My dad rang me the other day and said he had got his hands on 2 tickets to the rbs 6 nations match ireland vs italy at the aviva stadium in dublin on the 25-2-2012. so i took him up on the offer first of all i want to say the stadium is stunning and is a must see if you visit dublin not only is its looks great but every seat in the house has a spectacular view.
We had the luck of been sitting in the premium level seating which i must say is pretty sweet. The beer was flowing before the match and the banter running up to the start of the match was pretty good. Soon after we took our seats in section 325 we were greated with a roar in the stadium to the irish and italian teams coming out on the pitch to warm up..
The amalgimation of the irish garda band and the army band
The last kick off the game picture.
Ireland ran in 5 tries to seal victory. The biggest win ireland has had in the 6 nations in 10 years…
Irelands man of the match johnny sexton
All in all it was a great day out ireland were the better tactical team on the day but fair play to italy they tried there best after all the score was 10-10 at half time i hope you enjoy the pictures and the write up.
Ok so i have just recovered from testicular cancer within the last ten weeks. On sunday the 19th of feb i decided to take part in the blitz as its a great event and i competed in it last year. I had done a small amount of training before hand but not alot. It was a goal for me to do this as soon as i was diagnosed to give me something to focus on. The blitz is run by biking.ie which is based in ballinastoe in wicklow.they use and maintain the coillte trail centre. The loop is a 14km long loop i did this circuit under the category of baggy shorts.28km is a double loop of the long trail under the category of superpro. The olympian robin seymor was present and a couple of guys from canada british columbia. The race had over 300 entrance on the day including junior riders.. Our race started at 1:05pm on average the loop should take between 50-70mins to complete as it was my first race back i took it easy. The race took me 87mins which wasnt too bad in my opinion but alot of improvement was needed. My team mates also had a good run on the day mixing it with the big boys. Also on my final descent i heard a shout behind me saying rider up and to my suprise it was the olympian robin seymor which i pulled up and let him by and was thanked by him my day was done. To sum it up i had a great day out and even won a biking ireland t-shirt in the prize giving ceromony.
Octunning were also there with race support and bike servicing check them out irelands only fox service centre http://www.octunning.ie
Here are a few pics below.
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Starting the first day of the toy fair at the Serpent stand, we were shown around the huge number of new products in their booth. First up is the new 747 1/10th scale 200mm chase which features new geometry front and rear as well as a front flex system that through the use of two tie rods connecting the front blocks to the radio plate can help adjust the chassis flex. A new radio plate retains the configuration of the 733 but with the radio box removed. A nice feature of the car is the new symmetrical chassis plate that sports an area for mounting weight to the centre line of the chassis which can be moved forward or rearward to influence the cars balance. Other new features include new RCM shock absorbers that now feature membranes again instead of the foam inserts.
An all new chassis the 747 sports new uprights and shock rod extensions on the lower rear wishbones for additional mounting options. A new centax clutch true motion sports a tapered flywheel as seen in some of its competitors cars and a the gear diffs have been updated with smoother running gears and smaller shafts for lighter weight. We are told that the car will come in at close to the proposed new weight limit by EFRA.