Monday, 20 November 2017

Protection of house-hold occupiers.

Independent Roscommon-South Leitrim T.D.,Michael Fitzmaurice,has issued the following statement:
"In light of the spate of robberies and elderly people being fearful in their own homes,I've asked the Minister would he consent that people over 60 years of age,in liaison with their local Gardai,be given the opportunity to have pepper spray,or laser guns in their own bed rooms,which may alleviate their worries and may help to prevent them being injured or hurt"I would be fully in support of his suggestion.Very many people,who feel vulnerable,presently,have shot-guns at the ready for protection.Anyone who enters a person's home by force , or otherwise,for the purpose of carrying out a criminal act should be met with all the force necessary to protect life and property. The application of the niceties of criminal law procedure is ineffective when dealing with drug-fuelled,or otherwise depraved,thugs.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Important win for St.Mary's hurling club,Clonmel.

At Golden G.A.A.grounds yesterday Clonmel St.Mary's had a surprisingly easy victory by 2-19 to 0-11,win over Mid-Tipperary champions,Gortnahoe-Glengoole,and by winning this Tipperary Intermediate County championship they assume senior status.While a win such as this might not represent a 'big deal' to many people to those of us with a desire to have hurling and Gaelic football flourishing in every club in Tipperary it is very important.
                      Clonmel is a big town,but it has never had a senior hurling team capable of challenging at county level.Since it's foundation in 1928,St Mary's have flew the  hurling flag in Clonmel.(I am not ignoring Clonmel Og who were formed over 30 years ago are promoting Gaelic Football and hurling and making good progress) St.Mary's sister club is Clonmel Commercials who have had much success at Gaelic football.Having won county minor hurling titles in 2015 and 2016 St Mary's have the material,and the management,to be very successful in senior ranks.I very much hope that they win a county senior championship in the not too distant future.Successful clubs,more especially ones that have success in both codes are greatly hampered by how club competitions are arranged,and played in the county,involving a cluster of games being played at this time of year to complete competitions.The fact that such an important competition as under 21 hurling only starts in the month of October is a disgrace.St Mary's will be involved in Munster club championship-many of their players are eligible for under 21 grade.They will also be involved in a County senior football final with Commercials,and maybe in Munster club.No further comment is necessary.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The death of Liam Cosgrave.

I learned,with sadness,of the death of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.The Cosgrave Dynasty has deep roots in Irish public life; an ancestor was killed at The Battle of Vinegar Hill during the 1798 uprising of The United Irishmen.Liam Cosgrave's father,W.T.Cosgrave, took part in the 1916 Rising being 2nd.Lieutenant in the 4th. Battalion of Irish Volunteers.W.T.'s step-brother,Goban Burke,was killed early in the rising.This caused W.T. great anguish as it was he who encouraged his step-brother to join the Volunteers.W.T.Cosgrave became President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State following the death of Arthur Griffith,and the assassination of Michael Collins.He led the country during it's formative years of a brutal,senseless,Civil war and economic deprivation.
      Liam Cosgrave was Minister for External Affairs in the Inter-Party government of 1954-57.He became Taoiseach in the coalition government of F.G.and Labour between 1973-77.Liam Cosgrave,like his father,W.T.,always put the interest of the country before his own,or party political interests,a practice seldom,if ever,rewarded in this country.The Cosgrave legacy,of sacrifice,honest,integrity,truth and great service to this country will live on.May they all rest in peace.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Tit-Bits of History

The following reports are taken from the Irish Independent,between September 20th.and 25th.1945.
# William Joyce--'Lord Haw-Haw'of German radio-was found guilty of treason at the Old Bailey,London,and sentenced to death.Joyce showed no signs of emotion,bowed to the judge,smiled to his brother Quentin,and raised his right hand in what appeared to be a fascist salute.

++ Two Irish children,Michael Shannon,six,and Oliver Shannon,eight,brothers,who were recently released from a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines, were on the liner Queen Mary when she docked at Southampton from New York.Their parents were also captured by the Japanese,but no trace has yet been found of them.The boys are coming to Dublin to stay with their grandmother who lives in Blackrock.

ooo A crowd of 67,329 thronged Croke Park to watch Cork win the All-Ireland Football Final from Cavan in a thrilling and hard-fought game.when the Last whistle sound,Cork had 2 goals and 5 points against Cavan's 7 points.Cork supporters surged across the pitch and carried the winning team shoulder-high around the field.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Heart-break again for Mayo.

All-Ireland Senior Football final: Dublin 1-17; Mayo 1-16.
Once again Mayo have to swallow the the bitter pill of defeat in an All-Ireland Senior Football final;on this occasion they were beaten by a 76th. minute pointed free from Dublin's Dean Rock.They lost,by a similar margin,to the same opposition in their last encounter in an All-Ireland senior final.I have a special fondness for Mayo football.In my early youth I had an obsessional interest in Gaelic Games.In the part of Tipperary that I come from the interest in Gaelic Football,as well as hurling,not alone in our own county,but country-wide was intense.In those relatively stress-free times in my life,Mayo were one of the footballing giants.I can recall the names of practically all their All-Ireland winning team of 1951.
     This present Mayo team is very close to the Holy Grail.The indomitable spirit Mayo's Michael Davitt,and the Land League,failed to be crushed by the cruel Land Lord system .In July 7th.1980 Mayo lost one of it's greatest-ever footballers,John Morley,when he was brutally shot down by bank-robbing terrorists.Let next year be your year.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Deadly destruction of atomic explosion.

With the current war-mongering rhetoric between U.S.President,Donal Trump,and the leader of the North Korean regime,Kim Jon Um,it is well to reflect on some of the short reports that appeared in Irish Independent,of August 9th.,1945,following the dropping of an atomic bomb,by the U.S. Air Force,on the Japanese city of Hiroshima at 8 am on August 6th.1945.

#-"All living things,human and animal,were literally seared to death......the dead are simply uncountable."In these graphic words Tokyo reports told for the first time of the cataclysmic damage caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.The major part of Hiroshima was destroyed."The destructive force of the new weapon is indescribable, as is the terrible devastation it has caused" said the report.
 The bomb was described as more powerful than 20,000 tons of TNT and with more than 2,000 times the blast force of the British ten-ton bomb,hitherto the largest bomb used in warfare.Bombs many times more powerful are available in the arsenal of the the present time.
 Another atomic bomb was dropped by U.S.on the Japanese seaport of Nagasaki on August 9th.1945.

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.