Shannon RFC and Limerick mourn passing of Pat O’Connor

first_imgLinkedin Email NewsLocal NewsShannon RFC and Limerick mourn passing of Pat O’ConnorBy admin – January 5, 2010 598 Advertisement Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img 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 adminlast_img read more

August Rain

first_imgAugust in Georgia was cooler than average across the state, but rainfall varied considerably from northwest to southeast. Generally the driest area was the metro Atlanta area, and the wettest areas stretched from south of Augusta and east towards the Georgia coast. Savannah received 7.75 inches (1.19 inches above normal); Atlanta had 3.89 inches (.01 below normal), Alma had 6.20 inches (.79 above normal); Athens had 3.23 inches (.30 below normal); Macon had 3.79 inches (.31 below normal); and Brunswick had 6.41 inches (.14 above normal). Augusta had the second wettest August in the 142 years that the city has kept records, coming close to the record 12.53 inches that was observed in 1915. Augusta also set daily rainfall records with 4.68 inches on Aug. 11, surpassing the 1915 record of 3.02 inches, and with 1.48 inches on Aug. 21, exceeding the old record of 0.8 inches set in 1934. Drought conditions in Georgia improved slightly in August, particularly in the south where rainfall was greatest. An area of exceptionally dry conditions is still stretched across central Georgia where stream flows and long-term precipitation deficits are still well below normal. Farmers in the wettest areas noticed an increase in fungal diseases and some difficulty getting into their fields. Farmers in other parts of the state welcomed the beneficial rains. The highest single-day rainfall reported by Community Collaborative Rain, Snow and Hail Network stations was in excess of 11.30 inches of rain observed 5 miles southeast of Tifton, where a rain gauge overflowed in the tremendous rainstorm on August 8. This station also had the highest monthly rainfall total of 17.32 inches. Other observers in eastern Tift County reported 10.8 inches and 9.65 inches of rain in the same August 8 storm.Other high monthly rainfall totals included an observer south of Guyton with 17.21 inches for the month and 16.16 inches from another Tifton observer. Only one temperature record was set in August: Athens reported a record low temperature of 60 degrees on August 12, breaking the previous record of 61 degrees set in 1967. TemperatureIn Atlanta the monthly average temperature was 79 degrees Fahrenheit (0.4 degrees below normal). Average temperatures across the state varied from about 77 degrees to around 81 degrees with Athens averaging 77.8 degrees (1.8 degrees below normal); Columbus averaging 80.6 degrees (1.3 below normal); Macon averaging 79.5 degrees (1.4 below normal); Savannah averaging 80.6 degrees (0.9 below normal); Brunswick averaging 81.2 degrees (0.6 below normal), Alma averaging 80.7 degrees (0.6 below normal) and Augusta averaging 78.8 degrees (1.7 below normal). PrecipitationRainfall in August was primarily affected by the passage of tropical storms and the development of thunderstorm clusters in areas of good soil moisture. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 12.28 inches in Augusta, which was about 7.98 inches above normal. The lowest was in Columbus with 2.3 inches of rain, about 1.47 inches below normal. The heavy rain in Tifton fell overnight, beginning around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 8 and continued for almost four hours, according to the National Weather Service. Officials evacuated a number of homes and two hotels. Several roads had to be closed due to standing water, damage to culverts and compromised road surfaces. Severe weatherCoastal areas also benefited from a band of convective rain generated by Hurricane Isaac late in the month. However, other areas of the state received only moderate rain amounts from the storm, which made landfall farther west in Louisiana on Aug. 28.Severe weather was reported on 16 out of 31 days in August. The reports were mainly due to wind damage, although hail was also reported in a few locations. Lightning caused house fires, scattered power outages and downed trees during a number of these August storms. Eight people were taken to the hospital after lightening hit one house on Aug. 2 in Fayette County. A man washing windows on the roof of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta was also hit by lightning on August 9.last_img read more

Iowa House, Senate on different paths in front license plate debate

first_imgDES MOINES — The debate over requiring an Iowa license plate on the front and rear of vehicles has been revived in the 2019 legislature.The House voted last week to let antique or classic vehicles that are least 25 years old to go without a front license plate. The House plan also directs the Iowa DOT and Department of Public Safety to study the issue.“The purpose of this study is to address law enforcement’s concerns for public safety as well as to address the ever-increasing amount of life safety technology being placed in the front bumper by auto manufacturers,” said Representative Brian Lohse of Bondurant.Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa is skeptical of eliminating the front license plate requirement.“Now I’m perfectly willing to take a look at what recommendations are made, but I don’t think we can minimize the public safety importance of having proper identification at the front of the car,” McKean said. “It’s made a big difference in many cases for public safety concerns.”The bill passed the House on a 96-1 vote Wednesday. However, 34 members of the Iowa Senate voted for a different approach to this issue two weeks ago.. The Senate plan would forbid police from pulling a vehicle over solely because it lacks a front license plate. The Senate proposal also would let auto owners skip putting a license plate on the front of the vehicle if it requires drilling holes or using glue to get the plate on the front bumper.Iowa is among the 31 states that require plates on the front and rear of vehicles. Most sports cars and high-priced, luxury vehicles don’t have a spot for a front plate.last_img read more

Forgotten star Wilshere fights for Arsenal future

first_img“You are always playing for your future but I am happy to be back, to feel part of the squad.“It has been a while since I felt a proper Arsenal player but I am back, playing these types of games.”– Shock success –Wilshere has made only two starts this season and is yet to appear in the Premier League, but he could get game time from the bench when Albion visit the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has scored in each of his opening three home league appearances and hopes to become the first Gunners player to net in his first four since Jackie Henderson in 1958. It was a substantial fall from grace for a player once hailed as “the future of English football” by Barcelona legend Xavi after breaking into the Arsenal team as a teenager.Dogged by fitness problems, inconsistent form and concerns about his off-field antics, Wilshere has become Arsenal’s forgotten man and is fighting for his future at the club, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.While many Arsenal fans have consigned Wilshere to the scrap-heap, Gunners boss Wenger remains intrigued to see if the 25-year-old can rediscover his best form.Wilshere gave a tantalising glimpse of his ability in Arsenal’s 4-2 victory at BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday and he hopes that leads to a role in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Brighton and Hove Albion.Asked if he felt he had been written off too soon, Wilshere said: “Yeah, but that is football. Football is a game where people forget.“Everyone says ‘you are never fit’ but last season I was fit for the whole season.“I definitely feel I am back. People say it’s a long road but I feel good.WILSHERE IS THE ENGLISH ZIDANE! WHAT A TOUCH @JackWilshere ?? pic.twitter.com/4amGSweyDv— Yoann (@YoannArsenal) September 28, 2017“I felt good coming back to Arsenal and into training and Arsene Wenger has been good. He has been speaking to me. Wenger’s side have won five of their last six matches in all competitions, but have no margin for error as they try to keep in touch with early pace-setters Manchester City and Manchester United.Albion boss Chris Hughton was in charge of Newcastle United the last time Arsenal lost at home to a newly-promoted team seven years ago.But Hughton’s hopes of emulating that shock success have been hit by a suspension for Brighton striker Tomer Hemed, who begins a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct against Newcastle.The 30-year-old, who scored the winner in his side’s 1-0 victory, appeared to stamp on Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin in the 88th minute.The incident was not seen by the match officials but was caught on video and although Hemed denied the Football Association charge, an independent commission found him guilty.“We know the player, we still feel that there was no intent and that’s why we appealed, so we are very disappointed. But we just have to deal with it,” Hughton said.Brighton have only beaten Arsenal twice in 16 attempts, with their last victory coming in 1982, and they have never won at the Gunners.Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Jack Wilshere has made it clear he wants a new Arsenal contractLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jack Wilshere has vowed to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s plans after the Arsenal midfielder stepped up his return from exile.Wilshere has endured a miserable spell as he slipped down the pecking order with Arsenal and England before finding himself sent on loan to Bournemouth last season.last_img read more

Portrait of Eternity—The life and journey of Bill Nunn Jr.

first_imgBill Nunn JrThis is the 5th and final installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.” by Aubrey Bruce. “Don’t sucker punch a gift horse in the mouth”Hey ladies and gents; still think scouting is secondary to coaching? Whether you’re Chuck Noll or Butch Davis a coach can be as brilliant as Albert Einstein but if they don’t have the players, having a great playbook is meaningless because their theories will never be correctly implemented.Do I hear you murmuring? Why not boys and girls? My father, the late Oprah Elliot Bruce used to say, “regardless if you feed it the best oats and the freshest carrots you still can’t take a mule to Church Hill Downs and expect to win the Kentucky Derby, you have to have a great horse to go along with a great trainer and jockey.” See boys and girls coaching and talent are reciprocal, they go hand in hand sort of like the tight fit of OJ’s tainted gloves.last_img read more