Fascinating online insight into city’s records

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFascinating online insight into city’s recordsBy admin – July 7, 2011 533 Advertisement Previous article‘Until Bill produced, we’re debating a press release’ – Cllr KennedyNext articleBye week for Limerick FC admin Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img INVALUABLE information for local historians, researchers and the men and woman interested in researching aspects of Limerick city’s past, is available from the Limerick Archives Department, which has responsibility for the records of the city council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City Archives, which also collect donations of material relating to the city, its people and organisations, including Limerick Chamber, Limerick Harbour Commissioners and Limerick Union Board of Guardians, has now made these collections freely available on www.limerickcity.ie“Each year new collections are added to the website – for instance in 2010 the council’s Health and Welfare records, dispensary records, allotments and turf production records were added, as were a selection of collections from Limerick’s Christian Brothers School and other bodies,” says a spokesperson for City Hall.A fascinating insight into the Quaker community in Limerick was recently made available through the donation of a microfilm copy of the Quaker Papers at a launch in the Quaker Meeting House.The papers contain records of meetings, records of births and marriages and of grievances when their goods were seized in lieu of tithes due to the Established Church.A fascinating series of diaries, documents and photographs of the Limerick man, DCC Mercier, who worked as a mill manager in Ranks Flour Mills from 1922 to 1961, was donated to the archives in October 2010.The papers document Mr Mercier’s working life in one of Limerick’s key industries.A reception to mark the donation was held in City Hall and former Ranks’ workers and their families were invited to attend. Linkedin Email Printlast_img read more

Harvard poll predicts Obama loss

first_imgA new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School finds more millennials predict President Barack Obama will lose his bid for re-election (36 percent) than win (30 percent).The new survey also shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney fairing best among potential Republican challengers in a general election match-up against Obama, trailing the president by 11 percentage points (Obama: 37 percent, Romney: 26 percent).Thirty-two percent of millennials say they are following the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. Six percent are following it very closely and 26 percent somewhat closely. Sixty-six percent are not following the demonstrations closely, according to the poll. Only 21 percent said they supported the movement. A detailed report on the poll’s findings is available on the IOP’s homepage.“Our new polling data clearly shows millennials are growing more concerned over the direction of the country and effectiveness of Washington, D.C., to solve problems,” said IOP Director Trey Grayson. “The opportunity exists for all political parties and campaigns to re-engage this generation — those who do can maximize results in 2012.”“While we are more than a year away, this survey may well serve as an ominous sign for Barack Obama’s 2012 chances and the political engagement of America’s largest generation,” said John Della Volpe, IOP polling director.The Web-enabled survey of 2,028 18- to 29-year-old U.S. citizens had a margin of error of +/– 2.2 percentage points (95 percent confidence level) and was conducted with research partner Knowledge Networks for the IOP between Nov. 23 and Dec. 3. The findings follow:Plurality of millennials predict Obama will lose bid for re-election. Among all 18- 29-year-olds, more believe that Obama will lose re-election (36 percent) than win (30 percent), with almost a third (32 percent) not sure.Mitt Romney leads among young Republican primary and caucus-goers. Among young Republican and Independents indicating they are at least somewhat likely (definitely, probably, or 50-50) to vote in their state’s primary or caucus, Romney leads the field with 23 percent, followed by Ron Paul, 16 percent, Herman Cain, 15 percent, and Newt Gingrich, 13 percent. Examination and allocation of Cain supporters’ second-choice selections for president shows Romney would continue to lead (25 percent) among millennials with Cain out of the race, with Ron Paul (18 percent) and Newt Gingrich (17 percent) in a statistical tie for second place. (Herman Cain suspended his campaign on Dec. 3, the final day of the interviewing period for the IOP’s fall poll.)Job approval ratings continue to slide for Obama as well as Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Obama’s job performance rating among America’s 18- to 29-year-olds is currently at the lowest point since IOP polling of the Obama administration began in the fall of 2009. Forty-six percent of millennials approve of the job Obama is doing as president — a decrease of 9 percentage points from February 2011 IOP polling (55 percent) — with 51 percent saying they disapprove. Obama’s job approval has also fallen among college students from 60 percent in February to 48 percent today. Views toward Democrats (33 percent approval; down from 45 percent in February) and Republicans in Congress (24 percent approval; down from 30 percent in February) have also slipped significantly over the same period.In 2012 preview, Barack Obama holds moderate lead over “generic” Republican, but ahead of potential Republican challengers by double digits. With the general election less than one year away, Obama leads a proposed match-up against the Republican Party’s candidate for president by 6 percentage points (35 percent-29 percent), a smaller margin than found in February IOP polling (12 percentage points — Obama: 38 percent-Republican: 26 percent). On college campuses, the match-up is a statistical dead-heat (Obama: 37 percent-Republican: 34 percent). When Obama is matched against specific candidates, he leads Mitt Romney by 11 percentage points (37 percent-26 percent) and Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry (39 percent-23 percent) by 16 percentage points.By a margin of more than 4-1, millennials believe U.S. is headed in wrong direction. Only 12 percent of young Americans believe things are “headed in the right direction” with 52 percent saying things are “off on the wrong track,” a more pessimistic view than identified in February 2011 IOP polling (20 percent: “right direction,” 39 percent: “wrong track”). Importantly, less than one-third (32 percent) of 18- to 29-year-olds approve of the way that Obama is handling the economy, a 10 percentage-point drop since February IOP polling (42 percent).For the full release, visit the IOP website.last_img read more

Jackson handed Ireland fly-half role

first_img Jackson has passed a fitness test on the minor hamstring strain sustained during training on Monday, enabling him to continue in the number 10 jersey with Ian Madigan offering cover from the bench. Team manager Mick Kearney has also revealed that Munster prop Stephen Archer will fill the third vacancy left in the team that was announced on Tuesday after being selected on the bench. Ireland will start with Paddy Jackson at fly-half for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with France at the Aviva Stadium. Jackson, 21, will be winning his second cap in Saturday’s must-win showdown between the two biggest flops of this year’s Six Nations, while Madigan will make his debut if he steps off the bench. “Paddy kicked in the Aviva Stadium yesterday and kicked well and trained fully this morning,” Kearney said. “Paddy’s hamstring first tightened up after Monday’s session so there was a bit of concern about him. “He sat out the session on Tuesday, received treatment and did some light running in the afternoon. “He then came through kicking at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon very well, so that clarified things for us, but up until then there was some small doubt. “There was no discomfort this morning so he’ll be fine.” Ireland team: R Kearney (Leinster); F McFadden (Leinster), B O’Driscoll (Leinster), L Marshall (Ulster), K Earls (Munster); P Jackson (Ulster), C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster), M McCarthy (Connacht), D Ryan (Munster), P O’Mahony (Munster), S O’Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt). Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), S Archer (Munster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), I Henderson (Ulster), E Reddan (Leinster), I Madigan (Leinster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more