Monthly Archives: March 2017

Irish Bloggers You Should be Following Right Now

By Alannah Kenny | March 21, 2017 | (No) | 5068
Blogging in Ireland is fast becoming a very on-trend thing. Whether you’re a blogger yourself or a follower of one, you will see that it is an effective and clever way to find others with similar interests, being part of an online community or picking up some great tips along the way. As we are all about promoting Irish here at The Sharpe, we have selected a variety of Irish blogs that we think you should be following right now! Live Lavishly: Travel and Lifestyle for Men and Women Carly Colga..

How to Cope with the Travails of Airport Travel

By Aidan Clarke | March 19, 2017 | (No) | 1310
Living on an a island on the edge of a continent means that to get in and out of the place, the vast bulk of locals and visitors, whether they like it or not, have to take a flight. This works out as quite a number of people, when you take into consideration that Dublin Airport just had its busiest year ever. In 2016 the airport handled over 27 million people, roughly the population of Yemen. Yeah, that’s a fair head of cattle being bussed in from around the world. When it comes to Irish airpo..

Bistro 53 Restaurant Maynooth – Review

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 18, 2017 | (No) | 4195
When deciding where to go for a nice lunch in a place that isn’t Subway, McDonald’s, Supermacs, etc. in Maynooth, there are a few factors that can make the decision a bit easier: Price – You’re not going to spend a load of money on lunch when there are so many cheaper alternatives. Food – If the restaurant has a theme or certain menu that doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not going to want to go. It’s simple really. Quality – This probably is the most important factor in your decis..

6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect

By Andy Leech | March 18, 2017 | (No) | 1900
Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week. A fu*king documentary. At the start..

The Craziest Drinking Games to Play on St. Patrick’s Day

By Annabel Hynes | March 17, 2017 | (No) | 1992
There’s no end to the kinds of shenanigans that can go down on St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re Irish – or worse, an American with Irish heritage that feels the need to live up to a stereotype. One of the greatest joys of this once-religious holiday is drinking copious quantities of alcohol without judgement, in celebration of our country’s patron saint; and as everyone knows, simply drinking is not enough. It has to get weird. Check out some of the most innovative and plain rid..

The 2017 AIB GAA Football Club Championship Final

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 17, 2017 | (No) | 1355
Friday 17th March, on the traditional day of St. Patrick, is the date for the AIB GAA football club championship final, as Slaughtneil of Derry take on Dr. Crokes from Kerry in Croke Park (TG4, throw-in 5pm). This is the day when a year’s worth of blood, sweat, tears, mud, more sweat, and what feels like 5,400 laps of pitches culminates in the final battle to decide which team is the best in the nation in 2016/17, all while everyone else plays the next season’s league games. But let’s not ..

The Perfect European Getaway Guide

By Aidan Clarke | March 16, 2017 | (No) | 1177
As heat and light begin to bathe the continent again after the rigours of winter and those pesky festive bills are almost a thing of the past why not treat yourself to a European weekend away? The last/first season of the year is hard going. Feck all day light, getting overly intimate with random sources of heat, seventeen layers of clothes just to get to the chemist for something to relieve the man-flu. It’s a slog, winter is a slog. But it’s adios to that and on the regular mish-mash of se..

Europa League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 16, 2017 | (No) | 2194
The Europa League this year has been unusual to say the least. In the past couple of years, a big-named team has emerged as winners in the form of Sevilla, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto. However, in the 2016/17 edition of the Europa League it’s difficult to say that there are multiple teams of real pedigree remaining. Manchester United are obviously an exception as a big team, but with the other ‘big names’ being Roma, Lyon and possibly Schalke 04, it’s hard to argue for the pre..

Alternatives For Boozing This St. Patrick’s Weekend

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 15, 2017 | (No) | 1781
St. Patrick’s weekend – preferably not Paddy’s, and definitely not Patty’s – is basically the RAG Week for the world at this stage. All the stereotypes about our proud little nation being full of drinkers comes to life, all in the name of a hazy, vomit-soaked, poorly-channelled sense of nationalism. But at least the rest of the world knows we’re great craic. Silver linings and all that. For those of you who prefer not to spend the week after saying ‘it was class’ but not actu..

5 Top Tips for Responsible Gambling

By Andy Leech | March 15, 2017 | (No) | 1336
Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you? It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there. You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lu..

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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Irish Bloggers You Should be Following Right Now

By Alannah Kenny | March 21, 2017 | (No) | 5068
Blogging in Ireland is fast becoming a very on-trend thing. Whether you’re a blogger yourself or a follower of one, you will see that it is an effective and clever way to find others with similar interests, being part of an online community or picking up some great tips along the way. As we are all about promoting Irish here at The Sharpe, we have selected a variety of Irish blogs that we think you should be following right now! Live Lavishly: Travel and Lifestyle for Men and Women Carly Colga..

How to Cope with the Travails of Airport Travel

By Aidan Clarke | March 19, 2017 | (No) | 1310
Living on an a island on the edge of a continent means that to get in and out of the place, the vast bulk of locals and visitors, whether they like it or not, have to take a flight. This works out as quite a number of people, when you take into consideration that Dublin Airport just had its busiest year ever. In 2016 the airport handled over 27 million people, roughly the population of Yemen. Yeah, that’s a fair head of cattle being bussed in from around the world. When it comes to Irish airpo..

Bistro 53 Restaurant Maynooth – Review

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 18, 2017 | (No) | 4195
When deciding where to go for a nice lunch in a place that isn’t Subway, McDonald’s, Supermacs, etc. in Maynooth, there are a few factors that can make the decision a bit easier: Price – You’re not going to spend a load of money on lunch when there are so many cheaper alternatives. Food – If the restaurant has a theme or certain menu that doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not going to want to go. It’s simple really. Quality – This probably is the most important factor in your decis..

6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect

By Andy Leech | March 18, 2017 | (No) | 1900
Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week. A fu*king documentary. At the start..

The Craziest Drinking Games to Play on St. Patrick’s Day

By Annabel Hynes | March 17, 2017 | (No) | 1992
There’s no end to the kinds of shenanigans that can go down on St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re Irish – or worse, an American with Irish heritage that feels the need to live up to a stereotype. One of the greatest joys of this once-religious holiday is drinking copious quantities of alcohol without judgement, in celebration of our country’s patron saint; and as everyone knows, simply drinking is not enough. It has to get weird. Check out some of the most innovative and plain rid..

The 2017 AIB GAA Football Club Championship Final

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 17, 2017 | (No) | 1355
Friday 17th March, on the traditional day of St. Patrick, is the date for the AIB GAA football club championship final, as Slaughtneil of Derry take on Dr. Crokes from Kerry in Croke Park (TG4, throw-in 5pm). This is the day when a year’s worth of blood, sweat, tears, mud, more sweat, and what feels like 5,400 laps of pitches culminates in the final battle to decide which team is the best in the nation in 2016/17, all while everyone else plays the next season’s league games. But let’s not ..

The Perfect European Getaway Guide

By Aidan Clarke | March 16, 2017 | (No) | 1177
As heat and light begin to bathe the continent again after the rigours of winter and those pesky festive bills are almost a thing of the past why not treat yourself to a European weekend away? The last/first season of the year is hard going. Feck all day light, getting overly intimate with random sources of heat, seventeen layers of clothes just to get to the chemist for something to relieve the man-flu. It’s a slog, winter is a slog. But it’s adios to that and on the regular mish-mash of se..

Europa League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 16, 2017 | (No) | 2194
The Europa League this year has been unusual to say the least. In the past couple of years, a big-named team has emerged as winners in the form of Sevilla, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto. However, in the 2016/17 edition of the Europa League it’s difficult to say that there are multiple teams of real pedigree remaining. Manchester United are obviously an exception as a big team, but with the other ‘big names’ being Roma, Lyon and possibly Schalke 04, it’s hard to argue for the pre..

Alternatives For Boozing This St. Patrick’s Weekend

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 15, 2017 | (No) | 1781
St. Patrick’s weekend – preferably not Paddy’s, and definitely not Patty’s – is basically the RAG Week for the world at this stage. All the stereotypes about our proud little nation being full of drinkers comes to life, all in the name of a hazy, vomit-soaked, poorly-channelled sense of nationalism. But at least the rest of the world knows we’re great craic. Silver linings and all that. For those of you who prefer not to spend the week after saying ‘it was class’ but not actu..

5 Top Tips for Responsible Gambling

By Andy Leech | March 15, 2017 | (No) | 1336
Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you? It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there. You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lu..

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