Southill’s suffragettes are still alive and kicking

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsSouthill’s suffragettes are still alive and kickingBy Bernie English – March 9, 2018 1669 Advertisement WhatsApp Ann Farrell Kinsella, Geraldine Minogue and Breda McNamara celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage.Picture: Brendan GleesonWOMEN may have got the vote 100 years ago but the Southill Women’s Group knows that community life is still worth fighting for.To mark the centenary of women getting the vote, the group is planning to step back in time.On international Womens Day, this Thursday, March 8, members of the group will dress up in period costume and tell stories of how the Suffragettes struggled to get the vote for the sisterhood everywhere.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We’ll be telling stories of what those women went through to get the vote, They marched, they protested, many of them were jailed and we want to bring it back to life, what it was like then,” Anne Farrell Kinsella from the Womens Group told the Limerick Post.There will be one man who will be welcomed with open are into the company of the celebrating sisters on the day, a volunteer from the local Mens Sheds, who will be an honorary ‘barman’ in a re-created ‘snug”.“Women were only allowed in pubs if they went into the snug at that time and we want to recreate those scenes,” said Anne. “But we’ll be serving tea and coffee on the day – nothing real from behind the bar, I’m afraid,” she added.The celebration will urge people not to forget that there’s work still to be done.“There are women around here who do amazing work in the community for others. We still have real suffragettes,” Anne said.The day of stories and celebration of suffrage will start at 11 am on March 8 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hall and will go on until 1pm “or whenever people are finished having a chat,” said Anne.There will be a raffle to raise funds for another worthwhile community activity, the Wednesday night bingo.“It’s a social night out for a lot of people and some are even collected by minibus and brought to it but they are struggling and they don’t have money to put up prizes anymore so we’ll be donating the raffle proceeds to them,” she explained.More local news here. Twitter Limerick Post Show | Friday, March 6th International Women’s Day LIT Email Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day center_img Previous articleLimerick woman calling on public to support important charity for this year’s VHI Women’s Mini MarathonNext articleBreak in at Rape Crisis Midwest’s Limerick premises 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. TAGSInternational Women’s DayraffleSouthill Women’s groupsuffrage Print Facebook Women of Limerick invited to an International Women’s Day Celebration Red shoe demonstration on International Women’s Day highlights gender-based violence Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Linkedinlast_img read more

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Educate Yourself, Listen, and Stand Up

first_imgSince Michael shared his thoughts with the company last week (you can read his full letter below), there have been many powerful conversations across our teams in response to the murder of George Floyd – and the many acts of violence before and since perpetrated against Black men and women. On Thursday of last week, more than 20,000 Dell Technologies team members from around the world gathered on a call hosted by Reshenda Daniels (you can read her note below) and our Black Networking Alliance employee resource group. We listened and shared our own thoughts, feelings, rage, heartache, and hope in response to the systemic racism that plagues the United States, and many other parts of the world. It was an intense conversation, yet shockingly intimate considering the sheer number of people on the call. It gave me tremendous hope for our company and for our future. But as a society we have a long way to go indeed.I’ve shared the full text below of two LinkedIn posts from members of our Dell Technologies community, in addition to Michael’s letter to our team originally posted on LinkedIn last Monday. I hope you read them in full. Especially resonant guidance comes from Deonte Thompson, who asks all of us to educate ourselves and others, ask questions, seek to understand others’ experiences, know when to be quiet and listen, and stand up for what you believe in. I hope we can all take a personal pledge to be “dirt movers” like Deonte, as we do the hard work in front of us to change the world.—Deonte Thompson, Chief of Staff, Client Solutions Group:It’s 3:19 pm and I’m sitting in my home office in quarantine staring at 44 unread e-mails that I can’t seem to open. The walls are starting to feel like they’re closing in on me and what once felt like freedom now feels like incarceration. My mind is distracted because it keeps drifting off to our social climate. I have decided to sacrifice a moment of corporate responsibility to willingly succumb to a moment of social reflection.There’s a lot that’s going on in the world from the pandemic of Covid-19 to the ongoing pandemic of overt, covert and systemic racism. Interestingly enough, I’m not distracted by any of that at the moment. My mind keeps drifting to a simple question that I can’t seem to answer. The question echoes in my mind like a voice that cries out in an empty room. The question is, “How can I help? I want to make a difference and be part of the solution, but I don’t know what to do.” I’ve been asked this question from people at multiple levels of the workforce ranging from Senior Vice Presidents to Individual Contributors. It’s distracting because it’s one of the most powerful questions that a person can ask. To not have an answer is to not have an understanding. My countenance slowly morphs from distraction to frustration. I’m telling myself, “I’m a black man who understands many of the struggles of my community, why don’t I have an answer?” I realize that there are a million possible responses, but my mind is disturbed because I need meaningful solutions.I rarely engage in social media discussions relating to race, religion and politics because past experiences have proven them to be unfruitful. However, I had a recent discussion on social media with an old friend who just so happened to be a white female. She posted about her frustrations with all of the rioting and looting. She was tired of people saying “Black Lives Matter” because she believed “All Lives Matter.” The post was so emotionally charged that I decided to respond to her via a private message. I had a point of view but as I typed I felt a need to abandon my point of view and just listen. I decided to ask questions and follow up questions in order to gain an understanding. By the end of the conversation, she told me that I made her think about her position in a way that she has not done so in the past. She wanted to think about the discussion and continue it the next day. I did not challenge her position nor did I agree with it. I simply walked her through a journey of self-exploration that forced her to challenge her own point of view.At that moment, I gained a little more insight. It started to make sense. This is not a moment of change, this is a moment of introspection. Change will come but we must first challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our actions. The answer to the question, “How can I help?” must start with a serious meditative self-evaluation before any meaningful action can be taken. The first step is to take ourselves on a journey from introspection to self-awareness. This is not a time to passionately voice your point of view. It’s a time to silently question it.When I was in elementary school in the 80’s, my dad took me outside of the house to teach me a valuable lesson. He told me to pick up a handful of dirt from our yard and place it on the other side of the street. I completed the task and returned to him, not understanding why he’d asked me to do it. He then looked at me and told me, “You have just changed the world. The world will never be the same.” It would take me years to really understand what he was saying and decades until it resonated to a point of insight. No matter how insignificant you think your actions are, you have the power to change the world. Changing the world doesn’t start when the world is watching, it starts when you decide to take small, silent, isolated baby steps. It’s now 3:45pm, I have 51 unread e-mails, my action items are increasing but I have a little more peace and the picture is becoming more clear. We must become students of listening and learning while asking probing questions. By listening, we gain a better understanding which is a prerequisite for empathy. You do not have to agree. In fact, everything that you know and have learned in the past is unimportant in that moment. When you ask questions, with no thoughts of contrary rebuttals, you help others in their own introspective journey.I read a great article on CNN entitled “A guide to how you can support marginalized communities”. The key points were:Educate yourself and othersDo your research, Ask questions when needed, Brush up on history, Influence people in your own group, Teach your children, Own up to your mistakesListenPay attention, Know when to talk less, Understand others’ experienceStand upBuild networks, Use your privilege to help others, Know your rights when you are videotaping, Voice your concerns to those in power, Stand in solidarity, Donate your time and money, VoteEducate yourself, listen and stand up. Those are 3 things we all can control. Imagine a world where every person took this approach in areas of gender bias, racism, age discrimination, etc. The world would be a better place with unlimited potential to innovate and progress. I’ve learned that when we try to do too much, too fast, we become overwhelmed by the moment. However, if we focus on taking a handful of dirt from one side of the street to the other then we can maximize the moment.Where do we go from here? It’s now 4:05pm, I have 62 unread e-mails and I’m getting closer to an answer. It will take the collective whole to look introspectively at their thoughts, biases and actions. Although a vision is set by leadership, it must be enforced and demonstrated by middle management and sustained by everyone. Change will not happen overnight but I’m optimistic that we can change the narrative to one that our children will be proud to read about in the history books. They’ll say, “my parents made a difference.” Not by marching externally but by marching internally. Not by being a decision maker that changed policies and legislation but by being a drum major for change in their thinking. Not by civil disobedience but by moral obedience. There’s nothing wrong with marching and moral acts of civil disobedience but the journey to change starts with the person in the mirror.What I call being a dirt mover, Dell Technologies describes as “Every little thing is everything.” The answer to how we continue to evolve our diverse culture is found in the development cycle of our products. Learn your customers’ needs and focus on the little things that create an awesome experience.I do not have the answer to systemic racism but I do have 3 focus areas that can help us in this journey.1. Be an upstanderAn upstander is a person who speaks or acts in support of a cause. We should show our solidarity by holding ourselves accountable. By doing this we will build a greater awareness of our actions. In order to be an upstander you must educate, listen and stand up.2. Participate in listening sessions or encourage your organization to have them. I recently conducted a listening session for 15 women at my job who may be our future leaders. As a man, I gained valuable actionable insights and also realized that I had blind spots. These are extremely valuable.Have a series of small group (10-15 people) listening sessions with black employees to understand their point of view of the issues faced. This session should be conducted by a leader who is not black.These listening sessions will serve as an input into brainstorming exercises to ideate solutions that will advance your corporate culture of inclusion.3. Encourage your organization to provide unconscious bias training.Providing the training is only half of the challenge. You must also work with your training department to ensure that the training includes a section for “systemic racism.” I’ve found that its easier for companies to talk about gender and talent diversity than it is to talk about race (especially the issues that African Americans face in corporate America).Fight to make this class mandatory for ALL employees.It’s now 4:31pm, I have 71 emails and I have a little more peace. I have a little more understanding. I have a little more direction and I have a little more optimism. We can’t do everything, but we can do a series of little things together that will lead to great things. This is how movements happen. This is how cultures shift and it’s also how successful companies thrive in the face of controversy. Let’s move dirt together, no shovel required, your hands are good enough.—Reshenda Daniels, Project/Program Consultant:Yesterday almost 28,000 team members in 78 countries joined Dell Technologies Black Networking Alliance Employee Resource Group to acknowledge and take a moment to reflect on some of the lives unfortunately lost. I had the pleasure of hosting this incredible event with Michael Dell and our Executive Leadership Team. I am proud to work for a company that made time to reflect and take a stance against racism, and pledge to do more as a collective Dell Technologies family, and look forward to the work we will continue together to drive change.Additionally, I would like to thank all the individuals who helped make this event happen. Your leadership and support is why I am proud to say #iwork4dell. Let’s Stand Strong Together!—Below is a message Michael Dell shared initially with Dell Technologies team members, and then published on LinkedIn to share with our customers, partners, and friends:To: All Dell Technologies team membersThis has been an incredibly difficult time in America – troubling and sad. The murder of George Floyd is an atrocity. We all stand in horror, grieving as a nation alongside his family and his community. To see a man killed, a life ended cruelly and senselessly is something that will haunt me forever. But for people of color in communities all over this country and around the world – that footage is not a surprise, it is all too familiar. The fault lines of our society are laid bare. From the devastating and disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 to the devastating impacts of police brutality, the long-standing racial injustice in America that began 400 years ago is impossible to ignore. And the people who have been ignored are now demanding to be heard. We are listening.I recently spent some time with a group of black team members – mostly listening. How are we doing? Have we succeeded in creating a company where all our team members feel safe and valued? How can we do more? How can we do better? What was supposed to be a one-hour meeting lasted much longer. I’ve been thinking about that conversation a lot, about our team members, our friends and our families. The main thing I heard was we need to create space for tough conversations, have greater leadership accountability and take actions that drive positive socio-economic change for communities of color. I am optimistic about what we’ve built at Dell, of our culture that’s designed to support every team member in reaching their full potential, and of our vision for where we’re going. I’ve always believed diversity is power. It’s how we win and win the right way. We can lead by example and lean into our inclusive culture. We can lead by example and surround each other in love and support when we need it most.Later this week, our Black Networking Alliance ERG will hold a moment of reflection to recognize and hear from those who are most affected by recent acts of violence. I’d ask that everyone please join with us in this moment. Additionally, our Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Brian Reaves, is talking internally and with our partners to see where additional investment is needed. We need to do things differently now so that we can lead measurable change and truly be an employer of choice for all. I encourage you to get involved. Because for all the work we do within our own company, there will never be true justice or equality until we root out the rotten underbelly of racism that is eating away at the most cherished values we hold dear. Real change requires us all to actively participate in the hard work that lies ahead… the hard work that has to be done for our nation and our world to heal, grow stronger, and for us to move forward as one people with a shared voice.I am thinking about my role. I hope you are thinking about yours. This is a time to stand strong together. Let’s be kind. Let’s be loving. Let’s stand up for each other and be the change.last_img read more

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In only a decade’s time, Carroll has built a juggernaut

first_imgBefore the new millennium hit, I wondered how people would refer to the first decade of the next century.People could easily call on “the ‘80s” or “the ‘90s” to sum up an entire decade of culture and history in a few short words. Just hearing the words “the ‘60s” immediately makes me think of hippies, free love and a lot of pot being smoked.So the first decade of the year 2000 presented an obvious problem. You can give a numeric name to just about every other decade but the first one. So with this nameless decade nearing its close, it’s necessary to find a description that both captures and exemplifies the unique history of the last 10 years.Call it “Pete’s Decade.” As in Pete Carroll’s.While it may take some time for this expression to enter our everyday lingo — Florida fans are probably already flooding the comment board in protest — it is difficult to come up with a more applicable name if your scope is college football and your measuring stick dominance.Throughout the better part of Pete’s Decade, the USC football coach rejuvenated a once-proud program from the dregs of its national perception. Gone are the 6-6 seasons, the extended losing streaks to UCLA and the crummy bowl games. Here to stay are the double-digit winning seasons, dominance over the Bruins and one Rose Bowl after another.To look back on the last 10 years in college football is to reflect on a remarkable run of dominance, week in and week out. Carroll’s resumé reads more like a laundry list of accolades and accomplishments. From the seven 11-win seasons to the seven straight Pac-10 titles, the Trojans’ domination is simply unrivaled in the modern era.Yes, Florida has won two out of the last three national titles and no one is taking that away from them. But since Carroll arrived at USC, the Trojans have won 88 games compared to the Gators’ 77. Plus, Florida gets the opportunity to play one more game a season if they make it to the SEC championship. To me, that settles the “Team of the Decade” debate.While USC has not played in a national championship since 2005, no other school has consistently gotten as hot as USC has in the latter parts of the season.If this is Pete’s Decade, November would be his holy month. Carroll has never lost a game in November, leading his team to a perfect 27-0 record.Getting ready to do it all over again in his ninth year at USC, Carroll reflected back on the run he has been instrumental in orchestrating.“It doesn’t really feel that much different, I pretty much feel the same as I’ve felt for a number of years,” he said. “As I’ve said it’s kind of like Groundhog’s day in a sense, but [USC is] a good place to be.”The climb to the peak of college football glory was difficult, but staying there has been even harder. As the Bushes, the Leinarts and the Maualugas move on to the NFL and his staff is plucked away by needy programs around the country, Pete always seems to find a way of reloading without really misfiring.Like this year, with an inexperienced starting quarterback (whether it be Matt Barkley or Aaron Corp), a new offensive and defensive coordinator and only three starters returning on defense, the Trojans will still likely be favored to win every one of their games.The secret behind Carroll’s success is to never look beyond the day at hand, instilling his players to “maximize their potential” on every play. It is a tactic that is easy to preach but much harder to get players to buy into. Like the fruitless pursuit of perfection, it is also unending.“We’re developing our mentality and our attitude and the personality we want to project as a staff to the players and to our football team,” Carroll said. “And that’s ongoing, that’s a work in progress.”Someone who can offer some of the best insight into the transition from the lowly ‘90s to Pete’s Decade is defensive coordinator Rocky Seto. He was a USC linebacker from 1997-98 and came on as a graduate assistant in 2000. He is entering his ninth year as a full-time assistant, where he primarily handles the secondary.Seto said the Trojans worked just as hard before Carroll but did not hone the same level of concentration.“What coach [Carroll] has brought in is a level of focus to help everyone maintain their level of focus to perform as well as they can,” Seto said.When asked if he felt the target kept growing on USC as it continued to succeed year after year, Seto answered perfectly in-tune with the Carroll philosophy.“It’s not a target,” Seto said. “When you think about a target you allow others to enter the focus, when really the focus is about us. Really, we’re our own hardest critic.”Carroll has made his mark by treating every season the same and every day like the one previous. He jogs onto the practice field with the same bounce in his step as when he trots through the LA Coliseum tunnel. So it’s no wonder he does not approach this season any differently than he did when he arrived in 2001.“It doesn’t seem that much different. It seems very much the same,” he said. “Faces change and the issues that you address change, and of course, even the guys on the staff.”But the common denominator has always been Carroll and his uncanny ability to get jacked up for the same challenges every season.“Staying at a high level for a long time, to be in the middle of it all, it’s just been the time of my life,” Carroll said. “It’s been so great that I want to create the fun for everyone around us.”Whether he can continue to spread the joy around Southern California this season or the next 10 seasons is anyone’s guess. One thing you can bank on is that Carroll is sincere in his excitement for the new season, and is never one to rest on his laurels.Still, it should be said that his record of the past eight years speaks for itself. 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O’ Doherty wins Women’s mini-marathon

first_imgThe previous fastest run over the distance was set on the same course by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.He went round in 2 hours 3 minutes and 23 seconds. The Dolla native, who represents Borrisokane Athletic Club, came home first on a route that began at the Jimmy Doyle Bridge, before finishing up at LIT Tipperary. And in other athletics news, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto has broken the men’s marathon world record time.He surpassed the record with a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds in Berlin.last_img read more

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Astro Turf: Kyebi, Madina and Walewale to be completed by mid-October

first_imgThe Zongo and Inner City Development Minister has said the Kyebi, Madina and Walewale communities will have their Astro Turfs projects completed latest by mid-October.Dr Mustapha Hamid told Joy News Monday that the contractors missed January 2019 completion date because of some changes to the original plan.“We decided that there was the need to expand the spectators’ area from what we had previously planned for. Also, the early plans did not have changing rooms, which we thought was neccesary. “In the case of some of the Astro Turfs like the one in Madina, we wanted to add a children’s playground as well as a basketball court to it, which has caused the delay on that project,” he said. President Nana Akufo Addo in his 2018 State of the Nation Address reiterated his government’s commitment to sports development, revealing that a number of football pitches are under construction across the country.He said each constituency will have an astroturf and this will help produce the next generation of football stars.  “We are constructing a number of football pitches in the Zongos and across the rest of the country, to aid in the revival of colts football, which has been responsible for the production of talents like Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah.”A deal between Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited and Turkish company, HATKO, was agreed late 2017 to roll out the ‘One Constituency One Artificial Football Turf’ project.The project began with the commencement of the construction of an artificial pitch in Madina which is expected to be completed by March.Ashiaman, Krowoe, Okaikoi Central, Okaikoi North, Gomoa East, South Tongu, Ablekuma Central, Shai Osudoku are expected to be amongst the first constituencies to benefit from the project.These projects have witnessed delays, but the Minister has assured that it was for a better reason.  “Due to the changes to the plans, we had to go through a fresh procurement process and seek funding from the Finance Ministry who in turn must send a request to parliament to approve the new budget for the project,” he explained.Dr Mustapha Hamid says he is excited that his Ministry has gotten all the approvals needed and expects the contractors to get to their respective project sites within the week to continue work.last_img read more

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