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Posts Tagged ‘ Australia ’

Six Nations 2014 – Ireland Have What It Takes

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We all knew there was a good chance that optimism would be this high in Joe Schmidt’s first season, but now that it has materialised, the Irish rugby machine is truly back in motion. Yes, the England game was a minor setback and with two weeks to mull it over the mood has probably gone lower than it should have, but the fact remains that Ireland top the table still, and by a considerable points difference. Things are looking good, with a sure win this Saturday to help matters.

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News in Brief – Hacked Off Brendan Drops A Howler

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‘Has there been bugging? What’s bugging? Am I a bug?’ Minister Brendan Howlin asked assembled journalists in relation to Garda Ombudsman ’eaves-dropping’ to put it nicely, or phone-hacking. It seems Brendan was at a loss as to what exactly had happened inside the offices of the Garda Ombudsman or where in fact he was.

Where are you? Abroad? Australia or Canada, the promised lands? Well if ye are, ye need to learn to speak proper. According to RTE journalist and voice of the Luas (!) Doireann Ni Bhriain mispronouncing certain words could get you in trouble, when trying to settle abroad. Instead of tay you must say tea, three instead of tree and diddly-ie diddly-ie diddly-ie dee ever time you enter a room, just so everyone knows where you’re from. Continue reading

News in Brief-Brooks Mania Grows As BBC Makes Unfortunate Error

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NIB has been away swimming through Cork (you may have seen us on the news), hope no one was too distraught, anyway we’re back now, stop crying.

Seems while we were gone the Neknomination craze took off with dire consequences. The latest story following the Facebook phenomenon has seen an Irish girl in Australia swallow a goldfish in her “neknominated” pint. NIB hoped it was the classic carved carrot joke but sadly not. The girl, a trainee solicitor no less, from Newry has since received death threats and online abuse, to which she replied, celebs do it on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (How did she get through the entry exams?) and, you know, she get’s it yeah? Writing on her Twitter “feel depressed.” To what extent can humans become more ridiculous? Continue reading

Roger Federer -The Blind Spot

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If you have any children and have watched them play sport, then you may be familiar with the miraculous phenomenon I am about to detail. Referred to in neuroscience circles as Scotoma, this peculiar trick of nature is more commonly known as the blind spot. There are many ways to demonstrate this effect with diagrams or illustrations, but for me all I need to do is switch on the television when Roger Federer plays tennis in a Grand Slam event. An even quicker method is to watch him square up to his great rival Rafael Nadal.

The Swiss native is a sportsperson of whom words do no justice, a member of a select group who can do things few others are capable of even conceiving in their chosen field. Arguably, at his peak, the combination of style and substance he regularly delivered on the highest stage represented the purest example of beauty in sport.  But events in Melbourne, Australia this past week have once again caused me great distress and seem to have affected my vision in a sadly all too familiar way. Continue reading

Six Nations 2014 – Testing Times

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After the highs and lows of the November Internationals, Joe Schmidt must look to the Six Nations Championship as a chance to show what Ireland can really offer. The World Cup in 2015 is being held just across the pond and all eyes will be on England and their neighbouring nations. Schmidt has two Six Nations campaigns to get through before the World Cup becomes an issue to concentrate on. So what are Ireland’s chances in this year’s competition?

It wouldn’t be difficult to improve on last year’s dismal campaign, that had started so well. Beating the reigning champions at home in Cardiff was obviously the best start possible for the Irish. It wasn’t only the points that mattered but it was the way in which the team went about getting them. Yes, they were out on their feet for the last ten minutes or so and they allowed Wales back into that game just after half time, from a 3-30 score line, Ireland held on to win 22-30. It was the first half performance that included hunger, a controlled aggression and an ability to finish that left us feeling that maybe just maybe, another slam was on the cards. It must be said that Wales had suffered seven consecutive defeats (4 versus Australia) and were without their regular head coach Warren Gatland, previous to the Irish game. Still the Irish looked good. Ireland lost out at home to England in a kicking contest on a wet, windy day at home. England however were the favourites after taking care of the All Blacks, the previous November. For Ireland it went from bad to worse, losing to Scotland, drawing with France and for the first time, losing to Italy. Overall a dismal campaign that they will want to forget. Continue reading

The Globalisation Of The NBA

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Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

WWE Network To Launch In Ireland Later This Year

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WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, will launch in Ireland in late 2014/early 2015, featuring all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania – valued at more than $600 per year for $9.99 per month with a 6-month commitment. WWE Network will also include groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch. Continue reading

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