SEVENTY Eight of the country’s top junior athletes will vie for regional glory over the next three days starting today, as the 45th staging of the Carifta Games for Under-18 and Under-20 athletes will begin this morning at the newly built Queen’s Park National Stadium in St Georges, Grenada.Jamaica will be hoping to better last year’s performance in Nevis, St Kitts, where the country’s athletes garnered some 86 medals, which included 42 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze.Today’s opening day will see some 20 finals being contested with 12 on the track and eight in the field. The morning session will get under way at 9:00 a.m. (8:00a.m. Jamaican time) and will see some three finals being contested Under-18 girls’ high jump, javelin and discus.Zinedine Russell, who was the silver medallist a year ago in the girls’ heptathlon behind teammate, Ayesha Champaigne, will be the first Jamaican to feature today when she competes in the first of seven events the 100m hurdles at 9:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m Jamaica time).Morant Bay High’s Marcus Brown, who, like Russell, was a late addition to the team, and who was victorious at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships in the Boy’s open decathlon, will also be in action some 10 minutes after Russell as he will be competing in the first event of the boy’s octathlon, the 100m.PRELIMACTIONThe morning session will also see preliminary-round action in the 100m and 400m, where the likes of Kimone Shaw, Dejour Russell, Jhevaughn Matherson, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, Sanique Walker, Tiffany James, Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield are down to compete.Today’s second session, which will get underway at 5:30p.m. (4:30 pm Jamaica time) with the finals of the girls’ 1500m should be a very good day for Jamaica.There will also be the finals of the 100m and 400 metres later in the evening. Both Taylor in the Under-18 boys’ 400m, and Bloomfield, who won the boys’ Under 20 event, are expected to defend their titles successfully.
Two of Donegal’s best hospitality businesses have been honoured with much-respected Georgina Campbell Awards for 2018.After a nationwide search for excellence, the recommendations of the independent hospitality guide were announced yesterday in Dublin.Castle Murray House in Dunkineely and Muldowney’s B&B on Arranmore Island were selected for prime places in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland independent hospitality guides, and Ireland’s most popular independent hospitality and travel website www.ireland-guide.com. Marguerite Howley and Peter Lawler of Castle Murray HouseThe Georgina Campbell Awards are Ireland’s longest-running food and hospitality awards, and highly respected by the industry.Castle Murray House Boutique Accommodation was selected as Hideaway of the Year 2018. Marguerite Howley and Peter Lawler’s beautifully located clifftop property at St. Johns Point is described in the guide as a relaxing hideaway with a well-deserved reputation.Castle Murray HouseAfter the famous restaurant closed in January 2017, the hotel’s stylish accommodations remain, boasting sea and coastal views. Plus, it’s pet-friendliness makes it a destination of choice for travellers seeking somewhere with an ‘away-from-it-all atmosphere.’Ireland’s B&B of the Year 2018 went to Muldowney’s B&B on Arranmore. The guide praises the active experience guests can enjoy on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way if they visit Muldowney’s. Muldowney’s B&B“Jim and Noreen Muldowney offer excellent accommodation at their immaculate 4* B&B but there is more to it than that, as what they really offer their guests is a genuine slice of island life“And that includes bird watching, diving and snorkelling, or outings on Jim’s boat, the Elsie Jayne; his trips are so professional, there’s even a break for tea and some of Noreen’s homebaked scones – and how often do you get a chance to catch your own fish, and eat it at the end of the trip. Walkers will love it too – visitor information and walking map provided,” the guide says.Speaking about the ongoing search for excellence, Ms Campbell said, “Through our programme of anonymous assessment we’re always keeping a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers.“Once again this year, we have found plenty of new ones worthy of recommendation, especially in urban areas, and it is always exciting to see newcomers to the hospitality industry who understand the importance of standards and want visitors – domestic and from abroad – to enjoy Irish food and hospitality at its best. What we seek is not perfection but real food and hospitality with real heart, and we’re continuing to find it in clusters of excellence all over the country.”Accolades from Georgina Campbell Guide will be a source of encouragement and boost for Donegal’s businesses, as well as setting a benchmark for others in the industry who are determined to achieve a similar level of excellence. Exceptional Donegal guesthouses earn Georgina Campbell Awards was last modified: October 4th, 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:castle murray housegeorgina campbell guidesMuldowney’s B&B