Irish Food Awards show local talent

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Previous articleForaging Sunday with Slow FoodNext articleRenowned actor hails Limerick theatre as top dog admin FROM over 800 entries, the judges and organisers of the National Irish Food Awards, Blas na hÉireann, have come up with the list of the best of the best when it comes to food produce in this country. A large selection hail from the Munster region while a chosen few adorn our very Golden Vale. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Log on to www.irishfoodawards.com to see the full list, but congratulations to all as the Cocoa Bean Company started off the victory proceedings in the first section, chocolate, by scooping bronze for their Apricot Amareto. Irish Yoghurts had a clean sweep in the yoghurts section while Limerick producers took gold and silver in the cheese section as both Glenstal Foods and Old Irish Creamery thrilled the judges. Look to Nenagh as Superquinn – AIBP Nenagh sausages scooped silver in their category. Not for the first time, but a trip to the Burren smokehouse will get you the best smoked salmon around. Aldi feature with their Angus fillet steak in the meats section, while our very own Collette Farrell takes bronze as her Natures Bounty Ruby Grapefruit Marmalade features in the preserves, conserve and marmalades section. Head to the Milk Market on a Saturday and find Nora and Dave McCaffrey at the Sallymills stand and look for some of their silver medal winning Carrot loaf. For the supreme champion at Blas Na hEireann, find your way to a SuperValu store and hunt down the Supreme Truffle Fudge Ice Cream, for that is said to be the best of all.Some of the winners:Chocolate, BRONZE Skelligs and Cocoa Bean co – Apricot AmaretoYoghurts, GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Irish Yoghurts at Aldi and SupervaluCheese, GOLD Glenstal Foods, Ltd – Aldi Irish vintage red cheddar; SILVER Old Irish Creamery – Oak smoked CheddarSausages, SILVER Superquinn – AIBP Nenagh sausages , leek and pepperFish and Seafood, GOLD Burren Smokehouse – smoked Irish salmonFunctional and Health Foods, GOLD Minihans – Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte from ClarePreserves, Conserves, Marmalade, BRONZE Nature’s Bounty – Ruby grapefruit marmalade Cakes, SILVER SallyMills- Carrot loaf Supreme champion: Silverpail – SuperValu Supreme truffle fudge ice cream Email WhatsAppcenter_img Print NewsIrish Food Awards show local talentBy admin – October 8, 2009 558 Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

Life sentence for Roy Collins murderer

first_imgTwitter NewsLocal NewsLife sentence for Roy Collins murdererBy admin – May 5, 2010 508 Facebook JAMES Dillon, the man who pleaded guilty to the murder of Roy Collins at the Coin Castle Amusement Arcade at the Roxboro Shopping Centre in April 2009 has been given a mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this Wednesday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 24-year-old Dillon pleaded guilty to the charge of murder on Tuesday last when he asked to be arraigned by the court ahead of the jury been sworn in for the trial.It has emerged that Steve Collins, father to Roy, delivered a victim impact statement at the court saying that this was a callous and cowardly act. Roy Collins was shot in the chest by the lone gunman on April 9 last and later died in hospital from his injuries.Steve Collins, pictured with his wife Carmel at a rally last year, delivered a victim impact statement at the court sitting this Wednesday. Previous articleAtlantic oarsman to return home todayNext article‘Trappist silence must end’ admin WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Print Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

LIT graduate makes the grade in Australia

first_imgFacebook Linkedin With 70 employees working in his company, the Monford Group, Declan is anticipating a turnover of $8milion this year.Speaking to the Limerick Post, the former LIT student said he was lucky enough to fall into a job as a Project Manger, when he arrived in North Western Australia.  “Then I saw that there were opportunities in the market and decided I would go out on my own – I started off with a small crew who had vast experience between them in every area of construction from home and I’ve no problem sourcing labour because of the flow of Irish lads coming over. I’m delighted to say that after a while I had the best lads in the industry.”Declan’s company has now made a name for itself providing construction services to the country’s fast-growing oil and gas industry.The Wexford native said that a lot of companies in Australia will not employ people on working holiday visas because they can only be employed for a six month period, run for six months, so it suits me fine”.His staff works six-week stints in north Western Australia working 12-hour days in temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius.Declan himself arrived on a six-month working holiday Visa in 2008.  After just two years in the country he has secured permanent residency and is sponsoring fellow Irish emigrants arriving in the country.  “Having a good degree in construction management helped and so did being a member of Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB)”.James Collins, head of Built Environment at LIT, said that programmes such their Construction Management degree courses are accredited by recognised bodies such as the CIOB”.Declan, started out in construction in his early teens during the boom years.“From the age of 13 on I was always out on site every Saturday during the summer and on school holidays.It is clear from talking with him that he has a passion for construction and loves being on site.He admits that the administration side of the business has not been easy.“Australia has one of the most stringent tax systems in the world so I have to make sure everything is in order and above board”.To facilitate him get back on site he has employed another Irish emigrant, a 52 year-old accountant, as general manager.Workers for Declan White’s Monford Group in Perth, Western Australia. Email Print NewsLocal NewsLIT graduate makes the grade in AustraliaBy admin – March 16, 2011 983 Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Company expecting a turnover of $8 million this yearA GRADUATE of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is proof positive that young Irish expatriates are blossoming abroad.Construction Management graduate, Declan White (28) is making the very best of a bad situation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleFour women sentenced for violent disorderNext articleExcitement builds for World Title fight adminlast_img read more

European project to assess Limerick-Shannon freight hub

first_imgA research project to find out how the Limerick-Shannon Gateway can be developed as a sustainable hub for freight transport has been launched by the Mid-West Regional Authority (MWRA).The project, which runs until December 2014, aims to improve freight logistics in North West Europe, as well as reducing the emphasis on road haulage to more sustainable modes of rail, short-sea shipping and river transportation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter Dublin-based consultants Downey Hynes Partnership (DHP) have been appointed to assist in the implementation of the ‘West and East Freight Flows – Weastflows’ project and over the next eight weeks, they will survey project partners in Scotland, England, Netherlands, Germany and France to determine how other European regions have successfully developed sustainable freight transport systems. The MWRA believes the Mid West’s location on the western periphery of Europe could result in the Region becoming a strategic freight logistics hub with direct connections to some of the world’s global logistics hubs.“The MWRA is participating in this project in order to learn best practice in the integration of spatial planning and transport planning, specifically for freight transport as a crucial part of the Mid-West’s exporting supply chains,” commented Cllr. Gerard Darcy, Cathaoirleach of the MWRA.Cllr. Darcy continued: “We are focussed on how the Limerick-Shannon Gateway can be developed as a Sustainable Gateway for freight transport, in terms of both infrastructure and the optimal use of that infrastructure. The project brings together experts from all sectors of the freight industry to work towards connecting and improving sustainable supply chains for the movement of freight. The MWRA is promoting the Limerick-Shannon Gateway, which as the most western Gateway in the project has a key location for freight movements.”MWRA Director Liam Conneally said that the Mid-West Region is strategically located and an important logistics hub in Ireland with the Shannon Estuary and Shannon International Airport.“The Limerick-Shannon Gateway is at the heart of the region and is an important contributor to the economic development of the region. Through our participation in the Weastflows project, the MWRA will work with the Irish Exporters Association and other partners to establish the Limerick-Shannon Gateway as a Sustainable Gateway and improve links with the Seine Gateway, the Liverpool-Manchester Gateway and the London-Thames Gateway, among others. It is anticipated that the results of the project will feed into the regional planning processes.“The Mid West Region is becoming increasingly important in Ireland’s drive out of economic recession through export growth. Firms in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare products and agribusiness all have enormous potential to grow their activities in the region. A crucial factor in this endeavour is the development of world-class Freight Transport and Logistics services supporting these firms across the whole spectrum of Road, Rail, Sea and Air transport. The developing co-operation with the Weastflows partners enables us to bring other experience to Irish issues while also addressing problems in Europe that make the Irish Export Supply Chain sub-optimal,” Mr. Conneally said.Howard Knott, Transport and Logistics Director at the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), and the Association’s representative on the Weastflows Steering Group, commented: “The Mid and South West Regions are becoming increasingly important in Ireland’s drive out of economic recession through export growth. Firms in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare products and agribusiness all have enormous potential to grow their activities in the region. A crucial factor in this endeavour is the development of world-class Freight Transport and Logistics services supporting these firms across the whole spectrum of Road, Rail, Sea and Air transport.”“The developing co-operation with the Weastflows partners enables us to bring other experience to Irish issues while also addressing problems in Europe that make the Irish Export Supply Chain sub-optimal,” stated Mr. Knott. NewsLocal NewsEuropean project to assess Limerick-Shannon freight hubBy admin – February 12, 2013 601 Print Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Email Facebook Previous articleLimerick plans for links with GazaNext articleSuper Blues beaten in Cobh friendly adminlast_img read more

Sammy’s 40 year musical march

first_imgEmail Previous articleAfter Dark – Laurel Hill Gala Fashion ShowNext articleHeroin addicts move in on city neighbourhood Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunitySammy’s 40 year musical marchBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2014 1664 TAGSAlan JacquesLimerick City Brass and Reed BandMusic LimerickSammy BensonSt Patrick’s Day Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sammy Benson moves to his own beat on St Patrick’s DayWHEN you meet the dynamic force behind the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, there’s no doubting why they are still going strong.Fondly known throughout the city as the Sammy Benson Band, the man himself is as enthusiastic about the band today as he was when it formed back in 1974.Celebrating his 80th birthday this May, Sammy is as passionate, energetic and eternally youthful a man as you are ever likely to meet. His love of music and his beloved brass and reed band almost ooze out of him. He’s an inspirational character that simply lights up  when you bring the conversation round to music.When I arrive at Sammy’s Corbally home, he proudly points to the nameplate on the front of the house which reads ‘Artanis’. “That’s Sinatra backwards,” reveals the charismatic bandleader, who has been a fan of Ol’ Blue Eyes since he was eight-years-old.I am immediately struck by the amount of Sinatra and Rat Pack memorabilia among the equally cherished family portraits depicting a lifetime of memories and a dashingly handsome young Sammy Benson. Musical instruments, CDs and sheet music are stacked high as are the many prizes the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band have won over the years.“No matter where we went or what we did, we came away with a prize,” said Sammy proudly.“The closet under the stairs is full of them,” adds Sammy’s wife, Dottie.Sammy’s passion and love of music hasn’t faded over the years and its difficult not to get swept away in his fervour whether he’s talking about the great ‘Chairman of the Board’ or the band he has dedicated so much time, energy, love and money to over the past 40 years. He plays everything from clarinet to saxophone, trumpet and piano, and still plays every day!“I don’t drink or smoke. Music has been there all my life. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have music,” he tells me, horrified even at such a notion.You can see why kids who joined his band 30 and 40 years ago have stuck with him and still continue to march their weary old bones down O’Connell Street every St Patrick’s Day. Hence also, why the band once known as the Limerick City Brass and Reed Youth Band, dropped ‘youth’ from its moniker. Loyal to Sammy they certainly are, but spring chickens, alas, many of them, no longer are.This, of course, also says much about the great love and esteem the Sammy Benson Band have for their great leader.One band member I spoke to fondly described Sammy to me as being like “a second dad”. And there’s no doubting that this great love is reciprocated. Sammy beams from ear to ear as he dotingly refers to his band as “all the lads” throughout our interview.The Limerick music man first started the marching band back in 1974 when it was originally known as the Boherbuoy Youth Band. The Sammy Benson Band have since represented Limerick at St Patrick’s Day Parades all round the world taking in everywhere from Dublin to New York, Cincinnati and Geneva over the last four decades.Sammy, who was crowned Limerick City Council’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 1988, told the Limerick Post about how his precious band first came to fruition.“I was playing in all the bands in town, my father Paddy Benson’s band especially, all over the country. I was young at the time and I was still a member of the Boherbuoy. There were always boys and girls hanging around outside the band hall. I said to them ‘are ye interested in learning to play?’ ‘If ye are’, said I, ‘I will teach ye but it will have to be every day. Coming once in a blue moon is no good to me.’ So I got the bunch of kids and I taught them all the instruments,” Sammy recalls.“I got the band going anyway and they were getting better. I got them trumpets and trombones and some of the senior members were coming on at this stage. I used to take them out on the street, downtown, up O’Connell Street, all over the place. People used to say ‘Sammy you’ll walk the legs off them’. That was the start of it.”The rest, as they say, is history!Ah boy Sammy!Over the last 40 years, Sammy has shared his love of music with countless young Limerick waifs and strays. Even on occasion bestowing his wonderful gift on kids, who perhaps at the time, didn’t value how much of a lifesaver it was to be.“I had the kids out on Edward Street and I was teaching them to march. Anyway there was these fellas coming down the road, they were tough, and I said ‘where are ye off to?’ They said ‘we’re going down there to meet our pals’. ‘Get in here’ says I. I hunted them into the band hall and I went in and got them instruments.They are still with the band. One of them told me there a few years ago that if I hadn’t hunted them into the hall that night, they would have ended up in trouble, because the pals they were going to meet were all arrested. They were bauld children,” says Sammy with nothing but love and mischief in his voice.The Limerick City Brass and Reed Band has been a labour of love for the well-known city pensioner. With no funding from anyone down the years, Sammy has also continually, and selflessly, dipped his hand into his own pockets to pay for uniforms and instruments for his band.“If I got a couple of quid now, I’d buy an instrument and if I had new people coming in I’d go to the shops and see what I could get. It’s all I’ve ever done all my life. Every penny my brothers Christy, Paddy, Eddie and myself had, we gave to the band.“For the last couple of years it has all come out of my pocket but it won’t be coming out of my pocket for much longer because I haven’t worked for two years,” he says laughing.There can be no doubting the huge wealth of happy memories the brass band has brought Sammy through the years. But the sad memory of the fire which destroyed the band’s hall in Caledonian Park is as cutting for him today as it was that awful night over a decade ago.“I remember I got a phone call around 10 o’clock at night to say the band hall was on fire. A couple of thugs had set it alight. The instruments and everything were beyond repair. It was heartbreaking.”The show must go on of course and Sammy, being the showman that he is, picked up the pieces and was given the use of a hall on Parnell Street, which is owned by the Dominican Church.When asked what he puts the band’s longevity and success down to, Sammy instantly replies, “It all comes down to hard work. You have to practice.”“I never let the band down. I’d practice them every night now if I could”.With 40th anniversary celebrations planned for 2014, this St Patrick’s Day Parade will be a significant milestone for Sammy Benson and the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band. And as always the familiar calls of ‘ah boy Sammy’ will go up over the length and breadth of the city as he leads his band down O’Connell Street on March 17.“A piece the band love playing is that Hawaii 5-0 theme tune. As a matter of fact, if I was walking up Parnell Street and there was fellas coming down they’d start humming it at me. Everyone knows me alright and St Patrick’s Day will be a special day out this year. I won’t be telling the lads of its significance though until afterwards,” he says.Before I reluctantly depart Sammy’s company, I can’t resist asking him some more about his admiration for Frank Sinatra.“Oh, Frank is my man!  I’ve seen him perform dozens of times in London, America, all over the place. I met him in London too. There was a crowd gathering and I asked a fella ‘what’s going on here?’ He said to me that ‘Sinatra will be arriving in three minutes’. I was standing there and he came up to the door and I shouted ‘turn around this way will you Frank?’ He turned his head and I said ‘my house is called Artanis’ and he laughed because he got it,” enthuses an awestruck Sammy.After taking my leave, a wonderful thought quickly springs to mind. “Why name a local landmark after JFK? Sammy Benson, a Limerick man in his own lifetime, is more than worthy of such accolades.”To borrow from the great King of the Crooners; over the last 40 years Sammy did what he had to do and saw it through without exemption. He did it his way!Ah boy Sammy!!! Facebook FOR 40 years the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band have played an integral role in the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Alan Jacques caught up with the band’s charismatic leader Sammy Benson and marched to the beat of his drum. 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Foynes museum is flying high with national award

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFoynes museum is flying high with national awardBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2015 675 by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FOYNES Flying Boat and Maritime Museum is on cloud nine after winning another prestigious award based on customer feedback.After recently securing the coveted TRIPADVISOR Travellers Choice Award, placing it in the top one per cent of visitor attractions, the Limerick tourist hotspot came out on top once more this week at the 25th CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence.The award winners are chosen from an independent valuation of feedback surveys completed by over 30,000 CIE Tours International customers. The only aviation museum in Ireland and the only dedicated flying boat museum in the world, Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum was praised for consistently exceeding holidaymakers’ expectations.Museum curator Margaret O’Shaughnessy, who has been involved in promoting tourism in Foynes for 30 years, said, “CIE are one of the biggest operators of coach tours in Ireland and they send us thousands of clients who all greatly enjoy their visit. This award is very important to us and confirms how special the museum is and how highly regarded it is worldwide.”Plans are currently underway in Foynes for its 2015 Air Show this summer. The 2014 event attracted 20,000 spectators to the West Limerick port town and was worth an estimated €1million to the local economy.CIE Tours International Quality control executive Ciaran McCormack said that what makes the award scheme so special is that it rewards suppliers for their relationship with the clients themselves.“Our clients are the ones who score our suppliers based on their own personal experience. Last year, we received over 3,000 responses for Foynes with an average score of over 90 per cent. This is a testament to their hard work and consistency in maintaining those high standards,” he explained.Local independent councillor Emmett O’Brien was also among those to congratulate the Foynes Flying Boat Museum on its latest success.“Since its modest beginning in the late 1980s the museum has gone from strength to strength and is one of the leading flag bearers of tourism in County Limerick. The onset of the new Foynes Port Road will connect two of Limerick’s great tourist centres Adare and Foynes to the Wild Atlantic Way. I will work to ensure Limerick City and County Council promote County Limerick as a real tourist destination and stop giving it lip service,” said Cllr O’Brien. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articlePresident to visit County LimerickNext article“The real action begins now” – TJ Ryan Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Linkedin Email Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCIE Tours InternationalCllr Emmett O’BrienFoynes Flying Boat & Maritime MuseumlimerickTripAdvisor® Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Bord Bia spreading the taste of #Irishfood worldwide during St Patrick’s…

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April New click’n’collect online service will bring relief to food producers TAGS#IrishfoodBord BiaChinafeaturedfoodGermanyitalylondonparis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pigtown Culture & Food Series is back WhatsApp Email Print Bord Bia presenting Irish Food in LondonBord Bia presenting Irish Food in LondonOver 100 events planned by Bord Boa to promote #Irishfood and drink this weekAs the world prepares to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish this week, Bord Bia will maximise the opportunity to promote #Irishfood and drink to a global audience. From Abu Dhabi to Zagreb, through its network of international offices, Bord Bia is coordinating over 100 promotional activities and events aimed at consumers, retailers, trade and foodservice operators. Irish food and drink exports reach over 175 countries around the world and were worth €10.8 billion in 2015.Aidan Cotter, Bord Bia’s Chief Executive emphasised the importance of the celebration to the agri-food industry stating, “St. Patrick’s Day provides Bord Bia, and the Irish food and drink industry, with an invaluable opportunity to highlight the quality and sustainability credentials of our produce. Events and promotional campaigns allow us engage with new and existing customers to tell the story of Origin Green, our industry and its producers, on a scale unmatched by the national day of any other country.”From Stockholm to Shanghai, over 100 events will highlight #IrishfoodSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In the UK, Ireland’s largest export market, Bord Bia is coordinating major in-store Irish food promotions across 100 retail stores. Products such as prime Irish beef, Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, Irish pork sausages, Cully & Sully and Irish drinks will be given prime positioning. The in-store activities will be boosted by an online promotion and social media campaign featuring chef Paul Foster from GreatBritishChefs.com, the fastest growing food website in the UK.Sunday marked the start of Bord Bia’s UK events with over 80,000 Londoners sampling dishes ranging from slow cooked Irish beef stew and to Irish farmhouse cheeses at Bord Bia London’s ‘Irish Food Market’. The market was a central part of the Mayor’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival which took place on Trafalgar Square. In addition, almost 1 million UK consumers tuned into Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch programme to hear more about Irish food and drink, most notably Poitín.Meanwhile in Paris, the Chefs Irish Beef Club, Bord Bia’s international initiative that unites Michelin star and award-winning chefs who use and endorse Irish beef, will host an event to welcome its newest member, Claude Colliot. Irish Hereford beef features on the menu of Claude’s high-end restaurant in Paris. Bord Bia has also secured an Irish beef promotion with Monoprix, the leading premium multiple retailer in France. The promotion will take place in over 100 stores and will be supported by in-store tastings.Over 30,000 German consumers enjoyed Irish food during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Munich yesterday. Bord Bia also hosted a German media and trade event at the esteemed Scholss Elmau restaurant in Munich. Mario Corti, a Michelin Star chef and a Chefs Irish Beef Club member, served Irish Hereford and Black Angus beef and briefed local media on the premium quality of Irish beef.Irish food and drink will also take centre stage in Sweden’s top three restaurants based in Stockholm. Bord Bia has joined forces with the Irish Embassy in Sweden to organise an event allowing several Irish food and drink companies, including Tullamore, Jameson, Burren Smokehouse, Kelly’s Oysters and Dawn Meats to name but a few, to showcase their products to key trade buyers.An Tánaiste Joan Burton will join Bord Bia in Italy for a meeting at Metro’s headquarters in San Donato Milanese. Metro currently supplies over 53,000 restaurants, 68,000 bars and 23,000 private and public canteens and is a key buyer for Irish beef and related products. Meanwhile, Bord Bia Spain is running an Irish beef promotion with premium retail chains AlCampo and El Cortes Ingles across a number of their flagship stores.Further afield, Bord Bia China is planning an online promotion of Irish seafood with SF Best, a leading Chinese e-commerce platform with a reach of 1.5 million customers daily, while premium Irish oysters will be launched at restaurant chain Oodling in the cities of Shanghai and Hongzhou. The promotion is expected drive sales of over 4,000 premium Irish oysters throughout St. Patrick’s week and will build on Ireland’s reputation as a source of quality, natural and sustainable seafood.In the Middle East, Bord Bia Dubai has engaged with Spinneys, the premium retail chain, to run in-store promotions and their popular weekly magazine will feature Irish products in the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day.In Moscow, Bord Bia will host a trade reception for 90 targeted drink buyers and distributors, highlighting Irish whiskey and craft beers in particular. Although import sanctions are in place, Bord Bia continues to maintain and develop relationships with key buyers in this market.This Tuesday, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will present a hamper of Irish food and drink products to the Obamas and Dr. Jill Biden during his visit to the White House. The Bord Bia hampers represent Ireland’s food and drink exports to the US including Irish beef, confectionary, oatmeal, tea, coffee, seafood, butter, whiskey, relishes and preserves, craft beer, crackers, bread and farmhouse cheese.Finally, Bord Bia has distributed samples of Irish salmon, farmhouse cheeses, beef and air dried lamb to embassies across all continents, to ensure that influential guests attending official St. Patrick’s Day events experience the best of Irish food and develop a taste for more.For St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas, visit www.bordbia.ie/IrishFoodIrish Food & Drink Industry Facts:·         Exports reached €10.8 billion for the first time in 2015·         Ireland’s food and drink has a large global reach – exporting to 175 countries worldwide·         Ireland is the 4th largest net exporter of beef in the world·         Produces 10%+ of global infant formula·         Produces 50%+ of all global cream liqueur·         Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit category in the [email protected]center_img NewsBord Bia spreading the taste of #Irishfood worldwide during St Patrick’s festivalBy Staff Reporter – March 14, 2016 1123 Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Bord Bia unveils support measures for food, drink and horticulture businesses affected by COVID-19 Previous articleAmbulance and car collide outside Adare Co LimerickNext articleLimerick ED talks adjourned Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

Removal of development levies proposed for Regeneration sites

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSoccer – Limerick FC all set for “Sold Out” FinalNext articleRugby – All Ireland League returns, Munster face Dragons Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Joe LeddinDevelopment Contribution SchemeLabour PartylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Regeneration Programme NewsRemoval of development levies proposed for Regeneration sitesBy Alan Jacques – September 17, 2016 827 Cllr Joe LeddinCllr Joe LeddinLOCAL councillors have been asked to consider removing the development levy on designated lands within Limerick’s regeneration areas as part of the new five-year Development Contribution Scheme.At a recent meeting of Limerick City and County Council’s Economic and Planning Strategic Policy Committee, Cllr Joe Leddin said that if the local authority wanted to encourage and incentivise potential business to locate within Regeneration areas then they should offer a good enough reason to do so.“We have vast tracts of undeveloped land both on the Northside in Moyross and on the Southside in Southill,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The regeneration project operates within social, physical and economic parameters but the economic element has failed to meet expectations in terms of job creation.“To normalise disadvantaged communities, we need to create local employment opportunities. But charging potential investors similar development levies regardless of where they locate across the city is pointless.”The Labour Party councillor believes Regeneration land throughout the city offers significant potential across a range of sectors from retail, warehousing, manufacturing, recreation and educational.“A zero rate development levy may be the catalyst that will draw attention on these lands which are also strategically located and serviced in terms of connectivity and accessibility. The reality to date is that very few businesses now exist in these areas as evidenced by higher than average unemployment rates.“By offering a zero cost contribution levy, we are suddenly increasing the possibility that these lands may reappear on the radar of investors who depending on their business model may locate or establish a presence based on competitiveness reasons.“Funds collected from development levies are an important part of the council’s overall income stream and while an initial loss may be accrued if businesses do establish in regeneration areas this loss of income will be ameliorated by the additional rates paid and employment created locally,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Advertisement Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WhatsApp Print Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Alpine Marathon Runners | WeAreLimerick Episode 33

first_imgNewsCommunityPodcastsWeAreLimerickAlpine Marathon Runners | WeAreLimerick Episode 33By Cian Reinhardt – December 15, 2019 104 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleWarehouse date for Metis Music for Mental Health 2020Next articleFresh Film’s ‘Hothouse’ at RTÉ gives young filmmakers a chance to shine Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Private Alex Smyth, Private Thomas Magner and Private Gavin Dillon join #WeAreLimerick host Cian Reinhardt to talk about their upcoming Marathon run for charity. The group of three will take on an Alpine Marathon in the Swiss Alps to raise funds for Samaritans. #KeepingLimerickPostedSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Email Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Two disused properties to be refurbed and occupied

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleGAA intends to have crowds at games when the intercounty season resumesNext articleShannon Group reports a ‘positive’ first meeting with the newly formed Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group Meghann Scully The four-floor 21,000 sq ft ‘Barrow House’, which formerly housed Instore, on Michael Street and all three units at the 10,000 sq ft ’The Carlton’ on Henry Street – former home to the Elverys store – are set to have new life breathed into them by works to facilitate the relocation of the Limerick City Library and HAP, respectively, into the properties.The ‘Fitout Works Tender’ for the refurbs that will enable the move has now been posted on eTenders.  Work, which will support employment locally,  is due to be completed by year end.The investment by Limerick Twenty Thirty, which is developing the Opera Site over a five-year period at a cost of €180m, will not alone ensure that the existing tenants get a turn-key property to operate out of on completion of the works but both premises will be future-proofed as attractive rental locations in Limerick beyond that.The lower ground floor, first and second floor of Barrow House has been unoccupied for all of ten years since Instore ceased trading there, while previous occupants of the third floor moved to another nearby premises in 2018.Limerick Twenty Thirty works will enable it accommodate the Limerick City Library and its Finance Team for up to five years while the new €20m library is being built in the Old Town Hall Building on Rutland Street.Meanwhile, units 2,3 & 4 of The Carlton on Henry Street will be refurbed to enable the relocation of HAP’s social housing support team of 85 people in the city centre from the existing Opera Site.Unit 4 has not been occupied since it was constructed while units 2&3 were formerly occupied by Elverys until they moved location five years ago.Said David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty: “The refurb we are undertaking at both premises is really positive in the medium-term as it ensures two city centre properties that were unoccupied for some time are now going to have new life breathed into them.“This is a real positive for the buildings and the areas around them but it also means that the employees moving will continue to be based in the city centre.“The refurb will also have lasting benefits beyond that as it will significantly enhance the long-term attractiveness of the properties from a rental perspective.” he said. WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Advertisement He added: “While our ultimate objective, which we have delivered on with Gardens International already and are about to deliver on with the Opera Site, is to transform iconic disused properties in Limerick in our portfolio into long-term growth catalysts for the city and region, this is a secondary positive impact from our activity.“There will also be the short-term benefit from the works required to refurb these buildings, supporting employment and delivering spend into the city as we continue the comeback from COVID-19.” TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostLimerick Twenty Thirty Printcenter_img Twitter LimerickNewsTwo disused properties to be refurbed and occupiedBy Meghann Scully – June 8, 2020 2365 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook TWO well-known disused properties are to get a major bounce from the Opera Site development, with a significant refurb programme to commence on each to enable them house tenants that require relocation for the duration of Limerick Twenty Thirty’s build on the 3.7acre iconic site. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more