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Lunchtime linkage

Keeva Hurley, GSGC. Photo by Paul May.
Keeva Hurley, GSGC. Photo by Paul May.

So much blogging to catch up on both here and on Culch.ie will probably be burning the midnight oil tonight. Here’s a start:

  • Gardiner Street Gospel Choir were off the scale brilliant on Saturday night at The Helix, DCU. Everyone I went with and spoke to seemed to be on a buzz after it. Amazing show & fair play to them for doing their weekly gig in St. Francis Xavier’s Church the following evening – can’t have been easy! Well done to all involved, major blog post to come including MP3s of the gig. Paul May has some great shots of the guys n gals on Flickr.
  • Delorentos are offering up a free MP3 of ‘You Can Make Soundover here.
  • Curious Wines are supporting a great cause – donate to Lesley adn Will’s fund and you’re in a draw for a whopping €110 worth of tasty vino. These guys are cycling 300km for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Wow.
  • Damien has a short, sweet &  awesome post on online interaction.
  • Jeffrey Zeldman toys with the idea of a NSFW HTML tag in HTML 5.
  • TypeDrawing is my latest favourite funtime iPhone app. Check the Flickr group out for fruits of users’ efforts.
  • Smashing Magazine has some more excellent free fonts compiled.
  • Darragh talks about the set of the latest production at The Abbey over on Culch.ie – as he says photos really don’t do it justice, it’s almost worth going along to The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant just for the set alone.

Tweeting from a few thousand feet

Of course I'm not nervous!
Of course I'm not nervous!

Not everyone who is afraid of heights would consider jumping out of a plane. Not everyone who would jump out of a plane would try taking a photo & posting it to Twitter while descending from a few thousand feet.

But then Darragh isn’t everyone.

I was keeping a eye on the event via Twitter on a bus from Dublin to Galway & I got some shock when I saw the photo of 2 feet dangling way above the green fields of the midlands.

Contendor for most awesomest Twitter pic ever? Surely. Should Darragh start attending Twitterholics Anonymus? Possibly. The craziest, most ‘up for anything’, generous person you could possibly ever meet? Absolutely.

You can still donate to the nominated charity, CareLocal by clicking here. Find out more about the wonderful work they do over here.

See the entire Twitter photo-story here.

Offaly high up
Offaly high up

Tuesday Push – Take a Darraghchute

darraghdoyleThat crazy mofo is going to jump out of a plane on Saturday for his sins, mainly polluting Twitter with horrendously bad jokes.

In the process he’s raising money for Care Localwww.carelocal.ie – who assist older people to remain living in their own homes, with dignity, security and company, for as long as possible, and to ensure they remain in good health, both mentally and physically.

So come on, even if it’s just the price of your morning latte or Friday evening pints, it’s all welcome & going to a really good cause.

Here’s where you can do the bizbiz - http://short.ie/darraghchute

Props to @irishstu for darraghchute – genius!

Randomness from my universe

Karen Millen - normally gorgeous, but...
Karen Millen - normally gorgeous, but...

Someone please explain to me where that weekend went to??? And while on the subject of the weekend, thank you thank you thank you to the man above and his posse for giving us the most glorious day on Sunday for the Dublin City Soul Festival & just the chance to wander happily around town & dine al fresco sans brolly.

I had the pleasure of meeting & hearing the gorgeous & talented Nell Bryden on Saturday afternoon – she will hopefully be appearing in an interview on a blog near you before long. Be sure to check out her new album & if you’re in Dublin on June 30th, you could do a lot worse than go hear the lady live in Whelans. Amazing voice, great energy will make for a fantastic gig.

Stuff on this week(end) include SweetTalk, Connector 10Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, The Cat Laughs in Kilkenny and most importantly, Pat Kenny’s last gig as presenter of the Late Late Show on Friday night (yeah clear your diaries lads, break out the bubbly). Will he get a Harley? I f*cking hope not. 

SPWC are looking for volunteers to help out with the festival when it hits Cork city on June 13th & 14th and then Dublin from June 18th – 21st. Check out the blog for all the info.

In a bit of a rule-breaking departure (excused by the puntastic opportunity & fact that it’s raising money for a great cause), I’ll be pushing Darragh’s parachute jump as part of the Tuesday Push. It’s on Saturday down in Offaly & he’ll be jumping 13,000 ft to help raise some cash for Care Local

And finally, can someone please explain to what the heck Karen Millen was drinkin/smoking when she decided that this frock was a good idea. As another bemused passer-by on Grafton St said “what are you meant to do when you want to sit down?”. The mind boggles.

Siege of Ennis – congrats to all involved!

As luck would have it, too many things fell upon the one weekend & I couldn’t make the journey down home for the Siege of Ennis world record attempt in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. Talking to my dad last night he said the weather on the day was absolutely awful as you will see from the video. But fair play to the 5,000+ that turned up and gave it socks on such a miserable wet day!

Props to my little first cousin Sean Keane who can be seen stepping it out in his lovely blue & gold uniform (and ocassionally wearing an Obama baseball cap!) on the podium above the crowd :)

You can still make a donation to the Special Olympics via the event website by clicking here.