The Financial Challenges Facing Irish Rugby

It has been a welcome few weeks for Irish rugby with the announcement that O’Brien, Heaslip, O’Connell and Earls have all committed there medium to long term futures to their provinces. While the latter two were realistically never going anywhere there was genuine surprise that the IRFU were able to hold on to both O’Brien … More The Financial Challenges Facing Irish Rugby

Heineken Cup Clean Sweep – Ireland smash, crush, destroy………..

A clean sweep over the weekend for the Irish who vanquished English, Italian and French opposition in the Heineken Cup. To quote Cu Chulainn himself after the Táin Bó Cúailnge, “there a great side, we knew they would come at us but thankfully we smashed them”. And while Connacht may have put a momentary full … More Heineken Cup Clean Sweep – Ireland smash, crush, destroy………..

Tight five – thinking points from Leinster v Castres

Eoin Redahan was couch-side for another Leinster victory this weekend and gives his tupence worth in five easy to plagiarise points. Steal as you see fit…… Marty Moore mania – Last week’s performance seemed to have kindled a sort of Marty Moore mania among Irish media types. Moore did just about okay on Saturday, as … More Tight five – thinking points from Leinster v Castres

Leinster v Ospreys – The Most Recent Encounter

Ahead of this weekends Heineken Cup clash between the Ospreys and Leinster, see below extended highlights of the most recent RaboPro12 encounter in the RDS. No doubt we will see another tight affair this weekend with a depleted Leinster looking to pick themselves up after their trip to Thomond. Hat tip to Leinster Rugby TV … More Leinster v Ospreys – The Most Recent Encounter

The (New) European Cup – A Few Question Marks?

I was in Israel recently with my good friend and fellow TDC contributor, Eoin Redahan. Amid all the sightseeing, drinking, dancing, sweating and general revelry we discussed a variety of topics including the future of the European cup. When I say we discussed it, we asked each other a series of questions, speculated on possible … More The (New) European Cup – A Few Question Marks?

Amlin Challenge Cup Final Preview: Blaggers Guide to Stade Francais

Ahead of this weekend’s Amlin Challenge Cup Final between Leinster and Stade Francais, I decided to take a look at the all singing, all dancing showbiz French rugby side that divides opinion both at home and abroad. Historically considered a heavyweight, Stade have had a few difficult years but what can Leinster expect? Below is … More Amlin Challenge Cup Final Preview: Blaggers Guide to Stade Francais

Tips for Tenants – Navigating the Rental Market

Following on from my recent post – ‘Tips for Landlords’ – I wanted to follow up with a post containing some tips for people looking to rent. I have rented properties in Dublin city centre for a few years and between myself and friends we have seen pretty much everything the rental market can throw at you. … More Tips for Tenants – Navigating the Rental Market

Tips for Landlords: The Do’s and Dont’s of Letting

Living and renting in Dublin city centre over the years I have repeatedly come across s variety of common mistakes made by landlords when looking to let properties. The first in a series of posts, I have listed below some general tips for landlords. These insights are based on positive and negative experiences so I … More Tips for Landlords: The Do’s and Dont’s of Letting

In BOD We Trust

After a disastrous Six Nations for Ireland, I thought it would be worth sharing something positive. As you might expect, that revolves around the greatest Irish rugby player ever and one of the all-time greats. Enjoy. Via JK FAN

Fight preview: Carl Frampton vs Kiko Martinez

The crowd strained the seams of Dublin’s Point Depot. A showband droned, and then Bernard Dunne strode through green smoke with the devil in his eyes. Few fans, however, will remember the ring entrance. They remember three knockdowns inside 90 seconds, the Spaniard that silenced the carnival and Dunne’s vacant gaze as the ref waved his … More Fight preview: Carl Frampton vs Kiko Martinez

NomNom Review: Deville’s Restaurant, Dalkey

I paid a visit to Devilles Restaurant in Dalkey last Friday. A new restaurant on Castle Street, I was interested to see what the latest Dalkey eatery had to offer, especially since it had replaced a long established (but questionable) restaurant on the main street. The menu consists of fairly standard meat and fish dishes … More NomNom Review: Deville’s Restaurant, Dalkey