Category Archives: Ireland

A welcome to the new Gaelscoileanna

The kids are back to school this week throughout the country; indeed some started back last week. My own wee one, as I mentioned previously, has transferred to a Gaelscoil and is settling in well despite not having much Irish. I’m a big supporter of Gaelscoileanna; there is no better way of learning the language [...]

Passport check between Ireland & UK

What do you make of the plans to have passport controls between Ireland and the UK? The planned passport inspections would be for those travelling by air & sea but could also involve checks on people driving to Northern Ireland. While there are no plans for fixed checkpoints on the border it could mean Southern [...]

Samsung launches first Irish phone

It’s true apparently, Samsung are set to launch the first ever mobile phone which will have an Irish user interface. Good stuff! Still wouldn’t buy a Samsung but hopefully in the not too distant future we may see other mobile phone manufacturers follow suit. Press release below. Samsung launches first Irish phone The first ever [...]

Military matters

Two military related posts for you today… • 160 troops of the 97th Infantry Battalion arrived in Chad this morning to begin their peacekeeping mission which brings to 390 the number of Irish personnel now in Chad with a further 150 to be deployed within the next two weeks. • Something interesting and indeed historic [...]

Enda Kenny’s Audition

Just spotted this on YouTube … Enda Kenny’s “audition” for American Idol. Enjoy.

Towns may lose Gaeltacht status

Via Ocean FM, a proposed revamp of the Gaeltacht could see a number of towns losing their Gaeltacht status: Towns such as Dungloe and Burtonport in Donegal, Dingle, Belmullet in Co.Mayo and parts of Galway city would lose their Gaeltacht status if the linguisitic criteria was implemented. I’m sure many people will object to this, [...]

Chad Deployment

The Defence Forces’ biggest logistics operation ever moved on to the next phase as a cargo ship left Dublin port today stuffed to the gills with equipment for the 372 men and women of the 97th Inf Batt and the 50 ARW personnel who have been in Chad since last month (the ARW obviously brought [...]

Oy vey, the shame of being Irish!

Just spotted via Technorati’s ‘blog reactions’, it seems that one of my posts has caught the attention, not in a good way, of some blogger by the name of Felix Quigley. You’ll know by now, if you have been with me here for a while, that I’ve always supported our Defence Forces especially in the [...]

Happy St.Patrick’s Day!

Lá Fhéile Padraig sona daoibh!! Happy St.Patricks Day to you all. Hope you’re getting the sunshine where ever you are; it’s been a nice bright day in the north west. Hope you got in to see your local parade; it’s important to get in and support your parade (as poor as some of them may [...]

Ireland “debates” switch to right-hand driving

The headline on Reuters caught my attention … Ireland debates switch to right-hand driving. Really? We are debating this?? I think not. How did they get from one politician voicing his opinion to the country “debating” the issue? Their reporting of Donie Cassidy’s suggestion regarding a reduced driving limit for foreigners is also poor. As [...]