Some of those who took part in Donegal Business week – Pictured are Mary Farrell, Tax Advice Services, Joe Coyle, Joe Coyle Financial Consultants and Joseph Doherty, Simply Inish, who will host the workshop. Also pictured are Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal LEO, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Liam Ward, Director of Services, Donegal County Council.Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has announced the finalists for the Donegal Business Awards.Now in their 20th year, the Donegal Business Awards are firmly established as one of Donegal’s most prestigious business accolades, recognising and honouring innovation and entrepreneurial flair within the county.The ten finalists are shortlisted across three categories: ‘Best Start-Up Business’ (18 months or less), ‘Best New Business Idea’, and ‘Best Established Business’ (over 18 months).Shortlisted for Best New Business Idea are John Bradley and John McNamara, of Get Brain Fit, an empowering online brain training service which gives the brain a daily workout via quality content and stimulation. Also in this category is Vincent Farrelly, Health Union Technologies Ltd, who has been shortlisted for his product, VerDx, a cloud based portable device that monitors a person’s current status and future health risks. Catriona McGinley of Orwell & Browne is one of five finalists shortlisted for Best Start Up Business. Catriona impressed judges with her Irish heritage brand, which manufactures and supplies luxurious handmade Donegal Tweed products. Also in this category is Peter Blake, a former construction worker, who established Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance after he obliged a neighbour by doing some outside cleaning and grass cutting. The third finalist is Aisling Cunningham of Powder ‘n’ Pout Cosmetics, who identified a gap in the market for high-end make-up brushes.Richard and Olivia Finney made the shortlist for their business, The Counter, which began as a wine shop franchise, until they diversified into an independent wine and artisan food shop, with the addition of a coffee shop and food offering last year. Finally, Catherine and Bernard Devlin of Wild Atlantic Way Adventures were selected for their new business, which developed from Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre. This has recently been developed into a comprehensive adventure centre offering adventure, activity, heritage packages combined with on-site accommodation.Meanwhile, there are three finalists in the running for Best Established Business. Charlene Patton founded Charlene Patton Auctioneers in 2008 and offers a wide range of auctioneering services. She also has the distinction of being the only female auctioneer in Donegal. Other finalists in this category include Clement and Tania McGroarty of Digitel, a business offering smart home solutions for security, heating and light, home cinema and parental control. Mark Patton of Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts Ltd. is also a finalist. Established in 1993, the business is one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of bespoke decorative craft metal work in a variety of metals for interior and exterior use.As part of Donegal Business Week, all finalists will attend a boot camp with serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh, the Connemara man synonymous with Aer Arann. Following this, the winners will be announced at a business lunch today in The Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. The winners in each category will receive a prize of €1,500, while the overall winner of ‘Donegal Business of the Year’ will receive a prize of €2,500. On the day, one of the finalists will also be named as the chosen business to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards’ Final.WINNERS OF DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY was last modified: March 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)
There is never a dull moment when Mohammad Shahzad is at the crease and on Tuesday, India found that out the hard way.The 31-year-old Afghanistan keeper was on song as he blasted the Indian bowlers all around the Dubai International Stadium in their team’s inconsequential final encounter of the Super Four stage.With nothing to lose and a far weakened Indian side, Shahzad blazed away the inexperienced Indian pacers, so much so he reached his fifty when his opening partner was still struggling at 7.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: LIVE BLOG | LIVE CRICKET SCOREHe was helped though by some lax fielding from the opposition, especially with him being dropped just one run short of his half-century by Ambati Rayudu at mid-off.He reached his fifth one day international hundred from just 88 balls and hit 10 fours and 6 sixes.STANDANDDELIVER!for @MShahzad077An eventful and entertaining century from 88 balls which includes 6 sixes and a successful review on 93!#INDvAFG LIVE https://t.co/QOBmNSz0UL pic.twitter.com/O9V08l9FmkICC (@ICC) September 25, 2018This was his most high profile hundred with his previous centuries coming against Netherlands (110), Canada (118), Scotland (100*) and Zimbabwe (131*).Shahzad is Afghanistan’s highest ever run scorer, having played 76 ODIs. HIs century against Zimbabwe – which he had scored on 5 March, 2014.His five hundred are also the most by an Afghanistan batsman, with his next best being three. But getting to the triple-figure mark against a top-10 side like India would definitely be special.In fact in previous interviews, Shahzad has always professed his love for Indian cricketers and especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni.advertisementFrom fact that he is also a keeper and possessing lightning quick hands, Shahzad has in the past also imitated the Dhoni’s signature shot – ‘helicopter shot’.Shahzad had even claimed that he can hit longer sixes than Virat Kohli, and he doesn’t need to diet like him.”Jitna lamba chakka woh (Kohli) maarte hain, main unse zyadaa maar saktaa hoon, zaroorat kya hain unki tarah itna diet karne ki (I can hit bigger sixes than Kohli so why do I need to follow his diet?),” says the stumper, whose failed attempts at weight-loss had resulted in a one-year doping ban last year,” Shahzad had told PTI earlier this year.READ – I can hit longer sixes than Virat Kohli: Mohammad ShahzadWhen asked about his weight, he clarified that it is not possible for him to have a fitness routine like Kohli.”Dekhiye hum fitness bhi poori karte hain aur khaate bhi poora hain (I work a lot on my fitness but I don’t compromise on food). You want me to have a fitness routine like Kohli, it is not possible, but I am working on it (losing weight),” Shahzad had said.He was let of the hook off by a successful review, when he was given out off of Khaleel Ahmed. He was batting on 93 from 75 balls and took 13 more deliveries as he looked more and more cautious (and albeit a bit huffing and puffing for breath).He was finally dismissed by part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav in the 38th over for 124 (116). He tried to lift the ball into the stands but ended up skying it.