Read about the new Ambassador to Ireland, St. Patrick's Day, and much more!
Vol. VII, Issue 3
Tune-in to KDKA this Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 8:30 A.M. to see Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh President James Lamb and Director of Training Rob Tierney as they speak with John Delano about Dan Rooney's new position. They will discuss the excitement over Mr. Rooney's new job, appointed by President Obama, as Ambassador to Ireland. They will also talk about certain issues that Mr. Rooney may face with his new job.
CHANNELING ST. PATRICK in PITTSBURGH
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PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW AMBASSADOR TO IRELAND
United States President Barack Obama has marked St Patrick's Day by naming Dan Rooney, chairman of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, as Ambassador to Ireland.
President Obama, who met with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and held separate private talks with leaders from Northern Ireland, said Mr Rooney, a key campaign supporter was a dedicated and accomplished person. “Dan Rooney is an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education,” said President Obama. “I have every confidence that he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will ensure America's continued close and unique partnership with Ireland in the years ahead.”
Mr. Rooney is the co-founder to the American Ireland Fund, which has raised $300m for peace and education programs in Ireland, which also happens to be the land of his ancestors.
According to Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan, Ireland will profit from a crackdown against tax havens by the G20 developed and emerging economies due to its low taxes.
Mr Lenihan said that Ireland would profit because it is not classified as a tax haven in the United States or the European Union. He said investors that had assets in English-speaking tax havens were already coming to Ireland, adding that Ireland's taxes of 12% were still relatively low compared to other countries.
Finance ministers, from the Group of 20 economies agreed, over the weekend to identify tax havens and take counter measures against them. Several European countries, including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland, said they would relax banking secrecy laws to provide more cooperation against tax cheats.
COWEN SPENDS ST. PATRICK'S DAY WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA
Taoiseach Brian Cowen and United States President Barack Obama met for over half an hour in the Oval Office on St. Patrick’s Day. The Taoiseach spoke about the strength of the relationship between Ireland and the US. This is Mr Cowen's first visit to the White House as Taoiseach.
Later, the two leaders took
part in the traditional St Patrick's Day Shamrock Ceremony, which symbolizes
the friendship between the two countries.
Mr. Cowen was the guest of honor at the Annual American Ireland Fund
Dinner in Washington.
That evening, President Obama and
his wife, Michelle, hosted a St Patrick's Day reception as the White House.
Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers will also meet with
President Obama during the celebrations.
CABINET TO DISCUSS PLANS TO RAISE €3 BILLION IN TAX
Ministers are to hold four Cabinet meetings, over the next week, to agree plans to cut nearly €3 billion from State expenditure, and to raise a similar amount in new taxes by the end of the year.
The Department of Finance was expected to put “an options paper” to the meeting, and it would outline the revenues that could be generated from particular tax moves and savings from cuts.
Ministers have not yet decided on the exact amounts that need to be cut from spending, or raised in new taxation. However, €5.5 billion is the approximation of the target, and it illustrates the Government’s belief that the deterioration in the exchequer’s finances will continue throughout the year.
MORE JOBS COME TO NEWRY
Over 600 jobs are being created in Newry, Co Down, following the expansion of an international company that provides call service centers. French-owned firm Teleperformance currently has clients on both sides of the border or Ireland, and they hope some of the new posts will also attract people in the Republic.
Teleperformance, which is one of the largest employers in the world, opened a site in Bangor, Co Down, 12 years ago then expanded to Newry. The call centers provide customer contact services for clients like supermarkets and in the travel and health sectors. The location has enabled the company to attract clients from the Republic.
ACTRESS NATASHA RICHARDSON DIES AFTER SKI ACCIDENT
The First and Deputy First Ministers led a series of condolences and prayers, which were offered to Liam Neeson as he came to terms with the tragic death of his wife.
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness issued a joint statement offering their sympathies to the family of the Ballymena-born actor after Natasha Richardson’s death in New York on Wednesday.
Mr Robinson said, “I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Liam Neeson and his family circle at this very difficult time. To lose his wife so young and so suddenly is surely devastating. I know that all of us, but particularly those in Ballymena, will be remembering the family in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”
Natasha Richardson fell during a ski lesson on Monday, March 16, and later in the day lapsed into a coma. She then died of a large blood clot compressing her brain.
The actress was first taken to Centre Hospitalier Laurentien, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, 25 miles from the ski area. That hospital does not have neurosurgical services, so she was stabilized and transferred, by ambulance, to Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur, a trauma center 50 miles away in Montreal. She was ultimately flown to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, where she died Wednesday at 7:26 p.m.
UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN AND TRINITY COLLEGE HOPE TO CREATE MORE JOBS
The heads of both University of Dublin and Trinity College have announced a research partnership, which they say has the potential to develop 300 companies and thousands of jobs. They say the initiative would drive enterprise and innovation in a time of national crisis. Taoiseach Brian Cowen said it would attract international interest and establish Ireland as a research base.
The cost of establishing the joint project is €650m over ten years which the universities say will come from a variety of sources including Government and European funding and from the private sector.
DELL CUTS MORE JOBS
Around 230 Dell employees, at the company's Cherrywood and Limerick operations, are to lose their jobs over the next six months.
While the company is not giving exact figures for the cuts, it is understood that approximately 10 percent of the staff are to be lost in Dublin and Limerick.
Meetings were held with 2,300 staff members at the two Friday morning, March 20.
It is believed that 130 people will be let go at the company's operations at Cherrywood, near Loughlinstown in Dublin, with a further 100 losses at its plant in Limerick.
Management at Dell are briefing staff on a 10% cut in its staffing levels in Ireland.
LIVERPOOL VS. CHELSEA IN QUARTER-FINALS
Liverpool and Chelsea will renew their European rivalry after they were drawn in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Defending champions Manchester United will take on Portuguese champions FC Porto while Arsenal are pitted against Spanish side Villarreal.
WidER HORIZONS 2009 - Host FaMily Program
We are in the processing of welcoming our first group of participants from the MAPP program. They arrive, today March 20, and will be here until May 10th. 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.
Saturday, March 21
Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412-642-6622
features, ‘Prisoner’s Apprentice’, a new group of seasoned musicians with Christopher
Laughrey on guitar & vocals, Casey Deely on vocals, Blake Rhaggatti on
keyboards, guitar, percussion & vocals, & Matt Pickart on fiddle, bass
Sunday, April 5
Mass of Thanksgiving at
St. Bede’s Church in Point Breeze at 12:00 Noon with Fr. Bernard J.
McGuckian, S.J. , Editor of the “Pioneer Magazine” and Spiritual Director
from Dublin. Lunch to follow,
reservations required – Peggy Bond at 412-343-3040.
Fr. McGuckian will appear on TV-EWTN on Wednesday, April 8.
Echoes of Erin 1:00PM on WEDO 810AM – The Ireland Report with Patricia Sharkey, Editor of the Donegal News Letter, www.dun-na-ngall.com.
All Ireland Social at the American Legion Hall, 5857 Forbes Ave. in Squirrel Hill, 8:00 PM. Music with CCE Musicians. Information: Ray Connolly at 412-373-7252.
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.
become a regular at these local programs!
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.
from Johnstown PA -
Balderose - http://www.pittsburghpiper.com/
of Souls - http://www.carnivalofsouls.com
Gallagher - http://www.mike-gallagher.com/
Griffith - http://www.pittsburghirish.org/griffith
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
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All articles are adapted from www. rte.ie, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Examiner, BBC, and other news sources.