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There is much debate about whether cluricauns are simply leprechauns out on an all-night bender after work or a more rambunctious ill-tempered, nocturnal cousin. Cluricauns do resemble leprechauns, aside from a rosy, inebriated blush around the nose and the fact that they are never seen in work clothes. They are known to drunkenly entertain themselves by capturing farm animals or goats and race them in bogs or fields. Cluricauns can sometimes be found in wealthy men’s cellars, drinking wine and breaking bottles, but if they are cut off from their alcohol supply, they will move on to pester someone else.

A recent New York Times report indicates that due to Brexit, Gibraltar may face new border restrictions once Britain is no longer a member of the European Union. Currently free cross border movement of people is guaranteed since both Spain and Britain are members of the EU. The report stated that the EU’s remaining leaders might give Spain an effective veto over whether any deal applied to Gibraltar, a British Territory. Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in 1713 and since then it has long been the subject of an acrimonious sovereignty dispute between London and Madrid. It should be pointed out that in last years referendum, Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly (96%) to stay in the EU. Now that Britain will leave the EU, what will the future hold for this British Territory?


2007, May-Ballymurphy Rd.-A
This song was sung for the first time by its author, Brian O’Higgins (native of County Tipperary) on the night before the Rising Sunday, April 23rd, 1916. The author (AKA Bran Banba) participated in 1916 Rising as Staff Officer, stationed in the GPO.



All honour to Oglaigh na hEireann!
All praise to the men of our race,
Who, in days of betrayal and slavery,
Saved Ireland from shame and disgrace!
But do not forget in your praising
Oaf them and the deeds they have done,
Their loyal and true-hearted comrades,
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan

They stand for the honour of Ireland,
As their sisters in days that are gone,
And they’ll march with their brothers to freedom-
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan!

No great-hearted daughter of Ireland
Who died for her sake long ago,
Who stood in the gap of her danger,
Defying the Sasanach foe,
Was ever more valiant or worthy
Of honour in high-sounding rann,
Than the comrades of Oglaigh na hEireann,
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan

O, High beats the heart of our Mother!
The day she has longed for is nigh,
When the sunshine of joy and of freedom
Shall glow in the eastern sky,
And none shall be honoured more proudly
Than the daughters who served her in danger,
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan.

2007, May-Ballymurphy Rd.-A

In the News: The Irish Independent reported on April 8 the number of individuals on hospital waiting lists in Ireland exceeds 658,000 people, a new record. Some people have been waiting more than 18 months for surgery or an outpatient appointment and includes children and young people with deteriorating scoliosis who need spinal surgery. Public health care in Ireland is essentially free and is funded by general taxation. A person may be required to pay a subsidized fee for certain health care received; this depends on income, age, illness or disability. Every person residing in Ireland and visitors who possess a European Health Insurance Card (EU) are entitled to free health maintenance and treatment in public beds. The Independent reported that one patient requiring a double hip replacement had been on the waiting list for a year opted to have the procedure done privately at a cost of E8,000 rather than waiting for perhaps 2 more years to have it completed in the HSE public system. The irony is that the procedure will be performed in the same hospital at a cost of E8,000 of course. Another patient waited almost a year for surgery to remove a life threatening brain tumor. The tumor was diagnosed in Feb 2016 and he was told the tumor could be removed with micro-surgery through the nose. However, during the long wait the tumor doubled in size and the patient now has an 11 and a half inch scar on his head. RTE ran a documentary on the health care scandal in February. The patent with the tumor was called by HSE to schedule the surgery after they were notified that he would appear on the RTE documentary. There does not appear to be a near term solution to the health care melt down.



This High Cross is located on the site of an early Christian Settlement at Monasterboice, County Louth north of Drogheda.. The 10th century cross is known as the ‘West Cross’ and also the ‘Tall  Cross’. At 21 feet high it is the tallest high cross in Ireland. The east face (shown) depicts the second coming of Christ and biblical scenes such as David & Goliath, the Baptism of Christ and Christ in the tomb.

As seen in Pennsylvania

Irish America-Pennsylvania
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An Irish Blessing

Have you ever been to Ireland
With its rolling hills of green?
Sure ‘n its’ the fairest land
That ever has been seen.
And those green hills of Ireland
May be very far away
But they’re close to every Irish here
No matter what the day.




“and stop when half way to Cootehill”……A lyric from the song by Percy French “Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff”. Cootehill (Irish: Muinchille) is a prominent market town in County Cavan. Cootehill was established in 1725 by Thomas Coote and the town had strong ties to the Irish linen industry.

Pearse Quote

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“Now I claim for Irish literature, at its best, these excellences: a clearer than Greek vision, a more generous than Greek humanity, a deeper than Greek spirituality. And I claim that Irish literature has never lost these excellences: that they are of the essence of Irish nature and are characteristic of modern Irish folk poetry even as they are ancient Irish epic and medieval Irish hymns.”


P.H. Pearse from a lecture delivered December 1912

“Yes Dear, there is a Virginia”-

2005-Co. Cavan

Virginia Ireland that is. Virginia is the second largest town in County Cavan. It was founded in the 17th century during the Plantation of Ulster and was named Virginia after Queen Elizabeth I of England. It is near Lough Ramor, one of the largest lakes in County Cavan. It is on the N3 about 85 km northwest of Dublin. Population of Virginia is around 2,000. Common surnames that appeared in the 1901 and 1911 census are Reilly, Lynch, Brady, Duffy, Soden, Sheridan, Reynolds and Carroll.


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