Irish siblings Sam and Chloe Magee had to settle for badminton mixed doubles bronze after losing their semi-final to French pair Gaeten Fontaine and Audrey Mittel on Saturday. The Magees rallied in the second set, but were beaten 21-12 23-21, giving Sam a second bronze medal having also reached the podium with brother Josh in the men’s doubles on Friday. And the Letterkenny 25-year-old pronounced himself “over the moon” with his haul after revealing he had been struggling with a back injury since arriving in Baku. Magee said: “I injured my back and the doctor told me I had to pull out, but the team said to come just to see what I can do. “I had no expectations at all. A week ago I couldn’t bend my back forward and I had given up on my dream of winning a medal. But once you get that close to gold, you want more.” Ireland’s Katie Taylor strengthened her claim to be the greatest women’s boxer of all time as she outpointed Estelle Mossely of France to claim the 18th major title of her career at the European Games in Baku. Taylor’s triumph was much more expected, and now only India’s six-time world champion Mary Kom can come anywhere close to eclipsing the Bray 28-year-old’s career achievement in women’s competition. Taylor said: “I felt a bit tired after my previous bout but I managed to pull through. My main goal is to go on to defend my Olympic title – I want to go down in history as the greatest female boxer of all time.” While Taylor enjoyed an easier final than her wafer-thin semi-final verdict over Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna on Friday, she was still tested by Mosseley and admitted the strain of the competition had left her some way short of her best. The favourite struggled to find her range in a first round which one judge gave in favour of her opponent, but she was far more accurate with right hooks in the second, and pressed home her advantage in the second half of the contest. Taylor added: “I felt like she was causing me a small bit of trouble. I’ve had great preparation for this competition so it wasn’t the fitness at all, but yesterday’s bout took its toll mentally and physically really. “Sometimes you go into the ring feeling more tired than usual but you have to dig deep and pull through and I think that is the mark of a great champion.” If Taylor’s win was to be expected the same could not be said of 22-year-old Portlaoise middleweight O’Reilly, a relative newcomer to the Irish elite programme who was not given much of a chance against World Series of Boxing finalist Musalov. But O’Reilly caught his opponent off-guard with a furious start to claim the first round, and although he showed signs of tiring in a second which swung Musalov’s way, a rousing finale saw the unassuming O’Reilly scrape a deserved victory. Press Association Taylor conceded she was not at her best following a recent wrist injury but she still proved a cut above her competition as she added the inaugural lightweight gold to her Olympic crown and five world championship titles. And team-mate Michael O’Reilly made it double boxing gold for Ireland when he shocked home favourite Xaybula Musalov to claim the middleweight title in a rousing scrap in front of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev.
A Tennessee teenager has died from injuries she sustained in a bizarre dog attack.Adrieanna O’Shea died Friday after being hospitalized for over a week.The 19-year-old was attempting to retrieve her purse at a neighbor’s home when several dogs mauled her.A witness told authorities that she heard O’ shea screaming “Help me” and saw a neighbor’s dogs attacking her.The animals reportedly tossed her into the air, and then dragged her body toward a wooded area.Knox County sheriff’s deputies said they found O’ shea unconscious and covered in bite wounds at the scene.Deputies shot one dog and the four others were later euthanized.Police described the dogs as a mastiff, a Rottweiler-Lab mix, two mastiff-Lab mixes, and a Pitbull.The young girl reportedly dreamed of becoming a history teacher and traveling the world.The obituary Adrieanna McKenna O’Shea has been released. https://t.co/3q5vJvydgm Background: https://t.co/0KOTWn3CjC pic.twitter.com/TFzfG3Hcbs— DogsBite.org (@dogsbite) September 4, 2019 It is unclear at this time whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.
Letterkenny Credit Union are offering flexible loans for members to enjoy an extra-special summer holiday without taking a chunk out of the household budget:The summer holiday continues to be a staple spend for Irish households, with holidaymakers booking their trips earlier than ever and willing to spend more. A recent survey by the Irish Travel Agents Association revealed that holiday bookings are on the rise with 65% of travel agents reporting an increase in reservations made during the third quarter in 2017.The survey also reveals that cruises will be the top trend for holidays booked through travel agents in 2018 , while an increasing number of people are also booking long-haul and multi-destination trips. These trips of course can be costly, and for many households, the summer holiday will be their largest spend of the year. Letterkenny Credit Union is urging people and families to plan ahead and start budgeting now for that well-earned summer break. Paul Hume, Chairperson Letterkenny Credit Union said: “We know that our members work hard all year and look forward to a much-deserved break when the summer months come around. With overseas holidays and multi-destination trips increasing in popularity, that summer trip can also take a hefty chunk out of the household budget. “Our advice is to start planning now to ensure you spend within your means and that your trip is financially stress-free. If you know you’ll need to borrow, have a chat with us about our affordable holiday loan. Available at an APR of 8.2%*, our loan comes without any transaction fees or charges. “At Letterkenny Credit Union we have a flexible approach and we are happy to structure repayments in a way that works best for you, which means you won’t be paying off your summer break for months on end. So whether your plans for summer 2018 are a romantic cruise ship or a fun-filled family trip-of-a-lifetime we are here to make those plans a reality.” Paul continued: “There are more advantages to a Letterkenny Credit Union holiday loan, as you are also free to pay off your loan early, make additional lump sum repayments or increase your regular repayments all without a penalty.“Remember, in your local credit union, you are more than just a customer, you are a valued member. We are happy to accept loan applications from all our members – those we see every day, our new members and those members we may not have seen in a while. Our friendly staff are also happy to help with tips and guidance on budgeting your summer trip.”Letterkenny Credit Union also offers holiday insurance options through Coveru.ie holiday insurance. The web-based product offers members of Letterkenny Credit Union greater accessibility, good value and most importantly excellent cover so holiday-makers can have total peace of mind when abroad. Coveru.ie holiday Insurance is being offered by Letterkenny Credit Union in conjunction with AIG Europe and offers comprehensive worldwide travel insurance. For further information please visit our website: www.letterkennycu.ie/loan/loan-calculator/ or contact Letterkenny Credit Union on 0749124166 or email [email protected]*For a €2000, 1 year variable interest rate loan with 12 monthly repayments of €173.95 an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €2086.43. Information correct as at 16/2/2018.Sponsored Post How Letterkenny Credit Union loans can make summer holidays extra-special was last modified: February 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:FinanceholidayLetterkenny Credit Unionloans