Social Distancing to Social Connection – Limerick-Based Charity Plans Ambitious Expansion

first_imgLinkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostNarrative4 WhatsApp Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsSocial Distancing to Social Connection – Limerick-Based Charity Plans Ambitious ExpansionBy Meghann Scully – July 4, 2020 341 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Print Previous articleDentist warns of Covid danger as patients diagnosed with mouth cancerNext articleLimerick shortlisted for #shoplocal VillagePod app launch Meghann Scully The organisation’s work with young people has attracted significant international attention and has been featured by the New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC, and the Irish Times.This has led to growing interest from educators and policymakers in the UK, France, Germany, Greece and elsewhere who are eager to learn from Narrative 4’s success in Limerick.Narrative 4 chairperson and co-founder Colum McCann says despite the obvious challenges presented by Covid-19, the time is right for the organisation to expand and that Limerick is the perfect place to lead the way.“Our work is global but Limerick is at the heart of it all. The city is rich in history, heritage, and culture and the passion of its people is evident to all. Exchanging stories is what we’re all about, and by exchanging our stories we know we can change the world for the better.“Look around at all that is happening right now. People are lonely, isolated, divided. By coming together and exchanging stories, we can bring folks together, to see the beauty in each other, to cultivate kindness, empathy, and humanity. Who better to lead this change than young people?” Colum said.The bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin and Apeirogon says his organisation is well placed to respond to current challenges and he is excited about the future.“We have tough times ahead, there’s no doubt about that, but Narrative 4 is poised to answer the call of our time. We’ve invested heavily in digital development and we now have the capacity to train over 1000 facilitators per year, which has the potential to positively impact the lives of 100,000s of young people.“We will also soon launch a Global Artists’ Network that will bring leading writers, poets and musicians from around the world to connect with young people in Limerick, and we’ll also be facilitating Limerick artists to connect with young people from around the world.” he added.Central to this work is Narrative 4’s iconic storytelling centre at 58 O’Connell Street, which opened its doors in 2016. This was developed in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Benevolent Fund.Since then, Newcastle West native and Narrative 4 Regional Director Dr. James Lawlor has been at the fore of developing the centre and rolling out programmes that have reached over 7,000 young people.In addition to training hundreds of teachers and youth workers as Story Exchange facilitators, Narrative 4 has run a Boy’s Stories project on masculinity, a Girls’ Stories after-school project with migrant girls, an international project between young and old, a storytelling summer camp, and has hosted regular A Narrative for Limerick storytelling events.Partners and collaborators in this work include organisations such as Limerick Learning Hub, Southill Hub, Poetry Ireland, and Gaisce – the President’s Award.It is this work that led to the organisation being awarded a prestigious Youth Mental Health Award by the Social Innovation Fund in 2018. The award brought with it valuable national recognition and financial support.Other funders and supporters have included Limerick City and Council Council, Creative Ireland, the Lorna Byrne’s Children’s Foundation, the Ireland Funds, the Department of Justice, Regeneron, the Apple Blossom Fund and the Irish Youth Foundation.The organisation also generates revenue by delivering training and workshops to companies and organisations such as Amnesty International, Microsoft, and the Irish College of General Practitioners.Narrative 4 now has over 1000 applications for training from teachers, youth workers and community leaders and is seeking support to expand to the next level.The timing is right according to Dr. James Lawlor, who says the organisation’s recent transition into virtual training and programming means they can reach more people than ever regardless of school closures and other Covid-19 restrictions.“It’s been a challenging time for all of us, there’s no doubt about that,” said McCann. “Recent months have been difficult for colleagues in the education sector, and charitable  organisations are under serious pressure, especially around fundraising.We know too that the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a huge toll on people and recent studies suggest young people are particularly affected. There’s a lot of invisible suffering out there which is why this kind of work is so important.We’re all about bringing people together, fostering connection, creating spaces for people to see they are not alone and that we are stronger when we hear each other and stand by each other.” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook LIMERICK-based youth organisation Narrative 4 has announced plans to transform its Limerick base into a pioneering European hub for education and training on empathy.The non-profit organisation first opened its doors in Limerick in 2016 and since then has been blazing a trail both locally and nationally.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Its work focuses on fostering a kinder and more empathic society through an acclaimed programme known as the Story Exchange that is proven to challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and foster a greater sense of wellbeing, connection and empathy among individuals and groups. 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Arranmore priest urges people to support schools’ protest outside Dail

first_img By News Highland – February 1, 2012 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A Donegal priest is asking people from the county based in Dublin to join teachers, parents and others from rural communities in Ireland, served by smaller schools who will be holding a demonstration outside the Oireachtas this evening.The demonstration, from 6.30, coincides with a vote on a FF this Wednesday evening.Arranmore based Fr John Joe Duffy says proposals to cut fuinding for smaller schools will impact on education and ultiomately see some schools close, particularly in the non-Catholic community.Her says everyone should come together to ensure these cuts don’t happen………[podcast][/podcast] Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore priest urges people to support schools’ protest outside Dail Previous articlePolish Embassy says article on woman claiming benefits contains many inaccuraciesNext articleMan dies after County Derry police van fall News Highland Facebooklast_img read more

Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal

first_img Comment Unai Emery will be hoping that Suarez can provide a boost in the second half of the season (Getty Images)It is also an important move for the player. Suarez has long been talked-up as an exceptional young player but having recently turned 25, he is still yet to showcase his ability on a consistent basis, which part explains his one solitary cap for Spain.Following impressive campaigns with Sevilla and Villarreal and a promising debut season at Barcelona under Luis Enrique, Suarez’s career has stalled over the past 18-months with Valverde selecting him as a starter just four times in La Liga.Having earned moves to Manchester City and Barcelona and been a part of Spain’s victorious U19 European Championship winning team in 2012, Suarez is undoubtedly a gifted footballer. Now is the time for him to kick on and prove that on a consistent basis.With Arsenal also in a state of evolution, it is a move that could suit both parties down to the ground.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisement Denis Suarez (bottom row, second from right) worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla (Getty Images)Suarez’s move to Arsenal represents the second time in his career that he has swapped his homeland for England having previously spent time with Manchester City between 2011-13.That two-year stint in the North West as a teenager probably wasn’t the happiest period of Suarez’s career as he made only two substitute appearances in the League Cup for the club under Roberto Mancini.There are parallels to be drawn with Suarez’s experience to that of Brahim Diaz, who also returned to Spain as a 19-year-old after struggling to break into the first-team picture at City, bar the odd cup cameo.In a 2016 interview with the Guardian, Suarez claimed he failed to make the grade as more physical midfield players were preferred, saying: ‘I couldn’t understand it. There’s a guy two metres tall playing in my position because he’s stronger.’Unlike Diaz who signed for Real Madrid this month, Suarez was snapped up by the other of Spain’s ‘big two’ joining Barcelona in 2013 for an undisclosed fee and he was immediately registered for the club’s B team. Denis Suarez had a similar start to his professional career as that of Brahim Diaz (Getty Images)Following an impressive 2013-14 campaign in the Segunda Division in which he scored seven goals from midfield, Suarez was sent on loan to Sevilla for the 2014-15 season which is where he linked up with Emery.Suarez played 31 times in La Liga that season – 15 times as a starter – scoring four goals and providing two assists. He was also involved in the club’s Europa League success, although was an unused substitute in the final win over Ukrainian side Dnipro.A permanent move to Villlarreal that summer followed and once again Suarez clocked up over 30 appearances in La Liga in 2015-16 paving the way for a return to Barcelona for just €3.5 million in 2016.After moving back to Barcelona, Suarez won La Liga and two Copa Del Rey medals, but only started 16 of a possible 97 La Liga games for the club over the past two and a half years.Where does he play?Similar to other Spanish midfielders of his generation such as Isco, Koke and Saul, Suarez is positionally versatile and tactically adaptable, able to perform well in a variety of roles in a variety of systems.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery tended to use him out wide during his season-long stint in Andalusia as he mentioned after Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Blackpool: ‘He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me,’ Emery said.Ernesto Valverde has also utilised Suarez on the flanks in his favoured 4-4-2 system and with Arsenal lacking options out wide, that could be the role in which Suarez starts his career with the club. Emery has admitted his desire to see a wide midfield player join this month. Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal Denis Suarez is close to a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has completed his first signing of the January transfer window with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez joining Arsenal on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.The 25-year-old playmaker has found first-team football difficult to come by at the Nou Camp, featuring for a grand total of 17 minutes in La Liga this season and will be looking for greater opportunities in north London.Arsenal have been blessed with technically gifted Spanish playmakers in recent years with Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all excelling in north London.Suarez will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots but what qualities will he offer the Gunners and where could he fit into Emery’s plans?AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat’s his background? Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 30 Jan 2019 5:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link676Shares Suarez was inspired by Andres Iniesta at Barcelona (Getty Images)It will be interesting to see, though, whether Suarez follows Cazorla’s path by gravitating infield into a deep-lying playmaker role from a position on the flank. Cazorla was regarded as a winger during his first spell with Villarreal and early days with the Spanish national team.Read More: Three ways Arsenal could line-up with Unai Emery’s January transfer target Denis SuarezSuarez seems to favour playing centrally himself, stating upon his return to Barcelona in 2016 that he wished to emulate Andres Iniesta, saying: ‘I’ve always watched Iniesta, who is an example to young people. His behaviour is exquisite.‘He wasn’t an undisputed starter but he’s gained that. He’s one of my idols and I can train with him, in his best position.’That Suarez was handed Xavi’s no.6 shirt at Camp Nou, also suggests that he was being primed to play in a central midfield position long-term when the club activated their option to re-sign him from Villarreal.Which player could he replace?Despite Emery insisting that signing a central defender and wide player this month were his priorities, it is unsurprising that the Gunners have made a move for a technically gifted attacking midfielder given speculation regarding Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil’s futures.AdvertisementRamsey will almost certainly leave Arsenal, either this month or in the summer, with his contract set to expire and an extension offer from the club withdrawn in September, while Ozil appears to have work to do to convince Emery of his worth.Suarez isn’t a like-for-like replacement for either in terms of his skill-set. The one-cap Spanish international thrives in tight spaces thank to his excellent close control and burst of acceleration and as you’d expect for someone schooled in the Barcelona way, uses the ball extremely efficiently. Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been in and out of the Arsenal team under Unai Emery (Getty Images)While Ramsey is more of a box-to-box player and Ozil an out-and-out No.10, Suarez is most adept as a deep-lying playmaker who helps to set the tempo of attacking moves and who operates in the half-spaces higher up the pitch.As he gets up to speed with the pace and physicality of the Premier League, Suarez could find himself predominantly used as an inverted winger off the left wing – a position that has generally been occupied by Alex Iwobi this season.However, long-term it is likely that Suarez will be deployed as a third central midfielder with license to cover wide areas and drift into advanced positions up the pitch or else as a mobile attacking midfielder at the centre of Emery’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.Is he a good fit?On the face of it, the deal looks risk-free from Arsenal’s perspective. Acquiring a technically gifted midfield player with his best years ahead of him, represents a gamble a worth taking for Emery and the club, especially as there isn’t a compulsory purchase option in the loan agreement.AdvertisementSuarez’s technical qualities and versatility should stand him in good stead under Emery while he also possesses good physical attributes – notably speed and dynamism – to thrive in the Premier League.Having spent part of his formative years with a Premier League club, Suarez also has experience, albeit limited, of the English game which could aid his adaptation and enable him to settle down quicker than other players might.last_img read more