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Once again, we're running a bit late and it does seem as if every week to ten days is becoming the usual MO. Ah well, we do what we can; but we will try to catch up. In any event, we hope this edition finds you and yours in good health, good spirits and good company.
What a week, what a weekend! It started with a reminder of how fragile life as we know it can change in an instant. As best we could, we dealt with our own memories of 9/11. Undoubtedly, it was a very difficult day for many of you. God willing, it will never happen again.
And then it was the huge build-up to the All-Ireland. Could Mayo pull off a miracle? Would Kerry dominate? You already know the answer. Our condolences to a Mayo team who all season long kept the hopes and dreams alive. But in the end, we must say caps off to Kerry.
Meanwhile, across the pond, Fighting Irish fans were already enduring the same sort of misery as Mayo. Michigan slaughtered Notre Dame. How could that happen?
All was not lost.
In back to back soccer games on Saturday, our 9-yr old granddaughter scored a goal and our grandson's team remains unbeaten. And then at our grandson's 3rd birthday party on Sunday, we watched the Bengals trounce Cleveland.
Enough of the blitherin' and blatherin' - on with the update...
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IN THIS ISSUE:
From the Mailbag
Quips, quotes, proverbs & toasts
A bit of the wit
Joke of The Week
Did You Know
Know Your Writers
The week that was
The week that will be, God willing
Events & Classifieds
Leave 'em Laughing
ED NOTE: Did you know that we keep two week's of links to the latest news from ireland on the web site? What follows are the tidbits that don't always make the national papers. For those, read on. For links to today's stories, click here:
Ryder Cup teams fly in to do battle with media
The European and American Ryder Cup teams have arrived in Ireland will begin a round of media interviews before the golf contest gets under way on Friday.
Migrants drive workforce past the 2 million mark
The number in employment rose to 2,017,000 as of last May, exceeding two million for the first time in the Republic of Ireland's history.
Snow Patrol have score an amazing album hat-trick
topping the charts for a third time this summer with Eyes Open.
The Northern Irish indie band climbed back up to number one again this past week, knocking Leicester rockers Kasabian from their perch.
FROM AROUND THE COUNTIES:
Antrim: Unexpected gift for Holy Cross parish
Stonemasons who carried out the restoration of Holy Cross church in the Ardoyne have presented the parish priest with a gift for the church. The masons from Homes of Stone in Kilroot became friendly with Father Aidan Troy while working on the church. They have now presented him with a depiction of The Last Supper executed in white Carrera marble imported from Italy. The work measures six feet by three feet and was designed through the use of a new laser scanning machine.
Carlow: Croppy Grave monument restored in Graiguecullen
Official events included the laying of a wreath at the monument by Noel Alcock and Sister Nancy McLoughlin; the pair were chosen to represent a Bagenalstown family which has family members buried at the site. After Mass and refreshments a parade was led by the Killeshin Pipe Band, and bouncing castles, slides and a puppet theatre entertained the children, while Irish dancers and music were also laid on.
Clare: New arrivals change the face of Lisdoonvarna
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival, described by veteran matchmaker Willie Daly as Europe's biggest singles festival, has taken on a new look in recent years with the attendance of large numbers of women from Eastern Europe. While many of those attending come out of curiosity or for a bit of fun, the Eastern Europeans, and a fair sprinkling of others, are seriously searching for a husband. Stamina is needed for the festival as dancing begins at eleven o'clock each morning and is followed by afternoon and evening sessions.
Dublin: Heritage Week reveals new site for Dubliners
As part of Heritage Week Dublin City Council opened for public viewing the basement of a house on Merchant's Quay which also contains part of a slipway which would have given access to the River Liffey. The building was originally two houses built sixteen years apart at the beginning of the eighteenth century. However the slipway itself dates from an earlier period and was already reported as being in a derelict state in the early sixteenth century. Three years ago saw the completion of a major restoration project carried out at a total cost of 2.5m.
Dublin: Ancient book finder views his treasure
The finder of a 1,200-year-old manuscript in a bog was recently reunited with the treasure. Edward Fogarty unearthed the book of Psalms while digging in Faddan Mor Bog, Co Tipperary in July. He and landowners Kevin and Patrick Leonard saw the historic find, kept in isolation at the National Museum until conservation is completed.
Kerry: Ballybunion salutes Gneeveguilla musician
As part of the recent World Fleadh held in Ballybunion a memorial was unveiled to the late Paddy Sheehan, a native of Gneeveguilla. Many of Paddy's family members attended the unveiling, which was performed by Micheal Carr, director of the World Fleadh. He spoke of the Sliabh Luachra man's love of and promotion of traditional music, which he fostered in bars he owned in Ballybunion, Killarney and in England. In this work he was helped by his wife Eileen and together they ran the Atlantic Hotel, in the grounds of which the World Fleadh was held last month. They later also ran the Grand Hotel in Killarney, which has traditional music sessions every night of the week.
Roscommon: Padre Pio items to be shown in Strokestown
An Italian priest who worked as translator for Padre Pio is to celebrate Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strokestown on his first visit west of the Shannon. Father Ermelindo Di Capua from the Capuchin Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo was the English interpreter for Padre Pio. He will be bringing with him to Ireland a number of personal items belonging to the renowned Capuchin priest, including the crucifix he was holding in his hand when he died, and his mitten. Father Ermelindo will also be visiting Donegal, Manorhamilton and Knock Shrine.
Sligo: Donkeys galore in Mullaghmore
The annual All-Ireland Donkey Derby has taken place in Mullaghmore, where Tyrone seemed to be the best spot to breed winning animals. The event included a donkey show, a dog show, plenty of music and a demonstration of cowboy skills, but the main event was the derby itself. Both first and third places went to Tyrone donkeys; taking first place was Big Ben, owned by Jim Montieth and ridden by Andrew Fitzpatrick, and Bertie Adams' April Fool, ridden by Christen Hedrington, was the other Tyrone winner. Between the two was Grey Swallow, owned by David Johnston from Fermanagh and ridden by Patrick Doherty.
Waterford: Ancient ceremony at Waterford Harbour
Councillor Davy Daniels, who was deputising for the city's mayor, Cha O'Neill, performed the traditional ceremony of the claiming of the waters. Acting as Admiral of the Harbour aboard the LE Aoife, the deputy mayor sailed to the limit of the port near Dunmore East and there he cast into the sea a ceremonial dart. The honorary title of Admiral of the Harbour was granted to the mayor of Waterford by Charles I at the time of the granting of the Great Charter to the city in the early seventeenth century.
ED NOTE: Many of the above news items are from The Irish Emigrant. Space does not allow us to print them all. To read other items, please click
FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Chicago, USA: Irish property developer Garrett Kelleher will build a new
124-storey tower in Chicago costing $1.2 billion. When completed, it will be
the tallest free-standing building in North America, eclipsing the Sears Tower in Chicago and the CN Tower in Toronto. Kelleher arrived in Chicago in 1986 with just $500 in his pocket and returned to Ireland ten years later to start Shelbourne Development.
Mexico: Saluting the Irish Int'l Brigade
Recently, Mexicans, members of the Irish community, artists and students paid solemn tribute to those volunteers who gave their lives for Mexico after switching sides from the invading US Army to the defending Mexican side in the war of 1847.
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FROM THE MAILBAG
Daniel Price writes:
I have a stoneware mug with gold inlay that has the following poem:
"Here's a health to the future,
A sigh for the past,
We can love and remember,
And hope to the last,
And for all the base lies,
That the almanacs hold,
While there's love in the heart,
We can never grow old."
Can you tell me the origin? Is it Irish? Thank you!
Sandra Kelly alerted us to the return of Aireagal:
Do you remember it? It was a wonderful catalogue filled with gorgeous Irish clothing and accessories. Unfortunately, it went under year or so so ago, but great news, the artisans, weavers and other Irish craftsmen have come back together to form An Curragh. They're based in Donegal and if you'd like to visit them on the net, the URL is:
And Pat wants to know: Is anyone familiar with Murphy's Whiskey and where he might get it?
Ireland & The Ryder Cup
This is the official Irish website for the 2006 Ryder Cup Matches - brought to you by Fáilte Ireland and its three partners, AIB, Waterford Crystal and Bord Bia.
The Other Official Site of the Ryder Cup!
Here are the schedules, player profiles, history and more, all wrapped up in a very nicely done package:
Co. Kildare & The Ryder Cup
A rich and varied site which starts off with a more than a few nice words from Darren Clarke:
Links to internet games for when you're not watching the Pros at the KClub
Your Own Ireland Podcast Contest
Well, the results are in and Bridget didn't win. There are three winners - each will do a podcast from a specific part of Ireland. Are you one of them? Please let us know!
Enter the Tayto Song writing Contest
Have you sent in your song yet? The competition is celebrating its 25th year and the search is on again to find Ireland's most talented songwriter! Entries must be in by December 8. Here's the form:
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QUIPS, QUOTES , PROVERBS & TOASTS
"Even if the ball was wrapped in bacon, Lassie couldn't find it."
Heard from an Irish caddie, after a particularly bad shot.
A BIT OF THE WIT & AN OCCASIONAL CURSE
The way he plays they should put the flags on the greens at half-mast.
It had to have been an Irishman who said it!
JOKE OF THE WEEK
A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by his co-workers. Thinking he'd try the game, he asked the local pro for lessons, explaining that he knew nothing whatever of the game. The pro showed him the stance and swing, then said, "Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green." The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight down the fairway and onto the green, where it stopped inches from the hole. "Now what?" the fellow asked the speechless pro. "Uh... you're supposed to hit the ball into the cup," the pro finally said, after he was able to speak again. "Oh great! Now you tell me," said the beginner in a disgusted tone.
DID YOU KNOW
1. Ryder Cup Race Day at the Curragh on Tuesday 19 September will be the richest race day in the history of Irish Racing with total prize money in excess of EUR2.7 million?
2. Ireland's first competitor in the Ryder Cup was Fred Daly who played in 1947?
3. The great Irish golf legend Christy O'Connor played in TEN successive Ryder Cup tournaments?
DO YOU KNOW YOUR IRISH WRITERS?
First off, the answers to our last quiz:
Emerald Fairways & Foam-Flecked Seas - James W. Finegan
Golfing in Ireland: The Most Complete Guide - Rob Armstrong
Emerald Gems: The Links of Ireland - Laurence Casey
Hats off and clap your feet for the following Irish bibliophiles:
Déirdre McKiernan Hetzler
"Glorious Ireland" May 24 - June 7, 2007 watch for next year's itinerary: www.tours2ireland.com
The website I liked this week was
I am not a golfer but I surely will be following all of this to see the beauty of Ireland. Your site is such a favorite of mine - thanks for keeping it coming
ED. NOTE: Caryn will be making her first trip to Ireland next year. If you have a favorite tourism site to reccommend, she would appreciate your input. Thanks!
Please visit my website. I have made a few changes. See the new category, Guest Authors.
The Shannon region is a particularly beautiful part of Ireland. It is dominated by the Shannon River, the longest river in Ireland or the UK. To learn more, please click
And now for this week's quiz - Who wrote:
1. Ryder Cup 2006: How Ireland Landed Golf's Biggest Showpiece
2. Where Golf is Great - The Finest Courses of Scotland & Ireland
3. The Golfing Union of Ireland 1891-1991
Send in your answers and if you get two out of three correct, we'll list your name and web site (or your favorite Irish web site) in our next newsletter.
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Before our newest head-banger, here's the answer to our last
Robert and David played several golf matches against each other in a week. They played for a pizza at each match, but no pizzas were purchased until the end of the week. If at any time Robert and David had the same number of wins, those pizzas were canceled. Robert won four matches (but no pizzas), and David won three pizzas.
Q: How many rounds of golf were played?
A: Eleven. David won 7 matches, 4 to cancel out Robert's 4 wins, and 3 more to win the pizzas.
As always, we had a slew of correct answers from our brilliant solvers but fair play to Bill Smith of North Carolina who was first in.
So, here we go with the next riddle:
You have 9 golf balls, 8 of which are equal in weight. The ninth is slightly heavier then the rest. You also have a balancing scale. Can you use this scale two times and only two times in order to tell which ball is heavier?
THE WEEK THAT IS/WAS:
1. Article: Saint of 9/11
2. Article: Celebrating St. Michael's Day in Old Ireland
3. Article: A taste of Ireland: The Potato
4. Poetry Corner: Padraic Pearse
5. Article: Making a Match in Lisdoonvarna
6. Book Review: To School Through the Fields
7. Article: Putting Out the Hare, Putting on the harvest Knots
8. Basic Irish: Revised & Expanded Back to School Words & Phrases
9 Irish Kitchen - Oysters
10. Kid's Ireland - Irish children learning through film
11. Jokes department. We now have seven pages of jokes. You can't have heard them all? Take a look and if you have one we don't, please send it in!
12. New in Book Library: Beat the Goatskin Till the Goat Cries & Black Potatoes (Heritage category)
13. New in the Music Library: Celtic Requiem (Spiritual category)
http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?lollysmith+wSpfhS+index.html14. New in the Video Library: 9/ll The Filmaker's Commemorative Edition (Heritrage category)
15. Circle of Prayer: Our third Novena in this cycle began on Sept. 13 and continues through Sept. 21. This past week, we heard from kristen who would like us to pray for her friend Debbie who is so sick she can't have visitors; Please also continue to pray for Jack's wife Jane; Baby Joseph; Mickey; Joseph Peter, Heather; Pauline Dewberry; Scott H; Jane Fitz; Cathy; and especially for all of our men and women all over the orld who spend every waking moment in defense of our homeland, wherever that might be. Ultimately, we hope and pray that the Good Shepherd of us all will grant our world leaders the wisdom to find peaceful solutions to our conflicts . To visit our Circle of Prayer page, please click
THE WEEK THAT WILL BE, GOD WILLING
After all the hoopla, the Ryder Cup finally gets under way this week. In honour of this historic occasion, we'll make an effort to bring you golf-oriented offerings. The new blessing for the week is already posted; on Wednesday we'll have a new quote and every day we'll publish headlines from the Irish newspapers and elsewhere, plus we'll be posting the history for the date.
So that's the long and the short of it until we write again. Between now and then, if you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event may God grant that it be filled with joy. In the meantime, may the Good Shepherd of us all keep you and yours free from all harm - and as they say in ireland, mind yourself.
Slan agus beannacht,
Bridget & Russ
Get down on your knees and thank God you're still on your feet!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
Please check with the Wild Geese - they have a huge listing of events and we don't want to duplicate their efforts:
If we receive a unique event not mentioned there we will be happy to list it here.
Seattle - September 23
The Irish Heritage Club (IHC) and the Seattle Folklore Society (SFS) jointly present
FINGAL, an exciting new trio in the world of Irish traditional,music. Seattle Town Hall,
8th and Seneca (lower entrance, north side). For more details, please click
Dublin Ireland - Now through September 24
Dublin Fringe Festival We have received an avalanche of press releases from the many groups performing at this year's festival. We don't have the space to print them all here, so please visit the official web site to learn what's happening:
Thomas More College - September 28
Tapestry Series 006-07: Dr. Bill Williams will kick-off the season on Thursday, September 28th, with "'Twas Only An Irishman's Dream- The Stage Irishman in Song." For details, please click
Dublin, Ireland - Now through October 4
Dublin International Theatre Festival. As with the Fringe, there's just to much detail to do it justice here, so please visit their great web site:
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary - September 29 & 30 Previews
The Galloglass Theatre Company present the irish Premiere of Way to Heaven by Juan Maorga and translated by David Johnston, Parochial Hall Theatre, Mary Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. For full details, please click
Los Angeles - October 6 through November 12
An Claidheamh Soluis/The Celtic Arts Center resents Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney at the Celtic Arts Center, 4843 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City. For c omplete details, please click
Ireland - Now through October 8
Working Class heroes Tour starring Ronnie Drew, Don Baker and Finbar Furey
For complete details, please visit:
NYC. NY - Now through October 15
On offer right now: "John Ferguson," a play about a poor, pious Ulster farmer facing eviction. For more details, please visit
Alora, Spain - Now through November 16
The Gallery in Casa Correos will be featuring the works of our very dear Dublin friend and world-renowned artist Roger Commiskey! For more details, please visit:
Lexington KY - September 30-October 1
Celtic Fest 2006. For compete details, please visit:
Hollywood, Florida - October 21
The Irish-American Ceili Club presents Dinner & Dancing to Mary McAndrew and Black Diamond Band, 6:30pm-10:30pm. American Legion Hall, 211 North 21 Avenue, Hollywood For details, Call Patrick @ 954-522-4948 / Maureen @ 954-432-8292 or visit:
LEAVE THEM LAUGHING
A few one-liners - origins unknown (but if we wanted to work hard enough, we'd probably find out Bob Hope or Bing Crosby said most of these:
I play with a golfer who is so accustomed to shaving his score that when he got a hole-in-one he carded a zero.
The world's worst golfer hit a ball into a monstrous bunker."What club shall I use?" he asked the caddie. "Never mind the club," the caddie answered."Just take along plenty of food and water."
He asked the caddie, "What do you think of my game?" He said, "It's okay, but I like golf better."
A doctor who golfs has one advantage over the rest of us. Nobody can read his scorecard.
He went golfing with his boss. The boss hit his first drive 50 yards, and it lay 275 yards from the cup, so he conceded the putt.
He's so overweight, if he places the ball where he can hit it, he can't see it. If he places it where he can see it, he can't hit it.
There are thousands of people who are worse golfers than he is. Of course, they don't play.
The golf pro wants me to keep my head down so I can't see him laughing.
"You're so involved with golf," whined the wife, "that you can't even remember the day we were married." "That's what you think!" countered the husband. "It was the same day I sank a 35-foot putt."
He had to get a new caddie on the ninth hole. He sent the first one back to the clubhouse for laughing too loudly.
I'm not saying his game is bad, but if he grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced.
He cut ten strokes off his score. He didn't play the last hole.
The golf pro walked over to two women and asked, "Are you here to learn how to play golf?" One replied, "My friend is. I learned yesterday."
I took a golf lesson yesterday, and did really well. In just one lesson I was throwing my clubs as well as guys who have been playing for years!
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