Another side to the story of Limerick’s urban horses

first_imgWhatsApp TAGSanimal welfarecityhorsesLimerick Animal WelfareLimerick City and CountyNewssocietyurban Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR John Reilly with a foal which is yet to be broken. Photo: Cian ReinhardtSeizing horses has sparked suicidesYOUNG Limerick men who have their horses impounded have been driven to take their own lives or turn to crime.That’s according to a former ISPCA Inspector and firefighter who says that confiscating animals is not the answer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I knew four lads personally who turned to suicide after they lost their animals. I pulled two of them out of the river myself,” William Morrisey told the Limerick Post.The Crecora man spent thirty years both as a voluntary inspector and a firefighter and he believes that the only solution is to provide a training centre in the city for horse-mad youngsters.“Most of them love their animals and would make fantastic horse owners, given the right training,” he said.“I knew a young lad who built a beautiful stable in the back yard for his horse and took fantastic care of it. The council told him there was no planning permission for the stable and it had to be torn down.“A couple of months later, I met his mother on her way to visit him in Limerick prison.“The only way I can get through to people who keep calling to get rid of the horses, is to say if you take a young lad’s horse tomorrow he’s going to be coming in your bathroom window next week”.He is angry at regulations which he says have “not been discussed or properly thought out,” and at the “waste of money spent sending confiscated horses to Cork.The council has spent around €1 million sending animals to Cork. Just imagine what good use that money could have been put to.”Mr Morrisey was speaking with the Limerick Post after he called RTE’s Liveline to highlight the need for a training centre.He said that a centre was promised at Delmage but nothing ever came of it.“That’s an ideal location but there’s no will to do anything about it. If it was tackled 25 years ago, there would be a lot of lives saved.”“Yes there is cruelty but the vast majority of these kids want to do the right thing. All they need is education and a bit of support. If we give them that, we can pay more attention to those who are just bad and cruel,” he said.“Many of these families have had horses as part of their culture for generations. We need a training centre and we need to rethink the current regulations.“We don’t want wandering animals but there’s plenty of grazing space around Limerick. Being involved with horses is keeping many youngsters away from drug gangs and prison”.Passion and love persuaded Anna to change horsesAS A one-time worker with Limerick Animal Welfare, Anna Gallagher was inclined towards the argument against allowing people to keep horses in an urban setting.But her experience persuaded her to change horses.John Reilly with his father’s horse ‘Cheerleader’ which he hopes to inherit one day. Photo: Cian Reinhardt“But when I started going into the estates, I started to see the love and passion that many of the owners had for their horses,” Anna told the Limerick Post.“I saw kids getting up early in all weathers and bringing their animals water and food before they even had anything to eat themselves. They were spending all their pocket money on their animals, taking very good care with them”.But a cause of concern for owners who don’t have stables is the fact that sometimes their horses are taken from where they are tethered during the night.“Young lads high on drugs and drink think it’s great sport to take these animals and jockey them up and down the roads until they are ruined. The kids who own them find them completely knackered after all the love and care they lavished on them. And all because they have no place to stable them safely”.Anna is one of the founder members of an organisation called HELPS, which set out to try and secure a site where urban horse owners could stable their horses and learn best practice in looking after them.But, despite funding being available from the Department, all the promises and enthusiasm she has heard from members of the local authority have been false dawns.Currently, she travels around the city estates, worming horses and advising young owners on their care.“What we had in mind was a facility where everyone is welcome. A place where people can learn to groom and look after their horses, a track and a facility like a public park with benches where people could sit and watch the horses.“It would be a fantastic facility for the city and it would help people of different ages and backgrounds come together.“What’s really sad is that there is government money for these kind of initiatives. The horse projects already up and running in Dublin and other areas have proved that once you give a young lad an interest and a hobby they are far less likely to get involved in bad behaviour.“But we can’t seem to get the council to get fully behind this although a lot of the members say they would support such a scheme”.She agrees that there is some cruelty.“But if we can get the kids who want to learn it will be a lot easier to focus in on those who are mistreating the animals and root them out”.She believes that part of the problem is that youngsters are given the message early on that horses are disposable.“You can buy a horse from a dealer for a tenner and they are offered as prizes in raffles.“We have to teach the young owners how to get the best out of their horses. They are entitled to a place to learn that and to have their hobby, just like the hurlers and the footballers.”Time to end sulky racing on public roadsMARION Fitzgibbon, the founder and director of Limerick Animal Welfare, is all in favour of responsible animal ownership.But in almost 40 years of working with abandoned and badly treated animals, she feels that urban horse owners generally leave a lot to be desired.She is particularly angry at those who race their animals and sulkies on the public roads.“I’ve seen horses being cruelly beaten and driven into the ground in these races.“Twice I tried to intervene with the individuals involved and got beaten up myself for my trouble,” she told the Limerick Post.Marion is not saying that no-one should be allowed keep horses in the city but she is against the practice of racing them on the roads and leaving them to fend for themselves without proper food or shelter.She has seen what can happen when owners neglect and mistreat hoses or run them on public roads, where accidents regularly happen.And callous owners make sure there is nothing to associate them with the injured or sick animals once they abandon them.“We had to put a horse down last week, it’s leg was so badly smashed. Before that, we found a horse dead in a field but we can never trace the owners because they’re not microchipped,” Marion told the Limerick Post.“It’s EU law that horses should be microchipped and owners can be fined if they are not.”But in the six years since the legislation was enacted, Marion says, “we have never picked up a horse that was microchipped”.“Without legislation being enforced, all the hard work done by a lot of people is wasted. I’ve seen owners beating baby horses into the ground. They put no value on animals and there’s little or nothing that can be done.“If the animals were microchipped we could take action against the people who are mistreating them but there no enforcement without that.” Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Facebook Previous articleWatch: Limerick gets some TLC in the sunshine with Team Limerick Clean-upNext articlePlanned route for M20 is unlikely to change Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsSocietyAnother side to the story of Limerick’s urban horsesBy Bernie English – April 20, 2019 3902 Email Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img read more

High infection rate among young people in Limerick

first_imgNewsHealthHigh infection rate among young people in LimerickBy David Raleigh – February 4, 2021 1770 Coronavirus | freepik.comYOUNGER people are coming down with Covid-19 in Limerick at a faster rate than most of the country, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).One in twenty Limerick people have contracted the virus with an average age of 37, the third lowest in the country. In Dublin, where the infection rate among young people was thought to be highest, the average age is 38.The average age of death from the virus in Limerick is higher at 83, highlighting the fact that while younger people are getting sick, the old and vulnerable are dying.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 37 age average is worked out by overall statistics, meaning that people much younger than that are being struck by the virus.The figure is lower than the national average and 9,120 people in Limerick have been infected which represents five per cent of the population of the city and county.There have been 107 deaths in Limerick from the virus up to the last week in January.About half of the deaths have been in nursing homes among older people and people with underlying conditions but the statistics are now showing that a much younger generation is being infected.The new figures were issued as it was learned that the defence forces have been called in to help in nursing homes because of staff shortages.Meanwhile, the HSE has expressed concern over an increase in social gatherings in the Mid West, appealing to the public to avoid such behaviour during  “a critical period of the pandemic”.A growing number of social gatherings that have led to new infections and outbreaks have been identified in recent weeks involving the local student population, which included non-essential household visits and large social gatherings.One community outbreak of 38 cases “occurred as a result of transmission among student population through a variety of social contact settings.“One of the cases worked at a restaurant where transmission to two work colleagues occurred, causing a workplace outbreak. These two work colleagues spread the virus to family members within their households.A second “community outbreak of 61 cases occurred through transmission at social gatherings and household visits among the student population.“One of these cases worked at a hotel during a wedding, and transmission occurred among 16 wedding guests and work colleagues.“Two cases in this further outbreak spread the virus within their households. There was transmission from one home to their extended family. One student in the initial outbreak went on to infect a family member in their household.Dr Mai Mannix, Director of Public Health Mid-West, said the two outbreaks highlighted by the department “are just two of many incidents where social events led to very complex outbreaks ”.“December saw a significant number of social gatherings of all age groups, resulting in a concerning level of illness and death this month; we do not want to repeat that, as we are still managing and investigating outbreaks among our most vulnerable,” she said.“As testing for close contacts resumes, the priority is to bring infection numbers to a minimum in the community to allow us to respond effectively to those who need our help the most”.On Tuesday, January 19, there were 198 Covid-19 cases recorded in the Mid-West region and this had dropped to 60 by Monday, February 1.Dr Mannix said that despite a reduction in daily cases numbers “it only takes a small number of incidents to undo the hard work of the majority and it is important not to undo our efforts to date.”Public Health Medicine Specialist Dr Marie Casey, who works with third level institutions in the Mid-West region, said there was initial evidence of student clusters surfacing again in the region and she urged all students to follow public health guidelines.“We know it is a very trying time for students and we acknowledge the numerous sacrifices they have made. We also understand the urge to visit friends and classmates, but whether you are a student or not, household visits or gatherings should not be happening at this time,” she added. Print Previous articleO’Dwyer Safety Services (OSS) launch new websiteNext articlePrivacy issues could foil council efforts to tackle illegal dumping David Raleigh Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

This character home was a big hit at auction

first_imgThe home at 8 Jack Street, Gordon Park.A CHARMING Queenslander in a sought-after pocket of Gordon Park has sold at auction for $800,000. The three-bedroom house at 8 Jack St recently went under the hammer in front of eight registered bidders.Marketing agent Brooke Copping of Ray White Wilston said the winning bidder was a young family from a nearby suburb, who planned to raise the house, build underneath and renovate.She said the property’s proximity to Kedron Brook parklands, its character features and larger-than-average 607sq m block made it very appealing.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home at 8 Jack Street, Gordon Park.The house itself features a front veranda, leadlight windows, elevated ceilings, polished timber floors and french doors leading to a large entertaining deck. The home is in a quiet street, with easy access to the Northern Busway and the tunnel network.Ms Copping said Gordon Park was a highly sought-after suburb, with many now priced out of nearby Grange and Wilston.“Because it’s such a small suburb, supply is tight, but demand is quite high,” she said. Gordon Park is 6km from the CBD and has a median house price of $790,000, according to CoreLogic.last_img read more

Rio: I want to give United my all

first_img “To put that to one side is a big decision and a hard decision but when your body says you need to put something aside to keep yourself in good condition for your club, which is your day to day job, the decision has to be made. “I’m as passionate as the next man and I’ve always loved doing that. But there comes a time when your body tells you what to do. “If I want to remain fit and well and playing consistent football at the top level it had to give somewhere and international football was that. “I had a good stint in international football but now I want to give my everything to Manchester United.” Although he had yet to play under Roy Hodgson, the prospect of the United defender adding to his 81 caps did seem possible, despite the confusion over his recent call-up and subsequent withdrawal from the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro due to an “intricate and pre-planned training regime”. Ferdinand had earlier issued a formal statement, in which he urged England to put their faith in the current crop of younger defenders. With Ferdinand and John Terry, for so long mainstays of the side, both now retired there is room for others to grow and Ferdinand will be behind them all the way. “After a great deal of thought, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football,” Ferdinand’s statement read. “At the age of 34, I feel it is right for me to stand aside and let the younger players come through, which allows me to concentrate on my club career.” Ferdinand, 34, announced his international retirement on Wednesday – ending any lingering hopes of a playing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “I think I owed it to Manchester United to do that but it wasn’t easy, I’m not going to lie,” he told MUTV. Press Associationcenter_img Rio Ferdinand felt he “owed it to Manchester United” to call time on his England career.last_img read more