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Grandmother delights Limerick

first_imgFacebook Advertisement THERE was a Mardi Gras atmosphere in Limerick City on Friday as the Royal de Luxe Giant Grandmother took to the streets. She began her journey at 10 am, greeting those who had patiently waited for her to wake up with the words, “Long live Limerick” before setting off to meet the thousands who lined the roads to greet her.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cheers and gasps of wonder preceded the 25 foot-high Giant the 26 Lilliputians who help her to make the journey.Roars of laughter were prompted by her taking a widdle on O’Connell Street and people sat on the ground to hear her tell the story of the Vikings and Limerick. The key event in City of Culture 2014 brought crowds into the city to see her walk, sleep, tell stories through an interpreter and smile at her many fans.Up to 70,000 people are expected to turn out on Saturday and almost as many on Sunday to see the second leg of her journey and her departure by boat down the River Shannon.Most of the city centre was closed off for long periods today, but Gardai said the majority of people were very coperative and understanding. NewsBreaking newsGrandmother delights LimerickBy Bernie English – September 5, 2014 580 Print Emailcenter_img Previous articleExplosion during Granny’s visitNext articleBusiness blooming for Grandmother Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

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Fruit Tree Varieties

first_imgThe best pear varieties for south Georgia include Hood, Floradahome, Baldwin, Spalding and Warren. In middle or north Georgia, plant Orient, Carrick Waite, Kieffer, Magness, Moonglow, Starking Delicious or Dawn.Japanese plum varieties recommended for home gardens in Georgia are Methley, Morris, AU Rubrum, AU Producer, Spring Satin, Byrongold and Rubysweet.For more information on planting a home orchard, see the UGA Extension publication at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/. Fall is the perfect time to add a home orchard to your landscape, but University of Georgia experts warn gardeners to read labels and select the right trees for their region.Small fruits such as blueberries and blackberries are actually very simple to grow and are great to start with and build confidence for the home orchardist. Growing trees is a bit more challenging. To increase your success rate, start with varieties bred especially for your region of the state.There are several apple varieties adaptable to most parts of Georgia. If you live in south Georgia, plant Anna or Dorsett Golden. Varieties that do well in the upper two-thirds of the state include Ginger Gold, Gala, Mollie’s Delicious, Ozark Gold, Golden Delicious, Mutzu, Yates and Granny Smith.Only a few fig trees are well adapted to Georgia. In the mountain region, select a protected site and try Celeste or Hardy Chicago. Celeste, Hardy Chicago and Conadria are fairly well adapted for the Piedmont. South of the Fall Line, any of the varieties mentioned can be grown, but Celeste and Conadria are two of the best. Extend the season by planting a late ripening variety like Alma.last_img read more

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Winners and Losers

first_imgCurt Phillips was outplayed by Joel Stave in the QB battle Saturday[/media-credit]OffenseWinner: Joel StaveAfter finding himself stuck in what seemed like second place behind sixth-year senior Curt Phillips for the starting job next fall, Joel Stave was the third quarterback to see the field Saturday at the annual Spring Game.After struggling on his first pass play – underthrowing his receiver – Stave recovered quickly, completing his next five passes and working the team down the field for an easy touchdown.“I felt like I was able to throw the ball pretty well today,” Stave said. “The first throw came out really, really poorly, so it was nice to recover really quickly on the drive and finish it.”Storming down the field 71 yards on 5-6 passing, Stave threw for first down after first down, before the drive was finally capped off by an 11-yard Melvin Gordon touchdown.In his second drive under center, Stave led the way once again – this time capping the drive off with a 5-yard touchdown pass to sophomore fullback Derek Watt.By the end of the game, Stave had accumulated 161 passing yards, completing 15 of his 20 passes.Even head coach Gary Andersen said he was impressed by how polished Stave looked as the spring season came to a close, crediting Stave for his poise.While Stave has certainly not locked up the job for the upcoming season – junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy will certainly have a shot when he arrives this summer – he has solidified his place as the frontrunner coming out of the spring.Loser: Curt PhillipsWith Stave surging to the front of the pack on an impressive performance in front of over 12,000 faithful fans that showed up for the Spring Game, sixth-year senior Phillips fell by the wayside.Entering the game, Phillips seemed to have gained Andersen’s trust as a capable veteran candidate for the job, starting with the first team on offense for much of the practices throughout the spring.So it came as no surprise when Phillips got the nod at quarterback to start the game Saturday.On the first possession of the game, Phillips orchestrated a 10-play, 50-yard drive resulting in junior kicker Kyle French scoring a field goal.Despite finishing 8-13 and 82 yards, Phillips threw a number of risky passes, including one that was nearly picked off.More importantly, Phillips was trusted much less when it came to throwing the ball.Besides being given seven fewer attempts than his redshirt sophomore counterpart, Phillips was also given much simpler passing plays as Andersen reserved the two long-range efforts to receivers down field for Stave.Still, Andersen wouldn’t rule out Phillips for the starting job next fall, despite Stave’s Spring Game success.“I think Curt had good demeanor,” Andersen said. “The turnovers were down. He was poised. He had composure, like he’s had and you would expect from a cagey veteran, which he is. … He probably had a couple he’d like to get back, but so does Joel.”DefenseWinner: Sojourn SheltonDespite being one of the youngest players on the team’s roster – he enrolled early after graduating high school a semester early – Wisconsin freshman defensive back Sojourn Shelton played beyond his years in Wisconsin’s spring game. Nearly making an interception on one play and playing physical press coverage, Shelton, one of the prize recruits of the 2013 recruiting class, was impressive. He doesn’t have a choice, either. With a thin secondary that is trying to replace three starters from 2012’s team, Shelton already looks poised to be a key contributor for next year’s squad.“I think I’ve grown a lot,” Shelton said. “Once I started to see myself progress[ing] in the weight room, putting on weight, getting on the field and making plays here and there [that] made my confidence level go back up and I think as a cornerback you have to have it.” He doesn’t care what way it is either, whether the minutes come in the secondary or on special teams too.“He shows what we want out of everybody, that’s to go out and play hard and then be excited when you do something the right way,” redshirt senior Dezmen Southward said of his young teammate. “That’s the kind of feeling coach Andersen wants to get across the team, and I think everybody’s embraced it for the most part.”Loser: Beau AllenDue to the entire defense as a group excelling in Spring Game, it was tough to find someone to call a “loser.” So it may come as a shock that senior Beau Allen takes this award. How can Allen be recognized negatively when he didn’t even play Saturday? It’s for one reason and one reason only.Chris Borland called him a manatee.When the “Ask The Badgers” interactive event occurred Saturday on the video board, the question the selected fan had to answer was “Who does Chris Borland think is harder to tackle: Beau Allen or Melvin Gordon?”It seemed the natural answer that Borland would select Allen, a 6-foot-3 ultra-athletic defensive tackle and fan favorite. But, Borland pulled the shocker of the century by selecting Gordon, the Badgers’ running back, citing that Allen was top-heavy or in some way like a “manatee.” This is a startling turn of events for what seemed to be such a beautiful friendship between teammates. Allen once cited at Disneyland prior to the Rose Bowl that he was the “beauty” to Borland’s “beast.” Borland once compared their relationship to that of Kim and Khloe Kardashian.How have things gone sour in such a short amount of time? No one can be sure, but hopefully the two have things patched up before fall camp starts.last_img read more

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