Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Ardnacrusha MemoriesNext articleLimerick TD says opportunities to reskill and retrain must be available for people affected by pandemic Meghann Scully Ireland’s biggest radio stations joined forces to raise money to support our frontline heroes by launching #FormalFriday. #FormalFriday has now donated €22,000 to each of the eight charities associated with frontline workers, including University Hospital Limerick. TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostUHL Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp #FormalFriday called on the listeners of Today FM, Newstalk, 98FM, SPIN 1038, Spin South West and Off The Ball to get dressed up, donate and post their picture on social media.Hundreds of people around the country took part by dressing up in their wedding dresses, deb’s suits and best tux to support the fundraiser which will help the chosen charities to continue supporting their frontline workers.The chosen charities for #FormalFriday included: Mater Foundation: Supporting Frontline Staff in The Fight Against Covid-19, Beaumont Heroes Appeal, Together With Our Heroes: Temple Street and CMRF Crumlin, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Cork, University Hospital Limerick, St James’s Hospital Foundation, Cork University Hospital Charity and Feed The Heroes.Cian O’Flaherty, Co-Founder of Feed The Heroes said: “Feed The Heroes are delighted to have been a part of Formal Friday. These donations allow us to keep delivering meals to frontline responders across the country.“Our meals ensure that teams working 12-14 hours in difficult environments are fuelled for the fight as we face down this virus. The meals aren’t just nutrition, they are a link to the rest of us who remain at home. They express our gratitude, our solidarity and support for the risks they face day in and day out.” he added.On behalf of the whole Communicorp team, we want to thank you for your support and for taking part in #FormalFriday. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Advertisement Email Print Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsUniversity Hospital Limerick receives €22,000 from Formal FridayBy Meghann Scully – May 15, 2020 551 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener University Hospital Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
Another option is online outlets and end-of-season sales. It’s no secret that retailers chop prices toward the spring—sometimes as much as 80 percent. Last year, I outfitted my kids in new, high-quality pants, jackets, hats, and gloves for about $125 each. A word to the wise, though: When ordering online, be mindful of sizing charts; many outfitters charge shipping for returns. At $50-plus per day, per person, rentals are a budgetary blood-letting. Buying your own boards, skis, and boots reduces slope-related costs to lift tickets alone. But here’s the catch: New gear is crazy expensive. Purchasing used or new-old-stock is the way to go. When kids are young and growing fast, finding quality used threads is a cinch. I have friends who buy new and shed items like snow pants, gloves, and jackets yearly. Others hit the mountain once or twice, hang snow clothes in a closet, then rediscover and sell them a few years later. Either way, you can capitalize and save big. Tips to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for the family For beginners, a locally owned, off-mountain shop that sells secondhand gear is a great starting point. There, you’ll find quality, slope-ready items and get hands-on treatment and fitting advice. Asking lots of questions will help beat the learning curve. In the future, you can always parlay the knowledge to get cheaper prices buying direct from sellers at online auction sites like eBay. Going that route, search YouTube for makes and models and look for old reviews (Matt Guff’s snowboard vids, for instance, are stellar). Ski Like a Local Bring Your Own Gear Cultivate a Team Mentality Before we launch into fine details, a word on mindset. Skiing and snowboarding are largely activities that take place at resorts—this isn’t the come-one-come-all ethos of the Appalachian Trail; the financial realities of participation bring a demographic more akin to, say, sailing or yachting. So, when you’re on a budget, cultivating an appreciation centered around gaining access to the activity itself is important. That way, kids won’t get caught up in the latest-and-greatest fashion show of gear they’re sure to encounter on the mountain. Also, they’ll be less likely to bemoan forgoing restaurants for PB&Js in the parking lot. My family’s primary goal is maximizing slope hours. As opposed to blowing the bankroll carving world-class powder in Colorado for a few days, we invest in season passes and make the best of what’s nearby. Proximity and abundant night-skiing options make Massanutten Resort ideal. Located 45 minutes from our home in Staunton, Virginia, I can scoop up the kids from school and take a first run by 4 p.m. One hundred percent lighted terrain lets us catch evening workouts on black diamonds and play in the terrain park a few times a week. Buy Season Passes Early and Take Advantage of Benefits My kids—son, presently 14; daughter, 9—griped so relentlessly during winter hikes they turned outings into feats of hellish mental endurance. Similarly, attempts at cold-weather mountain biking disintegrated within sight of trailheads. We evolved an indoor routine of climbing gyms, roller skating, trampoline parks, kids’ museums, and so on. For me—a stress-addled single parent for whom recreation-driven outdoor time is about as important as food and drink—it was torture. My longing for spring turned desperate. Yes, they’re expensive. At Massanutten, regularly priced passes will set you back $475 each. (Ouch!) But like most resorts, they offer heavy discounts if you buy the year before—and families of four can sometimes access further savings buying as a unit. One of the best deals is Snowshoe’s Ridiculous Pass. Adult passes that cost $559 in October sold for around $250 last February. Of course, things don’t always go as planned. If you wind up dining on the mountain, be smart about it. Scope out eatery options beforehand and look for menu items that offer large, shareable portions. While a slice of cheese pizza may cost $8.50 in the ski village, elsewhere, the same price may yield two tacos stuffed with veggies and pork, and a filling side of pinto beans. Whether you’re looking to incorporate snowsports into your family time, or maximize bang-for-your-buck, the following strategies will help you and yours hit the slopes without breaking the bank. How to Shop for Clothes and Accessories Whence came the shift? The cost of meals at resort restaurants can be outrageous. Manage food expenses by packing a cooler and eating in the car. Also, bring an insulated hydration pack and fill the interior pockets with snacks (otherwise they’ll freeze). Munching and sipping on lifts will help you evade storefronts and curb kiddie cravings—as skiing past slope-side waffle stands with a grumbly tummy is torturous. Similarly, plan to use public restroom facilities away from restaurants. Look ahead: Buying passes for the 2020/2021 season before the current winter ends can be a great way to save money on the slopes. It was then I broke my snowsports boycott—whatever fiscal corner-cutting and penny-pinching was required, they were joining our weekly regimen. And boy am I glad I did it. I discovered that, with a bit of humility, savvy, and planning ahead, winter can be transformed into a family playground that makes the spring thaw feel like a nuisance. Eat Smart Passes bring added value too. Typically, you’ll get discounts for dining and lodging (at Massanutten, the rate is 10 percent). And some, like Wintergreen, provide a handful of free lift-tickets at affiliate resorts throughout the U.S. Because we ski so much and so often, the math is a no brainer. Visit the mountain 25 times and costs are slashed to just $10 per person, per adventure. We add variety through locals-only specials at other regional resorts. For example, at nearby Wintergreen Resort, Thursday afternoons bring cheap lift-tickets (at Massanutten, it’s Mondays). Second, we check with our local rec department for discounts. Last year, we nabbed two days at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia for more than half off. Among the pantheon of recreational outdoor activities, few can be as wallet-shredding as snowsports. And while skiing and snowboarding cost a bundle when you’re flying solo, add kids to the mix and the expenses blossom like a forest fire in a stiff wind. For moms and dads on a budget, visions of highspeed chair lifts and fresh powder are best left alone. Or so went my thinking until about 3 years ago.
Brighton v NorwichNorwich have been on the end of some devastating defeats recently but they drew their last away match and I can see them getting a point at Brighton.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-0 Comment Advertisement Betfair Exchange odds Everton 15/8, Tottenham 13/8, The Draw 13/5 Manchester City v SouthamptonAfter Southampton were thumped by Leicester last time out, I could see this one being embarrassing for the away side. They’ll put in an improved performance but City will have too much for them.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-0 Betfair Exchange Odds Bournemouth 12/5, Manchester United 5/4, The Draw 11/4 Betfair Exchange Odds Aston Villa 17/2, Liverpool 4/11, Draw 9/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Arsenal 4/5, Wolves 4/1, The Draw 3/1 1 min. story Betfair Exchange Odds West Ham 10/11, Newcastle 7/2, The Draw 14/5 Everton v TottenhamSpurs cannot be happy about being 11th in the table and a win at Everton on Sunday would be very important for them. But Goodison Park is a horrible ground for away teams because the fans are close to the pitch, always in your face and trying to bully you. Everton are in a mess though, languishing just two points off the relegation zone. Every season is supposed to be the one when they kick on but it never happens. Both teams desperately need a win but I think the points will be shared.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-2 Dimitar BerbatovFriday 1 Nov 2019 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link932Shares PLAY Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Betfair Exchange Odds Brighton 4/5, Norwich 4/1, The Draw 16/5 Crystal Palace v LeicesterLeicester are on fire and, even though Palace showed a lot of character to come from behind and drew at Arsenal last weekend, the excellent Jamie Vardy can fire the Foxes to another win.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2 Betfair Exchange Odds Manchester City 1/10, Southampton 37/1, The Draw 13/1 Aston Villa v LiverpoolLiverpool won’t have everything their own way against Villa, who have been steadily improving and kept Man City at bay for 45 minutes last weekend. As well as their talent, however, Jurgen Klopp’s men keep finding ways to win matches. The fixtures are starting to pile-up but the away side have enough character to dig in and get an important win here.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-1 Sheffield United v BurnleyThe Blades have been excellent this season, Bramall Lane is becoming a fortress and I expect another home win on Saturday.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 Full Screen Betfair Exchange Odds Sheff United 11/8, Burnley 13/5, The Draw 12/5 Watford v ChelseaI like the way this Chelsea team play. Frank Lampard is giving chances to young players and, even though they lost to United, it’s paying off. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and the rest of this Blues team are playing good football. Watford, on the other hand, are in trouble. Since returning as manager, Quique Sánchez Flores has tightened up the defence and made them more competitive, but they still desperately need to get their first league win of the season. I don’t think that’ll happen on Saturday and Chelsea will continue their form at Vicarage Road.Dimitar’s prediction 0-2 Bournemouth v Man UtdThe hosts haven’t won since September but Eddie Howe’s men are always well organised and, even though they’ve struggled to score recently, they’re still in the top half of the table, just two places below seventh-placed United. Momentum is so important in football. It can get a team over the line for a narrow win even if they’re not performing at their best. Of course, pundits are fickle and, as soon as United lose, they will say that nothing has changed and the club are doomed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so United have to keep winning. I think they’ll edge this tricky game.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2 MORE: Mesut Ozil ‘unhappy’ with Arsenal situation, reveals Sead KolasinacMORE: Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ Betfair Exchange Odds Watford 9/2, Chelsea 4/6, The Draw 7/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Crystal Palace 13/5, Leicester 6/5, The Draw 5/2 Video Settings Advertisement Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov previews the weekend action for Metro.co.uk (Picture: REX/metro.co.uk)After an astonishing round of midweek Carabao Cup action the Premier League is back on the agenda this weekend with some potentially explosive fixtures to look forward to.All eyes will be on Unai Emery’s team selection for the visit of Wolves with Granit Xhaka under the microscope and Mesut Ozil pressing to make a first league start since September following his eye-catching perofmrance at Anfield in midweek.Liverpool face a test of their unbeaten run with a trip to improving Aston Villa, while Manchester United’s mini renaissance could come unstuck at Bournemouth.Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov reviews the action exclusively for Metro.co.uk…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v WolvesArsenal have problems, as we saw in the 2-2 draw with Palace last weekend and it remains to be seen if Unai Emery will retain Granit Xhaka as captain and restore Mesut Ozil to his Premier League line-up. Wolves are solid, counter-attacking team who stunned Man City last month but I think Arsenal can win this one and keep a rare clean sheet.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 About Connatix V67539 West Ham v NewcastleTwo unpredictable teams meet here, but the home side are the stronger, as their league position suggests. I have a feeling, though, that this will be one of those days when the Magpies raise their game.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-2