I only recently became aware of the spread of Irish Dance in Russia and places not directly associated with Ireland or Irish. Makes sense, it's a wonderful and social form of exercise and art. Gaelic football was very popular in schools in the San Francisco Bay Area in the '90s as an alternative sport. Again, made sense to me, it's a relatively easy game to play, inclusive and challenging. Never crossed my mind, however, that hurling would be attractive to 'Non Irish'. Seems to be hard enough to promote the game to many of our clubs in Ireland. Then we meet this Oyvind Dahl guy - see his email below.
A strategy for Dublin GAA 2011 to 2017
I'd like to thank all club members for their kind thoughts after Cork's loss last Sunday. It's a pity we can't achieve four National Titles in a row but it's good to spread it around. For the last ten years Cork men or women have been in finals in Croke Park in September. We will regroup and make plans. Corcaigh Abú. A Malahide Corkman.
Sorry lads, couldn't let the Waterford Warm Up in Thurles pass without comment. We were treated to about 15 minutes of perfectly choreographed dance with a whole array of new moves. Granted it was more Morris Dance than River Dance but it was obviously effective as it set the Deise up for a famous victory over a completely bedazzled Galway outfit. I only hope Fitzy doesn't discover that Brendan Bowyer is from Waterford..
Congrats to Anthony on his election to Fingal County Council replacing Alan Farrell who was elected to Dail Eireann last week. I think there's a bit of a Mayo Mafia thing going on.
Sooo . . . how can I justify covering Baseball on our GAA site - easy, lot's of us plied our hurling and football skills in the City by the Bay and spent long afternoons in Candlestick or the lovely new Pacbell or AT&T (crap name) studying sliders, curves, knuckleballs, fouls, flys and all the intricacies of this offshoot of the GAA. And to all of you Yankee, Rangers, Sox (all of you), Blue Jay et al fans (and Dodgers, of course, especially Dodger fans) - eat dirt!
Only one big weekend to go . . . big for Syls and Dublin anyway . . . All Ireland Ladies Final against Tyrone . . . All Ireland Ladies 7's at Broomfield and Portmarnock . . . big congratulations and best of luck to our Ladies Section. What a year the girls have had - got the adult team together and went close in the Championship, hosting All Ireland 7's, hosted All Ireland Gaelic 4 Mothers, captained the All Ireland B winners, fingers crossed for two All Ireland Senior medals, won an All Star Award through Sinead Aherne, many players played for Dublin, we have four top class juvenile teams . . . NOT TOO SHABBY LADS!
Most of our tickets at Syls went to Tipp lads for the All Ireland Hurling Final - they were hunting in a pack all right. It was well worth their while, classic win to stop the 'Drive for Five' from the mighty Cats. I have to say I didn't see it coming but very well deserved. Congrats to Kilkenny also, they were great champions but I don't bemoan them not winning five, personally I think two in a row is enough for anyone.
No doubt we must be hopeful of some Senior All Ireland medals at Syls this year. After going so close last year the girls are back in the Final and determined to go one better - great credit to Sinead Aherne and Niamh McEvoy and all the girls - no pressure now!!
With a display we would not have expected back in June, the Dubs were magnificent but just missed reaching our first All Ireland since 1995. We must thank them however, they brought the buzz back for all the little lads in blue around The Real and Only Capital, well done to you all. DON'T FORGET THURSDAY AT PARNELL PARK - SYLS V PLUNKETTS AND VINNIES V JUDES - LET'S SHOW SUPPORT FOR DUBLIN FOOTBALL
Unfortunate enough to lose in the end, the Dublin Minor hurlers put in a great second half against Clare in the second All Ireland semi final. Augers well for the future as it's becoming a habit for Dublin under age hurlers. Well done boys and well done John Murphy.
Good luck to our southern cousins, The Peoples Republic on Cork, in their quest for the Double - I've been getting disrespectful texts about our great young Dubs but we won't be baited.
Suddenly we all love Pat Gilroy's New Dubs after our best display in maybe 15 years, taking on the mighty Tyrone machine and winning going away. I'm still disappointed there are no Syls involved but I can't deny credentials of all these new young lads - hats off to you all and here's hoping we can go even further. John Daly, Brian, Gerry et al will be busy with the tickets. Well done to them also, they do a lot of work trying to look after the tickets for club members.
Hearty congrats to the Dublin U21 Hurlers on winning Leinster at a magnificent Parnell Park on Wednesday - can we win the double at U21. Interesting that the dual player issue is raising itself at this grade. I'm a believer.
Dublin had a good win over a decent Laois team in Nolan Park . . . a few years in Division1 standing to the Dubs as we scored nearly every effort we made whereas Laois missed all similar efforts. Our overall forward display was pretty poor, especially the half line. Two Laois lads sent off was no reflection of a very sporting game.
Eoin keeps popping up in the news even though we are in closed season - he won a GAA scholarship for Trinity College, is on the Dublin U21 panel and then he is spotted erecting GAA posts in Trinity College (for the first time ever I believe). Well done Eoin and well done to TCD GAA Club, they have a long and interesting history.
The intensive stress testing of Malahide Viaduct has been declared a success, many thanks to all the shoppers heading to Newry for the cheap beer.
The first half was cracking . . .one of the best halfs ever . . . the Ref hardly blew in the first twenty minutes and it looked like Gaelic football should do. Unfortunately Mr Duffy found his whistle, giving the Kerry defenders a lot more leeway than the Cork lads. The second half was more like the Cork/Tyrone second half, Kerry containing and Cork running out of ideas - I don't understand why they don't use Cousins more. And Kennelly, lucky, lucky!! Tom Sullivan my Man of the Match - Tommy Walsh was magnificent.
Congrats to Clare winning their first All Ireland U21 Hurling - they have been entertaining all year - can you believe the Cats only took one from three finals. Cats having won 4 from 4 finals last year have actually only got 1 from 5 finals !! this year. They won the the big one, lost four finals, minor to Galway, u21 to Clare, Intermediate to Cork and camogie to Cork. The Double Quadruple dream in tatters !!