Email Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleMurder accused remanded in custodyNext articleLimerick junior minister retained admin NewsLocal NewsLimerick’s pride of LionsBy admin – April 23, 2009 343 Facebook 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 Advertisement
Also yesterday, Latina Prensa (Latin American News Agency) quoted an Angolan official as saying the disease has killed more than 400 people. The story said Health Minister Sebastiao Veloso told reporters “that the infection still inflicts fatalities every five or six days, and that the death toll already exceeds 400 in four months, affecting seven provinces.” See also: MSF said the epidemic “seems to be grinding to a halt,” with only a few new cases confirmed in the past few weeks. “MSF has ended its emergency intervention and handed over its activities,” the article said. After a review of data on the epidemic, the Angolan Ministry of Health reported a total of 351 cases, 312 of them fatal, the WHO said today. In a Jun 17 update, the WHO had listed the Ministry of Health’s tally as 422 cases with 356 deaths. The WHO offered no explanation for the change in the numbers. However, the WHO statement said the outbreak response team in Angola “is currently following up 64 contacts in Uige Province,” where the vast majority of cases have occurred. “The team continues to receive and investigate alerts to potential cases,” the WHO said. “Clinical specimens from alerts are being transported to the Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory.” Jun 17 WHO report on Marburg epidemichttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17/en/index.html The story says that 16 staff members in Uige’s main hospital died of Marburg as a result of inadequate infection control measures. The MSF article describes the difficulties that medical workers faced as they worked to control the epidemic by quickly burying bodies and isolating patients while trying not to alienate the population. People suspected of being infected were often reluctant to go to health facilities for diagnosis and possible isolation, mainly because there is no cure for the disease. The medical aid group Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors without Borders, in an article published online yesterday, put the size of the outbreak at 391 cases with 350 deaths. Dr. Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist who has dealt with both Ebola fever and Marburg, called Marburg “even scarier” than Ebola. “A person can feel a bit weak and look slightly ill but drop dead the next day,” he was quoted as saying. Jul 13 WHO statement on Marburg epidemichttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_07_13/en/index.html Jul 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Marburg hemorrhagic fever epidemic in Angola gives significantly lower numbers of cases and deaths than previous reports. Meanwhile, still other numbers have been reported by other sources this week. The report says Marburg is hard to detect, with symptomshigh fever, diarrhea, and vomitingthat resemble those of other common tropical diseases such as malaria. “The disease is not as dramatic and ‘gory’ as media reports portray it to be,” the story says.