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GAA Discussion / Re: Donegal v Galway
Today at 09:48:28 AM
Quote from: SouthOfThe Bann on Today at 09:29:07 AMI don't buy this narrative in the media that Donegal will be happy with their lot for the year.

They might never get a better chance to win Sam this year given the way things have worked out.

This won't be lost on Jim, if anyone can do it thon boyo can - story of the year so far
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Quote from: Rossfan on July 11, 2024, 12:45:45 PMExaminer reporting that UEFA accepts Casement won't be ready for Euro soccer tournament and that Cork Co Board are seeking to have De Páirc given the Casement slot.

Would be a great location with ferry and airport to continental Europe. However, it only has a seating capacity of 21,000 and UEFA requires 30,000 plus. They would need to show they could install temporary seating to meet the needs. At this stage I'd say UEFA would opt for sure bet soccer stadia than taking any more chances.

Would it not need serious money thrown at it to get to UEFA standard. Isn't that the main reason casements costs soared. The pairc would need at least tens of millions

It's on a big site though, I don't know if temporary buildings are allowed, you could have a lot of corporate facilities on the site.

The corporate and media requirements for the euros are ridiculous but for the pairc to be a serious option realistically you are looking at 2 new stands behind the goals

Switch the €50m promised by the Irish government from Casement to Cork

That will sort that

Same number of games stay on the Island

Irish economy benefits even more

Unionists get a kick in the nuts

Casement still gets build for GAA

I presume if NI won't be hosting a game they can hardly  expect to qualify for the competition via the hosts route ?

I would gladly watch England win the Euros on Sunday with a backs to the wall fluke 1-0 with a goal from Bellinghams arse in the 93rd minute for NI to miss out on the next Euros in exchange

And you know if Casement doesn't host a Euros game and they don't qualify political Unionism will say - we told you so, we wos right not to build her

Circling the plughole these people, they'll soon disappear
Quote from: tbrick18 on July 11, 2024, 05:43:00 PMIts difficult to understand why the West dont put a stop to this.
Saddam/Taliban/ISIS etc....did any of them do any worse than what Isrealis are doing now?

Its genocide.
Its pure evil.

The West are complicit

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling original
July 11, 2024, 08:11:08 AM
Quote from: Wildweasel74 on July 10, 2024, 11:57:59 PMIf you actually looking to win a All-Ireland you need a big name capable of doing it. It long been established we no home bred talent that cut the mustard, as multi Derry managers have shown over the years.

Surely one among ye could do the job
General discussion / Re: Euro 2024
July 10, 2024, 03:33:11 PM
Quote from: Captain Obvious on July 10, 2024, 03:23:10 PMPaul Merson on Sky Sports, "I don't see any possibility in which the Dutch team will beat us. It would be a shock. An even bigger shock than if we had been knocked out by Switzerland."

David James on England to BBC, "This is a great test for the final against Spain."

Whats the collective noun for more than one oracle?
General discussion / Re: Euro 2024
July 10, 2024, 02:26:36 PM
Statistically it appears the team to shoot first on penalties is more likely to win, a well known analysis at this stage. So not only did Ronaldo play shite and seemingly put his ego before the rest of the squad, but having won the toss he decided to pass the advantage of kicking first to France. Bit of a mare from start to finish
General discussion / Re: Podcasts
July 09, 2024, 07:42:30 PM
Rory Gallagher the obvious choice for the Derry job according to Tommy Nibs on the podcast, anyone with an ounce of sense knows that would be toxic, not our Tom

Also seemed to be holding back regards Mickeys departure, where the players for or against Mickey staying on, Tommy would be connected enough to know but hadn't the stones to say

Finally the episode ended with McConville saying he wouldn't do it after seeing the abuse Mickey got, elaborate on that lads, oh wait - na don't bother

For a podcast with the MO 'we do things different' they sure fell into safety first generic soundbite mode when it suits

Back next week to ask more awkward questions of grieving Gaels though I'm sure, if you don't mind me asking sez he, only in as much as you're comfortable sez you
Quote from: Brendan on July 09, 2024, 02:47:31 PMThere's a roundabout just outside Limavady that has been painted Red White and Blue for about 10 years now, they even have the audacity to freshen it up now and again without any hassle from the police. Limavady town itself wouldn't be far from 50/50 these days if not already a slight nationalist majority

Billybinghamvalley and Cookstownsizzleglen, gets me every time

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 09, 2024, 02:27:30 PM
Quote from: balladmaker on July 09, 2024, 02:18:34 PMJaysus lads, what's all this negativity and managerial change talk about 4 days out from an All Ireland Semi Final.  Let's get the positive juices flowing ... Armagh by 5 pulling up!  8)

I fully believe Armagh could win this by a few, expecting a grade A performance as they'll need every ounce of it

But I fear Donegals name is on the cup, Armagh could win the semi only to lose an Ulster derby final, which would be excruciating
If political Unionism had any wherewithal they would have had the border poll in the early 2000s after the GFA

With a multitude of other factors their death grip with be part of their undoing, as the old brigade die off that bit more over the next 5-10 years the arse will fall out of their numbers altogether
In 2005 a plan was submitted for The Stadium for Cornwall, a 10-14,000 seater as a regional stadium for multi-sport. 18 years later the council agreed to part fund a 4,000 seater and the proposal died.

Yes there is a huge sectarian-political aspect to what's gone regards to Casement, and a ball of incompetence, but also having the Government as partners in any such enterprise is always likely to half f**k proactive initiative on a routine basis.

I'd love to see Casement rebuilt as a top notch 8-9,000 capacity (10-12k max) with specific emphasis on how best to design a stadium of that size to give a great atmosphere - then have this stadium as the default venue for Ulster Club and Ulster Colleges finals - there's more to life than the Ulster Final, as well as Antrim GAA county teams and club competitions of course. Basically what Casement was before but on a smaller scale with a modern look and feel, but as I said, atmosphere as a key component to design.

There's a soundbite that a generation of Antrim Gaels has missed out on playing at Casement and thats true, but lets not kid ourselves that anything from juvenile finals to Antrim county games/county finals in a 30,000+ seater stadium makes sense, make the stadium more compact more about community feel and not a soulless behemoth that sits empty 99% of the time even when in use by Antrim Gaels.

Clones if not utilised becomes the next Casement style rotting wasteland, that can't be allowed to happen either. There are only so many 25,000+ stadiums needed in any province, Clones and Breffni tick the box in that regard and should remain as the home of the Ulster final and backup option if needed.
Pat Bosco McFadden, kind of man that should be fit to progress Irish interests no end
Abstentionism works
f**k the Tories
Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling original
July 05, 2024, 12:18:07 PM
Quote from: NotedObserver on July 04, 2024, 08:11:54 PMMadness considering Gallagher back, stories well known before the ex spoke out. Though hiring a Tyrone great in Harte is equally mad

Equally mad howso? Do Derry wans hate Throne that much they equate Mickey Harte managing Derry to domestic abuse?
GAA Discussion / Re: Donegal v Galway
July 04, 2024, 08:11:41 PM
Come on Jimmy bring back the Murph
General discussion / Re: The DUP thread
July 03, 2024, 02:03:16 PM
Quote from: Pub Bore on July 03, 2024, 01:53:26 PMWhat's with wee Jeff's beard?

Has a reputation to uphold