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Greetings and blessings to all,
Lovely to be back! It 's been another hectic and eclectic week or so in the Haggerty household, from time spent watching our grandson to spending time with our daughter. (Catherine put on a delicious birthday meal for her dad!). We also enjoyed a visit with a close friend from England who was in town on business; and we've continued our daily walks, observing in amazement the changes in the foliage around us - especially the burning bushes which are now at their peak. In a church we pass by, the bushes are interspersed with pampas grasses and the effect is just gorgeous.
Mammoth forays to the grocery store have been made in anticipation of Thursday's annual day of gluttony. Bridget is getting as excited as she always does about picking out the first Christmas song of the season to play immediately after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's been a tradition in our house ever since the kids were tots that when Santa goes into Macy's is when the season really starts - and that goes for the music, too. Russ has been getting goosebumps thinking about this particular Thanksgiving - and Bridget is beginning to feel a bit the same way. After the events of the past few months, life will never be quite the same - and more than any other year we've been together, we truly know what it means to be thankful.
Enough about us...
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In news from Ireland:
The Statute Law Revision Bill will do away with a number of archaic and outdated laws that have remained on the Irish statute book for hundreds of years. A 188-year-old Act allowing "punishment of the pillory" for those "taking a false oath" is one of over 100 laws facing repeal.
Young men are among those most likely to pass the driving test, figures from the Department of Transport have revealed. Ironically, they are also the group most likely to be involved in fatal road crashes. No surprises there.
The Spire in O'Connell Street will lose its status as the State's tallest structure if Dublin City Council approves plans for a 32-storey residential building in Kilmainham. Council planners are to announce their decision on the building within two weeks.
Cork: Top golf course purchased by hoteliers
Irish hoteliers Joe and Margaret Scally have recently bought Harbour Point golf course near Little Island. The couple already own the Royal Killarney Hotel and the award-winning five-star Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork city.
Dublin: Major refurbishment for Dun Laoghaire piers
The lower level of Dun Laoghaire's east pier was closed from last week as work commenced on a major refurbishment programme, the biggest since the harbour was built in the early nineteenth century.
Dublin: Coláiste Mhuire, the former Christian Brothers' Irish language school on Dublin's Parnell Square, is set to be unveiled as the new home of the Abbey Theatre. The area already houses the National Wax Museum, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Irish Writers' Center, while the Garden of Remembrance is across the street and the Gate and the Ambassador theatres are also in the area. The new national theatre will have two auditoriums, a rehearsal space, a restaurant/bar, an education facility and an archive.
Dublin: Pricey Leather - About 500 Irish women are on a Dublin waiting list to buy leather bags costing from 4,000 to 50,000 Euros ($5,200 - $65,000). So exclusive are the leather goods that customers are not even guaranteed one at the end of what could be a five-year wait. The waiting list is for custom-made Kelly and Birkin handbags at the newly opened Hermès store on Dublin's Grafton Street.
Galway: Eyre Square relief for Galway shoppers
Work on the roads bounding Eyre Square, which has been ongoing for some months, is to be halted for a period over Christmas to facilitate both shoppers and businesses. From December 8, the traditional Christmas shopping day, to January 5,the roads will again be open though work will continue in the fenced off area.
Louth: The end of a long Drogheda tradition
The local parish priest has blamed spiraling insurance costs for his decision to lock the gates of Cord Cemetery in Drogheda, a place used by a local rosary group on a regular basis for the past twenty-five years. Monsignor Francis Donnelly was advised by his insurance company, following a claim against St Peter's Parish, that the cemetery should be made safe, but the projected cost of 3m is beyond his resources. The rosary group is unwilling to pray "on unconsecrated" ground outside the gates and also turned down Monsignor Donnelly's offer to sell them the plot of land for 1. Others affected by the decision are those with family members buried in Cord Cemetery.
Tyrone: Ronan Keating to switch on Omagh Christmas lights
Up to fifteen thousand people are expected to turn out in Omagh on Friday night to see pop star Ronan Keating switch on the town's Christmas lights. Ronan is the latest celebrity to perform the honours at what has become an annual Christmas ritual, with previous celebrity guests including Westlife and Daniel O'Donnell.
From all over
Atlanta: Powerlifting club triumphant
The powerlifting club that started out in a garden shed in a Limerick housing estate nearly twenty years ago has certainly gone from strength to strength with its recent triumph in the World Powerlifting Championships in Atlanta, netting Ireland a total of seven gold medals. The club was established in 1985 by Tommy Dillon, who himself won two gold medals.
TCD scholarship for Texan
The 2004 US-Ireland Alliance http://www.us-irelandalliance.org
Scholarship has been awarded to Susan Ager of Dallas, Texas. Opportunities to win the scholarship were on sale at a number of festivals in the US and Ms Ager, a violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, purchased her ticket at the North Texas Irish Festival. The award entitles the holder to both tuition and housing at an Irish university, with the 2004 Irish Festival scholarship entitling the winner to attend Trinity College; Ms Ager's son, Forrest Wilbur, will take up a course at TCD. Information on next year's scholarship opportunity with Dublin City University will be posted on the Alliance website in January, 2005.
Washington DC: Dublin Woman nominated as US Judge
A Dublin-born attorney has said she is both excited and relieved after President Bush nominated her as a federal judge in Washington DC. Jennifer M. Anderson from Killester in north Dublin city, is set to serve a 15-year term as a Superior Court judge if her nomination is approved by the Senate.
From the mailbag:
We received a new CD to review - Mountain Road by trhe Glengary bhoys. They're a Canadian group we hadnaheard of before. Looking forward to giving them a listen.
Dorothy writes: Am trying to locate a poem of Kavanagh's called "The One". Can you help?
Jack would like all the lyrics to "Give Me Your Hand" - anyone know?
Erin is hoping we can tell her how she can order water from the Church of the Lady of Knock, She wants touse the water when she has her daughter baptised.
We're repeating this request from last time as we received no answers.
I have viewed approximately fifty websites on Irish culture and customs and was so happy to have found yours! I am hoping you can help with a question.Several years ago I was reading a decorating magazine in which the designer referred to an Irish custom of hanging a garland around the doorway at Christmas time with purple and gold cord to symbolize Christ the King. I have not since been able to find any information on this and no one in my family has ever heard of it. Do you know if this is in fact a tradition or where I might research further?
Links of the week:
The latest from the Irish Page
Jack & Vivian have prepared six pages for Thanksgiving this year. There's the contents page and five topics:
Pictures taken in Roundstone pier, Galway
Judith sent us this one about Irish ponies. Appreciate it, JF! http://www.thornapplefarms.com/IrishImports.html
Not Irish per se, but we couldn't resist sharing this one from Hartson. Thanks as always, Mr. Dowd!
Family, food, friends and football - the main ingredients for a magical Thanksgiving! This greeting isn't particularly clever, but we enjoyed the music of the high school marching band in the background!
Our on-going gift to AG in California and all friends to animals, please click this link today and everyday. It only takes a second to feed an animal. Thanks!
It only takes a second to feed hungry people, too:
Enough of the blither and blather - on with the update....
IN THIS ISSUE:
Quips, quotes, proverbs & toasts
A bit of the wit
Joke of The Week
Did You Know
New This Week
The Week Ahead
QUIPS, QUOTES, PROVERBS & TOASTS
Since we're fast heading into what Russ calls the "silly season", we'll be posting a series of toasts for all those holiday dinners and doos. Here's a favorite:
May the roof over your head never fall in
and may the friends gathered below never fall out.
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A BIT OF THE WIT
After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
OUR FAVORITE JOKE OF THE WEEK
This is adapted and edited from one sent in by Judith F. Thank you!
A young man named Sean received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and even profane. Sean tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and even reading him Scripture, or anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.
Finally, Sean got really fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot just yelled back. Sean shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. In desperation, Sean threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and stuck him in the freezer.
For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
Fearing that he might have really hurt the parrot, Sean quickly opened the door to the freezer.
The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude, obnoxious language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my crude and unforgivable behavior."
Sean was stunned at the complete change in the bird's attitude! As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, "May I inquire as to what the turkey did?"
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DID YOU KNOW
1. One traditional Irish cure for a hangover was to be buried up to the neck in moist river sand?
2. The Turkish Delight chocolate was first made in Cobh, County Cork, by the Hadji Bey company in the 1890s?
3. The Lough Erne Cot is the only boat in the world to be annually sunk? It is traditionally scuttled during the winter months in order to preserve the wood.
IRISH WRITERS AND BOOKS QUIZ
To begin with, the anmswers to our last quiz:
1. The Irish Soldiers of Mexico - by Michael Hogan
2. The Wild Geese - The Irish Soldier in Exile - Maurice N Hennessy
3. A History of the Irish Soldier - A. E. C. Bredin
A round of pints and applause to our Irish literary sleuths:
Hart and Helen Dowd
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Check this out
General discussion group for the excellent actor Peter O'Meara, one of the stars of Band of Brothers. O'Meara can currently be seen on the USA Networks show Peacemakers, with Tom Berenger.
Want to see your name on next week's list? Try finding the following. (We assure you, it's really easy) Who wrote:
1. The Giants Causeway and the North Antrim Coast
2. Old Portrush, Bushnills and the Giant's Causeway
3. Finn Maccoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland
HINT: All three titles can be found here, and note that this is Bridget's "bible" - well worth adding to your library: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=irishcultucus-20&path=tg/detail/-/1856350932/qid%3D1073257674/sr%3D1-3
Send us the correct answers to two out of three and the rewards are:
1. If you have a web site, send us your URL plus a short description and we'll publish it in the next newsletter. If you don't have a web site, please nominate a favorite - peferably Irish.. Also, please remember that we list our sleuths in the order of entries received.
2. Receive a correct entry into the current "So You Think You're Irish" trivia contest. (In fairness to those of you who go to the trouble of actually finding the answers to the trivia contest, you'll get a bonus entry!)
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THIS WEEK'S RIDDLE:
To start off, the answer to our last craniun-cracker:
You use it between your head and your toes, the more it works the thinner it grows.
Q What is it?
What a creative group we are! We received several answers that technically are correct, but as Bill Smith from North Carolina put it so well, what is the one, true, and acceptable answer?
A. A bar of soap! Well done to all who made such a grand effort and hats off to Margaret who was first in.
And now for this week's palindromic puzzler which was sent in by Helen and Hartson. Thank you!
A word or name that is spelled backwards the same as it is forwards is a linguistic curiosity call a "palindrome." Words such as BIB, SEES, and MADAM are examples of ordinary palindromes. Many everyday words happen to be palindromes. Listed below are the definitions of 10 such words, with the numbers of letters in each palindrome shown in brackets after the definition. How many of these commonplace palindromes do you recognize?
from their definitions?
A) a notable achievement (4)
B) not sloping (5)
C) more blood-colored (6)
D) 12 hours after midnight (4)
E) males and females (5)
F) one who resuscitates another (7)
G) narratives of heroic deeds (5)
H) pertaining to public affairs (5)
I) made wet with dew (5)
J) a mechanical part that causes rotation (7)
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THE WEEK THAT WAS
1. Article: The Weavers of Donegal
2. Article: Artisans of Ireland - Maureen McKervey
3. Article: An Advent Memory
4. The Irish Kitchen - Preparing the Puddings
5. Article: Irish Greeting Cards for a Worthy Cause
6. Basic Irish - The Big Dinner
7. Kids' Ireland - How The Causeway Came to Be
8. On-going - Circle of Prayer: Our first Novena in this cycle began on November 14 and ends on November 22. The 2nd Novena begins next Tuesday. Please join us in prayer or meditation on behalf of Margaret M who is in the hospital, Mollie's son Casey, Mary from NY, Michael Davitt in Houston, Hartson & Helen, Aideen, Graine, Barbara G's mom who just had a stroke, Cheryl, little Sebastian, ,Matt Maupin who has been held hpostage in Iraq going on 8 months, the sons of personal friends Paul and Ashley, who are serving in Iraq, and all military personnel stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all over the world.
9. On-going - November Trivia Contest. Tim'es starting to run out and you can't win itm if you're not in it. All entries must be in by midnight, November 30, whatever time zone you're in.
THE WEEK THAT WILL BE - GOD WILLING:
What's cooking this coming week isn't a whole lot of new stuff on the website. We'll be busy with getting ready for a house full of people on Thanksgiving; but we'll begin recycling some of our seasonal content which many of you may not have read yet. In the meantime, we'll post a new blessing on Sunday and a new quote on Wednesday. As always we'll update the news daily - please click:
And we keep a week's worth of history here:
So there's the long and the short of it except for the "essential" goings-on in our crazy calendar - many of em' frivolous, but some serious. This feature will return soon. Celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event between now and then? We hope it's a joyous occasion for you and your loved ones! Can't wait to find out what wild and wacky holidays are on tap for the rest of November? Check out:
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Lá Altaithe shona daoibh! which means ---- Happy Thanksgiving to you all - and here's a very special greeting card in honour of the occasion:
Until next time, may God send you and yours a cornucopia of blessings, may He keep you 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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LEAVE 'EM LAUGHING!
We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the special was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99. "Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the eggs." "Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte," the waitress warned her.
"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" my wife asked incredulously. "I'll take the special."
"How do you want your eggs?" "Raw and in the shell," my wife replied. She took the two eggs home.