WhatsApp Email Advertisement by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE Director of Public Prosecutions is to consider prosecuting a former director of the Irish League of Credit Unions, Limerick man Matt Heffernan, over loans he took out at a Credit Union in Cork.Following the wind up of the Castletownbere branch of the credit union, an internal report revealed that Mr Heffernan, who was previously involved in the running of Caherdavin Credit Union, had loans so large they were in breach of the law.The matter came to light in April of last year when the former director stepped down amid controversy and speculation. He had been nominated to the board the previous February and worked as a field officer monitoring the operations of the league’s branches throughout the south of Ireland.During the wind up process of the Credit Union in Castletownbere, it emerged that Mr Heffernan had loans valued at €350,000 linked to Bulgarian and Spanish holiday properties and the Irish League of Credit Unions has since notified Gardaí about the matter.The loans breached legislation of the Credit Union Act because of their size and Gardai have been informed that application forms for loans for Mr Heffernan contained incorrect personal information including different addresses and a different occupation.KPMG revealed that the loans obtained from Berehaven Credit Union by Mr Heffernan were not being repaid and that joint names were used. Some of those named were unaware of the loans. Print NewsDirector may be prosecutedBy Staff Reporter – August 20, 2014 1080 Twitter Linkedin Facebook Previous articleKileely households told not to drink tap waterNext articleDeath linked to suspected heroin overdose Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
I woke up to my one-year-old son puking at 3 a.m. He hurled all over me as I gathered him in my arms and ran to the bathroom. A few minutes later he was settled into a warm bath when a wave of nausea rose in my own belly. I kneeled in front of the toilet bowl, heaving for all I was worth. My son started giggling. Not a titter, but a full on laugh. At least he thought it was funny.After I rinsed my mouth and wiped my face, I started smiling too. I was a single mom raising my son far away from family and friends while trying to work full time to support us. There were nights when I wasn’t sure how I would make it – I was tired, alone and stressed. I felt stuck in Asheville, an area then unfamiliar to me, far away from my beloved California where I had spent a decade kayaking, skiing, and climbing, where the rivers and mountains felt like family. But in the wee hours of the morning, still smelling like puke and feeling sick, Tobin’s laugh was contagious.That weekend I decided to embrace living in Western North Carolina with an infant. Leaving stacks of dirty dishes and mounds of laundry behind, I threw camping gear into the truck and buckled Tobin in his car seat.I heard of a place called the Cherohala Skyway connecting North Carolina to Tennessee. Beyond its beauty, I couldn’t find much information about it. Tobin, my friend Meghan and I decided to take a look. We pulled into a campground that night and a dozen motorcycles were propped alongside the check-in building. Men with long grey beards and bandannas sat on the porch.I climbed out of the pickup in a sundress and flip flops, hoisting Tobin on my hip. Meghan got out of the car in a pair of shorts and a tank top.“Wherein’ your fellas?” one of the guys asked.My reply that it was just us was met with a round of applause.We spent the evening with them, sampling their moonshine, while they took turns jostling Tobin on their laps. They pulled out their wallets and showed us photos of their grandkids. The next day when we say them on a pull-out along the Cherohala Skyway, we posed on their bikes.Taking my son along meant that we traveled at a slower pace, but we managed to find adventure wherever we went. Slowing down allowed me to look around and the more I looked, the more I noticed. I started jotting down notes that turned into an idea for an article. I submitted a pitch for an article about the Cherohala Skyway over a dozen times before the editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors responded.After I’d written a few feature articles, we talked about an advice column and proposed a few alter egos, eventually settling on Mountain Mama.There are still days when I take Tobin hiking or canoeing and he has temper tantrum two hours from the truck. Sometimes his meltdowns come at the end of a long work week when we’re supposed to be having fun. That’s when it’s nice to channel Mountain Mama. She never loses her sense of humor, she’s never too tired to swoop up an exhausted kid.In the process of writing and exploring the area, I’ve fallen in love with Western North Carolina and consider it home. The curve of the mountains on the horizon, the gradations of green in the river’s swirling currents, the first dogwood blooms in the spring, it all tugs at my heart.My life isn’t perfect, not by a long shot. I’m not happy all the time, but I do live as close to my truth as I know how. Writing has helped a lot. So has getting outside and doing uncomfortable things, talking to people I normally wouldn’t and showing up exactly as I am – sometimes messy, sometimes scared, sometimes tired, but always willing to laugh.
Sharon also built friendships with other outdoorsy women at the drop-zone and through her work. She began hiking and rock climbing as a result. One of her first dates with her husband, Telvis, was a camping trip in the north Georgia mountains. It was his first time stargazing far away from the city lights. By the time she became pregnant with her eldest, Sharon already knew what it felt like to camp under the stars, hike through the woods and jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Having her own outdoor interests and goals gave her confidence and a sense of accomplishment. It also prepared her for the next challenge in her life: raising outdoor kids. The Calhoun girls enjoy a hike at Kennesaw Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Have Your Own Outdoor Hobbies Sharon learned early on that her daughters have different likes and preferences. Her oldest daughter loves fishing and soccer along with indoor activities like reading. Her 6-year-old loves roaming barefoot, running through the grass, turning cartwheels and digging through the dirt for frogs and insects. That makes it more of a challenge to keep both of them engaged in the outdoors. As a result, Sharon and her husband are intentional about exposing their daughters to a range of outdoor experiences. They Stay Home The Boy Scouts of America recently opened their scouting program to all genders in part to court millennial parents and families of color. Another is Hike It Baby, which coordinates 30,000 hikes a year for families enrolled across 300 chapters. They are launching their Littlest Hiker program to help the organization reach its full potential; enabling families across all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, experience and ability levels to get outdoors. Sharon’s husband Telvis poses for a photo with the kids. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun The message is never that they have to be one thing. Her daughters enjoy trying new things, learning, and most of all—spending time with family in the outdoors. Sharon learned to fish when she was 13-years-old. Her neighbor across the street had a little fishing pond so she went over there to learn. She’s passing the same curiosity off to her daughters. Whenever they vacation near a body of water, they rent poles, bait hooks and fish as a family. The girls love it! They learn, and fail and grow without the pressure of competition or expense of structured activities. The Veteran’s Park near their home outside Atlanta also has a catch-and-release pond which they look forward to visiting. Fishing is just one activity that they enjoy doing together as a family. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun So they don’t just hike, they go to cultural events in downtown Atlanta like the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. Sharon also enjoys taking day trips and walking around Atlanta with the girls. She explains that “to me exploring and cityscapes are part of getting outside. Atlanta has ample parks and a very beautiful cityscape.” So for all the moms out there living and working in urban environments, the next time someone asks if you consider yourself outdoorsy the answer is yes! Try New Things The weekends are for adventures but they don’t have to look a certain way. “There’s so much to do in Atlanta without having to pay money,” Sharon explains. They’ve visited the fountains in Centennial Olympic Park and gone tubing on the Chattahoochee river in Helen, Georgia. They’ve also done local 5ks together along with apple and berry picking, hayrides and corn mazes each Fall. The Calhouns enjoy a range of outdoor activities including berry picking at a local farm. Photo courtesy of Telvis Calhou For the Calhouns, raising outdoorsy kids means letting them fail, grow, learn and play! Photo courtesy of Telvis Calhoun Before Sharon had her daughters she boldly pursued her own outdoor passions and found new ones along the way. After growing up in a Florida orange grove, Sharon moved to Georgia and spent her early 20s trying out a range of new hobbies. She learned to skydive in 2002 when she was 24 and accumulated a total of 400 jumps over the next few years as she traveled to cities across the United States. One solution is for families like the Calhouns to expose their kids to different outdoor activities while allowing them to grow, fail, learn and play in safe, culturally competent environments. Several national organizations are also pivoting in this direction. There are also years of structural racism which have a devastating practical application: if you are a black child in the United States, it is statistically more likely that your parents did not grow up hiking or swimming. In many cases, they were never taught because their parents never learned. And their parents never learned because of Jim Crow segregation in pools, beaches, parks and recreation areas across the U.S. The Calhouns enjoy the family friendly trails at Sole Creek. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Sometimes they stay home! Not every adventure requires leaving the neighborhood or even the backyard. Not all play has to be structured. Not all play requires expensive lessons or gear. Sharon describes herself as a “backyard mom. If the weather is permitting we get outside. We have a wooded area behind our house. We play make-believe games.” Adventure can happen without ever leaving home. They fly kites and play outdoors. And yes sometimes they watch PBS and read books. The Calhouns also visit Stone Mountain, a Confederate memorial with ample hiking trails, a ropes course, sky cable and children’s area located in a privately owned park just 35 mins away from Atlanta. During the summer they travel as far as Tallulah Gorge State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest in order to hike the steep, cliff-lined trails and splash in the waterfalls below. Stay Local The Calhoun girls pose for a photo atop Stone Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Recently, they traveled 3 hrs to Tuskegee, AL to participate in a Legacy Flight Academy “Eyes Above the Horizon” event. Her daughters met a few of the 150 commercial and military rated black female pilots in the United States. For her girls, the event was an exciting reminder that the possibilities are endless! They can try new things and be whomever they choose to be—but it wasn’t always this way. For Sharon, raising outdoor kids requires balance. Her partner is an introvert who can spend an afternoon on the couch devouring a book from start to finish. She describes herself as an “introvert with extroverted tendencies. I have to get outside. I need to see the sun and feel the sun on me.” He supports her love of skydiving, even though he’s not interested in jumping out of a plane anytime soon. She supports his pursuits. And together they’re raising an outdoor family! Sharon and her youngest daughter race together in a local 5k. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Studies show that learning new things is much harder when you’re the only one who looks like you. It’s one structural barrier that presents a challenge for outdoorsy people of color. Learning a new outdoor activity in a non-diverse group can be intimidating when there’s a possibility that their novice mistakes might be misattributed to their race or gender. Sharon plays with her youngest daughter in their backyard in Canton, GA. Photo courtesy of Telvis Calhoun Sharon and her husband maximize the time they spend together in the outdoors by exploring what’s available locally. She started hiking with her girls when they were toddlers. Today, they regularly make the trip to Kennesaw Mountain for family hikes. Kennesaw is a Civil War battlefield and a national park constructed on Creek and Cherokee land. It offers a scenic overlook and family friendly hiking trails—all within a 45 minute drive of Atlanta. Raising outdoor kids is no easy feat in the age of iPads, Paw Patrol, Baby Shark, and streaming services. Sharon Calhoun is a Georgia mom doing just that. She and her husband Telvis are co-parenting two little girls, aged six and nine-years-old. She’s been intentional about cultivating a love of the outdoors in her family. We interviewed her recently to see how she has managed to successfully raise two outdoor kids. Here’s what we learned from her story: Let them Fail Sharon learned to skydive in 2002 when she was 24 years old. Today she is one of a handful of active black women skydivers in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun. Her youngest daughters learn about aviation from one of the Coast Guard “Fab Five”, Lieutenant Christine Angel Hughes. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Sharon poses for a photo with her daughters atop Stone Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun