In what is an unglamorous international fixture between Ireland and Greece the media were no doubt struggling to fill column inches around a fixture that was never going to capture the sporting public’s attention to any extent. Thankfully for them first assistant manager Marco Tardelli steps forward and states that 2012 was a fantastic year for Ireland and now Glenn Whelan has spoken at his frustration of being overrun in midfield as opposing teams easily overcome Ireland’s rigid 4-4-2 formation. Today’s picture is taken from the Irish Examiner and you can read the full article about Whelan here.
It was news all Irish rugby, and especially Leinster fans, didn’t expect or wanted to hear. Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll has been ruled out for 12 weeks as his ankle injury is much worse that first thought and requires surgery. Not only that but Ulster hooker Rory Best has also been ruled out. With full back also a problem position Kidney has been forced into a major re-think of the make up of his back-line for the November Internationals. Follow @Nigeltails
There was only one show in town yesterday, with those taking part each contributing their own personal story which makes the Dublin Marathon such a unique event. This picture from the Irish Times really captures the entire gambit of emotions at the finishing line; from joy to relief to exhaustion. Well done to all who took part and to all those who raised funds for worthy causes. Follow @Nigeltails
The final of the Bord Gáis U21 hurling final took place on Saturday in Thurles and it was a cracker of a final. Clare beat Kilkenny in what was a high scoring game, 2-17 to 2-11. Clare, who have been very impressive throughout the Championship, fully deserved their win. Conor McGrath, Cathal McInerney and Patrick O’Connor all put in big performances and helped the Banner men to only their second All-Ireland title at this level. The last one coming in 2009. The U21 B final was also a very enjoyable match with Roscommon beating Kildare by a score line of
This Saturday Kilkenny and Clare will take on each other in Semple Stadium, Thurles in the Bord Gáis Energy U21 All Ireland Hurling Final. Without doubt these two sides have been the stand out teams of the Championship and deserve their places in the Final. Both sides have big performers in their ranks which will make for a cracking final. Today’s picture is from the Irish Daily Star and was taken at the captains day yesterday in Semple Stadium. We wish both teams the best of luck! *Bord Gais Energy is a client of Pembroke Communications
A thrilling All-Ireland Hurling Final ended in a draw yesterday, and will go to a replay on the 30th September the replay since one since 1959. Most analysts agreed that a draw was a fair result and GAA fans certainly won’t complain as these two teams will most certainly serve up another exciting and skillful spectacle. Incidentally the minor game between Dublin and Tipperary also finished in a draw, 1-16 to 2-13. This picture from the Irish Examiner shows Joe Canning taking the all important 73rd minute free that gave Galway the draw.
It was another great evening at the Paralympics for Team Ireland as Michael McKillop took another gold in the 1500m race. It was a very special and emotional medal ceremony as Michael was presented his medal by his mother. Being presented a medal by a family member is a rare occasion and is a great honour, the surprise was organised by P&G who are making great efforts to build their association with the games. Ireland currently have eight medals; five gold, two silver and one bronze. Today’s picture is from the Irish Independent.
The west was alive yesterday following an exciting All-Ireland Semi-Final in which Mayo beat reigning champions Dublin 0-19 to 0-16. It was a game that Mayo dominated and at one stage in the game they had a steady ten point lead. Then, in the final twenty minutes Dublin got a good run with the ball and narrowed Mayo’s lead to just a few points. It was a heart stopping second half for the Mayo fans but there was as much relief as joy in the end when the final whistle blew. This will be the first final since 1948 that
The Paralympic Games got off to a spectacular start last night as Professor Stephen Hawking took us all on a voyage of scientific discovery from the Big Bang to the Large Hadron Collider. Prof. Hawking narrated the three hour event at London’s Olympic stadium which featured Sir Ian McKellen, dance group Flawless and singer Beverley Knight. Cyclist Cathal Miller carried the Irish flag out to the crowd as shown in this picture from the front page of the Irish Examiner. Let’s all get behind Team Ireland for the next 10 days!
The Paralympics get underway tonight at 8.30pm with the opening ceremony commencing, in which Ireland’s 49 athletes will parade proudly in the Olympic stadium. Ireland’s flag bearer is Cathal Miller who is competing in three events. These Paralympic Games, which begin tomorrow, are set to be one of the biggest yet with 2.4 million tickets already sold. This picture from the Irish Independent shows one of our very talented swimmers, James Scully training ahead of what will be an exciting Paralympic Games.