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Lifted from Maser’s Facebook, where I see someone said it looks like a giant Refresher bar wrapper. Maybe it does.

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Full credit to Photopat3 on flickr for a serious of excellent images, link below. Spot the author of this piece!

A great selection of images from last night are to be found here, at Photopat3’s Flickr account.

Some reflections on a one-a-piece clash.

Did we deserve a point? Far from it. Bohs dominated the game for large chunks last night, and our goal at the end was as scraptastic as it comes. Still, what a feeling. An equaliser well into extra-time, when the opposition fans are chanting ‘WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE’, is as sweet as it gets.

The performance of the Saints last night on the pitch left quite a bit to be desired. Why hold back, it was dire. Were Bohs particularly strong? In truth, no. An early (and well-taken) goal had them ahead from 4 minutes in until almost the last kick of the game. We probably had a taxi-load of shots on goal over the whole match, and one of them somehow ended up in the back of the net. Such is football. The quietness of the Jodi, and lack of the usual banners even, indicated Bohs fans are still reeling from what happened in Wales. Why wouldn’t they be? There is a hunger there in the Pats support after years of coming close to success, and even relegation. Bohs fans must feel like they’ve been through it all.

While the display from the Ultras of the Saint Patrick’s Athletic support was a wind-up job unlike any I’ve ever seen before (The Next Shels banner in particular), and the hatred for Mark Quigley (*spits on the ground*) somehow reached a new level from our last meeting, it was clear to both sets of supporters the game was not going to come near the level of our previous clashes this season,and the atmosphere seemed to come and go a bit. Like in Tallaght Stadium during the Setanta defeat, it was encouraging to see lads keep singing even when we were miles behind on the pitch. For the first time in a long time, there seems to be a connection between players and supporters.

This League really is there for the taking now, for a number of teams. My apologies to my visiting Sligo friend for knocking his glasses from his head in the 90somethingoranother minute of this one, but in a moment like that these things happen. Little is fair in football, and now I know how ‘they’ feel in the away section when this happens in reverse at Inchicore, far too frequently too. From Cork to Donegal, I’ve seen teams come to Inchicore and do exactly what we did last night.

Whatever about the chants we encounter about our anti-social ways, that looked like a clean smash and grab job to me. Now, time to step it up a gear.

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My uncle Donal, based in London since 1972, is over in Dublin at the moment. Today, he dropped a shopping bag full of political pamphlets into me at work. Spanning from 1963 till 1989, the collection is quite stunning. I hope to scan most of them up over the next few months. If anyone wants me to scan one up in particular just leave a comment.

Teoiric, Official Sinn Fein. (No. 1, Summer 1971)

1916 Easter Rising Commemoraton Concert Souvenir Programme, Cumann na Poblactha. (April 1984)

Northern Ireland: a programme for action, CBGB. (1975)

Bodenstown oration, Martin McGuinness. (1986)

A United Ireland A Working Class Demand, Trade Unionists for Irish Unity and Independence (TUIUI). (October 1986)

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Introduction:As a youngster, it was the fanzines I wanted at Richmond Park quicker than the match programme. If you have Dublin League of Ireland fanzines, please get in touch and I’d love to include them on the site. I hope in time we can establish a small online section with examples from each Dublin club, everything from Some Ecstasy to Eccles Is Innocent! All of these fanzines are a credit to the people who took the time to get them out there.

PDF below, best viewed in full screen.

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This city is carved up nicely in terms of the domestic game.

There’s no love-in between us all either, we might share a passion for a sport but our teams are unique and history dictates these things, doesn’t it? A Bohs/Rovers derby can match the best of them for passion, a bit of the old tribal division and atmosphere. Still, one couldn’t help but think the humour and passion of supporters of the domestic game shined through tonight on television, with Shamrock Rovers supporters greeting one of the largest teams in Italian soccer with a rendition of ‘WHO ARE YIS’, before applauding Allesandro Del Piero onto the pitch towards the end. Some players you just have to clap on the pitch, really.

He hadn’t kicked a ball before ‘You’ll never play for Rovers” was echoing around the stadium. Excellent. Pity the crowd were so loud we couldn’t hear Allesandro go “Thank Christ!”

What a shame we won’t see the League of Ireland Dublin Derby tomorrow night on telly, we’ll have to wait for Manchester United.

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Walking up by the newly refurbished Workmens Club, next to that lovely hotel Bono owns, a friend notices an unusual truck pass by.

“Have a look at that!? Is that…..”

It is. It’s Ronnie Drew.

For once, Come Here To Me had a camera at the right time. Wouldn’t get that on Pimp My Ride.

*My thanks to Pól for tweeking the snap a bit, as it was quite dark. His photo-blog can be seen over here, and features more than a few gems.*

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As a Bohs fan, the “Quote of the day” in the Guardian gave me a laugh last Friday, the day after Rovers ahem… “historic” victory over in Tel Aviv in the Europa League Qualifiers. While I won’t begrudge them their glamour tie / day in the sun / whatever you call it tonight, I’ll watch it, and  the return leg with interest and my heart being pulled two ways- hoping to see an Irish side do well against a time of Juve’s stature, and at the same time, hoping Rovers fail miserably in everything they do.

But anyways, the quote. It wasn’t the comment from Juventus forward David Lanzafame that got me giggling but the remark after it:

“We do not know Shamrock Rovers and therefore we have to study them through videos” – Juventus forward David Lanzafame looks forward to next week’s Big Vase third round qualifier against Irish side Shamrock Rovers in Robbie Keane’s hometown of Tallaght. If Juventus lose, they won’t be the first Old Lady to have been mugged in the notoriously rough Dublin village.

A bit harsh you might say? Never… But considering what the majority of LOI fans call our Wicklow brethern, the accompanying picture spoke a thousand words…

The Guardian get it so right...

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My parents ventured to Newmarket for the monthly Flea Market there, and returned home with this much appreciated gem of a present. The newspaper comes from anti-partitionist grouping Aiséirghe, and pushes “Vocational Democracy”. It is essentially a right-wing nationalist publication.

“Vocational democray derives from the idea of the brotherhood of man in the fatherhood of God” it notes. The paper pushes for a strong Army Policy, noting that

“Apart from those in religion, the soldier in the Aiseirghe Ireland will be the most respected citizen- and not merely during a war-time like emergency period.”

Below, I have scanned the front and backpage of the four page paper, with the paper too fragile for me to risk scanning the inside pages. The old advertisements on this pages are interesting in themselves, including ads for Peter Lalor’s Lounge on Wexford Street, Monument Creameries on Camden Street and more besides.

Click on scans to expand them.

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Drop down to Murrays this Friday for a cheap pint, some great music and to support a very good cause. We’ve heard it through the grapevine that the FC St. Pauli Dublin Supporters Club will have their newly designed t-shirts ready for this. (Click on the poster for more details)

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Prime Max

It’s rare I rave about a particular beer. I think the last time I felt the need to draw attention to one was my first experience with Moosehead, a beautiful Canadian Lager I was handed a bottle of in the Bernard Shaw not too long ago.

Earlier on, I tried out Prime Max in the ever-popular Hop House in the company of a good friend. Inspired by European lagers, it has a beautiful hoppy flavour to it and comes from the Hite Brewery. An all-malt brew, it is sold in HUGE bottles with at least three pints to the bottle, thus matching and even beating the Hop House favourite of the Bavaria pitcher. At €9, it is a steal.

The sight of bottles on almost every table of Korean punters is enough to convince me it is the way to go on Hop House journeys in future, rumours of its hangover creational skills remain just that as we didn’t approve of the idea of another round. Midweek, well behaved.

The Hop House is located on Parnell Street, at number 160. It is undoubtedly my favourite of the immigrant community pubs in the city centre, with a wonderful mix of regulars. While the Guinness is there on tap, pubs like this offer a chance to try something new. Give it a go, you’ll get little in the city for €3 a pint at present, and I think this import is a beaut.

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On the fourth of August, a League of Ireland selection will take on Manchester United Football Club in the new stadium at Lansdowne Road. Before we go further, that’s what we call it around here. Lansdowne Road.

The day after this, Shamrock Rovers will take on Juventus on Italian soil, in a crucial competitive match. Juventus and Manchester United, two football giants no doubt. Unlike the Shamrock Rovers side taking on Juventus however, the League of Ireland selection are playing for nothing. They’ve never really trained together before this, they play for a wide variety of teams. They’re not a team themselves, and they’ve been chucked together for a glory friendly. To be frank about things, this isn’t the best time either.

Why? Look at the League table. Bohemians, Saint Patrick’s Athletic, Shamrock Rovers and more besides stand a very realistic chance of lifting the League. So far, it’s been rollercoaster stuff, with nobody running away with it and surprises and upsets coming in thick and fast. In the midst of this, I’ve heard this game referred to in the media on multiple occasions now as a ‘pre-season friendly’. This is not a pre-season friendly for us. This is a match that couldn’t be timed much worse in truth.

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Last week, I got a mysterious text from a good friend who said they had something to show me. The instructions were to meet on Grattan Bridge at 16:45, and that it should only take an hour or so. Intrigued, I showed up at the alotted time, and after a ten minute walk, we ended up in the carpark of the Tivoli Theatre, off Thomas Street. Adorning the walls are hundreds of pieces of the finest in Dublin Graffiti, some of which can be seen below. Full set can be found here.

Huge piece, this must have been over 20ft tall.

Sek II - Maser 2010

From the great Maser.

Anywhere is Paradise with you...

When I do good, no one remembers. When I do bad, no one forgets.

As I said, follow the link above for the full set, theres 34 pictures in total, all available for re-use under the Creative Commons License. But best if you go visit it for yourselves; The Tivoli Theatre is on Francis Street, just off Thomas Street. Just ask the nice man on the gate, you’ll be sorted.

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