Persistence wins day for Dockers’ Memorial

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPersistence wins day for Dockers’ MemorialBy admin – August 17, 2009 590 Advertisement Previous articleGardaí investigate sexual assaultNext articleSpiritStore admin Facebook Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Twitter WhatsApp WORK on a bronze monument to commemorate the thousands of Limerick dockers, is to commence shortly.Two years ago, Limerick City Council agreed to finance the project and a special committee, chaired by Cllr Jim Long, was set up to oversee the project.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There was a very positive response to the invitation for design submissions for the work and an appropriate riverside location was agreed on.,“However, the project ran into some trouble when funding was cut back and we had to delay it, but I’m now absolutely thrilled that our persistence to have a fitting monument erected to the generations of men who worked under very harsh conditions for very little pay, is now about to be delivered,” Cllr Long told the Limerick Post.  “The original funding has had to be reduced, due to the current economic climate – we have 77,000 euro but are fairly confident of getting some additional private investment. I’m absolutely delighted that our promise to the families and descendants of the men who worked in the docks, can now be fulfilled.“Work will commence shortly on the monument, which has been commissioned, and we are very hopeful for completion before Christmas”.The site on which it will be erected is on the riverside quay, opposite the former ESB offices, on Honan’s Quay.Cllr Long confirmed that the committee will also proceed with producing memorial scrolls on velum, recording the name and employment periods of former dockers, which will be presented to their descendants.A spokesperson for City Hall said that the Limerick sculptor, Michael Duhan, originally from Wolfe Tone Street, whose father worked in the docks, has been commissioned to execute the work, and she also confirmed their optimism for private investment.last_img read more

ND, SMC groups celebrate Día de los Muertos

first_imgGroups at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are working hard to make sure that this year, El Día de los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday of remembrance for the dead, is a day to remember in every sense. Fr. Joe Corpora, associate director of Latino Student Ministry, said El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday recognized from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. He said the holiday is celebrated by erecting altars and decorating them with traditional items, as well as with mementos and pictures of the deceased relatives one wishes to remember. “It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families on Oct. 31 and leave on Nov. 1,” Corpora said. “Families make altars and place ofrendas, or offerings, of food, such as pan de muerto [sweet rolls], in the shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds, and a photo of the departed soul on the altar.  “It is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have died. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations, flowers, candy skeletons and skulls and parades.” Corpora said Día de los Muertos has become representative of Mexican culture in many ways, in particular a perspective in Mexican culture that is not shared by American culture. “The celebration is becoming as cultural as it is religious. Even though it is rooted in the Catholic tradition of all souls day, non-Catholics celebrate it all the time,” he said. “In his book, “Days of Obligation – An Argument with my Mexican Father,” Richard Rodriguez writes of four ways that the Anglo culture and the Mexican culture are fundamentally different at the core.  One of these, Rodriguez writes, is that for Anglos, death is an event outside of life.  For Mexicans, death is an event inside of life,” Corpora said. At Notre Dame the Institute for Latino Studies is sponsoring three Día de los Muertos events, senior Briana Cortez, president of Mariachi ND, said. The first event was a dedication of an artist’s ofrenda, a decorated memorial altar, to Martin Luther King Jr. on Oct. 16 at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture. The second event was at the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend on Oct. 25 and featured another artist’s ofrenda.  The final event is a presentation on the history of Dia de los Muertos and a blessing of the Institute for Latino Studies’ ofrenda by Corpora today at 4 p.m. in the Julian Samora Library on the second floor of McKenna Hall, Cortez said. La Fuerza, a club representing Latina culture at Saint Mary’s, has organized an event for each day this week, sophomore Cinthya Gutierrez, secretary of La Fuerza, said. On Monday they set-up and decorated a traditional ofrenda altar, on Tuesday they decorated sugar skulls, on Wednesday they held a bilingual mass in Le Mans Chapel and explained the history of Día de los Muertos, on Thursday they created colorful sawdust carpets – a tradition in Mexico and Nicaragua.  Today they are cosponsoring a poetry presentation with the Saint Mary’s Spanish Club from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall and offering face painting from 8 to 9 p.m. also in the Dining Hall, Gutierrez said. Corpora said while this is his fourth year at Notre Dame, it his first year celebrating Día de los Muertos on campus.  Corpora said he is excited to be a part of the celebration and sees it as a way to preserve tradition and acknowledge humanity. “I think it’s really important to preserve cultural traditions and religious traditions. Any way I can be involved in doing that, I will be,” he said. “It’s important to remember the dead. We’re all going to die, it’s only a matter of time, and it’s nothing to be afraid of. I want to support things that make people more human, and recognizing death makes us more human.” Cortez said Mariachi ND performed at the Oct. 16 Dia de los Muertos event but will not be performing today. She said Mariachi music is often an important part of celebrating the holiday. “Having a mariachi playing during the celebrations is pretty common,” Cortez said.  It is a way that people are able to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. Our music is a way to celebrate this.” Gutierrez said the most popular Dia de los Muertos event at Saint Mary’s thus far was decorating sugar skulls on Tuesday in the Student Center atrium. She said all La Fuerza’s events have drawn a mixture of La Fuerza members and other Saint Mary’s students, especially the bilingual mass where the majority of attendees were not La Fuerza members. Celebrating Día de los Muertos is important to La Fuerza as a means of exposing the Saint Mary’s community to their heritage, Gutierrez said.  “We have to show campus our culture. A lot of the girls didn’t know what little stuff like the altar and the skulls meant. It’s not just an object, it has meaning behind it. It was great to be able to share that.”  Gutierrez said Día de los Muertos is an important holiday for her and her family, even though the celebration is different now that they live in the United States. “It’s a time where I’m able to remember my past relatives. In my family it’s a very important holiday, even though we don’t do as much here as when we were in Mexico, Gutierrez said. “We would get together to celebrate and we would visit the cemetery to remember our relatives. Here [in the U.S.] we go to mass and remember them in that way.”  Corpora said the holiday has significance for him as a day to remember his mother, who died about ten years ago. “There’s a Mexican proverb that says ‘You only die when people no longer remember you,’ so we need to remember those who have gone before,” he said. “I think about my mother every day, but especially around a day like this. We need specific days to make us remember what is important to us.” Cortez said she values the holiday as a way to celebrate the lives of deceased family members. “This day was one in which my family were able to remember family members who had passed on. We were able to remember the good times that we were able to share with these individuals,” she said. “This day holds a special place in my heart because it reminds us to never forget through the celebration of their lives.” Contact Christian Myers at [email protected]last_img read more

Chilean visit to Fort Hood sets framework for intelligence sharing

first_imgBy Dialogo December 25, 2014 The event was one of several agreed to actions signed into accord during the 2013 U.S./Chile army-to-army staff talks. “This experience has been very enriching,” said Lara. “I, as the professor of the school of intelligence, will be able to take those lessons learned and apply them to different processes to compliment our intelligence structure into day-to-day activities.” The purpose of the visit was to strengthen doctrine and operational capabilities, enhance interoperability between the United States and Chile, encourage intelligence sharing and to strengthen the Chilean army’s ability to counter transnational threats. Army South’s mantra “strength through partnership” was exemplified throughout the exchange according to the participants. “We have a great history with Chile and exchanges like this ensure we continue that relationship well into the future,” said Maj. Miguel Bolivar, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Army South’s mantra “strength through partnership” was exemplified throughout the exchange according to the participants. “These types of engagements are very beneficial to us because they allow us to enhance our relationships with the members of the U.S. military while also improve our capabilities,” said Chilean Capt. Cristian Lara, an instructor at the Military Intelligence Academy in Santiago, Chile. The UAV presentations focused on the capabilities and limitations of the different platforms, specifically the human interaction needed to ensure success for each UAV mission. The UAV presentations focused on the capabilities and limitations of the different platforms, specifically the human interaction needed to ensure success for each UAV mission. During the visit to Fort Hood, staff members from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gave the Chilean delegation presentations and demonstrations on various intelligence gathering techniques as well as demonstrations on intelligence gathering platforms such as the RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-7 Shadow UAV and the MQ-1 Grey Eagle UAV. “We wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. intelligence doctrine and learn from the experiences in the recent conflicts,” said Lara. “We would also like to learn how to apply those lessons learned to our own organic intelligence doctrine.” Specifically, the two-week visit helped to familiarize the Chileans with U.S. Army techniques, tactics, and procedures for intelligence support at the tactical level brigade combat team military intelligence company. Specifically, the two-week visit helped to familiarize the Chileans with U.S. Army techniques, tactics, and procedures for intelligence support at the tactical level brigade combat team military intelligence company. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen doctrine and operational capabilities, enhance interoperability between the United States and Chile, encourage intelligence sharing and to strengthen the Chilean army’s ability to counter transnational threats. During the visit to Fort Hood, staff members from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gave the Chilean delegation presentations and demonstrations on various intelligence gathering techniques as well as demonstrations on intelligence gathering platforms such as the RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-7 Shadow UAV and the MQ-1 Grey Eagle UAV. “This experience has been very enriching,” said Lara. “I, as the professor of the school of intelligence, will be able to take those lessons learned and apply them to different processes to compliment our intelligence structure into day-to-day activities.” “We wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. intelligence doctrine and learn from the experiences in the recent conflicts,” said Lara. “We would also like to learn how to apply those lessons learned to our own organic intelligence doctrine.” “These types of engagements are very beneficial to us because they allow us to enhance our relationships with the members of the U.S. military while also improve our capabilities,” said Chilean Capt. Cristian Lara, an instructor at the Military Intelligence Academy in Santiago, Chile. “We have a great history with Chile and exchanges like this ensure we continue that relationship well into the future,” said Maj. Miguel Bolivar, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. The event was one of several agreed to actions signed into accord during the 2013 U.S./Chile army-to-army staff talks. last_img read more