Posts Tagged ‘ Bray ’

LOI: Battle Of The Rovers As Roddy Aims To Defeat Champs


Shamrock Rovers –v- Sligo Rovers    7:05

Early league leaders Shamrock Rovers host fellow title hopefuls Sligo Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn and Kieran Marty Waters gave the hoops an impressive 3-1 away win over fierce Dublin rivals Bohemians last week. That win established them as early league leaders, a position that will leave manager Trevor Croly pleased. They face a Sligo Rovers side in poor form and Croly and his players will look for all three points as well as a psychological advantage. Continue reading

Gardens Galore: Finding A Good Season Ticket


While optimistically looking forward to spring, I decided to investigate the options available for buying garden season tickets within easy reach of Dublin. I began with my old favourite venue Airfield garden and farm. I’ve always meant to purchase a garden membership at least once in the fond hope that it would encourage plenty of days out during the summer. I just never actually got around to doing anything about it. Having visited Airfield after its revamp has inspired me to look into the best value on offer. Continue reading

Gardai Seek Public Help In Tracing Missing Wicklow Man


Gardai at Greystones are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 28 year old Simon Day who has been missing from his home in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow since Sunday, the 12th January 2014. Continue reading

Waters Delighted With Hoops Move


Shamrock Rovers have today confirmed the signing of Kieran Marty Waters from Bray Wanderers.

The 23-year-old winger put pen to paper on a contract yesterday evening after talks with Hoops boss Trevor Croly were finalised. Continue reading

Council To Be Sentenced Over Death Of Firefighters

fireWicklow County Council will be sentenced today for criminal health and safety violations relating to the deaths of two fire fighters who died six years ago.

Father of 15, Brian Murray and 26-year-old Mark O’Shaughnessy died fighting a blaze at a disused factory in Bray on September 26, 2007. Continue reading

Picturesque Festina Lente A Charm To Withhold

This weekend I discovered a new garden to visit, which has the bonus (for me at least) of being easy to reach by public transport, which I find is not always the case for many venues. The garden lies just outside the centre of Bray and is one of several gardens open to the public in Co. Wicklow. I found this one by simply typing ‘gardens in Dublin/Wicklow ’ into Google but while at Festina Lente, I found information on more gardens to visit. I picked up a leaflet, which lists twenty-two gardens open in 2013, ranging from large gardens such as the National Botanical Gardens at Kilmacurragh (52 acres) to private gardens such as Coolaught Gardens. The latter sneaks in despite being situated in Co. Wexford but we won’t quibble about that. There is plenty of scope in Wicklow Gardens 2013 for summer visits, but for now, back to our weekend trip… Continue reading

Airtricity League Preview March 23/24

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St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Bohemian FC    5.00


St Patrick’s Athletic are looking to bounce back from an early season defeat as they take on Bohemians at Richmond Park.

A disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers was not the result that Liam Buckley and his side would have envisioned. They can take comfort from the fact that it is very early in the season and to take this opportunity to improve their overall game.

Bohemians will also be happier with their last result, also against Shamrock Rovers. It has been a mixed start for Bohs – one win, one draw and one defeat shows inconsistency, but like Pat’s its early days and a lot can change.

Prediction: Home win

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2012 Irish Sport Review

kbKieran Behan defied the odds to become the second ever Irish gymnast to qualify for the Olympics despite expectations that he would never walk again.

Connacht recorded their first ever victory in the Heineken Cup with a 9-8 win over Harlequins, but still finished bottom of their group.

Ireland kicked off their Six Nations campaign with a 21-23 defeat to Wales which was followed by a 42-10 victory over Italy.

Irish rugby fans were left stranded in Paris following late cancellation of France vs Ireland in the Six Nations.

Galway native Richard Donovan broke his own world record in Sydney, Australia as he ran seven marathons in the space of four days, 22 hours and four minutes.

The rescheduled Six Nations game against France ended in a 17-17 draw. The remaining fixtures were a 32-14 win over Scotland and finally a disastrous St. Patrick’s Day for the national side as they were beaten 30-9 by England.

Cork landed their third Allianz Football League Division One title in a row with a 2-10 0-11 victory over Mayo.

Irish-born Aussie Rules hall of famer Jim Stynes passed away at the age of 45 after losing his battle with cancer.

Kilkenny hammered Galway 3-26 to 0-10 to land National Hurling League Division One title.

Crusaders won the Setanta Sports Cup following a 5-4 victory on penalties against Derry City. The game was level at 2-2 after extra-time.

Katie Taylor won her fourth consecutive Amateur World Championship, beating Russian opponent Sofya Ochigava who she would later face in an historic sporting occasion.

Leinster landed the Heinken Cup after a 42-14 win over Ulster at Twickenham.

The Republic of Ireland crashed out of the Euro 2012 group stages as they failed to pick up a single point and scored just one goal. They were beaten 3-1 by Croatia, 4-0 by Spain and 2-0 by Italy.

The Airtricity League Premier Division lost another club as Monaghan United drop out due to financial reasons.

Cork, Dublin, Donegal and Mayo won their respective provincial Gaelic football titles

Tipperary, Galway and Antrim won their respective provincial Hurling titles.

Katie Taylor won gold for Ireland at the London Olympics. She recorded impressive victories over Great Britain’s Natasha Jonas and Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva before meeting Ochigava in a tightly contested Final which saw the Bray native triumph by a score of 10-8.ktJohn-Joe Nevin picked up silver while Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes won bronze in boxing at the London Olympics.

Cian O’Connor secured a bronze medal with his horse in the Individual Jumping event.

There was further success in London in the following weeks as the Irish Paralympic team returned home with a tally of 16 medals, their highest total since picking up 42 medals at the 1988 games in Seoul. They won 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 5 bronze medals.

jmcDonegal outshone Mayo to win their first All-Ireland title in 20 years. Jim McGuinness’ incredible year as Donegal manager did not go unnoticed abroad and he was handed a role as a performance consultant at Celtic just weeks later.

Kilkenny beat Galway in a replay of the All-Ireland Hurling Final to secure yet another title.

The Republic of Ireland avoided an embarrassing opening to their World Cup Qualifiers Group as they score two late goals to take three points away from Kazakhstan.

Drogheda United won the EA Sports Cup following a 3-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.

Sligo Rovers won their first League of Ireland title since 1977 after beating fellow title contenders St. Patrick’s Athletic in a dramatic game as Mark Quigley’s 87th minute penalty proved to be the decisive goal.

Limerick were promoted to the top tier of Irish football for the first time in 19 years.

The Republic of Ireland suffered one of its heaviest ever defeats as Germany hammered them 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium. The Boys in Green respond with a 4-1 win away to the Faroe Islands days later.

dcfcDerry City were crowned as the FAI Ford Cup Champions following a 3-2 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic after extra-time.

Gaelic football loses one of its all-time greats as Kerry hero Paidi O’Se passes away aged 57.

By Alan Finn

Katie Hoping To Beat Outspoken Opponent And Win The Gold

Katie Taylor will aim to win Ireland’s first gold medal in boxing in 20 years this afternoon when she competes in the final of the women’s lightweight category at London 2012.

The nation will come to a standstill as Taylor takes on Russia’s Sofya Ochigava at the ExCeL Arena at 4:45pm.

Thousands of people are expected to gather in Bray to watch the fight, which comes one day after the hometown hero sealed her route to the final with a stunning win over Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva .

The Russian has lost twice to Taylor in recent finals but will aim to make it third time lucky after her defeats at the 2011 European Championships and this year’s world championships. Ochigava expressed her concerns that the judges might favour the Irish boxer, saying that Taylor’s first round opponent Natasha Jonas suffered at the hands of the judges.

“She is one of the best, but she is just another boxer. In my opinion Natasha Jonas won the first two rounds against her, but the judges didn’t see it that way,” Ochigava said after beating Brazil’s Adriana Araujo 17-11 in her semi-final

“When you fight Katie you are already minus 10 points. You are fighting the judges and the whole system and they will try to give her too many points.”

Regardless of her feelings towards the judges, Ochigava, who also reached the final in clinical fashion, will certainly be up against an Irish crowd who smashed the record for the loudest roar of the Games on Monday.

Katie who has been vividly struck by the atmosphere during her matches said “It’s amazing. To have a chance to box for a gold medal tomorrow is incredible. It’s incredible to have 10,000 Irish people screaming for you, it feels like I’m boxing at home in Dublin. Hopefully I can make everyone proud.”

NJPW Champ Returns Home

Irish wrestling superstar Fergal Devitt returns home this Sunday when he teams up with Robbie Morrissey at No Limit Wrestling`s Bray Bash.

Morrissey recently revealed New Japan Pro Wrestling star Devitt as his mystery partner to take on the duo of Paddy Morrow and Jordan Devlin.

The Bray native who is the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion can’t wait to step foot in an Irish ring again. “Yes of course, it’s been a long time, to long actually. I’ll be honest , I’ll be a little nervous as I’m pretty sure everyone will have forgotten about me by now“ said the man who is also known as Prince Devitt.

Devitt revealed he was enticed to return in order to help his old friend. “Roberto had been with me since the beginning of the NWA Ireland days, we have not only trained together but over the years have become close friends. Or as Roberto would say “G’s”. And when your “G” asks you a favour to help him handle some business of course I’m going to lend a hand.”

The much travelled star has spent five success laden years in Japan and is honoured to hold his current title (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship) for a second stint. “It’s the most recognized junior title on the planet, and a title that I have followed as a fan since my early teens so it is with great pride and respect that I carry the championship.” 

Despite his success he remains aggrieved as he and his partner Ryusuke Taguchi recently lost their tag team titles to No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards and Rocky Romero). However he and Taguchi, collectively known as Apollo 55, are aiming to recapture the titles soon. “Obviously I’m not happy with Apollo 55 losing the titles last month so myself and Taguchi will be out to rectify that ASAP” said the five time tag team champion.

Although Devitt has earned much of his success abroad he still holds a soft spot for home and firmly believes that Ireland can one day boast a major wrestling industry.   “Absolutely! There is plenty of great talented young Irish wrestlers out there. The only problem is they seem to be scattered all over the place. I think if we had a little bit more of an open minded approach on how everyone can work together for the greatest good then maybe some day we could make a ‘business’ out of what is essentially a ‘hobby’ for most.”  

 NLW BRAY BASH – Sunday November 6th @ 6pm (Doors: 5.45pm)
-Wolfe Tone Youth Club & Community Centre (Vevay Road, Bray)
-Tickets only €8 at the door.