On and on, over the hill and the craic is good

14 September 2005

Well, I’m back. Bit later than I thought, but I stayed an extra day because I got a bit of a cold and didn’t want to be on the train with a runny nose and watery eyes.

You may remember that I was cheering for Galway when they played against Kilkenny, well, Sunday was the All-Ireland Hurling Final, and Galway were playing Cork. I said I was still cheering for Galway, but I’ll admit to being a little conflicted.

I do like Sean Óg O hAlipin, and Diarmuid O’Sullivan is also a favourite of mine, and both play for Cork. Still, Cork won last year so I would have preferred if Galway were crowned champions this time round. It wasn’t to be, Cork were, quite simply, the better team. Any time it seemed that Galway might gain the upper hand Cork simply lifted their game, and never looked like losing.

I suppose Galwegians can take some comfort from their victory in the minor final.

And yesterday, when I should have been off shopping, I was instead at home watching the final Battlestar Galactica dvds. It is quite good, no Firefly but entertaining and well-written.

Also went for a driving lesson when I was home. Drove over to Coney Island[1] and back, then the brother (#3) had a bit of practice, and finally the sister, although because she is only 9 she didn’t have to work the pedals. Went okay, I only conked it out once when I forgot to put my foot on the clutch when starting off. Need a bit of practice at changing gear though.


  1. Oileán na gCoíníní – the island of rabbits can be reached by walking/driving at low tide.

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9 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    Yay, welcome back. Sorry bout the cold, I'm getting on myself. And congrads on learning to drive. I love driving a stick. So much fun!

  2. sally says:

    I can't seem to understand Hurling or even for that matter Cricket. But, I am sure it is the same thing as trying to explain baseball…

  3. Alan says:

    Good match though. Tribesmen did well to at least stay in touch right to the end even though they were obviously outclassed. I know he's not quite as pretty as Sean Og O hAilpin but Brian Corcoran was the real difference between the teams as far as I could see.

  4. NineMoons says:

    My friend F's family own a teach on Coney Island. I stayed out there for a few days once – it's only across the bay from the Point but it's like a whole other world. A'course, at that time, there was no electricity and we had gas lights in the rooms, which added to the charm. There was also a wee pub (naturally) where the priest said Mass on Sunday! And we had a hooley in a horsebox. It was great. Happy days.

  5. Fence says:

    Heather we really only have stick over here, the automatic is the exception, so I dont know any different.

    Sally, no one understands cricket :) Hurling is easy though. Think of it hockey, only you can catch the ball and score points as well as goals.

    Alan, I don't really think Seán Óg is pretty. But he does play a damn fine game of hurling. And hopefully he'll play a very good game of International Football when we beat the Aussies.

    We took a detour, or should I say brother no 3 decided to detour over to where the bullet-riddled (Michael Collins wouldn't be too happy with that) abandoned car is to take a peak. I've never actually been on Coney Island, and still technically haven't. We only drove over and back. But there were bazillions of lads zooming all over the sand on their motorbikes and quads.

  6. sally says:


    We have that here but it is called Lacrosse for men and field hockey for females… I tried to watch Cricket as a lot of bloggers referred to recent England victory against Australia….I just do not get it!

  7. Fence says:

    Yeah we have field hockey too. Hurling isn't really like that, cause the ball goes up into the air and other stuff happens. Guess you'll have to struggle on with just your baseball to entertain you :)

  8. NineMoons says:

    Lacrosse isn't played with the same stick as hurling, camogie or hockey. It's a net on the end of a stick. So tis different.

  9. sally says:

    I am just plain wrong…damn!