Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick LIMERICK student Conor Foy scooped an Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award at this year’s [email protected] Discover competition in Dublin’s Trinity College.Seventeen-year-old Conor secured his place at the national final when he won top prize at the regional [email protected] event in LIT in May for his device that improves timing among crew in a rowing boat.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Coláiste Chiaráin student developed a system that can measure, display, transmit and record the timing difference between, and the force exerted by, a crew of rowers.Conor’s system is unique in that it looks at the timing of the oar and the force of each individual stroke, and not just the movement of the seat. This system is expected to improve the performance of rowing crews as it allows a greater synchronicity amongst the rowers.The fifth year student from Crecora was mentored for the project by Edel Farrell, his teacher at the Croom secondary school.“We are delighted with Conor’s achievement. He put a huge amount of work into the project over the last year,” said Edel.Conor’s award-winning project was showcased at the Science Gallery in Trinity College as part of the [email protected] Discover competition.SciFest CEO Sheila Porter said the competition “encourages students to push the boundaries of the classroom, use their knowledge of science, investigate and be creative in their projects”.The Limerick student was also awarded the Yale medallion for most outstanding project at the competition. #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Twitter WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook NewsEducationConor takes award for rowing device in his strideBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 1083 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Email Print Advertisement TAGSColaiste ChiarainMusic Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Linkedin Previous articleCall for councils to take charge of housing estatesNext articleCouncillors pay tribute to former chairman Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie New Music: 40Hurtz
NewsLocal NewsLimerick homeless shelter reduces drug overdoses by more than a thirdBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 904 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleMinister Noonan fit and well againNext articleRosbrien school benefits from Mongolian motorbike marathon Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesslimerickMcGarry HouseNovas Initiatives Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live A LIMERICK-based homeless charity has reduced the incidence of overdose among its clients by 35 per cent in the last nine months.Novas Initiatives, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West region, recently revealed in a research study the growing number of overdoses among its residents. In an 18-month period during 2012/2013, McGarry House experienced 34 overdoses — an average of one every two weeks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Almost three quarters of the homeless people in temporary accommodation in the Alphonsus Street centre had overdosed on drugs — and most of them within the last year. Novas, along with its partners in the Mid-West region took immediate action to reduce the number of overdoses in its service by involving staff and residents, particularly those who had previously witnessed or experienced overdose.In response, a study entitled ‘Head Up: Preventing and Responding to Overdose in McGarry House’ was commissioned and 14 recommendations were developed, including the development of a peers skills and education programme.In the last nine months, due to such proactive steps, Novas has been successful in reducing the incidence of overdose in McGarry House by 35 per cent. Head of Novas’ homeless services, Anne Cronin commented, “This is still a work in progress as we strive to eliminate overdose altogether.”“Novas has shown that it is possible to reduce deaths by overdose by responding to the needs of those at risk and involving them in the process of response and rehabilitation,” she said.Novas is concurrently providing relevant staff training in the areas of harm reduction, safe injecting, defibrillator training and risk assessment. Complimentary training has also been provided to residents.Ireland has the highest level of reported problematic opioid use in the EU and the third highest death-rate of drug induced deaths. More drug-related deaths occur in Ireland each year than road accidents. And, according to Ms Cronin, people experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to overdose.“We urge government to publish its much anticipated overdose prevention strategy and bring this issue to the forefront of political debate. Until the issue is addressed in a consorted and sustainable manner, needless deaths will continue to happen,” Ms Cronin concluded. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Advertisement
S. Greg Panosian/iStock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans, who died in the line of duty April 2 when a car struck him and then rammed into a barricade, is lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke Tuesday at a tribute to the fallen Capitol police officer attended by members of Congress.Biden reflected on his own grief, saying that having buried two of his own children he understands the pain of losing a loved one and how painful the memories can be.“Your son, your husband, your brother, your dad was a hero, and he’s part of you, he’s in your blood,” Biden said. “My prayer for you is that moment of a smile comes before the tear, quicker and longer.”Before departing the Capitol, the president met with the family of Officer Evans, according to the White House.The House Chaplain, Margaret Grun Kibben, delivered a prayer to begin the ceremony. Then, Schumer described Evans as a man of “infinite jest,” detailing his penchant for pranks and dad jokes.“To know Billy Evans was to know, to borrow from Shakespeare, a fellow of infinite jest,” Schumer said. “His childhood friends will tell you that Billy capitalized literally on every opportunity for a joke.”Schumer also detailed Evan’s commitment to helping others.“And on an unseasonably cold day in early April, that innate impulse to ask ‘how can I help’ had Billy running towards danger, a reflex as natural and as automatic as breath to put the safety and happiness of others before his own,” Schumer said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also spoke, praising Evans as an American hero being honored with his coffin on the same catafalque, or wooden stand, that held the coffin of former president Abraham Lincoln.“I hope it is a comfort to Logan and Abigail, I see they have their cozies with them there, but I hope that is also a comfort to them that their father, an American hero, is lying where Abraham Lincoln lay on a catafalque built for Abraham Lincoln,” Pelosi said.Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also praised Evans, saying he was a “friend and favorite of many here on the Senate side” during a floor speech.“Officer Evans was famous within the Senate for his friendly spirit and easy manner. His particular post often meant he was literally the first line of defense of the Congress, the interface between these grounds and the outside world. We could not have had a kinder, more likable ambassador at this junction or a more faithful protector to keep us safe,” McConnell said. “It will be with tremendous grief but tremendous gratitude that we will walk Officer Evans through the Capitol for the final time tomorrow where he will lie in honor in the rotunda.”Evan’s family released a statement last week saying that the death “left a gaping void in our lives that will never be filled.”“The absolute most important thing in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail,” the statement says. “His most cherished moments were those spent with them – building with Lego, having light saber duels, playing boardgames, doing arts and crafts and recently finishing the Harry Potter series. He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did. Any opportunity to spend time with his children brightened both their lives and his. Their dad was their hero long before the tragic events of last week.”His family recounted his warmth, and how “funny and caring” he was, and said that he “relished bringing people together.”Evan’s family, including his children, Logan and Abigail, their mother, Shannon, and Evan’s mother, Janice, were in attendance on Tuesday. Evan’s daughter held a stuffed animal throughout the service, while Logan wore a police cap at times throughout the ceremony. The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to end the ceremony.“We’re all shocked by the senselessness of this loss. To his sister Julie, his mother Janice, who was able to speak with last week, to Shannon, my heart breaks for you, it does. To Billy’s beloved children, Logan, Abigail, I want you to know that we are forever indebted to your dad,” Schumer said. “We will remember his sacrifice and your sacrifice, forever.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.