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GAA Discussion / Re: Jack O'Connor
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:48:46 PM »
McGeeney! 12wks. Considering Davy got 8wks what did he do to get 12?????

Verbal altercation with McQuillan during the Antrim game where McQuillan was linesman it seems. Joke decision considering the Davy Fitz suspension.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:49:25 PM »
Thursday is huge now. Win it and I think we will effectively seal 4th spot with a decent chance of even getting 3rd. A draw would not be the worst result away from home and keeps us in touch whilst a defeat will leave us as outsiders in the race. I too hope that he goes with Marial and Rashford in the side, we are in a position where playing for a draw is not really building on recent momentum gained.

As far as Ibra is concerned, I would prefer if he moved on as Mourinho will continue to play him when fit and I think it has inhibited some of the younger players. 

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:34:23 PM »
Two men who spent most of the season on the bench score the goals. Will the Ibra injury prove to be a blessing in disguise?

I've always maintained that he was holding the team back since the play was structured in such a way so as to suit Ibra. You can't knock his goal record but the build up play was often slow with too many crosses from deep positions. Without him in the side it frees up other more creative players in the side. Great day for Utd with Liverpool beat and City demoralised after an extra time defeat. United are the best side in England at present with 23 games unbeaten and a win against City during the week should cement a top 4 position.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:36:13 PM »
Horrible for Zlatan and unlikely he'll ever play at the top level again. The fact that he has no contract for next season either is bound to be a sickener as well (although I'm sure he'll survive). I think it's time for Mourinho to look to the future and build his attack around Rashford, hopefully it might mean less crosses and agricultural stuff when chasing a game. Ibra has scored buckets of goals but he was only ever going to be a short term solution.

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In my experience very few people in the north refer to the 26 counties as the free state, most would just term it as down south. I think it's more of an older generation thing as I have heard a few people, mostly older people, refer to it as such.


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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 12:58:09 PM »
A lot of people here obviously have not actually paid any attention to the personal performances of either corbyn or may. May is horrific unless reading an auto cue or prepared mantra. Corbyn is no more than a decent off the cuff orator but he is light years ahead of may.

PMQs are an embarrassment. Corbyn consistently catches may out and asks questions she cannot answer. The fact that she reverts to scripted sound bites and never answers questions (literally) when this happens seems to entirely satisfy political commentary and journalism.

There is a very definite state of affairs here that the notion that Corbyn and a political approach that priorities societal values is unpalatable to the masses or unelectable. I firmly believe the masses have consumed this narrative while without analysis as it doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

The question is whether people will follow the media mantra at the polling stations as they have done 99% of the time or if they vote their minds as with Brexit and as Americans did with Trump. In both of those instances the media direction was way off and accompanying polls laughably out.

It never ceases to amaze me how working class brits can vote for Tory workhouse masters en masse when they are scared (usually by a succinct media campaign). The tories are parasites with middle and executive class interests at heart. This incarnation is particularly unscrupulous and I expect ruthless when the time comes. Their policy u turns since May took over have been staggering and have gone largely unquestioned. Their best people are not even in the cabinet. Ffs look at the foreign office, treasury, home office, brexit dept. It's laughable. May herself was a horrendous Home Secretary, who many believe was stayed from execution from government by the brexit result.

British politics and particularly British political journalism is a shambles.

Nail on head.

The mainstream English media will try and control the narrative of the election and the power of Newscorps and Murdoch media outlets cannot be underestimated in the UK. Their own self interests are best served with the Tories in charge and their editorial content reflects this fact. They have already tried to create an image of May as a strong leader in the mould of Thatcher when in reality the only commonality is the fact that she is a woman. The Tories and May in particular have flip flopped in the manner of someone who is making it up as they go along. 

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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:47:41 AM »
Too many West Wing watchers talking about empty chair debates!

May would absolutely steamroll through Corbyn in a debate anyway. Labour should be delighted to get away from the prospect.

Have you watched both of them in debates or how exactly could you draw that conclusion?

Theresa May struggles to think on her feet when veering away from pre rehearsed answers. She is a poor debater and wants to avoid such a contest for that reason. I can however see her agreeing to some watered down version of a debate purely to avoid the cowardly accusations being fired at her by opponents.

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Oisin McConville was a top class finisher throughout his career but his influence from play became limited in the second half of his career from his mid-late twenties onwards. Partly due to injury as he had ongoing back issues and then he was having off field difficulties as well which can't have helped him either. McDonnell was a more natural all round footballer whereas McConville was just a great finisher who also excelled at dead balls and in pressure situations. In terms of overall performances at county level, I would place McDonnell well above McConville for both consistency and longevity. Both very good players in their own right but McConville's club medal haul as part of an unbelievable era for Crossmaglen will likely never be bettered.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: April 20, 2017, 04:58:24 PM »
Exactly.Brendan Rodgers has thus far succeeded in meeting the minimum requirements.He is certainly undeserving of an inflated status for remaining unbeaten against other Scottish teams who are of a similar status to Cork City or Dundalk (in fact no Scottish team came close to matching Dundalk's Europa League campaign this season).Given Celtic's huge budgetary advantage and wage bill,no Scottish team should be capable of even giving them a decent game.

He achieved every single objective this season and not even the most rose tinted of Celtic supporters would have predicted that the team would go unbeaten into the last week of April. If he achieves a treble it will have been an unbelievable season for Celtic supporters and the unbeated run is just the icing on the cake. The average attendeances tell you all you need to know. Rodgers does shoot his mouth off at times and has a bit of an ego but underneath it all I believe he is a good coach moreso than a manager. He has been good for Celtic and vice versa.

Since you brought budgets into it, Rangers budget for last year was over 10 million which is well in excess of the budget for the entire LOI so the comparision with Cork and Dundalk is daft. Dundalk in particular had some unbelievable results in Europe in a cup competition where anything can happen. It is unlikely to be ever repeated. However neither side would compete consistently at the top level in Scotland.     

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GAA Discussion / Re: Thanks Andy Mallon
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:34:45 PM »
Far from limited, he was a speed machine who relied on pure footballing skills to nullify many of the best forwards in the game and mostly before the era where one on one tussles became almost redundant.

Never got the plaudits outside the county that most inside the county recognised, probably because he stayed out of the limelight and simply let his football do the talking. Also missed out the AI success by a year which may have had something to do with it. Started the following years AI final at 19 years of age though in the defeat to Tyrone which tells you the level of ability that he had.   

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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:56:19 PM »
The aesthetics of an empty chair in any debate (one of which has only recently been announced by ITV) would not look good for any prospective prime minister. She might want to avoid debating the issues but trying to become invisible just exacerbates the problem in my view. 

That is assuming that the broadcasters would actually stick an empty chair on the stage.

Even if they don't, her absence in any debate could be counter productive. I think she could yet be forced into another U-turn on this issue as it simply gives her political opponents a stick with which to beat her.

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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:46:12 PM »
Theresa May refusing to take part in leaders debates is a strange position to take so early in the campaign. It gives her political opponents a stick to beat her with and looks like a very cowardly position to take for an as yet unelected prime minister.

In court when the prosecution has a weak case often the defendant does not testify as there is nothing to defend.  A TV debate is unlikely to win the Tories many more votes and the possibility is there that she would perform badly (thinking on her feet is not one of May's strengths) or make some gaffe that would cost them votes.  From their point of view, best leave well alone.

There is plenty to defend alright (just the small matter of her Brexit position).

She is simply afraid to do it because she knows that she is still unable to outline the mechanics of a post Brexit Britain, the cost of leaving the EU, the difficulty in reaching trade agreements, the threat to the union. In essence they are still making it up as they go along. Unfortunately due to Corbyn's position on Brexit, the labour party will not benefit in any shape or form by a leaders debate. The Lib Dem's would be the biggest benificiary from focussing on Brexit and pinning her down to the issues. The election has been called on the basis of a Brexit negotiating stance but at the same time she wants to avoid talking about it.

The Tories have a large lead in the opinion polls, they are unlikely to gain any more voters because of a Theresa May debate performance. She has not much to gain and plenty to lose in a debate so tactically it is a smart move.

Wouldn't agree with that. The aesthetics of an empty chair in any debate (one of which has only recently been announced by ITV) would not look good for any prospective prime minister. She might want to avoid debating the issues but trying to become invisible just exacerbates the problem in my view. 

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General discussion / Re: Stormont Assembly Elections 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:09:59 PM »
However Gildernew is capable of winning in FST no matter what the SDLP do (and they will stand)

How exactly, what are the figures?

She would have a 50/50 chance (maybe slightly better) with an SDLP candidate running. It would probably be a guaranteed SF seat if the SDLP did not run a candidate.

Last election vote count:

Elliott             23,608
Gildernew      23,078
SDLP                2,732
Green                  788
Alliance                658

That was before Brexit and I'd expect the unionist candidate to suffer slightly because of that this time.   

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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:01:45 PM »
Theresa May refusing to take part in leaders debates is a strange position to take so early in the campaign. It gives her political opponents a stick to beat her with and looks like a very cowardly position to take for an as yet unelected prime minister.

In court when the prosecution has a weak case often the defendant does not testify as there is nothing to defend.  A TV debate is unlikely to win the Tories many more votes and the possibility is there that she would perform badly (thinking on her feet is not one of May's strengths) or make some gaffe that would cost them votes.  From their point of view, best leave well alone.

There is plenty to defend alright (just the small matter of her Brexit position).

She is simply afraid to do it because she knows that she is still unable to outline the mechanics of a post Brexit Britain, the cost of leaving the EU, the difficulty in reaching trade agreements, the threat to the union. In essence they are still making it up as they go along. Unfortunately due to Corbyn's position on Brexit, the labour party will not benefit in any shape or form by a leaders debate. The Lib Dem's would be the biggest benificiary from focussing on Brexit and pinning her down to the issues. The election has been called on the basis of a Brexit negotiating stance but at the same time she wants to avoid talking about it.


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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:03:12 PM »
Theresa May refusing to take part in leaders debates is a strange position to take so early in the campaign. It gives her political opponents a stick to beat her with and looks like a very cowardly position to take for an as yet unelected prime minister.

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