Eco adventure tourism opportunities on the Shannon Estuary

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Facebook by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FUNDING should be provided to explore the possibility of developing the Shannon Estuary as an international base for eco and adventure tourism.Calling on Fáilte Ireland to help promote the hidden gem that is the Shannon Estuary, Pallaskenry councillor Emmett O’Brien said that the Estuary is a part of Limerick that is often forgotten.“For boating excursions, kayaking or jet skiing, the Shannon Estuary it is one of the most breath-taking parts of Limerick with beautiful vistas stretching from the Maigue and Bunratty rivers back to the Fergus and Deel while Beeves Lighthouse, Bunratty, Ferrybridge, Askeaton, Foynes and Beagh Castle are among the many points of interest.“Eco-tourism and riverside walking trails are very popular on the Continent and there is a great opportunity to develop this form of tourism along the Shannon Estuary”.“The resurgence of plans for a 12-mile walkway was recently highlighted as having huge potential of for the area in light of the pending review of the Wild Atlantic Way and the possibility of Limerick’s inclusion in the highly successful tourism initiative.“There is a great maritime tradition on the Shannon Estuary of fishing, boat building and pleasure crafting that is ripe for promotion once again.Cllr O’Brien, who recently re-launched his own Gandelow boat, said that this could also help put the estuary on the international tourism map and he paid tribute to the Askeaton Boat Club for their work in having this traditional Shannon craft restored to the estuary.“The Gandelow is ideally suited to the Shannon Estuary. It is a flat bottom rowing boat that was traditionally used by fishermen on the Shannon for fishing salmon, drawing reed for thatched cottages and transporting turf on the river. It was also used to attend to the various lighthouses on the Shannon.“The Gandelow is quintessential to Limerick and it’s great to see a resurgence and interest in them in events such as the Gandelow races in Limerick city and the building of the traditional Limerick Gandelow with the assistance of AK Ilen Company in Roxboro.“Up until the 1980s there was a great tradition of boat building of Gandelows in County Clare in Newmarket-on-Fergus and in various parts of Limerick with numerous gandelows being moored at Newtown, Clarina, Ringmoylan, Ballysteen and Askeaton”, Cllr O’Brien recalled. Previous articleCycle Against SuicideNext articleSomething brewing Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email Twitter Print NewsCommunityEco adventure tourism opportunities on the Shannon EstuaryBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2015 1027 last_img read more

Fresh year, new minister

first_imgAction that defines faith. Belief that encourages discussion. Joyousness that allows for the occasional bout of existential angst. These themes ran through the first service of the fall term under the direction of the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, the new Pusey Minister of Harvard’s Memorial Church.As sunshine streamed through the windows, Walton, who is also the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of religion and society at Harvard Divinity School, delivered the “Freshman Sunday” sermon. He discussed the writings of the Apostle James and spoke of a faith unbound by church walls, a belief expounded in calls for Christians to tend to the physical, as well as spiritual, needs of their community.“Faith as defined in this epistle is not a mere cognitive assent to a belief in a divine being,” said Walton, who succeeded the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes in the influential pulpit. “Nor should faith be conceived as blind allegiance to a perceived sacred yet illusive reality. No, … such conceptions of faith are as morally vacuous as they are ethically inept. Rather, James is referring to faith in a sacred reality that reveals itself in human activity.”Belief is revealed by action, Walter said. “It does not matter if Christianity is true, but rather can we, as those informed by the teachings of Jesus, make it true. Hence at the end of the day, our faith is not something to be professed, as talk is cheap, but something primarily to be done.”“Faith is a big part of my life. I’m trying to find the right church that will help me on my spiritual path,” said Tabitha Salomon (pictured), a first-year Harvard Business School student attending her first sermon at the church.Walton mixed spiritual texts, historical references, and homespun advice in his debut sermon, titled “Why Do We Matter?,” and his tone was both formal and intimate. The Scriptures, he said, urge us to be quick to listen and slow to speak.Prof. Jonathan L. Walton – Why Do We Matter?Professor Jonathan L. Walton’s sermon on the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Freshman Sunday, September 2, 2012, in the Memorial Church.For Walton, religion is an intellectual as well as spiritual exercise. He challenged those who make the assumption that all Christians “check their brains at the door” or are anti-science, anti-historical, and anti-intellectual. “This is not what is advocated in this church,” he asserted.The Memorial Church, he declared, is a place to educate minds and expand hearts. The church should participate in institutional dialogues and cross-cultural exchanges among Harvard’s various religious groups. The church is also a vehicle for action. Last year, the church extended financial assistance to nearly 50 local agencies; contributions to community services exceeded the year’s total collected from the Sunday morning offerings, Walton said.Walton especially reached out to Harvard freshmen and other campus newcomers, calling on the community to make them welcome. “As the Torah teaches us, ‘Do not mistrust the stranger or oppress the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt … and freshmen in the College department.’ ”Newcomers, while excited to be at Harvard, may be nervous and worried, he said. “Let them know they are still OK. Let them know that even at Harvard, it’s OK to wrestle with doubts and insecurity and moments of despair. For woe unto the community who denies their own human frailty, engages in self-deception, and thus normalizes the culture of callousness.”He noted, “This is the season of excitement, joyous anticipation, and yes, even at times, existential angst.”The Memorial Church’s steeple, visible throughout Harvard Yard, is more than just a geographic landmark for finding your way, he said. Whenever you are spiritually lost, “You come to Memorial Church, for there is somebody here who knows who you are and can get you exactly where you need to be.”Tabitha Salomon, a first-year Harvard Business School student attending her first sermon at the church, said she enjoyed the experience. “Faith is a big part of my life. I’m trying to find the right church that will help me on my spiritual path,” she said. “Also, the voices of the Harvard choir were angelic.”Meg Barrow ’13 and Annie Morgan ’13, both residents of Dunster House, have been attending the Memorial Church services since they were freshmen. “We loved the service. It had such a great energy to start off the school year,” Barrow said.“He fits into the community here,” Morgan added.last_img read more

Greensburg Factory Adding 250 New Jobs With Expansion

first_imgA Greensburg auto parts manufacturer is planning to add hundreds of jobs and expand operations by the end of next year.Valeo Engine Cooling expects to add 257 new jobs while investing nearly $28 million in new machinery for the development of four product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.Mayor Gary Herbert says the planned expansion comes from good communication among city and company officials, the Greensburg Daily News is reporting.Due to the investment and number of proposed jobs the mayor supports a longer-than-usual tax abatement of six years.Valeo employed approximately 400 in early 2013 and has since grown to current employment numbers around 700 at the Greensburg plant.last_img read more

Cricket News BCCI Ombudsman to review Raman’s appointment as women’s team coach

first_imgNew Delhi: The appointment of women’s head coach W V Raman in controversial circumstances will be reviewed by BCCI Ombudsman and Ethics Officer D K Jain, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided in a meeting here on Saturday.Former India opener Raman was appointed in December following a selection process conducted by an ad-hoc panel comprising former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.   However, the then two-member CoA comprising chairman Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji  were strongly divided on the coach selection process.While Rai had approved the appointment, Edulji called the entire process a “sham and unconstitutional”, saying the the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, which had requested for more time, was entrusted with the responsibility of picking the coach.Four months later, the matter has been referred to the Ombudsman.”We have referred the matter to the Ombudsman and it will be his call whether the appointment will need to be reviewed or not,” a BCCI official told PTI after the meeting here.Performances under Raman have been a mixed bag with the team doing well in beating New Zealand and reigning World Cup champions England in the ICC ODI Championship. However, the results in the T20 format have a left a lot to be desired after a 0-3 scoreline against hosts New Zealand as well as the visiting England side.The 53-year-old from Chennai was given charge of the team after the unceremonious exit of Ramesh Powar.The BCCI had invited fresh applications for the job after Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended in November in rather controversial circumstances.The Supreme Court-appointed CoA had been divided over the selection process ever since fresh applications were invited.Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues during the World T20 in the West Indies.Powar decided to re-apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner but was overlooked for the job. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more