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Breathtaking, exhilarating, nerve-wracking? We’re not even sure those words come close to describing such a thrilling weekend of sport.
Rugby World Cup – Ireland V Australia
When we crawled out of our beds early on Saturday morning to watch Ireland take on Australia, (the current Tri-Nations champions and World Cup favourites), many of us believed a win was wishful thinking. Having lost all four warm up games and producing an under-par performance against the USA, the boys in green had the odds stacked firmly against them.
But, following a rally cry from the ever inspirational Paul O’Connell, the team produced one of the greatest Irish performances in history, defeating Australia for the first time ever in the World Cup and placing the team in a very promising position to top the group.
With another big match coming up against Russia this Sunday, is it too early to dream…..?
Here are a few pics from Volkswagen’s Rugby Breakfast in Ballsbridge Motors:
The All-Ireland Football Final – Dublin V Kerry
The dominant force in football for much of the last decade, Kerry rightly went into Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final as favourites. A team peppered with some of the finest footballers in the country and led by the mercurial talent that is Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper, Kerry was going to make Dublin work hard to end the county’s 16 year Sam Maguire drought.
The game turned out to be a true classic. Both teams played their hearts out and left everything on the field. With Kerry carrying a four point lead and just eight minutes to go, it looked as though Sam would be making the journey back to The Kingdom. But, in the 64th minute, Dublin substitute Kevin McManamon rampaged through the Kerry defense to score an unbelievable goal and bring the teams to within a point of each other again. It truly was game on.
With two minutes of extra time remaining, it was all square. The phrase ‘Cometh the hour…’ is often overused in sport, but when Dublin won a free on the 45 metre line, destiny called on the ‘Iceman’ Stephen Cluxton to come and claim his place in GAA folklore. As the crowd held its breath, Cluxton expertly fired the ball between the posts to win the match and crown Dublin the 2011 All-Ireland Football Champions. What a game!
The Solheim Cup
Taking place at Killeen Castle this weekend, The Solheim Cup promises to be an incredible golfing spectacle. Europe’s finest professional woman golfers take on their US counterparts over three fantastic days of team match-play competition – let’s just hope the weather holds up. As it stands, the U.S. team leads the competition, 8-3, and has never lost The Solheim Cup on home soil. In 2009, the Americans kept their untarnished home record intact at Rich Harvest Farms with a 16 to 12 final score against the Europeans. Let’s hope Europe’s Captain, Alison Nicholas, can lead her team to victory and inspire a decade of dominance for the Europeans.
The Barclays Premier League
What an incredible weekend it was in the Barclays Premier League. As the dust settled, all eyes where once again on the early season’s dominant force – Manchester United. The team’s strange 3-1 win against Chelsea showed that even with an under-par performance there is still plenty of goals in this team. Following Manchester City’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage, it’s clear that Manchester United is still the team to beat.
Poor old Arsenal, it seems things just keep going from bad to worse for The Gunners. Having been destroyed by Manchester United 8-2 at Old Trafford, it looked like the only way was up for Arsene Wenger’s team. That was until they crashed to defeat against Blackburn Rovers and conceded four shambolic goals to sit 16th in the table. Is this the end of Arsenal as we know it? Games we’re looking forward to this week include Manchester City v Everton, Manchester United v Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion v Fulham and Arsenal v Bolton
David Norris withdraws as a presidential candidate with dignity despite controversy, concluding his statement with Beckett quote: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Paul Scholes’ testimonial is on tonight in Old Trafford. Man Utd will take on the New York Cosmos – KO 7:30pm and it will be televised on MUTV.
Ireland take on Scotland in a friendly tomorrow night in Murrayfield. Leinster man Leo Cullen with don the captain’s armband and will make history as Ireland’s 100th captain. Also, having recovered from his knee problem, Rob Kearney will make his first start for Ireland since last November as the starting full-back.
BellX1 hit Marlay park tomorrow evening with support from Editors.
Film Fatale takes place tomorrow night in The Sugar Club. They’ll be showing the classic Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday amid an array of cocktails, fancy dress and live performances. Tickets are sold out.
We’re looking forward to our birthday party next Thursday and the announcement of the winner of our €10k PR campaign competition.
Great week for Ireland: After welcoming Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth last week, Barack and Michelle Obama received a very Irish welcome when they arrived on Monday. Credit goes to Henry Healy (aka Henry the Eight) who was instrumental in getting Obama to visit Ireland and was the first to greet him when he arrived in Monegall.
Congratulations to Diarmuid Gavin for winning gold at the Chelsea Garden Show for his Garden in the Sky.
On the back of the success of the Royal visit last week it was confirmed this week that the Olympic Torch will arrive in Northern Ireland on the 3rd of June and will travel to Dublin by the 5th. It is understood that Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth will play a part in the symbolic cross border trip.
Supposedly we’re set to have the hottest summer since 1976, only time will tell…
Congrats to Leinster for winning the Sexton Heineken Cup last weekend in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff – what a comeback! Munster now stands in Leinster’s way of winning the double in the Magners League final this weekend in Thomand Park.
Another big game this weekend as Manchester United take on Barcelona in Wembley Stadium tomorrow in the Champions League final. It’s set to be a cracker of a game and tickets are like gold dust.
30th anniversary of Slane this weekend when Kings of Leon take centre stage – the boys have been in town since midweek and have been enjoying a few pints of the black stuff. Enjoy if you’re going.
We’ve caught Jedwarditis – we’re delighted that they made it through to the final tomorrow and we’re backing them all the way!
Uma Thurman steals the show at Cannes Film Festival.
UK Apprentice kicked off this week and Jim is already one to be reckoned with – we look forward to the Irish edition hitting our screens soon.
Man Utd set to clinch the title tomorrow – they just need one point against Blackburn.
With just over a month until their gigs at Croker, Take That performed their new single ‘Love Love’ at the National Movie Awards on Wednesday night. The single is the theme song for the new X-Men movie.
The Interior Design and Art Fair takes place this weekend in The RDS.
Dalai Lama visits Ireland
RTÉ announced the winners of the nationwide art competition, ARTifact, this week. The winners were Hana Hudak, a DIT student from Maynooth in Kildare, Anne McGill from Tyrone, and the students of Lenamore National School in North Kerry, who were very excited to meet RyanTubridy.
Speaking of Mr Tubridy, he will present Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday mornings during the Summer.
It’s United v City in the Manchester Derby this Saturday in the FA Cup Semi-Final, KO is at 5:15pm
The itinerary for the Royal Wedding revealed
Congratulations to the winners of the 40th Annual Hennessy Literary Awards; Siobhan Mannion for ‘Lightning Bugs’ (First Fiction), Afric McGlinchey for ‘Do Not Lie To A Lover’ / ‘Under The Heart, A Horseshoe Shape’ (Emerging Poetry) and Eileen Casey for ‘Macaw’ (Emerging Fiction). Siobhan Mannion was named the overall Hennessy New Irish Writer, 2010 and renowned Irish novelist, playwright and poet Sebastian Barry was inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame, receiving his award from President McAleese.
The King’s Speech came out on top at the Oscars. There were some beautiful dress choices and some downright scary ones – yes Madonna we’re talking about you!
In other fashion news, John Galliano has been fired from Dior after 15 years
Katie Taylor has been announced as this years Grand Marshal for the St Patrick’s Day Festival Parade. If anyone can keep an unruly bunch of people in order, it’s definitely Katie!
Is Charlie Sheen’s meltdown the most shocking celebrity meltdown of all time?! We think he has even bypassed Britney in the crazy stakes and that’s saying something! Check out his crazy ramblings on twitter – @charliesheen
Its been a great week for Irish sport as Ireland beat England in the Cricket World Cup
Belfast is to host this years MTV Europe Music Awards.
Big game on Sunday with Man Utd v Liverpool at Anfield, kick off is at 1:30pm. A good game for Andy Carroll to make his Liverpool debut and hopefully score a goal or two!
News just in – The Queen is coming to Ireland in May.. you win one game of cricket and the Queen comes over!
by Marie McGrath
I recently visited Manchester to bring my Dad to see a Manchester United game for his 60th birthday. It was not my first visit to the city so I was aware that it hasn’t much to offer if you aren’t a soccer fan or shopping addict. We stayed at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate as the rates were surprisingly reasonable and I highly recommend this hotel thanks to its great location, facilities, food and drink offerings and excellent staff. The hotel also boasts Cloud 23, one of Manchester’s most popular nightspots where patrons can enjoy views across the city from the 23rd floor of the iconic Hilton building.
The main shopping area in Manchester is the Arndale, which is the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre. The Wheel of Manchester is just outside the Arndale and has lovely views. For more information on Manchester, check out the Visit Manchester website.
The match proved disappointing, with no Rooney or Giggs we all felt that there was something missing. The game changed massively when Scholes came on in the second half, bringing an urgency and leadership that spurred the entire team on and eventually Park scored a winner in injury time, the match ending 2-1 to United.
For dinner, The Restaurant Bar and Grill proved a hit with a wide selection of delicious food. For weekends, advance booking is advised as it’s a popular spot. We also visited the Museum of Science and Industry, which showcases old planes, cars, steam engines and much more. We ran out of time as we had to catch our flight and I am actually looking forward to going back. I’ve found more to Manchester than just shopping and football!