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Howth is Magic on Ice

Celebrate the festive season with a visit to the Howth Ice Rink.

The Howth is Magic on Ice includes an all weather ice rink, refreshment stands and a free playground for younger children.

If you want a break from the ice rink, or can’t stay up on the ice, you can also enjoy the view of Howth harbour. See if you can see the seals.

Howth is Magic on Ice is open from December 14th to January 13th, from 12pm – 10pm during the week and 11am – 10pm at weekends.

Open hours

Adult – €15
Child Under 12 – €8
Family – €44
Students – €12
School Children – €8
Tiny Tots – €8
Spectators – €2 entrance fee

Enjoy a great day out with Howth is Magic on Ice.

Brian O’Driscoll will lead Ireland into the Rugby World Cup

Thankfully, Brian O’Driscoll will be able to guide Ireland into their first world cup game against Namibia this Sunday.

The Irish captain sustained a fractured sinus injury when playing against the French club Bayonne last month.

Now that the captain is fully recovered from his sports wound, he can now help Ireland on their way to victory!

The Namibian team will have less support than they had predicted. The president of the Rugby Union of Namibia and all of his executives have been banned from the Rugby World Cup due to suspected irregular sales of tickets. All the more support for Ireland!

Ireland’s games this month

Ireland v Namibia on Sunday 9th September (Bordeaux)
Ireland v Georgia on Saturday 15th September (Bordeaux)
France v Ireland on Friday 21st September (Saint-Denis)
Ireland v Argentina on Sunday 30th September (Paris)

Ireland’s expected line up against Namibia
15 Girvan Dempsey
14 Andrew Trimble
13 Brian O’Driscoll
12 Gordon D’Arcy
11 Denis Hickie
10 Ronan O’Gara
9 Peter Stringer
1 Marcus Horan
2 Rory Best
3 John Hayes
4 Donncha O’Callaghan
5 Paul O’Connell
6 Simon Easterby
7 David Wallace
8 Denis Leamy
16 Jerry Flannery
17 Simon Best
18 Malcolm O’Kelly
19 Neil Best
20 Isaac Boss
21 Paddy Wallace
22 Geordan Murphy

Read more information at the official Rugby World Cup site.

Hero Hickie announces retirement

After ten years as a mainstay in the Irish rugby team, winger Denis Hickie has announced he will retire after this year’s World Cup.

Disco Den will bring an end to his glittering career after no doubt picking up a few more caps in the tournament in France.

He currently holds a joint-record of 29 caps, along with captain Brian O’Driscoll. This is a testament to the teamwork and individual skill of Hickie, who has perhaps not won the silverware his prowess deserves.

Regular injuries are the reason for this frustration, but Hickie’s determination ensured he always bounced back, without losing any of his pace or power.

Of course, it isn’t all frustration. Denis Hickie was part of the Ireland squad that won the Triple Crown in 2006 and he has enjoyed phenomenal success for Leinster – averaging a try in every second game during his 130 appearances.

Announcing his decision, Denis Hickie said: “I have had a very enjoyable and fulfilling career as a professional rugby player.

“This is not a decision I have come to hastily and I am content that it is the right thing for me to do and that I am doing it at the right time.

“Now my focus is entirely on doing everything I can to help Ireland win the Rugby World Cup.”

Irish coach Eddie O’Sullivan paid tribute to Hickie, saying: “I think Denis will be remembered as one of the great wingers of Irish rugby.

“I first came across him when I was coaching the Ireland U21 side and he has always been the consummate professional, as is reflected in his performances with Ireland.

“I wish him every success in his retirement, but not before he has a major impact with us at the World Cup.”

Denis Hickie made his first appearance for Ireland ten years ago against Wales, when his amazing pace led to a marvellous debut try.

Here’s hoping his final game for Ireland (in the World Cup final perhaps?) will be marked the same way.

Will Irish eyes be smiling at Euro 2008?

In the latest soccer fixtures, Ireland have some very challenging trips abroad. With friendlies and Euro 2008 qualifiers coming up, the Irish fans will be enjoying some exotic holidays as they follow the team.

First up, Ireland will be taking on Denmark in Aarhus on August the 22nd. This is sure to be an entertaining match, as both teams will be experimenting before resuming Euro 2008 qualifiers. This is the first international match for the Irish team since May and is a great opportunity for manager Steve Staunton to perhaps bring some fresh faces into the squad.

Back to competative matches, Ireland travel to Bratislava to face Slovakia in the Euro 2008 Group D qualifiers. The last time the two teams met, Ireland managed a 1 – 0 win.

They will be hoping to build on this success on Saturday September the 8th, and move one step closer to qualification for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

After the match in Slovakia, Ireland will hop across the border to take on the Czech Republic. The Sparta Prague Stadium will be packed as two of the favourites to progress from the Euro 2008 Group D qualifiers face off.

Last time the two team met, it was a hard fought 1 – 1 draw. Without the home advantage, Ireland will no doubt he happy with another draw against the skilled Czech attack.

You can join the Irish fans in Prague on Wednesday September the 12th.

On November the 17th, there is a match slightly closer to home, as Ireland travel to the beautiful Millenium Stadium in Wales for the last Euro 2008 qualifier.

The stadium is sure to be packed as, hopefully, Ireland secure their place among the qualifiers for Euro 2008.

Tickets for any of these games are available through the FAI.

Latest Leinster news

There’s a lot going on at Donnybrook, as Leinster prepare for the new season.

First, a new Rugby Development Officer has been named. Everyone at Leinster Rugby is delighted at the appointment of David McAllister.

The former Leinster and Ireland Under-21 out-half will be responsible for the North Midlands area. Hopes are high that his experience will help him unearth some exciting new talent.

But that’s not all. You can now sport the colours of your favourite team, as the new home jersey for the 2007/08 season is now available at the Leinster Rugby Store. Short sleeved jerseys are only €77, with long sleeved shirts costing €80.

The 2007/08 season looks to be a very exciting one for Leinster. Season ticket applications have almost doubled since last year. Priced at just €199, a new batch of Bronze season tickets has been released after the initial tickets were snapped up within weeks. Make sure you get yours quickly to avoid disappointment.

For devoted Leinster fans who can’t make it to all the home games, Leinster Supporters Memberships are available for next season.

Exile packages (€50) are designed for those Leinster fans all across the globe. The kids can join the Leinster Cubs for just €30.

Look out for more rugby news as the 2007/08 season approaches.