(S)mash the Potato Market – Cllr Gilligan

first_imgEmail Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal News(S)mash the Potato Market – Cllr GilliganBy admin – January 28, 2010 595 center_img Could be developed into a plazaLIMERICK’S Potato Market, located on Merchant’s Quay, could soon face the wrecking ball-with Cllr John Gilligan the driving force in a plan to convert it into a plaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Regarded for some time now as the “Cinderella” market, it has been used in recent years solely as a car park and compared to the popular Milk Market, currently undergoing refurbishment and restoration.Cllr John Gilligan has submitted a notice of motion to City Council that the old, originally cobbled market square, be demolished.The councillor, who attended the recent Annual General Meeting of the Market Trustees, has also informed that body of his recommendation, which, he told the Limerick Post, was “very favourably received.”His move at this particular point in time is a calculated one as the market was on course to be made a protected structure and as such, it could not be demolished.“It has no architectural merit and has not been used adequately for years now – it is a fine space going to waste but would cost a fortune to do it up – I suggest that we take down the entire area and make it into a plaza, which would open up the whole square and make it a very attractive public area that could be used for a lot of civic events, public and open air concerts, exhibitions and significant happenings in the city”. Cllr Gilligan said that he would like to see the market structure removed “up to the river – this would provide a clear view of the river, the Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge, the Hunt Museum, the marina, etc.“There would be a clear view of the river quays between the County Courthouse and Athlunkard Boat Club, which is the very location the first Vikings to arrive in Limerick landed on and built a settlement on. We could use the cut stone of the pillars at the market’s entrance to build a commemorative stone to King Brian Boru, who built his palace on the site of St Mary’s Cathedral – we’ve no suitable or impressive monument to him”.Confirming that the entrance from the market to the Sylvester O””Halloran Bridge and walkway is now coming away from the wall, Cllr Gilligan said it would “cost a small fortune” to rebuild it.“This is an opportune time to seriously consider demolishing the Potato Market and from what I gather, the idea is receiving favourable consideration in City Hall,” he said. Print Facebook Previous articleHigh rates a deterrent, argue property agentsNext articleA noise to remember adminlast_img read more

Angela facility dedication continues with wellness workshops, discussions

first_imgSaint Mary’s dedication ceremony for the new Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex continued Saturday with a variety of workout classes, concurrent sessions, speeches and panels revolving around health and wellness.Director of athletics Julie Schroeder-Biek, who helped plan the ceremony, said she feels proud of the new building.“This facility is such an inviting place,” she said. “Here on this campus, I feel that the impact is in how it will build community. We have students, faculty and staff and alumnae working out here, meeting here, eating here, cheering on the Belles here. [It’s] just a great blend of people using this space.”Throughout the weekend, the College held myriad workshops and other events about fitness for the community.“Rather than have this dedication event in one night, our desire to thank the donors, celebrate the space with wellness programming and bring in prospective students to celebrate with us required a multiple day event,” Schroeder-Biek said.The closing keynote, titled “Striking the Right Balance — Keys for Powerful Living,” featured three College alumnae and was described as a “TED-style talk” by College President Jan Cervelli.“No one arrives to this college or the real world fully formed,” Cervelli said. “Today’s event will address stretching, growing and being comfortable with setbacks to enable a growth mindset and find balance in our lives.”One of the three speakers of the keynote, Kimberlyn Martin Troy, a ’00 alumna and fitness instructor at the College, spoke about wellness of the body and how her mom said she seemed more confident when she first went home for break during her time at Saint Mary’s.“As students, we have a voice here,” Troy said. “It wasn’t Saint Mary’s teaching me to [be] powerful. I was realizing the power I already had.”Everyone has natural balance and power inside of them, Troy said, and allowing yourself to be a beginner is a way for you to find that balance and power within yourself.“There’s value in every single moment of every day,” she said. “Awareness is all the balance you need to live your most powerful life.”Alumna Elizabeth Palmer, ’13, spoke about wellness of the spirit by reflecting on her time doing mission work in a Kenyan burn unit.“A wise man once told me, ‘the best book you’ll ever read are human stories [and] the best libraries are hospitals,’” Palmer said.A patient at the hospital named Dorcas could not see Palmer, but Palmer said they would share love by holding hands.“We could not share verbal communication or eye contact, but our hands would always clasp together,” she said. “Dorcas showed me that God’s hand is always outstretched towards me.”Encountering patients and her Saint Mary’s education was a transformative experience, Palmer said, since those experiences gave her the confidence to endure the hardship in the burn ward.A grade school teacher and Saint Mary’s alumna who acted as a mentor during her parents’ divorce inspired her to attend the College, Palmer said. The influence strong women had on her life made the decision to attend Saint Mary’s natural, she said.“I have been shaped by strong, independent women all along,” she said. “An integral part of my development has been to know God’s love. At Saint Mary’s, I constantly see the face of Christ of others.”As a licensed clinical social worker,M.J. Murray Vachon, ’82, spoke at the keynote address about ‘Inner Challenge,’ her life skills and character development program. She said her clients and students often understand what mental illness is, but do not know how to define mental wellness.“Mental wellness needs to be understood and cultivated,” she said. “One in six of us each year will suffer from symptoms of mental illness. Just like healthy eating prevents, manages and sometimes cures diabetes, mental wellness life skills prevents, manages and sometimes cures mental health issues.”Murray Vachon said grounding one’s feet on the floor, taking deep breaths and noticing one particular thing in front of you can help one feel more connected to their body and surroundings.“This exercise cultivates beauty,” she said. “Notice cultivates beauty. Notice cultivates gratitude.”Mental wellness is key to becoming an authentic individual who can find their identity and balance within, Murray Vachon said.“The whole [Angela] facility was built to consider our bodies, minds, and spirits,” she said. “We can show up, we can live and we can have lives that are balanced and rooted in power that is rooted in the spirit, not the ego.”Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, dedication ceremony, elizabeth palmer, Julie Schroeder-Biek, Kimberlyn Martin Troy, M.J. Murray Vachonlast_img read more

Wildcats fall to Baldwinsville; Amica passes 1,000 points

first_imgFor the first five-plus minutes, Starling was kept off the board. But then, trailing 10-4, Starling converted a basket and free throw and then, with a 3-pointer seconds later, reached 1,000 career points, a rare feat for a sophomore.B’ville appeared to gain control when it took a 33-24 lead early in the third quarter. Then the Bees hit a drought, not getting a point for more than five minutes.WG used that time to move out in front and, by the early portion of the final period, had extended that lead to 41-35, But once the Bees told Starling to take charge, he did so. In the last days of 2019 and the first days of 2020, the West Genesee boys basketball team went through quite an eventful stretch.The new year started with a big game last Friday at Baldwinsville, with much of the focus centered on the Wildcats’ Will Amica battling the Bees’ sophomore sensation, J.J. Starling.And the game lived up to the hype, with Amica putting together another fine performance, but Starling taking over in the fourth quarter with 16 late points (and 33 overall) to carry the Bees past the Wildcats 57-52. A corner 3-pointer and delicate floater sparked a 15-4 run. Amica’s 3-pointer cut it to 50-48 with nearly two minutes left. But the biggest sequence came with WG holding the ball and trailing 51-48.Again utilizing his quick first step, Amica drove to the basket, trying to reduce B’ville’s margin to one, but Dan Fabrizio blocked the shot and, on the other end, Starling converted a lay-up.Four more free throws closed it out, Starling getting the best of Amica, who finished with 23 points. Yet the two friends posed for lots of pictures at game’s end, WG knowing that it will get another shot at B’ville on Jan. 31.Amica, for his part, had already reached the 1,000-point mark, doing so in WG’s narrow 69-68 defeat to Shenendehowa on Dec. 28 at SRC Arena.Amica got to the career mark early in this game, and once the ceremonies were done, a great battle ensued, similar to the one a season ago in this same tournament, on this same court, where the Wildcats made a big late comeback to beat the Plainsmen.After a slow start, WG outscored Shen 28-15 in the second quarter and led 34-29 at the break. Most of that lead got erased, though, and the Plainsmen turned the final minutes into a back-and-forth affair, neither side getting away.Somehow, Shen held on at the end, despite Amica’s 28 points and eight rebounds. John Benson and Anthony Dattellas each had nine points, Benson adding seven rebounds as Adam Dudzinski got eight points.In the first round of the More Than A Game Tournament at SRC Arena, the Wildcats, who sat at no. 26 in that week’s state Class AA rankings, faced Fairport (Section V) and won 57-51 over the Red Raiders.Though little came easily against Fairport’s tough defense, Amica still had 18 points. Dudzinski stepped up with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Kam Jones, back after missing the Dec. 20 game at Corcoran, contributed nine points and Dattellas had eight points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: boys basketballWest Genseelast_img read more