IN THIS ISSUE
~~~~~ Support us for free
~~~~~ New free resources at the site
~~~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
~~~~~ Send a Saint Patrick's Day Gift
~~~~~ AOH seek entries for annual 'Limerick' competition
~~~~~ Brian Boru - The Last Great High King of Ireland
~~~~~ Shamrock Site of the Month: Luminarium
~~~~~ Searcher Site of the Month: Ordnance Survey Archives
~~~~~ Monthly free competition result
Happy Saint Patrick's Day - or nearly so! This month we have
a new resource that you can use to teach children about
Ireland. It consists of a number of 'games' that can be
printed off on any Inkjet or Laser Printer. If they prove
popular then more will be added. Let us know what you think!
A special freebie will be issued on March 17th itself - we
plan to give something away!
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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY GAMES FOR CHILDREN
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NEW COATS OF ARMS ADDED TO THE GALLERY:
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B: Bailey Behan
C: Cuffe Costigan
D: Deasy Devereux Devlin Duggan O'Duggan O'Dwyer
H: Hamilton Harrington Humphreys O'Hara
L: Lavin Lawlor McLysaght
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T: Thompson Tobin Twomey O'Toole
W: Wade Walker Waters
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
TAOISEACH CALLS FOR CLOSURE OF SELLAFIELD NUCLEAR PLANT
Following on from the disclosures that safety records had
been falsified at the Sellafield Nuclear reprocessing plant
in England, Bertie Ahearn called for its immediate closure.
He stated that the plant was a 'clear and totally
unacceptable danger' to Irish people. He maintained that his
Government would continue to exert pressure on the English
Government to close the plant but had no comment to make
about speculation concerning a possible legal action that
might be brought before the International Court of Justice
or the European Court of Human Rights.
Sellafiled is less than 60 miles from Dublin.
SALE OF CIGARETTES TO TEENAGERS TO BE BANNED
In a further attack on cigarettes in Ireland, the new
Minister for Health, Michael O'Mairtin, has announced that
the legal age for the purchase of cigarettes has been
increased from 16 to 18 years. Sales of cigarettes in
packets of 10 or less has also been completely banned. The
Minister has insisted that the new regulations will be
enforced, unlike their fore-runner which saw only 4
prosecutions against shop-keepers in 20 years of
It is estimated that at least one third of teenagers
between 15 and 17 years of age in Ireland now smoke.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE LODGES OBJECTION TO FOOTBALL STADIUM
In a new twist to the row over the various new stadia to be
built in this country, the Government Minister for Defence
has objected to the Football Association's plans for a
football stadium on the outskirts of Dublin city because
creating the new structure may impact on aviation operations
at Casement military aerodrome in Baldonnel.
The Government is still trying to convince the FAI to
abandon its plans for a football stadium and throw its lot
in with the their plan for a 'National' stadium.
IRISH ARMY DEVELOPMENTS
Ireland is to have a 'rapid reaction' force within 4 years.
Such a force could be deployed anywhere worldwide and as
the Government requires.
The Irish peace-keeping contribution in the Lebanon is soon
to end, after a 22 year involvement.
The recent Government initiative regarding Defence has seen
the Defence Forces cut by 1,000 and has effectively left
Irish airspace and maritime areas defenceless.
ITALIANS BLAME IRISH FOR DRUNKEN YOUTH
A new report by the Permanent Observatory on Young People
and Alcohol in Rome has criticised Irish and English 'theme'
bars, stating that up to 42% of Italian teenagers now drink
in such establishments.
Beer drinking is rapidly replacing wine drinking in Italy
despite that fact that Italy is the biggest producer of wine
in the world. A further problem is that Italian drink
'measures' (the amount of liquid per drink) is unregulated
and so a single 'measure' of Whiskey could be 3 times more
than that found in Irish or English pubs back home.
The report criticised the 'culture of getting wasted' that
has been imported from England and Ireland.
OVER ONE THIRD OF A MILLION APPLY FOR A PASSPORT IN 1999
A further indication of the economic boom can be found in
the number of Irish citizens who have applied for a Passport.
The volume has increased by over 60% over the last 5 years.
Concern is mounting however over the high number of 'lost'
passports - over 10,000 in 1999. A surge of applications has
also been observed in recent years from eligible non-resident
citizens, especially from America.
Ken Doherty won his first major tournament since the World
Championship by capturing the Malta Grand Prix, defeating
Mark Williams in a tense final. The Dubliner thus achieved
some compensation for his missed final black ball of a 147
in the recent Masters tournament at Wembley.
The Irish soccer team had an excellent 3-2 victory against
the Czech Republic in a friendly international at Landsdowne
Road. The Czechs were the only team who won all of their
qualifying matches in taking their place in Euro 2000.
Coventry striker Robbie Keane scored the winner.
The Irish Rugby team have bounced back from the hammering
they received at the hands of England in the 'six-nations'
tournament by defeating both Scotland and Italy in
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ANCESTRAL MAP OF IRELAND
Our superb map shows the location of hundreds of Irish Septs
and families, some of which go back over a thousand years.
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AOH LIMERICK COMPETITION
Fancy yourself as a poet? Well here is your chance to show it!
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in Essexville MI, USA is now
taking entries for its annual Limerick competition. Send your
composition by email to Frank Quinn at: email@example.com
BRIAN BORU - THE LAST GREAT HIGH KING OF IRELAND
The line between Irish Legend and Irish Myth have often been
blurred, especially as the retelling of heroic deeds has
been passed on through generations.
Brian Boru was no legend although his life deeds were
legendary. He was very much a real man and was in fact the
last great High King of Ireland and perhaps the greatest
military leader the country has ever known.
Brian Boru was born Brian Mac Cennétig. He mother was sister
to the mother of Conor, the King of Connaught.
His brother, Mahon, had become King of Munster in 951, upon
the death of their father, Cennétig. Together they fought
against the invading Norsemen, who had imposed taxes in
Munster. This struggle eventually led to the murder of Mahon
in 975 Mahon by the Ostermen (Norse). Brain avenged his
brother's death by killing the King of the Ostermen of
Limerick, King Ímar.
From this point onwards Brian held Munster as his own,
including the pivotal trade-centre of Limerick. He marched
into Connaught and Leinster and joined forces with Mael
Sechnaill II in 997. Together they divided Ireland between
The Norse settlers in Dublin especially ranged against Brian
but were defeated at Glen Máma where the King of Leinster
was captured. The King of Dublin, Sitric Silkenbeard, was
soon defeated too.
In 1002 Brian demanded of his comrade Mael Sechnaill that
he recognize him as King of Ireland. Mael agreed, partially
because many of his own people viewed Brian as a hero who
had restored Ireland to greatness after the Viking invasions.
The rule of the UíNéill's was thus at an end as a non-O'Neill
was proclaimed as King. The O'Neill's had been rulers for
over 600 years.
He earned his name as 'Brian of the Tributes' (Brian Boru) by
collecting tributes from the minor rulers of Ireland and used
the monies raised to restore monasteries and libraries that
had been destroyed during the invasions.
The Norsemen were not done yet however, and once more waged
war on Brian Boru and his followers at Clontarf in Dublin in
1014. The King of Connaught, Tadhg O'Conor refused to ally
with Brian against the Ostermen although Uí Fiachrach Aidne
and Uí Maine did join with him.
Despite the lack of backing from the men of Connaught, the
Munstermen won the day but lost Brian Boru in the battle. This
battle was a major turning point as it finally subjugated
the Norse presence in Ireland who were henceforth considered
subordinate to the Kingships of Ireland. Their military
threat had been ended and they retreated to the urban centres
of Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, Wexford, and Cork. They
eventually became completely hibernicized and integrated into
After his death and the death of one of his sons, his
remaining sons, Tadg and Donnchad, were unable to assume the
kingship which was assumed by Mael Sechnaill. He died in 1022
after which the role of High King of Ireland became more of
a position in name only, rather than that of a powerful ruler.
Perhaps the best that should be said of Brian Boru therefore,
is that he was the last great High King of Ireland.
SHAMROCK SITE OF THE MONTH
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ARCHIVES OF THE ORDNANCE SURVEY
Since 1824 the Ordnance Survey has been concerned with making
maps of Ireland. In the period between 1824 and the present
day it has created very large quantities of archives. Some of
these have already been transferred to the National Archives.
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