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  • Ireland weather: Forecasters predict mega temperature drop as some in for –12°C freeze

    12/03/2022 7:54:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Irish Mirror ^ | 16:57, 3 Dec 2022 | Sophie Collins
    Ireland is in for below-freezing temperatures next week as forecasts show a major drop on the way — predicted to head as low as –12°C in some counties. Met Éireann’s forecast for the week ahead says it is due to be “very cold” in the second week of December; however, rainfall amounts are due to be below average. There will be many clear spells tonight, with isolated showers continuing in the east of the country. Lowest temperatures will range from –1 to +4 degrees with frost expected. Things are due to stay dry in many areas with sunny spells, and...
  • Senior Irish Twitter executive secures temporary High Court injunction against termination of employment

    11/25/2022 10:29:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | 25 November 2022
    An Irish-based senior executive with Twitter has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment. The order was secured by Sinéad McSweeney, who is Twitter’s Global Vice President for Public Policy. She claims that by not responding to a generic and vague email sent to all Twitter employees by its owner, multibillionaire Elon Musk, earlier this month, she has been treated as if she is no longer employed by the company. […] Mr. Musk, she claims, has since the takeover been running the company “in an unorthodox manner” and has been rehiring and...
  • 19 Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day All the soda bread, corned beef, and mashed potatoes you can eat.

    03/11/2022 7:14:24 AM PST · by mylife · 49 replies
    No matter the nature of your St. Patrick's Day traditions, great food is an absolute must. From classic (and not-so-classic) soda breads to stout-battered onion rings and corned beef galore, these 19 Irish-inflected dishes and cocktails will keep you well-fed all day long. Breads Real Irish Soda Bread In the olden days, soda bread was baked over hot coals in a skillet, where the bread developed a thick, lovely crust. Now we bake the bread in our oven, but doing so in a Dutch Oven produces the same crusty loaf that we love so much. Irish Brown Bread If you...
  • Ireland court rules that Subway's sandwich bread is not legally bread

    10/02/2020 12:53:34 PM PDT · by be-baw · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 1, 2020 | Jon Haworth
    LONDON -- Ireland’s Supreme Court has issued a ruling declaring that for the purposes of tax law, the bread served in Subway's hot sandwiches does not actually meet the legal definition of “bread” because of its sugar content and is rather a "confectionary or fancy baked good." The case was brought before the court by Subway franchisee Bookfinders Ltd. which claimed that the bread Subway served qualified as a “staple food,” which, in Ireland, means that the bread would be exempt from value-added tax (VAT), thereby saving Subway money.
  • 25% of Ireland’s Catholic Priests Will Age Out in Next 15 Years

    11/13/2022 6:40:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/8/22 | J-P Mauro
    The data, which shows only 2.5% of Irish priests are below the age of 40, has people wondering how the clergy will handle the work load.A survey taken by Ireland’s Association for Catholic Priests (ACP) has revealed that about a quarter of the nation’s clergymen will reach or surpass the age of 75 within the next 15 years. Furthermore, it was found that only an estimated 2.5% of active Catholic priests in Ireland are below the age of 40. The data was shared at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), in October. RetirementWhile a Catholic diocesan priest is allowed to seek...
  • Hundreds attend cost-of-living protests across Ireland

    11/12/2022 10:08:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Irish Mirror ^ | 22:11, 12 Nov 2022 | Clare McCarthy
    Hundreds of people took to the streets in Ireland today to protest against the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Over 20 local protests took place around the country on Saturday, with over 500 people joining the protest in Cork city. Protesters in Cork gathered on Grand Parade this afternoon before marching to the GPO where they staged a brief sit-down protest and then continued to City Hall. The aim of the demonstrations was to send a message to the Government about soaring costs facing the population especially gas and electricity prices, the housing crisis, and rising food prices. They chanted: “Freeze prices,...
  • Florida man pretends to be Irish while committing fraud

    11/11/2022 9:53:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    NBC 2 News ^ | November 10, 2022 | NBC 2 News
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A Florida man has been arrested after committing multiple fraudulent transactions while pretending to be an Irish national. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement became aware of a man using the pseudonym “Declan Quinn” to commit fraud in February. Following an investigation, agents found that “Quinn” had won the position of HOA Board of Directors presidents at his Washington County neighborhood. He also used his standing in his community to obtain a $17,000 loan fraudulently. The fake name was even used to sign a notarized promissory note stating he would repay the loan, which he failed...
  • Kerry priest gives controversial sermon as Mass goers walk out and Bishop apologizes [Ireland]

    11/02/2022 8:25:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Irish Mirror ^ | 17:21, 1 Nov 2022 | David Kent and Danny De Vaal
    The Bishop of Kerry has issued an apology for the controversial remarks made by a priest during a service in Listowel. Delivering a sermon on Sunday, Fr. Seán Sheehy said that there was “rampant sin” around and made damning remarks about the LGBT community and abortion. […] Videos shared on social media from the sermon at St Mary’s Church in the Kerry town show Father Sheehy telling the congregation: “You rarely hear about sin, but it’s rampant. It’s rampant. We see it for example in the legislation. We see it in the promotion of abortion, we see it; and in...
  • Ancient Irish Halloween Tale - 'Echtra Nera'

    11/01/2022 8:30:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 30, 2022 | Dr Raoul McLaughlin
    'The Adventure of Nera at Samhain' from a Tenth Century Irish Manuscript.Ancient Irish Halloween Tale - 'Echtra Nera'Dr Raoul McLaughlin | October 30, 2022
  • Savita Halappanavar ‘would be proud of her legacy’ (Hurl alert)

    10/24/2022 3:03:29 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 2 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 23rd October 2022 | Julieanne Corr
    Savita Halappanavar would be really proud as she has helped a lot of women, her best friend said this weekend as the tenth anniversary of her death approaches. “It should never have happened. She should be here today. We couldn’t accept it for years, we still can’t accept it really,” said Shilpa Rose Renjith at her home in Galway. Halappanavar died from severe sepsis at University Hospital Galway ten years ago this Friday after her request for an abortion was denied on legal grounds. She was 17 weeks pregnant with a baby girl and just 31 years old, with no...
  • Irish Commission Wants Pro-Lifers Jailed for ‘Influencing the Decision’ of Women Seeking Abortion

    10/22/2022 6:48:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10/12/22 | Bridget Sielicki
    Less than four years ago, preborn children were protected from abortion in Ireland. Now, those ministering to women in need and working to save the lives of these children are facing a possible threat of jail time. It’s hard to call abortion a woman’s “choice,” if she is prohibited from hearing any alternatives and those who can help her make her decision are forbidden to speak. Irish lawmakers are considering a bill that would implement buffer zones outside abortion facilities, as the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) is calling for the legislature to act on the bill “without...
  • Research finds mysterious structure in Cork Harbour is prehistoric tomb

    10/21/2022 4:44:06 PM PDT · by bani · 13 replies
    Irish Examine ^ | 18-10-2022 | LORNA SIGGINS
    New research looks set to answer a long-standing question about the status of a mysterious tomb-like structure uncovered in Cork Harbour many years ago. Archaeologists have been split as to whether it was prehistoric or a more recent 19th-century “folly”. However, Connemara-based archaeologist Michael Gibbons now says there is conclusive evidence the Carraig á Mhaistin stone structure at Rostellan on the eastern shore of Cork Harbour is a megalithic dolmen. Mr Gibbons has also discovered a previously unrecognised cairn close to the dolmen which would have been concealed by rising sea levels, and which he is reporting to the National...
  • Hadrian's Wall Had A Bigger And Older Scottish Brother [tr]

    02/26/2018 7:46:10 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 27, 2013 | James Rush
    Archaeologists have been carrying out research into a huge late fist century AD defence system, which stretches 120 miles across Scotland. A total of 14 forts and several fortlets, which formed part of a defensive network built in the AD 70s, have so far been investigated over the past decade by the team, led by Dr Birgitta Hoffmann and Dr David Wolliscroft, both of the University of Liverpool. The network, which is thought to have run from Montrose or Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen, on the North Sea coast to the Firth or Clyde, was built some 50 years before Hadrian's...
  • Manson, She Wrote: How Angela Lansbury Saved Her Daughter From Joining Charles Manson's Cult

    10/12/2022 7:15:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Wed, October 12, 2022
    Manson, she warned. SNIP One such tidbit takes us back to the Hollywood Hills of the 1960s, when Charles Manson was recruiting kids of the famous and well-to-do into what would become his infamous murder cult. Manson wooed, or attempted to woo, the likes of Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day, Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, and Lansbury's kids, Anthony and Deidre Shaw. Dame Lansbury recounted how Diedre in particular fell under Manson's sway and how she plucked both her kids out of Hollywood and absconded to Ireland in a 2014 interview with Mail Online. "It started with...
  • McAleese Calls on Pope to Remove ‘Offensive Sexist’ Document from Vatican Website

    09/27/2022 6:27:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 9/20/22 | Patsy McGarry
    Former president says material ‘offends all women and the creator who made them’Former president Mary McAleese has called on Pope Francis to remove “awful material” from a Vatican website set up in 2016 which she said “offends all women and the creator who made them”. The document, which blames all human ills on women, including the death of Jesus Christ, appears on the website of the Dicastery (Department) for the Laity, the Family and Life. It appears in English, French and Italian, but not in Spanish or Portuguese translations. Written by Tertullian, one of the early church fathers who died...
  • Blazing fireball illuminates skies over Scotland and Northern Ireland

    09/22/2022 5:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    LIVESCIENCE ^ | 9/20 | JoAnna Wendel
    The bright trail of light captured imaginations all across the United Kingdom. A bright fireball streaked across the sky late at night on Sept. 14 in the U.K.. At first, some observers thought the whizzing ball of light could have been a piece of space junk, perhaps from one of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites. But after some speedy calculations, the U.K. Meteor Network determined that the fireball was caused by a small space rock entering Earth’s atmosphere. “We’ve analysed it from many more angles. It is definitely a meteor. Probably a small piece of an asteroid that’s broken off an asteroid....
  • Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for first time

    09/22/2022 7:30:54 AM PDT · by JSM_Liberty · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thu 22 Sep 2022 | Rory Carroll
    Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for the first time, a demographic milestone for a state that was designed a century ago to have a permanent Protestant majority. Results from the 2021 census released on Thursday showed that 45.7% of inhabitants are Catholic or from a Catholic background compared with 43.48% from Protestant or other Christian backgrounds. The 2011 census figures were 45% Catholic and 48% Protestant. Neither bloc is a majority. ... Higher birth rates among Catholics gradually closed the gap, a closely watched metric since they tended to identify as Irish while Protestants tended to identify as British....
  • A child should not have to hide identity at school(Hurl alert)

    09/11/2022 3:42:59 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 13 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 11th September 2022 | Louise O'Neill
    Have you heard the story about Enoch Burke? An innocent schoolteacher, fighting the good fight against the woke liberal agenda. Jailed for his refusal to kowtow to the demands of the left-wing mob. Jailed for his religious beliefs. You can’t say anything any more, can you? It won’t just be cancellation on Twitter, now you’ll be thrown in Mountjoy for daring to say sex is real. That’s not the real story, of course. Burke, an evangelical Christian, was suspended from Wilson’s Hospital School in Westmeath last month arising from his opposition to addressing a transgender child in the school by...
  • The Trans Inquisition Comes to Ireland

    09/07/2022 6:48:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Spiked Online ^ | 9/6/22 | Fraser Myers
    A teacher who refused to use preferred pronouns has landed himself in prison.Standing up to trans ideology can come at a huge personal cost. And few have paid a heavier price than Irish schoolteacher Enoch Burke. Burke’s refusal to use a pupil’s preferred pronouns set off a chain of events that have now landed him in prison. Burke’s journey to a cell began in May. The headmistress of his school, the Wilson’s Hospital School in County Westmeath, issued a request to staff to refer to a transitioning male pupil using the pronoun ‘they’. Burke refused, arguing that transgenderism was incompatible...
  • New carvings discovered at prehistoric stone circle in Limerick

    09/03/2022 5:48:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | August 31, 2022 | Staff
    An Irish archaeological photographer has discovered a remarkable series of prehistoric carvings at the Grange Stone Circle in Lough Gur, County Limerick.Ken Williams, a leading Irish archaeological photographer, has developed methods of lighting stones so that they can be photographed to maximum effect, allowing him to find a series of carvings over the past few years.Williams was returning to check the stones at Grange Stone Circle as part of his research when he discovered the new carvings.The new carvings are particularly spectacular due to the presence of concentric circles and arcs found on the back and sides of a stone...