Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Extracts from the past.

The following are taken from 'Irish Independent'of July 1945.
The first Orange demo held in Derry since 1939 was unique by virtue of the fact that it was held in a Gaelic sports ground.The organisers,unable to find other ground in the Waterside area,were granted the use of a 10-acre field in Irish Street rented by St.Patrick's Gaelic football club.
     Irish Independent,July 13,1945.

Dealing with his visit to the German Minister on the occasion of Herr Hitler's death,Mr De Valera said that he knew his action would be open to misrepresentation.What he had done was his duty.The envoy came here as a representative of his people,not of a particular government.

King George and Queen Elizabeth,accompanied by Princess Elizabeth,arrived on a visit to the North of Ireland yesterday.They flew from Lisburn to Lisahally,and after boarding the patrol yacht,Hiniesta,sailed up the Foyle to Derry.

The death has occured of Ald Richard Corish T.D.,Mayor of Wexford.He was a leading member of the Labour Party,and had an unbroken record as mayor of his native town since 1920.
      The last three items were taken from Irish Independent,July 20,1945.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Kevin O'Higgins assassinated 90 years ago to-day.

90 years ago to-day the then Minister for Justice,Kevin O'Higgins,was assassinated while walking to mass near his home at Booterstown,Co.Dublin.It was in revenge for the execution of 4 leaders of the irregulars on Dec.8,1922 after their group had shot two deputies on their way to the Dail the previous day.
   O'Higgins had told the Dail that it was the only way"representative government,or democratic institutions"could be maintained.
        As Kevin O'Higgins lay dying he referred to Eamon DeValera,"Tell my colleagues that they must beware of him in future life he will play down to the weakness of the people"
 The culture of violence at play in those years;glorified in song and story-in which we were all participants,until some of us saw the light-has been responsible for 1000's of deaths-completely needless-in this country and outside.The most glaring and tragic was in recent years,when a group calling it self "Provisional I.R.A.",and others equally sinister, engaged in a killing campaign for more than 30 years.
     Unfortunately there is still an attitude prevalent in this country among many that their political outlook should be accepted by others who differ,and the latter should be pressurised to do so-though the number who believe that force is acceptable to achieve their aims is diminishing,it is still there.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Fine win by Tipperary footballers.

All-Ireland Senior football championship qualifiers:Cavan 0-18;Tipperary 2-15.
Tipperary Senior Footballers made the long trek to Kingspan,Breffnie,Park,Cavan yesterday evening to take on the home side in the senior football championship qualifiers.Tipperary have been hard hit by the loss of players in recent times;a number due to various injuries-one notable retirement in Ciaran McDonald-and all-star nominee,Peter Achinson,working in Dubai.Tipperary seemed to give Cavan too much respect in the first half by adapting an overly defensive mode and found themselves trailing by 12 points to six at half-time.In the second half they began to express themselves and dominated Cavan scoring 2-09 to their opponents six points.The points came early in the second half,and a goal each from rangy corner forward,Conor Sweeney,and another from lion-hearted half-back,Robbie Kiely,enabled them to forge a memorable victory.Maybe the'ghosts of '35'can rest more easily.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Cork sucker-punch floors Tipperary's footballers.

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final; Cork 1-10; Tipperary 1-09.
Tipperary went into Saturday's game,played at Pairc Ui Rinn,Cork,minus a number of players due to injury.They,also,started without last years outstanding captain,Peter Achinson,who has gone to work in Dubai.They also had the misfortune to have star forward,Micheal Quinlivan,stretchered off mid way through the first half.They took the game to Cork and held the lead until around the 45th.minute.Cork then started to hold the initiative and went into the lead,which they still held going into the concluding stages of the game.In the 68th.minute,Tipperary's star forward on the day,Conor Sweeney,scored a dramatic goal to give Tipperary a two points lead.Cork,however,weren't finished,they moved the ball swiftly up field to score a dramatic reply in the form of a goal by substitute,Lucas Connolly.
  Now is a time for everyone that would love to see Tipperary football progress to the top to put their shoulders to the wheel to make it happen.It would be very foolish indeed to sit back and expect that a long run in the qualifiers,similar to last year,is guaranteed.   Every game is a banana skin.The development of Tipperary football is an ongoing process.Top coaches should be used to train would-be coaches for teams at juvenile,and up to adult level.The structure,and playing,of club competition should be geared in such a way to enable games to be as competitive as possible,with a consequent improvement in standard.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


              On thy cold grey stones,O Sea!
               And I would that my tongue could utter
               The thoughts that arise in me.

               O well for the fisherman's boy,
               That he shouts with his sister at play!
               O well for the sailor lad,
               That he sings in his boat on the bay!

               And the stately ships go on
               To their haven under the hill;
               But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
               And the sound of a voice that is still!

               At the foot of thy crags,O Sea!
               But the tender grace of a day that is dead
               Will never come back to me.
                                                          Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Cork Get Better of Tipp

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final:

Cork 2-27; Tipperary 1-26

In yesterday's rip-roaring hurling encounter, played at Thurles, Cork edged out old rivals, and All-Ireland champions, Tipperary, by four points. The game was tit-for-tat all the way to the end as players gave their all with determination and no-little skill. The Tipp backs were in trouble with the Cork forwards from the beginning. Their positioning and defensive tactics were faulty thereby allowing the Cork forwards far too much time and space to shoot at the Tipperary posts. The Tipperary mid-field must also share some responsibility in this regard.

The Cork backs had a strangle-hold on the Tipp forwards throughout most of the match. If more ball had been supplied to the wings it would have helped to open up the Cork defence and allow the dangerous Tipperary forwards to shine.

This year's championship has become even more competitive.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Departure of Enda and Michael

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan
The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, announced last evening that he was stepping down as leader of Fine Gael from midnight. It is his desire that a new party leader will be in place by June 2nd. In the meantime, he will continue to lead the country until a new Taoiseach is elected.

Enda Kenny has given tremendous service to the people of Mayo and Ireland since he was first elected to the Dáil in the Autumn of 1975. This followed a by-election in the Mayo constituency triggered by the untimely passing of his father, Henry Kenny TD. Henry Kenny was also a famed mid-fielder in Mayo's first All-Ireland winning team which beat Laois in the football final of 1936.

Enda Kenny became Taoiseach in 2011 when the country was in dire financial straits and in bondage to the International Money Markets. His government led us out of the crisis to the point where the IMF is currently predicting that Ireland will have the second fastest growth rate in the Euro Zone. This is also reflected in the unemployment rate which has dropped below 6% from a high of 15.3% when Kenny came to power. He is wished well in his retirement.

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has also announced his retirement from politics, stating that he will not accept a cabinet post in the new Government and will not be contesting the next General Election. Noonan can stand proudly with the great Fine Gael and Cumann na nGaedheal Finance Ministers of the past. Richie Ryan, Gerard Sweetman and Patrick J. McGilligan all assumed office when the finances of the country were in bad shape, but not as dire as when Michael Noonan became Finance Minister in 2011. I wish him many more happy years on the banks of the Shannon.