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

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

Apr 17th 2017, 2:00 PM 10,959 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 12,569 Views 1 Comment

Lovely.

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 691 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 657 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 1,249 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 591 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 688 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 1,677 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 963 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 649 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 600 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 440 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 654 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 1,060 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 585 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 439 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 351 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: 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’”