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~~~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
~~~~~ Gaelic Phrases of the Month
~~~~~ Irish Heraldic Watches
~~~~~ The Traditional Irish Childhood by Bridget Haggerty
~~~~~ An American Athlete in Dublin by Sue Renes
~~~~~ Readers Noticeboard
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Hi again from a wet and windy Ireland. Very un-April-ish but
such is life! The talk here at the moment concerns the possible
corruption of certain politicians who received money in return
for favourable planning decisions for property developers (a
sin that is as old as civilisation itself).
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THE SYMBOLS OF IRISH HERALDRY EXPLAINED
Did you know that the Boar is one of the most ancient
symbols of Irish heraldry and represents a 'fierce fighter'
and was used as a charm in battle against injury?
Did you know that the open hand that appears on the Cullen
family coat of arms may represent the Gaelic Ogham language
and the sun?
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NEW COATS OF ARMS ADDED TO THE GALLERY:
The following 74 coats of arms images and family history details
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B: Ball Bradley
C: Caffrey Cannon Corcorran Cunningham Curley McCall McClean
D: Daily Daniels Darcy Dooley Dougherty Duck Durkin McDermott McDonough
E: Egan English
F: Feeney Flaherty Forde
G: Garvin Gilligan Gordon McGrail O'Grady
H: Hagan Haggerty Harding Harvey Hastings Hayden Healey Hobbs
Holland Horgan Houlihan O'Hea
J: Jennings Johnson Jordan Joyce
K: Keenan Kelliher Kenny Kerr Killeen Kirby
L: Lambert Lane Leary O'Leary
N: Nagle Nevin O'Neil
R: Raftery Regan Rice Ridge Roach Ross
S: Scully Sinnott Stewart
W: Wall Waldron Wallace Whitney Wilkinson
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION THRIVES IN IRELAND!
The Payments for Politicians Tribunal has recently received
testimony to the effect that 15 politicians accepted bribes
amounting to IR£112,000 for the approval of planing
permission for the Liffey Valley Shopping centre Complex
Fianna Fail leader Bertie Ahearn and Fine Gael leader, John
Bruton, have both instigated internal investigations to find
out if any serving members of Dail Eireann or any Councillors
who are party members are involved.
The 15 names have not yet been released into the public
domain in order to allow the individuals concerned time to
organise defence lawyers! The possibility remains though,
that the investigations by the political parties themselves
may yet unearth the culprits.
Former Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, recently settled the
first part of his tax bill with the Revenue Commissioners,
and was forced to cough up over 1 Million Irish Pounds in
IRA WILL NOT DECOMMISSION THEIR WEAPONS BY MAY 22 DEADLINE
The Easter statement from the IRA in their 'An Phoblacht'
newspaper called on the British government to bring about
the 'meaningful changes' that were necessary to achieve
peace. Tony Blair has again met with Bertie Ahearn in a bid
to breathe new life into the stalled peace process.
There is speculation that the Northern Secretary, Peter
Mandelson, may be replaced in the Summer.
STRIKE FEVER STRIKES IRELAND
The ever willingness of the typical Irish employee to
'strike' has been widely demonstrated in recent months
with the Transport sector the latest grouping to jump
on board the bandwagon carrying those employee unions
willing to engage in both official and unofficial
Dublin commuters were left without bus transport for days
by striking drivers who were joined by the DART (light-rail)
train drivers who started an 'unofficial' action. A deal
was eventually brokered but not before other organisations
indicated that they were about to escalate their actions.
The Nurses, Junior Doctors and Gardai are among the most
vociferous of those bodies likely to strike next, all of
which has to cast a doubt over the newly agreed partnership
agreement. Against a backdrop of ever increasing inflation
it looks as if the end might be in sight for the 'Celtic
THE YOUNG OF IRELAND HAVE NO HOME TO GO TO
A recent survey by the National Youth Council of Ireland
showed that over 50% of Irish youths (18-25 year olds)
now believe that owning a home is financially beyond
The huge demand but limited supply of housing is a new
experience in Ireland and it appears that there are
going to be whole sectors of Irish society who will not
be able to actually own their own home. The current
housing waiting list of 44,000 people would take more than
16 years to clear at the current rate of construction, the
EIRCOM SHARES STUTTER
Shares in the company held by more than 560,000 Irish
people (more than any other company) have steadied at
IR£3.07 (euro 3.90) after the recent stock market turmoil.
This represents the same actual price as when the shares
were first offered.
TD's SCRAMBLE TO REGISTER THEIR INTERNET DOMAIN NAMES
Following on from the multi-million dollar price tag slapped
on the Bertie Ahearn (the Irish Taoiseach) website, other
T.D.'s and political hopefuls have rushed to register their
own names. The Taoiseach was shocked to learn that his name
had become associated with a web site that provides 'adult'
The leader of the country is said to be investigating legal
options to try to wrest the domain name from its current
GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
This new feature in the newsletter was suggested by a
subscriber so - here it is! Thanks for the feedback. We
will have five more next month.
PHRASE: Eireann go braugh (bráth)
PRONOUNCED: air-in go braw
MEANING: Ireland forever!
PHRASE: Dia dhuit
PRONOUNCED: dee-ah dwit
MEANING: God (Dia) be with you.
This phrase is the equivalent of 'Hello'.
PHRASE: Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
PRONOUNCED: air esh day go row a ann-im
('row' as in a fight, tiff, argument)
MEANING: May he rest in peace
This is a common phrase used on funeral
condolence cards, gravestones, etc.
PHRASE: Go n-éirí on bóthar leat
PRONOUNCED: go nigh-ree on boat-or lat
('nigh' as in 'the end is nigh')
MEANING: May the road rise with you
PHRASE: Slán agus beannacht leat
PRONOUNCED: slawn og-us bann-ockt lat
MEANING: Goodbye and blessings on you
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THE TRADITIONAL IRISH CHILDHOOD by Bridget Haggerty
Not content with exploring the traditions of an Irish
wedding, (see February 2000 Newsletter) author Bridget
Haggerty has embarked on a new project: the traditional
The purpose of this new book is to provide information
* naming a new-born
* learning lullabies
* teaching toddlers nursery rhymes
* telling Ireland’s most popular children’s stories
* discovering the games and toys played yesterday and today
* helping children to gain an understanding of their Irish
* finding appropriate gifts for important events
* planning traditional menus and activities for important
* incorporating traditional prayers and blessings into daily
life and on important occasions.
Here is a taster!
In the old days, at the appearance of the new moon, many
Irish children would link hands and dance, keeping time to
this charming little verse:
I see the moon, the moon sees me,
God Bless the moon and God Bless me;
There’s grace in the cottage and grace in the hall,
And the grace of God is over us all.
And there’s many an Irish mother who sang the following ditty
as she bounced her baby on her knee:
How many miles to Dub-l-in”
Three score and ten,
Will we be there by candle light?
Yes and back again;
Hupp, hupp my little horse,
Hupp, hupp, again.
The 'cradle days’ of grandparents and great-grandparents,
when an expectant mother had to perform many a strange
ritual in order to avoid a fairy changeling ending up in
her crib. Among these odd activities were putting a horseshoe
on the doorpost, placing a prayerbook under her pillow,
cutting a notch in a black cat’s tail, and breaking a new
potato on the hearthstone!
Even after the baby was born, custom demanded that after the
infant first opened its eyes, it must gaze on a blaze of
candlelight to make certain it would prefer deeds of light
to deeds of darkness.
'When they could create nothing else, to create a child of
their own was as precious as finding a jewel in a turnip
field.' ( From 'The Silent People' by Walter Macken)
The Author needs your help!
Bridget says: 'I'm looking for nursery rhymes, school yard
chants, games, and anything else that might be of interest
to people with Irish roots (new parents, the grandparents,
godparents, and so on). I thought perhaps, it might be fun
to ask your subscriber list to share their memories.'
OK - you have been asked! It's up to you!
You can send any contributions directly to Bridget at:
AN AMERICAN MARATHON-RUNNER IN DUBLIN by Sue Renes
On October 25, 1999 I completed the 26.2 miles of the Dublin
Marathon. Being born a 'Yank' a lifelong dream of mine was
to visit Ireland as my great great grandfather was born in
County Wexford. I found a way to visit by raising $4000 for
the Arthritis Foundation here in the states. Let me tell
you my story.
The marathon festivities began for when my roomie and I
headed out to the Arthritis Foundation Pasta Party. The
Irish, though not known for pasta, had great food and even
an Irish band. I learned that night an important part of
Irish music. It has to be LOUD! We sat at the front, right
in front of the speakers and I can still hear it playing!
We took off early and went back to the room for marathon
preparations. Put this here and that there and get your
number here and make sure you have an extra power bar and
make sure your bag for the finish line has different
shoes. It seemed like it took hours to get everything
ready. Allison (my roomie) started getting nervous because
everyone else was nervous. That was nice because then I
didn't have to!! We actually did get some sleep and got
up for breakfast at 6 AM. We decided to eat in the
restaurant by the big ficus tree so it would give us
extra oxygen!! After breakfast it was off to the starting
Of course the porta potty line was three miles long, so I
made the decision to just wait until I saw one on the
course. The following is what I remember from the race:
Miles 1-3: God, I gotta pee...where are the porta potties.
Good, I am letting everyone pass me..that means I am running
my own race....run your own race, Sue...don't get excited.
Mile 3: Porta potties.....oh good....two of them for 6500
people. This is going to be interesting. (At this point
one woman climbed over the short concrete fence and practiced
public urination and the rest of the women waiting followed
suit!!) AHH yes...anarchy in a marathon. When one woman
became frightened that the men were starting to do it also,
I told her that if they worked this hard to see my backside
then they were welcome to it!!
Miles 4-5: These went by in a flash. It felt so good to run
on an empty bladder!
Miles 5-8: Now the comments started flying about my flashy
tights. I thought everyone wore these. I appeared that I was
the only one on the course. These used to be all the rage.
I am always about five years behind. One 12 or 13 year old
boy screamed that he really liked my trousers. I told him
I was giving him to his mother when I was done!
Miles 8-16: An Irish saint took pity on me and I started
running with a 27 year old woman from Philadelphia named
Faith. She was running for the Leukemia Association and
ran my speed. We chatted and supported each other and
shared war stories of our training. She wanted to walk at
16 as her training had factored that in so she and I parted
at that point. I didn't feel that I dare stop running!
Miles 16-18: I stared feeling a bit woozy but was glad I was
getting toward the end. I ate some GU (athletic food) and
it was a bit like squirting glue into your mouth but it
perked me right up.. I am now a definite supporter of GU!!
Miles 18-21: I felt great....felt I could run forever.
Could hardly wait to have some more GU!!
Mile 21: I 'bonked' which means I could not run another
step. So I walked and drank and drank and drank and ate a
power bar and relaxed a bit...... then at about mile 21.5 I
started running again, and felt okay.
Miles 22-26.2: Now all of us running together had been
running more or less together for four plus hours so we had
quite a camaraderie going. I gave away my remaining power
bars to eager recipients and supported and was supported by
the other runners. I did have to stop two more times...but I
ran the last 2 tenths and my roomie was there to take
pictures to prove I did finish. I was a bit woozie when I
finished but that seemed to be gone in a few minutes. I saw
Faith at the finish line and we hugged having just completed
an incredible feat of endurance.
Allison had completed the ten miles she wanted to do and then
was gracious enough to be there for me at the finish line...
that was great!! We went back to the hotel room and shared
war stories and then got ready for the big post marathon
party. I was amazed how good I felt. I walked fine and felt
fine, so we got all dolled up and went to the party.
The post marathon party featured Irish dancers which were so
cute and so talented. Fortunately they didn't ask us to do
any of those high kicks as that would have been pushing it!
It was good to see that so many people had finished well and
were doing well.
Ireland is indeed a country of magic. I am proud of my
Irish heritage and proud of my Irish ancestors. I hope
someday to live in Ireland at least for a short time as it
has captured my heart.
O'Mahony gathering: The gathering of the O'Mahony clan will
be held on October 13-15, 2000 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Contact Alexandra de Grandpré for more:
Boland gathering: The next 'FestiBoland' will be held in
Argentina on July 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2001
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