By Pat Brosnan

Top Universities

The University of Limerick is featured in a list of the world’s top 1000, third level institutions published this week. U.L. listed at 944 on the list is one of eight Irish Universities in the centre for World University rankings (CWUR) top 1000. Trinity College, Dublin was the highest ranking Irish University at 200th place. The other Irish Universities on the list are University College, Dublin (269), University College, Cork (463), The National University of Ireland, Galway (600), The Royal College of Surgeons (647), Dublin City University (619) and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (820).

Stories of History and Old Lace

Limerick Museum and Archives are planning a book and showcase on Limerick Lace for later this year and into next year and are on the search for stories, images and pieces of Limerick Lace. They will be running a demonstration class on how Limerick Lace was created during National Heritage Week from August 23rd – August 31st as well as a series of workshops planned throughout the year. Limerick was a major centre for the production of lace throughout the 19th and early 20th Century. It was often made by the poorest members of society and worn by the wealthiest. For more information contact Jacqui Hayes at [email protected]

Going For Gold

The deadline for nominations in this year’s “Going for Gold” individual merit, community challenge and front garden categories has been extended to Friday, August 15th. The competition, organised by Limerick City and County council in association with the J.P. McManus Charitable Foundation, offers  a €52,500 prize fund to encourage businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas. The organisers have announced a number of changes to this year’s campaign including the introduction of a perpetual trophy for the community challenge category.

Hidden Heritage Tour

Explore West Limerick’s Hidden Heritage with the West Limerick Heritage Network Bus tour of Rathkeale, Ardagh, Foynes on Saturday, August 16th 11am to 5.15pm (approx) led by locals with in-depth knowledge of the area and its hidden stories. Cost €5 per seat. Limited seats available. Booking essential. Contact Suzanne on 069-79114 or email [email protected] project is funded by Limerick City of Culture and supported by West Limerick Resources.

Pilgrimage to Co. Wexford

The annual West Limerick Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island, Broadway, Co. Wexford takes place on Sunday, July 27th. Coach will leave Market Yard, Newcastle West at 8.15am serving Adare Church at 8.30am (to facilitate pilgrims from Ballingarry, Kilfinny and Adare). Please contact Pat Dalton 069-62306.

Conflict Areas Need Flight Paths

Three siblings were amongst 80 children and almost 300 people it total who were killed after the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down in the Ukraine last Thursday. The downing of Malaysian Airline MH17 with the resulting deaths of all its passengers and crew must call into question the sense of having flight paths over conflict areas. The horrific tragedy in the Ukraine shows there is an urgent need to risk-assess each and every flight path that crosses a conflict zone. Flight times and travel costs should never come into the equation when human life is at stake. We can only pray and convey our deepest sympathy to all of the families of the deceased at such a sad time for them.

80th Birthday

Best wishes to Mary Brouder, Glenbawn, who celebrates her 80th birthday this Thursday, 24th July. Wishing Mary many more happy years of good health and happiness.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to the Limerick Senior hurlers who take on Wexford in the quarter finals in Thurles on Sunday next 27th July in Thurles at 2pm.