Limerick’s Ava in tune for YADA songwriting award

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick’s Ava in tune for YADA songwriting awardBy Liam Togher – November 13, 2014 803 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleLimerick man reaches ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ National FinalNext articleRathkeale gets green light for EU funding Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. TAGS1964Ava BarettawardGaelcholaiste LuimnighmusicsongwritingYADAYoung Artist Development Awards center_img Limerick Post Show | Dora Gola Limerick Post Show | Into The Stream | Emma Langford Email Limerick Post Show | Raging Sons release Someone Else’s Love A LIMERICK student took home a coveted songwriting award at the Young Artist Development Awards (YADA) at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.Sixteen year-old Ava Barett who attends Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, won the award and a €25,000 prize for her song ‘1964’, which will now be recorded as a single in a professional recording studio.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ava, who has been writing songs since she was “able to speak”, was overwhelmed to have won the prize and she is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to practice her childhood passion on a grander scale.She said: “It means so much to me because it means that I can show what I have been doing and show my passion to the people of Ireland. That means a huge amount to me.“I play once a year usually in my school’s talent show and that’s just for the craic. It’s not to win. It’s always been to show my thoughts on the world.“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m just trying to show my view of the world. The writing of the lyrics is probably the most important part for me but forming it is the next most important thing.”Ava’s gift for songwriting was borne out of singing stories to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in her infant years, although she admitted that when she began writing songs, she did not intend to be the person performing them.That changed when she was in fifth class in primary school, when she was inspired by a friend who “had the best voice that I had ever heard” to learn guitar and, subsequently, add chords to the lyrics she had written.Ava explained that she has gone on to learn several other instruments, saying: “I took up banjolele and ukulele and I started playing with different instruments that are quite small.“I like to have small instruments to make different sounds that I might not have heard before. My mother calls my music ‘toytown pop’ because I use toybox toys to make music.”The YADAs are a creative and educational initiative run by the Young Artists Association of Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation established to provide an industry-safe environment for aspiring young artists.The awards were hosted by RTÉ presenters Stephen Byrne and Diana Bunici, with the judging panel including music producer Ray Traynor, singer/songwriter Oisin Kavanagh  and songwriter Don Mescall. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Post Show | Niamh talks Limerick Limerick Post Show | Defying Gravity – A Musical Celebration of Womenlast_img read more

All Invited to Panel Discussion Tuesday Following Student Suicides

first_imgThe Ocean City School District Student Services Department and members of the Traumatic Loss Coalition will hold a panel discussion and presentation for parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Ocean City High School.Topics will include student referral services, mental health and drug/alcohol awareness. All members of the community are invited to attend. The event will be held in the Media Center at the high school (use the front entrance).The topic of student mental health has risen to the forefront following the suicides of two Ocean City High School students within a year. (Read more: In Wake of Suicide, Public Pleads for More Help for Students.)The following letter from Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor explains more about the issue and the event. October 27, 2015Dear Parents/Guardians and School Community:We strive to make the schools in the Ocean City School District as safe and secure as possible, but the tragic loss of two students to suicide in less than a year shocked all of us, parents, students, educators and the community.After a suicide death, it is common to try to answer the question, “Why?”We never want it to happen again, but the reasons someone dies by suicide are complicated. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) informs us that a suicide is not caused by a single event such as a bad grade, an argument with parents, or the breakup of a relationship. In most cases, according to the AFSP, suicide is caused by an underlying mental health illness that affects the way a student feels, interacts, behaves and learns and prevents them from thinking clearly. In some cases, these problems also can manifest into risky and harmful behaviors, ranging from physical aggression to bullying to substance abuse and self-injury.Our School District has developed and continues to refine a responsible, multi-dimensional plan to raise awareness about mental health matters and to provide appropriate supports that are integrated with the learning environment of school. For resources and more information, please go to the School District website at  www.oceancityschools.org.If you would like to anonymously report bullying or another serious event, please call the “Anonymous We-Tip Hotline” at 1-855-862-8559.Butthe School District cannot alone prevent suicide among our students. We need your help. Further in-depth discussions about those whom we care for deeply — our students — and teenage suicide are needed. The first panel discussion is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the High School Media Center (please see the attached flyer). There will be other information sessions in the next few months and the details of these sessions will be forthcoming.Additionally, the Ocean City School Board is forming a Strategic Ad-Hoc Committee comprised of board members, administrators, staff, parents, community members, law enforcement agencies and public agencies. This committee will work together to ensure consistency, collaboration and communication regarding teen mental health and wellness.We will have details following the School Board approval in November with the first meeting to be held in December. lf you are interested in serving on this Committee, please contact my secretary, Scotty Keiluhn at 609-399-5150 or [email protected] must work to support our students, and unite with families, the community and public agencies to prevent additional tragedies. Together, we can ensure that all of our children will grow and thrive in a supportive community that is forged through our partnerships.Sincerely,Kathleen W. Taylor, Ed. D.SuperintendentDownload (PDF, 93KB)last_img read more

Franjo Tudjman Airport has a record number of passengers

first_imgThe month of July, both for tourist destinations and for the Franjo Tuđman Airport, was a record for the number of passengers.As many as 351.532 passengers passed through Zagreb Airport last month, an increase of 14,5 percent compared to the same month last year. The busiest day was July 17, when 12.598 passengers were recorded, and in addition to that, more than 12.000 passengers were recorded for three more days, which has not happened in the history of Zagreb Airport.Exceptional traffic growth of 10 percent, lasts all year round, and the services of the busiest airport in Croatia were used by more than 1,6 million passengers in the first seven months, point out Franjo Tuđman International Airport (MZLZ) and add that the volume of work and traffic has increased followed by an increase in the number of employees, so that since the opening of the new passenger terminal, a total of 118 new employees have been hired, of which 96 have been hired, while the rest have been hired for ancillary work. “The growth of the number of passengers was certainly contributed by the establishment of eight new routes, three of which are the routes of two new airlines Monarch and Emirates. The national carrier Croatia Airlines has opened four new destinations from Zagreb, and the existing airlines have increased the number of frequencies and capacities of the aircraft, which all directly affected the significant continuous increase in passenger traffic. ” stand out from MZLZ.Thanks to the existing flights, but also the introduction of new ones that connect Zagreb with other destinations and make it more accessible to a larger number of visitors, the number of passengers is expected to exceed three million for the first time by the end of the year.Related news:Will the announced strike of Croatia Airlines staff land aircraft in the middle of the tourist season?last_img read more

Cockerill frustrated by Tigers

first_img “There were no complaints, they scored four tries to our one,” said Cockerill. “They were very good, we weren’t as good as we could have been but they didn’t let us. “You come and you have to play and they know you have to play and we were outplayed. “Physically they were very good and we weren’t good enough on the night and the better side won.” Trailing 26-0 nine minutes into the second half, the Tigers coach did at least give his side some credit for hitting back with their try but it was all a case of too little too late. “At least we got a little bit of spirit back and we created a few opportunities,” he added. “But you can’t concede so poorly and that wasn’t acceptable. “Fair play to them and not good enough for us.” Press Association Head coach Richard Cockerill was frustrated with Leicester’s performance after a 26-7 defeat at Ulster ended their chances of making the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Darren Cave scored a hat-trick of tries as Ulster ensured they escaped finishing bottom of Pool Three, with the bonus point score coming from Craig Gilroy and Ruan Pienaar adding three conversions. The Tigers could only manage a single converted try from Adam Thompstone in response when they needed to not only win the game but come away with a bonus point to keep their European hopes alive. Cave was delighted with the way that Ulster bounced back from conceding a record score in the 60-22 reverse at Toulon last week. “We took a lot of positives from our defensive performance against Toulon and brought it to this,” he said. “We said during the week that any team can get up for a massive game but can we get up when you’re playing for just your shirt and your crowd and I think that we did that massively. “That’s my first hat-trick for Ulster but I didn’t have to do a lot for them. But I’m not worrying about that. “We’ve talked over the last couple of months of not being accurate enough and this was the opposite. “We scored four tries and we probably only had five opportunities so we didn’t leave a lot out there which is something.” He added: “Their big runners struggled to get into the game and I thought that we dealt with them pretty well. “We made it very hard for them to score and at the end we were down to 13 and then 14 men and they were in our 22 but kicking the ball away because they had nowhere to go. “I think we’ve now got a nice bit of momentum so we’ll take stock from our break.” last_img read more

Cricket News Christchurch shooting: Canterbury cricket club cancels first-class league match

first_imghighlights The Christchurch shootings killed 49.New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test in Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Central Districts won the Plunket Shield after Canterbury cancelled the game. New Delhi: The Plunket Shield is the domestic first-class competition in New Zealand. The next round of matches were expected to take place at various venues in the country, including Christchurch. However, the mosque shootings in the city which took place on March 15, has resulted in some changes. Canterbury, the region where Christchurch is located, withdrew from their final match of the season following Friday’s attack, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. Canterbury’s final four-day match against Wellington had been scheduled to begin at the Basin Reserve. “The team showed a united front in terms of the decision,” said Canterbury Cricket CEO Jeremy Curwin. “It is clear that this tragedy will affect people in different ways, and Canterbury Cricket is here to support our players however we can. “We fully respect their decision, and I am incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves throughout this process.”Leading the competition, Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton’s Seddon Park. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said, “This isn’t about cricket; it’s about something much bigger and much more important than that. It’s about life, it’s about respect; it’s about family and community. Cricket and sport takes a back seat to personal welfare.” Meanwhile, the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders in Dunedin has also been called off in the wake of the shootings.The third and final Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, which was scheduled to be played on Saturday, was cancelled after multiple shootings in mosques in the city. The official Twitter handle of the New Zealand cricket team, @BLACKCAPS, had tweeted that a joint decision was made. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe,” they tweeted.The Bangladesh cricket team, who are touring New Zealand and will play the third and final Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, had a narrow escape. A video tweeted by Bangladesh’s ESPNCricinfo correspondent Mohammad Isam showed the Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Taijul Islam running back from Hagley Park back to the cricket ground. The incident took place around 1.45pm local time when the team had gone to pray when the incident took place.The Hagley Oval Test match was the last international match for both the teams before the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England. Tim Southee was appointed as the captain of the side after Kane Williamson was ruled out due to a pectoral injury. Will Young was going to make his debut in this Test match but it will now have to wait after the cancellation.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more