Poverty vs. Wealth (Part II): The Christian and Poverty

first_imgThe focus of this second article of the series on the Christian understanding and attitude towards both poverty and wealth is on poverty and its major causes. We already noted in the introductory article that our concentration in this series on material or indignant poverty. What are the common causes of poverty and why is it so wide spread around the world? What is the Christian take on the issue of poverty? Let us examine in brief in below. But first a summary of article one on background and definitions:According to research done by John Stott, there are three major categories of poverty. These categories are the indignant or economically poor, the oppressed or powerless poor, and the humble or spiritual poor.Economically speaking the indignant poor are those who lack the basic necessities of life, namely, food, shelter, clothing and basic health needs. They are sometime referred to as the destitute. We may refer to people who have more than the basic necessities of life such a television, a vehicle, a smartphone, washing machine, two or three decent meals a day and the like that make life a bit more comfortable but in comparison with the rich poor relatively. They do not have luxury goods and items in abundance as the rich have. The word poor is also employed in reference to the one deserving pity and sympathy. Like we would say, “Poor Flomo, he recently lost both his job and his wife”.The oppressed poor, sociologically and politically speaking, are those whose rights are denied because of their race, tribe, religion, political affiliation or place of residence. They may have some material comforts but have no say in the decision making of the society they belong to. The spiritually poor are those who recognize and acknowledge their need and dependence on God. They do not confide solely in their own strength or any other human strength. Jesus calls them, “blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:8). Our main concern in this series is with the materially poor.The rich on the other hand are those who have material abundance. This again is relative in relation to a particular society and depending on whom one is comparing the rich to. It is the complete opposite of the poor. They have lot of money and property and can afford the comforts of life. Rich can be used in terms of interesting and variety. “The country has a rich history and culture”.A study of Church history reveals that there has been and still is a variety of Christian views on poverty and wealth ranging from seeing material poverty as the way of the true Christian life to regarding wealth as the reward of genuine faith, from seeing poverty as a mark of true spirituality to regarding wealth as an offense or obstacle to faith. We shall explore these a bit more in subsequent articles. Suffice it to say at this stage that poverty and wealth do affect real lives and how we regard them matters very much.Poverty is pervasive. What is responsible for its widespread? From a biblical perspective all the blame for poverty can be laid at the feet of sin. And sin, by the way, is any thought, word and deed that is contrary to God’s will. One form sin can take is laziness. Proverbs has a lot of warnings against laziness. Laziness is an indirect, slow but sure way of inviting poverty on oneself. “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:6-11). Other aspects of sin are greed, drunkenness, gluttony, extravagance, mismanagement or abuse of resources, and failure to make adequate use of available resources and opportunities.Some of these sinful ways are caused by bad governance and selfish policies and practices on both national and international levels. People are denied of their rights and opportunities to better themselves. Terrible injustices work against them from the crib to the grave. Both the individual themselves and society reduce them to appalling living conditions. Conversely, individuals and society must work in concerted efforts to reduce or eradicate extreme poverty. How? The next article will make some suggestions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15 Journalists Take Food, Nutrition Security Training

first_imgGeorge Fominyen, WFP’s Regional Communications Officer for West and Central Africa, facilitator of the food and nutrition training workshop for local journalists A two-day intensive workshop on food and nutrition security reporting for 15 journalists begins today in Monrovia, according to a press release from the World Food Program (WFP) yesterday.The training is being conducted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and brings together journalists from the print, electronic and web-based media outlets, the release said.According to the release, the journalists will be taken through steps in reporting and highlighting food and nutrition security activities and interventions, with an emphasis on resilience and livelihood creation, school meals management, nutrition interventions, and logistics’ operations within the framework of WFP’s Global Communications modules and approaches.WFP’s Regional Communications Officer for West and Central Africa George Fominyen will serve as a lead facilitator of the communications-driven exercise, the release said.The release further revealed that at the end of the training, participants are expected to establish a small corps of journalists’ grouping in the form of an association for the purpose of scaling up, improving and highlighting food security, nutrition, and agriculture-related activities in the media, while supporting each other’s professional enhancement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South B pip Huruma to maiden Koth Biro crown

first_imgComing into the tournament, South B were not considered serious title contenders, but after gaining the anchor of Harambee Stars players Anthony Akumu and Musa Mohammed ensured they did just enough to bag the crown for the first time ever.“When we started, we had very young players and everybody didn’t take us serious. But once the experienced players started coming in, we became a different outfit and we went all the way to win without a loss,” Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi, the South B coach told Capital Sport.“The likes of Teddy, Musa and Oboya are all South B products and coming in here to play with these young boys and inspiring them is great,” the tactician added.South B United’s Harun Shakava vies for the ball with GAA Huruma’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangi during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEven without sensational Paul Were who starred in their semi-final win, South B were still compact. Were returned to his base in Europe just after aiding them in the semis with a goal and and two assists in their 3-2 comeback win in the semis.In front of a fully packed Umeme Grounds, the action on the pitch didn’t disappoint either as both sides produced an entertaining finale, worth every penny of the two-month duration of the tournament.While South B had Mohammed, Oboya, Akumu, Harun Shakava and AFCLeopards’ Mike Kibwage within their ranks, Huruma had Sony Sugar custodian Kevin ‘Saha’ Omondi, his teammate Amos Asembeka, Posta’s Collins Omondi and Mathare United’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangi.South B had the early chances in the tie with Mugendi forcing off a good save off Huruma keeper Omondi in the fifth minute with a low shot from the left as early as the fifth minute. Nickson Omondi also had a similar effort blocked six minutes later.Shakava was tasked with taking South B’s set pieces and he twice caused some anxiety in the Huruma box, first his curling effort from the left heading straight to the keeper on the quarter hour mark while five minutes later, another effort was spilled and Anthony Ndung’u sent the rebound over.South B United’s Edward Mambo vies for the ball with GAA Huruma’s Eugene Chege during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHuruma, under the tutelage of former Sofapaka and AFC Leopards coach Ezekiel Akwana were slow starters but they ultimately got into the game half through the opening half.In the 26th minute, Eugene Chege had a glorious opportunity with a freekick from good goalscoring range, but he lifted the ball too high.A defensive miscommunication between Gor Mahia centre back pair Mohammed and Shakava almost gifted Huruma an unlikely opener as both went for an aerial ball, Patrick Macharia benefiting but his shot was saved.On the other end, Benjamin Mageson’s spectacular volley from inside the box after a cross from the right evaded the target by inches.In the second half, both teams upped the tempo, the noise at the Umeme Grounds reaching deafening crescendo as both sets of fans rallied their team.South B United’s Edward Mambo goes down under a challenge from GAA Huruma’s Newton Mugo during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHuruma were the better starters and their best chance came just six minutes in when substitute Tyson Otieno who turns out for Mathare United dribbled past three markers with some good skill but his shot was inches over.In the 58th minute, Huruma had another brilliant opportunity when Peter Njoroge with barelyhis first touch of the ball found shooting space inside the box but South B keeper Anthony Obonyo made a save.They paid for the miss two minutes later when Mugendi twisted and turned away from two markers before shooting low past a dazed Omondi in the Huruma goal.After going down, Akwana’s charges upped the pressure but South B’s experience at the back with Mohammed and Shakava as well as Akumu shielding infront ensured Korea’s side retained the lead to the end.South B keeper Anthony Obonyo was named keeper of the tournament having conceded only twice, his teammate Abraham Dawo scooped the top scorer’s gong with six goals Umeme’s Ramadhan Emeka was named young player of the tournament while FIFA Best’s Musa Masika, younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe was the tournament Most Valuable Player.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South B United players celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7- Former Sofapaka striker Patrick Mugendi scored the all important goal for South B United as the tournament underdogs beat ‘God Above All’ (GAA) Huruma 1-0 on Sunday to lift the annual Koth Biro post-season tournament title at the Umeme Ground in Ziwani.The dust and sun at the Iconic Umeme Grounds coupled with entertaining football from both teams provided a perfect script ending for the two month tournament that was celebrating its 40th anniversary, dedicated to former organizer Charles ‘Soldier’ Handas who passed on last year.last_img read more

Swaziland dim Harambee Stars in Machakos

first_imgNhleko’s low shot in the 79th minute unmarked inside the box was all the Swazis needed to pick the morale boosting win as they gear up for the COSAFA Cup.Migne in his first full match in charge handed first team debuts to several new players with AFC Leopards youngster Mike Kibwage starting at the heart of defense alongside Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango.Another debutant was Gor’s utility player Philemon Otieno who started on the right side of midfield with KF Tirana’s Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma returning to the national team fold starting at left back.Harambee Stars defender Jockins Atudo vies for the ball with Swaziland’s Wandile Maseko during their friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn an opening half of very few open scoring opportunities, it was the home side who had the best chance in the 33rd minute when Ovella Ochieng was picked out through on goal by Whyvonne Isuza.However, the Kariobangi Sharks forward’s attempt to curl the ball into the far left was futile as the Swazi keeper Sandanezwe Mathabela made a great one-handed save to thwart the effort.Swaziland’s Lindo Mkhonta almost turned the ball into his own net early in the 10th minute as he tried to cut off Isuza’s cross, but luckily his keeper was well placed to pick out the ball.On the opposite end, Felix Bendenhorst missed a sitter for Swaziland when Barry Steenkamp’s cross from the left found him unmarked inside the box, but he could not get a meaningful touch on the ball.In the 22nd minute Kibwage almost gifted Swaziland with a goal when under no much pressure lost the ball to Steenkamp, the Swazi winger racing into the box, but keeper Boniface Oluoch was fast enough off his line to narrow the angle.Harambee Stars forward Piston Mutamba vies for the ball with Swaziland goalkeeper Sandanezwe Mathabela during a friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars bossed possession, but nonetheless didn’t have much to brag for in the duration they had the ball.At the start of the second half Migne made a tactical switch, Kibwage coming off for Piston Mutamba. The change saw Atudo move into the heart of defense while Otieno switched to right back from where he has flourished for Gor.Mutamba went straight into the target man position while Ovella who was used in that position in the opening half was pulled out wide.Mutamba got straight into action and eight minutes after coming on, he showed his killer instinct with a low shot from the edge of the box which went inches wide.On the opposite end, a lapse in defense saw Steenkamp break through behind the defense and tried to chip the ball over Boniface Oluoch, but the keeper was alert and read the attempt early, managing to pick up.Migne made another change with Isuza coming off for Humphrey Mieno.Harambee Stars midfielder Duncan Otieno vies for the ball with Swaziland’s Xolani Sibandze during their friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaStars continued with their pressure and came inches close in the 6th minute when Ovella’s freekick from the edge of the area came off the crossbar with the keeper well beaten.Oluoch was called into action almost immediately with Tony Tsabedze shooting from range, Oluoch saving the effort though it took an awkward bounce a few centimeters off the target.Swaziland pressed more than they did in the first half and their pressure finally bore fruit 11 minutes from time when Nhleko picked the ball unmarked inside the box from a Steenkamp cross, shooting low past Oluoch.After going down, Migne made other changes with Bolton Omwenga coming on for Kahata, a change that saw Omwenga drop down to left back while Ouma moved upfield.Stars came close to the equalizer when Mutamba’s strong header came off the crossbar from an Omwenga cross. The home side pressed for the equalizer but Swaziland defended with grit, ensuring they left with victory.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars midfielder Philemon Otieno vies for the ball with a forest of Swaziland players during a friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, May 25- Wonder Nhleko stepped off the bench to score the only goal as Swaziland beat Kenya’s Harambee Stars 1-0 in a friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to see Frenchman Sebastien Migne start his tenure as head coach on a losing note.The home side will have only themselves to blame after controlling much of the possession, but couldn’t make it count for goals as they missed several chances including two in the second half that came off the crossbar.last_img read more

Friendship allegedly ended with body in trash

first_imgDeputy District Attorney Stephanie Sparagna populated her case with a cast of characters with such names as Mouse and Irish Mike, building to a chilling scene in which Steinberg’s girlfriend found a blue, city-issued trash can in her Van Nuys storage unit. Encased in bubble wrap, duct tape and plastic, the trash can gave off a foul odor. The girlfriend called the authorities, who cut it open to discover its grisly cargo – a decomposed Walsh. But before he wound up in the Erwin Street storage unit July 2, 2003, Walsh, 37, took up residence in a Chatsworth town house. When he decided to move out, he asked Steinberg to help with his cumbersome, $5,000 sectional couch Jan. 29, 2003. In the early afternoon, then-Deputy Alex Dixon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was on his way back from lunch to his town house several doors down. He heard a commotion and people yelling from Walsh’s garage, so he got out of his car and walked toward the open door. Before he arrived, Dixon tucked his 9 mm Beretta service weapon into the waistband of his warm-up pants, concealing it beneath his shirt. After a brief conversation with Walsh, Dixon testified Tuesday that he saw Steinberg standing in the garage, firing angry looks in his direction. Steinberg then ran out, gun in hand, and screamed. “He yelled, `Freeze!”‘ Dixon said. “And he started shooting at me.” Steinberg allegedly fired two or three shots as Dixon dove for cover, drawing his pistol and retreating to his own garage. “Why’d you shoot at a deputy?” Dixon recalled Walsh yelling. “Are you crazy?” Dixon called 911 and reported the incident, then went back to his garage, where he ran into Walsh again. “I don’t know that guy,” Walsh allegedly told the deputy. “He was robbing my house.” Steinberg – who witnesses said was friendly and carried a gun in a hollowed-out book – allegedly escaped, shirtless, flagging down some friends who smuggled him out of the police dragnet to his North Hollywood apartment. He was arrested soon thereafter on an unrelated federal charge, got out and settled back into his regular life of crime with his old friend Walsh. On June 23, 2003, the Los Angeles Police Department put out a warrant for Steinberg’s and Walsh’s arrest in the Dixon incident. On June 30, Walsh went missing. The same day, cops arrested Steinberg and discovered signs of violence in his apartment. When Walsh’s body turned up in the trash can several days later, police began to piece together a case they believe reveals that Steinberg killed his friend. They’d been involved in a fraud, identity-theft and drug-dealing enterprise known as “The Crew,” Sparagna said, and Walsh’s irregular behavior led his roommate to shoot him four times with a .22. The Crew, which also included Weaver and co-defendant-turned-witness Tony Shane Wilson, is suspected of running a credit-card scam out of the Studio City apartment where Steinberg allegedly killed Walsh on that same expensive, bulky couch. Later in the trial, which Sparagna said could drag on for months, Wilson will testify that Steinberg admitted to him that he shot Walsh. His testimony already came at a price, she said. After word got out in jail that he was going to testify, he was slashed with a razor blade and left with a wound requiring more than 100 stitches from his ear to his jaw. In his opening statement, Steven Hauser, who is representing Steinberg, sought to shift the blame to Wilson. He portrayed the informant as a desperate, two-strike felon known as “Shankster Gangster” trying to avoid a murder rap. “Mr. Wilson has a most colorful past,” Hauser said. “With swastikas tattooed on his earlobes, he will make a most colorful witness, here in this courtroom.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Somewhere between the time David Steinberg helped Chris Walsh move out of his apartment and the day Walsh ended up shot five times and stuffed in a trash can, their friendship went south. Or so went the dramatic tale that opened Steinberg’s murder trial Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court downtown. Once described by his former attorney as a kiddie gangster, the 39-year-old Granada Hills man is now balding in a rumpled gray suit, accused of executing Walsh, his former housemate, in 2003. The prosecution opened its case against Steinberg and co-defendant Jeffrey Weaver, 37, promising a story involving a member of the Nazi Lowriders prison gang and “people with dark hearts.” The defense shot back that the prosecution’s star witness, an informant known as “Shankster Gangster,” was lying to cover up his own guilt in Walsh’s slaying. last_img

JOE BROLLY IN ASTONISHING ATTACK ON DONEGAL

first_imgGAA PUNDIT Joe Brolly has launched an astonishing attack on Donegal – comparing the regime to a recent Russian space programme which saw cosmonauts locked away from all contact with the outside world for 500 days.And the Co Derry man has leapt to the defence of Kevin Cassidy after the All Star was dropped from the county panel this week for giving away internal information on the team to the author of a book.Said Brolly: “Kevin Cassidy is a fine young man. Warrior on the field, altar boy off it. He teaches severely disabled children at the ‘Little Angels’ school, is married and has twin baby daughters. It goes without saying that he is a terrific Donegal man, having spent the last decade fighting for the cause. “You can tell a man by the way he plays his football, which in Kevin’s case is all that needs to be said. Now, at 30 years of age, his freshly minted All-Star gleaming on his mantelpiece in Gweedore, he has been banished from the Donegal squad, becase of some details he gave to Declan Bogue about Donegal’s year.“The idea behind Declan’s book “This is our Year,” was to get the inside track on all nine Ulster counties from either a player or manager. The result is an honest and interesting book, which prompted Eugene McGee to reflect that he was: “Astonished at the frankness and sincerity of the players.”Brolly went on to discuss how an American footballer employed ‘trash talking’ as an on-field tactic and that the Donegal team had discussed it.And he insisted: “The point is that Kevin tells the author that they discussed trash talking as a group and it’s value in certain circumstances. You don’t say! “Gaelic football is a community game. Ten All-Ireland medals are not worth the loss of one good man. Jim and Rory have acted foolishly. They have spoiled the chemistry of the group.”The RTE pundit referred to the recent Russian space programme and how cosmonauts were locked away for more than a year from the outside world. This, he said, cannot be done in a community-based GAA game.JOE BROLLY IN ASTONISHING ATTACK ON DONEGAL was last modified: November 12th, 2011 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

SOCCER PLAYER WHO THREATENED GARDA ‘A REASONABLE YOUNG MAN’ – COURT TOLD

first_imgA YOUNG soccer player who went on a St Patrick’s Day drinking spree after a match tried to start a fight with a bouncer before telling a Garda to f*** off, a court has heard.Michael Doherty, from Glencar Irish in Letterkenny was apprehended outside the club on the Ramelton Road in the town in the early hours of March 17 this year.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that 22-year-old Doherty was drunk in a public place and used threatening and abusive behaviour. At one point Doherty had tried to grab a member of the door staff and when Garda Joe Kealy tried to calm him, Doherty had told him to ‘f*** off.’Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had played a football match earlier and had gone out for a drink afterwards.“The party extended into the small hours. There was a tussle at the door with bar staff in what was an unwinnable argument for this young man,” Mr Dorrian told Judge Paul Kelly.“He is a very keen and able young sports man and alcohol does not form part of his life. He is otherwise a very reasonable young man.”Mr Dorrian added: “He is very contrite about what happened and he assures me there will be no repeat performance.”Doherty, a student, was ordered to make a €100 donation to the Donegal Youth Service.SOCCER PLAYER WHO THREATENED GARDA ‘A REASONABLE YOUNG MAN’ – COURT TOLD was last modified: May 20th, 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:Glencar IrishletterkennyMichael DohertySt Patrick’s Daythreatening behaviourlast_img read more

DD Motoring: Welcome to the brand new Ford Fiesta!

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that the Ford Fiesta is on its 8th generation. But back in the 70’s it was the new kid on the block as the smallest when it was introduced as the smallest car on the new Ford range, smaller than the Ford Escort, Cortina and Granada it was also Fords first move to front wheel drive back in the day.Today the latest generation Fiesta is the longest established brand name in the Ford range and it is still pushing out the boundaries.Familiar Ford Face. Advertisement Over the last few years I have watched the knew face (headlights and grill) develop on the Ford range, First to run with it was the Ford Mondeo. When it arrived out first I thought it looked more like the front of one of the new Ferrari. But now as this new Ford Fiesta comes on stream. I am thinking that the new face of the Ford has similarities to an old Ford of yesteryear.This new Fiesta that we had a short run in this week especially this model with the mesh type grill looks a bot like a version of the old Ford Anglia,Big petrol drive.The new Fiesta have a big range of petrol engines at different power ranges but all under 1,000ccThis is the new way forward in motoring as the cars makers start slowly from diesel power. For Fiesta owners from the past this is not as big a change over as in other makes as they was always a good percentage of petrol version sold along with the diesel version over the years. The car we drove was a 75bhp one litre(or just under 1,000 cc) At the start it was hard to tell it was diesel or petrol as both engines are so quiet now-a-days. but when you push the car on you can hear the latest of three cylinder turbo boost petrol engines.In 2018 I hope to have a longer test drive in this new Fiesta and drive it for a longer time to see how easy it is on petrol compared to a diesel power car of the same size. First impressions are good though on this mini road trip, but being used to driving diesel car over the years it the torque that I miss on a petrol car compared to a diesel. This is more down to my driving style than anything else. Advertisement The car I drove was near enough the base model but had all the extras you would expect for the coming year of 2018, One big one for me was the amount of power outlets around the dash which is a must for the demands of the present world of phones and games and tablets.All in all the car felt great on the road and probably has more room inside it for the driver than the Ford Cortina had inside it when it was in vogue in the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s. This latest generation of the Ford Fiesta offer a lot in style and road presence. and even after this short drive in the car I would have no bother recommending the car. I look forward to doing a more in-depth test of this new generation car in the new year.The affluent Ballymacool!Having proud connections in the area I know a lot of people, past and present who would be tickled pink by the results of the most recent census, which singles out Ballymacool as more affluent than average! Mind you there was a time when that status could have been more than well deserved.Back in 1901 on the night the census form was filled out, Mary Rosalie Boyd at just 20 years of age was recorded as head of her family in Ballymacool House. Award winning writer and poet, Mary Rosalie Boyd born in Ballymacool House 1880 who enjoyed a cuppa and a chat at the Doherty gatehouse in Ballymacool.There were 40 rooms in her house which housed 11 people including her brother and sister, Helen, 18, Agnes 11, Haidee 9 and Charles 8. Also living there was their governess, Hedvig, Holmgrist from Lithuania, Hannah Saunders was their cook, Mary Ellen Crone was the Parlour Maid, Sarah McCormack and Mary Keogh were both housemaids and domestic servants.Class or Glass!Ballymacool House was considered a first-class house in the 1901 census as it had 14 windows in the front of it. The only other house in the townland of Ballymacool to be classed as a first class house was that of Richard Collins with eight front facing windows. Ballymacool House also had 32 out-offices and sheds recorded that year.Second classIn the Outer Gatehouse of Ballymacool House in 1901, described on the map as “The Lodge” it had 4 windows in the front of it, naturally enough! Not for the benefit of letting in God’s light but to make sure that tenants would see the people of the big house arriving and leaving up and down the avenue and get the gates opened.The Gatehouse in Ballymacool, home to the Doherty family in 1911. Photo Brian McDaidBecause of the glass in the gatehouse, the house was classed as a second class house even though it only had two bedrooms. In that house in 1901 lived a family of nine. The head of that family was John Doherty and his wife Bridget, sons and daughters, Hugh, Ellen, Bridget, Cassie, Annie, Bella, and Maggie. John Doherty’s profession was described as a garden laborer. His older children were described as scholars down as far as Bridget and Cassie, 7 and 4, who came under the heading “can read only”! The 7-year-old Bridget Doherty in 1901 was my grandmother.Packed to the raftersThen years later, when the 1911 census was taken in the townland of Ballymacool there was 11 living in the outer gatehouse in Ballymacool.There was only three of the Boyd family living in the Ballymacool, William Henry Boyd, head of house, his wife Charlotte and their daughter Elizabeth, they had four house staff, Cook, Mary Mc Elhinney, Sara Jane Garrow, Parlour Maid, Elizabeth Mc Givern, Housemaid and Annis Elizabeth Gailey between maid/ servant.The census form fill out by the the Doherty’s from gatehouse in 1911, where 11 of them lived in a two-bed room house. Photo Brian McDaidMeanwhile down the avenue the Gatehouse or Lodge where they Doherty family had two new additions to the family Rose and James now 10 and 8 which brought the total number of Dohertys living in the gatehouse to 11, with the oldest son, Hugh (24) down through the seven daughters, Ellen 21, Bridget 17, Cassie 14, Annie 12, Bella 11, Maggie 10, Rose 8, and James 4.High TeaIf Mrs. Doherty hadn’t enough bother at the gatehouse trying to make room for her own family, she also had to make room for special visitors on occasion!The year of the 1911 census Mary Rosalie, daughter of William Henry Boyd, was on the way to South Africa now an MA graduate of London University, now called Mary Rosalie Treharne Boyd and settled in Port Elizabeth.She won three “Bardic Chairs” for her poetry, South Africa’s highest literary award. The poems for which these awards were given were “The Veldt” (1921), “Drought” (1930) and “Table Mountain” (1931).On her visits home to Ireland she always tried to include a trip up to Donegal. And when she was there she retraced her footsteps as a child growing up in Ballymacool.I only know this thanks to the late May McClintock who discovered a passage from her book or memoir from Mary Rosalie Boyd. She wrote about having afternoon tea in Ballymacool down at the far away gatehouse with Mrs. Bridget Doherty enjoying a long chat with her about her family.On her very last visit to Mrs Doherty’s home Mary Rosalie recalled that Mrs Doherty had been ill and was confined to bed but insisted on getting up for her visit. Mrs. Doherty’s daughter. Maggie was the only one of the children still living in the house with her along with her husband John.New BeginningsIn 1916 Bridget and John Doherty’s second oldest girl, also Bridget (my Granny) got married to Willie Coyle and got a house in Ballymacool Terrace, first in No 1 but they were to move further up the row to number 19. One possible reason for this may have been at the request of Charlotte Boyd from Ballymacool House.Charlotte Boyd was a big activist through World War 1 in rehousing Belgian refugees in Letterkenny some of the war-stricken families were moved into Ballymacool Terrace for the duration of World War 1.Bridget Coyle (Nee Doherty) and some of her sister , Annie and Ellen , (possibly) from the gatehouse in Ballymacool pictured at her shop which now belongs to Kernans at the foot of the town.Bridget and Willie Coyle rared a family of 10 children at No 19 Ballymacool Terrace including Charlie, Bida, Willie, Roselene, Johnny, Mary Ellen, Neilus, Catherine, Hugo and Margaret. Her daughter Bida (Deeney) often recalled regular trips out to visit Granny Doherty at the outer gatehouse and also getting invited by the Boyds up to the big house in Ballymacool around Christmas time.WindFallIn the latest census Ballymacool has come out in a classification of being affluent on paper anyway but it wasn’t always the case. In years gone by when times were tough the children in nearby Ballymacool Terrace went out following a big storm with prams and gathered the fallen timber from the big trees up the avenue of Ballymacool House.Mary Ellen Coyle, granddaughter of John and Bridget Doherty from the outer gate house, pictured with her two nephews Seamus and Billy Gill, (Now in Australia) sitting on the lawn outside Ballymacool House in the 1950’sThat was their fuel for the winter along with “shows” the waste wood from the nearby mill.Today both the gatehouse and Ballymacool House are still there but sadly no one lives in them anymore only the memories of a forgotten past.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Welcome to the brand new Ford Fiesta! was last modified: November 16th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:ballymacoolbrian mc eniffhistoryletterkennymotoringlast_img read more

WWE legend Chyna dies aged 46, officials suspect drug overdose

first_imgWWE wrestler Joanie Laurer, who went by the name of Chyna, has died aged 46 and investigating officials suspect a possible overdose.According to media reports, Chyna was in her apartment in Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles. TMZ Sports reported that the police were called around 7.30 PM local time. Chyna had not moved out of her apartment for a few days and a friend who went to check on her found her unconscious in bed. Following the discovery, a call was made to the police helpline.R.I.P. CHYNA (1970-2016) https://t.co/jqIztRIMMg via @ChynaJoanLaurer #RIPChyna #TeamChyna #Chyna pic.twitter.com/Eyb9ZNMFiR Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016 However, the police have so far ruled out any foul play.A statement on Chyna’s Twitter handle read “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero.”Chyna was a legend in WWE. She had teamed up with Triple H and became an original member of D-Generation X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble.However, her WWE days were behind her soon and she even featured for Playboy and TV reality show “The Surreal Life.” She even got into pornography, releasing as many as six pornographic movies from 2004 to 2013.#RipChyna ?????? all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.Felix pic.twitter.com/jOfbHUAI2j Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016last_img read more

Germany keeps falling in FIFA rankings led by Belgium

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