“Hazard knows he will succeed in Madrid”

first_imgIn that sense, he recalled that, despite being a seeded in the tournament, he must play against Russia in Moscow and against Denmark in Copenhagen. “In a Euro so different Belgium to reach the final should play against four teams at home. But this format is worth it. Playing in twelve countries will be fantastic, “said Martinez, who sees” at a very similar level “to France, Croatia, Belgium, England, Portugal, Italy, Holland or Spain.The Belgian coach would like to be able to play in San Mamés the round of 16 of the Euro, something that would happen if he is champion of his group, especially for his goalkeeper coach, the Biscayan of Ondarroa Iñaki Bergara. “Playing in Bilbao would be worth it only for Iñaki. He is a great defender of the Basque Country and playing at home would be very nice,” he said. Belgium coach Roberto Martínez believes that Eden Hazard is already “adapted to what is” Real Madrid, as the white team is also “what the Belgian striker can give.” “There has been an evolution. In the beginning it was more that the players adapted to what Eden could take. The match with the PSG was key. There was a change of style and Hazard had a very important role,” Martinez said in his participation at the Bilbao Football Summit (BIFS’20) through a videoconference.The Catalan coach said about the arrival of the great star of his team at Real Madrid that playing in the white team “was his dream since childhood” and “marked the steps very well.” “He left through the big door of Chelsea, winning a title, and when he arrives in Madrid he wants to succeed and knows that he will succeed. The injuries are always setbacks, but Madrid is already adapted to what Eden can give and Eden to what Madrid is, “he said.On the other hand, he advanced that the goal of Belgium in the next Eurocup is to “try to be better” than in the last World Cup in Russia, which finished third with the “gold generation” of Belgian football. “You have to learn from the experience of the World Cup. Levels and ways of working were imposed and the team responded very well to external pressure. The Euro is going to go to the unknown. There has never been a tournament in so many countries and we have to prepare for the unknown, “he said.last_img read more

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NEC Dismisses ‘December 16’ as D-Day, As Political Activist Warn Against Constitution Implications

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has categorically dismissed reports that Tuesday December 16, 2014 is the newly set date for the Special Senatorial Elections.Speaking to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, shortly after a meeting with the House Committee on Elections and Inaugurations, Cllr. Korkoya says consultations were still ongoing to derive a new date for the conduct of the special senatorial elections.The National Legislature passed a Joint Resolution suspending the Special Senatorial Elections which was originally slated for October 14, 2014 by constitutional mandate. As the country grapples with an Ebola outbreak which, health officials said, poses the biggest public health challenge since the Aids epidemic of the 1980s, the Legislature instructed the Electoral body, NEC, to “consult with stakeholders and set a new date for election not later than the 20th of December.”Representative Gabriel Smith, House Elections and Inaugurations Committee chairman, said his committee was basically conducting oversight to ensure NEC operates within its mandate.The NEC boss’s comment came in light of suggestions made in a meeting last weekend with political parties, independent candidates, youths and student groups, that the Elections be held on December 16, in keeping with electoral guidelines and processes leading to voting day, announcement of results and room for protest as provided for under international standards.It is recalled that the NEC boss, in his letter to the National Legislature dated August 12, 2014 recommended that the National Legislature take necessary legal actions to the effect that the election, as scheduled, be temporarily suspended for a period up to the second Tuesday of December 2014, “hoping that the outbreak would have subsided by then,” the NEC boss wrote.A well-placed source at NEC, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the Commission’s critical assessment of the current situation relating to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) would not allow the NEC to conduct a free, fair and credible Special Elections until the country is about 90% free of the virus.The source argued that when that happens, the Commission  be able to recruit and also undertake the training of more than 25,000 temporary polling staff for subsequent deployment in the 4,701 polling centers across the country; 365 civil/voter educators for deployment throughout the 73 electoral districts in the country, as well as 400 electoral supervisors.“Then we believe that there will be a high turn out because there would be no fear and confusion to undermine the credibility of the outcome of the elections, and there will also be our international partners who will come to participate in the process by observing and validating the elections,” the NEC staffer argued.However, political activists are urging lawmakers and the NEC to be very careful that extended postponement of the 2014 Senatorial Elections to a date which makes it impractical for senators-elect to take their sets within the timeframe prescribed by law, may present some unintended consequences of complex constitutional implications.“There should be more time for the special election to be held, results declared, elections protest; and the senators-elect seated in January 2015, as required by Law,” political activist Richard Nagbe of New Georgia Gulf said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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To Protect Our Children from Disease and Death, Restore the Beach, Waterways Project

first_imgThere are distinctly five parts of the Liberian government to which we are appealing to ensure that the Beach and Waterways Project, cancelled on Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance, be restored—and there are five reasons why.The five parts of the government are first, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the prime part of GOL which is chiefly responsible to keep the nation healthy. Everyone in that Ministry, from the Minister and the Chief Medical Officer on down, knows that clean neighborhoods, workplaces and the entire environment are the very basis of a healthy nation. Remember, one of the important reasons we were able to drive Ebola away was because the people listened to the Health Ministry and washed their hands, cleaned their yards and neighborhoods and followed all the other preventive measures. So we strongly feel that the MOH must do everything in its power to work with the rest of the government to ensure that these beach and waterways workers return to work. Can some of the Ebola money left go toward accomplishing this objective?Second, the Liberia Maritime Authority, which first envisioned the project, in order to help President Sirleaf achieve her goal to make Liberia a “maritime nation.” Commissioner Binyah Kesselly did well to initiate the project by making available some of the Maritime money to do so. We do not know how the Finance Ministry got to do the payments. Perhaps the time has come for Maritime to handle its own money and contribute to the government’s budget as it is able.Thirdly, we appeal to Finance Minister Amara Konneh to change his mind about this project. He should restore the project and work with Maritime and the Ministry of Health in finding the money to keep the beach and waterways workers engaged. At this stage in our history when we have just, by the grace of God, rid ourselves of a deadly virus we cannot afford to be penny wise and pound foolish. We know for sure the consequences of giving our people the greenlight to defecate on the beaches. You are asking for a plethora of deadly diseases that will affect not only children in these slum communities but everybody else. These diseases include malaria, which is already killing many of our children weekly, cholera, diarrhea, dengue fever, ringworm and typhoid. If we do not know how common and real these diseases are, ask any clinic around Monrovia about the statistics. So what Finance thinks it will save on stopping the beach and waterways cleaning project, government will spend a thousand times more on PREVENTABLE illnesses afflicting our children and people. For example, do the math on the Ebola response cost. More besides, what about the children who could die from these diseases–there go your people who could have become your teachers, healthcare workers, engineers, technicians and even your presidents—yes, we are talking of risking the diminishing of our HUMAN CAPITAL!Fourth, we appeal to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to get involved, for after all it is responsible for providing our water, which is a key factor in maintaining our toilets and washing facilities, which are fundamental to the nation’s health and sanitation.Finally, we appeal to our leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is chiefly responsible to ensure the delivery and protection of life, liberty and happiness in our country. She is also the Chief Executive, whose word is gold. She has declared that she wants to make Liberia a “maritime nation,” and keeping our beaches clean, healthy and attractive is one of the first steps in the attainment of that objective.Beyond the objective of a maritime nation, the President has also spoken of helping make Liberia a tourist nation. The first place to begin is with health and sanitation, especially through the neighborhoods and on the beaches. No tourist will spend his or her money to visit a dirty country or feces-polluted beaches and get sick. In other countries, including little Gambia, thousands of tourists flock there throughout the year to bask in the sun on their beautiful and sprawling beaches.Let us begin by encouraging our own people to start visiting our beaches—all of them—not just the beaches in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, to which hundreds of expatriates flock every weekend to relax and enjoy themselves. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cop caught with over 50lbs ganja in car under “close arrest” at Eve Leary

first_img– accomplice said to be a “known drug dealer” from BerbiceThe Police Corporal who was busted on Monday afternoon with over 50 pounds of marijuana in the car he was driving in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, is presently under “close arrest” at the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), Eve Leary, while his accomplice is in the lock-ups at a Police station in the city.According to a senior Police source, based on a tip-off, ranks of the Criminal Investigations Unit (CID), Eve Leary swooped down on the vehicle that the allegedly rogue cop and his friend had been in.During a search of the vehicle, several packets wrapped in black plastic had been found stashed in the trunk of the motorcar, and upon further investigation in the presence of the duo, it was revealed that cannabis (marijuana) was neatly wrapped in each bag.The cop, along with his friend, who is said to hail from the Rose Hall village, Berbice (Region Six), were immediately arrested and transported to the CID where they were further interrogated about the illegal substance.Meanwhile, according to another Police source attached to a Police station in Region Six, the man who has been arrested along with the cop is a known “drug dealer”.Reports are that on Monday around 15:00h in the vicinity of Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, the Corporal, who is attached to a Police station in Berbice, was in his motorcar with the other man when several cops swooped down on his vehicle.It is believed the men travelled to Georgetown with the illegal substance with the aim of distributing/ selling to customers here. Berbice has been identified as one of the two leading areas in Guyana where marijuana is cultivated on a large scale and then sold to various locations throughout the country.last_img read more

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Joint Review Panel releases recommendations for Site C

first_imgThe third dam on the Peace River currently has an estimated price tag of about 8 billion dollars, and has for decades been the subject of a sharply defined debate.This announcement doesn’t mean the dam will be built.  Both the Federal and Provincial Governments now have 120 days to announce if they will build the dam.Hydro insists it will be the source of clean, cost effective electricity, which will annually power the equivalent of 450,000 B.C. homes.- Advertisement -The full report is attached below.We’ll have more details in subsequent reports later today.last_img

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Macharia named Tusker FC’s July best player

first_imgMost notably, Macharia was instrumental in helping Tusker keep their GOtv Shield title defence on track; netting the winner in their 1-0 victory over Kisumu based Palos FC.Apart from his exemplary showing for the Club, Macharia also earned his first national team cap during the period. He also featured for the Kenya Premier League All-Star team, where he put in a man-of-the-match performance against La Liga side Sevilla Atletico.The 23-year old, who started his football career in Nairobi’s Githurai estate, joined Tusker from Thika United in 2016. He has since risen through the ranks to become a key figure in the midfield.KBL Head of beer shopper marketing, Julius Karina awarding Jackson MachariaMacharia took home Sh50, 000 and is confident that his side will turn around from the recent slump and get their title defence back on track.“We are raring to go. The team is ready and in high spirits as we head into the second round. We know that we are not where we are supposed to be on the log, but I am confident that we will get back to the top and successfully defend the titles we won last season,” Macharia said.Head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe promised the team will turn around their latest fortunes that have seen the defending league and cup champions, with one win from the last six matches.“We are not where we would want to be, we are working with the boys to rectify the small issues and get back to performing at our very best.” the coach assured.Tusker, who hosts Western Stima, currently lies fourth on the Kenya Premier League table, with 29 points, five behind leaders Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Midfielder Jackson Macharia has been named Tusker FC’s Player of the Month for July.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Midfielder Jackson Macharia was on Friday named Tusker FC’s Player of the Month for July.The creative midfielder was picked for the pivotal role he played in the club’s performances during that month.last_img read more

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Mahrez cleared to face West Ham after anti-doping test

first_img0Shares0000Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez has been cleared to play for Manchester City © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Riyad Mahrez has been cleared to play for Manchester City in the champions’ opening Premier League game at West Ham on Saturday after passing a drugs test with the UK Anti-Doping Agency.Mahrez was left out of City’s squad for the Community Shield against Liverpool last Sunday as they awaited medical documentation following surgery he had in Algeria after his country’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph. That paperwork eventually arrived, while the winger had a successful drugs test when UKAD officials made a visit to City’s training ground during the week.“Riyad made a little surgery on his nose after the Africa Cup of Nations,” City manager Pep Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“It is a normal situation, but the doctor, not from the national team, did not send the necessary paperwork. We did not have it in the right moment.“But after the last week, anti-doping have made the test. Everything is clear and fine. He can play.“Every time you take something, you have to inform the club and make a list. Everyone knows that.“We didn’t have it in that moment as he did it in Algeria. We had to be careful, so it was better not to use him. It was a precaution.”Mahrez’s availability is welcome news as Guardiola prepares for a long spell without Leroy Sane.The German winger suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right leg against Liverpool and he will be out for at least six months.His absence means Mahrez will move up the pecking order in City’s attack as he begins his second season at the club.At times last year, the former Leicester player struggled to make an impact, but Guardiola has reviewed his contribution over the close-season.– ‘He is going to play’ –“Riyad is not a substitute for Leroy. But I viewed a few of Riyad’s performances again over the summer and I was quite impressed,” he said.“He didn’t play too much because in his position we had one of the best players in the league in Bernardo Silva, and Raheem Sterling.“But now with Leroy absent, we have a lot of games and one less forward player, so he is going to play.”Mahrez was City’s record signing when he joined from Leicester 12 months ago and scored 12 goals in 44 appearances in his debut campaign.That tag now belongs to Rodri after City met his £62 million ($77 million) release clause from Atletico Madrid in the transfer window.The 23-year-old Spain midfielder is expected to make his league debut at the London Stadium and Guardiola is not worried about him needing too much time to adjust to football in England.“Rodri is a typical holding midfielder like Michael Carrick or Sergio Busquets,” Guardiola said.“He doesn’t play to make a good performance, he plays to make it better for the others.“He has no tattoos, no pony-tail, perfect. That is a holding midfielder.“He’s young, he’s strong, he will help us on the long balls. He has learned many defensive things under Diego Simeone at Atletico and he is going to help us a lot this season.“Sometimes players need time, but I realised after a week or 10 days, this guy is going to be nice for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal ‘can take on anybody’ in the Champions League, insists former manager

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager George Graham believes the Gunners ‘can take on anybody’ in the Champions League if they maintain the form which saw them beat Olympiakos to qualify for the last 16 on Wednesday.Following a disappointing start to their European campaign, the Gunners travelled to Greece knowing they had to win by two clear goals to progress from the group stages.And the north London side did what they needed to do, and in emphatic fashion, as Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick ensured Arsenal finished runners-up in Group F to join Bayern Munich in going through to the knockout stages.It was a brilliant performance from the visitors, who crucially maintained their composure at the back while stunning Olympiakos on the attack.And, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former boss Graham believes the performance could inspire the side to march all the way to the final this year.“It was a wonderful team performance, both offensively and defensively, and I haven’t said that many times about Arsenal this season,” he said.“It was a very difficult game but they were fantastic and if Arsenal can reproduce that form they can take on anybody.“Arsene Wenger’s optimism is fantastic really, he never loses the confidence that the team are going to improve.“If they keep on improve like last night, then why not? There’s a great chance to go on a great run right through to the final.”last_img read more

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Man City 0-1 Man United: Rashford goal hits City’s Champions League hopes

first_imgThe goal meant 18-year-old Rashford broke Wayne Rooney’s record as the youngest player to score in a Manchester derby in the Premier League.The game became quite frantic with City commanding the majority of possession but United looking frightening on the break with their pacy attacking triumvirate of Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.And it was Rashford who should have been awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time when he skinned Demichelis before the Argentine stepped across him to bring him down but referee Michael Oliver controversially shook his head to dismiss the protests of the United players.A loose backpass from Demichelis – who had a torrid afternoon – left Hart stretching for the ball and while clearing the ball from the threat of Martial, he injured his calf and was consequently stretchered off. Marcus Rashford lit up Manchester once again as United beat City at the Etihad Stadium to narrow the gap on fourth place.After a high tempo start, Rashford’s lightening pace saw him through to give the Red Devils the lead after only 16 minutes.England boss Roy Hodgson will also be saying a prayer for goalkeeper Joe Hart who was stretchered off just after half time.Sergio Aguero hit the post in the second half but United held out to close the gap between the two sides to just one point.Manchester City started the derby the stronger of the two sides with winger Jesus Navas missing with a volley early on before firing a shot straight at the feet of David De Gea minutes later.However, it was United who struck first when, against the run of play, Juan Mata fed Rashford, whose quick feet and turn of pace left Martin Demichelis on his backside before calmly slotting past Joe Hart. Aguero had an opportunity to pull back an equaliser at the front post on 65 minutes but his header from Yaya Toure’s cross hit the outside of the post.And the Argentine had another chance moments later but this time his looping header was just wide of the target.Questions will continue to be asked of City’s decision to announce Manuel Pellegrini’s departure so early while Rashford’s goals continue to ease the pressure on Louis van Gaal. 3 3 3 Marcus Rashford became the youngest player to score in the derby in the Premier League era last_img read more

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WIN TWO FREE PASSES FOR THE WESTPORT FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND FOOD

first_imgLast year we had an amazing response to our ‘Westport Festival’ competition and this week we’re doing it all again.We’re giving away a weekend pass for two people (you can also bring up to four children) and the competition is completely FREE to enter.All you have to do is to answer the question – Which famous balladeer is headlining the Westport Festival on Saturday night? Send your answer to admin@donegaldaily.com and we’ll announce the winner later this week. And what a festival awaits our winner!The ‘Westport Festival of Music and Food’ a two-day, multi-stage, family-friendly festival is taking place in the grounds of Westport House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and parkland estates this Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th June.Head to Westport for a fantastic fun filled weekend of entertainment with music from over 50 international and Irish artists including Christy Moore, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Waterboys, Imelda May, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, The Stunning, ABC, Delorentos and Ryan Sheridan; comedy from Reginald D Hunter, Phil Jupitus, Barry Murphy and Colin Murphy with mouth-watering culinary demonstrations by top chefs Derry Clarke, Dylan McGrath, Richard Corrigan, Oliver Dunne, Kevin Dundon and Seamus Commons.The festival has so much to offer we had to make a map!Saturday, 29th June Main Stage Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott, The Waterboys, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Eliades Ochoa & Omara Portuondo, Blind Boys of Alabama, ABC, The High Kings & Red Bull Bedroom Jam Winner – Corner BoyMarquee Stage The Grand Parade (Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish, Wallis Bird, Declan O’Rourke, Mundy & Gavin Glass), The Stunning, Alabama 3, Hayseed Dixie, Gavin James, Julie Feeney, New Sunset HotelThe Roisin Dubh Stage Le Galaxie, Daithi, Tieranniesaur, Funeral Suits, Sleep Thieves, Elaine Mai, In their Thousands, The Depravations, Stephen James BandThe Comedy Tent Reginald D Hunter, Karl Spain, Bernard O’Shea, Barry Murphy, Danny Dowling and Joe Rooney.Chefs Kitchen – Derry Clarke, Seamus Commons, Kevin Dundon Westport House – what a setting for a festival!Sunday, 30th JuneMain Stage Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Imelda May, Squeeze, Martha Wainright, LAPD (Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin), The Cabin Collective, I Draw SlowMarquee Stage Jack Lukeman presents Jack’s Duets, Damien Dempsey, The Clew Bay Pipe Band presents “Pipe-Versity”, Ryan Sheridan, The Riptide Movement, Cry Before Dawn, Hermitage Green, The Silver SeasThe Roisin Dubh Stage Delorentos, Squarehead, Kid Karate, Not Squares, Mojo Gogo, So Cow, Dott, Doghouse, B & The Honey Boy Comedy Tent – Colin Murphy, Joe Rooney, Phil Jupitus, Barry Murphy and Danny Dowling & Gerry MallonChefs Kitchen -Dylan McGrath, Richard Corrigan & Oliver DunnStage times are available on http://www.westportfestival.com/THE ROISIN DUBH STAGEThe Róisín Dubh is a name that is synonymous with live music in the West of Ireland. Not only does the Róisín continually play host to the finest national and international artists, it also promotes events outside the venue, including the Galway Arts Festival Big Top, the Black Box, Radisson Live Lounge and the Seapoint Ballroom.Róisín Dubh has chosen some of their favourite Irish artists, from electronic to bluegrass to rock to perform in Westport. They have provided a cross section of the enormous array of talent from the current incredibly vibrant Irish music scene including Delorentos, Le Galaxie, Squarehead, Daithi, Funeral Suits, Kid Karate, Sleep Thieves, Mojo Gogo, Elaine Mai, In Their Thousands, So Cow, Dott, The Depravations, Doghouse and Stephen James Band.THE FOODThe FOOD&WINE Magazine Village, hosted by Norah Casey, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Tony Fenton, will bring together some of Ireland’s finest celebrity and Michelin Star chefs and restaurateurs for a series of culinary demonstrations. The line-up includes Derry Clarke, Richard Corrigan, Kevin Dundon, Oliver Dunne, Seamus Commons and Dylan McGrath, making the food element of this year’s festival bigger and better than before.These leading chefs will team up with some of the most talented, up and coming commis chefs from catering colleges around the country including the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. The event will not only showcase the wonderful produce the West of Ireland has to offer but will also provide culinary students from the Department of Culinary Arts in GMIT with a platform to work alongside many of their gastronomy heroes. The event is a must for all food lovers who can watch Ireland’s leading culinary professionals demonstrate excellence in their craft whilst also supporting the next generation of professional chefs.”The culinary experts face a unique challenge as each chef has to come up with the perfect dish for one of their favourite musical inspiration; their chosen artist will decide on the day if it’s a hit or a miss! Whether you’re a budding cook or a cordon bleu culinary expert you are guaranteed to learn something from the masters in action. Some lucky diners will be invited to join the Chef’s Table where they can dine on the gourmet feasts prepared by the chefs. Michelin star chef & owner of L’Ecrivain, Derry Clarke said “There will be culinary demonstrations, challenges, discussions, tasting, and we will also have a Chef’s table, where people will be treated to a truly unique and exciting dining experience.”A diverse selection of 29 food producers will present the most exciting and vibrant foods to suit all appetites! From traditional Spanish Paella at Paddy Paella and award winning Thai and Vietnamese Cuisine at Saba to slow roasted pulled-pork at Most Wanted Foods and a selection of delicious chicken wings at The Wing Bar. For those looking to indulge their sweet tooth, Rainbow Delight will host a large selection of top quality nuts, fudge and baklava while Choc-Amore will offer fresh, seasonal fruit smothered in melted Belgium chocolate.PADDY PAELLA, THE WING BAR, ECO BUS CAFÉ, CHOC-AMORE, MANGO CATERING, CREPES IN THE CITY, JUST PASTA, MOST WANTED FOODS, ALFRESCO STONE BAKED PIZZA, KERALA KITCHEN, THE COFFEE BOUTIQUE, FAVARA, RISOTTO2GO, CRANKY YANKEE CORN DOGS, MEAT CURE, CANARD SOUVAGE CONFECTIONERY, MIMI’S CREPES & WAFFLES, THE WILD HOG ROAST, RAINBOW DELIGHT, THE FLYING MACHINE CAFÉ, GOLDENHILL ICE-CREAM, GALWAY CATERING, PIEMINISTER, FIRE & FOOD RESTAURANTS, O’BRIENS EVENT CATERERS, RAMBLIN’ CRAFTS, K-CHIDO MEXICANO, SABA & DRIFTWOOD COFFEE CARTFUN FOR ALL THE FAMILYThe Westport Festival welcomes all ages and of course kids under 12 are allowed in for free accompanied by an adult. Monkey Shine Theatre, one of Ireland’s most exciting children’s theatre companies, will be creating a whole village full of fun and imaginative activities for young festival goers in the picturesque grounds of Westport House.The Enchanted Oak Village will sprout up around the Old oak tree for a weekend of wonderment with a fully scheduled programme of activity start on Saturday and Sunday including…· The Craft Tent – Children will be able to make their own wizard wand, plant a fairy garden, weave a dream catcher or create their own gnome hat.· The Workshop Tent – kids can join a dance class, learn to juggle, play some music or take part in a play. There will be lots to watch too, puppet shows, storytelling and theatre.· Outdoor & Walkabout Performers – Say hello to the Clown, Tea Lady, giant Birds and play silly sports day games· Little Chill Tent – Families can rest and relax with occupation for little hands and seats for tired adults. There will also be Baby Changing Tent.· The Performance Tent – The highlight of the weekend will be a Kid’s Cabaret! Kids will have the chance to, not just watch, but to perform at Westport Festival! Now that’s something to tell your friends.· Installations & Un-facilitated Activities – Dig in the sand pit, Play in the mini truck mine, dress up at the tea party, enjoy the wall of sound percussion area or check out the Fairy play house, Wishing tree, Mushroom seats and Oak tree installation.In addition, Westport House has an amazing award winning Pirate Adventure Park which includes a host of FREE activities for kids and parents too…The Pirate Queen Swinging Ship- Not for the faint hearted, the Pirate Queen will test your head for heights – and your stomach!Pirate Plunge Log Flume Ride – A Pirate Adventure ark favourite, the Pirates Plunge is a splash-tastic log flume water ride that guarantees to entertain (not to mention splashing the passengers).Swan Pedaloe Boats – Families can pedal around the Westport House Lake on eight foot high Swan Pedaloe boats and enjoy views of the House, the Park, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. The swans are pedal propelled so it’s a fun way to get a little work out during your weekend at the Westport Festival.Westport House Express Train Ride – You can take a short ride through the grounds and watch out for surprises around every corner. Check out the stunning views of the lake, the House, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay.Pirates Playground – Set adjacent to Gracy’s Bar & Cafe, The Pirates Playground offers a slide, climbing frames and rockers to entertain.Gracy’s Bouncy CastleSet in the Pirates Haven, Gracy’s Bouncy Castle provides ideal fun for the younger members of the family. Children will have a ball!Take a guide Tour of the Pirate Adventure Park here http://www.westporthouse.ie/westport-house-and-pirate-adventure-park/pirate-adventure-park-video/ACCOMMODATIONWestport Festival is situated in the very heart of Westport town which was voted Irish Times best place to live in Ireland recently. There is a wonderful selection of hotels within 200 yards of the entrance to our festival and amazing guest houses to stay close by. There is also a first class campsite located in Westport House. Check out http://destinationwestport.com for more info on hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation.CAMPING, CARAVANS & CAMPERVANSWestport House has an established campsite with excellent facilities. With hot water in the showers and real toilets, it’ll provide the best festival camping experience you’ll have all year! Pitch your camp in this gorgeous natural environment surrounded by ancient trees with Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in the background. It’s a camper’s dream! And you’ll only be a short walk away from all the Festival action and just a 10-minute walk from Westport town.Onsite Facilities include: FREE hot showers, electrics (limited numbers so allocated on a first come-first served basis!), WiFi, recycling, picnic & washing up areas. Onsite bar/café with live music & food open until 11pm. Weekend Festival & Camping Tickets are on sale from the www.westporthouse.ie/shopPAMPERINGThis year we are welcoming the award winning hair stylist Dylan Bradshaw and his team to Westport. Enjoy a glass of bubbles while Dylan and his team pamper you. And have your festival photo taken with Ireland’s most famous photographer Barry McCaul at his photo booth.DYLAN BRADSHAW HAIR SALONRenowned stylist Dylan Bradshaw will be incorporating his pop up dry bar salon into this year’s Westport Festival. Using the revolutionary steam pods from L’Oreal, festival goers will be able to refresh their hair, and create the ultimate festival look without shampooing! The express dry bar will have the talented db nail technicians on hand to tend to your talons and along with the professional db Face makeup team you will be festival fabulous in no time!BARRY MCCALL PHOTO BOOTHTop Irish photographer Barry McCall will have a Photo Booth on site where festivalgoers can get capture their festival memories forever as they have their picture taken in style !CHILDVISIONThe Westport Festival of Music & Food is delighted that ChildVision, the National Education Centre for Blind Children will be their official charity partner for 2013. ChildVision will be at the Westport Festival of Music & Food in Westport House on Saturday, 29 and Sunday 30 June, to give music fans the chance to experience the buzz of the festival blindfolded, putting themselves in the shoes of someone who is visually impaired during the ‘ChildVision Blindfold Challenge’.Festival-goers, who participate in the ChildVision Blindfold Challenge, will have to wear a blindfold and be guided around the music and food festival by a sighted partner. Each pair will be taught how to guide each other so they find out first-hand what is like to be visually impaired or blind. Blindfolds will be available from the ChildVision marquee in the Food & Wine Village.TICKETSTickets for Westport Festival of Music & Food are on sale now via www.westportfestival.com with combined festival and camping tickets on sale through www.westporthouse.ie.· Adult Day Ticket – €75.00· Adult Weekend Ticket – €130.00· Teen Day Ticket* – €40.00 (13-17 years old)· Teen Weekend Ticket* x €65.00 (13-17 year olds).NB Children under 12 are free, once accompanied by a person 18yrs or older – Limit of 2 children per adult. *Teens must be accompanied by an adult, aged 18 years or older.WIN TWO FREE PASSES FOR THE WESTPORT FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND FOOD was last modified: June 24th, 2013 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:competitionfree passesWestport Festivallast_img read more

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