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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 ~~~~~ 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 °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø FOREWORD ~~~~~~~~ Hi Again from a freezing cold Dublin! Well, the Penpal Service is nearly ready. The service is being fine-tuned (see below) and will be ready shortly. We have also this month teamed up with ArtShapes who supply quality Irish Artwork and Gifts of all descriptions. Christmas is not too far away so please do visit their terrific site by going here: http://www.ireland-information.com/artshapes.htm 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 If I can be of any assistance to you please send me an email and I will do my best to help. This newsletter is available on-line at: http://www.ireland-information.com/nov99.htm PLEASE DO: Feel free to forward this newsletter in its entirety to anyone you think might be interested. Drop me a line if you have any queries - I love getting feedback. 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 regards from 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 1,2,3...... 1. 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When you are happy to release your email address to your new penpal then you can easily do so. The new service will provide a means for the transmission of email messages that conceal the email address of both sender and recipient, but will keep a log of the I.P. address of the sender, in case there are any problems down the road. The Penpal area will be password protected and will also feature a free chatroom and bulletin board. More features will follow. Not surprisingly the registration of female penpals has significantly outstripped that of male registrants by a factor of 4 to 1. I am left wondering if this ratio is because of the 'Irish' influence of the service or because men really are from Mars (Women being from Venus). NEW HELP PAGE Need Help with your 'unzipping'? Wondering what a Rich Text Format Document is? Baffled by files that are sent as email attachments only to disappear into your PC? We have the answers - well, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about PC woes on our new Help page: http://www.ireland-information.com/faq.htm This page also has links to some great freeware programs including FREEZIP (a terrific Zip/Unzip Utility from Australia) and NOTETAB, am excellent text processor from Switzerland. Both are completely free! °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø EAMON DEVALERA: AN IRISH LEADER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 Dáil). 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 Dáil 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 Fáil 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. °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø ELAINE EVERITT'S IRISH HOLIDAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 °´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø SHAMROCK SITE OF THE MONTH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ IRISH HISTORY ON THE WEB Irish History on the Web is NOT another links page, but instead provides a unique resource for anyone interested in learning about or researching a wide variety of Irish history topics. Like a sourcebook, most of the links found here will lead to primary documents, original essays, bibliographies or specific informational sites, all of which are visited prior to inclusion on this site. This website is a purely volunteer effort and is wholly non-commercial. 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