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Bistro 53 Restaurant Maynooth – Review

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 18, 2017 | (No) | 6432
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..

The 2017 AIB GAA Football Club Championship Final

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 17, 2017 | (No) | 2778
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 ..

Europa League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 16, 2017 | (No) | 5520
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) | 3999
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..

Champions League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 7, 2017 | (No) | 3919
Heading into the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, there had been a lot of strong performances and results from the usual teams and players. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both topped their groups, and Lionel Messi scored a near unbelievable 10 goals in the group stages (if it wasn’t Messi that is). Even so, the 2016/17 edition of the Champions League has thrown in some big surprises. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Porto finished behind Borussia Dortmund, Atlético and Leicest..

David Haye v Tony Bellew – Who Has More To Lose?

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 4, 2017 | (No) | 4750
What started out as an exchange of words has quickly become a personal grudge wih real venom between David Haye and Tony Bellew. Immediately after knocking out BJ Flores last October, Bellew called Haye out in the ring, saying “I’ll put you and that pathetic haircut to sleep”. After more bickering like parents at an U-14 game, Haye agreed to the fight, and since then Sky Sports and their unstoppable over-hyping machine having been lapping it up, forcing pay-per-view ads down everyone’s t..

Has the Dublin Tech Summit Filled the Gap?

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 1, 2017 | (No) | 2458
Two weeks ago an estimated 10,000 people attended the Dublin Tech Summit in the Convention Centre in Dublin city, a new conference that was put in place after it was found that the mega successful Web Summit was moving to Lisbon last year. Although attendance numbers were slightly below expectations, there was a sense of satisfaction that the Summit had attempted to tackle a question that constantly sits on the minds of those invested in technology: What is the future of the tech industry in Ire..

Can an Ulster Team Win the 2017 Allianz Football League?

By Dean Fitzgerald | February 27, 2017 | (No) | 3663
After three weeks, the Allianz National Football Leagues have been living up to their expectations as the least predictable, most entertaining part of the GAA Football calendar. Every week there seems to be a surprise upset and teams are performing above expectations around the country. Even Dublin aren’t coasting through games like they usually do. It’s refreshing to see. Ulster teams are at the forefront of this discussion, as we gauge what chances each team has to win their respective div..

The EFL League Cup – Is There Any Point?

By Dean Fitzgerald | February 25, 2017 | (No) | 2978
The EFL League Cup, formerly known as the Carling Cup or Capital One Cup to most people, reaches its exciting conclusion on February 26th (4.30pm, Sky Sports) when Southampton and Manchester United face-off in Wembley Stadium. In recent years, this trophy has been won by English club powerhouses such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ahem, Swansea City and Birmingham City… but this year plans to be a cracker. Who’s In the 2017 Final? Southampton Southampton have been baffling i..

The Best Free Music Apps

By Dean Fitzgerald | February 22, 2017 | (No) | 3445
Human beings are, by nature, scabby pricks. Everyone loves getting things for free because it’s who we are. So when anyone hears that there are apps that provide things for free, we’re all over it! Human beings also love music, because music gives us a point of release, it can reflect or change our mood, keep us entertained, and it can allow us to express emotions in a way that we feel comfortable. That, and Ed Sheeran. The man is an international treasure and probably great craic on a night..

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Bistro 53 Restaurant Maynooth – Review

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 18, 2017 | (No) | 6432
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..

The 2017 AIB GAA Football Club Championship Final

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 17, 2017 | (No) | 2778
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 ..

Europa League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 16, 2017 | (No) | 5520
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) | 3999
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..

Champions League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 7, 2017 | (No) | 3919
Heading into the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, there had been a lot of strong performances and results from the usual teams and players. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both topped their groups, and Lionel Messi scored a near unbelievable 10 goals in the group stages (if it wasn’t Messi that is). Even so, the 2016/17 edition of the Champions League has thrown in some big surprises. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Porto finished behind Borussia Dortmund, Atlético and Leicest..

David Haye v Tony Bellew – Who Has More To Lose?

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 4, 2017 | (No) | 4750
What started out as an exchange of words has quickly become a personal grudge wih real venom between David Haye and Tony Bellew. Immediately after knocking out BJ Flores last October, Bellew called Haye out in the ring, saying “I’ll put you and that pathetic haircut to sleep”. After more bickering like parents at an U-14 game, Haye agreed to the fight, and since then Sky Sports and their unstoppable over-hyping machine having been lapping it up, forcing pay-per-view ads down everyone’s t..

Has the Dublin Tech Summit Filled the Gap?

By Dean Fitzgerald | March 1, 2017 | (No) | 2458
Two weeks ago an estimated 10,000 people attended the Dublin Tech Summit in the Convention Centre in Dublin city, a new conference that was put in place after it was found that the mega successful Web Summit was moving to Lisbon last year. Although attendance numbers were slightly below expectations, there was a sense of satisfaction that the Summit had attempted to tackle a question that constantly sits on the minds of those invested in technology: What is the future of the tech industry in Ire..

Can an Ulster Team Win the 2017 Allianz Football League?

By Dean Fitzgerald | February 27, 2017 | (No) | 3663
After three weeks, the Allianz National Football Leagues have been living up to their expectations as the least predictable, most entertaining part of the GAA Football calendar. Every week there seems to be a surprise upset and teams are performing above expectations around the country. Even Dublin aren’t coasting through games like they usually do. It’s refreshing to see. Ulster teams are at the forefront of this discussion, as we gauge what chances each team has to win their respective div..

The EFL League Cup – Is There Any Point?

By Dean Fitzgerald | February 25, 2017 | (No) | 2978
The EFL League Cup, formerly known as the Carling Cup or Capital One Cup to most people, reaches its exciting conclusion on February 26th (4.30pm, Sky Sports) when Southampton and Manchester United face-off in Wembley Stadium. In recent years, this trophy has been won by English club powerhouses such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ahem, Swansea City and Birmingham City… but this year plans to be a cracker. Who’s In the 2017 Final? Southampton Southampton have been baffling i..

The Best Free Music Apps

By Dean Fitzgerald | February 22, 2017 | (No) | 3445
Human beings are, by nature, scabby pricks. Everyone loves getting things for free because it’s who we are. So when anyone hears that there are apps that provide things for free, we’re all over it! Human beings also love music, because music gives us a point of release, it can reflect or change our mood, keep us entertained, and it can allow us to express emotions in a way that we feel comfortable. That, and Ed Sheeran. The man is an international treasure and probably great craic on a night..

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