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Limerick’s pride of Lions

first_imgEmail Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleMurder accused remanded in custodyNext articleLimerick junior minister retained admin NewsLocal NewsLimerick’s pride of LionsBy admin – April 23, 2009 343 Facebookcenter_img Print FOR proud Limerick man Paul O’Connell, Tuesday April 21, 2009 will live long in the memory.At 1.30pm in the Sofitel Heathrow Hotel, London, Paul was officially named as the 27th Lions Captain, 11th from Ireland, of the touring British and Irish Lions rugby team. And Limerick roared in approval. His fellow Treaty men in Jerry Flannery, Keith Earls and David Wallace will join him on the eight week tour of South Africa.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Messages of congratulations, led by Mayor John Gilligan, have been pouring in from all over the world.Named to lead a squad of 37 players, O’Connell is joined by 13 other Irish players, including seven Munster colleagues.Indeed, Munster’s eight man party equals the record held by Leicester for the most Lions members from one club. They are, Paul O’Connell, Jerry Flannery, Donncha O’Callaghan, Alan Quinlan, Tomás O’Leary, Ronan O Gara, Keith Earls and David Wallace. On May 30, the Lions will start a 10 game tour of South Africa, which will include three test games against the World Champion Springboks.Speaking to the Limerick Post, O’Connell, made aware of his captaincy seven days in advance, spoke of his pride for Limerick.“Obviously, I am so proud to be from Limerick, I always will be. As you say, to be the first Limerickman to captain the Lions is a huge honour, too. There is a great history of rugby in Limerick and hopefully, we can have a successful tour.“With eight from Munster and four from Limerick, it will be great for the city. It is a great achievement to have so many from the one club, but all that came from hard work over a number of years”.The greatest pre-announcement debate surrounded the choice of captain. Would it be Munster Captain Paul O’Connell or would it be Ireland’s Grand Slam winning chief, Brian O’Driscoll?Lions Tour manager Ian Mc Geechan had this to say to the Limerick Post.“For me, it was all about focus in the forwards. Paul has had a fantastic season both in the Heineken Cup and Six Nations. He has a tremendous amount of respect in the four nations and within this coaching team. When touring South Africa, it is key to have that focal point in the front five. Strong combinations and experience are needed and we have that all over the squad led by Paul”.14 is a record number for Ireland in Lions squads.Of those, two names, once announced, drew intakes of surprise from the assembled journalists and no doubt cries of jubilation from families and friends. Keith Earls’ and Alan Quinlan’s inclusion may come as a surprise to some but not to Munster fans.Captain O’Connell had this to say about the two ‘wild cards’. “Quinny’s family will be delighted. He has had so many close calls with Ireland over the years that this is a great reward.“He is a massively passionate guy. A great character. I think he is absolutely made for the Lions, both on and off the pitch”.Quinlan is joined by Keith Earls. A winner of a Senior Schools cup only three years ago, Earls is a cousin of former Southampton FC player Michael Earls, holder of several international caps..Said his dad Ger, “I had a few pints to celebrate…the party is likely to go on for some time yet”. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Body found in creek bed matches description of missing Texas mom: Police

first_imgD-Keine/iStock(ENNIS, Texas) — A body discovered in a creek bed Monday may be a Texas mother who mysteriously vanished over two weeks ago, police said.Emily Wade, 38, who lives with her mother and 7-year-old daughter, was last seen leaving her home on Jan. 5, her mother said, according to police in the town of Ennis.On Monday morning, search volunteers found a woman’s dead body in a creek bed, Ennis police said, adding that the body matches the description of Wade.The creek bed was known to be flooding on the night Wade went missing, police said.Last week, as the search for Wade intensified, Ennis Police Lt. Mike Hopson told ABC News there was no indication of foul play, and he didn’t think Wade ran away.The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office will make an identification and determine cause of death, police said.Wade’s car hasn’t been found, police told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.“The Ennis Police Department would like to share our appreciation for all of the volunteers and assisting agencies that have spent countless hours over the past two weeks searching for Emily Wade,” the police department said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Emily Wade.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Govt reprimands regional leaders for repatriating Indonesians from China without consultation

first_imgThe minister urged regional leaders not to repatriate citizens without coordinating with the central government.“At least notify the central government through the Health Ministry or the National Disaster Mitigation Agency [BNPB] because emergencies are a part of the BNPB’s job,” he said.The government has evacuated 236 Indonesians and two foreigners from Wuhan, China. They are currently under observation in a quarantine facility on Natuna Island, Riau Islands, where they must stay for 14 days to ensure they do not have the new coronavirus. (gis)Topics : Several regional administrations have repatriated Indonesians living in China because of the coronavirus outbreak without coordinating with the central government, a top official has said.“As far as I know, there are four [regional administrations],” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com, but declined to name them.He said most of the returnees were students on local government-funded scholarships.last_img read more

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Omoluwa, Golf Community Mourn Shagaya’s Death

first_imgInterestingly, when he was alive, General Shagaya was fond of telling the story of how he prevailed on Omoluwa to be a member of the IBB Golf Club Board of Trustees.Shagaya mentioned that he picked on Omoluwa so there could be a sweet mix between the young and all other elderly members in the club’s Board of Trustees.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A prominent member of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf Club in Abuja, Sir Lucky Omoluwa, has said that the passing of General John Shagaya (rtd) in a car crash last Sunday came to him as a rude shock.Omoluwa who received the sad news at the time he was about to preside over presentation of prizes at the last IBB Ladies Open believes the shocking demise of Shagaya would leave a yawning gap in the nation, especially the IBB Golf Club he helped build.Omoluwa also said that: “Without Shagaya there could not have been the IBB Golf Club. The man served the club diligently and selflessly. I don’t think we should allow all that to go away because the man is no longer around. We must immortalise him. I can only pray that God will grant him eternal rest. He was a good man”.last_img read more

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Sienna Miller Visits Refugees In Lebanon

first_imgInternational Medical Corps Global Ambassador Sienna Miller is in Lebanon to raise awareness about the ongoing Syria crisis – now well into its fourth year – and the enormous impact the war is having on both Syrian refugees and the communities in Lebanon that are assisting them.The estimated 1.1 million Syrians in Lebanon now comprise more than one-fourth of the country’s total population, putting a huge strain on Lebanon’s scarce resources. Lebanon hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country.“These Syrian families have lost loved ones, their homes and livelihoods, and witnessed unspeakable horrors,” Miller said. “Throughout the crisis the true First Responders in Lebanon have been the host communities. It is the people of Lebanon who generously provided space, shared food and access to water, opened their health centers and their schools.”“The most vulnerable include pregnant women, and children under the age of five who have not received vaccinations for years during the war. There is also a severe risk of disease outbreaks in the settlements, where access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is extremely challenging. Groups like International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission are achieving incredible things but it is important that the world does not forget about Syria’s refugees or their hosts in Lebanon.”Earlier this year, Miller joined European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva to launch the First Responders Campaign, a collaboration between International Medical Corps and the European Commission to celebrate humanitarian first responders in places like Lebanon who are saving lives every day.“International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission support local communities around the world in being their own best First Responders. I am doing all I can to stand behind these heroic individuals and raise awareness of the lifesaving work they are doing every day.”last_img read more

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