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GAA Discussion / Ulster Final Fermanagh V Donegal Sunday 24th June
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:34:01 AM »
I fancy Donegal to make it to the final and then sweep Fermanagh aside for an Ulster victory.

Tyrone just need to pack a few extra bandages for this one. How many blood subs can you have in one match?

GAA Discussion / All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:24:59 AM »
So the final everyone wants to see Mayo V Tyrone is still on the cards. Mayo must feel invincible at this stage. Imagine they were nearly beat by Derry!!!

General discussion / David Walliams
« on: January 01, 2017, 08:43:14 PM »
Don't really get this English love in with David Walliams. Half expecting him to deliver the Queen's speech this year.

GAA Discussion / Donegal V Tyrone Ulster Final 17th July
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:12:37 PM »
See the Sunday Game were pitching to get this game played in Croke Park

GAA Discussion / First to Sam: Tyrone or Fermanagh
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:02:30 PM »

GAA Discussion / Fermanagh V Tyrone April 3rd
« on: March 30, 2016, 01:09:37 AM »
Will fearless Fermanagh bring newly promoted Tyrone down a peg or two?

GAA Discussion / Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, Omagh, 19:00 Sat 5/3/16
« on: February 28, 2016, 11:13:23 PM »
With Damian Barton in the stand will Derry rush into a lead again and then let Tyrone back in it again?
How much crying, whinging and gurning will Derry do after this game, in preparation for their championship game in May.
How many new rules will congress consider for next year after this game?
Will the lights in Healy Park cope with this game?

General discussion / Airline apologises for promoting Twelfth
« on: August 05, 2015, 06:13:50 PM »
Airline apologises for promoting Twelfth

EasyJet has apologised to a blogger from Northern Ireland who complained about the airline’s in-flight magazine promoting Twelfth of July parades to tourists.

Published 05/08/2015 01:22

Writing online, Sammy McNally recalled browsing through the easyJet Traveller on a flight out of Split in Croatia.

The monthly magazine regularly picks a number of destinations and features things to do or see.

The July edition informed readers about the “hundreds of colourful parades across Northern Ireland” to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

In his blog post on the issue, Mr McNally wrote: “I couldn’t help but ponder if easyJet also covered other ‘festivals’ which both ‘celebrated’ and exacerbated ethnic tensions.

“Perhaps August’s or September’s monthly issues covered ‘celebrations of culture’ when perhaps ethnic tensions between Serbs and Croats reaches a crescendo and tourists can enjoy the spectacle of thousands of police officers on the streets …”

Mr McNally further added: “To be fair to easyJet, there was a coded message which they implanted at the end of their promo piece which stated: ‘Just check ahead for travel disruptions and advice …’”

He speculated this was perhaps an attempt to “cover themselves in case of complaint from travellers” and added that they should have warned people not to get caught in a “sectarian riot”.

Having claimed that “40% of people in Northern Ireland” wouldn’t agree that the parades were great to watch and that many tourists wouldn’t either, Mr McNally later provided a response from easyJet.

“We rely on an external network of writers based in each of our destinations … it’s their expertise and on-the-ground knowledge that makes the content of our guides so useful.”

According to the blogger, they replied to his email of complaint to explain that the destination guides were written by an “external network of writers” who are “always locally based and respected journalists in their community”.

Communication attributed to an airline executive added: “In this instance, the author of our Belfast guide felt the event’s inclusion was of cultural interest to our readers, however, we understand the sensitivities around the event – not least the activities that take place away from the parades and can only apologise for it not being spotted at our normally rigorous editorial sign off.”

Mr McNally responded to further ask if future editions of the in-flight magazine would include such recommendations regarding the Twelfth.

The airline executive replied simply: “I can confirm that we will not be including such recommendations in future.”

When contacted by UTV, easyJet reiterated the statement made to Mr McNally without adding further comment.

“It would be an extremely bland and unappealing tourism guide - not just for Northern Ireland, but anywhere in the world - which would only include events to which no blogger might object.”
William Humphrey, DUP

DUP North Belfast MLA William Humphrey has branded easyJet’s response “an outrageous overreaction to one complaint from a blogger”.

He says he is working with the Orange Order to request an explanation from the airline over their apology, which he says has caused “great offence to many people”.

Mr Humphrey said: “Customers of easyJet may take some heart from the fact it appears that any complaint raised by a single customer appears to receive such immediate and decisive action from the company.

“What remains to be seen is whether action is taken equally quickly when easyJet lose someone’s bags or their flight is delayed, rather than a decision to airbrush out one of the largest cultural festivals held anywhere in the United Kingdom.”

He added: “We can only assume that easyJet’s policy in relation to Twelfth of July parades does not include a refusal to accept the fares of those wishing to travel to Northern Ireland to watch the celebrations.”

The journalist who wrote the feature piece has shown UTV the original copy which he sent to EasyJet for publication.

He claimed that a sub-editor had inserted the phrase saying the parades were “great to watch” and that they also left out information he included on the Gaeltacht.

PIC: The easyJet Traveller promoted the Twelfth of July to tourists.

© UTV 2015

GAA Discussion / Kerry V Tyrone Fodder AISF 23rd August 2015
« on: August 02, 2015, 04:58:12 PM »
Kerry's to lose. Looks like the aristocrats will cruise to another All-Ireland title.

GAA Discussion / Tyrone V Monaghan AIQF 2015
« on: August 01, 2015, 08:20:10 PM »
Only a week to discuss this.

Tyrone / Garvaghey to get 4000 windmills
« on: April 01, 2015, 01:05:13 AM »
Apparently this will ensure Garvaghey will pay for itself and enable Tyrone to pay ALL their squad a wage. A step too far I fear.

General discussion / Chelsea fan sorry over Paris Metro incident
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:45:14 PM »
22 February 2015 Last updated at 22:21

Chelsea fan sorry over Paris Metro incident

An ex-police officer and Chelsea fan has apologised for his part in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro - but has denied he is a racist.
Richard Barklie, 50, of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, was identified as one of the people sought by the Met Police.
In a statement, he denied racist chanting and said he wanted to explain the context of the incident to police.
Chelsea Football Club has barred five fans after a video showed a black man being prevented from boarding a train.
Mr Barklie, an ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland officer, is currently a director with a human rights organisation - the World Human Rights Forum - and has also worked supporting victims of the Troubles.
Belfast solicitor Kevin Winters issued a statement on behalf of the Chelsea season ticket-holder.
In it he said Mr Barklie:
had been involved in an "incident" in which a man - identified as Souleymane S - was "unable to enter part of the train"
had not taken part in racist singing and "condemns any behaviour supporting that"
had contacted the Met Police to "explain the context and circumstances" and wanted to "put on record his total abhorrence for racism"
wanted to state his "sincerest apologies for the trauma and stress suffered by Mr Souleymane"
went to the match alone and did not know anyone shown in the video
had travelled to games for more than 20 years "without incident" and had never been part of any "group or faction" of Chelsea fans
The statement added: "As someone who has spent years working with disadvantaged communities in Africa and India, he can point to a CV in human rights work which undermines any suggestion he is racist."
It said the Met Police had confirmed "arrangements were in hand to take the investigation to the next stage".
Earlier, the Met said three men being sought in connection with the incident had been identified - and released images including one of Mr Barklie.
Amateur video shot at Paris's Richelieu-Drouot station showed a man being pushed from the Metro train while a group chanted: "We're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it."
Chelsea has said it will ban the five suspended fans from attending Stamford Bridge for life if there is sufficient evidence of their involvement.
A spokesman said the club was writing to the victim to "apologise unreservedly", while manager Jose Mourinho has said he is "ashamed" by the alleged racism.

GAA Discussion / Colm Cooper
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:45:09 PM »
Colm Cooper bereaved
07 August 2014

Kerry's Colm Cooper is mourning the death of his mother Maureen.

As the youngest of seven children, the Kerry star - who is currently recovering from cruciate ligament surgery - was extremely close to his mother, who was always a great support to him in his GAA career. Colm's father Mike passed away in April 2006 at the age of 61.

Colm's older brothers Danny, Mike, Vince and Mark all wore the Dr Crokes colours before him, while the two girls in the family, Geraldine and Karen, are avid Crokes and Kerry supporters.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Cooper family, Killarney at this difficult time.


Sorry to hear this

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