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The World Cup for Dummies

By Dean Fitzgerald | June 5, 2018 | (No) | 1101
The FIFA World Cup is upon us once again, as the four year cycle reverts to its most exciting position. This year’s edition, hosted by Russia (thanks to Sepp Blatter perhaps?), is sure to be another affair of the grandest scale. Despite being the biggest single sport competition in the world outside of the Olympics, it is common for many to be unfamiliar with the events that will transpire. For those interested in investing a month of the summer into soccer, here are a few pieces of knowledge ..

Evaluating England’s World Cup Chances

By Dean Fitzgerald | June 2, 2018 | (No) | 641
With no Boys In Green to discuss we decided to look at how the home of the Premier League will shape up this summer at the World Cup. A major turn of events took place right under most people’s noses between October 8th 2017 and now. The over-hyping of the England national team by its media was silenced, replaced by a trepidation and fear of humiliation stemming from a combination of a mediocre squad and multiple embarrassing exits in major competitions. Since the World Cup Quarter-Final exit..

Cool Watches to Wear in 2018

By Dean Fitzgerald | April 3, 2018 | (No) | 3395
As time already begins to gather speed throughout 2018, let’s take a minute to look at some of the coolest watches to have this year. Watches have become such a vital part of fashion over centuries incorporating a ‘cool, slick look’. They are now easily usable for any activity whether it be in a sport or at a social event or just for casual wear , the options are limitless. Let’s break them down and take a look at some of the newcomer watches , the classic watches, and of course, the sma..

Fun Family Friendly Activities to do in Carlow

By Dean Fitzgerald | April 2, 2018 | (No) | 718
Often an underestimated and forgotten county, Carlow has ground away year after year in the south east of Ireland. It’s a place that fights to be known for more than the colourful GAA jerseys that The Barrowsiders wear. Not many people know about what Carlow holds, and the kinds of activities available to take part in around the county. Luckily for those of you interested (which since you’re reading you must be), Carlow has a few hidden gems for everyone to take in, especially for famili..

How to Enjoy a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 16, 2018 | (No) | 1736
It’s the day everyone around the world celebrates being Irish, without seeing the irony of that situation whatsoever. People everywhere suddenly have a family tree at the ready to explain how a distant relative from eight generations ago was actually a friend of the cousin of a girl from Ireland, and that totally makes sense. They then shout ‘top o’ the morning to ya’ in an accent that Saturday Night Live would be proud of. All of this before skulling a rake of Guinness in your best over..

The Master’s Guide to 12 Pubs of Christmas

By Dean Fitzgerald | December 16, 2017 | (No) | 1284
The 12 pubs of Christmas is a fairly recent phenomenon in Ireland, but has been established as a regular part of Christmas culture since it began. It’s a great way to bond with friends, colleagues, and teammates, especially given that at the end of the night, at least one person will inevitably be spewing like burst pipe. The thing about 12 pubs is because we expect that outcome, it’s seems less shameful when it happens. The main rule is simple: 12 pubs, 1 pint in each pub, all in one night...

We Need To Talk About ‘Ghosting’

By Dean Fitzgerald | November 15, 2017 | (No) | 1459
Long gone are the days of courting a person you fancy for weeks on end, trying desperately to convince them to go out with you. Nowadays, people simply need to download an app, swipe right a few times, and bang! Conversations begin and romance blossoms. Or, maybe a few unsolicited naked photos, whatever takes your fancy. Ease Of Communication With the incredible ease of communication between potential partners also comes the ease of ending those communications. Many young people have experience..

A Graduate’s Guide to Making Friends In College

By Dean Fitzgerald | October 12, 2017 | (No) | 1034
The beginning of college is exhilarating and terrifying. In the weeks building up to the start of first year, everyone you meet tells you it will be the best time of your young life. Nodding along and muttering something associated with ‘Can’t wait to start!’, the back of your mind niggles away at you – ‘Is college really for me? What if I don’t like my course? What if I can’t make friends?’ This enters almost every prospective student’s mind, so don’t worry too much. In fact..

5 Interesting Bets for Ireland’s Final World Cup Qualifiers

By Dean Fitzgerald | September 26, 2017 | (No) | 2488
It’s all come down to this. Massive performances, huge let downs, deeply annoying bad luck, all will be forgiven if Ireland were to overcome the odds and beat both Moldova and Wales to book a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The likelihood isn’t exactly optimistic. Yet we wait with bated breath for the Boys in Green to give what they have left for the jersey and make us proud to be Irish football fans once again. Knowing the odds are stacked against the Irish makes it even more poetic, ..

Mayo VS Dublin All-Ireland Football Final 2017 Preview

By Dean Fitzgerald | September 16, 2017 | (No) | 7417
After 62 games, the inter-county football season finds itself at the finale. 33 teams began the season with mixed ambitions for the season. New York had a genuine belief of finally winning a championship game, Kerry began their campaign with confidence of ending Dublin’s grasp of dominance over the championship as they had done in the Allianz football league, and the Dubs and Mayo wanted to be back where they had been the year before. Only the latter of these three scenarios came true, with a..

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The World Cup for Dummies

By Dean Fitzgerald | June 5, 2018 | (No) | 1101
The FIFA World Cup is upon us once again, as the four year cycle reverts to its most exciting position. This year’s edition, hosted by Russia (thanks to Sepp Blatter perhaps?), is sure to be another affair of the grandest scale. Despite being the biggest single sport competition in the world outside of the Olympics, it is common for many to be unfamiliar with the events that will transpire. For those interested in investing a month of the summer into soccer, here are a few pieces of knowledge ..

Evaluating England’s World Cup Chances

By Dean Fitzgerald | June 2, 2018 | (No) | 641
With no Boys In Green to discuss we decided to look at how the home of the Premier League will shape up this summer at the World Cup. A major turn of events took place right under most people’s noses between October 8th 2017 and now. The over-hyping of the England national team by its media was silenced, replaced by a trepidation and fear of humiliation stemming from a combination of a mediocre squad and multiple embarrassing exits in major competitions. Since the World Cup Quarter-Final exit..

Cool Watches to Wear in 2018

By Dean Fitzgerald | April 3, 2018 | (No) | 3395
As time already begins to gather speed throughout 2018, let’s take a minute to look at some of the coolest watches to have this year. Watches have become such a vital part of fashion over centuries incorporating a ‘cool, slick look’. They are now easily usable for any activity whether it be in a sport or at a social event or just for casual wear , the options are limitless. Let’s break them down and take a look at some of the newcomer watches , the classic watches, and of course, the sma..

Fun Family Friendly Activities to do in Carlow

By Dean Fitzgerald | April 2, 2018 | (No) | 718
Often an underestimated and forgotten county, Carlow has ground away year after year in the south east of Ireland. It’s a place that fights to be known for more than the colourful GAA jerseys that The Barrowsiders wear. Not many people know about what Carlow holds, and the kinds of activities available to take part in around the county. Luckily for those of you interested (which since you’re reading you must be), Carlow has a few hidden gems for everyone to take in, especially for famili..

How to Enjoy a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 16, 2018 | (No) | 1736
It’s the day everyone around the world celebrates being Irish, without seeing the irony of that situation whatsoever. People everywhere suddenly have a family tree at the ready to explain how a distant relative from eight generations ago was actually a friend of the cousin of a girl from Ireland, and that totally makes sense. They then shout ‘top o’ the morning to ya’ in an accent that Saturday Night Live would be proud of. All of this before skulling a rake of Guinness in your best over..

The Master’s Guide to 12 Pubs of Christmas

By Dean Fitzgerald | December 16, 2017 | (No) | 1284
The 12 pubs of Christmas is a fairly recent phenomenon in Ireland, but has been established as a regular part of Christmas culture since it began. It’s a great way to bond with friends, colleagues, and teammates, especially given that at the end of the night, at least one person will inevitably be spewing like burst pipe. The thing about 12 pubs is because we expect that outcome, it’s seems less shameful when it happens. The main rule is simple: 12 pubs, 1 pint in each pub, all in one night...

We Need To Talk About ‘Ghosting’

By Dean Fitzgerald | November 15, 2017 | (No) | 1459
Long gone are the days of courting a person you fancy for weeks on end, trying desperately to convince them to go out with you. Nowadays, people simply need to download an app, swipe right a few times, and bang! Conversations begin and romance blossoms. Or, maybe a few unsolicited naked photos, whatever takes your fancy. Ease Of Communication With the incredible ease of communication between potential partners also comes the ease of ending those communications. Many young people have experience..

A Graduate’s Guide to Making Friends In College

By Dean Fitzgerald | October 12, 2017 | (No) | 1034
The beginning of college is exhilarating and terrifying. In the weeks building up to the start of first year, everyone you meet tells you it will be the best time of your young life. Nodding along and muttering something associated with ‘Can’t wait to start!’, the back of your mind niggles away at you – ‘Is college really for me? What if I don’t like my course? What if I can’t make friends?’ This enters almost every prospective student’s mind, so don’t worry too much. In fact..

5 Interesting Bets for Ireland’s Final World Cup Qualifiers

By Dean Fitzgerald | September 26, 2017 | (No) | 2488
It’s all come down to this. Massive performances, huge let downs, deeply annoying bad luck, all will be forgiven if Ireland were to overcome the odds and beat both Moldova and Wales to book a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The likelihood isn’t exactly optimistic. Yet we wait with bated breath for the Boys in Green to give what they have left for the jersey and make us proud to be Irish football fans once again. Knowing the odds are stacked against the Irish makes it even more poetic, ..

Mayo VS Dublin All-Ireland Football Final 2017 Preview

By Dean Fitzgerald | September 16, 2017 | (No) | 7417
After 62 games, the inter-county football season finds itself at the finale. 33 teams began the season with mixed ambitions for the season. New York had a genuine belief of finally winning a championship game, Kerry began their campaign with confidence of ending Dublin’s grasp of dominance over the championship as they had done in the Allianz football league, and the Dubs and Mayo wanted to be back where they had been the year before. Only the latter of these three scenarios came true, with a..

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