Posts Tagged ‘ Norway ’

Symth Eyes Victory In Slovenia

2012 Algarve Cup - Algarve Women's Football Cup: Team Portraits and InterviewsVersatile midfielder Shannon Smyth wants the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team to finish 2013 with a win when they face Slovenia in their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group 1 qualifier in Velenje tomorrow at 4pm (Irish time).

Sue Ronan’s side have lost just once in seven games this year after wins over Northern Ireland, South Africa and Slovakia and draws against South Korea, Austria and Croatia. The only defeat was a 0-1 loss to Finland in the play-off for seventh and eighth place at the 12-team Cyprus Cup in March. Continue reading


Bratt’ Bakks Celtic To Topple Barca Again


A Celtic hero turned pilot at Norway’s top airline is backing his former club to claim the scalp of Barcelona for a second successive season when they face the Catalan giants in a Champions League clash at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

Harald Brattbakk scored a crucial goal in May 1998 against St Johnstone to help Celtic deny fierce rivals Rangers from winning their tenth league title in a row and to bring the title back to the east end of Glasgow.

While his Celtic career may not have lived up to his expectations he remains revered in Glasgow for that one goal. Since hanging up his boots the former Norwegian international has taken up a career in the airline industry and is now a top pilot with Norwegian Air Shuttle. Continue reading

Irish Youngsters Making Big Impression With Hibs

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Last year several of the Hibs’ Under 20 squad progressed to the first team, including the highly thought of Alex Harris, Danny Handling, Ross Caldwell and Jordon Forster, whilst others such as Sam Stanton, Dean Horribine and Bradley Donaldson were regularly on the fringes.

Many Hibs supporters who follow the progress of the youngsters however believe that the current group have even more potential than their counterparts from last season. Continue reading

Bright Future Ahead For Irish Basketball


Finally after years of having little or no international basketball the underage teams seem to be back up and running with Basketball Ireland hopeful that they will have a senior team back competing in the not too distant future.

As things stand there is currently an Irish U15,U16 and U17 team with an U20 team due to be set up later this year. This will be the most teams that Basketball Ireland have had since they were forced to dismantle the Senior International Teams four years ago. This was especially controversial on the girls side as they operated on a budget of just €40,000 a year and were extremely hopeful of gaining promotion to Division A. Continue reading

Norwegian Rape Victim Pardoned In Dubai

Justice has prevailed as A Norwegian woman who was jailed for 16 months in Dubai after she reported she had been raped, has had her sentence overturned.

24 year old Marte Dalelv told police she had been attacked by a male colleague but found herself charged with extra-marital sex, drinking alcohol and filing a false statement. Despite a solid knowledge strict legislation in the UAE, the western world was shocked when the Norwegian found herself portrayed as a criminal. Continue reading

Sligo Sell Out Showgrounds For Molde Visit

Sligo Rovers have confirmed that tickets for the home leg of the Champions League second round qualifying game with Molde FK have sold out.
Just under 3,500 tickets have been bought by fans of the reigning League Of Ireland champions for the home leg on Wednesday 17 July in The Showgrounds. Continue reading

Education Is One Area ‘ Imitation Is The Greatest Form Of Flattery’.

If we look around the world there are countries that are synonymous with high quality education systems – Japan, Sweden and Norway to name a few. Each of these countries have a distinct educational ethos that has seen them succeed in producing students that are world renowned in high quality industry fields such as science and mathematics. The question is, if looking at education reform in Ireland, why should we not be replicating the best components of these fine examples? Continue reading