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 Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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

OIS releases study abroad decisions

first_imgAntsy students are dreaming of Big Ben, the Colosseum and the Parthenon this week in the wake of Friday’s release of study abroad decisions from the Office of International Studies (OIS) for the 2012-2013 academic year. Kathleen Opel, director of OIS, said her department is “as excited as ever” for next year’s class of international scholars. “We’ve given our decision, and now [students] need to either confirm that they’re going to accept or decline the offer,” Opel said. “If that’s the case, then we’re able to offer that spot to somebody else. “ Opel said OIS received a total of 1,535 applications from 1,005 students. Out of the 1,005 students who applied, 754 were accepted into a study abroad program for next year, she said. Out of these 754 accepted students, Opel said 721 were admitted to their first choice program. Additionally, 245 students were waitlisted for study abroad programs. Opel said she has seen an increase in the popularity of English language programs such as London, Dublin and Perth, making them more competitive for students to get into. “Specifically the programs that we have in English tend to be those that can suit the needs of business, science, engineering and Arts and Letters students,” Opel said. “There is a growing number of business students, and because of that growth in the College of Business, where they do not have a language requirement, more of those students are gravitating toward programs where language is not a requirement.” Opel also said spring programs are more popular overall than those in the fall “by a very small margin.” The number of applicants remained relatively stagnant from last year’s numbers. Last year, 1,011 students applied for study abroad programs during the academic year and 780 students were initially accepted. Waitlisted students should not lose hope, Opel said, because some students do choose not to attend the program in which they have been accepted. Opel’s advice to waitlisted students is “be patient and be optimistic.” “We will stay in touch with [waitlisted] students and let them know at what point we’ve pretty much filled capacity and don’t see any more changes coming,” Opel said. Opel added accepted students should begin to think about what is required of them before they travel abroad. OIS will offer pre-departure programs in the coming months for students studying abroad during the fall 2012 semester, but she said they should work on obtaining a passport and familiarizing themselves with safety and security measures as soon as possible. “By the time [students studying abroad] leave campus, they should have a pretty good grounding of what to expect when they get there,” she said. Sophomore Matt Hayes said he is already gearing up to spend the spring 2013 semester in Bologna, Italy. A Program of Liberal Studies and Italian major, Hayes said he hopes to become fluent in Italian during his time abroad. “I chose Bologna for the opportunity to become fluent and study at an actual Italian university,” he said. Hayes also plans to spend Easter at the Vatican. However, he said he is most looking forward to the food. “Bologna is called ‘La Grassa,’ meaning ‘the Fat One.’ It is the food capital of Italy,” Hayes said. “I’m excited to eat my way through Italy.” Sophomore Margeaux Prinster will spend the spring 2013 semester in Rome. As an anthropology major with a peace studies minor, Prinster said she is fascinated by the archeological value of Rome. “I’m really interested in archeology, and Rome is an awesome place to be for that because you’re basically living in ancient Rome with a modern twist,” she said. Prinster added she also wants to travel beyond Rome. “I’m most excited about travelling and seeing everything,” Prinster said. “I really, really want to go skiing in the Alps.”last_img read more

What’s in a name: Diversity & Inclusion Officer

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Notre Dame Federal Credit Union ($628.1M, Notre Dame, IN) prizes diversity and inclusion in its service to 58,000 members. So much so, in fact, that it has created a staff position devoted to those principles.Esmi Rivera’s job as diversity and inclusion officer formalizes what the Catholic university-based credit union has long worked toward: financial wellness and opportunity for everyone in its field of membership and the communities where they live.Rivera joined Notre Dame FCU in November 2017 as a business development representative and became the credit union’s diversity and inclusion officer this past August.Here, she describes her new role and how it fits with her credit union’s commitment to its fundamental principles. continue reading »last_img read more