So many golfers have tried to take on Bethpage Black and been overwhelmed that in the early 1980s the park placed a famous sign behind the first tee that reads: “Warning: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.”
Six questions in, all of them a variation on the theme that was his absence from the Ireland squad for last weekend’s historic defeat of the All Blacks in Chicago, and Peter O’Mahony’s calm exterior cracks just a tad.
Leinster have opted against registering either Cian Healy or Sean O’Brien for Europe ahead of Saturday’s round six visit to Coventry, where they meet Wasps to decide who finishes top of Pool 2 in the Champions Cup.
Water, water everywhere and not a tear to shed: well not for Big Phil, he’s washed his hands of it; not for Irish Water’s public relations consultants, they’re swimming in it; not for Cool Michael, his party neglected it for years; not for Moustache Willie, he’s turning up the pressure when Irish Water turn his down; not for Alan Kelly, he’s up to his neck in it; not for the young, the aged and unemployed, they are getting free allowances; not for Joe Public, he deserves the shower he elects.
Joe Schmidt hadn’t a word of French when he pitched up in the Massif Central town of Clermont-Ferrand back in 2007, but the Kiwi coach was a quick learner and he’s still known for dropping the odd peu de Francais into his vocabulary on those weeks when the opposition is of a Gallic flavour.
Maths wasn’t exactly a strong suit in the old school days, but one glance around Croke Park last Sunday afternoon seemed to offer fairly definitive evidence that the numbers just didn’t add up for what proved to be two perfectly enjoyable Allianz League Division 1 semi-finals.
IN the wake of the recent announcement that not one of our 51 public hospitals is at the highest standard of cleanliness, let’s get one thing straight before there’s more tut-tutting and poo-pooing in the media with regard to Joe Public getting what he deserved after re-electing Bertie Ahern and Co last May.