Tourism chiefs and politicians have plans to dye the River Liffey green for St Patrick’s Day next year, to mirror the attraction of Chicago’s waterways, which are turned an emerald shade every year.Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons confirmed to the Irish Examiner that efforts are under way to turn Dublin’s dividing river green, with help from city plumbing authorities in Chicago. Mr Gibbons said city council authorities here will need to be consulted, but that there is a desire at a tourism and political level to dye the waterways for the national day.Dan Mulhall, Irish ambassador to the US, said negotiations have begun on the project.Senator Billy Lawless, a Chicago businessman, is facilitating the plan and is in contact with the US city’s plumbing union, the body which adds the dye to the Illinois river.“The Plumbers Union has been greening the Chicago River for many years,” said Mr Lawless. "It would also complement Ireland’s worldwide … [Read more...] about St Patrick’s Day plan to dye River Liffey green
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April 23 is St. George's Day and the legend of England's patron saint is celebrated once again. But are there any rules when it comes to waving the St. George's flag? The Government's rules as of 2012 states: General rules All flags must be: Be maintained in a condition that does not impair the overall visual appearance of the site Be kept in a safe condition Have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the Highway Authority if the sign is to be placed on highway land) Not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport, and Be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority. Any country’s national flag, civil ensign or civil air ensign does not need consent to be flown Flying flags on cars The issues to consider about driving with flags attached to the car are, Vision - does the flag obscure the driver or any … [Read more...] about What are the rules on flying the flag on St. George’s Day 2019?
The latest in what have become daily revelations over the governance of the Football Association of Ireland yesterday saw the entire board effectively tender their resignations. The news was broken by Sport Minister Shane Ross as Sport Ireland prepared to sit before a Joint Oireachtas Committee. Delaney had faced the same committee stone-faced just six days earlier, citing legal advice to avoid answering questions following Sport Ireland’s suspension of funding to the association. By 6pm on Monday, Delaney left an FAI meeting and the organisation said he had “offered to voluntarily step aside from his role” pending an internal review. That the statement announcing the news arrived less than two hours before a round of Premier Division fixtures was, in itself, revealing. The organisation that Delaney himself had — in more brazen times — described as a ‘difficult child’ was once again overshadowed by drama at boardroom level. The four fixtures … [Read more...] about A chance to put League of Ireland on top of the pyramid
The death took place today of one of Mayo GAA’s best-known supporters, John Durcan. John, aged 75, of Coguala, Westport was known affectionately, far and wide, as ‘St Patrick’, having attended scores of Mayo games over the years dressed in the regalia of Ireland’s patron saint. From 2004 on he became renowned as ‘St Patrick’, dressing up in green and red for games involving Mayo mens and womens teams, and in red and black for Westport United’s successful FAI Junior Cup run in 2005. He also brought colourful banners and slogans everywhere he went. “St Patrick was never meant to last so long,” John told The Mayo News in 2008. “The first banner I made was in 2004 and read ‘Holly for Brolly’ in response to Joe Brolly who had been scathing in his criticism of some of the Mayo players. “The TV cameras and everyone loved it, and leaving MacHale Park after the match that day a woman from Castlebar said ‘you … [Read more...] about Mayo mourns one of their best-known supporters John Durcan, aka St Patrick
When was the first statement? On the evening of March 16, the FAI released a statement in advance of the 'Sunday Times' story, with the opening line: "The FAI chief executive John Delaney has stated that he provided the FAI with a €100,000 bridging loan in April 2017." It added that the short-term loan was required to aid a cashflow problem. Quotes from Delaney were included in this release: "This is the only occasion on which I provided the association with a short-term loan," he said. What happened next? The following day, a further FAI statement said it had commissioned an external review on governance earlier in March. It included further quotes from Delaney with regard to the April 2017 transaction. "As CEO, I hold regular meetings with our director of finance regarding the state of our finances and all items arising are conveyed to our board at our monthly meetings," he said. "This was the case in 2017 when I acted in good faith for the benefit of the FAI and will continue … [Read more...] about Q&A: What’s happened since revelation about FAI emerged on St Patrick’s Day?