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

Gallery: HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, Australia

first_img Gallery: HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, Australia View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia View post tag: Daring Training & Education HMS Daring has left Australia’s largest city after a week in the spotlight taking part in the country’s centennial celebrations of its navies.On a rather gloomy spring day, tugs helped the 8,500-tonne destroyer under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the equally-famous Opera House as vessels attending the International Fleet Review departed.Darings leaves Sydney with plaudits from Britain’s High Commissioner Paul Madden – in Commonwealth countries, the equivalent of an ambassador – who says the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th birthday has been supported “in style”.The Portsmouth-based destroyer is officially 49 per cent of her way through her global deployment – the first by a Type 45, and the first visit to Australia by the RN’s new breed of air defence ships.Since arriving in Sydney last Friday, Daring has taken part in two ceremonial reviews – the first recreated the entry by the inaugural RAN Fleet in 1913, the second was a more traditional fleet review witnessed by Prince Harry – services of commemoration for Australian sailors killed in the line of duty and a parade through the heart of Sydney with 4,000 seafarers from around the world.Mr Madden says all the Royal Navy’s participants in the week-long events in Sydney had been a credit to the country.“Britain turned out in style to support the event,” he stressed.“The Band of HM Royal Marines drew many admiring glances as they marched through the streets of Sydney on parade with 4,000 sailors.“Their musicianship and the precision of their drill demonstrated clearly why they are generally held to be the best military band in the world.”Daring hosted various receptions for business and political leaders in Sydney and Melbourne and will do the same in Adelaide, and welcomed a lot of media aboard – resulting in considerable coverage for the RN Down Under.“HMS Daring was busy all week. We really took advantage of having such a splendid Royal Navy asset in town,” Mr Madden added.He spent two days aboard the Type 45 sailing into Sydney Harbour when the ship arrived – “a spectacular experience” – and was impressed by the “seamanship and camaraderie” of the 200-plus sailors aboard.Among the more symbolic acts of Daring’s stay in New South Wales was the return of a plaque which once hung in Sydney’s Admiralty House.At a special reception aboard the Type 45, Britain’s most senior sailor First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas and Jonathan Perceval-Maxwell, the great grandson of Admiral Sir George King-Hall – regarded as the father of the RAN – presented the ‘Admiral’s Office Australia’ plaque to Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, today’s head of the Commonwealth nation’s Navy.The plaque was affixed to Admiralty House during Britain’s command at the Australia Station and spent a century in the UK after Admiral Sir George King-Hall, the last British Commander-in-Chief of the Australia Station in 1913, returned with it to England when the Royal Navy departed Australia.At the request of Sir George King-Hall’s family, the plaque, carved from a single block of wood, was returned to the Royal Australian Navy.[mappress]Press Release, October 14, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Gallery: HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, Australia center_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Leaves October 14, 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Sydneylast_img read more

Watch the Broadway Community Perform for Orlando

first_img View Comments Broadway’s brightest perform for Orlando on ‘Maya & Marty’ Spectacular things happen when humans come together to spread “love, sweet love,” and the Broadway community is living proof. Following the Orlando tragedy, the Great White Way’s brightest assembled to create a powerful benefit single, “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Broadway faves like Waitress’ Jessie Mueller, Shuffle Along’s Billy Porter and many more recently took the stage on NBC’s Maya & Marty. The world seems to be answering back with a resounding “Yes”; the single has peaked at number one on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Snag your copy of the single here, and watch the performance below!last_img read more