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The very unusual Bee Orchid, growing in Liskennett Wood.







GIVE BLOOD: As a frontline essential service, it is vital that the IBTS continues to collect enough blood and platelets to maintain the supplies to our hospitals during the Covid-19 situation. Hospital demand is now back at Pre Covid levels so it is important our donation clinics collect enough blood each week. Nearest clinics - St. John's Pavilion Mulgrave St Limerick. Monday12th July16:45 - 20:00. Greenhills Hotel Ennis Road, Caherdavin; Mon & Tue 19th & 20th July, 16:15 - 19:30. South Court Hotel Raheen, Thursday 29th 16:15 - 19:30. Clinic is by appointment only. Please ring 061 306980 or 1850 731137 to book your appointment. Bring Photo ID and do eat and be well hydrated before giving blood. Children under 18 are not allowed to attend the clinics. Donors must wear medical -grade face masks in the clinic with the exception of pre and post donation hydration. Other face coverings, such as visors and snoods, will not be accepted, this is in the interest of public health. WILD GEESE FESTIVAL: Fri 9th - 11th July: Limerick will mark the 330th anniversary of the Flight of the Wild Geese and celebrate the longstanding friendship between Ireland and France, with weekend events involving animations, a mini-market, concerts, visual displays, a ceremony and a mini-regatta. The Limerick Bastille Wild Geese Festival is a new summer festival, organised by Limerick Civic Trust and will feature free family entertainment at the Milk Market (Friday 9 July), in the new gardens of the Hunt Museum (Saturday 10 July) and at King John’s Castle (Sunday 11 July). Numbers of attendees at each event will be limited due to the Covid-19, but it will be possible to book free tickets on Eventbrite . The term 'Wild Geese' has been used to describe those Irish serving in European armies since the 16th century. The historical episode known as the 'Flight of the Wild Geese' refers to the 12,000+ Irish Jacobite soldiers, commanded by Patrick Sarsfield, who left Ireland for France as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick in 1691, ending the Williamite War in Ireland. The Wild Geese formed King James’ army in exile but by 1692 were incorporated into the French Army. FARMERS MARKET: Sunday 11th, 10am - 4pm. Rockbarton garden centre. The market will host many local producers, ranging from food, artisan coffee, crepes, fresh pizza, baking, bread, cheese and much more. There will be over twenty local Limerick artisan suppliers there on the day and we will be adhering to Covid 19 restrictions. FAMINE APPEAL:
Self Help Africa are now in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where a catastrophe is unfolding that has brought over 350,000 people to the brink of starvation. A further 1.7 million people are facing acute food insecurity in this vulnerable rural region. For the people of Tigray this crisis is the culmination of months of political unrest and violence. Thousands of families are fleeing conflict, leaving behind their homes, farms and livelihoods. Damage to infrastructure, arising from the conflict has also critically hampered people’s ability to access food markets or health care. Displaced families, mostly women and children are arriving at temporary refugee camps and are showing signs of severe malnutrition and starvation. Humanitarian assistance is urgently needed. Self Help Africa and other agencies are stepping up to provide vital food supplies, shelter and medicines. Whatever you can afford to give, can help provide essential food supplies to families who have been devastated by the conflict. Donate on - www.selfhelpafrica.org LIVE THEATRE:
Mon 19th -Sunday 1st Aug; 7.30pm & 9pm. '' Waiting for Poirot '', a new play by Limerick playwright Mike Finn. Audiences will experience a fast paced, laugh-out-loud romp, in the wonderful setting of The People’s Park, Limerick. This is the best show you’ll see in the People’s Park this July. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wish there were toilets.!! Early show begins at 8pm at People’s Park, check-in to BELLTABLE box office at 7.30pm* Late show begins at 9.30pm at People’s Park, check-in to BELLTABLE box office at 9pm* *Please adhere to these times as wristbands must be issued at Belltable prior to audience moving to the People’s Park where the show will begin. Tickets available online at www.limetreetheatre.ie or ring 061-953400. No show on the 25th & 26th July. DID YOU KNOW: Sharks have no bones in their body - their skeletons are made of cartilage. Light from the Milky Way takes 25,000yrs to reach Earth. Donna Griffiths, a 12yr old from the UK, continually sneezed for 978 days in 1981. Mt.Everest is named after Welsh survivor, Sir George Everest. The Trap-jaw Ant snaps shut its mandibles 2,000 times faster than the blink of an eye.
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