Green Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s Park

first_imgLimerickNewsGreen 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 Jacques 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 center_img 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 openerlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: Hoosiers Win Four Titles on Final Night of Big Ten Championships

first_img Hoosiers Win Four Titles on Final Night of Big Ten ChampionshipsWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana University women’s swimming and diving team finished the 2017 Big Ten Championships on a high note, winning four conference titles at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.The Hoosiers had a terrific final night, winning four gold medals. Over the course of the meet, IU won a total of nine medals – eight gold and one silver.Indiana finished in second place at the Big Ten Championships with a total score of 1125 points. Michigan won the team title with a score of 1287, while Wisconsin placed third with a total of 1101.IU has placed first or second at the Big Ten Championships in each of the last nine years, winning the title three-straight times from 2009 to 2011. The Hoosiers have finished second the last six seasons.Lilly King was named Swimmer of the Championships after winning three individual Big Ten titles, as well as a gold medal with the 400 medley relay and a silver medal with the 200 medley relay. King is the fifth Hoosier to be named Swimmer of the Championships and the first since Allysa Varva in 2012.Joining King on the All-Big Ten First-Team were Gia Dalesandro, Kennedy Goss, Ali Rockett, Holly Spears and Jessica Parratto.Dalesandro ended her Big Ten career with another crown in the 200 butterfly, as the senior won the event for the fourth-straight year with a school, Big Ten and Big Ten meet record time of 1:53.67. The senior’s time is also a NCAA A cut mark.The Naperville, Ill. native becomes just the 15th woman in Big Ten history to win an individual event four times and is the first Hoosier to accomplish the feat. Prior to Dalesandro, no other women’s swimmer in Big Ten history has ever won a 200 fly title more than two straight years.In addition, Dalesandro became just the fifth woman in conference history to win both the 100 and 200 fly titles during the same year.Also for the Hoosiers in the Championship Final of the 200 fly, Bailey Pressey took eighth place with a NCAA B cut time of 1:58.54. Reagan Cook placed 16th overall with a NCAA B cut mark of 1:59.80, while Olivia Barker placed 21st with a NCAA B cut time of 1:59.36.In the 200 breaststroke Championship Final, King came through with a clutch swim, defending her NCAA and Big Ten title from a year ago with a NCAA A cut time of 2:04.03.King broke the Big Ten meet and Boilermaker Aquatic Center pool record with her swim, which also ranks second all-time in the history of the event – second only to King’s NCAA winning time of 2:03.59 from last season.With her victory in the event, King has won five individual Big Ten titles in just two seasons.After taking an Olympic redshirt year in 2016, Jessica Parratto came back and reclaimed her 2015 Big Ten platform dive crown on Saturday night, winning with a NCAA qualifying score of 378.60.Parratto had an incredible list, scoring over 70.00 points on four of her five dives. Parratto seized control of the event in the third round, posting an impressive score of 81.00. Parratto’s total of 378.60 is the fourth-best in Indiana diving history.For the week, Parratto made the Championship Finals in all three diving events, finishing fifth in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.Kennedy Goss earned her third career Big Ten title on Saturday night, winning the 200 backstroke with a Big Ten meet record and NCAA A cut time of 1:50.95. Goss’ time is the sixth-best in the history of IU swimming. The Toronto, Ontario native also won the Big Ten crowns in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle in 2015.In the B Final, Rachel Matsumura placed fourth to take 12th overall with a NCAA B cut time of 1:55.72. Shelly Drozda won the C Final to place 17th overall with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:56.59. Her time ranks her as the 16th-best performer in the event in IU history. Also in the C Final, Ali Rockett touched fifth to place 21st overall with a NCAA B cut of 1:57.52.Freshman Cassie Jernberg led the Hoosiers in the 1,650 freestyle, placing seventh overall with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 16:04.33. With her great mark, Jernberg now ranks as the sixth-best miler in IU history.Stephanie Marchuk placed 12th overall with a NCAA B cut time of 16:11.40, while Hannah Sakaluk took 38th with a time of 17:25.63.Freshman Maria Paula Heitmann capped her great week at the Big Ten Championships by leading the Hoosiers in the 100 freestyle, placing 11th with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 49.70. With her mark, Heitmann ranks as the 14th-best swimmer at IU in the event.Holly Spears finished 13th in the 100 free with a NCAA B cut of 49.81, while Shelby Koontz placed 24th with a time of 50.27.In the final event of the conference championships, the IU 400 freestyle relay team of Goss, Dalesandro, Heitmann and Spears placed fifth overall with a time of 3:17.69.Over the course of the Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers posted some impressive accolades. The Hoosiers broke four school records, four Big Ten records, six Big Ten meet records, six Boilermaker Aquatic Center pool records, one NCAA record and one American record. IU also amassed nine NCAA A cut times and had 42 personal-best swims.Be sure to keep up with all the latest news on the Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Big Ten Swimmer of the ChampionshipsLilly KingFirst-Team All-Big TenGia DalesandroKennedy GossLilly KingAli RockettJessica ParrattoHolly Spears1,650 Freestyle7. Cassie Jernberg – 16:04.33 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut)12. Stephanie Marchuk – 16:11.40 (NCAA B cut)38. Hannah Sakaluk – 17:25.63200 Backstroke1. Kennedy Goss – 1:50.95 (Big Ten Meet record, NCAA A cut)12. Rachel Matsumura – 1:55.72 (NCAA B cut)17. Shelly Drozda – 1:56.59 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut)21. Ali Rockett – 1:57.52 (NCAA B cut)100 Freestyle11. Maria Paula Heitmann – 49.70 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut)13. Holly Spears – 49.81 (NCAA B cut)24. Shelby Koontz – 50.27200 Breaststroke1. Lilly King – 2:04.03 (Big Ten Meet and Pool record, NCAA A cut)8. Laura Morley – 2:11.72 (NCAA B cut)200 Butterfly1. Gia Dalesandro – 1:53.67 (School, Big Ten, Big Ten Meet and Pool record, NCAA A cut)8. Bailey Pressey – 1:58.54 (NCAA B cut)16. Reagan Cook – 1:59.80 (NCAA B cut)21. Olivia Barker – 1:59.36 (NCAA B cut)Platform Dive1. Jessica Parratto – 378.60 (NCAA qualifying time)400 Freestyle Relay5. Kennedy Goss, Gia Dalesandro, Maria Paula Heitmann, Holly Spears – 3:17.69FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Big money for stunning gem on a stylish street

first_img62 Harris Street, Hawthorne.A beautiful six-bedroom Queenslander at Hawthorne has sold for a multi-million price.The property at 62 Harris St fetched $2.04 million on August 14 according to figures released by Bulimba selling agent Cathy Richards said the property was on a 690sq m block in one of Hawthorne’s finest streets.Facing east, there is a deck that overlooks an expansive tree-lined backyard and swimming pool below. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The spacious kitchen at 62 Harris Street, Hawthorne.An oversized main bedroom has been thoughtfully designed with a spacious walk-in robe featuring custom storage and a large ensuite with a dual sink and bath. The downstairs area of the home has been classically styled with timber flooring and VJ walls, designed to provide maximum space.Glass doors blur the lines between indoors and out, opening onto the landscaped backyard and patio. It is made for children and pets to play.Ms Richards marketed the property as being in a blue-chip suburb offering a fantastic lifestyle. It is close to local cafes, cinemas and public transport.last_img read more

Villa complete Helenius move

first_img Villa announced last Tuesday they were in negotiations with the Danish outfit over Helenius, adding that they expected to secure his transfer, subject to a medical and personal terms, within 10 days. And so it has proved, with it being confirmed on Tuesday that the 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the midlands club. Aston Villa have completed the signing of striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg. Press Associationcenter_img Denmark international Helenius told “This is a big opportunity for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League with a club with the history of Aston Villa, and I’m very excited.” Helenius, who has two senior international caps, came through the youth ranks at Aalborg and the 6ft 5in frontman was the second-highest scorer in the Danish league last season with 16 goals. “I learnt a lot over the past few seasons with (Aalborg coach and former Villa defender) Kent Nielsen as my manager,” he said. “He was a player here at Villa and, while I have always been a good finisher, he taught me to be more aggressive and determined when I don’t have the ball. “He showed me how to work hard and this will help me in this league. “I thought that maybe when I was 28 or something I might eventually be able to move to the Premier League having made my mark in Danish football, but now I have my chance and I think this is the right club for me with all the other young players in the side who want to do well and achieve something together. “I want to show the fans that I’m hungry for this and that I’m very proud to be a Villa player.” last_img read more

O’Neill keen to banish bad memories

first_imgRepublic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is hoping to erase memories of the “debacle” of 1995 when England return to Dublin on Sunday. He said: “There will be some pretty disappointed with how the season ended, those playing at Hull obviously. That would have been a real downer for them. “There were one or two others who didn’t make the play-offs as well in the Championship – the Derby players would be particularly disappointed. “But that’s club level, that’s gone now. It’s a matter of just lifting the players, getting them prepared for this game. “It’s a big game for us, it’s a great game as well to be involved in. It gives us a really big match to be playing in before Scotland, and England are obviously on the crest of a wave. “Of course the England friendly game is a big, big game, but it’s exactly that, a friendly match. It gives us the opportunity the week before Scotland to prepare for that. Scotland, of course, is the ultimate.” Murphy’s last game was Ipswich’s 3-1 play-off semi-final, second leg defeat by East Anglian rivals Norwich on May 16, a gap of more than a fortnight, although he is happy to be knuckling down once again at the end of the long season. The 32-year-old said: “It’s all part of being a professional footballer and having the honour of playing for your country. I have a few weeks off – I took a little break and relaxed. I did a bit of training, but I’m back at it now and we’ve got a week now. “There’s obviously rivalry – it’s a friendly, but both teams are going to want to win it. They (England) are coming here and hopefully we will put on a good display and get something out of it.” It is 20 years since a section of the travelling supporters at Lansdowne Road forced the abandonment of the last game in the city between the two nations in a shameful riot after Ireland took the lead. This time around, O’Neill is hoping the far more cordial atmosphere in which a 1-1 draw at Wembley was played out in May 2013 will be repeated as the Republic attempt to hone themselves for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium by pitching themselves into battle with Roy Hodgson’s men. Press Association He said: “It’s 20 years ago since the last debacle – I call it a debacle because that’s exactly what it was. Hopefully life has moved on since then. “Of course it’s a big game and it obviously has historic interest. “It’s a great game for us to be involved in – and I’ve said that since it’s been announced – really great, as we have a game against Scotland the following week and, barring injury, it will be great preparation for us considering some of the players will not have played for about a month. “Fitness, whatever you think and how well they are looking after themselves, it will drop a little so that’s what this week is about, building up to that, building up to the England game and then forcing it against Scotland.” O’Neill and the bulk of his players met up in Malahide on Monday as June announced itself with howling winds and driving rain, and they will be joined over the next few days by Marc Wilson, Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady, Jon Walters and, after LA Galaxy’s clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, skipper Robbie Keane. Defender Paul McShane was the only one of those present not to train as he continued to nurse a badly-gashed leg. McShane, of course, was a member of the Hull squad, along with David Meyler, Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn, who suffered relegation from the Barclays Premier League on May 24, while Derby contingent Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie and Jeff Hendrick and Ipswich duo Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick missed out on promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. O’Neill is aware some of those wounds will still be raw, and he knows he and his coaching staff may have to lift players over the next few days. last_img read more