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Pro14-reeks: nie veel vir die Kings om na uit te sien nie

Dit gaan ʼn lang, koue en nat winter vir die Southern Kings in die Pro14-reeks wees.

Leinster, wat steeds sonder van hul voorste Ierse toetsspelers was, met verskeie wat met beserings sukkel (Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Jamie Heaslip, Richardt Strauss, Ian Nagle, Dan Leavy en Peader  Timmins), twee sleutelspelers (Devin Toner en die Wallaby-flank Scott Fardy) aan wie vaderskapverlof toegestaan is, en ook sonder die kaptein, Isa Nacewa, en die oud-Hurricanes-skrumskakel Jamison Gibson-Park moes klaarkom nadat hulle Woensdagaand na weens die visumkwessie na Dublin teruggestuur is, het die Kings in die Nelson Mandelabaai-stadion maklik met 31-10 geklop.

Drie gespeel, drie verloor, slegs 30 punte aangeteken en reeds 120 punte afgestaan. Dis wat op die Kings se vorderingverslag staan.

Daar was Saterdag slegs ʼn handjievol toeskouers in die Baai en daar sal ingegryp moet word, want die Kings se vertonings plaas ʼn demper op die reeks.

Almal weet dat die Kings (weer) aan die diep kant gegooi is en sukkel om kop bo water te hou.

Die leenspelers sukkel om aan te pas en daar is nie genoeg diepte nie.

♦  Vir die Cheetahs is die vooruitsigte  baie beter, want hulle het ná ʼn sege van 54-39 oor Zebré in Bloemfontein van die onderpunt van die punteleer af opgeskuif.

Ja, die Cheetahs se verdediging laat veel te wense oor en ja, die rondvallery tussen die Pro-14 en Curriebekerreeks kan hulle aan die hakskene byt, maar die bond het minstens die bul by die horings gepak deur duisende toeskouers (gratis) stadion toe te lok.

Dit spoor die tuisspelers aan en onthou, die wedstryde word oorsee op televisie uitgesaai, wat ʼn goeie beeld skep.

Daar is min dinge wat ʼn span ophef soos ʼn oorwinning (al was dit teen een van die houtlepelspanne). Nou kom Leinster Saterdag aan die beurt en sal ʼn mens ʼn beter idee kry of die Cheetahs die mas sal opkom.

♦  Munster, wat die Ospreys met 21-16 geklop het, en die Glasgow Warriors, ná hul oorwinning van  20-19 oor die Cardiff Blues, is voor in die Cheetahs se afdeling.

In die ander afdeling is Leinster en Ulster, wat die Scarlets met 27-10 geklop het, onoorwonne en saam voor.

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It’s a Long, Long Way to….Dublin?!?


Ok, so it’s not the same as the traditional song “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” but from where I stand, Tipperary, or Tipp as the locals call it, is only 45 minutes from Dungarvan. Tipp is so close (how close is it?)…well, it’s so close that a friend of ours actually commutes there every day. Mary, or Mary from Tipperary as we call her, makes the long way (not really) over there each day and lives in Dungarvan because she likes it here better. We call her Mary from Tipperary because there are a ton of Mary’s in town and it’s our only way of knowing which one we’re talking about. Turns out Mary was the most popular name in Ireland for girls 50 years ago which would make sense that we know quite a few Mary’s since we’re about that age (yeah – I know it’s hard to believe). The name Catherine was a close second back then, according to my sources. Today, Emily and Grace are the most popular girl names. Now for the boys out there, it may be no surprise that John and Michael were the top names 50 years ago but today however, James and Jack hold the top spots with John and Michael not even making the Top 10 (go figure). Sean, one of the more popular names I would have thought, didn’t even make the top ten 50 years ago but came in at number 5 this time around. One thing I have notices in Ireland is they don’t do the whole junior or senior thing. Instead, they use the term “og” to distinguish a father from a son with the same name. The term “Og” actually means young but is also used similar to the term junior in the US. Sean Og, a cousin of my wife Kathy, is a good example of this.

I have clearly digressed here from the topic at hand, namely just how long it is to get to Dublin and how on earth should you get there. As most of you know or have hopefully read in my previous blogs, we got to Dublin back in March by plane from the good ole US of A. After renting a car, an automatic of course, we made the drive down to Dungarvan and hadn’t been back since. This all changed a couple weeks ago when my many trips to Dublin began. First up, a bus trip to Dublin to see the semi-final senior hurling match between Waterford and Cork at the hallowed Croke Park. As most people know, bus trips are usually not the speediest form of travel but are certainly a step up from driving especially if you’re going to experience a lot of traffic or have no idea where you’re going. They’re a nice bonus too if you’re going to be drinking and shouldn’t be driving in the first place (you can see my blog on that trip here for a perfect example of this). For those of you who did read that blog, it was definitely a great trip up because Waterford won the game and is now headed to the All-Ireland Hurling Championship this coming Sunday. Dungarvan is going to go crazy if they win and the party will be just the beginning of the celebration if they win with the Liam MacCarthy Cup making the rounds through the county starting Monday. Tuesday will be the big day for Dungarvan when the town will literally shutdown when the lads come to town (hopefully) with the coveted cup after a 59 year absence (think how crazy Chicago was after the Cubs finally won the World Series).  Keep your fingers crossed!

Next trip just a week later was by train with a friend from the Men’s Shed who has agreed to teach me how to paint. No, not the paint by numbers, but actually paint brush in hand in front of canvas. Now to those of you who know me well, my artistic skills are, let’s just say, lacking. Drawing a stick man is about the best I can do at this stage. So my soon to be teacher decided it would be a good start to go up to the National Gallery in Dublin and actually see some art to get a feel for what I’m getting myself into. Turns out there is a special exhibit at the gallery featuring Vermeer. Let’s just say, the Vermeer exhibit was just the beginning of my cultural exploration as we spent well over 4 hours looking at hundreds of paintings in a huge gallery.  As they say, everything in moderation and that includes culture so I was pretty much maxed out on culture that day (probably for a few more weeks as well). It was a great experience though especially having spent the journey up on the train watching a video of a painter taking you through the process of first drawing and then painting a portrait. You really get an appreciation for the amount of work that goes into these things when you actually see the process.

Now reference the train trip itself, the trains in Ireland and Europe for the most part, are very nice and extremely timely. If it says departing at 9am, you best be there by that time or it will leave you in the dust. So the good news for this trip besides all the culture I experience of course, was the free train ride. Turns out that seniors 66 and over in Ireland get free bus and train rides for the rest of their lives. It’s called the Free Travel Scheme and is a great benefit for all the seniors in Ireland. Something to look forward to when you turn 66 years old. As my friend is over 66 and has a minor balance issue, he is also able to take someone along for free (me!). So off we went via train first and then the Luas, which is Dublin’s Tram system. A great day to explore the gallery and also see part of Dublin which included Trinity College where the Book of Kells is located (ask google if you don’t know about it). One other thing I’ll mention about the train is just how clean and tidy it was. Even the toilets, with their automatic doors were immaculately clean. One thing I thought was very cool in the toilet was the automated sink. You walk up to the sink and there are 3 sensors located above it. So you basically hold your hands underneath each one – first comes the soap, next the water and finally the blow dry. So cool…I did see something similar in England on our visit (see blog on that for more details) where you held your hands under one sensor without having to move them and first came the soap, then water and finally blow dry. What a country? All in all, a great day and the only way to travel to Dublin especially if you have a travel pass.

Finally, the last mode of transport to Dublin, the automobile. This is where you really feel the long road especially when you go up and back in short order. Enter the family visitors. Up until just recently, we did not have any visitors from the US. And then all of a sudden, the dam breaks and we get all our visitors in the span of about 2 weeks. First up, my sister arrived last week for a short stop over before her journey to Moscow to live like a local. As this was my first trip back to Dublin via auto I was most happy to have my handy GPS with me to guide the way. GPS is a godsend in this country especially given the lack of road signs. As usual, there is an app for GPS on most phones and my app of choice is Waze. It not only tells you how to get where you’re going but also alerts you to traffic jams and garda speed traps. As her flight was in the early am I made my way up there around 7am and was happy to encounter next to no traffic on the road until I reached the beltway around Dublin. And even there, while traffic was heavy given it was rush hour time, I didn’t have to stop once and made pretty decent time.

So that makes 4 trips to Dublin in the last couple weeks by bus, train and automobile and no surprise, as I alluded to earlier, the train wins hands down. That said, I’ve got 4 more trips by car to Dublin in the coming weeks when my brother comes to town. I’ll be an old pro on Dublin by the end of these trips so feel free to come on over for a visit and enjoy the Murphy’s travel service.  Sorry no automated toilets included.

Finally, as the name of the blog implies, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, I thought I would include the lyrics for your entertainment. But first, the Irish phrase of the week:

PHRASE: Cathain a bhainfidh an traenach/bus amach i Baile Atha Cliath
PRONOUNCED: kohh-inn a bwin-igg on tray-nock/bus ah-mock i ball-yeh aq-hah klee-ah
MEANING: When does this train/bus arrive in Dublin?


It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

Up to mighty London
Came an Irishman one day.
As the streets are paved with gold
Sure, everyone was gay,
Singing songs of Piccadilly,
Strand and Leicester Square,
Till Paddy got excited,
Then he shouted to them there:

It’s a long way to Tipperary,
It’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way to little Mary
To the sweetest girl I know!
Goodbye, Piccadilly,
Farewell, Leicester Square!
It’s a long long way to Tipperary,
But my heart’s right there.

Paddy wrote a letter
To his Irish Molly-O,
Saying, “Should you not receive it,
Write and let me know!”
“If I make mistakes in spelling,
Molly, dear,” said he,
“Remember, it’s the pen that’s bad,
Don’t lay the blame on me!


Molly wrote a neat reply
To Irish Paddy-O,
Saying “Mike Maloney
Wants to marry me, and so
Leave the Strand and Piccadilly
Or you’ll be to blame,
For love has fairly drove me silly:
Hoping you’re the same!”



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Trinity College – Campus Accommodation

Within the famous Trinity College, Dublin, these campus rooms and apartments are located in central Dublin. The famous Book of Kells is just a short walk away through the historic 16th-century college.

The campus accommodations in Trinity College are in either modern apartments or historic study rooms in older areas of the College. Rooms all include bed linens, towels, and tea/coffee facilities.

The accommodations enjoy a fantastic location surrounded by history and great architecture, within Trinity College’s 35 acres of cobbles and green spaces. In the very center of Dublin, the college is a 10-minute walk from Temple Bar and Grafton Street.

Guests at Trinity College can enjoy either a continental or a full cooked breakfast.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Dublin, according to independent reviews.

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Dublin! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Dublin! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next step before you book. After you book, we’ll provide details so you can contact the property directly.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Indoor Pool
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– Fitness Center
– Restaurant
– Facilities for Disabled Guests

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Alles is nie reg in Suid-Afrika nie


‘n Paadjie in Ierland. Foto: Verskaf.

Skarrelkind van Ireland skryf:

Ek het die skrywe in verband met die groener weivelde van ander lande, “Die gras is toe nie groener elders nie”, interessant gevind. Ek verstaan egter nie die doel van die skrywe nie.

Ek gaan aannames maak en vra: Is dit een of meer van die volgende redes?

  • Jy is werklik hoopvol en wil almal bemoedig om deel te wees van die oplossing;
  • Jy wil nie hê meer mense moet die land verlaat en gapings in die ekonomie laat nie;
  • Jy weet nie van beter nie (wat ek sterk betwyfel)
  • Jou lense is net eenvoudig rooskleurig;
  • Jy probeer jouself oortuig.

Om watter rede jy ook al die stuk geskryf het, een ding is gewis: Alles is nie oukei in Suid-Afrika nie.

Op sosiale gebied gaan dit power in Suid-Afrika. Dis ʼn gemors. Dit maak nie saak wat die Instituut vir Rasseverhoudings opdis nie. Ek gaan nie ʼn lang storie maak nie: Penny Sparrow, die Spur-insident, ensovoorts. Wit mense word uiters onregverdig behandel en dit lyk nie vir my of dit beter word nie.

Ons is almal besig om te ontaard as gevolg van die geweldige sosiale spanning waar onder ons voortdurend verkeer.

En hoe pas Suid-Afrikaners nie meer kultureel aan by Europa nie? Europa is deurtrek van vreemdelinge. Hulle bring kos, taal en kultuur saam. Daar was twee weke gelede ʼn kerkbasaar in Dublin en Amazon UK verkoop Freddy Hirsch-biltongspeserye in hulle aanlynwinkel. ʼn Mens kies om aan te pas of nie.

Jou opinie in verband met die ekonomiese faktore is, met alle respek, ongegrond. Ierland byvoorbeeld is duur. Die minimum loon per uur is ongeveer €9,50. As die twee van ons elkeen 40 uur per week werk, is ons lewenskwaliteit bykans wat dit in Suid-Afrika was. As ʼn mens nou ʼn ordentlike werk kry, meer in ʼn mens se veld, dan is die lewenskwaliteit beter as wat dit vir ons in Suid-Afrika was. Plus ʼn klomp ander pluspunte, wat ek nie in Suid-Afrika het nie.

“Vir wat,” vra die skrywer. Dis eenvoudig: Vir veiligheid en vryheid. Vir eerstewêreldse standaarde, al moet ʼn mens soos jy sê, jou standaarde aanvanklik effe verlaag en alles wat jy ken agterlaat.

Om jou lewe daar agter te laat, verseker vir jou ʼn lewe hier. Vir ons was dit ʼn “no brainer”.

Jy verwys na misdaad as ernstig, maar ʼn mens moet die bul by die horings pak en maar die beste daarvan maak. Hoe? Hoe maak jy die beste van ʼn ouer/eggenoot wat wreedaardig deur ses gewapende mans vermoor is? Moenie dat vrees jou vries nie – met ʼn 9 mm teen jou kind se kop? Dis nonsens, niemand behoort in vrees te lewe en hulleself maar tot die beste van hulle vermoë te beskerm nie.

As ek hierdie gru-stories hier vertel, dan sê baie vir my dat dit onmoontlik is dat dit op enige plek op aarde só wild kan wees. Hulle ken dit nie. Hulle glo dit nie. Een verkragting in Ierland maak sulke opslae in die media dat mens vir ʼn hele week niks ander nuus hoor nie. In Suid-Afrika is moord en verkragting algemeen.

En polities gaan dit nie te sleg nie want ons kan darem nog die president kritiseer? My liewe aarde, die man het ʼn staatskaping toegelaat, miljoene gesteel en het honderde kriminele klagtes hangende teen hom; en ons kan nie van hom ontslae raak nie. Wanneer sou jy dink dit gaan regtig sleg? Etniese uitwissing? Plaasonteinening? As die wisselkoers ZAR R50 vir €1 is?

Die vraag is dus nie of dit groener is nie, die vraag is of alle Suid-Afrikaners kan aanpas in weivelde wat anders proe, en of hulle sukkel om gewoond te raak aan die smaak en verkies om, ten spyte van wat alles in Suid-Afrika verkeerd loop, eerder aan die bekende smaak van die Karoobossie te wei.

En dis goed so, elke mense doen die beste wat hulle kan. Hulle gaan, hulle bly, hulle skerp sekuriteit op en byt vas, kies die pad en kom terug, as hulle wil.  Elkeen moet self kan besluit en nie veroordeel word nie.

Maar daar is baie groener weivelde, en ʼn mens maak opofferings om ʼn nuwe lewe te begin, maar ek weet daar is ʼn 95% kans dat ek nie ʼn gewelddadige dood aan die hand van kriminele gaan sterf nie.

Ons gaan ook nie hongerly nie en die weer kan oorkom word. En dit is genoeg vir ons vir nou.

En terloops, Europese bier proe baie beter as plaaslike bier (dit was net ʼn grap!).

Sterkte aan almal. Ons lees gedurig Suid-Afrikaanse nuus en dink aan julle.

Hierdie brief is verkort om by die voorgeskrewe lengte vir briewe te pas – Red.

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For this weekend do some City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour!

Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during this popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from one or two day tickets and select one of two popular routes that highlight the best of the Emerald Isle.

Discover historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace and enjoy free extras, such as 1916 walking tour and a glass of Guinness at a selected venue. With 28 stops along the way – including the Guinness Storehouse, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Old Jameson Distillery – this popular option ensures you don’t miss a thing!

Highlights City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour in Dublin Travel the city in style by open-top double-decker bus Choose from two different routes stopping at 28 sits of interest throughout Dublin Take in top city attractions such as Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery Enjoy complete freedom to hop on and off at your leisure Gain insight into Dublin’s history from the informative on-board commentary Enjoy discounts in local food and drinks establishments and free extras, such as a 1916 Walking Tour What You Can Expect City Sightseeing Dublin Choose from a 1- or 2-day ticket and step aboard the City Sightseeing open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 28 stops around Dublin city.

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Cruise Ireland’s ancient capital in style and take in amazing city views from the comfort of your seat. Travel the red route to hit top Dublin highlights such as the National Art Gallery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the world-famous Guinness Storehouse, or the yellow route for Trinity College, Parnell Square, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublinia. Buses depart regularly from each stop along the red itinerary route, leaving you free to hop on and off at your leisure. Enjoy the freedom to use the City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off service as much or as little as you like.

Stay on board for a complete city tour, or use the bus to navigate your way to the attractions you’re keenest to see. Informative on-board commentary offers valuable insight into the city’s fascinating heritage and ensures you don’t miss any of the highlights! Your ticket also includes discounts in local food and drink establishments and free extras, such as a 1916 walking tour.

Itinerary Stops:
1 R/B. 13 Upper O’Connell Street (City Sightseeing Shop) 1 B. Abbey Street
2 B. Abbey Street / Abbey Theatre
3 R/B. Nassau Street 3 B. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
4 R/B. Leinster Street
5 R/B National Art Gallery
6 R/B Merrion Square
7 R/B Dawson Street
7a R/B. Pearse Street
8 R/B. College Green (Irish Whiskey Museum & Dublin Visitor Centre)
9 R/B. Dame Street / Temple Bar
10 R/B. Dame Street / Dublin Castle
11 R/B. Christ Church Cathedral
12 R/B. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
12a B. Teeling Whiskey Distillery
13 R/B High Street
14 R/B Guinness Storehouse
15 R/B Royal Hospital Kilmainham
16 R/B Kilmainham Gaol
17 R/B Heuston Station
18 R Parkgate Street
19 R. Phoenix Park
19a R. Parkgate Street
20 R/B National Museum of Decorative Arts & History
21 R/B St. Michan’s Crypt
21a R/B Smithfield
21b B St. Michan’s Church
21c B Constitution Hill
21d B Brian Boru Pub
21e B Glasnevin Cemetery
21g Mountjoy Square
23 R Parnell Square
24 B Croke Park

R: Red Route
B: Blue Route

Book a room to rest HERE! and do it all over again tomorrow! Relax, your in Dublin!
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