My Donegal… with Maria Mc Cormack from The Happy Camper

first_imgMaria Mc Cormack is a Churchill native who is best known as the friendly face behind The Happy Camper Cafe. The pancake master has been serving up treats and smiles to people outside Glenveagh since June 2016. The cafe was the brainchild of Maria and her sister Jane, who went on to set up the Happy Camper cafe at Cooneys Letterkenny.Maria was a full-time singer/songwriter for three years before the cafe. She even sang ‘My Donegal’! She is the proud mum of nine-year-old Ultan, who works with her during the summer holidays.Maria had a bumpy year in 2017, when her beloved campervan was destroyed after rolling into a bog at Easter. The accident prompted a huge outpouring of kindness from the community and it wasn’t long before Happy Camper Mark 2 was back on the road.Maria uses her famous pancakes to raise funds for local charities, and has so far fundraised around €5,000 for organisations including iCAN, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Churchill Playground and Pieta House. Maria is looking forward to raising more money for charity at an exciting event next week – For The Love Of Street Food! Manor Picnic Area will be turned into a foodie hub on January 27th to raise funds for The North West Simon Community. The Happy Camper, 9ine Hostages Coffee Co. and The Spicy Bird will be serving great pancakes, coffee, artisan treats and savoury dishes from 10am to 4pm.Here is Maria’s My Donegal…Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?My favourite place in Donegal is Tory Island. I have only visited twice but I think  I left my heart there.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Last year’s Donegal person of the year award Stephen McCahill.  I listened to his speech when he opened the Churchill fair last year and he blew me away with his true love and care for improving his community.What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Donegal has so many incredible attractions but for me, it has to be Glenveagh National Park.  Its beauty takes my breath away each time I visit.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?Summer … myself and my son Ultan love to get camping and swimming as.much as possible around the county.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Bogman BeaniesWho is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?EnyaWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie BonnerWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Bayview DungloeIf you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The litter along our roads.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?How’s she cutting? Full of the blade.What is your favourite Donegal food?Happy Camper pancakes of course.Do you have a favourite local band?In Their Thousands… I would go to the moon to see them.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel … I would give Maire Rua a run for her money for No 1 fan. He is a gentleman and I hope he comes for pancakes someday.Do you want to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Let us know by emailing info@donegaldaily.comMy Donegal… with Maria Mc Cormack from The Happy Camper was last modified: February 1st, 2018 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:maria mccormackMUSICMY DONEGALthe happy camper cafelast_img read more

Premier League best XI at halfway mark

first_imgLiverpool have been splendid in defence with Van Dirk in it (Photo by Agency)1- Alisson Becker (Liverpool). Errors leading to goal concession leave a lasting stain on keepers. Which is why I thought thrice before naming Brazil number one custodian Becker as my choice.His excellent shot stopping more than compensates for kamikaze custodianship that resulted in conceding against Leicester City and Manchester United.Besides, his presence is a calming influence on a Liverpool side set to break Chelsea’s defensive record of 15 goals against from their 2004/5 title winning season.To date, the Kop have only let in seven thanks to Becker’s eleven clean sheets. You can’t contest such a record.2- Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace): Before the season commenced, not many of us had ever heard of this teenager, but boy hasn’t he come good for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.He has justified my decision to select him in my line up for Europe’s Best U-21 XI. Bissaka is such a natural. Those who’ve been around long enough should know his comfort on the front foot is a reminder of Brazil’s 1986 World Cup right back Josimar.3- Andy Robertson (Liverpool): Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was spot on in his assessment of Scotland international Andy Robertson, when in the aftermath of his side’s 1-3 capitulation to Liverpool, he complained about feeling dizzy from the frequency of Robertson’s marauding runs down the left hand channel.So solid have been this brave heart’s displays, diehard Liverpudians are choosing him over legendary Norwegian John Arne Riise.4- Joe Gomez (Liverpool): Not even injuries sidelining upcoming Three Lions behemoth Gomez can stop me from naming him to my side.His timing in the tackle and recovery pace is why Liverpool have gone from defensive shambles to a side synonymous with synchronized stability at the back.It takes special talent for a 22-year-old to keep Croatia’s World Cup losing finalist Dejan Lovren out of Jurgen Klopp’s table toppers but Gomez is doing just that. He’s in my team ahead of Manchester City’s Frenchman Aymeric Laporte.5- Virgil van Dirk (Liverpool): Easy choice.Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has already handed van Dirk the national team’s armband. Klopp might have to follow suit.Virgil van Dirk is Liverpool’s on pitch leader; setting an example with his organisational prowess and determination to keep clean sheets.Liverpool’s defensive stats since signing this 6ft 5 inch Dutch machine more than justifies his £75m price tag as the world’s most expensive defender.6- Fernandinho (Manchester City): Brazilian axle Fernandinho is part of a small elite of players making hay of their advancing age.At 32, this Samba Boy remains the English Premier League’s best holding midfielder.His protection for City’s back four, while simultaneously serving as a springboard for counterattacks is best noticed when he’s absent from the team. Fernandinho is the ‘ ‘Invisible Wall’ that makes Pep Guardiola’s well oiled juggernaut tick.7- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): Can’t wrap my mind around Sterling’s England bogey.Why can’t the English press just admit that the Three Lions inability to get the best out of Sterling has nothing to do with him.As this speed merchant showed in October’s 3-2 obliteration of Spain in front of their own fans, he is top drawer. If City are to retain their title, it will be in no small measure courtesy of his red-hot form.8- Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Belgian star Hazard started the season like a rocket, briefly topping scoring charts, before a spell on the sidelines slowed him down.All the same, he leads the league for chances created and goal involvement.For Maurizio Sarri’s Londoners to qualify for next season’s Champions League, they need Hazard fit and firing on all cylinders. Simple as that.9- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur): I have Kane in this line up ahead of South Korean team mate Son Heuing-min because he is the club’s Mr Consistent.When Son was away at the Asian Games – where it was mandatory for him to win gold in order to avoid a year of military service, it was Kane who kept Spurs’ challenge alive.That said, Son will be a big miss when he leaves for national duty again next January.10-Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): Egyptian Pharaoh Salah had a low key start to this campaign mostly due to the shoulder injury he suffered in last season’s Champions League final. But he’s now back with a bang and the Kop love him to bits.His twelve goals put him right in the thick of a fascinating race for the Golden Boot.I had to find a place for a man whose 44 EPL goals for Liverpool in just one and a half seasons make him a candidate for club folklore.11- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal): If Unitéd legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was the baby faced assassin, then Aubameyang is the sneak sniper.The Gabonese striker is not an all action hero like Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, but he is deadly effective. After match day 18, Aubameyang led the scoring charts with thirteen goals thanks to his predatory instincts that require neither numerous touches, nor high work rate.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more