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General discussion / Dinner tonight - Call it
February 10, 2011, 05:33:20 PM
Steak and Chips or Mash and Pork Chops?
General discussion / Carling Nations Cup
February 05, 2011, 11:52:48 PM

February 8   Republic of Ireland   v   Wales
February 9   Northern Ireland     v   Scotland
May 23   Republic of Ireland   v   Northern Ireland
May 24   Wales   v   Scotland
May 26   Wales   v   Northern Ireland
May 27   Republic of Ireland   v   Scotland

Matches should be more competitive than some of the dreadful friendlies that we have to endure.
Are any of you fellas from the 6 counties coming down to Dublin to support your team against Scotland this week?
General discussion /
December 29, 2010, 09:01:03 PM
Has anyone ever bought off these?
I want to buy a few lenses for my DSLR and they seem to be way cheaper than any other place.
On one lens they are almost 200yoyos cheaper than a camera shop in Dublin city.
General discussion / Blackburn Rovers sack Big Sam
December 13, 2010, 05:43:31 PM
Possible job for Chris Houghton?
General discussion / David Haye v Audley Harrison
November 12, 2010, 05:15:14 PM
Anyone bothered about this?
Usual hype on Sky this week,both seem to be mouthy cocky b**tards.
Is it worth paying for this fight or will it be like when ross4life makes love to a woman...over in seconds.

David Haye 1/8
Audley Harrison 5/1

Inquiry after Kangaroo released at hotel party

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which an animal, believed to be a kangaroo, was released onto the dance floor of a hotel in Dublin on Saturday night.

The incident took place during a 30th birthday party at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley in Dublin.
Video footage shows a man picking up and swinging the animal while the theme tune to 'Skippy the Bush Kangaroo' is played in the background.

Hotel management and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have said they are horrified by the incident.
Gardaí say they are investigating reports that the animal later died.
General Manager of the hotel, Garret Marrinan, said that they became aware of the incident when the manager on duty noticed a commotion on the dance floor.

When he went to investigate he saw what he believed was a large dog and instructed security to remove it.
By the time security arrived the animal and the box it was in had disappeared.

He said the hotel did not know it was a kangaroo until they were contacted by gardaí yesterday.
The hotel has passed on CCTV footage of the incident to help gardaí with their investigation.
General discussion / Google streetview Ireland
September 30, 2010, 10:36:04 AM
Going live on Google earth today at 4pm.
General discussion / THE EVƎNT
September 28, 2010, 07:21:57 PM
New TV series starting on Channel 4 soon from NBC in America,saw this being advertised everywhere when I was in New York,its from the makers of Lost I think.
Anyway it sounds like something I could get hooked on.
I downloaded the first episode and will watch it after tonights football.

Near the end of World War II, an aircraft of undetermined origin crashed in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska. It carried passengers who appeared outwardly human but are not of terrestrial origin. They have some genetic differences and age much more slowly than humans. Most of the survivors were interned by the U.S. government in a secret facility nearby run by intelligence agencies, since they have refused to disclose much about their origin, but some escaped and live among the population.
President Elias Martinez learns of the facililty's existence shortly after his inauguration and decides, after meeting the leader of the detainees, to release them and disclose their existence to the world over the objections of the intelligence agencies. His plans are put on hold when an assassination attempt on him is foiled by means beyond human technology. The CIA, realizing that this means there are other aliens, secretly plans to find and kill them, unaware that the agent chosen to head the effort is himself one.
Caught in the middle of these events is Sean Walker, whose plans to propose to his girlfriend Leila on a Caribbean cruise were cut short when she mysteriously disappears from the ship. His investigation eventually leads him to uncover the assassination plot

Rafael "Rafa" Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960) is a Spanish football manager and former player, currently in charge of Internazionale having replaced José Mourinho in June 2010. He is perhaps best known for his six year spell managing Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.

Born in Madrid, Benítez played football throughout his youth and joined the Real Madrid academy. He mixed his university studies with his football career at lower division Spanish teams. He joined Real Madrid's coaching staff at the age of 26, going on to work as the under 19 and reserve team coach, and assistant manager for the senior team. Benítez moved away from Real Madrid but management spells at Real Valladolid and Osasuna were short-lived and unsuccessful.

Benítez guided Segunda División side Extremadura back to the Primera División in his first season in 1997, but the team was relegated the following season. He left the club, taking a brief break from football before returning to coach Tenerife in 2000. Benítez was appointed coach of Valencia and he proved himself to be amongst the top Spanish managers by winning La Liga in the 2001–02 season—Don Balón and El País named him Manager of the Year. In 2004, another league title and a UEFA Cup victory were added. However, a disagreement between Benítez and the club director over team investment caused the Spaniard to switch to English Premier League team Liverpool F.C.

Benítez was a high-achiever in his first season as he guided Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League, the highest honour in European club football. In the following three seasons he won the FA Cup, amongst other honours, and reached the 2007 Champions League Final, but remained unable to win the Premier League, with Liverpool's best performance under Benítez a second place finish in 2008–09.
Took this picture myself this morning.

"Dublin's All Ireland hopes dead in the water"
This board is full of snakes....none as big as this though.
The sporting event of the year is almost upon us.

With Peter Hanson moving into automatic qualification today it leaves Monty with some serious decisions to make for his wildcard entry's.
With only one qualifying event week at Gleneagles...and with the likes of Casey,Donald and Harrington not playing in it and all outside automatic qualification it will be interesting to see who Monty goes for.

Personally I would leave Harrington out.
What is for sure,some big name isn't gonna be happy when Monty makes his picks

General discussion / Lunches
August 18, 2010, 08:19:33 PM
Fairly sick of Hang sandwiches for my lunch,anyone any suggestions..?
Did try and experiment with Pitta breads a few times but its a pain making them at night.
Don't want to fall back into the trap of buying lunch everyday as your looking at at least €15 a day so it all adds up over the week/month.
I hate making lunches the night before and I'm never in form to make them in the morning.
General discussion / USPGA Championship 2010
August 10, 2010, 08:56:41 PM
As far as I know my aul pal Westwood won't be competing this week.
Tiger was awful last week so only a fool would back him surely?
Didn't realise Shane Lowry had qualified until I saw his name on paddypower

My bets are

Tiger Woods  :) @ 16/1 €10 e/w
Jim Furyk @ 35/1 €10 e/w
Justin Rose @ 45/1 €5 e/w
For the craic Shane Lowry to finish Top 10 €10 @ 18/1
General discussion / 3 Irish Open
July 28, 2010, 06:41:17 PM
Anyone going?

Some Odds:
McIlroy 6/1
Justin Rose 14/1
McDowell  14/1
Harrington 16/1
Molinari 18/1
Clarke 30/1
Lowry 33/1

Can't see it happening myself but I would be very happy if it did.

Support has grown for Mick O'Dwyer to return as Laois manager

Published Date:
21 July 2010
Leinster Express

Mick O'Dwyer could be in line for a dramatic return to Laois after he was nominated for the vacant senior football manager's position last week.
Former county board chairman Dick Miller, who was at the helm during O'Dwyer's previous spell with Laois from 2003 to 2006, has put O'Dwyer's name forward for consideration and his views have been backed up by Joe O'Dwyer, another prominent county board official during that successful four-year period.

"I've put Micko's name to one of the executive," said Miller, "and I've no problem offering my support for him. His record in Laois speaks for itself and we haven't been anywhere near the same level since he left. He created a great stir around the place and I reckon he'd do the same again if he came back. It needs a lift again."

"I'd welcome Micko back with open arms," added Joe O'Dwyer, the former football board chairman. "We'd great times under him and he got an awful lot out of the players. I'd have no problem supporting him and I think it would improve Laois again if he came back.

"Having said that, we can blame managers and the county board but the players have to step up to it. If you look at any of the teams going well, they all have leaders and Laois don't have that at the moment. If that doesn't change, it doesn't matter who's in charge."

Mick O'Dwyer declined to comment when contacted by the Leinster Express but he has said that while he won't be continuing with Wicklow for another year, he is keen to remain in inter-county management.

The Kerryman has returned to a previous managerial position before when he went back to Kildare in 1997 after a two-year break. He managed Kildare from 1991 to 1994 when they reached two Leinster finals and a league decider but stepped down after the 1994 championship. He returned however in 1997 and helped Kildare to Leinster glory in 1998 and 2000 and remained in charge until 2002 before switching to Laois.

He brought Laois immediate success in 2003 with the county's first Leinster title in 57 years and guided them to further provincial finals in 2004 and 2005 before stepping down after the 2006 championship exit to Mayo. During his four years in charge Laois reached three All Ireland quarter-finals while since his departure, they have exited the championship at a stage earlier every year, culminating in this year's first round qualifier loss to Tipperary.
Too Soon ?

I hear England have a great chance of winning it.
General discussion / US Open 2010,Pebble Beach
June 15, 2010, 05:59:25 PM
Seems to be forgotten about with the World Cup on but I will be glued to this especially on Sunday evening

Lee Westwood has to win a major soon surely? He has come so close the last few times,maybe that win at the weekend will spur him on now that he has won in America again.

Don't think Harrington will come anywhere near it,might not even make the cut I reckon,hope I'm wrong but its hard to see him win it.

I'm gonna go with eachway bets of

Westwood @12/1
Phil Mick @ 8/1
Dustin Johnson @40/1
Paul Casey @40/1
Blackpool v Forest
Leicester City v Cardiff

I have been following the fortunes and misfortunes of Notts Forest for many a year,I suppose you could call them my second team,I have gone over to the City Ground a dozen or so times in the last few years,I would love it if the got back into the Premier League.
Will do my best to make the playoff final if they get to it.