2000-07-22 / Columnists

On The Beach

…By Beverly Baxter

Amidst the chaos of the "shut down in Northern Ireland" and the
uncertainty of the survival of the Good Friday Peace Agreement, the Irish Echo published in its last edition the names of the top 10 United States corporations in Ireland. At a fete at the Kildare Hotel, the Irish Echo hosted the awards where it announced its list comprised of nearly 400 U.S. companies. The awards were presented by publisher Claire O'Gara Grimes along with Michael Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.

In order for a corporation to make its place on the distinguished list
it had to meet certain standards set forth by the newspaper. Companies were selected based upon their positive impact on the Irish economy, levels of employment, environmental integrity, and its support and involvement in the community. The companies who made the grade are as follows: Abbott Ireland, Citibank, Intel Ireland Limited, Compaq Computer Corporation, Gateway, Dell, Hewlett-Pachard, Microsoft European Operations, Schering-Plough, and Thermo-King Europe. It's interesting to note that the roster is comprised of
mostly technology corporations. The occasion also coincided with the Irish
Echo's Launching of its new business supplement called "IE". It features a
completed list of the leading 103 companies in Northern Ireland, and the 170 Irish companies that do business in the U.S.

***I must extend my very special wishes to Mrs. Bridie Duignan who
celebrates her 90th birthday this week on June 27. The common consensus of all those who have the pleasure of knowing her is that she is quite a lady! During my 10 years as her neighbor, I have often enjoyed our little chats on her porch. She is still so sharp, witty, and interesting to talk to. Many Rockaway publicans may fondly remember her brother, the late Matty Quinn. Just the mention of his name brings a smile to many a face. Happy Birthday Bridie. Ninety never looked so good!

***Get well wishes to Helen Torres who has undergone complicated heart surgery at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. You are certainly missed and our prayers for your recovery are sincerely felt.

***Owen Baxter has recently released his second CD entitled Pop Cletic. It features a lively song called Peace At Last dedicated to the Irish peace process. There are 15 songs on the CD; eight originals and seven
remakes of some American Country favorites done with a lively modern twist. Owen invites you to sample his songs by logging on to Amazon.com and CDNOW. You may also find his CD in Colony Records in Manhattan and at various Tower Record locations.

***Well the Parks Department signs that were all along Beach 116 street encouraging visitors to the beach to shop the "festival" on the boardwalk have come down. It's that old adage, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." I'm sure there's a pun in there some place, but I won't go there!

See you On The Beach!

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