Bunratty in line for major improvements

first_img TAGSBunrattyBunratty Castle and Folk ParkBunratty HousedevelopmentemploymentShannon Heritage ONE of the country’s most popular visitor attractions is about to get a cash injection to give visitors better facilities and more to do.Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which are managed by Shannon Heritage on behalf of the Shannon Group, continue to be a success story, with revenue up by nine per cent to €16.7 million and more than 887,000 visitors passing through the doors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Now Shannon Heritage has plans for multi-media facilities in some of the buildings as well as a new children’s play area, interpretation facilities and more car parking spaces.Also on the agenda is work to refurbish Bunratty House, which stands in the grounds of the Folk Park.Grant-aid has been secured from Failte Ireland to begin the development of the project which will be in line for further aid as it progresses to work on the ground.It’s expected that work will start in September next year.Improvements have been on-going at the park in recent months, with the acquisition of two Irish Wolf Hounds, who will roam the rooms of the 15th-century castle and the reintroduction of native Irish Red Deer, who will shortly be joined by a stag to complete the herd.Shannon Heritage is the largest commercial operator of heritage tourist attractions in Ireland and was one of the first to develop and run heritage attractions and evening entertainments.The company employs up to 300 people in the peak tourist season at its six-day visitor attractions and four evening entertainment options.Read more news stories in the Limerick Post News section. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Autumn Celebration at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Facebook Advertisement Increase in Limerick Institute of Technology graduates finding employment Linkedin Twitter Printcenter_img Email Previous articleShannon training campus takes off for LufthansaNext articleThe benefits of integrated alarm systems for your business 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. NewsBunratty in line for major improvementsBy Bernie English – May 22, 2018 1165 Limerick people will have their say on ‘bigger picture’ issues WhatsApp Naming competition for baby pygmy goats born at Bunratty Folk Park extended New high-end jobs for Shannon Calls for a ‘Tall Buildings Strategy’ for Limerick Citylast_img read more

Professor discusses global impact of Irish literature

first_imgOn Friday, Dr. Kasia Bartoszyska, a professor at Bilkent University in Turkey, presented a lecture titled “Ireland Among Others,” as part of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies’ Lectures and Public Talk Series. Bartoszyska, who received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2011, spoke on the significance of Irish literature in a global and transnational context. Irish Studies typically draws comparisons to its western European neighbors, Bartoszyska said, but a better understanding comes from comparing Ireland to countries with similar features. “Irish Studies has long had an implicitly comparative dimension, often seeing its cultural output in relation to, and in turn set by, that of its nearest neighbor, Great Britain,” Bartoszyska said. “Recent years have seen an increase in different forms of comparison.“In examining Irish writing alongside that of other cultures, be that of other colonies, other islands or other predominantly Catholic nations, new geographical coordinates, it is suggested, have the potential to highlight aspects of the tradition that have heretofore received less attention, giving us a new perspective on Irish literature.”Bartoszyska said she based her lecture on a comparison between two novels, one Irish and one Polish. Bartoszyńska focused on “Melmoth the Wanderer,” written by Irish author Charles Maturin and “The Manuscript Found in Saragossa,” written by Polish author Jan Potocki. “Focusing on these concrete examples gives us a pathway to the bigger questions by seeing how some of the theoretical paradigms play out in practice,” she said. “They were written around the same time, in the late 18th and early 19th century, and they’re oddly similar to each other in many ways, except that one has a Polish author and the other, an Anglo-Irish one. They are not exactly world-famous classics, but neither are they completely unknown.”The novels share a similar style of seemingly unrelated characters telling interconnected stories, Bartoszyska said. “What ‘Melmoth the Wanderer’ and ‘Manuscript Found in Saragossa’ share is a highly interconnected character structure, where people who have seemingly nothing to do with each other are shown as related in various ways,” she said. Bartoszyska said it is common for scholars to attribute similarities like these to the similar cultural and socio-political factors present in both Ireland and Poland. “After all, weren’t both Poland and Ireland countries with extremely powerful neighbors, places that had to struggle to keep their cultures alive in the face of constant threat or even a total loss of sovereignty,” she said. “Didn’t both have a lasting, deep connection to the Catholic Church?” The connection runs much deeper than superficial characterization, Bartoszyska said. “As a starting point, we can say that when we compare Polish and Irish literature, we learn that neither is the anomaly it often imagines itself to be,” she said. “In both Polish and Irish Studies, references abound to the uniqueness of each as a dominated region within Europe.”Bartoszyska said comparative study of such literature helps develop an overall better understanding of world literature. “Examining the way these two texts create fictional worlds and articulate the relationship between those worlds, and the world, we can begin to consider the question of how they fit in to a more global understanding of literature,” she said. Studies like hers may ultimately lead to a better conception of literature overall, Bartoszyska said. “So comparing Irish literature to other traditions, paradoxically, may help us move beyond such narrow comparisons, and to contextualize Irish writing within a more transnational frame,” she said. Tags: Irish Studieslast_img read more

Gourmet #Vanlife Cooking: Recipes, Tips, and Tricks

first_imgI lot of people ask us about cooking in the van. Feeding ourselves is high on the list of things we like to do. While we definitely eat less in the van, I don’t think we eat less fancy. We are lovers of food and we’re not going to let the lack of oven, running water, countertops, or kitchen utensils slow us down.Our tools.Honestly, we don’t have much. We use:two burnertwo cast ironsspatulaone knifesmall cutting boardcrazy creek tabletwo platessome silverwareJetboil (for coffee and the times we want Mountain House)strainerThese few things can get us by for just about every meal we want to cook. The magic is in the cast irons. Once these babies are seasoned, you barely need any other cookware. They will grill, sear, slow cook, scramble, toast, and so much more. Now it’s time to get creative!Our favorite meals.Hamburgers with a veggie sideThese are the easiest, and it feels like a gourmet meal every time we make it. We have two burgers sitting in the cooler right now waiting to be grilled up for dinner tonight. And broccoli.Ingredients:Hamburgers– we get two at a time because we are working with a cooler. It has incredible cooling power, but we don’t want to chance it with raw meat. Whole Foods will make patties for you at their meat counter or you can grab two pre-made ones so it’s easy to transfer straight to the cast iron without having to form the patties and touch raw meat in the back/side/front country.BunsCondiments (always in our cooler)Pickles (always in our cooler)Side veggie (brussels, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato fries)Cooking Instructions:Throw two burgers on one cast iron with fat of your choice, cut the veggies and cook those on the second cast iron, also with a fat of your choice, salt and pepper.Burgers will need to be flipped after 6-7 minutes on low heat. Don’t touch them until then, letting them sear with keep in the flavor.Flip, cook other side, and also throw the buns on for a little toasting. It might be the magic of the cast iron, but usually, everything is ready around the same time. ENJOY.Chicken QuesadillasWe love mexican food, and these few ingredient quesadillas are a go to.Ingredients:*1/2 jar salsa (make another round later with the other half!)1/2 can of refried beansShredded or ground chicken (we eat a lot, .75lb for a meal)Tortillas (or chips if you just want to dip)Hot Sauce(easier option) Don’t use any of these ingredients and make a Chicken Fajita Bowl Mountain House and put it in a toasted tortilla!Cooking Instructions:Combine refried beans and salsa in cast iron- LOTS OF FAT OF CHOICE.Brown chicken in other cast iron.Add chicken to refried beans/salsa mixCrisp tortillas on newly empty cast ironBuild your quesadillas!*You can add so many things to these- including cheese which would make it a true quesadilla. You could also add peppers, avocado (add at end), onion, really whatever you have in the van that might go bad soon.Breakfast ScrambleThis is my favorite meal, every morning gets a good breakfast whether it be at 5 am before a hike, or 11 am after sleeping in. You MUST have a big breakfast. Every breakfast is a combination of different ingredients with eggs on top. A lot of the time it includes left overs.Ingredients:EggsSausage (precooked)PeppersOnionsSalsaLeftovers(easier option) grab a Breakfast Skillet from Mountain House and you only have to boil water.Cooking Instructions:Put fat of choice and veggies (always salt+pepper) in cast iron first, let them cook.Add eggs on top and scramble in pan.Pile eggs on top of bread or tortilla from night before, be full for hours.Tips and Tricks:Four months of cooking on a two burner has left me with a few insights on how to make things go more smoothly when cooking without power or running water.Try to minimize dishes as much as possible. If you can eat directly from the cast iron, why get a plate dirty?I’ve mentioned ‘fat of choice’ a few times. We are fat proponents, it helps keep us full, and young. We’re talking about GOOD fat, not vegetable oil. We use ghee most of the time because it’s shelf stable, stable at high temperatures, comes in a sturdy jar, and lasts a long time. It’s clarified butter, and it’s delicious.Keep your raw meat in the bottom of your cooler (hopefully in a dry bin if you have it), it’s the coldest and safest place for it.Cast irons are so wonderful because you don’t have to wash them. Scrape it out and put it away for next time. Grab some pot holders so they’re easy to handle.For sugars (tomato sauce), acids (lemon juice), soap, and water out of your cast iron. It will ruin the season and you won’t be able to clean it as easily. Use something like this, or a strainer, for pasta and tomato sauces.If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

Phase 3: What you need to know

first_img(WBNG) Phase Three of New York’s reopening plan is starting for several regions Friday, including the Southern Tier. For a detailed outline of what you can expect and what businesses are impacted, click here.last_img

Syracuse forces program record 43 turnovers in season-opening win over Rhode Island

first_img Published on November 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ A year ago, Charise Wilson hit four 3-pointers, grabbed eight rebounds and posted 26 points in a near-upset of Syracuse on opening night. The Rhode Island guard’s output on Friday night: she shot 1-of-12 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep, committed 10 turnovers and scored only five points.A teary-eyed Wilson, who had been named to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 first team, subtly shook her head as her eyes got teary during the post-game press conference. Syracuse had made a statement in its season opener.Syracuse took the floor for the first time since the 2016 national championship game. The Orange recorded the highest turnover margin in the NCAA last season, and on Friday No. 14 Syracuse (1-0) forced a program-record 43 turnovers in its 95-49 victory over Rhode Island (0-1) in the Carrier Dome. A stifling full-court pressure mixed with half-court traps and double teams prompted at least five turnovers from four different Rams players, including Wilson, who committed a game-high 10 hiccups.“I don’t know how teams want to play a team that presses for 40 minutes,” Syracuse fifth-year guard Brittney Sykes said. “It’s like you’re constantly paranoid a trap is coming. And that’s to our advantage.”Friday’s matchup was the first time in SU’s last 17 games that it held an opponent to under 50 points. The contest against Rhode Island also marked Syracuse’s 10th consecutive season-opening victory. Thirty-eight of Syracuse’s 95-points came off turnovers. A half-court 1-2-2 defense swapped with an all-out, full-court pressure.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Alexis Peterson drained a 3 and smiled at the bench, she rushed to pick up her opponent. Other times, when SU’s 2-3 zone appeared to sag, Peterson, Sykes, Gabby Cooper or Abbey Miller jumped out to double-team.As Syracuse got off to a 15-point first quarter lead, it stayed in a softer full-court pressure. Rhode Island beat SU’s first initial softer full-court pressure via side-to-side passes, but the soft pressure slowed down URI’s offense. By the time guards passed halfcourt, the shot clock had trimmed eight, nine or 10 seconds, forcing the Rams to rush shots and force passes late as the clock dwindled.Briana Day denied the ball in the paint, despite her early foul trouble. Julia Chandler played 20 minutes with Bria Day out. The sophomore missed several assignments having only practiced once this week.Midway through the second quarter, Rhode Island had cut the lead to seven, but 25 of Syracuse’s forced turnovers came in the second half. Brittney Sykes tipped an inbound pass on the press. Cheyalne Bailey pickpocketed a Rams player before feeding Davida Dale under the basket for two points.Turnovers came from full-court pressure, sunken half court defensive double teams and traps and even deep in the 2-3 zone. SU followed up forced turnovers with trips to the foul line, then shot 20-for-27 from the stripe, a 74 percent mark.Late in the game, Sykes snatched the ball from Dominique Ward then threw it to Isabella Slim for a basket. A couple of plays later, Sykes lost half of a step on her opponent in a fullcourt man-to-man setting but beat her to the spot, then stripped the ball lose. On Syracuse’s 36th forced turnover, the ball swung to a wide open Jade Phillips under the basket for an easy score.“I tried several different press breaks, I just felt we weren’t on the same page at the same time,” Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force said. “We got kids running away from basketballs, bad passes, throwing it right to their hands.“You deduct that from the score and we have a ball game.” Commentslast_img read more