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General discussion / FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
April 01, 2022, 06:16:12 PM
England getting the easy group again.


Qatar vs Ecuador opening game of World Cup

All groups here:

Anyone else have to fill this out and is anyone else having  problems with it?
I have to fill it out every Saturday so I can bring the youngfella up to training. Can't get anything to load on the site and unable to submit the form.
General discussion / Winter Olympics 2018
February 12, 2018, 09:24:47 AM
Thought there would be a thread on this already.
Anyone watching?
Watched a good bit of it over the weekend.
The Biathlon was on there this morning which is a mix of skiing and shooting.
I'll watch pretty much any of the sports.
Hurling Discussion / Fenway Hurling Classic.
November 19, 2017, 08:08:20 PM
Anyone watching? 
Enjoyable enough.
General discussion / It's been..
April 25, 2017, 11:20:15 PM
....30 minutes since a new thread about Northern Ireland was started.

I'm not sure what the record is for the longest time without a new one being started.
Let's see can we get to 24hours...
4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed
37% of all private sessions royal commission held with survivors related to the Catholic church
The average age of alleged victims was 10.5 for girls and just over 11.5 for boys
In one order 40% of religious brothers are believed to have abused children

Seven per cent of Australia's Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in the six decades since 1950, according to new data from the royal commission.

On Monday the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse released damning statistics on the scale of the crisis within the Catholic Church. The numbers confirm the extent of sexual predation already suggested by four years of royal commission hearings involving the church, which are now entering their final weeks.

Up to 15% of priests in some dioceses were alleged perpetrators between 1950 and 2015, with abusers most prevalent in the dioceses of Sale and Sandhurst in Victoria, Port Pirie in South Australia, and Lismore and Wollongong in New South Wales. The numbers were even worse in some national Catholic orders. By far the worst was the order of the St John of God Brothers, where a staggering 40% of religious brothers are believed to have abused children.

Twenty-two per cent of Christian Brothers and 20% of Marist Brothers, both orders that run schools, were alleged perpetrators. More than one in five priests in the Benedictine community of New Norcia were alleged perpetrators, while 17.2% of clergy were accused of crimes against children in the Salesians of Don Bosco order.

In total, between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people alleged incidents of child sexual abuse relating to 93 Catholic Church authorities. The abuse allegedly took place in more than 1,000 institutions. The average age of victims was 10.5 for girls and 11.6 for boys. The overwhelming majority of survivors were male. Almost 1,900 perpetrators were identified and another 500 remained unidentified. Thirty-two per cent were religious brothers, 30% were priests, 29% were lay people and 5% were religious sisters.

The royal commission said 37% of all private sessions it held with survivors from all institutions related to abuse in the Catholic Church.

Farrell scandal puts Catholic church's attitude to Australian law under the microscope
The disturbing figures were revealed by senior counsel assisting, Gail Furness, SC. She also revealed that the Holy See had refused to hand over documents involving Australian priests accused of abuse.

"The royal commission hoped to gain an understanding of the action taken in each case," Furness said. "The Holy See responded, on 1 July 2014, that it was 'neither possible nor appropriate to provide the information requested'," she said.

Furness said the responses of Catholic diocese and orders across the country were "depressingly similar".

"Children were ignored or worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests and religious [brothers] were moved. The parishes or communities to which they were moved knew nothing of their past," she said. "Documents were not kept or they were destroyed. Secrecy prevailed as did cover-ups."

The church's Truth, Justice and Healing council, set up to coordinate the church's response to the crisis, made an opening statement following the release of the data. Chief executive Francis Sullivan struggled with emotion as he spoke, saying the data without doubt "undermines the image and credibility of the priesthood".

"These numbers are shocking, they are tragic, they are indefensible," Sullivan said. "And each entry in this data for the most part represents a child who suffered at the hands of someone who should have cared for and protected them.

"The data is an indictment on the priests and religious who abused these children. It also reflects on the church leaders who at times failed to take steps to deal with the abusers, failed to call them to order and failed to deal with them in accordance with the law."

Sullivan described the abuse as a "massive failure" of the church and as a corruption of the gospel.

"As Catholics, we hang our heads in shame," he said.

Sullivan outlined the key programs of change undertaken by the church. That included the establishment of the professional standards body responsible for auditing and reporting on the compliance of bishops and church leaders with child protection standards. It also includes revisiting abuse claims, the push for a national redress scheme, the recruitment of new professional standards officers and the creation of stronger child protection policies and procedures.

The royal commission is now in its final stage of examining abuse by Catholic clergy and the responses of various Catholic authorities. The final three weeks are expected to focus on cultural causes of the offending, the current child protection policies of the church, and the way it has responded to the royal commission case studies so far. The archbishops of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne Canberra-Goulburn, Perth and Brisbane are due to give evidence.

The hearing aims to answer the questions that linger in many survivors' minds: why did the abuse happen at such a scale? And why was it covered-up for so long?

Church leaders last week began warning churchgoers and schools about the final weeks of the royal commission. The archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, released a video to Catholic school parents and churches warning them to expect some "grim moments". He said the final hearing would allow the church to tell a "better story" about how it has changed.

"Through these three weeks there will be some grim moments and there will be some shocks, inevitably," he said. "But there will also be a chance to tell a better story of what has been done and what is being done now."

He said the church would need to show how it had changed culturally, as well as through amendments to flawed child protection policies and procedures.

"It's not enough to change procedures and protocols, that has to happen. But we have to shift the culture and that's a much more difficult thing to do," he said.
General discussion / Radio Garden.
December 17, 2016, 11:10:25 PM
This is pretty cool. Probably best used on a touch screen device.
General discussion / Coaching Kids.
October 12, 2016, 01:12:20 PM
Looking for some advice.
There are a couple of us setting up a group for kids to coach them in football(soccer).
The kids are in the 5-6 year old age group. I should also mention each kid will have an intellectual disability of varying degrees.

I played soccer for 20+ years but never coached. I'm realistic enough to know this probably won't lead to the kids taking part in matches but I would like them to have as a realistic experience as possible as I believe they should be treated the same as any 5 year old.

What would be the norm when coaching kids of that age? If you take the disability out of the equation for the moment,what level of coaching can you do with a 5 year old? I don't want to just throw them a ball and say here kick that around for an hour. I don't think that would be fair to them,or maybe that is about the height of what you can do with a 5 year old anyway?

I suppose I'm looking for advice on what we can do with these kids and forgetting about their disability but at the same time remembering that they do have one so not everything might be possible if that makes sense.

Any suggestions welcome.

Almost time now.
My money is on France to win it.Success for Ireland would be qualifying from the group stages.
General discussion / Rory's Stories
April 26, 2016, 05:44:46 PM
What do ye make of this fella?
Have to admit at the start I was thinking who the feck is this gobshite. Lately though I have to say he has posted a few things that I laughed out loud at.
He's starting to make a bit of a name for himself now getting a slot on Republic of Telly(if you call that making a name for yourself)
Anyway sure he ain't harming anyone,good luck to him.

For anyone who doesn't know who he is.
So tomorrow the 21st October 2015 is the day Marty McFly went to when he time travelled 30 years into the future from 1985.

Still waiting on my hover board!
General discussion / Tag Rugby
June 05, 2015, 09:15:51 AM
I've been asked to play in a Tag Rugby tournament in a few weeks , no doubt because of my sheer athleticism and all round genius in everything I do...(or I could be just making up the numbers)

Anyways, I have no interest in Rugby in any shape or form but can't really say no, but I've never thrown a rugby ball never mind play in a game.
So what's the deal with this tag rugby? Can I hit people?
There are a few Dubs playing whom I wouldn't mind giving a bit of a dig to the ribs...

I've looked on YouTube and it looks competitive enough.

General discussion / The Official Aberdeen FC thread
January 01, 2015, 05:04:21 PM
Top of the league!
Hon the Dons.
General discussion / Aras Attracta Care home in Mayo
December 09, 2014, 11:12:05 PM
I felt sick and upset by what I saw on Prime Time tonight.
What vile people.
General discussion / The Ryder Cup 2014 - Gleneagles
September 02, 2014, 01:55:10 PM
Paul McGinley has announced his wild card picks for Europe.
Full team.

Automatic qualifiers:

1 Rory McIlroy (NI)

2 Henrik Stenson (Swe)

3 Victor Dubuisson (Fra)

4 Jamie Donaldson (Wal)

5 Sergio García (Sp)

6 Justin Rose (Eng)

7 Martin Kaymer (Ger)

8 Thomas Bjorn (Den)

9 Graeme McDowell (NI)

Wild-card picks:

10 Ian Poulter (Eng)

11 Stephen Gallacher (Scot)

12 Lee Westwood (Eng)

Big call leaving Luke Donald out. Not surprised he picked Poulter as he has a great Ryder Cup record even if he is a twat (imo)
I've set up a mini league here
Just register and enter the code : 63340 on the mini league option.

Last world cup we had something similar but it was all done on here and we had to post our predictions and someone added up the scores.
I thought this would be handier this time.
Quote from: thewobbler on February 13, 2014, 01:51:03 PM
Quote from: blewuporstuffed on February 13, 2014, 10:14:41 AM
going through the fixtures there i think Liverpool will realistically finish with about 80 points.
Probably not enough to challenge for the title.
That is counting on a draw in both the city & chelsea games. (as well as the united,southampton & spurs games)
win either of those though...........

No chance, none at all of hitting 80. The squad just isn't there to improve on form so far this season, and even if he's been quieter in the past few games, a suspension or injury to Suarez is enough to unhinge everything.

Liverpool won't break 75 pts. If they do I'll give £96 to one of your black armband funds.

1   Liverpool 34   77
2   Chelsea  33   72
3   Man City 32   70
4   Everton  33   66
General discussion / Euro 2016 - France
February 23, 2014, 10:17:23 AM
Qualifying group stages draw taking place this morning.
24 team tournament so a big chance for Ireland to qualify.

Just seen on Sky that France will actually take part in a qualifying group but points won or lost against them won't count. Basically they will just be glorified friendlies but still part of the qualifying group...strange :o

Hope we get England and the Nordies.
General discussion / Parcel Motel
December 20, 2013, 10:15:24 AM
Has anyone ever used this service? Are they reliable ?

I ordered an Ipad last week and set up a parcel motel account to have it delivered to.
I used the Nordie parcel motel address as it was free postage inside the UK.
I think then they are suppose to deliver it to the nearest parcel motel near me?
The tracking number is saying it's delivered but I still haven't heard anything from parcel motel.