Lighting up a Limerick legend

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement NewsLocal NewsLighting up a Limerick legendBy Alan Jacques – September 3, 2015 1238 Print Facebook Linkedin Email Twittercenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AS part of Culture Night on Friday September 18, Limerick City and County Council will light up the birthplace of world-famous soprano Catherine Hayes. Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques recently visited her old Alan JacquesSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] GHOSTLY light will illuminate 4 Patrick Street, the birthplace of soprano Catherine Hayes, to mark the life of a colossal and unique Limerick talent as part of Culture Night 2015 on Friday, September 18.Lighting up her former home is a small, yet very touching gesture to honour Ireland’s first true international superstar.Sadly, there is no permanent memorial of any kind to the world-famous operatic diva in her native city. So, this simple salute at least shows some minuscule effort to right this apparent wrong.From Catherine Hayes’ impoverish beginnings in the heart of Limerick City, she went on to become a global success.The Limerick Post recently visited 4 Patrick Street where her intriguing story begins.Standing outside her old home with its Williams’s Stores shop-front, I feel a pang of sadness that there isn’t even a small plaque to mark the life of this incredible Limerick woman. Passers-by scurry past in a biblical-style downpour, none the wiser about the special significance of this historical building.By the time my local authority tour guides arrive to show me inside, I am looking like a drowned rat, soaked through to the skin, but excited nonetheless about the prospect at having a peep around the Limerick singer’s former homestead.We enter through an alley at the back. With torchlight revealing the dark building’s rich past, I am greeted by what in another age was a stable. Complete with cramped servants’ quarters overhead, this rickety and rotten repository sends a cold shiver down my spine. It is a bleak and eerie space.The constant cooing of the pigeons, that now call 4 Patrick Street home, only adds to my unease in this murky cavern.The cribs of the rich and famous this is most certainly not!We quickly climb the creaking wooden stairs that looks as though it could give way at any moment. It seems to groan under my weight.Once safely up on the landing, we make our way through to the front of the building which has seen obvious changes since Hayes’ time.A shop counter and shelves stretch the whole length of the room; hence the signage at the front of the building. Dusty and grey, it is a ghostly relic of the provisions store it housed long after the opera star’s passing.A protected structure, the council have taken steps to preserve this historical site. It is dry and ventilated and will hopefully, one day in the not too distant future, be restored to its former glory in Catherine’s memory.Out in the hallway leading to the upstairs, there is an old bathtub curiously perched in the darkness. The house, although Dickensian in feel, looks like something out of modern horror movies such as ‘Insidious’ or ‘The Conjuring’. It is as creepy as hell.The stairs, covered in bird shite, are as lopsided as the Tower of Pisa.With the rain pelting against the windows on a confounding summer’s day, I can’t help but laugh out loud on finding a copy of the Irish Independent from August 27, 1960, in one of the upstairs rooms.The headline on the front page reads: ‘Young cattle suffer through wet summer’.Not much has changed it seems!Council architect Seamus Hanrahan points out a crack on one of the walls and assures me, “If you can’t stick your fist in it, you don’t have to worry about it”.Walking around this old building, I can’t help but think about the ‘Limerick Nightingale’ and wonder about her young life, spent within these rooms.Catherine Hayes’ story began right here on Patrick Street. Her birthplace is steeped in history and would make the perfect location for a museum to celebrate her lustrous career.She lit up the world with her talent and on September 18, Limerick will light up her old home to show she is not forgotten.The Irish nightingale who travelled the worldby Alan [email protected] HayesTHE Dolores O’Riordan of her day, opera star Catherine Hayes was born at 4 Patrick Street on October 25, 1818.One of the best-known singers of the nineteenth century, her story is a classic rags-to-riches tale. Of humble Limerick stock, the flame-haired beauty was the youngest of three daughters of Arthur and Mary Hayes.A frank and open person, she grew up in abject poverty in the heart of the city where she lived surrounded by music. Irish folk ballads were the staple of her younger years and she is said to have spent many a summer’s day sitting under a tree in the garden making sweet music to rival the song thrush or the lark.Sadly, her father, a bandmaster of the Limerick City Militia, abandoned his family never to be seen again when Catherine was only five-years-old.Later, after accompanying her mother, a housekeeper, to work at the home of the Earl of Limerick, the 14-year-old songbird’s beautiful voice won her the patronage of Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, Edmund Knox. The bishop and his wife Agnes immediately organised a fund to have her voice trained, paving the way for a life in the limelight with international stardom beckoning.After preliminary coaching in Dublin, she then travelled to Paris in 1842 and later to Italy to complete her studies.The rest, as they say, is history.Fondly known as the ‘Irish Nightingale’, Hayes was a legend in her own lifetime. By her early twenties, the Limerick soprano had the world at her feet as an internationally acclaimed diva — as famous as any of today’s best-loved rock singers.She made her debut as prima donna at the world-famous opera house La Scala in Milan in 1846, the first Irish woman to do so, where she performed in operas by Bellini and Verdi.This was followed by performances at the leading opera houses in Europe including Venice, Vienna, Florence and Genoa. World famous composer Giuseppe Verdi was so taken with the Limerick singing sensation that he wanted her to star in one of his operas at the time.Catherine performed for Kings and Queens, even giving a performance for Queen Victoria and 500 guests at Buckingham Palace. She enthralled audiences from Hawaii to Lima to New York, London, Calcutta, Florence, Singapore, Santiago and Sydney, becoming the first Irish woman to be an ambassador for her country abroad.In 1851 she travelled to America during the ‘gold rush’ to give concerts in 45 cities where she performed for presidents, statesmen, business leaders, and, even, hardworking Irish miners.A ticket for one of her recitals is said to have sold Stateside for $1,150.In a successful career that brought fame and fortune, Hayes circumnavigated the world three times over, dazzling admirers with her vocal and theatrical prowess in performances that came complete with elaborate sets and large choruses.She was a star. Ireland’s first. But she never forgot her native city. She often returned to Limerick after her world travels and even once sang outside St Mary’s Parish Church, where she was baptised, after two sell-out concerts in the city.A unique and much-loved soprano, arguably Ireland’s greatest, Catherine Hayes died of a stroke in 1861. She was only 42.In 2006, her home at 4 Patrick Street was designated a heritage building. WhatsApp TAGS4 Patrick StreetCatherine HayesCulture Night 2015featuredlimerickLimerick City and County Council Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous article#BREAKING – Man dies following garage accidentNext articleThe Real Inspector Hound Alan Jacques last_img read more

16-year-old boy arrested in connection with Baltimore County cop killling, 3 suspects still sought – -A 16-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the Monday killing of a female Baltimore County police officer, the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department said this morning.Three suspects are still being sought, police added.The teenager was arrested Monday shortly after the death of the officer, whose name has not been released.The teen has also not been publicly identified.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace responds to those who doubted noose incident

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Graythen/Getty ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace said he is “absolutely” reinvigorated to help advocate for social change and educate others after a noose was found in his team’s garage over the weekend.Wallace joined The View Tuesday and explained his current perspective about what comes next after NASCAR’s massive show of support at Monday’s race as the FBI joined the investigation into Sunday’s incident at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.“Systemic racism is a problem from every aspect of life. We have to work so hard to get that to change and we know it’s not going to change overnight,” he said. “This isn’t going to stop me from changing. This isn’t going to be something that just boils over, blows over and just sweep it under the rug and forget about. It’s a part of me.”Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver, has been a leading voice in the sport amid calls for justice following the death of George Floyd and ran a Black Lives Matter paint scheme on his own #43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports at the Martinsville race two weeks ago.“I said a couple weeks ago, that something changed inside me to be an activist. My mother said, ‘Did you ever believe you would be an activist?’ I said ‘No, not really.’ But I just felt in my heart that I needed to step up and be a leader in the forefront,” Wallace explained. Written by June 23, 2020 /Sports News – National NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace responds to those who doubted noose incident Beau Lund Together— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 2020He continued, “I’m the only Black driver in NASCAR, it’s easier for me to talk about these matters because I go through some racism throughout my life. I don’t have it as hard as other people, but I still go through it so I can be a witness and be a part of it and speak on the matters and educate others.”“That’s the biggest thing is that we as a sport put our messaging out there is educating people, listening and learning, helping people understand what other people are going through. We are very often too quick to listen and don’t give enough time to hear each other out,” Wallace explained. “Throughout all of this it will solidify where I stand and stand proud.”Just over two weeks before this incident Wallace helped push NASCAR to officially ban the Confederate flag at all of its events, tracks and facilities.“My dad had told me — after the Confederate flag deal — he said, ‘I’m proud of you, but I’m worried about your safety so you have to be careful.’ So this just shows how much I have to watch my back.On Sunday after he called both of his parents, Wallace said his father reiterated his earlier point to “keep your head on a swivel.”“Obviously I was hurt, I was sad that people would go to those measures. I wouldn’t say I’m shocked because we see the stuff that goes on in the world. But it’s just unfortunate that it happened to me and my crew was able to see it and witness that and it kind of took our mind off racing for a little bit. I guess it was kind of OK that we were put on a rain delay to go on and let us refocus for Monday.” Proud of you, @BubbaWallace. Keep on smiling!!— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 23, 2020Although Wallace did not win Monday’s race due to a late stop for fuel, he finished14th and ended the day with fans, teammates and opponents celebrating him.He apologized for not wearing a mandatory face mask but told reporters in a post-race interview that he didn’t wear it because “I wanted to show whoever it was: You are not going to take away my smile.”“This sport is changing,” he said. “The pre-race deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life. From all the supporters, from drivers to crew members, everybody here, the badass fan base, thank you guys for coming out. This is truly incredible, and I’m glad to be a part of this sport.”Other drivers have continued to show their support for Wallace both on and off the track.Ryan Blaney, who found his way to victory lane after a photo finish with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said that Wallace has been one of his best friends for 15 years, and hailed the special moment before the race.“It showed how you’re not gonna scare [Wallace]. You’re not gonna scare him,” Blaney told Scott Van Pelt in an interview on ESPN. “He’s really strong. He’s gonna rise above it and fight this.“So we just wanted to show our support. I wanted to show my support for my best friend. He’s just been someone I’ve really, really loved for a long time, and I’m gonna support him 100 percent along the way for many years to come. I hope a lot of people will look at that and learn from everyone coming together and supporting each other. That’s what it’s gonna take to make things better.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. The scene yesterday at @TalladegaSuperS, perfectly captured by @NASCARONFOX’s @mikejoy500.— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020When the race resumed Monday, Wallace was met with a huge show of support from all 39 other drivers and their crews in a march down pit road to push his car to the front of the field on track at Talladega.“Every time I watch that video I get you know emotional and get chills just to see love, compassion and understanding, those were the three words that were written on my Black Lives Matter car — and to see everybody come together and show their support you know we are all competitors and we all basically don’t like each other when the race starts we just want to go out and beat each other. That’s just what competitors do. But we always show the utmost respect off the racetrack — and I’m proud to be a part of the NASCAR family.”“These times kind of bring back that positive light of love and passion and solidarity and unity to unite together and show that love is way stronger than hate,” he added.As NASCAR president Steve Phelps and federal authorities investigate the discovery by Wallace’s race team, Wallace responded to the notion that some people have doubted the validity of the incident.“It offends me that people would go to those measures, but again I’m not shocked. People are entitled to their own opinion to make them feel good, whatever helps them sleep at night, but it is still an ongoing investigation with the FBI,” he said.“But it’s simple-minded people like that, the ones afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for instead of trying to listen and understand what’s going on,” Wallace said. “We’re still trying to figure out whoever did this crazy act, trying to pinpoint it on somebody and just go through it all. I think it was better for me not to see it directly. I don’t know how I would have reacted. It’s in the FBI’s hands to go through everything and try and figure it out.”Wallace confirmed he has “talked to the FBI” something he said he “never thought would happen.”last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, April 10 – April 16, 2016

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 15, 2016 The Blog,  Weekly Update On Wednesday, the House passed SB3, sending the medical marijuana legalization bill to Governor Wolf’s desk. He is proud and excited to sign the bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. Members of both parties in the House and Senate came together to help patients who have run out of medical option. Governor Wolf will sign this historic legislation on Sunday in the Capitol rotunda.This week, Governor Wolf also stood with Cecile Richards to discuss the repercussions of the Republican anti-choice bill and attended the Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence. On Thursday and Friday, the Governor visited newspapers in the Northwest part of the commonwealth.Monday, 4/11/16Governor Wolf joined Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and legislators to discuss the repercussions of the Republican anti-choice billPhysician General Dr. Rachel Levine Statement on Republican Anti-choice BillTuesday, 4/12/16Moody’s: Pennsylvania’s Outlook Remains Negative, Warns of Consequences of Failing to Address Structural Budget GapGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Captain Arthur E. HalfpappGovernor Wolf Applauds Senate for Passing Medical Marijuana Bill, Encourages House to Take Quick Action on BillWednesday, 4/13/16Governor Wolf Recognizes Recipients of 2016 Governor’s Awards for Local Government ExcellenceGovernor Wolf Statement on Proposed Legislation to Seal Criminal Records for Minor OffensesGovernor Wolf Statement on Medical Marijuana LegalizationGovernor Wolf attended the Governor’s Awards for Local Government ExcellenceThursday, 4/14/16Governor Wolf Signs Collective Bargaining Transparency Bill, Calls on Legislature to Pass a Gift Ban, Comprehensive Government ReformGovernor Tom Wolf spoke at Edinboro UniversityFriday 4/15/16Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Lieutenant Alan BehannaSunday 4/16/16Governor Wolf to Sign Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law – watch live at from The Blog:BLOG: Organizations Announce Support for Governor Wolf’s Anti-discrimination Executive Orders (ROUND-UP)BLOG: ICYMI Corrections Secretary Wetzel talks Prison Reform on 60 MinutesBLOG: PA Schools Lost Out This Year Due to Irresponsible GOP BudgetGUEST BLOG: Why I Changed My Mind About Medical MarijuanaBLOG: We Still Have a Long Way to Go (VIDEO)BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana LegalizationBLOG: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes, Governor Wolf Prepared to Sign SB 3 into Law (ROUND-UP)BLOG: It’s Time to Ban Gifts from Special InterestsBLOG: For A Government That Works, Outside Income Disclosure Should Be RequiredLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, April 10 – April 16, 2016last_img read more

Cricket News Tim Southee to captain New Zealand for one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: New Zealand has decided to rest skipper Kane Williamson for the one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka which will take place in Auckland on January 11. Tim Southee will lead the side as New Zealand aim to build momentum for the World Cup which is beginning on May 31 in England. Along with Williamson, Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are also rested for the match.The Blackcaps won the Test series 1-0 after winning the second Test in Christchurch by a record margin of 423 runs. In the first ODI at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand notched up a massive 371/6 with Martin Guptill scoring a century and going past 6000 runs. Williamson’s side survived a spirited fightback from Sri Lanka but they won the match by 45 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Speaking about captaincy, Southee said, “It’s about trying to stay a step ahead of the game and a little bit of guessing. The way T20 cricket goes, it’s (about) trying to take a bit of a punt on what you think is going to happen.”Read More | Guptill enters special club, goes past 6000 ODI runs for New ZealandThis is not the first time that Southee will be captaining the side. He has led New Zealand in two Twenty20 Internationals before, one against West Indies in Nelson in 2017 and the other against Pakistan at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington in 2018. In the West Indies game, New Zealand won the contest by 47 runs while against Pakistan in Wellington, Southee led from the front with 3/13 as Pakistan were bowled out for 105 and New Zealand sealed a comfortable seven-wicket win.Read More | India players wear black armbands to mourn death of Ramakant AchrekarNew Zealand has not had a good time in Twenty20 Internationals following their 2-0 win over the West Indies at the start of the year. They were beaten 2-1 by Pakistan while in the tri-series which involved Australia and England, they lost in the final to Australia. In the series against Pakistan in then UAE, they were whitewashed 3-0.New Zealand squad for one-off T20I Tim Southee (capt), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor last_img read more

Kings’ Richaun Holmes back in quarantine after leaving NBA bubble

first_img Source: ESPN Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes is in quarantine once again after leaving the NBA’s bubble to pick up a food delivery.Holmes said in a statement on Monday that he accidentally crossed the NBA’s campus line at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, making him subject to an additional 10-day quarantine in his hotel room.“I apologize for my actions and look forward to rejoining my teammates for our playoff push,” said Holmes, who has eight days left of his new quarantine period.After players entered the league’s bubble last week, anyone caught leaving for an unauthorized reason or breaking the initial quarantine period (which included being confined to a hotel room until passing multiple coronavirus tests in a longer-than-24-hour span) was subject to the league’s reentry protocols.That means undergoing enhanced coronavirus testing — testing with the long swab up the nose, as opposed to the less invasive tests players are getting during their time in the bubble — in addition to a 10-day quarantine period in their hotel room.runo Caboclo of the Houston Rockets is also in quarantine again after unintentionally leaving the bubble.“These quarantines are the result of separate circumstances in which the players had interactions with members of the public outside the Disney entrance gate, and are in accordance with the health and safety protocols agreed to by the NBA and the Players Association,” the league said in a statement regarding Holmes and Caboclo.There will be a financial penalty if a player breaks quarantine once the seeding games start on July 30, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Each game missed will project to roughly 1% of salary, meaning Holmes would have cost himself close to $50,000 for every game missed.NBA players were sympathetic to what happened to Caboclo and Holmes, saying it’s a learning experience.last_img read more