Month: June 2021

‘Limerick at tipping point- but not beyond point of no return’

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Outgoing Chamber president optimistic that new future will dawnFORWARD thinking and some radical reform will be crucial if Limerick and the Mid-West region are to avoid being left behind economically, the outgoing president of Limerick Chamber claimed at its Annual General Meeting this week. President, Kieran MacSweeney, however, remains optimistic that a new era will dawn for Limerick but that, in addition to this reform, a master-plan is required and needs to be driven by a new single authority for the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I still believe that Limerick has significant challenges to overcome. Limerick city is, regrettably, still a commercial black-spot today and is challenged economically. Some would say it is at a tipping point and we must not allow challenges we now face to tip us beyond the point of no return”.  Limerick, he warned, needs a fresh, creative and vibrant master plan to bring all this and more together.“That master plan must capture and seek to maximise our strengths, in areas such as heritage, arts and culture; in our sporting success, on and off the field; in education; in industries such as technology, agriculture/agri food and medical devices”. What was needed, he told members, was to set the target of Limerick becoming THE location of choice to live, to work and socialise in on this side of the island – a location that can become a beacon for foreign direct investment both in the city centre and in its suburbs.“To make this happen, we need the courage, foresight and conviction to put the best interests of the city ahead of the selfish protection of the status quo. This will include some radical reform, even of institutions that were real drivers in another era but that, although well-intentioned, are past their sell-by date today and not necessarily giving Limerick and the Mid-West region the competitive edge it needs and deserves in these most challenging of times”. Mr MacSweeney recommended that responsibility for the master-plan should be tasked to a single economic and enterprise development function within the new single authority and would include holding the national agencies of IDA and Enterprise Ireland accountable for specific job creation targets for Limerick city. He added that job creation and enterprise support has remained the number one priority for the Chamber over the past year as evidenced by the creation of the National Franchise Centre which has already been responsible for the creation of 15 businesses and 20 jobs. A second cohort of 23 participants are developing their business plans to launch new businesses later this year. Local Government Reform, he continued, has been a key focus for the Chamber whose decision to take the lead on this subject has been a key factor in the Government’s decision to adopt the recommendations of the Brosnan report and appoint Denis Brosnan to oversee the implementation of the new single authority for Limerick city and county. The Chamber, he emphasised, has consistently been a strong voice for rates reduction in the city, but regretted the level of reduction this year.“We were the first to look for a 25% reduction. This level of reduction is now accepted as the level necessary for the city to be competitive. We are disappointed with this year’s rate reduction for the city but we take some heart from our recent meeting with Minister Phil Hogan and his commitment to reduce the rates in line with the current county rates”.Mr MacSweeney will be succeeded as president by Gordon Kearney. Head of Development at Limerick Institute of Technology Dr Fergal Barry, is the incoming vice president. Facebook WhatsApp Emailcenter_img NewsLocal News‘Limerick at tipping point- but not beyond point of no return’By admin – February 8, 2012 664 Previous article‘That’s Limerick’ DVD showcases city and countyNext articleArts briefs admin Advertisement Printlast_img read more

€70,000 for Ballyneety traffic calming

first_imgNewsLocal News€70,000 for Ballyneety traffic calmingBy admin – March 5, 2012 594 Advertisement LONG sought-after traffic calming measures are to be installed at Ballyneety village as Limerick County Council has allocated €70,000 for the purpose.The allocation is part of a wider grant of €300,000 that has been identified to fund improvement works from Donoughmore Cross to Ballyneety village. The R1512 will  be resurfaced in several locations with measures being put in place on the approach to the village to combat speeding.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick County Council will use the funding for the laying of ducting and sleeves for the installation of public lighting columns on the way into the village as part of the effort to get motorists to reduce their speed as they approach Ballyneety Village,” Cllr John Egan FG., explained. “There will also be a footpath installed along the R1512 to link Bellewood and The Glen estates, which are located on the golf course in the village”. Cllr Egan said that since the last local election, he had been urging Limerick County Council to prioritise traffic calming measures in the village as there were fears amongst locals about the safety of pedestrians crossing the road, particularly at night. “I’m delighted to see that my efforts to secure this funding have proven worthwhile and commend Limerick County Council for identifying the importance of this project”. Twitter Facebook Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Email Print Previous articleBallysimon signage scheme to be extended in countyNext articleGrant enables Limerick schools to get rid of prefabs adminlast_img read more

What’s in a name?

first_imgFacebook a housea houseby Noel [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ANYONE who has ever wondered how the streets of Limerick got their names will have reason to thank the late Gerry Joyce, whose tell-all book gives the new and old names of the Treaty City’s streets as well as background information on their origins.The book, published by Limerick Corporation in 1995, was intended to provide developers with a source of inspiration when naming new estates and housing developments but it is also a mine of information on how the city’s streets and lanes came to be named.And the task wasn’t made any easier by the fact that almost 120 of the city’s streets and lanes underwent several changes in name over the years.Many are named after historic events, local features, national heroes, old Limerick families and dignitaries as well as the city fathers and historical personalities involved in the building of the city.The history behind some of the older street names may not be widely known and Gerry Joyce suggested that there are more than one story behind the naming of some of the streets.For instance, a number of suggestions have been put forward for the naming of Denmark Street, one being that it was named after the city’s Viking connections. Another is that a Dane owned the corner house known as Denmark House and so the street became known as Denmark Street.Dominick Street is an example of a street named as a thank you to a generous benefactor or for service to the community . The street is named after the Dominicans who in 1815 were granted a lease for their present property from the Earl of Limerick. Email via What’s in a name? (275) | Limerick Post Newswrite. Gardaí do not suspect foul play after woman’s body discovered in house Linkedin Twitter Print NewsCommunityWhat’s in a name?By Editor – April 18, 2013 1090 Advertisement Limerick landowners urged not to carry out illegal burning of land Previous articleRetired Limerick farmer dies in house blazeNext articleTwo national titles for OLL St Saviour’s Editor TAGScityfeaturedplacenamesstreets University of Limerick ‘likely’ to become location for COVID-19 ‘field hospital’ if hospitals become ‘overwhelmed’ No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsApp Shannondoc operating but only by appointmentlast_img read more

Brewing up funding for new Milford Care Centre

first_imgEmail Linkedin TAGSIreland’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2015Irish Hospice FoundationlimerickMilford Care CentreNational Voluntary Hospice Group Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Twitter NewsLocal NewsBrewing up funding for new Milford Care CentreBy Alan Jacques – August 20, 2015 1061 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Mark Saunders, brand director of Bewley’s, AnneMarie Hayes, fundraising manager at Milford Care Centre, Claire Byrne and Sharon Foley, CEO, Irish Hospice Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mark Saunders, brand director of Bewley’s, AnneMarie Hayes, fundraising manager at Milford Care Centre, Claire Byrne and Sharon Foley, CEO, Irish Hospice Foundation.LIMERICK people are being urged to get involved in Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2015 to raise vital funds for the Milford Care Centre in Castletroy.The event, which takes place on Thursday, September 17, is one of the biggest annual fundraising initiatives for local hospices. Now in its twenty third year, an estimated €32 million has to date been raised for hospice care nationwide.This year the proceeds will assist with the building of a new purpose built 34-bed hospice unit at the Milford Care Centre in Castletroy. The unit, which is due to open in late 2017, will also include overnight facilities for families.In 2014, Milford cared for 1,789 patients from Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.“This included our hospice at home service, a palliative day care centre, as well as an education research centre,” explained Milford Care Centre chief executive Pat Quinlan, who is also chairman of the National Voluntary Hospice Group.A recent Irish Hospice Foundation survey revealed that three quarters of Irish people want to die at home. However, the stark reality is that only one quarter will get to do so mainly due to lack of hospice services and a serious funding crisis.“Ireland’s local hospice services are facing a serious funding crisis as demands for palliative care increase due to our growing ageing population. Every hospice service around the country is reporting major funding challenges with services stretched to the limit and hospice services more reliant than ever on the generosity of the public in order to continue with their work,” Mr Quinlan said.All money raised locally at #coffee4hospice events stays locally and goes directly back to fund local hospice care services. Hospice or palliative care is for patients and their families at the stage in a serious illness where the focus has switched from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life. Money raised on September 17 will go towards supporting the many hospice home care teams countrywide.Anyone can host a coffee morning and Bewley’s provide the fresh ground coffee free of charge.Registration advice and details on how to get your special complimentary Bewley’s fresh ground coffee pack can be obtained by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01-679 3188.People can also register to host a coffee morning on Previous articleLIT makes highest ever number of CAO offersNext articleJosef K worthy of The Trial Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Printlast_img read more

#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 1

first_imgSarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Linkedin Previous articleMen to remain in garda custody over Christy Keane shootingNext articleAnti water protestor fined for assaulting garda at Taoiseach’s FG Limerick event Staff Reporter Limerick City Candidates:Question:Where would you draw the line if you fundamentally disagreed with one of your party’s policies?Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein)Sinn Féin is a democratic party, our policies are decided by delegates voting at Ard Fheis. Therefore it would not be my sole decision on drawing a line. Having said that if the party were to completely abandon its principles like the Labour party did, I’d consider my position.James Gaffney (Green party)The Green Party allows representatives to abstain on genuine matters of conscience and express their personal views, while stressing the Party position on the issue. I would find it difficult to support measures that were popular in the short term, if they made life more difficult for future generations.Sarah Jane-Hennelly (Social Democrats)It depends how extreme this policy is. If it ran against the needs of the city, I’d fight to have the whip removed. I’m a principled person and we’re a fledgling party. We generally hold the same values and so I’d be confident we’d come to agreement in the end.Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fail)At present I’m in broad agreement with all party policies, but will deal with each issue as it arises. If there is an issue that I fundamentally disagree with, I will vote against the party like I did in relation to Barrington’s Hospital.Jan O Sullivan (Labour)I argue my case in Cabinet and in the Labour Party passionately and privately.  However if in the future, a course of action that had a major negative impact on Limerick or the wider region then I couldn’t support it. However, this Government has delivered for Limerick – unemployment is falling, we’re investing in schools and a new maternity service. Having a strong voice for Limerick at Cabinet is crucial and that’s what I’m fighting for in this election.Cian Prendiville (Anti Austerity Alliance)The AAA is not a party like the others, we’re an alliance of socialists, workers and young people, fighting against inequality and austerity. We are based on real left principles, of opposing austerity cuts and taxes, and repealing the 8th amendment. I could not support any breach of those principles.Kieran O’Donnell (Fianna Gael) I always look to effect change from within the party.Michael Noonan (Fianna Gael) No ResponseLimerick City Candidates:Question: What is your view on young social welfare recipients refusing to work when they are in a fit to do so?Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fail)I don’t know many people who don’t want to work, but all able bodied people should make themselves available for jobs that suit their skill set.Cian Prendiville (Anti Austerity Alliance)Having been unemployed myself, I know how hard it is for young people to try get by on €100 a week. I don’t believe anyone chooses that. It’s terrible that unemployed people are often treated like criminals, or forced onto JobBridge scams. We need secure jobs, with a living wage.Jan O’Sullivan (Labour)If you are in receipt of jobseekers allowance then you are required to take up employment. However, I don’t believe there are many young people shirking work offers. We’ve reformed social protection and focused on giving young people routes to employment through training, apprenticeships and upskilling. The vast majority of young people want to work and, with employment growing, we’re giving them that opportunity.Sarah Jane-Hennelly (Social Democrats)These people are in the small numbers and should be addressed but really, if the country was governed more effectively, the system would be fit to deal with people like this. We should be focusing on young workers rights- removing zero hour contracts, low pay, precarious employment, reforming job bridge schemes.Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein)All social welfare recipients fit to work should accept work, training or education if offered. Anyone not accepting a reasonable offer of work should be penalised if the offer is reasonable and does not involve exploitation on behalf of the employer.James Gaffney (Green Party)The social welfare system should be designed to help people get work. But we need to recognise our system is bureaucratic and complicated. I think we should look to countries like Denmark which are more supportive of jobseekers.Kieran O’Donnell (Fianna Gael) In my experience people want to work. Each case needs to be looked at individually to see the circumstances. Also, we need to continue making work pay – we have already increased the minimum wage and Fine Gael is looking at the abolition of USC by 2020.Michael Noonan (Fianna Gael) No responseLimerick County Candidates:Question: What is your view on young social welfare recipients refusing to work when they are in a fit to do so?Richard O’Donoghue (Independent)If they refuse to work when fit and able, they should be invited to attend an interview and if they fail to attend and subsequently fail to avail of any available job opportunity, their welfare should be cut.Seamus Browne (Sinn Fein)We have one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the EU. That’s not because young people don’t want to work. It’s because of a lack of opportunity. The vast majority of young people want to work and succeed in life. The offer of work or training should be taken up once it is reasonable and not exploitativeMark Keogh (Direct Democracy Ireland)Any young person who is able to work but refuses to should be made to work for at least 12 weeks a year for the local authorities in community-based projects, such as road maintenance etc. This would mean that they would be putting something back into the community for their benefits.James Heffernan (Social Democrats)In my experience that sort of individual is rare. Those young social welfare recipients I come across in my work are generally incredibly keen to move away from dependence and towards getting into the workforce. Aside from the financial benefits employment brings, working provides an incredibly important sense of purpose that brings major social and psychological benefits with it.Niall Collins (Fianna Fail)Work must pay. I have signed up to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions “Living Wage” pledge. This will help remove the social welfare traps. I believe that if people are able to work they should work and I believe that the vast majority of people want to work. To help achieve this more and affordable childcare places must be provided.Tom Neville (Fianna Gael)The long-term economic plan will add 200,000 jobs by 2020, meaning that anyone who wants a job can have a job. This will guarantee young people with employment opportunities, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education.Emmett O’Brien (Independent)He/she must engage in a job activation programme such as Tus, which is a great asset for rural communities, or engage in further education or have their payment reduced. We need to move away from paying people not to work or educate themselves and give them the means to move out of the poverty trap.Patrick O’Donovan (Fianna Gael) No response. News#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 1By Staff Reporter – February 22, 2016 909 Print Limerick City Candidates:Question:Do you have anything to offer people under 30 wanting to start their own business?Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein)Sinn Féin would cap utility costs for two years and review commercial rates with incentives for start-up indigenous business and prioritise access to credit. Open up public procurement to allow start-up and existing SME’s to compete for tenders for State and Local Authority projects.James Gaffney (Green party)I started my own business ‘English Week’ when I was 29, so I appreciate the challenges facing young – indeed all – entrepreneurs. I have proposed a regional, publicly-owned network of banks that would improve access to credit for local businesses. We can also streamline the number of agencies involved in enterprise.Kieran O’Donnell (Fianna Gael) I was self-employed from my 20s. As a chartered accountant and a previously self-employed person, I have always put forward the case for the self-employed. Based on my experience, I give advice to any individual contacting me about setting up their own business.Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fail)I would incentivise entrepreneurs to set up new businesses by providing tapered relief from capital gains tax. I would implement a phased introduction of an earned income tax credit for the self-employed equal to the value of the PAYE tax credit. I would address the lack of credit through the introduction of tax relief for individuals making loan capital investments to SMEs. We also need to extend PRSI benefits to the self-employed.Cian Prendiville (Anti Austerity Alliance)The huge cuts to people’s spending money has made it far harder for small and new businesses. We need a real recovery in incomes, so people can spend more in local business. The AAA fight for a progressive rates system that would benefit smaller companies, rather than the current flat-tax.Sarah-Jane Hennelly (Social Democrats)Absolutely.  Some of our ideas include reforming commercial rates, simplifying compliance for small business and self-employed, implementing a user-friendly web portal for businesses to file tax returns, employment compliance similar to the Altinn system in Norway and we want to see social protections for formerly self-employed people reformed.Michael Noonan (Fine Gael)No ResponseJan O’Sullivan (Labour)Sourcing finance and finding the right people are critical when starting a business. Labour has been pivotal in launching a new microfinance initiative for small business and start ups, see We’re also transforming education and training – launching new apprenticeships and through schemes such as ‘Jobsplus’ giving employers and the unemployed a real incentive to get the country working again. Limerick County CandidatesQuestion: Do you have anything to offer people under 30 wanting to start their own business?Emmett O’Brien (Independent)From a Limerick County perspective we need to develop Rural Economic Zones with rateable incentives and attractive loans with low interest rates for start-up businesses. The artisan, craft food and IT sectors have the potential for great success, provided County Limerick finally gets proper broadband.Seamus Browne (Sinn Fein)We would alleviate some of their tax burden through a tax credit on earned income similar to that available to PAYE workers of €500, open up the SURE relief scheme to those who have been solely self-employed, and double the number of online trading vouchers currently available.Tom Neville (Fianna Gael) Budget 2016 introduced a new earned income tax credit worth €550 for the self-employed. The Government has committed to tax equalisation for the self-employed by 2018. Reductions in USC and the elimination of the tax during the next Government will also benefit those starting new businessesNiall Collins (Fianna Fail)We will establish a new lending Commercial Bank with a focus on new SME start up business and we will introduce a business advice voucher scheme, worth €2,500 each, to 5,000 entrepreneurs in the start-up stage. We will also incentivise new business by reduced employers PRSI and reduced Capital Gains Tax.Patrick O’Donovan (Fianna Gael) No ResponseRichard O’Donoghue (Independent)I will ensure that the Government works out a system in consultation with banks and other financial institutions to offer favourable terms to those who wish to start their own business. I will encourage the council to reduce the rates not only for the under 30s but to all businesses across County Limerick.James Heffernan (Social Democrats)I would like to see a range of measures introduced to promote new business start-ups. A few examples are that we must develop a community-banking sector to make lending responsible and accessible, make R&DMark Keogh (Direct Democracy Ireland)Direct Democracy Ireland has a network of people who have real life experience in running their own businesses who would be able to offer advice and mentoring to anyone that requests it. All aspects of how small start-ups can thrive would be looked at.Limerick County Candidates:Question: Where would you draw the line if you fundamentally disagreed with one of your party’s policies?Emmett O’Brien (Independent)I do not have to worry about petty back-biting and grand-standing in a political party as I am an Independent and free to represent the people of Limerick free from a party whip and on the basis of the personal mandate they give me.Tom Neville (Fianna Gael) Fine Gael has a plan to keep the recovery going, to create more and better jobs, and to use the resources from a growing economy to invest in vital public services. Stability is needed to achieve this so all parts of the country benefit. I agree with this vision.Richard O’Donoghue (Independent)I have already demonstrated by my recent action of resigning from Fianna Fáil that I will put the people of County Limerick first.Seamus Browne (Sinn Fein)I would work hard within the structures of the party to change it. I believe in constructive action. Our Ard Fheis debates policies and passes them democratically. I would try to win the argument through that mechanism. I wouldn’t stand over what the Labour Party has done over the last five years.Mark Keogh (Direct Democracy Ireland)DDI do not have a whip system in place. In fact, it is the people who elect the DDI candidate who draw the line if they do not adhere to their wishes.Niall Collins (Fianna Fail)A principal of democracy within a political party is the minority accepting the majority decision. On all issues I express my view and abide by the group decision. This is accepted practice for a functioning democracy with political parties. My party Fianna Fáil was the first to allow a free vote on issues of conscience during this Dail term.Patrick O’Donovan (Fine Gael)No responseJames Heffernan (Social Democrats)When the Labour Party made cuts to children and the disabled, that’s when I resigned. If promises that are made get broken that’s where I draw the line. The problem with party politics in Ireland is that parties try to appeal to the widest number of voters by adopting broad policy platforms that make major disagreements inevitable. I joined the Social Democrats because we’re trying to change that. The Limerick Post is involving ordinary Limerick voters in our General Election coverage.Representatives of different areas of Limerick society will get the opportunity to question the first 16 declared candidates on their policies and promises.First time voter David Neville gets the series under way with reporter Daragh Frawley.ORIGINALLY from Castleconnell, David graduated from the University of Limerick in 2013 with an honours degree in Business and Marketing, having completed the Leaving Certificate in Castletroy College four years previously.He has been in constant employment in several industries since 2007 and for many of those jobs he was in receipt of minimum wage. After graduating from UL, he began working with GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services) in Shannon, where he spent 18 months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Once his contract ended and with the recession deepening, he opted to leave Ireland and found work in the marketing department of a New York technology firm, where he was based for more than a year. When the opportunity arose to return to Limerick and work with an associated company, he had no hesitation in doing so.David is currently renting a house with friends in the suburbs of Limerick and has been playing rugby with UL Bohemians for over a decade. Having been a key member of Castletroy College’s award winning debate team throughout his time in the school, he has an interest in public speaking, current affairs and travel.He has no affiliation to any political party, and since returning from the United States, this is the first election he will be voting in.A young man with big ambitions, David wants to see the younger workforce consulted and involved in helping Limerick reach its full potential as a city and county. Twitter Richard’s rare ability to make grown men weep Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Advertisement WhatsApp Email Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector TAGScouncilFianna FáilFine Gaelgeneral electionGovernementGreen PartyIndependentLabourlimerickSinn FeinSocial DemocratsunemploymentVotingyouth Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State last_img read more

Second scanner at UHL by end of the year

first_imgWhatsApp University Hospital LimerickA SECOND MRI scanner has been approved for University Hospital Limerick and will be installed and running before the end of the year.Currently, there is only one MRI scanner for all public patients in the region’s main hospital, serving the whole of the Mid-West and a population of 473,000 people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne has welcomed the news.At this week’s meeting of the House of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health, Senator Byrne raised her concerns with Health Minister Simon Harris over the availability of MRI scans at UHL.HSE director of acute operations Liam Woods told the committee members that as part of the HSE’s Winter Programme, University Hospital Limerick is to acquire an MRI scanner within the next two months at a cost of between €1 million to €1.4 million.“The announcement from the HSE that a second MRI scanner is set to be delivered to University Hospital Limerick before Christmas is very much-welcomed as currently there is only one MRI scanner throughout the whole of the UL Hospital Group, a service that is only provided between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday,” said Senator Byrne.“Recent figures showed that up to 44 patients were waiting for an MRI scan which is why the requirement of a second MRI serving the people of the Mid-West is long overdue and badly needed to help alleviate overcrowding concerns at the Dooradoyle-based facility“I am aware of patients being taxied from UHL to Barrington’s Hospital for emergency MRI scans,” Senator Byrne added. Twitter Linkedin Email Advertisementcenter_img NewsHealthSecond scanner at UHL by end of the yearBy Bernie English – October 3, 2019 305 Facebook Print Previous articleClosure of parks and playgrounds as Storm Lorenzo hits LimerickNext articleLimerick leads ‘Sheds for Life’ initiative Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

Digital map aims to help communities in coming weeks through ‘virtual…

first_imgNewsCommunityDigital map aims to help communities in coming weeks through ‘virtual meitheal’By Staff Reporter – March 17, 2020 607 Linkedin Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp Advertisement Print What is the Virtual Meitheal?Many years ago, communities in Ireland came together to help their neighbours physically – to save hay, to foot turf, whatever.This time, we need to limit our gathering in person. But we can still work together.This mapping initiative will use new technologies to allow us to help each other.We are relying on everyone to get involved where they can.Mapping LimerickReinventing Fintan Walsh’s (Limerick Leader) great GE2020 map tool, we now have his #selfisolationhelp map for Limerick.If you need help, to find an open pharmacy, to get someone to delivery you food, or you’ve run of gas for your heat and need someone to help, use the map to find the right help or volunteer nearby.People have been letting us know already that they are available to help or are already actively doing so. We are starting to map them all.Look and see if your neighbourhood is light on volunteers and put your hand up (virtually) to come on board and we can let others know you can help.You can access the map here.Email us on [email protected], follow @liveablelimk or any of our partners and we’ll try and make the connection.#FlattenTheCurve Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport TAGS#LiveableLimerickCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region PEOPLE of Limerick have come together in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to help those who may be in need over the coming weeks with the launch of a ‘virtual meitheal’ map.A spokesperson for the LiveableLimerick group who helped put the idea into action said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented our society with an unprecedented challenge.  But make no mistake, we will get through this Limerick and recover quickly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The coming days and weeks will require every one of us to help play our part to protect lives. It is as simple as that. We are in this together and stronger as one community.“Limerick has the Edge that is needed to take the right steps over the coming weeks. Limerick has the Embrace that is needed to show solidarity and support to all.“Lots of people are out there wanting to help and many need help. We want now to help join the dots.“Together, we have teamed up to make ours and your individual efforts most efficient.“We are creating our own Limerick virtual Meitheal and mapping it all in one place – Limerick Leader, Liveable Limerick, Limerick Chamber, Limerick Post, Limerick Leader, Team Limerick Cleanup and Limerick Tidy Towns and the students of University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate are already on board. You can be too.” ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Facebook Twitter Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleUL Hospitals Group to curtail outpatient radiologyNext articleTaoiseach adresses COVID-19 pandemic in Ministerial Broadcast Staff Reporter last_img read more

Decorative lighting to remain around River Shannon in Limerick

first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live “I think from a safety perspective and from a decorative point of view, they have proved very popular with the public and it makes sense to keep the areas lit during the dark Winter evenings,” she said.“I know from those who are exercising in the city centre and doing the Three Bridges walk as part of their 5km route as well as the volunteers who patrol around the river nightly, they are a very welcome addition to keep our citizens safe.“Many people have also commented about how pretty the lights are and how they enhance the riverside area so I’m delighted to see that they’ll remain lit for the winter period.” LIMERICK City and County Council has announced that decorative lighting installed around the Shannon for Christmas will remain for the rest of the winter period. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter The city’s traditional Christmas lights will be removed as per normal this week.However the local authority will continue to light the Boardwalk, Bridges and O’Callaghan Strand areas with additional LED lighting that was installed for the festive season.Welcoming the news, Metropolitan District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Sarah Kiely said the lights have greatly enhanced the riverside areas. Facebook Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 38 | When historical fantasy is pitted against cold hard factsNext articleBig guns return as Johann van Graan names Munster side for Connacht trip Meghann Scully Email Print Photo by Jeremy Marks on Unsplash LimerickNewsDecorative lighting to remain around River Shannon in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – January 8, 2021 312 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more


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OC making final push for system upgrade

first_img Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: McCamey looks to duplicate success on the trackNext articleCOLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB advances in NCAA Tournament with win over Arkansas-Fort Smith admin Facebook OC making final push for system upgrade WhatsApp Twitter Average daily network traffic: 120 MB/s.Average daily peak traffic: 200 MB/s.This traffic varies by time of day, with a little before lunchtime and early to mid-evening most often seen as the peak, Director of Information Services Tom Glenn said in an email. There is also a surge in network usage certain times of the year such as around finals.OC can have upwards of 1,500 computers online at one time across campus while also supporting 1,200-plus simultaneous wi-fi users.Mb/s stands for megabits per second. It is a term used in network traffic. 200 mb/s would mean that the network is currently handling a load of 200 megabits per second. A bit is a very tiny piece of data and a megabit represents a million bits.“If you were to picture our network as a giant water pipe, then the mb/s would be like the water pressure,” Glenn wrote.Last year out network traffic totaled over 96 terabytes. To put that in perspective, 1 terabyte of data is the equivalent of about 17,000 hours of music playback. For the first time in more than three decades, Odessa College is upgrading its data system. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Local News WhatsApp Odessa High’s Jesus Montes (12) passes the ball in the first half of the Bronchos’ 2-1 loss to the Del Rio Rams, Tuesday night at Ratliff Stadium. Pinterest OC Information TechnologyAlthough the process has been ongoing for a while, the upgrade of Odessa College’s mainframe and data management system will be complete March 19 when students return from spring break.OC is closed from March 12 through March 16.While the upgrade is underway, services such as registration, payments for tuition and Sports Center memberships and course lookup will not be available. Director of Information Services Tom Glenn said the language the system was built on is old and outdated and not really used outside of a small bubble.“The project that we’ve been working on is migrating that entire system, which is pretty big. We’re talking 3.5 billion data records and taking all of that and moving that over to a new database system based on … SQL, which a lot of people have heard of because that’s kind of the standard,” Glenn said. “We’re in the process of moving that over.”Glenn said the project has been ongoing for four years.“The reason it’s been going on so long is it’s not just that 3.5 billion data items that I was talking about that have to be moved, but also over the last 30 years our department’s written between 2,000 and 3,000 custom programs to pull reporting, or data or things that we want to do. That’s going to improve things for students. … All of those programs in one way or another have either had to be rewritten, or some of the code in them has had to be modified so it will work with the SQL language.”Vice President of Information Technology Shawn Shreves said the project has been four and a half years in the making. The only differences users will see are cosmetic.“The big changes are in the underlying structure,” Shreves said. He added that the process has allowed the college to “clean house” program wise.He compared it to putting a new motor in a car.SQL, or Structured Query Language, is more of a universal database language, he said. He added that Glenn already knew it, so that was helpful.Shreves said the cost of the migration was around $50,000 and the college had to buy new servers and a couple of pieces of hardware to run the software, which also cost approximately $50,000.The existing server probably had about another year of life left in it, Shreves said. He added the big servers OC runs are good for about five or six years, but if they are retired, they can be repurposed or used by computer science students.Shreves said the college keeps its critical systems up to date to make sure they are reliable.“This is probably the largest upgrade that we’ve gone through in the last 20 years. That’s why it’s taken so long we’ve had some staffing changes,” Shreves said.Glenn previously worked in IT at Midland Independent School District and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He has a degree in history from UTPB, but got a job in information technology as a student worker and the vocation stuck.He arrived at Odessa College in 2016 as a systems analyst and became director of information services in November 2017.“There’s been so much about IT here that I’ve really valued since I’ve been here,” Glenn said. “What I’ve noticed is most IT departments tend to be very reactive, kind of that traditional IT role that people expect. It’s a service support-oriented type, so that when something breaks we’ll fix it. Otherwise, you don’t really hear from IT in traditional locations, whereas OC’s very different in that IT takes more of a progressive approach where we’re actually out there with departments seeing what they do so that we can give recommendations (and suggestions).”Getting out from behind his computer makes his job easier because it helps him remember why he’s at OC, which is to take care of students and work with departments.When IT fixes or upgrades something, Glenn said they want to be there to take care of it no matter what time it is. They also try to repair things when there are the least amount of people on the system.Usually IT personnel are around during breaks “We always have someone on call 24/7 and (during) breaks,” Glenn said.This spring break, IT will be on the job.“We have a very big all-hands kind of attitude, even across departments. If something’s going on in the network services group and they need extra hands and they call me, I will come up and work on that area, too, even though it’s not my normal area. We’re all on the same team, so (there’s) a big focus on doing everything we can to keep our services up as much as possible,” Glenn said.“With the college upgrade in particular, the system is actually going to be down for spring break so it’s finding a time where we can possibly have it down again where it’s going to have the least impact,” Glenn said. “It’s such a work-intensive environment when we’re doing that sort of thing so we want to do it when we’re not getting all the normal calls we get on a daily basis just from being open” and work undistracted on the project.The IT department also tries to communicate enough with users to let them know what’s going on with the system, but not overcommunicate.There also is a team atmosphere because of the programs and initiatives started by the administration. This allows communication across departments, so Glenn can call the registrar or director of student life and discuss ideas.“One of the things I try to communicate to all our other department directors anywhere on campus is that anything that involves serving our students I’m all in. … I want them to know we’re not the IT department that only comes and fixes something when it breaks a week after it broke. We’re here to make to make sure that you can take care of students, and if that means you need us to fix your computer then we’re going to do that as quick as we can,” Glenn said.It also means that if they have an innovative idea about how to display or present something, Glenn said he’ll help with that, as well.OC information technology fun facts By admin – March 10, 2018 last_img read more