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GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry Club Football
« on: January 18, 2023, 01:31:40 PM »
Someone needs to do a mini series or documentary on the Kerry club football structure at this stage!!  ;D

One of the old threads from 2019 had plenty good explanation on it in fairness.

The main by products of the whole thing that stand out to me are
1.Every club player in the county, regardless of level, gets a chance to play in County Senior championship and
2.Average Kerry club player gets a guaranteed 20 games a year due to the structure. County league (taken seriously), County club championship (Senior, Intermediate, Premier Junior, Junior), County Senior championship, Divisional leagues (North Kerry league, south Kerry league etc), Divisional championships - played at end of year.

If anyone wants to ask anything about it work away and I'll do my best though.
What is the difference between Junior and Premier Junior (and which one did Fossa win

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: January 14, 2023, 12:02:08 AM »
McGuckian was definitely singled out for "special treatment" by HTC

GAA Discussion / Re: Greatest player never to win an all Ireland
« on: January 11, 2023, 01:21:43 PM »
Eugene McKenna would very near the top of my list

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: January 11, 2023, 09:28:32 AM »
Guessing I missed the hype about The Morning Show on Apple TV, only watched S1 there recently, great show, very preachy but good, allstar cast. Just starting S2. (Got 6 months free through Sky rewards,so will watch everything going b4 June!)
Same re. Morning Show. We started it ages ago and wasn't fussed but gave it another rattle at the weekend and on episode 6 now.
Slow Horse's with Gary Oldman is definitely worth checking out on Apple , excellent show

General discussion / Re: Price of a Pint
« on: January 04, 2023, 05:40:30 PM »
CCC £3.30 a pint, shopping how it should be
There’s a lot to be said for the 3Cs!
Would avoid Muriel’s & Spaniard (begrudgingly). Muriel’s has gone downhill by all accounts. Same crowd that have ruined the Chester on Antrim Rd. I always liked the Spaniard but I now avoid out of principle.
Also avoid all the Beannchor bars (Ulster Sports Club, Dirty Onion, The National, Merchant/Cloth Ear/Bert’s) unless overpriced shite surrounded by w@nkers is your vibe. Both JK & Beannchor have been known to treat staff like shit.
Thirsty Goat is a hit or miss. Drinking in a beer garden is grand for the summer but for the other 363 days it’s grim. Awful for food.
Bootleggers is a no - hipster shite. Grannie Annie’s actually not bad and would appeal to the culchie clientele.
Tipsy Bird is good if you want somewhere intimate for cocktails, only good when it’s dead though (unless you like waiting ages for a drink).Love & Death is a bit livelier but good cocktails, younger crowd so be warned. The Perch - shite, I imagine Rita’s isn’t much better.
Harp Bar is what it is, Duke of York same, two decent  spots.
Jailhouse & Henry’s are good (partly owned by Devenish crowd), Northern Whig a good stopping point for food & cocktails, White’s Tavern (also part owned by Devenish crowd) has had big money pumped into it and have heard good reports.
Revolucion de Cuba is a big no, it’s the McDonald’s equivalent of a bar, it’s a shame Cafe Vaudeville was replaced with that crap.
McHugh’s is so-so, never hear much about it these days.
What I will say about Belfast, there is not one establishment in the city worth queuing up for, and there’s a huge selection of bars to cater for most tastes.
The Deers Head was a new one for me over Christmas, enjoyed it to be honest  and will be back again

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« on: January 01, 2023, 06:13:04 PM »
Seven quid for the semis, not sure what it was today?
It was £10 today

General discussion / Re: Twitter
« on: December 20, 2022, 06:28:55 PM »
Hard to know who's a bigger dick head, McGregor or Clarkson.

McGregor. Clarkson, while a borderline pub bore at times, has at least some intelligence and can be willing to make himself look like an eejit when needs be. His recent words concerning Meghan Markle were out of order**, but unless you're either Piers Morgan or work in catering the chances of you being physically assaulted by him are relatively low.

McGregor OTOH is an example that a skanger is still a skanger even when they escape from the big smoke.

** Couldn't give much of a damn about all of the current drama concerning the British royal family TBH, but it was still out of order.
No contest between McGregor and Clarkson when you read his latest post about Paul McGrath

General discussion / Re: Irish groups that never made it big
« on: December 16, 2022, 10:31:06 PM »
 Some great bands in this thread, ( saw a few of them back in the Poly Students Union back in the  day) The Fat Lady Sings was another

General discussion / Re: Messi or Ronaldo - Who's best
« on: December 15, 2022, 10:52:08 PM »
Ronaldo 7
Ronaldo the original

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster club championship
« on: December 13, 2022, 05:10:22 PM »
A club who had never won a senior county title  now has two to it's name and champions of Ulster.  Maybe it took an outside management team to harness this at senior level and get the optimum return from a clearly talented group.

Glen have had outside managers before O’Rourke for sure.
From memory they had Charlie Sweeny managing them back in the  late 80's/  early 90s ( he was one of the first outside managers that I recall in Derry Club football)

General discussion / Re: New York
« on: November 30, 2022, 12:12:06 PM »
Anybody able to recommend somewhere decent quality and price to stay in New York that's in a decent location too?

Roughly, how much would you class as being a good price for return flights to New York for 2 adults and 2 children. Thinking about maybe going in February or October. To take in the standard sights, how many days stay would be recommended? Thanks in advance for any help.
  We were there in April this year for four nights / five days with our son and stayed in the Belvedere Hotel  a really good location about 5 mins walk from time square ( West 48th between 8th and 9th Avenue), , Key thing is definitely planning ahead , we had our City Pass bought and had all our attractions ( Empire State / Top of the  Rock / AMNH / Ground Zero all booked well in advance of arriving.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster club championship
« on: November 18, 2022, 01:21:45 PM »
Does Mickey Harte join up with Slaughtneil once Louth's season is over as he hasn't stepped down.

Split season, so shouldn't be an issue
Do you think club players sit on their arse until July lol

The good teams do, they peak for club final and Ulster club
In Down Burren beat Kilcoo handy in league final. Though the championship was there's to win. Kilcoo only peak for the latter stages of Down.
Will Slaughtneil pay someone to manage them from January to July I wonder?
 Kilcoo got the rub of the green big time in Down beating Clonduff in a penalty shootout and the Point in extra time but agreed the successful teams peak for championship time look at Cross for years and years.

Hope to be hurling to march
All Ireland Club Hurling final is in January this season  is it not?

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: November 17, 2022, 11:32:50 PM »
Be very interesting to see how Mickey Harte  and Mickey McShane get on ( if they are both there next year)

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster club championship
« on: November 13, 2022, 05:35:01 PM »
Any ideas where Glen -v- Cargin will take place they are only 20 mins away from eachother  but not sure where the closest big ground is to hold such a game
Was wondering that myself , probably wouldn't even be 20 minutes between the grounds

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster club championship
« on: October 31, 2022, 09:52:07 AM »
Kilcoo will be laughing at these comments. They are the team to beat, know how to win without being flattering and scraped through a Down championship, Cross v them would be tasty.
But for a goalkeeping error last year Glen would have beat Kilcoo. Glen looked a better team for most of that game in my opinion. There is very little in those two sides.
The absence of Ciaran McFaul could be a huge factor in the Ulster Campaign

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