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Distressed woman rescued from Shannon riverbank

first_imgWhatsApp NewsBreaking newsDistressed woman rescued from Shannon riverbankBy Staff Reporter – June 17, 2014 762 Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A YOUNG woman was recovering in hospital this Tuesday evening after she was rescued when found in distress at the River Shannon.The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter – Rescue 115 – Gardai, units from Limerick Fire and Rescue Service, together with units from Limerick Marine Search and rescue were all scrambled to the scene shortly after 4pm at the strands of the riverbank when there were reports of a woman in distress.The young woman was rescued from the mud near the riverbank and taken to hospital where she is recovering. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Previous articleState must respect freedom of conscience says Bishop of LimerickNext articleOur time to shine at HipHop jam project Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email TAGSlimerickrescueShannon WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Paintbrushes and Pineapples

first_imgIn the summer of 2003, a group of five first-year students from Somerville travelled to Ghana in West Africa. They had planned to meet up with the 6,000 books they’d shipped over from England and set up a fully-functioning children’s library. If only life were that simple. To start at the beginning, the impetus and leading driving force behind the plan for the library was cheery oxford socialite Hattie Begg. She had previously spent four months of her Gap year, way back in ’02, volunteering in a Ghanaian hospital in the former British colonial capital, Cape Coast. During this time she developed a great relationship with her jovial Ghanaian host, Molly Yankey, whom the library was eventually named after. In order to try to address Ghana’s chronic literacy problems at the most local level, Molly encouraged Hattie to return with some enthusiastic friends to set up a local reading resource centre for the hundreds of children willing to learn but without any real opportunity to do so. On a cold and wet English April day the draw of scorching hot African sun certainly appealed. And hey, the charity bit sounded well worth a whirl. So as a team we went to work that Summer like very active squirrels desperately collecting acorns for an extremely harsh winter. We organised the bar at the Somerville garden party, put on charity golf tournaments and raffles, and generally sold ourselves to fund raise money for the materials we would need out there. With our travelwash, sun lotion and mozzie nets packed we were ready to set off. We were gonna rock over to Africa and wack up a library in just under a month. If we finished early maybe we could get in a bit of beach time as well. No, actually. The sailing was rarely plain and we faced often very demoralising challenges every step of the way. From the outset, the expedition got off to a disastrous start. Cancelled Ghana Airways flights saw us grimly disillusioned whilst we camped out at a sweltering Heathrow Airport for three whole days amongst sprawling queues of volatile travellers, who were rapidly losing their sense of humour at the situation. Being a group of girls, at this point floods of tears often seemed our best option to appeal to the good nature of the airport staff. Ghana, let alone the library, seemed a very long way away at that point. Upon finally reaching our destination we eagerly anticipated our first glimpse of the building that would house our library in Abura, Cape Coast. On arrival at the location we were met with the stark sight of solitary raw breeze blocks which encased a floor of mountainous sand and rock, over which the odd darting lizard scurried furtively for shelter. A month away from the opening date and the vast amount of work required was sharply brought home to us. We were going to have to get very busy and make a lot of contacts if we were to achieve our objectives in such a short space of time. This became particularly clear when we learned, with horror, that our 6,000 books (donated by the kind British public) intended for the library were trapped in the mindboggling swirl of Ghanaian shipping bureaucracy and top level corruptive forces. Getting our books released from the port would prove to be a longer-term goal; in the mean time we concerned ourselves with the here and now i.e. getting a mere shell of a room into a groovy-looking book haven full of child-sized furniture and horrendous clashes of bright colours. Long, hard days were spent purchasing materials, digging, painting, tiling, eating goat etc and keeping our Ghanaian builders motivated. If only British builders were as receptive to gifts of bread, biscuits and pineapples. As the work progressed, more and more of the local children came and watched us work, often gaining a dubious education from Glamour, Heat and Rugby World magazine, and the assorted hits of Christina Aguilera and Disney’s Aladdin. However, it was difficult to get across the actual purpose of the library given that its essence, the books, were still nowhere to be seen. We were beginning to get a little panicky about this as time slipped away from us. Eventually after numerous trips to the shipping port of Tema, six hours from where we were based, we decided to enlist the help of TPA (Teaching Projects Abroad) which run several charitable projects in the area. Their political muscle as an NGO and registered charity provided our negotiations with new weight and this, combined with a briefcase packed full of unmarked US dollars, eventually saw the books on their way to the newly christened ‘Molly’s Library’. After a month of extensive renovation work, we were ready to open the library to the public, and promoted it on a number of primetime TV and radio shows. Given that the project, in many ways, was very much like BBC’s flagship interior decoration show, Changing Rooms, we felt just like a frantic Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen prior to the big launch, and hoped the children would appreciate our somewhat wild use of colour. However, these worries were put aside. The lavish opening ceremony in front of the local community, the village chiefs and the Ghanaian media went fantastically well and it was very rewarding to see such genuine enthusiasm and excitement for what had been achieved. One year later, the long-term future looks bright for the library. This summer, four more students from Oxford are making the trip to West Africa to continue the project. They are planning to establish the second stage of the library, a much needed, fully stocked reading room for college and university age Ghanaians. We very much hope that this will be another small step towards the provision of education that will one day open doors for Ghana. If you have any books you would like to donate, particularly textbooks and reference works, please get in touch and we’ll happily take them off your hands. E-mail Maeve Gill at Somerville College. ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more