The Information about Ireland Site Newsletter
November 1999


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    			IN THIS ISSUE
    ~~~~~ Foreword
    ~~~~~ Support us for free
    ~~~~~ New free resources at the site
    ~~~~~ News Snaps from Ireland
    ~~~~~ Eamon DeValera - An Irish Leader
    ~~~~~ Readers Article: An Irish Holiday
    ~~~~~ Shamrock Site of the Month: Irish History on the Web
    ~~~~~ Searcher Site of the Month: The APGI
    ~~~~~ Readers NoticeBoard
    ~~~~~ Monthly free competition result
    
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    FOREWORD
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    NEW FREE RESOURCES AT THE SITE
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    CARA: THE IRISH PENPAL SERVICE - LAUNCH DATE
    
    The new Service has been swamped with subscribers and is
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    NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
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    3 DRAWS SEE IRISH SOCCER TEAM FAIL TO QUALIFY FOR EURO 2000:
    
    Mick McCarthy's soccer team once again covered itself in
    failure by conceding a last minute goal in the qualifying
    game in Macedonia. The 1-1 draw ensured that the Irish
    finished second to Yugoslavia whom they had so impressively
    defeated in Dublin only the previous month.
    
    A two-legged playoff against Turkey followed in which the
    Irish could only muster a 1-1 draw at Landsdowne Road and
    a 0-0 draw in Turkey. The Turks therefore qualified for
    the final stages of the tournament in Holland and Belgium
    next year, along with England who defeated Scotland in
    their playoff matches.
    
    The Football Associated of Ireland reacted in typical
    fashion to this failure by awarding McCarthy a 2-year
    extension to his contract.
    
    
    WELSH WORKERS TO TAKE DAILY SAILING INTO DUN LAOGHAIRE:
    
    In a novel plan the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire is
    examining ways in which they can recruit workers from
    Wales by utilising the daily Ferry service. There is
    such an abundance of jobs in the Irish economy at the
    moment (and a lack of employees) that it is likely to
    be economically viable to pay staff from Wales to take
    the 90 minute journey to Dun Laoghaire, to do a days
    work and then to travel home in the evening.
    
    There has been a predictable lack of response from the
    various Government and Social organisations about the
    scheme.
    
    NEW HOPE IN NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE TALKS:
    
    The US Senator, George Mitchell, has concluded his Review
    of the Good Friday Agreement. In historically significant
    statements from both sides of the conflict in the North,
    the Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble, has recognised
    the right of the nationalist community to pursue their
    political agenda of a United Ireland. The IRA made a
    statement to the effect that they would decommission
    their weapons in tandem with the creation of a
    power-sharing Executive.
    
    These are truly remarkable shifts in attitude from both
    sides but the deal still has to be sold by the Unionist
    leader to his community, which is looking increasingly
    divided on the issue.
    
    MTV COMES TO DUBLIN:
    
    The European MTV awards rocked the Point Depot in Dublin
    City Centre and generated an estimated 3 Million for the
    city. The only problem of note was the poor language used
    by BoyZones Shane Lynch who has been the subject of much
    criticism by family and religious groups as a consequence.
    
    DUBLIN REFUGEE APPLICATION CENTRE AT BREAKING POINT:
    
    The Government centre for processing the ever increasing
    influx of refugees into Ireland was closed on a number of
    occasions recently as the staff were simply unable to cope
    with the volume of applicants. Weapons such as flick-knives
    and hammers are being confiscated daily as the problem is
    exacerbated by criminal gangs who smuggle refugees into
    the country for fees of up to 3000 per person. Up to 250
    asylum seekers are arriving at the centre every week.
    
    40 BILLION POUNDS TO BE PUMPED INTO THE IRISH ECONOMY:
    
    In a measure that has produced groans from economists and
    ridicule from the Opposition, the Bertie Ahearn led
    Government announced that the National Development Plan
    would allocated 40 Billion into the infrastructure of
    Roads, Housing, Transport and other schemes over the
    next 7 years.
    
    The unprecedented growth in the economy has led to terms
    such as 'full employment' (the current rate is 5.5% - half
    the EU average) being utilised by Ministers on an almost
    daily basis.
    
    The announcement comes on the back of a semi-climbdown by
    the Environment Minister, Noel Dempsey, with regard to the
    compulsory allocation of 20% of all private building
    developments to 'social and affordable' housing. The
    building industry has already warned that any such scheme
    would result in house prices actually increasing by upwards
    of 20% per annum. This is precisely the effect that the
    Government is trying to avoid.
    
    
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    EAMON DEVALERA: AN IRISH LEADER
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    Foreword: Eamon DeValera was one of the most important
    figures in the history of Ireland. His relationship with the
    people of the country was often strained and his attitude
    and motives have frequently puzzled historians throughout
    this century. The fact remains however, that without his
    involvement in the Irish Nationalist movement the course of
    Irish history would have been radically different.
    
    He was born in New York on the 14th of October in 1882 to
    Catherine Coll (a young Irish immigrant from County
    Limerick) and Juan Vivion DeValera (an immigrant of
    Spanish origin).
    
    Little is known of his early childhood except that his
    family moved from America in 1885 to Ireland where the
    young Eamon studied at Blackrock College in Dublin and was
    largely reared by his Grandmother. He studied languages
    and mathematics and was, like Michael Collins, a student
    of English Rule in Ireland. The early 1900s was a time of
    the great Gaelic cultural revival in Ireland as literature,
    drama, sport and the language of the Gaelic nation were all
    revived.
    
    The main spearhead of the revival was The Gaelic League
    which he joined in 1908. He was greatly influenced by the
    League and learned the Irish language whilst immersing
    himself in the Gaelic culture. The Gaelic League was an
    obvious recruiting ground for the various revolutionary
    organisations of the time and it was not long before
    DeValera became a member of the Irish Republican
    Brotherhood. DeValera was second in command to Thomas
    MacDonagh of the Dublin Brigade during the Easter Rising
    of 1916.
     
    The Rising failed and the seven leaders, MacDonagh and
    Pearse among them, were executed, along with 9 other rebels.
    DeValera was also sentenced to death as an organiser of the
    revolt but was to escape the firing squad because of the
    confusion surrounding his ancestry (the English authorities
    did not want to risk the execution of an American citizen).
    
    DeValera was elected as the leader of Sinn Fein upon his
    release and set about the formation of an Irish parliament
    (the Dil). He was arrested in 1918 for subversion and
    imprisoned in England in Lincoln prison. With the help of
    Michael Collins he escaped to America to raise both funds
    for and consciousness about, the Irish plight. In his
    absence the War of Independence was being waged by Collins.
    The English Prime Minister of the time was Lloyd George
    who wanted to see an end to the violence.
    
    DeValera returned to negotiate with Lloyd George and soon
    realised that his ambition of a free and independent
    Ireland would not be granted. He returned home and sent a
    delegation led by Michael Collins to negotiate a settlement.
    
    The subsequent Anglo-Irish Treaty was ratified by the Dil
    in 1922 but DeValera opposed both the partition of the
    country and the Oath of Allegiance to the English crown that
    the Treaty required. A bloody Civil War followed which saw
    both the defeat of the Anti-Treaty side, led by DeValera,
    and the death of Michael Collins.
    
    DeValera was again imprisoned but released in 1926 when he
    formed the Fianna Fil party. He now attempted to achieve
    his aims by the use of constitutional politics. By 1932 he
    had removed the Oath of Allegiance and sought about
    establishing an independent Ireland. He created an Irish
    Constitution in 1937 but an Irish Republic was not declared
    because of the partition of the country.
    
    DeValera resisted both bribes and threats from Churchill
    during the war years, ('the emergency'), and it was not
    until the Costello led Government declared a Republic in
    1949 that the effects of the Anglo-Irish Treaty were finally
    removed from the Southern part of Ireland. Partition remained.
    
    DeValera was Taoiseach of Ireland for much of the fifties
    and on 25 June, 1959 he was inaugurated as President of
    Ireland, a position he held for 14 years. He retired in
    1973 and died shortly afterwards, on 29th August 1975 at
    the age of 92.
    
    
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    ELAINE EVERITT'S IRISH HOLIDAY
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    We have had two marvelous holidays in Ireland and I would
    recommend it to everyone. The people are so friendly without
    wanting to know everything about you. We found driving
    around so much better than in England and more courtesy on
    the roads which may surprise people who have been reading
    about all the people driving around Ireland that haven't
    taken a test.
    
    In 1998 we stayed near Clonakilty and spent our days touring
    and walking with our dogs. Gouganne Barra forest was lovely
    as was Glengarrif. We went to Killarney and took a ride in
    the jaunting cars. We also discovered some of the history of
    Ireland and visited some sites of the ambushes that Michael 
    Collins' men were involved in. This last Summer we returned
    and stayed on the banks of the Beara peninsula. The weather
    was really good to us and the ferry crossing had been much
    smoother than before! This time we looked at more history of
    the area and also visited the monument to Michael Collins --
    -- beautiful fresh flowers were placed there, a reminder
    that in Ireland past leaders are not forgotten. My husband
    bought many books that we have no chance of finding over
    here. We toured the Healy Pass which had been built by
    people during the famine. We learnt much of the hardship of
    the people and sometimes on distant fields the old famine
    farms were visible as faint marks. Their boundaries were
    still visible. We shall not forget Ireland and it's people
    and hope to return one day.
    
    Elaine Everitt
    
    
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