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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 15, 2015, 01:39:45 PM »

Heading to Reykjavik in a few weeks and would like to book a couple of tours in the few days I am there. Has anyone that has been there got any tips on someone reputable to book these through at the best price?

The Northern Lights, Golden Circle and any of the snowmobile tours look good to me. Herself would like to do the Blue Lagoon geothermic spa.

I've obviously searched online already but any advice coming from experience would be great
Just back from 9 days in Iceland. How long are you going for?
If you can just hire a car and you will get to all the places easily. All of the natural attractions are free but the day yours will cost a fortune.
The Blue Lagoon is class but quite expensive and a good 45min drive from Rey. I would still say it was worth it if you just there for a weekend but if you are leaving Rey there are plenty of other natural hot bath areas.
This place is on the golden circle and if you are driving it is handy to pass by.
This place is also on the golden circle route but we didnt get a chance to go there but is supposed to be class.
This one in north iceland was amazing
The northern lights tours are a lottery, in the 9 nights we were there we seen them just the one night for about 20 mins , most tours will bring you for free the next night if you dont see them but this doesnt suit if you are only there for a weekend. And be prepared to be bored out of your mind waiting for them. Generally the best viewing places are away from the bight lights of a town so go a few miles out of the city and find a parking space and bring some food and drink for a few hours , we were told the best times are between 10 and 2 and the sky must be dark and clear.
We done the snowmobiling wit this crowd , not sure if i would recommend it. It was over £100, absofuckinglutely freezing and really heavy snow and wind so you viability was Zero . The guides said it is like that 90% of the time.
We also done this and again it was freezing but very very different.  It was around £100 , which seems to be the minimum cost of a day tour.
''The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament, is an otherworldly scene. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. Frequently rated as one of the worlds top ten dive sites, the Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility and is  located on top of the separation between Europe and America!''
There is an active eruption ongoing and there are tours givign flights and helicopter tours over this volcano, we had booked this but it was cancelled for the last 5 days of our trip due to weather. This tuor was expensive ( about €400 each) but really was a once in a lifetime tour

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:55:13 PM »
Sorry in interrupt the numbers debate but found this hilarious re the English fcuk the IRA chants last night in the Scotland game...the guy who does them is gas, worth a follow on twitter if ye are on it!

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The Daily Mail is good value as well, some of the comments are hilarious ( esp the ones with the most thumbs up!)

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2014, 03:25:14 PM »
Big news in the papers here in England about the English fans chanting 'f**k the IRA' at the Scottish game. Has this got much coverage in the homeland?

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:49:13 PM »
The Irish Sports Council's latest report (2013) puts Football (Association) as the most popular team sport in the country at 5.9% participation - Gaelic Football is at 2.5%, Rugby at 1.4% and Hurling/Camogie at 1.7%.

Billy, does that include you, me and 8 other lads heading up to the pitch for a kick around every week? If it does, then I have no doubt those figures are correct. If it doesn't and only includes organised representative 'teams', then I find it hard to see how it could be given the proliferation of GAA clubs around the country, and the numbers that are on a given team. Maybe the cities skew it though?

I have no doubt those figures are true if they are counting clubs. In Newry for example there is 4 GAA clubs. Also at a guess there would be at least 20 soccer "clubs" playing in organised leagues every week in Newry. I'm sure it's the same in every town and city in Ireland. However if you drill down as someone else said GAA would have a much further reach with the level of membership and supporters going to games. Each of the above mentioned soccer clubs would have, literally, one man and a dog at their games.

Strabane and Lurgan would have a lot of football teams as well, far more playing football than gaelic.
im sure a true gael like yourself means far more playing soccer then football

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:17:37 PM »
Eire are not playing

General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:02:18 PM »
Republic of Ireland international James McClean explains poppy stance.

Wigan Athletic’s Republic of Ireland international winger James McClean will not be wearing a poppy shirt tonight alongside the rest of his Wigan Athletic team mates, as the club takes part in football’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration.

This is a personal decision by James, who explained his position in a letter to Latics Chairman Dave Whelan before the two met face to face to discuss the issue this week.

Following the meeting, Mr Whelan accepted James’ decision and it is both their wish that the letter is published here in full, alongside this statement.  There will be no further comment on this issue by the club.

Dear Mr Whelan

I wanted to write to you before talking about this face to face and explain my reasons for not wearing a poppy on my shirt for the game at Bolton.

I have complete respect for those who fought and died in both World Wars - many I know were Irish-born. I have been told that your own Grandfather Paddy Whelan, from Tipperary, was one of those.

I mourn their deaths like every other decent person and if the Poppy was a symbol only for the lost souls of World War I and II I would wear one.

I want to make that 100% clear .You must understand this.

But the Poppy is used to remember victims of other conflicts since 1945 and this is where the problem starts for me.

For people from the North of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different. Please understand, Mr Whelan, that when you come from Creggan like myself or the Bogside, Brandywell or the majority of places in Derry, every person still lives in the shadow of one of the darkest days in Ireland’s history – even if like me you were born nearly 20 years after the event. It is just a part of who we are, ingrained into us from birth.

Mr Whelan, for me to wear a poppy would be as much a gesture of disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles – and Bloody Sunday especially - as I have in the past been accused of disrespecting the victims of WWI and WWII.

It would be seen as an act of disrespect to those people; to my people.

I am not a war monger, or anti-British, or a terrorist or any of the accusations levelled at me in the past. I am a peaceful guy, I believe everyone should live side by side, whatever their religious or political beliefs which I respect and ask for people to respect mine in return. Since last year, I am a father and I want my daughter to grow up in a peaceful world, like any parent.

I am very proud of where I come from and I just cannot do something that I believe is wrong. In life, if you’re a man you should stand up for what you believe in.

I know you may not agree with my feelings but I hope very much that you understand my reasons.

As the owner of the club I am proud to play for, I believe I owe both you and the club’s supporters this explanation.

Yours sincerely,

James McClean

General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: November 05, 2014, 12:08:49 PM »
In 2003, there was about a million people who took to the streets of London to protest over the Iraq invasion. I wonder how many of them buy poppies.

General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:54:32 AM »
We live in a world of freedom of information.

Even the ordinary recruit/grunt knows all about war and its risks and consequences.

If you decide that your career path is to go abroad & fight with the indigenous populations of other countries, you should not expect special treatment when you come back. Other people are disabled & mentally ill/traumatised through no fault of their own. Why should people who put themselves in the line of fire deserve special treatment?
Let me get this right, do you believe there is never a case to be had for intervention in other countries wars?

General discussion / Re: The Heineken Cup Thread
« on: October 26, 2014, 05:11:17 PM »
Good grinding win for leinster in France .intetesting that shane Horgan is not wearing a poppy, I would have thought that any analyst or presenter on British tv would have no choice in the matter!!
Is it that time of the year again?!
I was a meeting last Tuesday and there was a lad wearing a poppy , first I seen this year!

General discussion / Re: Sean Brady Steps Down
« on: October 12, 2014, 02:38:50 PM »
Bullshit, he came across Smyth once in his life and I'm sure he thought he would have been adequately d
ealt with, it's not as if he electronically tagged Smyth in 1975 and monitored his every move thereafter, you are waging a bizarre personal vendetta at this stage.
   :o is that why he covered up for Smyth?

GAA Discussion / Re: Cake Curran
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:42:43 PM »

Conor Mortimer has written a book? Seriously?

Couldn't believe this either.

I never seen someone so desperate to break into the media but has been left sitting on the shelf.
When Colm Parkinson broke into media it gave every other gobshite a chance

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:06:44 AM »
You could almost compare them to Spurs last year except at this stage Spurs were actually playing well and were second in the table and won all their europa league games.
Hopefully Liverpool can kick on and the new ( and old) players start delivering or the pressure will be really on

General discussion / Re: Sean Brady Steps Down
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:38:28 AM »
Insubordination and dissent is not good for any organisation.The last time this happened on a major basis in Catholic Church protestantism resulted.The decisions of the hierarchy must be obeyed without question as they are divinely informed at all times.
Sgt McCabe would have had come craic coming to you with his issues.

General discussion / Re: Sean Brady Steps Down
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:11:28 AM »
Fr Kevin Hegarty is a priest near Belmullet. In the early 90's he was editor of the catholic magazine , Intercom and was sacked after raising the issue of sex abuse in the church.

Fr Hegarty said last week: "The efforts to cover up clerical sexual abuse were in one sense disturbing - See more at:

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