IN THIS ISSUE
=== News Snaps from Ireland
=== New free resources at the site
=== Adventures of Saint Kevin by J.I. McGovern
=== An Irish-Argentinian by Henry Ennis
=== Dreaming of Green by Kate McCrea
=== Mary O'Mooney's Kitchen by Dena Mooney
=== Gaelic Phrases of the Month
=== Monthly free competition result
Hello again from Ireland where the talk is of our
poor performance in the Olympic Games despite the
best efforts of a Kildare show-jumper - see the
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
NEW EURO COINS MAY BE SCRAPPED
Belgium, Finland and The Netherlands have called
for the EURO 1 cent and 2 cent coins to be
scrapped. The tiny coins have long been criticized
as being too costly to handle. The opposing
countries are already operating a price-rounding
system in an effort to drive the coins out of
circulation. Irish opponents of the idea have
pointed out that the removal of the coins would
see all prices rounded up and would thus cause
unnecessary price inflation. Ireland has EURO 15
Million of the small coins in circulation
according to the Central Bank of Ireland, making
Ireland the heaviest user of the 1 and 2 cent
AER LINGUS TO BECOME 'LOW FARE AIRLINE'
The drive by Aer Lingus to compete with Ryanair
and other low-cast airlines has intensified with
the announcement that 'business class' is to be
abolished and the airline is to withdraw from the
'One World' alliance with BA, American Airlines,
Qantas and others. The transport of air cargo
is being discontinued also. Over 1300 staff are
to be made redundant following the announcement
of the plans which are sure to be opposed by
SMOKING BAN FOCUSES ATTENTION ON DRINK PRICES
Repeated claims by publicans and hoteliers that
the ban on smoking in the workplace is severely
effecting their business has highlighted the issue
of the cost of drink. Several pubs are planning to
introduce imported brands of lager and beer at an
expected selling price of 3 Euro. Brands of drink
supplied by the country's largest supplier Diageo
include Guinness and Carlsberg which sell for on
average of EURO 3.90 and EURO 4.50 respectively.
Some city centre pubs charge over EURO 5 for any
sort of beer. Other brands of drink such as
Beamish stout and Miller lager are expected to
profit from the dispute between Diageo and the
DUBLIN METRO MAY BE PROVIDED BY CIE
Plans to introduce to an underground link between
Amiens St., St. Stephen's Green, Heuston Station
with an above-ground link to Dublin Airport are
well advanced and look likely to get the go-ahead.
The company that operates the Irish bus and rail
system, CIE, has provided the Government with a
proposal to install the new system for EURO 700
million less than the Government estimate of
EURO 2.4 billion.
ECONOMY TO SURGE IN 2006 WHEN SAVINGS ARE RELEASED
The special savings scheme (SSIA) which is half-way
through its 5 year life will see Euro 14 Billion
released into the Irish economy during 2006 and
2007. The scheme was introduced to try to curb
inflation which was over 6% when the scheme was
launched. Some economists fear that the sudden
release of such a large amount of cash could cause
price inflation and have called for the Government
to provide a means for the savings to be diverted
into pension funds. The economy is expected to
reach 6% growth during 2006 and 2007. Over 1.2
Million SSIAs were opened and the average payout
will top EURO 14,000 per account.
2004 IS RECORD YEAR FOR HOUSE BUILDING
The first half of 2004 saw 36,000 new housing
units completed, a 21.4$ increase on 2003.
Ireland currently has the highest rate of
house-building in the world.
IRISH SHOW-JUMPER CLAIMS OLYMPIC GOLD
Ireland claimed a solitary gold medal at the
Athens Olympics where 24 year-old Cian O'Connor
won the individual show-jumping prize. Kildare
born O'Connor successfully steered his horse,
'Waterford Crystal', around the testing
circuit twice, only amassing 4 faults (a single
fence down) on the way.
Other Irish competitors did not fare as well
and never really threatened to claim a medal. A
review of the performance of the Irish team in
Athens is expected to make several recommendations
to try to ensure that there is no repeat of the
dismal showing by the Irish competitors.
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THE ADVENTURES OF SAINT KEVIN by J.I. McGovern
Saint Kevin was the founder of the Abbey of
Glendalough in County Wicklow. There are all sorts
of attractive stories about his relationship with
animals that represent an aspect of that real
closeness to nature which was such an appealing
feature of 'Celtic Christianity'. He died on 3rd
June in the year 618.
Saint Kevin and the Cow
Saint Kevin did not like people, but he was very
kind to animals! He lived in a tree in Glendalough
in County Wicklow. The tree was near a farm. One
day, the farmer saw that one of his cows gave as
much milk as fifty cows. He was amazed and decided
to follow the cow. The next day he followed the
cow to the tree near the farm. He found the cow
licking the feet of Saint Kevin. The farmer asked
Saint Kevin if he would live in his house. Saint
Kevin did not like the idea because Saint Kevin
did not like people, but, he said to the farmer
that he could send his cows to him and after this
the farmer had the best farm in all of Ireland.
Saint Kevin and the Blackbird
One day Saint Kevin was standing in a lake where
the water was deep and very cold. He was praying
with his arms outstretched and his palms upwards
when a blackbird flew down and put a twig in Saint
Kevin's hand. He repeated the process until she
had built a nest. Saint Kevin loved animals so
much he stood there until the eggs were hatched
and the birds flew away.
Saint Kevin and the Monster
One time in Glendalough people from all over
Ireland came to see Saint Kevin. There was a
monster living in the Upper Lake that ate people.
The people wanted to kill the monster but Saint
Kevin loved all animals and asked the monster to
move to the Lower Lake. The Lower Lake is now
named 'Lake Peist' The Lake of the Monster.
Saint Kevin and the Woman
Saint Kevin did not like people, but he especially
disliked women. While in Glendalough he was living
in a cave high above the lake. There was a woman
in Glendalough who was in love with him. One day
Saint Kevin came home and the woman was cleaning
his cave and cooking dinner. He became very angry
and threw the woman out from the cave. She hit the
lake and drowned. But, he was very kind to animals.
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AN IRISH-ARGENTINIAN by Henry Ennis
I'm writing to you from Buenos Aires city,
Argentina, South America.
I'm an Irish citizen, born in the Pampas and very
proud of having the Irish citizenship. I'd like
to tell you about my family history. My
grandparents and great-grandparents left Ireland
for USA in 1864. On account of the great violence
at that time they went back to Ireland. A short
time later they sold out their property and
decided to travel to the Rio de La Plata area
where their future promised to be better, but
they had to put up with the different language
As usually occurs with immigrants in the whole
world they were cheated but they managed to
overcome difficulties working hard and making
great sacrifices. They joined other people from
Eire and they settled down starting new cities
and towns. In Buenos Aires province you can find
many cities that have Irish names and you can
also find many ranches - 'estancias', whose
names are closely connected to the green emerald
They lived isolated from the other inhabitants
trying to maintain their language and customs in
a very desolate surrounding. Something quite
noteworthy is that the English spoken here has
a great number of obsolete expressions used 130
years ago, and many times the English language
spoken is a literate translation from Gaelic.
On account of this immigration about 5000 Irish
people landed on these shores, that's why
Argentina has the biggest number of people from
Irish origin, of course not counting the English
speaking countries. The Irish have contributed a
lot to farming and animal husbandry and to the
country's prestige. It has been so important that
the high classes have accepted the Irish names
and so they have intertwined. There's more to
this, thanks to my uncle Dr Hubert Ennis, who at
the time was the legal advisor to the government,
his partner Dr J. Richards, my father and some
of their friends managed to make Argentina the
first nation in the world to recognize the
Republic of Ireland!
But this pride ends here. Because of bureaucratic
matters introduced by politicians I can't
transmit my citizenship to my wife or children.
I became a citizen after getting married and
having children. That's why my pride ends in
myself. Nevertheless my children have been brought
up following the Irish tradition, and to my
personal satisfaction they can play Irish music
and even step dance.
There is an embassy in Argentina, very few in the
staff and so very poor performance. I never get
any information about events nor promotions. My
personal impression is as if there were no
diplomatic representation. There is one Irish
Senator whom I've never met and I don't know what
party he belongs to, whose name is Joe O'Toole,
he gets in touch with me every now and then.
Thanks Senator O'Toole for regarding me as a
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DREAMING OF GREEN by Kate McCrea
I want to go to Ireland
So far across the sea.
And answer to the ancients
Who are calling out to me.
I want to see the places
Where my ancestors dwelled.
And look upon the mystic land
Where lived the ancient Celts.
I want to kiss the Blarney Stone
And run in hills of green.
And look down from the Cliffs of Moher
Into the thrashing sea.
I feel it deep within me
The urge to see this land.
To see the places I've never known
And place upon its earth, my hand.
I want the song of Ireland
To live within my heart.
As dreams of Eire have lived there
Right from the very start.
MARY O'MOONEY'S KITCHEN by Dena Mooney
Dia' dhuit ar maidin Good Morning!
said Micheal O'Conner to the approaching lone
figure as they passed on this solitary Irish
'Aye and hello to you young Micheal O'Conner,
and where might ye be headin this fine Eir'Ann
morn?' replied Thomas Malone.
'Why 'tis to me beautiful Mary O'Mooney's I
be heading. For 'tis this growl in the depths
of me stomach that needs quietin and her Dublin
coddle with colcannon is what I aim on having'
says young Micheal to the older man, in a rapid
fashion as his hunger is ever increasing as the
minutes go by and he can smell the aromas coming
from Miss Mary's as it's only yards away.
'And wouldn't ye be headin there in an awful
hurry? For 'tis true, her Dublin coddle is the
best in all of Ireland ' exclaimed Thomas. 'I've
just come from there and eaten it meself and I
want to tell you that the finest bacon, sweetest
onions, the most perfect potatoes with Ireland's
finest sausages are used in this mouth watering
dish and not cooked too long either. The colcannon
is to die for, me boyo? Such creamy potato, tender
cabbage and the cream and butter comes from her
own cow. Miss Mary gets up every morn to milk her
fine animal and churn the butter. Aye, done in
such fine Irish tradition. I've watched her me
lad, as she gave me the privilege when I made fine
cleaning of the dirty dishes on a day when I found
meself low on funds.'
Micheal was now so hungry all he wanted to do was
get over to his beautiful Miss Mary's, for the
delectable smells were making his already growling
stomach growl even harder and he could taste her
amazing food on his searching taste buds.
But in Ireland it would be inexcusably rude to
just leave this conversation. Surely Thomas must
know of his hunger. After all, Micheal has no
doubt that Thomas must have been just as hungry
as he is now when he arrived at Miss Mary
O'Mooney's. Why, in all of Eire's good name, won't
he let him pass without endless conversation?
'Young Micheal!' said Thomas, 'Surely herself will
have baked the bread, tender in the middle with a
crisp crust on the outside. For to feast on the
coddle and bread, is to dine with Feil Padrig'.
You see Irish soda bread is served with every meal.
Like Americans serve bread or biscuits or the
Hispanic serve tortillas. And to eat with St.
Patrick would be divine intervention as it's best.
Poor Micheal had no idea how to remove himself
from this conversation with Thomas, and Thomas
certainly seemed as though he wasn't going to end
this conversation any too soon. Thomas wanted to
drag it out and stall Young Micheal for as long
as possible for he knew Young Micheal was sweet on
Miss Mary and in the past he had seen her respond
to Micheal's overtures. Terribly afraid was he
that Miss Mary would soon turn all of her
attentions to the handsome young man and the
wonderful food she so lovingly prepared would all
go to the affections of her heart and no longer
would he be able to partake of these culinary
wonders. So, in a fathers determined way, he
stalled Micheal in hopes that his daughter would
clear the meal away in anger and shoo Micheal
away upon his arrival.
'Thomas,' Young Micheal began, 'It's not rudeness
I'm meaning to offend you with, but I am very
hungry and would ask that you kindly excuse me
from this conversation, for I may be faint from
'Well,' said Thomas, 'Is maith as t-anlann an
t-ocras - Hunger is a good sauce, Young Micheal
O'Conner!' 'Aye, Thomas Malone, Go dtachta an
diabhal tu — May the devil choke you,' Young
Micheal replied in a tone half laughing but half
serious, 'For I am now begging your leave, an be
gone with ye. Miss Mary will be awfully angry if
I am not there promptly and I know why you are
keeping me here. Would it not that yourself is
fearful of losing the young lass's attention at
the meal hour? Let me assure you, Thomas Malone,
that will never be for you may always join us for
the meal as I'm sure Miss Mary would have it no
other way for you are her Da. An her knowing how
much you would miss the fine meals. Meals her Ma
served. And her learnin the ways of her Ma is a
great joy to you. For, I too, remember as a young
boyo, in the times that I dined with you, the
delectable barmbrack with it's strong tay for
flavor and the currants and raisins, oh so plump.
With the tantalizing smells of cinnamon and
spice wafting out the windows on warm summer days.
With rainbows of all colors in the azure blue sky
making it all so unearthly. As though St Patrick
himself was comin to call. Alas, do I not
remember as though it was yesterday the Slieve na
mBan - the mountain of women in Eir'ann rising
above the milk-white mist that forms there to give
the name to the cream-wreathed carrot dish that
she so lovingly prepared.
'Aye, Thomas added, 'But would I never do anything
to compromise young, sweet, beautiful Mary's
confections? Nay, Thomas do not concern yourself
with such gibberish for let's go there, now,
together, and see that I mean well'.
'Micheal O'Conner, but just aren't you the good
lad?' replies Thomas, 'For ye has lessened the
bothersome I've had on me shoulders since I
noticed the attentions me young daughter Mary has
solicited upon ye. Now I rest in good peace. And,
you, Young Micheal O' Conner shall need to hurry
for you are quite right, me redheaded daughter
Mary has quite a disposition when a man is late
for her ministrations. Just like her Ma, she is.
I'd be urging you to run lad. Slan agus beannacht
leat Good bye and blessings on you, for I
shall leave the two of you to be. The pint is
callin me name and I can hear it down at O' Dhouls'
'I'd be thankin ye, Thomas Malone', says Young
Micheal O'Conner, 'For ye must be the kindest man
in all of Ireland. Siochan leat Peace be with you
and Sl'ainte - Good Health!'
by Dena Mooney
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GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Beagan agus a ra go maith
PRONOUNCED: byug/onn ogg/iss a raw guh mot
MEANING: Say little but say it well
PHRASE: Mol an oige agus tiocfaidh siad
PRONOUNCED: moll on ogue/ihh og/iss chuck/igg sheed
MEANING: Praise the young and they will flourish
PHRASE: Ceoil agus Craic
PRONOUNCED: ceo/ill ogg/iss crack
MEANING: Singing and fun
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