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    What's up with the Irish scene?

    New guy to blading here from Ireland, anyone know anything of the scene here?
    I've seen some amazing edits filmed in Dublin, that's the only place that seems to be lively. Nobody's skating here in the West except for one or two other guys I've heard of (and moi ) What gives? Loads of skateboarding tho, happy out if you do that.

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    Seems to be a bit divided. Not in any kind of negative/territorial way, but the Northern and Southern lads don't meet often etc.

    Dublin seems to be where the core is. County you in? Much happening out there?

    Belfast direction is super quiet the last 18 months. Meant to be a few guys in the Derry direction but I've never met any.

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      #3
      I'm in Galway at the moment, moving to Limerick in August for study.

      Really not much happening here blading-wise, there's a further-out park from the city that I heard sees some action from a dude who enters competitions up in Belfast, plan on seshing it this weekend if the weathers good. Seems like there was a Galway scene years ago but now it's all skateboards and to a lesser extent BMX. Couple of the dudes BMXing/skateboarding used to rollerblade. Doesn't help that our only indoor park is closed til further notice, it's either skate street or skate the shite parks we have. There's a couple of nice street spots here at least.

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        #4
        Originally posted by coffeeandchill View Post
        I'm in Galway at the moment, moving to Limerick in August for study.

        Really not much happening here blading-wise, there's a further-out park from the city that I heard sees some action from a dude who enters competitions up in Belfast, plan on seshing it this weekend if the weathers good. Seems like there was a Galway scene years ago but now it's all skateboards and to a lesser extent BMX. Couple of the dudes BMXing/skateboarding used to rollerblade. Doesn't help that our only indoor park is closed til further notice, it's either skate street or skate the shite parks we have. There's a couple of nice street spots here at least.
        Feel your pain bud. Our indoor park had sick banked boxes, but they got torn down as the owners are transitioning the place from a skatepark to an all-purpose venue focused on clubbing??? and we got a bit reliant on using it rather than our two (within miiiiiiles) concrete parks that are awful and a selection of strret spots that have basically all been capped or torn down. They even built a barrier at the top of one of my favourite gaps in a manner I'd not really seen before.

        Any rails-with-grass in your direction? Seems a hard spot type to find up here.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Muniain View Post
          Feel your pain bud. Our indoor park had sick banked boxes, but they got torn down as the owners are transitioning the place from a skatepark to an all-purpose venue focused on clubbing??? and we got a bit reliant on using it rather than our two (within miiiiiiles) concrete parks that are awful and a selection of strret spots that have basically all been capped or torn down. They even built a barrier at the top of one of my favourite gaps in a manner I'd not really seen before.

          Any rails-with-grass in your direction? Seems a hard spot type to find up here.
          Can only think of one rail barely like that, but it's got a narrow patch of grass one side and a road on the other side. Basically you'd have to go full speed at the rail to clear the grass when hopping on and avoid flying into a car. Best rail spots I've seen are around the university here, but they all have a drop to stone floor on one side. The ones actually on-campus are some shit-sliding kind of rail too, would need to be waxed loads. Eyre square has some sweet rounded ledges but it's always packed with people, it's a bitch when someone sits down on the ledge you just waxed. Hard to tell them to leave when I'm not really meant to be there and there's only me using it. Have a friend who'd skateboard while I rollerblade but he'd only be hitting lower ledges. Nice spot otherwise though, has a low C-ledge which I'm trying to get around fully atm. Just waaay too packed.

          Whereabouts are you? I heard the Athlone park has a nice enough concrete bowl, I want to head out there soon.

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            #6
            Originally posted by coffeeandchill View Post
            Can only think of one rail barely like that, but it's got a narrow patch of grass one side and a road on the other side. Basically you'd have to go full speed at the rail to clear the grass when hopping on and avoid flying into a car. Best rail spots I've seen are around the university here, but they all have a drop to stone floor on one side. The ones actually on-campus are some shit-sliding kind of rail too, would need to be waxed loads. Eyre square has some sweet rounded ledges but it's always packed with people, it's a bitch when someone sits down on the ledge you just waxed. Hard to tell them to leave when I'm not really meant to be there and there's only me using it. Have a friend who'd skateboard while I rollerblade but he'd only be hitting lower ledges. Nice spot otherwise though, has a low C-ledge which I'm trying to get around fully atm. Just waaay too packed.

            Whereabouts are you? I heard the Athlone park has a nice enough concrete bowl, I want to head out there soon.
            Sounds like you're limited for spots too. I hardly ever hit rails in fairness, find them intimidating unless I'm just incredibly juiced.

            I'm a bit outside Belfast, so I'm a long, long way from you. We've got just two concrete parks in Northern Ireland - lucky to be near both of them, but they're both rather meh. I'm sure they'd be fun for 2-5 visits for someone new as most parks are, but they get stale very quick.

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