READ ABOUT IRELAND'S CHANGE IN ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE LISBON TREATY
Vol. VII, Issue 10
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On Monday Hilary Clinton, US
Secretary of State, addressed a full house of members of the Stormont
Assembly, congratulating them on leading their still divided communities.
She identified Northern Ireland as the shining example of how regions in
conflict around the world can emerge through a democratic process. She
urged leaders to push for reconciliation and promised US support of efforts
for peace and prosperity for all. She spoke of the continuing threats
posed by extremists there and suggested that steadfast leadership for peace
would put today’s dissidents on the wrong side of history. It was a
moving oration that brought members to their feet.
This was not a lead story in
Tuesday’s national and international news cycle. The global economy,
the bloody conflicts across the developing world, and various domestic issues
garner the most attention, as well they should. But there is still a
huge story to be told about the Northern Ireland conflict, the legacy of the
“Troubles,” and the way forward.
Across a thirty year-period this
territory hosted a conflict in which more than three percent of the population
was killed, most of the death occurring in the first decade. Communities
were segregated. People were threatened. Many of them died from
gun shots, bombs, or beatings. The dead were on both sides of the
conflict. Catholics, Protestants, republicans, loyalists, security
forces, police, criminals, and many who were not involved in either side.
Thousands more were injured, and thousands simply left for opportunities
that would not be available in a war zone. Throughout the 1970s and
1980s, Northern Ireland was just that.
That period ended with an historic
agreement of shared power, democratic institutions, and other consents.
Over the eleven years since that agreement, military enemies have settled in
as political opponents. Tensions among governments have made way for
unprecedented cooperation. And some of the most extreme factions of
paramilitarism have acquiesced to the opportunities for democracy, liberty,
and justice for all. This week’s decision by the Irish National
Liberation Army to end its “armed struggle” is yet another victory for
those leaders who took risks for peace.
The Irish of Pittsburgh have made
significant contributions to the peace process as well. Former
Congressman Bill Coyne helped create the International Fund for Ireland which
has invested nearly half a billion dollars to peace in Ireland. Current
Congressmen, Mike Doyle and Tim Murphy push the Irish peace agenda from both
sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives. US Ambassador to
Ireland, Dan Rooney has invested serious time, energy and money there.
Support organizations like the Conway Mill Trust and the American Ireland Fund
enhance the capacity of communities there. And of course the many
people that make the Ireland Institute go—the board, host families, work
mentors, faculty and staff, and volunteers—have collectively improved the
lives of over 1500 young people from the conflict’s two sides.
Still, there is much work to be
done in order for the people of that land to realize peace, prosperity, and
justice. The people of Ireland, North and South, and the Irish diaspora
around the world remain fascinated by the Northern Ireland conflict. How
did it start? Who was involved? Why? What and where are the damages? Can
and will the conflict be resolved? Where do we go from here? How
can I make a difference? What can I do to help end the conflict,
strengthen the peace, and improve conditions there? How do world leaders
and ordinary citizens transfer the lessons learned in Northern Ireland to
On Friday, October 30th, the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh will host “A Forum on the Northern Ireland Conflict,” that will address some of these questions. Details about the forum are in this newsletter and posted on our website. I hope you will join us.
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IRELAND VOTES YES TO LISBON TREATY
In a vote that took place last Friday week in Ireland, the Lisbon Treaty was passed by a two-to-one majority - a 20.5% swing towards the Yes side since the first Lisbon referendum.
Ireland voted in favor of the Treaty by a final margin of 67.1% to 32.9%. Only two of the 43 constituencies voted against the Treaty.
The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, described the Lisbon referendum result as a decisive step for a 'stronger, fairer, better, Ireland and
INLA ENDS CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE
The Irish National
Liberation Army (I.N.L.A.) has announced that it is to end its armed struggle.
In recent years it was involved in several murders and has remained active in Derry, Strabane, parts of Belfast and in Dublin.
ULSTER BANK PREDICTS END OF NORTHERN IRELAND RECESSION
PROGRESS MADE AT STORMONT TALKS
US SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS IRELAND, NORTH & SOUTH
The US Secretary of State has described the devolution of justice and policing powers in Northern Ireland as an absolutely essential milestone.
Hillary Clinton made her comments during talks with the Irish Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs
during her recent visit to Ireland.
As she arrived in Belfast last night, she threw her weight behind the efforts of the British and Irish governments to secure the devolution of policing and justice powers to
Stormont. Mrs Clinton said: 'The step of devolution for policing and justice is an absolutely essential milestone.
WATERFORD CRYSTAL VISITORS' CENTER ANNOUNCED
Plans to set up a new
visitors' center, manufacturing and retail outlet for Waterford Crystal have
ROBOT DOCTOR STARTS WORK IN DUBLIN HOSPITAL
Ireland's first robot doctor started working in Dublin's Tallaght Hospital in the past week.
CONSIDERABLE DECREASE IN PLANNING APPLICATIONS
in the Republic, have fallen by almost a third this year, as the recession
hits the construction industry.
MARTIN TO RAISE 'UNDOCUMENTED' ON US VISIT
SOCCER: IRELAND IN PLAYOFFS FOR WORLD CUP SPOT
Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland side ended their Group Eight qualifying campaign in disappointing style this week with a 0-0 draw against Montenegro at Croke Park. The week started brightly with Ireland almost taking a shock win when Sean St. Ledger put them 2-1 ahead with just 3 minutes to go. But on the stroke of 90minutes, Italian striker Alberto Gilardino pounced to score the equalizer.
The following teams
have all qualified from Europe: Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands,
Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.
The USA have also
qualified along with Brazil and Argentina.
WIDER HORIZONS PROGRAM
Our third group of the year, from Monaghan and Portadown, arrived on Thursday 3rd September. They're here for eight weeks. If you are interested in becoming a Host Family for the Wider Horizons Program in 2010, please contact Robert Tierney at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (412) 394-3900.
Help the Institute:
Wednesdays in September & October
‘Window to Ireland’ designed to give you an overview of Irish
cultural topics including geography, history, economy, the
language, Gaelic surnames, poetry and music. Class includes a
‘hands-on’ drawing class of Celtic symbols, handicrafts and a
travel video and Irish dancing. Community College of Allegheny
County (CCAC) Downtown Campus, 625 Stanwix Street, 11th
floor, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Six classes on Wednesdays’ – Sept. 16,
28 (due to the G20 Summit), 30, Oct. 7, 14 & 21. Tuition $75.
Information and registration – 412.369.3703. Other information
John F. Webber 412.758.5446.
Tuesday, October 20
Celtic Thunder in Concert at Heinz
Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh, 8:00PM. 412-392-4900.
Night at the Races sponsored by The
Irish Centre of Pittsburgh and Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance. Doors open
at 6:30 PM, light buffet 6:45 PM, Races begin at 7:30 PM. Admission $15.
Information Mary Conroy Adams, 412.781.3273, or email Mary Margaret Murtha
email@example.com. Purchase a horse or place an ad in the program book.
Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh
presents Susan Shegog, owner of ‘The Celtic Connections Stop’, Lincoln
Ave. in Bellevue. Susan will give a talk and tell stories of interest to many.
Synod Hall in Oakland 2:30PM followed by a reception. Free and open to the
public. Information 412.761.1844.
Friday, October 30
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh in association with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Study & Congressman Tim Murphy presents A Forum on the Northern Ireland Conflict:
A United Ireland: How Do We Get There. Come join the Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC) & Congressman Mike Doyle in welcoming Rita O’Hare from Sinn Fein to Pittsburgh to discuss how Pittsburgh’s Irish-American Community might help achieve the vision of a United Ireland, Free, Independent, and Sovereign. the FREE event starts at 7pm and will be held at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue (Oakland), Pittsburgh, PA15213.
Friday & Saturday, November 6 & 7
Saturday, November 7
LAOH Maude Gonne Division 32 hosts their Fashion Show and Luncheon at Nevillewood Country Club, doors open 11:00AM. Proceeds benefit charity. Ticket information Onnie Costanzo 412.563.5174 or Sharon McGrath 412.276.7916.
Thursday, November 19th
Dinner and Show with Cahal Dunne, 7:30pm, Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle (Strip district). Cost $25 (includes choice of one of three entrées: Grilled 8oz. Flank Iron Steak served with house salad, mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes; Stuffed Chicken Breast served with house salad, mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes; Baked Cod English style served with house salad, mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes). Cash Bar. Please call Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle for reservations 412-642-6422
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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.
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Irish Dance Schools
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Burke Irish Dancers
Pittsburgh Irish Reelers
Shovlin Academy of Dance http://www.shovlinacademy.com/
Pittsburgh Ceili Club
Irish Rowing Club (PIRC)
IRISH ENTERTAINERS WEBSITES
Performance Schedules, Etc.
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of Souls -
Beef & Curry - http://www.cornedbeefncurry.com/
Murphy & TSRB http://www.michaelmurphy.us/
Hand Paddy -
Rolling Scones - http://www.rollingscones.com
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All articles are adapted from www. rte.ie, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Examiner, BBC, and other news sources.