OMG it's One Direction!

By 3pm on Friday the air was heavy with hormones, perfume and diesel fumes as coach after coach disgorged crowds of over excited teenagers.  Yes, it was just a few hours to go until the first of three One Direction concerts, and everywhere I looked the faces of Niall, Harry, and the others stared out at me from a thousand pink and white T-shirts.

In case you don't know by now, I live about a mile from Croke Park, one of Ireland's largest sports stadiums.  When we moved here there were only a handful of matches a year, but now they're held almost every weekend from April to September, and when there's no matches, there's concerts.  This does not please many of the residents, and I know that those who live in the shadow of Croke Park have to put up with a fair bit of anti social behaviour.  Don't tell anyone, but we actually enjoy most of these events, especially since parking restrictions were introduced on our road and others nearby.

Smiley loves all the excitement, and the colour and the noise, and my son occasionally joins us to sample the burgers or hot dogs...

Sometimes the sounds from Croke Park drift through Smiley's bedroom window, and I was hoping that she could be lulled to sleep by her favourite boy band, but sadly the wind was not blowing in the one direction it needed to.... so I put on the CD instead.

Earlier today the weather was pretty fine, so we trooped down to the village, and after feeding my son, Smiley and I sat outside a local cafe and enjoyed coffee (me) and a brownie (her).

Taking a break - all that eating is hard work you know!

Afterwards we wandered around some more, soaking up the atmosphere outside the stadium.  Perhaps one day I'll buy us a pair of tickets and bring her inside...


  1. Nice! Please tell me the line about the wind not blowing in the one direction you needed it was a deliberate pun - I adore puns :)

  2. Of course :) my son loves puns, I think it must be catching :)

  3. One Direction are heading this way and everyone is going mad trying to get tickets. Lovely to see that your weather is divine and that you all are enjoying the vibe.

    1. Divine might be overstating it a bit :) But there were a few sunny hours :) xx