READ ABOUT FALLING PRICES IN IRELAND!
Vol. VII, Issue 7
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REVERSING THE CYCLE
In the social service field we work to prevent violence and despair. These dreadful social ills drag down young people in our poorest communities. And too often they are passed on to future generations.
Young adults living in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic grew up in the midst of one of the world’s most intractable sectarian conflicts. The most disadvantaged of this generation were likely candidates for paramilitary recruitment and criminal activity in their communities. Thankfully, interventions to engage them in productive, positive interactions in the community fostered self-esteem, assertiveness, better relationships, and greater opportunities for educational and career advancement. A significant number of these young people gravitated toward careers in the community and youth work field.
Jim Lamb, President
Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
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ONE MILLION IN IRELAND MAY GET SWINE FLU
The Department of Health has warned that up to 1m people could become infected with swine flu in Ireland over the autumn and winter.The department's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has sent a letter to GPs and other medical professionals warning them that up to 25% of the population could catch the influenza A (H1N1) swine flu virus. Dr Holohan said this would put significant strain on family doctors, hospitals and intensive care facilities.
FEARS FOR CALL CENTER JOBS
A call center which has lost an important contract said it is too early to say if the move will affect jobs. The French-owned firm Teleperformance has two large call centers in Newry and Bangor. It employs 400 at its site on the Quays in Newry and earlier this year announced it was recruiting another 600 staff.
JOB SEEKERS SIGNING ON MONTHLY
JOB SEEKERS SIGNING ON MONTHLY
Such is the pressure on benefits
offices in Northern Ireland, job seekers now only have to 'sign on' once a
month, it has emerged.
The figure represents an increase
of 1,600 on the previous month. However, the Northern Ireland seasonally
adjusted unemployment rate (6.3%) remains below the UK average (7.6%) and was
also lower than the European Union (8.6%) and Republic of Ireland (11.1%)
Year on year, the number out of
work in Northern Ireland has risen by 91%, which is higher than the overall UK
Commenting on job seekers in Northern Ireland now only having to 'sign on' once a month, a Department for Employment and Learning spokesman said the arrangement was temporary for three months "in response to the impact of the economic downturn". "The social security agency has mirrored these arrangements in the remaining 10 social security offices to ensure equality of treatment," he added.
Across the UK, unemployment rose by a record 281,000 to 2.38m in the three months to May.
PRICES FALL BY 5.4%
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the pace of falls in consumer prices quickened in June.
Prices fell at an annual rate of 5.4%, compared with a 4.7% annual drop in May. In recent months, prices have been falling at rates not seen since the early 1930s. Compared with May, prices dropped by 0.3%. Summer sales meant clothing and footwear prices dropped by 2.6% in the month. Mortgage repayments fell again as more ECB interest rate cuts were passed on to homeowners.
Food prices were also lower, but transport costs rose 1.5% as petrol and diesel prices increased. A breakdown showed that prices of goods dropped by 5% in the year to June, while services showed a fall of 5.6%.Clothing and footwear prices have fallen by more than 12% over the year, while housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels - the category which includes mortgage repayments - are down 25.6%.
TREE STUMP DRAWS BELIEVERS TO LIMERICK
TREE STUMP DRAWS BELIEVERS TO LIMERICK
Hundreds of people have been gathering to pay their respects to what they believe is an image of the Virgin Mary in a tree stump in Co Limerick. There have been nightly vigils in the grounds of Holy Mary Parish Church in Rathkeale after workers spotted the similarities while cutting down trees.
Those visiting the site believe it depicts an image of the Virgin Mary and believers have come in their hundreds to pray and light candles.
A spokesman for the Limerick diocesan office said the 'Church's response to phenomena of this type is one of great skepticism.' 'While we do not wish in any way to detract from devotion to Our Lady, we would also wish to avoid anything which might lead to superstition,' said Fr Paul Finnerty. Rathkeale Community Council Graveyard Committee chairman Noel White said workmen sprucing up the church land saw the image when they cut the tree.
'One of the lads said look, our Blessed Lady in the tree,' Mr. White said. 'One of the other lads looked over and actually knelt down and blessed himself, he got such a shock.' 'It was the perfect shape of the figure of Our Lady holding the baby,' he said. Now thousands have signed a petition to try to keep the stump in the grounds permanently. However not everybody is convinced.
'It's only a tree' said local parish priest Father Willie Russell.
EU SURVEY SHOWS IRISH ARE CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
Irish people have become more aware about climate change in the last year, a new EU survey released today has revealed. Two-thirds of Irish people now say they are well informed about the ways to tackle climate change, up 7% on 2008. Although still lagging behind the Swedes, the most environmentally aware nation in Europe (83%), at 66%, Irish citizens feel better informed than the EU average (55%).
Irish citizens ranked 4th highest in the EU for making a personal contribution to fighting climate change. Some 74% of Irish people are taking action of some kind, with only citizens of Sweden, the UK and Slovenia being more engaged.
Some 68% of Irish people think that fighting climate change will have a positive effect on the economy and create jobs.
18% FEWER VISITORS TO IRELAND IN MAY
NO NEED TO SPOIL GAA IN SILLY TURF WAR
The GAA have undoubtedly come a long way over the last few years, having opened their doors and embraced some non-national sports, including soccer and rugby. But have they gone a step too far this time? A decision has been made by the powers that be in the Association to import the special surface materials required to re sod Croke Park from our neighbours in Britain, meaning that our hurlers and footballers will effectively be playing Irish sports on British soil. This decision has been met with some rather mixed reactions. Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly is vehemently opposed to the idea- "This is symbolically a terrible signal for the GAA to be sending out. Given the history of the stadium and the pitch, I think the GAA should be doing more to source sod from within Ireland rather than importing it," However, according to GAA stadium director Peter McKenna, the specialist turf required is not actually available in Ireland.
WIDER HORIZONS PROGRAM
Our third group of the year, from Monaghan and Portadown, started their pre-departure training this week We are expecting their arrival on Labor Day weekend. 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 email@example.com or phone (412) 394-3900.
Help the Institute:
Thursday, July 9-Saturday, August 1
Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, 'Doubt' at the Henry Heymann Theatre, www.pictheatre.org 412.561.6000, online @ www.proartstickets.org .
Evening of Irish Entertainment with Whiskey Limerick at The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh, 6886 Forward Ave, Squirrel Hill. Doors open 7.30pm. Donation $20, if BYOB $10. For info, email Mary Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 724.264.2228
Saturday, July 18
Shillelagh Bash at the Lawrenceville Moose, 51st & Butler Streets in
Lawrenceville. Fundraiser for Miss Smiling Irish Eyes, Bridget Byrne on
her trip to Warrenpoint, County Down for ‘The Maiden of the Mournes
Festival’. Entertainment, Door Prizes, Irish Auction plus more.
Pat Byrne 412-781-3759.
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26
Saturday, July 25
25th Annual St. Brendan’s Cup Curragh Regatta at All-States Marina, Glenfield, PA at 12:00 Noon. Pittsburgh hosting Albany NY, Annapolis MD, Boston, MA, Columbus OH, Milwaukee WI, New London CT, and Philadelphia PA. Awards Ceremony and Social takes place at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle from 8:00 PM. Information: Patrick Clark, 412.761.3897 or Email: Patrick.email@example.com
Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle first Island Get Away party with the Buffett Man Tom Watt, from 5pm on.
Wednesday, July 29- Saturday, August 1
The AOH Pennsylvania State Convention will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Greentree. Information: Denny Donnelly 412 276 9312, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Patti Flaus email@example.com. Some programs open to the public.
Thursday, August 6-Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 16
LAOH County Board will sponsor a 'Lady of Knock' Mass at St Patrick's Church, 17th Street and Liberty Ave. in The Strip, 10am.
Pittsburgh Celtics GFC Schedule 2009
June 28 - @ Cleveland St. Pats
Pittsburgh Banshees LGFC Schedule 2009
June 21 - Cleveland St Jarlaths
(Anderson Road, Shaler High School)
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
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All articles are adapted from www. rte.ie, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Examiner, BBC, and other news sources.