Sad farewell to ‘remarkable woman’ Julie-Anne

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsSad farewell to ‘remarkable woman’ Julie-AnneBy admin – November 23, 2011 841 Linkedin Print Email LIMERICK is this week mourning a woman who worked tirelessly and used her singing talents to raise money for breast cancer. Julie-Anne Dineen was diagnosed with breast cancer more than three years ago and then became an ambassador for fundraising for the cause. She released her charity single “Do You Believe,” which reached no 1 in the Irish Singles Chart in March 2009, and topped the charts for a week. The proceeds went to the Symptomatic Breast Cancer unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ireland, where Julie-Anne had just finished treatment for breast cancer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She was nominated for Limerick Person of the Year 2009 after the recording. She completed a tour of Limerick schools where she performed her chart topping song and worked to spread a cancer aware message. She followed her chart success with a Top 3 hit in Ireland, a cover of River Deep – Mountain High released in October 2009.Julie-Anne lived with her husband Dave and sons Sean (12) and Matty (8) in Corbally, and the family had just recently moved to their new home in Adare.With her husband and other friends and supporters, the former Bunratty singer raised thousands for the charity, organising events including the Limerick Jigs and Reels.John Galvin, who worked with the couple in fundraising, said Julie-Anne was “a remarkable woman. What she has done is indescribable, doing so much fundraising and so much good while she and Dave were raising their children. They are a remarkable family”.40 year old Julie-Anne passed away on Sunday last. She was buried after requiem mass in St Joseph’s Church this Wednesday morning.center_img Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleWine news including @FVDIE Christmas tasting and moreNext articleCharity near victim of refund scam adminlast_img read more

Statement to parliament: Secretary of State Oral Statement on Political Talks

first_imgOral Statement for the Secretary of StateMr Speaker,With permission I wish to make a statement about the political process in Northern Ireland.Last week I came to this House and delivered a statement in the aftermath of the sickening attack that led to the death of Lyra McKee.The day after both the Prime Minister and I attended her funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast along with political leaders from across Northern Ireland and Ireland.It was, as many RH and HM’s will be aware an incredibly emotional and touching event … where I heard moving and powerful testimony from Lyra’s parents and members of the community.That was a day to grieve, and a day to reflect on a brilliant young life that was cut down by terrorism.All of us heard a clear message that day … from inside the Cathedral … from the powerful testimony of Father Magill … from the streets of Creggan and Londonderry … and from Northern Ireland’s political leaders.No more.No more violence, no more division, and no more delay.Northern Ireland’s political leaders must come together now … and must work together to stand firm against those who oppose peace and the political process … and work to build a genuinely shared future for all the people of Northern Ireland.Lyra symbolised the new Northern Ireland and her tragic death cannot be in vain.All of us must take inspiration from what Lyra achieved in her life and work even harder to make Northern Ireland a brighter, more peaceful and prosperous place for everyone.As Secretary of State, I have always made clear that my absolute priority is to see the restoration of all the political institutions established by the Belfast Agreement.The Belfast Agreement has formed the bedrock of peace and progress here since it was reached just over 21 years ago.It must be upheld and it must be defended from those who would seek to undermine it.Northern Ireland needs its political leaders to stand together and work with each other now more than ever.That is why in Belfast last Friday I called formal political talks to restore the Executive, commencing on the 7 May.Those talks will involve the UK Government, the five Northern Ireland political parties who are eligible to form an Executive and the Irish Government for matters on which they have responsibilities.They will be conducted in full accordance with the Belfast Agreement and the well- established three stranded approach to which this Government remains committed.There will also be a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference on the 8 May.Mr Speaker, there is much to do, and many challenges ahead. It is incumbent upon all of us to do all that we can to make these talks a success.Northern Ireland needs its Government back up and delivering for the people of Northern Ireland.From now until the start of talks my team and I will be working with the parties on an intensive period of preparation to prepare for those talks.Both the UK and Irish Governments have been clear that we will do everything in our power to make these talks a success, but we cannot do it alone.No Government can impose an agreement from the outside.We need Northern Ireland’s political leadership to do everything they can to ensure we emerge with an agreement to restore the Executive and build a better future for the people of Northern Ireland.We have a narrow window in which genuine progress can be made and we must act now.Mr Speaker, I hope all members of this House will appreciate that, to give these talks the best chance of success, there is a responsibility on all of us to give the parties some time and some space to talk.While I will of course seek to keep this House updated, I will not provide a running commentary on negotiations.What I will be doing, Mr Speaker, is doing everything I can to give these talks the best possible chance of success. I know all of us in this House and in the other place want to see these talks succeed.Mr Speaker – this week has been a difficult time for us all. The murder of Lyra McKee was an attack not just on Lyra or our police service. It was an attack on us all.Since that sickening attack in Derry, Northern Ireland’s political leaders have shown great leadership in standing up together to reject violence.But now it is time for us to go further.Mr Speaker, the best possible way of showing those who oppose peace and democracy is to show that their efforts are futile … and for all the political institutions of the Belfast Agreement to be fully restored and functioning as was intended by those who reached that historic Agreement 21 years ago.The stability and safety provided by the Agreement has allowed Northern Ireland to thrive – Northern Ireland is now a leading destination for inward investment, unemployment at a record low and employment at an all-time high. Northern Ireland needs a devolved government – to allow for local decision-making, to continue to strengthen the economy and to build a united and prosperous community.I will be doing all I can to make that happen.I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Getaway and Kayak Giveaway

first_imgGRAND PRIZE • BOTETOURT COUNTY GETAWAY PACKAGE This contest is over.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on June 31, 2016 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or beforeJune 31, 6:00 PM EST 2016 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. • River trip for 4 from Twin River OutfittersSee the mountains like you’ve never seen them before. Paddle along The Upper James River Water Trail. Winner can choose kayaks, tubes, or a canoe day trip.• 2-night stay at the Squirrel’s NestA quaint, historic log cabin overlooking the James River in Buchanan, Virginia. Three bedrooms and two baths, accommodating up to six guests. Fully equipped kitchen with a picnic area overlooking the river.• $100 gift certificate* to Brink of the James BistroA retro-themed American bistro with a full-service dining room, outdoor deck and Grab-n-Go retail counter. Offering classics and local craft beer, local wines, and mixed drinks. *excludes alcohol• 4 movie tickets to the historic Buchanan TheatrePlaced on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater plays host to exciting musical groups, film festivals and movies.center_img FIRST PRIZE • APPOMATTOX RIVER COMPANY• Ocean Kayak Malibu Two• Two Extrasport Livery Lifejackets• Two Carlisle Daytripper Paddleslast_img read more