Sunday was a tough day for fans of Irish Rugby.   We came agonisingly close to beating the New Zealand All-Blacks – the best team in the world.  We’ve never beaten them since we first played them 108 years ago.  We had led for nearly the entire game and New Zealand came back to beat us with the very last possession of the game.   Gut-wrenching is an understatement of how we felt at the final whistle.   One of the Irish players, Sean O’Brien, was named man of the match and was interviewed on the pitch … Continue reading

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Unless you’re from Mars you’ll know that JFK was assassinated 50 years ago today.   The day always resonates with me – for two reasons.   Firstly – he was the same age as my father – another John –  who was born just a few months before him in 1917.   Secondly – one of my closest friends – an American John – is named after him.  John was born in February 1964.  There were a lot of “John F.” boys born in America around that time to mothers who were deeply impacted by the loss … Continue reading

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“Reversing around a corner”   The fearsome phrase is dreaded by many young Irish drivers who, as part of their driving test, are required to reverse around a corner without hitting the kerb, while keeping an eye out for other vehicles and while demonstrating familiarity with their blind spot.  Oh – and there’s the little detail of having to end up reasonably parallel to the side of the road while being no more than half a meter or so from the kerb.   Difficult?  Yep!  Enough to cause a lot of sweat and a lot of driving … Continue reading

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