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Catchy tune. Should be easy enough to identify the venue but will anyone bother.
Royal Bar, Sandy Row

Im shocked, not

They look to be having a great time.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: Today at 08:38:36 AM »
RONAN O'Neill has quit the Tyrone panel in frustration after failing to feature in any of the Red Hands' Division One games this year.

The sublimely talented Omagh St Enda's clubman was an ever-present throughout Tyrone's successful Dr McKenna Cup campaign this year but he was unable to nail down a place in Mickey Harte's National League squads and has walked away with a heavy heart. At 26, hopes to return to the inter-county scene at some stage in the future but will concentrate on the club game for the rest of this season.

“Towards the middle of the League I wasn't getting a look-in and I thought to myself: ‘Should I maybe step away from this?'” he explained.

“Ultimately it was an extremely hard decision to make because Tyrone has been the best part of my life for eight years. I sat down and chatted to my father and he said to see how the League went and to keep pushing at training.

“But I wasn't getting into the matchday squads and people were asking why I wasn't and I just thought ‘You know, maybe it's time to take a step back here' so I saw out the League and met Mickey on Sunday night and explained my decision.

“I had to think what was right for me. I was sitting about being part of the squad but not making much of an impact and I wasn't really happy doing what I was doing.

“Mickey listened to my reasons and he was supportive.

“He said that I wouldn't be the first person to step away and then come back again the following year. He gave me some things to work on and I'll use this club season to do so and reassess where I am for next year.”

O'Neill first came to prominence as a schoolboy with Omagh CBS, spearheading their runs to the MacRory Cup finals in 2009 and 2010 and he was the star forward when the Tyrone minors won the All-Ireland in 2010, scoring 1-4 in the semi-final and two points in the decider against Cork.

He announced himself on the senior scene with a first-touch debut goal in the McKenna Cup two years later and, by 2013, aged 19, he was captain of the Tyrone U21 side and an established member of the senior panel.

He suffered a serious setback when he ruptured his cruciate while training for the Ulster SFC quarter-final against Donegal but returned to the fold the following year and, after top-scoring for Ulster University in the Sigerson Cup final, hit the target in every game of Tyrone's Division One campaign.

Since then O'Neill has won two Ulster Championships with Tyrone, lighting up Clones in the 2017 decider with an audacious chip into the Down net that showcased his natural, uncommon flair and fans will remember his 'Dab' celebration after a goal against Cavan in the 2016 Division 2 final. However, as the era of the footballing athlete took hold and with Tyrone regularly playing just one inside forward, O'Neill found his opportunities becoming limited.

His last Championship start was as a lone frontman against Mayo in the 2016 All-Ireland quarter-final but he did feature regularly as a substitute in last year's run to the All-Ireland final.

“I'm only 26, so I wouldn't like to think my county career is over yet,” he said.

“Not getting game-time is the most frustrating thing.

“You do all the hard training and you want to be rewarded. It's the manager's worst nightmare picking 15 boys and then putting five in, they can't keep everybody happy especially at Tyrone with the panel being so competitive.

“But it left me frustrated and I was probably a bit snappy about the house with my parents and brothers and my girlfriend. I love playing for Tyrone and I love my county and I wish all the boys all the best – I sent them a message and I really do think the team will go on to win the All-Ireland and that's what made the decision even tougher.”

O'Neill now intends to focus his energy on playing with Omagh St Enda's, the county champions in 2014 and 2017, before weighing up his inter-county options.

“Mickey has decided that Mattie (Donnelly) and Cathal (McShane) are more dangerous and physical up front and Petey (Harte) is playing off them,” he said.

“The three of them are playing fantastically well and then you had myself, Connor McAliskey, Darren (McCurry), Lee (Brennan) and Kyle (Coney) fighting for other spots. It's a competitive field and sometimes those boys are going to be ahead and other times vice-versa.

“It happened to be me this time and I just thought I wasn't doing myself any justice sitting about there. I want to go back and play club football with Omagh which I love doing. I want to get a full year, hopefully injury-free playing football and playing to the best of my potential.”

He added: “I thanked Mickey for helping me out over the years and the rest of the management – the boys who were there before and the boys who are there now – and the county board for supporting me.

“It'll not be the end of me but, for the time being, it'll be a halt of the progress.”

Never really happened for him. There's no doubting his ability and talent. Probably have a storming season for Omagh now.

Jesus lads give Mick a chance.  If they're still poor after ten games then fair enough.
f**k me they were playing Gibraltar, which is basically a makey uppey country on par with Narnia, Westeros and Mordor. They should have humped them by at least 5.

General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: March 24, 2019, 01:39:55 PM »
Unquiet graves.
Go and see it if you can. Should be out on Amazon and I believe RTE have agreed to show it. Details the deliberate targeting of innocent Catholics and collusion of British government in the murder triangle in NI. Over 120 innocent people murdered for being catholic under the direction of the RUC UDR and British government.

General discussion / Re: The Fine Gael thread
« on: March 24, 2019, 01:35:08 PM »
This has got absolutely nothing to do with ramming a UI down people's throat so to conflate it otherwise is nonsense. It is entirely possible to be respectful of other peoples beliefs and traditions but Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth is a ludicrous suggestion and I suspect that Jeffrey Donaldson knows this too well. I doubt that he would have expected it to receive any approval whatsoever so he may have been mildly surprised.

I was referring to those who were critical of Donaldson's invite.

General discussion / Re: The Fine Gael thread
« on: March 24, 2019, 12:43:12 PM »
Surely understanding the views of a broad range of people on this Island is key to delivering a UI. Some people think ramming a UI down Unionists throats is going to work. FFS ramming Britain down Nationalists throats hasn't worked in 100 years the reverse is hardly going to.

Jesus but Ireland are shite.

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 21, 2019, 11:39:31 AM »
Could you name some please?

Like virtually every other f**king train station across the world?

What special kind of idiot are you?

But you said events. Now you're talking about train stations.
So virtually every other train station has no crowd control. That's what you are saying? I just want to be clear.

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 21, 2019, 11:17:23 AM »

Apart from the thousands of events that take place world wide, have bigger crowds, no crowd control, yet pass off without incident?

Could you name some please?

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:57:49 AM »
Underage drinking has precisely nothing to do with what happened at the Greenvale Hotel.

It wouldn't have mattered whether the crowd had all been intoxicated Rangers hooligans over for a friendly match against an ex-LVF XI.

The same duty of care to put proper safety measures in place for whoever turns up at the door would apply.

Ach away of that.

Of course it had an effect.

Doesn't absolve the venue from their duty of care - but there is an extremely strong likelihood that if everyone in the queue were sober then the crush doesn't happen.


General discussion / Re: Maddie McCann
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:55:00 AM »
The most scary thing about this thread is the percentage of complete f**k*ng loony bins there are on this planet if the board and this topic in particular is any sort of representation.

Make up any oul shite, read any oul shite, hear any oul gossip and then publicly proclaim it as gospel truth even though there is zero evidence to back up that point of view.

It is no wonder there are miscarriages of justice and so many rich con artists in the world with so many fool hoors roaming about.

It is scary to think what is breathing in the same air.

GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:46:22 AM »
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Saw that. Controversial enough figure I suppose.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:45:30 AM »
Just to poke things slightly...

Isn't St Patrick's colour Blue? or did I just imagine that?

Carry on...

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: March 21, 2019, 08:51:56 AM »
Next week Trump picks a fight with William Wallace for not thanking him for redeveloping Trump Turnberry. But that's OK. That's OK.

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