Sunday, September 25, 2005


Tyrone bring Sam back home - North of the border

Tyrone triumph in Croker decider

Tyrone claimed the All-Ireland title for the second time in three years with a superb 1-16 to 2-10 victory over Kerry in Sunday's final at Croke Park.
Kerry made the better start and Dara O'Cinneide netted for the Kingdom but Tyrone hit back and led 1-8 to 1-5 at half-time after a Peter Canavan goal.
The Ulster side dominated the second half although Tomas Ó Sé reduced the gap to one point with a goal.
Tyrone stayed in control and went on to secure a deserved triumph.
Kerry got off to the perfect start with points from Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan.
But Ryan Mellon fired over twice to level the game before Kerry landed the first major blow on seven minutes.
Cooper supplied the pass for O'Cinneide, who slotted the ball past Pascal McConnell into the bottom corner.
Tyrone forward Owen Mulligan registered his point before Brosnan restored the three-point gap.
Brian McGuigan wasted a good goal opportunity for the Reds Hands but his team were soon to show their class in front of goal.
Points from Mulligan, Dooher and two from Stephen O'Neill put Tyrone ahead for the first time.
Cooper equalised but Tyrone hit back with an injury-time goal, Canavan placing the ball inside the post after an intelligent lay-off from Mulligan.

McGuigan extended the lead before Darragh Ó Sé pointed to leave the Ulster side three ahead at the break.
Tyrone's goalscorer Canavan was replaced at half-time by Collie Holmes.
Cooper claimed the first point in the second half but Mulligan replied before O'Cinneide sent the ball over for Kerry.
O'Neill scored two excellent points as Tyrone started to exert control while the Red Hands brought Chris Lawn on for Joe McMahon.
Mulligan made it five points between the sides but Darragh Ó Sé reduced the deficit with a point.
And Tomas Ó Sé made the gap just one point when he blasted the ball into the net from close range on 57 minutes.
Canavan was back on to replace Enda McGinley and he pointed before Cooper responded for Kerry.
O'Neill's free gave Tyrone a two-point cushion before Cooper scored his fifth point of the game.
McGuigan made it 2-10 to 1-15 with four minutes left and Red Hands half-back Philip Jordan scored his first point a minute before the end to seal a three-point success for Mickey Harte's men.

Tyrone: P McConnell; R McMenamin, J McMahon, M McGee; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; E McGinley, S Cavanagh; B Dooher, capt, B McGuigan, R Mellon; P Canavan, S O'Neill, O Mulligan.
Kerry: D Murphy; M Ó Sé, M McCarthy, T O'Sullivan; T Ó Sé, S Moynihan, A O'Mahony; D Ó Sé, W Kirby, P Galvin, E Brosnan, L Hassett, C Cooper, D O'Sullivan, Capt, D Ó Cinnéide.
Referee: Mick Monahan (Kildare).

slainte Tyrone ... tyrone abu, iontach maith

Thursday, September 22, 2005


My favourite poem

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


My home computer

A view of my computer!

My computer (the tidiest the desk has been in ages!)

My Guinness mousemat bought in Dublin ;)

My screenwipes liberated from work :)

The wall in front of me (I believe the colour is soft cream).

My view to the right (you may notice the piping in the garden, well this is evidence that I a typical bloke, started work on the front garden about 6 weeks ago and still not finished!

Sunday, September 18, 2005


Introducing Belfast:

This is the City Hall

This is the view of Belfast from Black Mountain

This is the Odyssey arena where all the concerts are held. You might notice two large yellow cranes in the backgound, these are the ones that built the Titanic.

This is Queens University Belfast.

And finally .... Stormont where are Assemby is held (or not!)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Well, I am totally new to blogs and thought I'd like to share the experiences of a plain Belfast bloke, what I get up to, work life, my views on things, my jokes (warning: need a crap sense of humour to laugh), some pictures and any other thing I feel like adding. So here is a picture of me from the start of the year on a visit to Paris:

Those people who know me are probably asking a question about the photo ... how come there is only one pint glass in front of me!

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