TAGSMusic LimerickTailteann Nua FestivalUL pictured at the launch of The Tailteann Nua FestivalPicture: Don Moloney / Press 22pictured at the launch of The Tailteann Nua FestivalPicture: Don Moloney / Press 22SET dancing, music and storytelling are just some of the events featured on the Tailteann Nua Festival programme this year.The festival is a key event in the Limerick Gathering calendar and takes place in UL from August 2 to 5.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The programme features set dancing, step dancing, music, writers workshops as well as readings, genealogy, storytelling and a ladies gaelic football tournament, all open to the public.Highlights feature a limericks weekend organised by the Limerick Writers Centre with a limericks competition offering a prize fund of €1,000.Entrants are invited to come and read their limericks in the UL Pavilion on Saturday August 3 from 4pm when Mayor Kathleen Leddin will launch Matthew Potter’s book ‘The Curious Story of the Limerick’.The book is the first ever to explore the history of the limerick poem in its local context and the first to be published in Limerick itself.Other events include a monster set dancing and sean nos dancing programme with workshops for all levels and ceilis each evening, finishing with the renowned Kilfenora Ceili Band on Sunday August 4.An international step dancing competition will take place on August 4 where entrants from all over Europe will compete for the Tailteann Nua Cup in University Concert Hall.The leading ladies gaelic football team and reigning UK club champions Parnells Ladies Gaelic Football Team, amongst others, will challenge numerous Irish teams over the weekend in a round robin tournament on the north campus.Families are invited to gather on campus on August 4 for an open day featuring tours, children’s entertainment and storyteller Niall De Burca. WhatsApp NewsTailteann Nua line-up revealedBy John Keogh – July 10, 2013 722 Email Print Previous articleLimerick is the destination for Smarter TravelNext articleSpringsteen is ready for Limerick’s Thomond Park John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Twitter Linkedin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy
Home gardeners often inadvertently and unknowingly damage their vegetables with herbicides. Tomatoes are especially sensitive to herbicide damage, which has become very common in recent years.Broad-leaf herbicidesHerbicides applied to lawns and hay fields contain compounds that selectively affect broad-leafed weeds, such as dandelion and thistle, but do not kill the grass. Tomatoes, grapes, peppers and other broad-leafed plants are damaged when the herbicides move from the lawns and fields into the vegetable garden. These herbicides — 2,4-D and pyridine compounds — cause the most striking damage on sensitive plants by short-circuiting the plants’ hormonal system and ability to regulate growth, said Elizabeth Little, a University of Georgia Plant Pathologist. Parallel veins and cupping are some of the symptoms in the new growth of plants affected by these herbicides.Because Georgians love tomatoes — and hate weeds, this is an issue that Extension personnel at the UGA see again and again. “People often do not understand how the herbicide was able to move into their gardens and will swear up and down that no herbicides were used, but the symptoms are distinctive,” said Little. “Unwanted herbicide can come from different sources.”Means of exposureSome of those sources are obvious. For example, herbicide sprays to the lawn can become airborne and harm plants within close proximity. Even with barely a breeze, compounds applied as sprays can drift quite far from the site of application. But there are more subtle avenues for accidental damage. In hot weather herbicide compounds on lawns can volatize, or become a gas, and eventually affect vegetables around the home.Gardeners using grass clippings as mulch should be mindful that the clippings could have been treated with herbicide.Herbicide in manureWhile most lawn herbicides will break down within a few months, some of these herbicides, especially those applied to hay fields, will persist in the environment for several years. Pyridine compounds — such as picloram, clopyralid and aminopyralid — appear to be causing the most damage in home gardens. These herbicides can reach home gardens through composted manure from animals fed with treated hay, said Little. “Horse manure is a very common source of unwanted herbicide because the hay that horses eat is very often sprayed with these persistent herbicides,” said Little, who is an Extension specialist in integrated disease management with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Growers need to be mindful about the origins of their compost and mulch. Organic farmers can even lose their certification by accidentally introducing contaminated compost from off-farm sources.“Many gardeners have stopped using horse manure, which is a shame,” said Little. She points out that horse manure is often easy to obtain and has a balanced nutrient composition. Although likely free of 2,4-D and related herbicides, poultry manure can create problems with nitrogen and phosphorous if used in excess. Ask about pasture treatmentsLittle suggests that gardeners who buy manure should ask what herbicides were applied to the pasture and to the hay that the animals consume. Anyone who grows hay should be able to provide a list of his or her herbicide treatments. Hay field herbicides are used so commonly because the farmers can have persistent problems with tough perennial weeds such as thistles and dock.“With more and more people wanting to grow their own food, I think it is something that we all need to be aware of,” said Little.Glyphosate has different symptomsGlyphosate, another herbicide often used around the home, causes different damage on tomatoes. It affects the whole plant, not just new growth, and can be identified in bleached, yellow leaves. For information on how to manage weeds in your vegetable garden, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Spread over a pocket of Appalachian high country, Virginia’s Grayson Highlands State Park is an alpine Eden. The lofty landscape is embellished by airy mountain meadows, gushing trout streams, rhododendron-filled forests, and a conglomeration of high peaks. Best of all, more than 100 wild ponies roam Grayson Highlands and the neighboring Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which is a 200,000-acre swath of the massive Jefferson National Forest. If you’re looking for a place to spend the night without camping, the nearby town of Abingdon has a wide variety of options from hotels to bed & breakfasts.Established in 1965, the 4,502-acre park was originally called the Mount Rogers State Park—long known for providing a portal to the state’s highest peak. Besides offering a route to the forest-shrouded summit of Mount Rogers, today Grayson Highlands is a lofty trail hub with a network of 13 different trails inside the state park, and access to the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail and 68-mile Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.Peak baggers won’t be able to resist the temptation to tackle Virginia’s highest peak, the 5,729-foot Mount Rogers. Fortunately, the shortest and arguably the most scenic route to the summit comes courtesy of Grayson Highlands State Park. Grayson Highlands is also a hotspot for anglers. You’ll find nearly 10 miles of trout streams, featuring brook and rainbow trout, which are part of the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail. The park’s waterways are designated Special Regulation Wildlife Trout Streams, mandating the use of artificial lures and single hooks, and requiring any trout under 9-inches be released unscathed.One of the park’s highlights is the band of ponies roving the highlands—including a famous, flaxen-maned stallion named Fabio, renowned for his salon-quality locks. The origin of the equines is somewhat mysterious, but one story suggests the ponies were bred by locals to survive the fickle Appalachian high country with minimal human interference. Inside the park, the herd was introduced by the Forest Service in 1974 to provide a natural landscaping service for the highland balds, first cleared by loggers at the end of the 19th century and later grazed by cattle throughout first half of the 20th century.Today, the free-wandering herd is managed by the Wilbur Ridge Pony Association. The ponies are rounded up every fall for a health check–and so that a few individuals (usually young males) can be selected for auction at the annual Grayson Highlands Fall Festival.Grayson Highlands is not just a bucket-list trip for hikers in the Old Dominion—the park is also one of the premier bouldering destinations in Virginia. With nearly 1,000 problems scattered throughout the park, there are enough routes to suit all kinds of climbers. The lofty elevation of the park’s bouldering areas, many more than 5,000 feet, also make Grayson Highlands a prime climbing destination during the summer, when temperatures render many popular routes in the Southeast off-limits.Click for more tips: get the most out of your trip to Grayson Highlands State Park.