The Ireland Funds has launched a new fundraising campaign which aims to raise $1 million a month up to the end of 2013.The campaign is part of the ‘Promising Ireland’ fundraising initiative which earlier this year announced that it would increase its target from $100 to $140 million. The “Small Grants, Big Difference” campaign is inviting Irish individuals and businesses to donate in support of a wide range of causes such as disadvantaged youth, mental health, education, the elderly, peace and reconciliation and the effects of the recession.The fundraising campaign in Ireland has pledges of support from the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) and The Irish Times. The Ireland Funds is particularly targeting donations of between €2,500 and €20,000. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Ireland Funds chairman Hugo MacNeill told the Irish Times that at a time of great need for both resources and solidarity, the fund could match donors to projects that can make a real difference.”This initiative enables businesses and people in Ireland to play a positive role in rebuilding our communities and our country,” Mr MacNeill said.Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times, said the newspaper would seek to highlight many of the significant projects helped by donors to the fund.www.theirelandfunds.org Ireland Funds aim to raise $1 million a month during 2013 Howard Lake | 19 December 2012 | News
ED BYRNES MEMORIAL ALL-SPORTS RANKINGS2016-17 OVERALL POINT LEADERSOcean City 26Mainland 25St. Augustine 14Middle Township 13Egg Harbor Township 12PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS2015-16 Ocean City2014-15 Ocean City2013-14 Ocean City2012-13 Ocean City2011-12 Middle Township/Ocean City (tie)2010-11 St. Augustine2009-10 Holy Spirit2008-09 Holy Spirit/Ocean City (tie)2007-08 St. Augustine2006-07 Ocean City2005-06 Ocean City2004-05 St. Augustine2003-04 St. Augustine2002-03 Mainland2001-02 Mainland2000-01 Ocean City/St. Augustine (tie)1999-2000 Absegami1998-99 Ocean City1997-98 Ocean City/Vineland (tie)1996-97 Mainland1995-96 Mainland1994-95 Ocean City1993-94 Ocean City1992-93 Ocean City1991-92 Mainland1990-91 Mainland The final action of the school year by Cape-Atlantic League teams has been completed and, when the smoke cleared, Ocean City High School had won the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award for 2016-17. It marked the sixth straight school year in which the Raiders have either won or shared the award, a first in the 27 years the award has been presented. It was the 15th time overall Ocean City has won or shared the award.But Mainland Regional, which has won the award six times, was just a point behind the Raiders.Ocean City got off to another great start in the fall with a state championship in field hockey and conference titles in boys and girls soccer and boys cross country. Among other highlights, the Raiders won South Jersey championships in girls swimming, girls basketball and golf.Among Mainland’s highlights were a state championship in boys swimming and South Jersey titles in boys soccer and boys and girls tennis.The all-sports award was created by Prime Events and Schoppy Inc. in 1991. It was renamed in memory of Byrnes, the longtime athletics director and football coach at Holy Spirit, after he died in February, 1996. Byrnes was president of the CAL for six years and had just won his 100th football victory three months before his death.The system used to determine a school’s final score in the competition awards points for championships won – both CAL and NJSIAA – with bonuses for the number of different sports in which they were won. Under this system, which rewards a sports program’s versatility, a school that wins one championship in each of two different sports will get a higher score than if it won two championships in the same sport. Only sports in which the CAL crowns a champion are considered.Among 2016-17 highlights:Ocean City won top honors in the American Conference for the sixth straight year and eighth time in nine years.Middle Township led the National Conference for the sixth time in seven years.Ocean City has been first or tied for first in Cape May County in 19 of the last 20 years.St. Augustine won Atlantic County for the eighth time in the last 14 years.Middle Township was tops in the Coast Big Five for the seventh straight year.St. Augustine had the highest score in boys sports for the 16th time in the last 19 years.Ocean City was first in girls sports for the seventh straight year and 18th time in the award’s 27 years.Middle Township has now been best in the Coast Big Five in nine of the last 10 years.Ocean City’s score (26) equals its all-time highest in 1999.Mainland’s score (25) is its highest since it set the all-time record (32) in 2003.Wildwood Catholic’s score (11) was its highest since 2003. Ed Byrnes
North-Mid Tipp take on North Cork in Golden this afternoon, in the under 17 Celtic Challenge Hurling semi final.It could potentially be an all Tipp final – as South-West Tipperary defeated Kilkenny North in the other semi final on Thursday night.Throw in today is at 2.30pm, and we’ll have live updates of the game across the afternoon.