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Limerick Community College through to All Ireland Drama Final

first_imgTwitter Facebook Previous article#BREAKING CAB raids at Limerick and Dublin homesNext articleTargeted crackdown on Limerick dumping blackspots Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie SING OUT WITH STRINGS celebrates a decade of music with showcase performance Limerick students win trip to Brussels hosted by MEP Kelly Three Limerick students honoured to present their project in Dublin TAGSBriery gapDancing at LughnasaThomond Community CollegeTransition Year Linkedin Thomond Community College to hold its annual Multicultural Day Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsLimerick Community College through to All Ireland Drama FinalBy Staff Reporter – February 23, 2018 1155 Thomond Community College Transition Year Drama Students.Thomond Community College’s transition year drama group have successfully qualified for the All Ireland Final of the Briery Gap drama festival 2018.The final will be held in Mullingar on the 3rd of March where the group will be showcasing their talents in a performance of Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.The play centres around the five Mundy sisters (Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rosie, and Christina), all unmarried, who live in a cottage outside of Ballybeg. All the drama takes place in the sisters’ cottage or in the yard just outside, with events from town and beyond being reported either as they happen or as reminiscence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The oldest, Kate played by Merit Admadasun, is a school teacher, the only one with a well-paid job. Agnes (Katie O’Connor) and Rose (Aisha Garba) knit gloves to be sold in town, thereby earning a little extra money for the household. They also help Maggie (Saoirse O’Sullivan) to keep house. Maggie and Christina (Temera Odhomor) have no income at all. Michael (Sadbh O’Riordan) is seven years old and plays in and around the cottage. All is quiet in the Mundy household until their uncle Father Jack (Tommy Kerrigan) arrives home from the missionaries in Uganda and Gerry Evans (Sage Kaya) seeks Christina’s hand in marriage.The play is directed by their teacher, Aidan O’Connell who said “It’s a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group and I’m extremely proud of their achievement so far. The group is elated at their accomplishment and are rehearsing harder than ever in preparation for the final”More local news here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick GAA stalwarts drive enthusiasm for Bus Éireann competition Email WhatsApp Advertisement Limerick event bridges gap between education and employmentlast_img read more

HMS Quorn Wraps Up BALTOPS 2015

first_img View post tag: News by topic June 22, 2015 Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval Royal Navy’s HMS Quorn brought the curtain down on the largest military exercise of 2015 by sending three quarters of a tonne of high explosive to its maker. Quorn plus half a dozen other minehunters and command ship FGS Donau have been helping to clear a path for some of the 40-plus ships assigned to Baltops 2015 off Denmark and Poland – and to eradicate any mines lying in the approaches to beaches earmarked for amphibious assaults.It was one of 50 practice mines sown in Baltic waters for NATO’s biggest exercise of the year – and hence the largest exercise yet for Quorn which has been attached to one of the international organisation’s mine warfare forces for three months.Quorn’s principal role was to render the main traffic routes off the coasts of Poland and Denmark safe; upwards of 50 ‘dummy’ mines had been laid especially for the exercise.The culmination of the exercise saw Quorn’s mine clearance team diving on a Danish exercise mine (containing explosives equivalent to 775kg of TNT). To destroy the mine and make the waters safe for shipping the divers laid and detonated an explosive charge under the watchful eye of the ship.[mappress mapid=”16289″]Image: Royal Navycenter_img HMS Quorn Wraps Up BALTOPS 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Quorn Wraps Up BALTOPS 2015 View post tag: HMS Quorn View post tag: BALTOPS 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

College announces three valedictorians for upcoming commencement

first_imgSaint Mary’s students strive for academic success, but every class has students whose academic devotion puts them at the top of their class. On March 25, the College released the names of the three young women who will be the class of 2019’s valedictorians.Though all three students wanted to excel academically, none of them set out to receive this honor. Communicative science and disorders (CSD) major Elizabeth Priester was simply looking for individual success in each of her classes.“I just wanted to be really successful in all of the classes I was in. It just kind of led to being valedictorian,” Priester said.A similar sentiment was reiterated by fellow CSD major and valedictorian Natalie Dock.“I definitely didn’t think that I would be valedictorian coming into Saint Mary’s — I was just looking to get the most out of my experience,” she said.Monica McGrath, the third valedictorian, also said she did not seek the title of valedictorian but instead had more personal motivators.“[I am] always looking for self-improvement,” she said.In the summer between their junior and senior year, the students were told there was a possibility they would be named valedictorians of their class.Dock said she tried to make sure this possibility did not change the way she went about her day-to-day life.“I tried not to let it affect me, because I didn’t want to be motivated by that,” Dock said. “I wanted to do the best that I could. … I didn’t want that to be on my mind.”Although honored to receive the title, Dock tried not to place much value on the award. Though she considers it an accomplishment, she said she wanted to evaluate it against some of the other things she has done in her life both academically and personally.“I think in terms of a title it is a great accomplishment,” Dock said. “I guess I try not to be too proud of titles and those big things but also the little things in my life, but this is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments.”All three women recognized they did not get to the top of their class without help. McGrath said she wanted to share her pride with the people who surround her life.“I am really proud for my friends and family who supported me,” McGrath said. “I am almost more proud for them than for me. My parents and my friends were always pushing me helping me when I was struggling just being there when I was stressed or just helping me.”All three valedictorians said being at Saint Mary’s was crucial to their success, and it means something different to each of them. Priester appreciated that the College allows for all students to express themselves and their talents, and said the school offers them a place to show what they have to offer.“One thing that I really cherished about my Saint Mary’s education is Saint Mary’s is a place that truly recognizes all the gifts and talents that we bring to the world, and it’s a place of community,” Priester said. “It sets up a network of belonging where students feel recognized as both who they are and who they plan to become. I just love this environment and how they allow us to explore and dream and discover our passions.”Though all of the students said that they focused on academics throughout their career, McGrath said the College also helped them to grow as individuals and people.“I feel like there was a very good balance here,” she said. “Saint Mary’s helped me grow academically and I definitely feel very prepared for any challenges that I am going to face. I feel educated as a whole. That is something that Saint Mary’s always said on the tours — ‘We don’t just educate academically but as a whole person.’ I have grown to be a better version of myself than who I was when I came here.”When describing themselves, none of the valedictorians used the words intelligent or smart — they instead focused on traits that helped them get to where they are. They spoke about patience, focus and drive.“I’m pretty positive, I like to reflect on things that I am grateful for … I’m pretty patient,” McGrath said.Dock said her grades have always been a primary focus.“I have always considered myself a very detailed-orientated person. I have always been fairly focused on my grades — maybe that is just in my nature, I always wanted to strive to do my best,” Dock said.Priester said her academic career has taught her important life skills. McGrath, Dock and Priester will deliver a joint address to their class during commencement on May 18.“[The road to becoming valedictorian] definitely has given me a good work ethic and a drive for success,” Priester said.Tags: 2019 commencement address, Saint Mary’s College, smc valedictorian, valedictorianslast_img read more

Save the frog: Collaborating to survive and thrive

first_imgMost of us know the analogy of the frog in the warming water. As the water warms gradually, the frog becomes more uncomfortable but continues to survive and stay in the water, until one day the water reaches a boil and the frog dies. The trends were clear – the frog should have known that the heat would eventually be deadly – but it remained in the water, willfully ignorant of the adverse trends, or aware of the trends but delaying the decision to act. Many credit unions are thinking like that frog.I began my journey with credit unions in the mid-1980s. Car loans were king in the credit union world. Car loan rates in the 1980s were between 10% and 16%. At those rates, credit unions lived very comfortably on the net interest margin. Operational costs were covered and there was enough left over to add to capital.Beginning in the 1990s, point of sale loans started to erode credit union lending opportunities. Direct car loan opportunities for credit unions declined as car dealers made more loans at the point of sale. It is hard to imagine now, but there was a huge debate among credit unions whether they should sully themselves and get into indirect lending arrangements with car dealers, or remain “pure” and continue to have only a direct loan channel. Of course survival instincts won that debate and indirect car loans now make up a significant portion of credit union loans. Point of sale lending is growing by leaps and bounds today, expanding to all types of products thanks to the likes of Amazon and Google. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mourinho keen to bury Conte hatchet with handshake

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes it was important for two coaches of his and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte’s stature to put their public dispute behind them by shaking hands before and after United’s 2-1 victory on Sunday.Mourinho and Conte’s simmering rift exploded in January when the Portuguese cited an accusation brought by the Italian Football Federation in 2012 that Conte failed to report match-fixing involving his former club Siena during the 2010-11 season.Then coach of Juventus, Conte received an initial 10-month suspension, which was later reduced to four months, before being acquitted of the charges in 2016.Conte responded by calling Mourinho “a little man”, but the two exchanged a smile before kick-off and embraced afterwards as United came from behind to win at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard.“I think the handshake doesn’t need any words,” said Mourinho. “I think that’s what me and Antonio will want to show to everyone.“The handshake before and after the match is an example that everything in football you have to move (on) and you have to respect each other.“Mourinho and Conte are not two ordinary persons in football. We have a history, we have an image and I’m really happy with that.”Conte was less effusive when quizzed over whether he and Mourinho had decided before the game to bury the hatchet.“He wanted to see shake hands and we did the peace,” said the Italian.On the field Mourinho got the upper hand, but only after Chelsea bossed the opening exchanges.Chelsea went in front just before the half hour mark when Willian and Eden Hazard exchanged passes before Willian drilled home his fourth goal in three games. “The beginning of the game was blue,” admitted Mourinho, who brought £89 million man Paul Pogba back into his starting line-up as part of a new four-man diamond shape in midfield.“We took a bit of time to adapt to some new positions on the pitch. The way we were playing the players in the midfield square they took a bit of time to find the timings to press.“We then found that balance and in the second half the team was solid, felt more comfortable to go in attacking areas and, without creating lots of chances because against Chelsea that is not possible, we created a few and score the winning goal that I think in the end we deserve.”Victory was a huge boost for United’s hopes of finishing in the top four as they move six points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea and back above Liverpool into second.However, Mourinho expects the fight between his side, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea for three places behind Manchester City in next season’s Champions League to go down to the wire.“We are four very good teams, all of them fighting to be in quarter-finals of Champions League and that shows the dimensions of the teams.“But from four of us somebody has to be out, so the fight will be big until the end.”Conte lamented his side’s inability to make the most of their dominance in the opening half hour as they slipped to a third defeat in four league games.“At the end we are talking about another defeat.“We must be disappointed because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more