Vol. VIII, Issue 9
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REFLECT, EMBRACE, MOVE FORWARD
A Message from our President James J. Lamb
In rare moments of clarity, I
realize that achievement in school, at work, in service to a community, on
your team, or in your personal life is driven by a few very simple principles.
We all heard about the best-selling novel, turned movie, “Eat, Pray,
Love.” I didn’t read it or see it, but it sure spells out a basic
mantra for a happy life.
Here at the Ireland Institute I
find that our best collective efforts are realized when we regularly
reflect on our mission, the work of our founders and predecessors, and the
factors that have led to our success. More importantly, these
reflections should help us learn from our mistakes. And when we take
time to fully appreciate the extent of our work, the impact we’ve made in
Ireland, and in the lives of the young people and their families, we come to
embrace those memories with further commitment to carry on the good work we
set out to do twenty years ago.
This month we are remembering and
reflecting on our late great founder, Sister Michele O’Leary.
September 10th marked the fifth anniversary of Michele’s passing.
For those of you who didn’t know Michele, I will tell you that she was an
inspiration to a lot of people in Ireland, North and South, and in Pittsburgh.
Of course I remain humbled and honored to carry on the mission she started
here over 20 years ago. Please keep her in your prayers.
And while the mission has remained
the same—“….promoting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and
regeneration on the island of Ireland…”—the activities we undertake have
diversified. Yes, we still bring young people from Ireland’s most
disadvantaged communities, Protestant and Catholic, North and South, and
encourage new learning, new job skills, and new perspectives around common
ground, diversity, and personal development. We take time to reflect on
the innumerable successes and ever-changing challenges of these programs.
And our commitment to this underserved population is strengthened by the
unshakeable truth that these programs actually work!
And nowadays, with the undeniable
improvements toward civil society in Northern Ireland, we are moving forward,
looking to create a new relationship with Ireland that focuses on economic
development, transatlantic partnership, business, trade, and investment,
cultural exchange, and related programs.
The Carbon Zero Northern Ireland
Program currently has eight graduate engineers here in Pittsburgh getting
valuable job experience with companies developing or deploying sustainable
technologies as they relate to alternative energy, green buildings,
environmental conservation, etc. Our partners at South West College,
Dungannon, have led an innovative approach to identify some of Northern
Ireland’s brightest young minds to absorb the many GREEN initiatives for
which Pittsburgh has become famous. It is envisaged that Northern
Ireland will steadily grow its sustainable technologies sector and these young
men and women will have important roles to play as Northern Ireland creates
its own center of excellence in this emerging field. And Pittsburgh will
continue to have a role, providing more internships, encouraging trade with
Ireland, and promoting opportunities for local students and graduates to train
in Ireland—a true cultural and educational exchange.
Many other initiatives are underway
at the Institute as part of our commitment moving forward.
Our visa programs allow Irish young
people to live and work in Pittsburgh for up to one year. We offer
internships and training in all professions (Business, Science and
Engineering, Education, the Arts, Social Services, Hospitality and Tourism,
and other fields). Our on-line Irish Language class is busting at the
seams, with over 40 students, mostly in Pittsburgh, enrolled in our Level I
course, and another 10 now enrolled in Level II. We are currently
recruiting legal professionals interested in gaining their Continuing Legal
Education (CLE) credits through a course we will offer in Ireland next June.
On many levels, Ireland, North and
South, and Pittsburgh are once again enjoying each other’s attention.
It is my privilege to be a part of this ever-evolving somewhat complex
relationship, made simpler when I reflect, embrace, and move forward.
Stay tuned! And Thanks for
continuing to support our good work.
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* 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1410 * Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or
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IRISH CASTLE VACATION RAFFLE - BUY A TICKET OR BECOME A SELLER
Institute of Pittsburgh
service to peace
Irish Castle Vacation Prize Raffle
Castle – Galway
Dromoland Castle – Limerick Clontarf
Castle – Dublin
Return airfare for two
- 6 nights accommodations - Car rental for 1 week
ticket will be drawn December 13, 2010 at The Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn
Avenue, Pittsburgh PA15222
information, contact the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh at 412-394-3900
Check made payable to Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
Prize Subject to availability of dates. Allow three weeks for booking.
Prize Subject to availability of dates. Allow three weeks for booking.
Clontarf Castle Accommodation donated by Clontarf Castle
Clontarf Castle Accommodation donated by Clontarf Castle
Car Rental courtesy of Dooley Car Rental
ANOTHER WAY TO HELP THE IIP
Pittsburgh Foundation will hold a 24-hour Day of Giving on October 13, 2010.
This is an online challenge for the Ireland Institute to receive
matching funds from the Pittsburgh Foundation for donations made to the IIP on
that day. Credit card gifts only accepted during a 24-hour period on
October 13th. Go to www.pittsburghgives.org,
click on Donate now, enter organization name (Ireland Institute of
Pittsburgh), and then click Donate now.
As the numbers of bomb attacks in Northern Ireland continues to rise the MI5, and security and military sources, have warned that former Provisional IRA bomb makers have joined dissident republicans.
RECORD IRISH AID SHIPMENT SENT TO PAKISTAN
CHIEFS HIT BACK AT TRAVEL ADVICE
Tourism chiefs in Northern Ireland have hit back after Australians were advised by their government to beware of the dissident republican threat.
TIGHT SECURITY FOR APPRENTICE
CYCLE OF AMERICA 2010
On August 1st 2010, Eoin McNamara, William Kerwin, and Mark Leonard
embarked on a 2-month cycle across the USA. The trio are in the midst of their
cycle coast-to-coast from Seattle to Washington D.C. in order to raise funds for and increase awareness of the Irish Cancer Society and the Livestrong Foundation.
Although the team is Irish, but they will be cycling across the United States. As such, they have chosen to support cancer charities from both countries: the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) and American cyclist Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
NEWSWEEK: COWEN ONE OF WORLD'S BEST LEADERS
Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been listed as one of the top ten leaders in the world by Newsweek magazine.
RYANAIR TO CEASE BELFAST CITY FLIGHTS
Management at Belfast City Airport have said they are disappointed at the decision by Ryanair to close its base, and stop using the airport from the end of October.
LENIHAN ADDRESSES COLLINS COMMEMORATION
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has become the first Fianna Fáil Cabinet member to deliver an address at the annual commemoration of the death of Michael Collins in west Cork this afternoon.
ACTOR MICK LALLY DIES AT AGE 64
One of Ireland's best known actors, Mick Lally, has died at the age of 64.
On Sunday, September 5th, Tipperary won the All-Ireland Hurling Final against Kilkenny, who had been going for their 5th consecutive win. Then on September 19th the All-Ireland Senior Football Finals took place at Croke Park, Dublin with Cork triumphing over Down in the second half of the match.
ALL IRELAND SFC FINAL: CORK 0-16 0-15 DOWN
Cork produced a second-half comeback to edge out Down by a point in a thrilling All-Ireland football final. The Rebels missed early goal chances but Down settled to take a 0-7 to 0-2 lead although Cork reduced the margin to 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time. Down then led 0-9 to 0-5 and 0-10 to 0-7 but Cork hit seven of the next eight scores to lead 0-14 to 0-11. The Ulster side notched the last two scores but Cork held on to earn a win that they just about deserved. The Rebel County clinched their first All-Ireland Senior Football title in 20 years.
ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL: KILKENNY 1-18 TIPPERARY 4-17
The 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final was the 113th All-Ireland Final and the culmination of the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, an inter-county hurling tournament for the top teams in Ireland. The match was held at Croke Park, Dublin, on 5 September 2010 and was a repeat of the 2009 final with Kilkenny taking on Tipperary. Kilkenny were attempting to win a fifth All-Ireland title in-a-row, a feat never achieved in either hurling or Gaelic football. This has been referred to as the "Drive for Five". Kilkenny were Leinster champions, having beaten Dublin and Galway to earn that title. They beat Cork in the semi-final on 8 August 2010. Tipperary lost to Cork in the first round of the Munster championship and went into the All Ireland Qualifiers, where they beat Wexford, Offaly and Galway, before beating Waterford in their semi-final on 15 August 2010. Kilkenny beat Clare in the minor final which was played before the senior final on 5 September 2010. In the end, Tipperary wrecked Kilkenny's five-in-a-row ambitions as they deservedly won Sunday's All-Ireland Hurling Final.
WIDER HORIZONS PROGRAM
If you are interested in becoming a Host Family for the Wider Horizons Program in 2010, please contact Robert Tierney at email@example.com or phone (412) 394-3900.
Help the Institute:
The 3rd Annual Irish Heritage Classic @ Pittsburgh National Golf Club, 287 Monier Road, Gibsonia, PA. Information: Patrick Regan 412-359-9798 or Bob Parry 724-933-0427. Proceeds benefit the Tuition Assistance Fund, sponsored by AOH Division 4 in North Hills. Event includes: Golf, Light Lunch, Buffet Dinner, Awards & Entertainment by Cue Ball, Irish & Blues Music.
Pittsburgh Pucas Hurling Team vs. Akron, Ohio. Saturday, September 25th @ 3:00pm. Location: McKinney Fields (North Park)
Pittsburgh Public Theatre presents "The Royal Family" at the O'Reilly Theater, downtown in the Cultural Districkt. www.ppt.org or 412-316-1600. A George S. Kaufman and Enda Ferber Comedy, staring Helena Ruoti as Julie.
Pittsburgh Ceili Club at www.pittsburghceiliclub.org/ is sponsoring their monthly Ceili at the VFW in Morningside on Morningside Ave., Worshop @ 7:00pm, Ceili @ 8:00pm
October 7th - 10th
Knights of Equity and Daughters of Erin will sponsor their Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Pucas Hurling Team @ Akron, Ohio
"Belfast Boys, Uniting a Divided City During World War I" by Dr. Richard Grayson, University of London. Annual History Forum Lecture at Power Center Ballroom, Dusquesne University, 7:30pm, Free and Open to the Public. Information 412-396-6470 or visit www.duq.edu/historyforum
"The Donahue Fleadh" in McMechen WV on Route 2, one hour from Pittsburgh. Entertainment includes: Ballad Singer, Terry Griffith, Gallowglass from WV, and Celtic Rock with Red Hand Paddy, and more TBA. This is Year #1 for this new Irish Festival. Information: Brendan Lyman 304-559-7707. More details to come!
Samhain-Celtic New Year Celebration at Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle in the Strip District. Doors open at 4pm with a $15 donation that benefits the Echos of Erin radio station. Features music by Jack Puskar, Christopher Laughrey, Terry Griffith, and GallowGlass. Cash Bar, Free appetizers, Costume Contest and Raffle. Call 412-781-6368 for more information.
Pittsburgh Irish Dance Schools
Bell School of Irish Dance http://bellschool.com/about.htm
Burke Irish Dancers http://www.burkeirishdance.com/
Pittsburgh Irish Reelers http://www.pghirishreelers.com/
Shovlin Academy of Dance http://www.shovlinacademy.com/
Pittsburgh Ceili Club www.pittsburghceiliclub.org/
Pittsburgh Irish Sports
Pittsburgh Irish Rowing Club (PIRC) http://www.pittsburghirishrowingclub.com/
Pittsburgh Gaelic Athletic Association (PGAA)
- a representative organization of the Pittsburgh Celtics, Pittsburgh Banshees, and Pittsburgh Celtics Youth
Pittsburgh Hurling Club (PHC)
become a regular at these local programs!
The Echoes of Erin is marking its 22nd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL IRISH ENTERTAINERS WEBSITES
Check Performance Schedules, Etc.
Carnival of Souls - http://www.carnivalofsouls.com
Ceann - http://www.ceannmusic.com/
Cue Ball Music - http://www.cueballmusic.com/index.asp
Cahal Dunne - http://www.cahaldunne.com/
Tony Egan - http://www.tonyegan.info
Michael Gallagher - http://www.mike-gallagher.com/
Terry Griffith - http://www.pittsburghirish.org/griffith
Guaranteed Irish - http://www.guaranteedirish.info/
Hiraeth - http://lugh.as.cmu.edu/Hiraeth.htm
Hooley - http://www.hooley.info
John McCann - http://www.johnmccannlive.com/
Corned Beef & Curry - http://www.cornedbeefncurry.com/
Michael Murphy & TSRB http://www.michaelmurphy.us/
Na Gaels - http://www.pittsburghirish.org/nagaels
Jack Puskar - http://www.jackpuskar.com
Rolling Scones - http://www.rollingscones.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.
The Ireland Institute relies on its donor and volunteer network to continue its mission of mutual reconciliation and economic development. Your generosity is kindly appreciated.
The Ireland Institute is available to accept donations through the United Way. Please remember our code for the United Way Campaign of Southwestern Pennsylvania: 4534. We are also listed as a non-Profit under the Combined Federal Campaign. Our number is: 12438. A third option is to donate through the local Federal campaign. This number is: 9016.
If you prefer, a tax-deductible donation can also be made directly to the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh. The Ireland Institute also appreciates in-kind donations such as event tickets etc. that we can then distribute to our participants.
For further information or questions about how you can donate, please contact us at 412-394-3900.
All articles are adapted from www.rte.ie, the Irish Emigrant, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Examiner, BBC, and other news sources.