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NFL: Football Returns With Great Opening Weekend

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Week one of the NFL season is now in the books, after reminding us of all the things that make the game so engrossing. Frantic comebacks, hilarious blunders and kicks to the face were all to be found in the first week’s scheduled games, as well as a couple of impressive upsets. Here we’ll take a look back at all the action and see where things went right and wrong for all thirty-two teams.

 

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (16-36)

  • The Seahawks are going to be the team to beat this year. Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin both went over a hundred yards and the dual threat allowed Russell Wilson to toy with the Packers defense.
  • The Seahawks D is still the best in the land, and they hunted Aaron Rodgers, sacking him three times, including one strip sack that led to a safety.
  • Green Bay showed that you need to be at full strength to stand a chance against Seattle. They lost Eddie Lacy and Bryan Bulaga early, and could not protect Rodgers after that.
  • The Packers defense is still underperforming. Dom Capers’ job is really on the line now.

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NFL: Football Returns As Packers Seek To Topple Seahawks

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It’s back. That other kind of football. The American one, where they throw the ball, wear all those big pads and make tackles with the velocity of lorries in fourth gear. The NFL never really goes away, because the draft has developed into a huge event with build-up starting the morning after the Super Bowl, and then pre-season training starts months in advance of the regular season. It is remarkable how the NFL has managed to be a year-round sport even though they only play for four months of the year. Maybe that’s why it is such a relief to have regular competition back now.

Thursday night will see the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, kick the year off with a home game against the Green Bay Packers. No team has won successive Super Bowl’s since the Patriots in 2004/05, but the Seahawks were clearly the dominant side in the NFL last season. Although they have lost some talented guys, they look well positioned to reign once more. Continue reading

IFTA Reveals Shortlist Of Nominees

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The Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree at Hilton Burlington Road and broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE (reaching 1.24 Million viewers last year).

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.  IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards. Continue reading

Waterford Treasures: Exploring The Viking Triangle

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We went on a post-New Year trip to Waterford to keep off those January Blues that folks keep writing about (I’m not sure what a January Blue looks like but I’m keeping a sharp look out anyway). But to return to Waterford and its attractions. I want particularly to highlight the Waterford Museum of Treasures, which we visited over a couple of days. The museum actually comprises three different venues, situated nearby each other (being virtually next-door neighbours) in the district known as the Viking Triangle. Continue reading

Vikings And Steelers To Square Off In Battle Of London

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The NFL returns to Europe this Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in what is the seventh regular season NFL game to take place on English shores.

A London based NFL franchise has been muted but may not come to fruition for logistical reasons. However discussions are already under way for Wembley to host three games next year, adding an extra impetus for Sunday’s competitors to show Britain why they are the best to visit thus far.

The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived in London on Friday morning after flying overnight ahead of the game while , opting for a different approach to their opponents to playing a game overseas, preferring to spend the week preparing in the familiar territory of their practice facility. The Vikings arrived on Monday and have been acclimatizing in a hotel outside of London, practicing on a field just yards from their accommodation. Continue reading

‘Children Save Dublin’: A One City One Book event for Dublin kids

As any parent knows, next week is the mid-term break and if any of you are searching for ideas to keep the children occupied then why not look at the events taking place to tie in with Dublin’s newest literary festival.

The festival, an initiative of UNESCO and Dublin City of Literature was launched on 17th January and it will run until the grand finale event at Connolly Station in March. But what is it all about? The event is a children’s version of the well-established One City One Book Readathon.  Children in 4th and 5th classes citywide are being encouraged to read, talk about and participate in activities around, one particular book.

First time author Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent had the honour of being chosen by the organisers for this exciting event. Early’s book had previously also been shortlisted in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011 so he has had an exciting few months. This book is part one of a planned trilogy, part two being well on the way to publication according to a recent interview with the author by www.writing.ie .

The fast paced story is set in modern day Dublin, but with the not so modern addition of a Viking god on the loose. Three children, Arthur, Ash and Will have the rather daunting task of dealing with Loki and despatching him whence he came while at the same time dealing with a rather large monster. Cue perilous adventures in the city for the intrepid threesome.

Alan Early will be participating in events and workshops during the reading project and has set up an interactive web site and blog for his many readers. To compliment the author events, the ever popular Michael Moylan from Irish History Live will be running Viking themed events next week. Check out the links below for further information on the events hosted by Dublin libraries.

And watch out for giant serpents…

http://arthurquinn.ie

www.dublincitylibraries.com

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