Almanac (Gaelic) Football and Golf – The Lowry’s Eyes are Smiling

Peter Baulderstone knew about the British Open golf win of Irishman Shane Lowry at spectacular rainswept Royal Portrush on the weekend. This is the less known story of Shane’s father Brendan and Uncle’s Sean and Michael winning the All Ireland Gaelic football title in 1982 for minnow Offaly against the might of county Kerry going for a historic fifth successive win. Great video highlights of the best football you will see all week.

Almanac Hurling (and Travel): An Australian on Tour (in search of kulcha)

Matt O’Hanlon and G-Squared are on tour in Ireland. Matt is having trouble with the language but he’s loving the kulcha. [Classic O’Hanlon and a great travel yarn – JTH]

Dion Fanning – Farewell the GAA summer and all the things I learned

Dion Fanning returns to Dublin after 20 years, to find comfort in the Gaelic games of his youth. [Great piece on the place of sport in lives – Ed].

Big H’s first pack of Galahs

Rob Heath on the team of Mr Universes who visited Ireland as The Galahs in 1967. [Cracking historical tale – Ed]

From Croke Park to Vicarage Road is a one hour flight with Ryanair

Like a buzzing beer garden in twilight, All Ireland Football Championship quarterfinal day at Dublin’s Croke Park is fantastic. During our family tour of Ireland, France and Italy, we see a conclave of cathedrals but with O’Keefe ancestry in County Cork, this becomes a special pilgrimage. And while it’s Dublin and Roscommon clashing, a vivid [Read more]

The Queen to visit Croke Park

Yes, you read it right. Check out this piece first published in The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/08/queen-britain-croke-park-ireland

Irish news: Ricky Nixon kicks tyres in the Emerald Isle

   by Peter Lenaghan   For the past three weeks, Australian Rules football has been prime-time television viewing on the emerald isle. The focus? Not St Kilda’s outstanding form, or Jimmy Stynes’s cancer battle, nor the many suitors trying to woo Nathan Buckley. Instead, a documentary team has told the story of the young jewels [Read more]