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

HPSC confirm 19 people with Covid-19 have sadly died

first_imgA further five people have died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.It brings the total across the border to 381.A further 78 cases of the virus have also been confirmed bringing the total to 3,767 in Northern Ireland. Google+ Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp WhatsApp HPSC confirm 19 people with Covid-19 have sadly died RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleNo North West 10k today for the first time everNext articleFemale porpoise found washed up on Donegal beach News Highland The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 19 people with COVID-19 have died.There have now been a total 1,303 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of 11am Sunday 3rd May, the HPSC has been notified of 330 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 21,506 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Twitter By News Highland – May 3, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Icy Flowers.

first_img Remove dead tissues soon. They can lead to infections when the weather warms. Tan, brown or black tissue won’t recover. If it’s half green, don’t bother it. Keep plants dry if you can. You can’t stop the rain, but don’t water or wash the plant. And don’t fertilize until spring. Give the wounds time to heal. Watch for disease signs such as shrinking stems, black areas or brown patches that grow bigger on leaves or stems. If you see them, check with your county agent for proper fungicide recommendations. Thomas offers these helpful hints: “Very little,” said Paul Thomas, an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.center_img What can you do if your landscape flowers are freeze-damaged or dead from the cold?last_img read more

Trump order targets Chinese internet stars TikTok, WeChat

first_imgTopics : Trump’s order cites a threat to “national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States” in taking aim at the companies.”TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories,” the order contended.Data from TikTok could potentially be used by China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, build dossiers on people for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage, the order alleged.The TikTok mobile app has been downloaded some 175 million times in the US and more than a billion times around the world. US President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and WeChat, which could strangle their ability to operate in the United States.Trump’s executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, bars anyone under US jurisdiction from doing business with TikTok or WeChat’s owners.It heaps pressure on ByteDance, TikTok’s parent, to close negotiations to sell to Microsoft and further escalates the Trump administration’s multi-front confrontation with Beijing.center_img The US Senate voted Thursday to bar TikTok from being downloaded onto US government employees’ telephones, intensifying US scrutiny of the popular Chinese-owned video app.The bill passed by the Republican controlled Senate now goes to the House of Representatives, led by Democrats.Several US agencies already bar employees from downloading TikTok onto their phones.Trump and other officials have argued the app could be used for Chinese espionage, a claim repeatedly denied by TikTok, which does not operate within China.Trump, who has locked horns with China on a range of issues including trade and the coronavirus pandemic, has set a deadline of mid-September for TikTok to be acquired by a US firm or be banned in the United States.Microsoft has expanded its talks on TikTok to a potential deal that would include buying the global operations of the fast-growing video-sharing app, the Financial Times reported Thursday.Microsoft declined to comment on the report, after previously disclosing it was considering a deal for TikTok operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.TikTok’s kaleidoscopic feeds of short video clips feature everything from hair dye tutorials to dance routines and jokes about daily life.The company on Thursday announced plans for its first data center for European users, to be set up in Ireland.WeChat is a messaging, social media, and electronic payment platform owned by TenCent Holdings and is reported to have more than a billion users.Trump’s order contended that WeChat captures user data that could then exploited by the Chinese government but provided no evidence that is happening.”WeChat captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States,” the order read.”Thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.”last_img read more

Chancellor Kent Syverud discusses timing of Daryl Gross’s decision to step down as director of athletics

first_img Published on March 19, 2015 at 10:08 am Contact Brett: [email protected] | @Brett_Samuels27 One day after Daryl Gross stepped down as director of athletics, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud discussed the timing of the decision, and said Gross can still contribute to the university.In an interview Thursday morning with The Daily Orange, Syverud said he had been talking with leaders and personnel in the athletics department since his arrival at SU because of NCAA issues. On March 6, the NCAA released its 94-page report on SU, and levied penalties against the school including a reduction in men’s basketball scholarships and putting the football and men’s basketball programs on five-years probation.While discussions with athletics personnel and leadership was not restricted to the two weeks since the NCAA Committee on Infractions report came out, Syverud said discussions did intensify after the report was released.In those discussions, it was clear that Daryl Gross, “felt it was really time to move to another way to contribute to Syracuse University,” Syverud said.Gross stepped down Wednesday after 10 years as director of athletics. He will now serve as vice president and special assistant to the chancellor, and will teach as an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile some have blamed Gross for certain findings in the NCAA report, Syverud said Gross “is entitled to extraordinary respect for what he’s achieved here.”“We would not be in an athletic conference and an academic conference, which is what the ACC is, without his vision and persistence and foresight,” Syverud said. He also noted that during Gross’s tenure, SU Athletics had success in Olympic sports and grew its presence in areas like New York CitySyverud added that Gross has many skills that make him valuable to the university in his new role. That includes his expertise in sports and sport management, and his connections with student-athletes and alumni, he said.“I think it’s very desirable that we use that expertise in different ways going forward and show respect and grace with the contributions he’s made here,” Syverud said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more