Monday, July 07, 2008

Supervalu Cornflakes

As we in Ireland finally begin to realise that we've been ripped off by the supermarkets and other retailers for years but only have ourselves to blame it is time to begin making note of some of the bargains that are out there.

Not only have a third of Irish shoppers abandoned in some for the larger retailers such as Tesco and Dunnes for Lidl and Aldi but they've begun to shop for non brand goods too.

Recently I found a 750g box of corn flakes in Supervalu for EUR1.87. In Centra a 500g box of Kellogg's corn flakes on Special Offer was EUR2.37.

You're probably thinking; hey aren't those non brand corn flakes usually tasteless and cardboardlike? Believe it or not, these corn flakes are actually delicious! I was pleasantly surprised and as long as Super Valu are selling these I'll be buying them instead of Kellogg's.

America's hurling messiah

There was a really interesting article published in the sleaziest tabloid of them all, the Sunday Independent, yesterday. It's great to see some recognition for Dave Olson and the work of the Milwaukee Hurling Club. Let's hope the GAA can put some more faith in the international aspect of the game which is growing thanks to the great work of people like Dave and others in Europe, Australia and Asia. Promotion the game among locals is the key to the success of these games abroad. The New York County Board needs to take on board the work done here and follow suit instead of allowing clubs to pay for county players from Ireland to fly over to the US taking them out of competitions that they think they are too good for such as the Christy Ring Cup and the Nicky Rackard Cup. If they were too good for those competitions they wouldn't have been knocked out the Championship. The NAGAA along with the GAA needs to enforce some rules minimising the amount of transfers or better still enforce a quota on local citizens in each jurisdiction i.e. US citizens in the NAGAA, UK citizens in Britain and especially London and so on.

Not to maintain a negative slant only here the GAA have made great strides in recent years in recognising the importance and significance of the game internationally. Not only will new flair and skills be brought to the game, it will benefit from immensely, but it is something that needs to happen. The monotony of the Leinster Hurling Championship for example where Kilkenny are in a spell of domination and the Leinster Council are considering holding it outside of Croke Park, is one reason to generate new teams worldwide who can compete eventually at the highest level. Another reason to promote the game internationally is the increased immigrant population in Ireland. As these people develop skills in Gaelic Games shouldn't they have somewhere to take them should they decide to return home?

Just one final point on the article, it was an article on Hurling but have included it in 'Other Sports'.