IN THIS ISSUE
=== News Snaps from Ireland
=== New free resources at the site
=== Play the Irish Lottery
=== A Poem for Molly by Gord Wilson
=== Cara Irish Penpals Success Story
=== Remembering 1916 by Janet Moloney
=== The Irish in Canada by Ralph McKenny
=== Clovers and Hearts by Jeffery Macintyre
=== Gaelic Phrases of the Month
=== Site of the Month: irishnation.com
=== Monthly free competition result
Hello again from Ireland where the build-up to
Christmas has begun in earnest. It seems to get
earlier and earlier every year. Not everyone is
in the Christmas frame of mind though. There are
some people in this world who want to rip you off!
If you receive an email message from an unknown
person encouraging you to assist them in claiming
money locked away in an African bank vault after
a revolution (or similar rhetoric) then your
course of action is very clear:
DELETE THE EMAIL MESSAGE.
Similarly if you get an email stating that you are
a mega-winner in some Irish, American or other
lottery, (but you never entered any such lottery!)
then your course of action is again clear:
DELETE THE EMAIL MESSAGE.
If it sounds too good to be true, then it more
than likely is.
Many thanks to our contributors who have again
sent us in their stories, poems and reports.
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for the next edition?
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
HEALTH SERVICE REFORM GAINS PACE
Recent reports of a severe overcrowding in the
Accident and Emergency wards of Irish hospitals
have prompted the new Minister for Health to
promise immediate action. Hospitals are to
rewarded financially for improved performance
and private doctors are to be prompted to work
longer hours to encourage patients to attend
their private practioneer instead of visiting
a public hospital. Non-urgent cases of drunks
and drug-addicts are to be diverted away from
emergency wards. The fund available to patients
to get private treatment is to be expanded. The
new Health Service Executive which will have
overall responsibility for the running of the
Irish Health Service will be formed on January
IRISH PEACE-KEEPING TROOPS MAY SERVE IN IRAQ
The United Nations has asked Ireland to ready
itself for peace-keeping duties in Iraq,
according to reports. Kofi Annan recently
visited Ireland and it is believed he made the
request to the Minister for Defence. It is
likely that any deployment of UN forces would
be made after the January elections in Iraq.
IRISH SUICIDE RATE IS AMONG HIGHEST IN EU
Ireland has the fifth highest rate of suicide
in the EU, among 15 to 24 year-olds. In 2003
there were 444 deaths by suicide in Ireland,
the highest rate being among men in their
SMOKING BAN ENCOURAGES HOME PUB CREATION
The recently implemented smoking ban has had a
number of unusual side effects. It is now easier
for shy Irishmen to strike up a conversation with
like-minded women who congregate outside pub
doors to indulge their habit. Overall alcohol
consumption is also down as people go to the pub
less often than they used to. Another side effect
of the smoking ban has been a big increase in the
number of 'home pubs'. Garden cabins and even
spare rooms in a house are being converted into
private drinking establishments complete with pool
tables, juke boxes, cold beer on tap and no
smoking ban! A pint of beer from your own keg
costs about 2 EURO, compared with the average pub
price of about 4 EURO. The exorbitant cost of
taxis and baby-sitters are being cited as yet
another reason to stay at home.
PROPERTY PRICES CONTINUES TO SOAR
Despite predictions of an imminent crash in the
Irish property market, most notably the magazine
'The Economist', the cost of Irish property has
continued to rise. House prices are expected to
increase by as much as 10% in 2004. The average
cost of a house is Ireland is now over
EURO 250,000. In Dublin the average cost is
nearly EURO 330,000, a EURO 32,000 increase over
the last 12 months. Low interest rates and a
healthy jobs market as well as immigration are
among the factors responsible for the continuing
buoyancy of the property market.
IRISH SOCCER TEAM PROGRESSES TOWARD GERMANY 2006
Despite being drawn in a very tough qualifying
group the Irish soccer team have made a very
encouraging start with away draws to Switzerland
and France being matched by good home victories
against Cyprus and the Faroe Islands. Over
30,000 Irish fans visited Paris for the clash
with the former world champions. The French
mobile telephone network collapsed on the day
and night of the big match as a result of
overwhelming use by the Irish visitors.
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A POEM FOR MOLLY by Gord Wilson
This is a little bit of verse I've been working
on since seeing the statue of Molly Malone on
Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland. For those who
don't know the story, Molly Malone was a woman,
made famous in song, who sold fish (alive,
alive-o) from a cart that she wheeled around the
city. What I learned from a tour guide and people
in Dublin is that Miss Molly was thought to be
selling something other than fish, if you know
what I mean - and that her area was around
Trinity College, quite a distance from the nearest
fish market. The Irish refer to the statue as
'The Tart with a Cart'.
A POEM FOR MOLLY
An Irish girl is in my heart
she's just as real as her cart
and though we shall never meet
she waits for me on Grafton Street.
Not far from St. Stephen's Green
for many years, there she's been
and while many say that she was not true
who can guess what she'd been through?
It's been said she sold near Trinity
with no market in the vicinity
though her reputation has been smudged
by me, my friend, she'll not be judged.
She did what she felt she must do
in order to earn her daily stew
I'm sure some details she'd like to alter
Who, pray tell, are we to fault her?
She made her choices as best she could
to make her way in the neighbourhood
As decades pass we see the folly
of being too hard on dear Miss Molly.
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ANOTHER CARA IRISH PENPALS SUCCESS STORY
Here is a true story from a down to earth Dutch
girl. Firstly a bit of an introduction. I am
Corrina, 28 years old, living in Holland, where I
originally come from. I always had a thing with
Ireland, although for a few years it was never
possible for me to go and visit that enchanting
I could never explain it but, it was some strange
kind of attraction to the country. People always
asked me why, but I really could not give an
answer. I just wanted to go there, especially
seeing documentaries on tv and pictures in
travel guides. And dreaming away I was until that
day I was surfing the internet and I came across
Cara Irish Penpals, so I thought 'why not register
here and I might make some new Irish friends.'
I got loads of replies, but there was one that
stood out. Patrick was his name and he came from
Cork, he was my age, and he had interesting things
to email me. After a while I found myself waiting
at the computer to see if there was an email from
For months we emailed each other every single day.
I developed feelings for him especially after we
swapped phone numbers and hearing his voice for
the first time. My family declared me officially
over-romantic, and thought it wouldn't be possible
to have feelings for someone you haven't met
before. But my mind was made up, and I found out,
so was his!
Sending each other e-cards and pictures every day,
and phoning each other twice a week, he asked me
to come over to Ireland to meet him for the first
time. That was the first day of a new start for
the both of us. He payed the trip for me, arranged
hotels, nice getaways, and I kept thinking: where
is the catch? But there was no catch. I was
nervous because this was the first time for me
flying on my own, and meeting someone new in a
'strange' country. But from the first time we
looked into each others eyes, we have been a
couple. And we are still together. Patrick came to
Holland to live with me, an we got engaged in
Bunratty Castle in October 2003. And to make the
story complete, I am now expecting our first
So fairytales sometimes do come true.
Never stop believing!
REMEMBERING 1916 by Janet Maloney
As I walked the streets of Dublin
my heart began to race
I walked down by the Liffey
cool breezes blowing on my face
I could feel the spirits of those Hero's
from so long ago.
Who held their ground against the crown
inside the GPO
I went inside the GPO and gazed upon
the painting, Oh so grand
Outside now rises The Spire where
Nelson's Pillar use to stand
Here's to those brave men who gave
their lives to make Ireland free
Not for themselves but for children
they would never see
May 3rd, Padraic Pearse, Tom Clarke,
and Tom MacDonagh were the first to be shot
The 4th Willie Pearse, Joe Plunkett,
Ed Daly, and Mike O'Hanrahan,
Did it end there — no it did not
The next day John MacBride was shot,
alone he was to fall
Then on the 8th Con Colbert, Eamonn Ceannt,
Mike Mallin and Sean Heuston,
but that was not all
Sean MacDermott was executed
on the 12th day of May
To weak to stand, tied to a chair
Connolly was the last to die that same day
As you walk through the streets of Dublin
along the Quay's, past Four Courts,
or St. Stephens Green
Maybe you will hear rebel cries
whispered on the wind,
if not one of these brave souls,
perhaps Michael Collins or Dan Breen
So walk across the Ha'Penny
and stroll down Bachelor's Walk with me
These rebel hero's gave their lives
that this land should be free
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THE IRISH IN CANADA by Ralph McKenny
Let me begin by thanking Michael Green, the Editor
of this Newsletter for offering me the opportunity
to submit a monthly article about the 'Irish in
Canada'. I sincerely appreciate this opportunity
and look forward to bringing to you each month,
news, views and anecdotes from Canada that I hope
will be of interest to everyone. I have called
upon the many Irish-Canadian Clubs established
across Canada to assist me in this endeavor.
This being my first submission to the Newsletter,
I'll probably jump around a bit, topically
During the 18th and early 19th century,
significant numbers of Irish immigrants began to
arrive in Canada. By 1867, 20% of the Canadian
population was made up of people of Irish descent.
They were out-numbered only by the British and
French-Canadians. According to a 2001 Census,
3.8 million people in Canada report their ethnic
origin as Irish. The Irish came here unemployed,
homeless and poor however they were rich in
spirit, optimism and determination. Among other
things, they brought with them their work ethic,
their music, their sense of humour, their
resourcefulness and extreme pride.
There are numerous Irish Clubs and Associations
in most provinces and in many larger cities across
Canada. According to the Society's records, the
first regular meeting of the Charitable Irish
Society of Halifax Nova Scotia was held on the
17th of February 1786. Over 200 years later the
'mission' of the Society remains the same:
donating funds and services to those in need, as
well as supporting various local cultural and
educational initiatives which are Irish in nature,
including a major scholarship through the Chair
of Irish Studies at Saint Mary's University.
Another of the long established clubs in Canada
is The Irish Canadian Club in Hamilton Ontario.
Originally named St. Patrick's Society of
Hamilton, it was founded in 1830. It was formed
as 'a benevolent and cultural association to meet
the needs of newcomers…combining social welfare,
moral uplift and entertainment'. This club helped
immigrants to find family members, employment and
a place to live. Hamilton today has a very active
Irish community who carry on the tradition of
helping others in a number of ways including
'moral uplift'. Some of the best 'craic' in
Ontario can be found in Hamilton.
Personally speaking, my father (McKenny/Freeman)
and mother (Buckley/Byrne) raised 7 children
working a farm that originally belonged to the
McKenny ancestors who settled in Canada in 1830.
My mother's side of the family settled in Canada
in 1832. These settlers eked out a living working
farmland that would not be considered among the
best in Ontario and I would love to have a
conversation with my great great Grandparents
about how that came to be. As was often the case
though, many were assigned these lots of land by
the government of the day. The land is somewhat
hilly, has an abundance of rocks and trees grew
where rocks didn't. The work that must have been
involved in clearing this land is unimaginable.
These pioneers used horses, dynamite, axes and
sheer determination, muscle and stubbornness to
get the job done. Not to mention a bit of blood,
sweat and tears.
The fields I worked in my youth have stone-pile
boundaries with cedar rail fences on top. I spent
many hours every spring picking stones and loading
them onto a 'stone boat' or wagon. Steel crowbars
and pitch forks were the tools of the trade. Any
stone that would not fall through the tines of a
pitchfork were size enough to remove. Each spring
my father, two brothers and myself spent hours
methodically criss-crossing the ploughed fields,
fork in-hand and I cursed the blasted stones and
wondered how there seemed to be no end to them
regardless of how many times the field was worked.
I'm only '40-something' and there were 4
generations before me that worked the very same
fields. But at least we had a tractor for the
boulders and we didn't have to clear a few
thousand trees just to get to the stones. My
father always felt work like this built character.
I suppose it was the only positive thing he could
think of to encourage us. I hope he was right but
at the time it only seemed to build blood
blisters and sore backs. And now I realize how
fortunate I really was in having experienced farm
life and can appreciate now how difficult it must
have been for those Irish settlers who sacrificed
so much more than I ever did hence allowing us to
have the freedom, the luxuries and 'easy living'
that we enjoy today. My parents now in there
seventies, live and still manage that same farm
I must admit I do not know a lot about my Irish
ancestry and culture. My parents, being 4th
generation Canadians did not take an interest in
it and it was not taught to them. My father once
told me that his grandfather was taught not to
speak of their Irish heritage. The Irish were
treated like second-class citizens in some circles
and so in their minds I guess, it was better to
keep the peace. They worked endlessly and did what
they could to raise and support their families in
a difficult time. And let's not forget supporting
the Church. These were their priorities.
Despite whatever effort was made to squelch the
culture, it could not be suppressed. It has passed
very naturally generation-to-generation. For
example, our homestead being next door to the
Church was a popular drop-in spot. Especially
after Mass on Sunday. Family and a gathering of
family and friends was very important. By early
Sunday afternoon it was not uncommon to have music
playing, singing and dancing, plenty of laughter
and more than the odd pint passed through those
doors and into the hands of whoever dropped by.
And it's not that different today. I live miles
from there now but I can always count on seeing a
house-full at some point during a visit.
Going forward I would like to use the space that
Michael has allotted to talk in more detail about
Irish History across Canada and hopefully through
words, demonstrate the contributions the Irish
have made. The Irish who came here worked as
fishermen, lumberjacks, blacksmiths, farmers,
politicians and policeman. They worked in steel
mills, they built canals, roads and railroads.
They persevered, experienced success, made their
mark and managed to do so under very difficult
conditions. There is a lot to talk about.
And of course we will write about the
contributions that Irish-Canadians continue to
make in their communities today. I would also
like to promote some of the Festivals and Events
taking place across the country. If you are
reading this and you're Irish-Canadian please
contact me with your ideas or other information
you would like to submit.
At this point I would like to shamelessly (and
proudly) promote my own website. You can find it
at www.WeAreIrish.ca. We highlight and promote
Irish culture, Irish businesses, tourism between
Canada and Ireland and assist in furthering work
already being done in this regard. We include what
we believe to be a thorough listing of Irish
Canadian Clubs and Associations across Canada and
Ireland. These clubs plan and host a number of
activities each year such as St. Patrick's Parades,
Irish Music Festivals and other events rooted in
Irish tradition. Irish cultural workshops are
plentiful where one can learn the Gaelic language,
how to play the tin whistle or perhaps a bit of
Irish Dancing. If you're planning to visit Canada
you will find a number of useful resources that
may assist you in planning your itinerary…tourist
destinations, hotels, B&B's, rental cars, pubs and
much more. You can find a listing of upcoming
events by visiting our home page www.WeAreIrish.ca
and clicking the link for 'Festivals and Events'.
CLOVERS AND HEARTS by Jeffery Macintyre
Shall I never know the feel
of your grass beneath my feet.
Shall I live without living
and never speak a name so sweet.
Shall I see without eyes,
but dream of home.
Shut me up in my grave
for I'll know not of love,
Just tales of a land
where my heart cries to be.
Just stories of the home
that I'll never see.
Sweet Ireland O' Ireland
I call out to thee.
Ireland aye, sweet Ireland
In my mind I kiss your emerald ground
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PHRASE: Deardaoin/De hAoine/De Satharn/ De Domhnach
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PHRASE: Ta se a ceithir/cuig/se a chlog
PRONOUNCED: taw shay a kerr-ihh/koo-igg/shay a clug
MEANING: It is four/five/six o'clock
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