50 Days until the Olympics 2012

June 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today marks 50 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games and also the 20th day of the Olympic Torch Relay. Last time I posted about the Torch Relay it had travelled through Stoke-On-Trent and the surrounding area.

Since its travels through North Staffordshire the Torch has made its way through the North West, visiting Bolton, Southport and home of The Beatles, Liverpool. It then flew to the Isle of Man where torchbearers travel around the island with the Olympic Torch before heading to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Olympic Torch at Giants Causeway

Whilst in Ireland the Torch Relay ventured to the beautiful Giants Causeway, Londonderry and Dublin whilst been carried by various well known torchbearers. Today the Irish comedian, Patrick Kielty carried the torch and Irish Olympic Boxers, Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth had the honour of carrying the flame yesterday.

A more random choice of torchbearer was X-Factor and Eurovision Song Contest competitors, Jedward, who ran through central Dublin with the flame. Although the Irish twins have little connection to sport their appearance at the Torch Relay was a real crowd pleaser and helped to bring the Olympic 2012 spirit to Ireland.

With a boost of excitement from last weekend’s Diamond Jubilee and only 50 days to go, anticipation for the London 2012 Olympic Games is starting to grow and I am certainly looking forward to the start of the Games.

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St Patrick’s Day 2012 Celebrations- Dublin, London, New York!

March 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This weekend thousands of people will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day. The traditional Irish celebration is a much loved occasion across the world. Although celebrations predominately take place in Ireland, parades and festivals are also been held in British and American cities.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations are vibrant and joyous occasions that showcase all things Irish. Parades generally include wonderfully decorated floats, marching bands, live music, Irish dancing and street performers.

If you’re not fortunate enough to catch a St Paddy’s Day parade in Ireland- huge celebrations will be taking place across all Irish cities including Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Tipperary. I’m sure that a St Patrick’s Day celebration will be taking place in a city near you.

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Birmingham holds the biggest St Patrick's Day parade in Britain

Birmingham and Manchester have already hosted their St Patrick’s Day parades but that won’t stop further celebration over the weekend. As all major cities in the UK will be paying tribute to the Irish with dance troupes lining the streets, folk music, and of course lots of Guinness on sale in pubs and bars.

If you’re looking for a family day out and a traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade then head to Trafalgar Square, London, where the Irish will be celebrating in style. Sunday’s event will feature endless floats, music, dancing and all sorts of performers plus stalls upon stalls of delicious food and drink. The celebrations will stretch through the city starting in Green Park before reaching Trafalgar Square in the afternoon where revellers can enjoy the Irish festivities until Sunday evening.

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Emerald green is a favourite in St Paddy's Day celebrations

Although I won’t be venturing to Dublin or London for St. Patrick’s Day I will be celebrating the great Irish festivity with some of my closest family and friends. I’ll be “Chief Irish Coffee Maker”, fingers crossed someone else will make a Chocolate Guinness Cake– it would be rude not to on St Patrick’s Day after all.

Did you know- Americans love St Patrick’s Day, so much so, that they hold some of the largest celebrations in the world, most notably an enormous parade in New York. And since 1962 the Chicago River has been dyed emerald green on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate the Irish!

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