80,000 people line Limerick streets for St. Patrick’s Day Parade
More than 80,000 spectators soaked up the spring sunshine and carnival atmosphere of Ireland’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City today (Thursday, 17 March 2016).
Parade Grand Marshal, local actor Myles Breen, led more than 4,000 participants from 100 different community groups, companies, bands and sports clubs from across Limerick and Ireland for the parade which is organised by Grooveyard Productions on behalf of Limerick City and County Council and Limerick 2020. This year’s theme was ‘Commemorate’ celebrating Limerick’s legacy, its people and its places.
Among the participants in this year’s Parade were pop duo Jedward and Fidget Feet Ariel Dance Company which performed a crane show over the city centre streets.
Meanwhile, street arts company Spraoí brought their spectacular Stag Show to Limerick’s main thoroughfares, Artastic and Spotlight Dance School provided a show-stopping spectacle, and The Workhouse Studio thrilled the crowds with their giant puppet and a host of colourful costumes. Other parade participants included The Fanzini Brothers, Danger Boy, Outside the Box, Flying Wheels, Clown Noir and Passepartout along with a wide range of local performance groups.
“Great credit is due to the organisers, including Creative Director Aidan Phelan, and participants of this year’s parade which is one of the largest ever hosted in the City,” said Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick.
“Today was all about celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Limerick City and County as well as Ireland’s National Day. This year’s Easter Rising Centenary has afforded all of us to reflect on this country’s achievements,” said the Mayor.
He continued, “Those who helped to create the Republic we know and cherish today would be proud of the vibrant, diverse and multicultural society we have become today as evidenced in the faces and celebratory mood of the many thousands who lined the route of this year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”
The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival continues this coming Sunday from 12 noon on Sunday when 1,200 musicians from 18 groups, including a 280-strong marching band from the University of Missouri, take part in the 46th Limerick International Band Championship.
Ireland’s only international band competition will see groups from the USA, Northern Ireland, Kerry, Limerick, Westmeath, Donegal, Dublin, Tipperary and Cork parade from Pery Square and down O’Connell Street to Arthurs Quay.
Each band will be afforded three minutes performance time in front of the review stand and all the bands will assemble for a jamboree in Arthurs Quay Park after they have performed. This year’s adjudication panel features six internationally respected judges, including four from the United States.
At Arthurs Quay Park, the Championship prizes which this year includes the inaugural Kenneally Jewellers Perpetual Trophy for the ‘Overall Parade Champion’. The theme of this year’s Parade is ‘Commemorate’.
More details on the 2016 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival can be found on www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival.
Limerick model Grace Connell wears a creation by Graduate Fashion Designer Michelle Doyle ahead of the Limerick School of Art & Design LIT, (LSAD) annual fashion show taking place this evening (Thursday 21st May) where 28 graduates will showcase their creations. All will compete for the IFIL & AIB Graduate Business Development Award worth €5,000 which includes work experience with leading Irish Fashion Designer Danielle Romeril in London. The student who shows the most unique cut and technical creativity within their collection will win the LIT Award of €2,500 on the night while another graduate will win The ECCO award for the most innovative use of fabric and receive €2,000 to further their fashion career. Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22
Limerick City Welcomes back the Ultimate Rugby Carnival
Limerick World Club Se7ens
‘Rugby …But not as you know it!’ Limerick City and Thomond Park Stadium will open its arms and welcome back the second year of the Limerick World Club Se7ens Series.
Twelve rugby teams from across the world will once again take part in the two day event which will run from Friday August 21st to Saturday August 22nd. The event will deliver some of the world’s best and brightest sevens teams and a weekend of not only awesome rugby but a carnival like party to bring Limerick city alive.
This year’s Limerick World Club Se7ens is even more special with the inclusion of not one but all four of the Irish provinces. For the first time in Irish rugby history, Munster , Leinster, Connacht and Ulster will wear their provincial jerseys as they do battle against some of the world’s strongest sevens rugby teams.
Represented at the tournament will be teams from both Northern and Southern hemispheres. Teams will include reigning champions Daveta Fiji who will return to defend their Limerick World Club Se7ens title along with 2014 Twickenham 7’s champions Buenos Aires along with one of South Africa‘s leading provincial 7’s teams
‘We are thrilled to have the four provincial teams take part in this year’s Limerick World Club Se7ens Tournament and with the growing popularity of sevens in Ireland along with the upcoming addition of rugby sevens in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, it is an honour for the Limerick World Club Se7ens Team to showcase the very best that Ireland has to offer’ explained Maeve Moriarty, General Manager, Limerick World Club Se7ens.
Modelled on international rugby sevens events – notably The Hong Kong 7’s – Limerick is ready once again to be the host city for this world club event, which will draw thousands of rugby and party fans into Thomond Park over the weekend of August 21st -22nd.
“We are delighted to be working again this year with Limerick World Club Se7ens and welcoming the teams and their supporters to Limerick,” said Eoghan Prendergast, CEO, of Limerick Marketing.
“We are particularly delighted that, in partnership with Limerick World Club Se7ens, we will be highlighting Limerick’s wonderful and long standing love affair with sport across a wide of range of TV audiences around the world. This event will deliver significant economic and social benefits to Limerick City and County and will give us hugely valuable and positive international exposure, as sports tourism continues to be a significant contributor to the Irish economy. As the European City of Sport in 2011, Limerick continues to lead from the front in terms of sports tourism and benefiting from being such a passionate, enjoyable and professionally run location for major sports festivals & events “
The city of Limerick and Thomond Park Stadium will be a hive of activity for the two days of the Limerick World Club Se7ens with attractions for families, party lovers , rugby fans or for those who are just looking for a great way to finish off the summer holiday period.
“Thomond Park Stadium is delighted to host the Limerick World Club Se7ens again this year. This exciting event that mixes sport with entertainment can deliver significant benefits for Limerick and the region and we will play our part to provide a fantastic experience for all those attending. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Limerick World Club Se7ens and the local stakeholders to create this unique event for Limerick” said John Cantwell, Stadium Director, Thomond Park Stadium.
Limerick World Club Se7ens promises a bigger brighter carnival like experience for all who visit the Treaty City this year. They will experience world class rugby with all four home teams included coupled with a full entertainment schedule throughout the city for the days up to and including the Limerick World Club Se7ens event.
‘The development of sevens rugby is a key priority for the IRFU and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best of Irish sevens against some of the world’s strongest sides. The Rio Olympics are just around the corner and events such as the Limerick World Club Se7ens provides Irish rugby supporters the opportunity to experience high quality Rugby Sevens first hand and also provides the opportunity for our players to continue to develop and gain valuable sevens experience’ explained Anthony Eddy, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens.
The Limerick World Club Se7ens will be this year’s unmissable Sevens Rugby event delivering an entertaining and enjoyable sporting event coupled with the wonderful social atmosphere of which Limerick City is justly proud.
“Limerick World Club Se7ens is on its way to becoming one of the leading annual International Sevens rugby competitions in the world and this year’s event will further promote Limerick City and County as one of Ireland’s hotbeds of sporting excellence”, said Maeve Moriarty, General Manager, and Limerick World Club Se7ens.
Tickets are priced from €15 upwards and are on sale now from Ticketmaster. See www.ticktmaster.ie/limericksevensEnds//
Padhraic McGinn, GM, Nypro Healthcare,Director of the Irish Medical Devices Association, Dr Sinead Keogh & Donal Balfe, VP Medtronic & IMDA Chairman Pictured at the Major new opportunities in manufacturing as economy recovers – Ibec
Over 200 businesses meet in Galway for manufacturing conference
The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), the Ibec groups that represent the medical technology sector, is today jointly hosting a major conference with other Ibec business sectors on ‘Manufacturing to win on the world stage’, with 200 companies across various manufacturing industries and policy makers attending, in the Radisson Blue, Galway.
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Leaving certificate students from Colaiste FCJ in Limerick jump for joy with their results. From left are Courtney McKeon, Clonmacken who received 465 point and wants to study English & History at UL; cFiona Grimes, Caherdavin who received 350 points and also hopes to do English & History at UL; Aoife Kearney, Corbally who received 585 points and has her eye on Pharmacutical and Industrail Chemistry at UL and Niamh Irwin, Lisnagry with 520 points plans to do Arts at MIC. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
Ireland’s Newest Quads Welcomed Home to
A year’s supply of Pampers Nappies
Proud parents James and Grace Slattery welcomed their precious baby quads home and they weren’t the only delivery to arrive safely at the Co. Limerick home. The Slattery’s will be keeping Amelia Helen, Mollie Rose, Lucas James and Lily Grace May happy in their nappies with the unexpected gift of a much needed supply of 6,400 Pampers nappies.
Commenting on Pampers generous gift, James Slattery aka the quad-father said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and very grateful to the kind people at Pampers who were the first company in Ireland to reach out to us and offer their support. Grace and I are delighted that our precious bundles of joy will be wrapped up in Pampers for the first year of the babies lives.”
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The University of Limerick celebrated the graduation of 146 students today from the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) and Clinical Therapies Department. Among the graduates 94 doctors were conferred with their medical degrees as they became the fourth graduating class of the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. 52 Clinical Therapies graduands received their awards – 26 from the MSc in Occupational Therapy and 26 from the BSc in Physiotherapy.
Established in 2007, the Graduate Entry Medical School Programme at UL is open to graduates from any discipline and employs practical and interactive approaches to learning.
Among the doctors who graduated at UL today are students with undergraduate degrees varying from zoology, anthropology to music and archaeology. The programme is also the only medical education programme in the country founded on the modern pedagogical principle of Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL encourages team-working and self-directed enquiry, both skills being vital for their future careers in the fast moving world of medicine.
Speaking at the conferring ceremony Professor Don Barry, UL President, paid tribute to the Health Service Executive, “The support that we have received from the employees of the HSE and from its management staff at local, regional and national levels has been exceptional. Above all, UL is greatly indebted to the very large number of clinicians who have been instrumental in educating our students, by sharing their expertise and supporting our student’s professional growth. We are proud to be working with the HSE on a shared facility to be located on the University Hospital Limerick campus – a Clinical Education and Research facility – which will enhance the delivery of our medical programme but also support the education services required by the University Hospital Limerick community. This is a significant and valuable partnership and I would like to thank Professor Niall O’Higgins, Chairman of the UL Hospitals Board for his role in this endeavour.
I also want to highlight the over 80 General Practices throughout the Munster region and well beyond who have embraced the Medical School and its students. The GEMS is unique, not only within Ireland but internationally, in terms of the emphasis that it places on clinical training in Primary Care settings. A full 25% of all such training at UL is provided in General Practice settings and this has already proved to be a major strength of our programme. This simply could not have happened without an exceptional level of ‘buy in’ from General Practitioners and for this, UL is hugely appreciative.”
A Tipperary woman who has experienced severe depression and come out the other side is kick starting a campaign to encourage mental health discussion by organising what’s been dubbed ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ near her home next month.
Ciara McCullough, from Ballinahinch, Tipperary, is hosting a Colour Run in her local village of Newport on Sunday May 25th when hundreds of runners will be doused from head to toe in paint to celebrate healthiness, happiness and individuality.
Less about your 10 minute mile and more about having the time of your life, The Colour Run is a five kilometre, un-timed race in which participants, or “Colour Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:-Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in colour!
The event is being organised by Ciara McCullough to spark open discussion of mental health and break the silence of stigma as part of the National Green Ribbon campaign.
“For people who have never experienced depression, there are no words imaginable to describe exactly what it does to you, but for people who are and who have experienced it, no words are needed,” Ciara explained. “It wore me down, mentally, physically and emotionally to a point where I didn’t know who I was. My recovery was a slow road of progression that didn’t happen overnight but now my life has never been better. I’m really excited about the Colour Run to raise awareness about Mental Health and raise funds for Pieta House, a suicide and self harm crisis centre that does tremendous work. “
She added: “More and more people need to start talking and learning about Mental Health. The more we talk about it, the less scary it becomes and people who are going through a mental health problem will feel much more comfortable in talking about their feelings.”
As well as the Colour Run in Newport, Co Tipperary at 3pm on Sunday, May 25th, there will also be free workshops from Laughter Yoga, to Reiki on the morning of the event, followed by live music from One Simple Work & Pat Wright with Acoustra to end a super positive day.
Ciara is actively involved in an organisation called See Change is an alliance of organisations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems. This May, See Change and its 90 partner organisations are rolling out a major national campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems. Throughout May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, 300,000 ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge and in conjunction with various community events with the aim of sparking a national conversation about mental health in Ireland’s boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables.
John Saunders, Director of See Change said; “Wearing the green ribbon during the month of May is a simple way of showing your support for the campaign and leaving the door open for a conversation about mental health. You don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers, sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is let someone know you are there for them and simply listen.”
Just like the pink ribbon became a powerful symbol for breast cancer awareness, this lime green ribbon has been established in North America as the international symbol for Mental Health awareness. The See Change partnership aims to make the month of May every year synonymous with challenging the stigma of mental health problems and lay groundwork for real and lasting change in Irish attitudes and behaviours to mental health.
Registration for the Newport Colour Run is 10Euro- online at www.eventbrite.ie or €15 on the day.