ULSTER SFC: ARMAGH have retained home advantage despite calls from some quarters to move the eagerly anticipated clash to a bigger venue. The Athletic Grounds in Armagh has a capacity of around 18,000 but demands for the Ulster SFC quarter-final clash between The Orchard County and Donegal to be switched to an alternative venue have fallen on deaf ears.Donegal’s reward for a bruising win over Tyrone on Sunday is a tough encounter against an Armagh side that have been buoyed by the return of former All-Ireland winning captain Kieran McGeeney.Armagh were desperately unlucky against Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final last season and will be quietly confident of causing an upset. Ulster Council spokesman John Connolly told The Belfast Telegraph that there will be no switch.“The Armagh County Board have worked hard to transform the Athletic Grounds into an up-to-date stadium and obviously the fact that Donegal will be playing there next month is a plum tie for Kieran McGeeney’s side.“The match between Donegal and Tyrone was a terrific game and we like to think that this has served to lay down a marker for the Ulster championship.“There are other matches scheduled to take place in the interim but there is no doubt that Armagh v Donegal has a special ring to it.” Armagh official Sean McStay added, “County boards like ourselves make considerable effort and go to huge expenditure to refurbish grounds in the hope of getting plum home fixtures such as this one we are getting against Donegal.“This is what makes all the sacrifice worthwhile.“It is well-known that Armagh boast a huge fan base and naturally everyone wants to see them take on the Ulster champions in their own back yard.”ULSTER SFC: ARMAGH RETAIN HOME ADVANTAGE DESPITE ISSUES OVER CAPACITY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:armaghdonegalGAAnewsSportUlster SFC
With a wave of construction worker retirements looming, the Southwest Washington Contractors Association took its job-recruitment plans to the drawing board.It came back with a coloring book.The six-page book, to be handed out at the upcoming Dozer Day, tries to charm boys and girls who might someday put on a hard hat. It tells the story of a child who falls in love with the industry and, decades later, starts a construction company.“It’s just to create awareness that construction jobs can be fun and rewarding,” spokeswoman Andrea Smith said.Many industries in Clark County would like to create awareness about jobs right now, as unemployment levels stay consistently low and companies say they can’t keep up with demand. Many are turning to youth to fill their ranks.Not every industry uses the same approach, but trades especially seem to be making the most concerted efforts to recruit new, younger workers.“The job market is really good. There’s a huge demand,” said Deken Letinich, area representative for the Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers. He added that he never misses a chance to talk at a high school.Meanwhile, educators and economic development organizations are trying to meet demand by revving up career and technical education — what today’s parents once knew as “vocational school.”Help wantedThe Southwest Washington Contractors Association isn’t the only one with a children’s book. Lakeside Industries, an asphalt company based in Issaquah, has one, too.