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Greetings and blessings to all,

Well, here it is the weekend and we were so hoping to have the newsletter out on time; but we think we have a pretty good excuse; Bridget was rushed to the hospital last Monday after having a seizure. First time it's ever happened to herself and the only time Russ has ever had to deal with anything like it. To make a long story short, she spent a few days having her head examined any number of different ways and was then released with most of the experts scratching their own as to the cause. The most logical theory is that it's related to the stroke. Never a dull moment!

We hope this edition finds you in good spirits, good company and good health - especially the good health bit! We'd also like to say Happy Mothering Sunday to all of our mams and mums in Ireland and the UK. In Irish, Happy Mother's Day is Lá an Mháthair faoi shona dhuit! (Pronunciation: law ay-leh on waw-hirr fwee hun-ah gwitch!)

It's lovely to be back and truly heart-warming to welcome all of you who joined the list in the past week or so. We're just a handful short of 2400 readers - do you think we could make 2500 by the end of the month? Fun to think about. In any event, please feel free to share our musings and meanderings with your family and friends and do encourage them to sign up - thank you!

As expected, the annual surge in site visits is now building to what we hope will be a huge crescendo on St. Patrick's Day. Last year, we had nearly 4,000 people stop by. Hopefully, we'll make up for the recent time away and have lots of interesting reasons to visit and explore.

A reminder - did you know that if you click through our site to amazon, you can then go to any other item on amazon and we still get credit for it? So, next time you want to shop on line at Target, Toys Are Us or any of the other stores in the amazon "arsenal", please keep us in mind. Every little bit helps.

Lots of news to catch up on...
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News from Ireland:

Grand Slam dream kept alive as the old enemy is seen off
The dream isn't so fanciful now and talk of a first Grand Slam since the Jackie Kyle generation of 1948 lives on. In a reprise of their 19-13 victory over England at Twickenham, Ireland beat the World champions for the second year running - and by the same score.

See the St Patrick's Day Parade Live Online! Dublin Tourism is delighted to be able to bring you a great way for you to enjoy the Dublin St Patrick's Day Parade live online! You can find out more about this exciting web event at:

From Around the Counties:

Cork: New Collins collection for Barracks
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea has performed the official opening of the €400,000 military museum at Collins Barracks in the city. Among the many personal Collin's artifacts on display are the desk at which he worked, his revolver, his diary and his overcoat

Down: Newry in the last century
Thousands of letters, photographs and memorabilia have been donated to the Newry Museum for an exhibition called A Border Town's Experience of the 20th Century.

Dublin - Dundrum transformed from a village to talk of the town
Dundrum Town Centre which opened this past week is big - and there's much more to come. The old village, with its memorable crossroad, is being turned into a town by having a huge town centre grafted on to it - with retailing as the principal activity.

Dublin - The search for a new home for the Abbey Theatre has returned to Dublin's docklands, four years after the area was ruled out following an intervention by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Fermanagh: US qualification for Fermanagh angler
Patrick "Packy" Trotter from Maguiresbridge has become the first person from Ulster to gain a qualification from the American Federation of Fly Fishers. Patrick, who is a professional instructor on the Colebrook River, is now a Master Instructor in fly fishing.

Galway: Neighbours to the rescue
While St. Augustine's is undergoing renovations, arrangements have been made for the congregration to attend Mass at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. It will be the first time Mass has been celebrated in St Nicholas since 1691 when the church was taken over by the Williamites.

Galway: Galway now has its first fully licensed, home keg delivery service. Home Kegs is up and running just four weeks and the two Sligo men behind it say they are already inundated with bookings.

Galway: A cookbook about oysters by a Roscam author was recognised as one of the best fish and seafood books published in the world last year at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Sweden. Mairin Ui Chomain's book Irish Oyster Cuisine was chosen from 5,000 food and wine books published last year in 67 countries, and was placed in the top three of its category.

Limerick: Limerick: Provincial goes bilingual
The Limerick Leader will in future be publishing a column in Polish and English to cater to the growing number of Poles living in the Mid-West region. The newspaper will print the bilingual news in its weekend edition in a move aimed at bringing together the Polish community in the area and integrating them with the Irish people.

Longford: Manor gets go-ahead
The county may be seeing a tourism boost as the biggest single development ever to take place in the north midlands has been given permission to proceed. The €100m project will go ahead in the grounds of the historic seventeenth century Carriglas Manor where the development will include a two-hundred-bed hotel, a new village comprising more than three hundred residential units, a guesthouse, nursing home, golf course and clubhouse.

Louth: Celebrations for Tullyallen
Tullyallen National School is celebrating fifty years in existence this year and headmaster Peter McHugh will be hosting a jubilee day at the end of May. Each class in the school has been given a decade of the school's history to explore and a number of exhibitions of photographs and memories of the older people of the parish will be displayed.

Mayo: New artistic facility on Achill
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue has opened a writers' and artists' residency to celebrate the life and work of Heinrich Böll. The residency commemorates the Nobel prize-winner's thirty summers spent living and working on the island.

Sligo: Dromard champion at twelve years of age
Two All-Ireland titles were brought back to Sligo by a twelve-year old boy and his dog. Cormac Kearins from Dromard was the youngest competitor at this year's national sheepdog trials finals in Mitchelstown. Cormac won the Young Handlers Class, in which he was representing Connacht, and was also a winner of the Farmer's Shield, a class for novice, in which he competed against seven adults.

Waterford: Launch of John Roberts Weekend
The programme for the John Roberts Weekend 2005, which will take place in Waterford City over the May Bank Holiday weekend has been launched. The weekend is named after the prominent eighteenth century Waterford architect who designed both of the city's cathedrals as well as the City Hall.

Wicklow: Walk honours garda's contribution
A new forest walk in Aughrim along the bank of the Macreddin river is to be dedicated to former Garda Sean Linehan, who was one of the main movers in ensuring that the village has taken the county title in the Tidy Towns competition for the past eight years.

From all over:
Pennsylvania: Shane Gilmore, the Ennis-based sculptor, has travelled to the US to take part in the Ridgeway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous; over three days he will be expected to transform a log of between four and six feet in length into a sculpture which has taken its inspiration from nature.

From the mailbag:

Many thanks to all the people who sent in the words to Thoughts at The Trysting Stile by Francis Ledwidge. Eoin is over the moon!

John writes: I am the President of Ancient Order of Hibernians Div 16 Monmouth County NJ. Our Division is named for St. Oliver Plunkett. I have been looking for quite a long time for either a statue, medal, or picture of St. Oliver Plunkett. I was wondering if you knew any place that I might be able to find any of these items. Thanks for your time

Gerard writes: I am looking to purchase the official flag of Co. Galway - white & maroon with a ship in the middle. I am looking specifically for either a 2'X3' of 3'X5' flag with metal grommets to fly on a 30 ft flagpole. ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

Barbara writes: Could you please tell me if it is possible to purchase wine from McGraths in the Blackwater Valley and have it shipped to America?

Subbscriber site spotlight:
Have you ever visited the on-line home of the Irish Heritage Group? We think you'll enjoy your visit!

Links of the week:
Vivian & Jack of the Irish Page write: It's the third week of Lent and we're sending the third page of the Lenten project. Note: All the psalms are in Irish Gaelic and in English. This is one about the escape of the People of Israel from the land of Egypt.

For the young and the young at heart:

Maureen sent us a site with free midi files she says "the guy really has a great sense of humor."

Clara sents us the following; We're fairly certain we've shared it before, but it's so beautiful it's well worth repeating:

Pauline also sent us a lovely link to share with you:

A reminder: The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes just a minute and there's no cost involved:

Last but certainly not least - 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 blitherin' - on with the update....
Quips, quotes, proverbs & toasts
A bit of the wit
Joke of The Week
Did You Know
Writer's Quiz
The Week That Was
The Week Ahead
This toast was sent in by William Pitcher who found it in a book called Gallimaufry To Go by J. Bryan III published in 1989. It is is simply labeled A Toast. Thanks, William!
"May you never meet a mouse in your cupboard with tears in his eyes." Attributed to J.C. Furnas.
The Deaf Mule
An Irishman named O'Leary, who loved to sing as he worked, bought a mule to farm his garden. The mule worked well but was almost totally deaf. So, when his owner yelled, "Whoa!", the animal often continued plowing. Asked how the mule was working out, O'Leary shook his head. "There was a time," he said, "when all the neighbors could hear was me singing my lilting melodies." "Lately, I'm afraid, they've heard nothing but .... my riled Irish whoa's!"
It was opening night at the theatre and The Amazing Claude was topping the bill. People came from miles around to see the famous hypnotist do his stuff. As Claude took to the stage, he announced, "Unlike most stage hypnotists, who invite two or three people up onto the stage to be put into a trance, I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience."The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat. "I want you each to keep your eye on this antique watch. It's a very special watch. It's been in my family for six generations." He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, "Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch..." The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off it's polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until suddenly it slipped from the hypnotist's fingers and fell to the floor, breaking into a hundred pieces! "S***"! yelled Claude. It took three weeks to clean up the theatre.
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1. The Shamrock predates the red poppy of Flanders fields as a sign of remembrance? In 1900, Britain's Queen Victoria ordered that soldiers in Irish regiments should wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day in memory of fellow Irishmen who had been killed in the Boer War.
2. The earliest systematic account of a pilgrimage to St. Patrick's Purgatory on Lough Derg was recorded in 1600 by a Franciscan Friar, Michael O'Cleary ?
3. "St Patrick's Country" will become the newest Irish tourist Region in March 2005?
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To start with, the answers to our last quiz:

1. The Heroic Biography of Cormac Mac Airt by Tomás Ó Cathasaigh
2. The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution by Frank O'Connor
3. Wild Irish Roses: Tales of Brigits, Kathleens, and Warrior Queens by Trina Robbins

A round of pints and applause to our Irish literary sleuths:
Patricia Edwards
I have an emerald Claddagh ring and if you want one (or just want to know
the story behind it) this is a good site to visit.

We'll have to take a look and see how the info' compares to ours!
Check out:

Debbi Felker
Anyone whose spirit comes alive in the midst of all things Irish will be right at home on Fantasy-Ireland and its great guide to Irish and Celtic symbols, Irish recipes, baby names, and more!

Marcia Nameche

Mary Sigrist
An Irish Fairy Tale for All Ages: Kick back and visit The Kingdom of
the Bald Ferns in Old Ireland. Meet a group of young Irish cousins and their flying dragon, Flash. Trips to a fairy village called Oolagilbie; a dragon wedding; and a near escape from the trolls and ogres are just a few of the adventures of Flash and his friends. Visit and sign my guest book to hear from FLASH:

Want to see your name on next week's list? Try finding the following - we assure you, it's really easy! Who wrote:

1. Irish Saints & Sinners
2. Knights of God: Tales & Legends of the Irish Saints
3. Lives of the Irish Saints

Hint: You'll find all of the above titles and a favorite in our library here:
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 - preferably 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!)
3. Click through on the Hint URL above, tell us the title and earn another entry into the Trivia drawing.
NOTE: It would be very helpful if you would send your entries to: bhaggerty@irishcultureandcustoms.com

To start start, off, the asnswer to last week's mind-,mangler:
Q. If you turn your right-handed glove inside out and put it on your left hand, where will the palm of the glove be on your left hand?
A. The palm of the inverted right-hand glove will be on the palm of your left hand.
As always, we had a slew of correct answers, but first in was Bill Smith of North Carolina. Well done!. And now for this week's cranium cruncher:
Moira is facetious. She is also abstemious. And she gets pneumonia. Given those clues, what is the only American tree she will like?
Please help us to keep this newsletter free - visit our good friends, Lollysmith:
Lolly and the team invite you to take part in Lolly's Annual Whistle Contest celebrating Saint Patrick's Day 2005! Entrants must explain in 25 words or less: "Why I (you) should have the whistle instead of anyone else." All entries will be judged by us on the basis of originality, interest, humour, and imploring skill. Please feel free to beseech, charm, invoke, or pray, while keeping in mind it almost never helps to besiege, demand, pursue, or nag. What can you win? We will award the writer of the best submission: The First Prize of a Clare 2-Piece Tin Whistle in a Handsome Felt-Lined Wooden Case. Valued at $50.00. The writer of the second best submission: the Second Prize of a Feadog Green Whistle with Book and CD. Valued at $17.95. Hurry! The closing date for entries is Midnight 16th March 2005. For full details and rules, please click: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?lollysmith+wSpfhS+index.html
1. Basic Irish - St. Patrick's Day
2. Article - A Step Back in Time: My trip to the Great Blasket Island
3. Article - Corned Beef & Cabbage - The Feeding of A Myth
4. Article: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Old Ireland
5. Article: I, St. Patrick, the Sinner
6. Article - Emblems of Ireland: The Shamrock
7. Article - Mothering Sunday in Old Ireland
8. Kids' Ireland: The Gentle Giant
9. The irish Kitchen - Beef Hotpot Haggerty
10. Circle of Prayer - Our fourth Novena in this cycle began on March 4 and ends on March 12. Please join us in prayer or meditation for His Holiness, Pope Paul II. the victims of the Tsunami, Mollie's son Casey, Pauline, Hartson, and Graine. We also hope you will offer your spiritual support for our military personnel serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over the world. We ask that you especially remember a local young man, Matt Maupin, who was captured nearly a year ago, Paul and Ashley, the sons of friends. Also the three grandsons of Mary Sigrist. We have personally experienced first-hand the power of prayer and we know that God listens and will answer.
11. The March Trivia contest has been posted. All entries must be in by midnight on March 31 whichever time zone you live in. http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/TriviaContest.html
Contratulations to Gina in Oregon who is our winner for February 2005!
14. Shopping for St. Patrick's Day? The count-down is well under way. Visit our shops for parade gear, flags, party music and more!

Things went awry - at least, not according to plan. Reviews of the Celtic Woman and The Chieftains are still on tap. We also have an article to post about the first St. Patrick's Day in Russia which we hope you'll enjoy. As always, we'll have a new blessing on Sunday (posted) a new quote on Wednesday and we hope to have a new recipe on Thursday. In the meantime, to encourage you to visit every day, we update our news - please click:
And we keep a week's worth of history here:

So there you have it for another week except to say that if you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other important event between now and then, we hope it's a joyous occasion! And if you were married in March or will be tying the knot this month, here's the irish verse:
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.

Until next time, may you have a world of wishes at your command, God and his angels close at hand, friends and family, their love impart, and Irish blessings in your heart! 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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If you're in Ireland, or lucky enough to be visiting, you can see what's on offer here:

Dublin - Now until mid-March
"Toy Stories", An Exhibition of Toys, Dolls & Games from the Past is on display at the National Museum of Ireland

Washington DC - March 9-12
First stop of the Bogside Artists Speaking Tour
Artists Kelly and Kevin Hasson will speak about their murals, 30 years of conflict in Ireland and the story of the bogside. For complete details, please visit:

March 11-Hollywood, FLA Irish-American Caeli Club
4-course Ham & Cabbage Dinner, Dessert, Coffee
Marty McAndrew & Black Diamond Band
American Legion Hall - Post 92
For more details, call 954-432-8292/954-920-4583 or visit our web site:

Bellevue, Kentucky- March 12
St. Patrick's Day Parade a t 2:00 pm and gathering of participants at our son's pub The B List immediately after.

Tallahassee, Fl March 12
St. Patrick's Day Brunch and Roast (to be held at Legion Post 13, Lake Ella) followed by the traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade around Lake Ella. The Brunch and Roast will begin 11:00am and end at 1:00pm. The Parade begins at 3:00pm. Sponsored by the Tallahassee Emerald Isle Society and The Tallahassee Sligo Sister City Program. For more information, you can call (850) 385-7469.

Los Angeles, California - March 12-13

March 13- Hollywood, FLA
Irish-American Caeli Club. Join IACC for a great time. in downtown Hollywood at 12 noon. For more details, please visit our web site: http://www.irishamericanceiliclub.com

Macroom, Co. Cork - July 16th & 17th
First ever Fleadh Cheoil, music festival - Macroom town center
Forhttp://www.all-ireland.com/misc/contactus.htm more info, click

There are still some periods available up to 9 July, if you would like to spend your holiday in my cosy house on the beautiful Isle of Inishmore.
or 0041-1-2520918

Know of a church in need of a vestments cabinet? Russ has totally restored one he rescued from a Cincinnati church that was being demolished. We've used it over the years to store posters other art work and flat files. (Ad agencies and architectural firms could also put it to similar use). If you're interested in learning more about it and seeing a photo, please send us an email - bhaggerty@irishcultureandcustoms.com

This is from our good friend Jim T.

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."