Thousands brave the wind and rain for the 49th Limerick International…

first_imgEmail Members of Charlotte Catholic High School Band. Photo: Cian ReinhardtCHARLOTTE Catholic High School, North Carolina, USA have been named as the overall winners of the 49th Limerick International Band Championship – Ireland’s only marching band competition.Thousands of spectators braved the rain and wind in Limerick City as they cheered and supported the 1,300 musicians from 20 bands who took part in this year’s event.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bands from the United States, Estonia, England, Northern Ireland, Limerick and across Ireland marched down O’Connell Street in Limerick as part of the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2019.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said, “There was high energy and high entertainment.  The people of Limerick came out to support it again despite the weather.  The rain didn’t stop anybody having fun, it was fantastic.”“It is a great event for Limerick.”The band was presented with the Kenneally Jewellers Perpetual Trophy as overall winners of the championship.The winners in the other categories were:Best International Band – Slippery Rock University Marching Pride Band, PennsylvaniaBest Youth Band – Banna Chluain Meala, ClonmelBest Local Band – Newcastle West Pipe BandBest Musical Performance – The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, New JerseyBest Uniform – Mullingar Town BandMost Entertaining Performance – Clondalkin Youth BandSpecial Judges’ Award (Pipe Band) – Killorglin and District Pipe BandSpecial Judges’ Award – Friendship Band, Northern IrelandSpecial Judges’ Award – Glen Ridge High School, New JerseyBands performed at the reviewing stand for three minutes as part of the judging process with the winners announced at Arthur’s Quay Park following the competition.Photo: Cian ReinhardrtPerformances at the 49th Limerick International Band Championship were judged by an international panel consisting of: Prof Stan Michalski, Cindy Scheid, Dr James Standland, Evelyn Grant and Niall Carroll.The head judge, Prof Michalski said, “It was outstanding due to the weather to see all the musicians so enthused.  We were very much impressed.  It would have been especially difficult for those playing the woodwind instruments.  The musicians playing the brass instruments would get away with it.  We had snow last year, rain this year – next year it’s going to be sunshine!”“I want to congratulate all the bands for taking the opportunity to walk through the entire parade, because it was very difficult on the instrumentalists with the weather being so wet.” Print NewsCommunityEntertainmentMusicVideoThousands brave the wind and rain for the 49th Limerick International Band ChampionshipBy Staff Reporter – March 19, 2019 1090 Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleThe Breakdown EP94: Six Nations Post Mortem & Throwing the Baby Out with the BathwaterNext articleFresh Film Festival announces 2019 programme Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Pakistan hopes World XI series will herald return of international cricket

first_imgBy Mubasher Bukhari and Saad SayeedLAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan will host a World XI cricket team for three T20 matches starting today and hopes the series will herald the return of international cricket to the country, eight years after a militant attack on a Sri Lankan team bus.The star-studded series to take place under tight security will be closely monitored by other cricket boards and if all goes well Pakistan expects to host Sri Lanka and West Indies this year, Pakistan cricket board chairman Najam Sethi said.Pakistan has only hosted one international series since militants attacked the bus in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six security officials.In March, calls for the return of international cricket picked up steam after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high profile foreign players such as World Cup winner Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.“It’s a great opportunity to showcase Pakistan,” Sethi told Reuters, adding that these matches could revive cricket in the country. “This is a momentous occasion.”Over 6 000 police officials and paramilitary officers have been deployed around the stadium, according to provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan.“A foolproof security plan has been devised for the protection of the teams and spectators,” he said.Attacks in Lahore have become less frequent in recent years but security remains high as Pakistani Taliban and other militants groups remain active. A Taliban suicide bomber killed 25 people in July in an attack that appeared to target Lahore’s police force.The streets of Lahore were swathed in posters of the visiting players and advertisements for the matches. Long queues formed at vendors across the city and many fans were turned away as tickets were sold out.”I am very excited,“ Lahore resident Qasim Ali Shah told Reuters. ”I have bought a ticket, an expensive one, and will go to watch the match.Local television channels had pre-match footage on a constant loop, showing players arriving for practice at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.For young fans and many players on the team itself it is one of the first times they can experience a high-profile match on home turf.Pakistan’s cricket board has shouldered the expense of hosting matches in Dubai since the 2009 attack and lost considerable revenue in fees and other expenses.“Dubai has proved to be a very expensive venue and my sense is we will cut our costs by 50 percent when it comes back to Pakistan,” Sethi said.Cricket board spokesman Amjad Bhatti said an estimated 90 percent of tickets had been sold.“I wanted to watch all three matches but could not get tickets,” said aspiring cricketer Rameez Sindhu.World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir, Paul CollingwoodPakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wkp.), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khanlast_img read more