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‘Tom Hanks, Avengers, Philosophers & Gladiators’ – Senior Touch Championships, 2017: Postscript

19225769_10155178406075469_5508391017447579157_nScorned and covered with scars, we strove with our last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star… to right the unrightable wrong… to fight the unbeatable foe… to run where the brave dare not go… to ride into hell for a heavenly cause… And lose. Again. We did. Continue reading

Day 1 – Senior Touch Championships, Edinburgh

Game 1 vs England

First match up was against England on the pitch I made my Ireland debut on in 2011… against England. This was the advice I got from a friend by text before that game. ‘Everything is going to happen at such speed you won’t realise what’s happening to you. You’ve got to be ready for it… Hit it from the start like a hurricane!’  Continue reading

Senior Touch Championships Edinburgh, 2017



This time last year we had just lost in a drop off (extra time – each team down to 4 players) in the European Championship final to England… Continue reading

World Cup 2011 – Final Day

Saturday, 25 June – The End of our World Cup Adventure

First of all sorry for taking so long to put up my last blog – those two-and-a-half readers were not happy at all. The public can be so demanding once they get a piece of you. 🙂 Continue reading

World Cup 2011 – Day 3

Friday, 24 June – Spain, Scotland, Japan

3 tries for me but still no wins… 

Up at 6am again this morning, then three of the hardest games of my life. And here I am after 2 am on Friday night alone in my little room writing this blog. Continue reading

World Cup 2011 – Day 2

Thursday, 23 June – USA. Switzerland.

vs. USA

First match today against the USA and not Spain as we thought. A big one for the American on our team, my buddy Mr Jim Gorman. I could feel myself welling up when the coach gathered us in a huddle beforehand. Continue reading

World Cup 2011 – Day 1

Wednesday, 22 June – England, Spain, Australia

A quick update on the first day.

6.30am: First up, the four new debutantes for Ireland were presented with their official First Ireland caps. Continue reading

World Cup 2011 – Arrival in Edinburgh

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Just a quick note. Getting ready to get into bed here in my compact little dorm room in Edinburgh. We had a team meeting – going through everything for tomorrow morning. I’m trying to stay calm and relaxed now, plenty of time to get intense and excited tomorrow morning. Continue reading

World Cup 2011 – Team Ireland Day

Team Ireland Day Saturday, June 18th 2011

Hi all

Welcome to the first entry in my 2011 Touch Rugby World Cup Diary. Continue reading