Saddle up for Limerick’s BeSPOKE Festival

first_imgThe Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Ruth Herman, Wild Atlantic Sports, Kinsale at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Print Advertisement Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick. WhatsApp Sean Putt, Trails Addict and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Leanne O’Neill, The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Stephanie Schmid, Richmond Rugby Club at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Facebook TAGSBeSpoke FestivalfeaturedlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Smarter Travel Previous articleMrs Shakespeare looks back in anguishNext articleDruidShakespeare presents Henriad quartet John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan (centre) with Peter Ward, Valerie Dunne, Lorraine Cliff, Lorraine Sheehan and John Halliwell, Cycle 4 Sick Children at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. NewsSaddle up for Limerick’s BeSPOKE FestivalBy John Keogh – June 11, 2015 1068 A SUMMER Solstice bike ride from Limerick City to Lough Gur; a family cycle along the banks of the River Shannon and a host of free fun bike events are among the highlights of this year’s BeSPOKE Cycling Festival, taking place throughout Limerick from June 13 to 21.The events begin this Saturday, June 13 with a BeSPOKE expo area on Bedford Row, where members of the public can receive a free bike health check while enjoying a wide range of on-street entertainment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The festival’s flagship event, the BeSPOKE Riverside Family Cycle, takes place at 11am on Sunday, June 21 with a cycling tour of the city’s waterfront beginning and finishing at Howley’s Quay. This will be followed by a family fun day along the quayside with participants asked to come in fancy dress and to decorate their bikes.Sunday June 21 also offers a unique opportunity to experience the Summer Solstice in the magical surrounds of Lough Gur with participants departing Limerick city at 5am.Ahead of this, there will be bike repair workshops in Castletroy (June 12); Corbally (June 17) The Parkway Shopping Centre, Southill Area Centre and Richmond RFC (June 20) and a number of cycling inspired events across the city and county.There will be lots of fun for schools throughout 15-19 June with a Golden Bike competition and a school travel exhibition.Limerick Smarter Travel project manager, Pat O’Neill said that over the last few months they had rolled out the Limerick Public Bike Scheme and became the first Irish city to offer free access to secure bike lockers and bike stands while also making bike parking spaces available at multi-story car parks.“We’re also in the process of developing, maintaining and promoting new and existing recreational infrastructure and we’re confident that the huge line up of events for the BeSPOKE festival will help to increase the number of cyclists on our roads which is key to establishing Limerick as a successful Smarter Travel Demonstration City”, he said. Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.center_img Highlights of BeSPOKE 2015Friday, 12 JuneBike Repair Day – Public Park, Castletroy 5pm-7.30pmSaturday, 13 JuneBeSPOKE expo – Bedford Row, 10am-5pmSunday, 14 JuneGreat Southern Trail Cycle – Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale 11am20km cycleWednesday, 17 JuneBike Repair Evening- Shannon Fields, Corbally 5.30pm-7.30pmThursday, 18 JuneCycling Pursuit Challenge – Adare GAA field 11amSaturday 20 JuneBike Repair Day and Tool Drive- Southill Area Centre 12-3pmSunday, 21 JuneSummer Solstice Cycle 5am-8am, registration 4.45am Penney’s O’Connell StreetBeSPOKE Riverside Family Cycle –Howley’s Quay, 11amSaturday, 28 JuneAwareness Cycle and Rider Bike Repair – RAW Cycles, Delta Retail Park. Registration from 8amFor full details go to www.limericksmartertravel.ie Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Sean Putt, Trails Addict and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. The judges, Sharon McMeel, Richard Lynch, Leah Melling and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Bernard Boland, The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Cathal Dillon, Southill Mens Sheds at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan with Brian O’Donnell, Anthony Murphy and Marion Conway, Team Adare Cycling at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Sean Putt, Trails Addict and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy In Support Of The Financial Bailout

first_imgStatement Of Senator Patrick LeahyIn Support Of The Financial Bailout PackageOctober 1, 2008This financial crisis is rooted in material actions involving executive greed and ineptitude, flawed economic policies, and the incompetence of on-the-scene regulatory agencies. And we are dealing with this crisis at the unfortunate intersection of two toxic trends: the loss of confidence in our financial system, and the public’s loss of confidence in the Bush Administration. Many have come to agree with those of us who have long felt that ‘trust me’ is not enough when this White House asks for sweeping new powers.As this crisis spreads, threatening to harm our families, businesses and communities, the clock has been running out on the federal government’s opportunity to try to staunch the damage. I opposed the original Bush plan, which was fatally flawed on several counts. Since then I have worked in good faith to fix its shortcomings, and by now several constructive changes have been made. After many fits and starts and long negotiations that have run through many nights, the clock is close to running out. As the Senate has prepared to vote on this revised plan, I have weighed its flaws and its improvements against the need for action to avert a wider credit crisis and the harm that would bring to Vermont and the nation.I had long talks on the day of the vote with Chairman Dodd and Senator Obama and others to understand their reasons for supporting this plan. I have come to agree with them that, while it is far from perfect, it is better than the alternatives at this crucial point. The spreading national emergency tips the balance in favor of this revised plan.Vermonters are divided on this, and I know that many will disagree with my decision. I respect their views and appreciate the many suggestions they have made to improve this plan or to try other approaches. Many improvements have been made. With credit conditions for businesses, public institutions, states, localities, and average Americans deteriorating every day, I believe that acting now to help put our economy on an even keel has become even more of an urgent priority.The bill that the Senate voted on tonight has changed significantly since President Bush first proposed a $700 billion blank check last week. It provides greater checks and balances on the government’s authority. Any actions taken by the Treasury Secretary should be approved by an oversight board, supervised by an Inspector General, reviewed under the Administrative Procedures Act, and examined by the courts if there is a question of fraud or abuse. I fought and won in adding the check-and-balance of judicial review.This revised plan increases the government’s insurance of consumers’ and businesses bank deposits from $100,000 to $250,000. This would safeguard the savings deposits of families and businesses and farmers in Vermont and protect the checking accounts of businesses that continually need to buy materials, sell their products and make their payrolls.This plan now also tightens the restrictions on executive pay and banning golden parachutes for firms participating in the program. Under current law, there are no restrictions on the amount of executive compensation that Wall Street CEOs can be paid. With these people having their hand out for a federal bailout, we should limit executive pay and prohibit greedy executives from walking away from the mess they created with millions while regular American investors lose their savings and retirement funds.My decision to support this remedy did not come lightly or easily. The worsening crisis has made the choice increasingly clear — and the stakes of doing nothing, significantly higher.# # # # #last_img read more