IN THIS ISSUE
~~~ Keep us Free!
~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
~~~ New Free Resources at the Site
~~~ Next Week's Winning Irish Draw Numbers
~~~ A Passion for Wood-Carving by Andrea Santillo
~~~ Cara Irish Penpals News
~~~ Famous Irish Songs: She Moved Through The Fair
~~~ My Trip to Ireland by Claudia Bacigalupo
~~~ Gaelic Phrases of the Month
~~~ Monthly free competition result
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At the soaring cost of living caused by the
introduction of the EURO?
At the continuing problems in the Health Service?
At the increase in University Registration fees/
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The outrage is caused by the fact that future
Irish Soccer International matches have been
sold to British broadcaster SKY Television
who will now charge Irish fans for the privilege
of viewing their own team!
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
THE EURO OVERTAKES THE DOLLAR
The EURO has finally reached parity with the US
Dollar. Recent developments have resulted in the
new currency gaining 13% on its transatlantic
partner since the start of the year. The
corporate shocks that have rocked the US economy,
including Enron and Worldcom, have done little to
help the US recovery from recession and although
the overall outlook for the American economy is
good the effect on the Dollar has been dramatic.
The EURO last traded above parity with the US
Dollar shortly after it was launched but now
seems set to reach 1.03 of the value of the
greenback or even beyond that amount, depending
on Stock market sentiment and the degree to
which the US Administration can reassure
All of this is very bad news for US tourists who
plan to visit Ireland as their currency will
simply not go as far as it used to. Irish
exporters are also very unhappy about the surge
in value of the EURO as it makes their products
much more expensive to export and thus results
in a loss of competitiveness.
The Irish economy is already struggling with an
inflation rate that is twice the European average
at 4.4% and with public service unions demanding
large pay increases there are worrying times
CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
The newly appointed Minister for Justice, Michael
McDowell, has wasted no time in cracking down on
the number of illegal immigrants that are
entering the country. A dawn raid has recently
resulted in the arrest of over 60 foreign
nationals, mostly Romanian and Nigerian, who are
now expected to be deported.
The new Minister also plans to close the loophole
that allows parents of a child born in the State
to remain with their child, even if they are not
Irish citizens. In recent years Maternity
Hospitals have been inundated with foreign
mothers-to-be who are in the late stages of
pregnancy and who fully expect the birth of their
child to entitle them to stay in Ireland. Ireland
is the only European country with this provision
and the Minister plans to block it off completely.
Distinction should be drawn, he recently stated,
from genuine asylum seekers who are in fear for
their lives and from economic migrants, many of
whom have no right to be here.
LANDMARK IRA APOLOGY TO INNOCENT VICTIMS
The IRA has unexpectantly apologised to the
hundreds of 'non-combatants' who died during the
last 30 years of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
In their Statement they said that the peace
process 'includes the acceptance of past mistakes
and of the hurt and pain we have caused to
The various Unionist parties have rejected the
statement saying that it did not go far enough
and did not include words to the effect that 'the
war is over'. The English and Irish Governments
however, have welcomed the statement as being of
huge and historic significance.
MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS FOR TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION
The Football Association of Ireland has reacted
to the tremendous support given to the Irish
Soccer team in the recent World Cup in Japan
and South Korea by selling the broadcasting
rights of future home games to SKY Television
for EURO 7.5 Million, and thereby making the
viewing of these matches unavailable to the
majority of fans.
Needless to say the various supporter's clubs
have reacted with outrage and have threatened
The Government has responded too and is preparing
a list of major sporting events that must be shown
on freely available terrestrial television
It remains to be seen if the new legislation can
scupper the deal that the FAI has struck with SKY
and ensure that the forthcoming European
Championship and World Cup qualifying matches
are free to view.
CATHOLIC CHURCH REFUSES TELEPHONE SPIRES
Despite the crisis in its finances the Catholic
Church in Ireland has refused a deal that would
have seen mobile phone antennae placed on
strategically located church spires.
The deal could have earned each of the Church's
200 parishes over EURO 50,000 annually each.
The Protestant Church of Ireland already has
telephone equipment located on some of its
IRISH SCIENTISTS WORK ON BIONIC EYE
Scientists working in the University College
of Cork are developing a bionic eye, a
microchip device that is implanted into the
retina, that it is hoped will be of great value
to the 65,000 Irish people who suffer from
retinal degenerative disease.
IRISH ARE AMONG THE WORLDS WORST TOURISTS
A recent survey has indicated that the Irish are
among the world's most unwelcome and badly behaved
tourists. Only visitors from Britain and Israel
are worse behaved. 16 tourist offices in popular
worldwide destinations were surveyed and tourists
were judged on the basis of politeness, money
spent, willingness to speak the local language
and to try local cuisine.
Of the 24 nationalities that were ranked, visitors
from Germany were regarded as the most desirable
whilst tourists from Britain as the least so.
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A PASSION FOR WOOD CARVING by Adrea Santillo
Foreword: This article is about Michael Quirke who
is a famous woodcarver from Sligo. He has been
featured in many magazines and on television. We
have spent many a visit discussing many topics
which includes local and world issues.
When a visitor enters his shop, Michael is busy
carving, not thick slabs of beef, but wood. His
working life may have began as a butcher but there
was a time when cutting carcasses no longer filled
the void which creativity demanded.
Now ash, sycamore and beech in various sized
pieces are scattered, waiting for the master's
hands to turn inert objects into magic. He speaks
as he works, telling tales which will take shape
as the chisel reveals what lays trapped in each
The saw that cuts through these sections is the
only real link with the past when this was his
butcher's shop. The tools that he uses are
modified to fill the needs of a trade which have
brought the world to this denizen of Sligo town,
a place where Quirkes from Cork have settled and
As he puts it 'There are no skeletons in this
closet'. Heroes, monsters, queens and goddesses
are fodder for this genius in wood. Each is not
carved but brought to life with all attributes
intact. The shop windows where once cuts of meat
were displayed, now are filled with objects that
amaze with the brilliance of their creation. Many
people have stopped only to be drawn into inside.
Some come to buy, place an order, to chat or
simply ask a question. A stack of books, well
thumbed and well used constitutes his library which
is an annex to the one at home. A Calendar adorns
the walls, the world comes to him and since he
dislikes travel, he need not venture beyond Wine
What catches the eye are the books which contain
articles and photographs to which one is prompted
to look in this archive of achievement. Tourists
may be few on the ground but there are enough
local orders to keep this man busy, happy in his
work as perhaps no other.
Michael forsees no retirement, with hands eager to
extract that blend of myth and history so lacking
in the media driven society. Under his care, they
all come to life and each stands as a product of
skill married to imagination.
FAMOUS IRISH SONGS: SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR
This is a very old Irish romantic song. Apart from
featuring on several television ads it was also
sung by Julia Roberts to Liam Neeson in the film
She Moved Through the Fair
My young love said to me, 'My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you for your lack of
And she stepped away from me and this she did say
It will not be long, love, till our wedding day.'
As she stepped away from me and she moved through
And fondly I watched her move here and move there
And then she turned homeward with one star awake
Like the swan in the evening moves over the lake.
The people were saying, no two e'er were wed
But one had a sorrow that never was said
And I smiled as she passed with her goods and her
And that was the last that I saw of my dear.
Last night she came to me, my dead love came in
So softly she came that her feet made no din
As she laid her hand on me and this she did say
'It will not be long, love, 'til our wedding day.'
Listen to the tune to this and other famous Irish
MY TRIP TO IRELAND by Claudia Bacigalupo
I am just returning from my first trip to Ireland.
Oh my goodness!!! What an absolutely beautiful
country. We were 6 days in County Cork. Rented a
car and drove around. 3 days in Kinsale. One night
at Jim Edwards, 2 nights at Kerins Folkhouse. We
took in a lot while there.
The town itself is so colorful...buildings and
people both. Walked over to James Fort along the
waterside path, drove out to Smith Fort, toured
Castle Kinsale, and I think we were in just about
every shop there in town. The pubs are great!!
Drove along the R600 to Glengariff through Bantry.
Stopped at Bantry House. What a spectacular place.
The gardens a quite lovely and, the view of the
house with the Bay in the background from atop
the garden stairs...well what can I say? Stayed
the night at a farmhouse at the foot of Sugarloaf
Mountain in Glengariff. Took the ferry out to
Garinish Island....a MUST see. Drove towards
Killarney to Muckrose House. There we took the
carriage ride to the waterfalls and took the house
From there we drove through Cork to Innishannon.
Next day went to Blarney...yes, we kissed the
Blarney Stone....after our long trek up the
winding stairs. The view from atop the castle is
one to behold. Then on to Cobh. Heritage Station
Museum. From there we went back to Kinsale for a
few hours and then to the hotel at the Kinsale
airport for our last night.
What a trip. Can't wait to go back again. Next
time I believe we will tour the western side.
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GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras.
PRONOUNCED: Iss mot on tawn/lawn on tuck/russ?
MEANING: Hunger is a good sauce
PHRASE: An bhfuil ocras ort?
PRONOUNCED: On will uck/russ urt?
MEANING: Are you hungry?
PHRASE: Níl. Ach tá tart orm.
PRONOUNCED: Kneel. Ock taw tart ur/um
MEANING: No, but I am thirsty
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