Ellen’s Twilight: A Time for Evenhandedness and Constitutional Tolerance

first_imgThe abrupt closure last Saturday of Benoni Urey’s radio station, situated at 10th Street, Sinkor, is a highly disturbing development indeed. A Ministry of Information press release issued Sunday by Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson said the closure action was executed by the Civil Law Court. But the press as well as bystanders and passersby observed a full contingent of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), clad in full riot gear, standing outside the radio station, as though in full readiness for combat.One bystander remarked that the scene was a vivid reminder of the frequent attacks which the Samuel K. Doe and People’s Redemption government launched against the Daily Observer newspaper in the 1980s. What is most disturbing about this terribly unfortunate incident is that this is the third time the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government has moved to close down a media house. That is apart from the closure in November 2011 of Kings FM, Love FM (now LIB-24) and Power FM/TV. These closures were in connection with a riot at the party headquarters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), executed on the eve of the election run-off between the incumbent President Sirleaf’s Unity Party and the CDC. The GOL said that in taking that action against the three electronic media outlets, GOL attempted to preempt a Rwanda-style radio broadcast that incited people to riot and kill. The three closures we refer to in this editorial are directly related to actions by these media houses which GOL deemed were particularly critical of the presidency. The first was in 2014 when government summarily shut down The Chronicle newspaper owned and operated by Philipbert Browne. This newspaper had been launching a persistent campaign calling for an alleged “interim government” that it said was in the making to unseat the incumbent national leadership headed by President Sirleaf. The second, which occurred on July 4, 2016, was the closure of the Voice FM operated by Henry Costa, whose highly controversial talk show were very critical of the country’s current political administration. Costa then moved his talk show to Mr. Urey’s LIB-24 FM. Costa’s prime offense this time was a letter allegedly written by President Sirleaf to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, proposing a certain change in the statues. Costa conjectured that the letter had something to do with the Global Witness allegations of several government officials who involved in changing some of the country’s laws and regulations to accommodate the mining interests of the UK-based Sable Mining. Costa, in his talk show last week, interpreted the President’s letter to the Speaker to mean that she was the one whom Global Witness called “Big Boy 1.”That, too, was, in Costa’s typical style, highly explosive; and that may have tipped the sudden action against Urey’s station, which Costa was now using to air his broadcasts.It is not clear how or whether Costa definitively linked the President to any wrong doing by her letter to Tyler. We do not see how the President’s letter to Tyler linked her to any impropriety. Be that as it may, we are deeply saddened by the government’s over reaction. There are two reasons: first, this has brought the whole Global Witness allegations into sharper public focus and has forced people to sit up and think and listen and speak out and do their own investigation in a matter that seemed to be dying down already.We are deeply saddened, secondly, because we cannot see how this closure of yet another media house can help the President’s image—and legacy. There have been numerous criticisms against her administration. However, the one thing that people have unequivocally credited her with is her tolerance of media criticism. Here is a Liberian President who has staunchly followed President Tolbert’s lead in rejecting the iron bar that President Tubman imposed on freedom of speech and of the press. As far as Tubman, Doe and Charles Taylor were concerned, these freedoms were nowhere in the Liberian Constitution. And yet they were—and are—and despite the draconian laws still on our books, President Sirleaf has effectively avoided using them against the media, and actually constantly advocated their repeal.That is why she became only the second African leader to sign the Table Mountain Declaration.We pray that the President will maintain the tolerance she has exercised since her tenure began in 2006 and deal evenhandedly with the media on the high moral ground of constitutional faithfulness and tolerance.At the same time, we urge all our media colleagues to be equally evenhanded and fair to all whom they cover.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wisroc community gets ICT hub

first_imgThe Wisroc community at Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is one of the most recent to benefit from an Information Communication Technology hub. Located at the Stacy Walters Library, this newest hub is equipped with 10 laptop computers and Internet access.According to Senior Social Management Officer of the National Data Management Authority, Jasmaine Payne, the main aim of the initiative is to ensure online access to Government services.“One of our main missions is to ensure that we bring Government services online; and so the ITC hubs that we have across the country — this will be the 128th across the country — will help to first give access to poor, hinterland and remote communities…“We have been working over the last several years to ensure that we bring these services to the communities, so that when we bring Government services online, they already have access,” she explained.While such hubs are usually placed in Government-owned buildings, calls have been made for collaboration with non-governmental organisations so as to take the service to more communities. Owner of the library, overseas-based Guyanese Ingrid Walters, has said she is pleased to have the hub situated at the location. The library is utilised mainly by residents of Wisroc.“I’m very pleased that the Government has stepped up and decided that they are going to do something with this building, like utilising some of the space we have here. It’s very expensive for me to keep filling this place with books. I’m overwhelmed”, she said. The hub will be managed by a committee which is expected to ensure smooth operation.last_img read more

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2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals this weekend in Merritt

first_imgDanny JonesKorbin MillsCarson JohnsonWyatt BondaroffEthan NelsonCarson GundersonJunior Girls:Kerri MoatCashlyn CallisonShelby CorrTwiggy EsauJessie PearsonMelanna JonesRylie DowlingSenior Boys:Tucker EsauJaytin JonesKolton JohnsonJesse JonesZane JonesTyrel RobertWade RobertsBen JacksonWyatte CopelandTyler BondaroffSenior Girls:Rylie BondaroffBrittany OllenbergerDestiny OllenbergerDaylyn CallisonRachel MoatAspen WollenKalie Clare Atkins FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals are taking place this weekend in Merritt.A great number of cowboys and cowgirls from the Peace Region will be taking part in the Junior and Senior divisions at this year’s Canadian High School Rodeo Finals.The 2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals takes place July 26 to the 28 in Merritt.- Advertisement -Here is a list of the local cowboys and cowgirls that will be taking part in this year’s Rodeo Finals:Canadian High School Rodeo Finals Rodeo Queen:Gracie Chapple of Fort St. JohnJunior Boys:Advertisementlast_img read more

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Reggie the alligator will be seeing us later

first_imgHARBOR CITY – He didn’t die. He didn’t sneak into a river channel. And he’s definitely not hibernating. Reggie, the elusive alligator that humbled a parade of burly gator wranglers at Lake Machado during the summer of 2005, is back. And so are the hovering news helicopters, the yellow police tape and, of course, the politicians. “He was just sun-basking,” said Felix Quint of Long Beach, who happened to be at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park when Reggie surfaced in the middle of the lake Monday afternoon. “Just a couple of days ago we were talking about what happened to him.” Reggie, illegally dumped in the lake by a former LAPD officer and another man sometime in early 2005, was first spotted in early August that year. A succession of gator wranglers were unsuccessful in their attempts to capture the abandoned pet, but their exploits drew hundreds of onlookers. For several weeks, residents showed up toting lawn chairs and binoculars to try to catch a glimpse of Harbor City’s live reality show. After 18 months of seclusion, Reggie is back, and he’s bigger than ever. And all the media attention may have gone to his head. Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn said that based on witnesses’ reports, Reggie may have grown to about 7 feet – a foot longer than before – and that the reptile’s head appeared to be larger. “Reggie has grown up,” Hahn said. “Maybe we should call him Reginald.” And, yes, there are pictures. L.A. parks maintenance worker Todd Wales snapped several shots of the alligator during an appearance that onlookers said lasted more than an hour. A news crew also took overhead footage of the gator. But was it really Reggie? “We’re as certain as we can be,” said Kevin Regan, assistant general manager of the city’s parks department. Several park visitors stood near the boathouse as the alligator surfaced and swam around. Mike Molina, Hahn’s chief of staff, also caught a firsthand glimpse of the alligator. He rushed out to the park in time to see the alligator after he was informed by city parks workers. “He was looking right at me,” said Molina, who sent a text message about Reggie’s reappearance to his boss, who was attending Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald’s funeral. At a 5 p.m. news conference, Hahn announced that the temporary orange plastic fencing already was going up around the perimeter of the lake. Calls also were made Monday to various “gator wranglers,” including Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s group, to see who might be available to try to catch the alligator this time. Irwin, who had visited the park and promised to return when the alligator was sighted again, was killed by a stingray about a year ago while filming an underwater scene. Hahn reminded residents – and their small dogs – to keep their distance from the lakeshore, noting that Reggie is, after all, a wild animal. “Reggie is older, Reggie is bigger. And he’s probably hungry,” Hahn said. Regan, of the parks department, echoed her advice. “He’s a full-grown alligator with all the capability to kill someone.” In addition to the fencing, a 24-hour patrol will be put back in place, he said. Reggie was named by his former owner, but no one knows whether the animal is male or female. It was last seen in October 2005. Alligators hibernate during the winter. donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6696160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Letterkenny Supermac’s planners back for a second bite

first_imgA Supermac’s restaurant is still in the pipeline for Letterkenny after a revised planning application was recently submitted to Donegal County Council.The Irish fast food franchise is hoping to bring its first outlet to Letterkenny following the successful launch of a complex in Donegal Town.The proposed Letterkenny restaurant would be located at the Old Tinney’s coal yard on the Port Road, just off the Station Roundabout. The takeaway chain’s parent company Atlantic Enterprises Ltd. applied to the council last year for the erection of a two-storey restaurant with a drive-thru.The applicants were then asked by the council to make some changes to the plans and provide further information.A number of objections were made to the application raising concerns including the traffic flow on the Port Road and the high number of food outlets already in the vicinity.Supermac’s owners responded to the council’s FI requests on 23rd October with a revised site layout and building design which takes local town planning strategies into account. Under the revised application, the restaurant is to be moved to align with the Port Road to ‘enhance the streetscape’ of the arterial route into Letterkenny.The scale, form and design of the proposed building are changed to conform to the surrounding area and to commit to using natural and locally-sourced materials.Revised Supermac’s Building Design by Corbwell DesignThe council requested that the number of car parking spaces be reduced and designated HGV and Coach spaces removed. This was complied with and a Road Safety Audit was carried out which the company said helped form the basis of the new site layout.Extra green space has been added to the site plans and clear pedestrian links are introduced to adjoin with nearby areas including the bus station.A decision on the revised application is due from the council next Monday, 19th November. The restaurant could bring significant job creation to the town, with over 80 estimated jobs being created during the construction phase and 25 more permanent roles once opened.The Donegal Town Supermac’s branch was the 116th outlet to open in Ireland. Sixty jobs were created at the restaurant, which was officially opened at Drumlonagher last week.Letterkenny Supermac’s planners back for a second bite was last modified: November 13th, 2018 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:Atlantic Enterprises Ltd.letterkennyplanning applicationSUpermacslast_img read more

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GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTES

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 23/01/12Ladies Board:Congratulations  to Emer Gallagher, Dara  Kelly and  Nicole  Mc Laughlin who represented Ulster in winning the shield in the inaugural All Ireland schools inter-provincial tournament played at Kinnegad on Saturday . Termon  GAA  is  hosting the  finals of the Karen Mc Glynn  memorial cup on Saturday  28th  January at the Burn Road. Teams taking  part in this competition which is being run  at minor  level are  St  Michaels, St  Eunans, Milford and  Termon.  First  game  is  at 1pm. All support would be appreciated.The  club would  like to  offer its condolences  to  the  extended  Mc Daid family on the  death  of  Mary  Mc Daid,  Milltown, Kilmacrenan. Minor Board:The Under 12 & Under 14 Boys Squads resume training in the Craoibhin on Friday 27th from 7.30pm – 9.30pm . All new players are welcome in those age groups, any queries contact either PJ McFadden on 086 864 1159 or Bernard Gallagher on 087 694 9165. The Minor Board have produced an excellent 2012 calendar which is for sale in Gracie Stores, The Lagoon, Mandy Sweeney’s and The Millbridge store. Calendars cost €10. Eddie Harkin, Minor Board Chairman can also be contacted for a calendar on 086 608 2512.Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The winning numbers were 4,5,22 and 23. There was no Jackpot winner, There was no match 3 winner. Caolon Mellet and Hugh Diver won €10 each in the open draw.  Next weeks draw takes place in the Lagoon. Joe McDaid and Kathleen McSharry are the coordinators. The jackpot now is €1600.Club Social:The club social night takes place on the 10th of March 2012.  Save the date now, more details and tickets will be available in the coming weeks.Coaching Anyone who wishes to participate in foundation or Level 1 coaching courses please contact coaching officer Brian Trearty on 086 340 6167.The county board are hosting beginner and refresher referees courses  on the 4th of February. Anyone thinking about becoming a referee should contact Hugh Harkin on 087 689 1967.GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTES was last modified: January 24th, 2012 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:GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTESlast_img read more

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OLYMPICS: BREAKING NEWS – CHLOE TAKES FIRST GAME IN FIRST MATCH

first_imgCHLOE MAGEEDONEGAL Olympian Chloe Magee has won the first game in her first match tonight in London.She is up against the Egyptian Hadia Hosny.Chloe appeared to suffer from nerves in the first set, making several unforced errors. But she won the first game 21-17, shouting ‘Come On’ as she won the final point.The game is live on RTE2 now.More updates to follow.OLYMPICS: BREAKING NEWS – CHLOE TAKES FIRST GAME IN FIRST MATCH was last modified: July 30th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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TRUCKING HELL! UPROAR AS HOTEL FAILS TO DELIVER COKE TRUCK TO SANTA’S KINGDOM

first_imgA Donegal hotel has been forced to issue an apology after it claimed the famous Coca Cola Christmas lorry was transporting Santa to his magic kingdom!The Inishowen Gateway Hotel had issued flyers claiming Santa was arriving on the famous red and white truck tomorrow at 6pm.The truck has featured in the famous soft drink’s TV commercials for many years. But the hotel has been forced into a climb-down to say an open-sided truck will be taking Santa to his kingdom instead.The hotel has since been swamped with messages of disappointment by many people on its Facebook page.A number of people have said their children are very disappointed with some accusing the hotel of false advertising.However a spokesman for the hotel said they were sold the idea as a package by a third party and had no control over the truck. “We have been hammered over this and it is not our fault at all. We were sold this idea by a man who promised us he could get the Coca Cola lorry.“We went away and did up flyers for it and we have received a great reaction.“But then we were told at the last minute that he could not get the truck. We are just as annoyed,” he said.The hotel promised parents that they would still be arranging a great night for all children who arrived.“We still have a truck and Sanata and Mrs Claus and some Disney characters will be here. “Children can get their picture taken with Santa and they will get a present. We’re going to try and make it an extra special night because of the mix-up over the Coca Cola truck,” he added.TRUCKING HELL! UPROAR AS HOTEL FAILS TO DELIVER COKE TRUCK TO SANTA’S KINGDOM was last modified: December 1st, 2011 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:Coca ColaInishowen Gateway HotelSANTAlast_img read more

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NEW LOBBY GROUP WANT GOVERNMENT TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE WASTE DUMP OFF DONEGAL COAST

first_imgA community concerned about high levels of cancer want the Government to provide a dive team to search for a possible toxic dump off the coast of Donegal. The newly-formed Sea Dump Donegal campaign believe toxic materials were dumped in barrels off the coast of West Donegal in the 1940s.The group held their first meeting in Falcarragh last weekend in a bid to highlight their concerns. Chairman of the SDD, Aodan O’Gallchoir, says the claims of such a site has hung over the area for decades.The location of any dump site could private vital evidence between high levels of certain cancers across West Donegal, they claim.“If toxic or even nuclear waste has been dumped off the coast of Donegal as has been claimed by many, it could answer a lot of questions.“In Donegal the highest cancer cases are in throat, lungs, stomach and prostate. When professionals tell us that cancer isn’t high in Donegal, that is true in general but not in the four cancers I mentioned where they are considerably higher than almost all counties. “These cancers have connections with the respiratory system. If we were breathing a slightly cancerous air than of course the respiratory system would be affected in some way,” said Mr O Gallchoir.Mr O’Gallchoir said further meetings are now planned to provide the community with more information about the group’s plans.“We want to hear from more people about their experiences from many years ago.“The aim of this campaign is quite simple; we only want written proof that these barrels, which we believe are decomposing have no connection with Donegal’s cancer rates.“Our people and our future generations must not have to suffer if there is a correlation. I will be in contact with the government within the next few days to get some sort of information on this issue. “This story has resurfaced time and time again but always seems to fade into history, are we denying our people the right to be healthy? It is crucial that we get a conclusions.”NEW LOBBY GROUP WANT GOVERNMENT TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE WASTE DUMP OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: January 27th, 2013 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

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PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD TO SAVE HISTORIC LETTERKENNY STREET

first_imgA public meeting is to be held to help regenerate one of Letterkenny’s best known areas.Letterkenny’s Church LaneSave the Church Lane campaign is to to hold a public meeting in Gallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny on Thursday, 30th January at 8pm.The aim of the campaign is to regenerate the historical Church Lane street and to create a real hidden treasure for tourists in the heart of Letterkenny. Unfortunately in the past few years many old buildings in the Church Lane have fallen into disrepair and pose a danger to the public.This issue has been highlighted in the local media. All is not lost and there is great potential to create a real tourist gem and real jobs.The idea is to create a craft village that will home to businesses which sell locally produced goods and services. This was first envisaged by Town Council member Jim Lynch over twenty years ago.The people of Dunfanaghy, Donegal Town and Ballybofey have shared a similar vision and have created their own wonderful resources. Their visions and ideals were a seed that lay on barren ground for years, barely surviving. But one day people cleared away all the dead vegetation, gave the seed nutrients, water and sunlight and slowly watched as it grew into a big strong tree . This is the concept we wish to evolve and with the support of all stakeholders, the ideals of Councillor Lynch will come to fruition and the Town of Letterkenny , People of Letterkenny and the centre of Letterkenny will have a space and an resource to be proud of on a local, national and international basis.This vision which has successfully been recreated in Cities and Towns throughout the world (for example Galway’s famous “Latin Quarter”) has the ability to create both long term viable job creation opportunities and a centre to display the outstanding local crafts, culinery skills and creativity that exists both locally and throughout the County of Donegal.It is envisaged that the “Cathedral Quarter” will attract huge amounts of tourists and local’s to visit , sample and experience the unique atmosphere that this intimate area can generate.The Church Lane is steeped in the town’s history. On the top right hand of the Lane, we have Conwal Parish Church and graveyard which was originally built in 1636. In 1776, it has almost entirely demolished when the nave was extended and a chancel was added but the original tower was retained making the Church the oldest building in Letterkenny. Many notable people are buried within its boundaries including Rev. John Kinnear, former MP and Tenants Rights campaigner and Sir George and Lady Marbury, the founders of the market town in the seventeenth century.At the top of the Lane is the symbol of Letterkenny – St Eunans Cathedral. When the Cathedral was built in the 1890’s, local farmers volunteered on Sundays to cart stone blocks arriving at the Thorn from Mountcharles. When the horses got to the Church Lane, 1/3 of the load was taken off and the horses slowly took the large blocks up the narrow muddy lane. This process was repeated until all the blocks made it to the top. And in the middle of the Lane is the jewel in the Crown, the Gospel Hall belonging to the Plymouth Brethern. The founding Plymouth Brethern in Letterkenny erected the Gospel Hall in June 1895. John Storey, a former Town clerk, had been a Baptist pastor in the town and joined the congregation of the Brethern, meeting in the yard of John Davis, whose merchant business was on the Main Street. When they erected the hall in the yard, they cleared away a building to gain access to the Church Lane, hence the fact that the entrance to the hall today is further back than other building on the street.The Facebook campaign was attracted widespread public support receiving almost two thousand ‘likes’ in its first two weeks generating enormous goodwill.The concept is that the whole of the community would be involved in the regeneration of the area and the project belongs not to one individual but to the people of Letterkenny.Public participation is a huge part of the Facebook page as former residents of the Lane and people of Letterkenny have shared their stories creating a wonderful sense of nostalgia and pride. It is hoped that the people of Letterkenny will continue to participate in the campaign once the real work begins. We wish to co-operate with property owners so they can fully utilise those magnificent old buildings in such a serene setting. The project is a massive undertaking that will require the ‘buy -in’ cooperation and assistance of all local stakeholders. The support and backing of Letterkenny Town Council, Donegal County Council, Local County Councillers, local People, House owners Business owners and local and international entrepreneurs as well as the press will be vital in the success of this vision.There can be no doubt that the benefits of this vision first mooted by Jim Lynch are far reaching and will require a great deal of cooperation, planning, goodwill and understanding but the long term success of this venture is a legacy worth fighting for.The organizers of the Save The Church Lane Campaign have taken the first steps by calling a Public meeting on Thursday the 30th of January at 8pm in Gallaghers Hotel ,Letterkenny where it is hoped a large crowd will attend. It is envisaged that all local representatives will also be in attendance. A new positive chapter in the history of Letterkenny and indeed Donegal is about to start.PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD TO SAVE HISTORIC LETTERKENNY STREET was last modified: January 23rd, 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:Church Lanedonegalletterkennyregenerationlast_img read more

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