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Siobhán hopes to turn heads in pro boxing debut

first_imgPrint Facebook Linkedin NewsSiobhán hopes to turn heads in pro boxing debutBy Editor – November 2, 2018 1958 Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Siobh‡n O’Leary who will make her professional boxing debut on Saturday, November 24A LIMERICK homeless service provider is hoping to turn some heads later this month when she makes her professional boxing debut.Super featherweight Siobhán O’Leary is on the ‘Celtic Clash 7′ bill at the Good Counsel GAA Clubhouse in Dublin on Saturday, November 24 when she will become one of only six Irish women professionals boxers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While Katie Taylor has been boxing as a young child and is one of the most technically talented boxers around, Siobhán O’Leary brings something different. A late convert to boxing, she brings raw power and aggression to the game and joins the professional ranks with a lot of expectation.Explaining the reasoning behind the switch to the paid ranks, she said that while the amateur game had been good to her, the time was right to move forward.“I got into boxing quite late through participation in a white collar boxing tournament with my former club Corpus Christi in Limerick. That was 2012. I absolutely fell in love with the sport through that and have boxed ever since. This decision wasn’t made lightly and I couldn’t do it without the support of my partner Maeve and my family and friends.”Relocating to Dublin to train with former national champion Eddie Hyland, word is spreading about the power punching woman sparring with men and doing big numbers in the gym.A full-time homeless services worker with St Vincent de Paul in Limerick, every spare minute goes into preparing for November 24.“Progress is a little slow but it’s coming. Eddie and myself have gelled really well. Every time that I come up to Dublin, I feel like I’m learning something new. The biggest changes have to do with changing my style into a more pro style. Sitting down on my shots, relaxing a little more and moving the mind frame away from three rounds into longer fights.“I like to respond to what’s in front of me and impose my style on my opponent.”She is predicting a special night in Dublin in front of a few busloads of travelling fans.“Limerick is a boxing city and with my own background in boxing over the last people just want to see you do well. I’m best when I’m under pressure. Of course I’m going to be nervous, there’d be something wrong if you weren’t. I’m looking forward to a big crowd, to getting under the lights and performing for my family and friends”Manager Stephen Sharpe says he is “more than excited about Siobhán’s prospects. Boxing fans will like her, they will like her boxing style and they will like her attitude.“The reaction she received was incredible and I’ve no doubt she will quickly become a fan favourite. It was an easy decision for us to work with Siobhán, we are always 100 per cent honest with fighters before we sign them. No promises that we can’t keep, just that we will work hard, work together and do our best by Siobhán and she was happy with that”.And he explained how another Limerick professional boxer, Garryowen’s Graham McCormack, helped facilitate the move.“I have known about Siobhán for a while. Graham McCormack had been telling me about her as they train together in Functional Fitness in Limerick.“She had a very successful run in the amateurs and I’ve known for some time she hits like a mule, giving the Limerick lads hell sparring and I had enquired a couple of times what her plans were. Graham told me that she was seriously contemplating a switch to the pro-ranks and was weighing up her options.“I was instantly impressed by her attitude and commitment. I knew she had boxing ability but that’s not all, Siobhán has substance, she is a highly intelligent, articulate and as determined as they come.”In addition to Siobhán’s professional debut, the ’Celtic Clash 7′ bill on November 24 will feature two Irish title fights and six bouts on the undercard. Email Previous articleYears of sexual abuse by father left his daughters brokenNext articleHey Jude – ‘My son has become isolated over the past year’ Editorlast_img read more

Scrolling through the galleries

first_imgLocated in the modern and contemporary gallery of the Harvard Art Museums is something straight out of the sci-fi fantasy “Doctor Who”: A quirky sculpture of metal, plastic, and glass with a mechanical motor and a futuristic name, “Light Prop for an Electric Stage (Light-Space Modulator).”It’s a fun piece to simply observe and enjoy. But thanks to a new museum program, not just visitors but Web surfers can access insights into its form and function, as well as its creator’s fascination with industrial materials and light manipulation.Just as the new building’s revamped study centers and reconfigured galleries offer up new ways of engaging with the art on-site, a series of virtual tours enables a deep dive into the meaning, materials, and interpretations of selected items.Graphic by Georgia Bellas/Harvard Staff“The digital tours answered a big question for us. How can technology assist with the work of teaching and learning in the new Harvard Art Museums?” said Chris Molinski, Rabb Curatorial Fellow in the museums’ division of academic and public programs, who helped create the initiative.On the “Hotspots” tour, Web visitors can develop a richer understanding of Hungarian painter László Moholy-Nagy’s “Light-Space Modulator.” Viewers can watch the short black-and-white 1930 film “Lightplay: Black-White-Gray” to see Moholy-Nagy’s machine twirling and turning and casting shadows on an adjacent wall. The film reinforces the work’s purpose: the creative manipulation of light.“It’s a sculpture that’s meant to be in motion but is often seen just in a still state in the galleries,” said Molinski, “so obviously the online tours are one way to facilitate that kind of experience.”If it’s technical analysis you’re seeking, check out the “Art and Science” tour, which explores the museums’ history of conservation and the use of modern science to restore works in various media. Online visitors can scan a series of abstract paintings by Mark Rothko to see his giant splashes of color, faded from sun exposure, restored to their original rich hues. The conservation work was done using a digital projection system, the tour notes, created with the help of Harvard curators.A third tour, “Driving Concepts,” invites viewers to take five different approaches to any single work. The tour is based on a set of universal themes already at play in the galleries, said Molinski, ― mapping, time, longing, revolution, and fragment ― that viewers can apply to any item. An example is the work by painter Mary Cassatt titled “The Bath,” an intimate print depicting a mother washing an infant. The work is revolutionary, the online tour explains, because of Cassatt’s incorporation of color and complicated etching techniques.Designed to be accessible to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences alike, the “Driving Concepts” tour, like the others, offers viewers new ways of engaging with and understanding artworks, said Molinski. “That was the mission … to come up with different fun ways of thinking about an object that’s on display and to provoke people to think about or consider an object that they might not have previously. It’s an onramp for continued thinking.”Taking a virtual tour is only part of the fun of the Harvard Art Museums’ new digital program. Visitors can also sign up online to create a personalized collection by choosing from the museums’ more than 225,000 digitally cataloged items. In addition, Harvard faculty, teaching fellows, and K-12 educators can use the site’s digital tour builder to customize virtual visits.For Molinski, the program fits the museums’ commitment to teaching and research. Unlike the common online tour focused on a “simulated physical experience, this is a scholarly experience,” he said. “So it really pushes forward our mission of being a teaching museum.”last_img read more

Opinion: Midlands needs vision

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Police commissioner speaks on campus

first_imgMichelle Wolzinger | Daily TrojanSteve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, speaks at the Robert Widney Alumni House Monday at noon as part of the Lunch with a Leader event series hosted by the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance. Soboroff was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013.last_img