Email A STATUE of a Limerick man who made a fortune while owning slaves in the US city of Baltimore has been taken down, following protests that it celebrates a slaver.County Limerick native Captain John O’Donnell had a statue erected in his honour in the Canton area of Baltimore, Maryland, on a site where he kept enslaved people to run his plantation and household.A mariner and merchant, he was one of the first white men to establish trade with China. His plantation, known as The Canton Estate, which was named after the city of Canton in China, became a hub of industry and, in more recent times, the fashionable waterfront neighbourhood known as Canton.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The statue was removed by city authorities on April 5 following a petition and letters from local anti-racism groups.According to Norman G. Rukert’s “Historic Canton,” Captain John O’Donnell was born in 1749. In his youth, O’Donnell “ran away to sea and found himself in India, amassing a sizeable fortune before he was thirty.”As an employee of the British East India Company, O’Donnell lived in India for 16 years.In 1786, O’Donnell purchased 11 acres of land in Baltimore, which eventually grew to more than 1,900 acres. O’Donnell named his plantation Canton, which is what English speakers at the time called the Chinese port city of Guangzhou.Records show that he kept 36 enslaved people on his plantation.O’Donnell had seven children with his wife Sarah Chew Elliott. It is believed only one, Elliot, returned to his father’s native Ireland to study at Trinity College Dublin.Captain John O’Donnell died in October 1805; at the time, he was one of the wealthiest men in the US.In 1980, the Canton Improvement Association installed the statue in O’Donnell Square Park. An inscription marker at the site described O’Donnell as “a man of great vision and accomplishment.”In November 2020, the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance, with the support of the Canton Community Association and other members of the community, issued a letter to then Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young calling for the immediate removal of the 41-year-old statue.The letter said in part: “Captain John O’Donnell founded Canton as a plantation in 1786. A statue in his honour was erected in O’Donnell Square Park in 1980. Public records have confirmed that Captain O’Donnell was an enslaver.“Slavery is morally reprehensible and we, as a community, categorically reject monuments to enslavers.”The letter also referenced an October 2020 article in the Baltimore Sun written by John Linwood of The Linwood Project who stated: “As a Black homeowner living in Southeast Baltimore, the presence of John O’Donnell’s statue at Canton Square is more offensive to me than any statue of Christopher Columbus.”Linwood noted how the statue was placed on the same grounds where Captain O’Donnell kept more than 30 enslaved Africans who tended to his livestock and crops, kept his house, and served as waitstaff.Linwood wrote: “Such nods to the shames of our past have no place in our city and must go if we wish to seek real healing and atonement for our past, and cultivate a Baltimore that welcomes everyone everywhere.”An online petition was also circulated through the Change.org website that amassed more than 800 signatures over a six month period.On April 5, the statue was removed, a move that was welcomed by the current Mayor of Baltimore Brandon Scott, who said the statue was a “hostile vestige to the notorious enslaver Captain John O’Donnell.” Linkedin NewsStatue of County Limerick slave owner is removed from US cityBy Bernie English – April 16, 2021 1293 Twitter WhatsApp Print Advertisement Facebook Previous articleWATCH: Conor Murray describes his incredible career thus farNext articleMartens retrial could hinge on the evidence of Corbett children Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
The Ocean City Flower Show is coming up May 31 and runs through June 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier. By Maddy VitaleThe 47th annual Ocean City Flower Show is coming up and organizers are looking for some young talent to bloom.The Garden Club of Ocean City, which stages the Flower Show, is calling on all children ages 3-14 to join in the Junior Division of the show, which runs from May 31 to June 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Holidays.”Everything is provided for the kids, and there is no cost to sign up. All parents or guardians and their children have to do is show up at the Music Pier on May 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to create their best Easter-themed floral baskets.The creations will be judged the following day and trophies and ribbons will be given out for the first, second and third place entries and honorable mention, said Kathy Wheatcroft, co-chair with Kay Reilly of the Flower Show subcommittee.Organizers are seeking 36 children for the Junior Division.“It is really a lot of fun to see the kids create their floral arrangements. We supply everything needed for the children, so they are all working off of a level playing field,” explained Wheatcroft, who is also the treasurer of the Ocean City Garden Club. “The kids all will have the same flowers, same container.”Wheatcroft said the friendly competition gives children something different they can do to display their artistic talents.She said over the last couple of years, children who enter the competition year after year are “aging out.”“We used to easily fill the slots for the children. Last year we had 20 Junior Division entries,” Wheatcroft said. “It doesn’t make the exhibit look as nice. We want more kids to be involved because usually they stay. The hope is that they like it so much they become novices and stay with it.”The idea of Easter-themed baskets competition after Easter is over may seem a bit late on the calendar, but Wheatcroft said not at all.Attendees at the Ocean City Flower Show in 2017 took time to smell the elaborate displays.It is clear, Wheatcroft said, that children love Easter and so do city officials, so it makes sense to have an Easter-themed competition at the Flower Show.The Flower Show is really a city event with assistance from the Ocean City Garden Club. The city puts on a huge, successful Easter Promenade Stroll and Easter Egg Hunt over the holiday and thousands of kids participate.For now, Wheatcroft said, there is not a definite list of flowers that will be used in the Junior Division competition. However, she has some pretty good ideas of what will be seriously considered.“We are usually going with things easier to use with a stronger stem,” she noted. “We will fill the Easter egg pails with oasis to stuff the flowers in. We will probably use carnations or daisies. The kids love baby’s breath. Mums may work too.”She also has an idea about the color schemes. “This one should be really bright. I foresee a lot of yellows and pinks,” Wheatcroft said. “We will go with pastel flowers.”In 2018, the theme was “Bouquets of New Jersey.” This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Holidays,” came during brainstorm sessions in meetings shortly after last year’s show, Wheatcroft explained.She urged parents and guardians to sign their budding artists up for the competition. To view the flyer go to: https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OC-Flower-Show-Kids-Flyer-1.pdf“It is really gratifying to watch the kids,” Wheatcroft said. “They do a lot of art in school. The Flower Show sometimes gives them confidence because they make these arrangements on their own.”Wheatcroft added that it is always fun to watch.“The kids are so uninhibited when they make their arrangements,” she said. “The adults sweat it out, where the kids just enjoy what they are doing, which is great to see.”For more information or to register a child in the Ocean City Flower Show Junior Division, call Lorraine Scott at 609-398-6281.One of the winning entries in last year’s floral competition for the Junior Division. (Courtesy Kathy Wheatcroft)
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is offering radio broadcasting rights to all media houses in the country that wish to cover this season’s Ghana Premier League, for free.The GFA said in a statement that the rights to provide commentary on Ghana Premier League are available to all media houses without them having to pay any money in exchange, provided they accept and abide by certain conditions.These conditions including the promotion of the league and matches, and the playing of GFA’s ads on the stations.“For management purposes, the GFA has also decided that it will offer the rights to major media groups of companies based on the terms and conditions associated with the rights.“For all other radio stations not affiliated to the major media groups, the GFA will offer the same terms and conditions to them through the major media groups. The GFA therefore reiterates that the rights are available to every radio station in Ghana provided they accept the terms and conditions through the major media groups or the GFA.”The GFA added that it will publish a list of the radio stations that have the rights for the league once all discussions are complete and contracts have been signed.The return of the Ghana Premier League has been greeted with much fanfare across the country with the various centers being greatly patronised on matchdays.The GFA, which is already pushing its #BringBackTheLove social media campaign to encourage patronage of local football is hoping to capitalise on the increased interest in the league by pushing radio broadcasts as well.Offering the broadcast rights to the stations for free is a huge step in that direction as this will greatly boost the league’s publicity.
MASON CITY — An executive of the company chosen to develop the hotel and conference center that’s part of the River City Renaissance project says they’re glad to be back as part of the project.Gatehouse Capital based in Dallas Texas had initially negotiated an agreement with the City of Mason City to develop the hotel in the eastern portion of the parking lot at Southbridge Mall, but the City Council in November 2017 decided to go with another developer that eventually defaulted on the project.Gatehouse vice president Colin McDonald says while there was a great deal of city-level debate about the project, they are ready to start the first steps in moving towards construction. “We firmly believe in the economics of the project. We believe in the opportunity. We really like the people of Mason City. I think they’re a great group of people and I think it’s going to be a wonderful partnership moving forward. I think the first hard part is over, now the next hard part is we’ve got a project to deliver and we will we will be delivering it.”McDonald says although it’s a smaller hotel than what they might typically construct, it’s part of what he feels is a very complex project. “It has moving parts with the conference center and the access and connectivity with the Music Man Square, and our relationship with Music Man Square makes this a very unique opportunity for a hospitality product.”McDonald says Gatehouse has several platforms in working with communities to develop hotel and conference facilities. He says they understand the catalytic nature of these projects. “We know what these projects entail.”McDonald says his company is seeing more communities of Mason City’s size try to do projects that involve hotels and conference centers. “There is a lot of, if you will, case work that shows the economic impact, and for forward-thinking cities that have a more of an entrepreneurial flair that realize that you need to go one of two ways, you can invest in your community and support activity. or you can sit by and hope. I think there are any number of communities that have relied on hope, and it’s a competitive marketplace. It’s competitive for the skills to bring those projects together.”McDonald was in Mason City last week as part of a site visit with city officials after the City Council at their July 23rd meeting approved a development agreement for the $24 million, 106-room hotel and convention center that fulfills the private investment requirement of the Iowa Reinvestment Act project.