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Vol. VII, Issue 8
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TYRONE DONEGAL 2009 GRADUATION SPEECH
The following is an excerpt from Jim Lamb's speech at the graduation held, for our 2009 Tyrone Donegal Wider Horizons group, on Thursday 13th September.
Tonight we are gathered to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of 21 young visitors to Pittsburgh. For the past eight weeks they have been living, working and learning, together, far away from home.
These young men and women from Ireland, North & South, Protestant and Catholic, grew up in communities that have been divided by sectarianism, fear, and despair. I would venture to bet that each one has been affected by the "Troubles" of the past 40 years. They've all had family members or friends killed or hurt or terrorized or persecuted, either by security personnel or paramilitary groups. And we won't be surprised to learn that they themselves have been victims of harassment. In Northern Ireland and a long the border, until very recently that's just the way it was.
True, the Peace Process we've all studied and read about has improved conditions to a great extent. in spite of their differences, Unionist and Nationalist politicians are working together in Stormont and in local councils across Northern Ireland. Residents of the south are traveling north in numbers greater than at anytime in recent history. authorities and other organizations are working co-operatively, North and South, in a way that seemed unimaginable just a few short years ago.
Still, in parts of Omagh and Strabane, where some of these men and women come from, the idea of mixing with the "other" tradition remains taboo.
In spite of that, these 21 young people have committed themselves to a program that encourages that mix. The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, in co-operation with the Tyrone Donegal Partnership and the International Fund for Ireland, with support from the US, Irish, and UK governments, is proud to present to you tonight our 62nd Wider Horizons group graduation.
Now, this group is particularly interesting to me for a number of reasons. First, all 21 of them had the stamina and discipline to make it through the entire eight weeks. They should be commended for that, as most Wider Horizons groups typically lose a participant or two due to homesickness and the rigorous nature of the Pittsburgh program.
Second, this is a group that did as much for Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh did for them. Let me explain. Over the past eight weeks, these young men and women have been working in day camps across the region. They themselves were mentors to some of Pittsburgh's most disadvantaged young people. In placements at the YMCAs in Hazelwood, Homewood and the Hill; at Gwen's Girls, and at various organizations caring for the physically and mentally challenged, these 21 gave of themselves to improve conditions in Pittsburgh, if but for one summer. For years I've spoken to you about our collective outreach to Ireland's most disadvantaged...and here we have tonight a group of young people, assisted by our efforts, to reach out to our own young people. I think that's outstanding and I want to recognize that special gift that they gave Pittsburgh.
Along with our academic partner, Duquesne University, our amazing host families and our quality work placements, we have worked to provide an atmosphere of equality and opportunity.
Jim Lamb, President
Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
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TOLL SYSTEM MISREADS 200 CARS PER DAY
More than 67,000 people have been billed incorrectly since Barrier Free Tolling began on the M50 (which circles Dublin City) in August last year. They also show that 12,500 people a day are not paying their toll within the required time. However, the operators say the system is improving.
The system has been misreading 200 cars a day. That has resulted in more than 67,000 people being issued with incorrect notices to date. But the system has also been unable to read about 160 cars every day, so over 54,000 motorists have literally gone under the radar. Around 12,500 journeys a day are not being paid for within the required time. 4,000 notices are being issued daily to those who have not paid within 14 days. 2,500 people a day are failing to pay up by the final deadline of eight weeks resulting in penalty proceedings being issued. However, BetEire Flow who operate the system say it is improving and that the number of complaints and problems are declining.
57,500 RECEIVE LEAVING CERTIFICATE RESULTS
Meanwhile details of 1,000 part-time post-graduate third-level places for unemployed workers in September have been announced by
the Minister .
RYAN AIR CUTS MORE DUBLIN FLIGHTS
Ryanair has said it will further reduce the number of flights it operates in and out of Dublin Airport this winter. The low-cost carrier said it will have 14 planes based in Dublin this winter, compared with 18 a year earlier, while the number of flights will fall by 20% to 1,000. The airline had already said in June that it was cutting the number of planes at Dublin to 16 this winter.
Ryanair has claimed Dublin Airport was one of Ryanair's most expensive airports - along with Stansted - and also blamed the cuts on the Government's €10 tax on airport departures.
It said it estimated that overall traffic at Dublin Airport this winter would drop by 250,000 from a year earlier.
Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary called the tax 'insanely stupid', claiming it was devastating Irish tourism. The Dublin Airport Authority said Ryanair's decision was based on the downturn in the economy and pointed out that six of the airline's top ten routes this year were from the airport.
PSNI REQUESTS STATION CLOSURES
One third of all police stations in Northern Ireland may close over the next two years.
FIRST 'PRE-CLEARANCE' FLIGHT LEAVES SHANNON
DUBLIN BUS INTRODUCES NEW 50 CENT FARE
Dublin Bus has announced details of a new 50c, City
Center Fare designed to facilitate shoppers, visitors and workers traveling in the city
center. The move follows, what Dublin Bus says is, the successful introduction of the new College Green Bus Corridor.
The company says the fare will help to further improve people's mobility and access to the city.
It will apply all day, seven days a week on frequent bus routes. Dublin Bus says that already 500 people per day are availing of the new fare. It says customers should look out for a City Center Fare sign at bus stops. To avail of it onboard, customers simply ask for the 'City Center Fare,' according to Dublin Bus.
AGRICULTURE FEARS VOICED AT TULLAMORE SHOW
Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has said she is alarmed at 'the abject failure of the Government' to plan for the future of agriculture.
Speaking after she opened the National Livestock show in Tullamore, Ms McGuinness accused the Government of focusing on a dangerous agenda of slashing farm supports.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL.....IN IRELAND!
Did you know that American Football is alive and well in Ireland?!
The Shamrock Bowl is the ultimate prize in the Irish American Football League's calendar. The IAFL season started at the end of March and from the beginning, two teams dominated proceedings: the Dublin Rebels and the University of Limerick Vikings.
Winners for the last two years, the Vikings began with a pre-season friendly against the Philadelphia Blue Flame (a US Police and Firefighter's football team), in Co. Kerry where they came out on the wrong side of a 22 - 3 loss.
pre-season loss, the Vikings went on to have a tremendous season, finally beating the Dublin Rebels
in the Championship Game - the Shamrock Bowl - with an overtime field goal to win by 9 - 6.
The game was played at the Shaw's Bridge Complex, Belfast in front of around 500 vocal fans and the Sandy Row Falcons Cheerleaders added a touch of glamour to proceedings. Defense dominated from the start in what turned out to be a low scoring game.
The Viking's Running Back #36 Adrian Garvey (a distant cousin of the Bus!) carried the ball into the endzone from 3 yards, though the snap on the point after attempt was fumbled and the score stayed at 6 - 0.
The Rebels Offense rallied and six minutes later Rebels #8, Sam Hodgkins carried in from 11 yards out to level the scores and the chance to go in front was blocked by the Vikings.
The second half was played hard and fair by both sides but they were unable to put anymore points on the board and the game ended in a tie.
This was the first time that a Shamrock Bowl game had ended in a tie and sudden death overtime came into force.
The Rebels received the ball and started at their own 28 yard line. On third down and six, Rebels Quarterback, #16 Andrew Denehy passed the ball towards #81 Barry Flinn but up stepped Vikings #12 , JP Nerburn who picked the pass and returned it to the Rebels 30 yard line.
Strong running from Garvey brought the ball to the Rebel's 18 yard line, where they were faced with a fourth down and eight and elected to go for a game winning field goal which was converted by #5, Daniel Smith from 33 yards out.
The party in Limerick is due to end any day now. Congratulations to the Vikings!
WIDER HORIZONS PROGRAM
Our third group of the year, from Monaghan and Portadown, are expected to arrive on Thursday 3rd September. They'll be here for eight weeks. If you are interested in becoming a Host Family for the Wider Horizons Program, please contact Robert Tierney at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (412) 394-3900.
Help the Institute:
Sunday, August 30
Irish American Unity Conference will sponsor a ‘Hunger Strike
Commemoration’ Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 17th Street &
Liberty Ave. in The Strip, 10:00AM with Fr. O’Donnell
September 3 – 6
The National Festival of Wales hosted by Pittsburgh’s St.
David’s Society, at Hilton Hotel. There will be Concerts,
Seminars, a Welsh Songfest plus more.
September 10 – 26
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, ‘Crime and Punishment’ at
the Henry Heymann Theatre, www.picttheatre.org 412.561.6000.
Tickets: ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353, online
Hibernian Hunger Project "Produce to People" Braddock location 9th
Street & Talbot Avenue Braddock Pa. at 8:30am. Information: Terry
Callahan by Email: email@example.com or Kevin O’Donnell
Division 4, North Hills
sponsoring their 2nd Annual Irish Heritage Classic at ‘Pittsburgh
National Golf Club’ in Gibsonia PA. Registration
/ Lunch 11:30AM; benefits the Tuition Assistance Fund.
Information: Patrick Regan 412.338.1123 or Bob Parry 724.933.0427
Friday, September 18
Friday, September 18
Pittsburgh Celtics GFC Schedule 2009
Sept 12 - Pittsburgh Irish Festival vs. Mason Dixon GAA (Sandcastle)
Pittsburgh Banshees LGFC Schedule 2009
Sept 12 - Pittsburgh Irish Festival (Sandcastle)
Pittsburgh Irish Rowing Club 2009 Schedule
Regatta Site 2009 Regatta Date
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
IRISH ENTERTAINERS WEBSITES
Performance Schedules, Etc.
from Johnstown PA -
of Souls -
Beef & Curry - http://www.cornedbeefncurry.com/
Murphy & TSRB http://www.michaelmurphy.us/
Hand Paddy -
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 Celtics www.pittsburghcelticsgfc.com
become a regular at these local programs!
The Echoes of Erin is marking its 21st year! It airs every Sunday afternoon at 12:30-2:00p.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.
We're always looking for events to include: If you'd like to include your next event in this newsletter, please send event information including date, time, location, admission cost, and contact information to email@example.com.
19TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGH IRISH FESTIVAL
A Celebration to bring together the Pittsburgh community for three days of Celtic camaraderie. Our goal is to contribute to the rich cultural expression of Irish history and tradition that exists in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Irish Festival is also the largest Irish party in the city!
Traditional and contemporary entertainment, Irish food and refreshments,
DATES: September 11-13 2009 (Friday- Sunday)
TIMES: Friday 4pm-midnight, Saturday 11am-midnight, Sunday 9am-6pm
LOCATION: Riverplex (between Sandcastle and Waterfront, behind Costco Wholesale) 1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead (Pittsburgh), PA 15120
ENTERTAINMENT: Gaelic Storm, Pogey, Scythian, Slide, Ceann, Graham Wright of the Glengarry Bhoys, The Prodigals (Sunday only), Cahal Dunne, Dennis Doyle, Michael Murphy and the Shannon River Band, Matthew Craig and The Kerry Tipper Band, Red Hand Paddy, Hooley, Mike Gallagher, Burke Conroy Irish Dancers, Pittsburgh Ceili Club, Pittsburgh Irish Reelers, Bell School of Irish Dance, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, Terry Griffith, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, Mark Guiser, Alan Irvine, Patrick Regan and many more to be announced! (Program subject to change)
ADMISSION: $8.00 adult advance, $10.00 at the gate, $8.00 Senior (60+) and Students with ID, $5.00 Military Active/Retired with ID, $3.00 children (3 - 12 years), under three is free! Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at www.sandcastlewaterpark.com. $2.00 ADMISSION FRIDAY 4:00-6:00PM, HALF PRICE ADMISSION FRIDAY 6:00-8:00 WITH COLLEGE ID. SUNDAY DISCOUNT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS.
SPONSORS: Costco Wholesale, Guardian Storage, PA Dept of Community and Economic Development, Murphy’s Irish Stout and Irish Red Beers
For more information, schedule of events, future mailings, or involvement,
CONTACT: Nan Krushinski - Executive Director
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.