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GAA Discussion / What was your favourite breakthrough win?
« on: April 30, 2022, 08:57:34 AM »
The sort of thing that we don't see any more. Unless Mayo break their duck.

Will the Brits continue to prop it up?
Will the South ever agree to take on the responsibility ?
Are SF competent ?
Will a pragmatic Unionism emerge?
Will Antrim ever join the Liam McCarthy permanently

GAA Discussion / Top 5 players of all time from your county
« on: April 17, 2022, 12:30:36 PM »
I went to an ice hockey match in Switzerland recently. One element that could be transferred to the GAA was  5 home  jerseys with the names and squad numbers of 5 players  suspended above the centre circle. In GAA they could be in the stand.
They represent the 5 best ever players as chosen by the fans. What 5 would you choose for your county ?

General discussion / The next recession
« on: February 22, 2022, 06:55:35 PM »
You may have noticed the return of inflation recently. Supply chain price increases have turned up in Dunnes and Lidl and at the petrol pumps. This is not a temporary phenomenon. Inflation was generated in the US and imported everywhere else. The Federal Reserve was responsible because it tore the arse out of the Money Supply in 2020 when markets crashed.

So what ?

Central Banks will now try to put smacht on inflation by increasing interest rates and reducing liquidity. Share prices will fall. Speculative assets such as Bitcoin have already fallen significantly.
. It could get very messy.

If you want to make money have a look at gold. Gold prices tend to move up when chaos reigns.

"Even after the events of March 2020 [the Covid crash], forgetfulness in the markets always returns, and most people are complacent again,” he says. Now, though, western central banks and treasuries are much less willing (or able) to rescue institutions, markets or investors. There is just too much official debt to manage at a time of high inflation."


GAA Discussion / New All Ireland system vote this weekend
« on: January 22, 2022, 08:48:03 AM »
Seán Moran

This morning’s Central Council meeting is likely to favour the green proposal for football championship reform.


This morning’s Central Council meeting is expected to start the process for a new football championship, which will be introduced in 2023. Before the delegates are two proposals - red and green - to reform the All-Ireland.

Both provide for additional summer matches for counties but the latter retains the central role of the provincial championships in the GAA calendar as opposed to banishing them to the early months of the year and replacing them with the league as foundation of the summer championship.

The green proposal is overwhelmingly favoured to secure the backing for submission to next month’s congress where it is likely to be passed. This morning it’s on the cards that the red alternative will be dropped without discussion.

One well-placed source said, “if it went to congress in the morning, I think it (green) would get 70 per cent.”

Both blueprints include the Tailteann Cup, the new Tier 2 championship that is being introduced this year under the current format.

There are two critical concerns. One is that the previous attempt at round robin matches, the Super 8s, wasn’t a success and secondly, for the Tailteann Cup to succeed, players need to engage with it and experience of Tier 2 competitions hasn’t been positive in that regard.

Hopes are however high that the current proposal can achieve progress on both of those fronts, as the football championship opened up in 2021 and players have been increasingly looking for the realistic competitive context of a graded championship in recent years.

The genesis of both proposals before Central Council is last October’s special congress at which Option B, a league-based championship, got a razor thin majority, well short of the required 60 per cent.

As change was in the air, a task force was dispatched to come up with a version that would prove agreeable to the broadest swathe of GAA opinion. They settled on an idea, originally floated 10 years ago by former association president, Seán Kelly.

That is the green proposal, with its four round-robin All-Ireland groups, based on a combination of final placings in provincial championships and national league.

The 16 counties who don’t make it proceed to the Tailteann Cup, which mirrors the Sam Maguire structure.

The first objective of the task force that produced the proposals was to define what principles should inform their work or what purpose the championship should serve for the best interests of the GAA.

Distilled, those principles were: raising the standard by providing more games at an appropriate level for all teams but especially developing counties; retaining positive aspects of the current system; avoiding dead rubbers, fitting the available footprint; retaining current opportunities to be a winner and give all teams a chance of winning Sam Maguire; be easy to understand and have public acceptance.

Intercounty matches set to be decided on the day from 2022Proposal doesn’t include All-Ireland finals but now includes semis and provincial finals

GAA Discussion / 50 years of the all Ireland club championships
« on: November 17, 2021, 08:43:00 AM »

My first experience of the phenomenon though was in the spring of 1990 when I visited Baltinglass in Wicklow, as they sized up the All-Ireland final against Clann na nGael from Roscommon.

It was dark and cold but there was palpable excitement about being in the an All-Ireland final – the only previous such distinction in those parts had been Wicklow’s junior title all the way back in 1936. They had the familiar club assembly of brothers, O’Briens, Murphys and Kennys and were trained by corner forward Tommy Murphy.

What impact has it on clubs and their neighbourhoods? Well, to this day there’s a sign on the N81 welcoming people to Baltinglass, ‘All-Ireland club champions 1990’.
Martin Coleman, then club secretary, says that younger people around the club still ask about the day of the All-Ireland and that, before the semi-final, the pitch was thronged with volunteers from all over the county forking the surface to drain it in time for the match.

He also recounts how when at a women’s football awards event, he met Cumann Peil na mBan president Micheál Naughton from Donegal and as soon as he mentioned being from Baltinglass, the recognition was immediate: All-Ireland club champions.

GAA Discussion / if you could rename your club
« on: November 08, 2021, 02:32:52 PM »
A lot of GAA clubs are named after saints eg St Marys, St Patricks or revolutionary figures eg Wolfe Tones, Pearses.
If you could rename your club, what would the name be ?

General discussion / The fall of Barcelona
« on: October 28, 2021, 01:53:11 PM »

FC Barcelona have fired tonight Ronald Koeman as the first team coach," the club said on Twitter.

Barcelona are ninth in La Liga on 15 points from 10 games, six points behind leaders Real Madrid who beat them 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

They are third in their Champions League group with three points from three matches after suffering 3-0 defeats in their opening two games against Bayern Munich and Benfica.

Barcelona are five-times European champions and the results marked the first time in the club's history that they had failed to score in their opening two European games.

GAA Discussion / Amateurism
« on: October 20, 2021, 07:04:50 AM »

Next year, all going to plan in the post-pandemic world, we’ll be finished with All-Irelands in mid-July (hurling) and the end of the month (football). When the now defunct Club Players’ Association argued for such a timetable just four years ago, it was declared a fantasy but Covid taught us otherwise.The report of the 1997 ‘Amateur Status sub-committee’ makes quaint reading now but it was a serious attempt to get to grips with an issue that has prompted almost as much agonising in the years since as club fixtures.

If intercounty activity is a runaway train, it’s flattened a few territories. Anecdotal evidence is that counties are finding it increasingly difficult to find people who want to be involved in management.

Alongside a proper closed season – it’s now likely that collective training will only be allowed from December 15th onwards– it means the intensive intercounty ‘training’ season will run from mid-December to mid-June for most counties, six months, or seven for All-Ireland semi-finalists and finalists

GAA Discussion / The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 19, 2021, 01:02:54 PM »
Who do you think will win them?

Last 10 were

Donegal 1
Kerry 1
Tyrone 1
Dublin 7

General discussion / AA Rewdwotch is being put out to grass
« on: July 09, 2021, 04:11:38 PM »
The AA is stopping its Roadwatch Traffic and Travel reports after almost 32 years.

AA Ireland started broadcasting traffic reports on RTÉ Radio 1 in September 1989.

Several well-known broadcasters and presenters, including Lorraine Keane, Louise Duffy, Doireann Garrihy, Nuala Carey and Louise Heraghty started out on the weekday broadcasts.

General discussion / Lions tour in covidia
« on: July 08, 2021, 08:44:06 AM »

The British & Irish Lions have insisted the tour will not be derailed by Covid-19 despite nine players being placed in isolation before their victory over the Cell C Sharks on Wednesday night.

Head coach Warren Gatland again expressed confidence that the Test series will go ahead following their 54-7 victory against the Sharks. “Absolutely. I believe we will do it,” Gatland said. “We were always going to get a case or two and it is how we deal with it. We are not sure where we picked the cases from - hotel staff or people at matches - I am not sure. We are preparing and really looking forward to a Test series.”

After a staff member tested positive in the morning, the entire Lions squad had been forced to isolate in their rooms until 6pm before the Medical Advisory Group provided the green light for the match to go ahead.

General discussion / The new maternity hospital in Dublin
« on: July 01, 2021, 11:18:46 AM »
"State ownership of maternity hospital land would be ‘inappropriate’
Concerns mount about potential religious influence in the new hospital"

Concerns in particular over Governance. The State pays for everything but has no say over the composition of the board.

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