Read about the celebrations, remembrances, and changes in Ireland!
Vol. VII, Issue 4
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary next Thursday, April 23rd at Reed Smith LLP. We will be joined by patrons, host families, and past employers/partnerships that have helped the IIP through the years. Also attending this fundraiser will be special guests Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland H.E. Michael Collins, Daniel M. Rooney, and Former U.S. Representative of New York James Walsh.
For more information on this event, call 412-394-3900
Jim Lamb, President
Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
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400 YEARS FOR KILKENNY
Thousands of people turned out in Kilkenny on April 11th to celebrate the mark of the Kilkenny becoming a city 400 years ago. The organizers of Kilkenny’s 400th birthday are hoping that the nine-month long festival will bring a welcome economic boost to the popular tourist town.
On this day 400 years ago, King James I, the then King of Ireland and son of the infamous Mary Queen of Scots, granted Kilkenny a charter designating it a city. A decision was taken a number of years ago by Kilkenny Borough Council to hold a celebration this year to mark the milestone.
The celebrations got under way with an open air performance by the Kilkenny Gospel Choir. Kilkenny's main historic buildings opened their doors to the public for free and there were street performers, musicians, art exhibitions and lecture's on the city's history.
Wednesday, April 15th marked the 97th anniversary of the world’s most infamous peace time maritime disaster — the sinking of the Titanic.
Throughout Belfast, a range of activities took place to mark the anniversary in order to pay tribute to those who died and to celebrate Belfast’s shipbuilding heritage.
Belfast City Council’s Titanic: Made In Belfast festival, which continues until April 19, includes a series of talks, walks and boat trips.
Meanwhile, at the W5 in the Odyssey Pavilion, an exhibition entitled Titanic: Designed And Built In Belfast features a collection of photographs, many of them taken by R J Welch, the official photographer of Harland & Wolff.
Una Reilly, the chairperson and founding member of the Belfast Titanic Society, is says, : “The Titanic herself wasn’t a disaster, but what happened to her was.
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HILLSBOROUGH TRAGEDY
Wednesday, April 15th
marked the 20th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Tragedy, which left
96 soccer fans dead and thousands injured.
Players, families of those killed,
survivors and fans gathered at the stadium to pay their respect to the victims
Controversy continues to surround
the circumstances leading up to the moment police opened the gate to allow
thousands of fans to pour into the Leppings Lane End main pen.
Senior officer in charge that day,
Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, immediately claimed drunken fans had
forced the gate open. Subsequent public enquiries proved the police lies, but
by that time many felt the damage had been done.
Anne Williams, who lost her
15-year-old son Kevin at the tragedy, claimed these lies provided officials
connected to Hillsborough the platform for further calumnies. “The relatives
of those killed have been left to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives
with many not knowing how their loved ones died that day.”
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
An organization, representing over 120 employment agencies, has said a sense of perspective is needed about job prospects during the recession.
The National Recruitment Federation said that everyone needs to focus on encouraging a return to work, instead of being pessimistic about the situation. NRF president Frank Collins said over 400 permanent jobs were filled by member agencies in the last week of March alone. Also, he added that these positions were across all sectors and included jobs in retail, construction and financial services.
Mr Collins says that while there is no denying the increased numbers on the Live Register in recent months, opportunities still exist for thousands of people who find themselves out of work. “People need to know that it is not a pointless exercise to start looking for employment during the downturn.”
Former founding sdlp leader Paddy o'hanlon dies at the age of 65
One of the founding members of the Social Democratic and Labor Party, Paddy O'Hanlon, died on Tuesday, April 7, at the age of 65.
He studied at University College Dublin before becoming a leading member of Northern Ireland's Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. He was elected an MP for the South Armagh constituency in 1969 and was one of the founding members of the SDLP the following year.
The Northern Ireland parliament was abolished in 1973, and Mr O'Hanlon was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing Armagh, where he was the SDLP's Chief Whip.
He left active politics and qualified as a barrister, while remaining a member of the SDLP. In 2001, he was appointed to head a Task Force to examine services provided by the Government to emigrants.
JOBS COMING TO IRELAND
The Government and Opposition have
welcomed the announcement that up to 3,700 new jobs are to be created by the
ESB. The electricity
company says the new contract posts will come from the development of new
At a media briefing, the company
said it was developing new infrastructure such as smart metering and a system
to allow for the recharging of electric cars. ESB also plans to recruit 250 engineers and train 800
apprentices over the next five years.
The Taoiseach Brian Cowen welcomed
the news saying it was refreshing to see the company's commitment to the area
of green technology.
The Green members of Government
warmly welcomed the development. Fine
Gael said it wanted to see more work from the Government in the area of job
FINE GAEL LOOKING AT UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE
The Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has promised that his party will introduce universal health insurance for Ireland where everyone has private coverage.
Kenny said this would end the two-tier system in Irish healthcare and it could be paid for wholly or partly by the State. He made a statement, in which it attacked the Government,
that described how they had wasted billions of taxpayers' money while failing to reform the health service.
Mandatory targets for hospitals would eliminate trolleys and slash waiting lists.
He also accused Minister for Health Mary Harney of hiding behind the HSE and not taking full responsibility for problems in the health service.
CHANGES TO IRISH PASSPORTS
The Irish government has changed rules on passports to allow people from Northern Ireland, applying for Irish passports, to list their place of birth as Londonderry.
Previously, they would have to have used the name Derry, but Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said the gesture was timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. He said that enshrined the right of NI residents to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both.
"I believe that for this birthright to be fulfilled, people of both traditions in Northern Ireland must be able to express their culture, language, and tradition in a climate of tolerance and mutual respect, free from discrimination or harassment," Mr Martin said. "This decision carries no implications as regards the official or legal title of any political entity.
The Irish language name of the city or county will continued to be entered as Doire on passports, regardless of which English version is chosen.
MCILROY DECLINES US PGA TOUR OFFER
Rory McIlroy has formally turned down a golden opportunity to become a full member of the US PGA Tour. McIlroy was approached by the US PGA Tour with the offer of ‘Special Temporary’ membership, which is customary Tour practice once a player earns a certain amount in a season.
When he arrives home early next week from South Carolina, where he is competing in the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head, McIlroy will decline the offer. ‘Special Temporary’ membership becomes automatically available to non-US Tour competitors once they have earned more in a year than the 150th placed player on the money list the previous year.
Last year that player was former British Open champion Todd Hamilton, who banked $537,958.
And after discussing the issue with 2008 US Masters champion Trevor Immelman, McIlroy has now confirmed he has declined the offer after carding an opening-round one-over-par 72 on the Harbour Town course.
WidER HORIZONS 2009 - Host FaMily Program
We are close to the halfway mark for our first group of participants from the MAPP program. Our next two groups will arrive later in the summer.. If you are interested in becoming a Host Family for 2009, please contact Robert Tierney at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (412) 394-3900.
Help the Institute:
Please visit www.picttheatre.org or call 412-394-3353 for details.
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Anne Division 21, South Hills, celebrates 100th Anniversary with Mass and Brunch at South Hills Country Club beginning at 10:30 AM. Tickets $30.00, call Eileen O’Malley at 412-341-2974 or email email@example.com or President Jean O’Malley 412-531-3855.
Saturday, May 16
The All Ireland Athletic Association is sponsoring their Annual Spring Dance with Matt Cunningham’s Irish Ceili Band direct from Galway, Ireland at American Legion Hall in East Pittsburgh. Information Ray Connolly 412.373.7252.
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The Echoes of Erin is marking its 21st year! It airs every Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. on WEDO, 810 AM. Diane Byrnes continues to provide Irish music, news, and other great information from the Emerald Isle. Keep up the good work, Diane!
Paddy's Pour House located on Main Street in Carnegie, PA hosts live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday nights, come for Irish Night: Guinness, Smithwick's, and Half and Half specials 8-12 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call (412) 279-0770.
Catch the Thistle and Shamrock every Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. on WYEP 91.3FM for Celtic music performances and discussions.
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IRISH ENTERTAINERS WEBSITES
Performance Schedules, Etc.
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Balderose - http://www.pittsburghpiper.com/
of Souls - http://www.carnivalofsouls.com
Gallagher - http://www.mike-gallagher.com/
Irish - http://www.guaranteedirish.info/
Beef & Curry - http://www.cornedbeefncurry.com/
Murphy & TSRB http://www.michaelmurphy.us/
Hand Paddy - http://www.redhandpaddy.com/
Rolling Scones - http://www.rollingscones.com
Irish Dance Schools
Bell School of Irish Dance http://bellschool.com/about.htm
Burke Irish Dancers
Pittsburgh Irish Reelers
Shovlin Academy of Dance http://www.shovlinacademy.com/
Pittsburgh Ceili Club
Irish Rowing Club (PIRC)
Pittsburgh Banshees firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh Celtics www.pittsburghcelticsgfc.com
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh’s mission is to promote mutual understanding of the Catholic and Protestant traditions in Northern Ireland and economic development throughout all of Ireland. The Institute fulfills its mission by providing quality programs in job training, economic development, leadership development, educational alliances and reconciliation. The Institute is a change-oriented organization that collaborates with industry, educational and government institutions in the development of all programs.
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All articles are adapted from www. rte.ie, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Examiner, BBC, and other news sources.