Brave heroine Caitriona dies during search for missing man

first_imgCaitriona 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 Printcenter_img 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 Reporter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

A nation shocked, haunted, changed

first_imgMany of the rituals and ceremonies determining how America mourns its fallen trace back to the Civil War, when the country was overwhelmed by death on a massive scale.Those rituals are reflected in the way we honor the nearly 3,000 who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, Harvard President Drew Faust said Wednesday at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York.“So many of the assumptions and approaches that are characteristic of the 9/11 tragedy have their roots in the responsibilities that were undertaken by the government, the idea that the government has a responsibility, that the public has a responsibility — that clearly is very powerful in the response to 9/11,” Faust said. “That would have been bewildering before the Civil War.”The 750,000 Civil War dead represented 2.5 percent of the nation’s population, a figure that would be equivalent to more than  7 million today. To gauge the potential impact on society of such a high number, Faust cited the unrest around the Vietnam War, when 60,000 Americans died.Many of the Civil War dead were buried haphazardly near where they fell, prompting a postwar search for graves and the establishment of national cemeteries, as well as the emergence of a new ethic toward the dead — one that emphasizes recovering remains, naming the dead, and honoring their lives.That ethic evolved, Faust said, as the scale of conflict broadened and technology made war more intimate, from Civil War photographs, which conveyed battlefield scenes to stunned citizens, through the newsreels of World War I to images of the World Trade Center attack.The Q&A-style event with the museum’s executive vice president, Clifford Chanin, focused on Faust’s 2008 book, “This Republic of Suffering.”Along with connections between the Civil War and Sept. 11, Faust noted important differences, most significant that many of those who died on 9/11 were neither mindful of their coming sacrifice nor asked whether they were willing to make it. Even so, though they were noncombatants instead of soldiers, they have come to be seen as having made a sacrifice on behalf of the nation.By providing a physical reminder of the dead, Faust said, the Sept. 11 Memorial helps survivors make some sense of what happened, and move forward.“What is death? It’s so hard to say. It’s an absence,” she said. “We want a presence to represent that absence, so we want, at a funeral, a body. If we don’t have a body we struggle, I think, to replace that with some other kind of representation.“So, the combination of absence and presence in this memorial, the holes and the remains of the … columns remind us of what is and what isn’t … and I think that’s an essential part of human mourning and the transition humans have to go through from being overwhelmed with grief to somehow incorporating that into our lives as we continue to live.”Naming the dead, Faust said, has also gained a central role in how we mourn as a country.“A name lives on, a name identifies a person with something you can see and you can touch. People go to the Vietnam Memorial all the time and touch it and do rubbings,” Faust said. “It’s something that you can hold onto and say, ‘This person lived. This person’s life was meaningful, this person’s life is now a memory that I can hold onto.’ That again comes out of the democratization of death of the Civil War period.”Faust and Chanin also discussed historical memory more broadly, and the importance of acknowledging our worst deeds.Though New England’s slave past is often glossed over because of the region’s early support for abolition, that history still exists and should be acknowledged, Faust said. Early Harvard presidents, for example, owned slaves while living on campus. Even after slavery ended in Massachusetts in 1783, Harvard still benefitted from the practice through the commerce of its benefactors.The University has grappled with that history in recent years, honoring slaves who lived in Wadsworth House with a plaque bearing their names, an acknowledgement that, though they had little choice, their lives and work benefitted the institution.“These were human beings that were part of our community, these were stolen lives,” Faust said. “Let’s remember these individuals, and begin not with an erasure, but with an addition … to our past.”last_img read more

Mesut Ozil admits Arsenal will miss Aaron Ramsey ahead of midfielder’s move to Juventus

first_imgMesut Ozil admits Arsenal will miss Aaron Ramsey ahead of midfielder’s move to Juventus Mesut Ozil says Aaron Ramsey will be missed at Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)Mesut Ozil admits Arsenal will miss Aaron Ramsey following his decision to join Juventus this summer.Ramsey had been in talks with the Gunners over a new deal but the club withdrew their offer in October, leaving the midfielder free to negotiate with rival clubs in the January transfer window.In February, Juventus announced that Ramsey had agreed a four-year contract, which will make him the highest-paid British footballer, while the Wales international will official join the Italian champions on July 1.Ramsey has made over 360 appearances since joining Arsenal in 2008 and has helped the club win three FA Cups.ADVERTISEMENTMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Ramsey will leave Arsenal to join Juventus this summer (Getty Images)And Ozil is sad to see his teammate make the move to Serie A.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’ll miss him,’ Ozil told Sky Sports.‘He’s a player with a lot of potential and ability.‘As a player we have to accept it but I wish him well for the future and I wish him all the best.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 May 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link93Shares Advertisementlast_img read more