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THE demise of regattas on the city centre river stretch from King’s Island to Barrington Pier and beyond, was the subject of some debate in City Hall this week. Councillors voiced the desire of many Limerick people to revive the sport, which was a regular sporting feature during the summer months in Limerick for centuries. Referring to a recent visit paid by a number of councillors to the ESB in Ardnacrusha, councillors said that Limerick rowing clubs are now holding their regattas in O’Brien’s Bridge and Annacotty.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is a shame the way rowing has suffered in the city but the removal of the old Salmon Weir would improve matters,” claimed Cllr Tom Shortt, who added: “I believe the building of the parks on Clancy Strand hasn’t helped the situation – the flow of the river was altered by the building and it can be difficult to keep a boat afloat”.Calling for the removal of the old Salmon Weir from the river, Cllr Shortt said it is his belief that the Limerick Regeneration Agency is proactively involved in a project involving the weir.Cllr John Gilligan confirmed to the Limerick Post that the Regeneration Agency has plans to convert the salmon weir into a walkway, linking the Island Bank, which starts at O’Dwyer Bridge and links back to the community centre in King’s Island“The old weir has not been in use for a long time and is nothing more than an obstruction on the river – Cllr Shortt has raised this issue in City Hall before now and believes that removing the weir would open up the river to canoeists and boaters.“Although there is nothing definite going on yet, the regeneration people are considering converting the weir into a walkway from the Island Bank to Thomondgate”. Linkedin Print Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Email NewsLocal NewsRowing back the years on river ShannonBy admin – February 25, 2011 694 Previous articleChanges for Munster ahead of Aironi clashNext articleContact via social media network lands man in custody admin
Shannondoc operating but only by appointment TAGSfeaturedstella bingo Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleLimerick poised to attract more businessNext articleCannabis seized by Limerick gardai Editor RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NewsThe numbers are up for Stella BingoBy Editor – September 22, 2016 1811 Facebook First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Lavinia McKnight, Amy Mitchell and Laura Lyons.THE last time I visited a Bingo Hall I was eight years-old and spent the night being fawned over by kindly ladies and eating bag after bag of Taytos. Despite my protestations, I wasn’t allowed to play and instead had to content myself with watching the women, silently moving closer to those who’d just won.But now, twenty-odd years later, a grown man, I can do whatever the hell I like – or at least, whatever my editor tells me to do.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up So when I was informed that Stella Bingo was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and that I was to visit this esteemed venue to mark the occasion, I saw it as an opportunity to rectify the past.This time I wouldn’t be forced to watch from the sidelines, this time I would play, and this time I would bring my own Taytos, thank you very much.Naively, I thought not much would have changed in the intervening years. I expected bingo boards, wooden chairs and misfiring pens; what I got was a hi-tech, modernised environment, one complete with comfy booths, touchscreen games, and video display units.However, the essence remained, it was still a place of friendship and warmth, a place to socialise, have fun and, most importantly, win money. And what money there was. But more on that later.My chaperones for the night were Yvonne O’Donoghue, her daughter Susan, and their friend, Louise Mulcahy. Coming from Killaloe, they visit the Stella at least one night a week, every week, although Yvonne admits that she would “go seven nights if it was on”.Stella Bingo is the only bingo they go to, they’re loyal like that.Given my lack of experience, a quick crash course in the finer arts of bingo was required, a showing of the ropes before the games began. To this end I was given a ‘dabber’. Now I, like you, thought dabbers were people who dabbed, and dabbing was a strange dance practised by flamboyant sports stars when they’re feeling particularly cheerful.Not so. A ‘dabber’ is a thick marker with a flat, bulky end, it is used to tick off your numbers as they are called. It is an economical piece of kit and a vital part of any serious bingo players’ armoury.Dabber in hand, I readied myself for the first game and, after a sluggish start, I quickly got into my stride, dabbing like a bingo veteran. Not that it was getting me anywhere. While all around me people ‘waited’ and ‘checked’, I was left scanning my book for ‘lines’ and ‘full houses’, wondering if perhaps I’d been given one with extra numbers on it.Secretly though, I was relieved.A bingo hall can be quite an intimidating place if you are in possession of a Y chromosome, and the thought of getting a ‘check’ and having to alert the relevant people quite frankly, terrified me. Already I was getting funny looks from the women in attendance, what would they do if I started crying ‘check’ in my big, manly voice?Right on cue, as if to assuage my fears, one of the few men in attendance announced that he had a check, and with no little gusto. Seconds later a woman came to give him money, lots of money. From that point forth I decided my shyness would no longer be an issue.Oh yeah, the money. Jesus, the money. Gone are the days when you earned a crusty oul’ fiver or tin of USA biscuits for a full house, now it’s all wads of fifties and four-figure sums. That’s right, four figures, at bingo! There’s even a wheel you can spin, a lá Winning Streak.And in a further twist to mark Stella’s fiftieth anniversary, there were bonuses for lines and full houses containing the number fifty. Already lucrative rewards were doubled, multiplied and buffed up, the recipients themselves even unsure of how much they were getting until the money was placed in their hands.With so much moolah on offer. I expected whoops and hollers of delight to resound around the hall. But it was all very low-key, each mini-fortune was quietly accepted and then stuffed away for safe-keeping – hubby would never know.I suspected that part of the reason for this magnanimity was that each winner was practically stealing the money out of at least a dozen other players’ hands. How else could you explain the moans of derision which accompanied each and every check?In bingo, as in life, there must always be losers, and boy there were losers.No sooner had the groans and moans died down when the hard luck stories began. The woman in the table opposite had been waiting on the number forty for ages, the sympathy appeared sincere, that number forty could be a bastard at the best of times.It occurred to me that the majority of the winners were coming from elsewhere in the hall, in fact everywhere in the hall, apart from where I was sitting. Was I a bad luck charm? Had my frequent, inane questions distracted my chaperones? They assured me that neither of these were true, that they “never won” anyway, and by never, they meant never.Right on cue, the table’s luck changed.Susan, who had been ‘waiting’ in every single game to date, got a full house, and one with a fifty in it. She was unsure of how much she’d won; barely had she calculated it in her head when the girl arrived with the money – in the interests of confidentiality I will not disclose the amount in question, although in truth, so quickly was it transferred to a handbag that I didn’t get the chance to see it, never mind count it.It was however, richly deserved, Susan comes here regularly, remember, although not as regularly as her mam, Yvonne, who once ignored all kinds of weather warnings and drove through blizzard-like conditions for her game.She also had her car stolen on another night, found burnt out the next morning. Yvonne had lots of entertaining stories, so many that the bingo was in danger of becoming an unwelcome distraction.Such was the level of entertainment that a night which I’d been lukewarm about had flown by. I hadn’t even opened my Taytos! Sustenance was incoming however, in the form of free sweets. A lady circled the room dishing out a variety of confectionary treats, brands I’d forgotten even existed; milky moos, Foxes glaciers, emeralds. So this is where they kept them.By the second-to-last game, coats were being put on, swift departures required lest someone stiff the winners for a spare twenty. And, as the final check was called and verified, the exodus began. With it came the renewed discontent; if I’d thought the moaning and groaning was bad earlier I’d heard nothing yet.I stopped for a quick chat with the proprietor, and observed first hand the kind of heckling he was habitually exposed to: “Wasting my time,” whinged one, “never coming back again,” railed another. He just smiled deferentially, well used to it by now. Because, despite their protestations, they would be back, they can’t keep away.And besides, Friday is Lucky 5’s night, nobody misses that. Linkedin Twitter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo July 05, 2018 The Colombian Army destroyed nearly 5 million coca plants in 29 seedbeds located in different parts of the department of Guaviare, southern Colombia, in operations conducted from January to June 2018. “These efforts hindered coca cultivation in 477 hectares,” Colombian Army Colonel Federico Alberto Mejía Torres, commander of the 22nd Jungle Brigade deployed in Guaviare, told Diálogo. The area transitions between the Amazon jungle and the eastern Colombian plains, where certain geographical conditions favor the presence of narcotrafficking groups. “The department of Guaviare attracts a variety of criminal organizations that intend to profit from illicit drugs,” Col Mejía said. Jungle Corridors The Apaporis, Guaviare, Inírida, and Vaupés rivers run through vast and sparsely populated territories and rugged national parks, such as Nukak and Chiribiquete. The inhospitable area makes permanent government control difficult. Organized crime groups use rivers as corridors that become outlets to ship drugs to other Colombian departments and border countries, such as Venezuela and Brazil. “There are four main mobility corridors in Guaviare. Due to geographic location and lack of logistics and operational reach from units of the Army and Navy, these areas are difficult to access,” Col. Mejía said. “Major drug traffickers use these strategic corridors.” According to its Survey of Territories Affected by Illicit Crops 2016, the United Nations indicated an 18 percent increase in coca cultivation in Guaviare department from 2015 to 2016. “This increase resulted in high production indexes [in the department of Guaviare], and the area becomes a fertile ground for [criminal] organizations to grow, precisely because the corridors allow for products to circulate freely,” Col. Mejía said. Latest findings “On May 16th, we found [the most recent] two seedbeds: one with 500,000 plants and another with 400,000 plants in the area of Guanapalo, San José del Guaviare,” Colombian Army Major Carlos Francisco Reyes Rodríguez, commander of the 77th Land Operations Battalion Héroes de Arauca, told Diálogo. “We started at 3:00 a.m. and walked about 15 kilometers, because destination points were in isolated areas in the middle of the jungle. Sixty men from Buffalo Company led by Capt. Forero, carried out the operation. They reached the objective at 5:00 p.m., and destroyed the seedbeds the next day.” Authorities perform the eradication manually. Plants are extracted and bundled together before being crushed with pickaxes. Plants are then set on fire to ensure complete destruction. “What we’ve done is reach the epicenters, which troops couldn’t reach before. We found the seedbeds, the starting point of the drug trafficking chain,” Maj. Reyes said. “We found well-organized seedbeds, equipped with shading mesh and organized, fertilized furrows, with plants 25 to 30 centimeters tall, ready to fill the fields or territories deforested for coca crops.” The Colombian government implemented the National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops in Guaviare, as was done in other areas affected by the armed conflict. The program consists of a government offer to farmers, both in kind and cash, under the condition they commit to substituting their illegal crops with legal, alternative, productive crops. “The goal of the project is to discourage the production of coca leaf through the implementation of new subsistence economies that provide farmers with alternatives, so they can continue to live in these areas,” Col. Mejía said.