2000-09-02 / Columnists

Meet The Irish

by Harry McGuirk

This time next year Dubliners may be walking on water. Dublin City has decided to build a boardwalk on the sunny side, that is the north side of the River Liffey, Steel scaffolding is already hoisted into place from the grand O’Connell bridge. To Halfpenny bridge. We presume deck chairs and beach umbrellas will be plentiful down by the Liffeyside. It won’t be "Roll Out The Barrel" from the Guinness side of the Liffey. Wouldn’t it be great if some of our famous lifeguards from the Rockaways and Coney Island put on a show and the American kids are given an opportunity to show their skills at water sports. It’s only a thought but a good one. There ain’t any sharks that we know of in the Liffey.

Remember too that the temperature here is much cooler than New York in the summer. We’re sure the mosquitoes don’t behave like the New York ones if there are any at all over here, just honest to God flies. Liffey "River Dance" will be a very nright idea if the youth of the world would show off their aquabilities.

Some of the headlines in this week’s papers: John Hume of the new North of Ireland Assembly, SDLP, has announced that he is retiring. John is cheered by the multi groups of people for his work for peace in the north of Ireland. His reason for retiring is poor health.

A six year old child from the north of Ireland was abducted from her bedroom hotel and raped. This happened in Spain in the resort of Palma Nova.

There is a lot of aggravation here because it was claimed that thousands of young people are homeless.

There are many dropouts from schools in Ireland which is of great concern. The teachers, principals and parents are greatly concerned. Young people have been taking jobs for the summer and refuse to return to school.

There is shooting and killing and people being burned out of their homes. Another terrible tragedy where nobody feels safe, and there are Protestant people who were once friends and neighbors in Protestant areas. Where this kind of terror is going to go no one knows.

Two Irish soccer players Phil Babb and Mark Kennedy have been dropped from Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match following their appearance in Dublin’s District Court on charges of breaking the peace and causing criminal damage to a car.

Because of a serious shortage of trained nurses, hospitals are researching throughout the world for nurse work in Irish hospitals. Philipinos are being scouted at the moment.

Slan ‘til next time.






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