Glen Laing, football coach at St Jago High School, has described the pitch at Calabar High as “a beautiful surface”.Laing, who directed St Jago to a 1-0 victory over the host team in Group G of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup last Friday, says he’d play at Calabar every day.His Calabar counterpart, Ligyasu Simms, believes the plush surface will help his team in the seasons to come.”It is nice when the schoolboys can train on the proper surface,” pronounced the St Jago coach after the game. “It is also exciting for us to take them out and train them.”St Jago’s Monk Street playing field has been out of service for several months because of a work programme to rehabilitate it. In those circumstances, it was a joy for St Jago to visit Calabar’s Red Hills Road campus.”It’s just a beautiful surface. They’re taking care of it and I really appreciate coming down here.”Simms feels the same way.”Millions of dollars were spent on this surface, and it is a good surface for good football, and as you can see, the Calabar team executed some good football today, but unfortunately it just didn’t go in our favour,” he commented.Without giving up on the current schoolboy season, Simms thinks the improved surface will help Calabar’s football in the future.”This is the start of the programme and it can only get better as we go along,” he predicted.
Summer is here, it’s time to discover Oakfield Park, the secret jewel nestled in the heart of glorious Co. Donegal.If you are looking for somewhere to entertain the whole family for the day – then Oakfield Park is the perfect place for an adventure.Oakfield’s brand new Buffers tea room and restaurant is open every day for garden visitors serving a delicious selection of home baked goodies, light meals and beautiful salads. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, tea, or a cool craft beer and wine and even a ice cream as you relax in this fabulous inspiring new space and enjoy the views, as the Donegal summer sunshine floods in from the gardens outside.Buffers has offerings for all dietary requirements and children’s choices are available.To see all of the lower gardens take a train trip on ‘Thomas’ train, on the narrow-gauge railway, which winds its way along 4km of track around the magnificent parkland. See the lakeside Castle Folly and travel through beautiful woodlands and willow tunnels, over a wooden causeway, past sparkling streams and lakes before returning to the station.After a walk through the woodland trail, visit the superb sculpture by Locky Morris, called ‘Longsleeper’. Made from 17 tons of oak railway sleepers, sitting on a spiral mound, it twists and turns itself into the sky.Take the children to see the magical Faery Tree and place a wish – who knows if it will be granted?In the more formal upper gardens a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden, beyond the parterre and the sweeping green lawns, is a treat for any green-fingered expert or aspiring chef.Gardens are open 11am to 6pm every day in June, July and August. The Steam Train will be running on the last Sunday of the month ‘Steam Sunday’.It’s no wonder why Oakfield Park is such a popular destination for group visits and school tours. Have a look at the Oakfield Park website or Facebook page for special family events that are coming up, such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sundays, Garden Tours and much more.Gardens are open 11 -6pm, 7 days a week during June, July and August.Trains run at regular intervals each day.For more info visit www.oakfieldpark.com or see the Oakfield Park Facebook page. You can get in touch by calling 074 9173068 or emailing email@example.com.Have you discovered the secret jewel in the heart of Donegal? was last modified: May 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Oakfield ParkRaphoesummer