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People are rallying around that little pancake caravan in Donegal after a disastrous weekend
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# The Happy Camper

People are rallying around that little pancake caravan in Donegal after a disastrous weekend

Apr 17th 2017, 2:00 PM 10,949 Views 3 Comments

From heartache to hope.

This little caravan sells delicious pancakes in the spectacular setting of the hills of Donegal
# The Happy Camper
# The Happy Camper

This little caravan sells delicious pancakes in the spectacular setting of the hills of Donegal

Apr 12th 2017, 7:55 PM 12,557 Views 1 Comment

Lovely.

A farmer moving to Dublin for college has gone to great lengths for somewhere to stay
# Sign Of The Times
# Sign Of The Times

A farmer moving to Dublin for college has gone to great lengths for somewhere to stay

Aug 17th 2016, 2:10 PM 29,265 Views 4 Comments

Grim.

Roy Keane dismisses Man United Van Gaal assistant link - 'I've got a job. I'm very happy in my job.'
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# Happy Camper

Roy Keane dismisses Man United Van Gaal assistant link - 'I've got a job. I'm very happy in my job.'

Apr 28th 2014, 12:50 PM 11,847 Views 22 Comments

Keane insisted he is not currently harbouring hopes of a returning to Manchester United.

Vexed van Persie dismisses rumours of Manchester United move or Moyes rift
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# Happy Camper

Vexed van Persie dismisses rumours of Manchester United move or Moyes rift

Mar 13th 2014, 10:52 PM 5,900 Views 54 Comments

“I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading,” said RVP.

Photobomb of the day from this Connacht GAA fan after final win over Ulster
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# Happy Camper

Photobomb of the day from this Connacht GAA fan after final win over Ulster

Feb 23rd 2014, 5:26 PM 8,503 Views 3 Comments

Connacht won comfortably by 2-19 to 1-7 against Ulster in Tuam today.

Davy Fitz: 'That was as big as anything I have ever done because we weren't given a snowball's chance'
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From The42
# Happy Camper

Davy Fitz: 'That was as big as anything I have ever done because we weren't given a snowball's chance'

Feb 19th 2014, 7:40 PM 14,388 Views 9 Comments

The Clare man was pretty happy after today’s Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final.

Limerick radio commentator's joyous reaction to victory over Tipperary
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From The42
# Happy Camper

Limerick radio commentator's joyous reaction to victory over Tipperary

Jun 10th 2013, 2:37 PM 7,918 Views 8 Comments

Live 95FM commentator Liam Ahern’s account of the closing stages of yesterday’s game was brilliant.

On Tour: Fans in Poznan dreaming of that one big day
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

On Tour: Fans in Poznan dreaming of that one big day

Jun 9th 2012, 4:23 PM 541 Views 0 Comments

Cian O’Callaghan has joined the green hordes in Poznan and he’s already in festive spirit.

O'Shea says he has no interest in England job
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From The42
# Happy Camper

O'Shea says he has no interest in England job

Nov 21st 2011, 11:26 AM 666 Views 0 Comments

His team are top of the Premiership but Conor O’Shea insists he is content at Harlequins and is not interested in the England job.

The Happy Camper: Final thoughts on an incredible tournament
# Reflections
From The42
# Reflections

The Happy Camper: Final thoughts on an incredible tournament

Oct 23rd 2011, 5:03 PM 688 Views 0 Comments

The Happy Camper is home in wet and windy Ireland. It didn’t stop him from penning one last diary entry for RWC 2011.

The Happy Camper: it's time to go home, Tosh
# Check In
From The42
# Check In

The Happy Camper: it's time to go home, Tosh

Oct 12th 2011, 11:01 AM 652 Views 0 Comments

Cian the van is parked up for the last time and the lads file onto the flight home with plenty of other Irish. It’s been a wild ride.

The Happy Camper: home thoughts from abroad
# Green Army
From The42
# Green Army

The Happy Camper: home thoughts from abroad

Oct 11th 2011, 2:10 PM 1,243 Views 0 Comments

As they point it towards the airport, our man in the van recalls the many Irish friends they’ve made along the road.

The Happy Camper: 'it feels like a one horse town when the horse is out to lunch'
# Garbage Time
From The42
# Garbage Time

The Happy Camper: 'it feels like a one horse town when the horse is out to lunch'

Oct 10th 2011, 11:45 AM 585 Views 0 Comments

It’s back behind the wheel for the lads after the weekend’s heartbreak before the flight home this week.

The Happy Camper: And now the party goes on without us
# End Of The Road
From The42
# End Of The Road

The Happy Camper: And now the party goes on without us

Oct 9th 2011, 11:57 AM 684 Views 0 Comments

“Imagine a junior disco in Ireland. Now imagine it without the tipsy teens staggering from one song to another before a big fight breaks out.”

The (Un)Happy Camper: Bye, bye, bye Delilah
# End Of The Road
From The42
# End Of The Road

The (Un)Happy Camper: Bye, bye, bye Delilah

Oct 8th 2011, 10:18 AM 1,672 Views 13 Comments

“Before leaving Dublin we asked only one thing of this Irish team; a whole-hearted performance. And, by God, they delivered that in every second of every game.”

The Happy Camper: watch out Wellington, here comes the cavalry
# Camper's Run
From The42
# Camper's Run

The Happy Camper: watch out Wellington, here comes the cavalry

Oct 7th 2011, 10:36 AM 962 Views 0 Comments

The greening of Wellington is almost complete. But half the Irish in town have tickets to the wrong quarter-final.

The Happy Camper: the joys of living in a van
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: the joys of living in a van

Oct 6th 2011, 10:56 AM 643 Views 0 Comments

“Tosh arrives over to make the deposit in our laundry press. CLICK, FLOP: a pair of boxer shorts lands with unwavering precision in the middle of my bowl, breakfast is over.”

The Happy Camper: 'It's like a deserted city scene from 28 Days Later'
# Reality Check
From The42
# Reality Check

The Happy Camper: 'It's like a deserted city scene from 28 Days Later'

Oct 5th 2011, 12:27 PM 597 Views 0 Comments

The lads roll into Christchurch, a city still very much recovering from their devastating earthquake.

The Happy Camper: new austerity measures on the road
# Penny Pinching
From The42
# Penny Pinching

The Happy Camper: new austerity measures on the road

Oct 4th 2011, 12:27 PM 439 Views 2 Comments

“Men like Tom Crean and Roald Amundsen have looked into such tracts of the wild unknown and thought ‘onward.’ For us, this will be the southern limit of our lifetime.”

The Happy Camper: the long and winding road...
# Business End
From The42
# Business End

The Happy Camper: the long and winding road...

Oct 3rd 2011, 10:45 AM 652 Views 0 Comments

It’s the morning after the night before and the lads head out for a bit of a bird-watch. Literally.

The Happy Camper: Bring on the Welsh!
# Sea Of Green
From The42
# Sea Of Green

The Happy Camper: Bring on the Welsh!

Oct 2nd 2011, 2:24 PM 1,059 Views 1 Comment

The Happy Camper is soaking up the post-match atmosphere in Dunedin. How we wish we could be there too.

The Happy Camper: we always knew this would define our tournament
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: we always knew this would define our tournament

Oct 2nd 2011, 8:33 AM 582 Views 0 Comments

“The Dunedin Holiday Park was a hive of activity deep into the cold night as the community gathered to sing the songs that always bring us together.”

The Happy Camper: the calm before the storm
# Setting The Scene
From The42
# Setting The Scene

The Happy Camper: the calm before the storm

Oct 1st 2011, 4:41 PM 436 Views 0 Comments

The Happy Camper has arrived in Dunedin and is soaking up some pre-match atmosphere ahead of Ireland’s crunch clash against Italy.

The Happy Camper: a leap of faith ahead of Italy game
# Going Native
From The42
# Going Native

The Happy Camper: a leap of faith ahead of Italy game

Sep 30th 2011, 12:51 PM 382 Views 0 Comments

Some 84 kilos of Irish beef free-falling toward the Heineken-bottle green river below. Checklist completed; seen it, done it got the T-shirt… now for some rugby.

The Happy Camper: come fly with me...
# Leap Of Faith
From The42
# Leap Of Faith

The Happy Camper: come fly with me...

Sep 29th 2011, 11:39 AM 350 Views 0 Comments

The free-fall from 9,000 feet lasts around 20 seconds. It was terrifying, exhilarating and a serious rush for the senses – it was almost as good as beating Australia in Eden Park.

The Happy Camper: See the world in green and blue
# Rest Day
From The42
# Rest Day

The Happy Camper: See the world in green and blue

Sep 28th 2011, 1:59 PM 353 Views 0 Comments

The Happy Camper puffs out his cheeks in an exhausted exhale. His camera battery is dying, the memory is full and he has just been to Milford Sound, the place New Zealanders go to sight-see.

The Happy Camper: counting down the seconds to Sunday
# RWC2011
From The42
# RWC2011

The Happy Camper: counting down the seconds to Sunday

Sep 27th 2011, 1:06 PM 464 Views 0 Comments

Sean and company found their home away from home as they rolled up to the ski slopes of Queenstown.

The Happy Camper: it's all downhill to Dunedin from here
# In Focus
From The42
# In Focus

The Happy Camper: it's all downhill to Dunedin from here

Sep 26th 2011, 1:53 PM 512 Views 1 Comment

“Tosh’s catchphrase for the week has been “schnappy schnappy” as every time a scenic vista presents itself he is compelled to take a photo of it. The words echo around the cabin as often as the steering is turned.”

The Happy Camper: head west, young man
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: head west, young man

Sep 25th 2011, 10:51 AM 660 Views 1 Comment

“It feels so long ago since the dizzy highs we experienced in Auckland, but you can always rely on the Irish to make you feel part of a group, at kick off 20 people have drifted in.”

The Happy Camper: southbound and down
# Island Hopping
From The42
# Island Hopping

The Happy Camper: southbound and down

Sep 24th 2011, 2:09 PM 345 Views 0 Comments

“It was another early start in Wellington this morning, 7 am at the ferry terminal. With the Aussies in town, we shacked up on the outskirts of the city, in Porirua, and catch a train to spend Friday evening chanting ‘USA, USA’”

The Happy Camper: Every cock will crow...
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: Every cock will crow...

Sep 23rd 2011, 2:09 PM 363 Views 0 Comments

“A future quiz question beckons for a man named captain on his World Cup debut,” quips Sean as the crew move on to Wellington.

The Happy Camper: on the road less taken
# Off Broadway
From The42
# Off Broadway

The Happy Camper: on the road less taken

Sep 22nd 2011, 11:32 AM 350 Views 1 Comment

“Unsure what size the bags are, or if better value sheep poo can be found, we keep motoring on until sunset and we pull into Dannevirke.”

The Happy Camper: the Russians are coming...
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: the Russians are coming...

Sep 21st 2011, 11:48 AM 530 Views 0 Comments

“For us, Napier is a nightmare,” writes Sean Farrell after the van’s first epic leg of its World cup journey.

The Happy Camper: time to cool our jets
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: time to cool our jets

Sep 20th 2011, 11:22 AM 1,122 Views 4 Comments

In between witnessing historic Irish victories, and hob-nobbing with international rugby managers, our man in the van hits New Zealand’s adventure sports.

The Happy Camper: It’s time to move on from Eden Park
# On The Road (again)
From The42
# On The Road (again)

The Happy Camper: It’s time to move on from Eden Park

Sep 19th 2011, 2:46 PM 447 Views 0 Comments

Sean and company head south to the thermal spas of Taupo in their newly-christened campervan.

The Happy Camper: it's the morning after the night before
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: it's the morning after the night before

Sep 18th 2011, 2:01 PM 968 Views 0 Comments

“As optimistic a bunch as we are, we presumed that Ireland would finish second in this group and so, we have tickets to the wrong quarter-final. They are both in Wellington however, so the hope is that we can make it to both.”

The Happy Camper: did that just happen?
# On The Road
From The42
# On The Road

The Happy Camper: did that just happen?

Sep 17th 2011, 12:59 PM 1,430 Views 2 Comments

Our man in the van, sent this report from his seat in Eden Park – complete with shaky video of Irish celebrations.

The Happy Camper: it's show time...
# Game Face
From The42
# Game Face

The Happy Camper: it's show time...

Sep 17th 2011, 9:36 AM 487 Views 1 Comment

He’s made it to his seat in Eden Park. But Sean and his pals have brought along a new friend.

The Happy Camper: It's the final countdown...
# Golden Ticket
From The42
# Golden Ticket

The Happy Camper: It's the final countdown...

Sep 16th 2011, 2:35 PM 575 Views 3 Comments

The bags are unpacked(ish) and there’s a city waiting to be explored. The Happy Camper and his merry men soak up the sights and sounds of Auckland before tomorrow’s big match.

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