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Porterhouse booze for blessed Brian

  • Matt Slater - BBC Sport golf writer
  • 18 Sep 06, 11:57 PM

matt_slater55x55.jpgDUBLIN - Did you notice that? "Dublin", as opposed to "London"'s the blog equivalent of the wedding standard, "my wife and I...."

Yep, we've made it. I won't go over the same ground as Iain in his earlier post but yes, the traffic is going to be an issue this week (that 900 euros by helicopter to Straffan is going to look more and more reasonable - is that a crescendo of reasonable-ness? - as the week goes on).

But that's it for traffic talk. I promise not to mention it again. Unless we're late for something. And then it wasn't our fault.

First impressions from Ryder Cup central? Loads.

One, it didn't take long. We'd only been out of passport control for three minutes and we spotted the enemy for the first time. Big Brian Barnes of Sky colour analysis fame and Ryder Cup legend.

We can report that the Scot, who beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day in 1975, is built like a bouncer, wears socks under his sandals and was reading one of Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" books. He also looked a thoroughly decent chap and, if he is reading this blog, we would dearly like to blow the suds off a few pints of "plain" with him in The Porterhouse (and yes, there are plenty of other good pubs in Temple Bar) this week.

Second, the Ryder Cup really is the third biggest sporting Ireland.....this week. That is the word from the man in the pub. Sunday's All-Ireland Gaelic Football final was the biggest sporting occasion of the week, next weekend's Old Firm clash is second and the golf is third.

People in Kerry - the Manchester United of Gaelic Football - might miss the Ryder Cup altogether as they have only just started their traditional fortnight of liquid celebrations. He was just one bloke, though. And he admitted to not liking golf.

Third, blokes in pubs aside, the good people of Ireland seem to be incredibly proud to be staging the Ryder Cup....they've even put astroturf on the side of their buses.
The Cubans have Che Guevara, the Chinese used to have Chairman Mao, here, for this week at least, the Irish have Padraig Harrington.

The cheerful Dubliner will haunt my dreams these evening. His face is everywhere.

The subject of the Ryder Cup was also the third topic of debate on Ireland's version of Question Time, Questions & Answers. The stick in the mud that suggested it was all about greed and bad jumpers was given short shrift by the audience.

And one final thought before Rob and I retire (Bert and Ernie style). There are, apparently, two types of golf shot in Ireland...and you'll have to bear with my attempts to spell them. First, there's the "Der-f**k-it", and then there's the "Dat-will-do".

Let's hope for plenty of the former for Tom 'Tortilla' Lehman and his boys and lots of the latter for Woosie's warriors.

Comments   Post your comment

  • 1.
  • At 12:48 PM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • Alan Oliver wrote:

Great stuff already isn't it? Just a couple of thoughts on the weekends action concerning Darren Clarke. Yes, he's under a fair bit of pressure but cometh the hour, cometh the man. Don't be surprised if Woosie has him out first pairing on Friday to smack the first tee shot of the Cup down the middle. Can you imagine that big Irish cheer? That roar should unnerve a couple of the US rookies. Also, there can be no doubt that Captain Lehman will not fall for the mistakes of others in the past and will 'load' his heavyweights early for the Sunday singles. He'll put Tiger out first with the hope of a victory and then look to use him in a wandering role as cheer leader amongst the rest of the US squad. Again, Woosie will counter this by having Darren out as his first man on Sunday to try and stir up the same momentum for the Euros. Given Darren's record against Tiger in match-play, this could be a 'cracker'! What an event the Ryder Cup has become!

  • 2.
  • At 01:09 PM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • Steve Owen wrote:

Can the BBC please stop saying that the Ryder Cup is being held in Dublin, it's not. The 'K' Club is in County Kildare, an adjacent county.

Steve (an Englishman in Dublin)

  • 3.
  • At 02:03 PM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • toplanger wrote:

I always thought it was "Ernie & Bert" and not "Bert & Ernie"

  • 4.
  • At 03:24 PM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • Matt Slater wrote:

Steve, you’re absolutely right about the K Club not being in Dublin. But that blog entry was written in Dublin, which is where we and a great many other people at the K Club this week are staying. We will try, however, to be clearer about where we are writing from and where we are writing about.

Peter, thanks for the heads up. Didn’t know that. Brian, if you’re reading, sorry. How about a cup of tea in the Media Centre?

  • 5.
  • At 08:22 PM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • Cary Leahey wrote:

Very amusing story about the sartorial splendour, such as it is, in golf and at the Ryder Cup. The quip about Curtis Strange was priceless. Cary (New York City)

  • 6.
  • At 06:57 AM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • John wrote:

Kerry the Man Utd of Gaelic football??????....dont you mean Liverpool as they have won more titles.
If you meant best supported then surely that Dublin or us (Cork)

  • 7.
  • At 09:07 AM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • Patrick Smyth wrote:

We were planning to leave on saturday at 5am... but if the traffic is bad :/

  • 8.
  • At 10:11 AM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • NC wrote:

The traffic is bad mostly during the week due to commuter traffic especially around our radial route M50. The only traffic that you will encounter at 5am on Sat morning will be the Ryder Cup traffic and it is hard to forsee what this will be like.

The N7 has been recently up graded to a three lane dual carriageway each side, so this should enable a good flow of traffic. I heard yesterday that Traffic was bad entering into The North Carpark but South Carpark was okay. Most of the spectators coming from Dublin will go to the North Carpark.

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