Limerick gets lift-off for the big weekend

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Facebook TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNews Print Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Dr Norah Patten, Grand Marshal and Luka Sean Og Rosenthal Morrissey, Lumen and Limerick Street theatre at Saint Marys Cathedral for the launch.Pic Sean Curtin True Media.THE sights and sounds of the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival will be broadcast coast to coast in the United States this weekend.Limerick entertainers will join Travel Zoo presenter Gabe Saglie to showcase the best of what Limerick has to offer at King John’s Castle through live interviews with 15 US television channels.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The biggest ever Limerick St Patrick’s Festival begins on Saturday with a fireworks display from 9.30pm.The best viewing points are Clancy’s Strand and Sarsfield Bridge as the Limerick skies will be lit up in an explosion of colour.Limerick is unique in Ireland in having not one but two parades – the traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday and the International Band Championship on Bank Holiday Monday.The theme of this year’s parade is One Giant Leap, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and reflecting Limerick’s dynamic revitalisation in recent years.Dr Norah Patten, who is in the running to be Ireland’s first astronaut, is Grand Marshal.The parade itself promises to be a riot of colour and entertainment as around 1,000 participants from street performers and community groups will join military and emergency services in marching down O’Connell Street.Among those who will be taking the theme of One Giant Leap and transforming it into some creative street theatre are: Lumen Street Theatre; Space Odyssey; Artastic and Spraoi.Around 1,300 musicians from 20 bands will be taking place in the marching band championship from noon on Monday. Eight bands are travelling from the US with others coming from Estonia, Germany and Britain.To tie in with the parade theme, the Museum of the Moon will land in St Mary’s Cathedral from March 15 to 22.  A new touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram,  will bring together a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound.Limerick City and County Council will provide additional car parking at its council offices in Merchant’s Quay (via Nicholas Street) and at Cleeves Factory for the three day festival.Parades are also taking part around the county on St Patrick’s Day in Abbeyfeale (4pm); Askeaton (2pm); Ballylanders (3pm); Bruff (2.30pm); Castleconnell (noon); Herbertstown (11.30am); Kilfinane (2pm); Kilmallock (1pm); Newcastle West (3pm) and Rathkeale (12.30pm).Other events taking place for Limerick St Patrick’s Festival include:Panoramic Wheel at Arthur’s Quay Car Park (March 9 to April 21);St Patrick’s Weekend Unlocked at Limerick Milk Market (March 16 and 17);St Patrick’s Day at the Hunt Museum (free admission on March 17);St Michael’s Rowing Club – Head of the River Regatta ( March 16).Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing & Communications with Limerick City and County Council said that the presence of a US television crew was a fantastic opportunity to get international exposure for Limerick.“It’s all very exciting particularly as we get to launch our new international Limerick brand later this year.”“This year’s Festival will be one of the largest ever held in Limerick with a carnival atmosphere promised for the weekend which begins with a not-to-be missed fireworks display on Saturday evening.”“This year we have done a huge amount of promotion of our three-day St Patrick’s Festival.  The weather’s looking up and with a huge number of family friendly events on the programme, there’s nowhere else to be this weekend, so why not wrap up warm and soak up the unique atmosphere of Limerick during the festival as there is so much to do and see.” Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleDetails confirmed for Champions Cup semi finalsNext articleDesign and planning process for M20 gets underway Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCommunityLimerick gets lift-off for the big weekendBy Staff Reporter – March 14, 2019 1008 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

USC finds its own path to success

first_imgA long three-year rebuild finally paid its dividends after USC upset No. 7 Arizona at the Galen Center on Saturday night. The win gave Andy Enfield his first signature win as head coach of the Trojans, while matching last season’s Pac-12 win total at three games.The Trojans have jumped back into the national picture after half a decade of irrelevance. The way they got there is even more fascinating.Andy Enfield was hired in 2013 following a surprise Sweet 16 run in the NCAA Tournament with Florida Gulf Coast. The picture was clear: Enfield would help rebuild a program tarnished by NCAA sanctions by bringing his up-tempo, flashy coaching style to Los Angeles, similar to the quick rebrand of the “Lob City” Clippers. Unfortunately for USC, the transition did not work out so well.In his first year as coach, USC went 11-21 and won just two conference games. Star guard Byron Wesley opted to transfer to Gonzaga instead of sticking around for his last year of eligibility. The Trojans improved slightly in the second year of Enfield’s reign, finishing 12-20 with just three conference wins.While the Trojans were struggling mightily on the court, Enfield was quietly bringing in the pieces to run his system efficiently. Instead of focusing on one-and-done players, Enfield looked to build his program from the bottom up. His first feat came in getting guard Katin Reinhardt to transfer from UNLV in 2013.  Reinhardt, who is only a junior, had to sit out one season due to NCAA rules, but now currently leads the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game.Enfield continued his prowess off the court by landing one of the best rookie classes in recent USC history in 2014. Enfield brought in two ESPN 100 recruits in standouts Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart. In McLaughlin, Enfield found his point guard of the future while Stewart brought the athleticism and defense that was missing from the squad. McLaughlin and Stewart had an up and down rookie campaign, but have been key to the Trojans this season.Enfield finally had a competitive team, but was still lacking the depth and rim protection needed to be competitive in the PAC-12. These issues were addressed with USC’s only two recruits for the 2015 season, freshmen Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu. Boatright’s size and ability to spread the floor has opened up the court for the likes of McLaughlin, Stewart and Reinhardt, while Metu has brought the toughness and defense that has been missing from the Trojan squad.USC is still a very young team, one of the youngest in the country in fact, but Enfield has recruited a strong foundation for the Trojans to build upon. The Trojans only field one senior, Strahinja Gavrilovic, and only have three juniors on their roster ,who contribute heavily. The underclassmen run the show for USC, which is why the future is so bright.Most powerhouse schools such as UCLA, Kentucky and Duke focus in on the one-and-done studs like Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and Jahlil Okafor. Those schools constantly have huge roster turnover which can lead to up and down seasons. Kentucky, over the past four years, is a prime example.The Trojans have rebuilt the exact opposite, looking for highly talented players who fit the system and will stay in school rather than jump to the NBA after one season. In fact, the Trojans have rebuilt like an NBA team, garnering young talent in hopes of turning a corner.While the Trojans are still very young this season, no player except for the seldom used Gavrilovic is expected to leave the program after this season. That means the core of Jovanovic, Reinhardt, Stewart and McLaughlin will have played more than 63 games together entering next season.Just like in the NBA, having the ability to build a strong foundation will garner lots of attention. The Trojans already have one ESPN 100 recruit committed for next season and the list should continue to grow as USC knocks off more top rated opponents.The future of USC basketball has never looked brighter.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more