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  • AndyFatBastard
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    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

    it's the opposite of a rechts course obv
    Ah, a pallette cleanser. Champagne and ice cream?

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  • The Aul Switcharoo
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    Originally posted by SatNav View Post

    I'd highly recommend a trip out to cascais it's beautiful!
    My gf is from there. Been there twice now in last couple years. Some spot. Incredible beaches

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    Originally posted by AndyFatBastard View Post
    I don't even know what a links course is
    it's the opposite of a rechts course obv

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  • Strewelpeter
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    Originally posted by AndyFatBastard View Post
    I don't even know what a links course is
    Comes between starter and main

    toad-in-the-hole-sausage-recipes-1621241127.jpg

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  • AndyFatBastard
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    I don't even know what a links course is

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  • Solksjaer!
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    When you are a hacker like myself a LINKS course can be really memorable for the scrnery. Yep thats what stays with me. Just love playing with a vista. Rosses Pount , Ballyliffen , European etc love em .

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  • MysteryGuest
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    Originally posted by Dice75 View Post
    Anyone ever play Cruit Island?
    No but have played the Gil Hanse revamped Portnoo - absolutely class course that doesn’t get a lot of hype (due to isolated location)

    Carne the golfing highlight of year so far- unreal (and out of the way) - make sure you play all 27 - old front 9 has some great holes though not as dramatic as other 2

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  • MysteryGuest
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    Originally posted by Wombatman View Post
    Links golf is an overrated crap shoot. Give me the likes of K-Club, Dromoland Castle or Mount Juliet any day over the best links courses.
    bad take- someone’s salty over a few bad bounces

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  • coillcam
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    Originally posted by SatNav View Post

    I'd highly recommend a trip out to cascais it's beautiful!
    Or Sintra for a day trip, it's a magical little city in the hills/clouds that is full of palaces. Can take in a couple of Atlantic Coast beaches too.

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  • hotspur
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    I see Louis CK is doing two gigs on October 8/9 in the Limelight in Belfast, which holds 750 people. Tickets on sale tomorrow.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Question on meat - Probably one for oleras or Gimmeabreak

    Is cold smoking meat a big thing and is there a particular set up/process to it?

    I'd never heard of it as a thing before the weekend. A mate of mine gets really good burgers from a butcher and having been going to him a bit, he got chatting to him and the butcher told him he cold smokes the meat before mincing which gives it it's flavour.

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  • Wombatman
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    Links golf is an overrated crap shoot. Give me the likes of K-Club, Dromoland Castle or Mount Juliet any day over the best links courses.

    Plenty of underrated Golf Clubs out there the don't feature on the yankee lists but still have loads of charm and some gem holes. Golf Ireland are great for hosting regional and nation comps on random courses thereby supporting local clubs.

    Have to agree with RDIII on the Golf Course wankery.
    Last edited by Wombatman; Yesterday, 12:24.

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  • Strewelpeter
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  • elbows
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    Originally posted by Silver-Tiger View Post
    I decided during lockdown that it was a great opportunity to go and play some of the links courses in Ireland that I hadn't yet whilst the Yanks were away.

    Only a few missing on the top 50 of that list including Ballybunion and Tralee which I couldn't get in my Kerry trip last year and up at mystery guests neck of the woods (going next summer).

    The one course that really jumped out to me that I've played a few times now in the last couple of years that isn't as heralded by the casual golfer is The Island. I think it's beautiful. A good mix of elegant and raw holes with the back 9 being all world.

    Royal Dublin surprised me in how strong it was. Really felt like raw links the day I played this year in sunshine and a stiff wind. Got beaten up but loved it.

    Every list is subjective. Especially people overrating their home course. Arguing people's opinions on what is better can get silly very quickly. Personally make sure I get out to The European Club once a year. Really feels like I'm disconnected from the rat race everytime I'm down there. It's unfair as shit but somewhere I always want to be.

    I am a member in RD. We got a new geeenkeeper this year and he’s made a difference. We are doing a huge project on our bunkers over the winter so I’ll have to get you out to see the difference next year. I love the Island but haven’t played it in years (they have changed a few holes since I was last there) Only played the European club on poxy days and didn’t really enjoy it.

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  • Tar.Aldarion
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    One of us! One of Us!

    Yogahub in Phibsboro is good Hotspur for a place nearby, well my girlfriend likes it anyway.
    Last edited by Tar.Aldarion; Yesterday, 11:32.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

    I'm probably confused but the place I'm thinking of was some sort of yoga studio / party venue somewhere like Brunswick St. closer to Stoneybatter than Smithfield, seems to be gone now.
    And that place in Knockanarrigan was originally named with the same brand.
    That would be the Elbowroom alright and it is the same owners. I wouldn't have put it as unbearably hipster but not sure if that says more about me or you

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  • SatNav
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    Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post
    Jaysus, lisbon is some city.
    Even when they are ripping you off you feel undercharged
    I'd highly recommend a trip out to cascais it's beautiful!

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    Golf Course wankery.

    I suppose it was inevitable. Blaming elbows.

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  • Dice75
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    Anyone ever play Cruit Island?

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  • Silver-Tiger
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    Originally posted by Goodluck2me View Post

    I hear you on that, and I really think Royal Dublin is underrated, but I can’t get behind The Island at all, it’s just so samesy, 4 par 4s to start off just doesn’t do it for me tbh. I could be wrong but I tend to underrate courses where I’m from rather than overrate them. I do think Ballyliffen is excellent, really enjoyed Ballybunion too but the first few holes are ordinary. Portmarnock I think is also pretty overrated in my view, its very good but just not spectacular enough to be considering the best in the country. Really want to play Tralee, Lahinch and Royal Portrush.
    They've completely revamped the front 9 on The Island. I believe it started off with 8 par 4s in a row but that's changed since 2020. Never played it before then. Starts off 4,4,5,3 now. Also think 1 is in the conversation for best opening tee shot in the country!

    Portmarnock didn't blow me away either but I thought it was excellent and the best conditioned course I've ever played. Have Adare in a couple of months which should top it but never seen anything like it. I understand when people talk about 'the more you play it the more you appreciate it'. I'd say playing it a few times would see it move close to the top of my own list.

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  • Murdrum
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    Originally posted by Goodluck2me View Post

    I hear you on that, and I really think Royal Dublin is underrated, but I can’t get behind The Island at all, it’s just so samesy, 4 par 4s to start off just doesn’t do it for me tbh. I could be wrong but I tend to underrate courses where I’m from rather than overrate them. I do think Ballyliffen is excellent, really enjoyed Ballybunion too but the first few holes are ordinary. Portmarnock I think is also pretty overrated in my view, its very good but just not spectacular enough to be considering the best in the country. Really want to play Tralee, Lahinch and Royal Portrush.
    A guy I worked with a few years ago is a member of Portmarnock and asked me did I have any interest in playing.
    At the time I didn’t play golf and had no idea of Portmarnock whatsoever but happy to go along hacking it around.
    Lovely day, great clubhouse and only realised quite a while afterwards when I mentioned it to people that I had a free round of golf & lunch.

    I had a Portrush open comp booked but had to cancel due to Covid. Tralee is definitely up there for me, I enjoyed Dooks a few weeks ago too.
    I’d love a trip around the North West though; some combination of Carne, Enniscrone, Sligo, Rosapenna, Narin & Portnoo & Ballyliffin.

    Mt Juliet put down their open comps to 60e from September so playing an open comp there in 2 weeks. If the weather is good, their rate of 45e for hallowe’en week is quite good.

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  • hotspur
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    Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

    I'm probably confused but the place I'm thinking of was some sort of yoga studio / party venue somewhere like Brunswick St. closer to Stoneybatter than Smithfield, seems to be gone now.
    The Elbowroom? It closed at the end of last month, unfortunately as it was my yoga studio. Wouldn't have thought I'd it as a party venue though.

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  • Goodluck2me
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    Originally posted by Silver-Tiger View Post
    I decided during lockdown that it was a great opportunity to go and play some of the links courses in Ireland that I hadn't yet whilst the Yanks were away.

    Only a few missing on the top 50 of that list including Ballybunion and Tralee which I couldn't get in my Kerry trip last year and up at mystery guests neck of the woods (going next summer).

    The one course that really jumped out to me that I've played a few times now in the last couple of years that isn't as heralded by the casual golfer is The Island. I think it's beautiful. A good mix of elegant and raw holes with the back 9 being all world.

    Royal Dublin surprised me in how strong it was. Really felt like raw links the day I played this year in sunshine and a stiff wind. Got beaten up but loved it.

    Every list is subjective. Especially people overrating their home course. Arguing people's opinions on what is better can get silly very quickly. Personally make sure I get out to The European Club once a year. Really feels like I'm disconnected from the rat race everytime I'm down there. It's unfair as shit but somewhere I always want to be.
    I hear you on that, and I really think Royal Dublin is underrated, but I can’t get behind The Island at all, it’s just so samesy, 4 par 4s to start off just doesn’t do it for me tbh. I could be wrong but I tend to underrate courses where I’m from rather than overrate them. I do think Ballyliffen is excellent, really enjoyed Ballybunion too but the first few holes are ordinary. Portmarnock I think is also pretty overrated in my view, its very good but just not spectacular enough to be considering the best in the country. Really want to play Tralee, Lahinch and Royal Portrush.

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  • Strewelpeter
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    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

    I liked the ending.

    SPOILER
    Redemption
    As was often the way in the golden age of screenwriting (Mr Smith goes to Washington is a great example) you have to discard the final reel to get the true intent of the writers who would try to undermine the plausibility of the tacked on Hollywood ending.

    SPOILER

    IMO
    Redemption has to be hard earned, there was no indication at any point until the procedurally kludgy courtroom scene that Jimmy was was working out anything. Look at everything that happened across all the series right up to him conning the widow and you are deluding yourself if you think that Jimmy is ever doing a day more than the 7 years in NC (with the golf program !)
    In a way the whole final series and especially the last few shows was all about delivering happy endings and tying up loose ends, top quality work to include all the minute details and keep it entertaining to the end.

    It was all about the McGill Bros and the roles they got to play.

    Hopefully Gilligan has more in the tank.

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  • DeadParrot
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    Jaysus, lisbon is some city.
    Even when they are ripping you off you feel undercharged

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  • Strewelpeter
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    Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
    What's the hipster place in town? Think you might be confusing the ownership.
    I'm probably confused but the place I'm thinking of was some sort of yoga studio / party venue somewhere like Brunswick St. closer to Stoneybatter than Smithfield, seems to be gone now.
    And that place in Knockanarrigan was originally named with the same brand.

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  • Silver-Tiger
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    Walking up 18 in The Island at sunset during the heatwave last week.

    IMG-20220808-WA0007.jpg

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  • Keane
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    Whenever I'm back paid up in Tralee if lads want to play without paying the €250 or whatever it is I'm pretty sure I can get guys out for €20 or something like that. Ye'll have to buy the first couple of beers obv.

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  • Silver-Tiger
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    I decided during lockdown that it was a great opportunity to go and play some of the links courses in Ireland that I hadn't yet whilst the Yanks were away.

    Only a few missing on the top 50 of that list including Ballybunion and Tralee which I couldn't get in my Kerry trip last year and up at mystery guests neck of the woods (going next summer).

    The one course that really jumped out to me that I've played a few times now in the last couple of years that isn't as heralded by the casual golfer is The Island. I think it's beautiful. A good mix of elegant and raw holes with the back 9 being all world.

    Royal Dublin surprised me in how strong it was. Really felt like raw links the day I played this year in sunshine and a stiff wind. Got beaten up but loved it.

    Every list is subjective. Especially people overrating their home course. Arguing people's opinions on what is better can get silly very quickly. Personally make sure I get out to The European Club once a year. Really feels like I'm disconnected from the rat race everytime I'm down there. It's unfair as shit but somewhere I always want to be.
    Last edited by Silver-Tiger; 17-08-22, 22:19.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

    This place is perfect for that kind of thing... It 's owned and run by the people who run that unbearably hipster place in town so you'll probably know them
    What's the hipster place in town? Think you might be confusing the ownership.

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  • Strewelpeter
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    Originally posted by Tar.Aldarion View Post
    Ideas for where to get a nice airbnb for new years within an hour of dublin? Somewhere not the farthest from takeaways/shops. Looking for 24 of us or so.
    Perhaps somewhere in Meath or Wicklow might suit?
    This place is perfect for that kind of thing... It 's owned and run by the people who run that unbearably hipster place in town so you'll probably know them

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post
    Finished Better Call Saul. EPIC series .
    I liked the ending.

    SPOILER
    Redemption

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  • paul8200
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    Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

    Rosapenna @195e for all 3 courses to be used within 10 days seems like a great deal.

    The new St Patrick’s is already ranked 55th in world.

    The issue for most is that it’s so isolated. Fantastic value if you happen to convince a significant other that holiday breaks as far from your home as possible are a good idea
    was there early June and this offer is great value. We had a fabulous week of sun also. I look forward to summary coverage of the seniors on Old Tom Morris this weekend. thought both it and St Patricks were superb. Sandy Hills the weakest of the 3, but it's a high bar.

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  • Hitchhiker's Guide To...
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    Kudos to the two Dutch seventy-year-old sisters who sat next to me on the plane and realised I wasn't quite all right so essentially petted me for the full two hours. Love you to bits.
    ​​​​​.

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  • Tar.Aldarion
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    Ideas for where to get a nice airbnb for new years within an hour of dublin? Somewhere not the farthest from takeaways/shops. Looking for 24 of us or so.
    Perhaps somewhere in Meath or Wicklow might suit?

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  • elbows
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    Originally posted by Keane View Post

    I see Tralee is at 8 just behind Ballybunion. The general consensus around here is that if you had the option to play both you should play Tralee twice, which I'm sure is hyperbole but the feeling is definitely that the name is the only thing BB has over it. I wouldn't know the difference. Tralee is a phenomenal track from the POV of natural beauty tbf.

    I was a member as a youngster but left it go when my dad stopped paying the sub when I got to college. Membership is closed currently and the talk is that it might be 15k to get in when it reopens. I can get in for 5.5k currently (back paying the years I didn't pay before) going up by ~500 PA. I'll have to swallow it but it'll be a tough sell this year with a new house purchase and wedding all on the cards before the end of the year. I feel like if your neighbourhood has a world class amenity you better avail of it if you can. All my family play as well so it's bound to be in my future.
    I thought Tralee was much better than BallyB.

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  • Murdrum
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    Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
    On the topic of golf courses, etc.. I am a member in Palmerstown but play Bunclody regularly. I think Bunclody is one of the best in the country and no track gets close to it in value for money terms. Open singles every Wednesday which I am just back in the door from. Put it on your list.
    I couldn’t agree more, as Switch will tell you, I say the exact same all the time. I’ve played it 3 times now and I love it.
    As you say, it’s the best value of any course in the south which has a regular open.

    Carlow is 2nd for me at a similar price but those last few holes in Bunclody are phenomenal. They alone are worth the price.

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  • Gimmeabreak
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    On the topic of golf courses, etc.. I am a member in Palmerstown but play Bunclody regularly. I think Bunclody is one of the best in the country and no track gets close to it in value for money terms. Open singles every Wednesday which I am just back in the door from. Put it on your list.

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  • Keane
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    Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

    Globally I don’t know tbh.

    There are two lists published in Ireland with Kevin Markham being involved in this one: https://irishgolfer.ie/top-100/2022/...eland-ranking/

    I know he’s highly thought of so I’d just assume that is good. At the higher end there doesn’t appear to be big changes. Adare & St Patrick’s entering so highly in recent years would probably be quite unusual.

    At the lower end it can vary quite a bit, my course & Switch’s course aren’t currently ranked in the Top 100 on that list but I’ve seen both feature in other lists.

    I’d almost guarantee mine will be ranked in 2023 because it’s hosting the Senior Cup this year and will just make an appearance as it will be mentioned quite a bit.
    I see Tralee is at 8 just behind Ballybunion. The general consensus around here is that if you had the option to play both you should play Tralee twice, which I'm sure is hyperbole but the feeling is definitely that the name is the only thing BB has over it. I wouldn't know the difference. Tralee is a phenomenal track from the POV of natural beauty tbf.

    I was a member as a youngster but left it go when my dad stopped paying the sub when I got to college. Membership is closed currently and the talk is that it might be 15k to get in when it reopens. I can get in for 5.5k currently (back paying the years I didn't pay before) going up by ~500 PA. I'll have to swallow it but it'll be a tough sell this year with a new house purchase and wedding all on the cards before the end of the year. I feel like if your neighbourhood has a world class amenity you better avail of it if you can. All my family play as well so it's bound to be in my future.

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  • Murdrum
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    Originally posted by Keane View Post

    What is the ranking for golf courses that would be considered the most definitive?
    Globally I don’t know tbh.

    There are two lists published in Ireland with Kevin Markham being involved in this one: https://irishgolfer.ie/top-100/2022/...eland-ranking/

    I know he’s highly thought of so I’d just assume that is good. At the higher end there doesn’t appear to be big changes. Adare & St Patrick’s entering so highly in recent years would probably be quite unusual.

    At the lower end it can vary quite a bit, my course & Switch’s course aren’t currently ranked in the Top 100 on that list but I’ve seen both feature in other lists.

    I’d almost guarantee mine will be ranked in 2023 because it’s hosting the Senior Cup this year and will just make an appearance as it will be mentioned quite a bit.

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  • DeeBrown
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    Originally posted by Mellor View Post

    Quid is perfectly cromulent slang for euro currency.
    I refuse to look that word up.

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  • Keane
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    Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

    Rosapenna @195e for all 3 courses to be used within 10 days seems like a great deal.

    The new St Patrick’s is already ranked 55th in world.

    The issue for most is that it’s so isolated. Fantastic value if you happen to convince a significant other that holiday breaks as far from your home as possible are a good idea
    What is the ranking for golf courses that would be considered the most definitive?

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  • Hitchhiker's Guide To...
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    Don't. Accidentally. Click. The. BCS. Spoiler. In. Excessive. Enthusiasm.

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  • Theresa
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    BCS
    SPOILER
    A satisfying, but underwhelming (and I think underwhelming is unfair but I can't think of a better word) end to the one of the great TV series'.
    I always liked Jimmy, saw his as a messer with a good heart, despite some of the behaviour in this series. Glad he went out the way he did.


    Swingers
    SPOILER
    I'll do a TR at some point, can't bring myself to think about anything about the weekend yet, the Fear is strong.

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  • oleras
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    Would love to see a spin off spin off that features Mike.

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  • oleras
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    Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post
    Finished Better Call Saul. EPIC series .
    SPOILER
    She couldent help herself, like a moth to the flame !

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  • Solksjaer!
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    Finished Better Call Saul. EPIC series .

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  • Mellor
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    Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post

    EUROS!

    (or euro if you speak Mellor)
    Quid is perfectly cromulent slang for euro currency.

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  • Solksjaer!
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    Originally posted by oleras View Post

    Get to a chemist, those bites can get infected from scratching. Think its called Tiger Balm, green stuff in a small jar..excellent itch relief.
    Did the trick

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  • Solksjaer!
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    I think Ireland is 2nd to none on golf course offerings

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  • Murdrum
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    Originally posted by MysteryGuest View Post
    Donegal (+ Sligo/Mayo) >>>>>>>>Kerry (+ Clare) for golf AINEC

    more top links, way better value + they don’t treat you like a piece of dirt if you aren’t a rich yank
    Rosapenna @195e for all 3 courses to be used within 10 days seems like a great deal.

    The new St Patrick’s is already ranked 55th in world.

    The issue for most is that it’s so isolated. Fantastic value if you happen to convince a significant other that holiday breaks as far from your home as possible are a good idea

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  • Micknail
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    Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post

    EUROS!

    (or euro if you speak Mellor)
    What's your take on Dosh?

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  • ArmaniJeans
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    Originally posted by MysteryGuest View Post
    The world athletics championships were on earlier this summer- don’t seem to recall them being shown on Irish TV or getting much coverage yet they seem to be all over the euros

    find it hard to get interested in them now and used to watch a lot/participate
    RTE haven't picked up the Worlds in a long time - they were on the BBC last month but were a difficult watch timezone wise being in Oregon (and other editions recently have been in Beijing, Daegu, Osaka etc.) Can see why RTE don't bother with the Worlds. European Championships probably comes as a freebie through EBU, has 50+ Irish athletes qualified and is always on at a decent time.

    I find them enjoyable enough, always watch them. Although you have to be realistic about the actual merits of getting to a European semi/final in events where Americans, Africans or Jamaicans would be dominant at World level.

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  • thechamp87
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    Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post
    Been taking the same flight weekly and the security queues in Dublin
    are noticeably improving.
    I get the 07:30 to Heathrow weekly. I leave my house in Foxrock at 06:10 and have done for the past 6 weeks with no issues. During June I gave it a bit more time but never found it was as bad as the media portrayed (granted I fly from T2). Dublin airport is a breeze these days, especially early in the mornings.

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  • Keane
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    Originally posted by MysteryGuest View Post
    Donegal (+ Sligo/Mayo) >>>>>>>>Kerry (+ Clare) for golf AINEC

    more top links, way better value + they don’t treat you like a piece of dirt if you aren’t a rich yank

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  • MysteryGuest
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    The world athletics championships were on earlier this summer- don’t seem to recall them being shown on Irish TV or getting much coverage yet they seem to be all over the euros

    find it hard to get interested in them now and used to watch a lot/participate

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  • MysteryGuest
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    Donegal (+ Sligo/Mayo) >>>>>>>>Kerry (+ Clare) for golf AINEC

    more top links, way better value + they don’t treat you like a piece of dirt if you aren’t a rich yank

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  • DeeBrown
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    Originally posted by Lazare View Post

    I'd say that costs a few quid.
    EUROS!

    (or euro if you speak Mellor)

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  • Goodluck2me
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    Originally posted by Emmet View Post
    I love this guy's videos. He's absurd, picking up languages for the craic.

    The interactions become so different as soon as he 'switches on' - it's really cool to see.

    One of the coolest things I’ve seen, that so enjoyable/wholesome.

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  • Hitchhiker's Guide To...
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    Feel in such a great mood after two nights of smoking weed. Apart from first night falling out of bed. It seems to have lifted a dark sense of depression. Was down at the doc talking about it before going away and she recommended an SSRI, which from memory are brutal. But look at me curing myself like a boss. In fairness I think the London outing might have helped also.

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