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Posts Tagged ‘ St Patricks Day ’

Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar

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The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Continue reading

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News in Brief – Irish Spring Break Is Upon Us

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A man has been handed down a suspended sentence after telling Gardai to “shut the f*** up”. The man, who has previous convictions and is a recovering heroin addict apparently, became enraged when his partner didn’t win a community award: Tallaght Person of the Year. After a public row he snatched her handbag and stalked off only to be picked up by Gardai. Sure we’d all be raging if we didn’t win Tallaght Person of the Year.

He should give auld Enda a call. The Taoiseach is in Washington singing the Wild Rover with Mr O’Mahoneybama and has told a press conference if people have a problem with the way he’s doing things they can give him a ring. His number is public after all. This has given NIB an idea. Continue reading

News in Brief-Unionist Lashes Out At Eastenders GAA Jersey

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Is anyone else starting to think a bit of timely hacking now, might clear up this whole GSOC surveillance mess that continues to dominate the press? Be warned readers, while we are being told to look away by Alan Shatter, something much more sinister is going on elsewhere.

Such as the hike in cabbage prices. It’s true. Apparently ‘St. Patrick’s Day revellers are set to be hit by a cabbage shortage and escalating prices ahead of the annual festivities’ according to IrishCentral.com. Can you imagine? Paddy’s day without any cabbage, what will we – wait. How much cabbage do you normally eat on March 17th? NIB would guess not much, eating is cheating after all and Paddy’s day is New Year’s Eve mark 2. It’s the weather anyway that’s to blame apparently, cabbages have been particularly hit by the cold snap, not to mention they’re floating through Cork at the moment. Continue reading

News in Brief-Taoiseach Bares All For Playboy As Irish Conker Championships Placed In Doubt

Comeback : Far Cry From Reality

At Shannon Airport security fears have increased after two unlikely anti-war protestors made it on to the runway. Well, almost. Margaretta D’Arcy (78), a playwright and peace campaigner, and Niall Farrell (59), a member of Galway Alliance Against War planned to stage a peaceful protest on the eleventh anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war but were spotted by air traffic control. Mrs D’Arcy also hoped to scatter her husbands ashes on the flight path but was unable to do so before her subsequent arrest. They were apprehended before they reached the runway and were later released without charge. Gardai investigating the breach said they couldn’t find any damage to the perimeter concluding the pensioner and her companion must have ‘scaled the fence’.

Already plans are underway to celebrate next St Patrick’s Day not here in Ireland but in Rio de Janeiro. The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands guard over the city is to be lit up in green next March 17th after President Michael D Higgins and the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro Orani Joao Tempesta signed an agreement. Perhaps they got the date wrong perhaps they meant April 1st?

Mattie McGrath TD for Tipperary South has described Enda Kenny as; “a playboy on the front page of Time magazine” in a speech about the Fiscal Responsibility Bill and Government kite-flying (they do love it don’t they!). Except that’s not quite what he told the Dáil; “The most sickening thing last week was to see the Taoiseach on the front page of Playboy magazine.” Quite.

Bleeding canker is ruining our conkers! Fears are growing conkers may be of short supply at the 13th annual Irish Conker Championships in Kilkenny after the tree disease, bleeding canker, has blighted horse-chestnut trees. Organisers are tasked with collecting 30,000 conkers in order to select 500 that meet competition standards but face being understocked this year. Susan Murphy, chairperson of the Irish Conker Championships has asked anybody with their own stock to donate to the cause.

‘Taken 2, the action movie sequel starring Liam Neeson and based on the kidnap of himself and his ex wife has only recently been released but already plans are underway for the sixty year old Irish actor to return in ‘Taken 3’. Now that’s just careless but nonetheless “He will find you, he will ….” …. you know the score at this stage.

An Alternative St Patrick’s Day: A good long walk

This year we finally cracked and said ‘no’ to Dublin’s big St Patrick’s Day parade. We had come close to it last year and debated the idea of doing something different, but in the end, we still found ourselves lining up on Dame St in our accustomed spot. Even so, this year’s change of plan was still very much of a last minute affair. It is always easier to stick with what you know than try a different activity.

 The proposed alternative last year (and the year before that, come to think of it) was tackling the St Patrick’s Day Harbour2Harbour walk. This is held in aid of the charity Aware which helps people suffering from depression (link below). Walkers can start at either Howth or Dún Laoghaire. You can stop at the half way point if you want, having then completed eight miles or go for the total sixteen mile challenge. It is a great challenge and one that had been niggling away at me for a while.  I could of course do the walk at any time but the idea of participating on a specific day for a worthwhile charity was appealing.

As this was a last-minute decision, I had not arranged to register for the walk or to acquire sponsorship, though registration was available on the day. I imagine many people also make a spur of the moment choice, possibly based on a favourable weather forecast for the day. It promised fine so my daughter and I headed off to Howth. Registration was from 10.30am but we were running a bit late and were heading through town to Pearse Station at about 10.15. The city was beginning to fill up with parade revellers so we had to duck and weave between green hats of all shapes and sizes.

Declining to buy a flag, we scooted down to the dart station and then were virtually overwhelmed by the tidal wave of people coming down the stairs from platform one. Not many people seemed to be going our way today for some strange reason. After arriving at Howth, we set off to forage for supplies to keep us going on our long trek to the Southside. With our registration fee, we acquired a tee shirt each and the all important route map. Full of optimism we set off for our first pit stop at Sutton Cross, munching on a biscuit to sustain our endeavours.

The weather very kindly stayed fine, apart from a few minor spots of rain and some enthusiastic sea breezes. Our next sandwich break was by the causeway to Bull Island and by then we were well on the way to convincing ourselves that this would be an easy peasy challenge. By the time we had walked as far as Pigeon House Road, we were not so sure about this. The problem with starting later was that apart from the odd few walkers, the only fellow walkers we saw were coming towards us from the other starting point. While it was cheering to spot yellow tee shirts coming towards us, indicating that we were still on the right road, it would have been more companionable to be walking alongside them.

Nevertheless, we had a good day out on our first ever St Patrick’s Day walk and managed to walk as far as Booterstown so honour was satisfied. Everyone we saw seemed to be enjoying themselves; a great family day out in a good cause. The only low points of the day were getting on a homeward bound dart that stank of beer and then avoiding drunken teenagers on the walk through the city centre. We could have done without that. But, hats off to the participants and organisers of this year’s Harbour2Harbour Walk. This year attracted a record 1,281 walkers and it was nice to have been a part of that.

www.aware.ie

 

The World Turns Green On March 17

With St Patricks Day fast approaching Irish News Review takes at look at parades that will be taking place worldwide. There’s estimated to be 80 million people worldwide who claim to be part of the Irish Diaspora and even if people aren’t they still get involved in the celebrations. Everybody is Irish on March 17th.

This year imparticular will see St Patricks Day take on greater significance for the people of Ireland who have been forced to emigrate such is the plight at home.

Check out the list we have compiled to see where the nearest parade is in your part of the world.  

 

Every state across America

Australia- Sydney, Brisbane

Austria-Vienna

Canada– Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

Canary Islands

Caribbean-Montserrat

China-Beijing

Croatia

Cyprus

Denmark-Copenhagen

England-Birmingham, Crawley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Kent, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

Germany-Munich

Greece-Thessaloniki      

Hungary-Budapest

Italy-Rome

Japan-Tokyo

Netherlands-Amsterdam, Den Haag

New Zealand– Auckland

Norway-Oslo

Russia-Moscow

Scotland-Coatbridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Singapore

Spain

South Korea-Seoul

Taiwan

Turkey-Istanbul

UAE-Dubai

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at the National Gallery of Ireland

Join the National Gallery for a special programme of talks, tours and activities celebrating St. Patrick.

  From 13 to 27 March there will be a series of free talks on the theme ‘Celebrating St Patrick’ (Sundays at 3pm and Tuesdays at 10.30am, admission free). On Saturday 17 March, a St Patrick’s Day bilingual tour (Irish/English) will start at 2pm, followed by a children’s art workshop at 3pm, on the theme ‘It’s a Green Day!’ with Susan Farrelly (numbers limited to 40, arrive early!).

Children’s audio tours, Creative Kits for all Ages, and a special St Patrick’s Activity Sheet will be available free from the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing. Children and families are welcome to drop in any time and draw in the Atrium workspace during Gallery hours.

Visit the exhibition, ‘Masterpieces from the Collection’ which features Erskine Nicol’s festive painting, ‘The 16th, 17th (St Patrick’s Day) and 18th March’, or bring the youngsters in to see ‘Fables and Fairy Tales’, featuring illustrations to poems and stories for children, by John Butler Yeats, Richard Doyle, Paul Henry and Harry Clarke.

 Also on Saturday 17 March, visitors will receive a complimentary treat when they make a purchase at the Gallery café in the Wintergarden. There will also be a 10% discount in the Gallery Shop. A series of theatrical and musical performances will take place in the Gallery on 16 and 17 March as part of the St Patrick’s Festival programme (this is a ticketed event, pre-registration essential, see www.stpatricksfestival.ie for details).
 Entrance to the Gallery is via the Millennium Wing at Clare Street, Dublin 2. See www.nationalgallery.ie

St. Patrick’s Weekend Opening Hours at the NGI

Friday 16 March      9.30am–5.30pm

Saturday 17 March  9.30am–5.30pm

Sunday 18 March  12pm–5.30pm

Monday 19 March    10am–5.30pm

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