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Omagh

Omagh is the county town of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is situated where the rivers Camowen meet to form the Strule. Northern Ireland's capital city Belfast is 68 miles to the east of Omagh, Derry is 34 miles to the north; the town had a population of 19,659 at the 2011 Census, the former district council, the largest in County Tyrone, had a population of 51,356. Omagh contains the headquarters of the Western Education and Library Board, houses offices for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at Sperrin House, the Department for Regional Development and the Northern Ireland Roads Service at the Tyrone County Hall and the Northern Ireland Land & Property Services at Boaz House; the name Omagh is an anglicisation of the Irish name an Óghmaigh, meaning "the virgin plain". A monastery was established on the site of the town about 792, a Franciscan friary was founded in 1464. Omagh was founded as a town in 1610, it served as a refuge for fugitives from the east of County Tyrone during the 1641 Rebellion.

In 1689, James II arrived at Omagh, en route to Derry. Supporters of William III, Prince of Orange burned the town. In 1768 Omagh replaced Dungannon as the county town of County Tyrone. Omagh acquired railway links to Londonderry with the Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway in 1852, Enniskillen in 1853 and Belfast in 1861. St Lucia Barracks were completed in 1881. In 1899 Tyrone County Hospital was opened; the Government of Northern Ireland made the Great Northern Railway Board close the Omagh – Enniskillen railway line in 1957. In accordance with the Benson Report submitted to the Northern Ireland Government in 1963, the Ulster Transport Authority closed the Portadown – Omagh – Londonderry main line in 1965, leaving Tyrone with no rail service. St Lucia Barracks closed on 1 August 2007. On 30 December 1942 a Consolidated Catalina Ib of No. 240 Squadron RAF, operating from RAF Killadeas crashed into the town. The crash killed all eleven occupants, however no one on the ground was killed or injured.

The cause of the crash was never ascertained. Omagh came into the international focus of the media on 15 August 1998, when the Real Irish Republican Army exploded a car bomb in the town centre. 29 people were killed in the blast -- 9 children and 6 men. Hundreds more were injured as a result of the blast. In April 2011, a car bomb killed police constable Ronan Kerr. A group of former Provisional IRA members calling itself the Irish Republican Army made its first public statement that month claiming responsibility for the killing; these wards are only those. Camowen Coolnagard Dergmoney Drumragh Gortrush Killyclogher Lisanelly Strule The town sprang up within the townland of Omagh, in the parish of Drumragh. Over time, the urban area has spread into the surrounding townlands, they include: Campsie Conywarren Coolnagard Lower, Coolnagard Upper Crevenagh Culmore Dergmoney Lower, Dergmoney Upper Gortin Gortmore Killybrack Killyclogher Lammy Lisanelly Lisnamallard Lissan Mullaghmore Sedennan Strathroy or Straughroy An air temperature of −19.4 °C was recorded once, it remains the coldest air temperature recorded in Ireland.

Omagh has a history of flooding and suffered major floods in 1909, 1929, 1954, 1969, 1987, 1999 and, most 12 June 2007. As a result of this, flood-walls were built to keep the water in the channel and to prevent it from overflowing into the flood plain. Large areas of land around the meanders, are unsuitable for development and were developed into large, green open areas, walking routes and parks; the Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb". On Census day there were 19,659 people living accounting for 1.09 % of the NI total. Of these: 20.85% were aged under 16 years and 13.69% were aged 65 and over.

Julio C├ęsar La Cruz

Julio César La Cruz Peraza is a Cuban amateur boxer. He won the light heavyweight world title in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, Gold at the Pan American Games in 2011, 2015, 2019, as well as the Olympic gold medal in 2016. At the 2011 World Championships, he captained the Cuban national team, where he beat number 1 seeded Egor Mekhontsev from Russia on points in semi-final, defeated Adilbek Niyazymbetov from Kazakhstan after 3 rounds by 17–13 finishing score in final, being the 4th World amateur boxing champion boxer from Camagüey, he grasped the gold medal at 2011 Pan American Games in which Cuba national team topped the medal table with 8 golds and 1 silver. He beat Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the semi-finals and Yamaguchi Falcão Florentino of Brazil in the final on points. At the 2012 Summer Olympics he was upset by Falcão Florentino in the quarterfinals in a rematch from the 2011 Pan American Games. At the 2013 World Championships in Almaty, he beat Serge Michel, Oleksandr Ganzulia, Abdelhafid Benchabla and Joe Ward, before again beating Niyazymbetov in the final.

On 4 January 2014, Julio Cesar la Cruz was hospitalized after being shot outside of a recreation center in his hometown of Camagüey. In 2015, he again won the gold at the AIBA World Boxing Championships held in Doha, he won the gold medal at the men's light heavyweight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. La Cruz sports a 21–3 record in the World Series of Boxing. Julio César La Cruz at AIBA Julio César La Cruz at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com

Ryan Hampshire

Ryan Hampshire is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a stand-off or fullback for Wakefield Trinity in the Betfred Super League. He has played for the Wigan Warriors in the Super League, on loan from Wigan at Workington Town in the Kingstone Press Championship and the Castleford Tigers in the top flight. Hampshire has played for the Leigh Centurions and Wakefield Trinity in the Super League. Hampshire was born in West Yorkshire, England. Nicknamed "Rocky", he grew up supporting the Wakefield Trinity and played at the Normanton Knights as a junior. In December 2017 he signed with Wakefield Trinity for the 2018 season. Wakefield Trinity profile Leigh Centurions profile SL profile

Enniskerry

Enniskerry is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. The population was 1,889 at the 2016 census; the town is situated on the Glencullen River in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains to the east of the island, just 5 minutes south of the Dublin border and some 24 km south of Dublin city centre. The R117 road, colloquially known as "The Twenty-One Bends" connects the town to the main N11 road to Dublin; the 185 Go-Ahead Ireland route connects the village hourly to the nearest large town. The 44 Dublin Bus route connects the village with Dublin City Centre; the Protestant population of the village attended church in the grounds of the Powerscourt Demesne until 1859. Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt built a new church, Saint Patrick's, in the village, completed two years in 1861; this coincided with an extensive renovation programme that established the Italian gardens at Powerscourt. The Viscount Powerscourt claimed the old church following the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland by the Irish Church Act 1869.

The consequences were that only those with a right to be buried next to the old church within the Demesne could claim these rights thereafter. Powerscourt Estate, comprising a large house and gardens today occupying 47 acres, is located near the town and is a popular visitor attraction; the extensive formal gardens form the grounds of an 18th-century Palladian house, designed by Richard Cassels, destroyed by fire in 1974, lay as a shell until extensive restorations were carried out in 1996. Powerscourt Waterfall in the grounds of the estate, at 121 metres, is the highest waterfall in Ireland; the Powerscourt Estate was used for a location in the movie The Count of Monte Cristo. Enniskerry was the setting for some of the scenes of Laurence Olivier's film of Henry V by William Shakespeare in 1944, provided many of the extras in the film Johnny Nobody, filmed in Enniskerry. Has Jimmy O'Dea, Noel Purcell, Cyril Cusack and many other well-known Irish actors of the time. Scenes of Into the West, a 1992 film starring Gabriel Byrne, was shot in the village.

In the 2007 film P. S. I Love You, Enniskerry is the home place of Gerry Kennedy; the town features in the 2010 film Leap Year. The village has been the set for numerous television advertisements. From 1996 to 2001, along with Avoca, County Wicklow, it played host to the television series Ballykissangel. On 16 March 2009, Meredith Al Roker broadcast live in Enniskerry for NBC's Today Show. Rosanna Davison - former Miss World and daughter of Chris de Burgh Birthplace of the 20th century composer Ina Boyle. Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage lived in the town; the Bray and Enniskerry Railway was proposed in the 19th century. Some initial work was carried out, including building a bridge to carry the railway over Dublin Corporation's Vartry watermain. Wicklow County Council removed much of the railway embankment in road widening, but left the bridge, directly opposite the ornate bridge carrying the watermain over the Cookstown River, a tributary of the River Dargle; the plan ran into financial difficulties, the rails were lifted and sold off.

There are two soccer clubs located in the village. Enniskerry Football Club was founded in the early 1970s as Enniskerry Schoolboys Football Club; the inclusion of girls is important to the club. The base of Enniskerry FC is the Bog Meadow. Enniskerry FC is active in the Metropolitan Girls League with their all-girls teams, the Wicklow Schoolboys/Girls Soccer League for their all-boys teams and the Athletic Union League for the Men's team. Enniskerry Youth Club have several teams playing at youth level. There is a Gaelic football club in the village, as well as a boxing club. Strong ecumenical links have been forged over the years between the Roman Catholic parish of St Mary and the Church of Ireland parish of St Patrick, both in the village of Enniskerry, St Brigid's Church of Ireland in nearby Kilbride. Powerscourt Estate Powerscourt Waterfall List of towns and villages in Ireland Media related to Enniskerry at Wikimedia Commons Official website Enniskerry at Wicklow County Tourism

Coppley Apparel Group

Coppley Apparel Group manufactured a menswear line of suits, sport coats and trousers called the Coppley Collection from 1998 to 2008. It was owned by Hartmax Corporation. In 2008, Hartmax claimed bankruptcy and sold Coppley Apparel Group to HMX Canada Acquisition Corp in 2009. HMX Canada Acquisition Corp renamed Coppley Apparel Group to Coppley Corp. In 1883, G. C. Coppley, E. Finch Noyes and James Randall formed a menswear clothing company called Coppley, Noyes & Randall Ltd after purchasing John Calder & Co, a wholesale clothing company. Coppley Noyes & Randall Ltd was located at 56 York Boulevard, Ontario in a building called the Commercial Block; the Commercial Block "is the finest surviving pre-confederation" stone building in the City of Hamilton. In 1950, Max Enkin purchased Coppley, Noyes & Randall Ltd and kept it as a menswear clothing company. In 1998, Noyes & Randall Ltd was purchased by Hartmarx Corporation who renamed the company to Coppley Apparel Group Limited. Ten years following the acquisition, Hartmarx Corporation went bankrupt and sold Coppley Apparel Group Limited to HMX Canada Acquisition Corp who renamed the company Coppley Corp in 2009

Carlos Lugo (baseball)

Carlos David Alvarez was a shortstop for the Washington Nationals organization. He was known as Esmailyn Gonzalez until February 2009, when Sports Illustrated published an investigation that proved he had used fraudulent documents to convince the Nationals that he was several years younger than his true age. On July 2, 2006, the Nationals signed Alvarez known as Esmailyn Gonzalez, as an international free agent, he was given a $1.4 million signing bonus. The Nationals were given information that Alvarez was born on September 21, 1989, a date which the MLB office confirmed for at least three interested teams, including Washington, he made his debut for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2007. Soon after Alvarez/Gonzalez was signed by the Nationals, team officials asked MLB to do some further checking in response to concerns about irregularities in his signing. MLB determined there was nothing out of the ordinary. However, on February 17, 2009, Sports Illustrated uncovered evidence that Gonzalez's real name was Carlos Alvarez Lugo, he was born in 1985 rather than 1989.

Before a number of baseball insiders suspected that Gonzalez/Lugo was less than advertised. One of them told SI that despite the Nationals billing him as a five-tool player, "he doesn't run all that well, has an average arm."In a press conference that day, Nationals president Stan Kasten confirmed that Gonzalez's real name was indeed Carlos Alvarez Lugo. A visibly angry Kasten said the Nationals had been victimized by "a deliberate, premeditated fraud" involving several people and a raft of falsified records, he added that he'd asked for a further inquiry in response to revelations that Chicago White Sox officials were skimming off the signing bonuses of Latino prospects. He vowed the Nationals would seek financial recourse; the Federal Bureau of Investigation soon began investigating Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, suspecting that he has skimmed bonus money from international signees since 1994, when he was with the Cincinnati Reds. Bowden was subsequently forced to resign as a result of the affair.

Nothing came of that investigation. With the news of Lugo's real name and age, he was far less valuable as a player. Although he won the Gulf Coast League batting title in 2008 and compiled good numbers in runs, RBIs and hits, one scout said that these numbers were to be expected considering that he was somewhat older than his competition. Despite the fraud, Lugo continued to play in the Nationals minor league system through 2013. However, he never rose higher than Class A, he played for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Professional Baseball League in 2014-15, has not returned to baseball at any level since then. Carlos Alvarez/Esmailyn Gonzalez's statistics at Baseball-Reference Sports Illustrated report about controversy Minor league stats