Anger at famine statue damage

first_img TAGSBalllingarydamagestatue NewsBreaking newsLocal NewsAnger at famine statue damageBy Bernie English – September 6, 2015 629 Van driver one of many incredible escapes during Storm Darwin Statue daubed by thugs after 113 years Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cash flow helps Limerick boat club raise the roof Previous articleSoccer – Turner simply the best as Limerick win yet againNext articleWoman rescued from bridge wall Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Emailcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement by Bernie English [email protected] are outraged that the famine memorial at Ballingarry Community Park has been vandalised, causing damage to the structure of the statue.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Created by local artist …..Bullock of Glenwilliam during the park’s construction eighteen years ago, the statue, named ‘Roisin’ is formed in the likeness of a barefoot young girl in 1840’s style clothing.The park committee say that repair works will need to be carried out, or the statue may even have to be removed altogether if the damage is found to be too severe.Made of a light steel frame structure and formed by hand in detail using concrete, “Roisin” is a unique piece of art and, according to park committee chairman Colin Anderson, it is a tangible reminder of Ballingarry’s heritage and history.“The repairs are likely to cost the park committee a considerable sum as this is specialised work that will have to be undertaken by structural engineers and needs to be restored in the correct manner”, Mr Anderson explained.“This is the second act of vandalism seen in the park in the past three weeks. On August bank holiday Monday last, someone tried to set a number of fires in the park, and was witnessed stealing newspaper returns from the local shop at 5am for this purpose. No damage was caused, but there was intent.“The park is there for the enjoyment of all in our community and it is up to the members of our community to educate our young people to this fact, and to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardaí”, the park committee chairman said.In the meantime, the area where “Roisin” is located  has been fenced off in case she should fall and injure somebody. The area will remain fenced off until remedial works can be carried out, or a decision is made to remove her.Ballingarry has a deep-rooted history of famine times, with a large poorhouse located just outside the village. A booming town in the early part of the 19th century when many locals were employed in the weaving and linen industries, it never fully recovered from the ravages of the famine.Many families took refuge on nearby Knockfierna Hill where up to a thousand people tried to stave off hunger and destitution before finally entering the poorhouse. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Shannon statue to commemorate Axel last_img read more

Men’s basektball: Badgers face difficult test in preparation for the big dance

first_imgAsk Nigel Hayes about the final standings of the Big Ten, and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball senior forward will give it to you straight.“We obviously know we gave it away like five times in a row,” Hayes said regarding Purdue’s regular season title win, despite four conference losses.The No. 24 Badgers (23-8, 12-6) are the two seed behind the Boilermakers entering the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., this weekend. The confetti falling on UW would be some form of redemption, Hayes said, but then he realizes all 14 teams want to win it.The postseason also provides an opportunity for the fresh start, though UW is essentially guaranteed an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament regardless of the tournament’s results.Men’s basketball: Take a look at the state of the 13 other teams in the Big Ten tournamentMarch is here, and championship week is already upon us. As of this writing, seven teams have already punched their Read…“It’s essentially win or go home,” Hayes said. “So with that sense of urgency, I think we’ll do what we need to do — try and play well all those games compared to when taking those lulls in games.”A tournament win would provide the Badgers with what Hayes calls “mythical momentum.” That doesn’t mean a strong showing in the nation’s capital won’t help UW’s seeding situation in The Big Dance.UW has positive things to build on following its Senior Day win over Minnesota, the tournament’s No. 4 seed.“Guys last game made some shots, that was definitely good to see that for the confidence,” Hayes said.As to why Wisconsin feels it can win it all this weekend, sophomore guard Khalil Iverson said it was because of the team’s continued confidence, despite losing five of its last seven games to close the regular season.Men’s basketball: Bohannon blood stuns No. 22 Wisconsin as UW blows late 9-point leadIn the end, it was familiar blood that did the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team in. Jason and Zach Read…“We always play with that chip on our shoulder,” Iverson said. “We never come out and just think that we can just show up and win because that’s not the case playing Division I basketball. Anyone can lose to anyone, that’s why you always see upsets and things like that. Just coming out and leaving it all out on the floor will get us to where we want to go.”Wisconsin, with a double-bye to the quarterfinals, will take on the winner of 10-seed Indiana and No. 7 Iowa (5:30 p.m., BTN). The Badgers defeated the Hoosiers 65-60 at home Feb. 5. But if UW draws Iowa, the Hawkeyes will be just eight days removed from stunning the Badgers on their home court.UW associate head coach Lamont Paris said the coaching staff thought about traveling to D.C. early to live-scout the game, but UW had already seen both teams this season in person, eliminating the trip’s necessity.“We’ll spend times on both teams,” Paris said. “Iowa we played more recently. There won’t need to be much of a refresher from a personnel standpoint.”“The biggest thing is showing the breakdowns against specifically what they did that game.”Beyond the opener, UW and Hayes won’t pay attention to much of the rest of the bracket until the outcomes are decided, other than casual mental notes.Men’s basketball: 2017 Hall of Fame Classic to feature Badgers, other powerhousesThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team just punched their ticket to a tournament for next season in the 2017 Read…The most likely semifinal opponents include No. 3 Maryland, which will be playing basically home games all tournament, or No. 6 Northwestern, a team that beat UW at home on Feb. 12.Senior forward Vitto Brown, a member of the 2015-16 national finalist squad that won the Big Ten tournament, said this year’s team is most like that one in terms of camaraderie.“We would actually call ourselves brothers,” Brown said. “Not even trying to be corny, but we were always together, always doing things, not only on the court but off the court as well. I think last year was a year that was so new for everybody, there was a bunch of new guys, obviously people who weren’t used to playing, so that was everybody is more finding themselves type of year.“You’re still a team, and that’s why we were able to get it rolling in the second half of the season, but this year we’ve been together from the beginning. We’ve also had a goal in mind from the beginning, which was reminiscent from two years ago.”last_img read more