first_imgRory at back with principal Paraig Canon and other teachers alongside their pupils.The GAA has gone global in one Co Donegal school.And it’s in no small part to a certain teacher who happens to be a star player on the team which plays Kerry in the All-Ireland Final this Sunday.Pupils from no less than nine different countries including Poland, Lithuania, Scotland, Hungary, Nigeria, Korea, the UK, Ireland and The Philippines play gaelic football each day at Scoil Cholmcille in Letterkenny. And they couldn’t get a better coach than a certain muinteoir Rory Kavanagh who hopes to help Donegal lift the Sam Maguire this Sunday.Principal of Scoil Cholmcille, Paraig Cannon says Rory is the modern-day Finn McCool and is loved by everyone at the school.“Rory is so tall but gets on so well with all the pupils and is such a hands-on teacher.“It is great for the children to be able to immersed in Irish culture from such a young age and what better way than through gaelic games. “He reminds me of a modern-day Finn McCool because he is so tall and all the kids literally look up to him,” said Mr Cannon.He said the entire school has simply gone All-Ireland crazy this week with the entire school decorated in the Donegal colours.“It’s great for kids across Donegal that we are in the All-Ireland Final but to have a teacher in the school who is on the team is even more special.“Rory is forever giving up his time for the children and he is a credit to his family, his school and his county,” he added.The only downside of all the celebrations is that, despite having a star player on the staff, Principal Canon still doesn’t have a ticket for the game. “I may have to resort to more devious means,” he laughed.THE GAA GOES GLOBAL IN DONEGAL SCHOOL THANKS TO THEIR OWN FINN McCOOL was last modified: September 19th, 2014 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)Tags:donegalGAAletterkennyRory Kavanaghscoil cholmcillelast_img read more

Costa Rica adds 5000 species to biodiversity index

first_imgMore than 5,000 species of plants and animals have been added to Costa Rica’s Biodiversity Index, a catalogue of all flora and fauna found in the country. The addition brings the total number of species living in Costa Rica to approximately 92,000.Some of the newly listed species were recently discovered for the first time. Others were known, but recently reclassified as new species. The new additions include 49 birds, two amphibians, one mammal and more than 650 mushrooms.“We will use the index as a tool for planning our overall biodiversity strategy for 2014-2020,” Marta Jiménez, executive director of the National Commission for Biodiversity Management, told The Tico Times.According to Jiménez, the new plan will lay out five strategies to achieve 20 goals for maintaining Costa Rica’s biodiversity. The plan will work to mitigate increasing threats to biodiversity like overpopulation, deforestation, pollution and climate change as well as set guidelines for wildlife and forestry management.The relatively small country of Costa Rica is home to nearly 4.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more