Posts Tagged ‘ Ballymun ’

24 Year Old Man Charged Over Dublin Airport Hijacking


Gardaí have charged a 24 year old man in connection with the hijacking of a car at Dublin Airport yesterday.

The man is due to appear in court this morning at 10.30am.

The incident occurred at approximately 3.40pm yesterday at Dublin Airport when man in his 60’s was assaulted by the 24 year old, who then got into the injured man’s car and left the scene. Continue reading

News in Brief- Tesco Launch Not So Eggcellent Trolley Deposit Scheme


For the day that’s in it and those of you that are in the office and in need of some NIB to brighten your day, let’s kick off with a catastrophe in Kerry.

A crucifix has the whole place divided as councillors can’t decide where to hang the thing in their local offices. Some councillors argue the inclusion of a crucifix, on their office wall; will promote sectarian divisions and religious inequality, while others think the mere presence of a little MDF son of God will make people more honest. Jesus, no pun intended (maybe a little bit); if a wooden statue could stop people lying we’d all be working under mini-statues of our mammies. Councillor Toirèasa Ferris, who labels herself a Christian, opposes the idea as she said; ‘where does religion come into pothole filling’. The councillors have obviously forgotten the real meaning of Easter which is entirely chocolate based.

Tesco in Ballymun understand, they know there are too many Easter eggs and not enough time. Just don’t grab too many, it’ll cost you a tenner for the use of a trolley. The new deposit scheme has been implemented after ‘massive trolley loss’. What constitutes ‘massive’ trolley loss exactly NIB wonders? Who knows though, they may rise again in a few days. Continue reading

Man Shot Dead Near Dublin School


A man has died following an early morning shooting in Dublin.

He was shot a number of times near a school on Gateway Avenue in Ballymun at around 8.45am this morning. There are two schools in the vicinity of the area, both of which are closed at present for Easter holidays.

The victim is believed to be in his 40s and was originally from Finglas. He was brought to the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Initial reports indicated the lone gunman may have fled on a pushbike however it is believed he escaped on foot. Continue reading

Varadkar Denies M50 Toll Hike

 Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has denied reports that tolls on Dublin’s M50 could be increased to up to €6.50 under plans to reduce congestion at peak times.

A study carried out by the National Roads Authority is recommending the introduction of ‘multi-point tolling’ along the Dublin motorway to reduce the demand from motorists making short trips. Continue reading

Gaelic Language To Be Revived As Clondalkin Looks Set To Gain Gaeltacht Status

Clondalkin, a large suburb of Dublin city could become Ireland’s latest Gaeltacht area thanks to a new bill which would change the definition of what is an official Irish-speaking region. Under the proposed bill, Gaeltachtaí would be defined by linguistic criteria, and not geographic location. Any area around the country could then apply for recognition under the forthcoming legislation. President Michael D Higgins had said during the presidential election that Clondalkin indeed had a case due to the numbers of Irish speakers living there.

From the 18th century, Irish in Ireland began to experience a dramatic decline. There were several reasons for this, including restrictions placed by British rule, and the fact that the Great Famine of 1845 wiped out a large portion of the country’s remaining speakers. And at that time, the main areas of employment were America and England, places in which the Irish language had no use. Reports from that time spoke of parents discouraging their children to speak in the native tongue. The Catholic Church also discouraged its use as far as 1890. As a result, a stigma was attached to the language, one which remained long after independence.

At the end of the 19th century, Gaelic revival movements began to grow and flourish alongside their more secretive nationalist colleagues. The Gaelic League, or Conradh na Gaeilge, launched the movement, attracting such influential supporters as Padraig Pearse and Eamonn de Valera. Linguists have studied the use of Ireland’s own version of the English language, Hiberno-English, and noted that even after people stopped speaking Irish, they would unconsciously use the same grammatical structure, often found in the works of playwrights and writers during this period.

Following the success of the independence movement and the foundation of the Free State, half-hearted efforts were made towards a restoration of the Irish language. Though many Republican leaders would have spoken Irish and maintained an enthusiastic interest in the language, English remained the language of administration, and the government refused to implement the recommendation of the Gaeltacht Commission, who advised for the restoration of Irish as the language of administration in areas where the majority of the population spoke the language. In 1928, Irish was made compulsory for the Junior Certificate, and the Leaving Certificate followed in 1934. However, the process was poorly implemented, and its primary advocate, Professor Timothy Corcoran of UCD, was not even a speaker of the language. Overall, the number of those with Irish as a first language has declined, while numbers have risen for those who speak it as a second language. Recent efforts, such as the Gaelscoileanna, Irish language magazine Foinse and television station TG4 have all aided in making the language more popular and widely spoken. The Official Languages Act of 2003 gave Irish placenames on road signs the same legal force and effect as those in English, in the Gaeltacht the Irish name takes precedent over the English. Today, estimates place the number of fluent speakers from 40,000 to 80,000. Here in the Republic, around 70,000 use Irish as their daily language. Figures from the census indicate around 1.6 million in the country with some knowledge of the language. Gaelscoileanna are surely one of the driving forces behind bringing Irish to a new generation, with 214 primary and post primary schools across the 32 counties, and around 40,000 pupils enrolled and learning the language.

It may take a while to undo the centuries of opposition the Irish language has received. However, in conjunction with those organisations already in place, echoes of the Revival movement from a century previous, this new bill will give the opportunity for the language to take hold outside the traditional areas. Indeed, in early 2009, it was reported that a group of people in Ballymun, Dublin city, had received permission to build homes for those who want to live in an Irish speaking community in the middle of the city. The project is due to be completed this year, and with the introduction of this bill, may not be the last of its kind. Hopefully the language continues to grow and prosper, and we may yet see a day when the majority of the country speak as Gaeilge first and foremost. Because, after all, how would we confuse American tourists without the Cúpla Focal?