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Posts Tagged ‘ kilkenny ’

Hurling New Guns, Not So New

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The 2013 hurling championship has already been written as one of the best in years. The media pumped it up for all it was worth. Clare managed to claim the title after two attempts against Cork and all was well in the G.A.A. world. A sigh of relief from the organisation, Kilkenny not only didn’t win the All Ireland but they weren’t even involved at the semi-final stage. The interest from the rest of the country could return, the game was in danger of being monopolised by one county. I have read with interest, hurling articles, over the past few months. The ‘old guard’ were being replaced. The ‘old guard’ seemingly, according to most columnists are Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. Continue reading

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A Year in Brief: Part One

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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

News in Brief : Backhanders And Blackouts

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NIB is sure we’ve covered this before, but hey, Irish women are the best looking in the world and that’s cause for celebration (drink based traditionally). The ranks made up by a dating site, aptly called BeautifulPeople.com weren’t so positive about Irish men though, ranking them third ugliest on the planet. It’s a small positive though as a few years ago they were ranked the ugliest. Sorry lads.

Talking of beautiful Irish things, we’re going to start selling off our heritage sites to the highest bidder. In yet another example of the Government trying to claw back the cash they splurged on champagne and caviar, they are now going to lease out sites like Dublin and Kilkenny Castles, Derrynane House and Doneraile Wildlife Park to the most persuasive tender. Apparently the rules are that any new commercial usage plans must be in check with the historical heritage of the site so no casinos or hotels will be permitted, unless the brown envelope’s thick enough. Minister for Public Service Reform Brian Hayes said: ‘I don’t know how successful it’s going to be, I have to be very frank.’ Continue reading

News In Brief-Kilkenny Man’s Hitler Cake Courts Controversy

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There are monkeys loose in Belfast. Actual monkeys, running about, acting the maggot. They escaped from Belfast Zoo and have since been blamed for trouble in the Holy Lands, excessive drinking, late night parties and defecating in the street. (For those that don’t know the Holy Lands are a notoriously student populated part of the city. You’ve probably seen the area on the news when the lads have set light to a car.) Still, if you can’t beat ’em join ’em is what Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson are reported to have said in a joint statement.

VAT on hurleys is to remain the same at 23% despite ash dieback affecting the trees they’re made from. We’ll be forced to make sliotars from spuds and our sticks from ham sandwiches! It’s not really a joke though, despite the issue being brought to the attention of a certain Noo-Nar man it was rejected as VAT can only be reduced in very “limited cases”, like if you’re a multi-billion dollar technology company. The trees may be dying off but soon it’ll be the hurley makers business dying back. Continue reading

Irish Should Overcome Scotland In First Test

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International Hurling/Shinty First Test

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Ireland overcame the Scottish in last years test, even though the Scottish were questioning the reasons behind awarding five points for a goal, when three would sound much better for both sides.  Ireland won the series last year quite comfortably  (aggregate 11–21 (76) to 6–12 (42) ) even though the scoreline didn’t really reflect how well Scotland played. Ireland should win their home game in Croke Park on Saturday evening. The Scottish will be hoping to get some goals and put in a good performance, to keep the margin tight rather than have one side completely dominating the series. This game is played annual with 14 players a side. Continue reading

Galway Hurling Star Donoghue Passes Away

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Galway GAA is in shock this morning following the death of 22-year-old hurler Niall Donoghue , who passed away suddenly at his home last night.

The Kilbeacanty clubman , who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday tomorrow, was part of the Galway side that won the Leinster Senior Hurling title last season. Continue reading

A Brisk Autumn Walk Enjoyed: Sculpture In Context

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On a rather chilly Saturday morning my companion and I ventured forth to our annual, much-anticipated visit to the Sculpture in Context exhibition at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Unlike previous years, we actually managed to make our way around the entire exhibition and were satisfied that we had seen absolutely everything (except for exhibit number 146 which appeared to be missing). The chilliness of the weather proved to be an important factor in the success of the day’s activities; we achieved this magnificent result because the day was too cold to dawdle around as much as on sunnier visits. Added to that we initiated an unusually organised approach (in other words, we had a plan) to our seasonal cultural activity of sculpture spotting. Continue reading

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