Anthony Foley to be laid to rest on Friday

first_imgTeam News: Munster name team to take on Ulster at Thomond Park RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBreaking newsAnthony Foley to be laid to rest on FridayBy Staff Reporter – October 18, 2016 896 Craig Casey praises the influence of Conor Murray Print Twitter Tom Savage: Hooker an area where Munster can find improvement going forward Linkedin Email Previous articleWarning of ‘sinister’ dog poisoning on O’Briensbridge Loop WalkNext article#newmusic Windings to launch ‘Be Honest and Fear Not’ this weekend Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Rhys Marshall confirmed as latest Munster departure Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSAnthony FoleyfeaturedfuneralIrelandMunster Munster announce departure of long-serving prop James Cronin Facebook Anthony Foley will be laid to rest this FridayAnthony Foley will be laid to rest this FridayTHE rugby legend, who is being mourned by his family in Killaloe and the rugby fraternity both near and far, will be laid to rest this Friday after it was confirmed the remains of the Anthony Foley will be flown home on Wednesday.The Munster and Ireland rugby legend died suddenly in Paris at the weekend aged 42.Anthony’s remains will be flown home to Shannon Airport tomorrow, Wednesday, from where they will be brought to his family home in Killaloe, Co. Clare.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Anthony’s remains will lie in repose at St Flannan’s Church in Killaloe from 1pm to 8:30 sharp on Thursday evening.Those intending on paying their respects to Anthony are asked to attend early.People are asked to respect the privacy of the family at this time.Requiem Mass will take place at 12midday on Friday at St Flannan’s Church, with Church reserved for family and friends only.An area outside will be reserved for media near speakers.Burial afterwards will be at Relig Núa Cemetery, Killaloe.Family flowers only. Official: Simon Zebo signs deal with Munster Rugbylast_img read more

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Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election _ many others, too

first_imgHarold Baines (AP Photo/File) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer.“Very shocked,” he admitted.So were many others around the baseball world.In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the Mandalay Bay resort, a lot of conversations at the winter meetings started the exact same way: “Harold Baines?”No one doubted Baines was a top player — a six-time All-Star with 1,628 RBIs, 384 home runs and 2,866 hits.“I had a great career. I’m very proud of it,” he said.But a couple other numbers stood out, too. Baines never drew more than 6.1 percent in five elections by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, far from the 75 percent required. In the key WAR stat compiled by baseballreference.com, Baines’ lifetime total was tied for 545th.Yes, 545th.Behind the likes of Placido Polanco, Jim Sundberg and Rafael Furcal in wins above replacement, not to mention Gil Hodges, Dick Allen, Don Mattingly, John Olerud and dozens more.The vote by the Today’s Game Era Committee was sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown. Especially because the 16-member panel appointed by the Hall board included longtime Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.“I’m glad he was on that committee this year to help to get into the Hall of Fame,” Baines said.Baines spent nearly all of his first 10 seasons with the White Sox and currently serves as a team ambassador in their community relations department.“So happy for Harold. He’s a great player and a great human being,” Reinsdorf praised in a statement. “I am so honored that I was a member of the committee. He deserved to be in long ago. I am just so excited.”“Not only was Harold one of my favorite players to watch, but I have nothing but admiration for him as a player and as a human being,” he said.Tony La Russa, Baines’ first big league manager, also was on the panel that elected him.In the past, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski were among the players who benefited from friendly faces on Veterans Committees to reach the Hall. That panel has been revamped over the years, and the Today’s Game Era group was created as part of changes in 2014.“The era committees were established as a sort of a court of appeals for an opportunity in the event that over time it was felt that maybe somebody slipped through the cracks,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “And in the case of someone who received 6 percent of the vote in the BBWAA election, the reason that may have happened could be for many, many reasons.”It took 12 votes for election by the panel — longtime reliever Lee Smith was unanimous, Baines got 12 and former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell just short with 11.George Steinbrenner, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel all received fewer than five votes.Baines, now 59, had a smooth, consistent, left-handed stroke. But he never finished higher than ninth in an MVP vote, and never was among the top five AL hitters in the yearly batting race. His single-season high was 29 home runs at a time when lots of players hit more.As this vote approached, his name drew little-to-no buzz in debates over who might be selected.“I wasn’t expecting this day to come,” the career .289 hitter said.Baines became a designated hitter after knee trouble ended his days in the outfield, and DHs have struggled to gain backing from Hall voters.Baines joined Frank Thomas as the only players in the Hall who spent more than half his games as a DH.“Everything I hear or read is DH is really not part of the game, I guess. But I disagree. But maybe this will the open up the doors for some more DHs,” Baines said.Both closers and DHs could see the numbers increase again very shortly.Mariano Rivera is eligible for the first time and big-hitting DH Edgar Martinez will be back on the ballot when results of the next BBWAA election are announced Jan. 22.Induction ceremonies are scheduled for July 21 at Cooperstown, New York.Between now and then, there’s certain to be more discussion about who else should be in the Hall. Drug-tainted Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on the upcoming BBWAA ballot, influential players’ union head Marvin Miller has been denied seven times by various committees, and steroids user Mark McGwire wasn’t among Sunday’s candidates.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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BIG CHILL 2: SIX INCHES OF SNOW ON WAY THIS EVENING

first_img1PM: LATEST: DONEGAL is being battered by blizzards again this afternoon as Big Chill 2 continues unabated.The worst hit areas were around Inishowen, the Finn Valley, Gaoth Dobhair and around Letterkenny. The windchill factor in some areas hit -10C.Forecasters are now predicting there will not be a thaw until at least Christmas Eve. There has already been reports of many crashes including a truck that has jack-knifed in Stranorlar while there has also been a crash at Market Square, Letterkenny.Gardai are today warning motorists only to make essential journeys and some schools have decided to close – with many school events such as concerts having to be postponed or cancelled. A full list is in our news section.Roads in and around Letterkenny are treacherous this afternoon – with 15 CMs of snow on the way this evening.Roads around Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Ardara and Killybegs are poor this morning and motorists are told to avoid travelling south into Sligo. Many roads across the Border in Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh have been hit with heavy snowfalls.The Barnesmore Gap is ‘poor’ – and there are large tailbacks through Stranorlar.There are also now reports that Meearoy has been closed as more heavy snow starts to fall.There is a severe weather warning for later today with forecasters predicting a prolonged and heavy snowfall this afternoon.And there’s worse to come – with more snow and ice forecast for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday – with Met Eireann forecasting a thaw on Christmas Eve, with rain on Christmas Day. From midday today, Donegal County Council will suspend gritting services to hundreds of kilometres of local roads thanks to a lack of salt from the National Roads Authority which has been accused once again of diverting supplies to Dublin and the south of the country.The weather will also hit local traders just when they need the business most – and anyone hoping to get presents online may find they won’t arrive in time for Christmas Day.The fall-out from the chaos on the roads is set to continue with local politicians accusing the Government of once again hanging the North West out to dry.“The bottom line is that Donegal has been left hung out to dry again. Once again we have been left to fend for ourselves,” said Councillor Jimmy Harte. “In fairness to council officials and staff on the ground, they can only work with what they have. I have no doubt that council officials will be working flat out in the coming days.“But the bottom line is that we simply do not have enough salt to treat all the roads and the responsibility for that rests with Minister Noel Dempsey.“You can bet the Minister’s own constituency is not short of salt,” fumed Colr Harte.A further weather update will follow soon…….BIG CHILL 2: SIX INCHES OF SNOW ON WAY THIS EVENING was last modified: December 17th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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