Many hands make light work of New Year’s bash

first_imgLifestyleEntertainmentNewsMany hands make light work of New Year’s bashBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 826 ALMOST 2,000 people have been recruited and resourced in just eight weeks for Limerick City of Culture 2014’s New Year‘s Eve extravaganza.Details of the pageant  and City of Culture ‘NYE Sky’ have been unveiled with a promise of being “the most exciting and exuberant interactive family event” Limerick has ever seen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The spectacular end-of-year bash promises to transport the streets of Limerick into a wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music, with both skies and terra firma being brought to life.According to a press statement this week, the difficult task of creating this world-class show has been achieved in an “impossibly tight timeframe”. Involved in putting together this breathtaking project were: producer Joe Clarke, creative director Paul Boland, University Concert Hall, LITMT, Lime Tree Theatre, Murt Whelan Sound, Frontline Theatre School, Spotlight Stage School, Expressive Arts, Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Choir, Cantet, Limerick City Hall, Peter Dee’s Academy of Music, Limerick Gospel Choir, Honest Arts, Music Generation, The Learning Hub, and many more on third level co-operative education placement.City of Culture chief executive Patricia Ryan is now predicting “the biggest and most magnificent occasion that Limerick has ever seen” on December 31.“The City will be illuminated like never before, breathing new life into every nook and cranny. It will be the celebration of all celebrations to kick off Limerick as the National City of Culture 2014,” she said.“The positives the City of Culture will bring to Limerick with this event alone are extremely substantial. It’s hugely encouraging to see 900 volunteers getting involved together with over 700 kids and teenagers across 20 Limerick schools working together to make this wonderful world class event happen,” she added.From 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve, a procession will be led by the multi-award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the fully pedestrianised streets of Limerick, along the banks of the River Shannon to the Medieval Quarter.Son et Lumiere, will turn the city and its night skies into a live storybook using cutting edge digital mapping and special lighting effects which will be projected onto Limerick’s historic buildings. Live narration and accompanying specially composed music will bring ‘The Story of the Boy who Looked for the Trout’, written by local playwright Mike Finn, to life.There is an open call for children and adults in Limerick to get involved in the City of Culture NYE. For more information contact #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Get ready for the New Years Eve Firework display in Limerick City TAGSCity of CultureMusic LimerickNew Year’s Eve Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Print Linkedin Twitter Previous articleMunster favourites over FrenchNext articleEditorial – lend me your ear to fix the problem Alan Jacques center_img Email Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: FIFA accusations, ‘suckoffs,’ stolen chairs, pinball, display Badgers’ looseness

first_imgThere’s several levels to measure a team’s demeanor: uptight, comfortable, loose to name a few.Now, there’s a new category called the 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team. This Badgers team has displayed a next-level looseness the entire season, and that relaxed attitude reached its pinnacle Tuesday afternoon at the Kohl Center media room.It didn’t matter that it wasn’t the general crew of local reporters. The national media was in attendance, with journalists like Brian Hamilton from Sports Illustrated along with Jeff Goodman and Pedro Gomez of ESPN.And with the horde of media present, the cameras rolling and the biggest game of their lives four days away, the Badgers shone brighter than the lights on the 11 cameras in the room.It started around the 11-minute mark of the news conference when senior forward Frank Kaminsky got a question about how fifth-year senior Josh Gasser became dubbed “Captain American”. After Kaminsky takes credit for the nickname, sophomore forward Nigel Hayes leans back in his chair in a sort of shock that his teammate apparently didn’t properly attribute the idea back to him.“Wowwwww,” Hayes said. The first of many laughs the press corps would experience.A few minutes later, it’s junior forward Sam Dekker complaining that someone took the Final Four chair he took from last year’s event in Arlington, Texas he had been using in Madison.Dekker’s plea for someone with information about the whereabouts of the chair ended with a public service announcement.“If someone has my Final Four chair, send it to me.”More laughs.Then, Hayes, known for his “Nigel Burgundy” routine throughout last year’s tournament, gets a question about the creation of shirts with words like “catawampus,” which he immortalized earlier this tournament while testing a stenographer.“I haven’t even got a shirt yet though,” Hayes said. “Seeing that there wouldn’t even be a shirt without me saying those things. But that’s neither here nor there.“I’m not going to say I deserve any royalties or anything like that.”A question about who the best FIFA player on the team sparked outrage and mutiny. The three players at the podium not named Kaminsky kept knocking him down a peg on the team rankings.That’s when Kaminsky had enough.Channeling his inner ‘tank’, Kaminsky jokingly flung the red BadgerMax sitting in front of him on the dais, and all of a sudden, the 7-footer had been reduced to sitting underneath the table like a child refusing to eat his vegetables.Frank threw his BadgerMax off the podium when the guys accused him of being the fifth-worst FIFA player on the team— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) March 31, 2015This didn’t happen before Hayes interrupted and insisted the Badgers are a Super Smash Bros. gaming squad, saying “all we care about is our suckoffs.”Warning, @marchmadness media: Be careful if you ask @BadgerMBB’s Frank Kaminsky about his video games.— Wisconsin On BTN (@WisconsinOnBTN) March 31, 2015Excuse me, Mr. Hayes? “Suckoffs” is allegedly a phrase used to describe when a player using the character Kirby inhales his opponent and then releases them off the edge of the map.The four stooges weren’t to be outdone by their coach, however.Following the players’ news conference, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan picked up right where his players left off, claiming he could start a reality show with the amount of personality his team exudes.He’d keep 15 percent of the profit, he said.That somehow transitioned into him telling the fable of how he was the No. 1 pinball player in the state of Pennsylvania in the 60’s.“I could freeze flippers better than anybody,” he said.Ryan said he would make one dime last two to three hours on the same machine. Ryan, who is making his second-straight trip to the Final Four, also saw the connection between his player’s competitiveness in video games to the way they are on the court.“We’re all competitors,” Ryan said. “Anybody that plays a sport, and you find other ways to compete.”His players distinguish the time where fooling around is acceptable and when it’s time to get serious, he said.“It’s like being a kid again, being around them,” Ryan said. “But when we get on the floor or we do anything basketball-wise, I never have to worry about ’em. They can separate.”last_img read more