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The Irish Emigrant - May 22, 1988


May 22, 1988 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.68


Editor: Liam Ferrie Circulation: 285



Some progress appears to have been made and people are actually fishing on Lough Corrib.

The week started with the announcement that the opposition parties were to seek to amend the "offending" legislation in the Dail. Two problems arose with that. First it was learned that the earliest that it could be voted on was November and some of the fishermen thought that the mayfly might not wait around until then! Then the opposition started arguing among themselves with those who voted against the licence (all ten of them) claiming that the others were opportunists and they could not not support the proposed amendment.

On Wednesday evening it was announced that the rod licence dispute was over as far as the western lakes were concerned. Archbishop Cassidy of Tuam had been acting as mediator and had succeeded in drafting a document which met with the approval of the fishermen and government. Confusion reigned on Thursday as it became clear that the Government and the anglers had different interpretations of the agreement. The words "fishing will be allowed to go on unhindered" meant, for the Government, that the anglers would stop harassing people with licences who wished to fish. The anglers on the other hand took it to mean that fishery officers would stop asking them to produce licences.

According to the latest news the fishermen are still out on the lakes and the inspectors are not bothering them. In Munster they do not not have as much faith, or else the lure of the mayfly is not so strong, and they are still refusing to allow fishing on their lakes and rivers.

Bord Failte were quick off the mark on Thursday and had anglers from various parts of Europe arriving. One Englishman was a bit baffled about the whole affair. He admitted that, in England, Bishops some times get involved in politics "but never when it relates to matters as serious as angling".


Unionist leaders are reported to be ready to participate in some exploratory contacts with the Government here which might lead to talks with the Taoiseach. Although Mr. Haughey indicated some weeks ago that he would welcome talks with Unionists, the latest initiative appears to have come from the leader of the OUP, James Molyneux. Prior to this the Unionists said that there could be no talks while the Anglo-Irish agreement was in place. This apparent change of heart follows a statement from John Hume of the SDLP that any agreement reached between Nationalists and Unionists would supersede the Anglo-Irish agreement.


Seventeen-year-old Liam O'Shea, of Carrick-on-Suir, was jailed for life after pleading guilty to the murder of Carol Nolan in Clonmel last October. His counsel said that he was pleading guilty to save Mrs Nolan's husband Damien further anguish, to save his parents and to show his contrition and regret. The hearing lasted five minutes.

Damien Nolan works at Digital's Clonmel plant.


The first test for the extradition agreement commenced when a prisoner was released from Portlaoise jail during the week. A large presence of Gardai were outside, waiting to serve an extradition warrant on him. When the prisoner, Patrick McVeigh, saw the Gardai he tried to evade them by running away between the inner and outer walls of the prison. Troops on duty at the prison fired "warning" shots and there were scuffles between McVeigh's supporters and Gardai before he was arrested.

As a result of the incident a Senior prison officer was suspended. Newspaper reports say he refused to pursue McVeigh when he tried to evade Gardai. There has been no great outcry about the firing of shots in what was until then a non-threatening situation. The Irish Times did wonder what the Irish reaction would have been had British troops been involved in a similar incident.

McVeigh later appeared in court but his case was adjourned.


Scandinavian Airlines are offering a Dublin/Glasgow service from June 27. The present Dublin to Copenhagen service will increase from three times per week to six and will touch down at Glasgow. New agreements between EC countries permit passengers to board and land at intermediate stops.

Air Portugal will soon be offering a twice weekly flight between Dublin and Lisbon.

Delta will in future extend their Atlanta-Shannon service to Dublin.

In another air traffic development the Government has agreed to allow pilgrimage flights from the U.S. to fly direct to Knock and avoid the compulsory touch down at Shannon. Five jumbo jets are expected there towards the end of July.



Just in case New England readers are in doubt about whether or not you should take the time to visit the trade show organised by the Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Boston, I am taking this further opportunity to urge you to attend.

For the one new Massachusetts reader since last week here again is the list of companies and organisations which are participating:

Bank of Ireland

Clo Iar-Chonnachta (Irish Publications)

Cafferky, Paddy (Irish Harp Makers)

Coma Ltd (Irish Smoked Salmon)

Connolly Sports (Leisure wear)

Design Sources Ireland

Faller Jewellers

Hartmann Jewellers

Galway City Hall

Galway Bay Cottages

Galway Gold Jewellers

Industrial Development Authority

Irish Permanent Building Society

Irish Salmon Producers Group

Inis Oirr Co-operative (Investment)

Kennys Book Shop and Art Gallery

O'Maille's (Irish Knitwear)

Standun (Irish Knitwear)

Ireland West Tourism

Treasure Chest (Irish Gifts)

Udaras na Gaeltachta (State Inv. and Dev. Group)

University College Galway

Walsh, Peter (Construction)

Woodland Investment (Afforestation)

Since last week I have learned that the City of Derry is sending a similar group and that it is actually a joint effort by both cities.

Among those attending the exhibition will be the Mayor of Boston, Ray Flynn, the Irish Ambassador to the U.S., Padraig McKernan, the Mayor of Galway, Martin Connolly and John Hume, MP, MEP, from Derry.

The exhibition is at the World Trade Center, Commonwealth Pier, Boston. It opens on Wednesday, May 26 at noon. It continues on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 10:00am each day. It closes every night at 7:00pm.


If you are already a member of Cummann Ceimithe na Gaillimhe (UCG Graduate association) this should not be news to you. The association is anxious to start a branch in the Boston area and with this in mind they are organising a reception in the Harbourside Room in the World Trade Center on Friday May 27 at 7:00pm.

I believe that the Irish Ambassador to the U.S. is a graduate of U.C.G. and that he will be in attendance.

If you are a UCG graduate and cannot attend the above function you should contact Cathleen Cunningham, the Graduate Liaison Officer, at the College here in Galway, or if you like, you can send your name and address to me and I will pass it on. Cathleen is trying to build up the association and is anxious to contact as many overseas graduates as possible.

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- There has been no change in the number of people smoking in Ireland since 1983. It is estimated that 32% of adults smoke. The breakdown between men and women is almost equal.

- The proposed new National Sports Centre is to be built beside the Custom House Financial Centre. Included in the plans is a 50 metre swimming pool which will be the first in the country.

- An Irish born priest is wanted by the authorities in New York to face charges of sexual abuse against boys in the school in which he was chaplain. Fr. Bernard Lynch of Ennis is known to be in Ireland at present but it is not clear if he will return to the U.S. voluntarily. About a year ago he was on the Late Late Show talking about his work for AIDS victims in New York.

- John Bowman, a presenter with "Today Tonight", refused to be associated with an award given to the programme by a tobacco company, Benson and Hedges. He is donating his share of the prize to a cancer hospital.

- John and Laura O'Reilly of the Rockabill Hotel in Skerries Co.Dublin had an insurance claim for £1.4m turned down in court when the judge said that they played a part in the burning of their hotel.

- A 19-year-old Dublin youth, Patrick O'Reilly, was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for terrorising elderly people in Co. Waterford. In one night in 1984, with a gang of four other teenagers, he briefly kidnapped four women. He was also convicted of assault, theft and demanding money with menaces. He received prison sentences of over 100 years but they are to run concurrently.

- B+I have sold the MV Connacht, which they used on the Dublin-Liverpool route, to Brittany Ferries.

- Work has commenced on the Dublin Hilton hotel at Earlsfort Terrace. The 200-bedroom hotel is scheduled to open in 1990.

- A health conference was told that Ireland has the fourth highest death rate from heart disease among countries which keep such statistics. While other countries have managed to reduce the incidence of such deaths no such trend is evident here.

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- The question of whether or not special deals were made with "supergrasses" arose again when it was revealed that a former member of the IRA was released after serving less than six years of a life sentence. Kevin McGrady gave himself up to the RUC in 1982 admitting that he had killed three Protestants in 1975 and that he had become a born again Christian. At his trial he implicated seven other people who were all sent to jail.

- On Monday a part-time member of the UDR was seriously injured in an explosion on his farm in Co.Tyrone. Following a tip-off, security forces had moved into the area on the previous night but failed to find anything suspicious. The bomb appears to have been hidden near milking machinery.

- A number of men were arrested and are being questioned after last Sunday's sectarian shooting in Belfast. Bishop Cathal Daly attended at least two of the funerals and asked that there be no retaliation. In doing so he strongly criticised the IRA.

- Four youths have been charged with the murder of a Belfast youth who died after being attacked with hurleys, sticks and iron bars. Three of those charged are brothers.

- At the General Synod of the Church of Ireland in Dublin, Bishop Walton Empey criticised the IRA's "sectarian" campaign against the Protestant community in Fermanagh. He also said the the killings in Gibraltar raised "disturbing questions".

- An explosion at the Balmoral Agricultural Show slightly injured seven RUC officers and six civilians. The blast occurred at a police recruiting stand. At first it was thought to be a bomb but later the RUC said it was probably a gas explosion. The following day the IRA claimed that they had planted a seven pound bomb which caused the explosion. The RUC have not commented further, other than to call for witnesses to come forward.

- Four team-mates of Aidan McAnespie, who was shot dead by a British soldier a few months ago, were arrested after a disagreement with security forces at the same Aughnacloy checkpoint at which McAnespie died.

- A British Soldier died in a bomb blast near Crossmaglen on Saturday. He was one of a group searching for explosives and appears to have triggered a booby trap device.

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- Shane Farragher, aged thirteen, from Athenry died tragically when he drowned after hitting his head in a fall while catching tadpoles.

- The City Tribune headlines tell us that a £6m private housing development has been given the all clear by An Bord Pleanala. O'Malley construction is to build 127 houses on the Magdalen Field off College Road.

- A new car park, with space for two-hundred cars, is being built between O'Brien's Bridge and Wolfe Tone Bridge.

- Galway Chamber of Commerce will be 200 years old in 1991. They intend to celebrate by bringing as many conferences as possible to the city in that year.

- A plaque was unveiled in Shantalla to commemorate a speech made by Daniel O'Connell in 1843 in front of a crowd estimated at 300,000.

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- The Progressive Democrats are to table a Bill to create an independent board to manage the distribution of funds from the National Lottery. Opposition parties are expressing discontent at the way Government Ministers and other Fianna Fail TDs are racing around announcing grants to various concerns.

- This week it was Bobby Molloy's turn to be removed from the Dail for talking out of turn on the rod licence dispute. An old hand like the Galway T.D. knows how to get his photograph in the paper!

- There is a proposal in the Dail to start having debates televised but a committee has been asked to consider it and a decision will be made in six months.

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- Congratulations to Anne and Cyril O'Rorke on the birth of a son, Jason, who weighed in at 8 lbs 12 ozs on April 29th. The big question is, do parents of American citizens qualify for permanent visas!

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- Friday's Times carried an advertisement for a senior technical writer, a senior editor, senior software engineers and principal software engineers to work in Digital's European Software Distribution Centre in Mervue.

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IRISH POUND May 20 May 13

Sterling 0.8419 0.8400

US Dollar 1.5691 1.5888

Deutschmark 2.6730 2.6711

French franc 9.0380 9.0577

Dutch guilder 2.9934 2.9952

Belgian franc 55.7500 55.8500

Spanish peseta 176.6500 177.3100

Swiss franc 2.2278 2.2219

Canadian dollar 1.9485 1.9588

Australian dollar 2.0070 2.0527

- The Bank of Ireland is looking for 1400 redundancies over a five year period. The proposal is that 700 jobs will go in the first year.

- The chairman of Waterford Glass announced that sales of Crystal to the U.S. rose by 25% so far this year and sales to Canada were up 50%.

- A new management book by an Irishman is selling well in the U.S. "How to Make Your Life Easier at Work", by Dr Al Kelly, is described as a practical no-nonsense book that can be opened at random. The author is a Director of the ESB and the book is published by McGraw-Hill.

- BP Nutrition are to open a plant in Westport to manufacture salmon food for fish farming. Forty-six jobs will eventually be created.

- Allied Irish Bank reported after-tax profits of £74.5m for the year to the end of March. This was slightly ahead of expectations.

- The "run rate" for new jobs in manufacturing industry so far this year indicates that the year-end target of 20,000 will be reached.

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National Football League - Final (replay):

Dublin 0-11 Meath 2-13

(attendance 33,000)

Leinster Senior Football Championship:

Carlow 3-5 Laois 2-7

Longford 1-11 Westmeath 0-7

Offaly 1-18 Wexford 1-7

Ulster Senior Football Championship:

Monaghan 0-16 Cavan 0-14

Munster Senior Hurling Championship:

Limerick 6-14 Kerry 1-9

Clare 3-12 Waterford 3-10

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- Ireland lost the third match against France by 12 points to 7 and then went on to lose today's final match of the tour against the French Barbarians by 41-26.

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- Stephen Roche has withdrawn from the Tour of France because of a knee injury.

- Sean Kelly was welcomed home after his success in the Tour of Spain. First of all he received a civic reception in Cork. After that his home town of Carrick-on-Suir gave him a civic reception and his local cycling club also held a reception for him. Big crowds turned out for each event. Before flying to his home in Belgium he called to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin.

- Kelly has learned that drug charges against him have been dropped. He was found to have had minute traces of codeine in his blood after the Tour of the Basque Country.

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World Cup Group Six:

N.Ireland 3 Malta 0

(Quinn, Penney, Clarke)


Ireland 3 Poland 1

(Sheedy, Cascarino, Sheridan)

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- Ronan Rafferty came third in the Italian Open and picked up about £23,000 in prized money.

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It was sunshine all the way this week but a little dull this afternoon. The high temperatures of last weekend continued into Monday. After that it was a bit cooler as winds from various direction kept temperatures down. The countryside around here is looking great with the white flowers of the hawthorn changing the normally green landscape.

Latest Temperatures:

Night 7C Day 15C

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* 14th Annual *

1988 Grand National




Ceol Traidisiunta Featuring


Live In 4 Concerts

Many other great Irish bands including: Des Regan's Band, Laurie Riley, Siamsa Gael, Ceili Band, The Mulligans, Kim Robertson, Aisling, Reel to Reel, Innisfree, Patrick Ball, Dennis Doyle, Janet Mikesell Naylor, Train to Sligo, Cait Reed and ST. JAMES GATE


Prizes include: 3 Triplett Harps

Over $500.00 in gift certificates from Lark In

The Morning and much more!

Saturday, June 11 - Irish Harp & Irish Fiddle

Sunday, June 12 - Scottish Fiddle

Traditional Singing

All contests are at noon

Venue: Los Angeles Equestrian Center

480 Riverside Drive

Burbank Entrance

JUNE 11 & 12

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Sunday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Advance & Group Sales (213) 202-8587

General Information (213) 202-8846

Irish Traditional Committee (818) 956-1311

General Admission $10.00


Children under 12 free

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