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. 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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

How ‘Sweet’ it is: Badgers advance to Sweet 16 with sweep of Illinois State

first_imgFor the final time in their collegiate careers, the seniors on the Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped their arms around their teammates and swayed side-to-side singing “Varsity” on their home court one last time.Except the season is not over. In fact, the fun part is just getting started.The Badgers (30-2, 19-1 Big Ten) defeated Illinois State (27-6, 18-0 Missouri Valley Conference) in three sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before a sellout crowd at the UW Field House Friday night.“You never think your last [home] game is gonna happen,” senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson said. “You always think you have forever left.”“Overall, it’s a rush of emotion,” Thompson added. “It’s still a really exciting time.”With a 1-0 lead in the match, the Redbirds and the Badgers were deadlocked at 12 before Wisconsin cued up a 6-0 run to distance themselves from a feisty Illinois State squad in the second set.“Tonight they gave us everything we could handle,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Their [libero Emily Orrick] was outstanding tonight. She gave us a lot of fits, and I thought their setter [Kaitlyn Early] did a really good job of mixing the ball around. It was tough to score on them.”Orrick had 21 digs, but Wisconsin’s junior libero Taylor Morey led all players with 22 digs. Wisconsin sophomore setter Lauren Carlini had 33 assists, while Early had 32.Two kills from freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates and a service ace from junior libero Taylor Morey put the Badgers up 15-12 in the second set and forced an Illinois State timeout. Following the timeout, kills from sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Nelson and Bates, along with a Redbird error, gave Wisconsin a comfortable 18-12 lead they would hold for the remainder of the set.It was the second time in as many nights Wisconsin had dominated the first set but struggled in the second.“We come out of the first game and we’re trying to focus, and we come into the second game and just happen to get down,” Thomas said. “I think that our team is good at battling back no matter where we’re at in a game, doesn’t matter if its the third game, fourth game or fifth. We came back and took away the game.”The early going of the third was tightly contested as well. Wisconsin’s Courtney Thompson’s physical play at the net paced the Badgers to a 10-10 tie. Then, two solo blocks and a kill in-a-row from senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman gave the Badgers their first real momentum kick of the set and forced an Illinois State timeout.The Redbirds, as they had done the previous night against Marquette by erasing a two-set deficit and winning the next three, refused to go quietly. They evened the score once again at 15, but two key kills from Thompson put the Badgers up 20-17 in the set and UW eased to a set and match win.“I thought we executed our game plan,” Sheffield said. “It wasn’t perfect, but I thought we did a really good job against a really good team that was really doing their darndest to keep us off-balance.”“You’re holding a team that won 27 matches, and they didn’t score 20 points on you,” Sheffield said. “Sometimes you can sit up here and find a whole lot of things to complain about and be frustrated about, but at the end of the day that’s a pretty good effort that we saw from our team tonight.”The first set was the only set the Badgers jumped on the Redbirds early, getting out to a 8-3 lead. Bates had five of her match-high 10 kills in that set alone.Thompson added nine kills of her own, while Thomas, Chapman and Nelson each contributed seven.The Badgers out-blocked (12-3) and out-hit (.240-.131) the Redbirds, something Illinois State head coach Melissa Myers attributed to their size and strength advantage.“At the end of the day they’re a big, strong blocking team,” Myers said. “We knew they were going to have that presence, we just didn’t execute.”The loss ended Illinois State’s 23-match winning streak, while the Badgers upped their winning streak to 21 matches in-a-row. Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 site is Louisville, Kentucky, where they will play the winner of No. 13 Kentucky-Ohio State next Friday, Dec. 12.Following the match, it was a mix of emotions for a senior class that had to grip the idea of never playing another home match but was still advancing toward a national championship.“We’ve had so many moments and so many great times,” Chapman said. “I was sad about that, but I’m not sad about much else, because I know we’re going to accomplish so much more this season. Whether we’re playing here, whether we’re playing in Louisville, it’s more about who you’re with, rather than the place.”Thomas said the tears in her and her teammates’ eyes were tears of joy, not sadness.“We couldn’t be more proud and more happy to end it here [like that],” Thomas said. “It’s awesome.”While Sheffield was happy with his team’s performance, he said the team knows that tougher competition awaits as the tournament progresses.“The teams get more challenging, the stakes are higher,” Sheffield said. “You gotta be prepared to bring it.”last_img read more