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~~~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
~~~~~ Irish Film Review: Michael Collins by Dawn Hayden
~~~~~ Irish Quotations of the Month
~~~~~ A Donegal Fairy by Letitia MacLintock
~~~~~ Gaelic Phrases of the Month
~~~~~ Shamrock Site of the Month: Irish Recipes
~~~~~ Searcher Site of the Month: Genealogy Detective
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Hello again from Ireland,
Only in a country like Ireland could the Saint Patrick's day
festival (usually held in March) be actually scheduled for
May but that is exactly what is planned. All because of the
scourge of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) which has hit the
Many people are not aware that FMD is an animal disease and
does not harm humans. Tourist attractions are still open
folks so if you are planning a holiday to Ireland:
come on over!
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE HITS IRELAND
In a disastrous development for the Irish economy a single
case of foot and mouth disease was confirmed in County Louth.
Fortunately the EU imposed sanctions against Ireland as a
result of the loss of our 'disease-free' status are about to
be lifted but not before the Agriculture and Tourist
industries have taken a major hit.
The Saint Patrick's Day Festival and Parade (which usually
takes place in March) has been provisionally rescheduled
for May 18th to 20th but even this is now looking uncertain
as further cases of the disease are confirmed in the North
Estimates of the loss to the tourist industry range as high
as IR£20 million so far but this will get worse if the
expected 1 Million visitors are turned away form the May
extravaganza because of a further outbreak down South.
Tourism Minister Jim McDaid is at pains to point out that
the country is still very much open for business and that
visitors are very welcome, unless they plan on trudging
around pig, sheep and cattle farms that is.
IRISH ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST INVESTORS IN EUROPEAN PROPERTY
A recent report has shown that successive Government
measures to try to curb investor interest in the domestic
housing market have led to a severe shortage of
accommodation available to rent as well as huge increases
in investment in property abroad by Irish people.
Irish people wanting to buy a second home for pension or
investment purposes have deserted the Irish market because
of the taxes imposed. The housing crisis is still very
much in evidence in Ireland as the lack of supply of
housing has kept prices high. Until such time as supply
meets demand the high prices are likely to continue.
England, Portugal, France, Florida and especially Spain
are the most favoured locations for those Irish seeking to
put their money into something other than the volatile
stock market. So successful have the advertising campaigns
been in Ireland, promoting property ownership abroad, that
one particular Spanish development of 64 houses saw 57 of
them bought by Irish people! This example alone represents
over IR£5 Million of investment that could otherwise have
been put into the Irish property market.
EIRCOM TO SELL OFF ITS BIGGEST ASSET
Eircom is the former state owned telephone company that is
now in private ownership and represents the most widely
owned stock in Ireland. Its share price has been in free
fall in recent years and it is now trading at well below
its flotation price.
It now plans to sell of its mobile phone business in a move
that will see the company profits cut by 44%. Eircom is
holding an EGM on May 11th when the plan is expected to be
approved despite the reservations of 'the small investor'.
GUINNESS TO STRIKE - BREWERIES MAY CLOSE
The possibility of Ireland running out of Guinness is a very
real one as staff problems continue to mount within Guinness.
The company has indicated that it may have to close two of
the most historic breweries in Ireland, McArdle's of Dundalk
and Smithwicks of Kilkenny.
Further talks between Guinness management and staff unions
GATEWAY TO AXE IT JOBS
There was further bad news for the Irish IT industry with
the news that Gateway is to shed 200 jobs at its Dublin
plant in Clonshaugh. There are fears too for the 4200 staff
employed by Intel in Leixlip as the global technology
meltdown continues and as the US economy declines.
IRISH GET BIG BROTHER FEVER
Over 30,000 Irish people have applied to be participants in
the Irish version of 'Big Brother' or 'Castaway'. The lure
of 30 days on a SOuth Pacific island proved too much for
many would be contestants eager to escape the Irish drizzle
and perhaps achieve fame and fortune (IR£50,00 to th winner)
on the way. 10 extra staff have had to be employed by the
promoters of the competition to sift through the mountain of
MONAGHAN PEOPLE LESS LIKELY TO DIVORCE
The release of the most recent divorce statistics have shown
that the Irish home of marital bliss is none other than
County Monaghan! Only 15 couples applied for divorce in the
county in 2000 - five times fewer than in County Dublin. The
capital city has 29% of the Ireland's population but accounts
for 46% of all divorce applications.
Counties Longford and Roscommon are the next two Counties
where divorce is less popular so it seems clear: if you want
a stable marriage, move to the Midlands!
SPORT: IRELAND MARCH ON IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Ireland achieved the expected victories against Cyprus and
Andorra in the most recent round of world cup qualifiers. Two
Goals from Roy Keane and one each for Gary Kelly and Ian
Harte (who are Uncle and Nephew!) secured the first win in
Nicosia. In Barcelona it was again Ian Harte on the
scoresheet with Kevin Kilbane and Matt Holland pitching in.
Sounds easy. It wasn't! Especially against Cyprus the Irish
team looked vulnerable to lapses of concentration and sloppy
passing that surely would have been punished by a better
team. Time reveals all however and the arrival of both
Portugal and Estonia to Landsdowne Road in June will tell us
a lot about Mick McCarthy's chance of taking Ireland to the
holy grail of soccer - the World Cup Finals.
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IRISH MOVIE REVIEW: MICHAEL COLLINS by Dawn Hayden
The film 'Michael Collins' is a perfect example of the
favourable treatment that a biographical movie can afford to
its subject and to slant the perception of history at the
Liam Neeson plays the lead, ably assisted by Aidan Quinn as
Harry Boland, Alan Rickman as Eamon de Valera and Julia
Roberts as the love interest. Stephen Rea and Brendan
Gleeson complete this impressive cast of actors.
The story is based about the fight for Irish independence
starting with the failed Easter Rising in 1916 and
culminating with the War of Independence, the Treaty and
the subsequent Civil war that followed.
Collins is portrayed by a perfectly cast Liam Neeson as the
general, the military tactician and organiser. de Valera is
portrayed as the politician, the schemer. The relationship
between the two is stretched to the limit, eventually
exploding when Collins returns from London with a Treaty
that will divide the country, giving up six Northern
counties to partition.
The civil war ensues, Collins is killed and it is not until
1926 that de Valera leads the anti-Treaty irregulars back
into democratic politics and government.
This is an excellent film and very entertaining. It takes
certain historical liberties of course (Harry Boland was
actually killed in a Skerries Hotel for example) but overall
the telling of the tale is faithful to the pro-'Free State'
But there are still some questions about Collins that are
left unanswered. Just why did he lead the Irish delegation
to London? Surely he was aware that a full Republic would
not be granted? Surely he knew that despite the dwindling
forces at his disposal that a guerrilla war fought by a
native people simply cannot be lost.
And what of de Valera? The man who was to rule Ireland in
successive Governments over the following decades
eventually conceded that....
'History will one day review its opinion of
Michael Collins and it will be at MY expense'
Great entertainment, excellent acting and an opportunity
to form an opinion about two of Ireland's most significant
historical figures. Well worth viewing.
IRISH QUOTATIONS OF THE MONTH
Negotiating with de Valera is like trying to pick
up mercury with a fork
David Lloyd George, 1863-1945
(to which de Valera replied:
'Why doesn't he use a spoon?')
How could one argue with a man who was
always drawing lines and circles to
explain his position
Michael Collins, 1890-1922, speaking about de Valera
Mother was in favour of accepting the Treaty.
I fell out with her of over that. But she soon
changed her mind when the executions started.
Sean MacBride, 1904-1988
A DONEGAL FAIRY By Letitia MacLintock
Ay it's a bad thing to displeasure the gentry, sure enough
- they can be unfriendly if they're angered, and they can
be the very best o' gude neighbors if they're treated
My mother's sister was her lone in the house one day wi' a'
big pot o‘ water boiling on the fire, and ane of the wee
folk fell down the chimney, and slipped wi' his leg in the
He let a terrible squeal out o' him, an' in a minute the
house was full o' wee crathurs pulling him out o' the pot,
an' carrying him across the floor.
'Did she scald you?” my aunt heard them saying to him.
'Na, na, it was mysel' scalded my ainsel',' quoth the wee
'A weel, a weel,' says they. 'If it was your ainsel'
scalded yoursel', we'll say nothing, but if she had
scalded you, we'd made her pay.'
GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Cén dath atá ar ?
PRONOUNCED: cain dawt ah/taw air?
MEANING: What color is it?
PHRASE: Ta se dearg/gorm/bui/glas/dubh/ban
PRONOUNCED: Taw shay djar-ig/gurm/gloss/duve/bawn
MEANING: It is red/blue/green/black/white
PHRASE: Cad e sin?
PRONOUNCED: Cod eh shin?
MEANING: What is that
PHRASE: Is clog/balla/blathanna e
PRONOUNCED: Iss clug/bolla/blaw-on-ah eh
MEANING: It's a clock/wall/flowers
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