Posts Tagged ‘ 2013 ’

A Year in Brief: Part Two


Part two of NIB’s yearly round-up because 2013 was just too good! (Read part one here).

Dublin’s new bridge, crossing the Liffey at Marlborough Street and connecting Luas lines on each side of the river, was on the lookout for a name. A list of 85 possibilities was suggested by the public which was then shortlisted by Dublin City Council to 17. Some suggestions in a comments thread on The Times website included: Bosco Bridge; Daniel Day Luas Bridge (nice); Da Plain People O’Ireland Bridge; Jedward Bridge; and NIB favourite, the Feckin’ Bridge. Continue reading

A Year in Brief: Part One


What a year it’s been; Hitler birthday cakes, mutant rats, and Bob Geldof off to space! To celebrate the end of another 365 days here are some of NIB’s favourite stories of the year.

Kicking off the year in festive spirit a man in Derry was fined after stealing a CCTV camera which “became his friend”. Police found Peter Morrison, 24, drunk and “petting” the camera as they arrived to arrest him. CCTV pets are for life not just for Christmas. Continue reading

Twitter Reveals Most Talked About Topics Of 2013


Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, Manchester United losing to Real Madrid and New Year’s celebrations were among the big Twitter moments throughout Ireland and the UK in 2013.

But it was the death of two showbiz stars, Cory Monteith and Paul Walker, that pulled in the most retweets globally. Continue reading

Sore Heads, Broken Chairs And Vague Memories – Electric Picnic 2013


Friday, August 30th 2013, All Camping Chairs Intact (Except Mine Of Course)

I had arrived. My better half Sarah had gone ahead with what can only be described as the lunatics from Cork (more on that later) and the tent (chivalry will never be dead with me). Trotting up to the campsite it was clear that already, EP had its groove back. After a lacklustre festival last year, where admittedly the attendees caused most of the problems, EP 2013 was back to what it does best: making those who experience it forget for three straight days that the world outside exists. Continue reading

Lions Keep Combined Country Scoreless


Ok, it was a rout, in every sense of the word. As much as keeping the opposition scoreless is impressive, not much was learned about the improvement or lack thereof of the Lions defence. But this game did provide exactly what Gatland wanted; “unsure” players getting a run out. The likes of Grant, Corbiciero, Hogg, Maitland and Cuthbert got a good platform today to eschew any doubts about their ability/form/adaptability and all performed admirably. Let’s just be thankful this game didn’t precede the Wallabies immediately however, such was the no contest nature of the fight.
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US Eagles Give Ireland A Scare


In an action packed weekend of rugby, we saw the Lions get their first real taste of test experience, France took on the All Blacks in the first of their 3 game series, Scotland, Samoa, South Africa and Italy kicked off the new Quad Cup, the “Emerging Irish” took on Georgia in the newly founded Tbilisi Cup and the Irish senior team nearly lost out to regular whipping boys, the US Eagles. Did you catch all that? Good, let’s get started then.

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A History Of The Lions


With the tour kicking off this weekend, all rugby talk for the summer now shifts to the Lions. One of the recurring themes when this occasion arises is that of the pride and privilege that goes with wearing the red jersey, but what does it all mean? Ahead of this Saturday’s game against the Baa Baas let’s have a look back on some of the classic tours, and ask that constant question; is there a place for the Lions in the professional era?
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