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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 2 – Senior Touch Championships, Edinburgh 2017

I’ve read a lot of sports psychology over the last year so I know this is basic stuff and I just have to accept I got it badly wrong. I should know better. I built things up too much in my head, put too much pressure on myself, and got into how big the whole thing was, dug myself into a hole. I should have just trusted my processes, trusted my body’s muscle memory, all those hours of practice, my body knew what to do. Just let it flow. That’s being ‘in the zone.’

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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

Touch Euros 2014 – Day 3

vs France 11.30am Drew 8-8

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I’m writing this straight after the game still in sweaty shorts and jersey. It’s weird. We threw this game away. We basically let in 8 versions of the same try… how poor is that. There were other flaws in our game too obviously, Continue reading

Touch Euros 2014 – Day 1

Senior Mixed Teammates…


Chris looking happy in the Players Tent

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Home Nations 2013 – Day 2

Touch Home Nations, Albert Park Dublin, Saturday 22nd, June 2013

This will give an idea of how great the whole event has been: Continue reading

Euros 2012 Treviso: Day 4

Day 4 – Scots & Swiss

vs. Scotland

This was an exhausting, high-emotion, interesting, disappointing day. A lot of tension, a lot of fatigue. We were in the Quarter-finals against an experienced Scottish team. 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