NewsHip Hop superstar to help Limerick kidsBy Guest Writer – July 18, 2013 1054 Email Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Print Limerick groups benefit from university’s new Christmas tradition WhatsApp Twitter A seventh Snow White and her seven dwarfs Previous articleDaisy wilts in warm weatherNext articleHurling is Limerick’s new religion Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSBarry BurkeDr Elizabeth O’MahonyEnable IrelandHip Hop starTommy ‘Guns’ Ly That day hip-hop saved my life RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Barry BurkeAN INTERNATIONAL Hip Hop star who lost his leg to cancer will be in Limerick next week to host a workshop for kids with physical and mental limitations.The event, which will take place at UL Sport Arena on Monday July 22 , will see American Tommy ‘Guns’ Ly address up to 200 children and young people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The dancer, who spent his youth in foster care, rose to prominence as a dancer before his right leg was amputated after being diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 18. He went on to find an international group called ILL-Abilities that is made up of dancers with mixed physical limitations.The Limerick workshop is organised by Paediatric Neurology Consultant Dr Elizabeth O’Mahony in conjunction with Enable Ireland and Limerick Hip Hop teacher Barry Burke.Dr O’Mahony said that she has witnessed unbelievable transformation in young students through dance.“The physical and mental benefits are endless including core strength, co-ordination, tone, and motor planning. The mental health benefits like confidence, elevating mood, relieving stress and social inclusion are so important particularly in working children who often have significant challenges.“I hope to set classes up with Barry Burke in Limerick for children specifically with mixed abilities,” said the Canadian-born doctor whose family hail from Abbeyfeale.The worskshop, which is free of charge, is part of the annual Make a Move Festival which runs from July 22 to 28. For more information see www.makeamove.ie Enable Ireland sucks up the eco-friendly message Scenic route for County Limerick charity run
UNION CITY – On Wednesday evening, the city of Union City hosted a seminar on immigrants’ rights. The densely populated city is home to a sizeable population from Latin America, particularly Cuba.The city has undertaken various initiatives in the wake of the president’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, including declaring itself a “sanctuary city” two weeks ago. A “sanctuary city” is one in which officials will not direct police to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who are randomly looking for immigrants. (They will still help look for a suspect in a serious crime.) Nearby Jersey City has also voted to give itself that status. × Upon taking the office of president in January, Donald Trump said he’d crack down on undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes. But many are fearful that customs officials will stop anyone they happen to find along the way.Undocumented immigrants aren’t all people who slipped into the country illegally. Some got a work permit for a job and then lost the job. Some are foreign students who stayed longer, and some were visitors who had a child while in this country.Wednesday afternoon, at a well-attended immigrants’ rights event for town residents, Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack said to the attendees, “We’ll overcome the monster that’s doing what he does to you.” On Thursday, Stack confirmed by phone that the “monster” he was referring to is Trump.“I was, and his policies,” he said via phone.Earlier Wednesday, residents attending another city event related to immigration said they are fearful.“You live without knowing what could happen to you,” said a man at City Hall who asked to be anonymous, and who acknowledged being undocumented. “Today, he [the president] says something; tomorrow he says something worse.”Trump has warned that “sanctuary cities” stand to lose certain federal funding.Nearby, the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who joined following the 9/11 attacks, also declared his city a sanctuary city.For more coverage, see this weekend’s Union City Reporter in print or starting Sunday at hudsonreporter.com.