Movies, music and mayhem at Limerick’s Theatre Royal

first_imgPrint Previous articleAfghan who hates Irish people ‘incentivised to return home’ court toldNext articleHead down to Plan’s arty party at Friday Milk Market Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email London commemoration for famous Limerick exiles Advertisement Lighting up a Limerick legend Facebook Linkedincenter_img Twitter NewsMovies, music and mayhem at Limerick’s Theatre RoyalBy Alan Jacques – April 28, 2016 2639 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSAustralian Pink FloydBilly NastyBoogie WonderlandBoyzoneCatherine HayesFather TedfeaturedJohn McCormacklimerickLimerick Film ArchiveMy Lovely HorseOscar WildePatrick PearsePicturehousePress 22Roger CasementSeamus FlynnSharon ShannonSlackjawSpice-ish GirlsThe CorrsThe CranberriesThe HitchersThe ProdigyThe Royal ProjectTheatre Royal THE Eurovision episode of Father Ted was filmed in Limerick’s Theatre Royal. Patrick Pearse also roused volunteers in the same hall. Oscar Wilde delivered a talk on his personal impressions of America here and The Cranberries took to its stage after selling their first million records Stateside. There is now plans afoot for a four-screen cinema and digital hub. Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques recently visited his old haunt.I STAND centrestage in a landmark building in the heart of Limerick City and breathe in its rich history and consider all those who have tread its boards.In the year of 1916 Centenary commemorations, it is almost impossible not to conjure up images of Patrick Pearse rousing volunteers in this same hall more than a hundred years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On the same cold Sunday night back in 1914, Roger Casement, another founding father of the Irish Republic, was also present.The walls of the Limerick Athenaeum at 2, Upper Cecil Street are steeped in history. Since it was built in 1833, it played a pivotal role in Limerick life for more than 150 years, drawing the community together to laugh, love, learn and dream.The venue has served many purposes down the years as an art school, lecture hall, library, theatre, cinema and live music venue.Sadly, the doors of what was known in its last incarnation as the Theatre Royal have been closed since 1997.In its heyday, Limerick Athenaeum played host to an impressive range of luminaries from Oscar Wilde to Maud Gonne, Catherine Hayes and John McCormack.While in more recent times everyone from The Cranberries to The Corrs, The Prodigy and Boyzone have plied their musical wares here.A church pulpit is curiously placed over on the corner of the stage. I am told it was a prop left over from one of two ‘Father Ted’ episodes filmed in the Theatre Royal. It was on this very stage that Fathers Crilly and McGuire crooned their way through ‘My Lovely Horse’ in that unforgettable Eurovision episode.Most of us of a certain vintage will also have very fond memories of the venue as the Royal Cinema. I can remember being brought to see Franco Zeffirelli’s epic ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ here when I was just six-years-old.I asked photographer Brian Gavin of Press 22, who joins me for this trip down memory lane, about his recollections of the old movie house.“Oh, I remember it well. I loved Westerns and my father used to take me to see all the John Wayne movies here,” Brian recalls.“We knew it as the flea market. You’d be itching all over after coming to see a film at the Royal. You’d have to be deloused when you got home.”Interestingly, Declan McLoughlin of Limerick Film Archive, and Dave Burns, director of The Royal Project, both remember ‘Raging Bull’ as the last film they saw at the city centre cinema. The film, a classic, stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s emotional tale about a self-destructive boxer.Speaking of pugilists, the venue has taken a real pummeling in the last number of years. The harsh winter of 2010, which caused pipes to burst, delivered a severe body blow leaving the hall’s wooden floor buckled, uprooted in places, and in serious disrepair.That said, if Declan and Dave have their way, the Royal could, one day in the not so distant future, rise like a beautiful, fiery phoenix to relive some of its former glories.Their plan is to transform this desolate relic into a vibrant four-screen cinema, café/bar and digital hub that would bring much-needed life back into the city centre. The cost of realising this wonderful dream comes in at around €5.9 million — €12 million less than proposed for the controversial footbridge over the River Shannon.It may not make any of the ‘greatest movies of all time’ polls but as it turns out, the last film screened at the Royal was ‘Police Academy 2’.As I walk around one of my favoured city hangouts of the mid-nineties, the memories come rushing back. I vividly remember my old pals, Limerick band ‘The Hitchers’, launching their debut album ‘It’s All Fun and Games ‘Til Someone Loses An Eye’ here back in 1997 to a full house and real rabble-rousing party atmosphere.In the main foyer, a poster advertises a Picturehouse concert at the Theatre Royal on a bygone Sunday June 29 to promote their single ‘Heavenly Day’. Another talks up Billy Nasty, who performed here on Friday August 27, 1997, as “the UK’s number one Techno DJ”.A condom machine looks forlornly down from the wall of an upstairs toilet in this boogie wonderland. Once upon a time, it dispensed ‘sensual, ribbed and coloured’ variety packs to randy concertgoers with their minds on making sweet music of a different kind.In the dressing room, a flood of images come out to greet me from an antique mirror as I revel in a moment of nostalgia in these cosy backstage quarters. I can still picture former proprietor, the affable and charming Seamie Flynn, walking these corridors, greeting musicians and patrons as if into his home.Sitting on the bar in the main hall, an unopened bottle of Corrib Ginger Ale still waits patiently for a stiff drink to come along and liven things up.Posters and fliers that litter the venue tell their own tales of raucous musical capers from the likes of Sharon Shannon, The Spice-ish Girls, Slackjaw and the Australian Pink Floyd.These walls are filled with music, memories and laughter. Hopefully one day soon they will ooze vitality once more.It would be a Royal shame if they don’t!by Alan [email protected] pictures by Brian Gavin/Press 22last_img read more

Losing count: Pirates’ awful run sets record

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—They said the losing had to stop, and it didn’t. They said the familiar pattern of a player getting good and then getting gone would stop, and it didn’t.Instead, the losing didn’t slow down for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it increased. The players kept leaving en masse. Attendance dipped yet again. WHEN WILL IT END—Pittsburgh Pirates fans Ben Samson, left, and Iliya Udler, of Pittsburgh, hold signs at the end of another Pirates loss, 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Sept. 7. Flip the calendar, shuffle the roster—they’re still the same old Pirates.Just two of the eight starting position players projected at the start of spring training was in place when the season ended, but it made no difference.The Pirates are the franchise that sets the standard for losing in American pro sports, and they certainly kept up the pace during a dismal 99-loss season in which the roster kept changing but not much else did.Just days after team president Frank Coonelly said of his own club, “We expect this team, this year, to win,” the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Barely a week after the Pirates angered their shrinking fan base by trading their most popular player, Nate McLouth, mere months after giving him a contract extension, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.Yes, welcome to what’s jokingly being referred to as the City of Champions—and the Pirates. They didn’t win many games, but the Pirates certainly provided a lot of laughs.Jay Leno made fun of them—in two different time slots. “Saturday Night Live” parodied them in a skit in which the Pirates mythically won the World Series (30 years after they last accomplished it). During the G-20 summit, a fan waded through an anarchists’ rally with a sign protesting the Pirates’ record-breaking 17th consecutive losing season. Former Pirates pitcher Sean Burnett called them the “laughingstock” of baseball.Yuk, yuk, yuk. The Pirates’ only problem was their latest bumbling act of a season was real, and their 62-99 record during the second worst of the 17 straight losing seasons illustrates how far they still must go to stop being an all-too-convenient punch line.Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, Nyjer Morgan? Gone. John Grabow, Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny? Gone. McLouth, Burnett and Adam LaRoche? Gone, too, all in deals that brought only prospects—some promising, some marginal—in return.Neal Huntington, the ever-optimistic general manager who has few financial resources to work with other than a competitive draft day budget, acknowledges 2010 and 2011 could be tough, too.This season was bad enough, with a late-season stretch of 23 losses in 26 games, no player with more than 64 RBIs (Andy LaRoche), no pitcher with more than 11 wins (Ross Ohlendorf and Zach Duke) and a closer (Matt Capps) with a 5.80 ERA and 8 losses.For the second year in a row, the Pirates collapsed after their roster was gutted by trade deadline deals; a year ago, they dropped 41 of their final 60, this time it 46 of the final 65 (including 27 of the final 36). Their 22-58 road record was their worst since the NL adopted a 162-game season in 1962.Manager John Russell (129-194 in two seasons) is repeatedly praised by management for his calm, never-get-rattled approach, but some players said he is virtually noncommunicative for long stretches. Others are unhappy that Russell constantly refuses to argue close calls, creating the impression the players are on their own—and that the Pirates are a team that can be pushed around.Russell and Huntington are unsigned past next season, but Huntington said 2009 can be blamed on him, even though owner Bob Nutting has shown no signs of being willing to spend the money necessary to field a competitive team.“People are shocked we didn’t make staff changes because we lost 90-plus games again this year; it’s the era of human sacrifice, someone has to go if the team doesn’t win,” Huntington said. “Well, the reality is the losses this year are on me. We took the veteran players on this group and we put a group of young players out there and it is not fair to evaluate this staff based on wins and losses.”Russell had a similar view.“Take away the wins and losses—which you can’t, because that’s what we’re about—I think some guys made some good strides,” he said.There were glimmers of hope. Andrew McCutchen (.286, 12 homers, 54 RBIs) played every day but one after McLouth left and looks like a fixture in center field. Garrett Jones, a 28-year-old minor league free agent, hit .293 with 21 homers and 44 RBIs in half a season. Ohlendorf (11-10, 3.92) was a good pitcher on a bad team. Rookie right-hander Jesse Chavez pitched in 73 games, most of them effectively. Charlie Morton (5-9, 4.55) showed flashes after being dealt by Atlanta.Starting next season, the Pirates are counting on their waiting-in-the-wings minor leaguers—third baseman Pedro Alvarez, outfielder Jose Tabata, right-hander Brad Lincoln—to start arriving. However, no franchise bats 1.000 with its prospects, and the Pirates have little room for failure by their few top prospects.They would appear to have millions to spend on talent beyond the estimated $28 million already committed to their current players, yet Huntington said that while it’s possible the Pirates might sign multiple free agents, there’s a chance they won’t sign any.“As tough as it is to acknowledge during a 90-plus loss season, we are going in the right direction,” Huntington said. “On paper, it certainly feels like we took a step back…But 2009 was great growth year, though we realize fans don’t know that. It is going to show itself at the major league level in terms of wins and losses as we move forward.”last_img read more

BUENA VISTA STAKES QUOTES

first_imgGARY STEVENS, DIVERSY HARBOR, WINNER: “Kent chirped to his filly leaving the gate and I said ‘Good, somebody’s gonna put some pressure on La Tia.‘ I was working her last week and she did tremendous, she’s matured a lot; she’s push-button. She showed a nice kick; I can’t believe how much she’s matured. Like all good fillies, she’s got a mind of her own but she’s gotten more cooperative and I’ve gotten to know her a lot better with working her in the mornings. She’s turning into one of my favorites quickly.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES JOEL ROSARIO, LA TIA, SECOND: “She was going easy, even when that horse came to our outside, she was still comfortable. She did everything she could but we just got beat. We were second-best today.” AIMEE DOLLASE, ASSISTANT TO TOM PROCTOR, WINNER: “She’s maturing so much. That was excellent. He (Kent Desormeaux on Blingismything) did help her on the pace. That’s what she’s been lacking in a lot of her races, is pace up front, but she still closes really strong, so that definitely helped us today.“She had to run down a really nice filly. La Tia is a solid mare.” NOTES: The winning owner is Leonard Lavin of Ocala, FL, who races as Glen Hill Farm -30-last_img read more

Local Link bus service to expand its routes across Donegal

first_imgThe Local Link public transport service is to expand its services across Donegal.Most of the Donegal public will now be familiar with the bus service which operates in most towns across the county.Now Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim is delighted to announce extra services within Inishowen and new connecting services to Letterkenny. All of a sudden Donegal is becoming a much smaller place thanks to this reliable, clean and friendly service.From Monday, 14th October 2019, Local Link will commence the following additional transport services in Inishowen:1. Route 953 Moville to Letterkenny – Mon to Sat – 3 return services per day• via Quigleys Point & Muff 2. Route 954 Moville to Carndonagh – Mon to Fri – early morning & return evening service• Via Gleneely, Culdaff & Malin Town• These morning & evening services will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach service to Letterkenny3. Route 955 Carndonagh to Buncrana – Mon to Fri – midday service• Via Ballyliffin & Clonmany• This service will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach 1.30pm service to Letterkenny4. Route 955 Buncrana to Carndonagh – Mon to Fri – early evening service• Via Drumfries• This service will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach 3.30pm service from LetterkennyTimetables are available in local papers week commencing October 14th, on our Facebook page: Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim, or alternatively, for more information, call 07497 416444.The above services are in addition to the existing services provided by Local Link in the Inishowen area. As from Monday, 14th October, the areas of Clonmany & Ballyliffin will have public transport services pass through their area 8 times per day, from early morning to late evening.This includes two demand responsive services. The services will link these rural areas to the larger towns of Carndonagh & Buncrana and allow for connectivity to Letterkenny, Derry and beyond. A spokesperson for the company said “We look forward to a solid working relationship with the McGonagle Bus & Coach team which will provide connectivity and sustainability for the communities in Inishowen.“From the response received to date we are confident our Local Link subsidised services will be well supported by the people of Inishowen.“Our services will be strictly monitored in the coming months and timetables will be reviewed thereafter to ensure we are meeting the needs of the community.”For more information on the above additional services and all other services provided by Local Link in Inishowen, please call 07497 41644 or visit our website at http://locallinkdonegal.ie/timetable/ Local Link bus service to expand its routes across Donegal was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antonio Brown arrives at Raiders camp in hot air balloon

first_imgNAPA — Antonio Brown got an early start on check-in day at Raiders’ training camp when he floated in on a hot air balloon at an undisclosed location in Napa on Friday.That wasn’t the only surprise. Later in the day, the Raiders confirmed an ESPN report in the form of releasing the name of Brown on the non-football injury list along with two other players who would not be ready to open training camp.The NFI list is for players who were injured away from the team setting. General manager Mike …last_img read more

Anti-corruption efforts awarded in South Africa

first_img17 September 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa, the National Treasury’s head of specialised audit services, was named the 2015 Certified Examiner of the Year at a gala dinner of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) held at the Sandton Convention Centre, on 15 September.“As South Africans, we have a responsibility to prevent fraud and corruption. It is a struggle that must be fought by all of us,” Mxunyelwa said. “With our well educated future generation who understand the impact of fraud and corruption in hindering service delivery, I strongly believe that we will eliminate this scourge.”She joined the National Treasury in 2010, and took it upon herself to set up the first forensic investigation unit for the country. “We are responsible to conduct forensic investigation for all spheres of government and co-ordinating all investigations and feed them to the Anti-Corruption Task Team,” Mxunyelwa said.“We are also assisting the country to investigate foreign bribery. My unit is capacitated with advocates, chartered accountants, cyber specialists and there are 10 forensic firms that are assisting us throughout the country. I believe that we will conquer and we will succeed.”The significance of the award, she added, was increased awareness from the public about the National Treasury and its work in fighting fraud and dishonesty.“No one talks about the National Treasury in terms of dealing with fraud and corruption in the country. No one knows that we exist; no one knew where to report fraudulent activities. Now that we’ve won the top awards, it means people will know that there are effective fraud busters at the National Treasury.”Congratulations on fighting a good fight“While we congratulate [Zanele Mxunyelwa] for her tireless efforts, we also need to warn those who are planning to get involved in the corrupt and fraudulent activities to refrain from doing so before our law catches up with them,” said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the event.She commended the National Treasury for winning the ACFE corporate member award. “We congratulate the National Treasury for their efforts of saving millions if not billions of rands of the taxpayer’s money.”#ACFE gala dinner. CFE of the year award goes to Zanele Mxunyelwa. National Treasury going home with a second award . Congratulations!— Claudelle von Eck(@CvonEck)September 15, 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa receiving CFE of the year award at ACFE Gala Dinner#[email protected]/lGyoL3d64f— Morne Britz (@Morne_73)September 16, 2015About the ACFEThe ACFE is recognised as the only professional body for fraud and forensic examination practitioners in South Africa.“As a non-profit professional body we exist to improve the level of professionalism and positively influence the quality of advice delivered by our members,” reads the company website.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sultan of Johor Cup: India edge past Japan

first_imgIndian junior men’s team registered their third consicutive victory when they defeated Japan 1-0 thanks to a well-executed penalty corner in the 42nd minute from skipper Mandeep Mor at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup here in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Tuesday.The rain-affected India-Japan match which was stopped for a few minutes during the first quarter was an intensely fought one.Indian attack was often challenged with good, disciplined defence structure that they adopted during the entire duration of play. Though India made a few chances in the opening quarter with the team winning a penalty corner, it was denied by a good Japanese defence.With the second quarter too ending in a stalemate with both teams at 0-0, the third quarter saw India up their attack. While two penalty corners were awarded to India after a Japanese infringement, it was in the second attempt that Mandeep Mor converted a well-executed PC in the 42nd minute.Leading by only a goal, India put all their might into defence with goalkeeper Pankaj Rajak making some excellent saves to keep his team in the lead.India overcame a close shave when Japan won a penalty corner with minutes left for the final hooter, however, the chance was missed and India held their nerves to seal the match and the winning points.Earlier in the tournament, India had won 2-1 against Malaysia and 7-1 against New Zealand.India will next take on defending champions Australia in their fourth match on October 10.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img read more

Mattis to Remove Pentagon CMO over Performance

first_imgThe White House is looking for a replacement for John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer (CMO), for a “lack of performance,” according to defense officials. Gibson, whose primary duty is reforming DOD’s business operations including real property management, remains in his job for now but his responsibilities have been scaled back, reports the Wall Street Journal. He was informed by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan more than a month ago that leaders weren’t satisfied with the results of his work. Gibson’s expected departure suggests the department’s initiative to find savings within its massive bureaucracy and apply them to modernization needs — one of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ top priorities — is “foundering,” one official told the paper. “All of Mattis’ modernization ambitions lie in the money that Shanahan and Gibson were going to harvest out of the institution in savings and efficiencies,” the official said. “Without it, Mattis is truly in trouble.”DOD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more