JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, WINNER: “Sometimes the first ones are the best ones, I’d like to take some credit but honestly it was John Sherriff and his crew, man they did a lot of work on this mare and they finally got her to a point where she will listen to you a little bit, I left the gate and had a great post, I stayed as still as I could and just kind of let her get that big beautiful stride of hers going, once she did that she had the race under control.“I wanted to engage her against Just a Smidge but, when you engage horses they are taught to fight. They will get after each other so the pace would have been quicker, I might be losing a little bit of ground but, I got her to do it relaxed. If I can get them to relax, I’d rather do that. Once I came into the far turn and engaged her, you saw what she did, she took off and she might have done that earlier. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn’t.“Working her in the morning helped and just being around her, she used to run against Unique Bella quite a bit and honestly they are very very similar, it’s too bad they haven’t raced against each other because they would knock each other in the head so I basically rode her like I did Unique Bella.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER OF PARADISE WOODS WINNER: “When we first got her, she was very anxious. When she gets mad, she stays mad for a long time, so we spent a long time focused on ways to keep her from getting anxious. The first thing was to get her to relax in her gallops and hopefully, we’ve taught her a better way to relax. She has tremendous ability and we need repeatable performances and we need her to develop a style. As you saw today, she was sitting there relaxed, she was just off that filly (Just a Smidge) but she wasn’t pulling. That’s the kind of talent she has.“This is very gratifying because (co-owner) Marty Wygod really wanted to campaign her this year and there was a lot of criticism about not breeding her.”NOTES: The winning owners are. Steven Sarkowsky, Martin J. Wygod, and Pam Wygod.
Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon says plans to close the fire station in Ballyshannon are wrong and called for a reconsideration of the proposal.His comments follow the recommendation by Donegal’s Chief Fire Officer Joseph McTaggart that the Ballyshannon station would be closed and replaced with a new shared station near Bundoran.Deputy Scanlon raised the issue during a Fianna Fáil debate on the retention of Dublin Fire Brigade this week. “Fire service management in Co. Donegal have recommended the amalgamation of fire services at Ballyshannon and Bundoran, and the closure of the fire station at Ballyshannon. I think this is a retrograde step which will effectively result in the downgrading of services”, said Deputy Scanlon.“These towns need separate stations as both see their populations dramatically increase – by as much as tenfold – in the summer months, when tourists flock into the county. Funding was originally committed for two stations so I cannot understand why there are now proposals to close Ballyshannon.“It is a retrograde step and I have asked the Minister of State to meet with the officials in his Department and try to get this matter resolved.”Donegal County Council will hold a meeting on the issue this Monday, 25th June. Deputy Scanlon has also called for an extension of the retirement age of firefighters, which currently stands at 55.He said: “While this can be extended for a further three years if they pass a medical, I believe this is still too low. There are plenty of firefighters who want to continue working past that and are well fit to do so. Under the existing system, people could be forced to wait more than 10 years before being able to draw down their pension.“I believe the age limit should be raised to 63, on completion of a medical. These firefighters are experienced and have developed skills over the course of their careers that should not be disregarded just because of their age. This experience should be fully utilised and I am calling on the Minister to examine this proposal”.Closing Ballyshannon Fire Station would be ‘retrograde step’ – Scanlon TD was last modified: June 21st, 2018 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:ballyshannon fire stationEamon Scanlon