Summary I have never been a big one for self-deprivation (anyone who knows me will not find this surprising) - so when Lent rolled around, while my peers were eschewing crisps, chocolate bars and "being rude", I was giving up porridge, mashed potatoes and broccoli.
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Summary It started as a joke, a throwaway line over a late night Lenten jar by Vinny Fitzpatrick about having a public house representative for Clontarf , but it had gathered momentum to the point of no return. Unlike Vinny's aborted attempt in the 2011 general election, which was pulled at the 11th hour, the "Joe Public" campaign was in full spate, like a high tide in Dublin Bay. Joe Byrne had been the agreed candidate, as there was no better man to represent the five main pubs in the area: The Schooner, Foley's, Shingles, The Holyrood and Vernon Castle.
Summary The one objection to penalty shootouts that Liam Lenten did not cover in his article (" GOAL! A better alternative to penalty shootouts ", AFR, July 15) is that a team game is decided only on individual skills on the day. Surely the higher ranking team should be the winning team if there is a draw in the match. In all, the increased role of the ranking system would encourage a more vigorous contest in the qualifying rounds, even for the better teams for which qualification for the World Cup groups is often a foregone conclusion. .
Summary I have a far better suggestion than Liam Lenten's on how to avoid penalty shootouts deciding the winner of important soccer matches (" A better alternative to penalty shootouts ", AFR, July 15). First, squash the spherical ball used in soccer so that it bounces unevenly. Next, remove the goal net and crossbar, then extend the vertical goal-posts upwards by about 20 metres, and add similar posts on either side of the goal posts, thus increasing the chances of getting a score with every attempt, and ensuring that the better team will generally win because they will have more attacking shots.
Summary Six months ago Q Radio News teamed up with the Irish relief agency Trocaire. Our reporter, Roger Donnelly, flew with Trocaire pressman David O'Hare and Daily Mirror snapper Justin Kernoghan to Malawi - an economically poor and land-locked country in southern Africa.
Summary Additional programs for children will include family game nights, Family Fun Day for Special Needs Children, Bible Sunday for third-graders, Trunk or Treat, Advent and Lenten workshops and Bible studies, Big Sis Little Sis mentoring, Easter Egg hunt, toddler play group, preschool, Vacation Bible School and children's choir and hand bell. Programs for tweens and teens will include Wildside (games and devotions on Thursday nights for junior high and high school students), youth and bell choir, confirmation for eighth and ninth grade youth, high school girls small group, Great Escape Winter retreat, and summer mission trip.