Thursday, 28 November 2019

MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics : a healthy and tasty meal

The 2019 intake students of the course with their mentors at the background
The MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics commenced in UL in 2018. 
It is an interfaculty course with the School of Allied Health and the Department of Biological Sciences. The course has recently completed the CORU accreditation review process and is awaiting the outcome. The first cohort of students will graduate in July 2020. Students undertake subjects such as Food Science and Food Skills where they develop innovative food products and lead and participate in Healthy Food challenges with head chef of Limerick Clare Education Training Board.

Last Tuesday (26th Nov 2019), the students prepared a super meal, healthy and tasty ! Well done to all the students and their mentors!

The menu list was informative and inviting, the 0.0 EtOH wine was great!

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The State of Food and Agriculture 2019

The State of Food and Agriculture 2019 was launched in Rome, Italy.

Today many are aware of the need to reduce food losses and waste.

With a specific goal on halving food waste while reducing losses, the 2030 Agenda is also quite vocal about the issue. But beside being a goal in its own right, reducing food loss and waste could help achieve a number of Sustainable Development Goals relating to food security and environmental sustainability.

How to translate this into effective action?
The State of Food and Agriculture 2019 responds to this question, providing key guidance for an effective and sustainable solution of the problem.
The report provides new estimates of the world’s food that is lost from post-harvest up to, but excluding, the retail level. It also offers a comprehensive analysis of the critical loss points in specific supply chains, providing examples on appropriate measures for an effective reduction.

Please access the digital report

Monday, 4 November 2019

Football activities (for a richer cv :-)

 Corbally United – u13 Division 1 Champions 2019

2019 was the first time the LDSL had a full league season in the same calendar year and it was a season to remember for the Corbally U13A team. The season started back in March with a promising 7 – 1 home win against Newport. This was followed by victories against Pike B (3 – 2) and Aishling C (4 – 1).

On a very windy day in April, which made it very hard to play football, we hosted a very talented Carew Park team. Little did we know at that time in April how crucial that game would prove to be in the context of the league. After going 1 down, we managed to go ahead 2 – 1, only for Carew to get an equaliser to finish in a draw (2 – 2). A very fair result on the day.

Our winning form returned with victories over Bridge Celtic (3 – 2), Caherconlish (6 – 2) and Aishling B (Walkover) but then had a major setback against Aishling B in May. After starting brutally and going 3 down in the 1st half, we showed great spirit to get it back to 3 – 2 but unfortunately couldn’t get the equaliser.

We then experienced the crazy holiday period in June where we didn’t know from 1 week to the next if we were going to be able to field a team. Miraculously, with the assistance of our younger club members, we came out of June with 4 great victories against Pike B (4 – 1), Bridge Celtic (4 – 0), Aishling C (7 -2) and finally Newport (7 -1) which was notable for a 4 goal tally from young Jamie Kelly. This put us in a great position going into the summer break, level on top of the league with Carew Park with 3 games remaining each.

We came back from the summer holidays, for our 1st game in September, away to Caherconlish, with a lot of players more familiar with a sliotar than a soccer ball. As serious league contenders at this stage and Carew Park in equally fine form, every game was a must win and you could sense the pressure on the players. The lack of match practise showed and we knew we were in for a battle when it wasn’t long before we went behind and went in at the half 1 down after missing a penalty. The second half was equally as tense but we showed our spirit to get into the lead at 2 – 1. But the advantage was to be short lived as we gave away a penalty which was powerfully blasted home by Caherconlish to leave the sides level. The determination to win came to the fore and with only a couple of minutes left, Leon Campbell got the vital score to finish 3 – 2. A definite get out of jail result to keep us in the running for the title.

A few weeks later, we hosted Bridge and ran out 4 – 2 winners to leave ourselves and Carew Park level at the top of the table with 1 game remaining. This left us with our last game of the season away to Carew Park in a very exciting winner takes all decider.

Saturday Oct 28th, 2019 – Carew Park Vs Corbally United

We had to wait a month for the league finale and it was on a lovely sunny morning at the end of October when we gathered at Carew Park’s home patch. A much nicer day for playing football than when the sides first met back in April.

The game started tightly, as was to be expected for this clash between the joint table toppers but Carew got the first break of the game when a through ball down the left wing caught out the Corbally defence and the Carew winger slid the ball wide of the on-rushing keeper to give Carew the early lead. Soon afterwards, Carew had another chance following a corner which had goal written all over it but Cian Coughlan showed his desire and chased down the ball to make a goal line clearance and keep the deficit at the minimum.

A couple of switches were badly needed if Corbally were to stay in the game and not see the league title disappear. The solid Padraig Reddan was introduced into the center of defence and Darragh Horkan switched into the striker role, with the dynamic Eoin Begley moving into midfield alongside the towering Patryk Rejkowicz and energetic Owen Burton. From this point on, Corbally seemed to get a grip on the game and really took the battle to Carew. Carew’s opportunities from that point were long range efforts which goalkeeper Eoghan Breen dealt with comfortably apart from on one occasion where he was forced to make a full stretch diving double punch save.

Despite a lot of effort, Corbally didn’t get much change out of the big Carew Park defence in the first half. Best chances coming from a long range rocket from a Rejkowicz free kick which went narrowly wide and following a corner which was cleared to the edge of the box, Burton fired a bullet of a shot goalward bound and the enthralled supporters couldn’t believe it when the Carew Park keeper pulled off a superb save to push the ball out for another corner. Corbally were happy to get in at half time and regroup with only 1 goal in it and all to play for in the second half.

The 2nd half started more promising with Leon Campbell looking very dangerous on the left wing. Jamie Kelly and Thiseas Zabetakis shared the right wing duties, linking up well with the midfielders and did a great job of nullifying any Carew Park play down their left wing. Shortly into the second half, Corbally were rewarded for their endeavour, when a through ball from Rejkowicz found Begley who had made a deep run from midfield in behind the Carew center backs. Although he was forced out to the left, he skilfully struck the ball with the inside of his left foot past the Carew keeper. This really lifted the Corbally team and the large following of supporters. Corbally continued their relentless effort, double teaming every time a Carew player gained possession, stifling any Carew play. Our defensive line of Niall O’Hanlon, Jack Hannon, Padraig Reddan and the Corbally captain Shane McLoughlin were a match for any Carew Park attacks.

Some fast pin point clearances from second half keeper Darragh Newman triggered many Corbally counter attacks and it was from one of these in the middle of the second half that a flick on from Horkan found Campbell who used his strength and speed to make a surging run and fight his way past the right back, leaving himself with a 1 on 1 with the keeper. The Corbally following couldn’t believe it when despite being tackled from behind as he was about to shoot, Campbell managed to squeeze the ball under the keeper and into the net. Unfortunately, the challenge, which resulted in a deserved yellow card for the Carew center back, saw Campbell having to be helped off injured. This really rallied the Corbally team and you could see that the defending league winners from the short 2018 season were in no mood to relinquish their title. The midfielders were all over the place with Begley assisting the defence, Rejkowicz being his usual huge presence and Burton chasing everything until his legs finally gave way and was replaced by Coughlan who continued the energetic effort.

Horkan in a solitary striker role was working his socks off and showed the type of form he had before his long injury layoff earlier in the season. Any ball played up to him, even when not favourite to win it, he managed to gain control of and hold up for the on-coming midfielders. Horkan eventually got his reward after another penetrating run from Campbell down the left was cleared to Rejkowicz in the center of the field. An intelligent quick ball from Rejkowicz found Horkan who was surprisingly left wide open at the edge of the box. There was a roar of “Offside” from the Carew contingent, but the referee was well placed, as he was level in line with the right back who had kept Horkan onside and waved play on. Horkan dutifully smashed the ball into the left corner of the goal to put Corbally 3 – 1 ahead with 10 mins to go.

Following this, Carew changed their setup and piled the pressure on the Corbally defence and a few minutes later, were awarded a free kick in a very dangerous position just outside the Corbally box. The well struck free sailed towards the Corbally net but Newman was equal to the task and caught it masterfully. Carew were encouraged by this and kept the pressure on Corbally, resulting in them scoring from a goal mouth scramble following a corner kick. 3 – 2 !!!

Rory Meade who was being rested since half time, was brought back into the side to help bolster the defence for the last few minutes. The rapturous joy that exploded from the Corbally players when the referee blew the final whistle, could be heard back in Atlunkard.

Much credit must be given to a great Carew Park team on a wonderful season and league decider who were unfortunate to meet a Corbally side who showed huge determination to narrowly come out on top. I would like to thank Carew Park for their incredible hospitality on the day, it is much appreciated.

Well done to all the Corbally players involved in this epic 2019 championship winning season. A massive team effort throughout with everybody contributing with a hero’s performance at some stage during the season in many different games whether it was goal scoring, tackling, assists or defensive duties.

Back Row : Coach – Paul Horkan, Rory Meade, Niall O’Hanlon, Owen Burton, Patryk Rejkowicz, Cian Coughlan, Darragh Horkan, Padraig Reddan, Leon Campbell, Coach – Ioannis Zabetakis.

Front Row : Eoghan Breen, Jamie Kelly, Jack Hannon, Shane McLoughlin (Captain), Darragh Newman, Eoin Begley, Thiseas Zabetakis.

Missing on the day Gearoid O’Brien.