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

Ocean City Library Keeps Community in Focus

first_imgThe library is often a hub of activity for patrons, but with the plan, hours will be limited. By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Free Public Library is more than just a library for people to find reading materials. It is an epicenter of learning, offering its patrons entertainment, lecturers, author book signings and an array of books in traditional and audio form.And as with everything else, the staff and board members want to ensure that the library continues to grow, providing all that the residents and visitors have come to expect at the facility, Jennifer Shirk, president of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees, explained in an interview about the library’s strategic plan.“Basically, the board decided to move forward with a new strategic plan that will encompass the next five years for two reasons,” Shirk said. “The state requires that any library that gives money back to their municipality have a current strategic plan in place and because it’s just smart business practice to have one to make sure our library is truly meeting the needs of all in the community.”While this is the library’s third strategic plan, it is the first time that the board created a focus group for “community partners.”“The reason we decided to include that group is because we want to engage representatives from what we felt was a key stakeholder group since we share so many events and purposes,” Shirk said. “However, we will be holding nine different focus groups in total.”From left, Library Board of Trustees President Jennifer Shirk, Library Director Karen Mahar and Board of Trustees member Ron Denney stop for a photo before Mahar is honored as a “Woman of Wonder” in November.The first focus group will be Tuesday, Jan. 7. The groups will include business leaders in the community, library staff, young adults, moms or caregivers of young children and seniors. Also participating in the focus groups will be the Friends & Volunteers of the Library, Community Center partners, the Board of Trustees and young adults without children.“We feel it is a broad and inclusive sampling of the town as well as major stakeholders. Our consultants also created online and paper surveys, which have been out for the past month,” Shirk noted.The library, under Library Director Karen Mahar, has become a hub of the community, with offerings for all ages.With the growing popularity of the young adults section on the second floor over the last few years, library officials felt it should be renovated to expand and brighten the area. The project will be underway in the future, but library officials are awaiting state funding to help with the cost.The library features book sales, among many other events.Shirk said that the library is very successful, but there is room for improvement.“Strategic planning isn’t always just about what more we can bring to the library or what more we can spend in materials. As president, I’m interested to know not only what is working, but what is not working,” Shirk explained. “I know that generally speaking we have a successful library and people are coming out to our programs and events, which is fantastic.”However, she said, the goal was to also find out if those same groups of people are coming out all the time.“Is there a way to create more diversity? Also, I would love to know if there is a segment of our population which is not being serviced and how we can correct that,” Shirk added. “Even when you’re at the top of your game, there is always room for improvement, and I know our Library Director Karen Mahar would definitely agree.”After focus groups meet during the next few months, Shirk said her hope is that the library’s consultants will have a new strategic plan completed by March or April, in time for the library to file its state report.“The planning process is a lot of work and takes time and effort from everyone involved,” she noted. “However, our director, Karen Mahar, and I are very excited to help create a new vision for our library and its services for the future.” For more information visit the Ocean City Free Public Library at or call 609-399-2434.The Ocean City Free Public Library is located at 1735 Simpson Ave.last_img read more


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Chevron sets 2018 capital budget at $18.3 billion

first_imgChevron’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Asia Energy (Image courtesy of Chevron)US-based energy giant and LNG player Chevron announced a 2018 capital and exploratory spending program of $18.3 billion.This figure includes $5.5 billion for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliated companies.This budget is some 4 percent less than this year and lower for a fourth year in a row.“Our 2018 budget is down for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting project completions, improved efficiencies, and investment high-grading,” said chief executive John Watson.“We’re fully funding our advantaged Permian Basin position and dedicating approximately three-quarters of our spend to projects that are expected to realize cash flow within two years,” he said.Watson went on to say that with production currently exceeding guidance in the Permian, the company’s 2018 plan should deliver both “strong production growth and solid free cash flow, at prices comparable to what we’ve seen this year.”Breaking down the numbers, in the upstream business, about $8.7 billion is forecasted to sustain currently producing assets, including $3.3 billion for the Permian and $1 billion for other shale and tight rock investments.Approximately $5.5 billion of the upstream program is planned for major capital projects underway, including $3.7 billion associated with the future growth project at the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan.Global exploration funding is expected to be about $1.1 billion. Remaining upstream spend will be for early stage projects supporting potential future developments, Chevron said.About $2.2 billion of planned capital spending is associated with the company’s downstream businesses that refine, market and transport fuels, and manufacture and distribute lubricants, additives and petrochemicals, Chevron added.last_img read more