Thousands set to descend for Pig n Porter

first_imgWhatsApp More than 4,000 people are expected in Limerick this weekend for the city’s Pig ‘n’ Porter festival with a record 110 teams from across the country have registered for Ireland’s largest Tag Rugby Event. Organisers are astounded by the level of interest in this year’s festival with the majority of teams registered coming from outside the Mid West providing a great boost to the local hospitality sector.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As well as tag rugby players, hundreds of local people are expected to attend the festivities around the event being hosted by Old Crescent RFC in association with the Irish Tag Rugby Association (ITRA).The festival runs from Friday, July 17th through to Sunday, July 19th and kicks off with a welcome party in Peter Clohessy’s Bar, Howley’s Quay this Friday night. “We are delighted with the huge interest in this year’s event and we have people coming from all over the country to Limerick,” said organiser, Paidi O’Connor. “We’re confident that the three day 2009 Pig ‘n’ Porter will be the best yet. It’s always a great weekend and non Tag Rugby players are welcome to attend on the day tickets will be available on the gate for 15 euro.”Pat Daly, Tourism & Marketing Division Manager with Shannon Development said he is delighted to support the Pit & Porter Tag Rugby Festival.“Sporting festivals like the Pig & Porter Festival provide a welcome boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors in Limerick including accommodation providers, bars, restaurants and visitor attractions,” he said.“We are delighted to support the Pig & Porter Tag Rugby Festival organised by Old Crescent RFC. The development of sports tourism is an integral part of Shannon Development’s tourism strategy and events such as the Pig & Porter Tag Rugby Festival enable us to showcase the proud sporting tradition of Limerick to a wide audience.  Sporting festivals like the Pig & Porter Festival provide a welcome boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors including accommodation providers, bars, restaurants and visitor attractions”.The 2009 Pig ‘n’ Porter has been extended into a three day event where  The Brothers of Charity, Bawnmore, will be this years benefitting charity. There will also be special guests attending on the opening night helping to build the spirit of rugby in Limerick, the rugby capital of Ireland. Saturday sees the main event get underway contested by 120 teams from the UK/Ireland and Sunday is the new addition of Super Tag. Live music, a bouncy castle, rodeo bull and a disco will all feature throughout the weekend. Facebook Advertisement NewsLocal NewsThousands set to descend for Pig n PorterBy admin – July 15, 2009 550 Previous articleNews from the oval officeNext articleChief confident of SFADCO future admincenter_img Email Twitter Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Mining the mysteries of DNA

first_img Technique has potential to help reverse the most common type of disease-associated mutations Geneticist David Reich discusses how migration shaped modern human populations DNA reveals we are all genetic mutts Writing about science is often about finding the unexpected in the routine, as in sequencing numbers or molecules. Yet as author and journalist David Quammen and science writer and columnist Carl Zimmer know, writing about science can also be an art.In a conversation at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the two writers discussed the craft behind their art, as well as the stories that led them to their new books — “The Tangled Tree” and “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” respectively — both of which focus on genetics and recent developments in our understanding of DNA. (The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the “Evolution Matters” speaker series, which is now endowed through a major gift from longtime supporters Herman and Joan Suit that was announced Thursday.)Quammen began Thursday evening’s session by explaining that genetics is far from the linear, logical field we may have been led to believe by our high school biology teachers. Our DNA, he said, does not merely come down to us from our parents, but can also arrive “sideways,” from invasive elements like viruses or even from our siblings and progeny.Noting the groundbreaking work of University of Illinois professor Carl Woese, “the most important biologist of the 20th century that you’ve never heard of,” Quammen talked about horizontal gene transfer, explaining that roughly 8 percent of what people  now recognize as human DNA came to them sideways by being adapted from viral invasions.“What Woese found out,” explained Quammen, “is that the ‘tree of life’ isn’t tree-shaped. When we talk about a tree, one of the most basic things is that it starts with a trunk. It’s all about divergence. What Woese found out was that there was also convergence” — that is, that it can create similar structures that were not present in the last common ancestor of the two groups being compared — which is supposed to be impossible.”Such apparent contradictions, said Quammen, were irresistible to him as a journalist. “I went down the rabbit hole,” he said. “It turns out [convergence] is possible, it is real, and it is very counterintuitive.”Like Quammen’s, Zimmer’s latest work explores the unusual and often counterintuitive paths genetics can take, from horizontal gene transfer through the equally unexpected genetics of human chimeras, in whom DNA has absorbed and replicated material from others, notably fetuses or siblings in utero.“I decided to write a book about heredity,” said Zimmer, who is also a podcaster and a New York Times columnist. “And I was determined to tell stories that people would enjoy reading because they haven’t read them a million times since eighth grade.”“She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” which was named a Times notable book for 2018, ranges from the work of such pioneering scientists as Dutch botanist Hugo de Vries, who essentially rediscovered Mendelian genetics, to the current science of CRISPR gene editing. A step forward in DNA base editing      Related What Zimmer found was that, contrary to popular thought, our DNA is not set at conception. “The fact is that for all of us,” he explained, “as soon as the fertilized egg starts dividing, the DNA starts mutating. So a cell in your eye and a cell in your big toe probably have different mutations because they have different histories of development.”Nor, he stressed, is DNA implicitly distinctive. “There is nothing individual about you,” he maintained. “You’re a composite; all of us are mosaics. Individuality is way overrated. Even what a species is is way overrated.”What makes a science writer may also be a question more of mutation and chance than genetics. As both authors acknowledged, neither began as a science writer.Quammen described himself as “obsessed with William Faulkner.” But after limited early success as a novelist, he found himself doing other work, often menial, and then, ultimately, journalism. “I gradually discovered that I really loved nonfiction about science,” he said. “I discovered nonfiction could be an artful branch of writing.”For Zimmer, the path was a little more direct. Growing up, he read Stephen Jay Gould and Isaac Asimov, but “I never said, ‘I’m going to be a science writer,’” he recalled. “I [just] knew I wanted to be a writer.” The decisive factor? An early job as an assistant copy editor at Discover magazine: “That was it,” he said. CRISPR’s breakthrough implications Jennifer Doudna delivers Prather Lectures, explaining her gene-editing technology last_img read more