Journalists

Friday 24 November 2017

'Ballymastocker Bay is beyond beautiful'

Weekender... Donegal 

You will never forget the first time you head north out of Rathmullan. Lough Swilly is on your right; Knockalla mountain on your left. As you wind along, gently twisting and climbing, there comes that moment, after you round one particular bend, when the beach appears below, and you can scarcely believe your eyes. The sight is so extraordinary, there's a place to pull in. You cannot believe this is Ireland. Then, every time you make this journey, you are filled with anticipation, waiting for that moment when you first see the golden sands.

“It’s a potential catastrophe for public health because the inability to perform fundamental movement skills leads to an aversion to sports and exercise later in life,” said Dr Johann Issartel (Stock image)

Educating children to move well will have lasting benefits for all 

Here's a statistic that should shock you: nine out of every 10 Irish teenagers lack the basic movement skills needed for sport and exercise. We are not talking here about advanced skills like soloing a football or dribbling or balancing a sliotar. We are talking about skills such as running, hopping, weaving, kicking a ball, or catching it. We are talking about skills which most children should have mastered by the age of six.

John Horan, almost in tears, after he was elected with 144 votes as Uachtarán-Tofa during the 2017 GAA Annual Congress. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

John Greene: Horan given clear mandate to shake things up 

The race to be the next president of the GAA was thought to be a highly competitive one. In the end it was anything but as Dubliner John Horan obliterated the field at Congress on Friday night, securing just over half of the 278 votes. Fancied by many to succeed, there was still considerable surprise at the facile manner of Horan's victory. The school principal was elected on the first count, certainly an unusual outcome in a five-man contest.