The Virgin Sailor

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During a recent trip to Donegal, I took the King's shilling and boarded the good ship "Cloudy Bay" for a race around Loch Swilly.  The only boats I've ever been on until then were ferry services, a canoe once, and a raft made out of chemical drums and bailer twine on the Llangollen canal.  I explained my low-tar jolly Jack status to captain Connor and he was unperturbed.  A good time was had by all.  I even got to do proper rope pulling, some Lea Ho's, ready abouts and stuff.  We came last.

Brandywell & Derry City FC

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I’ve been dying to get along to Brandywell to catch a footy match for many years. Finally got my chance – end of season “must win” versus Shamrock Rovers FC of Dublin.  One of those quirky, antiquated grounds that were once ubiquitous in the UK leagues before Legoisation.  The ticket booth was a grilled hole in a long brick wall.  A huge curving main grandstand and quirky pockets of isolated terraces here and there. This place should be a listed monument as a fine example of evolved sporting stadia.

The standard of football was, I felt, 4th or 5th tier English leagues, ie Div 2 / Conference {National League}

The crowd were passionate and mixed (old and young, not Christian right/left) and this was probably the noisiest 3K crowd I’ve ever experienced.  The “Ultras” drum reverberated in the bowled space of the ground and was deafening as an artillery barrage.

Derry needed to win, and so they did with 10 minutes to spare.  An enjoyable evening of football. Keri enjoyed it too.

Oh and there’s a dog track around the perimter – meetings Mondays & Thursdays apparently.

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