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~~~~~ Support us for free
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~~~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
~~~~~ Gaelic Phrases of the Month
~~~~~ Irish History Articles at the Site
~~~~~ Irish Family Crest Claddagh Rings
~~~~~ Kerry Tour/The Jeanie Johnston by Ann H. Dockendorf
~~~~~ Readers Noticeboard
~~~~~ Shamrock Site of the Month: Celtic Dreams
~~~~~ Searcher Site of the Month: Irish Telephone Directory
~~~~~ Monthly free competition result
The wettest April in history has been followed by a mini
heatwave - such is life in Ireland. The big news here is
the breakthrough in the Northern peace talks which looks
like it could be the real deal this time. Summer is on the
way, so if you haven't booked your vacation yet then why
not consider Ireland? There is a wealth of free tourist
information at the site whilst Ann H. Dockendorf's article
below gives a great insight into one of Ireland's most
popular destinations: County Kerry.
Our alliance with Irish craftsman Darren Ward has resulted
in our being able to offer you one of our often requested
items: Irish Claddagh Rings (that also features the family
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
FRESH HOPE IN NORTHERN PEACE TALKS
New life has been breathed into the ailing Northern Peace
agreement by the announcement by the IRA that it is willing
to put its weapons permanently beyond use. Frantic behind
the scenes negotiations have been going on ever since the
Northern Ireland Assembly was suspended by the English
The Irish Government is hopeful that the initial
inspection of the IRA arms dumps can commence before May
20th when the Ulster Unionist party is to meet. At this
meeting the UUP leader, David Thrimble, will have to
convince his colleagues of the IRA's sincerity in order
for progress to be made. If he fails then their could be
a permanent split within the UUP with the hardliners and
moderates forming new parties.
The statement by the IRA is the first in it's history to
the effect that it is now committed to exclusively
peaceful means to achieve it's objectives.
REFUGEES TO BE GIVEN LITERACY CLASSES
Junior Education Minister Willie O'Dea has announced that
refugees are to be allowed to avail of classes in literacy
and cultural supports through the network of VEC colleges
Further new measures were also announced by the Justice
Minister that would allow for the quicker deportation
of those individuals who not qualify for refugee status.
These proposals are against the background of recent minor
violence that occurred in the area commonly known as
'Little Africa' in the Inchicore/Kilmainham part of
FALL OF THE EURO MEANS BARGAIN-SHOPPERS FROM THE UK.
For the first time in recent memory UK shoppers are heading
into Ireland in their droves to take advantage of the low
value of the Irish Punt against Sterling. The new currency
is now worth about 75 pence whereas only a few short years
ago it was in the high ninties. Cars, petrol, clothes and
even Cosmetic Surgery are among the most popularly purchased
items by the bargain hunters.
Foreign investors in Irish property have also enjoyed
savings on the purchase of their investments that stretch
into tens of thousands of pounds.
IRISH TOURISM REACHES HIGHEST EVER LEVEL
The number of tourists who arrived into Ireland last year
increased by 6% on the previous year and is now rapidly
approaching 2 visitors per year for every citizen in the
country. Tourism remains on course to take over from
Agriculture as Ireland's most important industry within
the next five years.
Problems still exist though, especially regarding the
litter problem and the ever increasing pace of life has
dented Ireland's famous 'hundred thousand welcomes' image.
The low value of the EURO against Sterling and the US
Dollar have greatly assisted visitors in achieving value
during their stay. Just under 1 million North American
visitors arrived into Ireland last year and the Irish
tourism Minister, Jim McDaid, is confident that the
magical 1 Million mark will be surpassed this year.
Dublin is the fourth most visited European capital, after
London, Paris and Amsterdam.
MUNSTER REACH RUGBY EUROPEAN CUP
2000 fans welcomed the Munster Rugby team upon their
arrival back from Bordeaux as their team reached the
European Cup Final by beating Toulouse.
IRELAND'S PAPILLION WINS ENGLISH GRAND NATIONAL HORSE RACE
The Irish horse Papillion romped away with the English
Grand National for the father and son team of Ted and Ruby
Walsh. The pair added to their remarkable success by later
winning the Gold Cup at Punchestown with Commanche Court.
SISTERS SOLVE CAMOGIE TEAM'S SELECTION PROBLEM
Having sisters take part in a camogie match is not that
unusual in Ireland but a record has to have been achieved
by the Treacey sisters of County Kildare who will line out
for their County in the National Junior League. There are
no less than 7 of them on the same team, ranging in age
from 37 to 18!
GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Conas atá tú?
PRONOUNCED: kuniss ah-taw two
MEANING: How are you?
PHRASE: Tá mé go maith
PRONOUNCED: Taw may go mawt
MEANING: I am well
PHRASE: Oíche mhaith
PRONOUNCED: e-ha whawt
MEANING: Good night
PHRASE: Níl aon tintéan mar do thintéan féin
PRONOUNCED: Kneel ain tin-tin mar duh yin-tin feign
MEANING: There's no place like home
PHRASE: An bhfuil bean sa chistin?
PRONOUNCED: On will ban sa khish-tin?
MEANING: Is there a woman in the kitchen?
(replace 'bean' with 'fear' (pronounced 'far')
to ask 'is there a man in the kitchen?')
IRISH HISTORY ARTICLES AT THE SITE
Just in case you missed them , or were so busy you did not
read them (shame on you!), here is a quick list of some of
the Irish history articles that have appeared in recent
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Grainne Ni Mhaille - The Gaelic Warrior Princess
Charles Stewart Parnell
Padraig Pearse - An Irish Nationalist
Michael Collins - An Irish Rebel
Saint Brigid - The Other Irish Saint
Eamon DeValera - An Irish Leader
Brian Boru - The Last Great High King of Ireland
IRISH FAMILY CREST CLADDAGH RINGS
Darren Ward is a very busy man. With over a decade of
experience in the Irish craft jewelry business he knows all
about what is required to create superb gift items.
The latest creation is no exception - each piece takes up
to 6 weeks to create. Engraving an image of a family crest
by hand onto a Gold Claddagh or Signet Ring is not the sort
of thing that can be rushed you know!
These are not inexpensive items but hand crafted quality utterly
unique items are not to be found everywhere.
Judge for yourself at:
A KERRY TRIP AND THE JEANIE JOHNSTON by Ann H. Dockendorf
Two couples visited County Kerry in Ireland last Summer -
This is what happened.
TRALEE: The Dingle peninsula held several treasures for us.
'Kerry the Kingdom' was our first stop, a sort of three-in-one
museum experience. We struggled past a funeral cortege to
eventually find car parking.
The first stage of the museum was a 20-minute audio-visual
tour of Ireland, organized into pictorial sequences of stones,
fields, water, faces, doorways, houses, etc. In the darkness,
as I sat upon the 'stone' steps absorbing the beauty of the
pictures flashing and blending before me, with the
accompanying music, tears streamed down my cheeks.
I realized the sight of the funeral had touched me deeply,
reminding me of the recent passing of my Dad and how I missed
him. He would so enjoy hearing the adventures of my Ireland
travels. I thanked him for being present with me in the ways
that he was, and my heart was very open as we moved on into
the 'regular' museum of artifacts and exhibits tracing early
We took great time reading through the information and
looking closely at the treasures, marching all the way
through the turmoil of tribal conflicts, numerous invasions,
right up to present day. We were impressed that in one of the
final galleries, sports was given exclusive tribute.
The third element of the museum was downstairs: the
reconstructed medieval village of Geraldine Tralee. We sat in
a cart that moved along a track, passing by life-size village
scenes full of town and animal noises overlaid with narrator's
taped voice. It was very well-done and gave one a minor sense
of time travel.
BLENNERVILLE: No time to visit the aquarium in Fenit, so we
headed the short distance to Blennerville and the shipyard of
the Jeanie Johnston rebuilding project. She was the most
famous of the Irish emigrant barques, operating from 1847-58.
Owned by the Donovan family of Tralee, she was built in Quebec
in 1847 and sailed on the North American route transporting
timber and food stuffs to Ireland and returning with
passengers. Unlike the infamous coffin ships of the period,
Jeanie was a well-built and well-run ship. She carried a full
complement of 200 passengers (who had undergone health
screening) and a crew of 17, including a doctor and made 16
trans-Atlantic voyages from Tralee to Baltimore, New York and
After several interruptions and distractions for the
overworked tour guide, we donned yellow hardhats and went on
a tour of the construction site. Since the original Jeanie
Johnston sank off of the coast of North America in the 1800s,
this is a new replica of her. Current maritime laws dictate
that she must now have electricity, running water and an
engine, even though the intention is to only sail her. Once
the great ship is finished, they are going to have to break
through the banks to the inlet and flood the shipyard with
seawater in order to get her out to the ocean. I wonder if
the landmark windmill will remain?
One aspect that struck us greatly was that the shipwrights,
craftsmen and apprentices are from Ireland, both North and
South, as well as Irish communities in Canada and the US.
Thus the project is an assembly beyond political borders and
a tribute to the true themes of comraderie and seamanship.
If the plans hold true, the great ship will be a part of the
Tall Ships sail-in commemorating July 4th in the US, and will
stop in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Quebec, and
Chicago. We hope to be able to see her on that side of the
DINGLE: It was somewhat foggy and very windy by the time we
reached the summit beyond Conor Pass, and the views were
majestic. Meandering back down the other side along narrow
roads, we were treated to sights of Dingle Bay.
On the drive back to Killarney we passed by Inch Beach, a
long expanse of walkway and sand inviting play in the surf.
Several families were doing just that. Upon returning our
car to the B&B, we walked into town and found an agreeable
pub for reflecting on our day in the usual Irish way: with a
nice pint of Guinness!
Ireland has called to me for a very long time, and I
immensely enjoyed our trip. Indeed, I would like to come and
live there for a while, but then again, who wouldn't!
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