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Summer is officially here. Kids go swimming in the Grand Canal Basin.

As I watched some incredibly ambitious dives were attempted. Look closely and you'll see a kid upside down, suspended in mid-air.

Video of Gaelforce Connemara challenge 2010.

Over a stunning weekend in Co.Galway, myself and 2 of my brothers participated in Gaelforce Connemara.
The race was 31.5Km long and consisted of bog, hill & road running, track/road cycling, and kayaking.
About 800 people took part. It was tough but really very enjoyable. The weather was gorgeous and the event was well organised.
The most difficult part for me was coming off the kayak - and then straight into another run. I was soaking wet, and my legs were so cold and stiff. It took a long time to warm up again.
But I had it better than my brother Ciaran.
His bike got a blowout on the forest track. And then - as soon as that was repaired - he got another! That really cut his time (he would be expected to thrash me!)
My time? 2hrs 55min.
Not too bad.

A walk around Drogheda - a lot better than its reputation.

Admit it.
When you think of Drogheda it is generally in the negative. A fair number of stabbings & other crap have going on there recently.
And yet, it is not a bad looking place.
I walked around recently to see for myself. I expected the usual graffiti, street drinking, litter, etc. - but my expectations were nicely confounded.
It is a great looking place.
The main street has been recently repaved and realigned.
It also has a LOT of history, with Ireland's largest surviving medieval city gate. The cathedral also openly displays the shrunked, severed head of the 17C saint Oliver Plunkett (affectionately called "the raisin" by Ronan, due to its blackened appearance).
The town itself overlooks the River Boyne. Just upstream is the site of the battle of 1690, as well as the Newgrange megalithic complex and other sites.
So, it can't be such a bad place to live. Can it?

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