1916 – A proud nation looks back and forward

Ireland-2016-largeThis past weekend Ireland marked the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. I was lucky that I was able to travel to Dublin for the weekend.

I stayed with a friend in Grand Canal near Boland’s Mill one of the sites of the rising.

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Boland’s Mill in 2016

Now before the weekend I wasn’t too gone on remembering an event that didn’t place on this date 100 years ago. But the realisation slowly dawned on me that there was no point in marking the ‘Easter Rising’ a month after Easter if we were to follow the actual date of the Easter Rising. (Plus April 24th is the Census date)

Early Sunday morning I was outside the St Patricks Cathedral where I saw the Colour Party of Óglaigh na hÉireann carrying the flags of the revolutionary bodies.

Inside the Cathedral, while the prevailing sentiment seemed to be that we were marking this event a month early, one of the most poignant moments of the Easter Service was the reading of the names of those of the Cathedral Community who died Easter Week 1916.

485 people died that week due to the uprising, including women and children.

Following the Service I was on St Stephen’s Green where I watched the parade past the GPO. It was wonderful to see the Emergency Services, both state and voluntary being given places in the parade.

1916 Proclamation of the Republic
1916 Proclamation of the Republic

For me the centenary was an inclusive event. What it means to be Irish is not strictly defined and has been widened to include many ‘new’ Irish who have made Ireland home in the past 100 years. It wasn’t just about the events 100 years ago. It was also the events that followed. It was about our eventual freedom, our foundation as a state and how all the followed has been inspired by the Proclamation issued form the GPO in 1916.

The Irish Flag flying outside St Luke's National School Montenotte, Cork
The Irish Flag flying outside St Luke’s National School Montenotte, Cork

I was also lucky to have been involved in Proclamation Day on March 15th in St Luke’s National School where I serve on the Board of Management. This was a wonderful occasion where the yet again the focus was not just on the events of 1916, but of a new Ireland and a new proclamation from the School Children and their hopes for the future of Ireland.

The final show of the weekend, Centenary on RTÉ, really summed up the experience of the weekend. I was so proud to be in Dublin at the weekend, and watching Centenary and seeing the wealth of Irish Talent marking the events of the Irish History was wonderful. It made me proud to be Irish, proud of our History, our culture and our people. It also gave me hope for the future of this proud nation.

If you haven’t seen Centenary, watch it on the RTÉ Player

Finally, like throughout Irish History, we as a people are not defined by a single event. Whether rebellion, civil war, emigration or growth. But what we are is continually inspired by our past. Whether it is our cultural past such as alluded to in Arthur O’Shaugnessy’s poem Ode

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Or the words of the Proclamation issued in 1916 where we continue to live up to the ideals set within it to “guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens” and  “cherishing all the children of the nation equally”

We can be proud of what we have achieved in the last 100 years. Let us now look forward as Proud Irishmen and Irishwomen to the next 100 and live up to ideals of the republic.

IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.

We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God. Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

Signed on Behalf of the Provisional Government.
Thomas J. Clarke,
Sean Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh,
P. H. Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt,
James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett

Advice from the Red Cross and others

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The Red Cross have issued some First Aid and Safety Advice for the weather conditions that are affected most of the country. Cork City saw snow last night for the first time and the weather is not set to get better. In fact it is set to worsen at the weekend, with snow and icey weather forecasted for the entire country!

Here is the Red Cross advice:

Snow and Ice: First Aid Tips

Treating strains and sprains

The initial treatment for both injuries is the same – the RICE procedure:

  • Rest the injured part
  • Ice – apply ice or a cold pad to the injured area
  • Comfortably support the injury using a bandage or soft padding
  • Elevate the injured part

Treating Fractures / Broken Bones

It can be difficult to distinguish between a bone, joint or muscle injury – so if in doubt, treat the injury as a broken bone. Your main aim is to prevent further injury by keeping the casualty still and then ensuring they get safely to hospital.

If you suspect a broken bone

  • Support the limb
  • Leave the casualty in the position found. Secure and support the injured part. You can use rolled up blankets, cushions, clothes or whatever you have handy.
  • Get the casualty to hospital
  • Assess the severity of the injury and decide how to get them to hospital. For example if they have an arm injury, you may be able to drive them yourself. If you suspect a broken leg or a spine or neck injury, call 999.
  • Treat for shock if required. Look for signs of shock including pale, cold and clammy skin, rapid then weak pulse, fast and shallow breathing ,sweating and complaints of nausea and thirst. If you suspect shock, lie the casualty down and raise their legs above the level of their heart. Make sure you keep the casualty warm.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposure to the cold or sudden immersion in cold water and develops when the body temperature falls below 35 C (95 F). Although the risk of hypothermia is greater outdoors it can also develop indoors in poorly heated homes. Elderly people infants and those who are thin and frail are particularly vulnerable.

Hypothermia symptoms

  • Shivering; cold, pale skin
  • Apathy and disorientation
  • Slow and shallow breathing
  • Slow and weakening pulse

Treatment for hypothermia when indoors

  • The casualty should be re-warmed slowly. Cover the person with blankets – and a hat, if possible – and warm the room.
  • Give the casualty a warm drink and/or highenergy foods, such as chocolate.
  • Call 999/112 for emergency help. Remember, in elderly people, hypothermia may also be disguising the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack.
  • Monitor the person’s vital signs – breathing, temperature and response levels – while waiting for an ambulance.

Frostbite

With this condition, the tissues of the extremities – usually the fingers and toes – freeze due to low temperatures. In severe cases, this freezing can lead to permanent loss of sensation and, eventually, tissue death and gangrene as the blood vessels and soft tissues become permanently damaged.
Frostbite usually occurs in freezing or cold and windy conditions. People who cannot move around to increase their circulation are particularly susceptible. In many cases frostbite is accompanied by hypothermia and this should be treated accordingly.

Symptoms may include

  • Shivering
  • Cold, pale, dry skin
  • Slurred speech and clumsiness
  • Possible loss of consciousness
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Casualties may experience a colour change to the skin of the affected area: first white, then mottled and blue. On recovery, the skin may be red, hot, painful and blistered. Where gangrene occurs, the tissue may become black due to loss of blood supply.

How to treat frostbite

1. Advise the casualty to put their hands in their armpits. Move the casualty into warmth before you thaw the affected part further.
2. Once inside, gently remove gloves, rings and any other constrictions, such as boots. Warm the affected part with your hands, in your lap or continue to warm them in the casualty’s armpits. Avoid rubbing the affected area because this can damage skin and other tissues.
3. Place the affected parts in warm water at around 40 C (104 F) Dry carefully, and apply a light dressing of dry gauze bandage. Monitor and record the casualty’s vital signs – level of response, breathing, pulse and temperature while waiting for help to arrive. Give them a warm not hot drink such as soup and/or highenergy foods such as chocolate to help re-warm them.
4. Raise the affected limb to reduce swelling. An adult may take the recommended dose of paracetamol or her own painkillers. A child may have the recommended dose of paracetamol syrup (not aspirin).
5 Take or send the casualty to hospital.

Snow and Ice: Safety and Accident Prevention Advice

Boots: Boots with rubber soles and solid ankle support that are preferably waterproof are essential to preventing slips and falls on the ice. These slips and falls are among the most common cause of injuries needing emergency hospital attention so men, women and of course children are all advised to wear boots. Even people who ordinarily drive door-to-door and therefore do not have to walk any great distance on a normal day, should bear in mind that their car/bus/taxi could get stuck and should therefore carry boots with them just in case. Be particularly careful when crossing roads or getting into or out of cars/buses/taxis. A pair of old socks worn over shoes can help to give grip in icy conditions.

Body Heat: Layers of clothes are advisable rather than one or two heavy garments while gloves and scarves are essential. Rugs and flasks of hot drinks are well advised for any journey that may take place later today and particularly after nightfall when the temperatures are likely to drop so too are flashlights (check that the batteries are working and bring spare batteries if possible) and a shovel.

Ambient Heat: Take care about heating around you. Do not leave open fires (both real and electric) unattended. Ensure that any gas appliances that are switched on are actually lighting and pay particular attention when dealing with electrical appliances. Pay particular attention to the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning if switching on old heating systems that have not been used for some time and in general ensure proper ventilation.

Hats & Hoods: “If you want to keep your feet warm – wear a hat” goes the old saying and again it is true; approximately 60% of your body heat leaves through your head so any hat is better than none. Best of all are the hats that cover your ears and waterproof hoods are also advised.

Skin: Men – as well as women – should bear in mind that conditions like this dry out the skin leading to cuts and cracks and therefore exposure to infection. A small tube of any basic moisturiser or skin barrier cream can be easily carried in your pocket and should be applied regularly to the hands and the face and any other area of the body that is exposed to extreme cold.

Sunburn and Sun glare: Alpine conditions such as these should be treated accordingly; Sunlight reflected off the ice is strengthened so sunglasses and even sun protection cream could come in handy.

Changeable weather: Above all people should bear in mind that extreme changes to temperature, light and road surfaces are likely in any given 8-hour period and they should therefore be prepared for such.

During severe weather: Elderly people are especially prone to hypothermia and pneumonia. Unfortunately, they are also the most likely to be living in older houses without adequate heating, so call in regularly on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives to see if they need help staying warm or getting provisions.

Motorists: Stop and offer roadside assistance if you see someone’s car has broken down during severe weather; you could be saving someone’s life.

In areas where heavy snow is likely to fall, always carry a blanket in your car. Also, carry a torch, a brightly-coloured headscarf, matches some chocolate bars, a flask of hot soup, a mobile phone and a sign that says HELP in big bright letters. If you break down or get stuck in snow dont leave your car it will get noticed before you will Put the HELP sign in your window, tie the headscarf to your car’s aerial, turn off the engine and curl up in the blanket. Don’t run your car’s engine for more than a few minutes at a time and make sure its exhaust isn’t blocked with snow. Be careful of leaving headlights/radios/hazard lights on for too long when the engine is not running, as it can drain the battery.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has said that blood supplies are running low. The ITBS is appealing for more donations due to the adverse weather. The helpline number for the IBTS is 1850 731 137. Donate Blood if you can!

Cavan County Council have started to leave grit for residents to spread themselves!

As grit supplies are running out, take heed of the conditions on the roads. Make sure you follow the advice of the RSA

RTÉ have a handy list of useful telephone numbers for the current weather conditions.

Also keep an eye on their live updating of the situation through out the country!

Keep an eye on the Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus websites if you are due to travel by bus anywhere

Also for those in Cork, PLEASE DO NOT WALK ON THE LOUGH! Yes, it is frozen, but its very thin ice and very, very slippy! It is dangerous.

Take care out there.

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Irish Eurovision Fans set your Sky+!

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Tomorrow eveing RTÉ will show the first of three Eurovision preview shows called “Eurovision: Countdown” it is produced by the European Broadcasting Union. It has been produced every year since 2007. This year it is being presented by Jovan Radomir of Swedens SVT and Yana Churikova  of Russia’s Channel One.

The show times are:

  • Sunday, April 26th at 17:30 GMT
  • Sunday, May 3rd at 17:30 GMT
  • Sunday, May 10th at 17:30 GMT

Who knows I might update my predictions after watching the shows! The programme may also be availible on RTÉ Player after it has been shown

(h/t: ESC Today)

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RTÉ Digital Radio

Since I got online this evening I have been listening to the 6 new Digital Radio Channels launched by RTÉ today. The 6 channels are: RTÉ Choice, RTÉ Junior, RTÉ Gold, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse and RTÉ Chill. You can listen to them via DAB Radio’s or on the web via Real Player or Windows Media.

A look at the stations.

RTÉ Choice is a mainly non-music channel. It features content from RTÉ Radio, BBC World Service, America’s National Public Radio (NPR) network, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Radio France International among others.

RTÉ Junior is RTÉ’s kids channel. I obviously missed all the programming for the day. It is aimed at children aged 2 to 12 the station will broadcast chart music, nursery rhymes and bedtime stories.

RTÉ Gold is a playlist radio station with no talking! Which is both good and bad. No annoying presenters, but how do you find out what the song is called!!! RTÉ Gold features music from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. They also include album tracks that might not have been released. Which exasperates the no presenter problem in my mind!

RTÉ 2XM is RTÉ 2FM’s sister station and features alternative music from both international and local artists. This channel has plenty of shows using DJ’s from 2FM and new DJ talent to come up with some highly interesting looking shows.

RTÉ Pulse is RTÉ dance station and is really cool in my opinion. I have turned into a dance head recently. Whats really interesting about RTÉ Pulse is that at 8pm on Wednesday there will be a Gay show on it called “The Cosmopolitan” presented by Scott De Buitléir and it will be in Irish and English. The blurb of the show is as follows

Join Scott De Buitléir every Wednesday evening on The Cosmopolitan from 6pm (8pm??). Scott will provide high-quality dance floor remixes of what’s currently topping the charts as well as plenty information and all the latest news for the LGBT communities around Ireland. Mixes will come from the likes of the Freemasons and Richi Rich, along with the best broadcasts from Gaydar Radio. Think of it as a pre-clubbing event, coming to you from your very own radio!

Scott began working as a presenter for various different radio stations since he was 15 and won Comórtas Réalt DJ (in association with Foras na Gaeilge and TG4) at the age of 18 in 2006.

He is also hot!

I am looking forward to listening to the show on Wednesday it should be interesting! Especially the fact that RTÉ will be rebroadcasting Gaydar Radio!!!!!

RTÉ Chill starts at 9pm -7am and is a playlist only station playing an eclectic mix of ambient, electronica and chill out
music from the ‘80s to the present day. Not my cup of tea normally but I might listen to it

RTÉ subsite on Lisbon

RTÉ news have put together a good subsite on the Lisbon treaty here. Some interesting links including links to the text of treaty and all the headlines! Check it out.

Dustin wins Eurosong

It has happened, Ireland will send another ‘Turkey’ to Eurovision. I only heard the entry today from Dustin and I am disappointed with it. Though its very fast and upbeat I cant see many Europeans voting for it. The UK will not be voting in the first Semi-Final though they will be broadcasting it, so I get to hear Terry Wogans commentary, but Ireland will not have have any gaurenteed votes. I was tempted to vote for Ireland from here, but now I’m not so sure. Irish Nationalism might take over and then I will vote for Ireland.

Heres the entry. (lots of Booing)

Eurovision: Dustin suffers backlash

Some people dont seam to be very happy over Dustin’s selection as one of the 6 finalists in Eurosong this year!

From last Tuesday’s Indo:

DUSTIN the Turkey seriously considered pulling out of the Eurosong contest yesterday as controversy erupted over his selection as one of the six Irish finalists .

After hearing nearly 45 minutes of angry radio debate about the fact that the celebrity puppet had made the grade, Dustin thought about throwing in the towel for “nearly a full second”, he confirmed last night.

But the bookies’ favourite has decided to battle on.

“I am doing this for Ireland,” he said.

The crticism came from three of the country’s top music men, songwriter Phil Coulter, Frank McNamara and Eurovision veteran Shay Healy.

Of course this means while they are babbling about Dustin hes getting attention while the other finalists are not!

The full list of Finalists are:

  • ‘Irelande Douze Pointe’, Performed by Dustin the Turkey composed by Darren Smith, Simon Fine and Dustin the Turkey.
  • ‘Double Cross My Heart’, performed by Donal Skehan, composed by Joel Humlén, Oscar Gorres and Charlie Mason.
  • ‘Time to Rise’, performed by Maya, composed by Maja Slatinsek and Ziga Pirnat.
  • ‘Not Crazy After All’, performed by Leona Daly, composed by Leona Daly and Steve Booker.
  • ‘Sometimes‘, performed by Liam Geddes, written by Susan Hewitt.
  • ‘Chances’, written and performed Marc Roberts.

Eursong will take place in the University Concert Hall Limerick on Saturday 23 February from 7 to 8pm with the winner announced on the results show at 9.30pm.

Feb 23rd is Super Saturday for Eurovions Fans. As many as seven countries will select their entries for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. They include:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Poland
  • Romania

Will do more of an Eurovision Update tonight or tomorrow.

People In need Telethon is back!!!!!

Wooo!!! I always think this is a great way to raise money for well deserving charities!!! Get your think caps on on!! Press release and links below!

RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007

Irish charities to benefit from millions of euro raised during the 2007 RTÉ People in Need Telethon

Ryan Tubridy, host of the RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007, in association with eircom, joined RTÉ Television presenters Pamela Flood, Lucy Kennedy, Caroline Morahan and Laura Woods to announce that the RTÉ People in Need Telethon is back. Set to broadcast on RTÉ One on Friday 26 October, the return of the telethon will be welcome news for Irish charities and community groups all over Ireland. During the last Telethon in 2004, over 4,000 fundraising events were organised by people nationwide, and proceeds were subsequently distributed to almost 760 projects in the 26 counties.

How far will you go for People in Need? That is the question posed by Ryan, Pamela, Lucy, Caroline and Laura, reflecting the theme of this year’s RTÉ People in Need Telethon. The People in Need Trust, meanwhile, encouraged people to log on to www.telethon.ie to register their events.

John Holohan, Telethon Director, People in Need Trust is confident that this year’s fundraising campaign will provide a great boost to Irish charities: “Thanks to both RTÉ and eircom, the telethon is back and once again this enables us to raise much needed funds for Irish charities. For us the most important message is for people to go out and support their county as all funds go back into the county in which they were raised, making it a great way to support good causes in your local community.”

RTÉ has confirmed that the telethon broadcast will be presented by Ryan Tubridy and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, with Blathnaid presenting the show from 7.00pm while Ryan takes up the reins at 9.30pm. Packed full of entertainment, and with regular updates from fundraising centres around the country, this year’s telethon shows will feature plenty of familiar celebrities behaving badly, and all in a good cause. Programme producer Michael Kealy says: “Expect plenty of stunts, lots of bizarre and novel fund-raising ideas, and bargains galore in the telethon auction room. The focus this year is on entertainment and we’re aiming to make the telethon a must-see from 7.00pm on Friday evening until the early hours of Saturday morning.”

Speaking on behalf of eircom, Managing Director Cathal Magee said: “eircom has been involved in the telethon since it began and we have been proud to see it go from strength to strength over the years. We are very much looking forward to this year’s event and will work with the People in Need Trust and RTÉ to ensure this is the best telethon ever.”

Since its inception in 1988, over €35 million has been raised by the People in Need Trust through the RTÉ People in Need Telethon, supporting a wide variety of charitable organisations nationwide. The telethon has always placed a special emphasis on smaller, low-profile groups who would have difficulty in raising sufficient funds for themselves. It’s almost 20 years since the very first telethon and organizers hope that the RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007 will be an anniversary to remember for thousands of people in need the length and breadth of the country.

Telethon website – http://www.telethon.ie/
RTÉ Page – http://www.rte.ie/tv/telethon/
History (RTÉ) – http://www.rte.ie/tv/telethon/history.html

I’ll be involved in at least one fundrasing event! Woooo!

I will post details on the events I know of here.

Sponsors are

Morning Breifing, January 8th

An Nuacht ar an maidin seo

Well im never trusting RTÉ again. Thanks for everyone who commented, and yes its David Irvine, I was very tired last night!

FG launch into FF over saying they will go into power with Sinn Fein (Breakingnews.ie) Maybe one of my predictions for the Government may come true.

NASA killed life on Mars (CNN). Wow thats a strange one. Didnt see that coming.

Sky News have launched a Green Britain yoke thats showing all week. one of this links is for a game from the Science Museum

Israel is reportedly ready to attack Iran, now theres a warn for them (France 24)

Missed the Panel?

My friend told me about this. You can watch all of the current series of The Panel! excellent will done RTÉ!