Tony Becca | Cricket needs an overhaul

first_imgOh, for something like India’s Supreme Court. Ever since the West Indies Cricket Board of Control was formed in June 1927, West Indies cricket has been considered the most important thing in the region. It has been said, by numerous people – by politicians, by influential people, and mostly by the man in the street – that cricket is the link between the territories, between the islands, and that it is the force that keeps the West Indian islands and their people together, that binds them all together. It is considered even a greater force of togetherness than the University of the West Indies, which was formed in 1948 by 18 countries in the region for the “higher education” of the people with the “aim of unlocking the potential for the economic and cultural growth”. The West Indies Cricket Board was formed mainly because each island was not strong enough to take on neither England nor Australia and they needed to come together and form one team, to select that team, and in the age of colonialism, that was important. Simply put, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, or British Guiana could not compete in Test cricket. Alone, each was not good enough. To play England as one team, to beat England, the colonial masters, was the ambition of every West Indian, and when the team did beat them, it was everlasting joy all over and outside the West Indies. Cricket, therefore, took on an importance of no ordinary meaning. The cricketers were stars, the administrators were successful and well – respected people in the society, and because of all that, cricket was almost a law unto itself. Anything cricket wanted, from anywhere, and probably regardless of who or what suffered, cricket got, and all because of the wishes of the people. At the height of the West Indies’ success at cricket, people talked about Caribbean unity and the spirit of the Caribbean people. It was, to almost everyone, all for one and one for all. In the days of glory, it did not matter who played on the team, be it nine Barbadians, black or white, or seven Jamaicans, black or white, etcetera, etcetera, or whether a “small islander” was in the team. In today’s disappointing days, however, it matters a great deal who plays – black, white, or Indian – whether, for instance, they are from Barbados or from the Windward Islands, and the team is stripped to the bone each time it is announced, and especially each time it is beaten. Everything seems to have gone wrong in the Caribbean, but nothing has changed, except for the captains, the players, the coaches, and the selectors. Cricket, it is said by many, is still the heart-beat of the Caribbean, and to most of the territories, it still remains so. Why then has cricket continued to be the most important sport in the region, or there about, and yet it is allowed to be used by the few, to be controlled, totally controlled, by one man, or by a few men. True, the president, and the board members are voted into office by members of the fraternity, but for an association that consists of six-member boards, and when only 12 persons, two from each member board, are allowed to cast a vote, something must be wrong, or could be wrong, with such a system. One does not need to be a genius to see what can happen in such a situation. The board members are answerable to no one, and so is the president. If the president, by whatever means, manages to control seven votes, he is in, and he is in for as long as he wants. Whether he does a good job, or whether the people feel that he has done a good job, it does not matter. There is nothing above the board member to which they are answerable. They are a law unto themselves, once they control the limited number of votes. Some time ago, the Jamaica Cricket Association’s executive voted unanimously not to support the West Indies board president’s bid for a second term in office. But he was a Jamaican, and some members of the executive and members of the association saw it as such, and they called a special general meeting at which the association voted overwhelmingly to over-turn the executive committee’s vote. The reason for doing so, it was said, was that the president was a Jamaican. In the final analysis, the law of the land is supposed to protect the people of the land, especially for something as important as cricket to the people of the land. The West Indies, however, is a region in which 12 sovereign countries, with 12 different constitutions, among other things, form six-member boards, and it is simply not so. There is not a single entity to deal with what is supposed to be a common problem for the people, and any attempt to try and solve it by one of the entities that make up West Indies cricket would lead to destruction of that entity. It would lead to all sorts of mayhem, and insularity would show its ugly head. There is something called “CARICOM”, however, but that is nothing more than just a figure head, or something like that. “CARICOM” is a sort of federation. It has tried to act. It has talked a lot, but nothing has ever come from all the talk. And the board knows this, and that is why it virtually ignores anything “CARICOM” tries to do. West Indies cricket needs help, and it needs help quickly. Oh, for something like the Indian Supreme Court. Although it does not sound right, and although it happens in places like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and in Pakistan, where the governments are deeply involved in sports, it is needed in the West Indies, or something like it. West Indies cricket needs something to look after its interest and the interest of the people. In India, cricket is part of the people’s business. Cricket is big. Cricket means money and money means cricket, and the Indian Premier League is based in India. In India, cricket is protected by the laws of the land, and the Supreme Court in India has been called upon to rule on things such as conflict of interest, corruption, and other things in the interest of the people. It has removed men from office, it has stopped men getting into office, and it is now about to rule on the members of the BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, following the board’s refusal to make certain changes to cricket in India as recommended by the Lotha Committee. The Supreme Court of India checked with the International Cricket Council, the ICC, to find out if it would be interfering with cricket in India before it moved to protect cricket in India and the people of India. The ICC said no. The BCCI was not interfering with cricket, not according to its rules, which refer to government interference in sport. In India, cricket is truly for the people of India, and India is looking out for its people. It is time the West Indies, or CARICOM, do something for its people. The West Indies Cricket Board, as big as it is, must be answerable to someone.last_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, August 9

first_imgHost Ray Stubbs was joined in the studio by Henry Winter and Patrick Barclay.The boys reflected on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, including Arsenal’s shock defeat to West Ham.last_img

THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTS

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: With less than 15 minutes left here at Celtic Park today, it was beginning to look as if 2013 was going to bring a losing start for the Hoops.But football can change quickly – and thankfully it did as Celtic overcame Motherwell by a single goal to go nine points clear in the SPL.It could have been so different. Celtic had dominated the game and should have been ahead by the time ‘Well’s Jamie Murphy jinked into the Celtic box and completed a dive worthy of Olympic gold (or even an Oscar!).Fraser Forster was then booked as he complained that Tom Hateley had placed the ball ahead of the penalty spot. Ref Mclean was not having a good day.Forster showed his world class by pulling off a superb save to keep the game scoreless.Just three minutes later Celtic went up the other end and took the lead. Super Gary Hooper broke out of midfield, fed the ball to his left where Samaras went racing up the wing before returning a superb ball back to Hooper who squeezed home a superb winner.Celtic coach Garry Parker was full of praise for his team after the game – and in particular his goalie.“He’s a great goalie – he’s in the England squad and it’s fully deserved,” said Parker.“You always fancy him at penalties, he’s a big lad and he’s a good goalie.“We’ve played very well, we created a number of chances. We just couldn’t break them down – they defended well. “We had 18 shots on goal and we broke them down late on. We deserved the goal and we deserved the three points.”Celtic now go into their winter break – but aren’t taking anything for granted, said Parker.“We just wanted to win the game and go nine points clear,” he added.“We’ve got that game in hand over Inverness and we’ve just got to keep going and winning games. “Everybody’s beating everybody – we lost last week, so it’s difficult.“They’ve played a lot of football, we’ve had a lot of games. We’re in a position where we want to be and it’s a good time to have a break.”THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTS was last modified: January 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTSlast_img read more

“DONEGAL NEED TO ADAPT TO CONTINUE SUCCESS” – KARL LACEY

first_imgKarl Lacey believes Donegal need to adapt this season in order to continue their success.Donegal player Karl Lacey feels Donegal have to adapt in order to continue the success they enjoyed under the tenure of Jim McGuinness.Rory Gallagher is the new Donegal manager and replacing Donegal’s most successful ever manager is an unenviable task for the Fermanagh man.Lacey feels not a lot will change under the stewardship of Gallagher, and that Donegal will adopt the same philosophy’s and principles that applied under McGuinness. However, Lacey does feel that when Donegal face opponents who play like they do that they have to have the ability to adapt and change.Lacey told The Irish News, ” I’m sure it’s not going to change too much and every team nearly seems to be going the same way now anyway.“But I do think one thing we need to learn is that teams are starting to play like us so we need to know how to play against that as well.“In other years, teams weren’t playing like us so we could just play our own game. Now we need to be able to play against it as well. “You saw what happened in the All-Ireland final. Kerry played very similar to us and we weren’t able to deal with it so that’s one big lesson that we need to take out of last year and bring it into this year.”Lacey concluded, “People will say, ‘why change if you’re doing things well?’ But as I said, other teams are doing things against you now so you have to adapt and it’s up to us to do the video work and see exactly what other teams are doing and to adapt.Lacey is expected to make his first Donegal appearance of 2015 against Derry in this weekend’s league opener against Derry. “DONEGAL NEED TO ADAPT TO CONTINUE SUCCESS” – KARL LACEY was last modified: January 28th, 2015 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:donegalGAAkarl laceynewsSportlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: JASON MCGEE IN SENSATIONAL FORM AS CLOUGHANEELY HAMMER ST NAUL’S

first_imgJason McGee pictured here in action for the Donegal minors was in sensational form for Cloughaneely last weekend.Cloughaneely GAA News:The seniors had their final home game of the season on Sunday last, when they faced St Nauls. They came out with a convincing 2-14|0-03 win in what was a very one-sided affair. Cloughaneely’s top scorer of the day, Jason McGee, was first to open the scoring with a point in the 9th minute, which was quickly followed up by another point from John Fitzgerald. Ciaran McGeady had another impressive day out and managed to put away the 1st goal of the day in the 12th min. John Harley, Paddy Cannon, Shaun McGuire, Lee O’Brien and Darren Ferry were all contributors to Cloughaneely’s first half score of 1-08 to St. Nauls’ 0-02. Cloughaneely were unfortunate not to have earned a 2nd goal in the 35th min when a penalty taken by Jason McGee was saved by the Naul’s keeper and subsequently ended up over the bar to register a point. Jason added his 3rd point moments later. Cloughaneely’s 2nd goal came in the 17th min with Cillian Gallagher off-loading the ball to Jason McGee who found himself in on goal. Other 2nd half points came from Cian McFadden, Kevin McFadden, Paddy Cannon and Cillian Gallagher. Relative new-comer to the senior panel Ciaran McFadden also put in an impressive and promising performance in the number 7 jersey on the day.   Cloughaneely Seniors now find themselves level with Bundoran in 2nd place on the league table. The league campaign draws to a close this weekend when Cloughaneely play their final game away to Glenfin on Sunday, reserves 1:30 and Seniors 3:00 pm.     ***Date for your Diaries: Las Vegas All Star Casino Night – Nov 14th!!***  Preparations for the Casino Night are well under way! Tickets are in demand and only a limited number are available so please get your order in with any club officer or through Óstan Loch Áltan as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment! Tickets are priced at €20, which includes a champagne reception, finger food and $50 of chips! It promises to be a great night of entertainment! We hope to see you all there! Tel: Marie 086-8351996, or Maire: 086-8427295.   ***Halloween Disco***  There will be an adult fancy dress disco with Dj Ed held in Óstan Loch Áltan on Saturday Oct 31st! Doors open at 11 PM and prize for best dressed on the night!      ***Quiz Night***  The Cloughaneely Quiz night will take place this Friday night, Oct 30th, at 9:30 pm in the Shamrock! The quizzes have always been a great night so bring your friends and family along for the night!GAA NEWS: JASON MCGEE IN SENSATIONAL FORM AS CLOUGHANEELY HAMMER ST NAUL’S was last modified: October 27th, 2015 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:GAASportlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgCharlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 22nd Feb 02, 04, 11, 17. No jackpot winner 1 match 3 No’s. €100 Eilish Jackson Gortahork. Next Week’s Jackpot €2,475 Tickets from any committee member €2 Thanks to everyone for their continued support. Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandThe band would like to thank everyone who travelled to Strabane for the Devine and Breslin commemoration. No practice this Tues.St. Patrick’s NS New Entrants 2012 Enrolment day for Scoil Phadraig Drumkeen is the 16th March 2012 from 12 noon to 2.30p.mNoreen from BC Embroidery will be available in the school with a sample of our school uniform to try on.  Orders and payment will be accepted on the same day.All forms will be available for parents to fill in on the day.  Please bring your Child’s birth cert, Baptismal cert and PPS number.  The children will be given the opportunity to see their class room and to meet their teacher.If you are unable to make it on this date please do not hesitate to call into the office Mon to Fri between 9.30 and 2.30 to pick up your enrolment pack.Youth ClubYouth Club leaders for Fri 2nd Mar 7.30 pm – 9.30pm Charlie Quinn, John Guthrie New contact details for the youth club areemail drumkeenyouthclub@gmail.com Mobile No; 086 7225412 Training sat morning for u 14 girls 10 – 11am and u8 -u12 boys and girls 11 – 12 noon bring your own drink pleaseTickets available from any committee member for our big Development Draw that takes place 8th April in Mannies Bar Convoy €10 for 1 or €20 for book of 3. Ticket sellers will be around over the next few weeks thanks again to everyone for their continued supportClub membership is now due €20 adults and €3 for u18Mens training Tues Ladies and Minor Training Tuesday at 6 30 and Sun Morning at 10am. Gaelic For Mothers and others  Training on Wed at 8.15 new members welcome  come along and join the fun. Finn Valley CollegePlease note the final date for enrolment is Mon 5th March 2012 @ 4.00pm Phone 074 9131684 for enquiries.Drumkeen UtdOur 35th Anniversary Free Members draw will take place in Jameson’s bar on Fri 4th May 2012.18 prizes to be won. Tickets €10 each or 3 for €20. All proceeds in aid of new Astro Turf training pitch. Tickets available from any club member or at the clubhouse (074 9134208)Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please emaildrumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: February 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

Schurr retools offense

first_img “Sure, it was great to have Jesse here, and it’s tough to lose someone like him,” Dick said. “You can’t really replace him, but we’re moving on, and our goals are the same as they have been each year. “We want to win a (league) championship, our first goal, and then work hard to try to win a CIF championship. It’s not like there’s anything that needs to be fixed. The program is in good shape.” Conversations about Schurr High School’s football program the past two seasons pretty much revolved around Jesse Ramirez, the pint-sized running back who rewrote the Spartans’ record book in leading them to back-to-back Almont League championships. Ramirez and his 4,926 yards and 71 touchdowns are gone, as is head coach Mike Mayoral, who retired. Elvin Dick, the Spartans’ offensive line coach the past three seasons, takes over the reins and Steven Cano will try to fill Ramirez’s shoes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Schurr returns seven starters, four of them on offense, and should benefit from what Dick calls “a lot of returning players at skilled positions and three starting linemen.” He said his philosophy about whether to rely on the run or pass “depends on what types of kids we have.” “Last year, we ran the ball more,” Dick said. “This year, I think we can throw it a little better, so we may be more balanced. We lost a couple of key linemen, so we might not be quite as strong up front.” Cano, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, started at free safety last season and also saw limited time as Ramirez’s back-up. Cano did find time to rush for 160 yards against Walnut when Ramirez was sidelined by an injury in the second round of the CIF playoffs. Newcomer Joseph Orduno, a 5-10, 180-pound junior up from the junior varsity, will step in at quarterback. center_img “He really dedicated himself this summer to learn the offense,” Dick said. “He has a good arm, he’s more of a pocket passer, and he still has to prove himself. He doesn’t have great speed, but he moves well enough for us to move the pocket a little now and then.” Senior center Jesus Norona (5-8, 215) heads a list of returning wide bodies up front that includes three players tipping the scale at 300 pounds or better: Michael Diaz (senior, OT/DE, 6-4, 304), Philip Garcia (senior, O/DL, 6-7, 315) and Chad Brown (senior, OL, 6-4, 305). Other key returners include Richard Duran (junior, O/DL, 5-10, 230), Julian De La Hay (junior, WR/CB, 5-8, 165) and Art Castellanos (senior, CB/WR, 5-8, 165). Matt Alvarez (senior, FB/LB, 5-10, 190) and James Robledo (junior, O/DL, 5-10, 225) join Orduno as impressive newcomers up from the junior varsity. Dick also singled out Rudy Jordan (sophomore, CB/RB, 5-6, 160), who is up from the freshman team. “Our No. 1 goal is simple,” Dick said. “We want to improve every day and see where it takes us.” — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wilma plays trick on S. Florida

first_imgMIAMI – Trick-or-treating was canceled for many youngsters across South Florida on Monday – a week after Hurricane Wilma struck – because the power was still out in many places and storm debris made some streets and sidewalks hazardous. Nine-year-old Mika Lorenzo was disappointed, but still planned to wear his knight’s costume for Halloween. “In Miami Springs, they always have parties and tell stories. And now they have canceled that,” Mika said. Officials in Miami and other communities asked parents not to let their children go out after dark. Elsewhere, a young victim of another hurricane got a big Halloween treat: Ten-year-old Glenn Hall III, a New Orleans trumpeter whose house and horn were destroyed by Katrina, was given a new instrument and the role of grand marshal for the Greenwich Village parade in New York, the nation’s biggest public Halloween event. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week By Monday afternoon, Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest electric utility, said power had been restored to 75 percent of the customers who were blacked out by the Oct. 24 storm, but that left 800,000 homes and businesses still without electricity. Up to 160,000 customers might not get service back until Nov. 22, FPL said. The state listed about 1,500 people still in emergency shelters. The Lower Keys and Key West were reopened to tourists. Previously, only residents were allowed in. Public schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties were closed through at least Wednesday and in Miami-Dade through today. The death toll from Wilma climbed to 21 in Florida over the weekend. Bob Cole of Miami Springs said he would keep his daughter, Celeste, 7, at home on Halloween. “There is a lot of dangerous stuff on the street. Downed wires, hazardous debris, generators unattended,” Cole said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Electrifying stories of rural life in Donegal released

first_imgThe stories of three Donegal residents feature prominently in a unique book of memories of the roll-out of the Rural Electrification Scheme across the country 70 years ago this month.Then There Was Light is a collection of tales of the time when Ireland left the dark ages as the ESB brought electricity to even the most remote communities in the largest ever undertaking by the fledgling independent nation.Malin Head-Cardonagh native Des Doherty is a former ESB manager. His story, The Donegal Coasters, explains how the poles sourced for the Rural Electrification Scheme, mostly from Scandinavia, landed in western ports that were often too small for the size of ship trying to dock with the poles on board. John McArt is originally from Raphoe but now lives in Sligo. He recalls how his father Pat got a two-week start from a kind boss and ended up working for 40 years in the ESB.Cresslough resident, Moira Gallagher now lives in Lifford and her contribution is a moving poem entitled Measuring The Poles, where she focuses on her blind granduncle’s reaction to the coming of the light around their home.This book, co-edited by PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney, contains scores of stories celebrating the 70th anniversary of the scheme that eventually wound up in the late 1970s.The stories for this collection come from eyewitnesses, ESB employees and the general public as they recall the suspicions, worries and welcome the scheme faced during arguably the most important rural Ireland undertaking in our history. They are diverse in subject matter and geographical spread and encapsulate the pioneering work carried out on what became a rapidly changing rural landscape.Electrifying stories of rural life in Donegal released was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by StephenShare 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

DD Motoring: The expertise of Ronnie O’Brien

first_imgI don’t know which runs quieter, the 1910 stationary engine or Ronnie O’Brien with his humble manner as he talks to us about cars, tractors and all types of machinery this week. You could be forgiven for thinking that you had just landed in the set for the 1960’s television series ‘Heartbeat’ with all the vintage and classic motorcars, tractors abs stationary engines.Out along the roadside a red MGB GT and behind that a vintage Morris Ten, six-cylinder in the richest of deep blue. Advertisement A beautiful Morris 10 six-cylinder at Ronnie O’Brien’s in Kilmacrannan. Photo Brian McDaid.By Brian McDaidHis home competes with space for his ever-growing collection of beautiful examples of motoring and agriculture history of all kinds.This week out motor column takes to the home of one of the founder members of Donegal Vintage club, Ronnie O’Brien, Kilmacrennan.Around the late 1970s or early ’80s the late Sammy Cowan and Willie Borland, along with Willie McCauley and Ronnie, formed the vintage club locally in Co. Donegal. Advertisement Bonagee ShowRonnie recalls that one of the first vintage show the club had was part of the Old Bonagee Show before the Drumbarnett Show became an annual feature.Made to measureIn his workshop, which once was a precision engineering hive of activity, now sits still even though the old machining equipment is still in place, but demand for that type of work has faded away.The old Model Bakery, Milford Bakery and Flour Mills and even Courtalls, later to become Unifi, all called on the expertise of Ronnie O’Brien when a machine part failed and a replacement part could not be bought off the shelf Ronnie would be the “go-to man” to make a new part from scratch, to get the wheels of industry moving again. Vintage Giving the experience and skill that Ronnie had gathered over the years and the greatest love for the original machinery that once graced or roads or farmed the land there is no place better for vintage machinery to get that VIP treatment.Ronnie started his career as a motor mechanic with McMahons Bros in Milford.Most of his time there wasn’t spend in the garage but out on the road where they went out to the farms to service the old Standard Ferguson tractors that Mc Mahons were the agents for and then Massey Ferguson which were new when Ronnie was a young mechanic. A classic Land Rover from 1960 just one of the vintage machines at Ronnie O’Brien. Photo Brian McDaid.The servicing was very straight forward for tractors that farmers that looked after their machinery, an oil change for both the engine and the rear end, which in those days used the very same oil type and an oil filter were all that the tractors of yesteryear required to keep them working perfectly.Ronnie moved from a mechanic to the engineering when he went to work in Belfast before immigrating to England before returning home to Kilmacrennan and setting up his engineering business.In those years there was a good business to be made servicing the needs of all the industry that was around locally.Letterkenny had three bakeries baking loaves locally for Letterkenny early every morning.If machinery failed it had to be repaired right away and with some of the older machinery that parts could no longer be sourced for had to be made from scratch. Ronnie could get a call at any time of the day or night to make parts to get the plant up and running again.Today things are a lot different the biggest half of the daily sliced bread that goes on the breakfast tables is transported into the county on 40ft trailers from faraway bakeries.Nowadays the heavy engineering machinery is silent as plant machinery has become more throw away than serviceable.National Gas Engine Co. LtdThis engine landed in boxes of pieces in poorer shape than it left Aston under Lyne back over a century ago in 1910 when it was new it was the latest in producing electricity for lighting, maybe for a big stately home.Bickerton and Bradley were the company that made this beautiful stationary engine weighing in at a tonne.Ronnie O’Brien’s 1910 stationary engine which is a permeant fixture on special trailer which he brings it to show with. Photo Brian McDaid.Ronnie to the rescue is putting life back into this piece of history through a beautiful restoration project which included making a bespoke trailer to transport the engine to shows.This old engine sounds even human when running at just 300 revolutions per minute, (RPM) or 5 revolutions per second!!Drawing this station engine to shows Ronnie has a very original Series ll short- wheelbase 2,250 cc petrol powered Land Rover in its 60th year. Complete with overdrive.First projectRonnie still has the first vintage tractor that he reconditioned, an American Farmall sitting proudly in the corner of the workshop in its original red.He also has the cub version of the tractor sitting down the floor from it, which different projects for different people sitting like a catalogue of the history of car, tractor or stationary engine.An American Farmal, one of the first tractor that Ronnie O’Brien reconditioned. Photo Brian McDaid.Even with his workshop a lot quieter these days, it’s not hard to be drawn into the great account of motoring in Donegal by road or through the fields.Happy Motoring folksDD Motoring: The expertise of Ronnie O’Brien was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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