Messam Jr makes perfect fit for St George’s

first_imgGregory Messam Jr has been given the responsibility of spearheading St George’s College’s attack this FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup season, and the second-generation national footballer started the campaign with a bang, as he led the North Street-based school with a hat-trick in their 9-0 rout against Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in their opening Group C game at Winchester Park yesterday.St George’s only scored one goal in the first half.Messam Jr netted in the 21st, 57th and 64thminutes, while Alex Marshall got a brace (90, 90+7) and Shevon Stewart (59th), Jevoun McKellar (68th) and Stephen Gilzene (90+6) one each.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 players when Dejeun Hayle was red-carded midway the second half.Last season, Messam Jr played on the flank with much success, but, according to assistant coach Marcel Gayle, the departure of central striker Amoy Brown left a big void, and Messam Jr was the obvious replacement.testimony of ability”He is a fantastic player, a kid every coach would want in their team,” Gayle commented. “But we were looking for a number nine, and we were looking, looking, and he was right in front us, and today is testimony of his ability.”I hope he can get a hat-trick every game, even though that’s not possible. I hope he gets better as the competition goes on,” he added.The star-studded St George’s, which boast players like Paul Young Jr, Gilzene, Dominic James, Stewart, Marshall, McKellar, and Messam, controlled the game from the start, but wasted countless opportunities to go ahead until Messam capitalised on a pass from Marshall to put the hosts ahead 1-0.After the interval, the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ran riot, and two early strikes sealed Messam’s three-timer. His second-half goals were sandwich by a Stewart strike, which was followed by another from McKellar.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 men when Hayle saw red for handball, when the ball appeared to come off his face.Stewart added two late goals, and Gilzene netted in between his strikes to seal the biggest win of the schoolboy football season thus far.In other Group C games, Innswood stopped Ardenne 2-0 with goals from Akeem Gibbons and Steve Harris, while Denham Town edged Eltham 1-0.In Group B, Greater Portmore held Hydel to a 1-1 draw, Dunoon edged Haile Selassie 1-0, while Papine drew 1-1 with eight-man Cumberland.In Group F, Excelsior beat Ascot 4-0, Jonathan Grant turned back Norman Manley 3-2 with a brace from Geovanni Shorter, and Vauxhall defeated Spanish Town 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup BPortmore 1 Hydel 1Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0Papine 1 Cumberland 1Group CSt George’s 9 KTHS 0Innswood 2 Ardenne 0Denham Town 1 Eltham 0Group FExcelsior 4 Ascot 0Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0Today’s gamesGroup DPenwood vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs STATHSGroup EKingston High vs BridgeportSt Jago vs MonaGroup GJose Marti vs CampionCamperdown vs WaterfordAll games start at read more

Singer Tara O’Grady turns epic US road trip into new novel

first_imgIrish-American Tara O’Grady has released a new book of tales from an adventurous road trip combined with fond memories of family in Donegal.Tara, the daughter of a Donegal woman, is a New York-based jazz singer and author who was inspired to follow in her late grandmother’s footsteps on a soul-searching trip across the States.Tara’s journey began in 2011 when she was laid off from her office job and suddenly had all the time in the world to travel. She had always wanted to go on a great American road trip, following the same route that her daring grandmother took in a pink Chevy in 1957. With the help of Chevrolet, Tara was able to make the same 3,000 mile trip and document the adventures for her new novel, Migrating Toward Happiness.Tara O Grady, Migrating Towards HappinessTara is a Queens woman who will always think of Donegal as her Irish home. Her mother Mary Connaghan left her Mountcharles homeland at the age of 17 and took the boat to New York. She settled down with a Bronx-born Irish man Tom O’Grady, but the family always came back to Inver in the summertime.While Tara’s ‘Donegal granny’ Nora Gallagher remains in her heart in many ways, it was her other ‘Waterford granny’ Catherine O’Donnell whose independence spurred her on the Chevy journey.Catherine was a woman ahead of her time. This was defined by her 3,000-mile solo journey from New York to Seattle. Catherine O’Donnell learning to driveTara said: “My grandfather forbade her from getting a driving licence. He told her she could walk anywhere she needed to go.“But one Easter he went home to Roscommon on the boat. In those weeks he was away, my grandmother asked his coworkers to teach her how to drive. When he came back she told him: ‘I can drive now, I have a licence, I’m taking the car and I’m going off on this adventure’.“So he stayed in the kitchen, which was very rare. No woman would even dare leave her husband in the 1950s to cook for himself.”Catherine, with her two kids in tow, travelled across America in seven weeks to visit her brother in law in Washington. When Tara regaled this story to Chevrolet on the year of their 100th anniversary in 2011, they were so amazed that they loaned her a Silverado for three weeks.Taking a breath of fresh air from her old office job, Tara and her co-pilot Lauren ventured across the States, all the while discovering that the American dream was still alive. They dubbed themselves Thelma and Louise, but instead of finding Brad Pitt lookalikes they found the meaning of life, which Tara said was so much better. The book details to duo’s road trip adventures alongside Tara’s flashbacks to rural life in Donegal.Tara said: “I have so many delicious memories of my summers in Donegal. Of being this country kid in the summer and city kid in the winter. Those parallel universes balanced me. Sometimes it’s hard to live in New York there are so many distractions. I feel connected when I live in Donegal. It’s peaceful and you can breathe.”Tara has previously held the title of New York Mary from Dungloe and performed at the 50th anniversary of the festival in 2017.Tara O’GradyStories of family, music and spiritual connections to her grandmothers are interwoven into Tara’s journey, which eventually set her on an entirely new path into music. She is now a full-time jazz and blues singer leading a band in Manhattan with five recorded albums to her name.Music was always a part of Tara’s life, as it was inspired by her Granny Nora who always sang in her Donegal kitchen.“Music was in me but I wasn’t pursuing it before. After I got laid off I had to sing for my supper, because literally if I didn’t sing in a pub or restaurant I didn’t eat,” she said.Tara O’Grady with her ‘Donegal granny’ – the late Nora GallagherTara used her Irish background to develop her own unique style of music. Her dad Tom O’Grady is a traditional fiddle player while her brother Tom studied jazz in university. Tara’s party piece was always singing.“I would take Irish songs and swing them in the style of jazz music. I sang in the voice of Billie Holiday, who I felt really connected to,” she said.“If you put all your energy into one thing, obviously something is going to come out of it. I focused on creating music and making people happy with my songs. It was a lot of hard work and I struggled for a long time.“But it was meant to be. I’m now letting the universe guide me and I’m constantly guided by my grannies.”Tara O’Grady at the 32nd Annual LEAD EAST Car Show. Photo by Richard J VelascoTara hopes that, through her books and her music, she can inspire other people to go out and find their soul purpose in life.“There are so many people suffering from depression and anxiety. In my books, I want to help them by sharing my experiences and how they can actually be living the life they are meant to. I have found pure joy and I want to share that.”Tara is planning a return trip to Donegal this June for a book launch, with details to be announced on her website: www.taraogradymusic.comSinger Tara O’Grady turns epic US road trip into new novel was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Migrating Toward Happinesstara o gradylast_img read more