Wedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says Yes

first_imgNewsWedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says YesBy John Keogh – May 28, 2015 1322 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSfeaturedlimerickmarriage equality referendumYes Equality Limerick Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live “I feel like the whole world is a different place” AS LIMERICK said yes on Saturday, one local woman decided to mark the momentous occasion by popping the question to her girlfriend of six years at the Limerick count centre.Billie (41), who doesn’t use a surname, proposed to partner Kate Stoica (26) just seconds after official tallies confirmed that the marriage equality referendum was passed.Billie told the Limerick Post: “I’ve had the ring for four years. We had talked before about who was going to ask who and we had discussed having a civil partnership, but we decided against it because it’s not the same as marriage.“I was trying to think of a romantic way to propose and I felt that it needed to be something that Kate would never be able to forget. I figured if it was a yes vote then it would be something that nobody would forget.”She chose to propose against the backdrop of the Bruno Mars song ‘Just The Way You Are’ because it’s “a song we sing to each other in the car”.“I was a complete wreck. I just sat and tallied all day. When the final box was tallied my friend put on the music and I pulled Kate aside but I had no idea that there would be all those people there. I thought there would be press but I figured we might just be in the Limerick Post, I never thought it would go as big.“It’s weird looking back at the videos and seeing all those people around us, but at the time all I could see was Kate. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was so nervous, I totally forgot the speech I had prepared in my head, but Kate said yes so that’s all that matters,” Billie explained.Billie, who hails from Scotland, says the couple are awaiting the introduction of legislation allowing marriages between same sex couples before they set a date, however she hopes they will wed “as soon as possible”.She continued: “It’s amazing that we’re now thinking about what kind of wedding we’ll have; I’ve never been in a position in my life where I could do that. I have always dreamed that one day I would get married, except for me it was to a woman and I’d be wearing a suit.“I’ve decided I’m going to wear a kilt suit in the family tartan. My sister died recently and my mother died ten years ago, so I’ll be carrying my family with me in my tartan colours.”Billie concluded: “I feel like the whole world is a different place, not just for me but for everyone. Ireland said yes, Limerick said yes, and Kate said yes. For me that was the most important yes of the day.” What they said: Dave Cuddihy, Yes Equality Limerick“At present there is such a feeling of pride, acceptance and gratitude amongst the LGBT community not just in Limerick but across Ireland. The passing of the referendum means so many things to us, for some it means they can finally marry their long term partners and avail of the constitutional protections which were not there for us before, for others it simple means acceptance. The Irish public have let us know that they believe their gay friends and family to be equal in our little country which has taken pride of place on the worldwide stage over the past week.”Cllr Cian Prendiville (AAA)“The campaign and result show that the ideas and conservative grip of the religious Right and the church has been broken and are trailing behind the main body of public opinion. The battle by the LGBTQ community must continue to sweep away all forms of discrimination including the ban on gay men giving blood and the right of schools to sack gay teachers.”Cllr Maurice Quinlivan (SF)“The large ‘Yes’ vote of 24,789, or 64.15 per cent across Limerick City is very welcome. This campaign energised and brought a whole new generation of young people onto the electoral register and into politics and voting for the first time. We need to keep them engaged. This results shows that change is possible. Another notable aspect of the campaign was the huge desire among many of our diaspora for the right to vote. It underlines the case that our emigrants should no longer be denied a voice in our democracy and mechanisms must be found to include them.”Michael Barron, Belong To “We’ve changed forever what it means to grow up LGBT in Ireland. The Irish people, via the ballot box, have today given each and every gay child and young person in Ireland – and across the world – a strong and powerful message that they are loved, they are cared for, and don’t need to change who they are. A new generation has spoken. This is a generation with open, kind hearts, a generosity of spirit and a great capacity to love. They have gone to the polls in their thousands and are responsible for this historic victory for their gay brothers and sisters.”Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy (SF)“I was proud to see rural areas say yes , extending equal rights to same sex couples. It is clear we have made history. The people of our county and country have sent a clear message to our LGBT people in Ireland and across the world that we stand together as equal citizens where LGBT rights are no longer on the back burner in our society but are equal.”Frances Fitzgerald, Justice Minister I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen. The Marriage Bill, which is currently being drafted, will enable same sex couples to get married in the same way as opposite sex couples. My intention is to seek Government approval for the Marriage Bill 2015 in June with the aim of introducing the Bill into the Oireachtas immediately thereafter so that the legislation can be enacted before the summer recess. Linkedin Advertisement Email Twitter John James Hickey, the First Irish member of the Board of the Federation Gay Games and his fiance Shaun Moriarty of Limerick Pride. Pictured at the polling station in Ballina-Killaloe, Co Tipperary. The couple are getting married on July 1 2016.Pic: Marie McCallan/Press 22by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE historic marriage equality referendum on Friday was backed by 64 per cent of voters in Limerick city and 55 in the county.Turnout was high across the 300 polling booths across Limerick, with 63.3 per cent of those eligible to vote in the city, and 58.5 per cent in the county, casting their ballots.A number of Limerick couples are already planning their big days following the announcement of the referendum result on Saturday. Previous articleCounty Limerick projects in dire need of fundingNext article“Thousands” spent on Moyross house that’s set for demolition John Keogh WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yes result “fantastic and humbling”JOHN James Hickey and Shaun Moriarty, who live in Ballina Co Tipperary, got engaged last year and plan to get married next summer.John James says the couple are “very, very happy” with Saturday’s referendum result as they are now planning a marriage as opposed to a civil partnership.“Obviously we’re absolutely delighted with the result. It means we can finally get down to wedding planning properly – and it means I now can’t avoid any conversations about wedding planning, which Shaunie has accused me of over the past year. It’s also fantastic and very humbling to have 1.2 million people endorse your relationship and your right to marry.“We had our venue provisionally booked since last year so we have been planning for it already but this makes it an awful lot easier. We’ll be able to do it all in the one place and there won’t be a mad dash to the venue from the registry office. And of course we’ll now have constitutional protection,” he told the Limerick Post.Both John James and Shaun have been heavily involved in the local LGBT community and the campaign for equal marriage rights for same sex couples; the pair canvassed on behalf of the Yes Equality movement in Limerick and Ballina-Killaloe.John James was also the coordinator of Limerick’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, in which Limerick reached the final three potential host cities alongside London and Paris.John James added: “We’ve been out on the doors for the last couple of months canvassing. Our lives had been on hold for the last six months or so really. This referendum was going to decide for us whether or not we were going to be able to stay in Ireland to get married, and now we can and that means an awful lot.“It’s still feeling a bit surreal; we weren’t sure how to feel when it was passed. We were living in trepidation for so long thinking about the possibilities if it didn’t pass. We hadn’t really allowed ourselves to hope that it would pass.”last_img read more

St Mary’s Cathedral announce cancellation of upcoming events

first_imgPrint Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email St Mary’s Cathedral SAINT Mary’s Cathedral has announced some upcoming events at the cathedral have been cancelled due to concerns over Covid-19 (Coronavirus).“Many of the events which were due to take place in Saint Marys Cathedral have been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. We apologise for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support,” the statement reads.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’, a scaled three-dimensional replica of planet Earth, which was to arrive at the cathedral in line with Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival was the first event to be cancelled.Organisers at St Mary’s Cathedral also announced that the venue’s popular lunchtime concerts set to take place on March 25 and throughout April would also be cancelled due to concerns over the virus.center_img Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleCalling Chefs – enter the Limerick Chowder Cook Off nowNext articleShannon Companies Sharing Data on their Preparedness for COVID-19 Staff Reporter NewsCommunityHealthSt Mary’s Cathedral announce cancellation of upcoming eventsBy Staff Reporter – March 11, 2020 579 last_img read more

Report: Egypt Navy finds EgyptAir wreck

first_img May 20, 2016 Report: Egypt Navy finds EgyptAir wreck Back to overview,Home naval-today Report: Egypt Navy finds EgyptAir wreck View post tag: Airbus Members of the Egyptian Navy have managed to find remains of an EgyptAir plane which crashed over the Mediterranean Sea while it was flying from Paris to Cairo.A navy search for the plane’s black box found personal belongings of passengers and other debris 290 km north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria, Reuters reported Egyptian officials saying.EgyptAir also confirmed that Egyptian Armed Forces found first debris from the missing aircraft.To remind, flight MS804, Airbus A320, lost contact with radar on Wednesday, May 18, above the Mediterranean Sea about 295 km from the Egyptian sea coast.According to EgyptAir, the aircraft was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two infants, and 10 crew.Greek, French and U.S. military units were involved in the search for the crashed plane.Below is a statement by EgyptAir posted on their official site:Debris from MS804 found by Egyptian militaryThe Egyptian Armed Forces have informed EGYPTAIR that they have found first debris from the missing aircraft operating flight MS804 around 295 KM from the Egyptian coastline. MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 295 KM from the Egyptian sea coast at 02:30 am CLT on 19 May. It was due to arrive Cairo Airport at 03:15 am CLT.The search in the area continues and further updates will be issued on and in our social media channels as more information becomes available.EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers on-board Flight MS804. We extend our deepest sympathies to those affected and have engaged international emergency support group Kenyon to assist with care for those touched by this tragedy.center_img View post tag: Egypt Navy Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Somalia Basketball team prepares for Inter-cities tournament in Dar es Salaam

first_imgBasketball is the only game played at night in Mogadishu. Somalia’s national basketball team has been preparing to compete, and possibly make an impact in the upcoming regional inter-cities tournament. And as CCTV’s Mohamed Hirmoge reports, the players show confidence and determination.last_img

Brandon O’Neal, Conway Springs, is bound over for trial; gets probation revoked

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brandon O’Neal, 20, of Conway Springs — charged with four felonies stemming from a June 12 fire he allegedly started at his home in hopes of framing a neighbor — had his probation revoked and lost a preliminary hearing at Sumner County District Court today.Judge Scott McQuin has decreed there is enough evidence to bound O’Neal over for a jury trial which is set for Nov. 12-13. Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he anticipates the trial to be continued to a later date.Meanwhile, O’Neal was immediately sent to prison for a probation violation on a previous conviction of burglary felony. (see story here) Spencer said O’Neal has already spent 10 days in prison, but will now spend 12 months there. If O’Neal demonstrates good behavior in prison he could be out in 10 months, Spencer said.O’Neal was convicted for a Sept. 12, 2012 theft which he entered a neighbor’s dwelling on North Conway Springs Road and stole guns, jewelry, a video camera, cash, a saxophone and an iPod. He spent 10 days in state prison before being released on probation.During his probationary time, O’Neal then was accused of creating a scheme in which he set two fires inside his home on 822 Chicaskia Road, southeast of Conway Springs when his father, Donald O’Neal was sleeping at the residence upstairs on June 12. He is also accused of setting three fires to two outbuildings at the residence.O’Neal is then accused of breaking into the neighbor son’s 1995 Chevrolet pickup and stealing a hammer from the cab, and also entering a shed and stealing a gas can and two cans of paint before the incident. He then allegedly set these items up in an attempt to make it look like the neighbor was the person starting the fires.O’Neal will now go to trial for four felony counts of aggravated arson, arson, non-residential burglary and burglary of a motored vehicle. Spencer said if convicted of aggravated arson O’Neal could possibly serve 72 months in prison.O’Neal pleaded not guilty to these four charges at the preliminary hearing Tuesday.Spencer said this was an unusual case in which he asked the judge to revoke probation before being tried for a new crime. Normally, Spencer said, if someone is accused of burglary while serving probation for a burglary conviction, he would wait until the alleged thief is convicted of the new crime and then add the probation revocation on top of that.But in this case, Spencer determined O’Neal was a risk to society and needed to be locked up immediately.“When you are allegedly setting houses on fire, I can’t imagine anything more dangerous than that,” Spencer said.At the hearing Tuesday, O’Neal’s defense attorney Kurt Kerns of Wichita — with the defendant by his side in the courtroom — asked the judge to not waive his probation because it would interfere with his therapy he is scheduled to complete on Dec. 15. Kerns said O’Neal has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and a personality disorder.Kerns said O’Neal is currently taking two kinds of medicine to help him cope with these symptoms. O’Neal also has volunteered on his own to seek therapy and wear an electronic ankle bracelet used to track an offender’s whereabouts, Kerns said.Kerns said O’Neal had made a very bad decision on June 12 because of several factors including a divorce and the stress from worrying that he could not pay for restitution to the neighbor he had burglarized. Kerns said O’Neal was also having problems with substance abuse which he is getting treatment for.“He is not a danger to society,” Kerns said.But McQuin did not see it that way.McQuin said there is ample evidence that O’Neal had set five separate fires while his dad was asleep and stole items from his neighbor in an attempt to frame him.McQuin said mental depression often causes people to not be able to get out of bed. Yet O’Neal had enough energy to allegedly plot out and execute a scheme. McQuin also did not believe anxiety or a personality disorder was the reason for the alleged crime. He also questioned whether O’Neal had a drug problem, when there has been no evidence that he had one before.“This was a serious violation of your probation,” McQuin told O’Neal. “Therefore I’m placing you under the custody of the state for the next 12 months.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 357 weeks ago right back to where he should have been Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Apple · 356 weeks ago Thank you judge for recognizing the seriousness of these crimes and considering the community’s safety. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Trenton C. Edwards · 356 weeks ago Agreed! I knew this individual in middle school when I attended Conway Springs, we were in the same class, at first I was shocked when I heard of the situation until I started reminiscing about his personality, he was quiet yet very slick and sneaky and always tried to pawn the trouble off on others, I took the fall a couple times for his wrongdoings just because I knew better than to be a “SNITCH” over petty accusations. Many from Conway remember me, Trenton Edwards, I admit I have done wrong to many but fortunately, unlike O’Neal, I chose a better path for myself and was tired of always being in trouble and frowned upon in that small town. Life is all about choices and he had his chance to change and chose to continue down a path of destruction, hopefully this time away will invoke a positive change. I pray he comes to realize that there is consequences to all of his actions and that they affect everyone around him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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