Council support for Foynes air show

first_img TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyFianna FáilFine GaelfoyneslimerickLimerick City and County Council by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THIS year’s Foynes Air Show moved closer to lift-off as Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Sheahan called on the local authority to “respond positively” to a request for a €50,000 grant from the event organisers.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale municipal district meeting, Cllr Sheahan told the council executive that the air show organisers were under pressure and needed a commitment from the local authority.He also suggested a long-term commitment to the air show with Limerick City and County Council putting up €250,000 in funding over the next five years.“We should respond positively. It is a paltry contribution to tourism in West Limerick, a drop in the ocean. People are still talking about the giant granny. If we do this, they’ll be talking the same way about the air show,” he said.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary described last year’s air show as a “spectacular event” and said that a €50,000 allocation from the Council would be “money well spent”.The 2014 airshow, which cost €115,000 to put on, attracted 20,000 spectators to the West Limerick port town, and was worth an estimated €1million to the local economy. This year’s event, due to take place in July or August, will mark the 70th anniversary of the closing of Foynes international seaplane base.Organisers estimated the total cost for this year’s airshow at €140,000.Fianna Fail councillor Richard O’Donoghue said it was great to see people from the city having to come out to rural Ireland for the Foynes event last year.“This could be a success beyond our wildest dreams, creating an income for businesses locally and in the hinterland,” Fine Gael councillor Tom Neville predicted.Director of Adare-Rathkeale municipal district, Tom Gilligan, told council members that he agreed with their sentiments.“It’s an excellent project and we should wholly endorse it. It can only benefit the whole county and city,” he added. WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick team named to face AntrimNext articleHurlers make trip up north Alan Jacques Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Twittercenter_img Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Email NewsLocal NewsCouncil support for Foynes air showBy Alan Jacques – February 20, 2015 959 last_img read more

Bike Repair Stations Pop Up in Monmouth County Parks, With More…

first_imgFobes said the success of these early installations has inspired the park system to pursue additional repair stations, includingpotential placement alongMonmouth County’s mostpopular trail. The station at Thompson Park is next to the children’s playground. At Dorbrook the station is near the basketball courts, while the station at the Manasquan Reservoir is situated by the main trailhead kiosk near the visitor center. The park system recently set up the 5-foot-tall Dero Fixit repair centers at Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck, Thompson Park in Lincroft, the Manasquan Reservoir and most recently at Rocky Point in Hartshorne Woods in Highlands. The Henry Hudson Trail is currently split into two sections. The northern portion stretches from Popamora Point in Highlands and travels along the Sandy Hook Bay to Matawan. The southern corridor is fractured, with splits between Matawan and Marlboro and another break between Marlboro and Freehold. “These stations are relatively new. We’ve seen them in other places around the country, but not so much in New Jersey,” said Tom Fobes, the Monmouth County Park System operations manager. In fact, the only other bike stations like these in New Jersey are located in public parks in the Essex County municipalities of Maplewood and Bridgewater. With the installment of new repair stations at popular parks and trails in the Two River area and beyond, the Monmouth County Park System is trying to keep cyclists riding despite an inconvenient flat tire or other mechanical problems. Good news for bike riders. The station located at Rocky Point in Hartshorne Woods is the newest of the four stations and was part of the recent remodel of the Historic Battery Lewis grounds and parking lot. The bike repair stations feature half a dozen tools inside to make various simple fixes, with an air pump and a shelf on top to rest the bike while making the repairs. “The other three were the result of our investigation. We put them in just to see how they would be used by bikers and if it made sense to pursue more of them. And they’ve become quite popular,” said Fobes. The stations feature a QR code that, when scanned with a smartphone, directs users to a website with instructional videos about how to make certain repairs. Instructional tutorials include how to change a flat tire, inflate tires, adjust gears and brakes and much more. If bikers aren’t near a bike repair station, Fobes said, park rangers are always available at their station houses to lend a hand. Park rangers also lead general biking classes as well as bike repair classes, which feature tips about how to use these new repair stations. By Greg Scharen and Chris Rotolo “The Henry Hudson Trail is one of the areas a donor has already expressed interest in and the potential exists for us to place multiple stations at various points along the trail,” said Fobes. Earlier this month the county received a $1.2 million federal grant to make safety improvements in the sections of Keansburg, Hazlet, Union Beach and Keyport, as well as to bridge the gaps in the southern section and extend the trail to Center Street in downtown Freehold. Fobes said the acquisition of future repair stations is certainly in the works through budgeting, grants and other sources. Creating a seamless 24-mile stretch from Highlands to Freehold has been discussed for years, but according to acquisition and design department chief Gail L. Hunton, this grant will provide the funding to finally complete the project. Hunton said trail construction could begin as early as next year. Will the plans include several new repair stations? At a cost of approximately $1,200 each, the park system may need to rely on donations. A QR code, located directly under the bike holders, can be scanned on a smartphone to direct cyclists to a site that has tutorials for fixing certain issues with bicycles. Photo by Greg Scharenlast_img read more