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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)

IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!

Friday, June 28, 2013


New York City , from the top , down - and still as fantastic as ever (as expected) , at all points in between !

We're back - physically , anyway, but not quite mentally!

As arranged , the five of us were escorted from JFK Airport by Pat , Frankie and Sam to one of our 'home-from-homes' in the Bronx (where Shay and his girlfriend had a breakfast and our rooms waiting for us!) and, after a few hours chit-chat , a good feed , a few hours sleep and a shower , the 'Assault on Precinct New York' began : the five of us were 'let loose' on this gentle city to wreck havoc on our purses , with transport arranged for us , for the full two weeks , to avail of as we pleased - and the driver , Joel - God Bless the man and his patience ! - couldn't do enough for us , driving us out to Jersey Gardens four times (!) and to Woodbury Common twice , over the two-week period !

Three of our number (and myself behind the lens!) out searching for our 'missing' girlfriend : she was found, two hours later, in a huge outdoor street-market on Bleecker Street in Manhattan , with poor Joel carrying the bags!

After a few days in our Bronx apartment , Joel , Kevin , Heno , Mel and Larry moved us to one in Queens , from where we continued our 'shop and explore' mission , done the same a few days later from our new 'base' in Brooklyn and, finally, spent the last few days in a three-bed duplex apartment in Hell's Kitchen : each new venue brought with it new experiences , as we re-explored our old stomping grounds from two years ago , lamented the 'passing' of old shops whilst welcoming the new ones!

One of our favoutite haunts , which contains a subway stop , a decent-sized park , a Burlington/DSW outlet and a good choice of restaurants.

But we didn't use all our time in New York shopping and/or sight-seeing : we explored plenty of areas where tourists wouldn't normally get to , such as parts of Harlem , the Bronx and the Bowery District , to name but a few such venues, and we ate and drank in the 'regular' bars and clubs , sometimes with Joel and other times without him : we found , from experience, that that is the best way to get a 'feel' of what the city is really like , in much the same way that Grafton Street in Dublin (the 'Fifth Avenue' of Dublin) wouldn't be representative of Dublin proper - and, in doing so, we met the nicest , most polite , helpful and down-to-earth people that you could hope to meet in that huge city or in any other comparable metropolis : most of them downtrodden , no airs or graces, nothing false about them. People that the five of us could relate to and who we really enjoyed spending time in the company of.

Anyway , for now , we're back , and trying to settle-in to 'reality' : good to see our partners and our kids and our family , distribute the many presents we brought back , sort out the house , feed the cat/dog and the goldfish and prepare ourselves for 'normality'. And, after we fail miserably to do all that (!) , I'm going to try and re-organise things around '1169 Towers' and start posting again. Hopefully......

Check back here on Wednesday evening and see if I succeed!

Thanks for reading, Sharon.