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Thursday, March 6th 2008

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Brenda's Home Entertainment
The winner was Carol Gavvett from Ballinclay Co.Wexford. Carol won because she told us about her brother in law James. James had cancer and his illness brought the family closer and they had great parties for him. The music last night was is in honour of James.

The Gabbett Family with Paul Harrington.

Carol is married to Pat. They have 2 children and a grand child, Kate Lyn.

Steve Gabbett at his best with Paul.

The party happened in Carol and Pat's Gabbett's home in Ballinaclay Co Wexford.

Photography by Gerard Hore of the People Newspaper Ltd Wexford.

Peata started in 1996. It's an organisation of volunteers who visit, along with their dogs, people who are in long-term care in institutions.
Dogs get people talking. Some people say dog attention is good for you.

Paddy visited St Mary's centre for the blind and visually impaired on Merrion Road Dublin.

For more information go to the Peata website: www.peata.org

Nicknames & Arms Of Irish Counties & Provinces

Listen to any football or hurling commentary and you'll know that Cork are the rebel county, Kerry is the Kingdom, Kilkenny are the Cats and Galway are the tribesmen. But how have Ireland's counties acquired these nicknames? John Kavanagh has written a book on the very subject and he joined us in studio.

Cork: Cork's nickname of the Rebel County dates back to Tudor times, and was used by Queen Elizabeth I. It originated with a Frenchman called Perkin Warbeck, who had plans on taking over the throne of England from Henry VII. In 1497 he went to Cork and enjoyed enormous popularity with the people there. Having this support, Warbeck went to continental Europe to gather a rebel army and invade England. The invasion was a flop though, and Warbeck was eventually hanged after a botched escape attempt from the Tower of London. Because he had found most of his support in Cork, the King withdrew the Royal charter there, and they were henceforth known as the Rebel County.

Dublin: from the 1800s, Dublin was referred to as 'the metropolitan County of Ireland, divided into six baronies exclusive of the city and liberties thereof', and those living within Dublin were often referred to as Jackeens. This nicknamed was derived from the name of the flag of Great Britain, the Union Jack. The very first time that the Union Jack was flown with its current design was actually at Dublin Castle in January 1801. Just over a hundred years later, King Edward VII visited Ireland. Adopting the popular suffix -een - as boreen is a small road and colleen is a young woman - so small Union jacks became known as Jackeens, as did the many people who waved them at the Royal visit - the jackeens were handed out in the thousands for locals to wave as the Royal procession made its way through Kingstown, or modern Dun Laoghaire. Apart from Maud Gonne, who flew a black flag from her apartment instead!

Galway: the nickname of Galway being called 'the Tribesmen' was given by Oliver Cromwell! The tribesmen in question were the descendents of fourteen Anglo-Norman families who retained all civic and economic power in Galway until Cromwell's time. The family names were Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Darcy, Deane, Ffont, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris and Skerrett. They resented Cromwell's presence in Ireland, were supporters of the Crown over Cromwell's parliament, and were Catholics - aspects which Cromwell despised. So he proceeded to strip these 'tribes of Galway' of their power, from which they never recovered.

Kerry: Kerry is of course the Kingdom, and the King in question who inspired the nickname was Ciar, one of Queen Maeve's triplet sons. Queen Maeve was a bit of a legend for her closeness to Irish kings - she symbolically married every High King of Ireland at his initiation, and for nine of these Kings, the marriage was more than just symbolic. Her favourite lover was King Fergus Mac Roigh of Ulster, and it was he who fathered her triplets. As an adult, Ciar travelled to the south of Ireland to establish his own Kingdom - the Kingdom of Ciarraige, or Kerry as it is today.

John is self-employed; he worked for many years in the print & embroidery industries, and still does a bit of that - embroidering badges onto clothes etc. He left school at fourteen, but went back to college in Glasgow as an adult, earning a diploma from Cambridge in Religious Studies.

A lot of the work was done at the Chief Herald's and at the College of Arms in London. He also spoke to members of historical societies throughout Ireland, and had to do lots of digging in county libraries.

The book costs €10, and if listeners would like a copy, they should e-mail John at jk4116@o2.ie to get hold of it.

DERMOT O'NEIL - Conservatory Plants
With the weather being cold many of us turn inside and do a little bit of indoor gardening - if you're lucky enough to have a conservatory, our garden expert Dermot O'Neil joined us in studio to advise on the very best plants to grow which are suitable as not every plant is ideally suited to growing in the special conditions of a conservatory.

For more information on conservatory plants click here

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