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Thursday, 10 August 2006
Protest against IRA in Co. Louth; John McCarth was released from captivity in Beirut; the National Lottery was split in two after a court hearing; Quadruplets were born in Dublin; The film "The Commitments" was released; Tom Cruise was in Ireland filming "Far and Away" and only 4.5% of house prices were rising.


August 12, 1991 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.236


Editor: Liam Ferrie Circulation: 1,000


Monday's papers led with the protest in Co.Louth against the IRA. On Tuesday it was the report into the July escape of two suspected members of the IRA from Brixton Prison in London. The other Northern related story to get front-page headlines claimed that the Rev Ian Paisley was ready to resume talks on the North's political future. It was, however, necessary to read the small print. There is now a whole new set of preconditions. Another three people died in the continuing violence but this type of news no longer makes the headlines.

Yugoslavia continued to get publicity and John McCarthy's release from captivity in Beirut was a huge story here. His former cell mate, Brian Keenan, travelled to England to welcome him home. Another of the Irish Times' headlines concerned an exclusive which claimed that the State plans to provide funding for private third-level colleges.

Editor's Note: By the time you read this I will be on my way to England by sea. I have a meeting there during the week but intend to stay over for a wedding on August 24. Mike Hughes has promised to take care of next week's edition for me. I hope to have sufficient access to newspapers and radio to be able to compile the issue of the August 26, but you may not see it until a a day later. L.F.


The Irish Times carried three articles arising from an interview with the former President, Dr Patrick Hillery. This made interesting reading but he did not reveal too much. On the subject of the famous phone calls in 1982 he was reticent, but said that the need for him to say more might arise in the future. He did deny that he ever discussed the matter with Brian Lenihan.

He talked of a dirty tricks campaign against him in 1979. He implies that some members of the Fianna Fail party started a rumour that his marriage was about to break up. This, he said, was done because it was thought that he might be a candidate for the leadership of the party following Jack Lynch's resignation. The leaders of Fine Gael and Labour will both be asking questions about these claims when the Dail resumes in October.


Last Saturday the Magee family of Newry were, presumably, facing the same financial difficulties as the rest of us. A day later half a million pounds was apparently not a big enough windfall for them. Last week I told you that a Newry woman won £1m on the National Lottery. By Wednesday Mrs Teresa Magee's claim was the subject of a court hearing. The following is the story as far as I understand it. Another Newry woman, Mrs Mary Byrne, asked her friend (former friend?) Mrs Magee to choose some numbers for the lottery. Mrs Byrne then gave one pound to someone else to buy the ticket across the border. Mrs Byrne was in possession of the ticket when the numbers were drawn and remained in possession until Sunday morning. It was then that Mrs Magee's husband called on her and asked to see the ticket. When it was given to him he promptly put it in his pocket and departed.

The National Lottery refused to make any payment when the ticket was presented as it was clear that there would be a court action. Wednesday's judgement was that payment should not be made. The judge said there would be a further hearing on Friday if the two women had not reached agreement. Friday's hearing was necessary. This time the judge ordered that half the money be paid to Mrs Magee and the other half be given to solicitors acting for the two women, pending a full hearing. If the above account is correct it seems strange, at first sight, that half the money should go to Mrs Magee who hadn't purchased the winning ticket. I have to presume that the ruling was made on the basis that Mrs Byrne was not disputing Mrs Magee's right to a half share in the prize.

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- The STOP (Stop Terror, Oppression and Pain) organisation says it has no plans to hold further protest rallies against the IRA.

- A huge fraud in fake Waterford Crystal has been uncovered in the US. It is thought that up to $50m worth of the counterfeit glass was manufactured in a French factory over the last five years. Following investigations by a British detective agency, employed by Waterford Crystal, the FBI raided a New Jersey warehouse and found ten people labelling and boxing pieces of crystal. More than 9,000 items were found on the premises but it is thought that about 650,000 pieces were manufactured since the racket started.

- The Dubliners among you may be interested to learn that the Quo Vadis restaurant has closed its doors after 31 years. The restaurant's owner and founder, Bernardino Gentile, has decided to retire at the age of 71.

- The report into the escape of two suspected IRA men from Brixton Prison in London on July 7 was published on Monday. The prison authorities came in for severe criticism. It was claimed that the police had provided information five months earlier saying that the two men planned to use a gun to escape and that the prison chapel would be used. Recommendations in an earlier report on security weaknesses at the prison were also ignored. The British Home Secretary said that he considered resigning as a result of the escape. The prison governor and another senior official were not given the choice. The former was told to retire three months early and the other sacked. There has been no sign of the two escapees, Pearse McAuley and Nessan Quinlivan.

- The price of a standard loaf of bread was increased by 7p last Monday. Bakers said the increase was necessary because the cost of flour had gone up by £40 per ton since April. The recommended price of a loaf is now 79p but "own-brand" labels in supermarkets can still be bought for between 40p and 50p.

- Two ships laden with "intervention" Irish butter are still at anchor in Cork Harbour. However, Bord Bainne says that it is once again finding markets for the total butter output and has been able to sell some of the intervention stocks.

- The role of Gardai in rural stations is to change, with officers undertaking an increased community role. Gardai will call on the elderly in their homes on a regular basis and make annual visits to second-level schools. Official accommodation is being refurbished to encourage members of the force to live in the heart of the areas which they serve. The Garda Representative Association criticised the fact that it was not consulted in drawing up the proposals.

- We continued to be treated to arguments for and against, mostly against, the EC farm cuts. The Minister for Agriculture announced some new EC arrangement which should improve the price paid to farmers for beef cattle, at the expense of the factories.

- Quadruplets, three boys and a girl, were born in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, on Friday. The babies all weighed less than three pounds and are said to be doing well. We were told little about the parents except that they come from the south-east of the country, the mother is in her twenties and had received fertility treatment.

- A two-page interview with President Robinson appears in the latest edition of the international gossip magazine, Hello. Having once seen the magazine I suspect that the column inches given to photographs will far exceed the text.

- A French woman tourist, aged 25, was killed when she slipped and fell at the Powerscourt waterfall.

- I now have a copy of the preliminary population figures for counties and county boroughs from the recent census. I can therefore add to the information I gave recently. Galway city's population has passed the 50,000 to reach 50,842 (+7.9% since 1986). Limerick has 52,040 residents (-7.5%). Dublin stands at 477,675 (-5.0%) but this was balanced by an increase in the county. The trend was similar in Cork where the city population fell to 127,024 (-4.7%). Apart from Dublin the counties which showed an increase in the five year period were Kildare (5.4%), Kilkenny (0.6%), Meath (1.6%), Wicklow (2.9%), Waterford (0.5%) and Galway (1.0%).

- On Saturday evening a major search was launched for a diver who failed to return on schedule at Mullaghmore, Co.Sligo. His body was recovered on Sunday but he has not been named.

- Mass in Irish will be broadcast on the main television channel in Russia next Thursday, the feast of the Assumption. I am not sure why the Soviets decided to carry the Mass which will be celebrated at the Carmelite house at Gort Mhuire, Ballinteer, Co.Dublin. The Mass is being televised by RTE and may also be rebroadcast to Belgium and Switzerland.

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- The IRA killed Eric Boyd (42) of Cookstown, Co.Tyrone, on Monday evening. Mr Boyd was found in his car, which was riddled with at least 40 bullets, near the village of Cappagh. He was driving home from work when the ambush took place. An IRA statement claimed that the victim was a member of the UVF but this was seen as a further insult by members of his family and was denied by the UVF and the RUC. The dead man leaves a wife and two daughters, one aged 18 years and the other 15 months.

- The Irish News of Belfast was able to publish details of last week's lotto winners but had to refrain from giving the actual winning numbers. The paper had been publishing the winning numbers in response to requests from readers who were buying tickets across the border. After doing this for a few weeks the editor was visited by two police officers and he may be prosecuted under the Gaming and Lotteries Act.

- The Rev. Ian Paisley said that he was ready to enter into more talks on the political future of the North. At the same time he laid down a whole new series of preconditions before such talks could start. Even the previously agreed chairman, Sir Ninian Stephen, is no longer acceptable to chair the strand two talks which will include the Irish Government.

- The Northern Ireland Office has not renewed the appointment of 11 of the 18 members of the Police Authority. This has displeased Unionist politicians who accuse the NIO of looking for more compliant members.

- A campaign to boycott the Northern Bank was launched in Belfast during the week. It is alleged that the Bank discriminates against Catholics in its hiring policy. 16% of the bank's 2,283 employees are Catholics. Bob Cooper, the chairman of the Fair Employment Commission, does not support the boycott. He appears to accept the bank's explanation that the discrepancy is a historical legacy and, with minimal recruitment because of new technology, there has been little opportunity to redress the situation.

- In what is seen as an unprecedented move, the British Foreign Secretary has agreed to give evidence to the May inquiry into the Guildford Four and Maguire Family cases. One of the questions he will be asked is why it took so long to review the Maguire case.

- The IRA killed another member of the Ulster Democratic Party in Derry. When Gary Lynch (27) arrived for work at Foyle Meats, at 7:30am on Friday, a gunman shot him dead. In admitting the killing the IRA claimed that he was a member of the UFF. This allegation has been denied by his family and members of the party, who claim that this was just another sectarian attack.

- The following morning loyalist gunmen retaliated with the random shooting of a Catholic in Belfast's Andersonstown. James Carson (33) was killed in the Seven Eleven shop which he owned with his brother. A previously unknown group calling itself the Loyalist Retaliation and Defence Group claimed the killing.

- The Apprentice Boys of Derry held their annual march through the centre of Derry on Saturday. An estimated 10,000 turned out for the parade which passed off without incident.

- During the week Sinn Fein was negotiating with the RUC over the route through Belfast for a march to commemorate the 20th anniversary of internment and the 10th anniversary of the H-block hunger-strikes. In the end Sinn Fein said that the march would take the route prescribed by the RUC. This prevented participants from the Short Strand from marching through loyalist areas to join the parade but it did go through the city centre. There was a large turn-out and it passed off peacefully.


- Last week's increase in the numbers out of work continued to be discussed. Here in Galway, which is considered something of a boom town, there was great surprise at the numbers now signing on. Local politicians were accused of ignoring the problem and believing the hype that the town is prospering. A spokesman for FAS said that the figures were misleading. He explained that a few hundred "free spirits" from the Continent come to Galway for the summer because it is a nice place to be. They sign on the dole but have no real intention of working. Students who normally go abroad are also signing on. This includes a large number studying at UCG and the RTC who find it more fun to stay in Galway for the summer than to go back to their homes around the country.

- Up to 250 workers at Shorts in Belfast will be made redundant in the next three months because of the recession in the aerospace industry. If business does not improve there could be further lay-offs.

- There are the makings of a dispute between 3,000 staff at Aer Lingus and the airline management. The workers are not prepared to accede to a request for the postponement of a pay rise. The excuse that the airline cannot afford the increase is not accepted as the Government was able to collect a dividend of £500,000. The matter has been referred to the Labour Court.

- The Central Statistics Office reports a 19,000 increase in the numbers employed in tourism since 1988.

- ADM in Cork, which last year took over the Pfizer citric manufacturing plant, is negotiating with union leaders for 55 redundancies among the workforce of 280.

- Giro Sports Design of California will employ 60 people in a new factory at Newcastle West. The company manufactures cycling helmets.

- There has been an increase in the number of complaints alleging the exploitation of young people in summer jobs. The Minister for Labour urged those who feel they have been treated badly to report the matter to his department.

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- Michael Bell, the Labour TD, says that he stands over the remarks he made about those who give their allegiance to the Crown going back to Britain. This was in response to Dick Spring's criticism of his remarks. A number of other politicians, Jim Kemmy (Lab), Avril Doyle (FG) and Steve McBride (Alliance), also had harsh words for the Louth TD. The latter called on him to resign his Dail seat.

- The new Australian Ambassador, Mr Terence McCarthy, presented his Letters of Credence to President Robinson on Wednesday.

- The British Ambassador Sir Nicholas Fenn has been in the news a number of times as reporters interviewed him prior to his departure. The Ambassador has gained a high level of respect during his five-year term office. In recent weeks there have been a number of one paragraph news items about donations he made to various charities around Dublin.

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- President Robinson's forthcoming visit to the US is being mentioned in the US media. An AP story filed in Boston says, "The first woman president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, will visit Boston October 20 while on her first official visit to the United States. The liberal human rights lawyer was elected president last November. She will be the first president of Ireland to visit Boston since Eamon de Valera nearly 30 years ago. She is scheduled to receive an honorary degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I. before coming to Boston. She also will visit Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago during her 10-day stay in the United States. Geoffrey Keating, the Irish vice-consul in Boston, said the tentative schedule for Boston calls for Ms. Robinson to attend a Mass, a luncheon at the John F. Kennedy Library, and visit with Mayor Raymond L. Flynn the Boston Ireland Ventures annual trade festival at the World Trade Centre. Keating said she also will attend a reception to meet informally with members of the Irish community".

- Nick Mullen is on the 26th day of a hunger-strike in a British prison. He claims that he was illegally deported from Zimbabwe to face an arms charge in London which led to a 30-year sentence. Mullen was born in England of an Irish father and holds an Irish passport.

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- Aer Rianta is considering making duty-free facilities available to transatlantic travellers boarding in Dublin. At the moment these people must make their duty-free purchases at the Shannon stop-over.

- The first stage of the new multi-storey car park at Dublin Airport was opened on Tuesday. This phase provides parking places for an additional 550 cars and access to the airport buildings is under cover.

- When speaking at the above opening ceremony the Minister for Transport and Tourism, Seamus Brennan, said that he was considering proposals for a rail link from the city centre to the airport and that so far he is favourably impressed. Approval for the £50m project will depend on the generosity of the EC.

- Following disappointing financial results (see business news) Aer Lingus is seeking fare increases on its London route. The airline claims that fares are substantially higher, on a cost-per-mile basis, on other short-haul routes between European cities to London.


- Serious pollution from silage killed off fish on a two-mile stretch of the Clarin River downstream from Athenry. A farmer is expected to be prosecuted. I am told that the river is not considered important by anglers.

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- The Irish Times carried an exclusive, suggesting that the Government will give grants for courses in private third-level colleges. This, it is thought, will create a further 4,000 places per year at third-level. Part of the deal will see the National Council for Education Awards approving any qualifications offered by the colleges.

- Leaving certificate results are expected to be available in schools this Thursday.

- The parents of this year's successful university applicants will have to pay deposits of £900, when accepting an offer of a place. Last year the deposit was £754. When the Minister for Education heard of the increase she expressed annoyance and said she would be talking with the universities in an attempt to have the decision reversed or modified.


- The Dublin Horse Show was given a great deal of publicity throughout the week. The big event of the week was the Aga Khan trophy. This was won by Britain with zero faults. France and Germany tied for second place. Ireland was last behind the US and Switzerland. No attendance figures were given but it is thought they were down on last year.

- The 27th Stradbally Steam Rally was held last Sunday and as usual the old traction engines made interesting photographs for Monday's papers.

- The West Belfast Festival, the Irish Antiques Fair in Dublin's Mansion House, the Fiddlers Green International Folk Festival in Rostrevor, Co.Down, the Glencolmcille Harp Festival, the Foyle Sea Angling Festival at Moville and the famous Puck Fair in Kilorglin are among the latest batch of activities aimed at lightening our spirits and pockets.

- Scoil Acla had as its theme the women of Achill Island, but did not forget its original aims of promoting the use of Irish on the island and providing plenty of traditional music. Mullinahone, Co.Tipperary was the venue for a three-day commemoration of Charles Kickham, the author of "Knocknagow".

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- "The Commitments" is a new Irish film which was greeted with acclaim at its world premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The film in based on Roddy Doyle's first novel and was directed by Alan Parker. It is about a group of working-class Dublin Northsiders trying to form a soul band. You will not recognise any of the stars as they were selected from aspiring musicians around Dublin. Roddy Doyle is quoted as saying that he is delighted with the reaction but that Bord Failte won't be.

- Tom Cruise is here filming "Far and Away" at Ardmore studios. His wife, Nicole Kidman, is also starring in the film which deals with a young couple who, after some traumatic events in Ireland, emigrate to the US. It is set in the 1890s.

- Two other major films are currently being made here but I cannot remember much about them. One is being shot in the Cavan/Monaghan area and features Albert Finney. The other is set in Donegal.

- One could be forgiven for thinking that almost everyone at RTE television is on holiday for the entire summer. News bulletins have all been substantially curtailed, some are half their normal length. Current affairs programmes are few and far between. One person is busy at the station, looking out old programmes for a rerun. (Mike) Murphy's Australia is getting another airing after about four years. Film of Fleadhanna Ceoil from the 1970s are also being shown. They are of interest as much for the fashions as the music.

- George Bernard Shaw's birth place is being offered to the nation. The group which was set up to buy the house on Dublin's Synge Street is unable to clear off the balance of the loan which helped it purchase the house, or to find the funds necessary to complete the restoration.

- This year's American Ireland Fund's Literary Award (and £10,000) went to poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, who writes only in Irish.

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- Bestsellers - Irish Published:

1. Apartment 3B, Patricia Scanlan (Poolbeg) 2. Down the Dodder, Chris Moriarty (Wolfhound) 3. A Guide to Evening Classes 1991/92 (Wolfhound) 4. Famine Diary, Gerald Keegan (Wolfhound) 5. The Homesick Garden, Kate Cruise O'Brien (Poolbeg)

"Michael Collins", by Tim Pat Coogan, which was published abroad, remains top of the Paperback Non-fiction category.

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- House prices in the Dublin area are showing little signs of increasing these days. According to an Irish Times survey only 4.5% of houses are going up in value, while 47.5 remain static and the same percentage has fallen.

- Cork man Sean McConnell decided that there wasn't a great future in farming and has turned his 140 acres at Little Island into the Harbour Point Golf Club. The new club was opened on June 1 after two years of hard work.

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- The dramatic changes which have been taking place in Galway over last few years have still not come to an end. The new-look Roches Stores is now complete. A large window stretches two stories above the main entrance and the interior has been totally transformed, with the addition of a number of new stores. The entire complex is now called the Corrib Shopping Centre. Most of the units in the new Eyre Square Centre appear to have been leased. Another building getting a much-needed face lift is the Hynes Building, which houses the city library. Although of relatively recent vintage, the plastic-look front was totally out of place in the new Galway. Its new stone facing is almost complete. Merchants Road, which for years was an eyesore with its stretch of derelict buildings, will not be recognisable to those of you who have been away for more than two years. The Eyre Square Centre overlooks much of it but there are also a number of new buildings at the Spanish Arch end.

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- There was a great deal of sadness in Mervue when it was learned that Paul McNelis had died on Monday, August 5th. Paul died while holidaying at the family home in Teelin, Co. Donegal. For the last six years Paul worked as a software engineer in the Publishing Technologies Group in ESSB, joining Digital after his graduation from the University of Limerick in 1985. He will be deeply missed by his many colleagues and friends in Digital. The funeral Mass was held in St.Columba's Church, Carrick, Co. Donegal in Wednesday.

- Dympna Kilgallen, who used to work with us here in Galway before a green card enticed her to Massachusetts, is leaving the company to work with Intel. She will spend time in Jerusalem and Albuquerque before returning to Ireland. Those of you in the New England area can say farewell to her at a party in the Rusty Scupper in Acton, at 6:00pm on Thursday next, August 15.

- I am told that Derrylin was deserted on Saturday, August 3, as almost the entire community attended the wedding of Tommy Maguire (@UVO). The reception was held at the latest "in" place, the Slieve Russell Hotel, just across the border. I would like to wish Tommy and his wife Deirdre many years of happiness.

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Sterling 0.9127 0.9089

US Dollar 1.5490 1.5347

Deutschmark 2.6720 2.6734

French franc 9.0911 9.0847

Dutch guilder 3.0123 3.0134

Belgian franc 55.05 55.06

Italian lira 2000.15 1998.03

Spanish Peseta 167.35 167.41

Japanese Yen 211.28 210.13

Swiss franc 2.3426 2.3297

Canadian dollar 1.7759 1.7652

Australian dollar 1.9765 1.9714

- The Bank of Ireland's US subsidiary, First NH Banks, had losses of £25.1m in the first half of the current financial year.

- A London court heard that a bankrupt who changed his name was able to obtain a loan of Stg£3.5m from the Bank of Ireland. This was just a preliminary hearing and the man is to stand trial at a later date.

- Government income from taxes increased substantially in July. Tax revenue for the year to date is also up on last year but is still short of the budget forecast, and exchequer borrowing for the total year is still expected to be way out of line.

- The Ulster Bank Group does not appear to be having the same problems as the other banks. For the six months to the end of June it showed a profit of Stg£30.5m. These profits came in almost equal proportions from both sides of the border and allowed the bank to account for 30% of the parent group's (NatWest) profits.

- For the second successive quarter the video rental company Xtra-vision has shown a small profit and appears to have left its troubled past behind.

- Elan Corporation continues to impress, with profits in the first quarter of its financial year rising from £1.4m to £2.6m.

- As expected, Aer Lingus saw its profits for the year to the end of March fall from £38.7m to £6.2m. Substantial profits from ancillary activities were largely offset by a loss of £42.5m in its air transport operations.

- GPA found itself in the unusual position of reporting a drop in profits in its first quarter. Bad debts were blamed for the drop of $6m to $61.3m.

- The Smurfit Group's US arm reported a loss of $12.89m for the second quarter. For the same period last year it had an $8.16m profit. The loss was marginally down on a first quarter loss. On top of that the company had to write down its equity investments by $34.3m.

- What seemed like a good idea at the time looks like ending with Classic Thoroughbreds going into liquidation. The company was set up in 1987 to increase investment in Irish racing and allow those who could not afford their own race horse have a share in some top class horses. Bad luck, including injuries to 30% of the horses and the deaths of some, saw the share price decline from 40p to 4.5p. At its AGM some investors expressed a desire for the company to continue its operations.

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It remained warm for much of the week and the sun shone on Thursday. Actually I can't remember what it was like on Tuesday and Wednesday. Persistent rain was the only feature of Friday and Saturday. Sunday was fresher with a fair amount of sunshine.

Latest Temperatures: Day 17C........................Night 9C

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All-Ireland Football Championship - Semi-final:

Down 2-9 Kerry 0-8

Leinster Football Championship - Final:

Meath 1-11 Laois 0-8

- The large Down contingent at Croke Park saw their side start with a flourish which should have seen them 7 points in front in the opening minutes. After taking a one point lead, a ball that looked destined for the net came back off the post. Very soon afterwards they were awarded a penalty when Charlie Nelligan brought down an in-rushing Mickey Linden. Linden was well wide with the kick. This was immediately followed by Kerry watching their attempts at goals twice come back off the bar in a matter of seconds. With eleven minutes played, Down got the reward they deserved when Peter Withnell scored a goal from a well-placed left-foot shot. The pace had to slow a little and Down were finding it difficult to convert most of their chances against a strong breeze. Kerry gradually came back into it and before the end of the half had scored seven points to Down's two for a half-time lead of 0-7 to 1-3. There was a dearth of scores in the second period. Down were first off the mark. A second point put them back in front. This was equalised by Pat Spillane. It was anyone's game when about eight minutes from time Down went back in the lead. This was quickly followed by another goal from a loosely marked Withnell. His tail was up and he added a point before going off injured. Linden and Ross Carr, from a free, put the final nails in Kerry's coffin. Both sides had a lot of wides and there too many frees in the second half, although for relatively minor infringements. Down deserved their win and are back in the final for the first time since 1968. Jack O'Shea and Pat Spillane did not stamp their authority on the game in the way they did in the past and may now have to give way to younger men.

- Cork defeated Donegal in the minor semi-final.

- Meath finally emerged as Leinster champions after a total of eight matches, four of them replays. Laois put up a spirited performance and things might have been different if they did not have a player sent off after just 15 minutes. The sides were level at half-time but Laois could only manage one point in the second half.

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Sir Matt Busby Testimonial:

Manchester Utd 1 Ireland XI 1

Pre-season Friendlies:

Galway 0 Birmingham City 3

Bohemians 0 Manchester City 1

Bray W. 0 Leicester City 2

Limerick 1 Sunderland 3

Shelbourne 0 The Pumas 0

Cork City 1 Sunderland 1

- More than 35,000 turned out for the game in Manchester. Ireland's score was an own-goal late in the first half.

- The Pumas are the Mexican soccer champions.

- Liam Brady got a reasonable start in the opening day of the Scottish Premier Division. Celtic defeated Dundee United by 4-3 in an away game. His new side twice had a two-goal advantage and found themselves on level terms before getting a late winner. Packie Bonner managed to get himself booked for dissent in an incident which resulted in a penalty and gave Dundee their first goal.

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- GOLF: After what has been a disastrous season, Ronan Rafferty managed to take second place in the European Pro-Celebrity Tournament at Hoylake in England. He and Christy O'Connor Jnr were in joint second place after three rounds, three strokes off the pace. There was to be no catching the winner, Paul Broadhurst of England, who finished on 66 for a 16-under total. Rafferty was seven strokes behind and O'Connor a further stroke away in third position.

David Feherty had his first outing in a US major and at the end of the third round could be reasonably pleased with his performance. He stood at even par after rounds of 71, 74 and 71.

Last week's fifth place in the Scandinavian Open earned Feherty Stg£25,000 and brought him above Eamonn Darcy in the European Order of Merit. Feherty is now in 7th place with prize money of Stg£184k and Darcy is 9th with Stg£175k. They are in 6th and 7th positions for Ryder Cup places. It hasn't been a particularly good year for other Irish players. Philip Walton is 36th, Des Smyth 53rd, Jimmy Heggarty 63rd, Christy O'Connor Jnr 75th, Eoghan O'Connell 84th and Ronan Rafferty 94th. Rafferty's winnings total Stg£27k.

- TENNIS: Plans are nearing completion for the creation of a major international tennis academy in Dublin.

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