Belgium GAA are European Champions 2014

BELGIUM GAA ARE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 2014
On Saturday, the mens and ladies Gaelic football teams from Belgium GAA were crowned the European Champions for 2014.

The ladies continued their long history of success in this competition. Their quality and dominance is unparalleled and incredible. It was also great preparation for the ladies as they look forward to their massive All-Ireland quarter-final match vs the Munster Champions in two weeks.

Belgium GAA

The men were playing their third European final in a row. Having suffered a narrow defeat to Guernsey last year, they overcame a large exodus of key players and members from the club to claim another well-deserved title for Belgium GAA.

Special thanks must go to Jelle Demonie who assisted with filming on the day and also to Sophie Callewaert who lent us some filming equipment.

Belgium GAA

To all four teams playing on Saturday, to all club members who travelled to support, to the All-Stars who prepared the teams for these battles and to all those who played a part in the success of 2014 both on and off the field, whether they’ve left Belgium or not – we in the production team just want to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS!

One Life. Two Clubs.

On Saturday, the mens and ladies Gaelic football teams from Belgium GAA were crowned the European Champions for 2014.

The ladies continued their long history of success in this competition. Their quality and dominance is unparalleled and incredible. It was also great preparation for the ladies as they look forward to their massive All-Ireland quarter-final match vs the Munster Champions in two weeks.

Belgium GAA

The men were playing their third European final in a row. Having suffered a narrow defeat to Guernsey last year, they overcame a large exodus of key players and members from the club to claim another well-deserved title for Belgium GAA.

Special thanks must go to Jelle Demonie who assisted with filming on the day and also to Sophie Callewaert who lent us some filming equipment.

Belgium GAA

To all four teams playing on Saturday, to all club members who travelled to support, to the All-Stars who prepared the…

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The end of the 2014 season comes to a thrilling conclusion in Maastricht

European Champions!

Belgium GAA

Monday always seems a surreal sort of day post tournament. Aches. Pains. Bruises. Strangely shaped strangenesses in places that you didn’t know could hurt the way that they do now. But all that aside, what a weekend we had! What a weekend it was. It’s 9 degrees now and the 23 degree scorcher that we enjoyed in Maastricht seems like a million miles away, but it’s not really that far away, and yes, it really did happen.

Belgium GAA have finished the 2014 on an incredible high. Mens and women’s football, and hurling and camogie: we’ve topped all of these competitions. It’s insane. There were photographers and camera men abounding around the place on Saturday, so here’s a collation of some of the coverage from the day. Breandán Kearney was there with his intrepid camera friends, so there’s sure to be something wonderful to watch in the ‘One Life…

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ANCIENT EGYPT IN DUBLIN

ANCIENT EGYPT IN DUBLIN

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Dublin isn’t the first place you think of when it comes to Egyptology, in fact you probably wouldn’t connect the two at all, but while it is true that Dublin can’t compete with the collections of London, New York or Berlin there are still some parts of ancient Egypt hidden away in the city. You’ll also find signs of the influence Egypt has had on the city’s architecture, design and sculpture.

The National Musuem, Dublin. © Rory Gavin The National Musuem, Dublin. © Rory Gavin

The beautiful National Museum on Kildare Street is home to most of Ireland’s archaeological treasures. Housed in an atmospheric room on the top floor you’ll discover a small but intriguing collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts dating from before the formation of the Egyptian state to Roman times. And yes, there are Mummies.

The most important items of the collection include an offering table to Senwosret III, a door jam bearing the…

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PHOTOS FROM GIZA

PHOTOS FROM GIZA

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The Pyramids of the Giza plateau are perhaps the most famous of all Egyptian sights.  It’s impossible to visit here without being over awed by the gigantic scale of these mind boggling constructions, by these testaments to humanity’s ability to create.  The Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, over 4,500 years old, were further back in time from Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ or Cleopatra than those three are to us.  Here is a selection of pictures that capture only a small part of this amazing place.

Khufu's Great Pyramid with Khafre's Pyramid behind. © Rory Gavin Khufu’s Great Pyramid with Khafre’s Pyramid behind. © Rory Gavin

Khafre's Pyramid from the Eastern Necropolis. © Rory Gavin Khafre’s Pyramid from the Eastern Necropolis. © Rory Gavin

Close up of Khufu's Great Pyramid. © Rory Gavin Close up of Khufu’s Great Pyramid. © Rory Gavin

© Rory Gavin The Great Sphinx. © Rory Gavin

© Rory Gavin The face of the Sphinx. You can still see some of the paint. © Rory Gavin

In the Eastern Necropolis, Giza. © Rory Gavin In the Eastern Necropolis, Giza. © Rory Gavin

© Rory Gavin Khufu’s Great Pyramid from the Eastern Necropolis. © Rory Gavin

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Captive Orcas Can Learn How to Speak Dolphin, Researchers Say

Captive Orcas Can Learn How to Speak Dolphin, Researchers Say
Captive orcas who live with dolphins are capable of imitating their sounds, joining an exclusive list of species that are capable of modifying their voices or learning new vocalizations, according to a new study published this month in Acoustical Society of America.

Researchers analyzed 10 captive orcas, seven who lived with only other orcas, and three who lived with only bottlenose dolphins. They discovered that the three orcas who interacted with only dolphins made dolphin-like whistles, clicks and buzzes, while the other seven orcas communicated almost entirely with typical whale pulses. The findings build on two-year-old research that showed that dolphins could similarly mimic sounds of whales and other animals, according to Science Magazine.

Only a few species are capable of vocal learning, a group that includes humans, birds, elephants, bats, seals and dolphins, along with now the orcas, whose acoustic imitation abilities previously had been studied only anecdotally.

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Captive orcas who live with dolphins are capable of imitating their sounds, joining an exclusive list of species that are capable of modifying their voices or learning new vocalizations, according to a new study published this month in Acoustical Society of America.

Researchers analyzed 10 captive orcas, seven who lived with only other orcas, and three who lived with only bottlenose dolphins. They discovered that the three orcas who interacted with only dolphins made dolphin-like whistles, clicks and buzzes, while the other seven orcas communicated almost entirely with typical whale pulses. The findings build on two-year-old research that showed that dolphins could similarly mimic sounds of whales and other animals, according to Science Magazine.

Only a few species are capable of vocal learning, a group that includes humans, birds, elephants, bats, seals and dolphins, along with now the orcas, whose acoustic imitation abilities previously had been studied only…

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Manuia Lau Malaga Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia Crews

Manuia Lau Malaga Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia Crews

Pacific Island National Parks

This morning, several of our National Park of American Samoa park rangers visited the Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia crews to bid them safe travels on the next leg of their Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and beyond. The 2014 voyage ends in New Zealand as part of their mission to navigate toward a healthy and sustainable future for ourselves, their home—the Hawaiian Islands—and our Earth through voyaging and new ways of learning. Their core message is to mālama (care for) Earth—our natural environment, children, and all people.

Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia crews. Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia crews.

Our collaboration with the crews last week to present education programs at schools is only a first step. The National Park of American Samoa will strive to carry on their efforts for the future of navigation and its connection with Samoans and other Polynesian people.

As a token of our appreciation for their efforts to make the world a better…

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