Letterkenny teacher gets glowing report – from former pupil!

first_imgColáiste Ailigh teacher Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird has gained top marks from a past student who has nominated him for a special award. Caoimhe Ní Chathail, a broadcast journalist from Donegal, has put Mac a’ Bhaird’s name forward for a Teachers Inspire award in recognition of his endless inspiration as an Irish and History teacher.From Árainn Mhór in Donegal, Proinsias is also a well-known writer of prose and poetry. The new Teachers Inspire initiative is aimed at highlighting and celebrating the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society. Reflecting on her time at school, Caoimhe credited Prionsais Mac A’Bhaird as the teacher who had the strongest influence on her:  “As students who were already fluent Irish speakers, we needed extra inspiration… He encouraged our interest and respect for the language, something which confirmed for me that I should continue with Irish in University and in my career.“He was a source of expertise and he was always happy to share information, to inspire our writing and to encourage us to do our own research. These are all essential elements of my job as a journalist – so who knows where I would be without his classes.”  Over the past month, people all over Ireland have been urged to nominate teachers who transformed their lives and/or their community. Stories of inspiring teachers can be submitted through the teachersinspire.ie website for a limited number of days, with the closing date for submissions on Saturday the 30th of June. The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on the 27th of September.Some of the stories received to date focus on a teacher in the 1940s, who provided free secondary education for students in her locality. Another one is of a secondary school maths teacher, who supported one of his students to come out as a gay young man in the early 1990s. Commenting today, the President of DCU, Professor Brian McCraith said, “We have received some remarkable entries to date about the transformative role teachers from Donegal – and across the country – have played in people’s lives, and the lasting impact they have had on their communities. We are delighted this initiative is highlighting the hugely important role teachers have played in Irish life – and continue to play – and we look forward to receiving even more inspiring entries before the deadline on 30th June.”Letterkenny teacher gets glowing report – from former pupil! was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:Caoimhe Ní ChathailColaiste AilighProinsias Mac a’ Bhairdlast_img read more

Takeaways: Matthews wins over Sharks fans with Marleau tribute

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks fans wanted Patrick Marleau make a cameo appearance at the 2019 NHL All Star Game in San Jose. Auston Matthews granted their wish as best he could.In the weeks leading into hockey’s mid-winter showcase, Sharks fans held out hope that the NHL would find a way to include Mr. Shark in the all star festivities at SAP Center. It didn’t happen. But Matthews sent the home crowd into a frenzy during the Skills’ Competition Friday night, ripping off his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater …last_img read more

Report: Warriors’ Steph Curry struggles to adjust to new arena, routine, faces

first_imgYou knew it was going to happen. You knew how it was going to happen. You knew it was going to suck.As a basketball team, the Warriors have pitched off the summit of Everest. As an entertainment venture, they’ve gone from functional comfort to “because we can” opulence.How’s that working for you? Maybe a better question would be, How is that working for Steph Curry, the face of the dynasty?Last week the estimable Marc Spears published on The Undefeated a lengthy piece documenting the …last_img read more

Hollywood studio for Cape Town

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the completed Cape Town Film Studios. Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Film Studios, on the construction site. (Images: Cape Town Film Studios)Jennifer SternClouds of loose sand fly about and huge trucks cart in giant steel beams as construction starts on the first of the custom-designed Hollywood-Style studios that will transform 100 hectares of moribund and neglected farmland about 20km east of Cape Town into South Africa’s first Hollywood-style film studio.Initially called Dreamworld, Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) has been in the planning stages for a while, but it’s all coming to fruition now, and is expected to be up and running by April 2010.At a cost of R430-million (US$44.3-million) over a seven year period, CTFS represents a major investment by its main shareholders, Anant Sing’s Videovision, and Sabido Investments, headed by Marcel Golding. The Cape Town metropolitan municipality and the Western Cape provincial government, through its trade and investment agency Wesgro, are each contributing R30-million ($3-million).The film industry is rapidly becoming a major money spinner for the province. A study commissioned by the Cape Town Film Commission and the city municipality estimated the economic impact of the Western Cape film industry at R2.65-billion ($272.4-million) in the 2005/6 financial year. And about 77% of this, or R2-billion ($205.6-million), was earned within the city of Cape Town itself.An awesome locationSince the turn of the new century, about 100 movies have been made in Cape Town. Some were pretty small indie productions, but a number of Hollywood blockbusters are among the line-up. Films like Blood Diamond, Lord of War and Ask the Dust saw the likes of Nicholas Cage, Leonardo de Caprio, Salma Hayek and Colin Farrel discovering firsthand the amazing destination that is the city between the mountain and the sea.And at the moment, Oscar winners Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman are in town filming The Human Factor, a movie about South Africa’s victory on home soil in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and how Nelson Mandela and rugby captain Francois Pienaar came together to inspire the nation, only a year after the end of apartheid.Cape Town has long been a favourite destination because of its scenery and climate, but it’s not just the mountain, the sunshine, the incredible beaches and the variety of urban environments. International movie makers are now homing in on this destination for the concentrated expertise as well.So it’s not surprising that CTFS will be marketing itself as a world-class professional film studio that just happens to be in a beautiful place. In fact, many of the movies that will be made there may not even take advantage of the beautiful scenery.High tech hubThe Hollywood-style studios will give CTFS the ability to host major productions all year round, and the studio is also investigating the possibilities of attracting new technology, such as 3D action film making, to Cape Town.“3D is the way of the future,” says Nico Dekker, CEO of CTFS. “The major US-based studios are already busy producing a significant number of films in the 3D format, and billions of dollars are being spent to upgrade theatres around the world to accommodate the latest 3D technology.”Of course the actual studio will only be a small part of the whole centre.“We’re planning a really interesting tenant mix,” says Dekker. “We want industries that will complement the studio, and we are already negotiating with suitable companies. There will also be a residential sector.”Giving backBut it’s not all just about big business. The ground on which the studio is to be built was once farmland, and the surrounding wetland has become severely overgrown with alien vegetation, which has destroyed the delicate balance of the system. It is also fairly polluted.Before starting construction, CTFS removed tons of litter from the canal that runs past the eastern edge of the lot. The development will only cover 100 hectares, which is about 50% of the total land area. The rest, especially the wetlands, will be rehabilitated.And it’s not just the flowers and frogs that will benefit. CTFS intends creating a platform for local creatives to market their work to the broader public. It all goes to strengthening the industry.So Capetonians had better get used to Hollywood A-list celebrities wondering the streets of the city. It looks like they’ll be here to stay.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesCape Town: Africa’s HollywoodFast, furious – and femaleRough Aunties to the rescue 2010 opportunities for SA film Global acclaim for SA film South Africa: top film location Rebate boost for SA film Useful linksCape Town Film StudiosCape Film CommissionAnimation South Africalast_img read more