ireland

  1. Melodi

    INTL NI Unionist Party ( The DUP Party) aims to undermine Northern Ireland Protocol [EU having a meltdown] not a dup but new story

    I decided to go with a new thread on this because this is a new and rather worrying change in the relationship between Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, The United Kingdom, and General and the EU. It started with the vaccine crazy when the EU tried to revoke "article 16" that puts the...
  2. Melodi

    INTL Northern Ireland at centre of major row between EU and UK over vaccine supply

    Well, that certainly escalated quickly, and considering that the UK resisted the urge to do this even in the face of some food shortages in Northern Ireland (it is calling a temporary suspension of the "All Island Customs Agreement" that allows a free-flow of goods and people between the...
  3. Melodi

    SCI Sunlight floods inner chamber of Newgrange tomb

    The tomb this morning was lit naturally by SUNLIGHT! YEAH! In theory, this should happen every year for about three days at the Winter Solstice, and considering New Grange was built 5,000 years ago that's pretty impressive! But most years in Ireland they have to cheat and use a hidden...
  4. Melodi

    CRIME 'serious concern' that mother and baby home (unwed mother homes) records will be sealed for 30 years-Ireland

    Remember the horribly ugly Irish "Baby and Mother Homes"[Homes for unwed Mothers] in Ireland horror stories a few years ago, you know the one where the only "home" excavated so far found the bodies of dozens, maybe hundreds of dead babies and small children thrown in the sewer? The laundries...
  5. Melodi

    SCI New Lidl store gives shoppers glimpse of Dublin's past

    Some people were wondering on some of the recent archeological threads what happens when finds are located on the sites for intended construction projects and since probably 80 percent of the big finds in These Islands (UK, Ireland, even Iceland) as well as mainland Europe tend to be the happy...
  6. Melodi

    SOFT NEWS Ireland's only surviving wooden cargo sailing boat resumes deliveries to islands

    Another "soft" but really nice news story to help balance the really bad stuff at least a little bit, Ireland's last wooden sailing vessel is being used to deliver and receive shipments from some of the Irish Islands out in the Atlantic...
  7. Melodi

    WEATHER Status Orange conditions may occur... as Storm Ellen approaches - Ireland & UK

    The UK is also getting this storm, both of our Islands (especially the UK Mainland) have been hit with severe flooding and Thunderstorms (including rare tornados) in the last couple of weeks but this looks like it could be worse, especially here in Ireland. This is supposed to move in tonight...
  8. Melodi

    CHAT Nightwolf just won Second-Place for Best Historical Adventure 2020 -American Book Fest

    Just a little totally out of the blue news for our family, we just got the word from our Publisher that Nightwolf just won Second Place for Best Historical Adventure Novel for 2020 from the American Book Fest. We didn't even know he was nominated! The Book already has the new cover with the...
  9. Melodi

    PLAY Rural broadband spells land-grab disaster if those predatory doxies are unleashed on lonely farmers-(lol)

    I thought folks here my enjoy this "opinion" piece written by a rural pub owner aka The Landlord about what some of his customers (one in particular) think about the new plan to bring broadband to isolated parts of rural Ireland that are still off-line. Warning put down your hot liquids before...
  10. Melodi

    SCI The Vikings left a lot more of their genetics in Ireland than previously thought

    I changed the headline because the one on this article didn't make sense but the basic information was much better than the other paper's headline "Norse Code" which was also confusing - Melodi The native Irish population was in centuries of decline before the Vikings came along Scientists...
  11. Melodi

    SOFT NEWS 82-year-old woman meets 103-year-old mother after 60-year search

    [BAnother feel-good story of the day to help offset all the bad news - I am so happy for both of them!][/B] 82-year-old woman meets 103-year-old mother after 60-year search Updated / Thursday, 9 May 2019 16:20 Elizabeth and Eileen were reunited in Scotland last week An 82-year-old Irish woman...
  12. Melodi

    BRKG Breaking Dublin Airport flights suspended due to drone

    Breaking Dublin Airport flights suspended due to drone Updated / Thursday, 21 Feb 2019 11:57 The airport said the decision was made for safety reasons Flights have been suspended over Dublin Airport after a drone was sighted over the airfield. In a tweet, the airport said the decision was made...
  13. Melodi

    REL GENRL Happy Imbolc/St. Brigid's Day/Irish Spring!

    Today is not only the Pagan Holiday of Imbolc (still called that on Irish Calendars) it is also known as St.Bridgid's Day here in Ireland and was traditionally the First Day of Spring in the Irish Calendar. My guess is this was because this is when the first lambs start to be born and the very...
  14. Melodi

    INTL 20,000 without power as Storm Ali brings strong winds- Ireland

    We still have power for now but have lost a window pane so far this morning - I'm sending now so this is up there - photos at the link https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0919/994653-storm-ali/ 20,000 without power as Storm Ali brings strong winds Updated / Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018 08:58 A...
  15. Melodi

    FARM Minister announces plans to import fodder - Ireland (feed shortages due to weather)

    Just a few days ago the government was saying that it was the "farmer's problem" but now that we are in for another night of "severe cold weather and rain warning" I gather they have realized that starving live stock is a national food security issue-farmers are unable to plant crops too - going...
  16. Melodi

    WEATHER Wet, wet, wet: last decade saw most rainfall in 300 years [but similar weather in the 1700's]

    I am posting this because even with the headline, the story is a great example of REAL weather research, Ireland and the UK do have some of the longest running official weather records (not even counting the farming annals from the 5th through around the 12th century) and this suggests that...
  17. Melodi

    ILL IMM Spanish police today arrested 155 mostly Chinese nationals who were attempting to smuggle migrants into I

    An example of the sort of illegal immigration problems Ireland DOES have... Spanish police today arrested 155 mostly Chinese nationals who were attempting to smuggle migrants into Ireland and the UK. Independent.ie Newsdesk March 13 2018 1:36 PM Spanish police arrested 155 people, mostly...
  18. Melodi

    INTL Six people hospitalised after 'number of pedestrians struck by car' in Dublin Senior-

    And of course, it isn't "Terror Related" the police said so... Six people hospitalised after 'number of pedestrians struck by car' in Dublin Senior sources say incident not terror related The scene of the crash at Adelaide Road/Earlsford Terrace Pic: Colin O'Riordan Amy Molloy and Cathal...
  19. Melodi

    INTL Appeal for calm after disorder in Belfast

    While Brexit isn't the DIRECT cause of this starting up again, it was what everyone feared when it became obvious that the border MIGHT go back to being a "hard" border with the north and split Ireland back in two again. However, it has also been nearly a generation since the peace agreement...
  20. Melodi

    HEALTH Twenty Irish teenagers are travelling to UK for abortions every month, new figures reveal

    I am posting this for general discussion; both because it is an example of what happens when abortion is illegal but is legal next door; and in terms of the article early this week about the lowering of pregnancies among teenage girls in the UK - I mentioned in my post on that, that it article...
  21. Melodi

    INTL Leo Varadkar: Ireland set to have first gay PM (he is also the youngest)

    He's kind of a "Guppy," he's a doctor and also the son of an Indian (dot) doctor but he was born in Ireland after his dad immigrated legally to practice here, he will also be the youngest Taoiseach (Prime Minister) in modern Irish history. Understand in the system Ireland has, the People didn't...
  22. Melodi

    TERRORISM Two arrested after suspected explosive devices Ireland [update IRA]

    Now the question is, do these guys have names like Paddy and Shamus; or Ali Wanna Bombie (the first could be either IRA or the gang feud currently going on in Dublin but the second...well I'm waiting for the names to be released..Melodi Two arrested after suspected explosive devices seized in...
  23. Melodi

    WEATHER "Weather Bomb" Ireland and the UK - Storm Doris Feb 23 and on-going

    What is this with the "Weather Bomb" thing? Is it just a new way to describe giant circular storms that look like hurricanes and have near or actual hurricane force winds? Anyway I slept through most of this though we still have on-going winds and occasional walls of rain - we still have power...
  24. Melodi

    PLAY The Irish invite you to "Swing a Banker" for Irish Budget Day (Oct 11)

    I just couldn't resist a bit of light (but timely) humor - here's a piece recorded by the "Wolf Tones" a now rather elderly group of traditional Irish rabble rousing musicians who invite everyone to come and Swing a Banker.... Enjoy (and if you have other fun songs of a similar ilk feel free to...
  25. Melodi

    ECON Bank of Ireland [my bank] going to business depositors (reg folks next)

    Well here it is gang, here we go - at least good old BOI was smart enough not to do this to the average depositor because they know that in 2008 people just took their money out of the bank and put it in First Bank of Mattress and Coffee Can. However, I suspect soon larger personal deposits...
  26. Melodi

    WoT Gardi (Police) find explosives in car on main Irish roadway!

    Now the question is, are these guys the "old" Irish bombers (aka revived IRA splinter groups) or the "new" type of terrorists imported from the Middle East - I notice an total lack of names in the press so far, but that isn't that unusual over here due to privacy issues. But if we don't see...
  27. F

    Story Equalizer, Part 2

    (Continued from the previous section.) --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Was it sorcery?" Acorn's eyebrows rose. "So I am 'sir' to you no longer, Michael?" Michael's jaw clenched. "What you are to me is of no moment beside what you are to the world."...
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    Story Equalizer, Part 1

    (A story of medieval Ireland, when Christianity was sweeping over the island but the creed and practices of the Druids had not yet relented their grip. There were many who still believed in the old ways, the ways of wood-sprites and water-nymphs, of Airish Men and magic...and perhaps they were...
  29. Melodi

    PLAY Local Irish Newpaper Headline (Very funny)

    I'm posting this because with all the news over-load sometimes you need a break; this is a REAL Newspaper headline from a rural weekly paper in County Mayo. Our friend that took the photo is wondering if he and all his red blooded male friends should now relocate there...the headline sort of...
  30. Melodi

    CRIME A very Irish Robbery - armed raiders made off with 2,500 cases of gin and whiskey

    Gang of armed raiders made off with 2,500 cases of gin and whiskey in 40-foot trucks in daylight robbery Denise Calnan Twitter Published 01/12/2014 | 17:26 A total of 2,580 six-bottle cases of Jameson Whiskey, six-bottle cases Bombay Sapphire Gin and six-bottle cases of Jack Daniels...
  31. Melodi

    WEATHER Swarm of Small Tornados Today in Ireland

    We have been fine here (so far) only gentle rain and clouds but friends going out to work in their green house (they are small holders) looked up and the American wife said to the Italian husband, "Honey that looks like a funnel cloud" and he said "Oh my, it certainly is - get the camera!" They...
  32. Melodi

    WEATHER Even More Storms for this weekend

    The storms have not stopped here, but as if Tuesday's wild winds that had our power flickering and flooded Cork were not enough, now we have another storm headed this direction. The most recent one actually took out train tracks and a chunk of Sea coast in the UK, last night engineers were...
  33. Melodi

    WEATHER Strongest Jet Stream Ever Recorded To Bring Two Super Storms To United Kingdom Region This

    OK this one is bad enough and strange enough I'm starting a thread for it - the strongest jet stream every recorded is set to bring two severe storms to the UK and Ireland with possible tornadoes in Ireland for Friday! - Melodi...
  34. Melodi

    CRIME Welcome to Ireland... a bottle in the face and loss of an eye

    [This happened just about six miles from where I live! in face my house-mate worked security for the parade this lady's father was the grand-marshal of! In other years I have marched in this parade myself - this happened after hours, at night but Birr is a sleepy, Castle, Tourist Town, I've...
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