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The GAA will finally confirm the structure for the 2021 club and inter-county calendar early next week.

RTÉ Sport understands that the 2021 season will commence with inter-county first, with the championship series running until the middle of July.

From there, club championships will commence and will incorporate county, provincial and All-Ireland series until mid-December when All-Ireland club football semi-finals will be held.

It's expected the template will be unveiled on Monday after weeks of intense debate and scrutiny at executive and management level.

Having been set for launch three weeks ago, the template was put on hold as concerns were expressed about the financial viability of staging an inter-county season first with the ongoing lack of gate receipts a huge concern for some.

With tight public health restrictions also expected through January, the prospect of going with club first was considerably weakened.

And following a period of reflection and further consultation with county chairpersons and management committee last weekend, an 8pm meeting of Central Council tonight gave the green light to kickstart the 2021 campaign with inter-county action.

It's understood that this will see the return of county teams to pre-season training on the weekend of 16-17 January.

And it is expected that the Allianz Leagues will begin on the weekend of 27-28 February, with the football divisions divided in two on a regional basis.

This will see Dublin, Galway, Roscommon and Kerry grouped together in a Division One group with the four Ulster teams - Monaghan, Tyrone, Donegal and Armagh in the other.

Division Two will see Down, Westmeath, Meath and Mayo in one section with Cork, Clare, Laois and Kildare in the other.

Division Three will feature Derry, Fermanagh, Longford and Cavan in one section with Limerick, Wicklow, Offaly and Tipperary in the other.

Meanwhile, Division Four sees Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and London, (their participation is down to the Connacht Council) in one group with Leitrim, Antrim, Louth and Sligo in the other.

As expected, every county will have a minimum of four league games, and there will be semi-finals for a place in the decider and for relegation.

There will be no April club-only month with the intercounty season imminent at that juncture. The hurling league will see two groups of six in Division One with no quarter-finals or semi-finals. The league final will take place on the second weekend in April, a week after the football finals.

Minor and U-20 football competition will commence a month later - on the weekend of 27/28 March.

This would allow the inter-county senior football championship to start on 17-18 April with the hurling championship commencing a week later. The U-20 hurling championship will run from 22 May until 10 July.

It is believed that a backdoor will be available to counties in both hurling and football.

It is likely that the 2021 All-Ireland minor hurling and finals will be played on 22-23 May.

The Tailteann Cup final (second-tier football championship) is also in the template and set to be played at the end of June with the All-Ireland hurling final down for the weekend of 10-11 July – the same weekend that the Under-20 hurling final takes place.

The All-Ireland senior football will be fixed for the weekend of 17-18 July.

A week later, on the 24-25 July, the club county championships will commence.

The start of the provincial club championships is down for the 16-17 October, running through until the start and middle of December when the hurling and football club semi-finals respectively will be played.

Last Friday night, the clear majority of county chairpersons favoured this template.

It was presented to the GAA Management Committee last Saturday and, again, received the green light at tonight's Central Council meeting.

Two comprehensive plans had been initially compiled – one draft focusing on playing inter-county first, while the other templated revolved around a club-first system would like.

But with those public health restrictions expected once again throughout the early stages of the new year, running a club championship would have been exceptionally problematic as only elite athletes could compete under Level 5 restrictions.

A club-first 2021 season would have seen teams return to full contact training in late February and play right through until the All-Ireland club finals which would have been played on 14/15 August.

The inter-county season would have commenced on 31 July and concluded in late December.

However, the huge support for a county-first approach was again reflected at tonight's meeting and an official GAA announcement heralding the intercounty start is due early next week.

Meanwhile, the GAA's standing playing rules committee also made a number of recommendations to tonight’s Central Council meeting.

These are set to be adapted as motions ahead of the 2021 Annual Congress in February.

There's a detailed GAA presentation here -

General discussion / Dunphy - gone from RTE
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:06:55 PM »

(1/2) Two years ago, I decided not to renew my contract with RTÉ Sport. At the time, they prevailed upon me to stay and, in fact, offered me a rise, a small one, to do so. However, before the World Cup I told them this time, I would be leaving.


(2/2) I intend to focus on my podcast The Stand which is flourishing and has had over 2.3 million listens since we started. That’s where my energy will now be devoted.

In my 40 years with RTÉ, I made many good friends and I wish them the very best for the future.

General discussion / Harry Redknapp vs Ginaluca Vialli - The Toughest
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:36:13 PM »
EPISODE ONE OF this year’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ series has landed.

AIB GAA have pitted former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and ex-Italy striker Gianluca Vialli against one another in a Gaelic football challenge game.

Redknapp has taken charge of West Cork club Castlehaven, while Vialli is coaching Dublin outfit Erin’s Isle and over the next eight weeks, we’ll get to see how the pair get on.

The sides will then meet in a rematch of the 1998 AIB All-Ireland club semi-final, when Castlehaven lost out thanks to a controversial goal at the death.

General discussion / Joint Papal / Queen visit in Northern Ireland in 2018
« on: December 19, 2017, 06:03:19 AM »

Q Radio understands that the Pope and the Queen will visit Northern Ireland jointly next summer.

Pope Francis, who's 80, is already scheduled to visit the Republic in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families.

Today we can reveal that not only will the Head of the Catholic church travel north of the border but he will be joined by the supreme governor of the Church of England who turns 92 in April.

It will be a deeply symbolic and powerful moment - The Pope and the Queen appearing side by side before a divided society.
Last year the then Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness revealed that the 80 year old Pontiff WOULD cross the border.
At the time - the then First Minister, Arlene Foster, said she would meet him.
Q Radio sources have revealed that plans for the joint visit are being worked on.
The location is being kept under wraps - it may be Armagh or Belfast-  but it certainly will be in Northern Ireland.
The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Reverend Richard Clarke, says a joint visit by the Pope and the Queen to Northern Ireland would be "remarkable and wonderful".

The head of the Anglican communion in Ireland was responding to a Q Radio news report that plans are being drawn up for such a visit next August.


A statement from a group purporting to be Continuity Sinn Féin (CSF)/Continuity IRA (CIRA) has said it has decided to disband and end its "futile" armed campaign.

The group stated the decision to disband from midnight last night and over a three-month period, was taken, it said, after consulting its membership, at a meeting of the leadership of the CIRA in Northern Ireland.

"The CIRA leadership meeting in the six counties has taken in the last number of weeks the decision to abandon its armed campaign," the statement said.

"After meeting with our membership throughout the 32 counties it was decided that the opportunity now exists for the attainment of our political goals by abandoning the armed struggle."

The statement, sent to the Limerick Leader which includes a recognised code word, thanks republicans and "members of the clergy" for their "great assistance in guiding us in this decision".

The statement includes an apology for the effects of the group's violent actions on communities.

"We know the great hurt and pain we have inflicted on communities both north and south and for that we offer our sincerest apology and hope by this action no more pain or loss will visit them."

"As of 12 midnight on the 7/6/2017 the organisation known as CSF/CIRA will disband and over a 3 month period that has being agreed the small amount of arms & explosive material we posses will be decommissioned under agreed procedures."

"We urge our former activists instead of continuing a futile war to heed the unanimous decision of your leadership along with the vast wishes and the will of the Irish people and put their energy into their families and communities," the statement concludes.

The Continuity IRA has been traditionally linked to Republican Sinn Féin since the late 1980s by republicans opposed to Sinn Fein's political goals.

The Continuity Sinn Féin organisation, formerly known as Republican Sinn Féin Limerick, was formed in recent years.

General discussion / Enda Kenny steps down
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:46:19 PM »


The first British Open to be shown on Sky after the BBC lost the rights - so no more Peter Alliss

The Course

Troon hosts the Open for the 9th time since the course was founded in 1878. A professional called George Strath redesigned the layout in 1884, much of which remains, although, as with all major championship courses, a lot has changed too. The Open first came visiting in 1923, and Troon effectively pushed Prestwick off the rota as the SW Scotland venue for the Open (Turnberry did not get onto the rota until after WW2).

So, a classic out and back design, which means the wind direction is crucial. The weather is predicted dry, coolish and windy 12-17 mph winds from varying directions. Not enough to ruin it but should make it plenty testing.The course is only 15 yards longer than last time, at 7,190, with a par of 71.

The most famous hole is the 8th, a very short par 3 known as the "Postage Stamp" because the green looks very small and is surrounded by terrors. In the 1973 Open, veteran Gene Sarazen had a hole in one live on the telly. Telly folk love this fact and will mention it every 5 minutes.

Here are some other pics:

The Open website has a good course guide starting here.

Opening round tee-times

Match 1 - 6.35am:
Colin Montgomerie (Sco), Marc Leishman (Aus), Luke Donald (Eng)

Match 2 - 6.46am:
Steven Alker (Nzl), Marcus Fraser (Aus), Sanghee Lee (Kor)

Match 3 - 6.57am:
Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Jon Rahm (Esp), Ryan Palmer (USA)

Match 4 - 7.08am:
Sandy Lyle (Sco), Scott Gregory (a) (Eng), David Duval (USA)

Match 5 - 7.19am:
Richie Ramsay (Sco), Danny Lee (Nzl), Harris English (USA)

Match 6 - 7.30am:
Alex Noren (Swe), Steven Bowditch (Aus), Kevin Chappell (USA)

Match 7 - 7.41am:
Darren Clarke (NIr), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Jim Furyk (USA)

Match 8 - 7.52am:
Justin Thomas (USA), David Lingmerth (Swe), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

Match 9 - 8.03am:
Branden Grace (Rsa), Patrick Reed (USA). Byeong Hun An (Kor)

Match 10 - 8.14am:
Paul Lawrie (Sco), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

Match 11 - 8.25am:
Padraig Harrington (Irl), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)

Match 12 - 8.36am:
Scott Piercy (USA), Paul Dunne (Irl), Jamie Lovemark (USA)

Match 13 - 8.47am:
Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Jimmy Walker (USA), Scott Hend (Aus)

Match 14 - 9.03am:
Jordan Spieth (USA), Justin Rose (Eng), Shane Lowry (Irl)

Match 15 - 9.,14am:
Ross Fisher (Eng), Steve Stricker (USA), Vijay Singh (Fij)

Match 16 - 9.25am:
Danny Willett (Eng), Rickie Fowler (USA), Jason Day (Aus)

Match 17 - 9.36am:
Rory McIlroy (NIr), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Bubba Watson (USA)

Match 18 - 9.47am:
Gary Woodland (USA), James Morrison (Eng), Soomin Lee (Kor)

Match 19 - 9.58am:
Smylie Kaufman (USA), Chris Kirk (USA), George Coetzee (Rsa)

Match 20 - 10.09am:
Billy Horschel (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)

Match 21 - 10.20am:
Matteo Manassero (Ita), Shugo Imahira (Jpn), Russell Henley (USA)

Match 22 - 10.31am:
Kodai Ichihara (Jpn), Robert Rock (Eng), William McGirt (USA)

Match 23 - 10.42am:
Brendan Steele (USA), Richard Sterne (Rsa), Matt Jones (Aus)

Match 24 - 10.53am:
Patton Kizzire (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Rod Pampling (Aus)

Match 25 11.04am:
Dave Coupland (Eng), Nathan Holman (Aus), Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha)

Match 26 - 11.15am:
Scott Fernandez (Esp), Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Haydn Porteous (Rsa)

Match 27 - 11.36am:
Greg Chalmers (Aus), Kristoffer Broberg (Swe), Clement Sordet (Fra)

Match 28 - 11.47am:
David Howell (Eng), Seung Yul Noh (Kor), Tony Finau (USA)

Match 29 - 11.58am:
Jordan Niebrugge (USA), Nick Cullen (Aus), Robert Streb (USA)

Match 30 - 12.09pm:
Ben Curtis (USA), Stefano Mazzoli (a) (Ita), John Daly (USA)

Match 31 - 12.20pm:
Francesco Molinari (Ita), Kevin Kisner (USA), KT Kim (Kor)

Match 32 - 12.31pm:
Todd Hamilton (USA), Justin Leonard (USA) Mark Calcavecchia (USA)

Match 33 - 1242pm:
Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Lasse Jensen (Den), Bill Haas (USA)

Match 34 - 12.53pm:
Paul Casey (Eng), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Kevin Na (USA)

Match 35 - 1.04pm:
Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Joost Luiten (Ned) Charley Hoffman (USA)

Match 36 - 1.15pm:
Graeme McDowell (NIr), Matt Kuchar (USA), Andrew Johnston (Eng)

Match 37 - 1.26pm:
Phil Mickelson (USA), Lee Westwood (Eng), Ernie Els (Rsa)

Match 38 - 1.37pm:
Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), James Hahn (USA), Andy Sullivan (Eng)

Match 39 - 1.48pm:
Ryan Moore (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)

Match 40 - 2.04pm:
Dustin Johnson (USA), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Russell Knox (Sco)

Match 41 - 2.15pm:
Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (Aus), Henrik Stenson (Swe)

Match 42 - 2.26pm:
Chris Wood (Eng), Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Mark O'Meara (USA)

Match 43 - 2.37pm:
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp), Jason Dufner (USA), Marc Warren (Sco)

Match 44 - 2.48pm:
Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Sergio Garcia (Esp), Keegan Bradley (USA)

Match 45 - 2.59pm:
Webb Simpson (USA), Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

Match 46 - 3.10pm:
Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp), JB Holmes (USA), Brandon Stone (Rsa)

Match 47 - 3.21pm:
Marco Dawson (USA), Matthew Southgate (Eng), Yosuke Tsukada (Jpn)

Match 48 - 3.32pm:
Jack Senior (Eng), James Heath (Eng), Brian Gay (USA)

Match 49 - 3.43pm:
Jim Herman (USA), Fabian Gomez (Arg), Anthony Wall (Eng)

Match 50 - 3.54pm:
Paul Howard (Eng), Daniel Summerhays (USA), Colt Knost (USA)

Match 51 - 4.05pm:
Oskar Arvidsson (Swe), Harold Varner III (USA), Tyrell Hatton (Eng)

Match 52 - 4.16pm:
Ryan Evans (Eng), Callum Shinkwin (Eng), Zander Lombard (Rsa)

General discussion / The Masters 2016
« on: April 05, 2016, 06:04:09 PM »

That time of the year again - my favourite golf event of the year.

Tee-times are out for the first 2 rounds

This is one of the most wide open fields in a few years - anyone of a dozen men could win it this year.

General discussion / A real-life Father Ted
« on: March 29, 2016, 04:04:44 PM »

Police have launched an investigation into a Chaldean Catholic priest from London, Ont., after church officials reported more than $500,000 slated for refugee sponsorship was lost to gambling.

Father Amer Saka, a priest working at the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in London, is under investigation after telling his bishop, Emanuel Shaleta, that funds intended to help new Canadians had instead vanished in vice, Shaleta said.

“He called me on the phone and . . . said he lost all the money. I said, ‘How?’ He said, ‘Gambling,’” Shaleta told the Star on Saturday, referring to a conversation he said took place Feb. 23.

“We believe that Father Saka has a serious gambling problem and that these funds may have been used for that purpose,” he said. “Since there is an investigation going on, we cannot confirm what he’s saying.”

Shaleta, who sits at the head of Canada’s first and only Chaldean eparchy, or jurisdiction, said he suspended the priest immediately after learning of the missing money.

The bishop drove to London the next day to take Saka for several days of voluntary treatment at Southdown Institute, a non-profit facility north of Toronto for priests battling problems ranging from addiction to depression to sexually abusive behaviour.

London police confirmed they received a complaint Feb. 24 of alleged financial misappropriation related to the local parish.

“An investigation is underway,” said spokesperson Const. Sandasha Bough on March 15. The financial crimes probe was launched more than a week after the initial report, said police, who needed bank records before going further.

No charges have been laid. The allegations have not been proven in court.

General discussion / New McDonald's burger "partitionist"
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:43:25 PM »
Probably could also go in the "what the f**k" thread

A disgruntled Sinn Fein MLA has branded McDonald's "partitionist" for launching a limited edition "Irish" burger in the Republic that won't be available in Northern Ireland.

The fast food chain is promoting the McMór (which its marketing as Gaelic for Big Mac) as a "tribute to the best produce and the finest flavours from across Ireland".

The beef is 100% Irish, the bun is "potato-flaked", and it comes topped with bacon, shredded cabbage, kale, Ballymaloe Relish and Charleville Cheddar.

But West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff told the Irish News: "It is not 'mór go leor' (big enough) because it does not incorporate the six counties. If it's available in Letterkenny then it should be available in Omagh," he said.

"There is a popular McDonald's in Omagh and I know the patrons in the county of Tyrone would fully expect to have the choice of a McMór.

"McDonald's is a global firm and some people have concerns about its ethics, but we can now add the sin of partitionism to the list."

The McMór was created by the McDonald’s Ireland Chefs Council, which held its first meeting last year aiming to create a burger with real Irish flavours.

A McDonald's spokesman responded to Mr McElduff's complaint: "The McMór was developed by the McDonald's business in the Republic of Ireland for customers in this market specifically.

"McDonald's Northern Ireland is part of the McDonald's UK business."

GAA Discussion / This weekend - 10 years ago
« on: August 23, 2013, 03:41:08 PM »
"Puke football" (as Spillane infamously described it) was born

 Result: Tyrone 0-13 Kerry 0-6

On Saturday, it will be ten years to the day since this iconic game of football. In many ways, this is the one that changed everything. It was the game which prompted Pat Spillane to famously refer to Tyrone's style of play as "puke football" in his analysis, but what he probably didn't know at the time was that this game was the symbolic beginning of the modern era of Gaelic football.

Mickey Harte had taken over as Tyrone manager for the start of the 2003 season, and they positively burned their way through to the All-Ireland semi-final stage that season, recording an average winning margin of 13 points through the Ulster championship and on to the Kerry showdown.

Their wins over Derry, Antrim, Down and Fermanagh had been marked by brilliant scoring feats. In the same way Donegal would nine years later, they broke in big numbers at speed with huge collective power, and had a vast array of scorers throughout their team. But the semi-final win over Kerry will forever be remembered for the tackling. Their performance that day laid the template for modern defending. Defenders, midfielders and forwards working in unison, relentlessly, to win turnovers and ground down opponents. The famous clip of a sustained spell of intense Tyrone tackling under the Hogan Stand has become the defining image of this game.

General discussion / So that woman who went missing in Ibiza
« on: August 11, 2013, 01:32:46 AM »
was found arrested in Peru - they found nearly 6 kilos of cocaine in her luggage

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP from Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY

The 2013 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship of 2013 returns to Oak Hill CC in upstate New York, venue of the 2003 championship that saw surprise winner Shaun Micheel, one shot ahead on the 18th fairway, hit one of the great finishing shots in major championship history to defeat the equally unknown Chad Campbell. Last year, Rory McIlroy took charge of a wind-blown tournament at Kiawah Island and went on to win by 8 shots. A tournament that once seemed to be alien territory to Europeans has been transformed, with 3 Englishmen joining Rory in the top 5, and 3 other European-born players in the top 10. Martin Kaymer won in 2010 and Padraig Harrington in 2008, sandwiching thrilling wins for YE Yang, the first and so far only Asian to win a major, in 2009 (from 2:20), and Keegan Bradley's play-off win over Jason Dufner in 2011.

The format is 72 holes, with the top 70 making the 36 hole cut. Three hole play-off in the event of a tie.

Tournament website

Oak Hill Country Club

The golf course is about 4 miles from downtown Rochester in upstate New York. It is close to Lake Ontario and only a few miles from Canada, and 5 hours drive from New York City. The club was founded in 1901 and moved to its current site in 1926, with space for two courses designed by Donald Ross. The design soon won acclaim, and the East Course hosted the US Amateur in 1949, and then the US Open in 1956, which was won by Cary Middlecoff. In 1968, the US Open came back, and Lee Trevino won his first major, becoming the first man to break 70 in all 4 rounds of a major. Another 12 years later, Jack Nicklaus won the PGA here, and in 1989 the US Open came back with a win for Curtis Strange. The 2003 OGA winning score for Shaun Micheel was -4.

Oak Hill was the venue for the 1995 Ryder Cup. The US team included Phil Mickelson, making his debut, while the European team was Ballesteros, Faldo, Monty, Clark, James, Woosnam, Rocca, Gilford, Torrance, Langer, Walton, Johannson. Friday foursomes were 2-2, the US then sneaked into a 5-3 lead after the 4 balls, with Lefty winning his first match. Saturday morning foursomes went 3-1 to Europe, but the Americans again won the fourballs by the same scoreline, to leave it 9-7 going into the singles. Seve, in terrible form, went off first for Europe and hacked his way around. It was a miracle he was still all square at the turn, but he lost 4&3 to Tom Lehman. Clark and James won their matches, and Woosnam halved, to take the score to 9.5-10.5. Love bt Rocca to get the US to 11.5, but then Gilford, Monty, Faldo and Torrance all won on the 17th or 18th to turn the tide, and Europe led 13.5-11.5. Pavin bt Langer, and in the last match, Mickelson was well up on Johansson, so it came down to Philip Walton. 3 up with 3 to play, he lost 16 and 17, but a bogey on 18 was enough to defeat Jay Haas and Europe won in American for only the second time, having taken the singles 7.5 - 4.5.

The course will play 7,163 yards, par 70. There are only 2 par 5s, and' Nicklaus aside, past winners have not been long hitters. The club website boasts how few sub-par rounds have been recorded when big tournaments have come to town. Quite a few holes will not need the driver, but the finish is brutal with two 500 yard par 4s. /quote]

GAA Discussion / Dublin vs Kerry - Sunday September 1st
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:35:20 PM »
Their last meeting at HQ ended with the Dubs ending a 16 year drought to lift Sam.

Should be a great game - or is it just two teams fighting out to see who gets beat by Mayo in the final?

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