Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsFormer Mayor flies high for charityBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 996 Midwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association vice chairperson John Byrnes, Irish Parachute Club instructor Peter Breen, and Cllr Michael Sheahan taking part in a charity skydive on SundayMidwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association vice chairperson John Byrnes, Irish Parachute Club instructor Peter Breen, and Cllr Michael Sheahan taking part in a charity skydive on Sunday by Kathy [email protected]post.ieSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FORMER Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Michael Sheahan ended his term in office on a high as he leapt from a plane 13,000 feet in the air on Sunday to raise funds for the Midwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association.The Fine Gael councillor, who also completed the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run 10k event in aid of the MWSA, described his skydive as “a wonderful experience”.He told the Limerick Post: “It was a long day, we were there from 8.30 in the morning and we didn’t jump until 8.30 that evening because of wind problems. I was worried that it would be cancelled but thankfully it wasn’t and it was well worth it.“I absolutely loved it. It was frighteningly exciting. Just as you’re leaning out of the plane, that’s when the second of doubt creeps in because it’s not natural, you’re leaning out into open space. But once you jump then you’re in freefall for a few seconds and you just have to go with the flow. You straighten yourself out then and I was floating down like a frog. It was lovely.”Cllr Sheahan added: “I’d recommend it to anybody with a bit of positivity about them. It’s a very unique way to raise money for charity as well. I would definitely do it again. I really enjoyed it and it was for a very good cause.”The City East councillor, who recently handed over the title of Metropolitan Mayor to Cllr Jerry O’Dea, says he is enjoying the break from “the cut and thrust” of civic events, but promises that he still has “plenty of issues to work on” between now and the next local elections in four years’ time.John Byrnes, vice chairperson of the MWSA, who joined Cllr Sheahan in the skydive with the Irish Parachute Club in Offaly, thanked the former Mayor for his support for the charity during his year in office.The Midwest Spina Bifida Association & Hydrocephalus is a voluntary organisation providing services to more than 100 families.Only 35 per cent of the charity’s funding comes from the HSE so it relies heavily on fundraising; all funds raised go directly towards its services.All its services are free of charge and include physiotherapy, orthotics, counselling for members and family, computer classes, cookery, leadership and self awareness development, summer camps, swimming and art lessons, wheelchair sports and more.For more information, or to make a donation, got to www.spinabifida.ie. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Print Twitter Linkedin Previous articleNew York welcomes The Lady DianaNext articleGarda vow on feuding gangs John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSCllr Michael SheahanIrish Parachute ClublimerickMidwest Spina Bifida Email Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
INDIANAPOLIS – After reeling off its first win in the Big Ten tournament since 2008, Wisconsin often looked overwhelmed against top-seeded Michigan State in a 65-52 semifinals loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Despite an 11-0 run starting at the 15:48 mark in the second half that brought the Badgers (24-9) within six, the Spartans (26-7) answered with 11 unanswered points of their own in the final 12 minutes that sealed the game.The Badgers struggled with their shooting all day, finishing 34.7 percent the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc.Bo Ryan’s squad also failed to contain Michigan State guard Austin Thornton, who scored all 12 of his points from three-point range. The senior shooter – who converted three consecutive three-pointers just past the midway point in the opening 20 minutes – powered the Spartans to a 26-5 run to close out the first half. Though Wisconsin matched Michigan State on the glass with 29 rebounds, Sparty dominated Ryan’s team in the paint with a 22-6 scoring advantage. Thornton received help from the usual cadre of Michigan State stars, with Keith Appling finishing with a team-high 13 points and Derrick Nix and Brandon Wood each adding nine. Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green didn’t find his stroke in the paint until the second half but still managed 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, more than half of his team’s total.It was another impressive shooting performance from the Spartans, who sunk 50 percent of their shots from the field and better than 66 percent from long distance.Senior guard Jordan Taylor led Wisconsin with 19 points, while forward Ryan Evans finished with 18 and forward Jared Berggren dumped in six. UW’s two other starters – guard Josh Gasser and forward Mike Bruesewitz – failed to score a single point against a physical MSU defense.The Badgers also made the most of Michigan State’s 12 turnovers, scoring 22 points off the Spartans’ mistakes.With the loss, the Wisconsin looks forward to the first round of the NCAA tournament, which begins Wednesday.
Published on August 29, 2018 at 9:06 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 In October of 2016, Dino Babers stood in the locker room in a blue full-zip Syracuse jacket and his game day khaki pants. Babers talked about how the opponent didn’t know the work his team had put in. The pregame points spread was more than 20. Virginia Tech thought they’d have an easy game. After a long pause, he began to chant.“Whose house?” Babers yelled.“Our house,” the players responded.The video of Syracuse celebrating its win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech went viral. It reached more than 300,000 views on ESPNU’s Twitter. After orchestrating Syracuse’s first win over a ranked opponent since November 2012, Babers had rejuvenated the faith in the program.“That’s what college football’s all about. That excitement, that energy, it’s so pure,” Babers said after the game. “Anytime … you have an opportunity to experience something like that, it’s always going to be special.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Virginia Tech game gave Syracuse fans a reason to believe. An upset win over then-No. 2 Clemson provided the evidence Babers promised in Year 2.At Babers’ last two head coaching stops, a moment like the Clemson upset is where everything started to click. In his first stop at Eastern Illinois, Babers’ team jumped five wins from Year 1 to Year 2 and finished 12-2. After one season at Bowling Green, the Falcons improved by two wins and finished at 10-3.But at SU, the record remained stagnant — repeating a 4-8 finish each of the last two years. Babers, who owns a 45-32 career record as a head coach, will enter unchartered waters as he leads a football team for a third season for the first time in his career.Daily Orange File Photo“Year 3 is when you can really start to fairly judge the coaches, even though it’s still not entirely their recruits,” said Stewart Mandel, editor-in-chief of The Athletic CFB. “The guys they didn’t recruit are upperclassmen who have been in that system for two years. So I think, at this point, you’ll have a pretty accurate reflection of the talent there and the program that he runs.”While the first two years had the same end result, Syracuse showed improvement in Year 2 under Babers. Both the Orange’s offensive (25.7 points per game in 2016 to 27.4 in 2017) and defensive (38.6 points allowed per game in 2016 to 32.2 in 2017) numbers boosted in the second year under the new coaching staff.The win over then-No. 2 Clemson was emblematic of improvements. It was Syracuse’s biggest upset since 1984. The Orange played tighter with ranked opponents in 2017 than they did in years past, twice sitting within two points of Top 25 teams on the road. They lost both, though, with a Sept. 23, 35-26 loss at LSU and a 27-19 loss at Miami on Oct. 21.“The question is can he build some momentum off of it,” said Bruce Feldman, a National College Football Insider for The Athletic and a sideline reporter for Fox College Football.“That’s why it’s kind of a swing year again.”A Syracuse team which enters the season without 63.6 percent of its receiving yardage from 2017 and its starting linebacker corps graduated, has the Orange predicted to finish last out of the seven teams in the Atlantic Division. At ACC media day, Babers said his team needs to have a season like North Carolina State did last year— which featured two wins against ranked opponents, two wins in November and a bowl game victory. NC State finished 9-4 including a 6-2 mark in the ACC.In two years under Babers, Syracuse is a combined 4-12 in the ACC. The Orange have yet to win a game in November, a month in which starting quarterback Eric Dungey hasn’t played a full game. Through two seasons, Babers has fulfilled some of his promises. The offense has played fast. He’s beaten top teams.But Babers wants more.Laura Angle | Digital Design Editor“It’s really important for us to find a way to not only stay true to our motto, to play fast but to also find a way to finish,” Babers said on July 19. “And to finish the month off, November, the way we’ve played September and October.”Babers said entering Year 3, the locker room is full of more of “his guys.” Players like Dungey, running back Dontae Strickland and defensive tackle Chris Slayton have been a big part of what’s defined Years 1 and 2, but haven’t always played in Babers’ system. In Year 3, Babers said they know it so well they likely forgot their old one. Facebook Twitter Google+ “This is new ground for me as well,” Babers said on Aug.1, one day before 2018 fall camp began. “But I think just having a better understanding of what’s going on in the conference, having a better understanding of the 107 guys in the room.”More than half of the players listed on the two-deep depth chart ahead of the Western Michigan game are Babers recruits. Junior college transfers Ravian Pierce and Alton Robinson have solidified themselves at the end positions on opposite sides of the ball. Freshman safety Andre Cisco started at free safety in the nickel defense during training camp. It’s the combination of the players who are directly Babers’ guys and those who have learned the way that will define Year 3.“Everybody’s headed in the right direction,” Babers said on Aug. 1. “I think there’s more of our type of guys in the room than before, and I think it’s going to pay off for us in the long run.” Comments