LimerickNewsGreen Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s ParkBy Alan Jacques – July 30, 2019 314 Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleConcerns raised over Punches Cross student developmentNext articleO’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambition Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSGreen FlaglimerickLimerick City and County CouncilPeople’s Park Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Green Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s Park. It was raised by Mayor of Limerick City and County, Michael Sheahan and Michael Sheehan, Park Superintendent Limerick City and County.Picture: Keith WisemanA Green Flag now flies proudly over the People’s Park after the park was chosen as one of the latest recipients of the internationally recognised Green Flag Awards.The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.It aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways and encourages high environmental performance and good management. Parks and green spaces are judged against eight key criteria.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The People’s Park in Limerick city and the Páirc Cois Féile in Abbeyfeale have received the Green Flag Award.This year participating countries included Australia, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Wales.The 2019 awards were available to public town parks, country parks, gardens, cemeteries, and green spaces from across the whole country.They are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against the strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement.This international award is a recognition that the People’s Park meets the highest possible environmental standards.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “This award is a huge honour for all who work in the Parks Section of the Council. The People’s Park plays an integral part in making Limerick city an attractive place to live and people strongly identify with it. City parks improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighbourhoods more attractive places to live and work.”“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in our city for people to enjoy. I would encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the parks and green spaces that we have on our doorstep in Limerick City and County.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener
Location: North GeorgiaDistance: 23 milesDriver: Lisa RandallRace Director and Owner, Mountain Goat Adventures; Sub 48-Hour Finisher, Trans North Georgia AdventureCanton, GA.“I love Georgia. There’s just such a great variety of riding up in the northern part of the state, from beginning to advanced. You can pick and choose what type of terrain you want—there are super technical trails, flow trails, big climbs, and I’m one of those sick people whose idea of a good time is a five-mile climb up a Forest Service road. So there’s that if you want it and big descents. Everybody likes a good downhill. And last but not least, we don’t have a lot of crowds and it’s usually a few degrees cooler.”Brice JohnstonDay 1 | 8.8 miles | Woodstock — Lake AllatoonaAn underrated suburb in the Atlanta metropolitan area, Woodstock has all of the vibrancy of a big city in the unassuming setting of a mid-sized town. Woodstock’s recreation access has blossomed in recent years—the trails at Blankets Creek likely have the most renown, made popular by the annual Blankets Creek Trials. There are roughly 15 miles of trails at the park, with a combination of machine-built butter and hand-cut technical trails that are true to north Georgia’s terrain. Try Van Michael Trail for berms and jumps, Dwelling Trail for flow, or South Loop Trail for rock gardens and switchback-laden climbs. If you still have juice in your legs afterwards, check out Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park, which has another 15 miles of rolling singletrack, including a popular five-mile stretch of big berms and even bigger jumps called The Mill.Get your taco fix at Pure Taqueria, which, according to Randall, has the best Texas Margarita in town (not to mention authentic tacos made with fresh ingredients). If chain hotels (of which, there are plenty) aren’t your style, head up the road to Victoria Campground. Perched on the banks of Allatoona Lake, campers here have access to 270 miles of shoreline starting at $28 per night.Brice JohnstonDay 2 | 123 miles | Woodstock — Rising FawnHit up the Maple Street Biscuit Company (open at 7 a.m.) on your way out of Woodstock. It’s about a two-hour drive to your next trail destination for the trip, Five Points Trails. Once a Durham coal mine during the late 1800s and early 1900s, this revegetated site is now home to some 25 miles of purpose-built singletrack, the result of a collaborative effort with The Lula Lake Land Trust, SORBA Chattanooga (you’re only 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga here), and Cloudland Canyon State Park. There are a few rock gardens sprinkled throughout the trail system, but most of it is fast, fun, and relatively easy on the climbing. Despite its name, the Kindergarten Trail is actually one of the more challenging trails with plenty of rock gardens to keep advanced riders on their toes. For a family-friendly trail, check out the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail, which has about 600 feet of climbing over the course of five miles but is wide and well-graded.Give yourself enough time to sit down for a meal at Geneva’s Restaurant on Highway 136. The little meat-and-three diner closes at 3 p.m. and serves up hearty southern classics like meatloaf and fried chicken. They also serve breakfast, so if you catch ‘em in the morning, please get the tadpoles ‘n’ eggs and tell us about it. Walk off your heavy lunch at Cloudland Canyon State Park. The Overlook Trail is a stunning albeit popular trail that takes you to the best view of the canyon. Primitive campsites at the park run about $20 per night, so claim your spot and rest up for your third and final day.Brice JohnstonDay 3 | 80.3 miles | Rising Fawn — EllijaySet the alarm early for the nearly two-hour trek east to the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia, aka Ellijay. This little town of 2,000 has over 50 miles of trails, including the Pinhoti Trail and the backcountry goodness located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Stop in at Cartecay Bikes for all of your tune-up and beta needs, then head deep into the forest to your mountain bike basecamp, Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way.Family owned and operated, this northwestern Georgia gem will instantly feel like a home away from home. Whether it’s the stout Belgian waffles resident mom and cook Ginni whips up for breakfast, the cozy cabins (starting at $92 per night), or the quirky bike-friendly vibe, Mulberry Gap is the reason north Georgia has such a highly regarded reputation within the cycling industry.If you’re cruisin’ solo, it won’t be hard to find a riding buddy at breakfast. Organize a shuttle or earn your turns with the 22-mile Bear-Hoti Loop. This ride is stout (if Randall likes it, you know there’s at least a four-mile gravel road climb in there somewhere), but it connects some of the most classic singletrack in the area, including Bear Creek Trail and Pinhoti 1 and 2. On your way down Bear Creek, stop and hug the mammoth Gannett poplar for us.
Marco Tardelli is confident Richard Dunne could play against both Sweden and Austria if required as he prepares to return to competitive international football. “Focus on the match, focus on Ibrahimovic, it’s okay. But when he decides to do something, it’s impossible to control him.” Trapattoni will finalise his blueprint on Thursday, and several questions remain unanswered. Left-back Marc Wilson trained for the first time with his team-mates on Wednesday morning after shaking off an ankle problem, although it remains to be seen whether he is fit enough to start against the Swedes with Ciaran Clark having been mentioned in dispatches as a possible replacement. Perhaps even more uncertain is who will line up on the left side of midfield with usual incumbent Aiden McGeady ruled out by injury. Striker Jon Walters is a candidate for the wide right berth and in the circumstances, it seems unlikely that fellow frontman Simon Cox would get the nod on the left. Wigan winger James McClean is a natural replacement for McGeady, but Anthony Pilkington’s versatility means he too could come into consideration. The Norwich midfielder trained in the gym on Wednesday as he continued to manage a long-standing knee problem, but asked if it was beyond the realms of possibility that he could be handed a debut on Friday night, Tardelli did not rule it out. He said: “No, many players have played for the first time in an important match. He’s a professional player and he could play for the first time.” The 33-year-old central defender managed 25 minutes for his country in the 4-0 friendly defeat of Georgia in June, his only football at the end of a season which was decimated by injury. He has not played a competitive game for Ireland since the 2-0 defeat by Italy at the Euro 2012 finals, but having demonstrated his return to fitness at new club QPR, he is ready to return to pull on the green jersey once again. Press Association Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has already indicated Dunne could start Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Swedes at the Aviva Stadium, and now his assistant Tardelli has revealed he believes the former Manchester City powerhouse could repeat the feat in Vienna four days later if he was needed. Tardelli said: “I think so, but we have many options in this squad. If Richard is fit, I think he can play two matches. “Richard is very important for us because he’s a good player. He is very strong physically and against [Sweden striker Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, you need physically strong players.” Much of the talk around the Ireland camp this week has been of Paris St-Germain striker Ibrahimovic and his potential to wreck Ireland’s hopes. Indeed, Tardelli admitted he was “scared” of a player who has proved capable in the past of effectively winning matches on his own. However, Trapattoni’s number two insists there will be no special strategy to deal with Ibrahimovic, simply because it is impossible to predict the unpredictable. Asked if there was a plan, Tardelli said with a smile: “Yes – the back four must control him always because he is their best player. “There isn’t a special plan because he is a very strong player. It’s like trying to prepare something for [Cristiano] Ronaldo – Ronaldo decides what he wants to do.