IN THIS ISSUE
~~~ Keep us Free!
~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
~~~ New free resources at the site
~~~ Remembering Philip Lynott by Sarah Tracy
~~~ Two Irish Penpals Success Stories
~~~ Play the Irish Draw
~~~ Gaelic phrases of the month
~~~ Monthly free competition result
Hello again from Ireland where the first signs of
Spring have finally appeared! Preparations for the
Saint Patrick's day parade in Dublin are well
advanced with March 17th being the day of the
official opening of the world's tallest sculpture,
the 'Spire of Dublin' (or the 'Brian Boru Tower'
if some local councillors get their way!)
The next issue of the newsletter will be sent out
on Saint Patrick's Day itself so keep an eye out
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
IMMIGRATION RULES TIGHTENED
Non-Irish parents of children who have been born
in Ireland are no longer to be allowed to stay in
Ireland, if the sole basis of their application
is that they are the parents of an Irish citizen.
Following on from the recent Supreme Court ruling
the Government has reacted by blocking off this
particular route to Irish citizenship. Many
observers felt that the original regulations were
being exploited and that undue strain was being
placed on Maternity Hospitals throughout the
country. At the end of 2002 there were over
10,000 such applications made by immigrants.
DRINK ADVERTISING TO BE CURBED
The Irish Government has pledged to tackle
advertising in the drinks industry, especially
such advertising that is aimed at young people.
The practice of having representatives of alcohol
firms in Colleges and Universities is to be
curtailed as are 'happy hours' and other cheap
Further proposals seek to make it compulsory for
people under the age of 25 to carry identification
when in pubs and nightclubs. Non-compliant Bar
owners may face hefty fines and even closure if
the proposed regulations are brought into effect.
The Government is also pressing ahead with its
plans to ban smoking in all pubs, clubs and
restaurants by the start of 2004.
BERTIE AHEARN AND TONY BLAIR DISCUSS PEACE PROCESS
The Irish and English leaders have met with a view
to kick starting the ailing peace process. The
Northern Ireland Assembly is still suspended and
it is hoped that the forthcoming elections in
Ulster will facilitate a way forward. There are
still large issues of contention between Unionists
and Nationalists, such as demilitarization and
IRISH MONEY STILL HIDDEN AWAY
Over IR£ 336 million or EURO 426 Million has been
lost or is being held by Irish people, over a year
after the introduction of the EURO. The Central
Bank is still visited by over 200 people every
week who cash in their old currency for the new
STANDARD OF LIVING IN IRELAND IS 5TH LOWEST IN EU
Despite a burgeoning economy in recent years, high
prices in this country means that the standard of
living here is among the lowest in the European
Union. The average income is EURO 27,000 which is
a higher figure than that achieved in Germany,
but high inflation means that these earnings have
less purchase power.
House price inflation, wage inflation, poor public
transport system and associated compensatory costs
have all added to an overall lowering of the
standard of living.
The Irish economy has suffered badly in recent
months with several high profile job losses. The
weakness of the US Dollar against the Euro has
also had a big impact, with the relative expense
of the EURO now making Ireland a less attractive
destination for tourists.
NEW IRISH SOCCER MANAGER OFF TO A WINNING START
The new Irish Soccer Team Manager is Brain Kerr,
who has an excellent record at youth team level.
His first game in charge was a friendly away to
Scotland and it was a victorious start. Goals from
Kevin Kilbane and Clinton Morrison gave a bright
and energetic Irish team the perfect boost before
the two crucial upcoming European Championships
qualifiers. Ireland face away games in Georgia and
Albania in March.
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REMEMBERING PHILIP LYNOTT
Phil Lynott was the founder and lead singer with
the world famous Irish rock group, Thin Lizzy.
His music is commemorated every year with a tribute
concert attended by thousands and held on the
anniversary of his death.
His influence has had such a profound effect on
Irish music that some commentators regard him as
the father of modern Irish rock and pop music.
Remembering Philip Lynott by Sarah Tracy
August 20th 1949 saw the birth of a unique Irish
hero. One who could win you over with a smile and
the wink of an eye, whilst dazzling you with a
shining light and mesmerized you with powerful
melodies of warriors and maidens who lived long
ago in the land he adored - Ireland. His songs
captured your heart and his grin made it
impossible to put up a fight, you could only do
one thing in his presence - surrender - to the
rocker, the dub, Phil Lynott.
Philip was raised in Crumlin, Dublin. It wasn't
easy for him being the illegitimate son of an
Irish woman and a Brazilian man in the heart of
a Catholic country, but Phil make it through, he
was forged from the fires of Dublin, a 'true blue'
in every sense. His love of music and the urge
to write down his experiences proved a godsend
to this unique Irish poet.
In 1971, Brian Downey, Eric Bell and Phil, decided
to set up a band of their own. Eric came up with
the name Tin Lizzie from a comic strip, but Phil
added the H to Thin just for a laugh. He knew the
dubs would still pronounce it as Tin and it was
good publicity. Their first hit, 'Whiskey in the
Jar' was meant to be the B-side to 'Black Boys on
the Corner' but their manager, Ted Carroll,
persuaded them to put it out on the A-side and
bingo! Their first hit.
Phil was a showman and quickly learned how to
dress to attract the attention of the audience.
He knew how to melt their hearts and how to
delight them. With a reflection of the spotlight
on his guitar he would shine it into the audience
to roars of Thin Lizzy! It seemed to be Phil's
way of saying hello to them personally and giving
them the spotlight for a while. The personal
touch he was famous for.
Despite a quick turnover in band members the group
managed to keep the Thin Lizzy sound. The sound of
the twin guitars was to prove almost magical on the
string of hits, 'The Boys are back in Town',
'Rosalie' and 'The Rocker' and made them immortal
in the world of Rock. It showed Phil was a Rocker
at heart. But he was also a Rocker who loved his
family dearly and wanted the world to know it,
hence the songs, 'Sarah', version one for his
grandmother and two for his daughter, 'Philomena'
for his mother and 'Cathleen' for his youngest
daughter. It showed a deeply sentimental and
romantic side to Phil.
And then there was Phil the patriot, the lover of
Ireland and its legends of mystery and magic.
Cuchulain was his favourite as was Tir na Nog, a
land where none grew old or were sad. 'Emerald'
has captured the heart of many an Irish lad.
Though we lost Phil on that sad day of Jan 4th
1986 he will always be in our hearts, forever
young, smiling and giving us a mischievous wink.
He will remain there, in the land he loved -
Tir na Nog - found in our hearts, the place
reserved for all good men and heroes.
Sarah Philomena Tracy
An Ode To Phil
His voice was soft, so beautifully rare,
Drenched with the lilt of Dublin's air.
With skin like gold and a curl hanging down,
O'er a twinkling eye of smouldering brown.
An ever-lasting star of original class,
Burning brightly among the ordinary mass.
Ignited by tales of those brave and true,
He engraved such a time for me and you.
When he'd smile or wink, it was really an art,
A mischievous way of melting your heart.
Or he'd shine a light to capture your eyes,
Just to let you know you're one of the boys.
Though his songs were many, there are still too few,
And the world is bereft of a beauteous view.
Let us not forget our one son of gold,
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GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Tuigim Gaeilge shimpli
PRONOUNCED: thug/imm gale/geh him/plee
MEANING: I understand simple irish
PHRASE: Nil moran Gaeilge agam.
PRONOUNCED: kneel more/on gale/geh ah/gum
MEANING: I dont have much Irish
PHRASE: De reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain
PRONOUNCED: day rare a kayla a hug/tar nah cosh/lawn
MEANING: It takes time to build castles
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