King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games

first_imgFacebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsHeritageLimerickLocal NewsKing John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor gamesBy Sarah Carr – May 13, 2021 178 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Linkedin Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Print Twitter Previous articleCounty Medical Centre provides top class women’s health serviceNext articleWeddings are back in focus at the award-winning Charleville Park Hotel Sarah Carr Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedKing John’s CastlelimerickLimerick PostShannon GroupShannon Heritage To mark the planned reopening of King John’s Castle on the 20th May, an exciting new series of medieval games have been added to the castle courtyard.. Eoin Barry from Askeaton, Co. Limerick is pictured enjoying an abseiling lesson with Dave Neville from Nevsail Watersports.SHANNON Group has announced that King John’s Castle in the heart of Limerick City will reopen to visitors on Thursday 20th May. The site will open four days a week initially moving to seven days a week from May 31st. To mark the reopening, exciting new outdoor elements have been added to the castle courtyard.A new series of medieval courtyard games are set to bring the courtyard of King John’s Castle to life and are similar to the types of games that people would have enjoyed on fair days back in medieval times. Hand crafted, these new additions to the courtyard offer the perfect option for a day out for visitors and locals alike.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Games includes a medieval seesaw, medieval noughts and crosses, medieval archery, horseshoe throwing, Tug O War, hopscotch, Quoits (Ring Tossing) and medieval storytelling. All games are suitable for adults and children and friendly castle characters dressed in mediaeval costumes will be on hand to assist.Visitors will have the opportunity to take in stunning views of Limerick City in one of the most unique ways, by abseiling down the historic walls of King John’s Castle. The team at King John’s Castle have partnered up with Nevsail Watersports to bring this exhilarating experience to life. Available on selected dates throughout June, July and August, visitors can take in the sheer beauty and scale of Limerick City’s most iconic building in the most exciting way possible. Available to visitors 10 years old and over.Commenting on the reopening of the Castle, Vanessa McTigue of Shannon Heritage said: “We are delighted to reopen King John’s Castle to the public. After what has been a really difficult period, it is wonderful to be able to open our doors to the public once again. In doing so we wanted to enhance our offering, at no extra cost to our customers, and we are delighted to launch our new medieval courtyard games hand crafted by our own team.  We have a full programme of Covid-19 safety measures in place throughout the Castle and courtyard so our visitors can concentrate on enjoying the experience and making memories to treasure.”Shannon Heritage has been accredited with the Fáilte Ireland Covid19 Safety Charter for its COVID-19 safety protocols. You can read the safety charter here exploring the castle’s interactive exhibition, enjoying the magnificent views and experiencing the lifestyle of a Norman soldier, visitors have the unique opportunity to discover the stories of King John, the noble knights, and rebellious natives.  The interactive exhibition uses exciting 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawers are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare.  A dazzling array of computer-generated animations and ghostly projections greet you at every turn as you travel back through 800 years of Limerick’s history.Exploring the castle’s ancient towers, you can also enjoy spectacular views from across the roaring River Shannon and the rooftops of Limerick City. The view from the top of this dramatic fortress is second to none and boasts some of the best selfie spots Limerick City has to offer!Shannon Group has announced that King John’s Castle in the heart of Limerick City will reopen to visitors on Thursday 20th May. The site will open four days a week initially moving to seven days a week from May 31st. To mark the reopening, exciting new outdoor medieval games have been added to the castle courtyard. (L_R) King John’s Castle animator, Ocean McCormack, is pictured giving an archery demonstration to sister Orla and Belle Downes, both aged 8 from Kilmihil, Co. Clare.To ensure proper social distancing, pre booking for a King John’s Castle visit is essential. Tickets will go on sale from Thursday 13th May to book book an abseiling experience which includes full access to King John’s Castle interactive exhibition and courtyard games visit Pre booking is essential.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: For Indiana, It’s a Tale of Two Fired-Coaches

first_imgFor Indiana, It’s a Tale of Two Fired-Coachesby Bryan Fox“I ain’t never gonna stop praying for him.” Former Indiana head basketball coach Tom Crean on the man who fired him.“I hope they’re all dead.” Former Indiana head basketball coach Bob Knight on the people who fired himFor IU fans, we’ve been down this path before. A path that involves chasing a ghost of glories past. The glory days IU hasn’t seen the likes of for over 20 years. A kind of past the older generation is starting to refer to as the good ole days. The days where IU was a consistent national contender and no even dare bad mouth The General. A man whose name is in Hoosier folklore along with Ernie Pyle and Red Skelton. No one can deny the legend that is Coach Bob Knight.So when Knight was fired 17 years ago, the entire state of Indiana was in an uproar. You CAN’T fire our coach! He wins! His players graduate! He runs a clean program! The fact that during Knight’s last six seasons his teams failed to win a Big 10 championship (while Purdue won three) nor make it past the NCAA’s second round failed to enter people’s minds at that moment.People held animosity for the university and its administrators for years after the firing. When Knight ended up at Texas Tech a couple years later, he still had followers. In fact, people didn’t blame him for having resentment for IU at that time. As time wore on, and he resigned from Texas Tech and he went into television working for ESPN, people started seeing him and hearing his voice more often. He hardly uttered the words Indiana. Instead, he would refer to Indiana as when he “coached in the midwest.” When he would reference a former IU player, he would often only refer to the player’s name without, once again, mentioning Indiana.When Indiana hired Tom Crean to take over the storied program in 2008, he welcomed Knight back with open arms. When there was celebrations during Crean’s tenure for the anniversaries of Knight’s three championship teams, Knight refused to come. When A.J. Guyton, Knight’s last standout at IU was inducted into the Indiana sports hall of fame a few years ago, he sent Knight an open invitation to attend his induction ceremony, Knight refused to make an appearance.Last year, Knight went on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. While in Michigan, Knight taunted the Michigan crowd saying, “We whooped you a** every time we played you.” No, Knight wasn’t referencing his 30 years coaching at Indiana. He was referring to his 4 years as a basketball player at Ohio State.Finally, as a way to take one last swipe at a university that made him a sports icon, Knight goes on The Dan Patrick Show and says he hopes all the people who terminated him are dead. A pretty morbid statement considering two of them are already dead. That would be former president Myles Brand (died of cancer) and former player Neil Reed (heart cancer) who accused Knight of chocking him. Even for the ardent Knight supporters, this was hard to defend.The point of this story: Knight holds grudges. Knight doesn’t forgiv, e. Knight is a cranky old man. Over the years, its been reported that Knight has had falling outs with former players, sports reporters, and opposing coaches. It’s no wonder he hasn’t died of a heart attack with having so much anger against so many people. Indiana fired Knight 17 years ago, the people who fired him are no longer at the university, and he’s still holding a grudge.Contract Knight to Crean. Crean was hired after former coach Kelvin Sampson tarnished the program with NCAA infractions. Crean got fired for being “too inconsistent” in the words of AD Fred Glass. Glass’s point is valid. When a team goes from winning the Big 10 championship to not making the tournament 2 different times in a five-year span, people start pointing fingers at the coach. However, in the past 6 years, one can argue that Crean’s last 6 years at IU was better than Knights. Crean made to 3 sweet 16 appearances and 2 Big 10 championships. I bring this up not to imply Crean’s firing was unjustified, but to compare him to the legend that is Knight and you’ll see there is not a significant difference during the latter part of each coaches tenure.Crean has never shied away from his faith. His teams prayed every game day and has referenced his Christian faith at press conferences. If there was going to be any bitterness for Crean, it was going to be now while the firing is still new. Instead, Crean invoked his faith on a recent radio show. “I ain’t gonna stop praying for him.” says Crean of his former boss AD Glass. Crean obviously is taking the advice of Jesus who, from his Sermon on the Mount, says “pray for you enemies.” Crean also has shown he has a forgiving heart and holds no grudges (unlike Knight) when referring to his firing at IU.At Indiana, there appears to be a tale of two fired-coaches. One who has held a grudge for 17 years after his firing and will surely do so to his grave. Then there’s another coach who was fired within the past two weeks and is praying for the man who fired him and was also seen at an Indiana women’s basketball game after the university fired him. The contrasts are striking. Maybe we should all start praying for Knight to have a softer heart.FOOTNOTE: Todays “Readers Poll” question is:  Do feel that the taxpayers of Evansville should cover the financial losses generated by the Thunderbolts?This letter was posted without editing, bias or opinon.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Deontay Wilder blames ring-walk costume for Tyson Fury defeat

first_img Source: BBC Deontay Wilder has blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his WBC heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.The American, 34, said his costume was too heavy and as a result he “didn’t have the legs” for the fight.Britain’s Fury, 31, produced a dominant display to win the title in Las Vegas on Saturday when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.Wilder also told US media he will exercise his rematch clause for a third fight against Fury.“Fury didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder told Yahoo.Wilder said the costume, which featured armour, a mask and a crown, weighed at least 40 pounds (18.1kg) and was a tribute to Black History Month.Fury was carried to the ring on a throne, while also wearing a crown.“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight – in the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through,” added Wilder.“I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy.“I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”Fury floored Wilder with a jab and right-hand combination in the third round before a left hand to the body sent the previously unbeaten Wilder down again in the fifth.Wilder was taken to hospital after the fight but said he did not suffer a concussion, broken ear drum or broken jaw as had been speculated, but did require stitches to close a cut in his ear.He also criticised assistant trainer Mark Breland for stopping the fight.“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” he said.“It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened.“I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield.“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”“I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.”Wilder has 30 days to invoke the rematch clause in his contract in order to try and reclaim the title from Fury, having drawn their first encounter in December 2018.last_img read more

Taylor Hall trade rumors: New Jersey Devils have ‘started to listen’ to potential deals, report says

first_imgThat said, the Devils have played around a 91-point pace for nearly 20 games and have stabilized some of the problems it had in that horrible start. Not convinced they’re selling this early.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 30, 2019Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston reportedly said on ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ that if the Devils look for a trade partner, the Oilers, Avalanche, Blues and Canadiens may show interest. New Jersey’s asking price? Two first round picks (one may be conditional) and a team’s top prospect.MORE: Four possible destinations for New Jersey Devils’ Taylor HallThrough 24 games, the Devils sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-11-4 record (22 points). The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and Taylor Hall may be on several teams’ wish lists.According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the New Jersey Devils have started to listen to offers for Hall. It may not mean anything in the short term, but LeBrun reports that Devils general manager Ray Shero is considering all possibilities. Should Hall be dealt to another team, LeBrun expects conditions to be placed on the agreement that would see New Jersey acquire further assets should Hall re-sign with his new club.If and when he’s dealt, I would expect the deal to have a conditional nature to it so that if he re-signs with his new club there will be additional asset(s)… Either way, this isn’t necessarily a deal _ if it happens _ that must wait until the Feb. 24 deadline….— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 30, 2019NHL free agency 2020: Taylor Hall, Alex Pietrangelo headline UFA classHall, 28, is in the final season of a seven-year, $42 million contract and thus could be an attractive option for a team looking to acquire a high-scoring veteran ahead of the postseason. The Calgary, Alta. native won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2018 following a career-high 93 points (39 goals) for the Devils, but missed most of last season with a knee injury.The former Edmonton Oilers forward leads New Jersey with four goals and 21 points so far this season.A potential landing spot for Hall may be Colorado, with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reporting that New Jersey scouted the Avalanche “at all levels” this season.last_img read more

Bowl season betting guide: Odds, lines, picks for Saturday’s college football games

first_imgCelebration BowlNorth Carolina A&T -2.5 vs. Alcorn State, O/U 51.5Florida A&M would have been the MEAC representative in this game if not for a postseason ban levied by the NCAA in the summer. Instead of seeing the Rattlers in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we will see the North Carolina A&T Aggies making their fourth trip in five years, and they will be facing the Alcorn State Braves for the third time in that span.North Carolina A&T has had its way with the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl, winning all three of its previous appearances here. However, the Aggies are the weakest they have been in some time. They no longer have extremely gifted athletes like Lamar Raynard or Tarik Cohen, and the offensive line is not as strong without Brandon Parker holding down left tackle. The third time should be the charm for Alcorn State provided Felix Harper doesn’t turn the ball over, making the Braves a nice moneyline play.New Mexico BowlSan Diego State -3.5 vs. Central Michigan, O/U 40.5Buyer beware … this game is going to be tough to watch. The New Mexico Bowl has the lowest total of any game during bowl season, as San Diego State pairs the 127th ranked offense in the nation with the 11th best defense by SP+. Central Michigan is ranked outside the top 70 in both phases of the game by SP+, but there’s a good reason to like the Chippewas here.Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long is 4-9 all-time in bowl games during his coaching career. Many of those losses weren’t against great teams, and San Diego State is 3-5 ATS under Long in bowl games.MORE: Picking all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cure BowlGeorgia Southern -4 vs. Liberty, O/U 58.5Hugh Freeze has taken Liberty to a bowl game for the first time in school history, but the Flames played the softest schedule in the country to get to Orlando. Only their win against Buffalo looks good, as their other six victories came against two FCS schools, UMass, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (twice).The conventional wisdom is that triple option teams underachieve in bowl season considering opponents have time to prepare for the scheme, but that hasn’t played out. Since 2007, the true triple option teams (Army, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, and Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech) are 28-18 ATS.Boca Raton BowlSMU -3.5 vs. Florida Atlantic, O/U 68.5The Owls have the benefit of playing a home game on Saturday, but it’s hard to know how motivated Florida Atlantic will be for this game. Teams that are playing under an interim coach have a mixed track record in bowl season, and FAU played in the weakest conference in the FBS this season.We should see plenty of points since SMU is involved though. Sonny Dykes has built the Mustangs in his image, and the average SMU game has seen almost 75 points scored in 2019. Lane Kiffin may have left Boca Raton, but plenty of offensive minds remain and this game is the most likely shootout on the board.Camellia BowlArkansas State -2.5 vs. Florida International, O/U 60.5We have yet to see a blowout in the Camellia Bowl. The largest margin of victory in the history of this bowl was five points, and the five bowl games played thus far have a total MOV of 17 points. Accordingly, the college football betting line for this game is under a field goal, and this is the biggest toss-up on the board for Saturday.Las Vegas BowlWashington -3 vs. Boise State, O/U 49Chris Petersen will call it a career in Sin City on Saturday with a fitting final game. He will be facing the program he helped put on the map in Boise State, and there are sure to be emotions displayed on the sidelines and in the stands. This Saturday is the busiest day remaining for college football. The Division II Championship Game between West Florida and Minnesota State and the FCS Semifinals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but the games most people are jonesing for are the seven bowl games scheduled to take place throughout the day. This is one of the last days to lean back in your recliner and let the college football wash over you all day, so here’s a primer for those games.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider The Huskies will be short-handed though with tight end Hunter Bryant declaring early for the NFL Draft and star left tackle Trey Adams sitting out his final collegiate game. Adams has kept Jacob Eason relatively untouched in the pocket, while Bryant has been his favorite receiver throughout 2019, leading to questions surrounding Washington’s offense.New Orleans BowlAppalachian State -17 vs. UAB, O/U 47.5When the opening bowl game betting odds were released two weeks ago, Appalachian State was the biggest favorite on the board. UAB looked lost in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic, and the Blazers sputtered over the second half of the season.Although Eli Drinkwitz left Appalachian State after one season to take the job at Missouri, the Mountaineers are still heavy favorites in this game. They have an elite defense that made App State one of the best Group of Five teams in the country, and Zac Thomas is a very good dual threat quarterback. App State has continually showed up in bowl games, winning four straight bowl games coming into the New Orleans Bowl, and their last two victories were by a combined 66 points.last_img read more