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  • La Boca, Bitburger and Béal Feirste

    June 29, 2010 @ 3:10 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Talk about bad luck – for me anyway! The programme for the 11th McCracken Summer School in Belfast will be launched tomorrow at 5pm in La Boca bistro in Belfast city centre, a place where I often eat when I am in the city. The food is always good and they also serve one of Germany’s best beers, Bitburger. But oh no, I can’t go and have some Bitburger and briathra binne because I have a prior commitment. Ah well. Festival details are here. Mmmm, Bitburger…

  • Brady beats the best – again

    @ 9:49 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Congrats to Cavan’s Paul Brady who won his sixth US Open handball championship on the trot at the weekend in the States. He is indeed some pup. Good news for Cavan as he can be back in time for their next championship match. Was at the Armagh-Donegal game at the weekend – supporting the Orchard County. Very good win for Armagh but Donegal were v. poor. Do believe though that Jamie Clarke is the real deal. Very like Stevie from Killeavy – great hands and very, very cool for someone who is just 21. Fermanagh next for Armagh as their back-door Ulster championship continues. Anyone want to bet that Armagh end up playing Tyrone at some stage this year. (PS former Armagh great Paul McGrane passed me in his car the other day. Nearly bowed!)

  • Red head alert!

    June 28, 2010 @ 11:13 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Do you know any red heads (Latin: homo gingerus. Irish: rud rua) who may have gone missing during the recent spell of very hot weather? A brother or sister perhaps? A school friend? A colleague? Red heads can suffer greatly in hot weather – those with freckles are particularly vulnerable. If you have not seen a red-headed friend lately, give them call. Cheer them up by telling them it will soon rain and they can go out again. Perhaps you could visit and bring them a large sombrero or spare some change so they can buy some factor 50. Don’t mock them with jokes about looking like a lobster. Red heads have feelings too you know. Go on – call a red head today.

  • Vuvuzela v Lambeg Drum

    June 24, 2010 @ 11:05 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    A thousand vuvuzelas against a thousand Lambeg Drums. Who would cause the most noise? My money would be on the drums which are beginning to boom out across my wee corner of planet earth in anticipation of the 12th. Perhaps we can get our own back on African supporters by making sure that the next world cup is drowned out by Lambegs and flute bands: “Bloody Europeans and their drums! They are spoiling the football!”

  • Summer camp in Belfast

    June 14, 2010 @ 12:28 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain are organising an Irish-language summer camp for teenagers between 11 and 16 in Belfast between Monday 26th July and Friday 30th July. Course costs £20.

  • Saville report on Raidió na Gaeltachta

    @ 12:11 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast a special programme tomorrow (Tuesday 15 June) at 4.10pm to mark the publication of the Saville Report on Bloody Sunday. Máirín Ní Ghadhra will present and guests will include journalist Póilín Ní Chiaráin, Tony Ó Dochartaigh, son of Pádraig Ó Docharthaigh, one of those killed on the day, Sinn Féin’s Gearóid Ó hEadhra and others.

  • Lennon lands Celtic job

    June 9, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    So, Neil Lennon is confirmed as Glasgow Celtic’s new manger with a one-year contract. Hardly a ringing endorsement but hopefully it will allow him enough time to improve the club’s fortunes. He has certainly laid out his manifesto and is quoted as saying he wants the players to go to “war” every time they take to the pitch and bring back “the thunder”. Them’s fighting words, alright. Anyway, I would say that morale among the Celtic fans I know is pretty low. Indeed, the guy in the chippy (who is mostly certainly not Elvis) has little positive to say about the club at the moment and has stopped watching them play – and he is covered in Celtic tattoos. You know things are bad when the guy with tats has lost interest. A bit of thunder is probably just what he needs.

  • Ag baint an fhéir

    June 8, 2010 @ 10:49 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    I love this time of year out in the country – the silage men are at work, taking advantage of the good weather (just gone!) to cut grass until the cows come home. The size of the machinery never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes there will be convoy of tractors, trailers and combines all rumbling down the road making the sort of noise that would not be out of place in an AC/DC concert. (It’s a far cry from the Pigs and Sixers of my youth!) Yet, for all the noise, there is finesse in their work; those long looping lines of freshly-mown dark green grass that appear behind tractors. They often remind me of the trail sand worms leave in the beach during the summer. And that wonderful smell. I love the smell of mown grass in my own little garden and you cannot miss the smell of scalded sap rising from acres and acres of newly-cut fields. And it’s not just for the fun. It may be summer but the farmers are already looking forward to winter feed, saving themselves a few bob and hoping to get another cut, perhaps two!, between now and the end of summer. All hail the silage men! All hail!

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