Author Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Related Español Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Vivendi drastically devalued its stake in Telecom Italia, attributing the cut to a reduction in the operator’s share price since a well-publicised boardroom shake-up and risks associated with its industrial strategy.In its earnings call for Q2 Vivendi said although it had confidence in the operator’s three year plan, unveiled while it still controlled the Telecom Italia board, there were risks associated with its execution.Vivendi CFO, and former Telecom Italia director, Herve Philippe (pictured), added the €512 million write down accounted for the company’s “lower power to participate in Telecom Italia’s financial and operating policy decisions”.Despite being the operator’s largest single shareholder with a stake just below 24 per cent, it lost control of the Telecom Italia board on 4 May following a fierce battle with activist investor Elliott Management.The majority of executives at the operator’s helm are now independent directors.After initially voicing criticism of the plan and casting doubt on the future of Vivendi-appointed CEO Amos Genish, the newly elected executive team agreed to stick to the strategy previously outlined.On the day of the board election its shares were trading at €0.86. By the end of June this had fallen to €0.64.Universal saleElsewhere, Vivendi – which has a large number of diverse assets primarily in the media and communications sector – announced it would sell 50 per cent of Universal Music after dismissing a speculated IPO of the business “due to its complexity”.The company is set to appoint banks to look for a buyer with a view to striking a deal towards the end of the year and completing the transaction 18 months later. Previous ArticleTencent throws weight behind LoRaNext ArticleAdvertising decline cuts into Gameloft revenue Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 JUL 2018 Telecom ItaliaVivendi Tags Home Vivendi writes down Telecom Italia stake by €512M
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The New York Times: MOST people I know feel too connected — not to family or friends, but to electronic devices like smartphones and computers. They feel a need to check e-mails, texts and social networks almost constantly on the off chance that an emergency has popped up in the last five minutes that they absolutely, positively have to address.Most people I know also would like to feel less connected to those devices. They realize that they could go an hour or a day — or (gasp!) even longer — without going online, but two things prevent it: constantly checking our texts and e-mails has become like a tic, or a hard habit to break; and most of us feel that if everyone else is available 24 hours, then we have to be, too.“Some industries are so highly volatile that people need to be connected all the time, but most of us overexaggerate our own importance,” said Dalton Conley, dean for the social services at New York University and author of “Elsewhere” (Pantheon, 2009).Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
1.JOSE CARRERASOne of the legendary three tenors, the Spanish opera singer, Jose Carreras, is returning to Pula after a full ten years. The interest in this immodestly called “the best summer concert in Croatia” is so great that already on the day of the press conference all VIP seats and 2000 tickets were sold. The concert is scheduled for July 23 at 21 p.m., just after sunset.“I will sing songs that touch me every time I hear them and that convey my passion and emotion that comes from the depths of my soul. I am a very passionate Mediterranean. After all, my roots are here. ”- said the famous tenor.”José Carreras suffered from acute leukemia, and at that time he was given a 10% chance of survival, but he came back stronger than ever and is now a great humanitarian who is happy to give up part of the costs to end up in need,” said one. from the organizers, Nikola Mujdžić Reščić. It was emphasized that an interesting action under the name was launched ‘I donate’where anyone who buys a ticket can take a picture with the same and write an interesting post about why they like to donate and do charity and tag it with a hashtag #jadoniram. After being published on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, the best post will be rewarded with the opportunity to take photos with Carreras at the concert, and in cooperation with Bina Istra, 10 ENC devices with 500 kuna in the account will be distributed.2.ROBERT PLANTFormer frontman, singer and composer of the cult Led Zeppelin and one of the best rock singers of all time Robert Plant reserved the Arena on July 30th. As it arrives together with its backing band Sensational Space Shifters, it is expected to be in a full Arena, and considering the attractiveness of the event and the announcement in the world’s leading media, the surrounding streets will be full where Planta bar will be listened to by those who did not secure their tickets. . Therefore, secure your ticket on time.3. STEAM ROLLERIt is hard to imagine a Pula summer without a concert by a Croatian band that has been winning the hearts of all generations for years. This season it will be the legendary Parni Valjak who will prepare a musical spectacle on August 12 and a great return to the Croatian music scene. The concert in the Arena is also the grand finale of the tour. “40 years“, And in addition to numerous hits, the audience will undoubtedly enjoy the impressive scenography and top production. Although it sounds incredible, it will be the first meeting of Steamroller and a Roman beauty.4th PULA FILM FESTIVAL – 63rd editionBigger, stronger and better – all this is this year’s most famous film art festival, not only in Croatia, but also in the wider region. From July 9, the city of film will premiere many long-awaited film titles to visitors on the beautiful Roman stage of the Arena, but also to other locations in the city. Director Nenad Puhovski will take the people of Pula and their guests to visit the famous generation from 1968, while director Pavo Marinković will send the unsuspecting biologist Krešo on an unusual mission in the film “Ministry of Love”. In addition to domestic, there will be international films such as Colombian “Between Heaven and Sea” directed by Carlos de Castillo, which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, and summer film blockbusters such as the new alien threat to humanity in the sequel to the mega-hit Independence Day.5. PETAR GRAŠOThis summer, the most performed Croatian musician Petar Grašo will arrive at the famous Pula Arena on July 27 at 21 p.m. Given the big announcements and an even bigger celebration of 20 years of career, his concert could be a real little surprise of the summer concert season. It should definitely be added that he will be joined on stage as well Tonči Huljić with his band Madre Badessa and perform a number of his popular hits.6. STATUS QUOJust a day before Robert Plant, on July 29, the Arena will be well warmed up by a legendary British rock concert that will also attract many foreign guests to the three-thousand-year-old Pula. The band is known for hits such as “Whatever you want”, “In the army now”, and the Pula audience remembers how two years ago their performance was canceled at the last minute due to heart problems with guitarist Rick Parfitt, so the band had to take a break. . But now the break is over and it’s time for Rock & Roll.7. NINA BADRIĆThe only lady to perform on stage at the Arena this summer will be Nina Badric on August 8th. She released a music video for the song last month ‘Days and years’ which served as a great announcement of the upcoming concert. The video revealed how Nina remained faithful pop and soul expressions that have been captivating audiences and new fans for two decades. Look at him here8. OLIVER AND GIBONNIThe most anticipated Croatian music concert this year will be held by Oliver and Gibonni on August 27th. It is a spectacle that will become the grand finale of the summer concert season at the Arena. The popular duo will perform songs as part of the promotion of the joint album “Family”. It’s a musical blend that just can’t be missed.Is there anything else?Believe it or not, there is! Pula Arena will once again host youth festivals, the popular Dimensions and the even more popular Outlook, which will attract about 15 Britons, for whom Pula has become a favorite destination for entertainment and vacation in recent years. In addition to music and dance, the Arena will once again be dominated by gladiators as part of the Spectacvla Antiqva event, so we have no choice but to book bus tickets and head to the most beautiful stage in the world. Bravo for Pula and this way of promoting concert tourism that will surely strengthen Croatia’s place on the world music map. At the same time, Pula will thus become one of the most beautiful summer tourist postcards with which Croatia really confirms its motto – full of life. We would like to add both good and creative ideas that promote destination tourism in the best possible way.Nenad Hervatin / NH Media Enterprises
Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels CLIVE TYLDESLEY is “annoyed and baffled” by ITV’s decision to replace him as their main football commentator.The veteran caller – who will be replaced by well known Sam Matterface – took to Twitter to share his dismay at the news.Clive Tyldesley is ‘annoyed and baffled’ by ITV’s decision to replace him as their main football commentatorTyldesley will stay with the broadcaster as their No 2 commentator but will no longer be their main man.The 65-year-old has been in the role for 22 years and has been the voice for many of football’s biggest games of the modern era.SunSport understands Tyldesley was told at least TWO years ago that he would eventually be replaced.He is said to have accepted the decision at the time and was told his last match as No 1 would be the final of this summer’s Euros.Unfortunately the tournament was delayed until next year because of coronavirus.As a result, Tyldesley expected ITV to leave him in place until then allowing him to cover the Euros.But the broadcaster was keen to stick with the original timeframe and make the change now.Tyldesley called England’s dramatic World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in 2018 which was watched by the 24.3million people – the largest audience ever for a single game.As well as 17 Champions League finals and countless England games.World Cups, European Championships and FA Cups have all been covered by the commentary icon and he appeared devastated by the news.Tyldesley has been replaced by the talented Sam Matterface who is already the voice of football on TalkSPORT and ITV’s Dancing on Ice showSpeaking from his home on a video posted on Twitter, he said: “If you haven’t seen the announcement I am being replaced as ITV’s senior football commentator.“I was told about three weeks ago so I have had some time to get my head around the decision but I haven’t got my head around it.“To be clear, this is ITV’s decision not mine. I am upset, annoyed and baffled.“I would have been entrusted with commentating on the Euro 2020 final for them less than 48 hours ago.“But now I won’t be commentating on any of the big England games in the coming year and I’m going to miss them.“I love this job and it’s gone.“Why? I do not know exactly why this decision has been taken.Nothing but admiration for Clive Tyldesley and Sam Matterface.Two lovely guys and bloody good professionals in their job. Any political decision is not their own.So my best wishes to both.— Duncan Wright (@dwright75) July 14, 2020“I don’t know why I am being replaced.”Matterface is chief football commentator at TalkSPORT and already works for ITV on their Euroepan football coverage.And the 42-year-old is also well known to some viewers as the voice of ITV’s Dancing on Ice show.Despite Matterface’s impressive credentials, many fans online were sorry to see Tyldesley go and were quick to comment on the decision with some calling for ITV to reverse it.One wrote: “Joke. You’re the best commentator in football.”Another added: “Soundtrack of my childhood, Clive. Know that your voice has brought joy, excitement and passion to many, many homes across the country. Thanks for inspiring me.”And another simply said: “Good luck Clive. Baffling decision. Enjoyed your commentary over the years.”As well as expressing disappointment at the news, football fans also rushed to reminisce and share footage of Tyldesley’s best moments.ITV Sport’s director Niall Sloane said: “On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us.“We are very glad he will continue with us and look forward to working with him on many more occasions in the future.”Disappointing news, Clive. A big part of my youth was listening to you commentate on Arsenal in Europe. And one of my favourite goals and pieces of commentary was this. The famous “ahh!” pic.twitter.com/eB2iqsagen— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) July 14, 2020Good luck Clive. Baffling decision. Enjoyed your commentary over the years.— Fazzamania (@fazzamania) July 14, 2020Joke. You’re the best commentator in football.— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) July 14, 2020“Manchester United are the Champions of Europe again and nobody will ever win a European Cup final more dramatically than this. Champions of Europe, Champions of England, the FA Cup holders, everything their hearts desire”.Icon of commentary and a disgrace of a decision— Liam Whelan (@liam11) July 14, 2020Sir Alex Ferguson attends first Man Utd game since restart… but fans fear he’s not wearing his Covid-19 mask properly Most awesome bullfighting festival Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING
PSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, April 13, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Wilf Latham (12) 41pts2nd Dale Shier (14) 39pts3rd Stephen Dunn (10) 35pts Just a small but respectable turnout today for Green Valley as lots of lads prepared for their Songkran (Thai New Year) holidays. Many blokes get wrangled up to see the village in Issan where the wife/girlfriend comes from and the rest get stuck in the water fights here that are fun for about one day. Unfortunately they last 6 days so most leave town on a golf trip.One of the many stunning vistas at Khao Yai Golf Club.Wilf chose to stay and was rewarded with a brilliant score of 41 points. Dale’s 39 gave him second place and Stephen Dunn, who is getting his form back, found the last spot on the podium with a 35.Incidentally, Stephen has just opened “Scooters” bar on Soi Buakhao across from the Bangkok Bank with a Vespa theme. He has collected loads of Vespa and Lambretta memorabilia and his bar looks great so stop by some time and have a drink.Tuesday, April 14, Rancho Charnveee (white tees) – StablefordDay 1 of our Khao Yai Songkran Road Trip to Khao Yai saw the Sandbaggin’ Martin Zimmerman win the day with a mere 37 points. Johnny “where’s the key?” Emmerson came in second on 36 and Rod Stevens took third with 35, all three players getting a jumpstart on the week that started at the stunning Rancho Charnvee.So beautiful to see this course in the late afternoon golden light as we were fortunate enough to get a 2 hour delayed start to the departure time. John forgot to leave the key for us so there we sat until Nat came to the rescue! Zero traffic saw us here in just 2 hours 35 minutes which is a record.Steak dinners at Buffalo Bills right next door to the hotel went down a treat as Captain Phil lubricated the table with Johnny Walker.Wednesday, April 15, Khao Yai G.C. (blue tees) – StablefordDay 2 saw a visit to Khao Yai Golf Club which offers an amazing setting for this Jack Nicklaus designed track. The weather was cool and perfect and we virtually had the course to ourselves.Martin Zimmerman doubled up and won again today, this time with 38 points as Billy Eyles, Rod Stevens and John Emmerson formed the chasing pack just one point in arrears.Friday, April 17, Rancho Charnvee (white tees) – StablefordBack to Rancho again on Friday as everybody loves this golf course. This is really a first class operation and is always in great nick. I think we all found that the greens were running a bit slow but that was the only comment to the negative we could muster. We had a bit of a breeze today which was a relief from the warmer than usual weather.Winner today was Peter LeNoury with a brilliant 40 points – the best round of the tournament – with Canadian Rod Stevens returning a strong 38 points in second and Michael Otterman coming in with a 33-pointer for third place.We found the new “SmokeHouse” restaurant called Ribsmannn up the 2090 just before the St. Stephens school and it was excellent. It seats around 500 people and is a very impressive operation we can all recommend.Saturday, April 18, Panorama (blue tees) – StablefordPanorama was the venue today for the last round of this year’s comp and all was at stake. Any one of 6 guys were in the position to win this thing so it was a great test to see who would prevail.With wins on the first 2 days, Martin Zimmerman could only take third today for the grand finale and with a 4 day total of 127 ended his Songkran bash in style. Getting 132 points totaled up for the 4 cards, Rod Stevens came up just one shot short as his final day 21 disappointed in the end. Still, that is a great run and the 22 handicapper has a lot to be proud of. But winning the final day and with that also the “Man of the Mountain” honours was John Emmerson in first place with a 133 total for the 4 rounds.Thanks to all who joined us up in Khao Yai for a great time and a fun escape from Songkran for a week. Thanks also to the Hill Hotel in Pak Chong who provided us with a fantastic home for the 6 nights we were there. They have the biggest and cleanest pool in town and clean and comfortable new rooms that everyone enjoyed.Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: [email protected] and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya … all handicaps welcome!
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Speaking on his retirement Naoupu says “I feel privileged and grateful to have played rugby for a living as long as I have. I would like to give a sincere thank you to all my former teammates, coaches, agents at Essentially Group, Rugby Players Ireland, friends and family for their part in this humbling journey. Guinness PRO12, Sportsground, Galway 1/1/2015Connacht vs MunsterConnacht’s George Naoupu tackled by Paul O’Connell and CJ Stander of MunsterMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Guinness Pro 12 Champion with Connacht Rugby and former All Black 7’s World Series winner George Naoupu has retired from playing professional rugby after 15 years. My wife and I are excited to return to Ireland and I look forward to continuing work in rugby as a coach, engaging communities, schools and clubs in the country that has been so generous to my rugby career. I now wish to do my part and give back by helping to develop the game from grassroots level and beyond.”I also look forward to supporting the Irish Women’s Rugby team in the upcoming home World Cup this August.”Naoupu played over 200 first class matches across New Zealand’s NPC, Super 14; Japan’s Top League; Ireland’s Amlin Cup, Champions Cup, Heineken Cup, Guinness Pro 12 and the Aviva Premiership in 14 seasons. 117 of those caps were with Connacht Rugby.Christchurch born Naoupu began his professional career in Japan with Sanyo (now Panasonic) in 2002 after playing for New Zealand Schools and Under 19’s before returning home to represent New Zealand Colts and Canterbury NPC in 2004.Following stints with both the Crusaders and Hurricanes wider squads, the versatile backrower enjoyed a stellar season in the second row for Tasman Makos in 2006 before signing with the Hawkes Bay Magpies in 2007 for two seasons.The big ball carrying number 8 continued his top form in his last season of Super 14 with the Highlanders and NPC with Hawkes Bay in 2009. His enduring top form in Europe was evident in his games with Connacht Rugby, earning consistent player of the match performances and numerous ‘Player of the Month’ awards during his time in the West of Ireland.In his last season in England with the Harlequins, Naoupu was one of the standout performers against the New Zealand Maori’s in the 150th Anniversary Challenge Match at The Stoop in Twickenham in November 2016.George Naoupu – Rugby Competitions Played NZ SchoolsNZ U19’sNZ U21s’s ColtsAll Blacks 7’sNational Provincial ChampionshipSuper 14Amlin CupChallenge CupChampions CupHeineken CupJapan Top leagueGuinness Pro 12Aviva Premiership George Naoupu – Previous Rugby Team MemberNZ schoolsNZ 19sNZ 21stAll Blacks 7’s (World Series 7’s champion, World Cup 7’s runner up)Canterbury (NPC)Crusaders wider squad (Super 14)Sanyo (Japan Top League)Tasman (NPC)Hurricanes wider squad (Super 14)Hawked Bay (NPC)Highlanders (Super 14)KobelcoSteelers (Japan Top League)Connacht (Guinness Pro 12 Champion 2015/2016, Amlin Cup, Challenge, Heineken Cup, Champions Cup,Harlequins (Aviva Premiership)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Tipperary v WaterfordPáirc Uí Chaoimh, 5.30pm, O Elliott (Antrim)This is a mouth-watering prospect with Tipperary looking to go one step further than last year, when they fell at this hurdle without showing their best against Galway, and Waterford aiming to prolong what has already been a successful and history-making season.It could easily be characterised as a battle between the Championship’s top two scorers. Though that might be a trifle simplistic, it would not be inaccurate to say that curbing the influence of Tipp’s Cáit Devane (3-37 from five games) and Waterford’s Beth Carton (2-32 from four) would go a long way to neutralising the opposition.Tight marking will be one aspect of that. Cutting out the supply another. And just as important will be keeping the concession of frees to the minimum as both Devane and Carton are pure strikers of the sliotar.The first signs that Donal O’Rourke was working well with the Déise arrived during the League when they missed out on qualification to the Semi-Finals on score difference, losing only to Kilkenny but drawing twice.Championship progress would tell all though and that has been achieved already, with Waterford winning two games for the first time since moving up to Senior in 2016 and securing a Quarter-Final berth.If Carton is the talisman, O’Rourke has built a strong squad, with the likes of Shauna Kiernan and Áine Lyng impressive in defence and providing a strong launch pad for attacks, Minors Kaiesha Tobin and Annie Fitzgerald proving a thorn in any rearguard with their speed and elusiveness, and the experienced Niamh Rockett always good for a score.Tipp are captained by dual star Orla O’Dwyer and along with Miriam Campion and Grace O’Brien, will want to provide scoring support to Devane. The experienced Mary Ryan is an inspirational figure for the Premier County crew, and Karen Kennedy a strong defender.Meanwhile, the gifted Sarah Fryday might be expected to play some part having been back a month now after spending three weeks volunteering in Uganda.The greater experience at this level of competition probably edges the odds in favour of Bill Mullaney’s charges but given the upward trajectory of their Munster neighbours, a Waterford win would not be classed as a shock. REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** EDITORIAL USE ONLYCamogie Association Announcement of New Liberty Insurance Sponsorship of All-Ireland Camogie Championships, Dublin 31/5/2018The Camogie Association are delighted to announce that Liberty Insurance has agreed a new sponsorship deal to extend their partnership of the All-Ireland Camogie Championships and Camogie All-Stars Awards by a further three years.Liberty Insurance first came on board as sponsors of the All-Ireland Camogie Championships in 2013, during which time the competition has experienced huge growth in popularity with both attendances and media coverage growing significantly.All knockout matches in this year’s All-Ireland Senior Championship will once more be broadcast live on RTÉ beginning with the Quarter-Finals on Saturday August 4th.The Camogie Association also confirmed today that it will be launching a marketing campaign targeting increasing attendances across the Championship and in particular the All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on Sunday September 9th with further details of the campaign to be revealed over the coming weeks and months.Liberty Insurance added to the excitement by announcing that it will run an innovative summer campaign – ‘Camogie Made Me Ready for the Real World’ which will focus on a number of key Camogie players and how their dedication to the sport has helped them throughout every aspect of their lives.Pictured today (L-R) Orla O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Fionnuala Carr (Down), Fiona Hickey (Limerick), Louise Donoghue (Meath), Jackie Horgan (Kerry), Orlaith Duggan (Clare), Arlene Watkins (Offaly), Collette Dormer (Kilkenny), Aoife Murray (Cork), Sarah Dervan (Galway), Shelley Kehoe (Wexford), Laura Twomey (Dublin) andShauna Kiernan (Waterford)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan Galway v DublinPáirc Uí Chaoimh, 7.15pm, L Dempsey (Kilkenny) It was reasonable to assume that they would look to build on that achievement this year, with David Herity incorporating some fresh blood to augment an already strong group.The Dublin manager has done just that but the turnover has been greater than he would have liked with the loss of at least seven players due to retirement, injury and opting out to go travelling. Key among the latter group were All-Stars full-forward Aisling Maher and All-Stars nominee Eva Marie Elliott.That made their task far more difficult but it says much for the depth of their group that they have navigated the group stages well, although they will bemoan letting a lead slip to draw with Tipperary in the last group game. That denied them runner-up spot in Group 2 and means that it is Galway who stand in their way of another Semi-Final appearance.Orla Beagan and Siobhán Kehoe have been scoring heavily, Eimear McCarthy is an inspirational midfield presence and Hannah Hegarty is continuing her form from last term alongside Laura Twomey, the captain who missed 2017 with a cruciate knee ligament injury.Sadly, Twomey’s younger sister Miriam suffered the same injury in the early minutes of that Tipp game and is ruled out.Galway never seem to do things easily. A supremely talented squad, they always leave you thinking they should achieve more. Sarah Dervan is the type of captain anyone would follow into battle, while Lorraine Ryan remains a key leader, five years after lifting the O’Duffy Cup.Niamh Kilkenny is as smooth a stickwoman as you could ever wish to see, while Ailish O’Reilly, Aoife Donohue and Niamh Hannify have all prospered this year, while the young prospect Carrie Dolan has contributed significantly from both placed balls and play. The McGrath sisters are in the mix too.Having been on their fourth manager in four seasons, the players decided that another change was required at the end of the National League. Tony O’Donovan stood down and Cathal Murray came into the fold.It started well for Murray as they won the Interprovincial Series representing Connacht and moved serenely through Group 1 until coming up against Kilkenny, with direct progression to the last four up for grabs. They failed to fire and though showing plenty of determination, never looked like getting the better of the argument.They are still favourites to get over Dublin, but the Metropolitans are sure to provide stern opposition. Dublin were possibly the story of last year’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship, having reached the Semi-Final for the first time since 1990, and it’s 1984 since they secured the last of the county’s 26 All-Ireland titles.