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I don’t often get to go off on a little mini-break to the city…. but last weekend I did. My brother had a spare ticket to the Ireland v Scotland match and offered it to me. I did not hesitate!!!

An early start on Sunday catching the 8.30 am bus from the cross-roads just a mile from the house. At €15 return trip to Dublin you can’t beat our local bus service. The brother picked me up from bus in Dublin, a quick lunch and off to Aviva.  And the sun shone!

I will always refer to it as Lansdowne Road :)

I will always refer to it as Lansdowne Road 🙂

The match was slow to start, but when the lads got into their stride it was a good match.

As luck would have it I’d also received an invitation to the launch of the new ‘Italiamo’ range from Lidl on Monday.  Living in the country it is very seldom I get to attend any of these launches so I accepted this one!

My friend, Mary, met me and we headed to 25 Fitzwilliam Place.  The first thing that struck us was the beautiful entry way to the venue, and once inside the door, the elegance of the place is immediately obvious.

We just loved the way the tulips were displayed in bowls around the house.  Isn’t it an excellent idea…. tulips tend to be so ‘floppy’ in a vase.

Tulips

Upstairs we met Claire and the rest of the charming team from Lidl Ireland who made us most welcome.

I was sorry I hadn’t brought my camera…. but here are some photos taken with my phone.

Food Display

The Rustic Bread and the Coppa totally delicious

Mozzarella

This Buffalo Mozzarella was delicious

We tasted almost everything!!!  We didn’t venture for the desserts, but everything else was tried and tested.  Our verdict…. while the olives, focaccia and pestos were very nice.  And there was such a huge range to choose from.  We finally decided that we absolutely loved the Coppa, the Rustic Bread, the sundried tomatoes, the Buffalo Mozzarella and the prosciutto… they were voted our absolute favourites.

The Italiamo range will be available in Lidl stores nationwide from 24th February…. make sure to go check them out.

All in all I nice break in the city.

Disclosure:  I was invited to attend the launch of the Italiamo range but was not paid to do so, nor was I requested or paid to write the above post. The views expressed are my own.

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Where did it start, my love of rugby?  I actually don’t know.

In reality though, I think it couldn’t have been otherwise.  I was born in Limerick and spent my formative years living just about 500 metres from Thomond Park.  I walked past it every day on my way to junior school.

And now that I think about it, any job I had in Dublin was within a half of mile of Lansdowne Road (now the Aviva Stadium).

So I guess it was destiny that has made me a rugby fan, or nerd as some people call me.

I never ever missed an International game when I lived in Dublin, and in fact, spent most weekends at some club game or other.

Today I was remembering one girlie night out when I said to the girlfriends ‘I have just spent €XXXX on something’.   There were various guesses – cool pieces of furniture, piece of art, a fur coat!!!   Not a bit of it – I’d just bought 10 year tickets to rugby.  Some thought I was crazy.

A gang of us used to travel to matches.

I’ve been to Cardiff once for a game – talk about hallowed ground.  When you are in that enormous stadium and they sing Breath of Heaven….. spine chilling.

I’ve been to Edinburgh so many times – my favourite destination.  Lovely city, great people and great great fun!  Gosh, what mad nights we’ve had in Edinburgh… but then what goes on tour, stays on tour, so there will be no tales told 🙂

I’ve been a couple of times to Twickenham – always a difficult venue for any chance of an Irish win…. but I was there for this most memorable match and try

What an atmosphere 🙂

There have been so many great days out at Lansdowne Road (now the Aviva Stadium)… and yes, I am that old, that I was there for these matches….

They were something else….. the wind (and the cold) the day of that match against Scotland…. and Ollie Campbell scored all the points.  Brilliant!

These days I don’t get to go to the matches as much…… those 10 year tickets have well expired, and the cost of renewing them is way too prohibitive.  So now I have to settle myself in front of the TV (which is most definitely not as good)…. but I do roar, shout and curse at the match.

So folks some thoughts – don’t ever ever call me during a match or expect me to attend something else on the day of a match – I AM BUSY! 🙂

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Life has been rather hectic around here for the past few weeks.  We have so much happening at the moment.

We had a fantastic one day festival in the village on Sunday with one of our pigs on a spit-roast.

We have the Tullamore Show – the biggest one day agriculture show in the country this weekend. We have taken a stand at it.  And the following weekend we have our second barbecue course. But more about those later.

Last Friday I travelled to Dublin for an interview, and had tickets to the new Aviva Stadium for the opening rugby match on Saturday.  So a weekend break in the big city was on the cards.

As I wasn’t sure of where I was heading for the interview I allowed plenty of time. Arrived half an hour ahead of the schedule time.  All going well so far!

Until the guy at reception hadn’t a clue what I was talking about!!!  Warning bells! Oh yes, I was early!  I was a week early!  Talk about feeling stupid!  But the nice guy suggested I look on it as being enthusiastic!  Thank you nice guy!

Anyway, now I had time to kill before I met with my friend, Sheena, for lunch.

So I decided to walk through Temple Bar.  I must have looked sweet pulling my overnight case behind me!  It is years since I’ve been around Temple Bar.  As I walked through Cow’s Lane I spotted Queen of Tarts which I have only read about. So still feeling rather silly and stupid, I thought I needed to stop and half a nice cup of tea!

I must admit it was a lovely experience.  Tea served in china tea cup.

China Tea Cup

And I really couldn’t resist a scone too! And what a range of scones and pastries they have to tempt!  I settled on a raspberry scone with cream – it was delicious!

Raspberry scone

It all helped to make me feel more human again!  And sustain me to continue on my journey out to Donabate to meet with Sheena.

Sheena bought my old house from me.  It is a strange experience the first time you return to your old home which is now full of someone else’s possessions!  This time around we had fun going around the garden as Sheena has only recently had her gardening eureka moment. So I was put to the test to remember what was planted where! Lots of advice and identification was done!

Friday evening was dinner with more friends at Masterson’s in Swords.  A great night of food, wine and chat.  The sizzling prawns starter were absolutely delicious!  I can still taste them!  And the Thai Beef Salad was also so good.

Saturday’s visit to Aviva Stadium was in true rugby weather – it lashed down!  We got drenched.

Aviva Stadium

No idea who these guys were… but they were willing to pose in the torrential rain!

The match was quite disappointing…. the Leinster/Ulster combination beat the Munster/Connaught combination 68 0 – white-wash really!

But the abiding memory of the afternoon the price of a burger and chips!  €10.50 each.  Can you believe it?  There is a wide range of food available – seafood, sushi – you name it but at those prices!

The plan hadn’t been for so much food!  Dublin is definitely more expensive than rural venues! The prices in Aviva were the worst. Generally speaking everywhere was much more expensive than I’ve gotten used to here in the country!

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