Posts Tagged ‘ College Green ’

News in Brief-Quinn’s Getaway Foiled By Price Hikes As Molly Malone May Be Set To Emigrate

Even Molly Malone has had enough of the rain and the recession , the iconic statue at College Green could soon be off to Oz. Failte Ireland, the tourism board and Emirates Airlines have been in discussion about moving Molly, as part of Melbourne Cup celebrations, to the city for two weeks in November where she will join Ireland’s young work force. When even a bronze statue is emigrating it’s time to wonder if Ireland really is up a certain creek without a paddle. Wait for me Molly!
A flock of sheep have been stolen in Country Antrim. The livestock from the Knowhead Row area of Broughshane have distinctive blue heads (sprayed not genetically engineered) but are not tagged. Police are working hard to apprehend the thieves. Well that won’t be hard. They’ll be the ones stuck behind a flock of blue headed sheep.
With the Olympics starting in London tonight security across the country is at its highest. Except in Manchester where the security measures of the city airport were foiled by an eleven year old who attached himself to an unwitting family to bypass security checks. One commentator said; ‘If an eleven year old can get past security, so could a thirty-one year old’. I can imagine it now, six foot tall, bearded and affecting a squeaky voice, I’d say even Manchester’s clearly lax security might spot that one.
No doubt Peter Quinn would have found this story very interesting as he is also trying to run away – technically has run away. Having been sentenced to three months in prison for his involvement in the Quinn saga, and losing his licence due to drink driving earlier in the year, it hasn’t been going too well for Peter. According to sources he was showing signs of the strain before he made his departure, the poor lamb. He’s not the only one, his legal representatives have now asked to be removed from representing him in the future. Ouch!
         Of course if he could stump up a bit of cash, he could get a Bus Éireann ticket, but he’d want to be quick, prices are going up and I hear he’s not as flushed as he used to be. Commuters will apparently face a six percent rise in fares from January 2013 across the CIE transport links; Iaranród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. To many of the unemployed population though commuting is but a distant dream.

Obama Arrives in Ireland

 

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have touched down in Ireland for their first state visit, which will last 24 hours.

They waved as they left Air Force One at Dublin Airport and then walked to their waiting helicopter after been greeted by Irish Tànaiste Eamon Gilmore and US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney.

The couple then flew to Aràs an Uachtarain where they met with President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.The US president helped plant a tree in the grounds of Aras about 50ft from a sequoia planted in 1963 by President John F Kennedy.

Mr Obama will give a speech at College Green in Dublin tonight, speaking to thousands at the same location where President Bill Clinton wooed onlookers in 1995. Westlife, Jedward and Sharon Shannon are just some of the names who are lined up  to play for the President at the rally.

The US leader will also make a trip to his ancestral home of Moneygall in County Offaly.

Mr Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney, a shoemaker, was born there in 1831 before emigrating to America in 1850.

Locals in the midlands have been widely anticipating the visit of the President and The First Lady, where Obama`s eight cousin Henry Healy will come face to face with his long distant relative.

 He said: “We’ve all been caught up in this dream. Nothing in the village seems really.

“I’ve been rehearsing what I’m going to say to the president for months in my head. I can’t really believe it’s going to happen.”

The Obama`s will also visit The UK, France and Poland on their European trip.