Every Friday, we round up the best stories in news, sport and life in Limerick. We also publish a slideshow, capturing the highlights over the past seven days.
ARE PIGEONS aggressive? Well, apparently, the ones by the boardwalk are! Limerick City and County Council is moving to tackle a pigeon problem by Harvey's Quay, erecting signage to dissuade people from feeding the feathered creatures. What a hoot of a story (sorry, had to be done).
It was a big news day for University of Limerick this Friday, as its president Dr Des Fitzgerald welcomed the news that the university has agreed to purchase the vacant Dunnes Stores site in Limerick city for €8m.
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Limerick’s lunar experience is over and we’re all sad to see it go! The entrancing Museum of the Moon exhibition brought the orbiting orb to St Mary’s Cathedral from March 15-24. Installed by artist Luke Jerram, the exhibition was accompanied by soothing ambient music, giving families and astronomy lovers a unique cosmic experience. . . . . . . #moon #art #photography #space #limerick #exhibition #lunar #cosmos #stpatricksday #FollowTheLeader
Meanwhile in education, presidents LIT, UL and Mary Immaculate College have written to their staff, informing them of new moves for co-operation.
There was widespread sadness in GAA circles at the deaths of two popular Limerick men; Paddy English, the father of hurling star Richie English; and 98-year-old super fan John Hunt.
Richie paid tribute to his father at his funeral Mass this Wednesday, as did Limerick manager John Kiely on Monday this week.
Tributes were also paid to John Hunt, 98, who travelled all the way from Chicago to see Limerick bring home the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time in 45 years. For many, John captured the spirit of what the historic victory meant to Limerick.
This Friday marked a significant jobs boost for Limerick, as global leader in medical innovations Edwards Lifesciences announced that it is going to pump €160m into its new plant, which is due to be completed by 2021, and expected to create in the region of 600 jobs. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was there to break ground at a ceremony at the National Technology Park.
Leo Varadkar, this Wednesday, reacted to University Hospital Limerick's overcrowding problem in the Dail this week, after we broke the story that UHL had set a new record for the most number of patients on trolleys.
Following on from last week's news that Castletroy Shopping Centre was refused planning permission for an expansion, management have said that they are "heartbroken" at the decision.
A Limerick man has expressed his surprise at a contractor's decision to cut down trees in a housing estate in Raheen.
Finally in news, gardai are investigating a serious multiple vehicle collision in which two children in a double buggy were injured in Abbeyfeale this Friday morning.
And in sport...you could argue that it was a golden weekend in sport with a whitewash of major victories on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After Limerick FC beat Athlone Town to bring home a hat-trick win, Munster went on to move their way into European Champions Cup semi-final after Keith Earls scored two tries to claim the game.
Our boys in green claimed their first Allianz National Hurling League title in 22 years against Waterford. And that wasn't the only good news for hurling, as the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship has gained a new sponsor on Monday—Bon Secours Barringtons Hospital Limerick!
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