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General discussion / Re: Dirua
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:42:22 PM »
Am I right in thinking that somebody (Drici) actually goes to the bother of updating the exchange rate onto a GAA website on a daily basis. Surely there are specific foreign exchange sites that have this information in real time if someone wants to check this.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:20:00 PM »
Has Parkinson ever held down a job outside of the GAA. Parkinson I'd say is good craic but definitely not an analyst to be taken too seriously. He has surfed the wave of a minor AI win about 20 years ago and appears to be still riding it since. A wind up merchant who know's how to play the game of keeping himself relevant.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:18:02 PM »
Varadkar is all PR and image, but his latest comments are very disconcerting for nationalists in the north. Moving the goalposts from what was signed up for in the GFA. Does he not even see the irony of the fact that an artificial majority was created when drawing up boundaries to split the state to ensure this 50+1 unionist majority. Now he realises that the gap is narrowing he is attempting to suggest that the majority needed should be more than this. Just a typical Fine Gael me me, I'm alright jack attitude. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:49:38 PM »
I see Dick Clerkin asking a question on twitter asking whether your GAA club is in better health financially, organisationally and infrastructure wise. Given his Monaghan audience I think it is an example of confirmation bias from Dick. Monaghan clubs relative to the size of the county have received large levels of funding, in fact they must have the hughest proprtion of clubs with stands in Ireland. McCague, Duffy and McKenna have all had high ranking positions within the GAA and they have undoubtedly benefitted from that.

GAA clubs on the whole have improved drastically over the last generation in terms of infrastructure but the running costs have spiralled upwards also and it's the clubs who are ultimately paying for a select few such as county managers and the army of backroom people that go along with them. Increased levies from county boards and clubs now compulsory forced to fund raise on behalf of the county are new disguised methods of paying the wages of the 5% whilst the 95% do it as a sense of duty.

He also conveniently chooses to ignore the problem of decreased participation levels at adult senior level.
 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:01:16 AM »
Pat gilroy the man for this job. was he up for it before??

I wonder is it any coincidence that Duffy only announced his intention to retire after Gilroy was in the race for the Dublin hurlers job.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:38:29 PM »
From what I can gather, Duffy was a thoroughly decent man with the best of intentions. His era will be easier judged in 10 years time but despite his empty soundbites about the importance of clubs, he has chosen a pathway that has favoured the elite. The GPA deal, the skysports deal and the super 8's were some of his biggest decisions none of which I'm comfortable with.

I dearly hope McKenna doesn't get the job, I think it needs to be somebody from outside the tent who hasn't been institutionalised and who is coming in with a clear head and a definite vision of where he wants to go. To me, despite his best efforts, Duffy lacked that clear vision and single mindedness needed for such a role. He was originally a teacher I understand and I believe that such a role is more suited to someone from a business background but who sees the GAA as more of an organisation about its people rather than revenue maximisation.

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Anyone taking the Dunphy comments seriously need to have a good look at themselves.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:06:00 PM »
Ireland must have kicked about 3 balls out of the actual stadium tonight already.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:30:33 PM »
Monumental error of judgement from Walsh in this case. He appears to have had a blind spot for Humphries and never even countenanced the fact that he could well have been guilty. His description of him as a great man is woeful.

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GAA Discussion / Re: David Clifford
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:25:14 AM »
Sounds like he's staying put which is good news not just for Kerry fans but for all GAA supporters.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Crossmaglen
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:34:40 AM »
http://www.punditarena.com/gaa/gaelic-football/jslattery/armagh-dealt-blow-key-player-opts-squad-2018/

Hard to blame him really - the destruction by Tyrone and then their subsequent destruction by Dublin really showed how far off the pace Armagh are.

Tyrone had an off day. Armagh are long term dung.

Deluded Tyrone fans still in denial.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Crossmaglen
« on: October 06, 2017, 12:09:35 AM »
Big question is what has changed with Clarke over the last 6 weeks. He gave an extended interview with Newstalk shortly after the Kildare game where he stated how he had refound his love for football again. Now he has decided to set off for foreign soil once more. It's no secret that some of his team mates in Cross shunned him a few weeks back and his absence from the Cross team may have turned him into something of a scapegoat whereby he didn't feel welcome at home. Certainly his decision to head abroad again simply does not tally with his interview about 2 months ago. Huge blow for Armagh, he's our best player and unfortunately we may have seen the last of him as a county player.

Ye see that's a load at of bull...after Armagh went out he went off on a jaunt and told no one where he was. He came back and didn't come to training. He was asked what he was doing. Came to the maghery game and was pissed he didn't start. Didn't come back till he was approached by the players. Gave a commitment to go to the next game. Didn't turn up. He's gone. End of story

I'm not getting into the rights and wrongs about the falling out with his club since you know more than most but it appears to me that this is a part of the reason for his decision to set sail again. I can understand the frustration of club people in Cross and he is an unsettled fellow but unfortunately nobody wins in this situation. Neither Clarke his club nor his county. I've already heard that some other players will be opting out of the county squad next year already but this problem is not restricted to Armagh, it's a national issue. The demands put on some of these players for scant reward is ludicrous. Many of them will be shortly undergoing pre pre season training for a championship match that is 6 months away with little prospect of success.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Crossmaglen
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:29:58 PM »
Big question is what has changed with Clarke over the last 6 weeks. He gave an extended interview with Newstalk shortly after the Kildare game where he stated how he had refound his love for football again. Now he has decided to set off for foreign soil once more. It's no secret that some of his team mates in Cross shunned him a few weeks back and his absence from the Cross team may have turned him into something of a scapegoat whereby he didn't feel welcome at home. Certainly his decision to head abroad again simply does not tally with his interview about 2 months ago. Huge blow for Armagh, he's our best player and unfortunately we may have seen the last of him as a county player.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Crossmaglen
« on: October 02, 2017, 01:53:23 PM »
The main positive to take out of the Cross defeat is the hope that Joe Brolly might cease making his silly references to Crossmaglen's brilliant football in every other article. Back to the St Brigids under 16's now then.   

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General discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage
« on: September 30, 2017, 11:22:00 PM »
Some people just can't accept Kimmages hoesty. He is a brilliant journalist however and the problem is that he so brutally honest and straight to the point that people can't accept it. I thought he went a slight bit OTT on the Gavin press conference although he did also have a point. However the hysterical reaction of a large portion of Dublin fans was funny. People can accept criticism just as long as it is not on their own doorstep. Kimmage has never compromised his principles for money. Fitzgerald was totally out of his depth and whilst I sort of expected him to get schooled, the least he could have done was a little bit of research before the podcast took place.

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