Category Archives: Dubai

January – February

Well the end of January brought with it another competition. This time I was trying my hat at a bit of Ladies Football. After a couple of weeks of intense training I managed to pick up enough skill, determination and pure genius to make it as a sub on the A squad. I got a few runs outs during the competition and was actually picked to start the final! Go me:) Anyways, after a tiring couple of days we were crowned Dubai Gulf Gaelic Games champions 2008. (for more info on the club go to www.dubaicelts.com)

February brought with it yet another competition, but this time it was my favourite.. hockey. Both myself and Paul doned the Dubai Hockey Club colours one friday morning and headed to Sharjah (the dry emirate… thats arguable!). Dubai Hockey Club entered in 4 teams so we had a really good turn out. We made it to the final (with me scoring the odd goal) and lost on penalty flicks in the final to a team called Lusitanians. The team is made up of workers from pakistan (already have the advantage!). Both myself and Paul played in the final (Paul was the goalie) so it was really nice to have played on the same team. I should tell you that each team only required 1 girl… whereas others stuck to the one, we had 2 girls (amazing talent again!!)

Anyways, February then brought my birthday, and my parents arrived on Feb 21st so lots of fun was had that month! I’ll let the parents fill you in on the Friday brunch, the microlites, the bus trip, afternoon tea, the ski slopes, the desert safari.. pictures tell alot:)

Happy New Year; its 2008!

The 7’s finished on an even bigger high when Paul asked me to marry him and I said yes! We then had a whirlwind of a week or so going out celebrating and then getting ready to go home for the Christmas Break. It was certainly lovely being back home and we also got a chance to book a venue and a church for the big day! More details to follow?

We’re now back in Dubai, its 2008 so HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

We’re just getting settled back in to reality here and now I’m getting ready to attempt (and I use that term loosely) to play GAA in the Gulf Gaelic Games on January 25th & 26th, my mum and dad are coming to visit in February, we have more visitors in March, along with a trip to Paris and the Dubai World Cup! Phew.. its gona be a busy few months.. and I haven’t even mentioned the Big Day in May?

Pam
xox

The latest update!

The latest update!

As you can see from the lack of posts on the website, its been a busy couple of months! November started with visitors and ended with more visitors!

To keep it brief, Pauls sister and some friends came to stay at the beginning of November, we ate out, drank out and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! I did play in the Dubai Celts Railway Cup day on Friday 9th November. My first ever real gaelic games tournament!! While I was representing Munster, as Connaught were short players I joined them and was so proud to be on a team that had their first victory (against Leinster) in 4 years?

Leo arrived a few days after Pauls sister left and we had some more fun in the sun! A desert safari and some shooting in Jebel Ali were definite highlights of the trip. Leo the sharpshooter showed us up bigtime. I wasn’t bad at the auld clay-pigeon shooting, but I managed to knock a staple off the top right hand corner of the pistol shooting thingy. I wasn’t very good at it?

After a few days rest, a bit of rugby and a broken nose later, Maurice arrived for the Dubai Rugby 7’s. For anyone that didn’t know, I was involved in the 7’s this year and had my nose broken the weekend before in my first ever rugby game!! Here’s a brief synopsis of the weekend.

The Dubai Celts – Dubai Exiles Ground- Dubai Rugby 7’s
Having decided to join the Gaelic Football Club over here I got roped into playing on the Ladies Social Rugby Team for the Dubai Rugby 7’s this year. We began our training (about 4 weeks before hand) at a local park and had our first “full contact” rugby match the week before the 7’s. This is when I had my nose broken!

We soldiered on to the rugby 7’s, held on November 29,30 & December 1st. We were one of 8 teams (all of which participate in UAE rugby leagues during the year) taking part, and we were placed in Group B, along with Doha RFC, Dubai Hurricanes and Abu Dhabi. We lost our first game against Doha FC 12-10, a dodgy conversion, (I did score a try in this game though!). We marched on to beat our biggest rivals Dubai Hurricanes 15-7 in the second game and lost 17-15 (another simple conversion) in the third game against Abu Dhabi.

These results placed us third in our group and into the semi finals of the Ladies Social Plate against Kuwait Agility Nomads. We took these girls on with some mighty strength at 9.20am on Saturday morning and narrowly kept them away from our line to win 10-5!

Having caused some major upsets in this tournament we had a good support system built up for the final as teams we had knocked out came to support us. We had also befriended a men’s team who were so impressed with our skills that they played waterboys for us! In the final we were matched against our other biggest rivals, the Dubai Exiles (on their home turf!). After a shaky start we started plugged away and claimed the Ladies Social Plate title with a convincing win of 31-10! Not only did I manage to score a try, but I also managed a conversion, one of 3 conversions our team scored in that game!

Next up is the Gulf Gaelic Games on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th January which will run in conjunction with the Irish Society “Irish Week”. Watch this space or check out www.dubaicelts.com for more on the antics of the Irish in the Middle East! My pictures are uploaded on www.picasaweb.google.com/paronan

Annie – Ramadan – Kenya!

Well, its been an eventful few weeks! Annie arrived in Dubai in August & moved in around the corner from me! She goes all the way to Dubai to live next door to her cousin:) We’ve met a few times, she called over last night for the rugby (lets not go there!) and is in great form.

Since my skiing exploits, (i failed level 1 & have to repeat it!) I’ve been rather busy. It began with going to the Burj for an “indulgent’ afternoon tea for Pauls Birthday. I’d highly recommend it to anyone coming to visit! Although 40 euros for a G&T & glass of wine just made me laugh:) We got a Friday brunch in before Ramadan started on September 13th & Paul & I were lucky to be flying to Ireland that day so we mised the first few days of it.

Ireland consisted of arriving in Dublin at 5.30am, legging it to Clonmel, frantically getting ready for a wedding at 1pm in Fethard! It was really good fun, all the girls from Clonmel were there, so it was great to catch up with everyone in the one go. The rest of the holiday for me was spent walking around in a daze due to tiredness but I did get to see Nanny and then up to Ron & Eileen before I left. We were only in Ireland from friday to tuesday morning so it was a very brief trip.

We’ve just been following the rugby since we got back from Ireland and had a really nice quiet weekend last weekend (first one in ages!). We are getting ready for our trip to Kenya on Oct 12th so I’m getting really excited about it. I’m just worried my camera wont be good enough to take all the pictures I plan on taking! We are heading to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Amboselli Park (at the base of Kilimanjaro). Ramadan ends then too so its friday brunches, eating lunch out and lots lots more!

Hope this finds you all keeping well & safe!

Pam
xox

Skiing in the desert & Emirates Palace!

After I got back to Dubai a few weeks ago I was bedridden with a bad cold, but we did manage to get away to Abu Dhabi for the weekend. We stayed at the Sheraton, which was amazing. We enjoyed it more than Fujairah. We had some fun getting to the hotel for starters. When we rang ofr directions we were told its opposite Emirates Palace (www.emiratespalace.com) which is an amazing hotel in Abu Dhabi. So after driving around for ages we rolled down the window & asked a taxi driver. Its then that we discovered that the hotel was at the opposite end of the promenade to Emirates Palace not opposite the place!!!

Anyways, the first night was a dry night in the UAE so we had grub & retired to our room. The friday was spent sleeping in the shade, only moving for a bit of watersports, food & I got a massage in the evening. Heaven. Back in Dubai for the dubs game & the start to the premiership which brought us back to reality!

In the last few weeks myself & Paul have completed our discovery & beginner Ski lesson in Mall of the Emirates. So much fun & we’re booked in for Level 1 on Sept 3rd.. cant wait.. Paul still laughs at the sight of me skiing down the hill backwards with a bewildered look on my face! I’m hoping he falls on his backside in 2 weeks..

Pam
xox