Taking Pride in Team Limerick

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Limerick Gay Games Bid Organising Committee members, Billie and Cillian Flynn at the Treaty Stone.Picture: Alan Place/Press 22. Limerick Pride highlights global issues LAST summer, Limerick launched a bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, an event that could have potentially generated €80 million for the local economy, and showcased the city’s sports facilities and the best of Ireland’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) sporting talent.The city on the Shannon took on the might of London, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Amsterdam.Limerick narrowly lost out to Paris, but reaching the final three was still a major coup for the Limerick 2018 Gay Games Organising Committee, and was testament to the commitment of the city’s LGBT sporting community.The Committee plans to make another bid to host the Gay Games in 2022 or 2026 but, in the meantime, it is focusing on developing LGBT sports opportunities in Limerick with the launch of the new ‘Team Limerick’ club.“It’s the new name for the group that produced the Gay Games bid. It’s a multi-sport LGBT group; we’re newly-formed at the minute and we’re looking for members to join. The idea is that from the needs of the members we’ll look at what sports we do,” explained coordinator Cillian Flynn, who was also a member of the Limerick 2018 committee.“Some people want to get involved in certain events and meet other people but they don’t necessarily want to do it in a bar setting or anything like that so in terms of meeting people, getting out there, getting active, keeping fit – doing all that through a sports group is a fun way of doing it. We’re also now part of a newly-formed national LGBT sports group called Prism, which has come out on the back of the bid as well.”So why the need for a club geared specifically towards LGBT people?“I think it is important in terms of identity. Growing up you play GAA or soccer for your local town, you play for your local club or your community. So this is about LGBT people representing their community,” said Cillian.“I know a lot about the LBGT community always comes back to the word pride, but it’s about taking pride in your community. It stops people feeling isolated and thinking ‘I’m on my own, I’m the only person going through this’. It’s camaraderie, it’s team-building, it’s making friends, but not in the alcohol-based setting of a pub or a club.”Cillian believes that Team Limerick can also play an important role in highlighting the fact that LGBT people’s interests range much further than pride parades and throwing a good party.He says: “During Limerick Pride, the question of the rainbow flag outside the garda station was raised, and that was about supporting a community that’s visible in the city and in the Mid West, so we’re adding another strand to that. It’s not just about the party lifestyle and ‘the pink pound’ and all of that that’s associated with the LGBT community. That’s stereotyping an already marginalised and stereotyped group.”“Part of it is education, showing people that it’s not the stereotypical gay lifestyle that would be portrayed in programmes, the promiscuous side of things and all of that. LGBT people are in the community, they pay their taxes, they do the nine to five, they settle down in relationships, the same as everyone else.”Sadly, homophobia in sport is still an issue for many LGBT people, both at amateur and professional levels. Cillian hopes that Team Limerick will provide an outlet for LGBT people who may have experienced homophobic bullying, or who may not yet feel comfortable playing with a ‘mainstream’ sports club.“Not everyone questioning their identity and their sexuality as young people would have felt comfortable coming out. There’s always the dressing room banter and stuff like that going on. In the Mid West thankfully homophobia is not as prominent, but there would be one or two people who would have experienced it.“In terms of transexual identity, a lot of trans people say they wouldn’t feel comfortable going to communal changing rooms while they’re mid-transition. A lot of it comes down to education, working with the sports clubs. I think when Limerick went forward with the bid it did help raise awareness of LGBT issues in terms of sport.”Cillian believes that there is still “a lot more to be done” in terms of changing attitudes towards LGBT people involved in sport.Referring to comments made on Newstalk FM earlier this year by rugby pundit and former Irish international Neil Francis, who suggested that the majority of homosexual people “have no interest in any kind of sport”, Cillian remarked:“He has since apologised, but it didn’t really help the situation.“Anything to spark the conversation is good, but it would have been nice if we’d had a better introduction to the discussion on LGBT sport. We disagree with his comments but we welcome the fact that the conversation has started again.”Cillian believes that the fact that a number of well-known personalities have come out in recent years is a positive move, as seeing high-profile people playing sport professionally while being open about their sexuality could provide some support and inspiration for other gay athletes.“The age-old thing was as sports stars were coming out; it was always in and around their retirement. Now the tables are turning but I suppose there’s still a lot more to be done on that. However, it has become a lot more open for athletes. There has been Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy winger) in the US who came out and retired, but then decided ‘I don’t need to retire to do this’ and came back playing football.“You’ve Tom Daly, who inspired a lot of people when he came out last December. There’s Gareth Thomas as well, the Welsh rugby player. Even closer to home there’s Donal Óg Cusack and his brother Conor. He’s done some fantastic work in terms of championing anti-homophobic bullying, and he’s worked closely with Belong To, the national youth LGBT organisation.”On a local level, it is hoped that Team Limerick will play its part in the fight against homophobia, and in opening up attitudes towards the involvement of LGBT people in the sporting world.But aside from that, the club promises to provide a fun, inclusive, accepting environment for anyone in Limerick to make friends, get fit, and play their favourite sports.“If people want to get involved in sport but don’t feel ready to join a mainstream club, we’d say to them: ‘Come along, make some friends, get to play your sport’.“But it’s not just for LGBT people, it’s an LGBT sports club but it’s open to everyone, it’s open to supporters and allies, it’s open to anyone that wants to come along and be involved,” concluded Cillian.For more information about Team Limerick, go to www.teamlimerick.com or email [email protected] Flynn and Billie – Pic by Liam Burke Press22A Voice for the LGBT CommunityALONG with Team Limerick and Limerick Pride, another organisation that provides support, advice and social activities for LGBT teens and adults in the Mid West is GOSHH (Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV), formerly named the Red Ribbon Project.GOSHH runs a range of services such as workshops and group and one-to-one support, activities, sexual health advice, and support for parents and families of LGBT people in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.Cillian Flynn, who is also administrator and volunteer coordinator at GOSHH explained: “It’s about providing a more integrated person-centred organisation all under the one roof. As a community it’s important to have a space where issues in terms of the LGBT community are discussed, like positive promotion of sexual health, or support for people newly-diagnosed or living with HIV. It’s also important to have that space where it’s prominent, it’s visible and it’s keeping the conversation going.”According to Cillian, the support groups are vital for LGBT young people to help them become comfortable with their sexual or gender identity.“Part of it is realising that they’re not on their own. Part of it is that they can come along to a group and they can be themselves. They can bring their friends; they can come along and enjoy themselves.“We do workshops and social activities, so it’s about educating and also having a laugh and being around people like yourself. It’s about social settings, it’s about meeting people and making friends, but not in a bar setting.,” he said.Providing support and information for the parents, families and friends of LGBT people is another important aspect of GOSHH’s work.“When someone comes out it’s not just themselves, there’s family, there’s friends, there’s parents, who are all coming to terms with it. We do a family group as well and we have a group once a month in Clare Youth Service in Ennis for parents of LGBT people.“The parents’ group is doing fantastically. Of all the groups it’s one of the longest we have running. It’s just a space where you’re not on your own; people realise ‘I’m not the only person going through this’”.The Red Ribbon Project relaunched as GOSHH in July of this year, and has moved to a fully-accessible ground floor premises on Davis Street.Cillian revealed that demand for the organisation’s services has been high since the relaunch.“We’re coming into a busy time in the next six to eight months in terms of LGBT rights with the marriage equality referendum. That’s something that we’ll be advocating strongly. The next step on that will be our voter registration campaign,” he added.Cillian says that one of GOSHH’s roles is to act as “a community voice” for LGBT people in the Mid West.“It’s there representing people who want to stand up and speak, or for those who aren’t ready to stand up and speak, we’re a voice for them.”For more information about any of the services available at GOSHH, go to www.goshh.ie, or email [email protected] Homophobia in sport study “sad and scary” Saara Aalto to headline Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival 2017 Climax Party RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick pride Festival 2017 gives youth a voice TAGSCillian FlynnGay GamesGOSHHLGBT LimerickLimerick Gay Games 2018Limerick PrideTeam Limerick Linkedin Number of people seeking LGBT help on the rise Ban on gay men giving blood “ridiculous” WhatsApp Email Previous articleCouncillors in the dark over Limerick landfill proposalNext articleLimerick cúrsaí central to TG4’s IMEALL John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Gay Games Bid Organising Committee members, Billie and Cillian Flynn at the Treaty Stone.Picture: Alan Place/Press 22. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick is a city with a deep-rooted sporting heritage, and one with a vibrant LGBT community. Last year, Limerick emerged as one of the three finalists vying for the chance to host the 2018 Gay Games alongside Paris and London. So it’s no surprise that a new club is about to be launched to meet the growing demand for LGBT sports in the city. Kathy Masterson talks to Cillian Flynn to find out more about Team Limerick. NewsTaking Pride in Team LimerickBy John Keogh – October 9, 2014 892 Printlast_img read more

Recognize genetics’ role in opioid cases

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I would like to commend you for printing a copy of the editorial on “Bloomberg View” in the Oct. 28 Gazette. You had printed my letter to the editor on Jan. 1, 2015, concerning the opioid problem in this country and my recommendations for helping to reduce it.Until recently, I hadn’t read any articles or editorials which supported my recommendations. More recently, that has been changing, including the editorial mentioned above.I have been treating Opioid Use Disorder for over 14 years and it’s obviously a genetic illness. I have had many patients who were siblings, cousins and parent/child. My most recent new patient had a grandmother, as well as a sister, who were heroin addicts. Now we have a genetic test which may predict opioid addiction risk with 88 to 97 percent certainty. The test, called LifeKit Predict, uses an algorithm to calculate a patient’s addiction risk score based on 16 genetic variants in brain reward pathways.This is in addition to the gene, OPRM1, on chromosome number six, which encodes the opioid receptors in the brain. The protein Delta FosB accumulates in the nucleus accumbens with opioid use and is one of the causes of addiction, but decreases with time during treatment. The difference between addiction and physical dependence needs to be recognized. The person taking buprenorphine has a physical dependence, but not an addiction. There’s no “high” or cravings from buprenorphine, and the person feels “normal.” It’s similar to treating someone with diabetes or hypertension.Treating pain is important, but now with this test the doctor can know how careful they need to be with a particular patient. The next problem will be its cost and whether insurance companies will cover such an order by the doctor to obtain this test, as they would for other medical lab tests.If not, will the federal government be willing to pay for this test, which can give the prescribing doctor the information needed? I would hope they would, in view of the fact that they have wasted so much money on worthless programs from ignorance.Jack L. UnderwoodSchenectadyThe writer is a psychiatrist.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img read more

Condon at his best on Riverside

first_img Only fifth jumping the final fence, the jockey brought his mount wide to make his challenge in the familiar JP McManus silks, but it looked in vain as top-weight Man With Van had gone clear. The welter burden began to take its toll, though, and as the leader’s stride shortened Condon forced Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old (9-1) up close home to score by a head to win over the bigger obstacles for the first time. The trainer said: “That was nice – he confirmed what he showed at Leopardstown. We didn’t know how he would handle the track, but he handled it well. He’ll make a nice three-mile chaser.” Ger Fox looked to have plenty to do jumping the last in fourth spot in the ‘Ulsters Real McCoy’ Handicap Chase, but Peter Kavanagh’s 6-1 shot Town Pond dug deep and collared Ardmillan – ridden by Fox’s twin brother Anthony – late on to score by a neck. Derek Fox delivered Feel The Air with a punishing run heading to two out in the Toals Best Value For Football Betting Handicap Hurdle and Mark McNiff’s 9-1 shot quickly asserted after the jumping the obstacle to win by seven lengths. Riverside City benefited from a power-packed ride by Davy Condon to win the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National EBF Handicap Chase at Downpatrick. Condon said: ” That’s my first winner for JP and it’s an honour to wear these colours. We said we’d hunt him round and hope to be in with a squeak over the last two. I needed a clear run over the last two so I pulled him wide, and he winged the last. H e dug deep and will be a fun summer horse.” Elliott added: “This is a lucky track for us so it’s nice to win their big race. “We were worried about him getting the trip so we told Davy to ride him to be placed so that there was no pressure on him. Thankfully it worked out and Davy gave him a peach. We might take him to Punchestown for the long-distance chase.” Cheltenham Festival charity race winner Knight’s Parade earlier led home a one-two for Elliott after a dramatic conclusion to the Visit toals.co.uk Rated Hurdle. The progressive five-year-old was sent off the 11-10 favourite after winning his last three ‘proper’ races, two of them over jumps and one on the Flat at Dundalk, but supporters must have been worrying as they entered the closing stages of the contest. Sailors Warn held every chance as they approached the second-last flight but crashed out, taking Massini’s Trap with him, and Condon had to get after King’s Parade to haul in stablemate Cape Glory on the run-in for a length victory. Elliott said of the winner: “He got hampered and stuck on the inside coming down the hill. He’s won four on the bounce for us so we’ll find another one for him. He’ll keep going.” Condon added: ” He’s a smashing horse who can go on to better things.” Ted Walsh’s 4-6 favourite Salsa Sensation gave backers a minor scare when clumsy at the third-last in the www.downpatrickracecourse.co.uk Maiden Hurdle, but Ruby Walsh always looked confident and led going to the last before winning by six and a half lengths. Press Associationlast_img read more