Month: June 2021

Paddy Dooley, Olympian, passes away

Paddy Dooley, Olympian, passes away

first_imgTwitter Facebook NewsLocal NewsPaddy Dooley, Olympian, passes awayBy admin – December 12, 2008 1087 Previous article‘Those tied into criminality are losing their souls’ – Fr EganNext articleBuilding slowdown lessens demand for infrastructure admin Advertisement Emailcenter_img Paddy Dooley (82) was born in O’Connell Street, Limerick in 1926.  He was educated at the Model School and CBS Sexton Street, and later at UCD.  As a youngster his lifelong interest in rowing began while rowing and coxing rowing clubs on the Shannon.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At UCD, Paddy quickly established himself as a top class oarsman and sculler and was part of the first ever UCD crew to win the IARU Senior Eights championship in 1947.  The following year, UCD repeated the feat with Paddy as stroke and captain.  That summer he had the honour of captaining his Irish eight at the 1948 Olympic Games in London.  When he returned to Limerick after college, Paddy continued to coach at different levels in the sport.Paddy married Noreen Gardiner from Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, in 1954 and has five grown-up children and eleven grandchildren.  Tragedy visited Paddy¹s life in 1980 with the sudden death of Noreen in a car accident, but he faced up to the difficult challenges in the following years with characteristic bravery and dedication to his young family. In 1993, Paddy knew once more great happiness when he married his current wife, Gerry Regan, and he lived a very active and happy retirement in the village of Garrykennedy on Lough Derg.In business, Paddy is best remembered as being the proprietor of the Bedford Row-based Dainty Dairy retail and bakery business, which he ran with his late brother, Jimmy, for many years until the early 1980s.  Later, he went on to found the catering business that still bears his name, Paddy Dooley Catering, which he sold and retired from in 2000.In retirement, Paddy returned to active involvement in rowing and founded the Limerick Masters Rowing Club and also became a key official of Castleconnell Boat Club.  His proudest moment in recent years was the opening, in May of this year, of the major renovation of the Castleconnell boathouse, a project in which he was the prime mover and fundraiser.  WhatsApp Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Calls made to abolish air tax

Calls made to abolish air tax

first_imgWhatsApp Previous articleLPYMA grounds saga continuesNext articleFour Limerick players get International call up admin Advertisement Print NewsLocal NewsCalls made to abolish air taxBy admin – February 17, 2009 573 Former mayor and independent Clare councillor Patricia McCarthy has called on the Government to abolish its new air travel tax in a bid to protect hundreds of jobs in Shannon and Dublin airports.Councillor McCarthy made the call in response to Ryanair’s pledge to reverse its decision to axe services at the airports should the Government decide to abolish the 10 euro tax.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ryanair’s recently announced its decision to reduce services at the airports with the expected loss of at least 300 jobs.  The low cost carrier has publicly blamed the negative impact of the departure tax on travel bookings as the primary reason for its move. According to councillor McCarthy, “Whether this is a manufactured excuse for withdrawing services or not, the airline has clearly said it will reverse its decision to axe services and jobs if the tax is abolished. I believe that the benefits for the economy in having these services retained at Shannon and Dublin far outweigh the benefits associated with keeping this tax in place.”The Shannon-based public representative said the Government must now immediately clarify whether it intends to remove or at least reduce the tax.“It is incumbent on Government to explain to the Irish public to what extent the air travel tax is more beneficial to the economy than the significant jobs and revenue generated by the Ryanair services in question. If the Government cannot justify this tax then it should be held accountable for the loss of these jobs,” added councillor McCarthy.center_img Linkedin Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Down the pole for posters

Down the pole for posters

first_imgFacebook THE city’s ESB and Eircom poles, and billboard areas, will be not be as festooned with election posters this June, with many candidates for the upcoming local election resolved to face the electorate in the flesh only.However, it has been confirmed that the Labour Party candidates are ready to go their own way.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Many councillors contend that the banning of posters would be good for the environment, good for road safety and good for democracy.City manager, Tom Mackey, reminded councillors that the Department of the Environment are to bring in legislation prohibiting posters, and that it is currently seeking locations for a pilot project.“We are under no obligation to participate – we can ignore this,” he said, but when asked if candidates who are not members of the council would have to adhere to requirements, he replied: “it would be up to the city council to introduce by-laws for this”.Fianna Fail has agreed to ban postering and billboards.“It’s our view that posters should be banned – it’s just a form of littering but I’d like to know why we did not get the Department reports that were sent down to City Hall on this.” remarked Kieran O’Hanlon.Mr Mackey said they should check to see if “there was a glitch in sending out the report.”All Fine Gael councillors are united in banning election posters, and a number of Independents, including James Houlihan and Lilly Wallace, share this view.Cllr Pat Kennedy pointed out it had not yet been passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and on a personal note, Cllr Wallace, recalling the last local election, said she had used one or two very small posters and had been elected, while other candidates, with huge posters had not been successful.All in favour of postering, which, he said, “adds to the razzmatazz of elections, Labour’s Cllr Joe Leddin intervened: “Our posters are all ready to go up any day now”.Calculating that the total cost of posters for all candidates running for election to the city council would run in excess of 100,000 euro, Cllr Diarmuid Scully said: “That obscene amount of money buys nothing but litter and the occasional obstruction of road signs”. Linkedin Advertisement Print NewsLocal NewsDown the pole for postersBy admin – March 26, 2009 517 center_img WhatsApp Previous article‘Terrified’ residents on 24 hour watchNext articleMcGahan’s team to face Glasgow admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Sombre mood at Cathedral as Bishop steps down

Sombre mood at Cathedral as Bishop steps down

first_imgEmail NewsLocal NewsSombre mood at Cathedral as Bishop steps downBy admin – December 23, 2009 697 Twitter Facebook Print Linkedincenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp “A very sad day; very very sad for Limerick,” was how one elderly lady exiting St John’s Cathedral, described Bishop Donal Murray’s resignation on December 17.The bishop, who had been the centre of media attention since the Murphy Report, took to the podium at St. John’s Cathedral at 11am, to offer his resignation, as had been widely expected.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dressed in simple black clerical clothing, he spoke briefly to the congregation of around 100 parishioners, priests and workers of the diocese, and said: “The Holy Father has accepted my resignation, which takes effect from this morning”, as the church bells tolled outside, seemingly communicating this message to the people of Limerick.“I have heard the views of many survivors…some expressed the wish that I should resign; others asked me not to do so”.There was a sombre mood in the otherwise silent church, as Bishop Murray, flanked by a number of priests, acknowledged that he could not undo the “pain that survivors of abuse have suffered in the past and continue to suffer each day.“I humbly apologise once again to all who were abused as little children”.In closing, Bishop Murray offered the words he spoke in St. Joseph’s on November 29: “We are people who believe that God’s mercy and God’s healing are without limit. We are meant to be bearers of that hope to one another, and especially to people whose trust was betrayed when they were just little children and who endured the terror, helplessness and suffering inflicted by a dominant adult. They should always have a special place in our prayers”.He then lit three candles of adventry, and stepped from the altar as the natural light that had been lighting up the stain glass windows faded.An hour’s prayer followed, but a number of parishioners left the church in single file.“He was a good man”, said one. “Why did they have to focus on him and not the others named in the report? I’m sorry to see him go”.“I know he didn’t help the process, but I also know what its like to have someone above you not listen. As usual, I guess small players are easier scapegoats. Like in the banks”, said another.Dr Murray’s two minute speech captured local and national headlines, and his resignation has led to calls for the remaining bishops implicated in the Murphy Report to follow his lead.Mayor Kevin Kiely, said: “Since he became Bishop of Limerick in 1996, Dr Murray has served the people of Limerick to the best of his ability and I would like to pay tribute to him for his hard work and dedication on behalf of the Diocese.“I am saddened by the circumstances which have led to Dr Murray’s resignation today after several days of reflection, and I wish him well for the future”.Speculation is now rife as to who will take over the position as Bishop of Limerick-while rumours have also been circulating that the Pope will visit Ireland on his planned trip to the UK next year. Previous articleChristmas wishes from Limerick soldiers in ChadNext articleAer Lingus stands firm on Shannon decision adminlast_img read more

Limerick coffee morning to honour a tireless supporter

Limerick coffee morning to honour a tireless supporter

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement Linkedin NewsLimerick coffee morning to honour a tireless supporterBy Staff Reporter – July 2, 2013 647 TAGSCARIfeatured Twitter Shannondoc operating but only by appointment First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Surgeries and clinic cancellations extendedcenter_img Print Facebook Live95 CARI’s on Helping Limerick Children No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CARI, the support group for children who have suffered sexual abuse, will hold a coffee morning on Friday July 5 in memory of Limerick woman Anne Byrnes who was one of its most ardent supporters.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Until her death last September, Anne Byrnes was the face of CARI in Limerick and had dedicated much of her life helping the children who attended the local support centre. Her colleagues have created a remembrance space in the garden at the centre in her memory.This is an opportunity for Anne’s family, friends and work colleagues to come together to remember her and to acknowledge the enormous contribution she made to CARI and how she impacted on all their lives.Acting National Clinical Director Majella Ryan said “Anne was thoughtful and kind. She was always optimistic and enthusiastic – in particular regarding the work of CARI. Anne fought her illness bravely. Her tireless work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humour are greatly missed. She fundraised tirelessly, even from her bed at Milford Hospice. When we would bring her out in her wheelchair, she would talk to the doctors, nurses, other patients and their families about CARI and ask for their support.” Previous articleDromcollogher 4mile raceNext articleLimerick pride of place nominations Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApplast_img read more

New Limerick hospital emergency department two years away

New Limerick hospital emergency department two years away

first_img Previous articleFormer staff members hold sit-in protest at Ivan’sNext articleTeenager accused of endangering life of community garda Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement NewsBreaking newsNew Limerick hospital emergency department two years awayBy Bernie English – January 22, 2014 750 Twitter Shannondoc operating but only by appointment WhatsApp Linkedin First Irish death from Coronavirus Emailcenter_img THE HEAD of the HSE has said there will be no new emergency department to defuse the crisis at Limerick’s University Hospital for two years.HSE Director General Tony O’Brien is was this week visiting primary care facilities in Limerick and meeting clients and staff to brief himself on how services are developing at ground level in the Mid West.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Answering questions at a press conference, Mr O’Brien said that  while development is in train at the Dooradoyle site “for the major development (of a new ED), that is capital development and it will not be possible until 2016″. TAGSfeaturedhealth hospital Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Print No vaccines in Limerick yet Facebooklast_img read more

Doras Luimní slams anti-Roma attacks

Doras Luimní slams anti-Roma attacks

first_imgNewsDoras Luimní slams anti-Roma attacksBy John Keogh – October 29, 2014 821 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDoras LuimníHate CrimeKaren McHughlimerickracismRoma community Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” MID West migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní has condemned the recent attacks on members of the Roma community in Waterford, describing the confrontation as an act of “racially-motivated intimidation against a vulnerable group”.The organisation’s chief executive, Karen McHugh, said: “The situation in Waterford has been escalating over the past number of weeks with hate speech being directed at the Roma community via social media. We can see an obvious correlation between this online hate speech and the subsequent incident that occurred on Saturday evening.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Ms McHugh, there is “an urgent need” for the introduction of measures to combat increasing online hate speech in Ireland, “which can clearly lead to organised violence and intimidation”.“We encourage everyone to record and report all forms of racism, including online racist language to An Garda Síochána and on ireport.ie (a racism reporting site). We would also encourage people to challenge the widespread misinformation about migrants and minority groups that is often perpetuated online,” added Ms McHugh.The incident in Waterford saw a number of families, including young children and elderly people, evacuated from their homes in the city after more than 60 people gathered outside chanting anti-Roma slogans.It was also reported that windows were smashed and the door of one of the houses was kicked in.Doras Luimní  says the Roma community are stereotyped as organised criminals “because of the alleged criminal activity of a small number of people”.The organisation is running an ongoing anti-rumours campaign in the region, which aims to “counter the negative perceptions about migrants and minority groups, such as the stereotypes that have been perpetuated about the Roma community”. Print Previous articleTricks and Treats Beauty Night for ChildlineNext articleExcitement building for new school John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Limerick hospital staff help Pieta House save lives

Limerick hospital staff help Pieta House save lives

first_imgEmail Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads SUICIDE and self-harm service Pieta House have received a donation of almost €2,500, which was raised by UL Hospitals staff.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The donation was made after 200 people, predominantly UL Hospitals staff, participated in the ‘From Couch to 5k’ run/walk around Dooradoyle and Raheen last August. It was one of a series of initiatives to promote health and wellness among UL Hospitals staff.The donation will now go towards helping people at risk of suicide and self-harm in the Mid-West.Kieran O’Brien of Pieta House said that the donation would help three or four people and could even help save their lives.“It will be spent locally to help our service users from the initial assessment to the talk therapy with our qualified psychotherapists. That could be twice a week for ten weeks or, if they are really in a crisis, four or five times a week,” he said.“But what is equally important is the awareness hospital staff have created around Pieta House and we are extremely grateful for that. We work with a lot of people who have attempted suicide, people with suicide ideation and people who engage in self-harm.“We’ll be open five years in Mungret very soon and it’s great to create awareness that we are very close by.” In those five years, Pieta House has helped more than 6,500 people in Limerick. NewsLocal NewsLimerick hospital staff help Pieta House save livesBy Alan Jacques – October 30, 2015 1017 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter TAGSfeaturedlimerickPieta Houseself-harmsuicideUL Hospitals Previous articleTax breaks to breathe new life into Limerick city centreNext articleRevival of The Unlucky Cabin Boy Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Operating theatres closed

Operating theatres closed

first_imgLinkedin TAGSChristmasday wardsoperationssuspendeduniversity hospital limerick Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WhatsApp Facebook NewsOperating theatres closedBy Bernie English – November 26, 2016 754 Twitter Previous articleUL is facing the chop!Next articleJan zones in on soaring rents Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img University Hospital Limerick Christmas Gift appeal for children in Direct Provision Print Advertisement [email protected] Hospital Limerick.UL HOSPITALS Group has confirmed that all day procedures will be suspended for two weeks over the Christmas period at the four acute hospitals in the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up From December 23 to January 9, operating theatres in University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Ennis, Nenagh and Croom hospitals will be closed for elective surgery.The hospital group said that this is “traditionally a time of year when a high rate of patients request to postpone their planned surgery”. As a result, the day surgical wards in those hospitals will also close.“These closures have been planned months in advance and no patients were scheduled to have their surgery during this time. UHL will continue to operate an emergency theatre to manage any emergency or unplanned surgery.  64 patients waiting for beds in UHL Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bed Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL last_img read more

Work to commence on new St Paul’s project

Work to commence on new St Paul’s project

first_imgPrint RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Cllr James CollinsFIANNA Fáil councillor James Collins has welcomed news that local Limerick firm Conack Construction have been chosen for the construction contract at St Paul’s National School in Dooraodyle.“St Paul’s has been waiting for this school project for many years now. I have been informed that construction contractors will commence on site from April 9. This is expected to be a 16-month contract with pupils returning to Dooradoyle in September 2019,” Cllr Collins told the Limerick Post.St Paul’s NS pupils will continue to be temporarily relocated in Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue until works are completed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The €6.1m plus vat project will see the provision of 12 new classrooms, ancillary rooms, a new hall, a new library and an administration block.“This project is well overdue but very welcome. We all look forward to pupils, parents and teachers enjoying the new facilities from September 2019. It is also great to see a local Limerick firm Conack Construction awarded the contract.“I hope many local subcontractors and tradesmen will be employed on site,” the City West representative commented.Cllr Collins also said he will be liaising with the delivery team to ensure nearby residents are not unduly impacted during construction and operation.“St Paul’s will continue to support the parish by providing parking for the church. A new road structure and traffic system will be in operation and we hope this will impact in a positive way in the surrounding area. Historically the school had facilitated various community groups and will continue to do so. It is an exciting time for St Paul’s NS and for the community of Dooradoyle, as this long awaited project begins,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Email Advertisement Previous articleHartnett connection will be celebrated at ÉigseNext articleRyan forces his way in for Limerick after Clare heroics Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsWork to commence on new St Paul’s projectBy Alan Jacques – March 31, 2018 2084 TAGSCllr James CollinsDooradoylelimerickScoil CarmelSt Paul’s NS Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more