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Friday, 14 October 2005
Questions were asked about the circumstances of the deaths of two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers; an attempt to kill two RUC officers was widely condemned; opinion polls provided very good news for presidential candidate Brian Lenihan; the plight of Irish people still in Baghdad and Kuwait remained a daily issue; and protesters campaigned on health grounds against the introduction of MMDS (multi-point microwave distribution system) for delivering television signals.


October 15, 1990 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.193


Editor: Liam Ferrie Circulation: 807


The violence of Israeli troops in Jerusalem and the subsequent debate in the UN received extensive coverage throughout the week. The Irish Times carried two photographs on its front pages showing behaviour which, if given the same coverage in the rest of the world, must have greatly displeased the Israeli authorities. We, of course, had our own violence again this week. In the North, the British Army (thought to be the SAS) shot dead two men who appear to have been important figures in the IRA. Later in the week the IRA shot two RUC officers in the head in the centre of Belfast. Both are in a serious condition. In the South the most violent act of which we were aware was of a gang of masked men who dragged a young man from his Dublin home and beat him to death.

On Wednesday The Irish Times provided all the nation's papers with their lead stories. The results of the first public opinion poll on the Presidential election was published. This provided Brian Lenihan with good news and must have been a great disappointment to Austin Currie although, if reports are true, it was an even greater disaster for Alan Dukes. The results of the opinion poll were very similar to the figures quoted by me in last week's edition.

Ray MacSharry seems to be getting more column inches from Brussels than he ever did when he was a Government Minister. On Thursday and Friday, his was the name which appeared in the largest typeface. The first story forecast that his proposals for a 30% cut in farm subsidies would be accepted. A day later he was in the European Parliament making a spirited defence of his actions in relation to the Goodman affair.

The week ended on a high note for those interested in sport. Ireland's golfers won the Dunhill Cup at St Andrews in Scotland.

This was one of those awful weeks when a substantial part of what I had typed was lost due to a computer failure (not a Digital computer!) and tardiness in making backups. I hope I have recaptured most of what I lost. It put a bit of pressure on me and I have left out one or two snippets I would have otherwise included.


Two men who have been described as leading members of the IRA were shot dead by British soldiers near Loughgall, Co.Armagh. Official reports were sparse and simply said that soldiers opened fire on a group of armed man at a remote farmhouse. Two men died instantly, and two men and a woman were arrested. The only other information released was that three rifles were found at the scene. The Sunday Tribune carried a story suggesting that the two who died were unarmed and that the rifles were hidden some distance away. The general opinion is that some time earlier the army had discovered the rifles and kept watch to see who would collect them. The circumstances of the killings provoked questions from nationalist politicians and at least two priests. Unionist politician Ken Maginnis welcomed the deaths.

Those who died were named as Desmond Grew (37) and Martin McCaughey (23). The former was a brother of Seamus Grew who was shot dead in 1982 by the RUC in suspicious circumstances in one of the incidents which gave rise to "shoot-to-kill" allegations. There were claims that he was wanted by Dutch and German police in connection with IRA attacks on the Continent. Martin McCaughey was an elected Sinn Fein member of Dungannon Council. He was disqualified a few months ago for failing to attend meetings. It was rumoured that his non-attendance was caused by his being wounded in an exchange of fire with the RUC.

Both men were buried during the week. There was a massive police presence at both funerals but no trouble was reported although there were complaints about the behaviour of some members of the RUC at Martin McCaughey's burial. These allegations were denied by the RUC.


Two RUC officers were seriously injured when attacked by gunmen in the centre of Belfast on Saturday. The two officers were dog handlers who had driven up to the security gates at the junction of High Street and Bridge Street on Saturday morning. While they were waiting for the gates to be opened to allow their vehicle through, two men walked up to the van and opened fire at point blank range. Shots were fired through the driver and passenger door windows and the attackers made off on foot. Both officers were hit in the head and rushed to hospital. After major surgery they were stated to be in a critical condition.

This attack was criticised all round, with Stormont Minister Richard Needham vowing that those responsible would be caught. It is expected that there will be a major review of security as a result of the apparent ease with which the IRA were able to strike. Four men were taken in for questioning soon after the attack.


The results of the first published opinion poll on the Presidential Election appeared in Wednesday's Irish Times. Brian Lenihan must have been delighted to hear that he had 49% of the vote. He is also poised to do very well on second preferences. Mary Robinson was next with 32% and Austin Currie had just 19%. These were the adjusted figures after the 14% who were undecided were discarded. There are persistent reports of discontent within the Fine Gael party over the leadership of Alan Dukes. It is being suggested that he will be ditched if Austin Currie does not get more votes than Mary Robinson in the actual election. I am not sure of the logic in this.

There was more bad news for Mr Dukes in the other findings of this opinion poll. Satisfaction with his performance as leader of his party fell to 36%, down five points since May and from a high of 70% in July 1989. The Taoiseach is still the party leader with the highest confidence of the electorate. He stood at 59%, down two points. Dick Spring was up five to 57% and there was no change in the satisfaction rating for Des O'Malley, who remains on 48%.

The poll also showed that, if people were asked to vote in a general election, Fianna Fail would still do well. Its support stood at 49%, down two points since May but five ahead of its performance in the '89 election. Fine Gael support was up one point to 24% but down five on the election. Labour was on 12% (up two since May), the PDs on 4% (down 3%) and the Workers' Party were also on 4% (up one).

Satisfaction with the performance of the Government was down five points to 48%.

On Sunday the news worsened for Austin Currie. A poll published in the Sunday Independent indicated that just 16% of the electorate will vote for him. Brian Lenihan had gone up two points and Mary Robinson, one.


- Two Irish workers at the Ibn Al Bitar hospital were given exit visas on Tuesday. They were the first under the age of 55, and whose contracts had not expired, to be granted visas. They were named as Loretta Naughton of Galway and Madelaine Gleeson of Kildare (or somewhere near Dublin). Mrs Naughton was accompanied by her son, Craig.

- Employees of the hospital were later granted freedom of movement by the Iraqi authorities. This, however, was on condition that the hospital continues to function normally. It is thought that the 183 Irish people will be allowed to come home inly if PARC can find other people to take their place.

- The Irish Times carried a long letter from two consultants at the hospital. They had finished a short term contract and were looking for the Government, and others with influence, to help them obtain exit visas.

- We have heard no more of the three Irish men who are awaiting trial on charges of trying to leave Iraq without exit visas.

- An Irishwoman and her child managed to escape from Kuwait to Iran. Another Irishwoman and her three children were given exit visas to leave Kuwait and they arrived in London on Thursday on board an aircraft chartered by the United States.

- Three TDs are preparing to travel to Iraq to try to persuade the Iraqi authorities to allow Irish people to return home. Michael D.Higgins (Lab.), David Andrews (FF) and Paul Bradford (FG) will go without the blessing of the Government but will get support from the Embassy in Baghdad.

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- Commemoration ceremonies for the 1916 rising have all but died away. Next year is, however, the 75th anniversary and some people are not prepared to let it pass without recognising it. The artist Robert Ballagh has set up a committee but, as Brendan Behan said, the first item on the agenda is "the split". Various noted personalities agreed to serve but were not told who else would be on the committee. Now that it has emerged that Gerry Adams was also invited some of them are having second thoughts. Michael D.Higgins is considering his position as is Eamon O Cuiv.

- A team of Iranian veterinary consultants spent some time in the country recently. It is thought that they were satisfied with the precautions taken to prevent the spread of "mad cow disease" and that exports of beef from this country to Iran will soon resume.

- The Irish Times carried an article on the current controversy over the "health risks" posed by television signals being transmitted using the MMDS (multi-point microwave distribution system). It pointed out that many of its most vocal critics are involved in the illegal transmission of signals from more traditional booster stations. Others, it agreed, appear to have a genuine concern in the absence of any substantial research into its safety. Later in the week, Dr Philip Walton, Professor of Applied Physics at UCG said that he was "appalled and saddened at the fear and near hysteria generated by this issue".

- In the wake of last week's controversy in the North, Gardai turned to firing on a stolen car in Dublin. This received little publicity, presumably for the manner in which it was carried out. Gardai identified and drove towards a stolen car outside a branch of AIB in Clondalkin. The stolen car was driven at them, ramming their car. One of the Gardai fired a bullet into a tyre and brought the car to a standstill. Two men in their early twenties were arrested and a third escaped.

- When the planned increase of almost 16p per gallon of petrol was implemented the Government came in for considerable criticism for taking its own cut by way of VAT. There were calls for a reduction in the VAT element and for a lowering of excise duties. The Government did have excuses, although somewhat lame, for not doing so. Fine Gael claims that increases in the price of petrol, since the start of the Gulf crisis, will bring £60m into the State's coffers in a full year. The Government disagrees and will only admit to about £10m.

- A gang of men arrived at a house in Finglas, Dublin, on Monday night and asked for a 20-year-old man, Sonny Nolan. They began to beat him with pickaxe handles and then dragged him away. His body was found a short time later in the other side of the city. A post-mortem showed that he had been beaten to death. Gardai were said to be trying to establish a motive for the attack. Later in the week seven men were arrested and charged in connection with the case.

- The IFA said it will not sign any agreement on a new national recovery plan until it is satisfied with the plans to cut farm subsidies. I don't think anybody is going to lose sleep over this threat. An outsider's view is that the main theme of the talks will be to decide what, in terms of new jobs, tax cuts and increased social welfare, the unions can extract in return for wage restraint. The farmers are invited because it is wise politically.

- The country's bookies have offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those who murdered their colleague, Dessie Fox.

- A Dublin man managed to get himself jailed for a driving offence. He succeeded in this by driving in the wrong direction on a roundabout and then going the wrong way on a dual carriageway. He was drunk at the time (as you no doubt guessed), did not have a driving licence or insurance and was already disqualified from driving. He won't have the option of driving for the next year as he will be in prison but in addition he has been disqualified for 25 years.

- Last Monday saw the start of the European Week Against Cancer. This recognised that 4% of all cancer deaths are caused by smoking and alcohol. It did not receive a great deal of publicity here and the biggest event was the introduction of an anti-smoking campaign aimed at nine to eleven year olds in some Midland counties. At the same time some statistics were released which showed that 4% of 11 to 15 year olds in Ireland are regular smokers. This is slightly higher than the European average. On the other hand Irish children (1%) are much less likely to drink than their European counterparts (14%).

- In an unrelated story the Minister for Health informed us that the number of smokers in this country has fallen from 43% to 29% over the last ten years.

- Maybe it is because son no.2 is now at UCD that I noticed what must have been tragic news for two families this week. An 18-year-old first-year student was cycling to the University of Limerick one morning when she was struck by a truck and killed. Late on Friday, another 18-year-old was leaving the UCD campus at Belfield when she fell from a foot-bridge on to the main road and died. She was with a number of friends at the time.

- There was again controversy during the week over 15-year-old girls being kept in prison. Two girls spent some nights in a cell in the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin. They were later moved to Mountjoy. During a court appearance one of the girls attempted to slash her wrists.

- Extradition is back in the news with Belfastman Anthony Sloan appealing against a court decision to extradite him to the North. Judgement was reserved in that case. Also during the week, Desmond Ellis decided to go on hunger-strike in protest at attempts to have him extradited. He said he would rather die here than face an English court. His supporters organised a protest march through Dublin on Saturday.

- Two separate news items quoted different doctors as saying that the true suicide rate here is probably about 400 per year instead of the official figure of 300.

- Two of the Third World agencies, GOAL and Trocaire have launched funds for Sudan. Two returned GOAL workers say that the country is on the verge of a disastrous famine.

- A number of prominent figures are appealing for the release from prison of Noel and Marie Murray who were sentenced in 1975 for the murder of an off-duty garda, Michael Reynolds. As far as I know they are the longest serving prisoners in our jails and could normally have expected to be released years ago. Charlie McCreevy, the Fianna Fail TD, is one of those who has taken up their case and says that the Sentence Review Board recommended their release earlier this year. It is assumed that opposition from within Garda ranks is influencing the Minister for Justice, Ray Burke.

- Minister Burke had another controversial case to deal with this week. In 1984 two Tallaght youths were convicted of stealing a car. They were jailed on the evidence of the owner of the car who was clinging to the bonnet as it was being stolen. The two youths have always claimed that they were the victims of mistaken identity. An RTE programme has now said that evidence exists which supports the youths' claims. One of the youths is still in prison as he absconded to England while on bail.

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- The Protestant man, who was injured in a loyalist gun attack in a bar two weeks ago, died from his wounds. He was named as George Friars (28) of Lisburn. The UFF admitted that a mistake had been made, when his companion died in the incident.

- The former RUC Chief Constable, John Hermon, is suing Yorkshire Television over allegations implied in a documentary drama on the "shoot-to-kill" incidents of the early eighties.

- Charges were withdrawn against five loyalists after they had spent many months in custody. No explanation for the decision was given but it has caused some disquiet as the five had been arrested as a result of inquiries by the Stevens team. They were originally accused of being in possession of security force documents, identifying IRA suspects.

- A major flaw has been found in the North's Fair Employment legislation. A tribunal ruled that under the legislation an employer must not reveal the religion of an employee. This prevented the investigation of a claim by a Catholic that he had been discriminated against by the University of Ulster. The University would not give the religion of the successful candidate to the Fair Employment Commission.


- ETOS Investments (that's Charlie Mulligan's company) has announced a joint venture with a Japanese company, Fujikura. ETOS will have 60% of the £9m investment. The new company will make fibre optic assemblies and other electronic products, and employ at least 300 in Limerick and Carraroe. This news also brought to light the fact that ETOS purchased Telemara Teo in Carraroe, from Udaras na Gaeltachta last month. The consideration was £1.7m.

- Desmonds, the Derry-based clothing company, has opened a new factory in Dungannon. It will employ 40 initially, but this is expected to rise to 250.

- The 26 or so staff of the Irish Distributive and Administrative Union (IDATU) went on strike as planned on Monday. This has been described as the "most ironic strike in the history of trade unionism".

- FAS, the State employment and training agency, has been found guilty of discriminating against women members of its own staff. In 1988, 92 women were precluded from applying for promotion to middle management posts. The openings were confined to people above a certain grade. Most of those who were below this grade were women and the Labour Court has ordered the posts to be re-advertised and opened up to all grades.

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- EC agricultural ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, rejected (or at least did not accept) the EC Commission's proposal for a 30% cut in farm subsidies. They will meet again today when, it is hoped, a decision will be made. If Ray MacSharry's plans are carried, I expect that there will be some safeguards built in for small family farms. On the same day that the farm ministers were discussing this, the European Parliament also gave it consideration and appeared to approve. Later in the week, as I said in the introduction, it was expected that the proposals would be carried.

- The British Conservative party's annual conference took place during the week and received a fair amount of coverage here. The North was talked about on a number of occasions.

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- Two Irishmen appeared in court in London on charges of conspiracy to murder. As reported last week one was named as Pearse McAuley from Strabane. The other was identified as Nessan Quinlivan of Limerick. The court was told that both had false identity papers. They were remanded in custody. Later in the week police claimed that traces of explosives had been found in their car.

- Three Irishwomen were among the crew of 32 on the Greenpeace vessel which was taken into custody. The ship was being used to protest against nuclear testing on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya. The three were named as Jeanne ni Ghorman, Sally O'Keeffe and Susie Foreman, all from the Dublin area. The entire crew was later released without being charged.

- Singer Sinead O'Connor was in the news again when she had to defend herself against accusations that she was instrumental in having a shop assistant fired in California. The assistant started to sing the American national anthem while she was waiting to be served. (I don't need to tell you the significance of that?). She claims that she did not lodge a complaint as was alleged. The manager apologised and told her that a number of other customers had complained.

- A reader tells me that a number of Irish people have lost their jobs with Philips in Holland. The company has been having a lean time of it recently, particularly its computer division.

- Police in London issued issued a photograph of an Irishman who disappeared from his place of employment last month. For the past year the man was a kitchen porter at a London club. He has not been seen since a bomb was found at the club on the day it was to host a conference on terrorism. The Irish Times carried this story but did not name the man or publish the picture. The Irish News in Belfast went one better by stating the reasons why it did not carry the picture. I am not sure exactly how this was articulated but I think it was something to do with condemning the man before he has been found guilty.

- It may soon be possible to view RTE television programmes in Britain. The station is conducting a feasibility study to see if there is an interest in some of its news programmes, along with soaps like Glenroe, being broadcast on BBC after it closes for the night. If the plan goes ahead there will be a charge for the service.

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- An official study on the future of B&I recommends that it be sold to the private sector. The Minister for Transport and Tourism, Seamus Brennan, says that no decision has been made and he is conducting talks with union leaders.

- Later in the week, Minister Brennan opened the refurbished Aer Lingus terminal at New York's JFK Airport.

- Ryanair announced that it was making 46 workers redundant and cutting some services in a cost-saving exercise. It blamed the Gulf crisis and recession in the UK.

- The last passenger ferry from the North to England (Liverpool) sailed out of Belfast at 10:00pm last night.

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- The Annual Conference of the Institute of Engineers was told that 60% of the engineers produced from our colleges leave the country on graduation.

- If they were leaving the country others were staying behind. A survey carried out by the Higher Education Authority shows that in 1989 the number of graduates who emigrated fell from 19.9% to 18.8%. Emigration rates are slightly distorted as they include foreign students returning to their home countries.

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- The old red-brick Garda Station in Eglinton Street has been demolished. I think another office block will be built in its place. There is still a great deal of building activity around the city centre. The huge development at the bottom of Eyre Square and extending along much of Merchants Road is still keeping the builders busy and will for many months yet. An office complex at the back of Mayoralty House and facing on to Merchants Road is nearing completion. A similar development has sprouted up between that one and the Hynes Building.

- The Ultimate Good Neighbour: I was driving into town one evening and saw a car parked in a quiet spot well away from any houses. Cars do not normally park there so I took a good look as I passed. A man was sitting in the back seat playing the saxophone, clearly not wishing to offend anyone.

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- The Annals of the Four Masters, a history of Ireland from the earliest times to 1616, has just been republished. The seven- volume set was written in a Franciscan Abbey in Donegal by Michael Cleary and three assistants. If you are thinking of getting your own copy, act now. It is on special offer at £285 until Christmas. After that it will cost £350.

- The 35th Cork Film Festival was officially opened by Noel Pearson last Sunday night.

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- The Irish Times property supplement led with a story about "Dublin's finest townhouse" being for sale. It is a five- storey Georgian property and the asking price is "around £2m". The house has been completely refurbished in the past year. I am intrigued by one statement in the article, "Even £2m will not leave a large profit for the owners. They paid £810,000 for it in April last year and say they have spent £0.75m on its meticulous restoration". £440,000 is not a large profit?

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- John Kerrigan, who worked in Personnel here in Galway before returning to Scotland, has left the company. He was based in South Queensferry. It must be eleven or twelve years since John arrived in Galway.

- I have also lost another reader in Vic Saunders who used to work in the Dublin Office before moving to Basingstoke (and/or Reading). He too has left the company. As far as I remember I first met Vic on the TWA charter out of Boston sometime in the mid-seventies.

- The good news is that another two readers who were based in California until they returned home a few months ago are now the proud parents of a baby girl, Katie. Ray and Margaret O'Leary have in fact been parents for the last six weeks but nobody bothered to tell me!

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IRISH POUND Oct 12 Oct 5

Sterling 0.8903 0.9059

US Dollar 1.7634 1.7448

Deutschmark 2.6825 2.6826

French franc 8.9811 8.9857

Dutch guilder 3.0240 3.0244

Belgian franc 55.24 55.23

Italian lira 2011.00 2009.50

Spanish Peseta 168.59 267.39

Japanese Yen 227.40 231.01

Swiss franc 2.2617 2.2438

Canadian dollar 2.0124 2.0077

Australian dollar 2.1503 2.0908

- The Irish Times claims to have inside information that Galway Crystal is about to be sold to a Long Island businessman. The majority of its shares are currently in the hands of the AIB Group's venture capital subsidiary.

- In the wake of Britain joining the EMS, Minister for Finance Albert Reynolds forecast a cut in interest rates before Christmas. Some economists thought that he was too hasty in making any such predictions.

- A German bank claims that £12m of a £31m loan, which it had made to the Goodman Group, was misappropriated. It said that the money was used to buy shares in a British company although it was intended for the purchase of cattle. The High Court gave the bank permission to recover the entire loan but it must wait until the Examiner's report is complete.

- Xtra-vision was in the news when it announced that it will return a loss for the year. It says that this is being brought about by a new method of depreciating video tapes. The news caused the price of its stock to fall by 4p, down to 10p from a high this year of 104p.

- Dennis Jones, a former director of the transport and property company, Seafield, failed to repay the company £250,000 at the end of September. Mr Jones has now disappeared and is also due to repay a similar amount in December.

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For much of the week it was wet and windy. By Friday however the rain had stopped and the temperatures were well above normal for the time of the year. The winds did not go away and in fact increased to gale force on Saturday. These winds were from the south and brought warm air which gave temperatures of up to 19C. It was sunny and windy for much of Sunday.

Latest Temperatures: Day 17C..................Night 11C

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National Hurling League - Division One:

Clare 1-13 Waterford 0-16

National Hurling League - Division Two:

Galway 1-14 Antrim 0-10

Down 3-13 Laois 1-7

County Hurling Finals:

Wexford: Rathnure 2-8 Cloughbawn 1-8

Cork: St Finbarrs 3-6 na Piarsaigh 1-12

Offaly: St Rynagh's 2-6 Birr 1-7

County Football Finals:

Meath: O'Mahoney's 0-12 Summerhill 3-3

Dublin: Thomas Davis 0-10 Parnells 1-6

- The following press release arrived on my desk during the week:

It has just been announced by The Clare Champion that Aeroflot will be sponsoring the Clare hurling team for the upcoming season. Sergei Krochenkov of Aeroflot will be attending his first hurling league game in Ennis next Sunday. Rumour has it that the Irish Emigrant and the Wild Geese Gazette are putting their hottest reporters on the story. There are further rumours that young O'Gorbachev has a grannie from Feakle and as such will be entitled to line out for the banner county in the championship next year.

The Clare manager is quoted as saying "as long as they keep supplying the vodka and the marked diesel for the team cars, they can have a representative on the team "

The Cork Manager, Fr O'Brien is obviously a worried man as he has asked the Holy Father to take up the matter with Michael himself (of Percy French fame) during his upcoming visit to Moscow. Watch this space!!!!

Regards, Secretary, Non-communist GAA Supporters Club.

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Premier Division:

Athlone 0 Sligo 2

Cork 1 Galway 0

Dundalk 3 St Pat's 0

Limerick 0 Bohemians 2

Shamrock Rovers 1 Derry 1

Shelbourne 4 Waterford 0

Table: P W D L Pts

Cork 7 5 2 0 12

St Pat's 7 4 2 1 10

Shelbourne 7 5 0 2 10

Shamrock Rovers 7 3 3 1 9

Dundalk 7 4 1 2 9

Sligo 7 3 1 3 7

Bohemians 7 3 1 3 7

Derry 7 1 4 2 6

Limerick 7 2 1 4 5

Athlone 7 1 2 4 4

Galway 7 2 0 5 4

Waterford 7 0 1 6 1

First Division:

Drogheda 3 Longford 1

Finn Harps 2 Bray 2

Kilkenny 1 Home Farm 3

Monaghan 1 St James Gate 2

UCD 0 Cobh 0

Irish League:

Ballymena 0 Portadown 2

Bangor 2 Ballyclare 1

Carrick 1 Linfield 2

Cliftonville 3 Omagh 2

Distillery 2 Ards 2

Glenavon 2 Larne 0

Glentoran 2 Crusaders 0

Newry 3 Coleraine 1

- Frank Stapleton announced his retirement from International soccer at the age of 34. He was capped 70 times and scored a record 20 goals.

- Ireland play Turkey at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday in a European qualifying game. Ronnie Whelan and Chris Morris have both withdrawn through injury and illness.

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All Ireland League - Division One:

St Mary's 22 Wanderers 10

Malone 16 Instonians 26

Ballymena 16 Constitution 12

Lansdowne 12 Shannon 15

Division Two:

CIYMS 10 Old Wesley 16

Bangor 33 Athlone 11

NIFC 15 Young Munster 29

Sundays Well 15 Corinthians 6

Terenure 19 Greystones 16

- In the Ulster Senior league Armagh had an embarrassing defeat, going down 60 points to nil against Dungannon.

- Rugby's International Board agreed to allow players to earn money from ancillary activities. They will still not be allowed to receive payment for playing or advertising playing equipment.

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- GOLF: There was a tense finish at St Andrews on Sunday when Ireland won the Dunhill Cup for the second time in two years. England were their opponents in the final. The spoils were shared in the morning's rounds with Rafferty winning his match, Walton halving and Feherty going down by one stroke. In the afternoon it was Walton who went down by a stroke. Rafferty then finished with six shots to spare. Feherty was leading by a stroke coming on to the 17th. His opponent, Howard Clark, had a birdie and with some luck might have repeated it on the eighteenth to take the trophy. Having finished even, they went into a "sudden death" play-off. Feherty and Clark each parred the first two but an excellent par on the next (the difficult 17th) won it for Feherty, who was captaining the Irish team.

All three Irish players won their first round matches against South Korea. In the second round Feherty and Walton won their matches against Spain. Rafferty's 71 was one stroke behind Canizares. Feherty only managed a 76 in his round but that was good enough. That saw Ireland through to the semi-final against New Zealand. Low scoring was the order of the day. Walton, with a 70, had a stroke to spare over his opponent. Rafferty halved his match with a 68. Feherty also had a 68 and won by one stroke.

Ireland were seeded three going into this. The top two seeds, the US and Australia, went out to France and New Zealand in the first round. The win earned the Irish players $100,000 each.

- While all this was going on Des Smyth was setting a new course record at Salzburg in the Austrian Open. A final round of 62 brought him up to third position. He was still two strokes behind the winner, Bernhard Langer and had to settle for a cheque for Stg£15,650.

- It was on Monday that Ronan Rafferty agreed to join the Irish team for the Dunhill Cup. This came after rumours that he considered his end-of-season schedule too hectic. Rafferty also confirmed that he would team up with David Feherty for the World Cup in Florida at the end of November.

- After last week's German Masters, Rafferty was fourth in the European Order of Merit. David Feherty is in eighth place.


Sean Kelly came in eighth in the Paris-Tours World Cup race, four seconds behind the winner. This brings him to third in the overall standings.


Saturday saw the last ever race meeting at the Phoenix Park. Rinka Das, ridden by Michael Kinane and trained by Dermot Weld, won the big race, the Cartier Million.

Followers of the sport will no doubt be interested to hear that Lester Piggott has been granted a professional jockey's licence in England and plans to make a comeback at the age of 54.


Reporter: Tom Foote

It was reported last weekend that a Galway couple have sailed from Dublin on a round the world the world voyage. Both are unknown to me so their sailing so far must have been done elsewhere.

Quentin Gargan and Lorna Burrow, both of whom live in Kinvara, sailed from the Poolbeg yacht club on Sunday last, after bad weather forced postponements twice during the previous two weeks. They plan to take three years to complete the trip, which will take them to the Canaries, West Indies, Panama Canal, Galapagos Islands, Tahiti and other Pacific islands, before arriving in Australia. The trip home will be via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

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