Queen Elizabeth II pays tribute yesterday to those Irish who fought for the freedom of Ireland, in an historic symbol of conciliation between the two islands
Queen Elizabeth II continued her historic first state visit to Ireland today by honouring the memory of some 50,000 Irishmen and women who fought for the British and Commonwealth armies during World War One at the Islandbridge Memorial.
It followed her visit yesterday to the Garden of Remembrance which honours those who died in the cause of Irish freedom, Easter 1916 and teh War of Independence.
This afternoon, another powerful signal of reconciliation came about through her visit to the headquarters of the GAA, where in 1920 the British Forces carried out one of its most notorious acts of violence as they opened fire on a crowd attending an All Ireland final between Tipperary and Dublin. 14 people including 13 spectators – including two children – a player Michael Hogan after whom the Hogan Stand is named, were murdered in reprisal for the IRA’s actions earlier that day and previous night when they killed 14 members of British intelligence .
Finn Harps will play home games on a Saturday night, with a 7.45pm kick-off, beginning with the fixture against Waterford United on 11th June. The club have taken the decision in consultation with Manager Peter Hutton and Director of Football Felix Healy.
“We have decided to change our home fixtures from Friday nights to Saturday nights for the remainder of the season,” said Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary. “Having consulted with Peter Hutton and Felix Healy on the matter, they feel it gives the players better preparation for games. At the minute we have the case where players are finishing their days work on a Friday evening and travelling straight to Finn Park for a match – it isn’t the ideal preparation. Changing to Saturday’s means the players have the day to themselves and are more rested before the game that evening.
Harps’ next home game is on Thursday 26th May against Athlone Town.
Busanna Feda O Donaill Junior A Championship:
Na Rossa 0-8, Downings 1-11 D. Craig/M. Mc Brearty; Bun an Phobail 2-7, Naomh Ultan 1-11 JJ Lafferty/P. Clifford;
Busanna Feda O Donaill Junior B Championship:
Ardara 1-7, St Michaels 0-12 D. Mc Brearty/A. Mullen;
Brian McCormack Sports Division One Reserve:
Dungloe 2-11, Naomh Conaill 2-10 ;
Centra Supermarkets Division Three:
Milford 0-10, Naomh Naille 1-9 ;
Centra Supermarkets Division Three Reserve:
Milford 2-13, St Nauls 0-7 ;
Ulster Senior Football Championship 2011 – Preliminary Round
Donegal advanced to the first round proper of the Ulster Football championship this afternoon in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey in a game that was far from pretty, but for Donegal it was the result that counted as they now go forward to meet Cavan.
Mark McHugh, son of 1992 hero Martin McHugh, scored the only goal of the game in added time to make the score look more impressive that it was in reality and this after Antrim had been reduced to 14 men after the sending off of substitute Mark Dougan. Read more
2011 Ulster Senior Hurling Championship
Down will take on Derry in the Ulster SHC quarter-finals after Gerard Monan’s charges overcame Donegal by nine points at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.
The Christy Ring semi-finalists staved off a determined comeback from Donegal before booking their place in the next round.
The visitors powered to a commanding 1-12 to 0-06 interval lead with Aidan Clarke claiming the only goal of the opening half. Read more
Results of a new EU poll show that just 0.6% of Europeans plan to visit Ireland this year – the same number as plan to visit Bulgaria or Australia.
The most popular destinations for European tourists are Spain (6.6%), Italy (5.8%) France (4.4%), the USA (3.5%) and Greece (3.1%). (Note: These figures exclude countries’ own nationals planning to holiday at home).
The Eurobarometer poll also tells us that Irish people are the third most likely to holiday abroad (only exceeded by Denmark and tiny Luxembourg) with 55% of them planning a holiday abroad in 2011. Just 18% will holiday at home while 27% have no holiday plans. Read more
Sinn Féin Donegal TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty have called on the Government to reform the existing system of flat rate commercial rates which are currently imposed on businesses throughout the state.
Sinn Féin is proposing that the new system should allow for a progressive rate which is determined by levels of profit within a business. This system Sinn Féin is proposing would be revenue neutral to the state. It would mean that business that has most under stress would have an increased chance of survival. Read more
Gardaí at Tallaght are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Conor O’Gara, aged 27 years, from Kiltipper Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Conor has been missing since Wednesday 4th May 2011 and was last seen at his home.
He is described as being approximately 6’3″ in height, of average build, with fair hair and blue eyes.
There is a possibility that Conor may be in the Castlebar area of Mayo.
Conor’s family are concerned for his safety.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardaí at Tallaght on 01 6666000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Cllr Terence Slowey
Fine Gael General Secretary, Tom Curran, has announced that the Party’s Disciplinary Committee has determined to expel Cllr Terence Slowey (Donegal County Council) from the Party.
Cllr Slowey, who represents the Glenties Electoral Area, has appealed the decision, and that appeal will be heard by Fine Gael’s Executive Council on May 14th next.
Cllr Slowey’s decision to lodge an appeal has the effect of suspending the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, pending the outcome of the appeal. Read more