"St Patricks Day Celebrations"
April 2005 NEWSLETTER Editor: Deirdre Öwerström St Patricks Day Celebrations This issue The St Patricks Day party was held at Eriksbergs Festvåning on the 19th The St Pats Parade March. More than 65 members Message from the turned up to eat a delicious 3-course President meal and then dance the night away to the music of the Ego Boys. Here are Pope John Paul II some pictures from the party. Cork 2005 Pub evenings Guests were welcomed with Table Quiz Green Champagne ? Swedish week in Dublin Stockholm Players lat- est production Lots of lottery prizes added to the excitement of the evening. Prizes were many and the chances of winning were one in three. The first St Patricks Day Parade in Stockholm was a hit, hope you made it.... Many thanks to our Sponsor's for donating such great prizes. See back page for list of sponsors! The Ego boys were a hit with the ladies and could not keep them at bay. Congratulations to Marie What a stunning who celebrated her 40th chorus... birthday recently. At the time there was lots of snow on the ground but that didn't stop Marie from celebrating with a beach party! website: home.swipnet.se/swirl The St Patricks Day Parade Saturday the 12th March saw Stockholm's first St Patricks Day Parade. The parade was led by St. Patrick and Pipes and Drums of Sweden's First Royal Engineers. Not many of us are used to marching in the snow on St Patricks Day but it did not defer our members, both large and small. The crowd, all wrapped up in scarfs and Irish flags, cheered and proudly wore the green from Karlaplan to Stureplan. St. Patrick's Day message from President McAleese St Patrick's Day is a day of national joyful celebration treas- ured by the people of Ireland both at home and in their many adopted homelands throughout our world. Wherever we are, this day reminds us of our shared heritage and our member- ship of a remarkable global family. We are the adopted children of St. Patrick, the outsider whose great gift to Ireland and her people was his exhorta- tion to love one another. Each generation has interpreted his message in very different circumstances. Many left Ireland with very little: yet no matter how poor or oppressed they were they remembered those who were even worse off at home and they created vital networks of care for each other. Today we honour our patron saint in very exciting times. Modern Ireland is economically successful and culturally vibrant as never before. It has made a huge contribution to the ongoing Peace Process and is a respected, dynamic partner in the European Union. It is a home to newcomers of many cultures, faiths, nationalities and identities. A land of oppor- tunity now, the changing face of Ireland grows more fascinat- ing each day. Behind this welcome peace and progress is a traditional value system which links us to St. Patrick. It con- tinues to infuse our restless ambition for a fully inclusive soci- ety where all participate in life's banquet and none are mere spectators. Wherever Irishmen and women gather this day I know they share that ambition and take pride in it. As our global Irish family and friends celebrate this day through the expression of our culture and heritage in our lan- guage, literature, games, poetry, music, and dance, I hope that the legacy of St. Patrick will long encourage us to treasure our strong community spirit and tradition of welcome and care for one another. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day 2005. MARY McALEESE, President of Ireland 2 Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D. on the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II I have learned with great sadness of the death today of His Holiness Pope John Paul II. His loss will be deeply felt by Irish people of all faiths, by Catholics worldwide and by the wider international community. For over 26 years, Pope John Paul II provided a strong and independent voice of conscience to the world. He was a profound influence for good in a troubled world. He spoke out with great clarity for hope, for human dignity and human rights, for justice and for the peaceful resolu- tion of disputes. His spiritual message and his great physical courage were a source of inspira- tion to people of goodwill everywhere. I was privileged to meet with Pope John Paul last November, when I visited Rome for the cele- bration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations with the Holy See. Although physically frail, his spirit was strong and he was determined to emphasise the signifi- cance of the relationship between the Holy See and Ireland. Most of us have vivid memories of the Papal Visit to Ireland in 1979. The Pope spoke out pow- erfully in Drogheda on the evil of violence and appealed directly to those engaged in violence to take the path of peace. I believe that his words were an important contribution to the efforts, which have been transforming the situation through an inclusive process based on peace, on dialogue and on mutual respect. Last year, here in Ireland and across Europe, we celebrated the historic enlargement of the European Union. It is important to remember the part played by Pope John Paul II in that transformation. From the time of his first visit home to Poland as Pope, he brought pressure to bear on the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, in particular in the critical area of respect for human rights. This pressure, I believe, contributed significantly to the eventual collapse of the regimes. The very considerable legacy of Pope John Paul II will become fully apparent in decades to come. However, for now it is appropriate that we take time to mourn the passing of one of the most important, respected and loved figures of our era. 2 April 2005 Press Office 3 Cork 2005 - Highlights Get your dancing shoes ready! By now, Cork is well into its reigning year as European City of Culture 2005. And in this edition of the Newsletter we would like to keep you up to date on how and what that means to us here in Stockholm (sorry everybody else) Easter weekend of this year saw a group of approx 40 Swedes in Cork on a clubbing weekend. For two nights this delegation partied to DJ's, producers and live acts from both Sweden and Ireland. To add even more excitement to this mix, both nights were recorded by third genera- tion mobile phone co RE-LIVE and will be available for down-loading on 3G phones. Is there any need to mention that local press from both cities was also present? One month later (enough time to recover?) will see Cork producers, DJ's and artists making the return trip to see how we party here. So keep April 21st -25th free as Shane and Greg from the legendary Sir Henry's house nights will play here in Stockholm. Additionally Red FM DJ and journalist Stevie G will mix and record interviews with Swedish artists for Red FM. National Swedish radio and newspapers will be covering the event and once again all this will be recorded by RE-LIVE. Back to Cork (where else!) in June to do it all again. For further information on any of the events contact the main man, Mark O' Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.cork2005.ie Music - Anuna Last September the Irish choral group Anúna took part in a special service given by the Bishop of Gothenburg, Carl Axel Aurelius, in Annedal. SVT recorded the performance called 'Guds leende - keltisk gudstjänst med Anúna' which was shown in February on SVT1 & SVT2. The program reflected on Christian belief using celtic mysticism and music as a reference. There is also a live recording available called 'Anúna Live at Annedal'. The bishop of Gothenburg seems to be very interested in Irish music as he earlier led a 'rock mass' which was inspired by the music and text of U2. He was helped by ten priests, three choirs, one rock band and an artist! Swedish Week in Dublin This will take place from 5th - 12th September 2005. So far there are two art exhibitions organ- ised: *From Darkness into Light: /Printmaking in Sweden 1890 - 1960 National Gallery of Ireland *Print Gallery 7th September - 4th December 2005 Opening Reception 6pm Tuesday 6th September 2005 *From Darkness into Light:* */Contemporary Printmaking in Sweden 1960 - 2004 Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin<8th September - 1st October 2005 Opening Reception 6 - 8pm Wednesday 7th September 2005 They are looking for a Swedish Musician/s to perform in the Music Room in the National Gallery. If you are interested contactNiamh McGrath, Gallery Manager at: Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland Ph: 353 1 6798021/Fax: 353 1 6794575 / www.graphicstudiodublin.com 4 Pub Evenings & Table Quiz In the autumn we plan to have some informal pub evenings where we can meet up for a chat and to exchange ideas on future activities. We have picked out the first Friday of every month in different Irish pubs around the city. Members and non-members are welcome to join in! Drop in on Friday from 5.30pm! Fri 2nd September: Dubliner Southside Fri 7th October: Wirström's, Gamla Stan Fri 4th Nov: O'Connell's,Gamla Stan Fri 2nd Dec: Dubliner Northside This is a perfect opportunity for you to to meet up and get to know others with an interest in Ireland. You may have recently returned to Sweden from Ireland or have lived here for a while and are interested in getting to know more about the society? If you have any ideas on activities this is also a good chance to share them. We are also planning a Table Quiz (Swedish & Irish general knowledge) so book Sunday after- noon the 12th of June (no admission fee). Sunday 12th June, 3pm Table Quiz - Foggy Dew, Sveavägen 39, Stockholm Children's picnic To welcome the summer season we are having a children's picnic on Sunday the 5th June in Hagaparken. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to have children to join in! There will be some games available for children (and adults…) to play. For those of you who have never been to Hagaparken, there never has been a better time to make its discovery! Highlights of Hagapark: Fjärilshuset, Koppartälten, Haga slott, Gustav III:s paviljong, Ekotemplet etc When: Sunday 5th June Where: Hagaparken, Solna Meeting point: 2pm at the 'Koppartälten' in Hagaparken Please bring your own food and refreshments. Meet new and old friends and enjoy the beauty of one of Stockholm's finest parks. 5 B-PORTO FÖRENINGSBREV Svensk-Irländska Föreningen c/o Öwerström Värtavägen 14 115 24 Stockholm The Fall of the House of Usher (based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe) and The Laundry Girls (by Bill Owen) May 5 - 8, at Dieselverkstaden. When: 5 - 8 May, 1900, (and 1500 on Saturday) Tickets: 140 SEK, 80 SEK Students, Pensioners, Approved Memberships To book: email@example.com or call 08 758 05 78 Where: Dieselverkstaden, Markusplatsen 17, Sickla (5 minutes from Slussen by bus, or train to Sickla Bro) We are delighted to invite you to the Stockholm Players Springtime double bill of intrigue, madness, punishment and disaster. For more information on the Stockholm Players visit our website www.stockholmplayers.org.se Last but not least a Big Thank You to the following Sponsor's for donating prizes to the St Patricks Day party: The Dubliner: Dinner for 2 O'Connells: Dinner for 2 The Irish Embassy: Bottles of spirits Tourism Ireland: Belleek photo frame Enterprise Ireland: Bottles of spirits and smoked salmon If you have not settled your fee for 2005 then we kindly request that you do so at your earliest convenience. Membership runs from January 1 to December 30. 150 kr for a single person/200 kr for a family. Postgiro account no 35 68 90 - 4. This is the last Newsletter for unpaid members. 6