Golds at the Paralympics

2 09 2012

We all must admire the guts and dedication of those who have either been born with a disability – or who become disabled through accident or injury and who go on to become top at their sport.
Those of us who enjoy full health and ability should be humbled by the strength, courage and energy shown by the athletes and their families.
We can be particularly proud of local competitors including Co Down swimmer Bethany Firth won gold in the 100m Backstroke on Friday night, and visually impaired sprinter Jason Smyth from Eglinton Co Derry who won gold in the 100m and Glengormley’s Michael McKillop claimed victory in the 800m setting a new world record on his way.
Darragh McDonald an amputee from Gorey Co Wexford won gold in the 400m freestyle S6

Katie’s golden moment

9 08 2012

Ireland won their first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics when Bray’s Katie Taylor completed a lifetime dream by when she beat Russia’s Sofya Ochigava 10-8 in the women’s lightweight final at the ExCel Arena.

Cheered on by a capacity crowd, amid choruses of “Óle Óle Óle” and “The Fields of Athenry” Katie Taylor had to dig deep against an opponent who had previously beaten her.

After enduring a tense wait at the end of a tough fourth round, the referee duly raised Katie’s hand to spark off wild celebrations and emotional scenes throughout the arena and the towns and villages of Ireland.

A Day to Remember

4 06 2012

Ballycastle’s management of the Olympic Torch Relay has been praised by SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham who said it was a fantastic day long programme of events.
The day was the culmination of months of hard work and planning by the Council’s Sports Development department, lead by coordinators Grace McMullan and Damian McAfee, with the town’s sporting clubs and the Ballycastle Community Development group all playing a part.
“I am very proud of Ballycastle for coming out and supporting this event in such an incredible way–everyone in Ballycastle played their part. This has been a very special time for everyone in Ballycastle. We said from the start that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the very best of what we have to offer and we certainly achieved our aim”.
“There was a fantastic atmosphere throughout Ballycastle,as cheering people lined the streets of Ballycastle to watch as the Olympic Flame passed through the town.

Support Moyle’s Olympic Torch events – it’s our moment to shine

17 05 2012

On Sunday 3rd June the Olympic Flame is coming to Moyle, this is our moment to shine and to support those members of the community, the Torchbearers, who have been chosen to run with the torch. See attached link for full list of events throughout Moyle.