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 Keogh 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 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

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Through 1 P.M. Thursday

first_imgAreas affected by a National Weather Service winter storm advisory.The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Ocean City and surrounding areas in effect through 1 p.m. Thursday.The forecast calls for 1 to 4 inches of snow for Ocean City tapering off by late Thursday morning. As of 5:25 a.m., no snow had fallen.Temperatures were expected to fall to a low of 22 degrees on Wednesday night and reach a high of 28 degrees on Thursday. Winds will be out of the northeast at 10 to 15 mph with stronger gusts.At the Ocean City Board of Education meeting on Wednesday evening, officials were hoping that a school cancellation or postponement would not be necessary. No announcement had been made by 5:30 a.m.The tentative date for the last day of school and Ocean City High School graduation has already been pushed back from June 15 to June 17, after two snow days and one school cancellation for flooding.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________last_img read more

Time for Caribbean nations to manage their judicial affairs, says CCJ president

first_imgNewsRegional Time for Caribbean nations to manage their judicial affairs, says CCJ president by: – April 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sir Dennis Byron. Photo credit: nevispages.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — The president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, said regional countries should “complete their independence and sovereignty by claiming the rights to completely manage our judicial affairs.” Byron made his comments as he addressed regional journalists at “an engagement meeting” in Port of Spain.The CCJ president said he supported the views of the Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian, “Singing Sandra” who, during the just concluded Carnival celebrations in her homeland, urged Port of Spain to become a full signatory to the court as the oil rich twin island republic celebrates 50 years of political independence.The CCJ, established in 2001, has both an original jurisdiction to interpret the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and appellate jurisdiction aimed at replacing the London-based Privy Council to which many CARICOM member states belong.But while most of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to the original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana and Belize have signed on to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement.According to a report from the Caribbean Media Corporation, CMC, Byron told the forum that he was not supportive of the view that the region is not ready for the CCJ noting that some of the arguments include “excessive delays in the judicial process and that we are yet to meaningfully improve our infrastructure in terms of …our administrative services.”“In my view there is something wrong with this logic. Assuming that there is a need to enhance the quality of justice administration…. the CCJ is currently engaged in change in capacity development in a way that the Privy Council never has been and is not likely to be.“I would think this is a further reason why the CCJ is necessary to improve… and truly develop Caribbean jurisprudence,” he added.Caribbean News Now Tweetcenter_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Area Girls & Boys Basketball Scores (1-30)

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Girls Scores  (1-30)East Central  55     Connersville  16South Dearborn  63     Franklin County  29Jac-Cen-Del  56     Southeastern Hanover  36Switzerland County  53     South Ripley  40Rising Sun  46     Shawe Memorial  45Heritage Christian  50     Rushville  41Knightstown  71     Hauser  50Morristown  59     Indy Lutheran  52Southwestern Shelby  59      Greenwood Christian  37Trinity Lutheran  76     Edinburgh  43Tri  46     Eastern Hancock  43Boys Scores  (1-30)Greensburg  68     Lawrenceburg  29Union County  44     Centerville  30last_img

Rory McIlroy is confident of keeping hold of world number one spot

first_imgRory McIlroy is confident of winning more tournaments this year and retaining his newly-reclaimed world number one status. Press Association Day has now taken that place from him but Spieth says he is not motivated by any rivalry with the Australian or McIlroy. He said: “I think we are all focused on our own goals. As one, two and three in the world we are the three that have to beat each other right now in order to get to the top or remain at the top. “But I am not focused on what either are doing on the leaderboard unless they are in the lead, and then it is how I get up there and surpass them.” Day may have earned plenty of plaudits in recent weeks but he does not feel he has done enough to earn the world number one spot yet. He said: ” I am playing good golf right now but with Rory coming back and Jordan, I can’t say that I am. It wouldn’t feel right. The average is there for a reason. I have just got to keep playing well.” The Northern Irishman returned to top spot last week, despite not playing, as the man who recently replaced him, Masters and US Open winner Jordan Spieth, missed the cut at The Barclays. But McIlroy, who won two majors last year, knows Spieth and US PGA Championship winner Jason Day are right behind him heading into this week’s Deutsche Bank Open in Boston. McIlroy said: “I feel I am holding this ranking based on what I did last year but hopefully I can get another couple of wins before the end of the year and I feel I am playing well enough to do that.” Day is now the game’s form player having followed up his PGA success by winning The Barclays, the first event of the FedEx Cup play-off series. McIlroy feels there is very little to choose between them and believes the competition will force standards higher. Any of the three could be number one by the end of the week’s events in Boston. McIlroy said: “I feel we are pretty close. I feel the level I played at last year, they saw that and attained that. “It is about trying to set that bar a bit higher each year. That is probably what we will see over the next few years if guys keep pushing each other.” McIlroy is still easing himself back into action after the ankle ligament injury suffered playing football with friends in the summer that cost him the chance of defending his Open Championship title. The 26-year-old said: “I am feeling good. I had a couple of weeks off after the PGA, just taking it nice and slowly and being patient with it. But I am excited to be back and feel my game is in good shape.” Spieth had also been leading the PGA Tour’s FedExCup standings prior to last week’s rare failure. last_img read more

Meet Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert, an eccentric perfectionist raised on a German dairy farm

first_imgIt took Ian McIntyre 12 seconds to find a description for his starting goalkeeper. Each time the Syracuse head coach began to speak, he retracted. There aren’t many ways to fit Hendrik Hilpert into few words — his eccentric blend of sophistication, intelligence and neatness is hard to find in a 21-year-old.“I’m trying to think of good words to describe him,” McIntyre said, before settling on, “He sometimes overthinks. He’s very analytical about his game, about components of who he is …“The way he focuses on details is an important part of his decision.”The German sophomore color-codes his calendar so certain events stand out to the eye, using orange marker to highlight Syracuse’s games and red for exams to make sure he doesn’t forget about them. He was one of two players on the team to get a perfect 4.0 grade point average last semester. In 2015, he created a Facebook page for his family’s dairy farm because he thought agriculture businesses needed to improve community engagement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis intricate tendencies and advanced methods of thinking off the field lend themselves to success between the posts, where his attention to detail and desire for perfection have helped Hilpert become one of the best goalkeepers in the country’s top conference for No. 10 Syracuse.“It’s just a way to keep calm, you know, to not freak out about things,” Hilpert said. “You cannot worry about where your stuff is, what you have to do next … I feel like I have to do it.”Before he stepped under the lights of SU Soccer Stadium, Hilpert lived on his family’s farm two miles outside the German village of Eiterfeld. The farm has been there since 1976, jumpstarted by Hilpert’s grandparents, who also built a cowshed and a house the Hilperts still live in.In 2003, Anja and Volker Hilpert, Hendrik’s parents, began expanding the farm’s livestock and facilities. They added a new cowshed and rotary milking parlor, on top of growing the farm’s livestock from 60 cows to the 360 mature dairy cows and 350 younger cattle on the farm today. The Hilperts recently added two goats and two sheep, in addition to running a biogas plant that generates enough renewable energy to provide a local school with heat and electricity.Hendrik, who lived on the farm until he was 12 before going to soccer boarding schools, learned preparation, execution and dedication to a craft by observing his parents shoulder the brunt of the work. On Christmas, his family didn’t spend as much time together as others since his father came back into the house around 9 p.m. after spending the day working on the farm. Now, his parents wake up as early as 4 a.m. to milk cows. So when Hilpert is faced with the demands of being the starting goalkeeper on one of the best teams in the country, his drive comes from a plot of land almost 4,000 miles away.“If one (piece) is missing or disregarded, a farmer cannot be successful,” Volker said in an email. “The complexity of a dairy farm is something very unique but can be translated into other areas of life too.”That’s why Hilpert makes sure to be overly thorough when preparing for a game, facing a week of exams or even leaving a hotel on a road trip. His coaches say he analyzes film of himself at an advanced level. He says if he relied on a class syllabus to remember test dates and not his color-coded calendar he would “freak out.”Sam Ogozalek | Staff WriterBefore the team departs hotels, Hilpert cleans his room even though he won’t sleep in it again. When he went to boarding school, he sometimes complained to his mother about his roommates being messier than he was. Every day at Syracuse, he cleans his room in his South Campus triple because it helps him sleep better knowing everything is where it should be.Since a young age, Hilpert has always stretched beyond the conventional. He pestered his mom with questions about how she filled out the family’s tax returns so he could understand for himself. Last summer, he helped to open a Milchtankstelle (a vending machine for fresh milk that is next to the Hilpert’s biggest cowshed) so more people would come to the farm.Every ounce of his curiosity is exhausted until something makes sense, every problem he faces met with a calculated solution.“When you didn’t explain the entire story of an issue or the problem didn’t make sense to him,” Anja said, “he could be disappointed or even angry.”Hilpert wasn’t even on Syracuse’s radar until Alex Bono left school early for the MLS Draft in January 2015. The Orange needed a goalkeeper in short time, so assistant coach Jukka Masalin took a detour on his overseas trip to spend a couple days with him. Masalin’s first impressions were that he was calm, intellectual and far more of an introvert than Bono, the local guy who knew everyone and loved to socialize.Hilpert was more worried about himself first before he could orchestrate others like Bono did, and that’s not a bad thing, Masalin said. On the morning of a game earlier this season, Hilpert jogged by himself along Euclid Avenue in his warmups. Last year, he often ate alone at Ernie Davis Dining Hall. He has learned to zone out any distractions that might interfere with his life on or off the field, minimizing any stress that could throw off his mental equilibrium integral to on-field success.“I think there’s a perfectionist around him…” Masalin said. “The German machine is sometimes very, very precise like, ‘Do it this way or there’s no other way.’”Sam Ogozalek | Staff WriterWritten on Hilpert’s goalie gloves in black marker is the word “DREAMS” in a triangle formation. He’s combined the lessons learned on the farm from his parents with what he’s taught himself, about how he should think and act in order to achieve a state of mind that lends itself to peak performance.Hilpert has become a hyper-focused perfectionist that seems to have a reason for every thought and action. It’s helped him find a mix of calmness and intensity, a combination that’s shaped the psyche of a budding star.“Thinking with too many emotions leads to bad outcomes,” Hilpert said. “That forced me to kind of live this way and I plan on continuing to do so.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2016 at 12:04 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Commentslast_img read more