Irish Seattle News
D? hAoine, 17 Aibre?n      2015     Friday, April 17
In This Issue
RECENT PASSINGS

Mike Browne, 75, a native of Co. Wicklow, died in Port Angeles April 12. The funeral is Monday at noon at Queen of Angels Church

 

Kevin Moriarty, 61, President of the Irish Heritage Players, died suddenly in Seattle March 28 


Fr. Gerry Lovett, 79, a native of Co. Kerry who served as a priest in Seattle since 1960, died in Seattle March 21 


Megan Tormey, 44, wife of Galwayman Mark Tormey and daughter of D?nal & Mary McKevitt, died in Seattle March 5  


Ed Moriarty, 81, "an Irishman by birth, Italian by marriage", died in Seattle on February 28  

Ar dheis D? go raibh a n-anamacha d?lse

May their faithful souls rest at God's right hand
IRISH  PASSPORT PHOTO
If you need a Passport Photo taken to the  Irish / European image size and poses, Seattle-based Irish photographer, Rozarii Lynch can help.
Her next photo session is 10 am - Noon tomorrow, Saturday, April 17 at Studio 404, Bemis Building, 55 S Atlantic Street Seattle. For an appointment, c all Rozarii at  206-979-0817.

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SHACKLETON PAINTINGS

Irish-born explorer Ernest Shackleton is one of the principal figures of the the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Artist Austin Dwyer, a Co. Tipperary native who lives in Mukilteo, has available for sale 4 limited edition signed Shackleton prints faithfully reproduced on the highest quality archival paper. Visit

Irish Heritage Club Affiliated Programs
Seattle Area Irish Resources
Irish Harp
Consulate General of Ireland,
San Francisco
Seattle Consulate Logo
Honorary Consul of Ireland,  Seattle
Handling questions regarding Irish  passports or Irish citizenship
Fr. John Madigan
Seattle's Irish Community Chaplain
serving emigrants of all faiths and none
2010 Festival
Irish Dancing Schools
Fiddle
Irish Musicians, Classes & Sessions
Irish Language
Irish Language Classes
Claddagh Ring
Irish Imports
Guinness Pint
Irish Pubs & Restaurants
Shamrock
Other Irish Links
Irish Passport
Are you eligible to apply for Irish Citizenship?
Green Card
If you're an Irish citizen with a US Green Card, why wait to apply for dual US-Irish citizenship?
See details at right about a free US Citizenship Informational Meeting on Saturday, May 30.
Ireland Study
Would you like to study  in Ireland?
Images of Ireland
Living & Working in Ireland / Moving to Ireland
Connect Ireland
Through your connections, help create jobs in Ireland and receive a reward from the Irish Government
Irish Seattle Book Cover
Irish Seattle
A pictorial history of the Irish in Seattle from 1851 to the 1990s
The Celtic Connection
The Celtic Connection Newspaper
The voice of Celts around the Pacific Northwest. Pick up a free copy each month at your local Seattle-area Irish Pub or Restaurant, or read the March issue online for free!
Litriocht.com
Irish Books written in the Irish Language
LocalBooks.ie
Books in English about small localities in Ireland
Gaelic Football for High School Physical Education
Gaelic Football for High School Physical Education
Americans Try To Pronounce Traditional Irish Names
Americans Try To Pronounce Traditional Irish Names
Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Aurora Borealis on St. Patrick's Night
Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Aurora Borealis on St. Patrick's Night
Dublin City Time Lapse
Dublin City Time Lapse
8 years old Rory McIlroy on late night TV
8 years old Rory McIlroy on late night TV
The Foreigner's Guide to Irish Accents
The Foreigner's Guide to Irish Accents
Describe the People of Dublin in One Word
Describe the People of Dublin in One Word
Will Ferrell Sings
Will Ferrell Sings "Danny Boy" on David Letterman
Irish Events
in Seattle

NORTHEND IRISH CLASSES - New Irish language classes have started in a home on the border of Bothell and Mill Creek. The class offers two levels, Level 1 for total beginners, and Level 2 for those with about a year of Irish already (can put simple sentences together, has some vocabulary and understanding of basic sentence structure, may be lacking in confidence in speaking or writing). For details, email caerasinger@gmail.com.

 

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR - Seattle's Repertory Theatre performs an Irish play from April 24 - May 17, Outside Mullingar, a Tony Award nominee for Best Play that was written by John Patrick Shanley. It is a romantic comedy set in rural Ireland about two lovelorn farmers who haven't got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, the tenderhearted portrait reminds us that it's never too late to take a chance on love. Visit seattlerep.org for details and tickets.

 

SEAHAWKS' WORKOUT - Here's your chance to work out side by side with the Seattle Seahawks... And all to support the Matt Talbot Center http://mtcenter.org/!! Includes: social hour and photos with running back Luke Willson and wide receiver Chris Matthews; Silent auction and raffle; gift bag with autographed collectibles; stormtech by Luke Willson workout shirt; "let's work" t-shirt and other great gifts. On Sunday, April 26, 2-4 pm @ Bassline Fitness 126 Central Way, Kirkland. Restricted to 50 people - visit the12foundation.com for details.

 

GUNS OF IRELAND- This coming May 1-10, there's a new Irish musical opening in Richland in eastern Washington. Guns of Ireland is being performed by students at Tri-Cities Prep Catholic High School in Pasco. The musical tells the stories of two tragic events in Irish history: the 1798 Wexford Rebellion and the 1916 Easter Rising, and is scored almost entirely with traditional Irish folks songs and rebel ballads. The organizers have also arranged for Dr. Conor Mulvey, a Lecturer in Irish History at University College Dublin, to be a guest speaker on May 6 in Richland. For more information, visit gunsofireland.com.

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1916 RISING LECTURE
On Monday, May 4, at 7 pm, Dr. Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History at University College Dublin (UCD), will give a lecture entitled: 'Intellectuals and Insurrectionists: Reasons for Rising in 1916' at the University of Washington's Gowen Hall Room 201. Admission is free but registration is suggested because of limited space. Dr Mulvagh's specialty is working on commemoration and the Irish revolutionary decade (1912-23). He is currently researching a history of UCD during the Irish Revolution. His PhD (UCD, 2012) investigated the work and collective behavior of Irish Nationalist MPs at Westminster between 1900 and 1918 and he has previously lectured on the Irish revolution, the Northern Irish Troubles, and Irish Studies at UCD. For more info on Dr. Mulvagh, visit ucd.ie/warstudies. To guarantee a seat you are asked to register at irishnetworkseattle.org.

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LONDON IRISH - The London Irish Rugby Football (LIRF) team will be in Seattle in May for a game on Tuesday, May 23 at Magnuson Park versus the Seattle Saracens Rugby Football team. LIRF is one of London's most famous clubs, founded in 1898 by a group of Irishmen who formed a club for expatriate Irish. Even though many of their players today may have few Irish connections, the club plays in green and white colors, and their mascot is an Irish Wolfhound. LIRF competes in the top division of English rugby union, the Aviva Premiership. More details at seattlesaracensrugby.com.

 

PINT FOR SIN?AD - If you have been to Seattle's Fad? Irish Pub at 1st & Columbia in the past 10 years, or the Owl n' Thistle or the Irish Emigrant in the years before that, you have probably come across bartender Sin?ad Cadden (formerly Sin?ad Walsh). From Co. Clare and currently a bartender at Fad?, Sin?ad has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and her friends are trying to raise money to help cover her medical expenses and to provide support. A fundraising auction and raffle is being held on Thursday, May 28 at Fad?, with live Music by The Kennedy Brothers.Check the event out on Facebook or donate at gofundme.com/qeeaa88.

 

US CITIZENSHIP MEETING - A free Informational US Citizenship Meeting will be held on Saturday May 30 at 1 pm at F X McRory's, 419 Occidental Ave S, for those members and friends of the Irish community who want to find out what's involved in becoming a US citizen. The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions, outline the application process, explain how to apply, what documents are required, what's involved in taking the "test", the ramifications of dual Irish-US-citizenship, etc. Organized by Irish Immigrant Support, Christine Trigg Immigrant Legal Services Coordinator at St. James Cathedral, will lead the program with assistance from immigration attorney Tahmina Watson and a representative from USCIS. If you're interested in attending, please call 425-290-7839 or email citizenship@irishclub.org so we have an idea of how many will attend and also for parking information.

 

MEMORIAL DAY MASS - An open-air Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated at the Seattle area's Irish Pioneer Cemetery, St. Patrick Cemetery in Kent, at 10:30 am on Monday, May 25. The 4? acre cemetery is located 1 mile east of I-5 on Orillia Rd at 204th Street, just east of Sea-Tac Airport. Founded by Limerick-man Richard O'Connell in 1880, the cemetery is the resting place for numerous Irish-born Seattle Pioneers and they are especially remembered on Memorial Day in addition to remembering those who have given their lives in service to this country. All are welcome but bring a lawn chair! For information, contact Mass@irishclub.org or 425-290-7839.

 

ST. PATRICK STATUE - The 6-ft tall statue of St. Patrick has arrived and has been erected on a two-foot base at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kent. Funded by the Irish community and the Knights of Columbus, the statue will have a formal unveiling ceremony later this year. The Seattle area's only Irish Pioneer cemetery was started in 1880 by Richard O'Connell from Co. Limerick when he set aside 4? acres on his farm to be a cemetery for the local Irish families.

 

IRISH NIGHT - Irish Night at the Seattle Mariners is Wednesday, June 17, 7:10 pm, for the Mariners vs. the World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants. The reduced price tickets include a free Irish Night Mariners Cap (design at left), Irish entertainment in center field before the game by the Tara Academy Irish Dancers and the Seattle Police Pipes and Drums, and throwing out the First Pitch is Seattle's Irish Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole. For details and tickets, visit mariners.com/Irish, Promo Code IRISH.

 

HIGHLAND GAMES BOOTH - The Irish Heritage Club will have a booth at the Highland Games in Mount Vernon on July 11-12, and are looking for volunteers willing to spend a couple of hours staffing the booth on Saturday or Sunday, 9 am - 1 pm or 1 pm - 5 pm. Volunteers get a free pass to the games and a $10 lunch voucher. If you can help, contact judyd@irishclub.org.

 

GALWAY TRADERS - Seattle's Irish import store, Galway Traders, is still operating at its current location at 7518 15th Ave NW in Ballard, even though the Seattle Globalist recently wrote that there are plans to tear down the building and replace it with a new housing complex. Eveline Murray, who started the store in 1983 with her late husband Hugh, is looking for a buyer for the store and hopes to find someone to continue the tradition of serving the area's Irish community even if the store has to relocate. The store is a tremendous resource for anyone looking for information as well as for authentic Irish goods, whether it's music, books, clothing, food (rashers & sausages!), etc. Visit galwaytraders.com for more details.

 

GAELIC GAMES - The Seattle Gaels are gearing up for the 2015 season and are looking to welcome new players of all skill levels. The current teams consist of a mix of American, international and Irish players. For beginners, the basic skills and rules of the game are taught at practice which allows all skill levels improve their game over the summer. The Gaels welcome all spectators at practice and games too - it can be a great way to get to see the skills of the game being taught and to meet the other players and coaches. The Gaels practice Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at Magnuson Park until September with matches at the weekends. For more details, visit seattlegaels.com.

 

TACOMA GAA - Gaelic Football and Hurling have a new home in the South Sound. Tacoma Rangers have recently partnered with Doyle's Public House in Tacoma to help promote Irish sports and culture in the area. The partnership includes sponsorship from Doyle's, in conjunction with Jameson and Carlsberg, and promotional nights with Irish bands/music. If you are in the Tacoma area, stop by Doyle's for some great food, drinks and entertainment or visit Tacoma-Rangers.

 

CELTIC JOURNEY - A Celtic Journey is being offered at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Port Angeles. The kick-off event will be a concert of Celtic music by The Fire Inside on May 8 at 7 pm at the Little Theater at Peninsula College. Then on June 20, Rev. Dr. Herb O'Driscoll returns to St. Andrew's to lead a spiritual journey through ancient Ireland with a presentation entitled Holy Wells; High Crosses; Thin Places. On July 11, Tom Cashman, a local scholar steeped in Celtic Spirituality within the Anglican heritage, leads a workshop, Reclaiming the Celtic Vision. On July 18 church historian the Rev. Dr. Walter Knowles will share his unique perspective at St. Andrew's in From Holy Island to the Cathedral. For all the Celtic Journey details, visit standrewpa.org.

 

FALLEN HEROES AWARD - At a recent ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, a Citizen Honors medal was presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to Michael Reagan of Edmonds in recognition of his Fallen Heroes portrait project. A Medal of Honor recipient presented the award to Reagan who was recognized for the hand-drawn portraits of American servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan that he creates for free for the families. Reagan, whose grandfather was born in Co. Cork, was also Grand Marshal of Seattle's St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2012.

 

RANT & RAVE - For those who missed it when it was published on March 17 in the Seattle Times, the Rant & Rave item had the following: RAVE To the Irish Heritage Club organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, one of our annual family traditions that we enjoy very much (though we were disappointed that the Seafair Pirates didn't participate this year). Another Rant & Rave item on April 9 said: RAVE To the Irish Heritage Club's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Our group of 20+ agreed it was the best one we've seen in the past nine years, in large part because of the lack of the booming cannons of the Seafair Pirates, giving the event a much different atmosphere. The pirates group that was there was more interactive with kids, an enjoyment for everyone.


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MISCELLANEOUS

  • The next Irish Passport photo session being conducted by Rozarii Lynch is tomorrow, Saturday April 18, from 10am -12pm. Call Rozarii at 206-979-0817 for an appointment.
  • The Emerald City Feis (Irish Dancing Competitions) is at the Washington State Convention Center at Convention Place this weekend, April 18 & 19 - visit emeraldcityfeis.com.
  • The next Irish Book Club meeting is in North Seattle on Tuesday, May 12, discussing Ratlines by Stuart Neville. Contact hudit@earthlink.net.
  • Seattle's Wild Geese Players will celebrate Bloomsday by reading Chapters 2 and 5 of Ulysses at the Seattle Central Library on June 20th. Details soon at wildgeeseseattle.org
  • The next Irish Seniors' Luncheon is Saturday June 20 at 12 Noon at the Wilde Rover Irish Restaurant in Kirkland. Seniors and their guests are welcome to attend at $10 pp for the buffet lunch. Reservations are required - email luncheon@irishclub.org.
  • Irish Day the Races at Emerald Downs is Sunday, June 28, 2 pm. Email Races@irishclub.org for free admission tickets.
  • Irish Community Picnic at Lake Sammamish State Park, Sunday, July 19, noon-dusk. Free admission. Email Picnic@irishclub.org for details.
  • Ceol Cascadia's Irish Music Week is July 19 - 25, 2015, at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Early registration has been strong and if you're thinking of registering don't delay while there is still room. Visit cascadiairish.org for details.
  • Join the Irish language choir which will be singing in October for the Mass in Gaelic. Contact miriamjdoyle@gmail.com.
  • The Tacoma News tribune says Gaelic football, hurling gain foothold in Tacoma
  • The SU Blog highlights Mick McHugh, calling him a Successful Restauranteur, Proud Irishman and Seattle University Alumnus
  • See Rozarii Lynch's St. Patrick's Day photo of the Seattle Wheel and the Shamrock in the water, as posted by KING5 News
  • Congratulations to John Lenth of Magnolia who won the Irish Festival raffle drawing for two round trip tickets to Ireland. His daughter dances with the Tara Academy Irish Dancers. 

IRISH FLAGS - Buy any Irish-themed flag from our Seattle partner, Seattle Flagmakers, and they will make a donation to the Irish Heritage Club to support our activities.

CENTENARY OF THE EASTER REBELLION

 

Dublin, Easter Week, 1916

 

CENTENARY EVENTS - Beginning with the re-enactment of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa's funeral and concluding with the commemoration of Roger Casement's execution, next year's commemoration of the centenary of 1916 will include 40 major events around Ireland, with the centerpiece being a wreath laying ceremony and parade in Dublin. Key events will include a state reception on Easter Saturday for relatives of those involved in the Rising, a parade from Dublin Castle to Parnell Square on Easter Sunday, synchronized wreath laying ceremonies around the country on Easter Monday to mark the time the first shots were fired, and an event at Liberty Hall to commemorate James Connolly. There will also be a series of ceremonies from May 3-12 at Kilmainham Gaol marking the executions of the 15 leaders.

 

CENTENARY FOCUS - The emphasis of next year's 1916 Centenary celebrations in Ireland will not solely be on the violent events of one week in April but will include the wider context in which the Rising took place. The commemorative program will also recognize the scale of civilian casualties in 1916, and acknowledges that the British army and police casualties are also worthy of remembrance, especially as many of them were also Irish.

 

1916 DOCUMENTARY - The University of Notre Dame will play a major role in the international celebration of the centenary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. A documentary television series, "1916: The Irish Rebellion," produced by Notre Dame's Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be broadcast worldwide next March. The film memorializes the events in Dublin on Easter Week 1916 when a failed armed insurrection gave rise to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of the British Empire. The three-part documentary, narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson, will be aired on PBS, RTE and the BBC, and will also be released as a 70-minute movie. The aim is to place the events of 1916 in their proper historical, political and cultural context as the precursor to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of colonial empires.

 

LAST HEADQUARTERS - A block of four houses in Dublin, # 14 to 17 Moore Street, the last place where the rebels held out during the 1916 Easter Rising, is being bought by the Irish State. Number 16 was the location where the decision to surrender was made and the site will be turned into a commemorative center as one of the main projects associated with next year's centenary celebrations. Ireland's National Library is also developing a major online resource which will include thousands of letters and artifacts from the seven signatories and others.

 

1916 DEATHS - The number of people killed in the 1916 Easter Rising was 485, according to Glasnevin Cemetery, which has spent three years trying to reach a definitive figure. The number of volunteers, policemen and British army personnel killed has long been established, and each of these men (they were all men) has a grave, the vast majority at Glasnevin Cemetery. There were 262 civilians killed, 54% of the total, with about 45 of them killed on the last day of the Rising. The British army and police accounted for 30% of those killed, while just 16% of the casualties were rebels.

 

EASTER RISING FILM - Filmmaker and producer Kevin McCann wants to make a movie about the 1916 Easter Rising, the pivotal moment in Ireland's road to independence. And he is determined to have the film in theaters by next year, the Rising's centenary. McCann's main protagonist will be Sean MacDiarmada who was the last of the 16 rebels executed for their roles in the Rising. For more details, visit bostonglobe.com.

 

CATHOLIC DIMENSION - Although several Irish Bishops condemned the Easter Rising in 1916, there was a strong Catholic dimension to the rebels. Papal count George Plunkett, father of rebel leader Joseph Plunkett, went to Rome two weeks before the Rising seeking the blessing of Pope Benedict XV on the enterprise. During the shelling in the GPO, the rebel's headquarters, the rosary was regularly recited. Ten of the delegates to the first Sinn F?in convention after the Rising, in April 1917, were priests and a Catholic priest, Fr. Michael Flanagan, later was elected vice-president of the party.

 

BISHOP THOMAS - On May 17, 1916, less than a month after the Rising, the Catholic Bishop of Limerick wrote General J. G. Maxwell, Commander-in-Chief of British forces in Ireland, "You took care that no plea for mercy should interpose on behalf of the poor fellows who surrendered to you in Dublin. .... Personally I regard your action with horror, and I believe it has outraged the conscience of the country. Then the deporting of hundreds and even thousands of poor fellows without a trial of any kind seems to me an abuse of power as fatuous as it is arbitrary and your regime has been one of the worst and blackest chapters in the history of misgovernment of the country. I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant, Edward Thomas, Bishop of Limerick."
News from Ireland

 

IRISH TRADE - Ireland is an exception to the rule for EU trade, with its main destination for exports being the US, accounting for 22% of all Irish goods sold abroad. In almost every other EU country the main destination for exports was another member of the EU. The UK is just behind the US as Ireland's favorite destination for exports, accounting for 15%. However, the UK is Ireland's largest import partner with 38% of Irish trade imports coming from the UK.

 

NORWEGIAN AIR - 500 days ago, Norwegian Air, through its Ireland-based Norwegian Air International unit, sought enhanced traffic rights under a bilateral agreement between the European Union and the US. US airline unions oppose the application arguing the Norwegian carrier is using Ireland as a "flag of convenience" but the application is supported by the EU. The delay has caused Norwegian Air to put on hold talks with Boeing to buy more 787-9 Dreamliner long-range jets because of uncertainty about the airline's future fleet requirements.

 

AER LINGUS SALE - British Airways owner IAG and Irish government representatives are moving closer to an agreement on guarantees that would pave the way for a sale to IAG of Irish airline Aer Lingus, according to Bloomberg News. Discussions between Ireland and IAG continued after the Irish government, which controls a 25% stake in Aer Lingus, rejected IAG's first bid. IAG's CEO is a Dubliner who previously was CEO of Aer Lingus.

 

BREXIT COSTS - There have increasingly been calls in Britain for the UK to hold a referendum on leaving the European Union (a/k/a Brexit). As one of the UK's closest trading partners, the impact on Ireland of Brexit would be substantial, according to Open Europe, a non-partisan and independent policy think tank. In a worst case scenario, Ireland could see a permanent loss of 3.1% to GDP in 2030. Even in the best case scenario the loss would still total 1.1% GDP. This means Ireland would actually be worse off than the UK in such a scenario. The impact of Brexit on Ireland is so large due to the significant amount of Anglo-Irish trade, while the majority of the costs would stem from the imposition of a new customs border with the UK required by Brexit.

 

BRITISH ELECTION - British PM David Cameron was in Northern Ireland last week campaigning for the May 7 British general election. Polling indicates that Britain is facing a hung parliament with no party gaining enough seats to form a government on their own. If that is the case, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) could be kingmakers in the next British government. In Northern Ireland today, the DUP has eight seats at Westminster; Sinn F?in five; the SDLP three; Alliance one; and one Independent unionist.

 

EMIGRANT VOTE - An official report recommending radical reform of the Irish Senate (Seanad) proposes that all passport-carrying Irish citizens, including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland, be allowed to vote in Seanad elections. The report recommends that half of the 60 Seanad members should in future be elected by universal suffrage and proposes a system of online registration with voting papers distributed via the internet. It also recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations. However, the changes are unlikely to be implemented before the next election which is due early in 2016. For details on the current makeup of the Seanad visit oireachtas.ie.

 

YOUNG IRELAND - Ireland has the highest proportion of children in the EU, with 22% of the population being children under the age of 15. Ireland is also the most "youthful" country in the EU, with four out of 10 people (40.1%) aged under 30. Ireland's fertility rate, at 2.01 live births per woman (in 2012), was the highest in the EU (along with France), but it is still below the population replacement level of 2.1 per cent. Overall, there are a decreasing number of children and young people in Europe's total population. 

IRELAND'S ANCIENT EAST
- F?ilte Ireland has a new tourism initiative promoting Ireland's historical attractions in the eastern half of Ireland, where you can see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the thousands of settlers in Ireland's Ancient East. Ancient Ireland features "the dawn of civilization" including the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow; Early Christian Ireland includes sites such as Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Mellifont Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St Canice's Cathedral and Holycross Abbey; Medieval Ireland includes Kilkenny's Medieval Mile, the Viking Quarter in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse, Trim Castle and the Rock of Cashel; and Anglo Ireland features Ireland's "great houses and gardens" as well as sites such as the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Wicklow Gaol. 

BRITISH COMMONWEALTH - Speaking at the launch of a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in Dublin, an Indian-born member of the British House of Lords who now lives in Belfast says that the Irish Republic needs to have a "rational and serious debate" about rejoining the British Commonwealth. He said that the economic benefits of being a member are apparent in Northern Ireland, where India is now the second largest provider of foreign direct investment. Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949 when it declared itself a republic, but some 21 million people of Irish origin currently live within the British Commonwealth.

 

ELEMENTARY TEST - Now in its 24th year, the recent All-Ireland Schools Quiz has a competition for under 11-year-olds and one for 11-13 year olds. More than 25,000 children took part in this year's event where pupils from Killorglin, Co Kerry won the category for under 11-year-olds while the 11-13 year old category was won by students from Roscahill, Co. Galway. Check here to see how you or your children would do when answering some of the test questions.

 

IRISH ARMY FEMALES- One of the authors of an article in the Washington Post, "It's time to re-evaluate standards for women in the military", is a female Irish cavalry officer who has deployed to Afghanistan, Kosovo, Lebanon, and Liberia. The article says "Females have only served in the Irish Defense Forces since 1980 - 32 years after the U.S. Women's Armed Services Integration Act - but were already in combat roles by 1995. All must pass the same training to serve in combat specialties, and anyone is eligible for assignment to the 'full range of operational and administrative duties'. Women have served in combat units alongside men, and as their leaders, during training in Ireland and on operations abroad."

 

IRISH TOURISTS - According to the latest household travel survey, in 2014 Irish residents spent $912 million on travel within Ireland, while spending almost $6 billion in out-of-State travel. Irish residents took 1.65 million domestic trips in the last quarter of 2014 while the numbers of outbound travel trips in the same period was 1.5 million with a spend of $1.29 billion.

 

VISITOR APPROVAL - Almost 1,500 overseas holidaymakers in Ireland were surveyed in 2014 and when asked their overall opinion of their Irish holiday, 55% said their trip met all their expectations and 44% said their holiday exceeded all expectations. The top six reasons cited for a holiday exceeding expectations were: Irish people, scenery, history and culture, the weather being better than expected, and the food. 81% of North Americans said they would "definitely recommend" an Irish holiday to friends and family. Only 5% of respondents found Ireland to be "poor" value for money, while 54% of them said they found "good" or "very good" value in Ireland.

 

TRAWLER SCARE - An Irish fishing trawler was towed by a suspected submarine off the coast of Ireland on Wednesday. The Karen was towed along during the incident about 18 miles from the shore of Co. Down, not far from the Isle of Man. The vessel was badly damaged but the crew escaped unharmed. The skipper said the boat had been snagged and dragged backwards at speed. There were several cases of trawlers being towed by suspected submarines off the Irish coast during the 1980s. In 1982, the crew of the Sharegla escaped injury when the vessel capsized and sank after it was dragged backwards for about two miles by the Royal Navy diesel submarine, HMS Porpoise, after becoming entangled in its nets.

 

IRISH HERO - Liam Flynn, the US special forces marine killed in a helicopter crash off Florida in March, was born in Co Kildare. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at an emotional ceremony watched by his widow, 11-month-old daughter, parents, and six of his seven siblings. Flynn, 33, moved from Ireland to New York in 2002 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 2006. He served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his war decorations included a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

 

BELFAST DEVELOPMENT - Part of the river Farset, the tributary of the Lagan that almost 1400 years ago gave Belfast its name (B?al Feirste or The Mouth of the Farset), will be developed in a project that will include a history exhibition, outdoor information panels, an app and fifteen tour guides. Founded in the 7th century, Belfast became a Plantation town in the 17th century and is now Ireland's second-largest city.

 

IRISH COTTAGE? - Bloomberg Business says that Now might not be the best time to buy that Irish cottage. Home prices in Ireland surged 16.1% last year - more than four times the average 3.9% increase for the 23 other countries as compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Last year marked the second annual property value increase for Ireland after a five-year slump in which declines averaged 12%.

 

STING VISIT - 63-year-old rock star Sting was in Co Monaghan last week to see the old workhouse where his great-great-great grandmother, Mary Murphy, was recorded as being "a widow and pauper" who died in the workhouse in 1881 aged 68. All her children had either emigrated or died. Sting, the former Police frontman, was given a tour of the workhouse building, which contains a fully restored famine-era children's dormitory, as well as historical and famine related exhibits. He then viewed the workhouse's three mass graves where Mary Murphy was buried. Carrickmacross Workhouse was one of 130 Workhouses built throughout Ireland between 1841 and 1843 to house the poor, of whom there were an estimated 3 million in Ireland in the 1840s before the start of the Great Famine.

 

IRISH MARRIAGES - According to the Central Statistics Office, 59% of the 22,045 marriages registered in the Irish Republic in 2014 were married in Roman Catholic ceremonies. For a wedding to be legally recognized, it must be solemnized by a person on the register of civil solemnizers where 4,121 of the 5,461 people on the register are Catholic priests.

 

EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University College Dublin (UCD) is the only university in the world with a Center for Experimental Archaeology. Experimental archaeology involves reconstructing buildings and artefacts from ancient culture using only the tools and materials available in that period. UCD students have built a reproduction of one of Ireland's oldest houses from 7800 BC, using intertwined birch trees like a wicker basket to create a structure that looks like a giant chimney stack. Another student has built stone axes and used them to cut meat and trees. The handle is made from the holly tree, the head from shale and the axe secured with pine roots.

 

DRONE DOGS - The Wall Street Journal says Irish famers are Using Drones to Herd Sheep. The drones are seen as a relatively cheap alternative to the sheepdog. Camera-wielding copters that can be bought off-the-shelf for as little as $500 can cover hilly terrain quickly, finding and guiding sheep and cattle which the rancher operates remotely, sometimes wearing goggles that show the drone's perspective. A Carlow farmer is quoted as saying "Shep can round up a flock as quickly as a dog or four-wheeler."

 

CALVING HELP - A dead calf and a dead cow are all too common occurrences on farms, and a Co. Offaly farmer who found himself in a sleep-deprived state every calving season when watching cows day and night waiting for them to calve, has developed an innovative product, the Moocall. He determined that the most significant indicator that a cow is about to give birth is its tail twitching spasmodically. The Moocall is a simple device that clips onto the pregnant cow's tail to monitor the tail's activity until the twitching activity tells the sensor that calving is imminent. The device then texts the farmer with a warning.

 

BEST MUSICIANS - Billboard Magazine lists the Top Ten Irish Musicians of All Time, those who have made the biggest impact on the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the decades. This special list of the top 10 Irish artists tallies the biggest Billboard stars who were born, raised and/or formed in Ireland, and the list starts with U2 followed by Gilbert O'Sullivan, Sin?ad O'Connor, Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Enya, The Script, The Cranberries, The Irish Rovers and Thin Lizzy. Those not making the list include The Chieftains, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Pogues, James Galway, and many others.

 

OLDEST PERSON - Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavely, a native of Skarrif, Co. Clare, has become the longest living person ever, who was born on the island of Ireland. Born February 16, 1902, she was 19 when she left Ireland and has lived in Syracuse, New York, ever since. On March 27, she was 113 years and 38 days old, a day older than the previous Irish-born record holder. The world's oldest living person is a woman from the state of Georgia who was born May 23, 1899.

 

LONGEST LIVING SIBLINGS - Guinness World Records has recognized 4 brothers and a sister born near Loughrea, Co. Galway, as the longest living group of siblings in the world, with all of them living to be over 100. Joe Clarke was born in 1901, 13 years before his sister Madge. In between, there were another three brothers and, collectively, they would accumulate 504 years of life. Of the five siblings to pass the 100 mark, Joe lived to 101, Charlie to 100, Pat to 102, James to 103 and Madge to 100. Their record may even be extended as Sheila, the last surviving sibling, is 98.

 

BOOK REVIEW - The Washington Post reviewer says that Colm T?ib?n's endorsement for a new Irish book The Dirty Dust: Cr? na Cille, "hooked me immediately: 'The greatest novel to be written in the Irish language, and among the best books to come out of Ireland in the twentieth century.' John Banville describes it as 'a modern masterpiece,' while the scholars Seamus Deane and Brian ? Conchubhair add their praise for Alan Titley's truly dazzling English translation. All four emphasize author M?irtin ? Cadhain's humor, speed and never-flagging linguistic energy."

 

IRELAND'S FAVORITE POEM - Seamus Heaney's poem, When All The Others Were Away at Mass, which recalls a morning the author shared as a boy peeling potatoes with his mother, has been named Ireland's favorite poem of the last 100 years.

 

When all the others were away at Mass

I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.

They broke the silence, let fall one by one

Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:

Cold comforts set between us, things to share

Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.

Read more at apoemforireland.rte.ie

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Tid-Bits
  • President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring March to be Irish-American Heritage Month, 2015
  • This May 22, Ireland will be the first country in the world to hold a referendum on gay marriage.
  • Some Irish Air Corps photos of Ireland
  • Last year's strong increase in exports was one of the factors that helped push Irish GDP growth to 4.8%, making Ireland the fastest growing economy in Europe
  • Scotland is one of the most popular destinations for the 2,000 Irish students who choose to move to the UK each year to further their education, because no tuition fees are charged to Irish students
  • GAA director general P?raic Duffy says the GAA would be open to selling the naming rights to Dublin's Croke Park but he doesn't see it as likely to happen soon
  • A woman visiting the Aran Islands off Galway was swept over a 40ft cliff by a giant wave but was rescued by another visitor who happened to be taking a video of the wave when it struck
  • Eating Europe Tours has named Skerries on its list of Europe's 10 Most Beautiful Cities. Skerries is a small suburb of Dublin with a population of about 10,000
  • The first Sikh to be a candidate in the British General Election in a Northern Ireland constituency says that the question he is regularly asked while canvassing is "Are you a Catholic Sikh or a Protestant Sikh?"
  • The average advertised price for three-bedroom, semi-detached homes in Ireland is now about $217,000 although the average in Co. Leitrim is $60,000, and $497,000 in south Co. Dublin
  • The New York Times writes about Chasing the Wandering Soul of Yeats in Ireland
  • Research conducted by Ireland's Denny Sausages says that 50% of Irish travelers slip Irish sausages into their suitcases when flying abroad
  • British and French diplomats joined Irish dignitaries on the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in laying wreaths at commemoration ceremonies in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery
  • Almost 1,000 Irish-born soldiers died serving with the United States army in World War I.
  • Ireland holds the distinction of having the highest percentage of overqualified workers in the European Union
  • Slieve League on the Atlantic coast of Co. Donegal, has the highest sea cliffs on the island of Ireland at 1,972 ft, three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Time magazine describes How America Invented St. Patrick's Day
  • The New Yorker writes about Where the Bodies Are Buried - saying Gerry Adams has long denied being a member of the I.R.A. But his former compatriots claim that he authorized murder.
  • New York Times says After Years in Shadows, Cricket Emerges in Ireland
  • An aerial video of Ireland's west coast
  • There were 56,601 vehicles clamped in Dublin in 2014

Irish Heritage Club Membership

We invite you to renew your membership in the Irish Heritage Club for 2015. Membership is used to support all IHC activities throughout the year, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Irish Festival, and is open to anyone interested in "Things Irish". Dues are $20 (single membership), $30 (family membership), or $100 (business membership), and you can pay by cash, check, or Credit Card. For more information, email  Membership@irishclub.org  or visit  www.irishclub.org .

Seanfhocal - Proverb

 

Is ioma? craiceann a chuireas ?ige di
 
Youth sheds many a skin 

 

John Keane