Long-lost letter to America sparks pen pal’s search for Limerick woman

first_imgEmail 75-year-old Marilyn (Morris) Cale has called on the Limerick Post to help her find her Limerick pen pal Marguerite Spillane.A LONG-lost letter to America, sent from Limerick more than half a century ago, has stirred up memories and the hope of rekindling an old friendship.When a farmhouse in Indiana was being cleared out ahead of its sale last month, a letter was uncovered that has an American woman eager to find an old Irish friend.And this week 75-year-old Marilyn (Morris) Cale called on the Limerick Post to help find her Limerick pen pal Marguerite Spillane.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In the 1950s, young women in the farmlands of the US could establish communication with international pen pals. I was raised in Indiana and connected with a young lady, Marguerite Spillane from Limerick. We corresponded for several years and then lost track of one another,” Marilyn told the Limerick Post.Recently, as her deceased parents house in Indiana was being cleared out, a letter from Marguerite was found, postmarked January 10, 1960.Studying to be a teacher at Mary Immaculate College at the time, Marguerite wrote of exams, Christmas holidays and the ‘trial by fire’ of working with young children as part of her training.“Just before the Christmas holidays, which end tomorrow by the way, we had two and half weeks out in the schools in the city practicing teaching. Another student and I had a class of 56 girls of about 8 and 9 years old. They were sweet but very quick to notice our fear. I found it pretty difficult to keep control,” Marguerite confesses in her letter.The Limerick woman also wrote about summer holidays in England where she described her visit to Stratford Upon Avon as “enchanting”. She also enthused about her first ever flight on an airplane.“I flew over and back and the sensation in a plane is wonderful. I had never been to England before and neither had I flown, so I gained some new experience.”Marilyn says that letters took some time to get between Indiana and Limerick so there could often be several months between communications. In the years since they last wrote to each other, Marilyn has worked in law enforcement, health insurance and even for a few years with the Denver Broncos. She has lived in Massachusetts, New Mexico and Texas before moving to Colorado Springs in 1984.“I am now 75-years-old and would love to know the rest of her story,” Marilyn told the Limerick Post from her home in the US this week.“I travelled through Ireland in 2015 and that brought back memories of our connection, without ever thinking one of her letters would have been saved by my late mother so many years ago. What a wonderful surprise and it has led me to you in my search for Marguerite Spillane.”Anyone with any details to help Marilyn find out more about Marguerite Spillane can contact [email protected] Alan [email protected] Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Previous articleElectric Picnic 2018: first lineup announcementNext articleMind the windows Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSIndianalimerickMarguerite SpillaneMarilyn Morris CaleMary Immaculate Collegepenpals Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsLong-lost letter to America sparks pen pal’s search for Limerick womanBy Alan Jacques – March 15, 2018 2879 last_img read more

Saint Mary’s vice president of student affairs resigns

first_imgCollege President Jan Cervelli announced the resignation of Karen Johnson, the vice president for student affairs, in an email Wednesday. Her resignation will be effective Oct. 6. Johnson has served the College since 2006, according to the email. “Karen has played a critical role in the development and success of Saint Mary’s College,” Cervelli said in the email. “While we will greatly miss Karen and her leadership, we wish her the best of luck as she pursues another opportunity.”In her position as vice president of student affairs, Johnson has worked with various students and organizations. She also organized the peer mentors for first years and moderated the class and parent Facebook pages. Johnson announced her resignation to parents on their Facebook page, writing that she plans to “keep posting until the end.” According to the email, Cervelli will appoint an interim vice president of student affairs by the end of the month.Tags: Karen Johnson, resignation, vice president of student affairslast_img read more

Driver in Buncrana caught speeding 75kpm over the legal speed limit

first_imgGardai caught a motorist speeding 75kpm over the legal speed limit in the Buncrana area this week. The car was clocked by speed detection devices travelling 125km/h in the 50km/h zone.The driver has received a fixed charge penalty notice, commencing proceedings. Officers with the road policing unit have appealed to drivers to slow down.Driver in Buncrana caught speeding 75kpm over the legal speed limit was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What are the humps and domes on top of an aircraft’s fuselage?

first_imgThe world’s first jetliners looked very sleek, and their fuselage tops forming a clean straight line from nose to tail, with an occasional blade antenna or anti-collision light as the only protrusions. Today, the average modern airliner has a collection of bumps, humps, and domes mounted on top of the fuselage, and these are antenna housings that serve a very important purpose. From inflight entertainment systems with satellite TV to full Wi-Fi communication capability, these devices offer air passengers all the modern conveniences of their ground-bound high-tech digital devices for business and pleasure while in flight.On one flight, having access to that much real-time information was not necessarily a good thing. In 2005, an Airbus A320 bound from California to New York experienced a landing gear problem and had to return to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles. As the cabin crew tried to keep everyone calm, passengers soon discovered they were watching all the emergency preparations for their very own landing “live” on satellite TV being broadcast to the screens at every seat. The emergency landing was uneventful, but passenger’s anxieties were definitely heightened in that final hour before landing!last_img read more

Brierty Inspires Alliance Team

first_imgHow has your day been so far?We lost our first game to the New South Wales Mets, 12-7, I think a few boys, including me, were fairly nervous, and then we just beat the Rebels 8-6. The boys were over the moon with it so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got cool heads going into the next game and come out and hopefully get another one. How did it feel coming to the fields this morning, knowing that you were going to be playing for the Alliance?I actually didn’t get much sleep last night, I was thinking about it a lot. I woke up really early and was thinking about it all this morning. I was really excited and I think that all of the guys were excited and amped to play today. Does it feel like all of the hard work has paid off from over the past couple of months in the lead up to the series?It has been a little bit tough just with the distance between everyone, so me being in Sydney, I’ve been training by myself  because I don’t have anyone to train with but I know that the guys in their individual states, they’ve been putting in the hard work and we’ll surprise a few people over the tournament. How did it feel to be named the captain of the Alliance side?It was a great honour, especially being in the inaugural Elite Eight, and getting the first captaincy, I couldn’t have been prouder. And the boys, I didn’t know them all but I knew the Western Australia guys before, and they were happy, even the Tasmanian blokes that I’ve met for the first time, they’ve been great so it’s been really good. What was your initial reaction to the Elite Eight series and the Alliance when you first heard about it?I made sure I spoke to the right people about it, that it wasn’t going to interfere with anything long term  like the World Cup, and everyone said go for it, it’s promoting the sport and they couldn’t have been more happy that I was doing it so it took me seriously five seconds to make my decision. And how did it feel when Paul Sfeir came on board as the coach of the Alliance?He was great. He actually said the reason he came on board was because he knew that I was playing so I’ve got a great connection with Sfeirsy and we’ve been in a lot of sides together so it was really good to have his experience on board. What did you say to the team before the start of your first game against the New South Wales Mets this morning?I said that I’m nervous, I’m excited, it’s ok to be nervous and excited. It’s just a game of Touch Football in the end of it. These guys, they put them up on such a high pedestal because they are good players the Mets team, but when it comes down to it they are just 14 guys that are trying to do the same thing that we are. How did it feel to play the Mets first up considering you have spent a lot of time with the Sydney Mets permit over the past couple of years?It was good. Sfeirsy and I had a little joke about it because we’ve both been involved in Mets for so long. I think I’ve played six years with the Mets. Western Australia is where I am from and I’ve always said I want to go back and play over there so I couldn’t have been prouder of the boy’s effort this morning, it was a good first game and I think we showed it in the second game. What is the culture like within the Alliance team?It’s actually really good, obviously there are little niches, like Western Australia, there’s about five or six from Tasmania, a few from the Northern Territory etc., but we’ve really tried to keep the squad as a whole, the first division and the Men’s. Everyone is rooming with blokes from different states as well so not just on the field but off the field you get to know the blokes as well and that brings us closer together. It must be good for the team to have a player of your calibre in the line-up as well, what have they said about it?A few of them have commented about it, they say its good because it shows them, not necessarily that you have to leave Western Australia or leave Tasmania to make a representative team but that’s the path I chose, and I said to them this tournament is about them becoming known players, so players come out next tournament and go ‘wow that Craig Boston from WA is good, wow that Jason Haines from Tasmania is a good player’, it’s no longer ‘we’re going out there to play for him’, we are going out there to create names for those other guys and that’s why I’ve always said that I want to pass what I’ve learnt playing at the highest level onto them for them to become better Touch players when they go back home and hopefully lift the standard back there. Did you ever think when you first moved to Sydney that a concept of the Elite Eight would come about or you’d make it as far as you have?Not at all because when I first moved over I was 18 and I had always wanted to play for Australia and then I didn’t make any of the Youth Aussie teams, which I thought I might have a shot at the 20’s, and I missed the boat on those but I played consistent football and got recognised in the state Mixed team and I played a 20’s City versus Country, so I think that’s a big stepping stone for developing a career, like Dyl (Australian player Dylan Hennessey) has come through all of the junior developments, Steve Roberts, they’ve all come up through the ranks.What do you hope the Alliance team gets out of playing in the Elite Eight series?Hopefully they just get the confidence out of it that they are good players. You look at the Rebels and the Mets teams and they are stacked full of Australian and New Zealand representatives and State of Origin players and these guys are underrated players and I think over the weekend they deserve that recognition that some of them can play in the Aussie 20’s team and some of them can make the Aussie Men’s squad, that they are just as good as anyone else, they just don’t get the limelight which the Elite Eight is now showing for all of them. So hopefully we have a good time and hopefully we actually win it.last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was delighted to be back in action for their FA Cup win over Barnsley.The Clarets stopper made his first appearance for the club since the Europa League tie in Aberdeen when he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Barnsley on Saturday. “It was great to be back out there with the lads and pick up a good result,” he said.“I’ve been back in training a few weeks now so I felt ready to play. The lads came away with a clean sheet and a win.”And Pope is now targeting a return to Premier League action.Asked if he needed a few more games before being considered for a regular starting spot, he said: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Who knows? I’m happy with today and I played a reserve game as well so I’m well on the way. I’m happy with where I am. I feel good.” last_img read more

Idle No More protests continue from one community to another

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds more took the streets in Lethbridge and Regina as part of the ongoing protests against Bill C-45.The bill passed the Senate and received Royal Assent Friday.But First Nations across Canada say they’re not slowing down their protests.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Loblaw eyes recreational marijuana market in Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgTORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is looking to sell recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador, as the provincial body handling pot sales has included the company on its list of potential licensed cannabis retailers.Cannabis NL, a division of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp., on Monday released its list of qualified retailer applicants which have been selected for the next phase of the application process.Loblaw’s applications for 10 potential locations were among the 24 selected by Cannabis NL. Other applicants on the list included licensed medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth, regional health store chain the Healthy Vibe, and Tobin’s Convenience.Lobaw’s presence in Newfoundland and Labrador includes grocery stores under the Dominion banner and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.Company spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said the retailer does not plan to sell recreational cannabis on its grocery store shelves in the province.“It would be available behind the counter, in small, existing tobacco shops, adjacent but separate to our Dominion grocery stores,” Thomas wrote in an emailed statement.Cannabis NL said the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp. will be in touch with applicants in the coming days to determine the next steps in the process.Loblaw first applied for a license to dispense medical marijuana in 2016. Shoppers Drug Mart has lined up supply deals with several licensed medical marijuana producers including Aurora Cannabis and Aphria, which are subject to Health Canada’s approval of its application.Loblaw has said medical marijuana is their focus, but their CEO has also said that the retailer is open to being involved with recreational marijuana.Thomas said Monday that while Loblaw has been named among the qualified applicants to sell recreational pot, “there are more steps to come and it’s premature to discuss details or outcomes.”“This has nothing to do with Shoppers Drug Mart or our application to distribute medical cannabis, which remains our focus,” she said.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:WEED)last_img read more

Flight simulator company CAE Inc reports higher Q2 profit and revenue

first_imgMONTREAL – Flight simulator company CAE Inc. says its second-quarter profit and revenue increased compared with a year ago.The Montreal-based firm says its net income attributable to shareholders was $60.7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up one per cent from $60.3 million from the same period a year ago.The profit amounted to 23 cents per share compared with 22 cents per share for the same period a year earlier.Revenue for the three-month period totalled $743.8 million, up by 20 per cent from $618.2 million in the same quarter the previous year.The company attributed the performance to growth in its civil and defence aviation training divisions.Last week, CAE announced it was acquiring Bombardier’s business aircraft training business for an enterprise value of US$645 million.Companies in this story: (TSX:CAE, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Crescent Point Energy Corp cuts quarterly dividend and capital budget

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Crescent Point Energy Corp. has cut its capital budget for this year by about $500 million and slashed its dividend.The company said it will now pay a quarterly dividend of a penny per share, down from three cents per month.However, it says that given its low share price it will buy back up to seven percent its outstanding shares under a normal course issuer bid. The company says it plans a capital budget of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.Crescent Point plans to spend about 55 percent of its capital budget on its Viewfield Bakken, Shaunavon and Flat Lake regions.Annual average production is expected to come in at 170,000 to 174,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more