NewsLimerick unveils street ambassadorsBy John Keogh – July 10, 2013 828 Print New Music: 40Hurtz Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Twitter Email TAGSLimerick city councilLimerick tourismMusic Limerickstreet ambassadors RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Three of the five street ambassadors, L-R: Eithne deLoughry O’Byrne, Jennifer O’Brien and Oliver Hayes at St Mary’s Cathedral.Three of the five street ambassadors, L-R: Eithne deLoughry O’Byrne, Jennifer O’Brien and Oliver Hayes at St Mary’s Cathedral.LIMERICK’S 2013 street ambassadors, who will provide a friendly first impression to tourists and advise them on the best places to visit, eat and shop, were officially introduced this week.They include local artist and photographer Eithne deLoughry O’Byrne and history buff Declan Hassett, who are both looking forward to their sixth and seventh years as ambassadors for Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dressed in Munster red, the roving tourist guides will also supply tourists with a weekly events guide on what’s happening in Limerick city and will keep an environmental watch, reporting litter offences, graffiti and infrastructural defects to Limerick City Council.Since 2006, the street ambassadors have helped 92,000 visitors in Limerick.Last year the tourist guides helped 8,000 tourists from over 50 different countries including Japan, India, South Korea and Argentina.The street ambassadors have undergone an intensive course in local history, first aid, communications skills and basic foreign language training.They will walk two different routes every day covering medieval Limerick and Limerick city centre.Mayor Kathleen Leddin said: “The street ambassadors are friendly and welcoming and a great resource for the many visitors to our city. One of the main reasons our visitors return is the friendliness of the local people, which superbly complements the wonderful attractions we have.“The street ambassadors play an important role in promoting the city and ensuring that our visitors enjoy their time here.”Director of Services at Limerick City Council, Kieran Lehane said the street ambassadors play a vital role in promoting the city ahead of Limerick becoming the first Irish City of Culture next year.“Limerick’s designation as the first Irish City of Culture 2014 is transforming Limerick into a cultural hub of activities that will attract people from both near and far and the street ambassadors play a vital role by engaging with tourists and local people to share their great knowledge of the city”, he said. Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Previous articleSave the waterNext articleLimerick is the destination for Smarter Travel John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Linkedin Advertisement
In celebration of the coming release, Organ Freeman has planned two release shows. The first takes place at The Mint in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 16th. The second will be held at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 23rd. Tickets and more info is available via the band’s website.Organ Freeman Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates9/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint *9/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent *9/30 – San Diego, CA – WinstonsOB10/6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Yard @ Top Golf10/5 – 10/8 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival Today, LA instrumental trio Organ Freeman has officially released their second studio album, Respect My Art, after announcing its coming release and debuting the record’s lead single, “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” (which is now in rotation on Sirius XM channel Jam_ON), last week. Starting today, Respect My Art is available for purchase via iTunes and streaming on AppleMusic and Spotify.Listen to “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” the lead single from Organ Freeman’s new album, Respect My Art, below via Spotify:Comprised of Rob Humphreys (drums), Erik Carlson (guitar), and Trevor Steer (organ/keys), the young band has already begun to make a reputation for themselves in the funk/jam scene with their unhinged live performances and eclectic, technically proficient recordings. Respect My Art is the band’s second release, following their 2015 self-titled record, Organ Freeman. The band’s newest effort leads the them largely in a new direction, as they meld EDM electronics with traditional organ trio instrumentation.Of the new record, Steer explains, “Our goal for this album was to try to create the biggest, most expansive sound we could as a three piece, so instead of writing and arranging with the instrumentation in mind, we decided not to shy away from layering or sounds that wouldn’t normally be considered in an organ trio setting.”For Respect My Art, Organ Freeman ventured outside of the standard drums-keys-guitar lineup of an organ trio and enlisted some heavy hitters to join in on the magic. They invited Theo Katzman of Vulfpeck, as well as Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz, alongside bassist Sean Hurley (Vertical Horizon), trumpet player Sean Billings (Jungle Fire), alto saxophonist Woody Mankowski (The Muller’s Wheel) and tenor saxophonist Jesse McGinty to fill out various tracks on the album, delving deeper into previously uncharted territory for the band.However, one aspect of the album does not–thankfully–seek out uncharted territory ia the issue of song names. As an instrumental band, the names of the songs are largely open to interpretation. On Respect My Art, the band’s song names are once again hilariously engaging. With Organ Freeman, bizarre and amusing titles like “Byrd vs Fish.” “Got Change for a Nickel?,” “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” “E.T. AF,” and “Putin and I Get Along Fantastic” pull the listener in, and the band’s explosive musicianship grabs them by the chin, slaps them across the face, and instantly converts them into a fan.You can listen to Organ Freeman’s brand new studio record, Respect My Art, below via Spotify:
Wayne Rooney has dropped a transfer bombshell by telling manager David Moyes that he wants to quit Manchester United.And he will follow up his verbal demand by submitting a formal written request this week, prompting an improved £30million offer from Chelsea.Moyes hoped to persuade Rooney to stay at Old Trafford but, it is understood from club sources, the England striker has told him in face-to-face talks since he returned from their Far East tour last week that he is disillusioned with life at the club after nine seasons and wants a fresh challenge.Rooney, 28 in October, has ruled out a move abroad and is keen to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, who have been waiting in the wings for him to tell United he wants to leave before tabling an increased bid after their first £20m offer was rejected last month.United remain adamant they will not sell such a key player to one of their Premier League title rivals but Rooney’s decision to put his transfer request in writing this week will change the dynamic of a saga that has been simmering for months.Rooney has assured Moyes he will continue to do his best for the club, but the fact he has admitted his head and heart are no longer with United gives the new manager a major headache with the new season less than a fortnight away. Moyes cannot sanction a sale and weaken his squad before he strengthens it and, as yet, his efforts to bring in Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines have not borne fruit.Rooney, it is understood, does not have a problem with Moyes but feels his position at the club has been undermined by Sir Alex Ferguson over the past 18 months.Rooney feels Ferguson forced the issue when he broke his trust by making public details of a private conversation they had in April. Now even if United belatedly make a public acknowledgement that Rooney did not ask for a move at the time, as Ferguson claimed after his final home game in charge in May, it will not change his desire to move on.The fact Ferguson, who personally recommended Moyes as his replacement, will continue to exert a huge influence at the club both as a football director and ambassador has hardened Rooney’s resolve to leave.Comments from the club’s chief executive Ed Woodward that United will not engage in new contract talks and are prepared to let his current deal run down have served only to increase Rooney’s disillusionment. The England striker feels too much damage has been done and a fresh start is the best way forward. He played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis on Saturday at the club’s Carrington training ground and, according to insiders, looked fit and sharp in the 3-0 win having returned home early from the pre-season tour with a hamstring injury.Despite telling Moyes he wants to leave, Rooney will still be included in United’s squad when they travel to Sweden today and is expected to make his first public pre-season appearance against AIK Stockholm tomorrow. Rooney knows he is likely to face a backlash from United fans when he makes his first Old Trafford appearance of the new season in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial game against Sevilla on Friday evening, but he will view it as added justification that his time at the club has come to an end.Moyes, meanwhile, has been given fresh hope in his pursuit of Fabregas after comments from Barcelona’s new manager Gerardo Martino that a move back to the Premier League is up to the former Arsenal midfielder.Martino said: “I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it’s his decision. “If it was my decision, there wouldn’t be any chance of Cesc leaving.” That appears to be a softening in the defiant “not-for-sale” stance Barcelona’s hierarchy have adopted since United’s initial £26m bid was revealed.
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