All-Nigeria Championships: Okagbare Wins Seventh Sprint Title

first_img“I am focused on myself, I am not thinking of what others are doing,” Okagbare statedPeace Ukoh finished second in 11.37sec while Gloria Asumnu was third 11.38secs in the women’s 100m race.Aside Okagbare, another headline performance on the opening day of the Nigeria Olympic Trials came from Antwon Hicks who set a new national record (subject to ratification by the AFN) in the 110m Men’s Hurdles event.Hicks’ winning time of 13.27 secs supersedes the previous record in the 110m hurdles owned by Williams Erese who ran 13.42secs in the United States in 2003.The winning time has also qualified the former American runner for the Rio Olympics where he will be donning the colours of Nigeria in Rio.Speaking with journalists after his race, Hicks said he felt very relieved to now have the Olympic standard after a couple of unsuccessful attempts.“All year, I have been beating it (the standard) but it didn’t count because the results have been windy, this was one of my last races to get it done and I am happy I have done just that and also set a new national record. Am pretty sure this time will be among the top 20 times in the world at the moment”Today, a keen contest is also expected in men’s sprint race where Divine Oduduru and Egwero Ogho-Oghene already whet the appetite of fans with their 10.23 wining times in their respective heats yesterday.Defending champion Seyi Ogunlewe also won his heat but with a slower time of 10.25secsIn some of the other events on Thursday, Deborah Pam NSDC won the 5,000 with 17.23.50, Olumide Aderonke and Nuhu Elizabeth came 2nd and 3rd respectively with a time of 17.38.06 and 17.44.20 secs respectivelyIn the men’s version, Emmanuel Gyang won in a time of 14.52.75secs while the duo of Stephen Joshua and Solomon Yilbam came 2nd and 3rd respectively.Nwanneka Okwelogu finished tops in the Women’s Discuss with her throw of 52.93MIhekandu Philomena was first with her time of 2.06.98secs in the women’s 800m final while Lagos athlete, Alabi Aminat, was 2nd with a time of 2.10.66secs and Lynda Friday came third posting a time of 2.11.05 secs.Hamadjan Soudi claimed the top spot in the men’s 800m race; finishing with a time of 1.49.80secsAs widely expected, favourites for the 400m women’s event, George Patience Okon and Regina George won their heats and will be going head-on in today’s final.The 2016 All-Nigeria Championships is serving as Olympic trial to be used in selecting Team Nigeria to the Rio Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegunor on Thursday claimed her 7th All Nigeria 100m title as she won the women’s 100m event with a time of 11.02secs in Day One of action at the ongoing Rio Olympi Games Trials in Sapele, Delta State.Okagbare who was conspicuously missing during the 2015 All-Nigeria Championships in Warri left no one in doubt that she was back to wrestle away her title from last year’s winner Gloria Asumnu when she effortlessly won her semi final race with a time of 11.22secs.Thursday’s feat by Okagbare is her season’s best.The Nigerian queen of the tracks told journalists after her victory that she will not rest on her oars as she expects tougher contest in Rio.last_img read more

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Suarez: Liverpool striker calls on club to let him leave Anfield

first_imgLuis Suarez says he wants to leave Liverpool and join a side which is competing in the Champions League.The Uruguay striker, 26, intends to submit a transfer request by the end of the week if a move is blocked.Continue reading the main story“I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League.”Suarez told the Guardian and Daily Telegraph that the Reds “promised” he could leave this summer if they did not qualify for the Champions League.“I gave absolutely everything last season. Now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement,” he said.“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go.”Arsenal have made two bids, with the latest a pound more than £40m, in an attempt to trigger a release clause.Liverpool, who finished seventh in the Premier League last season, have rejected the offers and insisted the clause does not force them to sell.Suarez has not travelled with the squad for a pre-season match in Norway because of a foot injury. “I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League. I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it,” he said.“I don’t feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago, just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.”Liverpool meet Valerenga on Wednesday in their penultimate friendly before the start of the season but Suarez will not feature.He is due to have a scan on his foot injury in the next 24 hours, joining Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel in staying in England to receive treatment.Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted Arsenal’s offer remains well short of Liverpool’s valuation.“If Arsenal want the player they have to produce the value for the player,” Rodgers said last month. Suarez, who joined the club in January 2011 from Ajax for £22.7m and signed a long-term contract extension in August 2012, scored 30 goals in 44 appearances for the Reds last season.Liverpool conclude their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday before starting their Premier League campaign a week later against Stoke City at Anfield.last_img read more

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Aleksandra Samardzic won Bronze Medal at the European Championship in Podgorica

first_imgAt the European Championship for Seniors U-23, which took place this weekend in Podgorica, BH judoka Aleksandra Samardzic won a bronze medal in a very difficult competition.This is her 12th European medal, and she has 11 European medals in different age categories. In her career, she also won a bronze medal at the European Olympic Youth Festival and a silver medal at the Olympic Youth Games (U18).She won the bronze medal in the match against Natasa Ausma and she was defeated by Hilda Jager, who won the gold medal at the end.The Chairman of the Alliance and her main coach Prof. Dr. Branislav Crnogorac and her father and the first coach Jovo Samardzic accompanied Aleksandra at the European Championship.(Source: K. H./Klix.ba)last_img

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, June 25, 2013•5:33 a.m. Travis J. Cox, 36, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.•7:29 a.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 1100 block. N. A, Wellington.•7:45 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block. E. Botkin, Wellington involved an unattended vehicle owned by Sumner County Road & Bridge, Wellington and a vehicle parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Douglas W. Finch, Wellington.•8:38 a.m. Juvenile, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed traffic signal.•10:30 a.m. Don J. Sharpsteen, 55, Grove, Okla. was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.•12 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block. W. U.S. 160, Wellington involved vehicles operated by Donette L. Cypert, 51, Wellington was Timothy E. Ward, 40, Wellington.•On June 25, at 7:40 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 200 block. N. C, Wellington.•7:45 p.m. Chesley D. Pierce, 53, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with defective taillamps and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.•8:35 p.m. Gene A. Calhoun, 40, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with defective taillamps and expired driver’s license.•11:21 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block of South Jefferson, Wellington.last_img read more

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Emery fined £8,000 for kicking water bottle towards fans

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Unai Emery was fined £8,000 ($10,000) on Monday for kicking a water bottle into the crowd during his side’s Boxing Day draw at Brighton after admitting to a Football Association charge.“Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge and accepted the standard penalty,” English football’s governing body announced said in a statement.The FA had announced on Thursday that the Spaniard had been charged over the incident — which took place at full-time of the Gunners’ 1-1 draw on the south coast — although Emery himself had initially hoped his apologising to the home supporter would have been enough to see him escape punishment. “I hope so, yes,” the former Paris Saint-Germain boss had said when asked whether his apology should be the end of the matter.“But I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action but not another intention from me with the supporter. I say to them my apology.”Emery has however escaped a touchline ban and will be free to take charge when Fulham visit the Emirates on New Year’s Day.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Heat, Wayling off to CCAA semi final

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsTop ranked UBC Okanagan Heat of Kelowna face a familiar opponent when Vancouver Island Mariners meet the B.C. Champs in semi final action Friday at the Canadian College Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre of the UNB Saint John Campus.The Heat, which includes Mount Sentinel graduate Kendra Wayling playing the middle position, advanced to the semi final round by stopping the host Seawolves in straight games 25-11, 25-9, 25-15.UBC Okanagan defeated the Mariners in five grueling sets (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7) to claim the B.C. title last month in Kelowna.Thursday, UBC Okanagan built a 12-6 lead in the opening set against the Seawolves before rolling to the 14-point win.The second game was more of the same as the Heat lead 9-0 before completing the rout.Powered by a partisan home scored, UNBS jumped to a 3-1 lead before UBC Okanagan scored 10 of the next 14 points to lead 11-7 en route to the 10-point win.In the other semi final FX Garneau of Quebec City meets Calgary’s Mount Royal Cougars.The UBC Okanagan/Island matchup goes at 4 p.m. PST. The winners advance to the CCAA final Saturday at 3 p.m. PST.UBCO entered the Nationals with a 20-6 overall mark and 13-1 in BCCAA league standings.During her senior year at Mount Sentinel the 5’9” middle player led the Cats not only to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball title, but also the B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball crown.After graduating, Wayling, from Castlegar, played a season in Idaho for Coeur d’ Alene College before taking a year off to rehab an injury knee.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week

first_imgAP FILE PHOTOINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). Soon, he’ll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers.Thomas said he could be on the floor in games as early as next week for Cleveland after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs. Thomas has progressed to the point where he will be scrimmaging 5 on 5 in the next few days with the possibility of playing in games with the Cavs before the year ends.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “It’s genuine,” he said. “I just like giving back no matter where I am. That’s just who I am and that’s what I’ve always been about, so I just try to reach kids and touch kids and show kids I’m just like them. I’ve come from a similar background and especially in the holiday season, it’s about making others happy and putting smiles on other people’s faces.”The 5-foot-9 Thomas blended in easily with the kids, some of whom weren’t much smaller than him. At one point, he joined a game of “knockout” and was quickly eliminated.“I expected that,” he said. “Every time I play knockout with kids they try their hardest to beat me and I always seem to lose. That wasn’t my first loss.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:12Abductors of Chinese woman in Makati could also be Chinese — police00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Cleveland has games in Sacramento and Utah next week before returning home on Jan. 2 against Portland. The next day, the Cavs will play in Boston, where Thomas spent more than two seasons and where he hoped to play longer before being traded.Since the deal, Thomas has talked about being motivated to show the Celtics they were wrong to let him go.Although he has not suited up for the Cavs, Thomas has been embraced by the city’s fans. As a way of giving thanks for their support, he teamed with World Vision — a humanitarian aid organization he has partnered with for seven years — to host children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at the party.“The biggest thing is just putting smiles on these kids’ faces,” said Thomas, who played basketball and video games. “You really don’t know what they’re going through or what they don’t have. It’s about having fun today.”Thomas said he has been touched by the warm welcome he’s gotten in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “When that time comes to where I’ll be out there, I’m sure everybody is going to know and I’ll be out there playing the way I’ve always played,” said Thomas, who hosted a holiday party for some area kids at the team’s training facility. “I’m just trying to get as close as 100 percent as possible and to be out there to be special. Not just to be out there and be another body. However long that takes — it might be next week, it might be a week after that. We don’t know and we’re really not trying to put a date on it because it just depends on how my recovery is.“I’m ramping up my workouts, but at the same time it’s how I feel the next day, and it’s getting lighter and lighter, which is a good sign.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThomas is as close as ever to making his debut with Cleveland, which acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. Since training camp opened, the Cavs’ timeline for Thomas was for him to be playing games by the end of December.That now seems possible. The Cavs, who have won 18 of 20, host Chicago on Thursday and are expected to practice twice before their Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors, whom they’ve met in three straight Finals.last_img read more

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A JOURNEY OF HOPE – MY 55 YEAR SEARCH FOR MY MOTHER

first_imgA Journey of Hope and Heartbreak…..from Cork to Donegal and beyond, …my 55 year search to find my Mother. Written by donegaldaily.com reader John O’DonnellIn her late teens, terrified, friendless and five months’ pregnant , my mother Mary Cotter  stood  at the entrance of an imposing grey building that was to be her home for the next  ten months . It was a dark miserable day in November 1955 and this was to be a defining day in the life of a young girl from Inchegella Co Cork.The year was 1955  and this  building was  The Sacred Heart Convent in Bessborough  Co. Cork, a home for unwed mothers and their babies. In a Catholic ridden Ireland where the Church ruled supreme, to get pregnant outside of marriage was a major scandal both for the girl involved and for her family. The solution  usually was for the girl to ‘disappear’ for a time, have the baby in a ‘mother and baby ‘home ,  have the baby adopted and hopefully forget this sorry episode in her life.But life does’nt work that way !My mother’s own mother died when she was 9 years old and she would have undertaken the task of a mother at this tender age in a household of two brothers and her father.  Without a mother’s guiding hand and advice she would have grown up a vulnerable teenager and I can only assume an innocent in the ways of the world.Her time spent in Bessborough was hard and relentless.   Life was tough enough in the 50’s but in this prison of sorts life must have been unbearable.  Each day of toil and despair and worry about the future.  ‘What will become of my baby?  Where will I go when I leave this place?  Life  will never be the same no matter where I go .  You can’t escape from the memories of a small baby snatched from a mother’s arms and perhaps sent to the other side of the world to be adopted.    Will I be able to find forgetfulness  and make a new beginning , if such a thing exists’ The girls were expected to do all the manual work in the house and help on the farm despite being in advanced states of pregnancy.  Compassion was in short supply in this place of ‘shelter’.  The Sisters of Charity ran the place with an iron fist, you were here  to pay for your sins .  No concessions to backache or tiredness, each weary day followed another  until the  time arrived for your baby to be born.Girls had to pull the grass on the front lawn tuft by tuft and place in a large pocket in an apron which she wore , lay paths with tar and stones , hammering the tar into potholes with the back of a shovel,   work incessantly in a hot laundry,  scrub floors even whilst suffering labour pains    amongst other backbreaking tasks on the adjoining farm.     Labour was usually long and hard and pain relief was non existant .  ‘You’re paying for your 5 minutes of fun’  Sister would say .   By placing a light in a window a  midwife would be summoned  to the home , this was her signal to attend a birth.  Aftercare was scant , no sanitary care was provided , you coped  the best way you could.  I was born on the 3rd of April 1956 and my mother named me John Sylvester Cotter.  My life had begun!How it pains me to think how she must have suffered alone and friendless in this souless place .Did she lie awake at night pondering what the future would hold for her in an uncaring world , her baby taken away regardless of her wishes?A payment of £100 was required to be paid by the family of the unfortunate girl for her upkeep and care and if this amount was’nt paid she would have to stay for 3 years in order to pay off this debt to the Order of Charity. This was a very considerable amount of money , the equivalent of a few thousand euros in todays currency so it must be assumed that most of the girls stayed for the 3 years.However, in my particular case my Uncle Sylvester  duly paid the £100 and  so my mother left and immediately went to England where she met a  man called Joe  Moran from Galway and very shortly afterwards they got married. I was by now 5 months old and ready to be adopted.  An advertisement was placed in a National paper  seeking a  good home for a ‘beautiful baby boy’ .  When I see ads in todays publications looking for good homes for dogs and cats I cant help but  compare  myself to them and feel such a sense of sadness tinged with  a degree of anger .   There were many replies to the ad and in the words of my uncle Sylvester ‘ My adoptive mother  and father in Donegal was selected as they appeared to be the most suitable’At this time , many babies were ‘exported ‘ to be adopted by families in  America , leaving from Shannon Airport in the charge of a nurse. This could have so easily have been me. Would my life have been a lot different if I was sent to America I have often asked myself.This was not to be and my destiny was to go to live in Churchill, in Donegal  a small village about 9 miles from Letterkenny.I arrived to Donegal in September 1956 and into the loving home of   Dan and Sarah   O’Donnell and their son Patrick who was 13 years old at this time.  So often I have heard the tale  from him of his arrival home from St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny on the day of my arrival   and hearing the crying of a baby.  There was great excitement in  the house…my parents had a new little baby to care for and their son the novelty of a brother! I was accompanied on the journey from Cork by my uncle Sylvester Cotter and an female  whose   identity  so far I have been unable to discover, perhaps a relative or maybe a nurse.  In later years when my mother was willing to talk about that day she described the man as very tall  and his companion at one stage referred to him as ‘Syl’.  He gave her £11 which was to be used for the purchase of a pram and all the paraphernalia that a small baby requires.I cried a lot in those early days, according to my brother. After all I was 6 months by now and would have been able to recognize strange faces and places . Eventually I settled and spent my early years in a very happy and loving home.  My father was blind for most of his life but this in no way hampered his daily life  and his activities on the farm.   My early years at school were on the most part happy except for a degree of bullying . I was referred to as a ‘basket case’  and other unpleasant names by  some children on account of my adopted status . Many’s a time I got a  beating as well but I was a feisty wee fellow and stood my ground as best I could.My perfect little world was to change dramatically and tragically when I was 9 years old  when I was sexually abused and raped by a  male member of the local choir and another man who lived in his house. This abuse lasted until I was 15 years old and had  most traumatic  and devastating effect on my life.  In fact it has haunted me for all of my life and has been responsible for the many twists and turns so far in my life.I turned 13 and began attending St Eunan’s College as a boarder .  I had to produce my Birth Cert to gain admittance and for the first time I discovered a lot more about my  birth and subsequent adoption. My mother’s name was  Mary Cotter from Inchageela in Co Cork   .For the first time  I began taking a serious interest in my past and birth family.I was older and wiser by now and I knew what had been done to me by my abusers was very wrong . Carrying around such a vile secret was beginning to take it’s toll on me .  I felt violated ,angry …could’nt  trust people.   Not being able to carry this secret for any longer, when I reached 17 I decided to report the abuse  at my local Garda Station. However, the reception I received there was far from encouraging and certainly not what I expected from a guardian of the law.    When I tried to explain what had happened to me , I was slapped across the face by a guard and kicked out the door.  ‘How dare you tarnish the reputation of an upstanding member of the community’ I was told in no uncertain terms  and thrown out the door.  Hurt , humiliated and angry I left . This appalling treatment  meted out to me by an upholder of the Law only made me  more determined to find justice ,however this was  to be a long way in the future and a story for another dayAnother devastating event in my life occurred a year later when I was in  involved in a  serious car accident in which a 17mths toddler war killed.  To this day I am haunted by the memory of thisEventually, I left Donegal and headed for Dublin where I was employed in various jobs .I married and settled down and began rearing my family.  When my father died in octomber 1979, I made a decision to return to Donegal and help my mother with the farm as she was living on her own  by now . I would occasionally ask my mother for details about my adoption  but answers were vague and the subject was taboo .    For now  and not wanting to hurt my mother’s feelings ,I put it to the back of my mind,     Life intervened ,  I was busy raising a family and providing for them.  But the question of my birth and my blood family was never far from my mind .  I tried to push it to the back of my mind but questions kept going round and round in my head. I desperately needed to find out about my birth family ,if my mother was still alive and where she was .    Maybe I had siblings and who might my father be?  So many questions and so few answers.Finally, in 1996, I set the ball rolling and commenced searching.  On the 29th May 1996 I contacted Barnados in Dublin who in turn referred me to The Sacred Heart Adoption Society in Cork. They advised me to contact a Sr Sarto.   as matter of interest, it has been alleged in recent times that Sr Sarto has withheld files on adoptees from the authorities.   I contacted her by phone and her immediate reaction was for me to forward £20 to enable her to conduct a search.  I was surprised and somewhat annoyed by this request  on a matter of principle but I complied with her request.  After a time a letter arrived from Sr Sarto stating that she had visited a family in Co cork who supplied her with the address of my mother who was  now living in England.  She did not say who this family might be but I suspect it was my mother’s homeplace.  This was great news and I awaited with trepidation what the outcome of this might be.  Three months later a letter arrived from Sr. Sarto . It contained a single sheet of notepaper….Basildon Bond  lined blue notepaper….and written on were the eight words which caused my heart to drop‘Please do not contact again.  Signed Mary Moran’    Hurt , bewildered and feeling rejected I stared at those eight words for hours and tried to see some other meaning behind these stark words.  Did she really mean them, was she protecting her own family from a secret that lay hidden for years ?  Perhaps her husband knew nothing of this  traumatic episode in her life  I could only guess at their true meaning!   But there was also a degree of comfort there , however strange this may sound…this was written by my mother’s hand and was my first tangible contact with her.  Initially, this was a dreadful blow but on reflection after the pangs of disappointment had subsided  I realized this was  the very  first acknowledgment that my mother was alive and for whatever reason did not wish to meet me . But it gave  me hope although it was not the response I had hoped for.However since leaving my home and moving to my present place  of residence this precious piece of paper has been mislaid or cannot be found.   This breaks my heart as it is was the first positive piece of proof  that my mother was still alive.I have requested, pleaded and even demanded for this to be given to me but so far all to no avail.  In 2009 I  again contacted Sr Sarto requesting her to write to my mother again hoping she might have changed her mind.   In time I received a reply from Sister who said that she had not received any reply to her letter.   I was to discover at a later stage that by this time my mother  had passed away.Disillusioned but not beaten I continued searching .   During an Internet trawl   I  accidently discovered the Cotter Family Tree  of Inchageela Co Cork,   This immediately caught my attention and having perused the hundreds of family photos on the site  and observing the resemblances to my own children and  having noticed the names John and Sylvester   appearing in each generation on a regular basis I was convinced I was on the right track and the jigsaw was closing  I also found the name Mary  Cotter by now Mary Moran and discovered she had three children two sons and a daughter.     Following my hunch  on the 31st March 2011  I contacted the Administrator , a Michael Cotter who lived in Dublin.     I did not identify myself but said I was interested in the name d person Mary Cotter .  It was then that I was informed that my mother had died and that she had three children and another daughter   Bernadette  who had died at 7 months.How can I explain my feelings at this news?  Such a conflict of emotions …my beloved mother who I had desperately wished to meet had passed away but to discover I had two brothers and a sister …sadness and joy tinged with a terrible sense of loss.Early the next morning I had a call from Michael who was curious as to my enquiry and it was at this stage I informed him my mother  did not have four children , in fact she had five and I was her firstborn.   To say he was shocked  at this news was an understatement as he was completely unaware of my existence . He said he would get in touch with my sister and  break the news to her and would report back to me on her reaction.Two days later Michael called again to say he had contacted my sister in England and although initially shocked beyond belief she would be delighted to hear from me .   This was the 3rd April and my 55th Birthday and I had just received the best birthday present ever!  I had a sister  Josephine who wanted to make contact , I had two brothers as well, I was so happy I wanted to tell the world.  Mixed with these emotions was a terrible sadness that I would never meet my birth mother.  The bond between a mother and child is so strong and transcends all obstacles but this was not to be in my case.Nervous, excited and apprehensive were some of the emotions racing round my head as I dialled the number  Michael had given me but I need’nt have worried.  She was as nervous as me but so easy to talk to and within minutes we were exchanging news and catching up.   She told me she had just returned from the airport having seen off her son on a year’s world tour and was feeling downhearted but this was just the boost she needed .  She had temporarily lost her son but gained a brother  all in one day.  We talked for ages , trying to catch up on 55 years and more .  She was most anxious to meet me as I was her .  She would be coming to Dublin in the near future and we arranged to meet on the 15th May .  However due to  her work commitments this was  postponed ‘til the 29th May so the venue  for this meeting was arranged for Wynne’s Hotel in Dublin city centre.    What a coincidence…this was exactly 15 years to the day when I first contacted Sr. Sarto.   So many coincidences , could my mother be looking out for me , her firstborn child , fromwherever she was ?The day dawned, a lovely sunny day in late May and as I made my way to the arranged meeting place, so many emotions crowded my mind. My brother Patrick accompanied me for a bit of moral support but after the initial emotional welcomes were out of the way we all settled down to a long long chat comparing notes about our families and how our lives had panned out.  Accompanying my sister Josephine was her husband and her uncle John  [my adopted mother’s brother] who had travelled from Cork for the reunion.  My sister informed me she had no idea of my existence as  my mother never talked or referred to that time in her life.  That secret that would have got harder to divulge as time went on .    She filled me in on the many details of my mother’s life  who had unfortunately passed away in early2007 from cancer.  However , my Uncle John would certainly have known about me but he said his recollection of whatHappened was vague as he was only 15 at the time and the family secret was never talked about . Perhaps the thinking was ‘Out of sight out of mind’ but the past has a way of catching up  with us all and the truth will  out eventually! When my brother queried the name on my original birth cert…John Sylvester…..my uncle’s reply was that this was possibly a name given to me by the nuns.  I was not convinced by this answer as I was well aware these two names were ‘family’ names which kept cropping up in each branch and generation of the family and given to the first born son.  My mother  had  named me John Sylvester Cotter, her firstborn son and she was carrying on the longheld tradition.My sister had brought with her numerous photos of my mother at various stages of her life…her wedding photo ,how pretty and happy she looked …. more photos of her at other stages of her life…photos of her children and again the family  resemblances to my own family was evident.Amongst the photos was a small black and white photo of a baby about 6 months old sitting propped up in a crib and in the background was a large grey building . It was obviously an old photo and had a crease in it  ,.Josephine said she found it at the bottom of a wardrobe whilst clearing out my mother’s house after her death and had no idea who the baby might be but felt it was important and decided to bring it along with her.  I immediately recognized it as  being  a photo of myself because when I had been brought to Donegal my adoptive mother had a photo taken of me and it was clear  both these photos were of the same baby.  How many times had she looked at this photo and wondered what had become of me and how had I fared in life? The 3rd of April each year  must have had such bitter sweet memories for her .My sister also had brought with her a small doll which she had fashioned from a  polka-dot dress of my mothers after she had passed away . She had made four , one for each brother and one for herself. She had made an extra one but was unaware what prompted her to make that extra doll.  Now she knew why , it was meant for me!  Today and forever, this little doll is my most precious possession and travels with me everywhere I go , even under my pillow at night.    It is the closest I will ever get to my mother in this life.The following day we all met up again for lunch and a photo session  and that evening we returned to our respective homes with all the memories of this life changing meeting.Today my  life continues much as before but  it has changed in so many ways.  I now have an identity …I no longer feel a burning need to uncover my past . The jigsaw is almost complete…the last piece being the identity of my father. But I am making progress on that one and hope to have an answer soon.  My adoptive Mother is now nearing  mid 90s seriously ill in a nursing home.  I visit here most  days and return the love and devotion she has lavished on me for so long.  I owe her so much …for providing me with a kind and loving home and welcoming me into her life  and home as if I was her natural child.In the meantime I continue to write my lifestory and I enjoy song writing  and playing my guitar. I hope to publish a book of poems shortly which is a passion of mine. Some of my poetry is shortlisted for publication in the Boston Review.Unfortunately, I suffer from a debilitating genetic illness, Haemochromatosis , a blood disorder where my body produces too much iron.  This lifelong illness  means a weekly visit to my local hospital where approx two pints of blood are taken from me each week.   As of yet there is no cure …..it’s effects are chronic fatigue and tiredness and takes a profound toll on my health.But My Journey of Hope  is not over yet….this year I intend to visit my mother’s grave in Middlesex  , England.  I will spend some time at her resting place and open my heart to her.  I hope she will hear me from her everlasting home where I finally hope to meet her one day.  I hope she understands I had to undertake this journey …a journey that has taken many years  and many tears and which has not the happy ending I hoped for. I will also visit my sister Mary Bernadettes  grave in Cork she was sadly taken away from this world at the tender age of 7 months,But I am content now ,My  journey is almost over,Rest easy in your Heavenly home‘Til we meet , Slán.(a few words from the heart for mum mary cotter )ME AND MY MOTHER.Me and my Mother  were parted at birth,Wrenched from each other on this terrible earth,With no place to go Mum walks through the night,Looking for somewhere till the morning light.Lonely and sad and with no family or friend,Shunned and broken hearted – too delicate to mend,Mum searched for a room to lay down her poor head,Suffering her punishment for being unwed.She spotted an ad. offering “bed and full board”,For someone to clean; this could not be ignored,She located the house and knocked on the door,Praying that no one had been there before.A kindly old lady answered her call,Inviting her in to the fashionable hall,She said she’d come about the job advertised,And could start immediately, if so desired.A few questions asked and she was given the job,But emotions overcame her, she broke down and sobbed.The kindly old lady put her hand on her arm,Said, “there’s no need for tears, here you’ll come to no harm.And so for my  mother a new life begins,Toiling each day but remembering her sins,Her little child gone, would she see him again?Could she go through her life with this terrible pain?I came to Donegal  at an early date,And in my brother Patrick I found a great mate,To a home where life was abundant with love,And God watched over from his place up above.But the day finally came I had to leave this behind,And enter a school where little love did I find,Beatings and bullying were ‘the order of the day’,I had no one to turn to, so its here I must stay.But some boys from the school were different to others,Not only because of the absence of mothers,It was survival of the fittest, you couldn’t be weak,You kept your mouth shut and not be a sneak.©  John O Donnell (cotter)A JOURNEY OF HOPE – MY 55 YEAR SEARCH FOR MY MOTHER was last modified: February 18th, 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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GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS NOTES

first_imgAffiliation Forms:The deadline has now passed for application forms to be accepted for the new school year. Information regarding upcoming competitions will be posted on the website and in the local papers shortly.AGM The annual general meeting of Cumann na mBunscol, Dhún na nGall took place in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Wed. last with the following officers being elected onto the board for the 2012/13 school year:Chairperson- Maria DohertyVice Chairperson- Colm DavisSecretary- Daithí Roberts Assistant Secretary- Pauline McCabePRO- Mel O’DonnellTreasurer- Michael WeedFootball Officer- George SimmondsHurling Officer- Manus O’Donnell Athletics Officer- Micheál Ó DochartaighHandball Officer- Denis MulliganRounders Officer- John FallonCo Board Delegates- Committee on a rota Ulster Delegate- Maria DohertyNational Executive Delegates- Committee on a rotaNorthwest Divisional Reps- JP Gallagher & Mel O’DonnellSouthern Divisional Reps- Pauline McCabe & Rory O’DonnellEastern Divisional Reps- Denis Mulligan, George Simmonds & Micheál Ó DochartaighSouthwest Divisional Reps- Michael Weed & Ciaran McDevittInishowen Divisional Reps- Manus O’Donnell; Grace McCarron & Maria DohertyWebsite:Teachers and pupils can view our new website by visiting cumanndonegal.com. The website has weekly updated notes and other relevant information regarding the playing of GAA games within our primary schools.GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: October 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA schools noteslast_img read more

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Bordeaux consider Ranieri as new manager after talks with Arsenal legend stall

first_imgBordeaux are turning their attention to former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri after talks with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry stalled.The former striker is in talks with the French club about becoming their new manager after Gus Poyet was axed. impact Ranieri has been linked with Bordeaux highlights possible standings 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS gameday MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Henry is Bordeaux’s number one target and they are ready to give him his first break in full-time management.But, according to L’Equipe, negotiations have hit a brick wall and Ranieri is now a serious contender instead.Bordeaux and Henry are struggling to agree on certain terms and it means a deal could be off.Ranieri, who won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016, is Bordeaux’s back-up option after he left Nantes in May. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more silverware Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decadelast_img read more

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