Linkedin Email NewsLocal NewsShannon RFC and Limerick mourn passing of Pat O’ConnorBy admin – January 5, 2010 598 Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp It’s with great regret and the deepest of sadness that members and friends of Shannon RFC learned of the passing of our vice President, Pat O’Connor. At 73 years of age, Pat succumbed to his health battle at 11pm on Monday 4th last in Milford Hospice and leaves behind a legacy of goodwill, dedication and unyielding commitment to Shannon RFC. Pat’s death will leave a massive void in the lives of those that knew him, and Shannon RFC may never see a man of his ilk, who worked tirelessly for the betterment of his beloved club.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A gentler more affable man you couldn’t meet, Pat was a man of quite purpose and his gentle nature belied his ruthless agenda when it came to the continuing success of Shannon.Pat O’Connor was a central figure to the success of Shannon in the AIB league over the years and whilst the players took the accolades, his role was every bit as important.As Chairman of Finance, Assistant Treasurer, Hon. Treasurer, Club Chairman and then Vice President, Pat led the club through some glorious times and it will be a source of great regret by Shannon’s members that his health prevented him from attaining the Presidency of the club.Pat has amassed a great many friends throughout the country and his absence at the customary pre match lunches with opposition teams will be noted with deep regret.It might come as a surprise to some within the club that he did actually run a business given his time dedicated to the club and probably the only other aspect of his life, bar his family, that vied for his attention as much as the club was his cattle.Memories of Pat O’Connor are thankfully, vast and happy. Everyone was referred to as “boss” and everyone treated with the utmost respect whether the issue was of major significance or a simple mundane matter. As long as the problem was about Shannon, it would be sorted.His spirit will remain and the drive and enthusiasm he had for Shannon RFC will live on in everything the club achieves in the future.To his wife Kate, daughters Jane and Trish, his son Noel and brother Noel and his extended family, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone in Shannon RFC and beyond are with ye.Pat, you will be missed by all, May you rest in peace. Print Twitter Previous articleGive it a TriNext articleMunster v Scarlets pitch update admin
Plants, much like animals, need oxygen to stay alive. However,when plants and animals become stressed, part of the oxygen theyuse can turn into poison and accelerate the aging process, saysa University of Georgia scientist.Al Purvis, a horticulturist with UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, is researching the ways plants cope withstress. His studies could enable farmers to grow plants whose fruits ripen and age more slowly. These fruits would be able to stay fresh longer at the grocery store and in the home.Breathing Life Because their makeup is unbalanced, ROS are unstable. They willreact with anything to become stable once again. While they areroaming around the body trying to equalize, they can actuallyattack and kill body tissue. Anyone who has stored a piece offruit too long has seen ROS at work, Purvis said. The unstablecompounds attack and destroy the fruit’s cells, making it mushy.In the early 1990s, Purvis discovered that plants had an alternateline of defense. This extra feature, known as the alternativeelectron transport pathway, gives plants an advantage over stressthat animals don’t have, he said.Coping with Stress Research at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.has shown that the alternative pathway reduces the productionof ROS in stressed and aging plant tissue.When a plant is stressed, he said, respiration increases. Thefaster respiration consumes more oxygen than the body can safelyreduce. This increases the level of ROS. Just the simple processof aging can stress a plant or an animal.”Plants and animals are more prone to disease after theyhave gone through a lot of stress,” he said. “ROS aregood and bad. The key is controlling the level.”Good, Bad ROS Much like putting a log on a fire, a plant gets energy from respirationand the burning of food. “This is all part of the livingprocess,” Purvis said.The earth’s atmosphere is about 21 percent oxygen, he said. Whileanimals don’t function well and even die without this level ofoxygen, plants can live at lower oxygen concentrations. Duringnormal respiration, most of the oxygen the plant consumes is safelyreduced to water. But the plant doesn’t use all the oxygen. Theseextra oxygen compounds can become Reactive Oxygen Species.Bad Breath ROS play a major role in the ripening of fruit. They’re necessaryfor other life functions, too. But too many can be harmful.A common ROS is hydrogen peroxide. It reacts with and helps fightinfection on flesh wounds. Another, hydroxyl radical, is formedwhen a cancer patient undergoes radiation treatments. “It’sthe most potent,” Purvis said. “It reacts with everythingunder the sun.”Plants and animals both can defend against these harmful radicals.Antioxidants, such as vitamin C or E, can shield body tissue fromthe attacking compounds and reduce them to harmless water.”We have ways to prevent the harm that is done from theseradicals. But sometimes the level of production of these radicalsovercomes the degradation,” Purvis said.Now that the plants’ alternative pathway has been identified,he said, it’s possible to produce plants that are better ableto cope with stress.