Author Archives: Aaron McAllorum

This afternoon.

Terminal 1, Dublin Airport.

Some of the 91 members of Team Ireland arrive home from the Special Olympic World Games after winning 86 medals in Abu Dhabi, including 30 gold, 29 silver, and 27 bronze.

From top: Katie Dillon (4th place: shot putt) Emma Barrett (gold, freestyle relay swimming); Mark Claffey (gold, golf); unidentified; Sarah Kilmartin (gold: basketball).


From top: Football defector Declan Rice as a Republic of Ireland player; from his Instagram account in 2015


The footie star, who turned his back on Ireland last month, could start for England tomorrow for the first time following his country switch

…But social media posts have emerged of Rice crowing “up the Ra” and his hope of playing AGAINST the Three Lions….


RICE’S SHOCK COMMENTS Former Ireland star Declan Rice roars ‘Up the Ra’ in resurfaced social media posts ahead of first England game (The Irish Sun)

For the day that’s in it.

Diarmaid Walsh writes:

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Three, sponsor of the Republic of Ireland and supporter of the 20X20 movement present a video (above) highlighting the perceived differences how men and women in sport are described.

Featuring Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Irish international and Arsenal defender Louise Quinn, the video highlights some of the most commonly used words to describe women in sport that are generally not used for men.


Modular home, anyone?

Ardbrae Park, Bray (MyHome)

Fun fact:
The first Mobile Home Park in Ireland was opened at Ardbrae, Vevay Rd, Oldcourt, Bray in 1966, aimed at providing an ‘alternative way of living in an ideal location on a low budget’.

Previously: Behold: Ubershed


Thanks Ted

From top: Róisín McGettigan; Kellie Harrington, Irish World Champion Boxer; Claire Lambe, Irish Olympic Rower; Nicole Turner, Irish Paralympic Swimmer; Róisín McGettigan, Programme Developer; and Róisín Jones, Programme Developer

This morning.

The Olympic Federation of Ireland launched Dare to Believe – a school “activation programme” in which Olympic athletes will take part in workshops in schools across Ireland.

Dare to Believe was developed by 2008 Olympian Roisin McGettigan, who says:

“When I came home from the Olympic Games, I was asked to speak at my local schools. I had all of these hard-earned lessons, international experiences and passion for my sport that I was bursting to share with the next generation, but I soon realised that presenting my story effectively was something I needed to prepare for.

I felt that if I had a template to work with and guidance on how to tell my story, it would have been a better experience for me, but more importantly a better experience for the children to whom I was speaking. It got me thinking about what could be done.

I’m delighted that the Olympic Federation of Ireland, the Athletes’ Commission and the International Olympic Committee have backed this programme. Dare to Believe is an engaging programme that will make a difference in the classrooms and strengthen relationships with Olympians.”


The Olympic Federation launches Dare to Believe programme (Olympic Federation of Ireland)

Republic of Ireland U-17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien with Clara Hogan, Scoil Mhuire, Barntown, County Wexford and her winning mascot design,  Barry the Bodhran

Meet Barry the Bodhran

He may look a bit GAA, but Barry is in fact the winning mascot design – following a nationwide classroom search – for the 2019 UEFA Under-17 European Championships being held here from May 3-19 .

Ted writes;

Q: What happens when a drummer loses his sticks? A: His heart misses a beat.

Nice one Ted.

Official mascot unveiled for UEFA Under-17 EUROs (FAI)

Pic: FAI

English footballer Declan Rice

We’ll take the kit back now.

Keep the boots.

You’ll need them.


Declan Rice: West Ham midfielder declares for England over Republic of Ireland (BBC)

Previously: Dividing The Nation

Pic: Getty


Ah here.

In fairness.

Why We Will Never Forget Munich (Manchester United)




Janet Jackson Superbowl controversy?