Truth Behind The Glam

first_imgNew business grows from struggle with breast cancerBy Michele J. KuhnRED BANK – When it comes to the signature color for breast cancer, Elio Ventrella wishes there was a little bit of blue mixed in with all that pink for men like him.The 33-year-old Ventrella, the owner of theGLAMbar on Broad Street, is a five-year breast cancer survivor. He was diagnosed May 17, 2007, after feeling strange. “I don’t know how to put it,’’ he said. “I was eating a lot and perspiring … I had swollen lymph nodes.”When his primary care doctor told him it was an infection, “I said no, something else is wrong.” When the doctor declined to send him on for further tests or examinations, the then-Staten Island resident made an appointment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.Ventrella said his father, grandfather and an aunt all died from cancer. His grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.“They did a full workup,” he said. And when the results came in, his doctor sat him down. “He started out by calling me Mr. Ventrella when he had been calling me Elio… He told me I had breast cancer.“They told me they had to treat it aggressively… It was Stage 3 from what they could tell. It was life or death,’’ Ventrella said.“I thought it was a joke. I was just getting my life back…I had had a bad breakup and I kind of lost myself for a while and I was just getting myself back,” he said when learned of his diagnosis. Ventrella left the doctor’s that day promising to make appointments with specialists but instead ignored the fact he had breast cancer.For four months, he said, he “put it aside. I didn’t deal with it at all.” He didn’t even tell his family or friends. He admits he was scared and also afraid of how he would look after surgery. He feared being disfigured. “I was very vain…very, very vain, but I also didn’t want to die. Dying is still my biggest fear,” he said.He finally began looking for an oncologist and a plastic surgeon who specialized in men with breast cancer, a task that proved to be problematic. “There are no plastic surgeons for men with breast cancer… Being a man with breast cancer makes you feel you are alone with no one to help you,” he said.Less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men and those who do get breast cancer are generally between 60 and 70 years old, according to statistics from the National Institute of Cancer at the National Institutes of Health website.While researching, Ventrella said he found three doctors – in California, Texas and Florida – who would perform reconstructive surgery on men with breast cancer. He chose the Florida doctor. He had “extremely aggressive” surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami to remove his right breast and then underwent reconstruction. He didn’t expect to have chemotherapy or radiation. But when tests of lymph nodes taken from his armpit and right arm during surgery came back as positive for cancer, he was put on a regimen of chemo and radiation, eight weeks on, four weeks off and then eight weeks on again, he said.During the off days when he felt well enough, he would go to spas for facials and massages. He met a cadre of about 14 women who befriended him. He would forget about his problems for a while as he listened to them complain about the spa and beauty services they got and how they never really knew what it was going to cost until they were leaving the building. It was those friendships – he still keeps in contact with six or seven of those women – that helped him see a market for theGLAMbar, a blow-dry bar and makeup business which opened in March at 116 Broad St.Two years after battling the disease alone, Ventrella finally told his family and friends about having breast cancer. Since then they have been with him as he has battled complications, including a stomach infection, procedures to build up his arm and then the rupture of that work that occurred during a work accident. He has had a total of 32 surgeries, the last in 2010, he said.While recuperating, he came to live in Red Bank where the person he was seeing had a summer home. “I saw Red Bank as a safe haven. No one knew me here and I could be normal.’’After losing his love for his job in merchandise branding with a major department store, he decided to open a business for women. “I didn’t research it… I did my legal work with LegalZoom (an Internet legal document site) and went to a real estate agent.“This was the first building I saw. I saw 22 (all over New Jersey) and I came back here,” he said. “I felt at home here.”Ventrella is a supporter of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. He said he would like to bring some makeup and a few of his “glamologists” to area hospitals and help make breast cancer patients feel better about themselves.Ventrella expects to grow his business to other areas and is already working on a second version of theGLAMbar.After coming through his ordeal, he’s cautiously optimistic. “I’m OK.”last_img read more

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ANZ beat BSP by 7 wickets in Gabba Champions Shield

first_imgAfter winning the toss, BSP got off to a perfect start, with Raho Sam (35) and Ratu Maha (51) putting on an opening partnership of 54 runs.But Sam’s dismissal saw wickets fall at regular intervals.BSP were eventually bowled out for 166 in under 44 overs. In reply, ANZ’s opening pair of Jack Vare (74 off 55 balls) and Arina Lahari (62 off 32 balls) belted the BSP bowlers around Amini Park.Vare’s knock saw eight fours and 3 sixes.ANZ reached the target comfortably in 22.1 overs, losing just three wickets on the way.PNG Barramundis all-rounder John Boge Reva (3/25) was the best of the bowlers for BSP.On Colts Ground 1, the Digicel Dragons narrowly beat the Paradise Foods Pistons by 29 runs. In the women’s division, Pure Water Diamonds started the Gabba Champions Shield perfectly, winning both their T20 matches against Remington Rhinos in the morning and the Swire Shipping Sharks in the afternoon.The Gabba Champions Shield continues tomorrow, with BSP Heart and Digicel Dragons battling it out at Amini Park while the Paradise Foods Pistons take on the ANZ Avalanches at Colts Ground 1 in 50 over matches in the men’s division. In the women’s division, the Swire Shipping Sharks battle it out with the Remington Rhinos in a T20 match at Colts Ground 2. All matches start at 10:00am.last_img read more

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Suso Santana, on the derby: “The most special game is here”

first_imgHe insisted that, as it is a different game from the others, “everyone wants to play them. We must do it with passion, but with tranquility. I don’t count the derbies I wear, I live each one as if it were the first one, they are important to me “, said. He admitted that it would be good to dial again, “but what I want is the three points to leave the area below. I am from Tenerife and what matters to me is my people, I feel very valued here, “he said.By last, Suso warned that it would be good news “for Tenerife”, that Jonathan Viera could not be “because he is a player who marks the differences.” Suso Santana will live on Saturday his ninth derby as blue and white. “It’s the most special game”, said the captain whose balance against the yellows is not all bad: four wins, three draws and only one defeat. In addition, it marked the last visit of Tenerife to Gran Canaria in 2018.“Going to the derby with two wins is positive. It works much better, but they are already forgotten, “said the Tenerife. The victories against Girona in the League and Real Valladolid in the Cup have brought confidence, although Suso said that Saturday’s game “is very important because our situation is not comfortable.” For the ’10’ of Tenerife, in this type of matches there are no favorites. “We have to give a little more, it is true, but we have taken a good run that we want to continue to enlarge. The derbies mark them small details “highlighted. He also believes that the key will be “to defend well and not fit would be very important. Defensively we have to be very strong, “he said.last_img read more

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Master Queen: Keeping Things Real

first_imgThe other day, many years ago, the average Liberian music lover could not and would not understand the Liberian entertainment industry for many relevant reasons. Many devoted music lovers then were in a transitioning point of trying to adjust back to the sound of music after not being able to listen to it during a decade of war and emotional silence.Meanwhile, a young lady, who has spent most of her better life lip singing all of her favorite songs and walking down pageant runways in hopes of becoming the next beautiful thing, had a promotional master plan in getting her fellow Liberians back to their musical roots.Gritty and raw with real talent behind the DJ booth over the last 8 years, DJ/MC Master Queen mustered up a drive, plan and dream to become the biggest Liberian entertainer one day, somehow.While Hip-Co music was being spoon-fed to a society that runs on “hear say”, artist and entertainers alike Master Queen were desperately doing anything to push its society to want to be entertained by their own artist in the Hip-Co vernacular.Hottfm 107.9 DJ/personality Master Queen, through challenges, hard work and international recognition has unmercifully fed her audience with the Hip-Co fever, and now everyone wants to know where to get a dose of Liberia’s biggest female artist promoter.LIB LIFE: Welcome Grace C. Weah, commonly known as Master Queen. Can we say that you are the master of promoting Liberian entertainment?Master Queen: I actually worked for what I’m earning right now. I worked for it and that’s why they say I’m the “Master Queen.”LIB LIFE: We have been hearing great things about you and now learn you have climbed the ladder further?Master Queen: Actually, I am presently at Hottfm 107.9 and seated very well. I host the Grace the occasion show, a 2-hour Liberian entertainment radio show sponsored by Cellcom. I’m also a promoter for Cellcom GSM Company. I’m the ambassador who promotes their products, activities and everything. Cellcom is actually here for the people and are also into the entertainment business.LIB LIFE: Nice! We know they manage artist and promote their company with the help of Mighty Blow, and its great to learn you are also a part of their team.Master Queen: Yes. You’ve done stories on their events and see that they have put themselves into entertainment and has artist. In fact, when they heard that I was doing strictly Liberian entertainment on air, they sponsored my show and I am so proud to be a part of Cellcom’s network.LIB LIFE: How did you graduate to that level in the industry and manage to break all the barriers that come with fame?Master Queen: Hard work is the key! Even if you are in training and not putting your all into it, you won’t benefit. I promote Liberian entertainment and everything surrounding it. I’ve been doing it for 8 years and still remember when I started the struggle.LIB LIFE: Struggle’s a strong word to use, was it really a struggle for you? Master Queen: When I say struggle that means I had to leave everything and say to myself “yes, I want to be that woman.”LIB LIFE: What did you have to leave or change to be what you wanted to be?Master Queen: I started off doing beauty pageants and won Ms. Sayton Town, Ms. Bushrod Island, Ms. Mamba Point and Ms. Central Monrovia. The only contest I have never won was Ms. Liberia; I never contested for MS. Liberia, that’s why. But I had the passion for entertainment and listened to music all day. So, my last year of high school I decided to attend a one-year journalism school called Jarah School of Journalism on Benson Street. Afterwards, I joined a big name, Melvin Bernie, who owned Crystal fm. I had a close friend and radio director Master Prince who worked with me. That’s how I started the radio business in 2008 and will repeat this for anyone anywhere” I started my career at Crystal Fm but passed through a lot”LIB LIFE: We hear about sexual exploitation in all environments, and you being an attractive lady, have you ever been a victim of that?Master Queen: Crystal Fm was like a training ground for radio personalities. I used to do anything possible to make it work at Crystals in order to present whatever there was for me to present. It was challenging because you know when you are young there’s a lot of men who love to abuse women. I had a lot of problems with a lot of men who were only around me because they knew I needed the money, transportation and a way to shine and get famous. Especially after winning Ms. Mamba Point, men who saw my potential and passion knew that I wanted fame. At that point I could have done anything for radio except letting men abuse me. After going through a lot of things, I started business to get that transportation fair that I needed. Through my older sister who used to go to Nigeria and bring goods for me to sell, I was able to manage to get transportation to work and also sustain myself.LIB LIFE: Thank Goodness God was on your side and you have beaten all odds. Thank you for sharing your time with us Queen and keep up the role as a positive role model to the girls in Liberia and all over the world.Master Queen: Thank God for my friends, fans and family. I’m the daughter of the Late Joseph C. Weah who was a medical doctor and passed away in 1992.I have 6 siblings and I being the youngest, we are a very united family. Joseph Weah, Liberia’s top actor is my older brother, and we are the only two who have ventured into the entertainment industry. You know what, I don’t want to only promote Liberian Entertainment on ground but all over the world. People know me globally and I want to see myself in the next year in other parts of the world like America, Nigeria and Ghana. Trust me, I am already working towards that and have received several invitations. I thank you so much LIB LIFE for being a great promoter as well behind our entertainment industry.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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Liverpool to face Chelsea in League Cup

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) vies with Liverpool’s English striker Daniel Sturridge during the English Premier League football matchLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 30 – Liverpool will take on Chelsea in the League Cup third round, while holders Manchester City start their bid to retain the trophy at minnows Oxford.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea both enter the competition at the third round stage due to their participation in European action this season. Their clash at Anfield will be a repeat of the 2005 League Cup won 3-2 by ChelseaCity beat Arsenal to win the League Cup at Wembley last season, securing the first trophy of Pep Guardiola’s reign at the Etihad Stadium.The Premier League champions head to third tier Oxford to start their defence of the trophy after receiving a second round bye.Manchester United, the 2016-17 League Cup winners, will face Championship side Derby at Old Trafford.That could mean a reunion for Derby boss Frank Lampard and United manager Jose Mourinho, who won the 2005 trophy together with Chelsea.But that will depend on Mourinho surviving the next few weeks after intense speculation that his job is in danger following United’s poor start to the season.Tottenham will face Watford amid reports the north London club have asked for the “home” tie to be staged at Milton Keynes Dons’ stadium while building work continues on their delayed new stadium.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are playing their league matches at Wembley while the rebuilt White Hart Lane is completed.Everton play Southampton and Wolves host Leicester in all Premier League ties.Macclesfield, the lowest ranked team left in the competition at 23rd in League Two, travel to struggling West Ham.English League Cup third round draw:West Brom v Crystal Palace, Arsenal v Brentford, Burton v Burnley, Wycombe v Norwich, Oxford v Manchester City, West Ham v Macclesfield, Millwall v Fulham, Liverpool v Chelsea, Bournemouth v Blackburn, Preston v Middlesbrough, Wolves v Leicester, Tottenham v Watford, Blackpool v QPR, Everton v Southampton, Manchester United v Derby, Nottingham Forest v StokeTies to be played in the week commencing September 24.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Proof Chelsea’s chief creator is not as great as fans think?

first_img Cesc Fabregas’ Chelsea form has tailed off somewhat 86/33 – Cesc Fabregas has been involved in fewer league goals in the second halves of the last six seasons. Flag. pic.twitter.com/a3mYRcYWVN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 15, 2015 Cesc Fabregas has been praised for his performances this season as Chelsea have benefitted from his midfield creativity.So far he has been involved in 17 goals, with the Blues looking like winning a fifth league title and the fourth of the Premier League era thanks largely to the Spaniard’s contribution.However, Fabregas has either scored or created just two goals since the turn of the year and against Southampton, some fans were quick to point out on Twitter how poor the midfielder performed as the club settled for a point.And as Opta reveal, his strong displays in the first half of the season over the last six campaigns have tailed off after January.Who do you think has been Chelsea’s signing of the season?center_img 1last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Artic Truck Driver required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Donegal-based company is currently seeking an experienced Artic Truck Driver to join their team. Applicants must have:Full Clean CE Driving LicenceUp to Date CPCTo apply, please forward a CV with ARTIC TRUCK DRIVER 101 in the email subject line to donegaldailyjobs@gmail.com Job Vacancy: Artic Truck Driver required was last modified: August 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:artic truck driverdriverJob VacancyTransportlast_img read more

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Have you been to… The Igloo?

first_imgContrary to what most people think The Igloo @ Patton Frozen Foods, Trusk Road, Ballybofey is actually open to the public!Originally fresh and frozen food wholesalers, Patton Frozen Foods opened The Igloo in April 2013 providing households throughout Donegal and sending a few favourites nationwide, with a quality of food that the Pattons are renowned for.‘We were and still are distributing fresh and frozen foods throughout Donegal as wholesalers but found that more and more people were calling to our yard hoping to buy the some of the products we could offer, therefore The Igloo was born and we have never looked back’ states Stephen the proprietor and managing director of Patton Frozen Foods and The Igloo. Patton Frozen Foods Directors‘It still amazes me the distance people are willing to travel to buy certain products that we stock in The Igloo, we have recently sent our own brand of sauces to a fan in England!’ he laughs.‘We had to refrain from sending frozen jambons to Australia recently as they may not be in great shape when they would reach there but it’s so good to see some of our products are among the Irish foods that people are craving for whilst away from home’.‘It’s nice to see a good response to something you work at’. Stephen Patton is no stranger to hard work, this is a family man who works 7 days a week, who has been working since he was 7!Stephens Dad, John Patton who originally started the company worked into the early hours on a daily basis to start the company on a good stead, which sees the business head in to its 40th year running in 2018.Stephen took over the reins 14 years ago when his Dad retired. Louise, Stephen’s wife, joined the business over 7 years ago and together they created The Igloo. Today the company is one of the most successful food wholesalers in the northwest, currently employing 8 staff.The Igloo has been a great challenge for us, not only do we stock a wide range of Irish products but we are agents for Rosie and Jim, a Dublin based poultry company who specialise in a fantastic gluten free range. We have gluten free goujons, kievs, chips everything a coeliac dreams of!!The shop also stocks a mouth-watering range of Paganini desserts, yet another Irish company, which are hugely popular for first communions and confirmations at this time of year. This year we were delighted to become Glastry Farm agents, an award winning range of ice creams made in Co.Down that are second to none and some of the range is even gluten and egg free!Party food is another speciality at The Igloo whether it be finger food or something a bit more adventurous with the wide selection of frozen fish. We stock prawns, mussels, scallops, seabass, salmon and lots more. And is that’s not enough The Igloo also stocks turkey breasts at Christmas and Easter. ‘People often compare us to Iceland which I hate!’ states Louise.‘The quality of our carefully sourced and selected foods is of no comparison, yes they are more expensive but you get what you pay for and we have always been about quality’.‘We are a local company, we want to give back to the community which provides us with our livelihood’ says Louise.This is evident in the many charity events The Igloo has ran over the years to raise funds for local causes, seeing them work with famous chefs such as Jenny Bristow and Rachel Allen. ‘We were honoured to work with some of the biggest names in the food industry in the past and look forward to the opportunities The Igloo will bring us in the future’ concludes Louise.Without a doubt a visit to The Igloo is a must, whether you are stocking up your freezer or hosting a BBQ or a party. Open Mon – Sat 9.30am to 6pm.Check out www.pattonfrozenfoods.ie and follow The Igloo of Facebook: www.facebook.com/patton.frozenfoodsVisit the store at: John Patton Frozen Foods Limited, Trusk Rd, Ballybofey, Co DonegalTelephone : 074 91 31250Have you been to… The Igloo? was last modified: April 21st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BallybofeyBusinessfoodigloopatton frozen foodslast_img read more

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Garry Monk on Boro plans, differences with Leeds and more – talkSPORT interview

first_imgGarry Monk has told talkSPORT he is impressed by Middlesbrough’s squad after starting work at the Riverside and won’t be rushed into making signings this summer.The new Boro boss was a special guest on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and said there was a real hunger and determination among the players to get the club back into the Premier League.“It is a club in a really good stable condition,” he said. “It is a good core that we have got here as well.“I can see the determination amongst the players that had that experience [of relegation] last season and want to try to put that right so that is always a good sign. “I think there’s a really good core. They’re all fantastic lads and they’ve all been really receptive straight away.“But of course like any club you have to think about what you want to do and how you want the squad to look at the end of the window and how to shape it.“Myself and the club are working hard with that. I’m sure the squad will start to take shape. It’s about looking forward, having a good pre-season and having a good start to the season.”Monk resigned as manager of Leeds back in May, and took the job at Boro soon after.Asked about the differences between the two Championship clubs, he responded: “Leeds are a massive club, a huge club, there’s no doubt about that. But there are some big, big clubs in this league.“Middlesbrough a big club in their own right. It’s not about the sizes if the club, it’s about what the club is and what you can do at each club.“We feel we are in a really good position in terms of stability at the club and the focus of the club.“The core have proven they can get out of this league. It’s about being in a position to do that again and strengthening the squad with what we need to have a good go.”Listen to the interview with Garry Monk in full abovelast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: GAA GREAT ANTHONY MOLLOY GIVEN FREEDOM OF DONEGAL

first_imgSam Maguire with Anthony Molloy at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonDonegal’s 1992 All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy has become the first GAA figure to be given the Freedom of Donegal. Molloy follows Shay Given, Packie Bonner, Daniel O’Donnell, Phil Coulter, Patsy McGonagle, the 28th Infantry of Battalion and Clannad to be given the Freedom of the county.“I’m totally honoured, humbled and proud to be the recipient of this great award,” said the Ardara man “But I’d have to accept this award on behalf of all the men of 1992. It was a very special bunch of talented lads.”mary Cassidy gets her selfie with Anthony and Sam at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonAthony with nephews John Ross, Planty, Anthonie, and Karl Joseph Molloy at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonFormer 1992 team members at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonMichael Murphy and Anthony Molloy at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonMichael Murphy, Ciaran Brogan, Donegal county Council Chairman, Anthony Molloy, Sean McEniff, Cllr. Tom Connaghan and Rory Gallagher at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonAnthony Molloys family members at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonSeamus Neely , County Chief Executive, Ciaran Brogan , County Chairma and Anthony Molloy at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonSeamus Neely, County Chief Executive, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Donegal Council Chairman, Anthony Molloy and Seán Dunnion, County Board Chairman at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonCounty Chairman Ciaran Brogan Presnting the Freedom of Donegal To Anthony Molloy at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonAnthony Molloy speaking at the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive Wassonat the Civic Reception to Award Freedom of the County to Anthony Molloy in the Donegal County Council Office’s in Lifford. Photo Clive WassonPICTURE SPECIAL: GAA GREAT ANTHONY MOLLOY GIVEN FREEDOM OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:1992Anthony MolloyArdaraDonegal DailyFREEDOM OF DONEGALlast_img read more

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