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~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
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~~~ Articles Contributed by Subscribers in 2001
~~~ Gaelic Phrases of the Month
~~~ Irish Banknotes and Coins Souvenirs
~~~ Irish Quotations of the Month
~~~ Monthly free competition result
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The Euro has arrived amid much calmness and
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
THE EURO ARRIVES!
The last ever Irish banknotes and coins were
consigned to the history books as the new European
currency took over on January 1st. Ireland was
quick to make the transition and was well prepared
for the changeover with every household being
issued a digital calculator to make the conversion
A massive Billboard and Television campaign
ensured that everyone knew about the Euro even if
they were not too happy about it! English
television crews could be found all over the
country as they described the ease with which the
changeover had been made. England, Northern
Ireland, Scotland and Wales still use Sterling as
their currency although they certainly looked as
if they felt a bit left out as their European
neighbours embraced the dawn of a new era. A
referendum in England to decide on joining the
Euro is expected within the next two years. Sweden
is to have a referendum with 12 months.
Other European countries have been less
enthusiastic in their adoption of their new coins
and banknotes! The Italian minister in charge of
the changeover in that country has had to resign
amidst complaints that his country was not
prepared. Shopkeepers were reluctant to accept the
new coins. One italian pensioners insisted on
receiving her pension in Lire! In an Italian
coffee shop a customer managed to pay for his late
with a five Euro note from the new European
edition of the game 'Monopoly'! In France
merchants are refusing the handle the currency in
certain areas as they want compensation for doing
the Government's work for them.
Overall though the ease with which the new
currency has been adopted has amazed EU officials
and sceptics alike. The expected price inflation
has not yet occurred and the currency has held it
strength in the world markets.
Of course the old currency has immediately become
a collectors item with the Irish Government set
to benefit in millions as the hoarders of the old
coins and notes save them away in a box hidden in
the wardrobe until the day they give them to their
grandchildren, while explaining that Ireland did
once have its very own currency!
GENERAL ELECTION ON THE WAY
Election fever is beginning to grip the country as
the various political parties jostle for position
prior to the announcement by the Taoiseach, Bertie
Ahearn, of the exact date of the plebiscite.
Fianna Fail currently share power with the
Progressive Democrats (PDs) in a coalition that
is backed by a number of independent T.D.'s
(members of the Dail, Parliament).
The most likely result of the forthcoming election
is to see Fianna Fail returned as the majority
party but still without an overall majority.
Although another coalition is on the cards the
likely partners to Fianna Fail are not yet showing
The obvious candidate is the socialist Labour
party but their leader and senior members have
already expressed their dislike for Fianna Fail.
Opposition Fine Gael are weak and their only
chance of power is to form another 'Rainbow'
coalition with Labour, the Green Party and
probably an assortment of independents.
A real wild-card in this election will be the
performance of Sinn Fein. Already boasting 1 T.D.
they are expected to increase their representation
to 3 or even 4 seats and could hold the balance of
power in a new coalition. Apart form their obvious
platform of being a nationalist party that is also
represented in Northern Ireland, the social and
economic policies of Sinn Fein are very left wing
in nature, making them likely partners with
Labour in the event of the Labour Party
outperforming Fine Gael to become the second
largest party in the new Dail.
All 'ifs' and 'buts' of course but one man who
thinks that Fianna Fail will definitely be back in
power is the Finance Minister Charlie McCreevey.
He has ordered the top Civil Servant's in each
Government Department to keep a thight reign on
finances over the coming months, as he wants to
make sure that everything is in order for when he
returns in the Summer!
FINE GAEL TO COMPENSATE EIRCOM INVESTORS IF ELECTED
In a move that has been widely criticised by the
other political parties. Fine Gael leader Michael
Noonan has said that if elected, his party will
compensate small investors who lost out after
buying Eircom shares that subsequently decreased
in value. He said that the government had misled
the Irish public about the prospects for the
newly privitised company.
Opposing political groups have described the
measure as an attempt to buy votes in the upcoming
The Labour Party have indicated that they will
completely scrap the plans for the much vaunted
National Stadium if elected.
IRISH INVENTOR SOLVES WORLDS ENERGY PROBLEM
A 58 year old Irish electrical engineer claims to
have invented a device called a 'Jasker' that is
capable of replenishing its own electrical supply.
This 'zero point' energy source has provided his
own domestic electricity needs for the last 17
A demonstration to news media in Dublin seemed to
be a success but the Tom Hedrick, the US company
chief who are attempting to license the technology
would not give any information about the identity
of the inventor.
Reaction from the scientific community has been
swift and disparaging. Still reeling from the
'cold fusion' debacle of 1989 when Utah scientists
claimed to have cracked one of the holy grails of
scientific discovery, only to be shown to be
mistaken, scientists have been quick to throw cold
water on the subject. This is 'voodoo science!',
IRELAND DRAWN WITH GERMANY IN WORLD CUP 2002
The Irish soccer team led by Mick McCarthy have
been drawn in a group that will play its matches in
Japan starting from June 1st. Ireland have been
drawn with Germany, Cameroon and Saudi Arabia.
The team therefore has a realistic chance of
qualifying for the next stage, especially if they
can defeat Cameroon in their opening match.
The Irish soccer team has been ranked as sixth
seed for the 2004 European Championship qualifiers
to be held in Portugal.
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ARTICLES CONTRIBUTED BY SUBSCRIBERS IN 2001
You can access all of the past newsletters
including the articles below by going here:
The Southern Irish during the Civil War
by David Donehoo
Reading the Irish Landscape by Andrea Santillo
The Life of Saint Patrick
Smilin' Irish-American Eyes in Savannah
by Suzie Covington
Grace Connor by Letitia MacLintock
A Donegal Fairy by Letitia MacLintock
Beltane Bonfires and Nettle Soup
by Bridget Haggerty
Emblems of Ireland: The Shamrock
by Bridget Haggerty
The Changes in Ireland by Betty Iannone
The Problem with 'Angela's Ashes' by Brian Kelly
In Defence of 'Angela's Ashes' #1
by Tara Murphy-Flores
In Defence of 'Angela's Ashes' #2 by Gray Hodge
Losing Brigit Finnity by Megan Elizabeth Wright
Ireland in the Old West by Chuck Peabody
Boxty by Al O'Rourke
The Meeting of the Messages by Clara Byrne
Irish Halloween Traditions
Northern Ireland by Joe Hayden
Ireland's Heritage Plight by Roibeard McElroy
Irish Christmas Traditions
The Homeless in Ireland by Noel Cleere
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GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Cé atá ag glaoch, le do thoil?
PRONOUNCED: K ah/taw egg glay/ock, leh duh hull?
MEANING: Who is calling?
PHRASE: Tá an líne gafa
PRONOUNCED: Taw on leena goffa
MEANING: The line is engaged
PHRASE: Níl aon fhreagra
PRONOUNCED: Kneel ain frag/ra
MEANING: There is no answer
PHRASE: Bainfidh mé triail as an líne eile
PRONOUNCED: Bwin/igg may treel os on leena ella
MEANING: I will try the other line
PHRASE: Tá brón orm faoin moill
PRONOUNCED: Thaw bro/inn ur/im fween mwill
MEANING: I am sorry for the delay
PHRASE: Níl sé/sí istigh inniu
PRONOUNCED: Kneel shay/shee ish/tig in/u
MEANING: He/She is not in today
PHRASE: Cén uimhir ghutháin atá agat?
PRONOUNCED: Kane iv/or goo/tawn ah/taw ah/gut?
MEANING: What is your Telephone Number?
PHRASE: Cén t-eolas atá uait?
PRONOUNCED: Kane toe/lass ah/taw ooh/it?
MEANING: What information do you want?
PHRASE: Gheobhaidh tú gach eolas san bhileog
PRONOUNCED: Yeo/ig two gock o/lass san vill/owge
MEANING: You will get all the information in the leaflet
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IRISH QUOTATIONS OF THE MONTH
Other people have a nationality.
The Irish and Jews have a psychosis
Brendan Behan, Richards's Cork Leg, 1961
Don't be surprised
If I demur, for, be advised
My passport's green.
No glass of ours was ever raised
To toast, The Queen.
Seamus Heaney rebuking the editors of the
Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry
for including him among its authors, 1983
Because a man is born in a stable,
that does not make him a horse
Duke of Wellington, 1769-1852, rejecting the
view that his Irish birthplace determined
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