The Bingham Cup 2008- The gathering of the Realjocks!

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    Jan 28, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    (i'm putting this in here too because its more likely to get read)

    I love this site, i really do, its great.

    The sense of community, the friendships and relationship that i have gained from it have been life changing for me. It helped me accept who i was, people here helped me understand the concepts of being gay and being normal and being happy with it.

    Its a site i log into everyday to catch up on threads, news and chat from friends around the world, it doesn't give off that sleazy vibe that gaydar, gay.com dudesnude or other hook up sites perpetuate. Granted it still gives that opportunity, but it truly has evolved to a proper community site. Its well informed, it gives good advice, its practical and most likely waterproof

    Needless to say i would love the opportunity to meet most of these poeple in the flesh, if not just to be in the same area as people, who, for the most part, think and feel the same way i do.

    Unfortunalty being in the back end of nowhere, or BFN (butt fuck nowhere) as i also learnt from this site, leaves little opportunity to do so. To date i have met 3 people in person from realjock, one of whom is now my boyfriend [hello you ]

    So in respect to the fact that i am from galway, the opportunity of a RealJock gathering that i can get too is few and far between.

    From the frequent postings there seems to be a lot of rugby players on this site, so the question is, how many of you are attending the Bingham Cup in Dublin this year?

    How many are playing, how many are spectating, how many realjockers, have already got over excited and made plans to meet other realjockers at this event?

    yes yes, i already have too, i have a few friends competing and spectating that i am excited about meeting, and i hope that work doesn't take me away and i get to stand beside those i am happy to be associated with.

    The Bingham Cup 2008- The gathering of the Realjocks
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    Jan 28, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    I would love to attend and who knows, might actually get to if I plan well. There are so many of you guys there in the UK!

    Plus, I would love to attend an event that honors Mark Bingham - a man who showed that, when our country was under attack, a gay man could be counted on to be part of the first counterattack.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 29, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    Gigaram said There are so many of you guys there in the UK!


    It's IRELAND not the UK icon_rolleyes.gif

    Mike
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    Jan 29, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    Hi

    My team was supposed to attend (Madison Minotaurs, Madison WI) but since we are not a year old yet , we have just decided it would be a step to far.

    I may be there as a spectator, as Dublin is my hometown. My recommendation is don't hire a car in Dublin, the city is not a city you want to drive in. The games are taking place at DCU so you will have to bus it (An Underground Metro is due to arrive in 2012 but they haven't started building the line yet). Dublin's buses and cabs are very frequent.

    Must see places in Ireland are

    1. New Grange. Prehistoric flying saucer looking burial chamber over 1000 years older than the pyramids in Egypt. It's in complete darkest 364 days a year, but on Dec 21st every year the whole interior of the building lights up.

    2. Kilmainham Goal. This is were Irish rebels were jailed and executed over a period of 500 years. This will also help in understanding who all the streets are named after.

    3. Dublin Bus City Tour. www.dublinbus.ie

    4. Guinness Museum, don't miss the gravity bar at the end. 360 degree view of Dublin. On a clear day you can see the coast of Wales and the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland.

    5. If you can get out of Dublin go visit Galway. Galway is an awesome city and its nightlife rivals Dublin. It is also Irelands only bi-lingual city where Gaelic and English are both spoken.

    6. If you want scenery, go west. Kerry, Galway, Donegal are recommended. If travelling to Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeway on the Antrim coast is not to be missed. One of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

    The war is over so Northern Ireland is 100% safe and the only reminders that terrorist activity ever happened are the abandoned army bases and watch towers.

    (Northern Ireland uses the British Pound and Southern Ireland uses the EURO)

    7. Get to know the Dublin wit. For example Dubliners call the city's many statues by names other than those the city fathers intended.

    James Joyce (The Prick with the Stick)
    Molly Malone (Tart with the cart)
    Millenum Spire (Stilleto in the ghetto)
    Oscar Wilde (Quare in the Square or Fag on the Crag )

    8. Drink in one of the over 1000 city bars (all smoke free). Two recommeded gay bars are the Dragon (Japanese theme) and the George (Oscar Wilde drank in the part of the bar now called Jurassic Park). Temple Bar(f) which is by day Dublin's arty Left Bank and by night Dublin's Club District is less than a block from the George.

    9. Dublin is gay friendly, but can be cold in June, so bring warm clothes and rain gear.







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    Jan 29, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    Iain and I may very well attend, a couple friends of ours will probably be playing.

    But right now is too soon to tell with our schedule.
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    Jan 29, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    MikePhil said

    It's IRELAND not the UK icon_rolleyes.gif

    Mike


    Eeek...I was in a HURRY, ok!

    And hey, how do you know I didn't mean I'm only interested in meeting RJers FROM the UK who might be going TO Ireland? icon_cool.gif
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 29, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
    Gigaram said[quote][cite]MikePhil said[/cite]

    It's IRELAND not the UK icon_rolleyes.gif

    Mike


    Eeek...I was in a HURRY, ok!

    And hey, how do you know I didn't mean I'm only interested in meeting RJers FROM the UK who might be going TO Ireland? icon_cool.gif[/quote]

    Stop trying to wiggle you way out of it icon_rolleyes.gif I know what you meant icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 29, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    I'll be there with the Boston Ironsides. My first rugby tournament ever - and my first trip to Ireland - should be amazing in so many ways.
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    Jan 29, 2008 10:02 AM GMT
    i cant remember if you told me it was in june or july, if its june i will defo be over and might try and find someone to play for. Hope its not july, it would be awesome fun to watch.
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    Its the 13th - 15th June (plus events before and after). See http://www.binghamcup.com
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    Jan 30, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    I'm fairly sure I can at least go and shout for some of it.
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    Feb 12, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    Muddy York reporting (the Toronto team)
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    Feb 26, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    Also will be playing for muddy york. It will be my first gay event and first time in ireland.
    I have always had a weakness for ireland, argentines and the irish have much in common.
  • IrishSpice

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    Mar 03, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I'll be there, and as I'm from Dublin I'll be happy to show people around icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 03, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    I wish I could have gone, but right now don't even have the money if I could have. I wish the Minneapolis Mayhem, the team that will always have my heart, the best of luck and I know they'll do well.
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    Mar 03, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    oooo may try and see if I can get a night over there to cheer on the Steelers, but that may not be too cool as I inadvertently slept with half of them a couple of years back whilst going through a slag fest! (Not all in one go I aint that bad)
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    I'll be at The Bingham Cup with my club, the Washington DC Renegades. Looking forward to get the chance to meet fellow ruggers from around the globe.

    For me this is my first chance to see the world without wearing "Army Green's", to coin a phrase.

    Anybody getting to Ireland prior to the tournament starting? I'll be in on the 12th and looking and doing the tour thing around Dublin, company is always welcome.

    I have to admit I do hope it is nothing like the Gay Games Chicago, which was a disappointment like no other. I'm keeping an open mind and hoping for the best. If any of you attended the Gay Games in Chicago you know what I mean....

    JB

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    Apr 08, 2008 12:24 PM GMT
    Gay Games Chicago was a disappointment. It was my third after Amsterdam (an eye-opening and great experience for a newly out 20yo), and Sydney (wow). Without exaggeration, that was the single worst water polo pool I have ever had the misfortune to play in. And from what I saw of the oven where wrestling was held, several venues were sub-par.

    But this thread is about rugby. This will be my first Bingham cup and I am beyond excited. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    Lads, Titan's were in Dublin at the weekend doing some pre cup training with the Warriors (we are only new so need all the help we can get icon_biggrin.gif). They are totally psyched and I can promise you arent going to forget BC08! Looking forward to meeting some of you guys there. C ya next thursday!
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:21 PM GMT
    Aggh i am doing a charity cycle with my dad uncles on the sat and sun, but i am flying in friday morning from the uk, so while hope to get over and meet people. Sooo ragin
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    Jun 04, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    6 days to go before being over in Dublin!!!

    Made the move from Winger to Flanker and man do I love it! Nothing feels better than some stumblin, bumblin ruckin and rumblin.

    Hope to meet some new friends and faces on and off the field. Should be an awesome time.

    So is there going to be a Real Jock gathering while we are all in Dublin?
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    Jun 08, 2008 12:33 PM GMT
    Flying out tonight! See you guys in Dublin.
    -Carl
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    Jun 08, 2008 1:51 PM GMT
    Last practice here in the states yesterday and I pulled a damn muscle. Hard to tell right now if I will actually play in Ireland. Maybe by Friday with continued RICE. Totally sucks.. Totally bummed out.
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    Jun 08, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    I'm going to miss most of it, but I'll head along to cheer whoever gets through to next Sunday
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    Jun 09, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    I'm there most of the weekend. Supporting the local team, the hosts "Emerald Warriors"