers by surprise. It was widely thought the couple would soon announce their engagement; one bookmaker was so certain of a royal wedding it stopped taking bets on it earlier this year. The retail chain Woolworths had commissioned mugs, plates and other Wills-and-Kate memorabilia, despite the absence of a formal engagement. last_img read more

Barry keen to keep learning under Martinez after sealing Everton switch

first_imgEverton midfielder Gareth Barry says he joined the club to continue learning under Roberto Martinez.Barry spent last season on loan at Goodison under the Spanish boss and has now penned a permanent three-year deal after what he describes as one of the best campaigns of his career.Martinez is already receiving plaudits for nurturing the talents of young players like John Stones and Ross Barkley but ex-Manchester City man Barry reveals he still teaches the senior stars, like himself, new things every day.“I’m delighted to have everything signed and I’m looking forward to spending a few years at Everton,” he told the club website.“All the time you’re on loan it’s never the same as being signed but I was settled last year, despite it being a loan, now it’s confirmed I am an official Everton player it feels really good.“It was brilliant working with the manager last year, I can still learn so much from him. There’s a great set of players and the fans were fantastic last season.“The training ground, Goodison, the history of Everton, there are a lot of good things I can say about the club.” 1 Gareth Barry in action for Everton last_img read more

Carver hails Newcastle victory as ‘complete away performance’

first_imgNewcastle United manager John Carver labelled his side’s 3-0 win at Hull City as the ‘complete away performance’ as he earned his first victory since taking permanent charge of the Magpies.Remy Cabella opened the scoring for the visitors while Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran added second half strikes to lift Carver’s side, at least temporarily, back into the top half of the table.Carver, who was officially handed the managerial reins earlier this week, reiterated that his players were not going to let their impressive start to the season count for nothing in the final half of the campaign.He said: “We’re not going to let this season fizzle out. It’s a good start and we’ll see if we can get a run going in the next few games.“The pressure was on us a little bit, but I dealt with the pressure and took it off the players. I asked them to perform and they did.”Cabella’s goal, a brilliant solo finish after finding space 30 yards out, was the winger’s first strike in a Newcastle shirt and Carver admitted he demanded more from the player prior to kick off.“I reminded him he has ability but that he needs to start producing it. He does it all the time in training so it’s nice to see him actually do it in a game,” he added .Carver was informed after the game that injured defender Paul Dummett was seen in the away end during the game, prompting the Magpies boss to joke about reprimanding the left back.“He’ll be getting a fine for that because he should at the training ground getting treatment,” joked the Toon head coach.last_img read more

DONEGAL CHILDCARE NETWORK VOICES ITS ANGER AT GARDA VETTING DEBACLE

first_imgThe large crowd which attended the meeting to voice their concern and the Garda vetting debacle.More than 150 early childhood providers attended a meeting hosted by the Donegal Child Care Network in Letterkenny to voice their concerns over what they is the “senseless situation” they find themselves in relating to Garda Vetting.The Donegal Child Care Network (DCCN) is a representative body made up of both privately and community managed early childhood services across County Donegal.The current problem relates specifically to Garda Vetting for students on early education and health and social care training programmes. Currently, training organisations process all GV forms for students. Following communication with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Donegal training organisations have been informed that they cannot, under the Data Protection legislation, share this with a third party – in this case the childcare service.However, childcare providers who do not have a copy of the full Garda Vetting disclosure form on file for any students on their premises are being deemed non-compliant as per the Child Care Pre-School Services Regulations from January 2014.Childcare providers at the meeting voiced their concern over the insurance implications for early childhood providers in that, if a service is deemed non compliant in Garda Vetting, in the event of a child protection issue arising in a service – a pre recorded non-compliance in this area creates an insurance loophole.Pre-School Inspection Services have confirmed that there is a clash between 2 pieces of legislation in this instance – Data Protection Legislation and Pre-School Inspection Legislation. They also confirmed that this issue has been in discussion between the Child and Family Agency (previously HSE), the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Data Protection Commissioner for the past 18 months. During this time they have failed to reach a resolution and childcare providers are now at the cold face of the problem.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager was invited by the DCCN to speak at the meeting and advised childcare services of the correct documentation they had to have on file to avoid a judgement of non-compliance during an inspection.She further advised that the most likely solution in the long term was that all Garda Vetting would be processed directly by the childcare service going forward but this would not solve the immediate bureaucracy chaos due to an existing backlog in Garda Vetting processing times.Currently there are an estimated 500 students requiring placement across a variety of training courses.Gillian Lowry for DCCN said ‘Childcare providers feel they are being put under pressure to accept student placements to solve a problem that wasn’t of our making and we are urgently calling on the appropriate agencies to resolve the situation immediately’. DONEGAL CHILDCARE NETWORK VOICES ITS ANGER AT GARDA VETTING DEBACLE was last modified: February 5th, 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:Donegal Childcare NetworkGarda vettingletterkennylast_img read more

DARTS: 2012 BIG FRANCIES GRAND PRIX

first_img2012 Big Francies Grand PrixBy Mike NaultyThere were 22 players present for the debut of the Big Francies Grand Prix, there were many good darts thrown on the day, some big starts and a few 180s as well, it was nice to see every pub in the league represented. The 3 high starts were Dermott McGuire, Donal Duddy, and John Gallagher who all had 160 starts, Mike Naulty had a 154, and Kieran Carr had 152 both in the final. There were a total of 10 180s on the day as well; Mike Naulty and Andrew Gillespie both had 14 dart legs as well.Thanks to the staff of Big Francies for providing the food and some raffle gifts as well, also thanks to Whatcha Mc Collums for the vouchers, and thanks to divers shop for the biscuits as well…and thanks to D.A.M. Dart Promotions for the stand-up board for the day as well as the trophies. And thanks to all the shooters who participated on the day.First RoundDermot McGuire James P Byrne 1Donal Duddy 4 Darragh O’Gara 0James Byrne 4 Colm McGlinchey 1Andrew Gillespie 4 Niall Cunningham 1Adrian Byrne 4 John Con McGinley 3 Declan Cunningham 4 Anthony Gallagher 2Second RoundJohn Gallagher 4 Adrian Byrne 0James Byrne 4 Andrew Gillespie 3 Rodney McBrearty 4 Barry Carr 1Mike Naulty Jnr 4 Donal Duddy 0Declan Cunningham 4 Paul Gillespie 1Jamie McGroary 4 Paul Gallagher 0Mike Naulty snr 4 Hugh Doherty 1Kieran Carr 4 Dermot McGuire 3Quarter FinalsMike Naulty Snr 4 Mick Naulty Jnr 2Rodney McBrearty 4 John Gallagher 3Kieran Carr 4 James Byrne 1Declan Cunningham 4 Jamie McGroary 0Semi FinalMike Naulty 6 Rodney McBrearty 3Kieran Carr 6 Declan Cunningham 4FinalMike Naulty 7 Kieran Carr 1DARTS: 2012 BIG FRANCIES GRAND PRIX was last modified: October 22nd, 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDs CALL FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER FOR WATER CHARGE OPPOSITION RALLY

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty have called on those opposed to water charges to mobilise and work together to defeat the charges.The TDs were speaking in advance of the local Right2Water Demonstrations, which has been organised to take place in Letterkenny this Saturday 1st November.The Donegal Deputies said water is a right for all our citizens and is paid for through general taxation.“The charges being implemented by this Government are unnecessary, unjust and will cause huge hardship to families and communities who have already been devastated by the Government’s relentless pursuit of the austerity agenda. “Sinn Féin has consistently opposed Water Charges both North and South – a Sinn Féin Minister blocked them in the North and a Sinn Féin Government would end them in the south. We have made a clear commitment to reverse water charges in Government.“Water Charges can be beaten in the streets and through the Ballot box. This Government has demonstrated through its budget response to the By Election results and the massive turnout at the Right2Water protest in Dublin a number of weeks ago that it is not immune to public pressure. Advertisement As part of the Right2Water campaign, Sinn Féin say they are committed to campaigning here and now to defeat water charges.“We are standing shoulder to shoulder with families, communities and campaign groups who are opposed to water charges.“In order for the campaign to bring an end water charges to be successful all groups must work together to ensure maximum support and momentum for this campaign right across the state. It is clear that a strong campaign, comprising of all those opposed to water charges across all of our towns and communities has the potential to defeat these charges and I am calling on all those who oppose these charges to mobilise on Saturday and send a clear message to this Government of our opposition to these unjust charges.”Sinn Féin is part of the Right2Water campaign. The Right2Water campaign is a broad based organisation made up of a number of campaigning groups which promotes water as a human right.The campaign is opposed to the introduction of water charges in Ireland. It is not advocating a ‘pay’ or ‘don’t pay’ position.DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDs CALL FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER FOR WATER CHARGE OPPOSITION RALLY was last modified: October 29th, 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:letterkennyrallySinn Feinwater chargeslast_img read more

APPEAL: HOTEL COLLEAGUES HOLDING SOCCER QUIZ FOR OISIN AND HIS FAMILY

first_imgOisin at work at the Villa Rose…go along and support him and his family on Wednesday nightTHE people of the Twin Towns and across Donegal have been helping to support Oisin Merritt and his family since Oisin’s tragic fall in Mallorca.Now colleagues and friends at Villa Rose Hotel where Oisin works are coming together tomorrow evening (Wednesday) for a special fundraiser to help the Merritt family.And they’d like as many of you as possible to turn up. The Finn Harps reserve player is being treated in hospital since his fall in Santa Ponsa.Oisin is pictured behind the bar whilst recently fundraising himself for RELAY FOR LIFE, a reflection of his kind hearted nature – let’s get together as a community and show our support for Oisin.So here’s how you can help in this message from staff at the Villa Rose:As you might know Oisin Merritt is a member of our bar staff here at the Villa Rose Hotel and as such we are holding a Soccer Quiz fundraiser to support him & his family to help with the costs being incurred at this difficult time. We are holding it here in the Forge Bar at the Villa Rose Hotel tomorrow night (Wednesday).We know that the event will be greatly supported by our tight knit team of staff and Oisin is so well known and well liked within the hotel but the more support the better. We’d be very grateful to Donegal Daily readers if they could spread the word and come along.Details: Villa Rose Soccer Quiz this Wednesday Night in support of our good friend & co-worker Oisin Merritt & his family. All money raised will go directly to Oisin. Starting @9.30pm.Entry €50 Per Team (teams of 4).PLEASE Share on Social Media. APPEAL: HOTEL COLLEAGUES HOLDING SOCCER QUIZ FOR OISIN AND HIS FAMILY was last modified: June 17th, 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:BallybofeyOisin Merrittsoccer quizStranorlarVilla Rose Hotellast_img read more

‘Eamonn for the Green’ and Glenswilly to go up in Down – It’s Walshy on Wednesday

first_imgIT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: With ten minutes gone at Turner’s Cross on Monday night, those Finn Harps fans, players and anyone else interested would have, finally, been raising the toast confirming another season in the top flight. Dundalk’s championship winning victory over Bohemians at Oriel Park the previous day did, of course, sow a seed of doubt. Would Cork City turn up to play against Wexford Youths knowing that the title was now officially and mathematically out of their grasp?Would they fear injuries in advance of their F.A.I. Cup Final against the Lilywhites on Sunday week and consequently take their collective feet of thepedal? Harps manager Ollie HorganBut those brace of goals by City striker Chiedozie Ogbene in the opening nine minutes put paid to any doubts and when John Caulfield’s men went in at half-time having added another couple, the Youths were marching towards the same play-off that had brought Harps up from the wilds of the First Division at the end of the 2015 campaign.I still expected Ollie Horgan to suggest afterwards that his side weren’t safe yet! But he did put his squad through their paces during training on Monday night in readiness for what might have been – a crucial fixture against Bohs this weekend.Manager Horgan maintained that they hadn’t kept in touch with events from Cork but I do find that hard to believe given what the prize was – another season in the Premier League.I’m quite sure updates were filtering through to the players and that the smiles of relief were evident long before the session was finished. The Harps boss had said all along that staying up would be an even greater achievement than getting there in the first place – and after that nine game run without a victory and eight matches without a goal when the clouds of relegation were storming over Finn Park, you’d have to agree.It is difficult – as Harps have found on many an occasion – to climb out of the First Division but the upsurge in quality and competition in the Premier League does make it much tighter particularly for a side that is truly part-time.And to ensure another season there is something special for this squad of players and one to be lauded by all Harps supporters and indeed by the soccer loving public of the county.That goal-less draw in Wexford on Friday night – and what a performance by goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher – was one of several key results during the season, not least a handful of vital victories in the opening months of the campaign.Too early to look forward to next season but at least we can look forward to it. And in the short-term anticipate a tension free night by the Finn this Friday night and, hopefully, a performance to match the twenty minutes of outstanding football they put in the closing stages against St. Patrick’s Athletic in their previous home outing. Those supporters who have followed the club the length and breadth of the nation – including a healthy turn-out in Wexford last weekend –surely deserve it.REIDING BETWEEN THE LINES – DONAL BOOKS A SLOT IN THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WORLDConfessions of a columnist. Some time ago, Donal Reid got in touch to ask me if I would run my eye (or even both of them) over the draft ofhis new and then, yet to be published, book.Yes, I promised. No problem. Send it on and I’ll get cracking on it. And so the draft arrived courtesy of e-mail and while I had set it aside for a less busy period, I was keen to delve into it. Donal ReidAnd eventually I did. But after only two chapters – and an enticing read it was – I had to, once more, push it to one side as the work piled up and spare time became more limited.I kept believing that I would get back to it and indeed contacted Donal to apologise for the delay and pledging that I would finish it.And now, a few days after the launch of the book “Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer’, I’m apologising again because I didn’t manage to put the time in to complete his request or his book.Thankfully, there were others a lot more reliable than I was to proof read it and now it’s in the public arena following the launch in Donegal Town on Friday night (due to the afore mentioned birthday party, I wasn’t able to attend).As anyone who knows him (just about most of the county and many others besides), Donal is an entertaining character, hot on the heels of being one of our better footballers, but had his struggles to bear during a lifetime that wasn’t primarily devoted to Gaelic games.I’ve been an avid reader – and, yes, I do always finish it – of his weekly column in the ‘Donegal Democrat’ which provides many a laugh and many an insight. I’ve also admired him for his public declarations of his faith which he carries about with him proudly and is never afraid to share those beliefs.It’s a book that should leap off the shelves and I will certainly be investing in it. And this time reading right through to the last chapter.And with all proceeds from the sale of the book going to the Pieta House charity, it’s an investment well worth the cover price.EAMONN FOR THE GREEN!He turned PRO a couple of years ago – that’s public relations officer for Letterkenny Golf Club – and just over a week ago, turned sixty.And got the surprise of his life last Saturday night. My old colleague, Eamonn Davis, believed he was going out for a quiet family meal in the plush surroundings of the Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry but little did he know of what was to lie ahead (bit like one of his golf shots!).Family, friends, sporting connections and former work colleagues assembled in the function room to greet him in time honoured fashion with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ followed by a night to remember.“I’m more shocked than when I came off the golf course today, declared Eamonn (60).And not alone a sea of faces confronting him but a display stand of images from his past – many of them taken in the days long before your average smart phones could record such occasions.Who’s that with Alex Ferguson? The boy Davis, no less. And a glittering gallery of other photographs too numerous to mention here.Among the party-goers were Joe and Mary Duffy from Ramelton with the former being his usual quiet self and rarely leaving his seat to chat football to anyone!For Eamonn there was a tour around the tables to chat with all and sundry and remonstrate with them for not giving the game away!And then a speech delivered like a true stand-up comic with anecdotes from the past – at least the ones he was able to spill the beans on – including the golf outing that featured one player’s ball landing in a cow pat at Narin/Portnoo.The faecal (sic!) expression on Artie Duffy’s face told us everything we needed to know though Eamonn slid in his name anyway just in case.No birthday party complete without a cake and the one that marked this particular outing featured a giant golf ball on top complete with iced glove and surrounded by small cup cakes bearing a flag and the message ‘60’.Not the only Manchester United legend to have such a cake this week – Wayne Rooney also celebrating his birthday with a golfing themed one to go with his tee.Didn’t stay around long enough to sample Eamonn’s cake but the food in the hotel was as tasty as you could. And my and my better half’s thanks to Sally of the Divers for the invitation to her hubby’s big bash.Back to the picture gallery and specifically the one featuring a shot of Mr Davis on the golf course with the accompanying few lines:Grip of Seve BallesterosStance of G MacHaircut of John DalyShoe size like Rory McElroyBackside of Nora Batty.GLENSWILLY TO GO UP IN DOWNDown champions, Kilcoo are, apparently, raging hot favourites when they come up against their Donegal counterparts, Glenswilly, in Newry this Sunday.Paddy Power Sports have the home team at odds of 2/5 to advance in the Ulster Championship while the men from the Glen are pitted at 12/5.And you can get odds of 15/2 for a draw.I’m not a betting man and I’m not sure what the odds were in Kilcar claiming the Donegal county title but I might just hazard a wager on Michael Canning’s team to take another prized scalp.Certainly a repeat of that stirring performance against Kilcar would be a giantstep towards achieving it.RAINEY DAY IN LETTERKENNYIt never Raineys but it pours……no less than three fifteens from the Magharefelt club took to the pitches at Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday where the hosts, Letterkenny, could only come out on top in one of them.The under-18’s were unfortunate not to come away with something from their game – losing 20-17 after an impressive performance that, in the end, just fell short.Gordon Curley’s side had led on a couple of occasions but some bizarre refereeing decisions in the opening half helped Rainey back into it and the three point gap at the finish was cruel.So cruel that a couple of the Letterkenny lads became embroiled in an angry exchange of words after the final whistle – frustration boiling over after wrong options had deprived them of a positive result.But still an encouraging performance overall against a side that had gone into the game as the firmest of favourites.Earlier, I had watched the future of Letterkenny R.F.C. when the under-14’s held out to defeat their Rainey counterparts 12-10.The visitors had just about camped themselves on the home line for the closing stages but sturdy defensive work ensured the young Letterkenny boys were triumphant.Not so solid a display for the under-16’s who had good reason to come out on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline – they began, and ended, the game with just twelve players but nevertheless fought hard to stem the inevitable Rainey tide.Meanwhile, I didn’t make it along later in the afternoon for the Letterkenny 1st XV who ran out 28-3 winners over neighbours, Strabane.But a solid performance by all accounts.COUNTY WONDERSThe St. Eunan’s under-16 girls were hugely convincing winners of the county title against Milford last Wednesday evening in the splendidsurrounds of St Mary’s in Convoy.Milford did put it up to them in a tight opening half but Greg Harkin’s team dominated the second half to claim the trophy and head back to Letterkenny in celebratory form.Great performance and, I have to say, an excellent venue to stage it in.The facilities there are more impressive than those at the nearby Centre of Excellence.MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFTInteresting piece in the sports section of Saturday’s ‘Irish Times’ on the G.A.A. Masters football which has been, despite the opposition to it from the game’s authorities here in Ireland, been attracting attention and supporters.It’s described by reporter, Paul Fitzpatrick, as the game where Gaelic football’s great and good go when the glory days have passed them by.Made up of players on the north side of 40 years – some even hitting the fifty mark – it is frowned upon by Croke Park who, apparently, may be concerned with the insurance aspect of it.In any case, the ‘Times’ reported on last Wednesday night’s international rules Masters match against Australia staged in Galway which Ireland won quite comfortably after going in at the end of the opening quarter 33-0 up.“…when Donegal man David McShane sends over a point from long range, we even detect a fist pump,” Fitzpatrick notes.Kilcar native, McShane is one of four Donegal players in the Irish squad – the others including Charlie Gallagher (Four Masters), Daniel Branley (Bundoran) and Charlie Doherty(Naomh Mhuire).The Gaelic Masters Association treasurer, James Breslin, repeats a saying from the organisation’s chairman, John Pat Sheridan who points out: “We don’t pack up football because we get old, we get old because we pack up football.”The Masters would thoroughly agree.JOBBY STILL FINDING THE NET!But if you think the G.A.A. Masters are edging (ageing?) it when it comes to veterans continuing to ply their sporting trades, you should pop into the Templemore Sports Complex in Derry on any of three nights during a given week.Well known in these parts for his soccer coaching camps, Sean Davis (brother of Eamonn) was telling me that he and a selection of others play a game of indoor football with the players involved operating around the 60 age mark (which now qualifies his brother!).Former Finn Harps full-back, Harry Sharkey, who was also in attendance at Eamonn’s party, is a regular participant but what about the oldest exponent taking part?None other than former Northern Ireland international, Jobby Crossan, who togs out at the ripe young age of 78 years!His former clubs, Manchester City and Sunderland, both currently struggling, have been alerted….‘Eamonn for the Green’ and Glenswilly to go up in Down – It’s Walshy on Wednesday was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brewery Bar launch brilliant Christmas party package

first_imgThe Brewery Bar has released a sneak peak at its mouth-watering new menu for Christmas!The festivities are only around the corner, and while some humbugs out there will suggest it’s too premature to be talking about Christmas already,  you’ve got to be prepared.You can plan your Christmas Party now, and management at The Brewery have produced a fantastic menu at a sensational price. It’s the perfect venue for you to have you Xmas bash – and with top-class drink promotions available and a superb reputation for top-class live music – there really is no need to look any further.Not content with that package, The Brewery are also offering a solution to the problem of where you should ring in the bells?It’s always a source of debate, but yet again, The Brewery is the perfect place for the big party. They’ve devised a fantastic party package for just €65 per person.The only catch is, the exclusive party is limited to one hundred people only, so you need to book fast to avoid missing out on the New Year’s Eve party at The Brewery.For more information on both deals, check out their Facebook page outlined below.https://www.facebook.com/brewerybar/Brewery Bar launch brilliant Christmas party package was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more