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

AEG Presents Acquires Full Ownership Of Firefly Music Festival

first_imgYesterday, AEG Presents announced that it has acquired Red Frog Events‘ remaining ownership shares for Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival, an event they have co-produced with Red Frog Events since 2014. The move makes AEG Presents the sole owner of the festival, held annually at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.Notes the Delaware Business Times,As part of the acquisition of shares formerly held by Red Frog Events, a Chicago-based event company, AEG Presents will also take over the promotion and production of the festival, which has hosted entertainers such as Chance the Rapper, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, Muse, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty since its 2012 launch. As part of the acquisition deal, several longtime core members of the Firefly team have joined AEG, including festival director and co-founder Stephanie Mezzano. Notes Mezzano in a statement,We have developed a strong relationship with AEG Presents over the past several years and I am thrilled to officially join the AEG Presents team, along with several members of the group that has built the festival since day one. We now have the opportunity to push Firefly in exciting ways and to work more closely with the best in the business. “From day one, we have always believed that Firefly is one of North America’s most special festivals,” said Melissa Ormond, COO, Festivals, AEG Presents in a statement. “Combined with the full commitment of AEG Presents’ resources, including an unrivaled production team committed exclusively to festivals, there is no doubt that the best is yet to come for the Firefly Music Festival.”The most recent edition of Firefly took place in June and featured performances from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, ODESZA, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, GZA, Alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Foster The People, MGMT, Mike D (DJ Set), Big Gigantic, Jimmy Eat World, Chromeo, Cold War Kids, Warren G, Royal Blood, Spafford, and many more. You can check out a gallery of photos from Firefly Music Festival 2018 here.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

El Paso County, I-76 host BST series this weekend

first_imgCALHAN, Colo. (Aug. 27) – Two IMCA special series see action this weekend at El Paso County Speedway and at I-76 Speedway.Both the Precise Racing BST Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Chubby Chas­sis Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars hit the dirt Saturday, Aug. 31 at Calhan and Sunday, Sept. 1 at Fort Morgan. Sunday’s Modified feature at I-76 pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run Saturday at El Paso County, where pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and active military personnel with ID, $7 for kids ages 3-7 and free for two and under. Pit passes are $25 and fireworks follow the racing.There is no entry fee for the Modifieds for Sunday’s $1,000 to win show.Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Northern SportMods and sprint cars are also on the card at Fort Morgan. More information is available from Tour Director Joe Bellm at 720 404-0400 and at the website. The track websites are and Precise Racing BST Modified Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Mor­gan, Colo., 267; 2. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 242; 3. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo., 227; 4. John Burrow Jr., Denver, Colo., 188; 5. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo., 177; 6. John Hansen, Brush, Colo., 153; 7. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., 143; 8. Colton Osborn, Lexing­ton, Neb., 142; 9. Will Brack, Johnstown, Colo., and Garrett Sporhase, Holyoke, Colo., both 131; 11. Greg Sharpe, Commerce City, Colo., 130; 12. Matt Brack, Mead, Colo., 128; 13. Greg Gustus, Brighton, Colo., 117; 14. Dwayne Dechant, Lamar, Colo., 109; 15. James Krehmeyer, Wray, Colo., 102; 16. Adam Morris, Lamar, Colo., 100; 17. Nate Moore, Great Bend, Kan., 97; 18. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan., 91; 19. Brady Coen, Wiley, Colo., 86; 20. Dusty Springer, Cheyenne Wells, Colo., 80.Chubby Chassis BST Stock Car Series top 20 point standings – 1. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan., 220; 2. Lloyd Meeske, Champion, Neb., 213; 3. Jeff Whiting, Gothenburg, Neb., 170; 4. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 142; 5. Justin Bussell, Imperial, Neb., 115; 6. Johnny Yutter­man, Rocky Ford, Colo., 112; 7. Kelly Yutterman, Rocky Ford, Colo., 105; 8. Kyle Clough, Wal­lace, Neb., 95; 9. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb., 80; 10. Kyle Werkmeister, McCook, Neb., 76; 11. Brian Morris, Lamar, Colo., and Gregory S. Gutt, Greeley, Colo., both 71; 13. Mi­chael Dancer, North Platte, Neb., 67; 14. Cody Williams, Park, Kan., 64; 15. Darin Racek, Lexing­ton, Neb., 58; 16. Robert Chalupa, McCook, Neb., and Kurt Trusty, Wallace, Neb., both 53; 18. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., and Dave Plowman, Gretna, Neb., both 39; 20. Justin Temeyer, Independence, Iowa, 38.last_img read more

Surging Duquesne women quietly garnering respect

first_imgLEADS DUKES— Local product Vanessa Abel drives to the basket in Duquesne’s 60-54 victory against St. Bonaventure Jan. 8 at the Palumbo Center. She led all scorers with 20 points, while adding on 6 rebounds and 7 assists.  (Duquesne University Athletics Photo/David DeNoma) by Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier After establishing a program-best 13-2 non-conference record, the Duquesne women’s basketball team hosted St. Bonaventure to open their Atlantic-10 schedule on Saturday at the Palumbo Center.Down by as much as 16-points, the Dukes were able to storm back to a 60-54 victory behind a game-high 20 points and 7 assists by junior guard Vanessa Abel— whose performance included pulling down 6 rebounds. Abel, a Southmoreland product, chose West Virginia after high school and in the ensuing season before playing a single game, she elected not to continue with the Mountaineers and chose to, instead, play for Duquesne.“I don’t regret going there,” Abel said. “West Virginia is a great school. It’s just that Duquesne was local and coach (Suzie McConnell) Serio was one of the best point guards in the history of women’s basketball. I trusted that if I came here, she would develop me into a good player.”McConnell-Serio, a letter-winner at Penn State, is a women’s basketball Hall of Famer and former Coach of the Year in the WNBA. After taking over the program in April 2007, Duquesne has seen a significant turnaround.They made their first post-season appearance in their 37 seasons, last year after being selected to play in the WNIT.The Dukes are currently on a six-game winning streak, including a 71-67 road win against then No. 12 Ohio State back on Dec 28.Their last victory over a ranked opponent came against No. 19 Pitt, in 2009. In that game, Abel paced the Dukes with a team-high 17 points.“When you play against Pitt, it’s a pride thing,” Able mentioned. “They’re local (so) you gotta bring your A-game. You play with them all summer and you’re around them all year long. People around here are Pitt fans and we’re trying to change that. We want more people to come to Duquesne.”The team also features true freshman in Wumi Agunbiade, a 6-2 post player from Pickerington, Ontario. She’s averaging 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and has started all 16 games for the Dukes.“I’m glad to be making such an impact right away,” she said. “The adjustment has been smooth. I’ve been getting support from my teammates. My family comes down whenever they can. It’s been challenging, but I’m trying to make the best of it.”Duquesne received 19 votes for the AP’s top-25 after their wins at Ohio State and against Pittsburgh in the Women’s City Game Jan 5.“It’s been incredible,” McConnell-Serio said. “The way our players have worked over the preseason to get ready for our non-conference schedule and the way they came out and have exceeded expectations has been tremendous.”Abel seemed pleased with her decision to join Duquesne.“It’s great playing in front of my family and friends on a regular basis,” Abel said. Duquesne, as a program, is on the rise and it feels so good to be a part of something so special.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more