Brian O’Brien’s Top 10 hit

first_imgNewsBrian O’Brien’s Top 10 hitBy Eric Fitzgerald – April 8, 2015 862 Twitter Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Previous articleLimerick students to celebrate diverse culturesNext articleReturn of the killer spiders Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. Print Email LIMERICK songwriter Brian O’Brien has scored an iTunes Top Ten hit with his latest song ‘Fake Smile’. Brian played in metal band Roper in the ’00s before joining rapper Weenz in rap-rock act Campaign LK. Now a solo songwriter and based in Vancouver, Brian won a songwriter competition run by Guitarist Ireland recently and released ‘Fake Smile’ in March this year. Brian’s outlook on his success and his songwriting is philosophical,“Whether it be metal or acoustic songs I will always be writing and writing and writing. As long as I’m not writing rubbish I’m happy.”Brian O’Brien’s ‘Fake Smile’ is available on iTunes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up last_img read more

Suicide Watch to benefit from Brendan’s legacy

first_imgTwitter NewsCommunityHealthSuicide Watch to benefit from Brendan’s legacyBy Staff Reporter – September 27, 2018 10655 If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, contact Samaritans at:Call Freephone: 116 123Text: 087 2 60 90 90 (standard text rates apply)Email: [email protected] Print Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGS#ThumbsUpForBennyCommunityNews Email Previous articleOPINION: Who Wants to Know?Next articleArdagh treasure finder lives on in song Staff Reporter Conor McNamara, Benny’s brother, with Jack Aherne, Old Town Tattoo. Pic: Cian ReinhardtA SEMICOLON is not a full stop. It continues a sentence rather than ending one.And when a Limerick City tattoo parlour provides the opportunity for local people to get their own semicolon tattoos on this Sunday, it will mark the continuance of a deeply personal campaign for a grief-stricken family from Ballyneety.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Old Town Tattoo will be doing semicolon tattoos on a drop-in basis at its shop in Cecil Street from 10:30am to 10:30pm in memory of Brendan McNamara who died by suicide two months ago.The tattoos will cost €30 with proceeds going to Limerick Suicide Watch.The symbol of the semicolon has been used to represent hope and love to those struggling with mental health, suicide and addiction.The most recent figures show the suicide rate in Limerick city was more than twice the national average in the three years from 2014 to 2016.The McNamara family has experienced the tragedy of suicide after they lost their son, brother and friend, Brendan (Benny) on July 24. He was 25.Benny’s friends and family with members of Limerick Suicide Watch and Old Town Tattoo giving #ThumbsUpForBenny. Pic: Cian Reinhardt#ThumbsUpForBenny is in his memory, but it’s about a “bigger picture”, according to his mother, Majella.It’s about the “stigma and judgement” that surrounds mental health issues in our society today, something that deeply affected Brendan.“We felt and he felt that he was treated like a second-class citizen. The fact that he was in 5B (the acute mental health unit at University Hospital Limerick)  people looked at him differently.”“I think everyone in Ireland knows we have an epidemic of mental health and suicide. But it’s how we judge it. The stigma is there. The judgement is still here.”Majella and her family’s goal is to try and “stop the judgement.”“We don’t need the government or ministers to stop the judgement. It’s up to us.”She says that many people didn’t ask about her son while he was in 5B: “If it was his appendix people would ask straight out.”But, he was spoken about, she said, recalling gossip and conversations we’ve all played a part in “Did you hear he’s in 5B…”“He was kind of ashamed. He shouldn’t have been but I understand why he was.”It was a cruel irony, that her son was known for his kindness, his smile, his ability not to judge.“He was the least judgemental, but he was the most judged.”“We tried very hard to help him,” says Majella as she explains the lengths family members and Brendan himself went to, to try and soothe his mental anguish.“Medication, CBD oil, meditation, hypnosis. We were even going to try a flotation tank”.Brendan was trying to keep himself on the “straight and narrow,” she says, adding that healthy eating and exercising were other steps he took to help himself.“We didn’t judge him, we studied everything, everything we could find out about his illness we would.”Majella now feels that better mental health services could have helped Brendan more.“In this country, if you have mental health problems, you may as well bury yourself.”Her general feeling was that the authorities “couldn’t care less” and it was all “number crunching.”“Some of them were great,” she said, naming Focus Ireland as a group that were particularly good to her son, but she was very critical of 5B, calling it “a terrible place.”“It needs to be overhauled,” she said.Her main message is to “leave the judgement and bullshit at the door” and start looking out for one another.Benny’s friends and family show their semi-colon tattoos by Benny’s portrait. Pic: Cian Reinhardt“We should mind each other. We’ve stopped minding each other,” she said.Her advice to those going through something like her son is to find a person you can trust and confide in them.“It’s not always about caregivers or doctors, it just has to be someone you can trust. Someone you feel safe with.”“There’s always someone. There’s always a safety net.”To find out more visit ThumbsupforBenny or the OldTownTattooLimerick Facebook page.#ThumbsUpForBenny“Why is this not being treated as an epidemic? Why is there not better, more personalized, accessible care for those in need?”Those are the questions occupying the minds of Brendan McNamara’s sisters, Niamh and Roisin.“We all know the familiar sound of the helicopter over the Shannon and what it could mean. There are not one but two volunteer groups that patrol the river for potential suicides. On what planet is that normal?”Both Niamh and Roisin have the semicolon tattoo on the inside of their wrists.The whole family does.“We know that a simple little tattoo can’t solve all our problems, or bring our loved ones back, but it will serve as a reminder,” they said.“A reminder that your story isn’t over.”“When you see someone with this semicolon tattoo you know that behind that tattoo is a story. Maybe it’s their story, maybe it’s somebody else’s, maybe they lost somebody, maybe they know the struggle and choose this as a way to remind themselves that their own story isn’t over.”“On September 30, we have an opportunity to get together, open a conversation and make our mark. To show solidarity with those affected and those left behind.”“Where do we go from there? How do we go on?“We don’t know just yet but we do know that this story isn’t over.” WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Advertisement Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img read more

Emma Hatton Will Fly High as Elphaba in West End’s Wicked

first_img Hatton’s additional stage credits include We Will Rock You, Dreamboats and Petticoats, When Midnight Strikes, Cinderella and Christmas in New York. The Wicked company is currently undergoing a number of changes, but from October 27 the cast will also include Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible, Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose, Sam Lupton as Boq, Emma Hatton as Standby Elphaba and Sophie Linder-Lee as Standby Glinda. View Commentscenter_img Emma Hatton (not to be confused with Emma Hunton) is going even greener! The current West End standby Elphaba will step into the main role after Jennifer DiNoia ends her 14-week engagement on January 31, 2015. London’s Wicked is playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.last_img read more

North American pandemic plan takes shape

first_imgAug 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States who met at a security summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug 21 unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.The plan evolved from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a trilateral effort launched in 2006 to enhance collaboration on security and economic issues. At the 2006 summit, leaders vowed to develop a pandemic plan and establish a senior-level coordinating body to work on preparedness issues, according to a US State Department fact sheet.Though the plan covers traditional areas such as information sharing, surveillance, and medical resources, it emphasizes preserving the three countries’ economies in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Although influenza will not physically damage critical infrastructure, systems may be weakened by the absence of essential personnel in the workplace or the diversion of resources,” the 44-page report states. “The Plan, therefore, extends beyond health and medical sectors to include provisions in relation to critical infrastructure and the movement of goods and services across our borders.”Kim Elliott, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said TFAH welcomes the release of the pandemic flu plan. “The flu virus doesn’t respect borders, so it’s incumbent upon every country to plan for coordination,” she told CIDRAP News.A pandemic plan is meaningless unless it stipulates that participants hold exercises to test it, Elliott said. The North American plan includes provisions for bilateral and trilateral pandemic response exercises, with a target date of December 2008.Among the challenges North American pandemic planners will face, Elliott said, is vastly different healthcare systems—particularly Canada with its more centralized approach, and the United States with a more privatized healthcare model. “So it’s good to test operations and different strategies,” she said.The plan spells out the triggers that would prompt one of the three countries to request assistance from its neighbors: when human or material resources are scarce, when a pandemic event in one country threatens the others, and when an outbreak requires robust coordination of responses by all three countries.In several areas, the plan calls on the countries to address obstacles that could hamper outbreak containment. For example, authorities should ensure rapid cross-border movement of diagnostic materials and reagents, as well as specimens, isolates, and vaccines. Also, the document specifies that countries should ease the way for veterinary and medical personnel to respond to emergencies in other countries.Sharing information and best practices is another theme of the plan. For example, it says countries should share information about how they plan to use nonpharmaceutical interventions and communicate public health messages to their citizens.Regarding stockpiling of vaccines and drugs, planners acknowledge that though the countries have different goals, it is useful for them to share their strategies for shelf-life extension, vaccine and antiviral allocation, and mass distribution.Though border restrictions are not a centerpiece of the plan, the document does address international arrivals. The three countries will share and coordinate triggers, criteria, and protocols for screening international travelers, the report says. “These . . . should be balanced against the necessity to maintain the flow of persons, cargo, and trade across North American borders,” it states.The plan advises countries to adopt a layered passenger-screening approach consisting of predeparture, en route, and arrival checks.Because the infrastructures of the three countries are highly interrelated, the plan suggests that infrastructure sectors in each country, such as agriculture, transportation, and utilities, join with their counterparts in the other countries to assess their risks and share their resiliency strategies. The United States has already identified how it would protect critical infrastructure and key resource sectors, and Canada and Mexico are both finalizing similar plans, the report says.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News that one element that seems missing from the North American plan is a strategy to inform citizens of the countries about, and involve them in, for example, community mitigation plans.Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., said a recent study from the Irish Council for Bioethics suggests that global pandemic planners need to do more to teach citizens about their pandemic risks. The study found that 7 in 10 Irish people were unaware of the flu pandemic risk and that three-fourths weren’t fully aware of avian flu risks.last_img read more

Tandoh: New Onikan’ll be More than a Sports Stadium

first_img“The place will not only be just for sports in line with our governor’s position as it will be merging tourism, hospitality, entertainment and sports together. This is what we will have here as the facility for football will accommodate 5,100 spectators.“All the acoustics would be built in as an entertainment centre. We have seen the plan for medical, security arrangements, dressing rooms, doping room, referees room and so on. The consultants and the contractors have been guided by FIFA’s specifications in terms of the pitch, and dimensions and others.“I can tell you that this centre will be quite exciting as it will be transformed into a tourism and entertainment area. By the time this project is completed this area will not be the same again,” he said.On his part, the Managing Director of Slavabogu Nigeria Limited, the projectcontractor, Mr. Zekeriya Ersin, said the company understands the vision of the governor andtherefore, cannot just do a wishy-washy job.“Every facility has been put in place and we are working with a FIFA accredited architect to meet with the governor’s expectations,” Ersin said.The arena formerly known as King George V Stadium derby matches among Lagos clubs, such as Railway, Stationery Stores, NEPA, ACB, Julius Berger, First Bank, National Bank, among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Lagosians and sports enthusiasts await the completion of the new Onikan Stadium, the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, has given an insight into what awaits them during an inspection tour of the edifice on Tuesday, as he stated that the new Onikan Stadium, which is expected to be completed next year January would also serve as a tourism drive, hospitality, entertainment and sports in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s vision.The 5,100 seater stadium also have the capacity to house about 9,000 fans during concert and entertainment.An obviously satisfied Tandoh said, “I’m very satisfied with what I have seen so far and from the plan, I would rather look at the new Onikan Stadium as a multi-purpose entertainment centre . Therefore, Lagosians should expect more from the use of the stadium after completion.last_img read more


first_imgA horror movie shot on location in Co Donegal is set to be one of the surprise hits of the summer after gathering rave reviews during preview screenings.‘Grabbers’ tells the story of an Irish village which has been overcome with sea monsters.The only way people can survive is if they remain drunk. The film goes on release in various cinemas around Ireland on August 10thThe film is being viewed as a major breakthrough project for actress Ruth Bradley who previously starred in Love/Hate.Bradley is already being tipped as the ‘next big Irish actress’ after her performance in the wacky film.The film was shot on location in and around Malin including Five Finger Strand in January 2011.  DONEGAL FILM ‘GRABBING’ RAVE REVIEWS was last modified: July 24th, 2012 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) Tags:filmGrabberslast_img read more