Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland Group plc is a commercial bank operation in Ireland and one of the traditional'Big Four' Irish banks. The premier banking organisation in Ireland, the Bank occupies a unique position in Irish banking history. At the core of the modern-day group is the old Bank of Ireland, the ancient institution established by Royal Charter in 1783. Bank of Ireland is the oldest bank in continuous operation in Ireland; the history is. 1783 – 25 June 1783, the Bank of Ireland opened for business at Mary's Abbey in a private house owned by one Charles Blakeney. 1808 – 6 June 1808, Bank of Ireland moved to 2 College Green. 1864 – Bank of Ireland first pays interest on deposits. 1926 – The Bank of Ireland took control of the National Land Bank – a friendly society. 1948 – The Bank of Ireland 1783–1946 by F. G. Hall was published jointly by Hodges Figgis and Blackwell's. 1958 – The Bank took over the Hibernian Bank Limited. 1965 – The National Bank Ltd, a bank founded by Daniel O'Connell in 1835, had branches in Ireland and Britain.
The Irish branches were acquired by Bank of Ireland and rebranded temporarily as National Bank of Ireland, before being incorporated into Bank of Ireland. The British branches were acquired by Glyn's Bank. 1980 - The first Pass card and machine were open known as ATM. 1983 – Bank of Ireland Bi-Centenary. A commemorative stamp was issued; the Bank commissioned the publication of "An Irish Florilegium". 1995 – Bank of Ireland merge First New Hampshire Bank with Royal Bank of Scotland's Citizens Financial Group 1996 – Bank of Ireland buys the Bristol and West building society for €882m, which keeps its own brand. 1999 – Merger talks with Alliance & Leicester were held and called off. 2000 – It is announced that Bank of Ireland is to acquire Chase de Vere. 2002 – Bank of Ireland acquires Iridian, the US investment manager, which doubles the size of its asset management business. 2005 – Bank of Ireland completes the sale of the Bristol and West branch and Direct Savings to Britannia Building Society.
2008 – Moody's Investors Service changed its outlook on Bank of Ireland from stable to negative. Moody's pinpointed concerns over weakening asset quality and the impact of a more challenging economic environment on profitability at Bank of Ireland. A share price collapse followed. 2009 – The Irish government announces a €7 billion rescue package for the bank and Allied Irish Banks plc in February. The biggest bank robbery in the history of the state took place at Bank of Ireland at College Green. Consultants Oliver Wyman validated Bank of Ireland's bad debt levels at €6 billion over three years to March 2011, a bad debt level, exceeded by €1 billion within a matter of months. 2010 – The European Commission orders the disposal of Bank of Ireland Asset Management, New Ireland Assurance, ICS Building Society, its US Foreign Exchange business and the stakes held in the Irish Credit Bureau and in an American Asset Manager followed the receipt of Irish Government State aid. 2011 – The Securities Services Division is sold to Northern Trust Corporation.
2013 – Bank of Ireland more than doubles interest rates on mortgages tracking the Bank of England rates, citing the need to hold more reserves and the'increased cost of funding mortgages'. Described by Ray Boulger of broker John Charcol as'having shot the reputation of its mortgages to smithereens' the bank continues to offer competitive mortgages through the Post Office. 2014 – Regulation of the bank will transfer to the European Central Bank. 2014 – Enters marketing alliance with EVO Payments International and re-enters the card acquiring market. BOI Payment Acceptance launches in December 2014; the Bank of Ireland is not, was never, the Irish central bank. However, as well as being a commercial bank – a deposit-taker and a credit institution – it performed many central bank functions, much like the earlier-established Bank of Scotland and Bank of England; the Bank of Ireland operated the Exchequer Account and during the nineteenth century acted as something of a banker of last resort. The titles of the chairman of the board of directors and the title of the board itself suggest a central bank status.
From the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 until 31 December 1971, the Bank of Ireland was the banker of the Irish Government. The headquarters of the bank until the 1970s was the impressive Parliament House on College Green, Dublin; this building was designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce in 1729 to host the Irish Parliament, it was the world's first purpose-built bicameral parliament building. The bank had planned to commission a building designed by Sir John Soane to be constructed on the site bounded by Westmoreland Street, Fleet Street, College Street and D'Olier Street. However, the project was cancelled following the Act of Union in 1800, when the newly defunct Parliament House was bought by the Bank of Ireland in 1803; the former Parliament House continues today as a working branch. Today, visitors can still view the impressive Irish House of Lords chamber within the old headquarters building; the Oireachtas, the modern parliament of the Republic of Ireland, is now housed in Leinster House in Dublin.
In 2011, the Irish Government set out proposals to acquire the building as a venue for the state to use as a cultural venue. In the 1970s the bank moved its headquarters to a modern building on Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2; as Frank McDonald notes in his book Destructi
The Wicklow County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Wicklow GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wicklow. The county board is responsible for the Wicklow inter-county teams. Wicklow's Senior Football team play in the Leinster Senior Football Championship. Wicklow have had little success at senior level, being the only Senior Football team in the province and one of two in Ireland not to have won a Senior title in either code, the other being Fermanagh. Wicklow's Senior Hurling team compete in the Christy Ring Cup, the second tier of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, they reached the final in both the 2011 and 2012 cups losing to London respectively. Wicklow are one of two counties never to have won a senior provincial championship, but Bray Emmets, the leading side of the early 1900s, won Leinster and All-Ireland honours when they were playing in the Dublin Championship. Wicklow were twice proclaimed Leinster champions for short periods.
Bray were representing Wicklow in 1889, when they beat Newtown Blues of Drogheda by 1-7 to 1-4 they claimed that they had won the "final of Leinster" because Queens County or Kilkenny had not shown up for a final. But four days the result was quashed. In 1897 they became Leinster champions for a week. A downpour caused Dublin to presume the Leinster final would not be played, Dublin went home, the referee awarded a walk-over to Wicklow, but the following meeting of the Central Council ordered the match to be replayed and Wicklow lost by 1-9 to 0-3. A League semi-final in frostbound 1947 came about in bizarre fashion: Wicklow were picked to represent an unfinished group in which some of the teams had not yet played. In 1954 Wicklow were leading Meath by two points after sixty minutes of play but Meath were saved by the clock. Nine minutes of lost time had elapsed before Meath scored the winning point! After surviving the "long count" Meath went on to win the All-Ireland, Wicklow lost their best player of the decade, John Timmons, to Dublin.
In 1986 they pulled off a huge upset beating newly crowned League champions Laois in the Leinster Quarter-final on a scorching hot June day in Aughrim by 2-10 to 1-9, Wicklow legend Kevin O'Brien scored 2-3 in that game. However, they were no match for Meath. A near thing against Meath, just off their four-match with Dublin in 1991 heralded a great start to the 1990s, but Wicklow's only championship wins since were against Longford and Westmeath, a 1996 League quarter-final appearance against Donegal their nearest to a breakthrough. Lying in wait for complacent opponents in Aughrim, for unsuspecting opposition has been the Wicklow trademark since. Exploits included a 1986 win over newly crowned League champions Laois at Aughrim, a 1981 defeat by just two points against Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final, after a miracle save in the last minute by Dublin's goalkeeper John O'Leary. Wicklow's biggest achievement remains the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship won by the Baltinglass club in 1990.
The early part of the 00s were lean for Wicklow, with them winning few championship matches however they did produce a number of competitive results and were unfortunate in several games. Under the management of Hugh Kenny Wicklow lined out against Meath in the opening round of the 2004 Leinster Championship, they were playing exceptionally well and were leading Meath by 1-6 to 0-7 early in the second half when midfielder Ciaran Clancy was harshly sent off. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Wicklow who never recovered and were hammered 2-13 to 1-8, Derry knocked Wicklow out of the championship in the Qualifiers by 1-15 to 1-10. Against Kildare in the opening round of the 2005 Leinster Championship they came close to a first win leading Kildare but for Wicklow, the age old problem of not being able to close out a game surfaced, they were beaten by 1-17 to 2-12, Donegal knocked Wicklow out of the Qualifiers beating them by 0-16 to 0-12. In October 2006 legendary former Kerry manager and player Mick O'Dwyer took over as Wicklow manager, a huge boost to the county.
During his tenure Wicklow's championship results improved, while Wicklow had shown promise in 2004 and 2005, they suffered two heavy defeats in the 2006 championship. In 2007 under Mick O'Dwyer they played Louth in the first round of the Leinster Championship, taking Louth to two replays before being beaten, however that year, they went on to win the Tommy Murphy Cup, beating Antrim in dramatic fashion with a late Tommy Gill goal in extra time, securing the Wicklow senior footballers second national trophy, first win in Croke Park; as Wicklow were a Division 4 team they were not permitted to enter the 2007 backdoor. Going into the 2008 championship, Wicklow had not won a championship game since beating London on June 8, 2002 and had not won a Leinster Championship 1st round proper game since beating Longford by 1 point in 1996, they faced a fancied Kildare in the 1st round and completed arguably their greatest championship win beating Kildare 0-13 to 0-9, this was their first championship win in Croke Park, they went on to lose narrowly to Laois in the Quarter-Final.
Again as they were a Division 4 team they were not permitted to enter the qualifiers, so they went on to try and defend the Tommy Murphy Cup but lost to Antrim in the final. The 2009 Championship was one of the most memorable in Wicklow
The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. The county board has its head office and main grounds at Nowlan Park and is responsible for Kilkenny inter-county teams in all codes at all levels; the Kilkenny branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1887. In hurling, the dominant sport in the county, Kilkenny compete annually in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, which they have won thirty-six times, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, which they have won seventy one times, the National Hurling League, which they have won eighteen times. Brian Cody has been manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since the 1999 championship. Cillian Buckley is senior hurling captain for the 2018 season. Ballyhale Shamrocks county champions nominated T. J. Reid as senior hurling captain for the 2019 season. Kilkenny is the most successful men's senior county team in the history of the game of hurling.
Kilkenny has won the All-Ireland Championship 36 times as of 2015 and has won the provincial Leinster Championship on 71 occasions as of 2016. In 1922, Kilkenny won its sixteenth Leinster title before lining out in the All-Ireland final against Tipperary. In an exciting game, Tipperary were winning by three points with three minutes remaining, but Kilkenny fought back to score two goals to secure the victory, it would be forty-five years. Further Leinster titles soon followed. In 1926, Kilkenny faced Cork on a snow-covered Croke Park in the All-Ireland final. However, victory on that occasion went to ‘the Rebels’; the 1930s proved to be one of Kilkenny’s most successful decades, book-ended by two of the most famous All-Ireland finals of all-time. The 1930s saw. In 1931 Kilkenny were back as Leinster champions before squaring up to Cork in the All-Ireland final. At half-time Cork lead. However, Kilkenny fought back to secure a draw; the replay saw. Once again Cork lead at half-time. However, Kilkenny fought back to force a second draw.
In the third game of the thrilling series Kilkenny were without the heroic services of Meagher. On that occasion Cork secured the victory by seven points. 1932 saw Kilkenny back in the All-Ireland final. Clare, surprise winners in Munster, provided the opposition. In an exciting game ` the Cats' claimed their first championship in a decade; the following year Kilkenny were back in their third successive championship decider, this time against Limerick. Once again, the game was a close affair. In 1935 Kilkenny regained their Leinster crown before lining out in the All-Ireland final. Limerick provided the opposition once again. In a close game Kilkenny beat the Munster men by a single point. 1936 saw an All-Ireland rematch between Limerick. However, on this occasion Limerick had the measure of ‘the Cats’ and trounced them by 5–6 to 1–5; the following year Kilkenny had a chance to redeem themselves in their third consecutive championship decider. This time Tipperary were the opponent. However, Kilkenny gave Tipp a seventeen-point victory.
This looked like the end for the great Kilkenny team of the 1930s. However, two years in 1939 the team was back in the All-Ireland final. On the day that World War II broke out ‘the Cats’ took on Cork at Croke Park. Both sides were level throughout much of the game, the climax of, played in a fierce thunderstorm. Terry Leahy was the hero for Kilkenny as he scored the winning point in the dying seconds of the game. Kilkenny were back in the championship decider again in 1940, their fifth in six years. On this occasion an ageing Limerick team faced an ageing Kilkenny team, but it was the Munster men who had the upper hand and claimed the victory; the early 1940s saw Kilkenny forced to withdraw from the championship because of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the county. They regained the Leinster title in 1943, but Antrim pulled off the biggest hurling shock of all-time by defeating ‘the Cats’ in the All-Ireland semi-final. Two years in 1945, Kilkenny faced Tipperary in the All-Ireland final.
The Munster men led by a large margin at half-time. In 1946 Kilkenny were back in this time taking on Cork; the first-half saw. However, in the second half Cork scored five goals to deny Kilkenny for the second consecutive occasion; the Cork-Kilkenny rematch took place in the 1947 All-Ireland final, a game many describe as the greatest championship decider of all time. Cork were aiming to win a sixth All-Ireland title in seven years, while Kilkenny were hoping to avoid being the first team in history to lose three All-Ireland finals in-a-row. ‘The Cats’ were leading for much of the game. However, Cork scored two late goals to nearly win the match. Terry Leahy scored the winning point once again for Kilkenny to give the county its thirteenth All-Ireland title; the All-Ireland victory in 1947 ushered in a lean period in Kilkenny hurling that lasted for over a decade. 1950 saw ‘the Cats’ win back the Leinster title. However, they were beaten by Tipperary in the championship decider as the Munster men completed the second leg of a famous three-in-a-row.
Three years in 1953 Kilkenny were Leinster champions again. However, Galway accounted for them in the All-Ireland semi-final. Four years in 1957 Kilkenny were provincial
Gaelic football referred to as football or Gaelic, is an Irish team sport. It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch; the objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team's goals or between two upright posts above the goals and over a crossbar 2.5 metres above the ground. Players advance the football, a spherical leather ball, up the field with a combination of carrying, kicking, hand-passing, soloing. In the game, two types of scores are possible: goals. A point is awarded for kicking or hand-passing the ball over the crossbar, signalled by the umpire raising a white flag. A goal is awarded for kicking the ball under the crossbar into the net, signalled by the umpire raising a green flag. Positions in Gaelic football are similar to that in other football codes, comprise one goalkeeper, six backs, two midfielders, six forwards, with a variable number of substitutes. Gaelic football is one of four sports controlled by the Gaelic Athletic Association, the largest sporting organisation in Ireland.
Along with hurling and camogie, Gaelic football is one of the few remaining amateur sports in the world, with players and managers prohibited from receiving any form of payment. Gaelic football is played on the island of Ireland, although units of the Association exist in other areas of the British Isles and continents such as North America and Australia; the final of the All-Ireland Senior Championship, held annually at Croke Park, draws crowds of more than 80,000 people. Outside Ireland, football is played among members of the Irish diaspora. Gaelic Park in New York City is the largest purpose-built Gaelic sports venue outside Ireland. Three major football competitions operate throughout the year: the National Football League and the All-Ireland Senior Championship operate on an inter-county basis, while the All-Ireland Club Championship is contested by individual clubs; the All-Ireland Senior Championship is considered the most prestigious event in Gaelic football. Under the auspices of the GAA, Gaelic football is a male-only sport.
Similarities between Gaelic football and Australian rules football have allowed the development of international rules football, a hybrid sport, a series of Test matches has been held since 1998. While Gaelic football as it is known today dates back to the late 19th century, various kinds of football were played in Ireland before this time; the first legal reference to football in Ireland was in 1308, when John McCrocan, a spectator at a football game at Novum Castrum de Leuan was charged with accidentally stabbing a player named William Bernard. A field near Newcastle, South Dublin is still known as the football field; the Statute of Galway of 1527 allowed the playing of "foot balle" and archery but banned "'hokie'—the hurling of a little ball with sticks or staves" as well as other sports. By the 17th century, the situation had changed considerably; the games had grown in popularity and were played. This was due to the patronage of the gentry. Now instead of opposing the games it was the gentry and the ruling class who were serving as patrons of the games.
Games were organised between landlords with each team comprising 20 or more tenants. Wagers were commonplace with purses of up to 100 guineas; the earliest record of a recognised precursor to the modern game date from a match in County Meath in 1670, in which catching and kicking the ball was permitted. However "foot-ball" was banned by the severe Sunday Observance Act of 1695, which imposed a fine of one shilling for those caught playing sports, it proved difficult, if not impossible, for the authorities to enforce the Act and the earliest recorded inter-county match in Ireland was one between Louth and Meath, at Slane, in 1712, about which the poet James Dall McCuairt wrote a poem of 88 verses beginning "Ba haigeanta". A six-a-side version was played in Dublin in the early 18th century, 100 years there were accounts of games played between County sides. By the early 19th century, various football games, referred to collectively as caid, were popular in Kerry the Dingle Peninsula. Father W. Ferris described two forms of caid: the "field game" in which the object was to put the ball through arch-like goals, formed from the boughs of two trees, and.
"Wrestling", "holding" opposing players, carrying the ball were all allowed. During the 1860s and 1870s, rugby football started to become popular in Ireland. Trinity College, Dublin was an early stronghold of rugby, the rules of the Football Association were codified in 1863 and distributed widely. By this time, according to Gaelic football historian Jack Mahon in the Irish countryside, caid had begun to give way to a "rough-and-tumble game", which allowed tripping. Association football started to take hold in Ulster, in the 1880s. Limerick was the stronghold of the native game around this time, the Commercials Club, founded by employees of Cannock's Drapery Store, was one of the first to impose a set of rules, adapted by other clubs in the city. Of all the Irish pastimes the GAA set out to preserve and promote, it is fair to say that Gaelic football was in the worst sh
For a list of honours won by Tipperary in hurling, football and handball competitions see Tipperary GAA honours. For a history of GAA in Tipperary in see History of Tipperary inter county teams; the Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Tipperary GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tipperary and the Tipperary inter-county teams. County Tipperary holds an honoured place in the history of the GAA as the organisation was founded in Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, on 1 November 1884. Tipperary GAA has jurisdiction over the area, associated with the traditional county of County Tipperary. There are 9 officers on the Board including Sean Nugent. In the early days of the GAA Tipperary did not have an official jersey. Tipperary wore the colours of the county champions. One example was a white jersey with a green diagonal sash; this jersey design is associated with Tipperary's most historic match in either code, the Bloody Sunday senior football encounter with Dublin at Croke Park in 1920.
The current jersey is blue with a gold central band. These colours were adopted from the Boherlahan who were county champions in 1925; these colours were the colours of the Tubberadora team which became Boherlahan. There have been several minor adjustments to the sleeve and collar areas over the years and since the introduction of sponsorship in recent decades which necessitates the reservation of space for company logos; the Tipperary GAA crest used was the coat of arms of the Butler family and Earls of Ormond, whose arms were adopted by local authorities within their geographic area of influence in South Leinster and East Munster, most notably the county councils of Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford and which among other refinements, included a central band of colours, surrounded by star-like designs. This crest was used until the late 1990s when the current crest, depicting the Rock of Cashel with two crossed hurleys and a football was adopted. Four Tipperary men have served as President of the GAA.
Maurice Davin is the only man to have served two terms as President while Seán Ryan represented Dublin from 1928 to 1932, though a native of Kilfeacle, County Tipperary. Mr. Ryan a solicitor based in the capital, was the Association's legal advisor over a long period and played a central role in the acquisition and vesting of many club and county grounds in the GAA. Maurice Davin 1884–1887 Maurice Davin 1888–1889 Seán Ryan 1928–1932 Séamus Gardiner 1943–1946 Séamus O'Ríain 1967–1970 In the All-Ireland series, Kilkenny are Tipp's main rivals; this rivalry has lasted since Kilkenny's coming to power in the early 20th century. Tipp are the only team to have beaten Kilkenny in the All Ireland senior hurling championship more times than they have lost. Another rival of Tipperary is Cork in the Munster Championship; these teams have met 80 times more than any other rivalry in hurling. They have met them countless times in the National League and pre-season challenge tournaments. A Tipp and Cork Munster hurling final in Semple Stadium is claimed by supporters of both counties to be the most traditional Munster final and the games between them are nearly always close.
The draw and replay games of 1987 and 1991 and the 1949–1954 rivalry encapsulates this rivalry and the 1991 replayed final in Thurles is claimed to be one of the greatest Munster hurling finals. This is one of the few rivalries in the provincial championships, contested by two teams of similar stature whose honours and titles complement each other on a equal basis. Kilkenny and Wexford in hurling have major difference in titles and in football and Meath have a gap between their respective winnings; the football teams of Galway and Mayo enjoy a similar rivalry and whose honours are divided in equal measure. Tipp have a strong rivalry with the other county teams in Munster and have had major tussles with Limerick in the 1930s and 40s when the latter's star was in the ascendent, though Tipp enjoy a major advantage in titles and honours won; the Tipp – Clare rivalry came with Clare's coming to power in the 1990s and the Tipp-Waterford rivalry was forged in the period 1957-63 and renewed again due to Waterford's resurgence in the 2000s, when that county enjoyed its most successful period of the modern era.
Tipperary's team colors are royal gold. Tipperary wear blue jerseys with a horizontal gold bar across the center along with white shorts and blue socks; the Tippeary team crest features the Rock of Cashel prominently with two crossed hurleys and a Gaelic football below. In the year'1884' when Tipperary GAA was founded is in the center of the crest; the teams of the Tipperary County Board, together with Kilkenny GAA and Cork GAA lead the roll of honour in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Board's teams have won 27 All-Ireland titles as of 2016 - the third most successful of all county boards. Three teams have the distinction of twice winning three All-Ireland Finals in a row and; the team of the 1960s is considered the greatest of all Tipperary teams. The County's fortunes have declined during the last half-century to the extent that only five All-Ireland Championships have been annexed in the period 1966 - 2014. For more detail on hurling history, see here. Manager: Liam Sheedy Selectors: Tommy Dunne, Darragh Egan S&C Coach: Cairbre Ó Cairealláin Physio: Paddy O'Brien Squad as per Tipperary v Clare, 2018 Munster Senior Hurling Ch
Mattie Forde is an Irish Gaelic footballer from Ballyfad, County Wexford, Ireland. He used to play inter-county football for Wexford and received an All Star in 2004, he plays his club football for Kilanerin–Ballyfad, plays hurling for the club. Forde established himself as one of the top forwards in the game racking up high scores, he announced his retirement from inter-county football in January 2011. Forde had an excellent year in 2004, he was top scorer in that year's National League, with a total of 8-36. His excellent form continued in the Championship and he helped steer Wexford to their first Leinster Championship semi-final since 1994, where they lost out to Westmeath, he scored an impressive 2-10 in a subsequent qualifier victory over Offaly, before Wexford made their Championship after a 3rd qualifying round defeat to Derry. Forde was the Championship's top scorer with 3-38, he was awarded an All Star for his performances that year and in doing so became the first Wexfordman to receive an All Star.
He was named GPA Footballer of the Year. In 2005, Forde was again top scorer in the National League, helping Wexford reach the final, where they lost to Armagh, he reached another Leinster semi-final with Wexford, where they narrowly lost out to Dublin, before bowing out to Monaghan in the qualifiers. The following year Forde was top scorer in Division 1 of the National League, but Wexford were still relegated. In the Championship he scored 0-12 to help Wexford beat Meath. In the subsequent Leinster semi-final against Offaly, Forde were still defeated. However, during the game he was involved in a stamping incident, where he stamped down on the back of the head of Offaly's Shane Sullivan; the referee did not see the incident and Forde was allowed to play on, but the incident was caught on camera. While Forde did play in the following Saturday's qualifier victory over Monaghan, in which he was top scorer with 0-06, he was given a three-month suspension at a meeting of the GAA's Central Disciplinary Committee a week and ruled out of Wexford's third round qualifier meeting with Fermanagh, which they subsequently lost.
2007 was a disappointing year for Wexford, where they failed to gain promotion from Division 3 of the restructured National League and lost out to Laois in the Leinster semi-final, before bowing out to Fermanagh in the qualifiers. The following year proved to be a much more successful year for the county. Wexford won Division 3 of the National League. Having beaten Meath and Laois, they reached that year's Leinster Championship final, but were comprehensively beaten by Dublin; however subsequent victoires over Down and Armagh, meant Wexford reached the All-Ireland semi-final. In the semi-final they lost to eventual All-Ireland champions Tyrone. Forde had to be substituted due to injury at half-time, many felt if he had still been on the pitch the result may have been different. Forde was in excellent form throughout the year, kicking vital scores. In January 2011, Forde confirmed his retirement from inter-county football. In February 2013, he said, he made a return to the Wexford colours with the county junior team, with whom he won a Leinster Junior Football Championship in 2016.
Forde has won the Wexford Senior Football Championship 4 times with Kilanerin–Ballyfad. He won a Leinster Intermediate Club Football Championship in 2016, he plays hurling with the club. Forde represented Ireland in the International Rules Series in 2004 and 2005. Forde has played for Leinster on a number of occasions, he was in the side. A year Forde was on the team that went one step further and won the competition, beating Ulster in the final. Forde used to play rugby with local side Gorey RFC in Leinster League Division 4 Section D. cul4kidz profile
Old Bushmills Distillery
The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. As of December 2014, it was in the process of transitioning from ownership by Diageo plc to Jose Cuervo. All of the whiskey bottled under the Bushmills whiskey brand is produced at the Bushmills Distillery and uses water drawn from Saint Columb's Rill, a tributary of the River Bush; the distillery is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year. The company that built the distillery was formed in 1784, although the date 1608 is printed on the label of the brand – referring to an earlier date when a royal licence was granted to a local landowner to distil whiskey in the area. After various periods of closure in its subsequent history, the distillery has been in continuous operation since it was rebuilt after a fire in 1885; the area has a long tradition with distillation. According to one story, as far back as 1276, an early settler called Sir Robert Savage of Ards, before defeating the Irish in battle, fortified his troops with "a mighty drop of acqua vitae".
In 1608, a licence was granted to Sir Thomas Phillips by King James I to distil whiskey. For the next seven years, within the countie of Colrane, otherwise called O Cahanes countrey, or within the territorie called Rowte, in Co. Antrim, by himselfe or his servauntes, to make and distil such and soe great quantities of aquavite and aqua composita, as he or his assignes shall thinke fitt; the Bushmills Old Distillery Company itself was not established until 1784 by Hugh Anderson. Bushmills suffered many lean years with numerous periods of closure with no record of the distillery being in operation in the official records both in 1802 and in 1822. In 1860 a Belfast spirit merchant named Jame Patrick Corrigan bought the distillery. In 1885, the original Bushmills buildings were destroyed by fire but the distillery was swiftly rebuilt. In 1890, a steamship owned and operated by the distillery, SS Bushmills, made its maiden voyage across the Atlantic to deliver Bushmills whiskey to America, it called at Philadelphia and New York City before heading on to Singapore, Hong Kong and Yokohama.
In the early 20th century, the U. S. was a important market for Bushmills. American Prohibition in 1920 came as a large blow to the Irish Whiskey industry, but Bushmills managed to survive. Wilson Boyd, Bushmills' director at the time, predicted the end of prohibition and had large stores of whiskey ready to export. After the Second World War, the distillery was bought by Isaac Wolfson, and, in 1972, it was taken over by Irish Distillers, meaning that Irish Distillers controlled the production of all Irish whiskey at the time. In June 1988, Irish Distillers was bought by French liquor group Pernod Ricard. In June 2005, the distillery was bought by Diageo for £200 million. Diageo have announced a large advertising campaign in order to regain a market share for Bushmills. In May 2008, the Bank of Ireland issued a new series of sterling banknotes in Northern Ireland which all feature an illustration of the Old Bushmills Distillery on the obverse side, replacing the previous notes series which depicted Queen's University of Belfast.
In November 2014 it was announced that Diageo had traded the Bushmills brand with Jose Cuervo in exchange for the 50% of the Don Julio brand of tequila that Diageo did not own. Bushmills Original – Irish whiskey blend sometimes called White Bush or Bushmills White Label; the grain whiskey is matured in American oak casks. Black Bush – A blend with a greater proportion of malt whiskey than the white label, it features malt whiskey aged in casks used for Spanish Oloroso sherry. Red Bush – Like the Black Bush, this is a blend with a higher proportion of malt whiskey than the standard bottling, but in contrast the malt whiskey has been matured in ex-bourbon casks. Bushmills 10 year single malt – Combines malt whiskeys aged at least 10 years in American bourbon or Oloroso sherry casks. Bushmills 16 year single malt – Malt whiskeys aged at least 16 years in American bourbon barrels or Spanish Oloroso sherry butts are mixed together before finishing in Port pipes for a few months. Bushmills 21 year single malt – A limited number of 21 year bottles are made each year.
After 19 years, bourbon-barrel-aged and sherry-cask-aged malt whiskeys are combined, followed by two years of finishing in Madeira drums. Bushmills 1608: Originally released as a special 400th Anniversary whiskey; some Bushmills offerings have performed well at international Spirit ratings competitions. In particular, its Black Bush Finest Blended Whiskey received double gold medals at the 2007 and 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions, it received a well-above-average score of 93 from the Beverage Testing Institute in 2008 and 2011. The band NOFX mentions Bushmills in the song "Theme From A NOFX Album" on the 2000 release Pump Up The Valuum Tom Waits mentions'Old Bushmills' in the song "Tom Traubert's Blues" In the third-season episode of The Wire, Back Burners, Jimmy McNulty refers to Bushmills as "Protestant whiskey" when he is offered it after being told Jameson is unavailable Burt Reynolds plays a Police Lieutenant in the 1975 movie Hustle whose favorite alcohol is Bushmills Todd Rundgren cites "a half a pint of Bushmills" as a poor substitute for love in his song Hungry For Love from the 1973 album A Wizard, A True Star In the 1982 film The Verdict, the Paul Newman character Frank Gavin orders Bushm