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July 09, 2005

Colombia 3 May Be In Cuba

News about Ireland & the Irish

RE 07/09/05 Colombians Suspect Irishmen May Be Hiding In Cuba
BB 07/09/05 Relaxed Mood During Orange Parade
IO 07/09/05 Tall Ships Start Postponed As Calm Weather Prevails


Colombians Suspect Irishmen May Be Hiding In Cuba

11:19 a.m. July 9, 2005

BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombian authorities suspect three Irishmen
convicted of training Marxist rebels in bomb-making techniques
might be hiding out in Cuba, a local Interpol official said

"We have intelligence reports to that effect," Victor Cruz told
local Caracol Television, adding that Interpol had asked Cuba
to see if it can find the three men the Colombian government
says are Irish Republican Army guerrillas.

Jim Monaghan, Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley disappeared
after being allowed out of a Bogota prison a year ago following
their acquittal – later reversed – on charges of helping
members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

In December, a Bogota tribunal ordered the men be rearrested to
serve sentences up to 17 1/2 years but red-faced authorities
admitted they had lost track of them and believed they defied a
court order to stay in the country.

The three men deny the charges or being IRA members.

Connolly was once a Cuba representative of Sinn Fein. McCauley
was convicted in Northern Ireland of firearms offenses in 1985,
while Monaghan has a conviction in the Irish Republic for
possessing explosives in the 1970s.

The Colombian government says the FARC has used techniques
learned from the IRA in attacks that included a mortar
bombardment on President Alvaro Uribe's inauguration ceremony
in August 2002, which killed 21 homeless people.


Relaxed Mood During Orange Parade

Members of the Protestant Orange Order have taken part in an
annual pre-Twelfth parade in County Donegal.

The Rossnowlagh parade brought together Orangemen from the
border counties of Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan and Leitrim as well
as many from Northern Ireland.

Joined by loyal order members from Liverpool, Orangemen and
bands marched along a one-mile route into the village before a
religious service.

The Orange Order had expected between 50 and 60 lodges to take

Twenty lodges belong to the Orange Order in Donegal, but it
said there had been a steady increase in new members in recent

The demonstration is known for its relaxed and peaceful
atmosphere and has been problem-free in previous years.

Inspector Gerry Curley said the atmosphere was, as usual, very
easy going.

"It's a family day out in general for the people involved - for
the people taking part and the spectators. It's generally a
very enjoyable day for them," he said.

"And we plan for that, to allow the people to enjoy

There is none of the security seen at some marches in Northern
Ireland, despite Rossnowlagh being a mainly Catholic area.

The march comes three days ahead of the annual 12 July
celebrations across Northern Ireland to mark the anniversary of
the 1690 Battle of the Boyne.

Tuesday is the biggest day in the Protestant marching season.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/07/09 16:39:46 GMT


Tall Ships Start Postponed As Calm Weather Prevails

09/07/2005 - 19:14:00

The tall ships race which was due to start from Waterford today
has been postponed because of a lack of wind.

The vessels have left Waterford city and are now positioned off
Dunmore East awaiting better winds in order to set sail again.

The race was due to start at 3pm, is now expected to begin

Organisers said that almost 500,000 people visited the city
over the course of the four-day event.
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