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Hurling Discussion / Development Squad Structures in your County
« on: September 08, 2009, 10:59:51 AM »
Trying to get an idea of the different focus given towards development squads in each County and how they are run & funded? Can any of you supply some details

who funds the squads (divisional or all county),
the age groups,
the number of squads per age group,
the make up of the development squad coaches (club coaches or paid county coaching staff),
how well they are looked after (travelling, food, kit etc),
the meaningful competition they get?

General discussion / Physios? Feel heat but no pain in ankle joint?
« on: July 03, 2009, 04:51:08 PM »
Trained yesterday
Seem to have a full range of motion and don't sense any pain but this morning (although it's not that obvious) I do feel some heat at the back of the ankle joint (the outside). Is this something for me to be concerned about?

General discussion / Antrim Chairman wants gaaboard shut down
« on: October 11, 2008, 03:46:01 PM »
Can anyone post the report in the Irish News. 

Internet forums across the globe where people register and give their views. Of course there can be some over the top comments posted on this site the same as others but I would say from personal experience the huge majority are balanced. No different than the range of opinions that you would get in the street, yet he appears to have a bee in his bonnet about this site in particular. Why so? Why not broaden the witch hunt to AFR and Hoganstand John? Where should we stop? Pull the plug on the www just to stop a few rumors about the odd GAA player?

Seriously over the top reaction and it would not surprise me in the least if he is a registered WUM already. I have my suspicions.

General discussion / Anyone else took a Dander with Drennan?
« on: August 05, 2008, 06:30:01 AM »
Although the show is totally inoffensive to me and in a way mildly entertaining, I can't help but laugh at the effort he seems to go to to keep things on their side of the house and doesn't appear to want to recognize the very strong cultural similarity "his" music has with the Gaelic culture. Some very average musicians as well. What is it with this wee man? Too blind to see?

GAA Discussion / Attendances this year
« on: May 13, 2008, 01:12:36 PM »
Can't quite understand why the GAA has upped their admission prices whenever people are already stretched with the extra heating and travelling costs over the past year or two. Can definately see a marked reduction in attendances this year as a result of the cost of living increases that we have seen. You'd have thought the GAA could have been more responsive? It may have actually brought them better revenue at the year end

General discussion / Desktop PC recommendations
« on: March 13, 2008, 11:08:46 AM »
Thinking of getting myself a new Desktop PC

Can anybody with a bit of knowledge of the market/technology recommend a good medium spec platform

Must have
Good video capability (output to tv when required)
Good audio capability (decent audio outs to an amp)

Apart from that I'm not fussy...I think

General discussion / Reviving old pictures
« on: January 18, 2008, 12:00:12 AM »
I've got some scanned images of old pictures that my old man would like restored/revived and then printed. There used to be someone on the board a couple of years ago who mentioned he was starting this or am I just imagining it?

Anyway..does anybody remember who this was or can they recommend anyone who is fairly handy at this?

Many thanks

General discussion / House insurance query
« on: January 14, 2008, 03:32:34 PM »
I was hoping someone with knowledge of insurance companies could help me out.

Father in law passed away a few years ago, and their house insurance was always in his name but my mother in law has never changed the name on the insurance policy and has simply renewed it in her deceased husband’s name. She now wants to claim on the insurance for some damage caused by last week’s high winds. Should it be straight forward for her to claim or is there a possibility that the insurance company will deny her claim on the basis that the policy holder has been deceased prior to renewal of the policy?

If so, what "work arounds" would you suggest to ensure her claim goes through hassle free?

She wants me to help her out with making the claim. I just want to make sure I'm well armed with the right knowledge before I phone the broker.

Hurling Discussion / Galway v Cork TG4 it's half way through
« on: January 12, 2008, 07:57:02 PM »
Can't bring myself to watch the second half  :(

How Galway lost that game  ??? ??? ???

Read Eamonn Sweeney in the Independent today. The main thrust of the piece was that it was his belief that Nicky Brennan should let the ordinary members of the GAA rule on the issue of grants to IC players (as was done with rule 21 and 42). Do you agree with him?

General discussion / Help required getting a good mobile phone deal
« on: November 02, 2007, 11:06:51 AM »
Looking to get new phone tariff deals for myself and the missus. Currently with orange

Wife uses about 2-3 Hours talk time and under 100 texts per month
I am under an hour a month talk time and about 30 texts a month

Information overload on the www has left me a bit confused as to what my best way of going about getting the best deal is

Can I get a group deal?
Is it easy to change providers?
Can we keep our old numbers?
Can I use one deal from say O2 to pressure orange into offering me something similar?
I see some online mobile phone companies offering free IPod/Xbox's with their deals. I take it you pay for these gimmicks in other ways?

Any advice appreciated

General discussion / Catholic Church suspends gay priest
« on: October 15, 2007, 12:12:08 PM »

After being accused of being one of the hijackers of another thread by discussing this subject area, this well timed headline provides a good basis to discuss homosexuality in the priesthood. Now I'll admit at the outset that I'm an atheist, but the old catholic guilt still plays with the mind and as well as that I've children who need to go through a catholic education system so I'd like to be seen as a conscientious objector if you like. This headline suggests that I'm not the only one to see a lot of effeminate priests about the place who because they are living a lie cannot play a decent role in providing leadership to their flocks. Are those of you who would be more devout not concerned about the damage being done.

General discussion / Are the "one liners" ruining the board?
« on: October 02, 2007, 09:43:55 AM »
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Debate (North American English) or debating (British English) is a formal method of interactive and position representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, since it includes persuasion which appeals to the emotional responses of an audience, and rules enabling people to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact. Informal debate is a common occurrence, but the quality and depth of a debate improves with knowledge and skill of its participants as debaters.

I have grown more and more frustrated by the growing number of members who seem to be unable to post anything more than a few words at a time. They like jumping into multiple threads and then post something that adds nothing whatsoever to the discussion rather than engage in debate. I.e Answer questions that have been posed before giving you own thoughts and maybe ask a few questions yourself where you can expect a reply to them. Of course there are times when one line is enough, but I think you know the type of posters I'm talking about

Is it not in everyones interests to resist these dumbing down attitudes and behaviors and encourage alternatives?

theskull1 (taking himself seriously)  :-\

General discussion / What did Anderson say about Jones?
« on: September 02, 2007, 11:30:56 PM »
I see George Jones is suing Gerry Anderson for comments he made about him recently on his radio programme. All the newsprint I've read tells nothing about what was said. Can anybody tell us what was said?.........allegedly ;)

Gerry's been sore on Jones for years and for good reason IMO. The guy just reeks of falseness to me and deserves what ever he gets.

GAA Discussion / Brennan backs county versus club clarification
« on: March 19, 2007, 09:11:17 PM »
Got this from hoganstand

This is certainly welcome news. To me anyway.

Brennan backs county versus club clarification
19 March 2007

GAA President Nickey Brennan has invited the wider membership of the Association to contribute to a debate on the "availability of county players to their clubs."

Brennan addressed his invitation to the thousands of supporters at the St. Patrick’s Day club finals via the programme notes.

"During the coming months, we will be issuing a document dealing with the thorny issue of club and county fixtures," wrote Brennan, "including the availability of county players to their clubs.

"This document will outline many areas of concern and will set out a number of proposals for consideration by county boards and their clubs.

"Your views are important because the current situation, which is skewed in favour of county sides, is no longer tenable and some changes are essential."

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