Month: July 2013

David starts out on a 30,000km drive to Australia


MEET David O’Connor. He’s from Tramore, Co. Waterford. And like so many other young Irish men, he’s planning to come to Australia. But he’s not coming on a plane. He’s going to drive and he’s leaving today.

David is doing a charity drive that will take him through more than 20 countries and cover almost 30,000km, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Console, a national suicide prevention charity.

He told Irish Queenslander: “I was working for an online company in Cork and it went to the wall. I had been planning a trip like this for some time and it gave me the push to go for it.” 

David is driving a converted 99 Toyota Landcruiser, with 240kms on the clock. 

“It’s had lots of modifications, including a roof tent and shelving inside. I bought it three years ago with the sole purpose of undertaking a big drive into Europe or maybe beyond. When I looked into where I could drive and what was feasible, I realised that many people have driven from Western Europe to Australia, albeit with an incredible amount of planning. The dream of driving to Australia started to take root. After three years of planning and saving, it’s time to turn this dream into action.”

The two charities David chose to support are close to his heart. He says: “Cancer and suicide are two of the biggest killers in Ireland. My aunt recently died of cancer and a friend of mine committed suicide. I feel that people would be very supportive of these charities.”

 Even though David will be passing through more than 20 countries, he needed visas for only three – India, Iran and Pakistan. David says that the Pakistan Embassy in Ireland had never dealt with a visa request like his before. 

“The preferred route at the moment is through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal and back to India, before shipping the vehicle to Malaysia. I will then visit south east Asia before heading down to Indonesia and then ship to Australia,” he said.

David is planning on shipping the vehicle into Freemantle or Darwin, then driving over to Queensland and down the east coast to Sydney. “I should arrive in Sydney in time for Christmas,” says David, who has a sister living there. But, he adds, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”

The expedition costs are being funded by David, with the support of sponsors. David is looking for people to join him on a leg of the journey to help with the costs.

“I am looking to add people to the team to share the experience and raise some funds for two very good causes. It looks like different people will be jumping on and off on different legs of the trip.”

“There are some prerequisites to join me on the trip that include having available funds, the necessary time off and an open mind. I will be a glorified taxi on a 30,000km to the other side of the world. Don’t worry, there’s no meter running!”

We will be keeping you up to date with David’s journey here at Irish Queenslander. You can also follow his trip and donate to his chosen charities at his website,

Ash add more dates to Australian tour


Irish punk pop trio Ash have just announced more dates to their upcoming Australian tour. A second and definitely final Melbourne show has been added at the Corner Hotel after selling out the first date in 10 days. Shows in Adelaide and Perth have been added, their first since 2001.

Venturing back to Australia with a blast from their past’s past, Ash will perform their iconic debut album, 1977, in its entirety along with a second set of greatest hits and b-sides. Released in 1996, the album’s title is a nod to the era in which the band members were born and the year Star Wars arrived in cinemas.

Although 1977 has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, it was written, recorded and released when most of the band were just 19. 1977 is a cinematic punk-pop soundtrack to binge drinking, chasing girls, youth and frustrated pubescent idealism moulding elements of power pop, glam rock, post-grunge and britpop into a loud, melodic and exuberant sound. The album tapped into the hearts, minds and hormones of a generation of like-minded teens who lapped up the five hit singles from the record, “Kung Fu”, “Girl From Mars”, “Angel Interceptor”, “Gold finger” and “Oh Yeah” – each of them charting in the Top 20. Reflecting on the record, Kerrang remarked “‘1977’ beamed with boisterous world-beating confidence and frighteningly precocious songwriting. Hit after honey-topped hit drip from the stereo, full of bombastic, brash choruses that still sound as tasty today as ever.”

Ash previously performed 1977 in its entirety at the London Roundhouse in 2008, the show sold out in record time, leading to a second show being added to the famous, London Astoria, a venue the band held a five-night residency at when 1977 was first released. A review of the Roundhouse show in The Guardian observed “Still supple and mad for it, singer Tim Wheeler asked: “Do you feel like you’ve changed much since 1996? Because I don’t.” He hadn’t played some of these songs in a decade, he added. That was hard to believe… After such a joyous visit to the past, nothing more was necessary, but we got it anyway: they encored with a dozen random tracks, from ancient B-sides to Motown covers. It was rather too much of a good thing, but who could have begrudged them?”

2013 will be Australia’s first chance to hear 1977 performed in its entirety.


Performing ‘1977’ in its entirety

Australian Tour


Tues 20th Sydney – Metro Theatre

Wed 21st Brisbane – Hi Fi

Thu 22nd Melbourne – Corner Hotel **SOLD OUT

Tues 27Perth – Rosemount Hotel – ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY

Weds 28 Adelaide – The Gov – ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY

Thu 29 Melbourne – Corner Hotel *2nd and Final Show


Tickets for all shows from and the venues

GAA on Setanta

GAA All Ireland SHC Phase 3 Sunday 14-Jul Clare v Wexford 1:55 AM LIVE
GAA All Ireland SHC Phase 3 Sunday 14-Jul Kilkenny v Waterford 3:45 AM LIVE
GAA Leinster SFC Final Sunday 14-Jul Dublin v Meath 10:30 PM LIVE 
GAA Munster SHC Final Monday 15-Jul Limerick v Cork 12:45 AM LIVE 
GAA The GAA   Monday 15-Jul Highlights Show 7:00 PM 1st Airing
GAA All Ireland SFC Round 3 Sunday 21-Jul Teams TBC 3:40 AM LIVE
GAA Connacht SFC Final Sunday 21-Jul Mayo v London 10:30 PM LIVE 
GAA Ulster SFC Final Monday 22-Jul Donegal v Monaghan 12:45 AM LIVE 
GAA The GAA   Monday 22-Jul Highlights Show 7:00 PM 1st Airing
GAA All Ireland SFC Round 4 Sunday 28-Jul Teams TBC 1:40 AM LIVE 
GAA All Ireland SFC Round 4 Sunday 28-Jul Teams TBC 7:00 AM 1st Airing
GAA All Ireland SHC Quarter-Final Sunday 28-Jul Teams TBC 10:30 PM LIVE
GAA All Ireland SHC Quarter-Final Monday 29-Jul Teams TBC 12:45 AM LIVE 
GAA The GAA   Monday 29-Jul Highlights Show 7:00 PM 1st Airing

One for the soccer fans. The big games on Setanta over the next few weeks. All times are EST.

Football Man Utd Asia Tour Saturday 13-Jul Thailand All Star XI v Man Utd 10:55 PM LIVE
Football Chelsea Asia Tour Wednesday 17-Jul Thailand All Star XI v Chelsea 10:55 PM LIVE 
Football Arsenal Asia Tour Monday 22-Jul Nagoya Grampus v Arsenal 8:25 PM LIVE 
Football Man Utd Asia Tour Tuesday 23-Jul Yokohama F. Marinos v Man Utd 8:15 PM LIVE
Football Friendly Thursday 25-Jul Bayern Munich v Barcelona 4:25 AM LIVE 
Football Chelsea Asia Tour Thursday 25-Jul Indonesia All Star XI v Chelsea 11:25 PM LIVE 
Football Arsenal Asia Tour Friday 26-Jul Urawa Reds v Arsenal 8:25 PM LIVE 
Football German Super Cup Sunday 28-Jul Dortmund v Bayern Munich 4:25 AM LIVE 
Football Man Utd Asia Tour Monday 29-Jul Kitchee v Man Utd 8:55 PM LIVE
Football FA Community Shield Sunday 11-Aug Man Utd v Wigan 10:50 PM LIVE