Harnett International festival finds a home in Abbeyfeale

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook NewsCommunityLifestyleHarnett International festival finds a home in AbbeyfealeBy Rose Rushe – July 22, 2019 660 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Maurice O’Connell, Abbeyfeale Community Council.THIS year’s Harnett Reunion is officially billed as a four day programme of events from July 12 but, in truth, its span is of a wider frame and significance for the Abbeyfeale area.It embraces a growing influx of new tourists and extended family who invest in this ‘homecoming’, having uprooted to other countries generations and even centuries ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Travelling from other continents, they pack in the Wild Atlantic Way and the Shannon Estuary Loop extension that winds from the Kerry coast up through Tarbert, Glin, Limerick, up to Bunratty and over into south Clare’s coastline.Páirc Cois Féile, AbbeyfealeAbbeyfeale makes for a terrific base, central, sorted and friendly with with plenty of traditional music playing.Inevitably, the financial spin for the town is vitiating and the place looks fabulous, singing with banners, flags and floral displays as much as Irish ballads.Naturally, Abbeyfeale Community Council is a strong support to the festival, which came about on foot of the Harnett diaspora collecting in the town first in 2012.Maurice O’Connell paints the picture.“The Harnett Reunion International has come about from a very laidback get together in 2012 in the area. And from that, there were one or two people abroad sending messages saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a proper international reunion for people who can trace their ancestors to the area and to the North Kerry area?”The official Gathering of 2013 illustrated to many at home and abroad that such festivals centred on blood ties and family origins really do have a place in our hearts as much as on the map.The Rev William Casey (Rev Willie C) memorial, Abbeyfeale.Photo: Cian Reinhardt“Founder and local undertakerJames Harnett is also involved with the Abbeyfeale council and we brought it up at one of the meetings that we  were one first towns in the country to focus tourism around genealogy. And I know that they were looking to the Harnett name particularly for themselves, but really, this could be the blueprint for any genealogy festival in the country.“The festival has been so successful. It actually started last Thursday and ran to Sunday.  Centred in the Devon Hotel, there were various genealogy workshops, demonstrations, an exhibition of artefacts, a variety concert and a gala concert in various locations throughout West Limerick.”“We have at least 50 individuals who travelled from abroad, who had never been to Ireland before and who travelled in on the back of the Reunion.”Maurice cites India, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Hawaii, Northern Ireland and the UK as examples of origin.“They can trace their ancestors back 300 years and they stay here and take in some of the surrounding area. There has been huge local and international interest in it, to the point that some of the West Limerick tours are booked out, the variety concert is selling out in advance in Tournafulla.“ACC has worked closely with the Harnett gathering committee and with West Limerick Resources to get some funding, to get this off the ground.”Thus access to the relevant experts talking on aspects of genealogy is free, as with the exhibition of collectables such as the glass bottle with two teats out of  it, to feed twins, and a wooden drum of a washing machine that was worked by a churning handle as it stood in a bath of laundry.“We quickly realised that the Harnett Reunion International festival is setting in motion a new reel of tourism and the people coming in are spending a week or two weeks in Ireland. It’s having a positive economic spin on the area.” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedincenter_img Previous articleClass leading form for sign language communityNext articleSilver for Limerick at International Maths Olympiad Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Print WhatsApp TAGSAbbeyfealeHarnett International FestivalKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss rescued again by fine margins | Football News

first_img But it is all so predictable. Had 10th-placed United not beaten Brighton almost a year ago to the day, Solskjaer may have been sent his P45, but a convincing win, and two defeats in 25 to end the season, vindicated the Manchester United boss. Perhaps it was a turning point.Perhaps not, because here we are again. With three points at Goodison Park assured and an encouraging performance to match, Solskjaer – who United still consider their long-term option – lived to fight another day. The quality of their performance, including the second-longest passing move across the league this season to craft their equaliser, deserves better than being questioned as another false dawn.But the legacy they have built under Solskjaer, if not since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, is more conclusive. This must be what frustrates the manager the most; when the chips are really down, and it’s truly now or never, that’s when players finally pull it out of the bag.Just to labour the point, this is what Manchester United are capable of when they are at their best. “We were set-up to fail,” Solskjaer fumed to BT Sport. “We’ve been to Turkey on Wednesday night, come Thursday morning we’re back in, we’re playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles. I can’t praise the boys enough for the character they’ve shown – that’s all I want to talk about.”But longer-term, all the Jadon Sanchos in the world aren’t going to close the gap on Liverpool and even Manchester City without showing this kind of backbone against, say, Crystal Palace. Or avoiding the manner of their utter humiliation by Tottenham last month.The million-dollar question is… Why is it like this? “From a distance, it looks like it’s just nice,” according to Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal forward Paul Merson. “If I’m George Graham – and we’re a successful team – if we got beaten like United did at Arsenal last weekend, I guarantee he won’t be coming out and talking about what a great bunch of lads they are. That’s the last thing he’s saying.“It just comes across like it’s just a nice place to be.”Things being too cosy may not account for United’s wonderous form in the second half of last season, which left them at around level par with expectations and earned Solskjaer the credit he deserved.But here we are. Back to predictably unpredictable square one. The boom and bust of United’s streaky existence, just as it has been since the same since the day Solskjaer was named permanent manager.For today, it’s all smiles and rightly so. United were largely excellent. They may well go on to convincingly beat West Brom and Southampton in their next two games. Perhaps even Manchester City after that. But how long before we’re all back here again? A month, maybe three, or next season? Their defensive issues came straight to the fore as they were carved open with ease for Bernard’s opener, and they displayed the textbook attacking potency they have enjoyed against more open opponents since the manager arrived to deliver their rapid turnaround. Even before half-time, it was nothing we’ve not already seen over the last two years.But just as fine margins were used to defend the narrow defeat United fell to against Arsenal last weekend, so too did they pave their way to victory at Goodison Park. Everton’s Lucas Digne hit a post with Dominic Calvert-Lewin unmarked at 1-1, and moments before Edinson Cavani’s injury-time third, Abdoulaye Doucoure may well have earned the hosts a point had he made any decent connection with Alex Iwobi’s tee-up. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side beat Everton 3-1Image:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side beat Everton 3-1 Those fine margins have long been the story of United’s rises and falls, especially under Solskjaer, but they cannot continue to define his reign indefinitely.- Advertisement – With pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United again pulled a good win out of the bag when he most needed it – but how many times can we end up here?On the face of it, United’s 3-1 win at Everton in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off did not tell us much about Solskjaer’s side that we did not already know.- Advertisement – After Wednesday’s dire defeat in Istanbul there was little on paper to indicate the resilience they would show to avoid their worst start to a league campaign since 1987. Three points later, they are now in a better position than they were this time last season and look the potent outfit Solskjaer desires, and little surprise “character” was the word on his lips when speaking to BT Sport after the game.His side had travelled most of the way across Europe and had barely two days to prepare since their midweek shambles, but ran nearly 5km further than they had done six days ago against Arsenal. 0:39 – Advertisement – Graeme Souness says Manchester United’s players should take responsibility for their actions after their latest defeat, the 2-1 Champions League loss at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump, Netanyahu are on similar pathsThere are many similarities between the political situation in the United States and Israel.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. He has been accused of providing regulators with millions of dollars as bribes to a leading Israeli website for favorable coverage of the prime minister and his family.He also wanted rough treatment of his political adversaries. It is ironic that Fox News supplies Trump with the latter at no charge.Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit indicted Netanyahu for trading official favors, accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu even called the investigations and indictment a “witch hunt,” although Mr. Mandelblit belonged to the same party (Likud) and was Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary and closest adviser. Mr. Mandelblit said that the indictment of the prime minister was necessary because “Law enforcement is not a choice. This is not a choice of left or right. This is not a matter of politics.”It is about time that Attorney General William Barr stop debasing his position as AG by playing politics and acting as Trump’s private attorney. Do your job.Mark MarkovitzNiskayunaRetirees will regret loss of ObamacareThe Affordable Care Act: Republicans hate it and many Democrats don’t understand it.The truth is before the Affordable Care Act, Americans with “pre-existing conditions” had to pay unbelievable premiums for health insurance. Both young and old had to pay these high premiums, and companies like Mutual of Omaha, Travelers, Blue Shield and many others were making profits that were immeasurable.In my own case, my wife and I, after retiring before we turned 65, found that because we had minor pre-existing conditions, we had to pay upwards of $10,000 in premiums, and each of us had a $5,000 deductible before the insurance kicked in.Many of our friends were in the same boat once they stopped working. Many worked for companies that paid for their health insurance, and unionized workers received theirs through their union’s insurance and pension funds.Again, once retired, these same workers had to fend for themselves once COBRA ended. What senior citizen made it to retirement without some kind of pre-existing conditions? That hernia, back problem,or carpal tunnel injury, no matter how slight, is a “pre-existing condition.”The Affordable Care Act put an end to those with pre-existing conditions paying exorbitant premiums, as the Act’s best part was the provision that insurance companies had to accept them and couldn’t charge more than those without them. Many of those complaining about the Act had better pray it stays in effect. If the ACA gets repealed the “pre-existing conditions” provision goes away. God help us.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamI see why evangelicals are drawn to TrumpA thought struck me as I was once again thinking about the seeming contradiction in the Christian evangelical acceptance of Trump as a heroic leader — or even a legitimate leader and patriot— and traditional Christian values.An epiphany: Their entire lives are spent trying to make the utterly ridiculous plausible. This explains their acceptance of an all-powerful and good god, who nonetheless allows horrible evil and injustice in the world, and the self-proclaimed ‘chosen one,’ whose personal, business and political history are a sordid story of corruption and racism.Anthony J. SantoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more