All posts by Darius Ivan

Journalist, Photographer and Designer VR360 content creator

A Fat-bike Adventure on the Wild Atlantic Way

A Fat-bike Adventure on the Wild Atlantic Way Words &pictures by William o Connor Baking in the sun outside the ‘Rusty Mackerel’ a picture perfect pub in a forgotten corner of south west Donegal on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, I watch as the owner of the pub spins past on Garry’s fatbike. “I am cruising” he shouts , cigarette in mouth. Sometimes days and experiences come along that you know will last forever. The ones you will try to recreate without success. The owner flies by in the opposite direction ‘Still cruising’ he shouts gleefully, cigarette still in mouth. The pint in front of me is going down easier than the […]

35,215 at Ladies Day 2015

KILKENNY BEST DRESSED LADY AT GALWAY RACES   Quick Jack credited Tony Martin with back-to-back victories in Thursday’s Guinness Galway Hurdle in what was a dramatic race. Last year’s winner Thomas Edison (a stable companion of Quick Jack) held every chance when he came down at the last and that left Quick Jack with an unassailable advantage. Max Dynamite and Ted Veale gave chase, but the winner had flown at that stage and Denis O’Regan kept the well backed 9/2 shot up to his work to win by two and a quarter lengths at the finish. “It’s brilliant. He had his ground for the first time in a long time today and […]

Hard Knocks Hostel Web Series Episode 4 “I’m a Musician”

Episode 4 of the Hard Knocks Hostel Web Series ‘I’m a Musician’ is finally here. Set in a badly-run backpacker hostel in Inishmore series follows the lives of two receptionists experiencing monotony of their jobs, leading to extreme creativity in dealing with guests. That is boosted with the philosophy of their boss: ‘The customer is not always right!’ In this episode, the girls grapple with a surprise tour group and the dreaded Guy With Guitar. Hard Knocks Hostel Web Series Episode 4 “I’m a Musician” video here! At The CRAIC we had an opportunity to introduced Hard Knocks Hostel in our edition 35 October 2014 by our correspondent Katelin Bernard. We sit down with […]

Galway Races Summer Festival Tuesday!

PRESS RELEASE    TUESDAY 28th JULY 2015 Hint Of A Tint landed a memorable success for connections after the filly was produced with a perfectly timed run by Wayne Lordan to beat Baraweez in the feature race on the second day of the Galway Festival, The Topaz Mile Handicap. The 5-y-o filly was having her first start for 284 days, but was the subject of a sustained gamble and her price halved from 12/1 in the morning into 6/1 at the off. It was a first victory in the race for Lordan and Wachman and the her trainer said “she was a decent filly at two and was second in a […]

Galway Races Summer Festival Tuesday with @GalwayLatinQtr – Where The Party Continues!

The second day of Galway’s Summer Festival centres around the Topaz Mile Handicap underpinned by a superb prize pot of €120,000 designed to attract the best handicappers in this division in Ireland. Latin Quarter and Caulfield Industrial also provide sponsorship on the card. Racing will be broadcast on RTE and At the Races, with the first getting underway at 5pm – the second evening fixture of the week. A great evening’s entertainment for race goers, families and groups alike! The entertainment just goes on and on with live music on the day. via Tue Jul 28, 2015 | Topaz Mile Handicap | Galway Races. Jacksonlady winning Latin Quarter Handicap 2014 in Pictures! […]

Go Racing – Horse Racing Ireland

Modem Winning Connacht Hotel Handicap Trainer Jessica Harrington and daughter Kate teamed up in glorious fashion to take the feature race on day one of the Galway Festival with Modem. The five-year-old was sent off a 5-1 chance at the bottom of the weights for the two-mile Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders’ Handicap and turned in a power-packed display for her proud connections. Wood Breizh held a slight lead off the bend, but the grey was overwhelmed by Ted Veale, Awesome Star and Modem inside the final 250 yards. But it was the latter who held the momentum when it mattered as Kate Harrington kept her companion up to his work to […]

Dear Candy…

Dear Candy,I’m just an ordinary girl during the day. I go to work in the office, I come home but something keeps happening to me at night – I go wild! I run around my housing estate howling, sometimes I wear heels while I do it that are way too high and I fall over, sometimes I just go out in the nude. The guards have had to be called before. I roll around in the grass, yell at people in the street and knock people’s bins over. And that isn’t the worst of it! I usually take what I find in peoples bins home with me and put it in […]

The Galway Gamer- AMC Awareness

by Spud Murphy   It’s all about competition, isn’t it? It’s about two people going head to head to prove who is the better player, or teams taking each other on to out-smart, out-speed, or simply out-play the opposition. Gaming can be fast, frantic and even brutal at times, as everyone wants to lay claim to the top spot, and nobody wants to lose. However, behind these players’ stern poker faces and in-depth jargon, there’s a huge amount of heart and generosity. Proof of this was seen in spades lately at the Galway City’s gaming leg of the AMC Awareness Day.   AMC- Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita- is a condition that limits […]

Fashion for the Beer Garden

by Fiona NI FHOGHLUA When you’re on a day off and the sun appears from behind those rain clouds, what is the first thing most of us do for the day – head for a beer garden with friends! Theres so many good ones to choose from in Galway! Its that rare time that we get to enjoy a drink, the sun and good company.  I have styled four outfits to give an idea of what I would wear if I were having to get dressed in a hurry to catch the good weather!    The first outfit I picked is one I would go for straight away if I were […]

A President’s Tribute

President Michael D Higgins was among those who paid a fond and heartfelt tribute to the late Tom Feeney – President of St Patrick’s Brass Band – at a special memorial concert held in his honour in July. Tom was known for his love of music, his renowned music collection and as a strong fundraising advocate for Galway’s historic band, which has taken part in every St Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway since 1903, played for Presidents Kennedy and Reagan, and for the visit of Pope John Paul II. Born in Galway in 1927, Tom moved to England before returning to Ireland in the 1960s. Using his experience with the Royal […]