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LISTEN: News Roundup November 5, 2019 – I Love Limerick Podcast Episode 26

Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.

Pictured at Kilmartin’s Coffee Morning is Richard Lynch, Founder of I Love Limerick, Mary Madden, CARI, Julie Kilmartin, Kilmartin’s Educational Center, Mary Fagan, Children’s Grief Centre, and Fergal Deegan, Limerick Leader at Kilmartin Educational Services center on Friday, November 1. Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.

LISTEN: News Roundup November 5, 2019 – I Love Limerick Podcast Episode 26

Claire O’Dowd is joined with Elysha Ní Chúláin to take a look at this week’s Local Business, Events, Sports, Arts and Entertainment news around Limerick.





To kick off this week’s episode of the, I Love Limerick’s Podcast show, We discussed this week’s hero Julie Kilmartin as she raised over 1000 euro on Fridays November 1 as they hosted a coffee morning in aid of Live 95 Helping Limerick Children and their chosen charities Cari, Children’s Grief Centre and Cliona’s. The charity drive is in aid of long-time partners CARI Limerick, Cliona’s and for the first time ever, the Limerick-based Children’s Grief Centre.

A number of key events, along with smaller fundraisers, will take place in the coming months, with the money raised to be shared equally among these three great causes, which all enormously help ill and vulnerable Limerick children. Live 95 Helping Limerick Children is also reaching out to the business community, schools, clubs, societies, and the general public to come up with fundraising events and ideas that will help them hit their goal of €95,000.

Kilmartin Educational Services is a learning centre for students of all ages, from primary school right up to college students. Based on both Ennis and Limerick The city, they provide tuition classes and extra supports for those going through the education system. Julie Kilmartin, the founder of Kilmartin’s, said, “We want all businesses and everyone in the Limerick area to come out on the 1stof November and help us fundraise for these three wonderful, amazing charities.”

Another local charity event that is happening in limerick they discussed was limerick artist Emma Langford. She has rallied the support of musicians local and national for a very special hometown show to raise vital funds for Kate O’Donnell at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club on Friday night, November 22, 2019.

Kate was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer in December 2018 at the young age of 27. The cancer Kate has called Fibrolamellar which affects only 1 in 5 million people worldwide. It’s rare liver cancer. Kate now needs access to a licensed treatment called Atezolizumab, unfortunately, Atezolizumab is not licensed for her specific cancer because it is so rare that HSE is not covered. Now the Atezolizumab treatment costs €5,845 per vial and Kate will need one vial every 3 weeks for the next two years.

Now the Caherdavin-born singer will take to the mic with friends at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club for a special concert in aid of former camogie star Kate O’Donnell. All profits on the night will go to cover the costs of treatment for Kate O’Donnell. 

Claire then went on to tell us about the Nemiers Latvian Folk Dance group as they recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary at Millennium Centre in Caherconlish on Sunday, October 27. The founder of the group is Agia Kunicka, who at the beginning would search for people with dance the experience between circles of friends and the Latvian community in Limerick, and just like that, the group was formed. Agia recently decided to return to Latvia, during the celebrations her work was also celebrated.

The dance group has been bringing Latvian communities together for the past ten years, with their aim being to hold onto their Latvian roots and to give people a taste of home. They also, want to share their culture with Ireland and show people they’re a traditional dance. Agia Kunicka said, “My time with my dance group Nemiers has been the most interesting time that I’ve spent while living in Ireland. Having the chance to travel all around Ireland to participate in a variety of events, has been a truly wonderful experience.

Next up they discussed the new Haven Hub, a new section in the Social Services Centre in Limerick City, will serve as a place where people suffering from mental health issues or have been affected by suicide can come for support. At the Haven Hub, people will have the opportunity to talk with trained volunteers in suicide prevention. 

A unique aspect of the Haven Hub is that they will be opened during the peak time of suicide at 10:00 pm, unlike any other option in Limerick. The Haven Hub will also serve as a hub of information, where the most up to date and recent educational information on suicide and suicide prevention will be available. The Hub does not stop at just informing the public; they also offer low-cost counselling services for individuals and families in distress.  

In business news, PAUL Partnership is inviting applications from local social enterprises for the Small Capital Grants Scheme, announced this week by Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development. The scheme will provide grants of between €2,000 and €15,000 for equipment, repairs or refurbishments which will enable social enterprises to improve their service. It is expected that applicants will be notified of the results of their application by the Department of Rural and Community Development by Wednesday, December 11.

Last, by not least they talked about the new UL Strategic Plan. University of Limerick (UL) expects to create over 330 additional jobs and recruit a further 4,000 students in the coming five years, according to its President, Dr Des Fitzgerald. Dr Fitzgerald was speaking at the launch of UL@50, an ambitious UL Strategic Plan to guide the development of the institution over the coming five years. 

The UL Strategic Plan launch took place on the site of the planned new UL City Campus in the former Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Bridge in the city centre. The site was acquired by UL from Dunnes Stores earlier this year and is at the heart of the university’s development plans.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.