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Loughill honour for Limerick gun runners

first_img Previous articleMurder suspect is admitted to Central Mental HospitalNext articleCouncil to debate JobBridge ban Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter NewsLocal NewsLoughill honour for Limerick gun runnersBy Alan Jacques – September 18, 2014 1119 WhatsApp Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Molly Childers and Mary Spring Rice on the Asgard, 1914FOYNES woman Mary Spring Rice was a prominent member of the crew of the Asgard that famously landed 900 rifles and ammunition at Howth harbour in the summer of 1914.This Sunday at 2pm the crucial role played by Mary and other Limerick people in the importation of arms for the Irish Volunteers will be marked with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Mount Trenchard Churchyard in Loughill – the County Limerick gun-runner’s last resting place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Conor O’Brien of Foynes Island, who later made the first circumnavigation of the globe in the Saoirse, flying the flag of the newly independent Irish Free State, is also buried at Loughill. He was the owner and skipper of the Kelpie in 1914 and along with his sister Kitty and Foynes sailors George Cahill and Tom Fitzsimons they conveyed a second consignment of arms from Germany to St Tudwall’s Island, off the Welsh coast.The 600 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were transferred from there to the Chotah, owned and skippered by Limerick-born Sir Thomas Myles, then President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and were landed at Kilcoole, County Wicklow on August 1, 1914. A total of 15,000 rifles and 45,000 rounds of ammunition were landed in 1914.To honour these Irish nationalist activists, a commemorative booklet is being published by the Mount Trenchard Memorial Committee. The memorial plaque, to be unveiled this weekend, has been sculpted by Cliodhna Cussen.A shuttle bus will run this Sunday between the churches at Foynes and Loughill to the Mount Trenchard churchyard. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img TAGSConor O’BrienfoynesFoynes IslandlimerickLoughillMary Spring RiceMount Trenchard Churchyardthe Asgardthe Kelpie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Men’s basketball aims to stay undefeated at home

first_imgExpect the Trojans to continue to follow the same leaders as they square off against the Utes at Galen Center at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. “I’m going to try to limit [Barefield’s] scoring,” Thornton said. “He’s a great player, but I’ve [played] against them my whole life.” “We have a lot of motivation,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We’re trying to win the Pac-12 regular season.” “Our players are doing a great job of sharing the ball, making the extra pass and creating for their teammates,” Enfield said. In their recent 93-84 commanding victory over Washington State, the Trojans led with 19 assists and reached their highest scoring output since mid-November. Throughout the game, USC rode the hot hands of senior forward Bennie Boatwright and junior guard Jonah Mathews, in addition to the dominating interior presence of breakout star junior forward Nick Rakocevic. Following a six-win season in his inaugural campaign as head coach, Krystkowiak has coached the Utes to five straight 20-win seasons and five consecutive top-four Pac-12 finishes. However, barring some unexpected change in play, the 2018-19 season may be the end of Utah’s recent streaks of success. In fact, the season as a whole has been tough for head coach Larry Krystkowiak and his bunch. Allen has become one of the rare offensive weapons for the Utes, and has also asserted himself as a scorer who needs to be accounted for before tipoff. When Thornton isn’t disrupting the offense of the opposing team, he is making the lives and scoring opportunities of his teammates easier, evident in his five assists per game. The Trojans have focused on sharing the ball this season: Enfield’s bunch currently leads the Pac-12 in team assists with 16.5 per game. “They have four or five guys on the court that can make threes, so we have to guard the 3-point line,” Enfield said. As expected by Utah fans, Allen slightly struggled at the start of the season, averaging just 9.1 points in non-conference play; however, against Pac-12 competitors, the freshman has upped his nightly scoring to 14.4 points. One of the main reasons behind Utah’s mediocrity this season is its poor defense. For the first time in Krystkowiak’s tenure, Utah is allowing its opponents to score over 70 points a game. In fact, the Utes are having their worst defensive season in three decades statistically, as their 73.4 nightly allowed points is the highest since the 1978-79 season. Redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton shoots against ASU at Galen Center Jan. 26. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) Scoring against the Trojans won’t be easy for Barefield, as he will match up with one of the best guard on-ball defenders in the conference in redshirt junior point guard Derryck Thornton. With 29 steals on the season, Thornton is eighth in the conference. Coming off their first road win of conference play, the Trojans are motivated to remain undefeated at home in Pac-12 play en route to achieving their ultimate goal. Standing in the Trojans’ path to home perfection is the staggering Utah team. After picking up four straight wins against some of the conference’s bottom feeders, the Utes have since dropped two tough single-digits losses at home. On the offensive side, Utah has followed that same theme of mediocrity, as it continues to fall in the middle of the Pac-12 in scoring. Despite a mediocre ranking in total scoring, the Utes are statistically the best shooting team in the conference. However, it’s clear who Utah’s main go-to guy is. Coming into the matchup with an average of slightly over 16 points an outing, senior guard Sedrick Barefield is currently Pac-12’s seventh-highest scorer and is the conference’s highest-scoring point guard. Furthermore, the Trojans have to watch out for two major elements of Utah’s offense — senior point guard Sedrick Barefield and four-star freshman forward Timmy Allen.last_img read more