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This looks excellent - "Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide".  Will pick it up when I'm next in town.  Seems exactly like what +Field Trip does, just in print form.

+Joe Philley +Niantic Project 
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+Google+'s uber-auto-awesome of my year.  If you have Google+ and auto-backup of your photos turned on, you'll get one too, if you haven't already.

So, we have...

1. The +Gaelcon Convention Charity Auction team, +Cian O'Sullivan and +Noirin Curran, drinking the +Wil Wheaton / +Stone Brewing Co. w00tstout that came all the way from America, courtesy of +Liam Frost, and that sold for €300 at auction. (October)

2. Grain steeping during my first #Brewday . (January)

3. +Fernando Moreira, aka #nCoder , aka #thatIngressguy , at one of the Enlightened's meetups. Fernando will hopefully represent Ireland at #ingresselitev .

4. A banner at an ICTU march against austerity.

5. The entrance to #Newgrange .  I was there twice this year, once with family, and once for an international #Ingres  event.

6. Ross Castle, Killarney. A morning trip from +K22012 (except it was 2013) with +Fiona O'Grady, +Jonathan Neville, and +Frank Dermody. Yes, there may have been #Ingress  involved. (February)

7. Ireland's first Level 8 portal, built by +John Bartlett, +Kevin Fan +Fernando Moreira +Gary Coady , +Joseph Fallon, et al (February?)

8. +Nina Shiel , +Drew Shiel , +Oliver Reilly and +Michelle Guinan, at someone's birthday, in WJ Kavanagh's.

9. A carved stone to the rear of Newgrange.

10. An old building in Narbonne, France, near where we went for holidays. (July)

11. A life-size, walkthrough replica of MIR at the ESA Space Museum in Toulouse. (July)

12. +Amanda Palmer playing the Academy (July)

13. Ingress agents after the event where we claimed over 100 L8 portals in the city, a record at the time.

14. Bitter Ruin gig in Whelans (they'd played support to Amanda Palmer - check them out at bitterruin.com). (September)

15. #CraftBeer  

16. Ditto.

17. Look, I don't want to talk about it, OKAY!? (Jonny Sexton about to miss that penalty when Ireland played the All Blacks and came so close to winning). (November)

18. & 19. Work Xmas drinks.
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Hoppy Christmas / Festivus / Saturnalia / Winter Solstice / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / <insert your holiday here> / Holidays to one and all.
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Thanks! To you and yours, too!
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I'll let others write the flowery testimonials about nCoder and I'll just say this, when you're mooching through the city on a morning hack given half a chance he'll spot you and turn that into "let's build a mini farm" and you might be a little late for work, but that's ok, and if you turn on your scanner (particularly lately) and his name isn't plastered all over the main comm you wonder where he is. But at the end of the day, he's just this guy. This #ingressguy.

#nCoderEliteV #nCoder #EliteV
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Who is nCoder?

"He's the heart of the Enlightened faction in Ireland. He's not our leader, he is a symbol of everything we stand for - teamwork, fair play, fresh ideas, adventure. nCoder doesn't command his fellow players, he inspires us. He trained up half of the elite players in Dublin, and still keeps us on our toes about good deployment and linking behaviour!

nCoder has come to the aid of countless agents this year, whether they needed help defending a portal, they couldn't level up a farm without another L8, a local smurf was overpowering them or they wanted to create their first community event. This man has given so much to the Irish Enlightened, and always put the team first.

When the #EliteV  competition was announced, our hero asked for help and the community shouted back in one voice "Of course! Whatever you need". To aid nCoder's incredible speed run to earn 10,000,000+ AP in one month, agents travelled to Dublin from far and wide to donate inventory literally on a daily basis. As the hero of the Enlightened burned through an incredible 1,000 resonators a day, his team mates rallied to support him: people took time off work, rearranged their schedules, travelled great distances and built entire farms just to supply him with a constant flow of inventory. The whole country is behind him.

Irish Enlightened believe in nCoder"

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Am I a Glasshole? Or are you a self-absorbed, irrational luddite?

Here's my open letter to people who oppose the wearing of Google Glass in public: http://goo.gl/CdYKDj

http://www.cultofandroid.com/54761/glasshole-self-absorbed-irrational-luddite

#googleglass  
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Yes, his tone is abrasive, but that aside I think he makes some valid points - essentially boiling down to "OMG, you've got Google Glass, you could be filming me RIGHT NOW!" "Yes, I could be, but I'm not, because why would I, but now that you're making a scene, I'm sure the security guard monitoring the CCTV is zooming in on you..."
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Credit where it's due.  We switched to the City Bin Co for refuse collection sometime last year.  They've been excellent so far - never missed a collection, they text the night before a collection to remind you which bins are being done, and they're much cheaper than their rivals.

Now they've started sending out a monthly "bindex" - how much of each type of refuse was collected, and how your house compares to the average.  Print it out, stick it on the fridge, and there's an incentive for the kids to beat the neighbours...

(No, this is not a sponsored post!)

#recycle #green
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The stats are a nice touch.. Areas still seem limited though.
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#ingressguy #nCoder #nCoderEliteV #EliteV

That's the last of them.

And before someone asks the larger tabletty looking device is in fact a tablet with the intel map on it, not a second scanner.

And we look nothing alike. He should be so lucky.
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One of my favorite comic strip series of all time!  ♥♥♥
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Drink: A decent range of Irish craft beers - Metalman, O'Hara's, Galway Hooker - on draught, as well as "traditional Irish" Diageo drinks like Guinness and Carlsberg. Food: Toasties served all day! Atmosphere: Good, friendly service from George and an eclectic mix of music from manager Tadhgh, at just the right volume to be heard without interfering with conversation.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Good, tasty, well-presented food. They were very busy when we arrived so they moved us to the upstairs part, which is also a second-hand bookshop. Great view of Bull Island from upstairs. Very friendly service - they kept apologising for the length of time it was taking for our food (which wasn't all that long, really, and it was a bank holiday Monday) and despite our protestations that it was fine, they wouldn't charge for dessert or drinks. A bonus is it's run by/for a charity. Only quibble - no beer on the menu, only wine and soft drinks.
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Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Stayed for a weekend in November 2012. An updated TomTom satnav couldn't find Ballindinas or Barntown but luckily we'd printed out directions. We had booked and paid in advance for a large family room. This is supposed to include a double bed and two proper single beds - we got a double, a single and a converted couch-bed. TV wasn't working (loose connection) and later we found one of the bedside lamps also not working. It was late enough when we'd checked in so we wanted to head out straight away rather than have the hassle of changing rooms. Staff were friendly and helpful recommending restaurants and booking a taxi for us. Went into the small bar when we arrived back. Beers: generic Diageo stuff, plus Hoegaarden. No actual Irish craft beer (though that seems a problem in Wexford in general). Reasonable selection of Irish whiskeys but nothing unusual. Adequate breakfast, though it's completely self-service, meaning your tea and coffee come from a machine. Checking out, we mentioned the couch-bed instead of a single bed and were told we should have mentioned it straight away and they would have moved us, so there was nothing they could do now. Really, I'd prefer to just get what we'd paid for.
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Quality: Poor to fairFacilities: Very goodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Was there for a family birthday dinner. We'd booked an "early-bird" sitting for 6:15 and were told we'd need to vacate by 8:30, which was fair enough on a busy Friday evening. Service was very efficient and friendly. Food was quite good - the seafood chowder was especially delicious, but being on Howth's west pier I imagine the ingredients are extremely fresh :-) My main - the slow roast pork belly - was a little salty but still delicious. Only complaint is that they only do wine - no beer available.
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Visited on a cold, showery November day, for the first time. The tour of the various sites and reconstructions, Stone Age to Norman, was excellent, with a knowledgeable guide who made it all very interesting and obviously loved his job. My son - who loves this kind of thing anyway - wants to come back for the summer camp (even though we live in Dublin!) and even my "too cool for school" older teenager was impressed, relating things back to school history lessons. Average gift shop, good, warm, busy and friendly café/restaurant. Definitely recommended.
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Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
W.J Kavanagh's - like their 'big sister' pub, Mulligans of Stoneybatter - is a true gem. Kavanagh's has rapidly become my favourite pub. It's a craft beer place - no generic Diageo or Heineken shite, just a huge variety of really good craft ales, stouts, porters and beers, from cask, keg and bottle. Similarly, I think they're currently offering over 40 varieties of Irish, Scotch and Japanese whisk(e)y. There's an excellent food menu, too, with fresh, local produce. What stands out about Kavanagh's, though, is the staff. They actually *care*. Mention you like a particular beer? The knowledgable staff will recommend others you might like. Recently, at a birthday gathering there, one of the barmen heard a few of us were into whisky, asked if we'd like a tasting, and spent about 30 minutes or so taking us through some Scotches and Japanese whiskies. I highly recommend this bar. (Oh - they've an off-licence attached, too!)
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago