‘Stand up and fight’ to bring Limerick military history to life

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSfeaturedFirst World WarGallipoliIrish Naval AssociationlimerickLimerick archivist Jacqui HayesLimerick Branch of the Royal British LegionRoyal Munster FusiliersStand Up and Fight Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Email Facebook NewsLocal News‘Stand up and fight’ to bring Limerick military history to lifeBy Alan Jacques – April 30, 2015 1677 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Printcenter_img Linkedin The Royal Munster Fusiliers drumming up recruits in Limerick in 1914.(Photograph by H M Stewart, 104 O’’Connell Street)by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Royal Munster Fusiliers drumming up recruits in Limerick in 1914.(Photograph by H M Stewart, 104 O’’Connell Street)FLOWERS sent to a Limerick mother from her son on the front lines of the First World War and an oar from one of the Lusitania’s lifeboats are just two of the rare artefacts that will go on display at City Hall next week.‘Stand Up and Fight’, an exhibition supported by the Limerick Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and the Irish Naval Association, will be launched next Thursday, May 7.Never before seen artefacts will be displayed as part of the exhibition of Limerick’s military history from the Wild Geese to Gallipoli.It coincides with the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign that claimed the lives of 800 members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 75 of whom were from Limerick including eight men from the village of Coonagh who died when their ship was torpedoed.Conservative estimates suggest that 1,000 of Limerick’s 4,000 listed men died in the First World War.Items on display will include flowers sent from from Ypres by a Limerick soldier to his mother in Limerick; an oar from one of RMS Lusitania’s lifeboats as well as cannonballs and musket balls from the Siege of Limerick.Also included are pikes from the time of the 1798 Rebellion; a bloodied apron worn by a Limerick nurse serving in a First World War field hospital and rare photographs of the American Civil War, Boer War and First World War.“From the departure of the Wild Geese in 1691 to the Limerick men who fought in the Boer Wars, Limerick is steeped in military history,” explained city archivist Jacqui Hayes.“Limerick’s location on the Shannon means it has always been a strategic military stronghold. There were four barracks in Limerick in the nineteenth century and soldiers were a familiar sight.”The ‘Stand Up and Fight’ exhibition will feature memorabilia and militaria from Limerick Museum and Archives’ own collection as well as donations by private collectors and members of the public.Also featured are American Civil War army uniform buttons produced by the Limerick-based Tait Clothing Factory, which held military uniform supply contracts with the Confederacy as well as the British Army during the Crimean War.While much of the exhibition is concerned with the participation of Limerick men and women in The Great War, it also deals with Limerick’s long military and naval tradition as well as the military culture that started in earnest in the 17th century and has lasted since.“While primarily focusing on Limerick’s lengthy military history, the exhibition also examines the impact of the military on Limerick’s social history in these centuries, such as the numbers who joined the armed forces; particular areas which had a tradition of recruitment; family military traditions and the role of women,” Ms Hayes commented.The exhibition looks at some of the careers of Limerick men who fought in the British army all over the world. One of them, George de Lacy Evans from Moig, Askeaton, was involved in the burning of the White House by the British in 1814. He also made a major contribution to army reform by successfully campaigning for an end to flogging in the British army.‘Stand Up and Fight’ runs from May 7 until December at the Glazed Street, Limerick City and County Council Civic Buildings, Merchants Quay. Previous articleAAA join the fight for ‘full equality’ in LimerickNext articleAfghan ‘golden boy’ claims crash ruined his life Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

A cute pain

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaBaby animals and baby humans are a lot alike in one sense:they’re both cute — well, except for baby buzzards (those thingsare ugly).Baby chicks and ducks, especially, are cute — for a while. Butthey grow into large, mature animals fairly quickly and losetheir cuteness even quicker.Hundreds of baby chicks and ducks and even baby rabbits arebought this time of year and given to small children as Easterpresents. And I can tell you from personal experience whathappens when a child gets one of these Easter pets.Lindsay’s duckMy oldest daughter, Lindsay, was about 2 years old when her PapaBill gave her a baby duck for Easter. Lindsay loved it. As amatter of fact, she almost loved it to death.”Lindsay! Don’t tote the duck by its neck!” we would tell her aswe pried the poor duck out of her tightly clasped hand.For the first week, the duck was small enough to stay in a bigbox in the house, and everything was fine. My daughter loved thatfuzzy little yellow ball with a head and two feet. And I mustadmit, I kind of liked the “cheep, cheep” sound it made.Occasionally changing the paper bedding in the box and makingsure the duck had plenty to eat and drink was about all we had todo to keep it.Ducks growBut as time went on, the duck wouldn’t stay in the box. And if itdid, I sort of wished it hadn’t because of the mess it would makein the box. I guess it was a whole lot better to have the mess inthe box than all over the house.Give a duck enough time, and nature has a definite plan for it.It wasn’t long before the fuzz changed to feathers, the “cheep”changed to “quack,” the cute changed to ugly and the duck wentoutside.An Easter duck outside creates other problems. For one thing, Imust have been firmly imprinted into the heart and mind of thatduck. It thought I was its mama. I couldn’t go anywhere outsidewithout that stupid duck following right at my heels.Finding a homeI carried it to the pond in the pasture behind our house, whereit swam contentedly until it realized I’d left it there. A duckin a big hurry can waddle really fast. It almost beat me back tothe house.And I didn’t dare go outside barefooted. I didn’t like coldsurprises on the bottom of my bare foot.By now, Lindsay had all but forgotten about the duck. So I put itwith other ducks in a friend’s pond several miles away. It stayedthis time.If you’re thinking about giving a baby animal as an Easterpresent, please consider the parents. Ask if they really want oneand if they can and will take care of it.Consider the animal itself. Far too many of these animals arecruelly abandoned. They deserve better than that.Yes, baby animals are cute. But they don’t stay that way.last_img read more