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A Fermanagh hurler has labelled proposals to potentially exclude a number of counties from the Allianz League from 2025 onwards as "a farce".

A recommendation from the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee, if approved, would see any county with fewer than five adult hurling teams competing solely in the fifth-tier Lory Meagher Cup – meaning the Erne County, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Louth would be impacted.

With no league action, their county seasons would be reduced from six months to three with the saved spending, along with additional funding, instead aimed at improving hurling development in those counties.

Fermanagh captain Ryan Bogue, one of the longest serving inter-county hurlers having made his debut off the bench against Cavan in 2006, said he was gobsmacked when he was presented with the document explaining the possible changes.

"The whole thing seems to be made up and pulled out of the sky with no consideration put into it at all," he told RTÉ Sport.

"I wouldn't say I would be overly surprised. Over the last six, seven years, the treatment of hurling in counties like our own has definitely improved but previous to that you were always obviously second best in terms of privileges.

"I thought we had got past that but this is just back to that. Our county board is great, anything we want, we get, but this is coming from the top.
GAA Discussion / Sam odds 2024
November 06, 2023, 05:50:11 PM

Kerry   2/1
Dublin  11/4
Galway 6/1
Derry  15/2
Mayo   15/2
Tyrone  16/1
Armagh  20/1
Donegal 25/1
Cork    33/1
KE/MN/RN 66/1
General discussion / Music help required
October 31, 2023, 09:37:34 AM
2 songs from the electric disco on 21 Oct

She gives the names at 56:50 

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First one is called Aria by something like Artie and Anaya but cannot find it anywhere 
Starts at 47:30

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[font="Times New Roman", serif]Could anywan decipher the details or else indicate where the music can be found ? There may be a playlist but I couldn't find one  anywhere. [/font]
OTB interviewed several people at Esker Hills GC following the Ryder Cup  win.
Shane Lowry is steeped in GAA between the Lowrys and the Scanlons.

Hopper McGrath had 3 daughters on Galway all Ireland winning teams in 2013, 19 and 21

What other examples are there ?
General discussion / Mna na hEireann
September 16, 2023, 11:09:08 AM
I think it's hard enough  to find really good modern music. A lot of the styles are hard to warm to.

However I came across 3 separate Irish women that are making names for themselves in the music world and producing fantastic stuff  , some of it based on house music

There may be more. the 3 are :

Jazzy from Crumlin  14 m views on Youtube

Roisin Murphy from Arklow . The beat is amazing  235K views after a month

This is more pop style but it's very catchy

CMATCiara Mary-Alice Thompson  released last week

Fair play to them

General discussion / The NI Legacy Bill
September 07, 2023, 08:18:55 AM
The NI legacy Bill has passed the final legislative  stage in Westminster thanks to the Tory majority. The Bill proposes an effective offer of immunity from prosecution for perpetrators of crimes during the Troubles who co-operate with a truth-recovery body. It would also halt future civil cases and inquests linked to killings during the conflict.

It is even opposed by the DUP.

General discussion / Road deaths
September 06, 2023, 10:45:04 AM
The Government has imposed speed limit reductions on several types of road since the Tipperary tragedies.
100kph on national secondary goes to 80kph and 50kph goes to 30 kph in urban areas

Someone interviewed on RTE said that this alone will not fix the problem. Most of the risk lies on these roads and there are many dangerous features such as unmarked junctions, very sharp corners and agricultural machinery use. This all has to be addressed.

The 2 Tipperary crashes happened on secondary roads.
General discussion / Saudi League /al Hilal
September 01, 2023, 05:40:56 PM
Fulham sold Mitrovic, age 28,  to al Hilal. Other foreigners at the club include a Canadian goalie, Koulibaly, Neymar
(where did it all go wrong, Neymar?) , a journeyman South Korean, Milinkovic (ex Lazio) , Neves, and a Brazilian called Malcolm.

It reminds me of club football or a third class football league with a  few decent players and the rest donkeys , evenly distributed across the class.

The standard is only as good as the weakest players.

Mrs Merton to Debbie McGee"So what attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"
Each Dail seat is worth 30,000 people . Cavan/Monaghan (5 seats) would have 150,000 people or so.
Dublin has 49 seats. So it would have to be subdivided. Maybe Kerry could be divided into 2x3 seaters.

Which teams would be expected to benefit?

Just wondering.

I only found out recently that the Brits supported the Government side in the Irish Civil War. I
General discussion / Leaving Cert results
August 25, 2023, 01:25:54 PM
1. Grade inflation is twice ECB core inflation, to keep up with gas prices

2.Sure I didn't need a leaving cert. I spent 10 years in a bedsit in  Galway and now just did an IPO

3.Maths is a national weakness.

4. It will still be hard to buy a house

General discussion / Roscommon news
August 23, 2023, 07:38:58 AM
Reports of animals loose on the RM (Roscommon Motorway) between Athlone and Ballinasloe. Jaysus.
No link to county final.
Reports in Tenerife that at least 3 fires are  expected to have been started deliberately. #jaysus
Would these fires be likely to change your holiday choices going forward?
A good year for Monaghan, Derry, Meath, Cork, Ros, Down....