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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 10:34 PM
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Major progress made at All-Ireland Ministerial Council
From An Phoblacht:
A vital step forward in the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement was made on Tuesday when the All-Ireland Ministerial Council met in Armagh for the first time since 2002. This weeks meeting was only the fifth since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 but it was the first to be held in a political climate where further progress is anticipated with Sinn Fin and the DUP sharing Executive power in the Six Counties.

Previous meetings were held under the shadow of continuing political crises within unionism in which Ian Paisley, now First Minister, played a central role. The toppling of David Trimble by forces within and outside his own party did not lead to the collapse of the Good Friday Agreement which is now being worked by the DUP. The greatest sign of the changed times was the fact that Ian Paisley as First Minister and Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister led the Six-County ministerial delegation to Armagh. The 26-County delegation was led by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/19928


How's that for a front page of An Phoblacht?
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-22-07 02:14 PM
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1. I think hell has officially frozen over, two gun sid....
Never thought I'd see the day where the Rev and Martin McGuiness would actually be in the same room with each other, let alone smiling at each other...

God forgive me, but I still have my suspicions about the Rev. What's that old saying about a leopard changing its spots???
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-22-07 08:05 PM
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2. I don't know about his spots...
Edited on Sun Jul-22-07 08:08 PM by two gun sid
but, the real Ian Paisley must have been abducted by aliens. It's that or Sinn Fein is using mind control techniques that makes him do their bidding. You just can't trust us Fenian Bastards!

To be serious though, I am shocked and happy to see the devolved government doing so well. 'The Glorious Twalfth' went well with only a few exceptions. If this keeps up, Paisley is going to be remembered as the Father of the 32-County Irish Republic. I'm joking about that but, damn, things are going well. I only wish that bastard would have acted like this 40 years ago. So many lives have been lost or ruined. And it was just so simple: Sit down and talk as equals.

Now, we need to decommission the loyalist paramilitaries.

OT but, tell Mr. Wonderful to check out Celtic's website. Some great videos and music.

http://www.celticfc.net/home.aspx



Willie Maley was his name
he brought some great names to the game
when he was the boss at Celtic Park
he taught them how to play football
he made the greatest of them all
Gallacher and Quinn have left their mark.

(chorus)
And they gave us James McGrory and Paul McStay
they gave us Johnstone, Tully, Murdoch, Auld and Hay
and most of the football greats
have past through Parkheads gates
for to play football the Glasgow Celtic way.
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-22-07 08:43 PM
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3. Funny you mentioned Celtic. Mr. Wondeful went to their game today
against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Celtic lost 1-0. He's still not home and Toyota Park is about 20 minutes from where we live. I think he's probably drowning his sorrow or something.

I'll definitely let him know about the videos and music on Celtic's website. I'm sure it will bring back some great memories for him.

I agree with you about why this couldn't happen 40 years ago but if it had, I'd never have met Mr. Wonderful....
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-23-07 12:20 PM
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4. Don't mean to reply to my own post, two gun sid, but
right after I posted my reply to you last night Mr. Wonderful arrived home.

Celtic and the Chicago Fire drew 1-1. I was watching the game but I turned it off with 72 minutes or so gone, so I missed the Celtic goal...

He said it was a pretty decent game, however, Celtic didn't really have their "first" team on the field.
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-23-07 06:54 PM
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5. Lucky man. I had forgotten they were in Chicago...
this weekend. I wished I could have went but, I had some other commitments. It's not much of a drive from where I'm at just west of Detroit. I come down to the horse races a couple of times a year. I love the Chicago area.

Tell Mr. Wonderful I'm a DC United fan.
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 12:06 PM
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6. He doesn't have a whole lot of interest in the MLS..
But he does love Glasgow Celtic...
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 09:02 PM
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7. MLS: The Premier League it ain't...
Give him this link for some real good video: http://www.letthepeoplesing.com/
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 09:24 PM
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8. Thanks sid,
He's already in bed, but I'll show him this thread tomorrow. I watched the video of the Celtic fans singing on Sunday at the game. I think I recognized a few faces..

Looks like it was great craic...
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