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General discussion / EU proposing to dump changing clocks twice a year
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:44:44 PM »

The proposed directive could fall foul of the Republic of Ireland’s government, however, as it would open up the potential for the Republic to run on a different time to Northern Ireland for seven months of the year. Another potential outcome would be that mainland Britain and Northern Ireland would operate in different time zones after Brexit.

GAA Discussion / GAA stadium ends
« on: July 09, 2018, 12:57:33 PM »
Croke Park has the Hill and the Canal
The Killinan end is in Thurles.
What are the rest of them called?

GAA Discussion / Jimmy does tactics
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:35:13 PM »

The other important element is the dink-ball, as I call it, with the third man runner off it; that kicked pass inside bouncing in front of the receiving player is hugely important. It was a massive strategy for Jack O’Connor’s All-Ireland winning Kerry teams and I feel it has become a central element of Dublin’s game. And this is important. Dublin don’t just want players supporting the ball in an ad-hoc way. In my opinion, it is a requirement of management that three players be involved in every attack. In other words, nothing happens in isolation.

In coaching speak, they play in pods. Dublin play in pods of three; the kicker, the man who wins the ball and, crucially, the third man runner. If you go back to Sunday’s game in Castlebar, that is where the Galway goal came from. If you go Ballybofey, that is where the Cavan goal came from. Why is it so important as a tactic? For me, it is because it plays on human nature. We are naturally programmed to anticipate danger. All eyes are drawn to the man kicking the ball and the man catching it. These are the primary threats. The reality is that nobody thinks about the third man runner. If we are being honest - hands on heart - certainly from my point of view watching the game and, I imagine, everyone in the ground, who among us saw Johnny Heaney’s first steps and said: oh, there’s a goal on here. People watch the players on the ball and then this strike runner comes from nowhere. By the time you identify that he is the threat, it is too late. And I think this is a primary reason Dublin have been so successful.

And trust me: it is very hard to cancel out. Even if you know that the player you are marking is a strike runner, it is very hard. In Donegal we put a huge emphasis on ‘anticipate the anticipator.’ But from four years of age, players are thought to focus on the man on the ball. Your attention is drawn to what you perceive as being the threat and is about to hurt you. The third man runner - the real danger - can be 15 metres away, about to take off. For me, it is the most difficult attack to defend against in Gaelic football.

General discussion / Vicky Phelan and cervical check
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:43:03 AM »

Vicky Phelan (43), from Annacotty in Co Limerick, is suffering from terminal cancer after earlier receiving a negative smear test under the HSE’s CervicalCheck programme.

On Monday, the HSE confirmed a total of 162 women were not informed of a delay in their cancer diagnosis.

A total of 17 of these women have died, but the cause of death is not yet known. The HSE is still trying to contact another 13 women.
She said the inquiry should examine why the HSE fought against her High Court case so hard, including asking for details of how sick she was and how soon she might die.

“It’s upsetting to think they demanded proof that I was likely to die earlier than expected. I mean Jesus, how dare they?” Ms Phelan asked.

In January of this year, she was given between six and 12 months to live.

She is currently on a treatment drug which costs €8,500 per dosage every three weeks. She said she is currently paying for the drug herself.

Compact, everyone gets the same number of games, interesting developments, relatively few hammerings, difficult to predict in some cases.

GAA Discussion / GAA Revenues
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:01:05 PM »
For such an important institution 65m isn't a lot.....

THE GAA enjoyed a bumper 2017 generating total revenue of €65.6m, an increase of nine percent on the previous year.

The growth was due to a 24 percent increase in attendances at games in the All-Ireland football championship allied to big jump in revenue from the GAA's new media contracts – including their controversial deal with Sky.

A €1.5m increase in gate receipts for the football championship helped pushed the total figure for games under the control of the Central Council to a record €34.4m for the 2017 season. Commercial revenue totalled €19m compared to €17.9m in 2016.

General discussion / Partitionist media
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:57:51 AM »
The forces that keep NI separate from the rest of the island are not just political . Some of the most important are cultural. Partition works by exclusion. 

One company works on both sides of the border to keep the status quo going 
It wouldn't be hard to open things up a bit.

No Nordies in Irish "celebrities" for the ladies.

No southerners in the Northern equivalent

There are exceptions for sports stars and very famous people but at ground level this is how it works.

General discussion / New Years honours list
« on: December 30, 2017, 01:25:58 PM »
Ringo Starr - for services to music
Darcey Bussell - for services to dance
Marc Almond - for services to music
Tony Fearon - for services to hell
Kieran McGeeney - for services to Down
Nigel Dodds -for services to taking the piss
Jeffrey Donaldson for inadvertant service to a united Ireland
Irish Independent - for services to the Royal  Family

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