Articles in the General News Category

RECKLESS BREXITEERS SHOWING IGNORANCE OVER BORDER BACKSTOP: JOHN MAJOR

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
RECKLESS BREXITEERS SHOWING IGNORANCE OVER BORDER BACKSTOP: JOHN MAJOR

Michael Fisher As the Brexit debate reached a crucial stage in the United Kingdom, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major was in Ireland this week to remember his collaboration 25 years ago with the late Albert Reynolds in the Downing Street declaration that paved the way for the peace process. He criticised what he said was the “breathtaking ignorance” unionist leaders and Eurosceptics had shown over the Irish border during the Brexit debate. Sir John called for calm but warned that the imposition of a hard border was a ...

CARRICK’S MONSIGNOR LARRY DUFFY NAMED AS BISHOP-ELECT OF CLOGHER

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
CARRICK’S MONSIGNOR LARRY DUFFY NAMED AS BISHOP-ELECT OF CLOGHER

By Veronica Corr The Northern Standard was afforded the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with Bishop-Elect Larry Duffy, after the announcement of his promotion in St. Joseph’s Church, Carrickmacross on Saturday morning last. Famed for his modesty, he was his approachable self. When asked how he felt on the morning, just after the announcement was made, after accepting congratulations, Monsignor Duffy said: “I’m feeling calm, relieved and grateful to be this far on.” He explained that the Papal Nuncio had given him as much time as he needed to ...

PASSING OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ACADEMIC EVOKES CO COUNCIL TRIBUTES

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
PASSING OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ACADEMIC EVOKES CO COUNCIL TRIBUTES

Peter Hughes The recent passing of Professor Brendan O’Grady, the academic whose work charted the connections between the Canadian maritime province of Prince Edward Island and the many parts of Ireland, including Co Monaghan, to which its population claimed ancestral links, evoked warm tributes at last week’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council. Professor O’Grady, who was aged 93, was the author of Exiles and Islanders, described as “the definitive account of the Irish settlers on Prince Edward Island”. His funeral service took place at the Church of the Most Holy ...

HOLDING OUR NERVE

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
HOLDING OUR NERVE

It is very difficult to comment with value on the evershifting morass that the handling of the Brexit process by the political institutions of Britain has become. Events change with such frequency that analysis and assessment become redundant almost as soon as they are uttered, and the changes are often so bewildering and chaotic in nature that scorn and sarcasm too easily take the place of sober commentary. Ireland finds itself in the uncomfortable position akin to a householder listening to an ever rowdier Christmas party going on next door. We ...

MINISTER HUMPHREYS URGES LOCAL BUSINESSES TO ACCELERATE THEIR PREPARATIONS FOR BREXIT

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
MINISTER HUMPHREYS URGES LOCAL BUSINESSES TO ACCELERATE THEIR PREPARATIONS FOR BREXIT

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan, has urged local businesses to accelerate their preparations for Brexit. Speaking on the matter, Minister Humphreys said: “According to a recent survey by Enterprise Ireland, 85% of their most impacted clients are taking steps to plan for Brexit, which is up from 38% at the same time last year. “These figures are very encouraging, and I warmly welcome this high rate of Brexitrelated activity. “However, notwithstanding the uncertainty that comes with Brexit, I want to see ...

CARLETON’S FAIR OF EMYVALE AND OTHER STORIES

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
CARLETON’S FAIR OF EMYVALE AND OTHER STORIES

Michael Fisher Next month we will be marking the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous Irish writer William Carleton. His most famous work was Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, a collection of stories that centred around life in the Clogher Valley area where he grew up in the early 19th Century. Carleton, while lodging with his cousin Paddy Treanor near Emyvale, received an early education at a hedge school conducted by his cousin Fr John Keenan at Glenna, close to the present chapel in the parish ...

BOSS ‘BANTY’ HAILS DOUBLE-WINNING MINORS

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
BOSS ‘BANTY’ HAILS DOUBLE-WINNING MINORS

COLM SHALVEY The presentation of the county minor footballers’ 2018 Ulster MFC and MFL medals brought a big crowd and a celebratory atmosphere to the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan Town last Friday night. Outgoing Monaghan minor manager Séamus McEnaney was enthused by the event: “The night itself was fantastic, the couple-of-hundred people here were very special to the players: their families, club-people etc. This is a phenomenal group of players; very special in my mind for as long as I live because they delivered a minor double.” ‘Banty’ spoke about the ...

EMMET ÓG’S DREAMS END IN THE CAPITAL …

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14 Dec 2018 No Comment
EMMET ÓG’S DREAMS END IN THE CAPITAL …

Clontarf 8-14 Emmet Óg 2-05 AILBHE QUINN Monaghan and Ulster Intermediate football kingpins Emmet Óg came a cropper at the final hurdle last weekend in Dublin when going down by 2-5 to 8-14 to Clontarf in the All-Ireland club decider. In becoming the first Dublin side to come good at the intermediate level, the northsiders had an ace in Republic of Ireland women’s international Siobhan Killeen who grabbed an astonishing haul of 5-4 at Parnell Park to end Emmet Óg’s dreams of national glory. Played in extremely testing conditions with torrential rain at ...

CO COUNCIL TO MEET AT CONCRA WOOD

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6 Dec 2018 No Comment
CO COUNCIL TO MEET AT CONCRA WOOD

Peter Hughes The Concra Wood Golf and Country Club in Castleblayney – venue in October for the Monaghan Irish Challenge golf tournament – is to host another prestigious event early next year: the January meeting of Monaghan Co Council. The local authority’s monthly meeting is to be brought to the Mid-Monaghan sporting venue by the Leas Cathaoirleach of the Council, Sinn Féin representative Colm Carthy. Cathaoirleach David Maxwell (Fine Gael) announced at Tuesday’s Council meeting that he was according the privilege of bringing the next meeting to a venue of ...

SOCIAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA USE OF ‘BLAYNEY FATALITY FOOTAGE CONDEMNED

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6 Dec 2018 No Comment
SOCIAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA USE OF ‘BLAYNEY FATALITY FOOTAGE CONDEMNED

Peter Hughes Castleblayney Fine Gael representative Aidan Campbell led strong condemnation at Tuesday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council of the dissemination by some social media and national broadcast media outlets of filmed footage of part of a road traffic incident in ‘Blayney on Tuesday November 27 last which resulted in the death of a well-known community figure. Councillors united in paying tribute to Stephen Marron, who was killed when his parked car was struck by another vehicle, and sending sympathy to his family, relatives and friends. Good wishes were extended ...