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You might recall the competition to tie in with the release of Fury (2014).

Readers were offered a chance to drive a WW2 tank (like the one above) at the Irish Military War Museum Strinagh, Collon, Slane, Co. Meath

Runners up:

DNS: “I deserve to drive a WWII tank because I feel the need…….THE NEED to make up for other ‘inadequacies’ in my life.”

Bertie Blenkinsop: “I deserve to drive a WWII tank because. .. ah I’m not really Sher man.”

V for Viennetta: “I deserve to drive a WWII tank because then I would be full of thanks and a tank would be full of me.”

Declan:I deserve to drive a WWII tank because after being informed I’m being let go next week, I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Spaghetti Hoop: “I deserve to drive a WWII tank because I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to Meath.”

Mr. P.: “I deserve to drive a WWII tank because I do a tankless job, to provide for a tankless wife, the mother of my tankless children, a drive in this tank would be a Howl(itzer).”


1. I drive a car like a tank (Ranault megane). It eats petrol like a tank, costs the same to insure as a tank, makes the same noise as a tank and occasionally tanks.
2. Because when I was a kid I had a fish bowl and never a tank.
3. Im Irish so I say tanks all the time.
4. I go to church every week, they guy at the top says ‘let us give tanks’ and have I ever received one? Not even close.
5. Even though Im a middle aged man with 2 kids and a family saloon, I wants my 100 nazi scalps!

Thanks all.

Previously: I Deserve To Drive A WW2 Tank


The first of the yule season 2014

Irish-made stocking filler from dad and daughter beekeepers.

Céir Bare writes:

My father and I are beekeepers. He sorts out the honey and I make beautiful body butters and lip balms from the wax that our own bees produce in East Cork.  There are two body butters (currently) Lime and Black Pepper & Bergamot and Patchouli. They’re a little different than the usual flowery sorts. Available in 100g & 200g (€8 & €10) so perfect for the Xmas stocking!. Facebook (link below) has more details on the products., Email me at Happy to take orders in Ireland and the UK

Céir Bare (Facebook)

Irish Made stocking fillers to marked ‘Irish Made Stocking Fillers’. No fee, all filler. bestsciencebest entertainmentbestmusicwebsitebestradiobestonlinebestdaily

Great night, in fairness.

Some of the winning people and teams from last night’s Realex Fire Web Awards. at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin last night hosted by Rick O’Shea.

Best Website in Ireland – Sponsored by Realex Fire
FireFly Friends

Best Online Publication – sponsored by Blacknight
The Cork News

Best Web Only Publication

Best Daily Web Only Publication

Best Radio Website

Best Sports Site – sponsored by BiaBrazil
We Wear More

Best Music Site
Nialler 9

Best Entertainment Website – sponsored by PollDaddy
Waterford Whispers

Best Arts Website
Everyman Theatre Cork

Best Science and Technology Site – sponsored by BH Consulting

Best New Web Application/Service
Local Authority Finances

Best Website of a Startup – sponsored by Blacknight
Team Work

Best Government and Local Government Website
Waterford Harvest Festival

Best Education and Third Level Website
Dart of Physics

An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr

Best Microsite
We Wear More

Best eCommerce – Micro (5 or less full-time employees)

Best eCommerce – Small (5 or less full-time employees)
Hairy Baby

Best eCommerce – Medium – Sponsored by SENSORPRO
Todds Leap

Best eCommerce – Trading Internationally – Sponsored by Handmade Marketing
FireFly Friends

Best eCommerce – Retail – sponsored by Wolfgang Digital

Best SME Website – Micro (5 employees or less) – Sponsored by IE Domain Registry
Cuckoo Events

Best SME Website – Small (5 employees or less)

Best SME Website – Medium (20 employees or less)

Best SME Website – Large (21 employees or more)
Engine Yard

Best Financial Services Website

Best Responsive Design
Firefly Friends

Best Mobile site – sponsored by goMobi from dotMobi
Where Does Your Tax Go?

Best Practice – sponsored by DeviceAtlas from dotMobi

Most Beautiful Website in Ireland
Firefly Friends

Most Useful Website in Ireland
Get Out, Find Out

Most Innovative Website
Pledge Sports

Web Agency of the Year – sponsored by

From top: Ash Carroll, Leo Marlodin, Dave Jackson, Zissy Zeidan, Graham Carroll, Mry CollinsBest mobile web site, Donal de Buitlear, Mary Rose Lyons, Eileen O’Sullivan, Eamon Donovan, Paddy O’Reilly; Best SME website, Ash Carroll, Leo Marlodin, Dave Jackson, Zissy Zeidan, Graham Carroll, Mry Collins; Best Science website, Irish Tech News: Simon Cocking, John Armstrong, Sheena Murphy; Best Entertainment Website Waterford Whispers: Damien Mulley (awards organiser), Colm Williamson, Gerry McBride; Best Music Website, Nialler9, Aidan Cuffe, of Goldenplec, collecting on Niall Byrne’s behalf; Best radio website, 98FM: Laura Holland, Trish Laverty, Georgie Gavin, Nideen Finnegan; Best Online Publication, Cork News, Daniel Carey, Michele Neylon, Maxine Achon Carey; Best Daily Online Publication Catriona Corinne; Best eCommerce Site, HairyBaby, Daragh Murphy.

Realex Fire Web Awards 2014

Pics: Ben Keenan


What do you mean ‘we won something’?

The winners of tonight’s Realex Fire Web Awards 2014 on stage in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

Including joyous ‘ricksmith John Moynes (back right, stilts, flailing arms) and Karl Monaghan (obscured) representing the ‘sheet.

Full report and results in de morning.


Realex Fire Web Awards

Pic via Darren Gale


Matt Wall

Conor Cooke writes:

My friend [Dr] Matt Wall from Templeogue [Dublin] has gone missing [details at link below] in Swansea where he lectures, could you post so any of the Irish community in the area can be on the lookout.

Police appeal for missing Swansea University lecturer Dr Matt Wall (South Wales Evening Post)

UPDATE: Matt found safe and well.


Think you’re Brad?

Alison Keegan, of Sony Pictures writes:

To celebrate today’s release of Brad Pitt’s new film FURY (2014), we are giving two lucky winners a FAMILY PASS to the Irish Military War Museum where they can drive an authentic WWII tank! The winners will also receive a double pass to see FURY (cert 15A) and a GOODY bag full of FURY merchandise….

To enter, just complete this militaristic demand.

‘I deserve to drive a WWII tank because____________________________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.30pm

Previously: Broadsheet Trailer Park: Fury

No cash, favours, tank rides, etc. were given for this post other than de prizes.

Thanks Barry H