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Limerick loses ground-breaking humanitarian leader

first_imgFr Finucane formally retired in 2002 but never stopped working for Concern. In 2004, without hesitation, he abandoned all plans for the summer and flew to Sudan to lead Concern’s response to the Darfur crisis and later went on to oversee Concern’s operations in tsunami-affected Sri Lanka. Throughout, he remained passionate and engaged in everything to do with Concern including serving on the board of Concern Worldwide US.Active to the end, Fr Finucane walked around Inishturk Island, off the coast of Galway a few weeks ago with 70 Concern volunteers he had worked with over the years. Email Print Fun home-schooling challenges launched by Concern Linkedin Facebook NewsCommunityLimerick loses ground-breaking humanitarian leaderBy Editor – June 9, 2017 1119 WhatsApp Limerick woman preventing spread of COVID-19 in South Sudan No vaccines in Limerick yet COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community Statement from President Higgins on ‘Gaisce sa Bhaile’ Twitter TAGSBishop Brendan LeahyConcernFather Jack FinucanefeaturedPresident Michael D Higgins Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement With Compliments. The late Fr. Jack Finucane, Concern Worldwide pictured in Somalia. Picture: Liam Burke Press 22The late Fr. Jack Finucane pictured in Somalia.Father Jack Finucane, one of Ireland’s leading humanitarians, has passed away at the age of 80.Born in Limerick in 1937 and ordained a priest in 1963, Fr Finucane was sent to Nigeria with the Holy Ghost Fathers and was at the heart of the distribution of aid flown into Biafra by Concern and other relief organisations. Following the surrender of Biafra, he was arrested by the Nigerian authorities and spent several weeks in prison before being deported.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the 1984 famine in Ethiopia Fr Finucane’s knowledge of the country and his considerable diplomatic skills enabled Concern to mount a massive response to the crisis. By the time that famine received worldwide attention, Concern had a team of 46 expatriates and 890 national staff on the ground. Fr Finucane was an advisor to Bob Geldof and his Live Aid team and in 1985, he brought a young Bono on his first trip to Ethiopia, the singer has since credited him with having a huge influence on his thinking with regard to international development.Speaking about the life of Fr Finucane, CEO of Concern Worldwide, Dominic MacSorley, remarked: “An unassuming leader, he brought intelligence, drive and passion to what is now Ireland’s leading humanitarian and development organisation. Along with his brother, Aengus, they were a bridge between Ireland’s long tradition of missionary work defining contemporary humanitarian response characterised by professional, practical, compassionate solutions on the ground. Together, they brought a nation with them.The late Fr Jack Finucane who died this week“What Jack has achieved may never be fully quantified but he has saved and improved the lives of millions of people caught up in crisis and poverty. Sorely missed, he leaves behind a legacy of incredible humanitarian significance.”Paying tribute, President Michael D. Higgins, said, “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Fr Jack Finucane. Jack and his late brother Fr Aengus Finucane were inspirational figures and their life’s work leaves a real, positive and enduring legacy for millions of people across the globe, as well as having contributed to Ireland’s reputation abroad in the best possible sense.”Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon also paid tribute to one of Limerick’s great ambassadors, “On behalf of the people of Limerick, I would like to offer condolences to the Finucane family on the death of Fr Jack. His work with those from developing countries is unsurpassed.  From the Biafran region in Nigeria to Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Fr Jack has tended to some of the poorest people in the world. He co-founded Concern in 1968 along with his brother Fr Aengus, Fr Raymond Kennedy as well as John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy.  This is a charity which has stood the test of time and is a by word for professionalism and caring.”Limerick Bishop, Brendan Leahy, offered his own touching testimony to a man he greatly admired, “In life there are many people placed on pedestals, people we consider, and rightly so, heroes. We all need people to look up to.  But it is no exaggeration to say that Fr. Jack Finucane was the embodiment of what it means to be a hero – someone who protects and defends.“His work and achievements with his brother, the late Fr. Jack Finucane, and others with Concern were remarkable in any context, helping to bring it from a small organisation into a global force that today represents the triumphs of human spirit in how it helps the poorest people right across the world. The late Fr Aengus Finucane who died in 2009 and his brother Fr Jack Finucane who died this week photograhed when they were awarded the Freedom of the Limerick City“I was also interested to hear that despite leaving Limerick at the age of 18, Limerick never left him.  He remained at all times in touch with what was going on here, not least on the sporting front.“It is also heartwarming today to hear of just how proud he was of being a priest.  He had a calling and answered it.  Not just that, he fulfilled everything possible that could be expected of one man or woman’s calling.  A beautiful characteristic also was that, by all accounts, he was extremely modest, never looking for attention for, or boasting about, his very considerable achievements,” Bishop Leahy concluded. 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7-Year Old Basketball

first_imgOn a recent trip to Iowa, I was able to watch my granddaughter play a basketball game at their local Y.  It is quite a scene to see first and second graders attempt to play a real game of basketball.  First of all, it is very unusual to have boys and girls playing on the same team.  Secondly, at this level the skill is quite different.When the game started, the boys would only pass the ball to the other boy or boys on the team and the girls seemed to do likewise.  To further complicate the flow of the game they seemed to seek out a friend to pass to rather than pass to an open teammate.  I think one little girl who attempted to find her friend threw the ball to the other team every time she had it.My granddaughter, as you would expect (ahem), was the best player on the floor!  She was the only player who could dribble the ball from one end of the floor to the other without traveling or having someone steel it from her.  I was quite proud of her when she got a rebound, dribbled the length of the floor, and shot the ball at the other end.  It was a fun experience for my wife and I.I was also impressed with the young man who coached these kids.  He would stop the game occasionally and explain to the young players what they were doing wrong but he did it in a very calm and relaxed manner.  He would then show them what they should be doing.  He really made the game fun for the kids which is what 7-year-old basketball should be about.  So glad we made this trip to Spencer, Iowa!last_img read more

NFL players react to Patrick Mahomes’ record-breaking contract from Chiefs: ‘Worth every penny’

first_imgFinal Patrick Mahomes’ deal:10-year extension worth up to $503 million.It includes $477 in guarantee mechanisms and the ability for Mahomes to have outs if guarantee mechanisms aren’t exercised.Mahomes was represented on the deal by @chriscabott and @leighsteinberg.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 6, 2020The massive contract will keep Mahomes in Kansas City through 2031 and allow the Chiefs to build around him as he enters his prime. That may sound ridiculous considering Mahomes is already the best quarterback in the NFL, but it’s easy to forget he’s only 24 years old.To the rest of the teams in the AFC West, have fun trying to stop that guy for the next decade.Here’s how past and present NFL players reacted to the stunning deal:The Young man deserve it all. One of the best I’ve been around. One of the Greats. #15 #RunItBack— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 6, 2020My locker is across from the highest paid player in league history. God just keeps blessing me. 🙏🖤— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 6, 2020What’s understood doesn’t need to be explained. #Ferrari @PatrickMahomes ✊🏽🖤 pic.twitter.com/bK4QflAop0— Jamal Adams (@Prez) July 6, 2020Yikesss https://t.co/bbcpclcVMz pic.twitter.com/Jio6SqMZ84— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) July 6, 2020400Ms!?!?— Justin Reid (@jreid_viii) July 6, 2020And he DESERVES EVERY PENNY!!! ✊🏾 https://t.co/0Z12Qj0nsG— Jerome Baker Jr. (@Lastname_Baker) July 6, 2020Pat Mahomes is worth every penny.— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) July 6, 2020Is this better than a 1 year deal with 10 teams? https://t.co/bg6aGqjfRg— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) July 6, 2020Can we start guessing the numbers? $400M? $450M?? https://t.co/o15fTF05ap— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) July 6, 2020Ohhhhhhh myyyyyy GOD, ayyyyyyyeee(*Singing Voice) https://t.co/PZ9enr7ozE pic.twitter.com/ZTRxaufPyc— Harry Douglas (@HDouglas83) July 6, 2020 MORE: NFL’s 25 highest-paid players Well, at least one person is thriving in 2020.Fresh off a Super Bowl title and Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes has reached an agreement with the Chiefs on the largest contract in sports history, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s unclear exactly how the contract is structured — the numbers aren’t tied to a percentage of the salary cap — but Schefter reports Mahomes’ 10-year extension is worth up to $503 million.last_img read more