Former Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner has replaced his 1998 World Cup teammate, Theodore Whitmore, as the national Under-20 head coach.Altimont Butler, also a former Reggae Boy, will be his assistant.Whitmore will be in charge of the national Futsal team that will be involved in a tournament in Cuba next January. Fabian Taylor will be his assistant.President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell in announcing the change at the Sherwin Williams Women’s League awards ceremony held at the JFF’s offices last Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the transition of local talent from the schoolboy level to national representation.”There has been a lot of talk about youth development in Jamaica. I am very happy to announce that JFF will be making some changes in this regard,” the JFF boss said.”The transition between the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup and the senior national team is not what it should be. After extensive discussions with the director of football (Vinimore Blaine), a decision was made to put the two former Reggae Boyz players in charge of the Under-20 team,” Burrell said.Butler told The Sunday Gleaner that although he has more experience as a coach than Gardner, he (Butler) is willing to play any role in a coaching position.”I am a Jamaican and will to do duties for the country in any role as a coach,” Butler said following the announcement.Butler, who has coached in Europe and the United States has a ‘B’ licence in football coaching, while Gardner is currently pursuing his licence. Gardner is also a member of Harbour View FC coaching staff.Jamaica will participate in the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers, starting next year.
The Frankie Kennedy Winter School 2012 will be officially launched on the Rónán Beo@3 programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Thursday 29 November, broadcast live from Queens University Belfast.The public is welcome to attend the programme, which will include excellent traditional musicians and singers, and will be broadcast from the Students Union Building in Queens form 3pm – 5pm.Rónán Beo @3, normally broadcast from Raidió na Gaeltachta’s studios in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, will relocate to Belfast for this very special event. Piper Robbie Hannan will officially launch the school, and there will be a host of other guest musicians and singers performing live including Dermot McLaughlin, Úna Monaghan, At First Light, Tara and Dermie Diamond, Conor Byrne, Gearóid Ó Maonaigh, Réalta, and musicians from Queens including Dr. Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling, Nollaig Casey, Conor Cadwell agus Úna Monaghan.The event will be all the more special since Frankie Kennedy was originally from Belfast, and also attended Queens University.The Frankie Kennedy Winter School will take place in Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal Gaeltacht from 27 December to 1 January.The School was founded in Gaoth Dobhair in 1994 after the sad passing of Belfast-born flute player Frankie, a founder member of Altan. There will be events for all the family, including a series of concerts from Ireland’s finest artists, including Altan, Andy Irvine, Séamie O’Dowd, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, At First Light, and the return of the New Year’s Hooley, Ceol, Craic agus Céilí with Breanndán Begley and Steve Cooney, Reel It, plus much more. One of the other events on this year’s calendar is a concert to celebrate Raidió na Gaeltachta’s 40th Birthday and acknowledge their major contribution to promoting traditional music culture. This will be recognized with performances from a variety of Donegal musicians and singers.The launch of the Frankie Kennedy Winter School 2012 will be broadcast live on Thursday 29 November from 3pm-5pm from the Students Union Building. It’s guaranteed to be a good show, so come along if you like, or tune in at 3pm. Also live online www.rte.ie/rnag. LAUNCH OF FRANKIE KENNEDY WINTER SCHOOL TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RnaG was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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:Frankie Kennedy Winter SchoolRnaG. launch