Bishop’s funeral tribute to Limerick parish priest

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsCommunityBishop’s funeral tribute to Limerick parish priestBy Editor – August 27, 2014 1573 Previous articleImigéin: The Irish ScatteringNext article‘Great Streets’ scheme paints Limerick in a new light Editor Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival The late Fr Billy O’GormanThe Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has said that the sudden passing of Tournafolla/Mountcollins Parish Priest Fr Billy O’Gorman has left an enormous void in the hearts of so many, not least his family and parishioners.Speaking following the Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Tournafulla yesterday, Bishop Leahy said that the outpouring of sadness over Fr O’Gorman’s passing and praise for his ministry illustrated the huge regard with which he was held in.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Expressing his sympathies to Fr O’Gorman’s sister Noirin, brother John, nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends as well as priests of the Diocese, he said, “There are so many memories that people have of Fr Billy and it is so heart-warming to hear them talk about him as a lovely man and a lovely priest. I’ve heard him described as a holy and spiritual man, as an advisor, a giver of calm and reason and even references that he was like a grandfather, a father and best friend.“Ultimately, what this all says is that Fr Billy was a great a man of God, a great disciple. It was his person that stood out, his ability to create warm relationships with people. That says so much about his ministry, his dedication to his vocation, which was something he honoured every day of his life as a priest.”In his homily, Fr Tony Mullins, Parish Priest Dromin-Athlacca said that Fr O’Gorman was the one who inspired him to take on his vocation and it was with the heaviest of hearts that people had gathered today for the Funeral Mass.“It’s difficult to accept and believe that we are actually here celebrating his funeral Mass. Once again death’s deep mystery holds us in its arms. We are shocked that Billy has been taken from us so quickly. Death stands near to us all once again. His death so suddenly, has left his family, his parishioners, his brother priests and his very large circle of friends shocked and deeply saddened.“As your parish priest, Billy stood on this sanctuary, and in the sanctuary of the Church in Mountcollins, many times during his 17/18 years with you to celebrate funeral Masses for your loved ones. Today, it is our turn to pray for Fr Billy, to ask God to take him to himself, to welcome him home to eternal life.“As we reflect on Billy’s life and his work as a priest, I think the words of St Frances of Assisi are appropriate. St Frances said that ‘If you want to preach use words if necessary’. And in so many ways that for me captures the essence of the life and ministry of Billy O’Gorman. It was not much about what he said, but what he did. Right throughout his 48 years as a priest, in all of the appointments he held, he touched the lives of thousands of men, women and children. And he did so in a quiet, gentle unassuming of way.”Continuing, Fr. Mullins recalled the words of Pope Frances on Holy Thursday in Rome when he called on the world’s priests to bring a divine comfort and the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be ’shepherds living with the smell of the sheep’.“I believe Billy had that deep appreciation and love for the people around him. He was indeed a dispenser of divine comfort. No request for help was too inconvenient for him, and if he didn’t have a solution for us, he would say ‘Come in, we’ll work something out’.“The outpouring of grief since his passing on Saturday night by parishioners, former parishioners, family and friends is evidence of the deep relationship that Billy had with so many of us. There is a sense that we have lost a true friend who was always there for us, whom we thought would go on forever. Billy shone God’s light of love into the hurts and losses of the parishioners he served.”Fr Mullins also recalled his friend’s great love of his parishoners and his ability to understand people’s lives and the struggles they were going through. “Despite being a poor time keeper, he always had time for people. It didn’t matter what time of the day or night. Sitting with the sick and dying, listening to the bereaved, offering advice giving wise counsel. He never pretended to have all the answers, but was always willing to be present with people at key moments in their lives, treating everybody with dignity and respect.“I was blessed to have met Billy when he was appointed as curate to Ardagh / Carrickerry. I was an altar server. In fact, I served his first Mass in the parish. He is the man who inspired me to take the road of priesthood. But I was only one of many people who, over the years, have been inspired by Billy.“Last night people from Dromin / Athlacca, Ardagh / Carrickerry, Adare, Fedamore mingled with the people of Tournafulla and Mountcollins as they queued together to pay their last respects to the man that they loved and respected, sharing stories about him, recalling the part he played in their lives and sharing the more humorous side of Billy. Even in his death we managed to laugh and smile,” said Fr. Mullins.A great fan of hurling, Fr O’Gorman played the game itself and the Drom/Broadford flag was draped on his coffin. In all of the parishes, Fr Mullins said, he served in, the local GAA club became part of his work. He not only trained teams but became life-long friends with many of the people involved.“Billy never liked saying goodbye, it was always difficult for him to let go, as it is for us today. So until we meet again in that place where there is no more separation, where all tears will be wiped from our mind, we bid him rest and peace.” Facebook Advertisement Printcenter_img WhatsApp Email Twitter TAGSBishop Brendan LeahyDromin-AthlaccaFr Billy O’GormanFr Tony MullinslimerickMountcollinsTournafulla RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

News story: New guidance for fishermen ahead of full discard ban

first_imgThe final phase of the landing obligation, also known as the ‘discard ban’, comes into force in from 1 January 2019. Government has been working in partnership with industry and other member states to prepare for this, including contributing to EU level discard plans for the North Sea and North West Waters and working on domestic level choke solutions.The Marine Management Organisation has provided guidance for the fishing industry to help them comply and to manage challenges with quota. Under the full discard ban, fishermen must retain and land all quota species; non-quota species can continue to be discarded as can any fish that may represent a health hazard.There are also specific optional exemptions to the discard ban for some quota species and these are set out in the regulations. Prohibited species and undersized specimens of non-quota species must be discarded.There are also a number of specific gear technical requirements being introduced in 2019. These are mandatory for some Irish Sea fisheries from 1 January 2019 and for Celtic Sea fisheries from 1 July 2019. In addition, other optional technical gears can be used if fishermen want to meet exemptions which allow fish to be discarded.For 2019, the UK Government has worked to ensure sensible, evidence-based exemptions are in place. For example, allowing fish with high survival rates to be discarded. The MMO will continue to apply a fair and proportionate approach to enforcement.This is the final phase of the discard ban which will bring an end to the practice of throwing dead fish back into the sea. The landing obligation was initially introduced in January 2015 for certain pelagic fisheries.Fishermen are advised to check the guidance regularly as there may be further changes to the regulations following the December Council. Guidance on the landing obligation can also be found on the European Commission’s website.last_img read more

Australia’s CWP Sees Baseload Opportunity With Hybrid Renewables Combination

first_imgAustralia’s CWP Sees Baseload Opportunity With Hybrid Renewables Combination FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian renewable energy developer CWP Renewables has joined forces with global private markets investment manager Partners Group to build a total of 1,300MW of wind, solar and battery projects that they say will beat coal power on price and reliability.The commitment from Partners Group will see the 135MW Crudine Ridge project south of Mudgee begin construction soon, but Partners will inject a total of $700 million to ensure CWP’s entire 1,300MW portfolio of wind, solar and batteries goes ahead. The investment is designed, and timed, to take advantage of the closure of Liddell, and is built on expectations that closures of other coal-fired generators will follow.“We can, from this large portfolio, produce 24/7 baseload renewable power at very competitive prices,” CWP chief executive Alex Hewitt says. “This is the future of large-scale generation in Australia.”These projects – dubbed the Grassroots Renewable Energy Platform – include the 230MW Sapphire solar farm and 70MWh battery storage, which will combine with the 270MW Sapphire wind farm near Glenn Innes (pictured above) that is nearly complete. It also includes the 140MW Bango wind project, the Glen Ellen and Sundown solar projects, and the massive Uungula wind and the solar project that will total 400MW of capacity, along with other storage.Hewitt says these projects will allow morning and evening wind generation to be combined with daytime solar generation and battery energy storage. This will provide the ability to deliver “base-load” capacity or, at the very least, a “firm” supply of energy for business and other customers. The ability to firm is not just essential for business users, but could also be imperative under the new National Energy Guarantee.“We see a massive transition away from fossil fuels over the next 10 years,” Hewitt says. “The transition is on. The economics are there, and the window is there now to move really fast.” Hewitt says the combined cost of wind and solar and “firming capacity” is cheaper than the $100/MWh plus cost of keeping Liddell open, or for that matter building new coal generators.More: CWP Brings in Partners for 1,300MW of Wind, Solar and Batterieslast_img read more

Lula to decide on fighter jet deal after October elections

first_imgBy Dialogo September 09, 2010 We in Latin America continue behaving stupidly by spending fundamental human resources for the development of weapons. How long are the irresponsible politicians going to use the people’s resources in order to continue the absurd arms race that lead to nothing and with the passage of time will be seen as absurd. Brazil is a “developed” country on the outside, but inwardly it is poor. History and the people should charge the politicians for their irresponsible attitude and for their complete absence of love for the people and humanity. Enough is enough! It must be an honor, to be the host of a program of this importance of which the whole world is interested. A wise and intelligent sale of the 2×1 airplanes – handing it over in my country neither one is possible at any time. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will decide who gets Brazil’s multi-billion dollar contract to build jet fighters, after the October elections but before he leaves office on January 1, his defense minister said Tuesday. The finalists now battling it out in the final stages of the tender are France’s Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden’s Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet manufactured by US giant Boeing. “After the (October 3) elections, the president will study the issue. He’ll make a decision this year, during this administration,” Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said after presiding an Independence Day parade, as quoted by Agencia Brasil news agency. The deal is estimated to be worth between four and seven billion dollars, depending on details of armaments, maintenance and peripheral industrial involvement. Brazil could also end up buying up to another 100 fighter jets from the supplier over the long term. Brazil has made technology transfer the main priority in the tender, so it can produce fighter aircraft itself and boost its aviation industry. To that end, Lula has already stated his preference to purchase 36 French-made, semi-stealth Rafale jets. Lula will call a meeting of his national defense council, and announce his decision after hearing its advice. Throughout the bidding process, however, the president has made it clear the final decision involved politics and was his alone to make. Brazil’s Air Force has stated that from a defensive point of view all three bids meet the requirements of the national defense strategy that was approved last year. Lula’s candidate to succeed him in October, Dilma Rousseff, has taken a commanding lead over her nearest challenger Jose Serra, Sao Paulo’s former governor.last_img read more

Not Many Can Do Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Justice…

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York And that goes double for white men.(I’m assuming. I’m not sure how many have tried.)But this guy. This guy kills it.(I’m purposely writing ambiguously so you’re not sure whether or not it’s going to be really, really good or really, really bad.)But it will be worth it. I promise.last_img

Arsenal suffer Granit Xhaka injury blow ahead of Newcastle clash

first_img‘Xhaka could not stay on the pitch,’ Petkovic said afterwards. ‘He asked me ten minutes before to be replaced.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Granit had abductor problems, he could not do any more.’The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has cemented his place in Unai Emery’s side, despite the summer arrivals of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.Xhaka was deployed as the solitary defensive midfielder in the recent wins over Rennes and Manchester United with Emery opting for uncharacteristic attacking line-ups, featuring Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal are just one point behind third placed Tottenham ahead of the resumption of the Premier League this weekend and host a similarly resurgent Newcastle side at the Emirates on Monday evening.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Mar 2019 12:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link956Shares Arsenal suffer Granit Xhaka injury blow ahead of Newcastle clash Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka suffered an injury in Switzerland’s draw against Denmark (Picture: REX)Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Granit Xhaka ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.The 26-year-old suffered a setback during Switzerland’s 3-3 draw with Denmark on Tuesday in their opening Group D Euro 2020 qualifier.Xhaka had fired his side into a 2-0 lead with a stunning strike from distance midway through the second half but was replaced with 11 minutes remaining.Vladimir Petkovic’s side subsequently conceded three goals in the closing six minutes and were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGranit Xhaka with a rocket 🚀What a strike.#SUIDEN #Euro2020 #VMSport— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 26, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Gary Neville reveals the brilliant lesson Tony Adams taught him on how to be a captain

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 3:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link489Shares Gary Neville reveals the brilliant lesson Tony Adams taught him on how to be a captain Members of the England squad on their trip to China (Picture: Getty Images)‘And if you remember the line of ‘collective responsibility’ that came out, that was Tony Adams taking control of a group of people and saying, “We’ll all pay the fine, we’ll all pay for the damage, but we’ll all say that we did it”.‘It gave me the lessons of sticking together, about what you do when someone’s in trouble, and that’s how I’ve always approached it from there on in terms of you never ever stitch your teammates up, you never once throw them overboard.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I think that’s something that’s really important in terms of shaping you as you get through football in terms of how you look at football players in your dressing room as they make a mistake.’That England side went on to have great success, getting to the semi-finals of the Euros that summer before ultimately losing to Germany on penalties.MORE: Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert PiresMORE: Aaron Wan-Bissaka explains why Marcus Rashford is his ‘toughest opponent’ in Manchester United trainingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal defender Adams was captain for both club and country (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed how former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams taught him a valuable lesson when he ordered the squad to take the blame for Paul Gascoigne wreaking havoc on a plane.Terry Venables’ England side were on the way back from a trip to China and Hong Kong in preparation for hosting Euro 96 when the midfielder responded badly to a slap on the head from Alan Shearer, smashing seats and throwing cushions on a Cathay Pacific flight.An inquest from the FA followed, but instead of giving up the culprit, Arsenal legend Adams decided the team would stand as one and take the blame together.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘The FA wanted someone out of the squad, they wanted to know who it was, they wanted basically to have a fall guy, a scapegoat.ADVERTISEMENT‘Terry Venables told us this and said, “Go into that room over there”, and we all went in as a group of players to come up with a solution because the FA wanted to know who did it.‘Tony Adams stood up in the room and said, “No-one is a scapegoat in this room, we all go out there and take collective responsibility”.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

Winnipeg Hawks prevail in super over to lift Global T20 Canada title

first_img…Russell’s heroics fail to ignite defending championsAS if Saturday’s cliff-hanger, which ended off the last ball, wasn’t enough, Sunday’s final of the second edition of Global T20 Canada produced a heart-stopping thriller which saw Winnipeg Hawks dethroning inaugural winners, Vancouver Knights, at the CAA Center, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, in the first super over of the tournament.The super over became a reality following the histrionics of Andre Russell who bulldozed his way to a boundary-studded unbeaten 46 off 20 balls, clobbering three fours and five sixes as Vancouver Knights ended on 192 for six in pursuit of Winnipeg Hawks’ 192 for eight in their 20 overs.Russell’s heroics were, however, in vain as the defending champions could only muster nine for two in the super over, with Winnipeg Hawks achieving the required 10 off four deliveries.The dangerous Russel, who, the Windies Cricket Board (WCB) said was using the tournament as part of  rehabilitation from a knee surgery, entered the fray with Vancouver Knights needing 54 from 19 balls, and he did not disappoint the bumper sold-out crowd which, like last year, was the biggest of the three-week festival.By the start of the last over, bowled by Pakistani medium-pacer Kaleem Sana, the deficit had been reduced to 17 with Russell at the non-striker’s end at the commencement of the over. With last year’s man-of-the-match, Saad Bin Zafar, completing a single off the first delivery, Russell smashed the second delivery straight over the bowler’s head for a six. This brought the equation to 10 from four.Sana’s next ball was adjudged a no-ball and Russel obliged by smashing the free hit over the boundary, as it became three from three.  With the next delivery being a maiden ball, it was three from two.In a mad rush for three off the final delivery, Saad Bin Zafar (27) failed to beat the cover fielder as himself and Russell only completed two as the spectators were left in awe.Earlier, Winnipeg Hawks were given a rollicking start of 73 in six overs by man-of-the-match, Shaiman Anwar, and Chris Lynn (37) with the former going on to hit a brilliant 90 before departing in the 16th over; his knock laced with eight fours and seven towering sixes.The consistent Lynn stroked four fours and three sixes while JP Duminy contributed a useful 33 off 27 balls with one four and two sixes. Russell, who was used sparingly as a bowler during the tournament, picked up four for 29 from his four overs.Vancouver Knights started disastrously, losing the wickets of Chadwick Walton (01), Tobias Visee (0), Daniel Sams (21) and Russie van der Dussen (23) and were 53 for four in the eighth over before Pakistani Shoaib Malik (64) and Saad Bin Zafar featured in a face-saving fifth-wicket partnership of 86 in 10.1 overs with Malik dominating the stand.Malik’s dismissal in the 17th over, after striking six fours and three sixes off 36 balls, seemed a telling blow for Vancouver Knights until Russell arrived and transformed the game but, as faith would have it, his effort was all in vain.Skipper Rayad Emrit, who also suffered at the hands of Russell, finished with two for 37 while Paul Van Meekeren took two for 40.On Saturday, Winnipeg Hawks were powered to victory off the last delivery of the innings with Anwar once more among the runs with 52 off 23 balls , hitting six fours and three sixes after sharing another enterprising opening stand of 76 in 6.1 overs with Lynn whose 35 (three fours and three sixes) came off 20 balls. Duminy spanked a quick-fire undefeated 50 off 34 balls with three fours and three sixes to ensure victory towards the end.Opponents Brampton Wolves had earlier reached exactly 200 for seven with several of their batsmen getting into the thirties but none going beyond. Emrit claimed three for 43 and Sana two for 25.last_img read more

Solskjaer urges Man Utd to find cutting edge

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Lukaku soldManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday urged Manchester United to show a killer instinct against Arsenal after scoring just 10 goals in their eight matches in all competitions this season.Since their 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League campaign Solskjaer’s struggling side have failed to score more than once in any match, and they welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday in miserable form.A lack presence up front for a team that sold Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan last month was obvious in last weekend’s dismal 2-0 defeat at West Ham and the midweek penalty shoot-out win over minnows Rochdale in the League Cup.“We need to score more goals, definitely. We are working on improving the relationships, the pattern, the understanding,” Solskjaer told reporters.“We started at one end with the foundation. We have done great defensively, but of course we are not happy with the return going forward.“We wouldn’t mind a few goals from set plays and midfield. The forwards are always going to produce goals.“Of course when we let Alexis and Romelu go, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the next time we recruit, we will be looking for some creativity and goals.”Making goals even harder to come by is the fact that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are injury doubts for Arsenal’s Premier League visit to Old Trafford.If neither forward recovers in time, that leaves 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the attack for United.– Long-term thinking –The departures of Lukaku and Sanchez were no surprise, but Solskjaer says United did not just want to bring in a stop-gap replacement like Fernando Llorente, who has gone to Napoli, or Juventus’s Mario Mandzukic. “We could not get the striker we wanted,” Solskjaer said.“It was time for Romelu to go, he knows that. He didn’t want to be here, so what is the point in having players who don’t want to be here?“But there is no point in getting players you are not 100 percent sure about. You need the right player who is going to stay for the long period.“That is the long-term thinking I need to show. This is not about my reputation, it is about the club.”United go into the match with the Gunners in the bottom half of the table after picking up only eight points in their first six games.Leaders Liverpool and Manchester City in second place are already 13 and eight points clear of them respectively, but Solskjaer believes the rest of the top four can be caught.“The top two last season were too far ahead from the rest of us,” he said.“We should be in and around the next places. Chelsea are going through a similar period to us, rebuilding, then there are Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, loads of teams wanting those positions.“That is where we will be in and around. We should still be a top four side.”last_img read more