The title of a piece in todays Irish Times magazine supplement by Eoin Butler. Still getting used to the new revamped edition, and still far from decided or whether I like it or not. Certainly the supplement has not changed my view that it’s just one long advertisement…

Anyway, according to David Zike, and avid American Surfer based in Dublin who was interviewed for the piece – Australians are

Extremely cocky. Friendly too, but only as long as get get all the waves. Your typical Australian surfer reckons that, because he works in a bar in Strandhill, that means he owns the beach.

So it seems then that stereotypes most definitely exist on water as well as land.

Butler suggests that as far as top surfing beaches in Ireland are concerned, Lahinch and Bunder are still really popular. The more discerning might check out Easkey, Lissadell and Strandhill in Sligo, as well as Kilcummin, and Keel Beach (Achill) in Mayo.



Rory & Michelle, winners of the recent fundraiser for the Sports and Community Centre Group, originally uploaded by strandhillonline.

Now there’s a way to start the New Year.

Rory Killian , Coolaney, son in-law of popular Strandhill couple Ollie and Rathana McLaughlin and recently married to Michelle, was astounded when told his ticket had been pulled first in the draw.

‘We are thrilled for Rory and his family and we wish him and all the other prize winners the very best with their prizes. They wouldn’t have won if they hadn’t been prepared to support our drive for badly-needed sports and community facilities in the area. We are so grateful for everyone who bought our tickets and helped our fundraising drive,’ said Cliodhna Carroll of the Sports and Community Centre Group.

Nearly 100 other people won prizes in the mega-draw. After Rory Killian, the top prize winners were: John Tracey, Strandhill (€2,000); Patricia Egan, Strandhill (€1,000 holiday with €500 spending money); Maura Gilligan, Glen Road (flat-screen TV and €100 cash) and Glen Kilfeather, Grange (hotel mini-break and €100 cash).

The details of all winners are here.


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