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Friday, 24 March 2006
Government and EU reached agreement on duty free allowances; all forms of public transport created difficulties for travellers; the IRA was targeting civilians working for the security forces; inflation stood at 2.6% compared with the current 3.3%; and I noted that the newspapers had focused on the chaos in Iraq.


March 25, 1991 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.216


Editor: Liam Ferrie Circulation: 938


If you had been around for yesterday's glorious weather you wouldn't be the slightest bit interested in the depressing happenings of the week. Northern violence, projected losses at Aer Lingus, cross-border shopping and rail and bus strikes were all forgotten as we soaked up the sun.

The week started with a savage attack on a Catholic youth as he was walking home in Lisburn. At around the same time two men were killed in separate incidents here in the South. There was further violence in the North during the week. The extent of Aer Lingus's problems became evident when we heard that a loss of £40m was expected on its airline business. The Government finally came to an agreement with the EC for proposals to replace its disputed cross-border shopping rule. The new regulations came into effect immediately. Details of the British budget were announced soon after and reduced the impact for those who plan to travel North to do their shopping. By Thursday rail and bus services were badly hit by a series of strikes and although the situation has improved there are still some problems. The week ended with more good news on inflation. I thought we might get through the week without hearing about "those other things" but RTE managed to fill that void on Sunday.

News from outside Ireland made the top story in the Irish Times on two occasions. First it was Gorbachev's referendum and then the chaos in Iraq.


The long-awaited changes to travellers' allowances came into effect at midnight on Monday. The restrictive 48-hour rule is gone and has been replaced by a more lenient 24-hour rule. Travellers who are outside the jurisdiction for less than 24 hours will be able to bring back goods to the value of £84.70, but no single item can exceed £65 in value. Within this total there is a limit of 150 cigarettes, one bottle (75cl) of spirits, 2.5 litres of wine and 12 litres of beer. Those who are away for a longer period have a limit of £301. The upper value for a single item remains at the £65 but the other limits increase to 300 cigarettes, 1.5 litres of spirits, 5 litres of wine and 25 litres of beer. These rules apply only to duty-paid goods. The existing duty-free allowances continue to apply.

As the tariff barriers break down across the EC the above allowances will increase on July 1 and all restrictions should disappear at the end of next year. The significance of the single item limit is that it makes it illegal to import goods such as televisions, video recorders, microwave ovens and washing machines. These are the types of item which normally show the biggest price differential between North and South of the border.

Agreement on the new rule was reached at a meeting of EC Finance Ministers on Monday and it was applied within a matter of hours. The Government expressed itself satisfied with the outcome. Northern traders were not rubbing their hands with glee, as they recognise that there are still restrictions and there has been a great levelling of prices since the 48-hour rule came into effect almost four years ago. Business people on this side of the border did not appear too worried as they claim they are now more competitive.

The only group who were heard to complain was the Vintners Federation. It called for a reduction in the excise duty on drink to allow the 6,000 publicans which it represents to offer competitive prices. No reference was made to the very generous profit margins which they currently enjoy, nor did they explain the impact of the new rule on a publican in, say, Castletownbere, or even Galway!

Within hours of the new rule coming into effect, details of the British budget were announced. This narrowed the price gap between here and the North, as the standard rate of VAT rose from 15% to 17.5%; duty on petrol went up by 18p per gallon, the pint by 2p, a bottle of whiskey by 56p, and cigarettes 16p for a packet of 20. These duty changes are in addition to the VAT increase.


The IRA continued with its attacks on civilians who work for or with the security forces. In the more serious of two separate incidents a woman was gravely injured in an IRA gun attack on Thursday evening.

A number of gunmen opened fire on a car which had just left the RUC headquarters in Derry. The driver of the car was Mrs Margaret Grant, a mother of three and a civilian employee of the police force. Her husband, an RUC sergeant, was killed by the IRA four years ago. The attack on Mrs Grant attracted the condemnation of community leaders, politicians and churchmen of all persuasions. It is some time since an IRA action generated so much distaste.

In the other incident a man was shot and wounded in the arm as he drove to work in Belfast on Wednesday. The IRA later said that it attacked him because he was employed by a firm which carried out work for the security forces. Within 24 hours Locksley Engineering, where the injured man is a manager, announced that it would cease working for the RUC and the Army.

On Monday night, two RUC officers were injured in Newry when their vehicle was attacked by a rocket. In another incident on Saturday night an off-duty UDR soldier was shot near Trillick, Co.Tyrone but his condition is not serious.


Those who rely on public transport were seriously inconvenienced as four separate disputes disrupted mainline rail, Dart and bus services in the latter half of the week. In Dublin a bus driver who refused to undergo a medical examination was suspended. Previously he had complained that he would be too tired if he accepted an instruction to drive to Ballina. His union supported him, claiming that his duty would have lasted for about 12 hours by the time he returned to Dublin. That disagreement caused all the drivers at the Broadstone depot to go on strike. At Connelly Station a train driver refused to carry out an assignment which he claimed was not part of his normal roster. His suspension caused a picket to be put on the station. This affected DART services and inter-city trains from Dublin, to Belfast, Rosslare and Galway.

Even if the trains had reached Galway there was another problem here. The crew of the Aran Island Ferry, who are about to lose their jobs, decided to picket the station. That wiped out all bus services in and from Galway. Up in Sligo they had their own difficulty which disrupted bus services for a period. All services are expected to be back to normal this morning after intense negotiations over the weekend.


Dunnes Stores reduced the price of a litre of milk by 9p and gave rise to a fair deal of debate. Although there is no price control on milk it sells for 54p whether it is purchased in a corner shop, a supermarket or delivered to your doorstep. There are those who believe that the dairies, and supermarkets which successfully demand large discounts, have been profiteering. The price war soon took a strange turn when Dunnes found it had no milk to sell. In what was described as spontaneous action, milk delivery men refused to visit Dunnes. They fear that a price war will endanger the jobs of their colleagues who deliver door to door. Farm leaders were delighted with the action of the delivery men. They also believe that a price war will damage door-to-door deliveries and ultimately reduce consumption. There is talk of Dunnes importing milk from the North or from Wales.

Of course Dunnes are not particularly interested in breaking a "cartel" for the benefit of the consumer. The decision might be connected with a marketing campaign currently being operated by Quinnsworth. It says that it plans to give 1,000 IBM personal computers to schools. To qualify a school must urge parents to hand in their Quinnsworth receipts. Receipts to the value of about £100,000 are required to obtain a computer.


Brian Smith has played his last game for Ireland. On Thursday he signed a two-year contract to play Rugby League for the Balmain club of Sydney. Although there were rumours that this might happen, the news came as a surprise because Smith had denied, until the last minute, that he had any intention of changing codes. Smith. as many of you will be aware, was already capped by Australia before coming to study at Oxford and electing to play for Ireland, on the strength of having an Irish granny.

The news was greeted with a mixture of disappointment and annoyance. Ireland coach Ciaran Fitzgerald, manager Ken Reid, selectors and players were particularly hurt, as Smith had kept his place on the Irish team despite a great deal of criticism from the media and fans. All felt that the loyalty shown to him during the season should have been repaid. There was another view. Those who felt that he came in for unjustified criticism from the first time he was selected for Ireland thought he had given his critics their answer.

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- The five prisoners who staged a protest on the roof of Mountjoy last weekend failed to check the weather forecast. Lashing rain on Monday brought their protest to an end by the afternoon.

- Patrick Rattigan (44) died from stab wounds in Tallaght, Co.Dublin early on Monday morning. His stepson later appeared in court on assault charges.

- It was also in the early hours of Monday morning that a man was murdered in Killarney. Gardai say that robbery was probably the motive for the attack on Jack O'Shea (35). His body was found in a laneway at the top of High Street. He had been beaten about the head.

- The holiday weekend brought more than its share of deaths of the roads. In addition to the Dutchman who died in Dublin there were another five deaths. Joseph O'Sullivan (62) was the victim of a hit-and-run driver while he cycled on the Skibbereen to Clonakilty Road. Gardai were later questioning a man about the incident. Mary Kiely (in her sixties) and Bridget Quinn (in her seventies) both died when their car crashed and burst into flames in Longford. The body of Philip Craughan, of Ardnacrusha, was recovered after his car was found on its roof in a stream at Meelick, Co.Clare. In Dundalk a male pedestrian was killed when struck by a car.

- It is now illegal to import or use equipment which can detect radar speed traps. A order to this effect was brought in by the Minister for the Environment on Tuesday.

- Work on one of the largest fish farms in Europe will begin this summer. The 12-acre farm at Ballyhealy Beach in Co.Wexford will produce 1,000 tonnes of trout annually.

- Pubs to avoid! The only name I have for you is the Harp in D'Olier Street, Dublin. It, with some other Dublin City centre bars, has introduced the Japanese craze of providing full orchestral backing to popular songs for patrons who wish to get up on stage and, as Robert O'Byrne of the Irish Times says, show just how talented the original artists are.

- Of eleven new AIDS cases since December four were heterosexual who do not take drugs intravenously. This brings the total of such cases, since the first was reported in 1987, to fourteen. Most of the fourteen are said to have contracted the illness abroad or from contact with drug abusers.

- The Law Reform Commission issued a report recommending sweeping changes in the law of defamation. It is generally felt that awards to people claiming to be defamed are much too generous. The main proposals are to abolish the distinction between libel and slander, distributors and printers to be exempt from defamation actions, and juries to continue to determine whether defamation occurred, but judges to assess the amount of any award.

- There was a seedy little case in a Glasgow court which received considerable attention here. Colette Darcy, a former Dublin night-club hostess, was charged with attempting to blackmail Chris Morris, the Irish international soccer player. The case ended with the judge saying that, although Ms Darcy had tried to obtain money from Mr Morris, there was "insufficient evidence in law" to convict her of blackmail.

- A Kinvara woman who appeared in the Galway Court last week on a charge related to drunkenness asked the City Tribune to correct its report on the case. She claims she is only 39, and not 42 as reported in the Tribune.

- TEAM Aer Lingus is claiming a major breakthrough by developing a machine which will allow airlines to recycle the halon gas stored in the fire extinguishing equipment of jet engines. It plans to market the machine to the world's airlines at about £140,000 per unit.

- The Dalai Lama was in Dublin at the invitation of the trustees of the Chester Beatty Library for an exhibition of Buddhist art. The President and two Government ministers met him at the opening of the exhibition. The Government was at pains to point out that they were there in a private capacity and that the Dalai Lama was not here on an official visit.

- A British angler died in Co.Cavan when his specially adapted fishing rod touched an overhead power cable near Lough Sheelin.

- On Sunday RTE radio interviewed a number of people about how the country should commemorate the 1916 Rising. One of those interviewed was Des O'Malley. The opportunity was taken to ask about differences in his party over the availability of condoms to 16-year-olds. He agreed that there were differences but did not say very much more. Nevertheless, this became one of the leading stories in RTE's subsequent news bulletins.

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- RUC Sergeant Ferville Wright died last Sunday, three days after being found with gunshot wounds at his home in Donaghadee. His service revolver was found beside him and foul play is not suspected.

- The body of Francis Paul Taggart (17) was found near a leisure centre in a loyalist area of Lisburn early on Monday morning. He had died from multiple stab wounds to the stomach and local people say this was another random sectarian killing of a Catholic. The dead youth had called at a chip shop on his way home on Sunday night. One report said that he became involved in an argument with a gang of youths over that day's Celtic and Rangers game in Scotland. It is thought that the same youths followed him when he left to go home. A 22-year-old man will appear in court in Belfast today, charged with his murder.

- A man was shot and seriously wounded at his home in the loyalist Upper Shankill area of Belfast on Monday night. Two gunmen were involved but there has been no indication as to the motive.

- Northern Secretary Peter Brooke announced that two permanent cross-border checkpoints in Co.Fermanagh (Boa Island and Derryard) are to be dismantled. This is seen partly as a result of recent "proxy" attacks on such posts, but Mr Brooke made the apparently valid point that increased mobile patrols and random checkpoints are more effective. The decision was welcomed by the Government here and by Seamus Mallon of the SDLP. Unionist MP Ken Maginnis was cautious and hoped that it would not be seen as giving in to violence.

- The new Bishop of Down and Connor is Dr Patrick Walsh, who has been auxiliary bishop in the diocese for the last eight years. He succeeds Dr Cahal Daly. Dr Walsh was born in Cork but moved to the North as a child.

- The Birmingham Six remain in the news. The following is a list of headlines to stories in just the Irish Times this week. "Six Lawyer questions suspects' safeguards","B6 urged to help clear UDR men", "Bunting, band and cheers greet freed men in Belfast", Lord Lane's resignation sought by 102 MPs", "B6 may take civil action against the police", "McIlkenny prepared to help UDR men", "Lord Lane a senior judge noted for his low profile", "B6 tell of beatings and torture", "Lord Lane's role in Six case defended". There was another story towards the end of the week indicating that interim compensation payments had been made to the Six by the British Government. The exact amount was not revealed.

- Maureen Brammeld (23), who was expecting her second child in three months time, died when the car in which she was travelling was struck by a speeding stolen car. The incident occurred on the Stewardstown Road at the edge of the Twinbrook estate. Two men in the same car as Ms Brammeld were injured, as were two pedestrians. The RUC arrested two teenagers who later appeared in court. Like the shooting of Mrs Grant in Derry this case received considerable publicity and once again highlighted the serious problem created by "joyriders" stealing cars in Belfast.

- The British Chancellor of the Exchequer increased VAT in his Budget with the specific aim of reducing Poll tax payments in Britain. As the Poll tax was never introduced in the North it will instead be applied to reducing the amount paid by Northern ratepayers. It is estimated that rates bills will be reduced by 35% this year.

- Peter Brooke announced his plans for the privatisation of the North's four power stations. This is a move which does not appear to have any support in the North. All political parties are opposed, although possibly for different reasons. Unionist MP John Taylor is worried that the ESB might be a bidder.

- The RUC continues to maintain a silence on its investigation into the killing of Fergal Caraher by British soldiers near Cullyhanna in December. It is generally thought that if the soldiers' accounts of the event were accepted, then Mr Caraher's brother, who was also shot in the incident, would have been arrested and charged. Failing that it was expected that some action would have been taken against the soldiers.

- Unionist politicians have asked Peter Brooke for clarification of some points in his latest proposal to get talks on the political future of the North started. It is, however, expected that they will accept the proposals before the Easter deadline.


- Summit Technology of Massachusetts is to open a plant in Cork, and is expected to provide 100 jobs. The company makes laser equipment for treating eye disorders. This is an Irish Times story but the IDA says that an agreement has yet to signed.

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- Many months ago I told you that P.J. Mara had plans to resign from his post as the General Secretary of the Fianna Fail party. His successor has now been named. He is Pat Farrell, the General Manager of Galvia Hospital here in Galway.

- Former Tanaiste and leader of the Labour Party, Michael O'Leary, is to make a come back to politics. As previously reported, he is to join Fine Gael and will be a candidate in the June local elections in Cork City.

- I haven't seen this in the news here yet but I have it on good authority, over the network, that Charles J. Haughey will be one of the recipients of an honorary doctorate at Notre Dame on May 12. I am also told that Mary Robinson was one of the nominees but the administration decided in favour of the Taoiseach. While there he will give the commencement address at the Law School.

- Fine Gael has debts of £1.2m after the Presidential campaign and is to sell off its headquarters building on Mount Street for an anticipated £600,000. The plan is to lease the premises back from the new owners.

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- Norah Power who is (still) teaching Computer Systems at the University of Limerick, formerly N.I.H.E. would like to hear from Limerick graduates (of any discipline) with a view to starting a U.L. electronic newsletter. Contributions would be welcome as the aim is to keep in touch with all graduates, particularly Computer Systems, to help graduates keep in touch with each other and possibly advertise research or other posts to attract you back home.

The address is very short but it works: DECWRL::""

- I have just heard that the England v Ireland soccer match can be seen live in the "John Hancock Hall" in Boston at 2.45pm on Wednesday. Tickets are $20 and are being sold in the usual Irish outlets; the Kinvara Bar in Brighton and the 1882 in Easton were two mentioned. Apparently tickets will also be available at the door on the night - obviously if there are any left.

- Another place where Emigrant readers celebrated St Patrick's Day last Saturday night was downtown Geneva. The event was organised by the Geneva Irish Association. In addition to a fine meal the gathering was entertained by a group called Ceolinn, flown in from Ireland for the sixth time. The evening ended with a ceili. I haven't heard any reports of unseemly behaviour which is rather surprising! In fact the celebrations ended at 1:00am, two hours earlier than exhaustion took over at the similar event in Nice.

- At the Appeal Court in London three members of the IRA, who were jailed in 1973, have been granted leave to appeal against length of sentence. They were given life sentences for their part in an IRA London bombing campaign. Five others, including Marion and Dolours Price, who were jailed with them have already been released.

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- Business is still so slack with Aer Lingus that the cut price offer which was open until the end of January and then extended until the end of February, has now been extended until the end of March. Intending transAtlantic passengers can obtain a return ticket for £299 provided they pay before the end of this month. Some of the summer months are excluded from this offer.

- British Airways and Aer Lingus announced a marketing agreement whereby the British company will promote this country in its foreign advertising. For its part Aer Lingus will provide 160,000 extra seats between Ireland and Britain each year, making up for the shortfall created by BA closing its Irish services. I don't have any more details but I assume that travellers coming into London on BA will be able to book through to Ireland for little extra cost.

- Readers of the British consumer magazine Holiday Which say that the service supplied by Aer Lingus improved in 1990. Of 48 world airlines surveyed, Aer Lingus was placed 15th and Ryanair 30th.

- The last British Airways flight from Dublin flew out last night.


- Until two weeks ago Co.Mayo had 130 designated Areas of Scientific Interest. The County Council received a submission from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council asking that the number of ASIs be increased. When the submission came up for discussion two councillors put forward a motion to delete all ASIs from the county plan. There were no dissenters and that was that. An Taisce and the IPCC are perturbed at this development. It is believed that councillors have been coming under pressure from farmers who could not develop their lands as coniferous forests.

- A couple from Carrigaline are appealing to the High Court to put a stop to the development of the Sandoz pharmaceutical plant at Ringaskiddy. They claim that, in granting planning permission, not enough attention was paid to the environmental impact. The case has been adjourned until April 16.

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- There has been a breakthrough in the long-running dispute at the National School in Recess, Co.Galway. Two sets of parents have broken the boycott of school principal Brid ni Dhomhnaill and sent their children to her class.

- There are still more male than female school principals in charge of our primary schools despite the fact that women teachers outnumber men three to one.

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- Conor Michael Hoary is the latest Irishman not to have to worry about the Green Card. He arrived at Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts, on March 19, much to the delight of his parents, Alice and Marto. His sister Emma (7) and brother Brian (5) were no doubt equally delighted. Conor weighed in at 8lbs exactly and both he and his Mum are in great shape. Marto, I hear, is frantically trying to obtain a hurley for him from East Galway, before he is too old to take to the game naturally!

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IRISH POUND Mar 22 Mar 15

Sterling 0.9061 0.9096

US Dollar 1.6255 1.6674

Deutschmark 2.6634 2.6620

French franc 9.0776 9.0740

Dutch guilder 3.0042 2.9992

Belgian franc 54.87 54.86

Italian lira 1984.74 1987.12

Spanish Peseta 165.56 165.77

Japanese Yen 222.61 228.43

Swiss franc 2.2858 2.3085

Canadian dollar 1.8820 1.9262

Australian dollar 2.1009 2.1604

- According to a report in the Irish Times, Aer Lingus will lose £40m on its air transport business in the year to the end of March. Its other interests will ensure that it makes an overall profit.

- Murray Telecommunications Group of Dublin was the company referred to in last week's Sunday Times when it was claimed that senior executives at British Telecom and British Rail were accepting bribes from an Irish company. A statement was issued by the company saying that it provided corporate entertainment to customers and potential customers as a normal part of its business activities. The British Government holds a 49% stake in BT and BR and both companies' employees are subject to strict legal rules about accepting gifts. The Murray group says it intends to take legal action against the Sunday Times.

- Club Med is now the sole owner of the Waterville Lake Hotel having purchased Ryanair's 50% stake. The two companies say they will continue to co-operate.

- The British decision to increase the standard rate of VAT makes life somewhat easier for Minister for Finance Albert Reynolds, in his next two budgets. In post-1992 Europe there will be free movement of goods and it is imperative that VAT and excise duty rates here are similar to those in the North. It should not be too difficult to reduce our 21% rate to within the required couple of points of the British 17.5% rate.

- Harland and Wolff reported an unexpected profit of Stg£11.7m in its first 16 months of operation as a private company.

- Mr Joe Moran, director of finance, is to succeed Dr PJ Moriarty as chief executive of the ESB.

- Once again we had very encouraging news about inflation. The annual rate to mid-February was 2.6%. This is the lowest in the EC along with the Netherlands and Denmark. Great care was taken to ensure that the numbers did not become public before the official deadline as happened three months ago. Even the Taoiseach and his ministers were not given the full details until publication occurred.

- Calls for a reduction in interest rates are increasing in intensity. All the conditions (inflation rate, trade surplus, external reserves and falling interest rates in Britain and elsewhere) are right for such a reduction but there is no indication as to when it will come.

- There is further speculation that Waterford Foods and Avonmore Creamery may merge and create the country's largest food group.

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Yesterday convinced us that spring has really arrived. The sun shone in a virtually cloudless sky, making it a day for sitting out in the garden in shirt sleeves. Saturday was almost as good. Early in the week it was completely different. The heavy rain of last weekend continued for another few days and should put an end to talks of a water shortage in the Dublin area.

Latest Temperatures: Day 14C................Night 3C

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- Sunday's superb weather brought large crowds out for the various sporting events. An estimated 18,000 watched Tipp v Kilkenny. In Gorey the start of the game between Wexford and Waterford had to be delayed to let the crowds in. Meanwhile, Terryland Park Galway had its largest ever crowd for the FAI cup tie against Shelbourne.

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National Hurling League - Division One:

Dublin 1-9 Limerick 0-16

Tipperary 0-13 Kilkenny 2-17

Wexford 4-9 Waterford 2-9

Division One: P W D L Pts

Wexford 7 6 0 1 12

Tipperary 7 5 0 2 10

Waterford 7 4 1 2 9

Kilkenny 7 4 0 3 8

Cork 7 3 1 3 7

Limerick 7 3 0 4 6

Clare 7 1 2 4 4

Dublin 7 0 0 7 0

National Hurling League - Division Two:

Galway 2-11 Down 0-6

Laois 3-11 Antrim 2-9

Meath 2-12 Derry 1-4

Offaly 0-21 Kerry 0-6

Division Two: P W D L Pts

Galway 7 7 0 0 14

Down 7 5 0 2 10

Offaly 7 5 0 2 10

Laois 6 4 0 3 8

Antrim 7 3 0 4 6

Kerry 7 3 0 4 6

Meath 7 1 0 6 2

Derry 7 0 0 6 0

- St.Patrick's, Dungannon, are the Ulster Colleges' football champions, defeating 15 times winners, St.Colman's, Newry, by 2-7 to 1-9. This was the first ever success in the competition for the Dungannon school whose headmaster is Fr Denis Faul.

- St Raphael's of Loughrea were other first time winners when they defeated St Mary's College, Galway, to take the Connacht hurling title.

- The Leinster colleges hurling title went to St Ciaran's of Kilkenny for the 39th time when they overcame their neighbours, Kilkenny CBS.

- St Pat's of Navan are Leinster colleges football champions. This was their first win also. Beaten finalists were Moyne CS.

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FAI Cup (2nd round):

Galway 2 Shelbourne 0

Limerick 1 Elm Rovers 0

Sligo 2 Shamrock R. 2 (aet)

Portlaoise 2 Kilkenny 3

Athlone 2 Bohemians 0

Midleton 0 St James Gate 1 (aet)

Drogheda 0 Waterford 2

Derry City 1 Ashtown Villa 2

The draw for the quarter finals is:

Athlone v Sligo or Shamrock R.

Waterford v St James Gate

Kilkenny v Ashtown Villa

Limerick v Galway

First Division:

Monaghan 0 Bray 3

Irish League:

Ballymena 1 Newry 1

Bangor 1 Glenavon 1

Carrick 2 Crusaders 2

Cliftonville 4 Larne 0

Distillery 2 Glentoran 3

Linfield 1 Ards 0

Omagh 0 Ballyclare 1

Portadown 3 Coleraine 0

- It is this Wednesday that the Irish team play England at Wembley in a European qualifying game. We will all be able to watch it live as RTE is screening the entire match. In Dublin, those who require additional atmosphere can go along to the RDS and watch on a giant screen. The owners of the Point Theatre are a bit jealous and went to court in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the RDS obtaining a licence to sell alcohol on the night.

- John O'Neill of Dundee United is the latest Scottish born player to opt to play for Ireland. Last week I mentioned Tommy Coyne of Celtic. He scored the third goal yesterday as Celtic defeated their old rivals Rangers (3-0) for the second time in a week.

- The goals have not been coming easy for Tony Cascarino since his move to Aston Villa. He did, however, score twice on Saturday. Ray Houghton scored the last of Liverpool's goals in their 7-1 defeat of Derby.

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All Ireland League - Round Robin Qualifiers:

Dolphin 12 Galwegians 10

Dungannon 17 Blackrock 24

- Poor Galwegians, they were leading by 10-9 and heading for a place in the All Ireland League when Michael Kiernan dropped a goal in injury time. That left them as the only one of the above four teams to fail to get a place.

- Clongowes are this year's Leinster Schools champions. They defeated St Michael's College 7-3 in yesterday's final which attracted 15,000 spectators to Lansdowne Road.

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- CYCLING: Stephen Roche won the Catalan Week race in Barcelona. He took a three second lead after the mountain time trial on Thursday and held this in the final stage on Friday.

- GOLF: In the Portuguese Open, Jimmy Heggarty finished third, four strokes behind winner Steven Richardson of England, and picked up Stg£17,000. Heggarty had not been in the running until he returned a final round of 68. Ronan Rafferty was joint tenth after his final round of 67 made some amends for an 81 in the third round. Des Smyth had a two stroke lead after the first round but ended in joint 13th position.

- MOTOR RACING: Both 7-UP Jordan cars qualified for the Brazilian Grand Prix but they had to retire before the finish.

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