Posts Tagged ‘Limerick’

Sláinte! The Great October Fair

The Ballinasloe October Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Ireland. While now predominantly associated with horses, in its heyday it served as a market for the sale of cattle and sheep by the farmers of the west to their counterparts in the east of Ireland. ℘℘℘ An Irish adage advises: Go East for a woman; goRead more..

Bringing Music to Ahalin National School

Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health in New York, presented an Irish American Partnership grant of $10,000 to Ahalin National School in Knockaderry, County Limerick, during his June 26 visit to the school. The grant will establish a musical instrument loan scheme at Ahalin, promoting Irish arts and culture at a formative age.Read more..

John Wolfe Ambrose Monument is Restored

Nearly 30 years after the bust of John Wolfe Ambrose, the Irishman who helped New York become one of the greatest sea ports in the world, was stolen from his memorial, a new bust was unveiled and rededicated on May 15, the anniversary of Ambrose’s death in 1899. The event, which was attended by Ambrose’sRead more..

Bringing it All Back Home

Four new festivals, intended to embrace the diaspora, some 70 million, and entice them back to Ireland, were announced in August. The Global Irish Festival Series is part of a partnership effort between the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and its tourism body, Fáilte Ireland. The first in the festival series “I.NY” will kick offRead more..

University of Limerick’s Lightning Wires

Matthew Gleeson, postgraduate researcher at the University of Limerick (UL), is the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture “Lightning Wires.” The winning image was selected from over 40 submissions and will appear on the cover of the 2015 SFI Annual Report. This optical image shows sodium niobate micro/nanoRead more..

Rebranding Limerick

As Ireland’s first City of Culture, Limerick is positioning itself to become a new capital of the arts in the west. Adam Farley traveled there to see how it’s going and what it means for the future of the former “Stab City.” Richard Harris used to drink here. Angela McCourt used to buy single cigarettesRead more..

Volunteers Patrol the River Shannon to Prevent Suicide

In Limerick, a group of sixteen local volunteers have joined together to prevent suicide. Over the last ten months, the CSR Suicide Prevention Team has been patrolling the River Shannon and four bridges in Limerick to rescue people who would otherwise attempt to throw themselves into the water. The volunteers patrol every Saturday from midnightRead more..

Dancing to a Degree

Jean Butler Goes Back to School. ℘℘℘ Jean Butler, the tall red-haired Irish-American from Long Island, New York who starred with Michael Flatley in the original Riverdance, plans to dance again. In the meantime, she is pursuing a master’s degree in dance at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Butler, who now lives in Ireland andRead more..

Irish Climbers Reach the Summit of Mount Everest

With a record number of people trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest 50 years after it was first scaled, two Irish climbers, Cork man Mick Murphy and Ger McDonnell from Limerick reached the summit on May 23, six days before the anniversary of Sir Edmund Hilary’s first ascent. The two Irish climbers overcameRead more..

Operation Smile Hosts World Summit in Limerick, Ireland

Operation Smile, founded by Irish-Americans, Dr. William Magee and his wife, Kathy, held its annual four-day World Summit conference in Limerick, Ireland, October 24-27. Operation Smile provides free reconstructive facial surgery to children born with birth defects in developing countries. The conference brought together the world’s leading authorities in medicine, business, education and politics, toRead more..