Posts Tagged ‘ Meath ’

News In Brief: Keith Barry Predicts Mary-Lou May Join The Jam Tarters

The only surviving picture from earlier this year when Mary-Lou and Gerry got stuck on a fence (Image:belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

The only surviving picture from earlier this year when Mary-Lou and Gerry got stuck on a fence (Image:belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

 

NIB opens this week by wondering if Mary-Lou is still in the Dáil? What craic! Staging a sit in (if you didn’t see it, where were you?) so everyone else could have a long weekend, good girl Mary Lou! It’s not the first time she’s got stuck somewhere though, on a press outing with her Dear Leader Gerry she previously got stuck on a fence. Then there was the “swing incident”, the Henry Street Penneys Protest and the reports this time last year she’d positioned herself on a seat in an industrial estate in Swords, although strangely Sinn Fein deny that one. Most recent reports in the popular press have hinted Martin O’Neill is eyeing Mary-Lou for Ireland’s upcoming match, that’s if she’ll leave Leinster House. Continue reading

News In Brief: Joan’s Phone-Gate Ruins World Egg Day

Joan Burton demonstrates her own new phone (image: Independent.ie)

Joan Burton demonstrates her own new phone (image: Independent.ie)

It’s that time of the week again, NIB knows you all sit prostrate and silent waiting for your weekly News in Brief, well here it is.

It seems a week cannot pass without Joan Burton saying something stupid. This time it was water meter protestors who she said: “Seem to have extremely expensive phones, tablets, video cameras. There has been the most extensive filming in relation to any of these actions that I have ever seen anywhere. Hollywood would be in the ha’penny place compared to what’s done here.” Holy mother of God! How could they? They’re obviously all social-welfare scrounging, JobBridge dropouts aren’t they Joan?! People on the dole shouldn’t be allowed food let alone phones, the shtate this country’s in, if only we didn’t have to fund Joan’s massive salary, free top-of-the-range devices, car and fecking dry cleaning.

Meanwhile in the Dail they were discussing removing the morning’s opening prayer (do you ever think how mad it is that our politicians sit around and talk about shite for hours, just for the craic?) Of course it’s all just a cover for playground-politics and evading the real issues, but Clare Daly thinks saying a prayer in the morning is “offensive”. It is part of a wider battle to get a law from 1855 prosecuting blasphemy removed from the constitution. But Clare, if no-ones given a shite since 1855 why should we bother now? They’ll only have to reprint the whole constitution (probably on pretty pink paper with a laminated cover) before they decided there’s a law banning cutting your toe nails they want to scrap. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Hold Off Cork As Monaghan Scrape Past Lilywhites

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All-Ireland Quarter Finals

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15

Mayo held off a resilient Cork side to secure a semi final date with Kerry following a narrow one point win at Croke Park.

The first half started at a slow pace with Mayo wasting a lot of opportunities, as Cork began to settle down more quickly. Cork took the lead with some excellent scores from Brian Hurley in the opening part of the first half. Mayo took longer to find their shooting boots, but when they did get going they got right back into the game. The game was point for point for most of the rest of the first half with a tense atmosphere developing between both sides.

The second half saw Mayo exert some control over the game and they looked like pulling away as they built up some a big lead with great points from Alan Dillon and Andy Moran. Mayo stepped off the gas which allowed the rebels back into the game and the reliable Donnacha O’Connor notched up 1-3 for his side with a superbly well taken goal to reel back the westerners. Mayo remained composed and their patience paid off when Aidan O’Shea rounded the Cork goalie Ken O’Halloran to give Mayo a much needed boost. It was to be tense once more as straight after this Brian Hurley cut through the Mayo cover to blast his shot to the Mayo net to keep the rebels within the game. Mayo seemed a little nerve wrecked after conceding this goal, but they stuck to their task and added some late points to ensure their victory despite some late pressure from Cork. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Battle Rebels As Kerry Face Tribesmen

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All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Cork v Mayo

This will be by far the game of the weekend with Mayo having failed to win an All-Ireland in recent times and this Cork side are looking for some redemption to overcome their poor showing so far in this championship.  Getting badly beaten by Kerry in the Munster final and their near miss against Tipperary will give them all the motivation they need to spark an upturn in fortune. Cork may have made into the All-Ireland quarter final stage but they have been far from impressive so far in this year’s championship.  Mayo will certain fancy their chances against the rebels this weekend as they have been far more impressive as the championship has progressed.  Mayo have been doing what is required of them to get to this stage of the championship and have shown some weaknesses in their play particularly in defence and midfield as they haven’t been as prominent as last year. Cork will need to use Paul Kerrigan’s influence once again to link up play between defence and attack and this could result in some problems for the Connacht champions.

Cork have been poor so far in this championship and this is the game that they will judge their championship on. Mayo will likely need to improve around midfield and more so around defence. Cork’s poor showing in the championship and Mayo’s need to perform to the same heights as last year makes this game a hard one to call. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Dublin Lift Provincial Titles

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Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-9

Donegal are kings of Ulster following a three point win over Monaghan in the Ulster Senior Football Final this afternoon.

Monaghan will be disappointed with their display as they lacked penetration and resorted to kicking hopeless long balls into their forwards whom were completely outnumbered by Donegal defenders.

Donegal showed more enterprise in attack as both sides set up to play quite defensively. Donegal got going quicker and some good scores helped them establish an early lead. Monaghan found it rather difficult to break down Donegal’s defence. Monaghan only managed to get three scores in the opening half as they were reliant on frees and their lack of threat up front allowed Jim McGuinness’ men to lead by two points at the break. Continue reading

GAA: Late Point Saves Armagh As Meath Book Dublin Date

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 0-14 Armagh 0-14

A late point by Rory Grugan saved Armagh from defeat and from exiting the Ulster Championship. Monaghan will need to address the ability to open up Armagh as they were very reliant on frees to keep them in this game. This could have potentially won the game for the farney men especially with some good free taking from Monaghan Goalkeeper Rory Beggan from the ground.

The game started at a rather slow pace and it was Monaghan that were on top even though the scores were coming mostly from frees while Armagh found it easier to score from play in the opening half. Kieran McKeever and Tony Kernan were influential in keeping in touch with Monaghan. The farney men were quite impressive with the placed kicks and this is why both sides remained level at the break.

The second half was more intense in phases as Monaghan expressed some control and looked like they were going to pull away from the Orchard County. Armagh tipped some scores over as the game approached the 70 minute mark. They got the necessary scores from the likes of Jamie Clarke, Stefan Campbell and the crucial score to bring the game to a replay from the boot of Rory Grugan. Continue reading

GAA: Ulster Sides Set To Progress In Qualifers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Carlow v Waterford

The deise men will be the visitors to Dr. Cullen Park this weekend on the back of two tough games against Clare in the opening stages of the Championship. Carlow will be looking to move on from their previous outing, where they were humiliated by Meath, losing by a margin of 28 points. Continue reading

GAA: Dubs And Meath Seek To Reignite Rivalry

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan v Armagh

The orchard county were comfortable winners over Cavan last time out but will face a different type of opposition this weekend. Monaghan will again aim to make it to the Ulster final and have the potential to overturn this Armagh side. These two sides haven’t played each other in the championship for some time, but you would expect that recent form would put the Ulster champions as firm favourites to come out on top. Armagh will need to show something rather unique and more dynamic if they are to overcome Monaghan.

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The Ballance Sheet #9: Mid Term Report

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Hope 2014’s been good to you, folks. My own is going pretty well, all told. Here’s a few bits and pieces on the last six months.

WEDDING CRASHERS
Well, technically we were invited, and it was actually at the very end of 2013, but I’ll include it here, anyway. My blog, after all… I wrestled at a wedding reception just after Christmas last year in the Radisson in Galway, working a singles match with Bam Katraz, and a tag match against him and Omen, where I teamed with Tucker. An interesting experience, and certainly the best-dressed audience I’ve ever worked for! The crowd- mostly non-wrestling fans (muggles)- were appreciative, though probably a little perplexed at the same time. It was after dinner, though, so I’d say a bit of the ol’ gargle helped matters. No hiptoss into the wedding cake or superkicking the father of the bride mid-speech, unfortunately, but it was a grand evening nonetheless. Continue reading

GAA: Clare Ease Past Waterford As Royals Thrash Carlow

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Waterford 0-12 Clare 3-11

Clare marched on in Munster after overcoming rivals Waterford at the second time of asking.

The banner county seemed to be on course to win last weekend but a late revival from the deise forced a replay.

Waterford started off the better of the sides and dominated in midfield and assumed the lead in the opening part of the half, despite not really pulling away from Clare. Clare gradually started to get a grip on the game in the middle of the pitch. Good play from Gary Brennan was influential in Clare dominating possession in the latter part of the first half and he would score the banner’s opening goal of the game, which was the main difference between the sides in the opening half. Clare led at the break by 1-6 to 0-6.

Clare pushed on in the second half, determined not to have a repeat of last weekend’s missed opportunities. Brennan was involved in the action once more when his shot came off the post, with his brother Shane on hand to convert the goal and establish a comfortable lead over Waterford.  Waterford seemed to be out of the game for most parts and failed to really threaten Clare.  Rory Donnell made sure there was to be no repeat of this fixture when his shot gave Clare their third goal of the evening. Waterford will now have to look to the All-Ireland Qualifiers for a route to Croke Park.

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13

Meath obliterated Carlow this weekend, bagging seven goals to advance in Leinster.

Carlow opened the scoring but it was Meath that utterly dominated the game, building up a huge lead at the break which included three goals, giving them a comfortable 3-6 to 0-2 point lead. Carlow never really got into this game and they were completely outclassed by the visitors.

The second half saw a lot more scoring as Carlow threw caution to the wind and the flood gates opened as Meath pressed home their advantage and added 4-7 in  a strong display. Meath march on, winning by 7-13 to 0-6 points, but you have to wonder do these sorts of games really benefit them in the long run. Can the royals topple the Dubs in Leinster?

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14

Monaghan held off Tyrone to advance in Ulster with a thrilling one point victory.

Tyrone started the game well and edged in front, showing a lot more intent in the opening stages of the game with some good early scores coming their way. Monaghan set up rather defensively and were a little off the pace in the opening parts of the first half. Tyrone began to make some errors in their defensive play , which Monaghan failed to capitalise on. Monaghan grew more into the game towards the end of the half and edged in front. Monaghan were left wondering how they missed two good opportunities to score a goal, one of which was a penalty which cannoned back off the post. Nonetheless they led by 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

Monaghan kept building on their momentum and their sheer physical presence in defence and their work ethic meant they were turning possession over in their favour. Dick Clerkin made a strong run through the Tyrone defence to set up Dermot Malone for the only goal of the game which put some daylight between the sides in Clones. Tyrone attempted to turn the game around in the closing stages but their effort was short of what was required. Monaghan march on into the Ulster semi-finals where they will battle Armagh.

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