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

The rise of Denis Masinde Onyango

first_imgThe Independent reflects on his journey to being Africa’s best footballerDenis Masinde Onyango was on Jan.5 crowned the Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Player of the Year – Based in Africa.Uganda’s talismanic shot-stopper made history as the first goalkeeper ever to win CAF’s topmost honour; a prestigious individual award nobody else in Uganda has ever got.The continental recognition smoothly rounded off an outstanding season in all of his 14 years in topflight football.In a post to his Facebook page on Jan.10, the 31-year-old Onyango dubbed 2016 as a year to remember in his football career. He likened himself to his age mate Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s best footballer, who, like him, had won just about everything there was to win in 2016.The two featured at the FIFA Club World Cup – the first time any Ugandan and East African was appearing at the competition – even if they did not play against each other. Ronaldo’s Real Madrid won the tournament, picking up one more accolade alongside the European Champions League, the European Championship, and the UEFA Super Cup he had already bagged. Ronaldo went on to win the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Player of the Year Award ahead of his fierce rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona.With his irrepressible Mamelodi Sundowns, Onyango won the CAF African Champions League, the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), the knockout Domestic Cup, and was crowned the PSL Goalkeeper of the Year.What is more, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics named him among the best 10 goalkeepers in the world, ahead of the likes of Petr Cech of Arsenal, East Africa’s most beloved team in the world’s most lucrative English Premier League. On Jan.10, Parliament honoured Onyango for his outstanding accomplishment, recognising it as testimony to relentless hard work, discipline, determination, humility and focus. His achievement, the House noted, will be a great motivation to young men and women who dream of careers in football, or other fields for that matter.“Denis is number one in Uganda, East Africa and Africa. Think about it. Every player in East Africa must be proud of him because he shines a spotlight on the entire region. His inspiration is not limited to Uganda anymore,” noted Phillip Ssozi, a legend of Ugandan football and an icon at Sports Club Villa; Onyango’s boyhood club.Onyango’s rise to continental stardom has not been without hiccups. Twice in his career – at the beginning and at the ascent to its current peak – the 1.85 metre tall keeper started out on the periphery in spite of his skill and height; a test that has often crushed many talents with immense potential.He, however, managed to pull through on account of his character and unwavering reassurance from his coaches; particularly Milutin Sredojević aka Micho, Uganda’s national coach. Onyango duly acknowledged Micho’s contribution when he bagged the continental gong, saying he has always been a father to him since he started his professional career.Sredojević, or Micho as he is commonly known, recruited Onyango to SC Villa, which he was coaching, in 2002. Two years later he backed him against a career crushing gaffe when, during an Under-23 Olympic qualifier game, a light back pass to him rolled beneath his foot into goal.“Everyone in Nakivubo cursed and hurled insults at him. We even told him not to return to our goal again but Micho and Giringi (Lukwago, the goalkeeping coach) just told him he should not bog himself down with it, such things happen in football,” said Meddie Sembajja, the secretary of SC Villa Fans Club.A year later, Micho, who had since moved to Ethiopia’s St George SA, lured his protégé to Addis Ababa, kick-starting his professional career.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

FAU Provides Accurate Coronavirus Data

first_imgFAU COVID-19 Tracker here. Over 20 more deaths in South Florida are blamed on the coronavirus but some of those deaths may have been from as far back as May and are just being reported now.The Florida Department of Health yesterday announced 16 deaths in Miami-Dade County, three in Palm Beach County and two in Broward County.Statewide, 77 deaths were announced yesterday and almost 89-hundred new cases. But are these numbers really representative of what’s going on in with the coronavirus in Florida?For the most up-to-date numbers on COVID-19 in Florida, the FAU Tracker is a reliable resource for monitoring key metrics related to coronavirus in Florida and select South Florida counties. This tracker includes publicly available data provided by the state of Florida. The tracker arranges the figures in a format to give the clearest picture of the coronavirus pandemic in the Sunshine State. There are three key metrics for monitoring: testing, hospitalizations, and deaths.last_img read more