Sunday, July 22, 2007
Well played fella.
The President and the Taoiseach have sent their congratulations to Irish golfer Padraig Harrington who has won the British Open Golf Championship.
He beat Spain's Sergio Garcia in a four-hole playoff at Carnoustie in Scotland to land his maiden victory in a major and the first by a European for eight years.
Harrington, 35, completed the extra holes in 15 shots (level par) after the two Ryder Cup colleagues had finished the championship locked together on seven-under 277 following an incident-packed day of high drama on the east coast of Scotland.
Garcia, who had led the championship from day one, returned a closing two-over 73 while Harrington had a four-under 67.
The Taoiseach said: 'This is an incredible personal achievement and I am delighted for him and his family as I know how close he has come to winning a Major on a number of previous occasions.
He becomes the first Irishman to win a major since Fred Daly won at Hoylake in 1947.
'I know of Padraig's dedication on the practice ground and single-minded determination to improve his golf.'
After his victory Harrington said: 'I have come a long way. When I turned pro I would have settled for becoming a journeyman.
'It's been great to be named as someone who could win a major but that brings its own pressure. To actually go and do it, well I don't know what to think.'
Thursday, July 19, 2007
However, parades and other celebrations will continue on 17 March.
The decision to move the feast day was taken after it emerged that the traditional 17 March religious festivities clashed with the second day of Holy Week.
Tourism Ireland says civic celebrations will continue as normal on 17 March.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Padraig Harrington went into the last round three shots ahead and was two shots ahead teeing-off on the 17th. A bogey for Harrington and a birdie for Dredge on the 17th made them all square and that's where they stayed after 18.
The par 5 18th was chosen for the first play-off hole. Dredge hit his third shot into the bank of the river Maigue and the title was Harrington's.
It's a very different experience watching golf live and on TV. In most arena based sports the spectator and televsion viewer end up with similar experiences becuase they both see pretty much the same thing. However in Golf the TV viewer has the advantage of being transported from hole to hole instantly whereas the spectator has to either stick with a group of golfers or stick on a particular hole.
We went with a mixed approach. We followed Harrington for the first three holes and then got a great position on the 8th green to wait their arrival and watch other groups play through. We then made our way to the back nine and got a good vantage point for the 18th green.
You miss a lot of the action while on the course. The spectator can say that he was there when it happened, but the TV viewer can say he saw what happened. This I fell is the reason that golf isn't a popular spectator sport with the participant/spectator ratio being much higher than in other sports.
In the end we enjoyed our day and saw the important action in the play-off on 18.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The programme will be shown on May 28th at 9 p.m. and will be available for purchase on DVD after that.
Eddie O'Sullivan was on hand to give a brief interview afterwards, but unfotunately none of the players attended.
Monday, May 07, 2007
The team beat Scoil Íosagáin from Dublin in the final. The final score was 30-22.
They beat Skibbereen in the Semi-Final.
All Ireland Schools First Year A finals (UL):
Boys: Castleisland Community College, 49, St. Joseph’s, 38. Cal Oranmore and St. Aidan’s, Cork finished joint third.
Girls: Presentation, Killarney, 30, Col Iosagain, Dublin, 22. Presentation, Listowel and Mercy High, Skibbereen finished joint third.
As all canvasers do he asked for my vote. I told him that it would be difficult to vote for Fianna Fáil this year due to the way the Government are treating the doctors and nurses. I cited the bullying by Mary Hearney in the contract negotiations and the insulting comments by Tim O'Malley, where he stated that some people liked to have waiting lists as it made them feel powerful.
And what was Willie's response?
Well I don't know much about that. I'm the Minister for Defence and that's not my area. I'm the lcoal man here and we're looking for your vote.
What an erudite, insightful and strong defence of his party's policies. It certainly wn me over.
Good man Willie. Keep up the good work. Let's just hope that Ireland isn't invaded between now and Election Day.
Monday, April 30, 2007
The latest issue of the Irish Medical Times reports on the boycott of the newly advertised consultants posts, which are being offered under new conditions, by NCHDs from all medical specialities.
Junior doctor and outgoing President of Anaesthetists in Training in Ireland Dr Brian Pickering, told Irish Medical Times that their refusal to apply for the posts under the proposed Government contract is not about money, but about “professionalism”. “The overwhelming issue for us is not pay and conditions - the salary that is being presented is difficult to relate to but this is about professionalism and about being undermined by the Government and the Minister in particular. We will not be applying for these posts,” said Dr Pickering, who will finish his training in December and will begin applying for jobs abroad.
“As doctors, we are not in the business of promoting ourselves in the media, we are not seeking re-election, we’re not managers of enterprises, we don’t have the skills necessarily to present our message strongly to the public. It’s impossible to conduct an effective media campaign while doing a busy job and that is the problem. But we don’t want to become people who have to appeal in the media all the time to fight for a cause.
“At the moment we have a professional autonomy that allows us to make decisions we feel are in the best interests of patients and unfortunately the contract as presented to us destroys that, and this is where the strength of feeling arises. It doesn’t arise from €205,000 not being enough, it is down to the future working conditions and our relations with the HSE. They are being aggressive and I don’t think we can work with employers like that.” He said junior doctors who should be applying for posts are now planning to leave the country.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
My photos are:
1. 2006_02_26 Ireland Vs Wales_0082,
3. Cruising On The Shannon_0061,
4. Africa 32,
5. I've Got You My Precious,
6. Aerial I
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
This was the historic first rugby match in the G.A.A. grounds.
THe match was a tense affair with Ireland pulling ahead in the dying minutes by four points. Unfortunately France drove down the pitch at the restart and scored a try and clinched the match.
It was like having your stomach torn out, losing at such a late stage and the most galling thing of all was that the French proceeded to do a lap of honour.
Well hopefully Eddie O'Sullivan will now take the opportunity to strengthen the squad for the World Cup and give some of the peripheral players the quality game time that they require.
Although having said that I don't think it would go down too well in the country if England beat Ireland in Croker.