Month: February 2019

Happy St. Brigids Day

Happy Imbolc (St. Brigit’s Day)

This Friday Feb. 1st is Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Brigid’s Day, the Celtic holiday marking the beginning of spring held on February 1-2, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  

Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. It was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid (goddess of fertility) and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess.

Irish Central has an article on Imbolc traditions and customs which also describes St. Brigid as a very busy patron saint of over 20 types of persons including  babies, children from broken homes, various trades and classifications.

In Ireland, Brigid’s crosses (pictured above) were made at Imbolc. A Brigid’s cross usually consists of rushes woven into a square or equilateral cross, although three-armed crosses have also been recorded. They were often hung over doors, windows and stables to welcome Brigid and protect the buildings from fire and lightning. The crosses were generally left there until the next Imbolc. Here is a YouTube Video that shows you how to make one.
Early Bird St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservations Due Friday

Friday (Feb. 1.) is also the “early bird” reservation deadline for adults tickets for the Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show.  You will save $5 on your dinner reservations if you purchase them before that date.

Our 50th annual event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Circus Circus Hotel Casino. We are now offering online reservations  or you may download a reservation form to mail in. Here is an online booking link if you wish to stay at the hotel. You can also call directly to their Reservation Department at 1-800-648-5010 and refer to group code SDE2019. UNR Economics Professor Speaks on Brexit 
At Tuesday’s General Meeting

UNR Economics Professor Elliott Parker will give a presentation on Brexit Tuesday at our February General Meeting at Ryan’s Saloon, 924 Wells Ave. One of the focuses of his presentation, will be the impact of Brexit on Ireland. 

He has published almost 80 newspaper columns on economics, including one on how Ireland’s recession compared to Nevada’s. He recently wrote a textbook, The Comparative Economics of Global Growth and Inequality. In addition to three dozen refereed academic research papers, he has published almost 80 newspaper columns on economics, including one on how Ireland’s recession compared to Nevada’s.

In the Summer of 2012, he taught a course for UNR at Trinity College in Dublin, and loved his time there. He had the chance to visit Belfast as well, a city from which his ancestor John Parker sailed out in 1770 to emigrate to South Carolina.

See  Story At Bottom for Breaking Brexit News…
Bylaws and Board Elections 
One of our business items at our  Feb. 5 General Meeting will be for our members to approve our organization’s bylaws changes. The SADOE Board recently approved this bylaws draft at its meeting on Sunday. We have also created a synopsis of those changes with explanations.  If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please e-mail sadoenorthnv@gmail.com.

In addition to the bylaws update, we will also hold elections for our SADOE board members serving for the 2019-20 biennium. The following is the slate of nominees to be elected at the meeting:

  • Vice-President: Judi Shanihan
  • Secretary: Kristen Puchert
  • Sgt at Arms: John Callan
  • Dublin Seat: Kathleen Eagan
  • At-Large Director Seat: Missy Reinheimer

If you cannot make the meeting, you may vote via a proxy document which we will make available to you upon request. Please call 775-378-0931.
Please Note: SADOE will not hold a General Meeting in March, due to the following St. Patrick’s Day related upcoming events:

  • March 9: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show
  • March 10: Blanchfield Memorial Ceremony
  • March 13: Paint Streets Green in Virginia City
  • March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia City

6 Nations Rugby Begins This Weekend

This weekend begins the Six Nations Championship (Guinness Six Nations), an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

The current champions are Ireland, having won the 2018 tournament. Ireland is tied at 124 with Scotland and Wales in winning the most matches. The IRFU plays home matches in the Aviva Stadium (also known as Lansdowne Road) located in Dublin with a capacity for 51,700.

All of the matches will be aired locally on tape delay on NBC Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 220. Charter Spectrum Channel 31).

Come root for Ireland next Saturday in our local tradition of SADOE and NSSC members cheering on their respective teams! Join us Feb. 9th at Oskis from 11:30am-2:00pm

Friday, Feb. 1:

  • France vs. Wales  (12pm PST)

Saturday, Feb. 2:

  • Scotland vs. Italy (9:30am PST)
  • Ireland vs. England (11:30am PST)

For full schedule and match results, visit the 6 Nations Rugby Page

Note: Oski’s Pub & Grill in Sparks will air the matches during their normal business hours.
Northern Ireland’s Own “Government Shutdown” Reaches Second Year Mark

While Americans have been experiencing a government shutdown for the past month, the devolved government in Northern Ireland has not existed since January 2017.

Many of decisions are being made by the British government, which is inching Northern Ireland back towards “Direct Rule,” which means governance is by them as apposed to local rule. 

The Independent has a story that explains the impasse between Northern Ireland’s two majority parties, the nationalist Sinn Féin and Democratic Unionist Party, who haven’t been able to come to an agreement over language, cultural and social issues. What also complicates matters, is the act that the DUP is propping up British Prime Minster Teresa May’s Tory Government, which Sinn Féin and others consider to make things less impartial.
UK To Renegotiate Irish Border Backstop With EU 

The British House of Commons voted yesterday on an amended Brexit plan that directs British Prime Minister Theresa May to renegotiate the Irish border backstop to be replaced with “alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border.”

The Irish border backstop is an insurance policy in the withdrawal deal designed to avoid a hard border with Ireland after Brexit, which some in May’sTory Party despise as it stands now because  the UK could theoretically be tied to a customs union with the European Union long after the transitional period ends in 2020.

Although EU officials responded before the final vote was taken that the current deal (rejected overwhelmingly two weeks ago) would not be renegotiated, May will attempt to renegotiate the deal citing the amended plan showed a majority, which include her fellow Tories and all of the Democratic Unionist Party MPs from Northern Ireland, could support. She will return to the House in February where MPs will again hold a Brexit vote.

The amended plan that passed followed debate on other proposed amendments that either delayed the UK leaving before March 29 or rejected a no-deal Brexit, which many fear would be chaotic.

Irish Republic Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar told the Irish parliament yesterday that their nation would go from running a budget surplus to a deficit if there was a no-deal Brexit. He also echoed the EU’s opposition to renegotiating the Irish Border Backstop.

Sláinte Willie PuchertSADOE President

Irish Person of the Year & Board Nominations this February!

Congratulations to our 2019 Irish Person of the Year Nominees: The SADOE Board approved at its last meeting SADOE Members Jan Brady and David Bobzien as Nominees for the 2019 Irish Persons of the Year to both be considered for approval by the membership at the Feb. 5 General Meeting. If they are approved, they will be honored at our March 9 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show at Circus Circus.

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Jan Brady is our acting treasurer, who after being an active member of our organization, took on this position when it became vacant earlier this year. She hit the ground running. In this capacity, she has ensured the position has evolved into the digital age and that our finances are sound. She has led initiatives to create policies and procedures for her position and our club. Her previous experience as treasurer of her ski club in Virginia and her willingness to assist our board on initiatives led to her appointment to SADOE Treasurer and was a unanimous Board decision.

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David Bobzien is being recognized for his career of public service to both the City of Reno and the State of Nevada. He has just been appointed to the Governor’s Office of Energy. He previously served as the Reno At-Large Councilman and as a Nevada State Assemblyman. Among championing many environmental issues as a legislator, was his bill to create a Nevada License Plate that benefited Reno Parks and Recreation. As a legislator, he worked with other advocates to protect Hillside Cemetery near the university from development, where scores of Irish immigrants and their families are buried.

SADOE  Bylaws Update For Membership Approval
One of our business items at our  Feb. 5 General Meeting will be for our members to approve our organization’s bylaws changes. The SADOE Board recently approved this bylaws draft at its meeting on Sunday. We have also created a synopsis of those changes with explanations.  If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please e-mail sadoenorthnv@gmail.com.

Board Elections
In addition to the bylaws update, we will also hold elections for our SADOE board members serving for the 2019-20 biennium. Nominees must be SADOE members in good standing who have been members for at least six months upon election.  Please send a nomination letter to wpuchert@aol.com by Feb. 1. Nominees will be elected at the Feb. Board Meeting  (Names in parentheses are current office holders and if unopposed will be elected as a slate):

  • Vice-President (Judi Shanihan)
  • Secretary (Kristen Puchert)
  • Sgt at Arms (John Callan)
  • Dublin Seat (Kathleen Eagan)
  • At-Large Director Seat (Missy Reinheimer)

If you cannot make the meeting, you may vote via a proxy document which we will make available to you upon request. Please call 775-378-0931.

UNR Professor To Speak On BrexitUNR Economics Professor Elliott Parker will give a presentation on Brexit at our February meeting and will discuss its impacts on Ireland.  (See the story at the bottom for Brexit News).
Please Note: SADOE will not hold a General Meeting in March, due to the following St. Patrick’s Day related upcoming events:

  • March 9: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show
  • March 10: Blanchfield Memorial Ceremony
  • March 13: Paint Streets Green in Virginia City
  • March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia City

 Early Bird St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservations Extended through Feb. 5th

The “early bird” reservation deadline for adults tickets for the Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show is Friday, Feb. 1. You will save $5 on your dinner reservations if you purchase them before that date.

Our 50th annual event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Circus Circus Hotel Casino. We are now offering online reservations  or you may download a reservation form to mail in. Here is an online booking link if you wish to stay at the hotel. You can also call directly to their Reservation Department at 1-800-648-5010 and refer to group code SDE2019.
 Catching Up With Erin’s Isle

Our friend former local television anchor/reporter Erin Breen has  few logged a few more  episodes to her Erin’s Isle Podcast:

  • Episode 21  explores thatched cottages are a draw to the village of Adare and the Adare Manor House, which has an amazing history. It also explores the friendly, historic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Connemara. 
     
  • Episode 20  explores The Heritage Park in Wexford, which showcases the people who lived in Ireland thousands of years ago, how they lived and how culture changed.

More Brexit Uncertainty

NBC reported on Monday that British Prime Minister Teresa May has a revised Brexit plan which dictates the terms of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union looks like a tweaked version of the initial proposal from last week that was rejected by over a two-thirds margin. The Prime Minister has been seeking a consensus plan after surviving a vote of no confidence last week in her government, which is being propped up in a coalition government by 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.

Aside from balancing the interests of Prime Minister  May’s Tory Party, she must appease the minority DUP Party’s demands, which the BBC explores in this article. The Guardian reported yesterday that some Tory Brexit hardliners could be persuaded to support a revised plan that extracted some serious concessions from the EU on the very contentious  Irish  Border Backstop, which dictates how to maintain an open border between the two Irelands. To date, the EU has remained firm and unwilling to negotiate. 

The UK has until March 29 to approve a plan, or it would leave the EU immediately without any terms which some fear would create a crisis, as Sky News reports. The Irish Republic will require its motorists to possess a ‘Green Card’ to drive across Northern Ireland border in the event of no-deal Brexit, the Irish Journal reports.

As if the Brexit situation in  Ireland was already challenging, the Scotland Herald reports a poll that found more than 56% of Herald audience panelists believe that Scotland should hold a second independence vote if the UK leaves the EU. Since the first referendum in 2014  that was rejected by a 55 percent majority, the Brexit vote occurred in 2016 (with a majority of Scottish voters wishing to remain) and the Scottish National Party won a majority of Scottish constituencies in the UK Parliament in the 2017 elections. 

Sláinte Willie Puchert SADOE President 


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