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first_imgDo you, or a relative, have a story to tell about the rural electrification scheme in Donegal?‘Then there was light’ promises to be a unique collection of stories by people recalling their memories and experiences of the Rural Electrification scheme which was rolled out from the late 1940s to the late 1970s across Ireland.It will provide a valuable snapshot of the time Ireland left the dark ages by allowing power and light into the midst of even the most remote communities.This book and radio documentary will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the Rural Electrification scheme. The stories for the collection and radio programme are expected to provide a frank insight into the suspicions, worries and welcome the ESB’s light brigade faced as they began work on one of the most important undertakings in recent Irish history.The stories encapsulate and preserve the approach of a previous generation as it came to terms with the prospect of rapidly changing rural lifestyles.The collection and the editing for the book and documentary is being undertaken by authors and editors Joe Kearney and PJ Cunningham.To submit a story or memory, please email rural@esb.ie. All stories received will be considered for inclusion in the radio documentary and book and all contributions – whether in the book anthology or radio documentary or not – will be preserved in the ESB Archives as items of living history to assist future researchers and academic work. STORIES SOUGHT ON DONEGAL’S EXPERIENCE OF RURAL ELECTRIFICATION was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Rivals seek to make points

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everything here is different for No. 1-ranked USC today, as landmarks like the Golden Dome and the giant mural Touchdown Jesus impressively greet the Trojans before they take the field. So will rabid fans from about every state in the Midwest, camped out for days in anticipation of this marquee matchup, confident with Notre Dame ranked No. 9 and sporting its pro-style offense under new coach Charlie Weis. But for all the tradition, hype and privilege of playing on a game shown to 100 percent of the country, this game really rests on the same question as every other USC game this season. Can any team outscore the Trojans? “They had their advantage because I was coming into recruiting late,” Weis said. “Well, it’s X’s and O’s time. Let’s see who has the advantage now.” That comment proved popular with Notre Dame fans, but it didn’t even register with Carroll. He claimed to be unaware of the comment this week and when asked for his opinion, said, “I don’t really care.” The true story of USC games this year isn’t the other team: Oregon (for a half), Arizona State and Arizona proved it’s possible to dent the Trojans defense. However, no one kept pace with the offense, which scored at least 38 points in every game. “It’s never been anything other than what our offense does to stop itself, because no one else really has,” center Ryan Kalil said. “It’s been penalties and stuff like that, but not really the other team.” So while the setting is unlike any other in college football, as NBC will constantly remind viewers, Carroll’s only question will be whether Notre Dame can match points with the Trojans. “They do a great variety of things,” Carroll said. “They do something in one game and then you won’t see it again for a couple of weeks.” That’s one reason USC started watching film of Notre Dame before the Arizona game, generally a no-no in football but necessary when studying the new-look Irish, who got an extra week of practice to prepare for the Trojans. “That really makes them dangerous,” Carroll said. “In the NFL, you get so familiar with opponents you can’t do the same thing week in and week out. Well, they have brought the same concept.” USC’s concept changes less and less. White and Reggie Bush are attempting to become the first backs in school history to gain more than 100 yards in four consecutive games. Bush’s sore knee remains a question although he practiced most of the week. But he remembered two years ago making a national impression with a 58-yard cutback run for a touchdown and a memorable 38-yard reception. “I guess that was seen as my coming out party and I got a lot of recognition,” Bush said. “I’m a lot more experienced now. I’ve just learned a lot more. I’m bigger and stronger. And this type of game brings out the best in people.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That will be Weis’ daunting task, even with a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback (Brady Quinn) and a more sophisticated playbook than anything seen under Lou Holtz, Bob Davie or Tyrone Willingham. Forget about Touchdown Jesus, the Irish fans will be thinking more about Touchdown USC. “We never think a team will outscore us,” USC offensive lineman Winston Justice said. “We should always score,” tailback LenDale White added. It’s ironic that most of the media focused on Weis this week, with his 15-year NFL career a perfect foil for USC coach Pete Carroll. Of course, Weis planted that seed back in February, shortly after Notre Dame hired him. last_img read more