Tag Archives: Sports

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 27. On Not Having Regrets.

Yesterday afternoon a defiant and sturdy Dublin hurling team gave as good as they got to the reigning All-Ireland Hurling champions, the Premier County, Tipperary.

Unheralded at the start of the season, Dublin took the Nation League title, beating Tipp along the way. But the Championship is meat and drink to all GAA players. Reaching their first final since 1948, Dublin came out with all guns blazing but lost a hard-fought match by four points.

They have the pleasure of looking each other in the eye in the dressing room, knowing they gave it their all. They can have no regrets.

Advertisements

On This Day…20 September

Monday, 20 September 2010

After what was a great weekend for Irish sport (Katie Taylor winning her third consecutive World Amateur Boxing title; Cork coming out on top to win their first All-Ireland championship in 20 years; the u-17s doing us proud in Trinidad & Tobago by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals – only to lose to Japan; Dimitar Berbatov scoring a hat-trick for Manchester United against Liverpool), I warmly welcome you to Monday, and another week of On This Day.

And so let’s get the show on the road, starting with this day in…

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

1633 – Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun. The CDF obviously thought the world revolved around them.

1857 – The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.

1881 – Chester A. Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st President of the United States following the assassination of James Garfield. Being the 21st, Chester got the key to the door of the White House.

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held.

1967 – The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched at John Brown  & Company, Clydebank, Scotland. It is operated by the Cunard Line.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

2000 – The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile. Where’s James Bond when you need him?

The beautiful Sophia Loren celebrates her 76th birthday today.

Sophia Loren: Age is but a number.

Also celebrating birthdays today are:

George R. R. Martin, American author of A Game of Thrones, is 62.

Gary Cole, American actor and star of The Brady Bunch, is 54.

Alannah Currie, New Zealander musician and singer with The Thompson Twins is 53.

My first ever live concert was The Thompson Twins, at the SFX Hall in Dublin. So sue me!

On This Day…19 September

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Today is the biggest day of the Irish sporting calender: All-Ireland Senior Football Final day in Croke Park. The Rebels of Cork take on the Mourne Men of Down in what should be a cracker of a match at GAA headquarters. Grannies will be sold for a ticket!

My head says Cork will win; my heart says Down will shade it. We’ll see who’s right tomorrow. I shall report then.

But for now, on this day in…

1870 – Having invaded the Papal States a week earlier, the Italian Army lays siege to Rome, entering the city the next day, after which the Pope described himself as a Prisoner in the Vatican. He only recently escaped and was last seen in Birmingham.

Image c/o knowledgerush.com

1881 – President James A. Garfield dies of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting. He hung around for while, didn’t he?

1900 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid commit their first robbery together, while raindrops kept falling on their heads.

1945 – Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) is sentenced to death in London. I bet he wasn’t laughing then.

1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis’s farm in Glastonbury, United Kingdom.

1985 – Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center as Frank Zappa and other musicians testify at U.S. Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music.

Happy birthday to:

Oscar-winner and Irish resident, Jeremy Irons (image: smh.com.au)

1933 – David McCallum, Scottish actor and star of The Man from UNCLE, Sapphire and Steel, and N.C.I.S., 77.

1948 – Jeremy Irons, English actor and Oscar-winner for Reversal of Fortune, 62.

1963 – Jarvis Cocker, English musician and singer with British band Pulp, 47.