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Sunday May 27

Munster Hurling Quarter Final

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19

Ulster Football Quarter Final

Monaghan 1-12 Antrim 1-9

Leinster Football First Round

Meath 0-16 Wicklow 0-11

Munster Football Quarter Final

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

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The Bahamas i/bəˈhɑːməz/, officially the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a country consisting of more than 3,000 islands, cays, and islets. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of the United States (nearest to the state of Florida). Its land area is 13,939 km2 (5,382 sq mi), with a population of 353,658. Its capital is Nassau. Geographically, the Bahamas lie in the same island chain as Cuba, Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands; the designation of Bahamas refers normally to the Commonwealth and not the geographic chain.

Originally inhabited by the Lucayans, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people, the Bahamas were the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1492. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 to 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.

The Bahamas became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, thousands of American Loyalists and enslaved Africans moved to the Bahamas and set up a plantation economy. The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807 and many Africans liberated from slave ships by the Royal Navy were settled in the Bahamas during the 19th century. Slavery itself was abolished in 1834 and the descendants form the majority of the Bahamas’s population today.

In terms of GDP per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere (following the United States and Canada).

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Sunday May 20

Ulster Football First Round:

Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-10

Connacht Football Quarter Final:

Galway 3-15 Roscommon 0-10

Leinster Football First Round:

Longford 1-10 Laois 0-12
Louth 2-9 Westmeath 0-14

Munster Football Quarter Final:

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

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Dear Mr. Keane

In your professional soccer career you experienced a lot of highs and some lows. The fans cheered for you throughout these times. Even when you controversially left Saipan and the Ireland World Cup campaign of 2002, many fans still worshipped you. Each week fans look forward to seeing their soccer idols, especially now in this tough time of financial uncertainty. Giovanni Trappatoni’s Ireland team brought a lot of pleasure to our beleagured country with their Euro 2012 qualification. Unfortunately, the finals of the tournament proved a step too far. In your role as a TV pundit you had every right to citicise the team in a professional capacity. However, your criticism of the fans is totally unacceptable. Those same fans helped pay your wages with Manchester United, Celtic and Ireland. Euro 2012 was an escape from the harsh realities of the recession and despite our poor performances, the fans were celebrating our teams qualification. As an Irishman, I was proud of our fans (would you rather our fans to go on a violent rampage to prove our nationalism). In conclusion, Mr. Keane you forget who cheered you on and paid for your success. Your loyalty to your country was apparent to some after Saipan, it is apparent to many more after your comments about the fans.

Yours Sincerely
An Irish Sports Fan.

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