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#Happy Camper

From The42 Roy Keane dismisses Man United Van Gaal assistant link - 'I've got a job. I'm very happy in my job.' Happy Camper

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

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

From The42 Vexed van Persie dismisses rumours of Manchester United move or Moyes rift Happy Camper

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

“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.

From The42 Photobomb of the day from this Connacht GAA fan after final win over Ulster Happy Camper

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

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

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

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

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

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

Limerick radio commentator's joyous reaction to victory over Tipperary

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

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

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

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

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

O'Shea says he has no interest in England job

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.

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

The Happy Camper: Final thoughts on an incredible tournament

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

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

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

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.

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

The Happy Camper: home thoughts from abroad

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

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

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

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

From The42 The Happy Camper: And now the party goes on without us End Of The Road This post contains videos

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

“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.”

From The42 The (Un)Happy Camper: Bye, bye, bye Delilah End Of The Road This post contains videos

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

The Happy Camper: the joys of living in a van

“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.”

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

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

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

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

The Happy Camper: new austerity measures on the road

“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.”

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

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

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

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

The Happy Camper: Bring on the Welsh!

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

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

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

“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.”

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

The Happy Camper: the calm before the storm

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

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

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

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.

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

The Happy Camper: come fly with me...

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.

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

The Happy Camper: See the world in green and blue

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.

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

The Happy Camper: counting down the seconds to Sunday

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

From The42 The Happy Camper: it's all downhill to Dunedin from here In Focus This post contains videos

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

“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.”

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

The Happy Camper: head west, young man

“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.”

From The42 The Happy Camper: southbound and down Island Hopping

The Happy Camper: southbound and down

“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’”

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

The Happy Camper: Every cock will crow...

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

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

The Happy Camper: on the road less taken

“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.”

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

The Happy Camper: the Russians are coming...

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

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

The Happy Camper: time to cool our jets

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

From The42 The Happy Camper: did that just happen? On The Road This post contains videos

The Happy Camper: did that just happen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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