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  • in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #731540

    GregF
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    Great photos Graham as usual. I was delighted when the FF government reintroduced this annual ceremony for the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in 2006.
    It coincided with the much needed makeover of O’Connell St, although the street was not finished at the time for the occasion….typical!

    Unfortunately, such a ceremony means nothing today….our Republic means nothing now when we have the IMF and the EU running the show. Our country sold out by FF.

    The guard of honour looked well. but the military brass present, particularly the head of our non existant ‘air force’ is farsical. (The sight of our troops giving a gun salute wearing big ear mufflers is comical).

    The plastic containers of lillies sums up our so called ‘republic’ beautifully … kinda cheap and shallow!

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726393

    GregF
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    Great Photo’s Alonso! (Much better than mine)

    Great night at the Aviva Stadium was had, well bar the Irish performance. Great atmosphere etc… One thing however there was a bit of a crush at half time when folk went for refreshments….folk walking against the flow …..queues blocking the way etc..but other than that I give the new Aviva Stadium the thumbs up!

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726388

    GregF
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    Excellent photos Peter Fitz…the stadium looks superb. Watched the game between Man U and the League of Ireland selection on TV and the stadium looked great this time, with being full etc…. sunshine and then floodlights. I’m off to see Ireland V Argentina on Wednesday.

    Just a pity the shallow end is so low. The terrace is even lower than what was previously there. Hump the residents I would have made it higher!

    Also as a quick fix, maybe flags and banners could be drapped behind that goal at the shallow end.

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726379

    GregF
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    Watching it on TV when there was a kicking opportunity for a conversion or penalty it was hard to distinguish the goalposts against the roof framework of the shallow end. The shallow end row of seats looked rediculous! Should have made it more higher. Still, it’s better than when it was a kip.

    🙁

  • in reply to: dublin airport terminal #717354

    GregF
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    I like it….the bit I’ve seen of it…that’s mainly the exterior. It looks cool…quite futuristic and Sci-Fi

    A great stylish back drop for a movie with that long stretch of road. Interesting to see if any Irish director will utilize it.

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726369

    GregF
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    While Wembley is brilliant, however I think that the TV camera is too close to the pitch so the size, scale and atmosphere of the stadium cannot be experienced on TV.

    The shallower side at the new Aviva will make no difference to the atmosphere. The away fans will be probably put here. Very intimidating for the away fans with the other 3 higher sides facing them full of bellowing Irish supporters.

  • in reply to: belfast skyline #767199

    GregF
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    Belfast is the dreariest city in the UK. The photos above prove it!

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726348

    GregF
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    Ain’t it great!

    Now if we can only start winning a few games …… convincingly!

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726346

    GregF
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    Well done to all! What a great new addition to the city. The new 50,000 seater Aviva looks cool overall, of course bar the snags continuously listed already. But hey, this is Ireland afterall …. and besides we ain’t Brazil……… or the All-Blacks! Now will we ever get to qualify for a World Cup or a European Championship? …. will we ever win the Grand Slam again or will we have to wait another 60 odd years?

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726310

    GregF
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    @wearnicehats wrote:

    put seats on the terrace permanently perhaps – lower capacity but a lot more comfort?

    Seats are regularly put in and taken out as required!

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726290

    GregF
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    I originally thought that a 50,000 Lansdowne was too small and I supported the Bertie Bowl idea too. But after some reflection and reasoning, now I think that the 50,000 capacity is quite adequate for this stadium. I mean it’s not as if we are very prolific at international field sports in all honesty. We don’t play glamourous soccer, nor never did. The current good rugby spell could possibly be flash in the pan. 60 odd years to win the Grand Slam FFS.

    Croke Park looked big and empty at most of the soccer W.C. qualifying games against the ‘unglamour’ teams, which our team even struggled against. Hill 16 looked desolate as it was mostly unused! It was only full against the likes of Italy.

    The next time international soccer games are being played look at the attendances/capacities of the games throughout Europe. 30, 40 or 50 thousand is the average attendance even for a prolific soccer national team like Germany who do qualify and win World Cups . For other countries similar to our size but who happen to do better at qualifying than ourselves the attendances are only about 20,000 or less. Remember we are only 4.5 million with a mediocre soccer team when it all boils down.

    The 2 stadia of 80,000 Croker and a 50,000 Lansdowne/Aviva are quite adequate for Dublin city and the country. Improving the smaller stadiums throughout the country to bring them up to an acceptable level should be the priorty. Thomand Park is a 100% improvement and looks great.

  • in reply to: Macken St Bridge – Santiago Calatrava #744596

    GregF
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    Wow….What a geat new landmark for the city!

    Brilliant stuff.

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726216

    GregF
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    The Green seats suffice and will do nicely. No need for Orange, for that colour despite being incongruously on our national flag is the preserve of the British community aspect of NI….who don’t seem to use it either, bar on the 12th of July every year.

    Anyone ever see some of the GAA grounds around the country where they have multicoloured seats side by side – a block of blue beside red beside yellow beside green etc….looks fucking awful and cheap.

    Btw, great having two national stadia….Croker and Lansdowne. Remember the day when we had SFA.

    Not forgetting Tallaght and Thomond …….and the RDS.

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726201

    GregF
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    @johnglas wrote:

    Ditto. But there is some intersting stadium architecture… The new Lansdowne looks exciting if eccentric; the real test will be how it integrates with its surrounding suburb (round the edges) and how the crowds react. From a distance (e.g. Grand Canal Harbour) it looks like a magnificent alien spaceship has landed in Woking (cf. War of the Worlds).

    I agree. I love it already and it isn’t even finished!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey74Q4ezKlU&feature=related

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726188

    GregF
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    That view at Stamford Bridge is appallling!

  • in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #731474

    GregF
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    Luckily no one was killed. It was a horrendous accident.

  • in reply to: Bridges & Boardwalks #734522

    GregF
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    I see one of those old black Victoriana cast iron bins has appeared and is looking rather incongruous on the the very contemporary James Joyce bridge. I hope this is only temporary, to be replaced with the more contemporary stainless steel type.
    Else it is just carelessness and shoddiness on behalf of the Corpo if this is to be a permanent fixture. Next, they’ll be painting it mult-coloured to use up whatever paint they may have in the depot as their once old appoach of “anything will do” re-emerges and the general maintenance deteriorates. I remember that it took a long time for them to replace the broken glass panels a couple of years ago.

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726173

    GregF
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    It’s a great feeling of surprise approaching Lansdowne Road (from the Grand Canal Street end) as ye go over the canal bridge and there before ye is this brilliant Sci-Fi alien type creature/structure with it’s undulating curves on the skyline in the distance. It looks great. A wonderful addition and landmark for Dublin city and the country.

  • in reply to: Smithfield, Dublin #712472

    GregF
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    How about bringing back public hanging?

  • in reply to: Lansdowne Road Stadium #726142

    GregF
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    I agree ofjames, looks like folk on the top tier will be watching games through the roof supports.
    True too, Old Traffords big roof stand is bloody awful, when looking down the only view of a tiny subbuteo pitch below dominated by the big sloping roof overhead is really bad design.

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