The Irish Emigrant - January 4, 1993
Thursday, 03 January 2008
Fianna Fail and Labour were still trying to agree on the shape of a new Government; the IRA killed a British soldier home on leave for Christmas; loyalist paramilitaries shot dead a father and son in Co.Tyrone; customs barriers across Europe all but disappeared; the Abbey Theatre Company opened in the Sydney Opera House with "Dancing at Lughnasa"; Lufthansa made news with a limited offer of £144 return flights between Ireland and Germany; and the value of shares on the Dublin Stock Exchange fell by £747m (13%) during 1992 - in 2007 they fell by €26bn (26%).

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January 4, 1993 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.309

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Editor: Liam Ferrie Circulation: 1,435

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As this is the first edition of 1993 I wish you all a prosperous New Year and hope you have the opportunity to visit Ireland before the year is out.

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It was another quiet week with many people remaining on holiday until today. This meant that much of the week's news came from Somalia, Bosnia and Moscow. Not everyone was taking it easy and Fianna Fail and Labour are still trying to reach agreement on the shape of the next Government. We are told that the talks reached their most difficult stage over the weekend and that a draft programme for Government should be ready today. The IRA ended the year with the killing of a British soldier who was home on leave for Christmas. Loyalist paramilitaries claimed the first deaths of the New Year when a father and son were shot dead in Co.Tyrone last night. Two earlier attacks on Catholics in Belfast left two people injured.

The first of January, 1993, has of course been talked about for a number of years. Now that it is here we are all supposed to be real Europeans. I don't feel any different and the only change I noticed was the absence of a "Stop" sign at the Southern customs posts at border crossings. Such signs were generally ignored in any case.

STILL TALKING!

Fianna Fail and Labour negotiators resumed their discussions on Wednesday and then created a minor surprise by adjourning until Saturday. There was much speculation as to the various matters under discussion. It was rumoured that Dick Spring wishes to be the next Minister for Foreign Affairs; a wise move, as this is a high profile job which is not required to make unpopular decisions between spending and services. Labour are also reported to be looking for the creation of a Minister for Equality, with responsibility for women's affairs among other things.

Divorce, abortion and legislation to decriminalise homosexual acts must also have been part of the negotiations. None of these was seen as likely to cause any great difficulty. The White paper on marital breakdown was published a few months ago and it is expected that it will lead to another divorce referendum. With the substantive issue on abortion recently rejected in a referendum, Fianna Fail has already promised legislation to take account of the Supreme Court ruling last spring. Similarly, legislation is necessary to regularise the situation for homosexuals, following a European Court ruling.

The discussions continued on Saturday and Sunday with the focus apparently on the budget and how much the country can realistically borrow. By last night we were told that a draft programme for Government will be ready today. This will lead to further negotiations and a final document is expected to be published on Wednesday or Thursday. The Labour Party then has to obtain the blessing of a delegate conference before it can proceed. It looks as though next Saturday will be the day on which that gathering will take place. In the meantime the Dail is scheduled to convene again tomorrow. No doubt there will be further criticism of the delay and a further adjournment will eventually be accepted.

There is some talk of John Bruton not being around long enough to lead Fine Gael into another election. It was not surprising therefore that yesterday he should make another plea to Dick Spring to consider a coalition with Fine Gael and the PDs.

EUROPE 1993

From January 1 customs barriers across Europe have all but disappeared. It is now possible to purchase unlimited quantities of duty-paid goods in one EC state and take them to another, provided the goods are for personal use. In the case of spirits, beer and tobacco there are nominal limits which, if exceeded, place an onus on the owner to prove that the items will not be re-sold.

Of course as far as cars are concerned the new registration fee is payable no matter where the vehicle was purchased. Duty-free sales are still in operation at airports and on car ferries. With no customs officers to enforce the limits it is left to the staff in the duty-free shop to refuse to sell more than the allowance. One interesting difference is that goods can be purchased on the outward journey and taken back, along with additional goods bought on the way home. Passengers arriving from EC countries will ignore the red and green customs channels and go through a new blue channel.

We also have new rules under which EC airlines can operate. It is now possible for any airline to fly between two airports in another country, provided that the flight connects with a cross-border flight. For instance, British Midland can fly between Galway and Dublin but it must link with a British Midland flight out of Ireland. That restriction will disappear in 1997.

One hundred beacons were lit across Europe to mark this new era. President Robinson lit one in the Phoenix Park. Another beacon was lit at Carrickfergus.

> > > > > > > > BITS AND PIECES < < < < < < < < <

  • A car was seen to drive at speed off the pier at Rathmullen, Co.Donegal, around lunchtime on Monday. A full scale search was mounted and that evening the bodies of John Black (40) and his 5-week-old son, also named John, were recovered from Lough Swilly. Gardai said that a note was found near the scene but it just said "Sorry" and asked that father, son and the family dog, which was also in the car, be buried together. Mr Black was separated and living with the mother of baby John in nearby Ramelton. His action was a total mystery to members of his family who said that he was elated with the birth of his son.

  • The country's retailers are reporting good business in the post-Christmas sales. Clery's, in Dublin's O'Connell Street, set the ball rolling by opening on the Sunday after Christmas. Dunnes and Roches have great faith that not everyone has spent all their money, as their sales start today.

  • Funderland, the giant amusement fair, is making its annual visit at the RDS.

  • A group of New Year revellers with an excess of money made the news. They booked a flight on Concorde from London to Shannon. There they held a party to bring in the New Year before boarding the plane again to fly back to 1992 in Bermuda. The package deal also included a trip to New York and a free Omega watch. The all-inclusive price was supposed to be Stg£5,850 but this was reduced to Stg£2,999 when all the seats were not taken. Some, including an Irish couple, won their tickets in competitions.

  • It was confirmed that there was a significant drop in the number of road deaths over the Christmas holiday. Between December 22 and 28 three people died in road accidents, compared with 13 in 1991.

  • The IFA has found another reason to vent its anger against the EC Commission. From March, beef cattle weighing more that 340kg will not be eligible for intervention payments. Farm leaders say that this decision will deprive cattle fatteners of £240m per year. I am not sure of the accuracy of this amount but it must be galling for farmers who bought cattle for winter fattening and find that the price which they paid was based on a false premise. The EC Commission did want to introduce the new rule on January 1, with just about three week's notice. Minister for Agriculture Joe Walsh obtained a two-month delay and will fight for further relief for Irish farmers.

  • The draught Guinness in a can, which was introduced more than three years ago, is causing a few problems. Some consumers claim to have found plastic particles in their drink. These come from the moulded plastic chamber which is the key to giving the drink its head of foam. A spokesperson for Guinness played down the significance of the problem, saying that a "handful of complaints", from the 200 million cans sold, is a good record.

  • Mairead Ward (35) became the first person to receive a pancreas transplant in this country. Ms Ward was a diabetic and also required kidney dialysis. The operation was carried out at Beaumont Hospital by surgeon David Hickey and is considered a complete success. She no longer requires drugs or insulin.

  • Some members of the Stephen's Green Club are trying to change the club's rules and offer full membership to women. A postal ballot of all members is now taking place, after a vote at the recent AGM was inconclusive. The club was founded in 1840 by Daniel O'Connell as an alternative to the Kildare Street Club, which only accepted members of the landed gentry.

  • An intruder broke into a bedroom on the fifth floor of the Shelbourne Hotel at the weekend and threatened the Italian couple who were sleeping there. About £1,500 in different currencies was taken after the raider produced a syringe which he said contained blood contaminated with the AIDS virus.

  • Willie McCarter, of Fruit of the Loom, is the new chairman of the International Fund for Ireland. He was appointed by the British and Irish Governments.

  • Each year the media pays special attention to the first baby born in the New Year. This year they had a bonus. Edmond Power of Clonmel arrived at two minutes after midnight and his brother Patrick came into the world the previous year, just three minutes earlier. Their parents are Eddie and Anne Power.

  • Throughout the week the media devoted a great deal of time and space to reviews of 1992 and forecasts of what 1993 might bring.

NATIONAL LOTTERY Winning Numbers:

  • Wed: 11, 20, 21, 28, 34, 36 - the jackpot of £750k was not won.
  • Sat: 5, 9, 16, 24, 29, 31 - two people shared the jackpot of £1,267k

> > > > > > > > NORTHERN NEWS < < < < < < < < <

  • Brian Nelson, the British Army/UVF double agent who was jailed for ten years, has been transferred to a prison in England. This is seen as a prelude to his early release by nationalist critics of the move.

  • A 300lb car bomb exploded outside the Drumkeen Hotel in south Belfast on Tuesday night. A warning had been given and no one was injured. Damage looked to be extensive but the hotel was back in business the following day. Windows were broken in 40 adjacent houses and at a nearby hospital.

  • The IRA shot a British soldier dead at his north Belfast home on Wednesday evening. Private Steven Waller (23), of the Royal Irish Regiment was home on leave from Cyprus. It was his wife of less than a year who opened the door to a knock in the early evening. When she saw the gunmen she attempted to close the door again but the attackers fired past her with an automatic rifle. Private Waller was taken to hospital and died three hours later. His father was shot dead in the mid-seventies in a feud between loyalist paramilitaries.

  • Private Waller's killing brought the total number of deaths in the Northern violence in 1992 to 89. A further six died in England, and the body of a missing Co.Tyrone woman was discovered in Co.Sligo.

  • The year's death toll might have been higher if a machine-gun had not jammed. On New Year's Eve UVF gunmen burst into Sean Graham's betting office in the Ardoyne. Some bullets were fired but no one was hit. One gun then jammed and the gunmen went outside, giving the customers a chance to bar the door. Further shots were fired through the window before the gunmen made their getaway in a waiting car.

  • A group calling itself the Red Hand Commando claimed responsibility for a gun attack in north Belfast on New Year's Day. Two men were injured in the incident. Paint had been daubed on a number of cars overnight. The attack then took place when a car owner, a Catholic, and his 60-year-old Protestant neighbour were trying to remove the paint.

  • A British soldier was charged with attempted murder after another soldier was stabbed in the Shackleton army base at Eglinton, near Derry.

  • New Year's Day was used by a group calling itself the Irish National Congress to stage a series of protests against the British policy of blocking certain traditional border crossing points. About 2,500 people attended the twelve different venues. One crossing point was reopened and 40 people are still maintaining a vigil there. The INC is expected to take the issue to the European Court where they will look for compensation for the people whose lives are disrupted by the border closures.

  • I passed through three different border checkpoints over the last few days and was surprised to note that they are no longer permanently manned. Major work has been carried out and no doubt cars are closely observed, as their passage is controlled by traffic lights. The observers have the ability to cause two metal bollards to pop up out of the ground if they wish to detain you. A few drivers passing through the Culmore checkpoint, outside Derry, have had the unfortunate experience of the bollards emerging as they were passing over them.

  • A father and son were shot dead at their home in Co.Tyrone last night. The attack took place in an isolated nationalist area, between Donaghmore and Pomeroy. At least two masked gunmen entered the house through the attached grocers shop. They opened fire, killing Diarmuid Shields (20) and injuring his brother, aged 24. They then ran upstairs and shot Pat Shields (51) dead as he lay in bed. The injured man is described as being in a serious condition in hospital. His mother, 12-year-old sister and another brother managed to barricade themselves in a room and escaped injury. There has been widespread condemnation of the attack, which has been claimed by the UVF, and it makes the main story here and in Britain this morning. One of the first to express his horror was the local Unionist MP, Ken Maginnis.

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  • As expected, six members of the British Parachute Regiment were charged with offences arising from disturbances in which a number of civilians were injured in Coalisland earlier in the year. The charges included assault, criminal damage and disorderly behaviour. None of the soldiers appeared in the court.

  • The woman who was jailed for causing a disturbance at Mass near Tuam recently has been released on bail pending an appeal.

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  • About 500 customs officers should have been without jobs from New Year's Day but all were redeployed without the need for any redundancies. Some will continue with their duties in mobile patrols on border roads, in an effort to stop the smuggling of cattle and drugs. Others take up duties collecting the new Vehicle Registration Tax, manning an EC VAT information exchange system at Dundalk and in the Customs National Drugs Team. The remainder will provide added resources to the normal tax collection and compliance process.

  • Cavan Fabrics Ltd of Cavan town has closed, leaving 50 people without jobs. The company, which manufactured women's clothes, blamed the dumping of cheap imports from Britain, price cutting by Dunnes Stores, and the general recession, for its problems.

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  • The EC is anxious that the Government prepares legislation which would allow other electricity companies to compete against the ESB.

  • Each New Year brings a further release of official papers into the public domain. This year's batch did not appear to provide any great revelations. Most interest was on a decision not to release some Cabinet papers because of the recent court ruling on Cabinet confidentiality. No one admits to making the decision which was promptly reversed by the Taoiseach. One reader, who is researching the "Economic War", will be interested in some garda crime files relating to General Eoin O'Duffy and his campaign against land annuities in the 1930s.

  • Papers were also released by the Public Record Office in the North. Most attention was given to the manner in which the then Stormont prime minister, Lord Brookeborough, persuaded the British Home Secretary to disregard nationalist claims of gerrymandering and discrimination. That was in 1962 and was seen as the final attempt to highlight these problems before the civil rights movement took to the streets.

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  • The Abbey Theatre Company has opened in the Sydney Opera House with Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa". The play has been running in Melbourne since the end of November. After two months in Sydney it will move to Adelaide. Reviews have been excellent.

  • The media here gave extensive coverage to the killing in Somalia of UNICEF worker Sean Devereaux. Mr Devereaux was reared in England but considered himself Irish. His parents are from Wexford and Cork.

  • Bishop John Buckley of Cork visited the local airport yesterday to show solidarity with emigrants returning to Britain after the Christmas holiday. He criticised successive Governments for failing to take sufficient interest in the welfare of emigrants. Bishop Finnegan of Killala made a similar visit to Knock Airport.

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  • 1992 was another good year for the Irish tourist industry. Earnings from foreign visitors were up 8% to an estimated £920 while the number of people from abroad rose by 3.5% to 3.12m.

  • Lufthansa is marking the new Europe with a special £144 return fare between Ireland and Germany until the end of March. For a further £55 travellers can continue to any other Lufthansa destination within the EC.

  • Aer Lingus is now advertising its transatlantic fares for 1993, for those willing to book and pay before January 31. For the months of April, May and October a return from Shannon to New York or Boston is £299. To the West Coast it is £469. These fares increase to £329 and £499 during the peak summer months.

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  • The Government is to lodge a formal protest against British Nuclear Fuels' plans for a major expansion of the Sellafield plant. The deadline for such objections is the end of January.

  • Belfast City Council is inviting citizens to return Christmas trees to collection points where they will be recycled. The trees will be "chewed up" by special machines and the output used as mulch on the city's parks and gardens.

  • An oil spill at the Shorts factory at Newtownabbey has killed at least 20 birds and threatened the lives of hundreds of others. Television pictures focused on a number of swans which were covered in oil. 5,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil leaked into storm drains during a delivery by the Shell company. From there the oil found its way into a small river and on into Belfast Lough. Shorts and Shell expressed deep regret at the incident which they attributed to an operational error. Both companies are involved in the clean up. The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is applying all available resources to saving the lives of the birds.

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  • 41.9% of those who graduated from UCD in 1991 had found employment by the middle of last year. A report from the college's Careers and Appointments Office also showed a decline in the number of graduates emigrating.

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  • I forgot to mention that Frankie Gavin released an album for Christmas. "An Irish Christmas" was recorded in a hurry at the last minute but it sold extremely well. Most of the tracks which I have heard were of tunes that are known the world over, and were played in a style reminiscent of Stephane Grappelli. It makes for very enjoyable listening.

  • I have already mentioned "A Woman's Heart", the compilation album from Dolores Keane, Mary and Frances Black, Sharon Shannon, Maura O'Connell and Eleanor McEvoy. This has now become the most popular album ever released here.

  • Daniel O'Donnell won the Entertainment Personality of the Year Award for the second time in two years. The awards were sponsored by Telecom Eireann and announced at a live television show from the National Concert Hall. The other award winners were the Stunning (rock), Geraldine O'Grady (classical), Michael O Suilleabhain (traditional), Macnas (performance of the year), Mick Hanly (country/songwriter), Billy Magra (comedy), Veronica Dunne (Hall of Fame), Wesley Burrows (Eamonn Andrews Special Award) and "A Woman's Heart" (best album).

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  • Thirty-five Turner watercolours have been put on display at the National Gallery for the month of January. Most of the paintings were bequeathed to the Gallery in 1900, on condition that they are only exhibited during this month to protect them from fading.

  • Niall Toibin opened in the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin, with a new one-man show, "Takin' Liberties".

  • A new bilingual "soap" has started on RTE television. It is entitled "Ros na Run" and is centred on a small factory in Connemara but also includes scenes from Dublin, as two of the main characters are from the capital. I didn't see any of the first five short episodes which were screened during the week. I understand that the Irish content is not too demanding for those who went to school here.

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EXCHANGE RATES:

.................. IRISH POUND........ Dec 30.. Dec 23

.................. Sterling............107.27.. 108.44

.................. US Dollar.......... 1.6252.. 1.6596

.................. Deutschmark........ 2.6312.. 2.6438

.................. French franc........8.9713.. 9.0161

.................. Dutch guilder...... 2.9558.. 2.9740

.................. Belgian franc........54.06....54.36

.................. Italian lira...... 2401.23..2369.08

.................. Japanese Yen........202.81.. 205.54

.................. Swiss franc........ 2.3842.. 2.3898

.................. Swedish krone......11.4902..11.7108

.................. Canadian dollar.... 2.0635.. 2.0906

.................. Australian dollar.. 2.3581.. 2.4028

  • A proposal to build a 50-acre Taiwanese industrial park in Co.Cork came a step closer to reality when it was learned that five companies are giving serious consideration to opening plants there. The Taiwanese backers of the project require firm commitments from a number of firms before work on the site will begin.

  • There is some nervousness about how well the punt will fare within the ERM when markets open today, for the first time in the new open Europe. Exchange controls are no longer available to protect the currency.

  • The value of shares on the Dublin Stock Exchange fell by £747m (13%) during 1992.

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The calm cold weather stayed with us for most of the week and the sun managed to shine from time to time. By Thursday evening there was a bit of a breeze and the temperature rose a little. We also had a few light showers over the next few days. The wind increased for the weekend and Sunday was most unpleasant as by then we had a howling gale and heavy rain.

That is a composite view of the weather; from Galway until Wednesday, Enniskillen on Thursday and Friday, and Moville on Saturday and Sunday.

Latest temperatures: Day 3C........................Night 7C

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League Cup Final:

....................Limerick 2.........St Pats 0

Premier Division:

....................Bohs 2..............Bray 0

....................Cork 2..............Shelbourne 1

....................Dundalk 1.......... Limerick 0

....................St Pats 2.......... Drogheda 2

....................Sligo 0............ Shamrock R. 1

....................Waterford 2........ Derry 0

Premier Division Table:...... P..W..D..L..Pts

................Cork C.............20 11..5..4.. 27

................Bohemians..........19..9..8..2.. 26

................Derry City........ 20..8..9..3.. 25

................Dundalk............20..8..8..4.. 24

................Shelbourne........ 19..9..5..5.. 23

................St Pats Ath........20..5 11..4.. 21

................Limerick.......... 20..5 10..5.. 20

................Shamrock R.........20..6..6..8.. 18

................Drogheda U.........20..3 11..6.. 17

................Sligo R........... 20..4..7..9.. 15

................Waterford..........20..5..2 13.. 12

................Bray W.............20..1..8 11.. 10

First Division:

Mon:..........Monaghan 1..........Cobh 1

Sun:..........Athlone 0.......... Kilkenny 1

....................Finn Harps 3........UCD 2

....................Galway 1............Longford 0

....................Home Farm 2........ Cobh 1

....................St James G. 0...... Monaghan 0

First Division Table:........ P..W..D..L..Pts

................Galway U...........15..9..3..3.. 21

................UCD................15..6..5..4.. 17

................Cobh.............. 15..5..7..3.. 17

................Finn Harps........ 14..7..3..4.. 17

................Monaghan.......... 15..5..6..4.. 16

................Athlone T......... 15..5..5..5.. 15

................Home Farm..........15..5..3..7.. 13

................Longford.......... 15..4..4..7.. 12

................Kilkenny.......... 15..4..3..8.. 11

................St James Gate......14..3..3..8....9

Irish League:

Fri:..........Ards 2..............Carrick 0

....................Ballymena 0........ Bangor 1

....................Crusaders 1........ Ballyclare 1

....................Distillery 2........Cliftonville 1

....................Glenavon 0..........Portadown 3

....................Larne 4............ Omagh 2

....................Linfield 2..........Coleraine 0

....................Newry 1............ Glentoran 1

Sat:..........Ballyclare 3........Larne 2

....................Bangor 1............Distillery 3

....................Carrick 3.......... Ballymena 3

....................Cliftonville 0......Linfield 4

....................Coleraine 2........ Glenavon 0

....................Glentoran 1........ Crusaders 2

....................Omagh 1............ Ards 4

....................Portadown 3........ Newry 1

Table:........................P..W..D..L..Pts

................Crusaders..........17 12..2..3.. 38

................Linfield.......... 17 11..4..2.. 37

................Portadown..........17 10..5..2.. 35

................Bangor............ 17 11..2..4.. 35

................Distillery........ 17 11..1..5.. 34

................Glenavon.......... 17..9..3..5.. 30

................Ards.............. 17..9..2..6.. 29

................Glentoran..........17..8..3..6.. 27

................Ballymena..........17..6..3..8.. 21

................Larne..............17..6..2..9.. 20

................Carrick............17..6..2..9.. 20

................Omagh..............17..5..4..8.. 19

................Cliftonville...... 17..5..1 11.. 16

................Coleraine..........17..4..1 12.. 13

................Ballyclare........ 17..2..2 13....8

................Newry..............17..1..3 13....6

LEAGUE OF IRELAND ROUNDUP

Reporter: Gary Spain

Dundalk virtually ensured themselves of a place in the top 6 by defeating Limerick at Oriel Park. Dundalk went on the attack from the start and were rewarded after 32 minutes when Tom McNulty crossed for Peter Hanrahan to score from 6 yards. Limerick came much more into the game in the second half and had chances to equalise. However Dundalk defended well and indeed looked more likely to score on the break. Limerick played well enough to indicate that they may yet finish in the top six.

Cork went clear at the top after defeating Shelbourne 2-1. Johnny Glynn scored the winner after 70 minutes. Pat Morley had given Cork a first half lead but Gary Howlett equalised early in the second half. Cork were always the more purposeful side and mastered the appalling conditions. St Pats moved back into a top six spot after coming from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Drogheda. Waterford pulled off the shock of the day defeating Derry 2-0 at Kilcohan Park. Pascal Keane and Brian Arrigan scored but the real heroes were the home defenders who withstood a second half onslaught from Derry. Bohs moved into second place with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Bray. Bohs deserved to win but made life difficult for themselves. Shamrock Rovers gave manager Ray Treacy a much needed boost by winning in Sligo. Paul Cashin scored the only goal after 20 minutes.

Galway moved 4 points clear at the top of the first division. They defeated Longford 1-0. Jimmy Nolan scored the only goal 3 minutes from the end. Longford had survived incessant Galway pressure after defender Tom Conway was sent off in the first half. T his was a good day for Galway as three of their closest challengers lost. - Gary Spain

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It was another bad day for Celtic as they went down 1-0 for the third week in succession. What made it even worse was that this latest defeat was against Rangers at Ibrox. It appears to have been the same old story, with Celtic having most of the play and the majority of the goal-scoring opportunities, but failing to capitilise. Aberdeen dropped a point in a scoreless draw with Dundee while Hearts and Hibs drew 1-1. Falkirk and Motherwell each had 0-1 away wins over Airdrie and Partick respectively. Dundee U. lost 1-2 at home to St Johnstone. Rangers are now five points clear of Aberdeen and have a game in hand. Celtic are a further 5 points behind and have played two games more than Rangers.

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International Trial:

....................Probables 38........Possibles 10

  • The team to play Scotland at Murrayfield on January 16 was announced last night. There are two new caps, Niall Malone (Oxford) at out-half and Richard Costello (Garryowen) who joins the second row in preference to Mick Galwey. The team will be captained by Michael Bradley.

  • David Beggy has annoyed Wanderers with the surprise announcement that he is leaving the club to join Blackrock.

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