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GAA Discussion / 6 in a row
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:29:38 AM »

Is it

a) desirable for the sport
b) possible to stop it?
c) a sign that something is wrong ?

When do you think it will stop ? 19? 20? 21?
Are you expecting anything from Kerry ?


GAA players can spend up to 31 hours per week on their senior inter-county commitments and compromise on other aspects of their lives to do so, according to new ESRI research. Commissioned by the GAA and the GPA, the study uses data from a survey of 2016 players to examine how the demands of playing inter-county affects players’ personal and professional lives, and their club involvement.

Players, particularly those aged over 30, compromised on their personal relationships and general downtime in order to ring-fence time for their inter-county commitments

Players compromised on sleep, with almost half not getting the eight to ten hours recommended for athletes on a pitch-based training day. The injury rate was higher among players getting seven or less hours sleep. Players’ mental wellbeing was poorer than that of the general population, especially when compared to those of a similar age.

General discussion / Big tech and personal data
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:31:37 AM »
What do people think? Privacy is dead. If you have an iPhone or smartphone it is complicit as  is any Facebook data. Is this desirable?

The threat right now is the everyday part of it, which is the mass accumulation of data, the lack of privacy and that there isn’t any tight control or ethics. People just aren’t aware of the risk and the bias in the system that can lead to a very unequal society.

Cook warned that technology’s promise to drive breakthroughs that benefit humanity is at risk of being overshadowed by the harm it can cause by deepening division and spreading false information.
“Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency,” he said. Scraps of personal data are collected for digital profiles that let businesses know users better than they know themselves and allow companies to offer users “increasingly extreme content” that hardens their convictions, Cook said.
“This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them,” he said. “This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.”

There are still county finals being played in late October.   

General discussion / Bord na Mona
« on: October 25, 2018, 09:57:51 AM »
Almost 500 jobs will be lost in the Midlands as Bord na Mona closes 17 industrial bogs.

For certain places in Offaly say this is like the mine closures in England in the 80s. Will the government do it English style and ignore the communities or will it support them until they become productive again as was the case in Germany when it closed its mines ?

GAA Discussion / Soccer words that are not used in Gaelic analysis
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:34:47 AM »
1. "Quality"

Eg "Kerr ensured there was a conveyor belt of quality players going to the senior team"

Could be used for Roscommon at QF stage or Meath in the league

2 "Composure"
EG  Ireland were lacking in imagination, composure and belief

Could be used for the Tyrone forwards or indeed any forwards against  the Dubs

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.

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