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Kilmallock conference to bridge the centuries

first_imgLinkedin Shannon Heritage operations suspended from Friday evening Facebook WhatsApp Free admission to Desmond Castle Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Record results in attracting business tourism TAGSConferencecultureheritagehistoryKilmallockTown WallsWalking tour Advertisementcenter_img Email Previous articleDilemma for DublinersNext articleLimerick’s election hopefuls pledge to support fight on sex trafficking Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie The last dance for a Limerick cultural institution ARCHAEOLOGISTS and historians are set to examine Kilmallock and other surviving walled towns in an effort to re-imagine what Ireland’s urban areas may have looked like during the 16th century.Organised by Limerick City and County Council and funded by Limerick City of Culture and the Irish Walled Towns Network, a conference in Kilmallock on June 5 and 6 will examine strands of 16th century Ireland through town fortifications and the role of the merchant classes, as well as the function, design, origins and influences of their domestic buildings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The 16th century is an important period in the transition from the medieval to the modern world. It is a period that is not much explored or understood,” stated archaeologist Sarah McCutcheon.Kilmallock’s town walls, 70 per cent of which remain standing today, make it one of Ireland’s most intact walled towns. Hundreds of metres of the town’s medieval walls have been restored in recent years.Brian Hodkinson of Limerick Museum said that the event would raise the profile of the late medieval remains within the environs, encourage repeat visits and establish Limerick city, Kilmallock and other walled towns firmly on the itinerary of cultural tourism. Twitter Print NewsCommunityKilmallock conference to bridge the centuriesBy Guest Writer – May 21, 2014 705 WATCH: 1995 Community Games Football Adare V Kilmallock last_img read more

Video: Stuttgart star scores against Bayern Munich – while sitting down!

first_img Stuttgart star Daniel Didavi The Bundesliga always delivers when it comes to brilliant goals but today it came against Bayern Munich rather than for them.Daniel Didavi already knows he will be leaving Stuttgart in the summer after negotiating a move to Wolfsburg, but that wasn’t stopping him from scoring a spectacular goal – while sitting down.With his team 2-0 down against the German league leaders, Didavi tumbled in the box while attempting a shot. The ball, though, bobbled back to him and, while seated on his derrière, he swept the ball into the top corner beyond Manuel Neuer.It didn’t help Stuttgart claim a result as they eventually lost 3-1, with Douglas Costa also scoring an excellent goal, but it at least meant the German side didn’t hit a completely bum note.You can see Daniel Didavi’s goal for Stuttgart against Bayern Munich below… 1last_img read more

TD DEMANDS INVESTIGATION AS MINISTER SNUBS TRAGIC FAMILY

first_imgThe Department of Health has snubbed a Donegal family who lost their mother after it took an ambulance 50 minutes to reach the dying woman on the roadside.The late Maura PorterJunior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch said the Department is satisfied the nearest ambulance available tended to Maura Porter.The 70 year old pensioner passed away after she was struck by a car in Carndonagh on December 30th last. The nearest ambulance was located in Letterkenny and it took almost 50 minutes to reach Mrs Porter as the ambulance in Carndonagh was already on a call.Mrs Porter’s family have already promised to launch a campaign in a bid to get an improved ambulance service to cover the Inishowen Peninsula.Local TD Charlie McConalogue has said the reality is that the nearest ambulance base was less than half a mile from where Mrs Porter was knocked down.“This family need a full investigation into what happened in this incident and also a full review of ambulance services across the county. “We need a full to ensure that ambulances are available when needed. It is the Porter family’s wish that no other family go through what they went through that Monday night.“I am asking the Mininster for her assurance that a full investigation will be carried out,” he said.He added that two ambulances need to be made available so that if one is called away on an emergency, then another is available.“The national guidelines show that an ambulance should be at the scene within 19 minutes but in this case it took almost an hour.“I would ask the Minister to give this family an assurance that an investigation that the service level of ambulances will be reviewed and the proper services are put in place,” he said. TD DEMANDS INVESTIGATION AS MINISTER SNUBS TRAGIC FAMILY was last modified: January 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CarndonaghdonegalMaura PorterMinister Kathleen LynchTD Charlie McConaloguelast_img read more

Fulham v Cardiff line-ups: Whites man ruled out, Christensen fit, three Cardiff changes

first_imgFulham midfielder Tom Cairney has been ruled out after picking up an injury in the win over Preston on Tuesday.He is replaced in the starting line-up by Emerson Hyndman, with Luke Garbutt coming in for Tim Ream and Richard Stearman replacing Ryan Fredericks.There is good injury news for Fulham however, with Lasse Vigen Christensen – who has not played since 13 February – named on the bench.Cardiff are without Anthony Pilkington, who limped off during the draw with Burnley, but Peter Whittingham and Craig Noone return after being rested.Fulham: Bettinelli; Stearman, Madl, Amorebieta, Garbutt; Tunnicliffe, Parker, Ince, Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, Baird, Christensen, Woodrow, Smith.Cardiff: Marshall; Peltier, Morrison; Ecuele-Manga, Malone; Noone, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Whittingham; Lawrence, Immers. Subs: Moore, Fabio, Connolly, Dikgacoi, O’Keefe, Zohore, Saadi.See also:Fulham are not safe yet, warns JokanovicFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA’s emerging farmers on the rise

first_imgIncreased earnings, better life The programme has made a huge difference to the income and overall social status of the farmers, adds de Beer. The rand value for the area’s 2010/11 season is estimated at almost 70-million (US$8.9-million), of which 90% is earmarked for export. The genetic improvement aspect has also brought about significant change to the quality of the wool produced in the area. With help from the NWGA, farmers from areas bordering the Ciskei and Transkei have gradually been building up the genetic quality of the local herds with superior breeding rams. To date, almost 28 000 rams have been introduced into local herds over a nine-year period. Partnering with emerging farmers Far removed from the rolling green hills of the beautiful Transkei and Ciskei, lies the Hantam district of the Great Karoo, a semi-arid farming area in the Northern Cape, known for its delicious mutton. It is here that farmer Gawie van Wyk and his brother-in-law Jannie van Heerden set up the Jagpan Vennootskap Boerdery in 2007, a mentorship project with emerging farmers. “Our motivation was to make a contribution, to do something to help. I grew up in the area and know the people very well,” says Van Wyk, who is also NWGA’s production adviser in the district. Located 120km from the small town of Carnarvon, the initiative has already won accolades from the Rural Development and Land Reform Department for its financial systems. “We lay great emphasis on the financial management of the farm,” says Van Wyk. Van Wyk and Van Heerden are mentoring four famers – Patrick Sacco, Jan Moolman, Dirk Sacco and Ismael Louw. Three of the group have never farmed commercially before, and for the moment all of them are still part-time farmers. With the exception of Louw, the others still hold down nine to five jobs during the week, with farming activities restricted to the weekends. A business model that works Jagpan’s business plan is simple and ensures success for all three parties – the state, the emerging farmers and the two mentors. The state has allowed the partners to lease the land for a seven-year period at no cost, but with commitments to manage and maintain it. At the outset of the project four years ago, the state donated 400 Dorper ewes to the initiative. These are locally-bred sheep, developed by cross-breeding the Dorset Horn and Blackhead Persian varieties. The breed is well suited to hot, dry areas and is known as a fast-growing meat producer. The Dorpers were run with 400 ewes belonging to Van Wyk and Van Heerden. The 800 sheep were farmed as a unit with a 50% profit share going to the trainees and 50% going to the two mentors. The emerging farmers are required to build up their own flock to 800 ewes within seven years. As this happens, Van Wyk and Van Heerden gradually reduce their own ewe numbers and their percentage of the profits accordingly. The farm is already running 600 of its own Dorper ewes. It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. After experiencing two excellent years the farmers had a tough season in 2010, losing a lot of sheep to Rift Valley Fever. Van Wyk believes the emerging farmers may not have been able to sustain their efforts were it not for the mentorship and support provided during this difficult period. But he sees a promising future. “By the end of the seven years, they’ll be self-sustaining,” he believes.Transkei and Ciskei The Transkei and Ciskei are two of the four formerly independent homelands created under the apartheid government in the 1970s. The other two homelands were Bophuthatswana and Venda. The Ciskei and Transkei are now part of the Eastern Cape Province. The Transkei boasts some of the most spectacular seascapes in South Africa, many of which remain largely untouched, prompting the use of its other popular name, the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast is a favourite tourist spot for the more adventurous as roads can be sub-standard in places, but awards the visitor with places like the Hole in the Wall and Wavecrest, the southern-most mangrove swamp in the world. Inland, visitors are treated to the sight of soft rolling hills dotted with homesteads still built in traditional fashion, with clay walls and thatch roofs. The area’s inhabitants, the Xhosa people, live mostly off subsistence farming and the local tourism industry. The Ciskei region is home to Bhisho, the capital of the Eastern Cape. The area is poor and most inhabitants exist on subsistence farming. The Ciskei has a small stretch of pristine coastline, offering great opportunities for hiking, such as the rewarding Shipwreck hiking trail, which allows hikers the opportunity to really “rough it”. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 7 October 2011 South Africa’s black emerging farmers are beginning to find their feet in the tough environment of commercial farming, with success stories being recorded in the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces. The majority of the 17 000 wool sheep farmers living in the former Transkei and Ciskei regions – located to the north and south of the Kei River in the Eastern Cape, respectively – are small farmers, running herds of 20 to 30 sheep on average. On their own, these farmers would struggle to make a sustainable living but thanks to a mentorship and support programme offered by the National Wool Growers Association of South Africa (NWGA), these same farmers are now serious players in the wool export industry. The NWGA’s Training and Development for Communal and Emerging Wool Farmers programme aims to pool resources and establish ongoing mentorship. Started in 1997, it has helped to increase the bale volumes of the region’s farmers from just over 222 000 kilograms in 1997 to a hefty 2.9-million kilograms over the last season. “We teach them everything from shearing their sheep, to classing the wool and packing it properly into bales,” says Leon de Beer, GM at the Port Elizabeth-based NWGA head office. “We also introduce them to wool brokers.” The programme follows a five-tier approach: Providing infrastructure development and upgrading of shearing stations and facilities;Giving ongoing development and training;Mentorship assistance with local, established farmers;Help with all marketing-related aspects; andGenetic improvement of the local herds with the gradual introduction of superior rams.last_img read more