Welcome to my Blog. This Blog contains match reports and reviews of events I have covered.
The sheen on the top of a turtle shell, much like a wet black rock, proves a strange sight along the quiet banks of the River Dodder in the south of Dublin city. The turtle, most likely an unwanted pet, slowly approaches the edge of the bank before plunging into the water below.
In recent weeks there has been an increasingly higher visible presence of rats in Marlay Park. As a regular visitor to the park I would usually see the odd rat over the course of the year but during the past few visits there have been sightings of groups of rats along pathways and walking routes.
Today I saw a rat chasing a moor hen in the shallow waters of the park's pond. Last year a nest of little grebes remained untouched by predators as it was positioned in the middle of the pond; despite possible disruption to the nest due to nearby works during the build up the concerts, it remained undamaged throughout the breeding season.
With the upsurge in rat numbers, possibly helped by a larger than normal amount of fast food during the summer months, and only showing now due to the harsh winter, a question mark remains over the next breeding season for some birds in the park although perhaps it explains the higher numbers of herons and a few buzzards allegedly sighted today!
Perhaps the most bizarre thing was the fishing line with hook containing a small piece of ham hanging amongst tree branches nearby
On a sadder note the park's nice stone bridge dividing the two large ponds was damaged in recent weeks after the high winds knocked down a nearby tree.
Photos & videos: © Brendan Donnelly Photography
It was a great honour for me to to receive the award for Photograph of Year for the second successive year from the Camogie Association of Ireland's Media Awards.
Sports photography has its challenges and one such factor to deal with whilst covering events can be inclement weather. The photograph that won the award was taken during heavy rainfall as Dublin and Offaly faced off in a Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie championship match in June 2013.
The Republic of Ireland suffered their heaviest defeat in living memory against the impressive German side managed by Joachim Low in a match that has put serious doubt on the long term future of Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Germany's Marco Reus got the ball rolling for his side with an opening brace in the first half that gave the away side a 2-0 half time lead. Things didn't improve for the Irish side when the second half got under way with goals from Mesut Ozil, Lazio marksman Miroslav Klose, and a brace from Toni Kroos creating an eerie silence in the Aviva Stadium that was briefly interrupted when substitute Andy Keogh found the net.
The result of the Republic of Ireland's next match against the Faroe Islands will prove crucial in deciding whether the Republic have any chance of qualifying from a group that looks likely to be won by the Germans.
Irish substitute Robbie Brady in action against the Germans
Republic of Ireland: Westwood; Coleman, O'Shea, O'Dea, Ward; Andrews, Fahey (Long 51), McCarthy; McGeady (Keogh 69), Walters, Cox (Brady 83).
Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Schmelzer; Muller, Schweinsteiger, Khedira (Kroos 46), Ozil, Reus (Podolski 66); Klose (Schurrie 72).
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).
Croke Park was the venue for a day of ladies gaelic football as the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior All Ireland Finals were held at GAA headquarters. In the first match of the day Louth took on Antrim in the Junior Football final. In the end it was the hard work of the Antrim defenders that made the difference as the Ulster side ran out 3-9 vs 0-07 winners against the Wee County.
In the second match of the day the Intermediate Championship Final saw Armagh face off against Waterford. The Orchard County were set on their way early on when full forward Shauna O'Hagan took advantage of a ball rebounding off the Déise post before slotting it into the back of the net. Despite a good response from Waterford with a netted effort from Linda Wall, Armagh took charge of the match and went in at half time with 4 points to spare. Full Time: Armagh 1-12 Waterford 1-05
The showcase event of the day was the All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final between rivals Cork and Kerry. Despite the derby nature of the match the technical superiority of the Rebel girls ensured the Brendan Martin Cup would once again be heading back to Cork. Full Time: Cork 0-16 Kerry 0-07