Caitriona Lucas died during a search for a missing manTHE death of a search and rescue volunteer in Kilkee, Co Clare this Monday has shaken a community and indeed the country as the heroics of Caitriona Lucas and her fellow volunteers members comes to light as her family mourns her loss.A mother of two, Ms Lucas (41) from Ballyvaughan was one of three members onboard a Doolin Coast Guard boat involved in a search for a man missing in the area for a number of days.A tragic reversal of roles unfolded for Caitriona and her co-volunteers Jenny Carway (51) and James Lucey (49) when their Delta RIB flipped over during a search at Kilkee Bay.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The trio were thrown from their boat into the pounding seas before Caitriona lost her life and Jenny and James became the focus of a dramatic rescue bid.Both Jenny and James are now recovering in hospital but efforts to revive Caitriona failed after she was plucked from the sea by rescuers onboard the Shannon based Rescue 115 helicopter.RNLI crews from Ballybunion, Aran and Kilrush were also at the scene as their attention turned to their colleagues in peril.Upwards of 400 people had been involved in an initial shoreline search on Sunday for the missing man before it was stood down due to weather conditions.Volunteers, including the water based search units from the RNLI and the Kilkee and Doolin Coast Guard units returned on Monday to continue their search before tragedy struck for one of their members.As many onlookers, villagers and friends were left shaken by the tragedy, a statement from The Irish Coast Guard read that it extended “sincere condolences to the Lucas family and all the volunteer members of the Doolin and Kilkee units. The Coast Guard also wishes to thank all the other organisations that participated in today’s search.”In many tributes paid to the mother of two whose husband Bernard is also a member of the Doolin volunteer unit, Caitriona was described “as a brave and valiant woman”.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, together with Limerick Fire and Rescue Service and the many other volunteer search and organisations have changed their online social media pictures to display a Irish Coast Guard logo with a black stripe through it, in memory and honour of Caitriona.Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal. Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Facebook TAGSCaitriona LucasIrish Coast Guardlimerick WhatsApp Linkedin NewsBrave heroine Caitriona dies during search for missing manBy Staff Reporter – September 13, 2016 747 Print Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleLimerick emergency department facing big demandsNext article110 new jobs for Limerick as Ortec Inc set up EU base Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
University 1 Merton-Mansfield 3 The epic race for promotion from Division Two took a huge twist on Friday, as Merton-Mansfield travelled to Univ’s Abingdon Road ground and came away with all three points. Before kick off, the two sides were tied on 25 points, and the meeting had been billed by the press as a potential title decider. Univ desperately needed a win to keep their promotion challenge on course, while Merton knew that any kind of result would almost certainly guarantee them the Division Two crown. As one might expect from a game of such importance, the opening minutes were tight and tense. The home side had an unfamiliar look about it, due to the unavailability of no less than five regular starters, but still started confidently, no doubt seeking to maintain an unbeaten home run which extended well into last season. A couple of James Gingell snapshots came close, while Chris Taylor was denied only by a last gasp block, before powering a header narrowly over the bar. Minutes later, Matt Miskimmin was only inches from getting his head to a fabulous cross from Gingell. Univ were well on top, and took a deserved lead on the half hour. Mousa Baraka cut inside from the left and waltzed into the Merton box, before sweeping the ball across the keeper and into the right-hand corner. However, if Univ thought their first goal would cause the flood gates to open, they were very much mistaken. Much of Merton’s success this season has been based on its impressive defensive record, and the away side looked determined not to concede again. Univ led 1-0 at half time, but Merton-Mansfield were beginning to feel their way back into the match. At the break Univ were weakened further by the loss of two more important players, and the home side, which took to the field for the second half, had an inexperienced look about it. This arguably showed in the next fifteen minutes. Only a brave challenge from Jack Browning prevented an immediate Merton equaliser, but the resulting corner was powerfully headed home by midfielder Sam Williams. Just minutes later, the game was turned on its head, as a decidedly offside-looking Robbie Coleman finished coolly to put the away side in front. Univ looked shell-shocked, and, shorn of some of their most creative players, struggled to find a response. On the hour mark, Gingell created a splendid opportunity for himself, but fired just over, and the home side looked increasingly disjointed as the half wore on. They struggled on, but looked a different side to the one which had destroyed the likes of St John’s and Trinity here earlier in the season. A Univ equaliser would have kept the title race alive, but it was the away side who scored a late third, Robbie Coleman capitalising on a defensive mix-up to claim his second of the game. Merton-Mansfield celebrated wildly on the final whistle, having inflicted on Univ a first home league defeat for nearly a year. Univ on the other hand looked devastated, and must pick themselves up quickly in order to guarantee a top three finish as soon as possible. This result has again thrown the promotion race wide open. John’s took another three points from Queens, while in-form Pembroke cruised to a 5-1 win away at Trinity. With just three weeks left of the season, we are still no closer to knowing which sides will be plying their trade in Division One next season.
Underlying profit increased by 23.1% to £8.7m at Patisserie Holdings in the six months to 31 March 2015.The company, which runs high-end cake and café operator Patisserie Valerie, plus the sandwich chain Philpotts, said it now had 156 stores and had opened 10 new sites during the period, which have been funded from operational cash flow.Group revenue was up by 22.2% to £43.7m and gross profit had grown by 22% to £33.7m. Its pre-tax profit for the period was £7m, a hike of 45% on the previous year.Luke Johnson, executive chairman, said: “We have delivered another strong set of results in the first half of 2015. Sales across all of the different formats in the group continue to perform well and our brand awareness continues to grow.“We have opened 10 new stores since the beginning of the year and trialled several new product launches, such as afternoon tea, all with pleasing results. The group is well placed for a successful second half of the year and beyond.”The group also operates Druckers Vienna Patisserie, Baker & Spice and Flower Power City Bakery.
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