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CHRISTMAS READING: BOOK REVIEWS by JOHN HAGAN
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00
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THE SHARDY SHAMROCK
by EAMON MURRAY

As a student, one of my favourite authors was Richard Amour who was responsible for such literary gems as ‘Hamlet’, and ‘Macbeth’. And here’s you thinking that William Shakespeare wrote them! Well, of course he did, it’s just that Amour somewhat altered, embellished and satirized the historical constructs of the Bard’s handiwork. I was again reminded of Amour’s humorous approach while reading Eamon Murray’s, The Shardy Shamrock.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 September 2016 02:28 )
 
Whistling into the West
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00
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by Paula Xiberras

The name Gavin in one interpretation means hawk and it’s fitting that the bird motif should be associated with musician Gavin James. It was always going to be music for Gavin and if he didn’t play he would teach it. Gavin won the Choice Music Prize for his first album ‘Bitter Pill’.

Gavin was preparing for his Australian tour when I caught up with him recently. He told me his songs are ‘personal stuff about relationships, reading books, work and music’.

 
New Website linking Irish Businesses and Social Groups
Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00
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Ciaran McKeown is from Co Antrim and came to Australia 5 years ago.  His introduction to computer programming was in Belfast and from that he knew that he wanted to run his own business building websites and working with people in their businesses. “Jacqueline and I married and in 2012 moved to Australia”.

When Ciaran looked around the Perth and elsewhere there wasn’t anywhere to source Irish businesses and services.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2016 05:56 )
 
Stories from the West Australian Goldfields...
Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00
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AN IRISH ROMANCER

The Search for the real
Walter Robert Fitzgerald-Moore


Walter Moore, if that was his real name, was my grandfather, but he died 25 years before I was born.  His origins are shrouded in mystery and even the circumstances of his death – “in the arms of his mistress” as my father so bitterly put it – were kept secret for many decades.At the time of his marriage to my grandmother, Marion Sophia Greenway, his first wife Elizabeth may still have been alive. Her existence was never admitted and her surviving children, Robert, Anita and Lizita, were introduced as his nephew and nieces (no attempt was ever made to identify the brother whose offspring they were alleged to be). His descendants made every effort to hide the truth by denials, by burning all the papers that they could get their hands on, and by “romancing” about the remarkable man he was.He made two great fortunes and lost them both, but not without tasting the fruits of his success in the enjoyment of mansions, carriages and liveried footmen.  His son Robert, whom he was unable publicly to acknowledge, was as great a romancer as his father and left an equally obfuscated trail of birth dates and parentage.  Some years ago I undertook the immensely difficult task of checking every statement and record that I could lay my hands upon.  I have been very successful in dispelling some of the lies; but much less successful in arriving at the truth.  The search continues!Birth and ancestry It would be satisfying to begin this story with the birth of the hero on a given date at a particular location.  But from the very start we have to admit that we know neither for certain.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2016 05:48 )
 
LAUDING INCOMPETENCE By JOHN HAGAN
Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00
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“If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error”. JK Galbraith

As a callow economics student at Trinity College, Dublin, JK was my idol. At the drop of a hat, I could quote extensively from his works, and consistently peppered my economic essays with his insightful and pertinent observations, including some I made up myself. On graduation from Trinity, I promptly forgot all my economics – except for JK’s sapient comment, above. Success is arguably overrated, and often just too dull to contemplate. My observations are that incompetence is what humanity is really good at; it is what we should respect and admire. Being really bad at something stems from inspired idiocy, and must be viewed as a welcome counterblast to the current all-pervading ‘success’ ethic so embedded in modern Western culture. Author, Stephen Pile, has written three books (see below) cataloguing achievements of breathtaking incompetence.
From his books, I have selected some Irish feats of ineptitude which bear celebrating. 
Every man has a scheme that will not work.

 
RAIN DOGS by ADRIAN McKINTY
Monday, 05 September 2016 05:07
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Reviewed by John Hagan
To my shame, I must admit that Rain Dogs is the first Adrian McKinty book I have read. What have I been doing? With fourteen books to his credit, McKinty, who hails from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, is already an award winning author, with Rain Dogs the fifth in a crime series featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Carrickfergus RUC. Set in the 1980s during ‘The Troubles’, Rain Dogs is a fast paced thriller, full of intrigue, verbal jousting, engaging characters and dark (Norn Irn) humour.

 
Paddy's Road leads back to Ireland
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00
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By Lloyd Gorman


Patrick Dodson was officially elected as Western Australia's newest Senator on April 28. He replaces Senator Joe Bullock who resigned because his personal views about same sex marriage were at odds with the Labor Party's position on the issue. Mr Dodson has been reported as being in favour of same sex marriage on the grounds that not to allow it is discrimination. His election in the WA Parliament this week was hijacked by the remarks of Liberal senator Peter Abetz, the member for Southern River, who holds devout Catholic beliefs, on the issue which has become the main story about his election as Senator with the full sport of all sides of the House. Wearing his trademark Akubra Patrick (Pat) Dodson was sworn into his role in the national parliament in Canberra on Monday (May 2).

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 May 2016 14:13 )
 
Careful now, mind how you go! Foreign Affairs tells Aussies in Ireland
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00
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By Lloyd Gorman

Australian's planning a trip to Ireland are being urged to show caution while travelling overseas by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Nothing new there then! The default position of the department is to advise its own citizens to be careful whenever they travel anywhere overseas for business or pleasure. The spate of terrorist attacks across the middle East and increasingly in the West are reason enough to make public servants more anxious than normal and any incident of this kind that involves Australian citizens – and the general public are regularly targeted – means they will have to become involved in the aftermath and help clear up the carnage and mess caused by extremists.

 
Latest Book Reviews with Julia McDonnell
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00
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PRIVATE PARIS
James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
If you are Patterson fan you are going to enjoy this roller coaster of a ride from the private salons of Saudi Princes through to the mean streets of LesBosquets. From breathtaking car chases to luxury yachts of Monaco the action is nonstop and fast paced. The next in the ‘Private’ series Jack Morgan head of a worldwide private investigation agency sets out to find a missing girl but finds himself embroiled in political intrigue that involves the murder of some of Paris’s cultural elite. Patterson shows us a glimpse into the darker aide of the ‘City of Lights’ and all the religious and ethnic tensions that bubble below the surface. Not normally a great fan of the short choppy way Patterson writes I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed finding myself swept up in this sometime thought provoking story. Easy reading…****

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 May 2016 14:21 )
 
Titanic brings us deep into history - and ourselves
Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00
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By Lloyd Gorman

The story of RMS Titanic - rather than the ship itself - would become an unstoppable - perhaps even unsinkable - juggernaut. For more than a hundred years now the world has marvelled and speculated about the rise and demise of what was the greatest and most luxurious ship in the world. Citizens of China, America, England as well as a raft of other countries besides, including Bulgaria and Lebanon, numbered amongst the more than 1,500 souls to be lost on the 15th of April 1912.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2016 08:29 )
 
Live Irish Music Sessions in Perth
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00
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THANKS DERRICK BUCKLEY YOU CAN FIND AND NOW ENJOY LIVE MUSIC IN PERTH...
VISIT HIS FACEBOOK PAGE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Liveirishmusicinperth/

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 03:30 )
 
Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement between Ireland and Australia
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00
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www.consulateofirelandwa.com.au

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Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal health care agreement (RHCA) that entitles visitors from Ireland to Australia to receive medically necessary treatment as public inpatients or outpatients in Australian public hospitals, on the same terms as Australian residents (i.e free of charge). Medically necessary treatment means and ill-health or injury which occurs while the individual is in Australia and requires treatment before they return home.

Cover is provided for the duration of the visitor’s approved stay in Australia. Under the RHCA, eligible victors are also entitled to subsidised pharmaceuticals under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), where these are prescribed by a private medical practitioner. Note that the RHCA does not include eligibility for Medicare benefits for out-of-hospital services including treatment provided by doctors in private practice.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:49 )
 
Who lived in your Irish Home in 1901 and 1911?
Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
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CENSUS OF IRELAND 1901 AND 1911
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/
What information does the Census contain?
Ireland is unusual among English-speaking census-taking countries in that our original household manuscript returns survive. These are the forms filled out and signed by the head of each household on census night. Most other countries only have Enumerators' books, where family details were transcribed by the person charged with collecting the census information.
The basic topographical divisions for the census are: County; District Electoral Division; Townland or Street. This is a simple hierarchical structure which makes it easy to access any area in the country. The returns are arranged in clusters by townland/street within district electoral division within county. For each townland/street, there are a number of original household returns, filled in and signed by heads of households, and three statistical returns, dealing with religious denominations, classification of buildings, and out-offices and farm-steadings, filled out by the Enumerator for that townland/street.

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