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Posted: 29-Sep-2001, 04:28 PM
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Hi Shannon!

First, glad to have you aboard on the Scottish Message Board!

I have never been to Scotland, but as you have heard, it sounds like a wonderful place. I do know that alot of technology companies and help desk services are moving to Irleland and Scotland. Perhaps they give somesort of tax break - relief. Of course, with the downturn in the economy perhaps that might be curtailed.

I don't believe Scotland has the same troubles as Northern Ireland. Again, I am in no way an expert on this subject. Politically, I think there is a movement for Scotland to seperate itself from the UK and become its own nation again. Perhaps another user can jump in and give more information on this.


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Posted: 05-Oct-2001, 06:54 PM
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Shannon, I have been to Scotland, although several years ago when i was stationed in the Air Force. I found it to be a beautiful, beautiful place. Spent some time in Dumfries and at Inverness.. I do hope to return sometime in the future as I want to know more of my family's roots. I can almost feel the breeze again at Loch Ness.. Good luck to you!, Nick :)
               
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Posted: 28-Sep-2001, 10:40 AM
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I can't help but just imagine, while listening and dreaming from photos I've seen, the beauty of the country of my heritage.  My mother has visited and says it is beautiful.  I however am a little more currious as to what the goverment is like, the cost of living, how fisible it is to move there and work and exist, the holy wars and so on, you know the real stuff.  Thanks in advance for any replys, Shannon[B]
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Posted: 29-Sep-2001, 06:22 PM
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All I can do is confirm the movement for separation at present. I know I have an article around here someplace in an old copy of Scottish Life Magazine i have just can't layt my hands on it at present. Darn ???  But will look around and see if I can find the article which had some info on this movement for separation.

I too have never been to Scotland but have plans to go hopefully within the next couple years.
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Posted: 03-Dec-2003, 10:09 AM
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Ireland? Having only been there once, around Limrick (creative scheduling on a return from Europe), I can confirm the beauty of the area. The beauty of the people is what really struck me. The warm friendly way they greet strangers and the off-the wall sense of humor were enchanting. The beer was GREAT! Murphy's Stout was my favorite. I would love to go back again and see more of the Island. If you go, go with a group or hire a car and driver. They drive on the wrong side of the road and it about drove me around the bend.


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I would love to go to Ireland, particularly the Limerick area. It is the home town of Delores O'Riordan.

Also Catriona is a native Scot and she can problably answer any questions about Scotland

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I have never been to Ireland, but maybe just one day I'll be able to go. One of my close kin visited Europe a few years back. She was most impressed with the people in Ireland. They were the friendliest out of all the countries she visited. That didn't surprise me any! biggrin.gif

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Ireland is a wonderful land. I stayed there for 2 weeks in summer 2001.
Get around by car from Dublin, the south- and westcoast...really beautiful land and friendly people and, you know, beautiful music.
This picture is from a place we did found at the southcoast in an area where the people speak gaelic.

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Posted: 04-Dec-2003, 12:20 PM
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Its amazing how many people feel a deep connection with the land of their heritage, even when they have never been there. I too long to go to Ireland and see the places where my great grandfather walked. I wonder if its something about the Emerald Isle that makes people want to go there. From everything I've seen, it is beautiful. My friend brought me back pictures from an abandoned abbey with a tree in the foreground... the branches hooked at 90 degree angles! It was one of the neatest things I had ever seen.

Maybe all the wanna-be Celts should get together and make a trip over to the homeland?


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Posted: 04-Dec-2003, 03:57 PM
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Thought you might like to see one of my most favourite places. It is the lighthouse at Fanad head in Donegal. I must have taken about 50 pictures taken from my visits there.It is about 20 miles from our holiday house in Rathmullan and all the scenery around there is beautiful and wild. smile.gif

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Posted: 05-Dec-2003, 08:35 AM
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The scenery was beautiful, the people more so. I look forward to going back. I looked into taking a work project there, but they have a weird law about importing dogs. My dog (and, I guess, my wife) go with me on long term projects. Maybe with the EU making so many legal changes it will be more reasonable in the future.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2003, 09:36 AM
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6 month quarentine, Maisky?

The dog, I mean. Not the wife.


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Posted: 05-Dec-2003, 11:07 AM
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Hi, Maisky

The dog thing is the same in Britain too. It is because Britain and Ireland are rabies free . This may change because of the Euro tunnel ( small animals can travel through it without being caught) but that is why the laws are so strict- to keep rabies out.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2003, 12:30 PM
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I too love Ireland, the place where my grandparents were born. But sadly I've never been, but hope to oneday visit and hope to one day live. I've love that island since I was a young teen---way before all the hipe of "Titanic" or "Riverdance". From that love, I learned everything I could get my hands on.

You mentioned you were worried about any holy wars. Well I'll tell you what I know, "The Troubles" in N.Ireland are still not over. It seems Sinn Fein is trying to work within the political system and seeking some kind of peace. As for some of the Unionist, I've read reports that a certain group is still attacking the Irish Catholics during funerals and other public gatherings. The Orange still beat their drums on their annual parade. The city of Belfast is still divided. Now to be fair---I'm sure there are attacks still taking place from time to time by certain groups within the remnance of the IRA against the non-Catholic community, but I've just never read or heard of any of late. You need to keep in mind and sort out what is truth and fact from propaganda and rumor. From what Catriona has written before about N. Ireland it is a wonderful and beautiful place. She is from Scotland, but has visited The Republic of Ireland and N.Ireland many times.

I still have so much to learn about Ireland, so someone who has experienced the people, culture, and political climate would be better suited to answer any further questions or further illuminate about conflict in N.Ireland.


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This is one of my favourite pics.
This reminds me at two wonderful weeks in Ireland......

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