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Gemini You are making yourself worse by dwelling on what might have been, instead look around at what you have now and learn to appreciate it and be grateful. You have a lot more going for you than you realise. Yes, you should have joined more societies, but there is still time! Aries You will get your reward this month but only if you are serious and show how committed you are. Allow The Moon and Uranus to work out their differences before acting at your maximum. Yes you have been holding yourself back far too long, this is the month to prove just how strong and courageous you can really be. When you hear about the party in Tramway, do not hesitate to go, it will be one of your favourite memories. Capricorn Capricorn, it is a time to stand up and make some decisions about yourself and the people around you. Your friends’ family and colleagues are counting on you, so you need to balance your family and work as best you can. Make sure you do not get the 77a bus on October the 22nd, heed my advice to your own folly. Libra You sometimes get stuck in negative thoughts, but this will pass with a positive outlook... The best news is, the further Libra gets in to October 2011, the more Libra gains back control of their own destiny. The moon will shine upon you throughout this month, although unfortunately it will be from the back of a bus in the form of a teenager’s backside. Sagittarius October starts off a little slow for you compared to those around you, stick to your guns and don’t be over influenced by outside forces to make rash changes. People will respect you more if you stand your ground, even if it means you get to become a little more stubborn at times. If you get a chance to, go see Bipolar Empire; they won’t disappoint. Taurus You are about to come across a golden opportunity that you will regret if you let it slip away. You are in danger of getting stuck in a rut, you order the same sub every day from Quiznos but maybe you should mix it up and by next month things will improve and you will perhaps get to book that holiday you have been dreaming about.
Aquarius You need to show patience and keep your feet very firmly on the ground, but still remain sharp enough to grasp each opportunity that comes your way during October 2011. When asked if you want aftershave in the toilets on a night out, be wary that you may have to pay for it. Cancer Look further and you will find new opportunities in which to grow and with full support but don’t forget your roots. Do speak up for yourself however; make sure that you blow your own trumpet, but not too much; remember what happened the last time you went overboard. Leo Be careful of looking through those rose coloured spectacles this month, not everything is as bright as it looks. Learn to compromise instead of getting angry and upset with others, sit down and work out a plan that will suit everyone’s needs as well as those of your own. If you feel like buying another tracksuit in the Square, please don’t, you already have 8. Pisces Use this day to make your plans for the rest of what could be a very interesting and productive month for Pisces. Hopefully by the end of the month you will also have the necessary strength to take charge at home; don’t do anymore chores, wash any clothes or dishes because you are after all a student and can live in squalor. Scorpio Once you have the first week of October 2011 out of the way you will have more ability to overcome any setbacks by standing on your own two feet, irrespective of what other people try to say or imply about you; haters gonna hate. Virgo October 2011 is an ideal quiet time for Virgos, it is a time to kindle a romance, bromance and start supporting FC Mainz. Do your best to resist other kinds of temptation at times, especially financially with your own hard earned cash. Don’t let other people decide where to put it. Those who are helpful may be difficult to spot amongst the crowd who are not actually on your side. Beware of the top floor toilets, in every building you visit.
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By J. Clancy
ITT Parking Guide
o unfortunately the days of parking our cars up on the grass of the college are behind us now thanks to our good friends, the clampers. Many would have been further discouraged at the start of the year to find that the extended Car Park around the back is now under construction. So now we’re minus another 60 spaces! So until the new parking spaces comes in, here is a handy guide to parking in IT Tallaght. For guaranteed parking in the morning you have to get into the college before 9.00 am, which if you’re like me and all your classes start at ten, is not very ideal.
If you’re parking in the college from 9.00 – 13.00 you’ll most likely end up parked behind the orderly queue of cars waiting beside the entrance round the back, for anyone who might be leaving soon. You may also be expected to give the stranger a 5 second lift down to their car in which you get to force an awkward conversation that usually goes something along the lines of “Parking’s terrible isn’t it?” “Yeah, awful”. Uncomfortable silence... “Thanks” “No bother”. Unfortunately waiting in the queue can take ages and there’s always the odd couple of cars sharking around the car park hoping to nick the space.
People’s Press Recommends 1. The Square: Free parking for the first two hours! But after that it’s 2 euro an hour. Some people like to sneak off midway through class before the 2 hours are up, drive the car out, then drive it back in for another 2 hours. But that might sound like a lot of effort and I can’t recommend it anyway or we’ll get in trouble. 2. Airton Road: Free parking as it’s an industrial estate, just don’t park in any of the company parking spots. Good ten minute walk from there to the college though. 3. DID Car Park: Best spot if you’re in college for the day. 4 euro for 24 hours, 3 euro if you get the student thing (Ask at the entrance). It’s also safe to leave overnight if you have no where else to leave your car. There’s also parking around the Smyths area but it’s pay per hour. 4. AIB Bank Parking Lot: Village Green: There’s only about twenty odd spaces but you can park there from 9.00 – 17.00 free of charge. Though it is supposed to be for AIB customers only and you are going to get stared out of it by the queue of cars that wait for a spaces outside once they spot your school bag and cop what you’ve been at. There’s parking in village green as well but again it’s pay per hour.
We don’t Recommend The Apartments Car Park: The spots beside the metro. Not because there’s a code you need to get in, which is hardly cryptic, but because the staff in there are getting very suspicious lately of any cars they don’t recognize. And they’re not buying the “I’m just visiting my sister who lives here” line anymore. Haven’t heard of anyone getting clamped in there mind and there are plenty of spaces but still not worth the interrogation you get if they spot you. Parking beside the Metro: That little space to the right of the pub, don’t park there. You’ll get a ticket. Don’t try parking at the entrance to the church either for the same reason. Parking on the margins of a car space line: It’s not a space and you will get clamped if you park there, nice idea though. Don’t Park there either.
When are the new spaces coming in?
ell there is some good news in that the extended car park currently under construction will be back in the next week. Might even be back by the time you’re reading this. And even more good news is that the college is working on 200 new spaces! That’s 70 over by the Dublin West Education Centre and 130 in between the Creche and Synergy building. Only problem
is it won’t be finished till April/May of 2012. As well as this there are further plans to extend the college building soon after which will subsequently end up removing 100 of these new car spaces. Still progress though, I guess. So until the new parking comes in I wish you the best of luck and if this doesn’t help well there’s always the luas! If there are any other spaces we’ve left out
please let us know! Unless it’s a really good secret one, in which case you should probably keep it to yourself.
By D. O’Connor
Bombay Bicycle Club- A Different Kind of Fix Three albums in two years is pretty impressive by any standards, but Bombay Bicycle Club are a pretty impressive band. Capable of throwing the odd curveball while maintaining an overall cohesion, the songs come on relentlessly on this album and you can’t help but being impressed. The piano chords on lead single ‘Shuffle’ get stuck in your head and you can’t help but have a smile on your face. Third album in and Bombay Bicycle Club have done well, very very well. Tracks to skip to: ’Lights Out, Words Gone’ ‘Shuffle’. James Morrison - The Awakening Now I firstly have to say that James Morrison has thrown up some guilty pleasures for me, ‘You Give Me Something’ found me singing along in the car in what can only been described as a cringe worthy moment. I actually don’t remember what I liked about it, maybe it was the fact it was everywhere, it was inoffensive and it got stuck in my head. Morrison seemed to be forgotten, lost in the bunch of singer songwriters that seemed to be knocking about in 2009. Well he’s back, and it’s not the great triumphant return that you were expecting. In a genre that you could call ‘mum music’ Halfway through this album I found myself getting very bored. Skip ‘Beautiful Life’. Kasabian – Velociraptor! Kasabian have long since taken the mantle off Oasis for the ultimate bloke band, their songs evoke the sounds of football, pot noodles and fights in a chipper. This new offering - ‘Velociraptor!’ - is something different from the band, it is far from the perfect pop album but fans and haters alike will be surprised by the album. There’s nothing straightforward about it, each song seems to be another genre, some work, some don’t. Overall it will mostly please older fans, but it might even attract some new ones. Tracks to skip to: ‘Switchblade Smiles’. ‘Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To’.
Beyoncé - 4 Beyoncé seems to be doing the ol’ Led Zeppelin trick with her fourth album titled ‘4’. ‘Run the World (Girls),’ the first single taken from the album, seems to be that new formula of the Beyoncé factory of hits that stick to the principle of ‘why don’t we stick Beyoncé’s voice over that great dance song’, in this case being Major Lazer’s song from a couple of years ago ‘Pon De Floor,’ This formula has earned her number ones every couple of years, but unlike others this is utter shite. 4 is a good Beyonce album, it’s not going to change or rule the world but that probably doesn’t matter. Tracks to skip to: ‘Countdown’, ‘Best Thing You Never Had’.
The crowd want Delamore!
mma Nolan talks to Neil Delamere after his show in IT Tallaght in which he performed to hundreds of students during Freshers’ Week. Hey Neil, you’ve just come off stage how do you think the gig went? Yeah it was great fun I have to say, the audience were really up for it. Everything was well set up here, sometimes you go to colleges you haven’t been to before and the set ups are not as good as they were here, so it was great fun I have to say. So what was your biggest break? The Panel, without doubt. I did a few things in 2004, I did the Montréal Just for Laughs Festival and I did my first Edinburgh Festival. From the Just for Laughs spot that was on TV here, the producer of The Panel got in touch. And once I got in as a regular on The Panel you can tour, and you get offered your own shows, so that was definitely the break. It opened a lot of doors for me.
As a comedian who inspires you or who would you pay to see? Hmmm I think to pay, I would go and see Stuart Lee, Mitch Hedberg is amazing but unfortunately he’s not with us anymore. Someone like Daniel Kitson, maybe these are names that people wouldn’t necessarily be familiar with. They are some acts that have made it from the Edinburgh festival that would be big in the UK. I would always go to see Dara O’Briain and Tommy Tiernan, I wouldn’t pay to see them though (laughs), I’d text them or have to ring ahead! We have played some clips of Mitch Hedberg on our comedy show on ITT Radio The man was a genius; in terms of the way he wrote things. Just the rhythm of his delivery, it was so eloquent. It a great thing ‘cause it can show you how different comedy can be. You can have someone telling long stories, someone telling one-liners or someone telling surreal one-liners like Mitch Hedberg Would Mitch be one of the ones that inspired you to get into comedy? No I actually discovered him a bit later, when I had done comedy for a while. The people who influenced me were when I was in College, Ardal O Hanlon and Tommy Tiernan. They had done the BBC ‘stand up show’, It was on about half 12 when you’d come in from the pub, and you saw these guys you could relate too, they spoke like me and they came from a similar background. They made it as comedians and it suddenly became an option. I wasn’t really aware of it as a job, some of the guys were so good, so slick, so polished and so funny that I thought that ‘maybe I’d like to try this’. I had no intention of doing it as a job though; I just wanted to do it once.
Neil Delamere with Emma and Student Union members Kevin McLoughlin and Mark Mooney
Born: 1980 Birthplace: Edenderry, County Offaly His new tour ‘Restructuring’ is hitting Vicar Street on November 26 On the curse of Irish heritage … ‘Like all Irish people no matter what you look like, including women, if you grow a moustache, or beard, it will have some red in it. It’s like genetic rules. ‘You could actually have alopecia, be entirely hairless over your entire body and you will still be ginger there.’ ‘It’s bizarre and I don’t have red hair, it’s like God has decided a little bit of you will be ginger and when you least expect it its sneaks up on you’.
Born: February 24, 1968 Died: March 30, 2005 (aged 37) Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota
A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer. I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too. My roommate said to me, ‘I’m gonna go shave and use the shower; does anyone need to use the bathroom?’ It’s like some weird ass quiz where he reveals the answer first. This shirt is “dry-clean only”...which means it’s dirty. If I had a dollar for every time I said that, I’d be making money in a very weird way. I have a vest. If I had my arms cut off, it would be a jacket.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
By Graham Bollard
t might only be out little under a month, but Tomas Alfredson’s adaption of John le Carre’s classic espionage novel is already staking its claim in cinematic history and it’s easy to why. From the opening sequence between a British spy and a Hungarian General, which doesn’t go quite as planned, Alfredson echoes the assassination scene in the first Godfather by using the rumble of a nearby train to build tension and suspense as one character’s paranoia gets the better of him. This scene nails down the tone and style for the entire picture and acts as the hook that will eventually reel you in over the two hours it takes place. The most important thing about this film is George Smiley and the
man who plays him, Gary Oldman. The marriage between character and actor is one that is bound to stand the test time. Smiley is brought back from forced retirement to uncover a double agent planted by the Soviet Union in the highest ranks of MI6. Everything about Oldman’s performance is Oscar worthy; the guts of the character is not portrayed in words and actions but rather in mood, atmosphere and body language. It would also appear that more prefect marriages are at work, in fact, the entire film works together on all levels to create constant rhythm and pace that almost becomes hypnotic at times. Whether it is the sound of bird wings flip-flapping
blended with typewriters chit-chattering or how the camera glides through the opening credit sequence in sync with the Alberto Iglesias’s moody score this film leaves no aspect of its filmmaking to chance. The film also sports one of the best supporting casts in recent memory: Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and Tom Hardy all add the cherry to the icing at the top of this cake. Each actor gives a memorable performance no matter
how small a part they play. Like the storyline each small puzzle piece makes the film fits together perfectly. The only issue I had with the film was the complex storyline and the slow moving first half. As I haven’t read the book or watched the seven-part television series I knew nothing about the story other than what the trailer gave away. The first thing I quickly realised was I would have to work to keep
track of the layered plots and subplots, and this is before we attempt to figure out who the traitor is. Because of this the audience might be left feeling a scene or two behind the action. The pacing, though brilliant, is quite slow and cumbersome at times and left me struggling for consciousness. Any problems the film might have are overweighed by its many positives. With twists that hit you in face when you don’t quite expect them, chemistry between characters that’s smoother than its 70’s style and suspense that rivals Hitchcock, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy marks itself down as the ‘Citizen Kane’ of spy movies.
Reviews By Daniel O’Connor
yan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defence for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly
serious criminals. Verdict-This film is no antic-frantic affair; instead, it’s a cerebral game of stop-and-go, hideand-seek, as the director behind the camera handles things exactly like the guy behind the wheel - with a stylish mixture of cold calculation and cool aplomb.
or as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he’s living someone else’s life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons’ website, all of Nathan’s darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined. VerdictPerhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached.
Crazy Stupid Love A
t fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse,
in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of “unsmooth”. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Verdict- This is not the ultimate romantic comedy - the one that makes you fall as hard for the characters as they do for one another while savouring their every interaction - but it seems fresher and less recycled than much of the product out there.
By S.J. Valls Winter Fashion: Dublin’s Vintage Scene.
eptember not only means back to classes and leave the summer memories behind us. It also means that a new fashion season has arrived to our closets! Don´t be sad because the sun has gone because People`s Press brings you all the clues you need to look great this season. Feminine masculinity and the back to the past are the words that better describes what is going on in winter´s fashion worldwide, and Dublin is not going to be less. The movies and the music of the decades of the 40´s, 60´s and 70´s have inspired this fall/winter collections. Let´s immerse in the world of Casablanca, The Beatles and David Bowie. The Dandy Style of the 40´s gangsters and Sherlock Holmes have been renovated this season with men´s clothes with a feminine silhouette, the black and white and grey colors and the tweed textile. Don´t forget to put on your oxford shoes if you want to give a Dandy Style brushstroke to your outfit! Casablanca is not only one of the best movies of all time; it is also a style inspiration to the Retro Style that arrives very hard for those next cold days.
Sobriety and conservative garments applied in capes and jumpsuits in gold and dark colors will complete the perfect Retro outfit. If you want to add a sexy touch, combine this with lace or padded effect.
free spirit fills in the dark winter days with animal hair waistcoats, XXL coats and long split skirts. Feathers, transparencies, flowers prints and neckerchief look-like clothes end up this look.
It seems that the hippies style never ends and came back renovated each season. Bohemian
If you’ve seen the movie “The Boat That Rocked” you will understand perfectly the Lon-
don Pop Style: another fashion branch from the 60´s, different from the American´s hippie style, succeeded in Great Britain with its principal garment, the mod coat. Combine the leather mini skirt with geometric and English squares prints and the padded effect. Say goodbye to the
summer and renovate the closet with this interesting fashion that is coming, but never forget that the real fashion is in ourselves: nothing is going to look better than your own style with some trendy brushstrokes!
The Great ning PretEnda the league, Setanta By Aaron McDonnell
Cont’d from back... - showed his worth by earning himself a league winner’s medal on the final day of the season against Bray Wanderers. In the same season, Rovers earned themselves a place in the FAI Cup Final in the Aviva stadium only to be narrowly defeated on penalties by their west of Ireland rivals Sligo. It was also in 2010 they gained European experience, in the form of Italian giants Juventus. The significant success of 2011 so far, came in the form of Europa League qualification when Rovers became the first ever side in Irish football’s history to qualify for the prestigious tournament. Enda was part of the side which defeated Serbian side Partizan Belgrade in extremely hostile territory. Enda claimed “It was an amazing experience in Serbia and to go over and win the game in such a hostile atmosphere. We always knew we had it in us”. The Tallaght side earning themselves a place in group A, alongside Rubin Kazan, PAOK and London side Tottenham Hotspur. When I asked him the key reason for success he has gathered with the Hoops he said “Shamrock Rovers is a massive club on its way up, the manager came in and gave us as much of a professional set up as he could and it paid off in the last three seasons with win-
Cup and our current run in Europe”. Stevens begins his sensational route to the Premiership in January when he joins up with his Villa colleagues. He will be Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish’s second player signed from the League of Ireland, thus proving the potential of the Irish league. When he first heard of interest, he said “I was shocked at first, but delighted that a team of that stature would be interested in me but I feel I am capable of making the step up”. Enda dedicated his recent success to having a great manager and coaching staff, to which he says “have improved my game massively” The young Irishman will hopefully follow in the footsteps of players such as Kevin Doyle, Shane Long and Keith Fahey. All of whom have signed from League of Ireland clubs. And who have represented their Country at senior level. Enda has already earned himself two Ireland U-21 caps for Ireland against Cyprus and Austria and has his eyes firmly on his first senior cap. Like many others, he has a dream of representing his country. With his current form and commitment, there is no doubt that the future is promising for the Dublin lad.
Top Ten: Players That I Can’t Believe Are Still In The Premier League
10. Carlos Tevez: This man cannot speak a word of English and he’s living in the country five years. He still needs a translator! No wonder he complains about being homesick. If he’s such a work horse maybe he should pick up an English book or something. Don’t even get me started on him refusing to come off the bench. Maybe when they screwed his head back on they forgot to pop the brain back in.
By Connor Burke
9. Karl Henry: When it comes to this fella, he tries to make a name for himself by kicking other players. The only reason he’s not higher up on the list is because I see a little of myself in him. 8. Marc-Antoine Fortune: The fact that I thought this lad was still up in Scotland with Celtic says it all! To clear it up for everybody he’s back with West Brom and has been since January 2010 who knew? 7. Rory Delap: It’s a bad sign when you’re a professional footballer and the only thing you are renowned for is throwing the ball! Enough said. 6. Kieran Dyer: I’ll make this one quick we all know the only reason this lad’s on the list is because he’s made of paper. Do you know when the batteries die in your remote but you don’t throw them out in the hope that one day when you need them they’ll come good again and find the form that they had in their glory days , well that’s a bit like Kieran Dyer we all know these batteries are dead but we hope one day he’ll return to his glory days. 5. Heurelho Gomes: Without doubt the worst goalkeeper in the Premier League. I’ve heard people say he’s a great shot stopper, but as Rafa Benitez once said “If there’s white liquid in a bottle it’s milk” (which I think means “the proof is in the pudding”) we don’t have to look too hard to find some of this man’s absolute blunders (games against Chelsea and Real Madrid come to mind). 4. Nicolas Bendtner: There’s only one man in the world that doesn’t think Nicolas Bendtner shouldn’t be on this list and that man is Nicolas Bendtner. This man lives in his own fairytale world, he believes one day he will be the best striker in the world and currently reckons he’s in the top four best strikers in the Premier League today, even though he’s never even finished inside the top ten of the Premier Leagues top goalscorers. It’s because of this reason I’ve placed him at No.4 in my list (ironically) 3. Wayne Bridge: Still plays for Manchester City! I couldn’t believe it myself. You can’t even buy him in fantasy football, apparently he was told he could talk to other clubs as he was not in the mangers plan, they even accepted a bid from West Ham, but a deal couldn’t be done as Bridge refused to “shake” on the deal (Not for the first time). If he had any other job I’d call him a genius as he has found a way to get paid for six months without doing a bit of work, but he’s a professional footballer who gets paid to play a game that most of us play for free. 2. Titus Bramble: “Steve Bruce is responsible for me being the player I am today”, it can’t be all his fault Titus, you’ve got to take some of the blame too. A centre half that is yet to master the simple pass back to the keeper. Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse for young Titus, he gets himself arrested for sexual assault and possession of a class A drug. Maybe a season or two playing for a prison football team will get him back on the right track... if he can get a game. 1. Salif Diao: Once asked Steven Gerrard if he thought the Liverpool fans would be angry if he moved to Everton to which the Liverpool skipper replied “No”. Six year olds in Algeria have best bits videos on Youtube; this man is playing professional football seventeen years and the only thing he is known for is his goal against Denmark. In fairness to Diao he does tick all the boxes necessary to be a Stoke City player; he’s six foot and looks like he could run through a brick wall.
Ladies Football Fixtures Date 05/10 11/10 18/10
Against Mater Dei Froebel Blanchardstown
Freshers’ Men’s Hurling Venue Away Home Home
Date 20/10 26/10 2/11 8/11
Against DIT Trinity St. Pat’s UCD
Venue Home Away Away Home
Senior Men’s Hurling Date Against 13/10 Maynooth 19/10 Trinity 27/10 Athlone
Venue Away Home Away
Freshers’ Men’s Football Date 13/10 18/10 2/11
Against NCI Blanchardstown DIT
Venue Away Home Home
Senior Men’s Football Date Against 12/10 St.Pat’s 19/10 NCI
Venue Home Away
Stick with the People’s Press For all this Year’s GAA Action Including: Match reports, and post match Interviews.
Proud To be Irish
Cont’d from Back... - amount of talent who has become an integral part of Roberto Martinez’s side. Although it may not be the strongest section of the Irish squad, Trapattoni has built his team with a solid backbone and Glen Whelan, Keith Andrews and Paul Green deserve some credit for managing to contain their opponents so far, in spite
of the fact that they don’t create a huge amount of chances between them. Following the ‘disheartening’ 0-0 draw with Slovakia, came the ‘heroic’ 0-0 draw with Russia which has typified the resilience that Ireland have shown so far in the campaign. Having been written off by many beforehand, managing to obtain a point in Russia showed the grit and solidity instilled by Trapattoni throughout the team which often comes to the fore on big occasions. He has led the team to within inches of a major tournament for the first time in 10 years, which will bring
espite fielding teams that are able to take on the best in the world, Ireland’s Rugby World Cup history to date has been disappointing. Ireland were eliminated by Australia in the semi-finals of the inaugural Rugby World Cup, with the two teams again meeting in the quarter-finals of the 1991 Rugby World Cup in what many agree was one of the best games in Rugby World Cup history when a last minute try by Australia prevented what would have been a significant RWC victory. Ireland could not move past the quarterfinals of the next three Rugby World Cups, and
were unable to progress beyond the group stage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup despite being considered capable of making it to the semi-finals. Former All Black, and one of the greatest players ever - Jonah Lomu - who has scored more Rugby World Cup tries than any other player, before it all kicked off, picked the Irish team as the team that could be the dark horse at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He is a believer that Ireland has both the desire and experience to win crucial matches at the RWC 2011, with players like Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara giving everything they have got in their last
back memories of World Cup fever which Ireland fans will be dying to relive having only been exposed to it on a handful of occasions, and for that he deserves a large amount of credit. Coming between Ireland and a spot at Euro 2012 (or at least the playoffs) is an away trip to Andorra and a home tie against Armenia. Andorra are set to finish bottom of Group B without a solitary point registered so far this campaign. Having notched up a comfortable 3-1 victory in the home fixture, Ireland will be hoping for a relatively straightforward victory allowing them to focus on the trickier test which will be posed by Armenia at the Aviva Stadium. Currently ranked 203rd in the world, having conceded 17 goals and
scored just 1 so far this campaign, Andorra appear unlikely to pose a huge threat to Ireland’s qualification hopes. If they manage to overcome Andorra, Ireland face a crucial home tie against Armenia on October 11th. Armenia recorded a shock 4-0 victory against Slovakia in their last game which has left them with an unexpected chance of qualification. Having gone about their business quietly so far, they will fancy their chances of going through, facing a home game against Macedonia before the big game against Ireland. Ireland currently lie 2nd in the group on 15 points, 2 points behind Russia on 17, while Slovakia and Armenia are hot on their heels with 14 points each. With Russia not yet qualified and facing a tough test
Rugby World Cup, and he wasn’t wrong. Ireland shocked many people when they ran out 15 – 6 winners against an Australian side tipped to win the whole tournament. It was a collective result that had every player working in the same direction. After that match Ireland had done enough; to make everybody proud of them, they can come home and be welcomed by the masses whenever or should I say if they fail. People can be proud of this team to no end and more importantly, this team has once again made us proud to be Irish.
By Rory Blanchfield away to Slovakia, the group is wide open for any of the top 4 sides to qualify. The good news for Ireland is that their fate lies in their own hands as they know that 2 victories will guarantee them at least a playoff spot and could possibly see them top the group. With such a massive week of football ahead of them, all Ireland fans can do is pray that the players can handle the pressure and deliver them the European berth that they desperately crave.
nda Stevens, A south Dublin lad of 21 years embarks on a journey of a lifetime. Currently contracted to Shamrock Rovers he has recently signed for Premiership giants Aston Villa. He will be performing alongside players such as Irish International goalkeeper Shay Given and England striker Darren Bent. The left back has signed for a fee in the region of £250,000 in the summer transfer window. Enda began playing his football at DDSL side Cherry Orchard earning him trials with Forest, Hull and Stockport before signing for U.C.D. He earned himself just two league appearances with the “Students” before signing for Inchicore club St Patrick’s Athletic. He played a vital role in their 2009 League and Europa League exploits. At the beginning of the 2010 League season Enda committed himself to the green and white of Rovers, establishing himself as first choice left back, ahead of experienced defender Danny Murphy as the 2010 League campaign progressed, Enda -
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he Republic of Ireland football team go into their final two Euro 2012 qualifying games this week on the brink of a play-off spot with automatic qualification still a distinct possibility. Giovanni Trapattoni faces a massive week in his reign as Ireland manager as he attempts to guide them to their first major tournament since World Cup 2002. Victories against Andorra and Armenia will ensure Ireland reach at least the play-offs of an effective, if uninspiring campaign. It hasn’t been exactly plain sailing
for Ireland so far, having lost and drawn to Russia and only managing a draw in both games against Slovakia, they have been relatively unconvincing thus far. Although a very likeable character, Trapattoni has often baffled fans and pundits alike with his team selections. With Ireland clearly lacking a creative spark in midfield, Trapattoni continued to overlook Wigan midfielder James McCarthy , a young man with a huge -
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