Saturday, August 30, 2008

Manchester Martyred in Monaco


Popped down to Monaco to see Manchester United v FC Zenith St-Petersburgh in the UEFA Super Cup last Friday evening in the Stade Louis II, a lovely ground in the centre of Monaco city. The Man U supporters were outnumbered about 4 to 1 by the St-Peterbugh supporters. It wasn't a great performance by Man U and a disappointing result. The atmosphere on the United terrace was a bit muted, especially when the second Peter's goal went in. But, as always with the south of France and Monaco, everything about the trip was great. Fantastic weather and a great contrast to Ireland at the moment. Basking in 36 degrees is a nice way to spend a day. There was plenty of glitter and style in Monaco, needless to say, and it is a great place for people-watching. However, we didn't get much of a chance to linger in the pubs around the ground as the local police imposed an alcohol ban about three hours before kick-off. Still, it was a great trip to one of my favourite locations in europe.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

News bad from K2

Sad to hear news reports that hope is running out for the safe return of those climbers still not accounted for on K2, among them Gerard McDonnell. It seems that they have been missing for so long on the mountain that there is little chance of their survival.

Disaster unfolding on K2

Terrible news coming from K2, where many climbers, having successfully summited the mountain in the past few days, have been lost or injured on the descent due to an ice fall at the bottleneck. Sadly, an Irish climber, Gerard McDonnell, from Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, is among those still not accounted for. This is a terrible outcome follwing the success of the climb along the toughest route in climbing. I hope Gerard and other climbers are recovered safely, but fear for the worst. A special web site has been set up here to give information as it is available. Also keep in touch with events here: