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°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø IN THIS ISSUE ~~~~~ Foreword ~~~~~ Support us for free ~~~~~ New free resources at the site ~~~~~ News Snaps from Ireland ~~~~~ Recommended Gift: The Ancestral Heraldic Map ~~~~~ The Traditional Irish Wedding by Bridget Haggerty ~~~~~ The Kerry Patch in Saint Louis by John B. McGinnis ~~~~~ Ireland - a poem by Rebecca Flores ~~~~~ Readers Noticeboard: Magdalen Laundries, Artshapes ~~~~~ Shamrock Site of the Month: Irish Eyes ~~~~~ Searcher Site of the Month: Fianna Irish Genealogy ~~~~~ Monthly free competition result °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø FOREWORD ~~~~~~~~ An updated 'Maps' resource as well as 50 new Irish coats of arms for you to explore are among this month's main additions to your favourite Ireland site. This newsletter also has an extensive article about 'Irish Wedding Traditions' - a much requested item. We have moved the entire web-site to a newer and faster Service Provider and I have to say that it would have been easier to move house than to move the web-site! Readers have again contributed to this newsletter this month so once again a genuine 'thanks' to all. Have you told a friend about us? Don't keep it a secret! Please forward this newsletter to any friends or relative you think might enjoy it. Got something to say? Don't keep it to yourself! Why don't you submit an article for inclusion in the next edition? Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org This newsletter is available on-line at: http://www.ireland-information.com/feb00.htm The only way that you could have been subscribed to this newsletter is by filling out a subscription form at the site whereupon a confirmation notice would have been issued. If you wish to unsubscribe then go here: http://www.ireland-information.com/newsletter.htm ......but you'll be missing out! best wishes from a wet and windy Ireland, Michael. °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø SUPPORT US FOR FREE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Want to support us, keep us alive? Well you can and it won't cost you a penny! Do the 1,2,...... 1. VISIT THE LINK BELOW AND SIGN UP FOR MORE GREAT INFO, (ITS FREE!): http://www.ireland-information.com/list.html 2. AND HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT SOURCE FOR FREE INFORMATION: http://www.ireland-information.com/zmedia.htm and PLEASE...tell a friend by clicking here: http://www.ireland-information.com/tellafriend.htm °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø NEW FREE RESOURCES AT THE SITE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FREE MAPS OF IRELAND TO DOWNLOAD Tourist maps, Irish history maps and statistical maps are yours for the taking at our newly upgraded maps page at: http://www.ireland-information.com/irelandmaps.htm CARA IRISH PENPALS Update: The problem that WEBTV users have been experiencing has now been resolved. Sign up for free at: http://www.irishpenpals.com NEW COATS OF ARMS ADDED TO THE GALLERY: The following coats of arms images and family history details have been added to the gallery: A: Abbott B: Bannon C: Cloney Croke Cronin Crowley Cullen Cusack McCourt D: Dodd Dowling McDade O'Dea F: Fallon Flynn Fox Finn G: Gleeson Grace Gregg Griffin McGee McGill O'Gorman H: Hanley Hanratty Higgins Harkin Hewitt K: Kent Kiernan McKee L: Law Lawrence M: Maher Montgomery McMahon McManus N: Nugent O: Osborne P: Perry Porter Price Purcell Q: Quinlan R: Reid Rowe W: Wilson Y: Young View them at: http://www.ireland-information.com/heraldichall/gm.htm Get the screensaver featuring YOUR family name (or send it to a friend or relative as a gift) at: http://www.ireland-information.com/irishnamescreensavers.htm °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NORTHERN IRELAND EXECUTIVE SUSPENDED BY PETER MANDELSON The English Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Mandelson, has suspended the newly formed executive because of the lack of progress made by the IRA with regard to the decommissioning of its arsenal of weapons. This is despite an eleventh hour bid by Sinn Fein who claim that significant progress has been made and who challenged the English Government to publish the second of the reports by the head of the decommissioning body, John de Chastelain. In the second report, the Canadian General said the IRA representatives had told the decommissioning body that 'the IRA will consider how to put arms and explosives beyond use, in the context of the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, and in the context of the removal of the causes of conflict'. All parties are now working to try to have the Executive reinstated as it had been a considered success during its brief existence. IRISH GOVERNMENT DECLARES WAR ON SMOKING The newly appointed health Minister, Micheál Martin is examining a number of measures with the aim of creating a 'a tobacco free society'. The new initiative includes the following: * A new Tobacco Act, legislating for the toughest action ever taken here against smoking. * A new central tobacco control office to make sure the legislation works. * Full support for the Dail's Health and Social Affairs Committee probe into the tobacco industry. * State endorsement for law suits targeting the tobacco industry in cases where health problems are clearly linked to smoking. The new moves are against a backdrop of greatly increased tax on cigarettes and a clampdown on the sale of stolen cigarettes in city centre streets. IRISH STUDENT LOOKS TO MAKE A FORTUNE WITH IRISH DOMAIN NAMES A 23 Cork student named Cormac Burke hopes to make a fortune by selling a number of Internet domain names that he was quick to register. With the news that Ireland is to have not one but possibly two new sports stadia the student registered both stadiumireland.com and eircompark.com . He claims to have already rejected a IR£45,000 bid for stadiumireland.com and is looking for IR£100,000 for eircompark.com (Eircom Park is to be the name of the new FAI football stadium). DUBLIN VOTED THIRD MOST ROMANTIC CITY IN THE WORLD In a development that is sure to amuse Irish men and shock Irish women, Dublin has just been voted the third most romantic capital city in the world, trailing in the love-stakes only to Paris and Amsterdam. CRACKDOWN ON SPEEDING MORORISTS CONTINUES The increased Garda action against speeding motorists in Ireland has reaped in over eight million Irish pounds to the exchequer, as the number of 'on-the-spot' fines more than doubled in the last two years. 170,000 drivers were fined in 1999 compared to 71,000 in 1997. The fatality toll for 1999 on the roads was 413, compared to 458 the previous year, showing a decrease of 45 deaths. DUBLINER FAILS AT THE LAST POT! Ranelagh based snooker player Ken Doherty, who was world snooker champion in 1998, broke the hearts of players and spectators alike by failing to capture the IR£80,000 prize for recording a televised maximum 147 break. Doherty was competing in the final of the 'Masters' tournament at Wembley Conference centre in the event which is considered as second only to the world championships itself. Trailing by 9 frames to 5 in the 'first to 10' shootout the Dubliner produced his best moment of the final by potting 15 red balls, 15 blacks, and displayed remarkable nerve to pot the 5 coloured balls to leave himself with a 'sitter' of a black ball. In the kind of nightmare that professional sports-people must dread Doherty fluffed the final black ball which was the easiest shot of the entire break. His compensation for achieving this high break of 140 was IR£19000 and this, together with the runners up prize, brought his tournament earnings to over £IR100000. Still though....but for that simple last ball! °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø RECOMMENDED GIFT: THE IRELAND ANCESTRAL HERALDIC MAP ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Ancestral Map of Ireland shows the location of hundreds of Irish Septs and families, some of which go back over a thousand years. The map is BIG! and can be the focus of a room or office - measuring 14½ x 23½ inches. Also featured are miniature illustrations of St. Patrick, and the castles of Bunratty and Dunluce. If you need a Saint Patrick's Day gift for a friend or relative OR if you are interested in Irish Genealogy OR if you want to show off your Irish heritage, then this superb high quality map is the answer for you! You can view the map and take advantage of the limited time offer of FREE worldwide delivery, by visiting here: http://www.ireland-information.com/heraldichall/irishheraldicmap.htm °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø THE TRADITIONAL IRISH WEDDING by Bridget Haggerty ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is one wedding Irish tradition that states: 'Marry in May and Rue The Day' while another states: 'Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man'. When I told my daughter about this Irish superstition, she changed her wedding date so that she'd be married in April! What began as a search for Irish traditions and customs that she could incorporate into her celebration ended up as an incredible pile of notes that eventually took on a life of its own. Long after her wedding, I was still obsessed with delving into history and folklore, looking for everything I could find on how weddings were celebrated in Ireland long ago. I am convinced that if couples make the effort, they can have a totally Irish celebration from beginning to end - even to the pre-wedding parties. There's one quaint custom where the groom was invited to the bride's house right before the wedding and they cooked a goose in his honor. It was called Aitin' the gander — it has to be where we get the expression 'his goose is cooked!' We threw one of these dinner parties for my daughter and everyone had a great time. (The apple-potato stuffing has become a family favorite!). There are so many other traditions, customs and just an incredible amount of folklore to draw upon, that it would be remiss to be of Irish descent and not take advantage of all the possibilities. Here are just a few ideas culled from what eventually has become a 200-plus page book called 'The Traditional Irish Wedding' and it is now available in the United States and will be released in Ireland this spring. As complete as I could make it, the book covers attire, decor, menus, recipes, music, toasts, vows, and perhaps of most value, a resource listing that will help you find everything from Irish wedding gowns and tiaras to sheet music for a Celtic Mass. Here are some more: * Bunratty Meade is a honey wine that's served at the Bunratty Castle medieval banquet. It's from a recipe based on the oldest drink in Ireland and if you've never tasted it, it's well worth trying. In the old days, it was consumed at weddings because it was thought that it promoted virility. (If a baby was born nine months after the wedding, it was attributed to the mead!) Couples also drank it from special goblets for a full month following the wedding, which is supposedly where we get the word honeymoon. This was to protect the couple from the fairies coming to spirit the bride away. * Lucky horseshoe. Irish brides used to carry a real horseshoe for good luck. (Turned up so the luck won't run out). You can get porcelain horseshoes which most Irish brides carry these days, or one made of fabric which is worn on the wrist. * Magic Hanky. This charming custom involves having the bride carry a special hanky that with a few stitches can be turned into a christening bonnet for the first baby. With a couple of snips it can be turned back into a hanky that your child can carry on his/her wedding day. * Make-up bells. The chime of bells is thought to keep evil spirits away, restore harmony if a couple is fighting, and also remind a couple of their wedding vows. Giving a bell as a gift has become an Irish tradition. You could also have your greeters hand out tiny bells to your guests to ring as you process. (You might want to let them know when they're supposed to be rung - perhaps mention it in your program along with an explanation of the custom). Guests could also ring their little bells at the reception in lieu of clinking glasses. * Irish Dancers. Consider hiring a group of Irish dancers to hand out your programs before the ceremony. Dressed in their full regalia, it would add a wonderful touch of of pageantry and color. They could also dance at the reception later. We did this at my daughter's reception and it was a major hit. * Music. There's so much wonderful Irish music available, you'll have no problems in finding appropriate selections for both the ceremony and the reception. The difficulty will be in deciding which pieces to play! * Readings: My daughter had the following Irish wedding vow on the front of her program: By the power that Christ brought from heaven, mayst thou love me. As the sun follows its course, mayst thou follow me. As light to the eye, as bread to the hungry, as joy to the heart, may thy presence be with me, oh one that I love, 'til death comes to part us asunder. On the back of the program, she had this old Irish proverb: Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and just be my friend. * The Irish Wedding Song. Very popular at contemporary Irish weddings. We had two friends sing this at my daughter's reception while the newlyweds cut the cake. (Afterwards I thought we should have had the lyrics typed up and placed on the tables so that everyone could join in). * Flowers. In the old days, many Irish brides wore a wreath of wildflowers in their hair; they also carried them in bouquets. For my daughter's wedding, our florist designed gorgeous bouquets that included a flower called Bells of Ireland. In Wales, brides carried live myrtle and gave a sprig to each bridesmaid which they planted. If it grew, the bridesmaid would marry within the year. If you're planning a more general Celtic celebration, this might be worth considering. * Ancient custom: In the old days, couples ate salt and oatmeal at the beginning of their reception: Each of them took three mouthfuls as a protection against the power of the evil eye. Also, when a couple is dancing, the bride can't take both feet off the floor because the fairies will get the upper hand. Fairies love beautiful things and one of their favorites is a bride. There's many an Irish legend about brides being spirited away by the little people! For the same reason, it's bad luck for a bride to wear green. I've also heard that it's bad luck for anyone to wear green at an Irish wedding - but I think it really only applies to the bride. It's also bad luck for a bride or the groom to sing at their own wedding. Portents and omens: * A fine day meant good luck, especially if the sun shone on the bride. If you're a Roman Catholic, one way to make certain that it won't rain is to put a statue of the Infant of Prague outside the church before your ceremony. * It was unlucky to marry on a Saturday. * Those who married in harvest would spend all their lives gathering * A man should always be the first to wish joy to the bride, never a woman *It was lucky to hear a cuckoo on the wedding morning, or to see three magpies * To meet a funeral on the road meant bad luck and if there was a funeral procession planned for that day, the wedding party always took a different road * The wedding party should always take the longest road home from the church * It was bad luck if a glass or cup were broken on the wedding day *A bride and groom should never wash their hands in the same sink at the same time—it's courting disaster if they do * It was said to be lucky if you married during a 'growing moon and a flowing tide' * When leaving the church, someone must throw an old shoe over the bride's head so she will have good luck * If the bride's mother-in-law breaks a piece of wedding cake on the bride's head as she enters the house after the ceremony, they will be friends for life. Many other customs are interspersed throughout the book, e.g. (from the reception section) the top tier of your wedding cake should be an Irish whiskey cake which is saved for the christening of your first baby. I've also heard of another custom which just came to my attention and will be included in the next edition: a bottle of champagne is saved from the reception so that it can be used to 'wet the baby's head' at the christening. In finally making this book a reality, my hope is that when he says to you 'would you like to be buried with my people', or you say to him 'would you like to hang your washing next to mine', you'll say yes, and then use the suggestions to help you plan an Irish celebration reflective of your roots and as romantic as your heritage. And for all engaged couples and their families in the midst of pre-wedding chaos, I raise a parting glass: May all your joys be pure joy and all your pain champagne. Sláinte! Bridget Haggerty Get this book by visiting here: AMAZON BOOKSTORE °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø THE KERRY PATCH IN SAINT LOUIS by John B. McGinnis ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By 1842, a group of Irish immigrants from County Kerry, Ireland named and settled in the area known as the 'Kerry Patch' just North of downtown St. Louis, MO. Other Irish immigrant neighborhoods that once existed in the surrounding area included 'Clabber Alley', 'Poverty Pocket', 'Wild Cat Chute', 'Castle Thunder', and 'Battle Row'. The Irish immigrants who lived in these areas were ridiculed and discriminated against in housing and jobs. They were left the with no choices in employment and forced to take jobs that were dangerous, dirty and socially frowned upon. Examples: policemen, firefighters, firemen that stoked engines,etc. According to the book 'The Streets of St. Louis' by Wm. and Marcella Magnan, It was understood in business that 'a good slave was worth about $1700.00'. 'Companies preferred hiring an Irishman whose wages were often less than 1 dollar a week'. 'There was no use risking the life of a valuable slave on a dangerous project when an Irish worker could do it. However, there were a few socially acceptable Irish families who rose to power in business and government such as the Mullanphy's who were probably the most notable due to their philanthropy. They helped fund Irish immigration from Ireland to the US among other numerous charities. They furthermore, established a house, called 'The Mullanphy House' on the corner of Howard and N.14th in the 'Kerry Patch' neighborhood to help newly arriving Irish immigrants get the help needed to establish a place in society. Like most ethnic ghettoes the Patch had its 'king', and one such was named Sheehan. The City of St. Louis had a City Alderman Sheehan in the 1990's, the name is not a very common one, I assume he was related to the 'King of the Patch' if his family was from St. Louis. I became interested in the 'Kerry Patch' neighborhood when I discovered that my family, after immigrating from County Mayo in Ireland, lived there. Although, I don't know the history of my family's place in the neighborhood, I feel an attachment and desire to discover as much history about the area. as I can As a new St. Louis Firefighter, stationed at Engine house 9 located at N.9th and LaBeaume my still district included the 'Kerry Patch' neighborhood. I fought my first structure fire on N. 15th St. in the 'Patch'. I wasn't aware of my kindred connection to this area until transferring to another firehouse. Most of the houses and structures of 'Kerry Patch' are no longer standing and are now vacant lots and run down buildings One newer apartment complex called 'The O'Fallon Place Apartments' is located right in the heart of this area. All of the Irish Churches are now razed and there is very little sign of a former Irish neighborhood except the school and some Irish street names although I did notice a nearby business that I'm certain has Irish roots just because of its name, 'Sligo Steel'. Bibliography: Most of this information was taken from 3 sources: 1. 'The streets of St. Louis' by Wm. B. and Marcella C. Magnan 2. 'Gateway Heritage' reference 1988-90 Vol. 9-10 3. Internet address: http://stlouis.missouri.org/neighborhoods/history/north/text22.htm John B. McGinnis °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø IRELAND - A POEM by Rebecca Flores ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I wrote this poem around a year ago remembering my visit to the Emerald Island on the summer of 1993. I was there for only a month and for the first time ever. I was 15 years old then and those were the images that stuck in my mind through the years. I hope you enjoy it! Rebecca F. - Mexico city, Mexico. I seek for your timeless silence tonight I seek for the only peaceful place I've ever been It's my Ireland, lying mythic and holy it's my heart redeeming to it. How I miss you, my land... How I miss you tonight. Surprise me at the end of the day Sing me a tune with your lonely-crying flute. Let me hear your harp and drums echoing beneath let me drop some tears and shiver...and weep. How I miss you, my spirit... How I miss you my Eire. Let your wind and sea bathe me in salt let your mountains and cliffs tire me in stones. I'm all alone in this moonfull fantasy I'm all alone in this homeland cry. For why I miss you my darling... Why I miss you tonight? How blind was I and could not see when you offered your truths and spells to me. When I stepped into your quiet fields of green when I walked through your suburb Dublin streets, when I smelled your morning bread when I tasted your evening beer, when was all of me ever so clear and complete? How blind was I and could not see! What you gave to me.. I'll never know what enchanted me since then, easying my dawns. How I long your sight again, one day when I wake up Oh my Ireland! it was just a miserable month and you stole my heart.. yes you did! you stole my soul. If I could literally hold my heart in my fist while staring at a sunset from your cliffs down with the breaking waves and sea I'd smile for sea and heart will meet at last. And in the wind I'd call your name for you to come and find me... take me away. I'd sleep forever happy by your side my all time magic little piece of land. And these are just a few words I can speak of what this Island means to me. Through all my joy and all my fears these Irish memories stood beside me. And all I'm left after her rain is the hope of getting wet, all over... please again! But this time for ever and never to part And wake up for each day in this Emerald Island of mine. °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø READERS NOTICEBOARD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAGDALEN LAUNDRIES: I am writing from Canada. For the past four months I have been working on a novelisation of the events in Dublin's St. Mary's High Park convent, where 'penitents' were sent to wash laundry from dawn until dusk for years at a time, many having done nothing to deserve this. Others had become prostitutes or become pregnant in their teenage years or outside of marriage and were sentenced to this horrible life. I am looking for women who have experienced this tragic episode in Irish history to share their stories with me--completely anonymously--so that together we can unveil the horrific events that took place for over a hundred years. Please help me as I work on this book, to bring these things to light. Please e-mail me at: email@example.com if you have any information--all is valuable. Lisa. Skinner. ARTSHAPES: ArtShapes.com Ireland has partnered with Yahoo! to produce a series of on-line chats with Irish artists called '7 Weeks to St. Patrick's Day'. The series of chats begin on Thursday, February 3rd at 8pm (EST) and continue twice a week for the next seven weeks. Confirmed participants include: Frank McCourt - Author (Angela's Ashes, Tis) Patrick McCabe- Author (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto) Jack Lukeman - Musician Aidan Quinn - Actor/Director (This is My Father, Playboys) Alan Parker - Director (Angela's Ashes, The Commitments) Colm Toibin - Author (The Heather Blazing) Gavin Friday - Musician (The Boxer) Emer Martin - Author (Breakfast in Babylon) Jimmy Smallhorne - Actor/Director (2 x 4, The General) Colum McCann - Author (This Side of Brightness) and a Special Guest (to be announced) Please visit ArtShapes.com for details: http://www.artshapes.com °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø SHAMROCK SITE OF THE MONTH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ IRISH EYES If you're interested in up-to-the-minute news about the North of Ireland, point your browser to Irish Eyes Online Newspaper at http://www.irisheye.com. Irish Eyes Online features comprehensive daily news updates on the unfolding peace process, plus thought-provoking commentary you just don't get in the national media. Also featured are articles on every subject of interest to the Irish American community, links to a host of other Irish sites on the web, and a shopping section devoted exclusively to Irish merchandise. There are several dozen stories for children, based on traditional favorites. Best of all, access is completely free. Irish Eyes began as a traditional print newspaper in 1993, distributed mostly in the American southwest. In 1997 the internet, made it possible to reach more people, in a more immediate way, at less cost, so printing on paper was abandoned. Irish Eyes will publish press releases free of charge for non-profit organizations. Commercial ad rates are very reasonable. For more information contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us at: http://www.irisheye.com °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø SEARCHER SITE OF THE MONTH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fianna Guide to Irish Genealogy: ' The legendary Fianna of Ireland were a band of mighty noble warriors. Entrance was governed by strict tests and codes of honour. Yet the Fianna also had to be knowledgeable of culture, and more specifically they had to be poets. The Fianna Study Group for Irish Genealogy tries to bring the finest values to you through this web site. 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