It’s about who we are, and where we come from, the people you meet on the streets

22 May 2006


Crap. I forgot that the server peeps were upgrading yesterday. That’s why yesterday’s post has been eradicated, and Peter is missing from the header. There is no hope of me remembering exactly what I said, so I’ll just ramble on again about how great Saturday was. And there is always the possibility that it’ll show up again, then again it may not. But first, Luna Nina says:

  1. Yours ::
  2. Charcoal ::
  3. Platitude ::
  4. Graduation ::
  5. Hungry ::
  6. Somewhere ::
  7. Nurse ::
  8. Freak ::
  9. Unbelievable ::
  10. Walk ::

and mine will be after the rugby rambles and the cut.

If you read the post yesterday there will be similarities here, but you’ll just have to deal with that ;)
Now where to begin? Oh yes, with the site of ultra-focused Ronan O’Gara being prodded with an umbrella as he and some of the other rugby lads fought over a red cowboy hat.

See, yesterday saw the Munster team arrive in Limerick for a homecoming celebration. They’d landed in Shannon around 1.00 that morning and after a stay in a hotel began the bus journey to O’Connell St, Limerick. That’d be the street that was flashed up on the big screen in the middle of the match on Sat. And that youtube video is the scenes from Limerick in the final minutes of the match.

Can you picture this, a bus load of semi-drunk fella on an open top bus, in the rain, drinking cans of Bulmers and bottles of Heineken. What a sight ;) Being cheered on by around 40,000 supporters according to some newspapers

It didn’t have any hint of professionalism about it, but that is what made it so great. It was just so honest. And plenty of it was obviously very unplanned. Like Marty Morrissey being summoned on to the stage. Marty, you see, is a GAA commentator, not a rugby man. but he was on duty for RTE covering this event, but well away from the stage. Obviously though he got spotted, and as we’ve all heard this Munster rugby team are not so serious when off the pitch[1] And it ended up with Marty after trying to make his escape being hoisted onto the rugby team’s shoulders. That’s something you don’t see everyday.

I think Marty Morrissey is the nearest thing to O Muirceartaigh that TV has. Though Marty should carry a health warning as he is not good for those of us with even the slightest of cardiac problems! Sometimes you are left thinking that Marty is either going to swallow the microphone whole or jump out of the telly and land beside you.

Who will ever forget ‘There won’t be a cow milked in Clare for a week’ (Munster SFC Final 1992) or ‘By God these Wexford boys mean business’ (Marty, complete with lump in throat, Leinster SHC Final, 1996).

It was a great day, and I’m sure all those who waited frrom 10 in the morning[2] felt it was worth it when they were there to cheer on the team at around 5 that afternoon. It was a long wait in the rain, but after losing 2 previous finals, not to mention a few semi’s, it was one way of showing their appreciation.

Although to the few fans who are now expecting three in a row! Come on, I know that you have to be hungry in order to win at sport, but wanting something and expecting it are two very different things.

Still, they showed up in that rain yesterday, they spent fortunes following the team around Europe. Maybe the fans deserve to have some expectations.

In other sporting news in Ireland most matches were called off because of the rain, including the Sligo v galway one, which means that Galway’s Padraig Joyce will probably be fit for next weekend. The boring golf was also hit, meaning it’ll go into a fifth day today. Although I did like that Darren Clarke[3] excused his bad play on Sat by saying he was too busy watching the rugby to think about his golf game.

And surprise of surprises New york actually won a GAA match. They beat Derry in the opening round of the hurling, although visa issues mean they might not play in the next round. Well, thems the breaks for illegal immigrants. or at least I assume that is the problem they’ll have trying to re-enter the States afterwards if they leave.

Now, is there anything else I mentioned yesterday? Oh yes, the Eurovision. Which, fantastically, was won by Finland, in the form of Monster Rock band Lordi. And I’m proud to report that Irish viewers, clearly taking the competition very seriously, awarded Lordi 10 points. With our 12 going to the weird Lithuanian “We Are the Winners” song[4]

  1. Yours :: Mine, and everyone we know
  2. Charcoal :: grey
  3. Platitude :: pointless
  4. Graduation :: Day. Big demon snake
  5. Hungry :: hungry hippos. But hunger also has a thirst.
  6. Somewhere :: out there
  7. Nurse :: shark
  8. Freak :: chic
  9. Unbelievable :: shure, she’d be a grand wee country. If only we could roof her.
  10. Walk :: the line


  1. virtually forcing An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern into a Munster jersey before the Munster Leinster match for example
  2. maybe earlier
  3. i think it was him, all golf players are the same to me
  4. you can listen to all of the songs here

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13 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Crap indeed! If I'd waited only TWO seconds, all would have been explained. I left you a comment based on the fact that you mentioned my name in your previous footnotes, but now I just sound like some self-absorbed loser. Thanks, Fence. As if I don't have enough trouble with that as it is.

    Heh, we just saw the big demon snake again. Scott's weirding out a little about Willow. Heh. He LIKES Riley! Bleh.

  2. Fence says:

    See, now I can't even go back and stick in that note in this post because then it'd look like you were unobservant :)

    Scott likes Riley? Is he insane?
    Although I'll admit, second time round he wasn't as annoying. Although I doubt I'd ever actually like him. That is one step too far.

  3. Kelly says:

    Scott looooves season 4. He IS insane. Though the second time around it's not as bad, and neither is Riley, though he remains insipid compared to our favorite vampires. Oh, and any of the other main males on the show. Oh, or anyone else.

  4. Fence says:

    Insipidriley, I likes it.

    Season 4 is better the second time round, unless you are Scott obviously.
    I've too many dvds to watch, and too little time. And I can't decide which ones to watch so I end up watching none. It is a curse. A curse I tells ya.

  5. Andi says:

    I know less than nothing about rugby (except the boys are often attractive), so I'll hop on board with Luna Nina.

    Yours :: mine, and ours
    Charcoal :: stomach pump
    Platitude :: platypus
    Graduation :: 2007!
    Hungry :: hungry hippos
    Somewhere :: out there…*singing*
    Nurse :: Florence
    Freak :: naughty nurse
    Unbelievable :: huge ass alligator on TV
    Walk :: like an egyptian

  6. NineMoons says:

    Dudes! I was watching Season 4 buffy last week. And I find myself looking at Riley and thinking "you poor sap" rather than "diediedie". So that's good. I've grown as a person.

  7. Fence says:

    That's okay Andi, I know rugby is a minority sport. Won't stop me yammering on about it though :)

    NM, nice to see you've evolved from hatred to pity. What's next? Love! :evil:

  8. Alan says:

    And while we are rabbitting on about Munster could we possibly spare a thought for the other heroic rugby performance of the weekend by my hometown team, (and one who have shall we say a little bit of history with Munster,) Gloucester winning the European Shield gloriously in extra time yesterday.

  9. Ann says:

    Yours ::Mine, Ours
    Charcoal ::briquettes
    Platitude ::empty
    Graduation ::party
    Hungry ::hungry hippos
    Somewhere ::out there
    Nurse ::Mom
    Freak ::show
    Unbelievable ::Jesus Jones
    Walk ::the Line

    (Seem to be in a movie frame of mind this week. :))

  10. Fence says:

    Come on Alan, you must have felt just a little like thieves after the London Irish kicker bottled it? Or at least that's what it looked like on Sky News, I didn't watch that match.

    Ann sometimes all of my associations turn out to be from films or songs.

  11. Heather says:

    Like Andi; I know very little about rugby, so I'll try my hand at ole Luna

    ours :: mine
    Charcoal :: gray
    Platitude :: banal
    Graduation :: day
    Hungry :: now
    Somewhere :: over the rainbow
    Nurse :: maid
    Freak :: s and geeks
    Unbelievable :: Inconceivable!
    Walk :: this way

  12. Fence says:

    Fair nuff Heather :)

    Hope you had something nice to eat?

  13. Carl V. says:

    Yours :: is mine
    Charcoal :: BBQ
    Platitude :: proverb
    Graduation :: pomp and circumstance
    Hungry :: Hungry Hippos
    Somewhere :: Over the Rainbow
    Nurse :: Ratchett
    Freak :: of nature
    Unbelievable :: Jesus Jones
    Walk :: this way