Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon laid to rest as mourners hear how content he was in family and life

first_img‘THERE was just something about Diddler’.The words of Barry Dillon, as he read a eulogy at the Funeral Mass of his brother Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon this afternoon rang true for the huge crowd of mourners.The skies darkened over Newtowncunningham, with the sun peeking its rays through, as hundreds turned out to say a final farewell to the east Donegal village’s best-known son. The 45-year-old father-of-three from Ballybegley passed away on Thursday evening after a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease.He had fought the debilitating illness with such courage and had bore his soul during an interview in the summer when he told of how he was learning ‘to do things differently.”He was the athlete, the butcher, the GAA coach, the anything and everything to those who knew him.“Many said that he was one in a million however we feel that there was no one quite like Diddler,” Barry said. “He got on with everybody no matter what their age.  He was the life and soul of any social gathering.“If Love could have save Paul, he would have lived for ever.”Staff from Kernan’s Eurospar, where Paul worked, formed a guard of honour, while members of Lifford-Strabane, Inishowen, Letterkenny and Foyle Valley athletic clubs did likewise on the approach to the Church. Paul’s remains were carried through a guard of honour formed by Naomh Colmcille GAA club on the way into the Church.Paul “Didler” Dillon. (North West Newspix)A butcher in Kernan’s, Paul was the bubbly figure whose infectious smile and sometimes mischievous persona made him a popular figure with the scores of customers and the staff with whom he shared a bond that went far beyond the counter.Predeceased last October by his mother, Deirdre, a little under a year ago, Paul is survived by wife Emma, his daughters Lilly-Ella, Heidi and Daisy, his father Tommy, his brothers Gerard, Barry and Raymond, his sisters Caroline and Ciara. Barry remembered in the eulogy: “Diddler was so content with his family and loved his life. He didn’t want for anything else, in his eyes he had it all.”Hundreds – 1,200 in fact – had lined the same streets of the village just over seven months ago.The ‘Dash for Diddler’ drew unprecedented crowds in February to raise funds ad part of a fundraising drive undertaken by a local committee spearheaded by Councillor Paul Canning.Back then, the beads of sweat dripped down the reddened cheeks after the run through the quick course. Paul Dillon after completing a Waterside Half Marathon.Today, many of the same people wiped their cheeks again, this time clearing the tears that trickled at the thought of a much-loved man taken much too soon and much too young.Paul was an athlete with Lifford-Strabane AC who ran all distances from 5k locally to marathons.His last race was the North-West 10k in May, 2018.Earlier today, he was remembered by participants at the Donegal East Half Marathon with Lifford-Strabane AC members running the course a little earlier than the scheduled time in order to be on time to pay their respects.Just four weeks ago today, a team of 15 of his friends and family took turns to push Paul, who had used a wheelchair in recent months, around the 13.1-mile course of the Waterside Half Marathon – a venture that helped raise in excess of €8,000.Paul Dillon was a familiar face at the front of the field at athletics events across the North West.Today, some of them carried their brother, friend and colleague to his final place of rest as You’ll Never Walk Alone – the anthem of his beloved Liverpool – rang out.The Church of All Saints was packed to overflowing and the throngs of people who gathered outside was an illustration of the impact, imprint and legacy Paul Dillon has left behind him.Truly, there was ‘just something about Diddler’.Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon laid to rest as mourners hear how content he was in family and life was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:diddlerFr Ciaran HarkinMNDMotor Neurone DiseaseNewtowncunninghampaul ‘diddler’ dillonPaul Dillonlast_img read more

Sweet success of Xhosa honey drink

first_imgTamara O’ReillyMead may not make the list of popular alcoholic drinks among locals, but Americans seem to have acquired a liking for the South African variety of this age-old bittersweet drink.The Makana Meadery, housed in the picturesque town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, has been exporting the drink called iQhilika, which is made by the alcoholic fermentation of honey, to the United States, which takes three containers-full annually.While this may not seem a terribly impressive figure, consider that bees produce honey at a slow rate and the quality and quantity they produce determines how much mead can be made and subsequently exported.As honey is crucial in the making of mead, in addition to keeping their own bees, the sweet golden liquid is sourced from around 300 beekeepers in the Eastern and Southern Cape to meet the demand. It is then mixed with water and fermented – using equipment invented by one of the founders, Garth Cambray, as part of a project during his studies in biotechnology – then filtered, flavoured and bottled.ConsumersThe drink arrives in Connecticut before it finds it way to tables in 37 states in the US.Who’s buying it? Cambray said among consumers are 30-somethings, the children of winemakers and connoisseurs.“America is our biggest market and although we have a limited local market because of factors like distribution and shelf life, there are a few stores locally that stock our mead,” said Cambray.“But we ensure that we continue to make African-style meads with a global approach, using advanced recipes and filtering, and packaging that is both attractive and pleasant to consumers.”The idea for the meadery began in 1997 when Cambray as a student was assisting Dr Winston Leukes in his bee laboratory to earn money to replace a stolen bicycle.He soon developed a passion for bees equivalent to that of his mentor. They began investigating the iQhilika brewing process with a view towards developing a commercial production system. Today the company not only handles the process from start to finish, but has adopted environmentally friendly ways in which to do so.“We believe in the triple bottom line approach, which is people, the environment and profit. These are intertwining factors and we take it very seriously. Beekeeping is one of the only activities that pumps money into communities without destroying the environment,” says Cambray.The company has its own sawmill, which processes invasive wood that is cut into planks. The wood is used to make beehives, which he supplies to the beekeepers that supply him with honey. Biodiesel, also manufactured on the premises using ostrich fat and old cooking oil, is used to operate some vehicles and machinery.According to the Makhana Meadery website, there are many other types of mead unique to every nation in Africa. Most African mead is sold for immediate consumption and sophisticated marketing and packaging channels are not well developed. European mead is produced in small quantities and is marketed as a curiosity because of the scarcity of honey and even if a bottle of mead is present, it is more often talked about than consumed.Useful linksMakana Meadery Beeslast_img read more

Firefox 4 Gets WebM

first_imgWebM, the open video standard introduced at Google’s recent I/O developer conference, is now coming to Firefox 4. According Mozilla’s Robert O’Callahan, the key sticking point was making sure that the new WebM codec licensing was compatible with GPL – an open-source licensing type that allows users to copy, modify and redistribute software free of charge as long as modifications made are shared with the community. That issue has now been addressed, allowing Mozilla to support the codec in its Firefox Web browser. What’s WebM?The WebM video format is based on the VP8 video codec, something Google acquired last year from On2 Technologies, a New York-based video compression developer, for $106.5 million. At that time, Google announced it intended to use the codec technology it now owned to “make the overall Web experience better for users.” Since the acquisition, Google has open-sourced the codec, fixed the licensing issues (as noted above) and added WebM support into its own Web browser, Google Chrome, the latter taking place just last week. WebM is an alternative to the H.264 codec, which is currently used by Apple to display video on the iPad and iPhone and is supported within Adobe’s Flash player, among other things. Although H.264 is available royalty-free right now, it’s owned by the MPEG LA consortium, a group that has announced the codec will only remain royalty-free until Dec. 31, 2015. After this license term is up, it’s suspected that there will be charges for its use going forward. Where to Find ItOne of the first sites to implement WebM, was, of course, Google’s own video property, YouTube. To utilize the new codec, which is still in testing, one can enable the “HTML5 experiment” following instructions from the WebM’s project page. In addition to Google Chrome and now Firefox, Microsoft too has announced support for WebM in its upcoming Web browser, IE9, after an end user installs the necessary codec (VP8). Apple has so far made no comment on whether or not its Safari browser will do the same. As for Mozilla, WebM is now available in the Firefox nightly builds, the experimental builds that will, in time, lead up to the public release of Firefox 4, expected to arrive in beta form later this month. Updated June 10th, to clarify Firefox 4 launch this month is beta, not the public release. Related Posts sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#Google#news#NYT#Video Services#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Only 10 teams to play World Cup 2015: ICC

first_imgInternational Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Monday announced that the body’s executive board has reaffirmed an earlier decision to cut down the number of teams in the 2015 World Cup, to be cohosted by Australia and New Zealand, making it a 10-team affair.There had been some reports that the board could revise the number of participants to 12, but according to Lorgat, the format of the next edition could be similar to 1992, which was fought among nine teams in a roundrobin-cum-knock-out (semi-final onwards) format.” The executive board will take a final decision on the format when it meets in October, but it has reconfirmed that it will be a 10- team competition, a reduction from the current 14 teams,” he said. ” The 1992 tournament was a nine-team tournament and we may replicate that.” In another decision, the board has decided that after the 2019 World Cup, there would be promotions and relegations introduced in the proposed ODI league and the ICC World Twenty20 would be fought by 16 teams to allow six associate or affiliate members the chance to take part in a global ICC event every two years.Looking back at the event, Lorgat said the ICC will review the ticketing procedures which had created a lot of criticism in the just- concluded edition. Tickets were reportedly sold at a premium in the black market on a number of occasions and Lorgat said these things are to be condemned. ” We do not condone such behaviour.We will conduct proper investigation and if any action needed to be taken it will be done,” he said. Lorgat said the fact that Sachin Tendulkar ended up with a World Cup medal was among the highlights of the tournament.advertisement”It was sentimental that Sachin Tendulkar walked away with the winners’ medal – that will stay in my mind. I will credit the players for the brilliant cricket they played,” he said.He defended the tax- exemption waiver the ICC has received from the Indian government, saying this was part of the host nation agreement that the world governing body always insisted on before awarding any of its events.”For every one of our events, we seek exemption from tax. The hosts need to give a guarantee. We got it from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and got it from India last week,” he said.last_img read more

9 months agoTottenham captain Lloris warns PSG: Man Utd are back stronger

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham captain Lloris warns PSG: Man Utd are back strongerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says defeat to Manchester United is a warning to PSG.PSG and United meet next month in the Champions League round of 16.Lloris told RMC: “Manchester is still a very big institution, one of the biggest clubs in the world. “They are always present in major events. Afterwards, inevitably in a season, there are ups and downs. They have known strengths and they will come back even stronger. They have shown it for a few games but Paris is a very very good team with very great players. It will be a very nice open tie.” last_img read more

Las Vegas SuperBook Updates College Football National Championship Odds

first_imgNational Title Odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Super BookNational Title OddsMichigan now has the second-best odds to win college football’s national championship, according to a Las Vegas sportsbook. Westgate Las Vegas Superbook had updated its national title odds for the 2016 season. Alabama, at 5 to 1, remains the favorite to win it all. The Crimson Tide won the national championship a season ago and bring back a decent amount of their contributors along with an elite recruiting class. The Wolverines, though, have seen their odds recently jump. Michigan now has 7 to 1 odds to win it all, with Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State trailing Jim Harbaugh’s program with 8 to 1 odds. Here’s the full list. @chengelis Updated College Championship Odds ONLY have Alabama ahead of the Wolverines to win it all now… pic.twitter.com/95VTsCoxvA— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) July 10, 2016Who’s your pick to win it all this season? The 2016 campaign kicks off in less than two months, with the first college football Saturday set for Sept. 3. We can’t wait.last_img read more

Does A Team Need A Championship To Be The Best Of All

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 21, 2016), we talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and wonder how much championships matter when we talk about history’s greatest players and teams. Then, we welcome ESPN FC’s Mike Goodman to chat about the USMNT’s run to the semifinal of the Copa America. Finally, Mike stays around to break down the opening games of the 2016 Euros, and we ask him what’s going on with Cristiano Ronaldo. Plus, a significant digit on the matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris wonders if the Steph Curry revolution is over already.Ben Morris’s original piece on why Steph Curry is revolutionizing basketball.Reuben Fischer-Baum writes the Warriors aren’t even the second-best team ever.Neil Paine says LeBron led the Cavs on one of the greatest playoff runs in NBA history.ESPN Stats & Information Group breaks down how LeBron carried the Cavs to the title.LeBron is so great, says Bryan Armen Graham in The Guardian, he should now be considered the greatest of all time.Mike Goodman asks whether the USMNT has finally turned the corner under Jurgen Klinsmann.The Guardian wonders why casual fans have stayed away from this year’s Copa America.Over at the Euros, The Upshot breaks down how teams can qualify for the next round.And, Sam Borden looks at what the new tournament structure has meant for fans from smaller countries.Borden also delves into Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustrations after Portugal’s tie with Austria.You can find Mike Goodman’s new soccer podcast, The Double Pivot, here.Significant Digit: 23. That’s the combined number of games the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx had played in this season’s WNBA without losing. The Sparks lost 72-69 to the Lynx on Tuesday evening. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

How The Spurs Turned It Around

According to our projections, the San Antonio Spurs currently have an 87 percent chance to make their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance. But only two months ago, our projections gave them just a 4 percent chance of making the postseason while they were struggling with new players and a bad defense. In the video above, Chris Herring walks through what’s changed for San Antonio and where things stand for the franchise as we march toward the playoffs.

Football Ohio State names 2017 team captains

OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorNine Ohio State football players, including redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the first three-time captain in program history, were named team captains Monday evening.The players, which include five defensive players and four players on offense, were voted captains by their teammates.Redshirt senior center Billy Price and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis join Barrett as multi-year captains. Only 10 players in Ohio State football history have been named team captain more than once.Three underclassmen — redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard and redshirt junior receivers Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell — and three other upperclassmen — senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes, redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle and redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley — were also named team captains. read more

Benitez hoping for Liverpool Real Madrid final

first_imgRafael Benitez has revealed that he is hoping that both Liverpool and Real Madrid make it to the final of the Champions LeagueThe Spaniard, who has managed both clubs during his successful managerial career, is hopeful that they can make it to the final in Kiev on 26 May with Real facing a tricky encounter against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, while Liverpool will have to contend with comeback heroes AS Roma for the semi-finals of the Champions League.“In the semifinals all teams have options,” Benitez told Marca.“A Liverpool-Real Madrid final can be played and I think it will be very entertaining.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The Newcastle manager, who recently celebrated his 58th birthday, insisted that he is remaining “calm” on his future with the Premier League side and that plans have already commenced to begin building a stronger squad for the future.“I have one more year on my contract and I am calm,” revealed Benitez.“The board is trying to sit down and talk about the future to create a stronger team.”last_img read more