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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
TENSIONS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
The annual twelfth of July events by The Orange Order in
Northern Ireland have caused weeklong protests and standoffs
between the Orangemen and Police Forces. The main trouble
point is again in Portadown and especially in the small
village of Drumcree where the local residents have refused
to allow a Unionist parade until such time as the Orange
Order enters into discussions with them. So far no such
discussions have taken place and it seems that the problem
will roll over until same time next year.
Sporadic rioting in Belfast, Derry and Portadown has caused
millions of pounds worth of damage to the local business
community as well as damaging the North's improving image
as a tourist destination.
CHILD CRECHE FEES RISE TO IR£150 PER WEEK
Weekly creche fees for working couples with children have
now risen to between IR£120 and IR£150 per week. The
increases have the effect of making it uneconomical for
mothers (or fathers) to actually go out to work as they
would be better off staying at home and spending time with
their children than helping to sustain the booming economy.
The government introduced measures to try to increase the
number of women in the workforce in the last budget and are
expected to follow up in the next budget with some kind of
tax relief for couples with children.
TWO IRISH WOMEN ARE AMONG THE WORLDS RICHEST 200
Euro business magazine has declared that 2 members of the
Dunnes Stores family are among the 200 world's richest women.
Sisters Anne and Margaret have stakes worth IR£390M in the
company and are believed to gain a lot more from dividends
CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BEGINS
The single biggest deportation of bogus asylum seekers took
place when 12 foreign nationals were despatched to Poland.
The Minister for Justice, John O'Donoghue has promised swift
action on the further 500 immigrants whose deportation orders
have already been signed. Ireland has completed a
're-admission' treaty with Nigeria and Romania and is
expected to complete a similar signing with Poland. It is
from these three countries that the majority of asylum
3000 applications have recently been abandoned by would-be
immigrants who have returned of their own will to Britain
and mainland Europe. The number of staff assigned to dealing
with the backlog of immigrants seeking refugee status has
been increased threefold in recent months.
HOUSE PRICES RISE - AGAIN!
An ESRI study has shown that the cost of house purchase has
risen by over 10% during the first half of 2000. House
prices rose by 20% during 1999. Dublin is bearing the brunt
of the increases with a 13% gain during the first 6 months
of this year.
The Government recently introduced measures to try to remove
investors from the housing market but the lack of supply of
housing seems to be the major reason for the continual
upward surge in prices.
PUB OPENING HOURS EXTENDED
Well it has finally happened! The antiquated licensing laws
have had a review and it means that Irish public houses can
now stay open until 12:30 (on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays),
with a further half hour 'drinking up' time. These extensions
should see an end to the ridiculous situation whereby locals
and tourists alike had to vacate pubs by 11:30 (and even by
10:30 on Sundays a few years ago).
The price of drink has also been frozen (at May 15, 2000
prices) by the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Tom Kitt, as
the Government tries to curb spiraling inflation. Needless
to say the Publicans organisations do not agree with the
DRINK DRIVING ARRESTS SOAR
Over 100,00 motorists were given on-the-spot fines for
speeding during the first 5 months of this year, compared
with 175,000 for all of 1999. Nearly 4100 drivers were
arrested for drunk driving, up 500 for the same period
last year. The release of the figures have been heralded as
a success by the Junior Environment Minister, Bobby Molloy,
who commented that extra detection vehicles and speed
cameras have been applied to try to curb Ireland's terrible
record of road injury and fatality.
RACING LEGEND JOEY DUNLOP DIES IN ESTONIA RACE
50,000 mourners gathered at Ballymoney in Northern Ireland
for the funeral of motor racing superstar Joey Dunlop, who
lost his life in an accident while racing in Estonia.
ENGLISH SOCCER CLUB TEAMS UP WITH IRISH SCHOOLBOY OUTFIT
Manchester City F.C. have agreed a link up deal with top
Irish Schoolboy outfit Cherry orchard which will see the
Dublin club receive IR£100,000 and in return the newly
promoted Premiership team will have the pick of the crop of
new talent from the Ballyfermot based academy.
City manager Joe Royle was in Dublin to announce the deal
and has been quick to sign up Stephen Paisley and Will Flood
from the club. Everton and Manchester United are among the
other top English teams who have already established similar
deals with Irish junior clubs.
ROBERT EMMET - NATIONALIST AND ORATOR By Kevin Kelly
Robert Emmet's short, dramatic life came to a tragic end on
September 20, 1803. However, although his life was short
and his struggle in vain, his efforts, vision and idealism
left a mythic mark on Irish and on the world history.
Born in Dublin in 1778 into a fairly-well-to-do Protestant
family, Emmet was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. With
high ideals of fraternity and equality, Robert, like his
elder brother Thomas, became involved with the United
Irishmen, an organization formed in 1791 by Wolfe Tone,
James Tandy, and Thomas Russell to achieve Roman Catholic
emancipation and, with Protestant cooperation,
From 1800 to 1802, Emmet resided on the continent with
leaders of the United Irishmen who had been exiled from
Ireland following the rebellion of 1798. While there, Emmet
attempted to enlist French support for an insurrection
against British rule. With the promise of French military
aid secured, Emmet returned to Ireland in 1802 and began to
organize and arm the country in preparation for the French
landing. However, Emmet's hand was forced in July 1803 when
an explosion at one of his arms depot's compelled an early
call for insurrection on July 23. His plan now awry, the
ill-timed insurrection ended in confusion as various
factions failed to receive or failed to heed the call to
arms, and the promised French invasion failed to materialize.
Determined and undaunted Emmet, wearing a green and white
uniform, marched a small band against Dublin Castle. On
their way, the group happened upon Lord Kilwarden, the Lord
Chief Justice and his nephew. Emmet's followers seized them
from their coach, piked them to death and then began to riot
in the streets. Disillusioned by his followers' behavior and
realizing the cause was lost, Emmet escaped and hid in the
From there, Emmet moved to Harold's Cross to be near Sarah
Curran, his bride-to-be (Thomas Moore's songs, 'She is far from
the land where her young hero sleeps' and 'Oh breathe not
the name' were inspired by Emmet's love for her). Emmet had
hoped to escape to America but was captured on August 25,
1803 and imprisoned at Kilmainham. He was tried for high
treason in Green Street Courthouse where he was sentenced
to be hanged, drawn and quartered.
When asked if he had any thing to say in response to this
sentence, Emmet gave what is considered to be one of the
most famous speeches of the period. Emmet's speech to the
court (The Speech from the Dock) could be regarded as
the last protest of the United Irishmen:
' I have but one request to ask at my departure from this
world – it is the charity of its silence. Let no man write
my epitaph. No man can write my epitaph, for as no man who
knows my motives and character dares now to vindicate them,
let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them rest
in obscurity and peace until other times and other men can
do justice to them. When my country takes her place among
the nations of the earth, then shall my character be
vindicated, then may my epitaph be written'.
Although he held out hope for a rescue, on September 20,
1803, he was executed. Out of deference to his aristocratic
background, Emmet was hanged and beheaded but was not
subsequently disemboweled - as such a sentence usually
involved. His burial site remains a mystery to this date.
In 2003, Ireland and the world will remember the 200th
anniversary of Robert Emmet's death and will commemorate an
earlier period of history in which Irish Protestants and
Catholics were united under one banner. In remembering those
times, we can hope, pray and work for a modern era of
peace and equality in this land.
Ireland has indeed taken 'her place among the nations of the
In preparation for the bicentennial of his death, information
about Robert Emmet currently is being gathered on the internet
GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH
PHRASE: Scileann fíon fírinne.
PRONOUNCED: Skill/awn fyun fir/in/eh.
MEANING: Wine lets out the truth.
The following 2 phrases are the equivalent of 'curses'.
PHRASE: Imeacht gan teacht ort.
PRONOUNCED: Im/ockt gon chock/th urt.
MEANING: May you leave without returning.
PHRASE: Titim gan éirí ort.
PRONOUNCED: Chitim gon eye/ree urt.
MEANING: May you fall without rising.
36 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT DUBLIN by DAVID CAREY
1. Dublin's O'Connell Bridge was originally made of rope and
could only carry one man and a donkey at a time. It was
replaced with a wooden structure in 1801. The current
concrete bridge was built in 1863 and was first called
2. O'Connell Bridge is the only traffic bridge in Europe
which is wider than it is long and Dublin's second O'Connell
Bridge is across the pond in St. Stephen's Green.
3. Dublin Corporation planted 43,765 deciduous trees in the
Greater Dublin area in 1998.
4. Dublin's oldest workhouse closed its doors for the last
time in July 1969. Based in Smithfield, the premises housed
10,037 orphan children during the one hundred and seventy
years it operated.
5. Dublin was originally called 'Dubh Linn' meaning 'Black
Pool'. The pool to which the name referred is the oldest
known natural treacle lake in Northern Europe and currently
forms the centrepiece of the penguin enclosure in Dublin Zoo.
6. None of the so-called Dublin Mountains are high enough to
meet the criteria required to claim mountain status. The
Sugarloaf is the tallest 'Dublin Mountain' yet measures a
mere 1389 feet above sea level.
7. The headquarters of the national television broadcaster,
RTE, in Montrose, was originally built for use as an abatoir.
8. Dublin's oldest traffic lights are situated beside the
Renault garage in Clontarf. The lights, which are still in
full working order, were installed in 1893 outside the home
of Fergus Mitchell who was the owner of the first car in
9. The Temple Bar area is so called because it housed the
first Jewish temple built in Ireland. The word 'bar' refers
to the refusal of Catholics to allow the Jewish community
to enter any of the adjoining commercial premises.
10. Tiny Coliemore Harbour beside the Dalkey Island Hotel
was the main harbour for Dublin from the fifteenth to the
11. Dublin is the IT Call Centre capital of Europe with over
100,000 people employed in the industry.
12. In 1761 a family of itinerants from Navan were refused
entry to Dublin. The family settled on the outskirts of the
city and created the town of Rush. Two hundred and fifty
years later, a large percentage of the population of
Rush can still trace their roots back to this one family.
13. Dubliners drink a total of 9800 pints an hour between
the hours of 5.30pm on a Friday and 3.00am the following
14. Dublin is Europe's most popular destination with
traveling stag and hen parties.
15. Harold's Cross got it's name because a tribe called the
'Harolds' lived in the Wicklow Mountains and the Archbishop
of Dublin would not let them come any nearer to the city
than that point.
16. Leopardstown was once known as Leperstown.
17. The average 25-year-old Dubliner still lives with
18. Two radio stations attract over 90% of all listeners in
the Dublin area.
19. There are twelve places called Dublin in the United
States and six in Australia.
20. Buck Whaley was an extremely wealthy gambler who lived
in Dublin in the seventeen hundreds. Due to inheritances, he
had an income of seven thousand pounds per year (not far off
seven million a year at today's prices). He lived in a huge
house near Stephen's Green which is now the Catholic
University of Ireland. He went broke and he had to leave
Ireland due to gambling debts. He swore he'd be buried in
Irish soil but is in fact buried in the Isle of Man in a
shipload of Irish soil which he imported for the purpose.
21. The converted Ford Transit used for the Pope's visit in
1976 was upholstered using the most expensive carpet ever
made in Dublin. The carpet was a silk and Teflon weave and
rumoured to have cost over IR£950.00 per square meter.
22. There was once a large statue of Queen Victoria in the
Garden outside Leinster House. It was taken away when the
Republic of Ireland became independent and in 1988 was given
as a present to the city of Sydney, Australia to mark that
city's 200th anniversary.
23. The largest cake ever baked in Dublin weighed a whopping
190 lb's and was made to celebrate the 1988 city millennium.
The cake stood untouched in the Mansion House until 1991
when it was thrown out.
24. A pint of Guinness in Dublin can cost as much as IR£2.75
or as little as IR£1.90 depending on where you drink.
25. Strangers are more likely to receive a drink from
Dubliners than from a native of any other County.
26. There are forty six rivers in Dublin city. The river
flowing through Rathmines is called the River Swan (beside
the Swan Centre). The Poddle was once known as the 'Tiber'
and was also known as the River Salach (dirty river),
which is the origin of the children's song 'Down by the
river Saile'. It is also the river whose peaty, mountain
water causes the Black Pool mentioned above.
27. Saint Valentine was martyred in Rome on February 28th
eighteen centuries ago. He was the Bishop of Terni. His
remains are in a Cask in White Friar Street Church, Dublin.
He is no longer recognised as a Saint By the Vatican.
28. The statue in Dublin's O'Connell Street is commonly
known as the 'Floozy in the Jacuzzi' while the one at the
bottom of Grafton Street is best known as the 'Tart with
the Cart'. The women at the Ha'Penny bridge are the 'Hags
with the bags' and the Chimney Stack with the new lift in
Smithfield Village's now called the 'Flue with the View'.
The shortlived millennium clock that was placed in the River
Liffey in 1999 was known as 'the chime in the slime'.
29. Montgomery Street was once the biggest red-light
district in Europe with an estimated 1600 prostitutes. It
was known locally as the 'Monto' and this is the origin of
the song 'Take me up to Monto'.
30. Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda lived in Dublin in the
Eighteenth century. His job was naming streets. He called
several after himself. Henry Street, Moore Street, Earl
Street, Drogheda Street. Drogheda Street later became
Sackville Street and is now O'Connell Street.
31. Nelson's Pillar was blown up in 1966 to mark the
fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 rising. It now lies in a
heap in a valley in County Wicklow.
32. Leinster House in Dublin was originally built as a
private home for the Duke of Leinster. At that time, the most
fashionable part of Dublin was the North Side and he was
asked why he was building on the South Side. He said 'Where
I go, fashion follows me.!' .....and to this day the most
fashionable part of Dublin is the South Side.
33. Tallaght is one of the oldest placenames in Ireland and
it means 'The Plague cemetery'
34. There are seven areas in Dublin whose names end in the
letter 'O'. Fewer than one Dubliner in 20,000 can name them
off by heart. They are: Rialto, Marino, Portobello,
Phibsboro, Monto, Casino and Pimlico.
35. Kevin Street Garda Station was once the Palace of the
Archbishop Of Dublin.
36. The original name of Trinity College was 'Trinity College
Near Dublin'. The capital was a lot smaller then.
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