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GAA Discussion / Re: Would Dublin beat Ulster?
« on: September 03, 2018, 06:16:07 PM »
A scratch Ulster team wouldn't have a prayer against the Dubs.  Maybe if they trained together for a couple of years they might have a chance.

GAA Discussion / Re: Up for the match
« on: September 03, 2018, 06:14:31 PM »
Is my memory playing tricks or did it used to be called "Up For The Final"??

GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »
Who won left-footed player of the year?

Peter Harte just lost out to the Kerry minor no 10 for ginger player of the year

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:35:41 PM »
He played in 3 friendlies for the Ireland senior team and Southgate/The FA still went sniffing after him. Poor form.
Annoying when a player is developed through the underage squads and is then poached by another association.  You wouldn't get the FAI doing that....

Kind of makes the IFA poaching stance even more ridiculous as if it is just an FAI thing but hey you knew that already? By the way it is the clubs that develop the players and for both Irish associations they are by and large relying on English clubs to do all the work at the business end. So both sets of blazers need a kick up the hole.
Yes mate, fully aware that that it's not just an FAI thing.  Just interesting to hear ROI fans' aping what NI fans used to say when it happened to the NI team in the past.  Not too many coming out with the counter arguments that used to get trotted out when it was the ROI doing the poaching!
Some ROI fans complaining, me personally I'd let him go he's not fit to wear the jersey if he's that conflicted and good luck to him when he earns his 1 cap in a friendly against the Faroe Islands. But this actually exposes the issue for Scotland, Wales, NI and ROI. It is more likely that Rice qualified for England will be retained over a player qualified for the other "home" nations (as they are won't to be called) in a premier league awash with rejects from the other European leagues and limited opportunities for home grown players. Time possibly for a Celtic league akin to the Rugby?

Agree with this, if he's considering an approach to play for England then that suggests to me he's not 100% committed to Ireland and therefore O'Neill should be wishing him all the best with his England career.

GAA Discussion / Re: End of an Era
« on: August 23, 2018, 12:26:16 PM »
When I was Belfast based back in the days of black and white TV it was The Cat & Cage.  More recently the Big Tree and Gill's.

GAA Discussion / Re: Row in Mayo LGFA
« on: August 23, 2018, 12:23:45 PM »
Refusing to play for the county is not bringing the game into disrepute. Refusing to play for the county for any reason cannot be punished.
You cannot be forced to play football ffs. Players should be able to choose what level of commitment they give to the game. If players are unhappy with the county set up, they should be able to opt out.
This is completely baffling.

Completely nuts.  Surely "forcing" a player to play for the county team under threat of suspension goes full square against the amateur ethos of the GAA (or the LGFA in this case)??

Antrim / Re: Antrim, the way forward
« on: August 23, 2018, 12:13:36 PM »
Did the County Board hand over Casement to the Ulster Council as Declan Bogue stated in the interview??

General discussion / Re: Catholics voting DUP
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:21:32 AM »

However, there remains an enormous appetite in Northern Ireland for symbolic acts of rapprochement. There have been three such moments since Stormont collapsed: Ian Paisley jnr thanking Martin McGuinness for his leadership and friendship to the Paisley family; Foster and O’Neill shaking hands at McGuinness’s funeral; and DUP and Sinn Féin former ministers Edwin Poots and John O’Dowd speaking of the need for reconciliation, after Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff was accused of mocking the Kingsmill massacre. All provoked an outpouring of public emotion. Such acts might not sway a single vote for Sinn Féin and the DUP but they demonstrate the desire for agreement amid the fog of anger, making agreement easier to reach.
Meeting the pope could have been another such a moment, in large part because it is the only unionist gesture comparable to McGuinness’s 2012 handshake with the Queen. The sense among republicans in particular that this has never been reciprocated, and that McGuinness had thus been made to look a fool, was no small matter in Stormont’s collapse – it was voiced strongly to the Sinn Féin leadership by party members.
And not just party members, many ordinary nationalists are flabbergasted by the total lack of respect emanating from Foster and the DUP the supposed leaders of Unionism.
Both spot on.  It always amazes me how a lot of commentators, journos and the "why don't they all just get back to work" brigade seem to ignore this point.

General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: August 21, 2018, 04:40:27 PM »
'RA songs at a Wolfe Tones concert, Limerick hurlers singing "Sean South", sectarian chanting at Windsor Park...who'd have thunk it??

General discussion / Re: Rose of Tralee
« on: August 21, 2018, 04:24:08 PM »
Yep, saw most of it. The Carlow Rose has gone down a storm. was live tweeting during it, very funny.

The Newfoundland Rose has to win!

General discussion / Re: Catholics voting DUP
« on: August 21, 2018, 04:21:32 PM »
1) are there Catholics who vote for the DUP?

2) are there Catholics who attend and celebrate Twelfth parades?

1. There are bound to be some, but an infinitesimally small proportion of the population, a couple of hundred at the most.

2.  Fewer than 1).

GAA Discussion / Re: Games that your county should never have won.
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:57:10 AM »
I don't think this has ever happened to Antrim!

GAA Discussion / Re: Your county’s toughest defeat to stomach
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:56:32 AM »
So many for Antrim...

In football, my late father never got over the 1946 semi-final against Kerry.

In hurling it has to be the 1991 semi-final against Kilkenny.  Both semis played as a double header.  Antrim were the better team for about 60 mins but in the other 10 mins Eamonn Morrissey scored 2-2 and we lost 2-18 to 1-19.

God be with the days when we could beat Westmeath 5-15 to 1-05 in the quarter final!

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