Happy Christmas and the very best for the new year!
To celebrate the time of the year I am making available to
all subscribers to this newsletter our recently created
Oscar Wilde Screensaver. This is a US$19 value and is
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Needless to say Dublin city is buzzing at the moment with the city centre being absolutely jammed solid with shoppers. The recent budget introduced quite radical tax reforms so confidence in the economy is quite high.
The same cannot be said about the Northern Ireland peace process however which seems to be stuck in a major rut. John Hume and David Thrimble were both recently honoured with the Nobel Prize recently so hopefully the good will that exists between the two camps can be exploited for the common good before too long.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has emailed the site with best wishes and comments. It is greatly appreciated.
I hope you enjoy this months (earlier than usual) issue of the newsletter, and let me again wish you all the very best for the Christmas season.
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In this issue:-
~~~~~ New free resources at the site
~~~~~ News snaps from Ireland
~~~~~ Brendan Behan - A Son of Dublin
~~~~~ Christmas gift ideas and a readers-only special offer
~~~~~ Monthly free competition result
NEW FREE RESOURCES AT THE SITE
Oscar Wilde Screensaver - a US$19 value free for you
The Oscar Wilde Screensaver features quotations from the famous Irish author in various transitions and can be downloaded for free from the following link:
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Now is the perfect time to send a FREE GIFT to a friend with a customised christmas card. You can send a game of Space Invaders, a history report, a tourist report, a screensaver, a Celtic PC Font or our Irish Jokes and Blessings page.
Haughey Probe Development: In an amazing development to the investigation by The Revenue Commissioners into the tax affairs of former Irish Taoiseach Charles Haughey, the bill for two million pounds in outstanding tax due was dropped by the Appeals Commissioner.
The Revenue Commissioners are likely to have another go at collecting the monies due but their chances of success are looking increasingly slim.
Tallaght Hospital Row: A major row has broken out between the board of management of the newly opened Tallaght Hospital and the Department of Health Minister, Brian Cowan.
The Minister had commissioned a report which concluded that the severely in-debt hospital was not capable of being run by the current management. The Hospital in turn hit out at the lack of funding provided. All of this occurred on the same day that a Galway woman who had just given birth to twins was separated from her children due to a lack of hospital beds. The state of the nations health service is coming under ever more scrutiny.
Gazumped couple have a happy ending: A County Kildare couple who were gazumped by a builder have been finally able to move into their new house. Annette and Stephen Butler had originally placed a deposit of 1000 pounds towards the cost of their new 70 thousand pounds house. By the time the house was completed the builder had upped the price to 90 thousand pounds and there was nothing they could do about it.
The practice of gazumping is increasing as house prices soared and even a visit to the courts by the Butlers could do nothing to legally stop the practice.
A happy ending was secured however when the financial lending institution stepped in to offer a more flexible arrangement than might otherwise have been available.
This has totally restored our faith in the human race. We are delighted with our new home, said the delighted Annette Butler.
United Airlines and Aer Lingus set to merge: The giant US airline United has emerged as the front-runner to secure a multi-million pound strategic alliance with Aer Lingus.
Cheaper Telephone Calls?: The Telecommunications market in Ireland has now deregulated. 19 Companies have been granted licenses to provide private and business services.
BRENDAN BEHAN - A SON OF DUBLIN
Brendan Behan was born into a working class family in Dublin in 1923. His family were very involved in the republican movement and at the age of 16 he was sent to juvenile prison for attempting to smuggle explosives into England.
His famous work 'Borstal Boy' is based on his experiences in the jail and remains one of the best selling books in Irish literary history.
His other famous works include 'The Hostage' and 'After the Wake'. Diabetes and the effects of years of alcohol abuse contributed to his death in 1963.
You can read a marvellous short story by Brendan Behan called 'The Confirmation Suit' at the site:
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DECEMBER COMPETITION RESULT
The winner was: firstname.lastname@example.org
who will receive either of the following:
Well Done! Remember that all subscribers to this
newsletter are automatically entered into the competition every time.
If you are interested in Irish music then CDIRELAND is the place to go. They offer a free newsletter to keep you up to date with the Irish music scene and an excellent on-line service which should prove very useful with Christmas so near.
To visit click here.
Until the next time,
stay safe and have a BRILLIANT Christmas.