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Galway The Next Capital Of Culture?

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The summer brings warm weather, beautiful clear blue skies and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. July is notoriously one of the busiest and most exciting months of the year with festivals, fleadhs, tournaments and celebrations internationally. It is the one month that there is quite literally something for everyone to enjoy. In Ireland the community spirit can be felt by the most cynical of tourists, and the family orientated activities and events amuse the most curious of adults and children alike. The world watched as Germany stampeded their way to becoming world champions, destroying hosts Brazil as they galloped to the final. San Diego Comic Con is in full swing with reveals of all the upcoming blockbuster movies being leaked online by eager fans desperate to share the first teaser trailer of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Tour de France finished on Sunday with Vincenzo Nibali becoming its 101st winner. July is filled with excitement, culture and entertainment. Galway City is no different, offering plenty for the people of Ireland, and visitors, to enjoy and partake in.

Galway is a glorious city, with clean streets and beautiful architecture to feast your eyes on. The atmosphere is relaxed and calm, as the streets fill with visitors and locals relish in all the wonderments the city has to offer. July is a very busy month for Galway, with the annual Film Fleadh, the International Arts Festival and this week it is the Galway Races.  The entire month is event after event that showcases the wonderful culture of the great city, and invites the world to marvel at its magnificence. With so much going on in the city, and the county as a whole, surely Galway should be considered to be an upcoming European Capital of Culture. With speculation that Dublin could be chosen for 2020, potentially making it the first European City to be so twice; it is reasonable to think that Galway would be a better choice for Ireland as a whole. Continue reading

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GAA: Cork Cruise Past Sligo As Galway Win Eight Goal Thriller

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 4A

Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11

Cork made light work of Sligo in Tullamore this weekend to book a place in the All-Ireland quarter finals.

Cork were dominant in most areas of the field as Sligo found it very difficult to breach the Cork defence. Paul Kerrigan was influential for the rebels as he linked up play between defence and attack. Colm O’Neill was also playing well when he scored four points for the rebels in the opening half. Sligo only managed two single scores in the opening half and the task seemed too big for the Connacht side. Continue reading

GAA: Galway And Tipp Set To Battle It Out

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All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4A

Galway v Tipperary

This will be one of the most interesting games of this year’s championship. Tipperary have improved immensely since last season and with their young talented players coming through they will most certainly be a handful for any county. Galway are also improving and although they lost to a very strong Mayo outfit they are on the right road. Continue reading

News In Brief: Stage The Concert For Br**ks Sake

Putin's reportedly a BIG fan of Brooks (image: ndtv.com)

Putin’s reportedly a BIG fan of Brooks (image: ndtv.com)

It hasn’t been a great week for Ireland, what with, you know “the thing” but we’re not talking about that. Not a word. Thank God for NIB your Garth free news source- bugger.

Anyway, up North where residents are busy preparing for the 12th (i.e. locking the doors and turning up the telly) a Christian bakery has been upsetting people almost as much as, ahem, B****s. Ashers bakery came under fire for refusing to make a cake featuring popular Sesame Street stars Bert and Ernie with a slogan for a gay rights campaign group. They must really hate Sesame Street. Continue reading

GAA: Kerry Annihilate Rebels On Leeside To Claim Munster Title

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Munster Senior Football Championship Final

Cork 0-12 Kerry 0-24

Kerry earned the bragging rights in Munster as they defeated fierce rivals Cork to lift the Munster title on enemy territory.

Cork got off the mark quickly with two decent scores from Aidan Walsh and Daniel Goulding giving them the opening scores of the game. The Kingdom soon settled into the game and got in front with a strong performance from James O’Donoghue as well as good play from Paul Geaney and Bryan Sheehan. Kerry established a comfortable 0-13 point to 0-5 lead over the rebels at the break. Cork would have been disappointed with their opening half performance as they were reliant on frees for most of their scores.

The home supporters were hoping for a change in fortunes for the rebels in the second half but it was not going to be as Kerry pressed home their advantage with further points from Sheehan and O’Donoghue. Cork will need to go back to the drawing board and figure out why they failed to perform and be anyway competitive in this game. Kerry will need to face a real tough test before the play the likes of Mayo or Dublin in the Championship as this game didn’t challenge them. Kerry cruise past Cork winning by a massive twelve points in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 1-18 Armagh 1-13

Monaghan sealed their passage into the Ulster final with a replay victory over Armagh in Clones.

Monaghan started the game brightly and seemed to be building a nice lead without too much trouble. Armagh soon found the net when Tony Kernan setup Aidan Forker whose shot came of the post and was finished to the net by Aaron Findon. Monaghan recovered well after conceding this early goal and assumed complete control of the game in first half. Conor McManus was in fine form for the farney men and just before half time he struck to give his side their opening goal of the game. Monaghan were leading by 1-8 to 1-4 at the break.

Monaghan continued the second half as they built up a comprehensive lead and seemed to be pulling away from the Armagh men. Armagh did have a spell of dominance midway through the half with some decent scores cut the gap between the sides. It didn’t last long however as Monaghan went to close out the game and put the game well beyond Armagh. Conor McManus was influential in his sides victory with a crucial goal just before half time. Monaghan advance to meet Donegal in the Ulster final once again, as Armagh now face the task of Tyrone in the qualifiers.

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GAA: Cork And Kerry Set For Munster Decider

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Cork V Kerry

The famous and greatest rivalry in the GAA renews again this weekend as Cork and Kerry battling it out for the Munster Championship. This will be one of the best games of the year with a close contest between the sides always expected. Kerry have been plagued with injuries this season, especially with the absence of Colm Cooper who has been an influential figure for Kerry in recent years. Continue reading

GAA: Leinster Sides Llikely To Progress In Qualifiers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Limerick v Antrim

The Saffrons visit the Gaelic Grounds this weekend as they seek to progress into the next phase of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Limerick will be disappointed at going down at the hands of Tipperary while Antrim made some good progress in Ulster until they were blown away by Donegal. Antrim need to be far more consistent than they have been, coupled with a poor league performance this year and only a few glimpses of excellent play, the shannonsiders will certainly be the favourites to progress on home soil. Continue reading

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