22 Dec
2019

“He was the glue”: Jim McGuinness on the legacy of the late Pat Shovelin

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has penned an emotional tribute to ’an irreplaceable figure’, Pat Shovelin, who sadly died last month.Popular goalkeeping coach Pat passed away at home in Doneyloop after a ten-month battle with a rare form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma.Donegal’s selectors, Damien Diver, Donal Reid, Pat Shovelin, coach Jim McGuinness, selector Paul McGonigle and Dr Charlie McManus. Picture: Morgan Treacy/Inpho He and McGuinness were second cousins and for the duration of McGuinness’s tenure as Donegal Under-21 and senior manager Pat was the goalkeeping coach. This year, he returned to work with Declan Bonner in the Donegal U21s.“He was the first person I went to when I was given the job of managing the Donegal U-21 team,” McGuinness remembers in a highly-emotional column in today’s Irish Times.“He stood as godfather to our youngest child. I knew I could trust him. He was taken aback when I first asked him in. But I knew what he would bring to our group.“I am not sure if there was one person I ever met in my life who had a bad word to say about him. That is the kind of mix you want in a coach. “I know I’ve often spoken about this bond I felt that the group had. And he was the glue.”McGuinness recalls how Pat devised for himself the role of ‘jester’ in the Donegal dressing room.He wrote: “He was the person who, when he walked into a room, created the atmosphere. It was like a bright energy. You could feel it.“He just brightened the room, whether it was before a big match or on those black nights at training in Ballybofey. He would have a line for everyone straight away.”A few weeks before Pat’s passing, McGuinness – who is now based in Beijing, where he works with Beijing Sinobo Guoan – travelled back home to visit him in hospital. McGuinness said:  “There was so much learning in those couple of days for me. The humility that he showed all the way until the end. The courage he showed in facing this illness down.“On the day I was heading back to Beijing, there was no acknowledgment that we wouldn’t see each other again.“The attitude was: we both keep going. If there was a big goodbye it would have been a concession that the illness had won. So it was very hard walking out of the room and down that corridor that day and leaving him behind.”Read the full column by Jim McGuinness here “He was the glue”: Jim McGuinness on the legacy of the late Pat Shovelin was last modified: November 5th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:ArdaraBeijingcancerCholangiocarcinomaDeclan BonnerDonegal GAADoneyloopGlentiesJim McGuinnessPat Shovelinlast_img read more

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11 Aug
2019

Go back to the enewsletter Major enhancements to a

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMajor enhancements to all guest suites aboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow have been revealed as part of the ship’s refurbishment in November 2019, part of the Project Invictus overhaul.Silver Shadow’s corridors, La Dame restaurant, Connoisseur’s Corner and Casino will be revamped for the project. A new Atrium area on Deck 5 will also be introduced.Suites will receive a floor-to-ceiling renovation, inspired by the design and colour palette of Silver Muse. Vista and Veranda suites will benefit from a full renovation of all fixed and loose furniture, in addition to new lighting, carpets, and headboards. Bathrooms will also be upgraded with new sinks and Silestone material. Silver Shadow’s Medallion, Silver, Grand, and Royal suites will be upgraded with a new colour scheme and new materials, as per Silver Muse; and bathrooms will also undergo refurbishments. The ship’s Owner’s Suite will be entirely renovated too, with a full refurbishment of the bathroom.New Atrium & Arts Café: The space currently occupied by the Lobby, Boutique and Casino will be redesigned as a new Atrium. A social hub featuring an updated interactive guest reception area, the open-plan Atrium will comprise boutiques and, as its centrepiece, the Arts Café: a Silver Muse-inspired space where guests can relax amid sophisticated artworks and enjoy coffees, pastries, sandwiches and other delicacies during the day or cocktails during evening hours.La Dame: La Dame restaurant will be refurbished and enlarged to accommodate 40 diners, ensuring that every guest will have the opportunity to experience the venue.Connoisseur’s Corner: The Connoisseur’s Corner will be moved to Deck 8 (in the space formerly occupied by the Library and Internet Café), where its complete reimagining will include the addition of a new outdoor smoking area.Casino: A complete redesign of the ship’s ever-popular Casino will entail moving it to Deck 8, and placing it adjacent to the relocated Connoisseur’s Corner.Observation Library: Formerly the Observation Lounge, this quiet space for reading and reflection, which is set at the fore of the ship on deck 10, will be known as the Observation Library. Its panoramic ocean views will be complemented by new carpet and furniture.Zagara Beauty Spa & Fitness Centre: The top-to-bottom renovation of the Zagara Beauty Spa and the Fitness Centre will encompass new steam and sauna rooms, fully refurbished treatment rooms, new furniture and flooring, updated state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and more.Refreshed Public Spaces: Also scheduled for comprehensive renovation are The Restaurant, La Terrazza, Panorama Lounge, The Bar, The Show Lounge, Card and Conference Rooms, each of which will benefit from décor upgrades: new furniture, upholstery, carpets, window and wall treatments. The pool area will boast new outdoor furniture, refurbished teak flooring, a new canvas awning with inserted lighting, and new outdoor heaters, while the jogging track will receive a new teak resin.Silver Shadow’s first voyage following the transformation will help guests travel deeper into the Caribbean on a seven-night itinerary, departing from Fort Lauderdale for San Juan on 3 December 2019.See www.silversea.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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