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GAA Discussion / Championship odds
« on: January 12, 2023, 02:05:29 PM »
Via Oddschecker


Kerry  6/4
Dublln 2/1
Galway 8/1
Mayo 12/1
Armagh 16/1
Derry 16/1
Tyrone 16/1

GAA Discussion / Greatest player never to win an all Ireland
« on: January 10, 2023, 12:33:31 PM »
Lee Keegan has just retired so..

GAA Discussion / The 2021 club finals
« on: December 25, 2022, 03:37:19 PM »
The 2021 club finals were not held due to Covid.

There was a precedent  a century ago due to the Civil War. The 1921 and 1922 hurling and football  finals were delayed and played in 1923

"In the space of four months during the summer and autumn of '23, Dublin's footballers - represented respectively by the St Mary's and O'Toole's clubs - claimed the first two parts of a three-in-a-row at Croke Park, beating Mayo in June to secure the 1921 honours and then following it up with the 1922 title that October against Galway.
Dublin would also win the 1923 Leinster championship between those two national finals, but the All-Ireland decider for that edition would not be played until the following year.
Similarly in hurling, 1921 and 1922 were ultimately decided in '23, with Limerick scoring 8-5 in a comprehensive victory over the Dubs for the first of those in March."

Why not do the same a century later ?

GAA Discussion / Review of 2022 GAA wise
« on: December 22, 2022, 04:42:55 PM »
Go on

General discussion / There are 9 genders in Ireland now. Imagine
« on: December 22, 2022, 04:30:52 PM »
Per Regina Doherty

Trans female
Trans male
Gender neutral

The Bodach has been at work again.

General discussion / Irish funeral poker
« on: December 22, 2022, 02:06:31 PM »
When Austin Currie died, the following politicians attended

President Michael D Higgins, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader Colum Eastwood and a representative of Taoiseach
Micheál Martin were among those who attended the service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Allenwood, Co Kildare.

Today the funeral for Private Seán Rooney, the soldier killed in Lebanon featured :
President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Micheál Martin, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Seán Clancy were all in attendance.

Very rare to see the Prez and the Taoiseach together at a funeral. There must be a spreadsheet somewhere

GAA Discussion / Top 3 all Ireland-less clubs who deserve to win one
« on: November 11, 2022, 08:14:34 PM »
1. Clann na nGael, Roscommon

Is Davis the only one now ?

I was looking at Roscommon the other day

Some teams win whatever the decade. Some got organised 40 or 50 years ago. Some stopped in the 40s.

General discussion / What's your earliest soccer World Cup memory?
« on: October 26, 2022, 06:13:45 PM »
Go on, go on

GAA Discussion / GAA referee campaign
« on: October 21, 2022, 10:18:30 AM »

Who would benefit from referees giving post-match interviews? Would it be an opportunity for fans to better understand the decisions made on the pitch? Could it offset some of the anger that builds in the wake of supposedly controversial decisions?

Referees rarely, if ever, give post-match interviews. But perhaps if they did, would we the fans, the players, the mentors - and the referees themselves - receive any benefit? Perhaps.

After a recent trial in August conducted by TG4, in which they mic'd up referee John O'Halloran for the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship final, there were several people who were enthused by the idea.

As the action unfolded, viewers were able to understand exactly why the referee made a certain decision.

This is not a new phenomenon; it has been the case for several years in sports such as American football and rugby union - a sport others look to as the standard bearer for respecting match officials.

Referee John O'Halloran who was mic'd up
"At the moment, there probably isn't that protocol in place where I can come out and explain a decision," said Cork referee Colm Lyons.

"It's all about communication. I think we can all do a bit better in terms of explaining decisions. I think most of the decisions stand for themselves. We'd be the first as referees to put our hands up and say, 'look, we got it wrong'.

"Does everybody as a player, manager, coach, selector say 'we got it wrong'? Some will, some won't. I think referees, we're very open to improving."

Earlier this year, RTÉ Head of Sport Declan McBennett hinted at the idea of mic-ing up referees after a brawl between Tyrone and Armagh players in the Allianz National League.

McBennett wished for "the ability for referees to articulate their decisions".

"That match between Armagh and Tyrone, most people didn't know why there was five players sent off. They didn’t know why there was four from Tyrone and one from Armagh got sent off," said McBennett.

Or perhaps would the general public berate officials all the more if they are privy to the on-field decision making process?

"We want to come off that field and say, 'do you know what? There wasn't an incident there now that is going to cause us contention tonight'," said referee Lyons.

"Or if you're sitting down [after a game], 'will we watch The Sunday Game? Will we avoid The Sunday Game?'"

Tyrone referee Sean Hurson got the big one this year. He was the man in the middle for the All-Ireland SFC final between Kerry and Galway.

Hurson is an experienced official, with vast amounts of experience refereeing in the often intense Ulster Football Championship.

He made reference to pressure put on inexperienced referees by both players and management.

"I think when you're starting out refereeing, everybody’s trying to find a weakness and they’re trying to gain a benefit to their team so coaches and players are focusing on what they can get away with," said Hurson.

"The culture is there: how can we get better at beating the opposition? Sometimes they reflect on weaknesses or perceived weaknesses of the referee and unfortunately that’s what’s happening with our coaches.

General discussion / Tyrone question
« on: October 06, 2022, 02:39:06 PM »
I see from wikipedia that there is a townland in Tyrone called Balix lower.
Is anyone on the Board from there ?

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