Friday, January 28, 2011

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Friday 28th January

Friday 28th January
The Morning how with Declan Meehan


The new latest price hike in Health Insurance was just one of the topics we covered on today’s Morning Show with Declan Meehan. We heard details from Money Doctor John Lowe and Financial Advisor John Diskin gave us further comment. For further help see www.hia.ie

Today’s Morning Show was broadcast live from Rathnew, where we were joined by some of our election candidates to discuss issues of the day including the latest on Wicklow Hospital, we also heard about GAA and Soccer in Rathnew and local community groups in the area. Marian Murphy from the Village Players joined us along with local Musician Thomas Byrne who performed live.
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Paralympics Ireland Launched


Pictured are Paralympic athletes, from left, table tennis player Eimear Breathnach, from Ballinteer, Dublin, member of the Paralympic Equestrian team Breda Bernie, from Shankill, Dublin, current Boccia World Champion Padraic Moran, from Bray, Co. Wicklow, Paralympic cyclist Cathal Miller, from Artane, Dublin, and Paralympic swimmer James Scully, from Ratoath, Co. Meath. Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian




Paralympics Ireland Launched

70 strong London 2012 Paralympic Panel named

The Paralympic Council of Ireland, the body responsible for the development
of elite Paralympic Sport in Ireland and the management of Irish representative
teams at Paralympic Games and World Championships, has relaunched today
as Paralympics Ireland at an event held at Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin,
Ireland.
Established in 1987 as a Coordination Committee for the 1988 Seoul Paralympic
Games, the organisation has evolved into its current remit to develop
performance and manage all elite representative Irish Paralympic sport.
A new Paralympics Ireland logo has been designed to reflect the dynamism
of Irish Paralympic Sport and the new logo will adorn all Paralympics Ireland
collateral from January 2011 including the Irish team’s official London 2012
Paralympic Games performance and leisure wear.

To highlight the power of Irish Paralympic athletes to inspire others through their
achievements and the journey each Paralympic athlete has taken to become an
elite athlete for Ireland, Paralympics Ireland has adopted a new tagline, Inspiring
Beyond Belief, which will feature prominently in all organisation messaging.

Liam Harbison, Chief Executive Officer of Paralympics Ireland, commented,

"The launch of Paralympics Ireland today marks a very significant milestone in the
history of the organisation. The aim of this process was to deliver a dynamic
new name and logo that clearly reflect the talents and abilities of Ireland’s

Paralympians and the dedication and commitment to the Paralympic movement
by the Organisation. These changes have been made following a process of
engagement with our Irish Paralympic athletes and our many existing and new
corporate partners. We look forward to increasing awareness of Irish Paralympic
Sport in the build up to London 2012 and to building on the success our athletes
have delivered to date.”

RTE’s Colm Murray who has reported from every Paralympic Games since
Sydney 2000 was on hand to officially launch the new name and logo. As
the event’s guest speaker Murray addressed the invited guests sharing his
memories and experiences of Irish Paralympic teams. A number of leading Irish
Paralympians including Bray’s current Boccia World Champion Padraic Moran
(BC1) and handcycling world champion Mark Rohan (HC1) from Ballinahown
outside Athlone were also on hand to launch Paralympics Ireland.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council said “The Irish Sports

Council is proud of its long and successful relationship with Paralympics
Ireland. It is one of the outstanding success stories of Irish sport over the past
decade. Today is an important milestone in its continuing development as an
ambitious, strong and independent organisation that provides excellent services
and leadership to its athletes, sports and the wider community”.

A seventy strong elite panel of Irish Paralympic athletes across nine sports
bidding for the London 2012 Paralympic Games was also announced at the
launch event by Paralympic Performance Director, Nancy Chillingworth.

Paralympics Ireland have announced panels on an annual basis in order to
ensure the focus of preparations for the London 2012 Paralympic Games
prioritises the athletes most likely to represent Ireland at those Games. The
athletes announced on the panel today have met the agreed performance criteria
for inclusion. This panel will participate in Paralympics Ireland training camps,
performance and preparation programmes this year.

The panel includes reigning 100m and 200m Paralympic Champion Jason
Smyth, reigning Paralympic 800m champion Michael McKillop, current Boccia
world champion, Padraic Moran, current world handcycling champion Mark
Rohan, and a 14 strong soccer panel led by Luke Evans which took bronze at the
European 7-a-side Football Championships in 2010.

Nancy Chillingworth, Paralympic Performance Director said: “To have seventy

athletes in the running to qualify for London at this stage is extremely promising
for 2012 with the strong likelihood that it will be Ireland’s largest Paralympic
Team ever. These athletes now have a tough and exciting year ahead as they
target qualification for the Games. They are the focus of Paralympics Ireland’s
preparation plans for London and will travel to Portugal in August this year to
participate in a dry run of our London 2012 holding camp. We are looking forward
to working closely with them and their support teams to secure qualification for
London 2012”.

Paralympic Sport in Ireland has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games the Irish team won five medals including
three track and field gold and since then further success has been recorded in
athletics, soccer, rowing, cycling, boccia and swimming.

Paralympics Ireland is supported by the Irish Sports Council, the Irish Institute of
Sport, Sport Northern Ireland, the Sports Institute Northern Ireland and Coaching
Ireland.

Paralympics Ireland has also secured a number of high profile corporate
sponsors including Renault Ireland, Cadbury, Allianz, O’Neills and OCS Ireland.

W: www.paralympics.ie
E: info@paralympics.ie

Additional Information

The full list of athletes on the panel with a brief biography of each is enclosed.

About Paralympics Ireland
Paralympics Ireland, formerly the Paralympic Council of Ireland, was founded in 1987
and is responsible for the preparation and management of the Irish team in the lead up

to, and at, the Paralympic Games, and is responsible for the development of Paralympic
sport in Ireland.

Olympic style games for elite athletes with a physical disability were first held in Rome in
1960. Today, the Paralympic Games are a major global sporting event for elite athletes
with disabilities. Athletes compete in various classes of competition, and are classified
according to their disability.
The Paralympic movement has grown dramatically since its inception. The number of
athletes participating in Summer Paralympic Games has increased from 400 athletes
from 23 countries in Rome in 1960 to over 4000 athletes from 153 countries in Beijing in
2008. Ireland has competed in Paralympic Summer Games, including being one of only
13 countries that participated in the first Games in Rome, 1960.

London will host the 2012 Games. Ireland has a proud tradition at the Games, winning 5
medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze) in Beijing 2008.

Major events calendar
2011
January 21-30th
IPC World Athletics Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
January 26th
Paralympics Ireland Rebrand event, Dublin

March 11-13
UCI Para-cycling track world championships, Montichiari, Italy

April 7-10
Renault Ireland Team 2012 Training Camp

June 16-7
CPISRA Football 7-a-side World Championships, Netherlands
July 3-10th
IPC Swimming European Championships, Berlin

August 5-13
PCI’s Pre-Games Familiarization Training Camp, Portugal

August 18-26
CPISRA Boccia World Cup, Belfast

August 28-9th
FISA Rowing World Championships, Bled, Slovenia

September 1-4
FEI Para Equestrian European Championships, Moorsele, Belgium

September 5-9
London 2012 Paralympic Games Chefs de Mission Seminar, London
October 19-30th
ITTF European Table Tennis Championships

November 10-13
Renault Ireland Team 2012 Training Camp


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Thursday 27th January

Thursday 26th January
The Morning how with Declan Meehan


The new leadership of Fianna Fail was one of the topics we covered on today’s Morning Show with Declan Meehan. We heard reaction to the choice made for eighth leader of the party from local FF Councillors Pat Casey and Tommy Annesley. We also spoke to new Wicklow Independent Candidate Thomas Clarke about why he is running in GE 2011.

On today’s show we heard why all the dinosaurs were killed from Science Spin, Joint Editor, Sean Duke, we got tips on staying in shape the safe way from East Coast Physio Avril Barrett and we continued our discussion on business closures and survival around Wicklow.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Wednesday 26th January

Wednesday 26th January
The Morning how with Declan Meehan


The planned passing of the finance bill was one of the topics we covered on today’s Morning Show with Declan Meehan. We heard details on the potential hold-up from Political Correspondent, Padraig Gallagher and we discussed details of the controversial Finance Bill from FG Deputy Andrew Doyle and Labour Deputy Liz Mc Manus.

On today’s show we were joined by Finance Consultant Liam Croke who gave us top financial tips for 2011, we heard reaction to Obama’s address to the nation yesterday and Suicide of Survive founder, Caroline Mc Guigan talked to us about the importance of seeking help if you are suffering from mental illness and the increasing rates of suicide. You can contact Caroline at www.suicideorsurvive.ie


The Morning Show also featured a discussion on how the recession is affecting retailers with David Fitzsimons, CEO Retail Excellence Ireland. We also got comment on this from Chamber of Commerce members and traders around the county.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 25th January
The Morning how with Declan Meehan


The controversial comments made by Sky sports pundits were one of the topics we covered on today’s Morning Show with Declan Meehan. We heard reaction to the sexist statements from sports Journalist and Broadcaster Declan King and East Coast FM Programme Controller, Joe Harrington. We also discussed the issues facing women in football with Wicklow County footballer and former coach, Christina Lyons.

On today’s show we also spoke to Billy Keane about the Field currently running in the Olympia and his fathers connections with Wicklow, IT Security Expert, Dermot Williams joined us in studio to give advice on dealing with cyber stalking and on-line scams and Health and Fitness Consultant Helen Walsh dropped in to share more healthy weight loss advice, you can contact Helen at www.helenwalsh.ie

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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Monday 24th January

Monday 24th January
The Morning how with Declan Meehan


The political events over the last 48 hours were covered on today’s Morning Show with Declan Meehan. We were joined by several election candidates to get reaction to the end of the Greens in Government, discuss the FF leadership battle and talk about when the election should now be set. We were also joined in studio by Independent Deputy Joe Behan who declared he will be contesting his seat in Election 2011 and media analyst Stephen O’Leary gave us a review of global media coverage of recent political events.

On today’s show we also heard if health insurance is a luxury we can no longer afford from Irish Times Pricewatcher, Conor Pope and we heard image and fashion advice from Sorcha Murphy of Escape Boutique in Greystones.

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