Artists to take over Limerick park kiosk

first_imgNewsLocal NewsArtists to take over Limerick park kioskBy Editor – November 12, 2014 1313 WhatsApp Carl Doran and Norma Lowney at the People’s Park kioskOVER the coming months, the kiosk at Limerick’s People’s Park will reopen as part of a series of multidisciplinary residencies.As part of the Limerick City of Culture programme, artists were asked to respond to a simple question:  “What would you do if you could have The Park Kiosk for a month?Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The first project in the Park Kiosk from November 17 is ‘Dog Tales’ by Carl Doran and it should prove of special interest to the city’s dog-owners.Carl explained, “I am inviting dog-owners to drop in for a short chat about their dogs. There will be tea and coffee available, a comfortable space for the dog and possibly some doggy treats too!”Carl will then photograph and draw the dog and during his final week in the kiosk he will make artwork for each dog/owner. The project will conclude with presentations, a reception for dogs/owners and a group dog walk.The kiosk has been in its city centre location since the mid-19th century and witnessed 150 years of changes within the city, until the last JR ice pop was sold in the late 1980’s.Each month will offer a new experience, as artists present work made specifically for this iconic building on the southern side of The People’s Park.The kiosk’s interior will be transformed into a green building promoting Limerick as an environmentally friendly and ecologically rich city as part of a project by artist Mary Conroy“I’m very excited about being given the opportunity to work in this little piece of history in the beautiful People’s Park. I’m looking forward to creating something new through a collaborative process”, she said.The artists have all approached the possibility of re-opening the kiosk in different ways. Some see it as a studio, a theatre, community centre and of course a shop. Each month the kiosk, its history and how it relates to The People’s Park and the city will be explored through different media and art forms.Norma Lowney’s project ‘The Theatre Shop’ will  transform the kiosk into a performance space. Norma will develop a piece of theatre based of shared memories of the kiosk, the People’s Park and of Limerick City of Culture to be performed in the kiosk in the run up to Christmas.For opening times visit limerickcityofculture.ie TAGSCarl DoranCity of Culturefeaturedfull-imagelimerickMary ConroyNorma LowneyPark KioskPeople’s Park WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLimerick welcomes Andrew Stanley unrobedNext articlePensioners arrested in CIRA probe Editor Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Advertisementcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Northern Foods set to slash its bakery division

first_imgNorthern Foods insisted it will not be “holding a fire sale” after revealing it is to divest many of its bakery businesses over the next 12 months.The supplier said this week it wants to dispose of businesses which currently account for 40% of its sales, including Park Cakes, Fletchers Bakery, its chilled pastry businesses and Smith Flour Mills.Chief executive Pat O’Driscoll told British Baker the disposals will reduce the risk and complexity in Northern Foods’ business. She said: “This is not a fire sale, these are good businesses we are selling. We are still very much in the bakery business, but we are focusing on strong brands or growing own label businesses.”Northern Foods hopes to “work through” the sales over the next 12 months, and raise £200m from them. Around 9,000 of its 20,500 staff are expected to transfer to new owners, and a consultation with unions and employee forums is underway, Driscoll said. The rationalisation will leave Northern Foods with five categories: pizza, biscuits, ready meals, sandwiches and Christmas puddings, through its Matthew Walker brand. Brands will account for half the remaining business.Worksop-based Smiths Flour Mills, which has three sites in the UK, is being sold as it is “non-core”, Driscoll said.Park Cakes, which employs 2,000 staff in Oldham and Bolton, and Sheffield-based foodservice supplier Fletchers Bakery, which makes rolls, muffins and scones under the Kara and Fletcher brands are being divested as they are “somewhat lower margin businesses”. Northern Food’s chilled pastry products businesses now on the market are Pork Farms pies and sausage rolls business, Melton Mowbray pork pies, Hollands Pies and Riverside Bakery. These have significant potential, but require major investment “best executed by another market participant”, Northern Foods said. The company hopes to raise £200m from the sales, to fund its pension liabilities, reduce its debts and invest in remaining businesses.Analyst Andrew Saunders from Numis said: “We were expecting more. If this is about playing your best hand of cards, what is being kept is slightly puzzling, There have been three profit warnings in the last three years on biscuits, and Christmas puddings is not a growing market.”The news, which follows a three month review, was announced as the company posted its preliminary results for the year to April 1 with a 27% slide in pre-tax profits – down to £45.1m. Sales were up from £1.42 bn to £1.44bn, as strong sales in the frozen division offset weaker results in bakery and chilled foods arms.last_img read more

Chilean President Offers Help to China’s Trapped Miners

first_imgBy Dialogo October 19, 2010 The Chilean people wait impatiently for president Sebastián Piñera to institute the labor reforms within the mining industry and to hurry up with the regulation of the San Esteban Mine…we count on his promise… Chilean President Sebastian Piñera offered to help China with its latest mining disaster as he began a trip to London on 16 October , saying his country had learnt lessons from its own mining crisis. “I hope that the Chinese workers that have suffered an accident, and also in Ecuador, will be able to come back to life,” Piñera told reporters outside his hotel in London, where he arrived earlier at the start of a European trip. “And if we can be of any help, they know that they can count on us.” Rescue attempts were underway Saturday in central China to free 16 miners trapped underground following a coal mine accident that killed 21 of their colleagues. Meanwhile in Ecuador, four men were trapped in a gold mine. Piñera said his country had learnt lessons from the disaster-turned-tragedy that occurred in the San Jose mine in far northern Chile, where 33 miners were trapped for two months before miraculously being pulled out alive this week. “We have a lot to learn from this accident and one of the lessons is that we have to be much more careful and committed with the safety, lives, and health of our workers,” he told reporters, flanked by his wife, Cecilia Morel. The president is due to meet with new British Prime Minister David Cameron — who he said was “very good for England” — and Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, and will present them with gifts including rocks from the San Jose mine. “Also we are bringing the gratitude of all the Chileans because we received a lot of help from our friends around the world,” he said. The president will also find time to do some sightseeing, and has planned a trip to the British Museum as well as to memorials of wartime premier Winston Churchill, who Piñera has said he greatly admires. The London visit is the start of a European trip that will also include stops in Paris, where Piñera will meet President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Berlin, where he will have talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.last_img read more