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Bishop Leahy urges patience and support as schools reopen

first_imgPrint Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsBishop Leahy urges patience and support as schools reopenBy Meghann Scully – August 25, 2020 75 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous article#GolfGate Phil Hogan visited Limerick recentlyNext articlePhil Hogan played golf in Adare but denies breaching COVID isolation restrictions Meghann Scully TAGSBishop LeahyKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Advertisement Speaking ahead of the reopening of schools, Bishop Leahy spoke of the importance of schools to our communities and paid tribute to all involved in the process, not least principals for their leadership during the summer months.Ultimately, he said, that we must stick with the guidelines handed down by the HSE.“While there is a natural quiver of nervousness around what lies ahead, we should all strive to create an atmosphere of mutual support,” he said.“That will mean an extra supplement of patience, understanding and forbearance. It will be a challenging time, so we need to be patient and we need to encourage.“It’s inevitable there’s going to be moments of irritation. But we cannot let them take over. The daily vaccine of patience, understanding and a gentle approach will go a long way to ensure the re-opening ofschools will be as positive an experience as possible for all.“We all need to be grateful for those who have risen to the challenge to get the schools ready to meet the Covid-19 disruption. In particular, I want to commend school principals for going way beyond the call of duty in working out the practical arrangements for school re-opening. I am mindful too of pupils, teachers and members of Management Boards who will have to re-adjust to all kinds of new ways.“The school re-opening calls on all of us to do our part by encouraging all concerned. It is good for the children and young people to be resuming a structure that facilitates their personal growth. It is important that we promote all the advice given by the health authorities, especially about hand-washing and social distancing.”He added:  “As schools re-open, I want to assure the pupils, teachers and staff of my prayers and the prayers of the Diocese of Limerick. We appreciate this is both a wonderful time and a challenging time for all concerned. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email “It is wonderful the schools are re-opening. Schools are the heartbeat of communities across the Diocese. Life thrives when they are up and running. Perhaps we don’t always appreciate it, but, along with the pupils, we all benefit from the community life that schools generate.” Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash BISHOP of Limerick Brendan Leahy has urged all to be supportive and patient with the key task of getting schools up and running – a task he described as both wonderful and challenging for all involved.last_img read more

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View from Knoxville on Kiffin’s sly exit

first_imgBy now, unless dead or drunk in a ditch somewhere, everyone knows Lane Kiffin has bolted for Southern California.What they might not know is just how quickly Kiffin has become public enemy number one in Knoxville, Tenn.As news leaked out on the ESPN wire around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the University of Tennessee campus quickly escalated into riot mode, and campus police, many of whom are Volunteer fans, had no intention of stopping it.About 1,000 students gathered outside the football complex burning the Kiffin promotional “It’s Time” T-shirts in the street, set a mattress ablaze and blocked the exit of the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center — requiring Kiffin to be escorted out by the police, leaving his luxury car parked in the staff lot outside the building.During that time, a group of Tennessee players began to lash out against their former coach, proclaiming “It’s great to be a Tennessee Vol,” “We are Tennessee” and “We don’t need Lane Kiffin.” They were understandably angry, in shock and looking for answers. Most of all they were defiant.Tennessee is a proud program, one steeped in tradition, and they scoffed at the notion that Kiffin was the key to the program’s revival.Tennessee defensive end Ben Martin started cheers of “Bring back Phil, (expletive)” in reference to former coach Phillip Fulmer.The biggest shock, though, was from USC’s end.Many wondered aloud why a program which just experienced one of the greatest nine-year run in college football history would hire a man with a combined 12-21 record over the last three years at Oakland and Tennessee, respectively. They understood the interest on Kiffin’s end.After all, he’s a West Coast guy with a West Coast wife, but why, they wondered, would USC go that direction when so many proven candidates were out there.In the end, the answer is likely the same as when Tennessee hired him: bloodlines.By hiring Kiffin as the young brash figurehead, they get defensive guru Monte Kiffin and recruiting ace Ed Orgeron as well. That’s the type of package deal that will get an under-qualified coach a job.But in the end, Vol fans simply hope they have the last laugh. They see Kiffin as little more than a snake in the grass, a liar and a program wrecking ball.With the possibility of NCAA sanctions coming down the pipe in Los Angeles, they would like to see nothing more than for Kiffin to get his comeuppance.At the very least, they’re taking solace in the mark they’ve left on the Kiffin family. As Kiffin slithers his way toward the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, he’s doing so with his year-old son — Knox.Bradley Merritt is the sports editor of the Daily Beacon, the University of Tennessee’s  daily newspaper.last_img read more

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Clippers’ Matt Barnes crossed line with special Mother’s Day message

first_imgMany of us can’t relate to the intensity of an athletic competition at a very high level like, let’s say, an NBA playoff game. There are times players — in any sport at various levels — are so focused on the mission at hand, they don’t see the crowd.Matt Barnes of the Clippers wasn’t in that zone earlier this week. In the second quarter of the second game of the second-round NBA playoff game in Houston, Barnes exchanged barbs/words with fans, something he’s done previously this season.This time, there were special factors involved. One, according to the NBA, was he used “inappropriate” language toward a fan during an exchange in the second quarter. Second, the woman was later identified as Monja Willis, who just happens to be the mother of the Rockets’ James Harden. So if a legendary trash-talker finds fault with the motherly comment, it’s further proof Barnes crossed into no-man’s land.Mothers have earned a unique status among today’s athletes. While accepting honors for their efforts, they start to tear up, and shaking, when thanking Mom for being the foundation of their success.Who did that?For openers, there was Kevin Durant pouring out his heart when calling Wanda Pratt the “real MVP” after he won the NBA MVP last year. Others to give thanks have been Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps, volleyball star Gabrielle Reece, basketball greats Shaquille O’Neal and LaBron James, baseball superstars Derek Jeter and Mike Trout, and NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty, Danica Patrick and Carl Edwards.And that’s just a start. Attend an awards ceremony or team awards dinner, especially at the high school level, and listen as athlete after athlete thanks Mom for her help, support and guidance, with a special emphasis on her cooking. At times, they’ll include Dad in their thanks, but such speeches are usually centered around Mom.Think about it. How many times will a camera along a football sideline capture a player with a “Hi Mom” sign, or the same words written in eye black on the face.Mothers are very proud of their children competing, and many aren’t shy about voicing their opinion.Many years ago, speaking to a booster organization, I was asked who was my best source.“Easy,” I quickly replied. “You’re probably thinking I was going to say I would never reveal a source. But when a mother calls about her child’s unique achievement, and has that strong voice, you know she’s proud.”And it’s just not athletes who take the opportunity to honor mother; sports columnists can also do it. Sara Brewster, and my late father Louis, created a solid foundation that allowed their son to craft a career that started before the walk on the moon.Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The NBA wasted little time slapping Barnes with a $50,000 fine, or $12,500 a word.Happy Mother’s Day.Bad timing by Barnes, made even worse by the fact that mothers are honored today. Barnes said he apologized twice and believes the air is clear. However, as long as the 35-year-old has played the game, probably starting before junior high school, he knows he crossed an invisible line by disrespecting a competitor’s mother.“You don’t say anything to anybody’s mom,” said Rockets coach Kevin McHale when his team arrived in Southern California. “If you have something to say, say it to the guy you’re playing against.”If that’s done, it usually results in a mano-a-mano showdown. Some of the best action ever — regardless whether it’s a field, court, pitch, rink, etc — has come after a “Yo mama …” insult. The line might be invisible, but it’s certainly audible.last_img read more