Friday, February 29, 2008

Ireland Travel in April 2008 to Clifden!

Clifden Railway Heritage Weekend

Celebrating one of the great lost railways of Ireland, Clifden Chamber of Commerce, together with Galway County Council & the Station House Theatre, hosts our inaugural Railway Heritage Weekend from the 18th-20th April, 2008.

The weekend will be launched by Minister Eamonn O’Cuiv on Fri, 18th April at 7pm in Clifden Station House, followed by the reissue of The Connemara Railway by Kathleen Villiers Tuthill. A special late night railway comedy movie, The Titfield Thunderbolt, will be shown in the Station House Theatre.

Saturday will feature a day of lectures and documentaries in the Station House Theatre. Lecturers will include Paul Duffy, Kathleen Villiers Tuthill, Michael Gibbons & Fergus Mulligan. Saturday evening will finish with a Commemorative Railway Dinner in the Clifden Station House .

Sunday winds up the weekend with a fascinating walk along the original railway line guided by local historian & archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

Learn more

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

08 March 2008


Governments around the world view International Women's Day as an important opportunity to address the social, economic and political barriers, as well as achievements, of women. Below are the a few of the key governments from around the world who have actively and consistently supported International Women's Day.


Ontario Canada

USA Government

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time
of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Read more

Learn how different countries around the world are commemorating this day.

Events around the world

Monday, February 18, 2008

ATHENS covered with SNOW (or Khione)!

(Photo AP Acropolis covered with snow)
"Snow covered many parts of Greece, including the Acropolis in central Athens, yesterday. Flights were disrupted and tens of villages, mainly in central Greece’s Evia and the Aegean islands, were cut off due to the snowfall, the result of two cold fronts moving south from Russia and Scandinavia. Authorities warned drivers to be more cautious today due to the icy conditions expected. Experts forecast improving conditions as of today."
Read full story in Kathimerini

THIS is not typical weather in Greece!
For temperature, rainfall, and sunshine averages in Athens, Greece visit: HOLIDAY-WEATHER.COM
Weather averages for Crete click here.

The Greek word for "snow" is Khione.
In Greek myth "KHIONE (or Chione) was one of the nymphs, a daughter of Boreas, god of the north-wind, and Oreithyia, the lady of mountain gales. Khione was herself probably the goddess of snow (khiôn)."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Summer flights to Ireland on sale! Must be purchased by Feb 20th.
Fares starting at $199 each way.
Prices based on travel dates.

Lowest fares for St. Patrick's Day

Visit Aer Lingus
and choose depature and destination city. March travel starting at $229 each way. Prices are subject to availability.

Monday, February 11, 2008

What is Elginism?

Planning to visit Greece or Italy or some other destination to see their ancient treasures? Well, you may need to visit London, Paris, or some city other than you'd expect.

To learn more about why the national treasures of some countries are dispersed around the world and about "Elginism" visit the links below:

the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles.

Story about elginsim in the Boston Gobe today:

ON THE FIRST floor of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, in the early Greek art galleries, there is a long display case filled with Athenian ceramics. In one corner, partway up the linen backing, are two holes, a couple of inches apart, where a shelf holding a small, 2,500-year-old oil flask was once attached. Upstairs, in the Imperial Roman galleries, a group of marble busts and statues has been rearranged after the departure of a 6-foot-tall marble statue of the Roman empress Sabina. Ten Greek pots and one carved marble fragment from Imperial Rome are also gone from the museum's collection.

All the pieces were given to the government of Italy, and are now part of a blockbuster exhibition, in Rome's Quirinal Palace, made up entirely of pieces alleged to have been looted and smuggled out of Italy. The show's title, "Nostoi" - from a lost epic poem recounting the perilous homeward voyages of Greek heroes after the Trojan War - is a nod to the labors of the Italian culture ministry and police, whose campaign of persistent arm-twisting, public criticism, and criminal prosecution secured the return of the 68 artifacts in the show, each now the property of the Italian government.

These returned objects are only the most visible recent fruits of a powerful movement aimed at moving some of the world's most prominent ancient treasures from the hands of foreign museums and collectors back to the so-called source countries. Along with Italy, the governments of Greece, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Turkey, China, and Cambodia, among others, have pushed to reclaim prized artifacts from collections around the world.

They have tightened their laws governing the export of antiquities or intensified the enforcement of existing laws and international agreements; they have made impassioned public cases on the world stage.

These governments argue that to allow such objects to remain abroad as trophies only encourages the continued pillage of their national patrimony. Their position has won broad moral support and increasingly become the norm among academic archeologists, who see ancient objects as historic artifacts inseparable from their place of discovery. It has forced major concessions from great museums around the world, including the MFA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The British Museum is under persistent pressure to return the Elgin Marbles, its famous set of sculptures from the Parthenon.