Darren’s Diary – Kicking The Habit (Day 23) – Wednesday, 14th March 


I never explained this feature picture when it was up a few days back as I normally try and change the photo every three days.  I was out in my back garden putting out the bins when I looked at my old bucket.

While the aim was never great, that was the target for cigarette butts.  Not that I’d ever justify the habit now, but we made the house a non-smoking house eight years ago and it was the best decision.  You smoke less and the house is cleaner.  And it doesn’t smell should you have children or guests present.

I’d planned to tell that story the day I posted it up but I got sidetracked.  It’s not pretty is it?  And when do be as lazy as I can be for emptying it, it doesn’t get any better.

The thought came to my head as I sat down to write the diary as it’s going to be a short one tonight.  It’s been another uneventful day though we had plenty of matches to focus on.  But no cravings of note, no headaches, no mood swings.  It’s a pretty boring script I tell you 😀


The stage is set tonight for one of Ballinasloe’s biggest sporting events.  Many from the town probably aren’t aware that the 14th senior chess champions will be crowned tonight unless we get a three-way play-off.

From John McKenna back in 2005, yours truly in 2007 and 2010, and Conor Barrett in 2012, we’ve been blessed with a competitive event every year and it won’t be any different tonight.

Tommy Dunne Jr goes for a record breaking fourth title against two-time winner Kenneth Higgins.  They both sit half a point ahead of three players (Johnny Dunne, Emmet Mordaunt and George O’Brien) ready to pounce should they finish level.  George is unbeaten so it will be hard luck on him should he miss out.

And not just that, we also have eight of our junior battling for two prizes – Best Under 16 and the Under 1000 Grading Prize.  Promises to be a great night and I’ll try get some pictures up later.

As I said, it is a short one tonight and am going to wrap up now before I start talking about Manchester United last night.  Lest said, best said.


I’ve had a good two days and I’ve also stayed away from takeaways which is no harm.  Finding myself getting very tired at night and we had the lights out by 11.30pm last night which is unusual for me.  Anyway, that’s a story for another day.  Hope ye have a good evening and look forward to chatting tomorrow.