Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dublin’s Greatest Football Team… Heffo’s Army or Gavin’s Gang?

By Andy Leech | March 31, 2017 | (No) | 3872
Dublin were waltzing their way into the history books, yet there was a noticeable lull in the Croke Park atmosphere. Beating a young and timid Roscommon team by 35 points does not surprise nor excite The Hill anymore. Not only do they expect it, there is a cohort of Dublin fans growing up who don’t know any different. They forget the eons in the wilderness. The Royal neighbour collecting All-Irelands. The false dawns. The Croke Park annihilations. The sixteen barren years. But when Kevin McMan..

Why has Vaping Become So Popular in Ireland?

By Annabel Hynes | March 30, 2017 | (No) | 589
One of the latest trends to go global is the phenomenon known as “vaping”. This practise, which is essentially considered by many to be the healthier alternative to smoking, has taken off in recent years, and the demand doesn’t look to be dying down any time soon. E-cigarettes are the vessels of this new trend, battery-powered pieces of technology that heat a liquid infused with pure nicotine and turn it into steam to be inhaled. The liquid can be flavoured with anything from the taste of ..

5 Gigs You Need to See in Cork This Year

By Alannah Kenny | March 29, 2017 | (One) | 2156
Whether you’re a tourist, a local keen on a lively event or you are just looking for a change of pace in another part of Ireland, then Cork is the place to be this year for live music. Gig-goers from far and wide searching for top class performances can look forward to some fantastic native and international names that will be getting the party started in Cork from spring to summer 2017. So, why not head down to the Rebel County this year and discover some music that will blow you away. 5) Le..

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather – Who’s Got More To Lose!

By Evan Coughlan | March 28, 2017 | (No) | 1059
Ever since Conor McGregor billion-dollar-strutted his way out of the Octagon in November 2016, after becoming the first two weight world champion in UFC history, he has had a lot to say about the man he wants to fight next. You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘The Notorious One’ wanted to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz or move up another weight division and take on Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, but no, McGregor has his sights set on another man, in another sport entirely! And that man ..

Wayne Rooney – Should He Stay Or Go?

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 27, 2017 | (No) | 818
The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch th..

Alfie’s Restaurant Dublin – Review

By Aoife Crilly | March 26, 2017 | (One) | 1154
Alfie’s restaurant is situated on South William Street in Dublin 2. The central location of the restaurant is ideal for meeting up with friends after work or college and is considered by many to be the perfect place for top quality food and a side of sophistication. The eatery also serves top class cocktails that are definitely worth a try and it’s new lavish décor and sociable staff make it a place you have to visit in Dublin city. What Does It Have To Offer? This restaurant has a grea..

Roger Federer – Is There Anything Left to Prove?

By Andy Leech | March 25, 2017 | (No) | 1132
Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.” As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the cour..

Uncapped Ireland Prospects For 2017

By Ryan Corry | March 24, 2017 | (No) | 720
There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria. It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in ..

Ireland vs Wales World Cup Qualifiers 2018 Preview

By Ryan Corry | March 23, 2017 | (No) | 580
As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who..

Can China Become A Serious Football Super Power?

By Andy Leech | March 22, 2017 | (No) | 828
I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China..

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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dublin’s Greatest Football Team… Heffo’s Army or Gavin’s Gang?

By Andy Leech | March 31, 2017 | (No) | 3872
Dublin were waltzing their way into the history books, yet there was a noticeable lull in the Croke Park atmosphere. Beating a young and timid Roscommon team by 35 points does not surprise nor excite The Hill anymore. Not only do they expect it, there is a cohort of Dublin fans growing up who don’t know any different. They forget the eons in the wilderness. The Royal neighbour collecting All-Irelands. The false dawns. The Croke Park annihilations. The sixteen barren years. But when Kevin McMan..

Why has Vaping Become So Popular in Ireland?

By Annabel Hynes | March 30, 2017 | (No) | 589
One of the latest trends to go global is the phenomenon known as “vaping”. This practise, which is essentially considered by many to be the healthier alternative to smoking, has taken off in recent years, and the demand doesn’t look to be dying down any time soon. E-cigarettes are the vessels of this new trend, battery-powered pieces of technology that heat a liquid infused with pure nicotine and turn it into steam to be inhaled. The liquid can be flavoured with anything from the taste of ..

5 Gigs You Need to See in Cork This Year

By Alannah Kenny | March 29, 2017 | (One) | 2156
Whether you’re a tourist, a local keen on a lively event or you are just looking for a change of pace in another part of Ireland, then Cork is the place to be this year for live music. Gig-goers from far and wide searching for top class performances can look forward to some fantastic native and international names that will be getting the party started in Cork from spring to summer 2017. So, why not head down to the Rebel County this year and discover some music that will blow you away. 5) Le..

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather – Who’s Got More To Lose!

By Evan Coughlan | March 28, 2017 | (No) | 1059
Ever since Conor McGregor billion-dollar-strutted his way out of the Octagon in November 2016, after becoming the first two weight world champion in UFC history, he has had a lot to say about the man he wants to fight next. You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘The Notorious One’ wanted to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz or move up another weight division and take on Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, but no, McGregor has his sights set on another man, in another sport entirely! And that man ..

Wayne Rooney – Should He Stay Or Go?

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 27, 2017 | (No) | 818
The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch th..

Alfie’s Restaurant Dublin – Review

By Aoife Crilly | March 26, 2017 | (One) | 1154
Alfie’s restaurant is situated on South William Street in Dublin 2. The central location of the restaurant is ideal for meeting up with friends after work or college and is considered by many to be the perfect place for top quality food and a side of sophistication. The eatery also serves top class cocktails that are definitely worth a try and it’s new lavish décor and sociable staff make it a place you have to visit in Dublin city. What Does It Have To Offer? This restaurant has a grea..

Roger Federer – Is There Anything Left to Prove?

By Andy Leech | March 25, 2017 | (No) | 1132
Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.” As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the cour..

Uncapped Ireland Prospects For 2017

By Ryan Corry | March 24, 2017 | (No) | 720
There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria. It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in ..

Ireland vs Wales World Cup Qualifiers 2018 Preview

By Ryan Corry | March 23, 2017 | (No) | 580
As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who..

Can China Become A Serious Football Super Power?

By Andy Leech | March 22, 2017 | (No) | 828
I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China..

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