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N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND

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Subject: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 01:57 PM

Hi folks - an information thread tying together all the things you might want to know before this weekend!

Date:


Friday 28 February - 3 March 2003

Hostel information:


Barholm Budget Self-catering Accommodation
http://www.barholmportaferry.co.uk/

11 The Strand, Portaferry, Co Down, N. Ireland, BT22 lPF
Telephone & +44 (0)28 427 29598 Fax +44 (0)28 427 29784
Email Reservations & Inquiries: info@barholmportaferry.co.uk

£12.00 GBP per person per night
Self-catering with fully-equipped kitchen, or meals can also be booked with the caterers for an extra charge.

Room 2 - sleeps 3/4 (3 single beds, visitor bed if required)
Room 3 - sleeps 2 (double bed, visitor bed if required)
Room 4 - sleeps 1 (single bed)
Room 5 - sleeps 4/5 (two single beds, set of bunk beds, visitor bed if required)
Room 6 - sleeps 1 (single bed)
Room 7 - sleeps 2/3 (one double bed and one single bed if required)
Room 8 - sleeps 3 (one double bed and one single bed)
Room 9 - sleeps 3 (one double bed and one single bed)
Room 10 - sleeps 1 (one single bed)
Room 11 - sleeps 7/9 (three single beds, two sets of bunk beds and two visitor beds if required)
Room 12 - sleeps 5/7 (three single beds, one set of bunk beds and two visitor beds if required)
Room 13 - sleeps 4 (one double bed, two single beds, visitor bed if required)
Room 14 - sleeps 4 (two single beds, one set of bunk beds)

Information from the previous thread:

Map:


multimap

To: Ireland from: USA, Europe, rest of the world.
Fly to Dublin or Belfast via London - Belfast City airport 30 miles (48Km) Belfast International 50 miles (80Km) from Portaferry.   
Both airports have regularly bus services into Belfast city centre.

To: Portaferry from: Belfast
Follow the A20 through Newtownards, Grayabbey, Kircubbin then Portaferry.   

To: Portaferry from: Dublin
Follow signs for The North/Newry, then through Downpatrick to Strangford - a 5 minute ferry crossing then takes you to Portaferry.

Ferry Crossings from Strangford - a half-hourly service runs every day, except Christmas Day - only very extreme weather conditions affect crossings.
Times are as follows: - for departures from Portaferry ADD 15 minutes.
First Sailing - Mon-Fri 07:30 Sat 08:00 Sun 09:30
Last Sailing - Mon-Fri 22:30 Sat 23:00 Sun 22:30

Airlines:


Buzz
British Airways
Easyjet
aer arann
British European
Ryanair
BMI (Bristish Midlands)
BMI Baby
Go
Aer Lingus
Sceptre Tours - as Claymore mentioned

Ferries:


Irish Ferries
Stena
Ferrybooker - an online ferry booking company

The area:


Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough (more of a tourism twist)
Some Portaferry info

Accommodation:


Barholm hostel
The Narrows (upmarket guest house)
Fiddlers Green - my local drinking spot, and they do B&B
GoIreland's page

Buses


Translink, the main (or rather, the only) transport company in N.I. runs Ulsterbus, the N.I. bus company.
Ulsterbus timetables
Belfast has 2 main bus stations: Europa (Glengall Street) and Laganside (Donegall Quay). To the best of my knowledge, Laganside is still the one that serves Portaferry.

There aren't any trains. N.I. has about 2 train tracks. Neither go anywhere near the Ards Peninsula.

The best bus route is probably the Belfast - Netwownards - Portaferry bus route, the one which goes via Kircubbin (NOT the one via Portavogie as that takes you right over to the other side of the peninsula).

As I posted in the other thread:

There's a good bus service from Belfast International to Belfast itself. Belfast City airport is only 10 minutes from the city centre.

The bus service to Portaferry is less good. Much less good. But there are buses, and that's the main thing. It takes about an hour or more to go the 30 miles from Belfast by the direct route. I think it's probably 1hr15 mins, and more than likely 1hr30mins given the state of the roads once past Kircubbin (local village where tarmac seems to stop).
The indirect route (serves the other side of the peninsula) takes a good bit longer.
As far as I know, these buses leave Belfast from Laganside bus station on Donegall Quay (NOT Europa bus station on Glengall Street).

From Dublin, it's probably easier to get to Belfast first, and then go to Portaferry, although it's theoretically possible to go Dublin --> Newry --> Newcastle (where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea) --> Downpatrick --> Strangford --> ferry boat (takes 10 mins) to Portaferry. The hardest part there is probably the very poor Downpatrick to Strangford bus service.

The big long thread I posted above with all the links in it has a link for Ulsterbus timetables.
Price is probably around 4 quid for a single ticket from Belfast - Portaferry.

Additional bus posting
Belfast has two main bus stations: Europa (Glengall Street) and Laganside (Donegall Quay).
You get the airport bus from just outside Arrivals at the airport. It takes maybe 30 - 45 minutes to get to Belfast. It will probably go to Europa but you need to catch the bus to Portaferry from Laganside. (NOTE - Fionn says that the airport bus does go to Laganside bus station.) There may be a linking bus between the two bus stations, but it's not that far - it can be walked. When getting the Portaferry bus at Laganside, try to get the more direct one - the one that goes via Kircubbin, rather than the long, windy, tedious one that goes via Portavogie or Ballywalter. Also, ask if you need to change at Newtownards (or in "Ards", as the town is also known). I think there should be direct buses via Kircubbin, but Newtownards is the biggest town along the way, and there's a bus station there that the bus might stop in for a while.

In Portaferry, the bus will drive into the town and will come to The Square - identifiable from the shape and the big Market House and a bus shelter. From there, walk behind the Market House and take the road that goes off to the right, downhill towards the sea and the castle (it will be signposted either "Castle Street" or "The Shambles"). Follow it down to the seafront and turn right. Barholm is on the right just past the lifeboat boathouse.

Driving

For those thinking of hiring a car and driving to Portaferry, here's some directions from the AA.
(Note - where it says "Kircubbin. 7.2 miles at roundabout take first exit" that refers to the roundabout as you reach Portaferry - it's a one way system in the town, and it starts at a roundabout which is actually a white dot in the road, just as you enter Portaferry. There's no roundabout near Kircubbin - it's just a road straight through. You'll know you're going the right way if you follow signs for the ferry from Newtownards onwards. If you're staying at Barholm hostel, it's just opposite the ferry slip. )

Message from CatsPHiddle about instruments:


EVERYONE WHO IS FLYING!!!......I have just got off the phone to easyjet to enquire abou their policy on instruments been taken into the cabin and not put in the hold with the other luggage.....Some airlines have different policies. Good news...they have a new policy and instruments can be taken on board BUT the must fit into the over head luggage bins ...the measurements are......40cm x 127cm x 48cm. They prefer you to leave a 10cm gap all round. So measure up you cases guys!!! My large fiddle case will fit in easy with a lot of room to spare!!!

Food and drink

Okay, lunch on the Saturday - I'm going to cook soup or stew and bake a load of bread, and maybe some potatoes or salad, and bring them down to Barholm for us all to eat - I figure it'll be easier than everyone trying to squeeze into Chez Devlin's (my parent's place).

Foodwise, for those self--catering - there are several grocery shops in Portaferry, one of which is on The Square, and another near The Square at the bottom of High Street.
There's a cafe (called "The Square") in (surprise!) The Square, but my sister informs me it's only open Wednesday to Saturday. There's also one called, I believe, Deli-licious. It does the typical lard-loaded Ulster Fry.
There are two chip shops - Joe's Hot Spot and The Ferry Grill, in the same locations as the two shops I just mentioned. There are also two Chinese restaurants, one of which is nearby on High Street. There are some "posher" restaurants - The Cornstore (on the way from Barholm up to The Square) and the designer-organic Narrows along the seafront.

Pubwise, I imagine we'll spend most time in Fiddlers Green and Dumigans. Avoid The Quiet Man - if you're over 18 you're too old for it!
Off-licence - Russell Cellars on The Square.

Big list by JudeL

Who, Where, Arrive, Dept

Micca, Catsphiddle: Bfast Intnl 9.25 Fri, 8.55 Mon

Jude, Paul, Robert: Bfast Intnl 15.40 Fri, 17.40 Mon

My guru: Bfast Intnl 15.40 Fri, 17.40 Mon

Leadfingers: Bfast Intnl 15.40 Fri, 12.30 Mon

Cllr Bfast Intnl Fri, 17.40 Mon
Skipjack, Eric: Bfast Intnl 21.40 Fri, 19.55 Sun

Noreen: Bfast Intnl 21.40 Fri, 19.55 Sun

Giok: Bfast City 13.15 Fri, 13.45 Mon

Alanww: Bfast City 13.45 Fri, 10.55 Mon

Fibula Mattock: there before and after as well (more or less)

Philippa: on home ground

Clan Mcmoo (3): Dublin Fri pm, Monday
Tommy: ?

John Moulden: Saturday only

Possibles:
Ard Macha?
Bill Sables?
Diesel?
Brid Widder?
Momnopp & Dylan?
Ed?
Forty- Two on home ground, busy but might pop in if he has time

Events!

I'll probably be in Fiddlers from Friday lunchtime (drinking orange and soda water, lest you think I'm some kind of lush!).
I'll say that I'll definitely be there at a given time... say 3pm? I'll be wearing my Mudcat t-shirt. I might even stick a badge on (it'll be a poxy sticker rather than a finely crafted pin!).

Friday
A meet for the early people in Fiddlers, perhaps? Then off to the hostel where it has been said we can play in the conservatory. Then we'll leave a message for the later arrivals as to where we're going that night.

Saturday
Lunch in Barholm (cooked by me - hard luck!) at 2pm, provided I can bring the food down there (but since most people are staying there it shouldn't be a problem).
The rest of Saturday is open to anything that goes. Possibly culminating in a session in Dumigan's, all being well. (Thought - if it's sunny and warm, there's also outdoors!)

Sunday
Whatever we want!

So there you go - the weekend is what we make it. And very laid back and open to all sorts of suggestions (the weekend, not me... Well, maybe if there was drink involved...). ;)

See you there!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 02:19 PM

& although philipa is on home ground if anyone has a spare place in a car down from belfast she'd like to hear from you


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 02:24 PM

Incase you want to view the previous thread here's a link but be warned it has over 200 posts and may take a while to load:   


previous thread on irish gathering


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 03:09 PM

I can only say-bloody excellent, can't wait! is it only Monday!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: ard mhacha
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 04:33 PM

On Sunday get along to a Hurling match, great game.Ard Mhacha


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 02:58 AM

As only Morticia has reacted to my request (and is now not going) I repeat it:

Three friends of mine are still missing the Irish Euro coins in their Euro Coin collection.
Could someone please PLEASE bring 3 sets of Irish Euro coins to Portaferry?
Could someone, who is going there AND to Groningen (Richard, Noreen, ...), please PLEASE buy these coins there and sell them to me in Groningen?

Thanks in advance, MudGuard (who wishes he could come to Portaferry and who wishes all of you a FINE weekend!)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 06:05 AM

MudGuard, I have in my possession (or in my handbag) one full set of Irish Euros, presented to me at the weekend by Morticia for forwarding to you. There is also a selection of other coins; in order to make three full sets all we need is a 20cent coin and two 2Euro coins.

Can anyone else help please, since all the donkey work has been done by Morticia? (Not calling you a donkey, my dear!)

You haven't been forgotten, Andy :0)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 07:09 AM

Dear Noreen and Andy,

Since I'm coming up via Dublin, I'll see if I can pick up the three remaining coins on the way.

Looking forward to Friday and the weekend.

Richard


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:13 AM

I am absolutely miserable at not being able to join you all for this weekend. Please know that my good thoughts are with you all.

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:18 AM

Thanks Richard, and are you able to bring the glue????
:0)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:25 AM

And thanks Mick- we were looking forward to US representation, but maybe another time.
We'll be thinking of you all.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Declan
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:28 AM

I hope you all have a great week-end. For various reasons I'm not going to be able to get up there for this, but maybe the next one!

Enjoy yourselves.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 09:21 AM

Just been chatting with 'Mine Host Linda' and as she's going to be off-site from mid-evening Friday, it might be a good idea if anyone who wants cooked breakfasts for them to phone & book them with Linda before the weekend so they've an idea what to expect. I'm definitely going for it *g*

I've warned her that some of us will probably turn up after she's gone on the Friday evening - she reckons 2 hours (ish) drive from Beflast International, so the Cats on my flight are on the borderline of meeting her.

Fibula: If I recall it right from the old thread you'll be in Portaferry before us - I'm sure you'll be nipping in to chat to Linda about the weekend! Any chance you could persuade her to come & enjoy the music at some point, preferably during a 'conservatory session' as she's a young son & won't be going into the pubs?

Can't wait.......


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 09:30 AM

My guru... - I might drop down at Barholm some point beforehand, yes! I wouldn't mind borrowing one of their big cooking pots if they'd be kind enough to trust me with it.

By the way - for lunch on Saturday I'm making a big pot of Irish stew, and a big pot of pea soup (vegan-friendly). There'll be homemade wheaten bread as well, hopefully.

I'm getting very excited. My ma has been on Mudcat too, following the thread. She's been spreading the word and there's musicianer types other than Catters who'll also be making their way to Portaferry, all being well.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fortunato
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 10:42 AM

Sounds like great fun. Will someone please squeeze the Micca and give catsphiddle a big wet kiss on the face for me? (Tell her who it's from!)

Post pictures please and have way too much fun. Chance.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:22 AM

Shit, and I've just had to cancel. The small neck op last Friday, has left me with an unscheduled hole in me neck. In other words they've given me a bloody [pun intended] tracheaostomy, and I can drink a cup o' tay, and whistle Dixie, at the same time temporarily. However foreign travel, and copious libations on top of painkillers are not allowed, so I can't bloody well make it. I'M SO F****N' PISSED OFF.I've been looking forward so much to this one. Anyway have a good time y'all.
Bet you can't fart out your neck........Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:29 AM

Giok - sorry to hear that.A pain in the neck is never a good thing. Get well soon, and the rest of us will have a pint or two for you.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:44 AM

Thanks mo chride, its yerself I'll be missing most of course.
Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:51 AM

oh dear poor you Giok! Get well soon!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:45 PM

I really wish I could be there with you all, I know you will have a great time. I have been home in Belfast 3 times during the past 4 years and unfortunately just can't swing it this time. My thoughts will be with you all anyway. Have a super get-together

Jimmy (eating his heart out in Ontario)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:52 PM

With Giok withdrawing, I've just lost my lift from City Airport (I'm arriving at 13.45 on Friday). Any ideas? I have a public transport fallback if there are no takers, so no real sweat, but if there is a car passing that way ...!

"Come ye young men, come along ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Morticia
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 01:04 PM

I hope you all have a wonderful time, I am going to miss being there dreadfully....that being the case, anyone feeling inclined to drink a small libation or two on my behalf will be warmly thanked unless you deliver the hangover to me at a later date.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 01:39 PM

Fear not Alan: I have spare seats if all else fails! Am coming in to Belfast International at 15.40 & it looks straightforward getting to Belfast City Airport. It would mean a bit of a wait though (maybe there is a bar - I'll check the airport layout tomorrow) & I could get a bit lost *g* Thoughts?

Felipa: Could you get to Belfast City Airport if I go to pick up Alan there? Would that help you?

Fibula: You're a Star! All this organising & Lunch on Saturday too, you definitely get a gold star for this :-)

Giok: This is dreadful news! I'm so sorry that you're not coming & that they've been practising on you with their short swords! I hope you get fully sorted out soon, recover well!!!! I'd hoped to chat to you about music in Scotland. I'll be at Loch Awe in May & didn't find much last year. Catch you another time all being well :-)

Fibula's Mum: Welcome to the Mudcat!

Noreen: Richard needs glue???


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 02:12 PM

Looking forward to it......counting the days, hours and minutes!!!


Chance...I will thank you for the kiss in advance!!!....Hope to meet you in October at the Getaway so you can give me it in person!!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 04:24 PM

Morticia, Noreen, Richard: thanks for your work for my friends' coin collections!

Giok, get well soon! Tracheaostomy sounds awful (just searched the internet to know what it is...)

I wish I could be with you all! Enjoy the weekend!

MudGuard/Andy


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 04:32 PM

Sorry, Morti to hear you are not going to be there, and you as well Andy. Will have a tune in honour for you and other absent friends.

Well, that's breakfast booked, only packing to sort out now.

Hope there's plenty of hot water for coffee! and somewhere to get fresh milk or else it's the plastic stuff!

Wednesday tomorrow!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 04:33 PM

I envy you all... I leave on Friday to take my daughter and grandson to my fathers bedside in Jacksonville, FL. I know the weather will be colder in Ireland, but I bet the friendships made and remembered will be warm. God bless you all...


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 06:39 PM

Claymore: Take every moment & look after your memories, take care :-) We'll raise a glass!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:15 PM

Guru: Thanks for the offer of a lift but it looks as though the timing is a bit wrong and it would be very inconvenient on the return journey. In fact, according to the local bus timetable I should be able to get to Portaferry at about 17.00, even though I will have a 1 hr wait at the City Airport. So I think I'll go for that option - it'll also prepare me for the connections for the return journey. Looking forward to seeing you again after the Straw Bear Festival.

"The sun went down beyond the hill ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:56 PM

My guru: no, Noreen needs glue!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,eoin o'buadhaigh
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 10:45 PM

ALANWW- I live only a stones throw from the City Airport, if you are stuck for a lift - 'fear not!!' (underpants outside the thermal tights) I will pick you up and deposit you into the arms of Fibula's rural habitaion! I can get ('sneek'-local term)out of work early. Don't worry! you will know me. I will be the one with the BIG sign saying 'MUDCAT 2003'. won't see you stuck! is that ok?
             eoin


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 02:48 AM

Fibula, please say Hi to Jim Dumigan for me. We went to college (UCD) back in the '60s together. I'd love to be there.
Best wishes and fresh baps to all.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 02:54 AM

My goodness, Undies outside Thermal Tights *G* That sounds like someone with a very safe pair of hands there Alan. I shall take you off my 'worry' list!

Now I've only got one airport to get lost at... Hmmm, see you Sunday perhaps....

Noreen: Do you not have a B&Q (or some such) in your location? There's a mail-order company called Screw-Fix Direct who could possibly help in your Glue Hunt *giggle*


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 03:26 AM

Guru,

Noreen said she wanted glue, not a screw...

....whoops, let me rephrase that!!!!

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:24 AM

I'm feeling a bit glue-me myself.
Thinking of taking up Tuvan throat singing.......Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:55 AM

eoin, yer a star! Alanww - you'll be in safe hands - he's family!

To all the absent mudcat friends - Morty, Andy, Giok, Claymore, Mick, Declan, Seamus, Chance - and those who posted on the previous threads - we'll take photos and the town by storm!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Micca
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:56 AM

i am Much saddened by our absence Giok, and will partake of some Bushmills (or anyhing that fits the 2 criteria!!)that may be handy, i was looking forward to seeing you again, maybe the Yorkshire?


NB the criteria for suitableness for Micca consideration:
1 Is it wet?
2 is it alcoholic? (and Not Gin)
corollory, persons matching criteria are excluded.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 05:55 AM

Poor Giok :0(
We will raise a glass (or several) to absent friends all.

Yes, definitely glue I need from moo, my screws are all in order (I hope...)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 07:18 AM

eoin o'buadhaigh: Wow, what a star! That's great! And you'll made it less easy for guru to get lost too!   I'll be the one with the brown kangaroo skin hat, longish grey beard and ruck sack. Thanks - and thanks again!

"Dear thoughts are in my mind ...!"
Alan
PS What does eoin o'buadhaigh mean?


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 07:42 AM

Alan...

I suspect - eoin is the lads name (English equivalent - Ian/John/or sean sumfink like that), and o'buadhaigh is the Irish surname, probably something like... Bowe - in English.
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Well you's lot.

Mighty jealous I'm not going - thought I'd be in hospital too by now, but me ops been put for 18 March (I was very careful - and insisted I wasn't in hospital for the 17 March).

Sounds like you are going to have a good time there! I'd love to come, but I've also just bought a new house with me fella. So, money is tight, and there's rooms full of polystyrene ceilings, super fresco walls, and 60's fireplaces. Jack and Vera Duckworth (for the USA Chums - it's a UK Soap - Corronation Street) stone cladding on another fireplace, and a rather quaint Rayburn room heater (coal/wood burner) to contend with and is taking alot of my time!

It's all very exciting, but before I go in for me op I'm intending in getting at least the ceiling tiles down - as they are a fire hazard - coal fire and polystyrene tiles - NOOOOOO!

The coal burner is fast loosing it's staying power, especially when 'im indoors decided to rake it through with the doors open. You can now write your names in several pieces of furniture/doors/shelves.

So, I'll be up to me tonsils (what's left o them) in trying to make it a home, think of me when you are having your knees up. Regards to you all and if you do insist on having a drink for me... I'm rather partial to a Jack Daniels and Diet coke, either that or a pint of mad apples (cider).

Hello to Fibs mum and dad - sorry I'm not getting to see you this time round, maybe another time soon. I'm off to the fleadh for definate this year - despite house move, we're ensuring we get to the fleadh for our only hols this year.

All the best - have fun you lucky so and so's!

Ella


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 07:44 AM

cor.......... large bottle of Bulmers and ice......cor........

COR>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sigh!

:-(


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 09:01 AM

Ella - I'm just leaving for Norn Iron now.
Congrats on the new house - I'll drop you a proper line when I get back,
all the besty!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 09:04 AM

Noreen them screws you mentioned, have you counted them? Or more to the point, have you checked to see if they're all tightened? Then there's the neck bolt, and the little gold screw in your navel. You know the one; yes you do, the one that if you undo it your arse falls off!!
Yes that's the one.
"Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes"
I'm a fool to myself really, best get me coat.
Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 09:38 AM

Ok Fibs.... bin a bit lax meself! Work a pure nightmare, trying to get it all sorted and ready for my impending 6weeks sick leave - YAY!

Will let you know of an 'at home email' just as soon as I gets me one. (office not an office at mo at home- more of a junk store.

Cheers chum!
Ella
x


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 02:19 PM

Thor's day tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alison
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 12:50 AM

I would love to be there....... someone have some scampi in the "lobster pot" for me.... and Fibula..... forget all that vegan stuff... take them down the chippie and introduce them to a good pasty supper!!........

don't forget to pack your thermals!!

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,catsPHiddle at work!!!
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 11:40 AM

Yeah Its tomorrow!!! Bute we are setting off tonight and staying nearer the airport due to an early flight!! See you all tomorrow!!!


Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 02:30 PM

Friday tomorrow, yes forget that vegan stuff, where's me meat?

Really looking forward to it.

See y'all tomorrow late in the evening.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 03:02 PM

No Fibs....don't forget the vegan stuff!

moo (large herbivore)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 03:14 PM

I'm soooooooooooooooo pissed off.
Giok


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