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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2012, 02:35:21 PM »
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Exactly twelve years ago this month I set up An Fear Rua-The GAA Unplugged! I have now decided to discontinue it. I have immediately closed the ‘Speak Out!’ forum but the Content Zone will continue for the moment.
An anonymous internet forum is an anachronism. It has been overtaken by the arrival of ‘open identity’ forums such as Twitter and Facebook. This model of internet comment is no longer viable, if the comment is to be within the law at all times as well as the bounds of good taste.

This has been a labour of love. In hard cash it has cost me more than €150,000 over the years. If I costed the time I’ve spent managing it – at even the average industrial wage – the total cost or investment would be the best part of €500,000. I have never made more than €10,000 a year on average in advertising revenue, despite trying the services of five or six ad selling agencies. It is simply not possible to make this site a paying proposition.

In that context, my decision is also influenced by the unreasonable sense of entitlement displayed by a growing minority of Registered Users. There is a sense that they can just register under a pseudonym, pay nothing towards the upkeep of the site or towards an insurance against libel matched by a total lack of any attempt to even understand – let alone accept – that I have a right, and a duty, to administer this site in accordance with the law and in the interests of everyone who used it.
I thank all the decent people who supported the site over the years. I regret that it has come to this and I wish you well in the future.


Strangeness. It's a 'labour of love' and he goes on to hypothetically cost it as if it were a full-time job. The solution to his other problems is this magical this magical thing called moderation.

Really can't get behind his logic. It has a strong feeling of taking the ball home with him.

I think we can expect a influx to the hurling board.

I think you've put your finger on it there Syferus. It's a labour of love or it's an effort at making money. The reference to the six ad agencies settles it, I think.

If he's not well I hope he gets better but I think the chief reaction here should be happiness and relief that we're all able to enjoy good GAA banter here, the best GAA discussion board there is. Thanks, Mods, whoever you are. We appreciate it.

Yes - we don't remember often enough to express that.


Ziggy knows we appreciate his hard work!!!

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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2012, 02:40:04 PM »
I rarely visited it. It always struck me as Brian Carthy and Kitty The Hare reading Ireland's Own to each other in The Tailor and Ansty's little cottage out at the butt of the wind.

I do remember one good thread about Simmenthal bullocks from it  that was reproduced here.

Edit: Sorry - Limousins.
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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2012, 03:00:03 PM »
I rarely visited it. It always struck me as Brian Carthy and Kitty The Hare reading Ireland's Own to each other in The Tailor and Ansty's little cottage out at the butt of the wind.

I do remember one good thread about Simmenthal bullocks from it  that was reproduced here.

Edit: Sorry - Limousins.

even now that is still absolutely classic stuff. AFRs finest hour

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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2012, 03:49:38 PM »
I rarely visited it. It always struck me as Brian Carthy and Kitty The Hare reading Ireland's Own to each other in The Tailor and Ansty's little cottage out at the butt of the wind.

I do remember one good thread about Simmenthal bullocks from it  that was reproduced here.

Edit: Sorry - Limousins.

even now that is still absolutely classic stuff. AFRs finest hour

Didn't some Limousin breeder try to bring litigation against AFR for that thread as he felt it was painting a bad picture of Limousin cattle which was bad for his business or am I imagining this?

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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2012, 04:46:03 PM »
Making money out of GAA chat seems to be a lot like making money out of playing professional GAA . Not going to happen.
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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2012, 05:16:39 PM »
next for reservoir dubs  ;D

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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2012, 05:21:17 PM »
next for reservoir dubs  ;D

God I hope not, best to keep all those paranoid lunatics in the one spot.
#newbridgeornowhere

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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2012, 05:23:30 PM »
next for reservoir dubs  ;D

God I hope not, best to keep all those paranoid lunatics in the one spot.

 ;D spot on dinny

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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2012, 05:53:19 PM »
Sorry to see it go, was a brilliant forum for hurling people especially. Think it began after the end of clarehurlers.com so that explains the Clare/Limerick domination. Was some cracking threads and generally was good debate on there. Wonder where everyone will migrate to now?

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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2012, 05:59:29 PM »
Seeing that there was barely electricity in most places never mind the interweb when Mayo last won the All-Ireland, GAA forums are closing down as a preventive measure against the meltdown that will occur if Mayo win with all the revenge posts Mayo folk will be writing in the forums for the millions of slights and jokes they've suffered over the last 60 years both online and offline.

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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2012, 06:16:28 PM »
I certainly enjoyed browsing AFR and it had plenty of knowledgeable hurling contributors.
It was also a good place to get plain speaking on current affairs from contributors that didn't just go with the flow.
There was a certain quirkiness about the site but that added to it's appeal.
Best of luck to Liam Cahill but maybe he should look at ways of keeping AFR running.

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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2012, 07:10:20 PM »
He spent mad money paying a lad to develop a custom forum from scratch.
It looked like something from 1999. Fools and their money are easily parted!

Looking at the reactions thefreekick and premierview, he annoyed some amount of people in those 12 years!

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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2012, 07:37:50 PM »
An Fear Ruined it would seem. Afraid of legal cases been taken agin him my arse. Have to be careful on here now because more hacks will be looking in at our excellent database of knowledge about all things GAA and anything from the scientific observations of Olly to how to get your car fixed.  From now on you can't be saying Pat Sipllane is a right eejit or Joe Brolly has an ego as big as the knot in Ger Loughnanes tie or anything like that - and Oh yes, leave Tommy Walsh alone as well.
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Re: An Fear Rua - Gone!!!!!
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2012, 07:59:17 PM »
I posted something earlier on here about yer man but deleted it because the ma says if you can't say anything good about someone say nathin.
I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames.

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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2012, 09:02:44 PM »
I was a regular in there since the 90s.  I even used to write a column for him.

In more recent years I noticed a change in his tone though, he was getting angrier and more easily provoked at the slightest thing.  I used to report bugs and suggest fixes for them and he used to thank me for it, but one time more recently I reported a problem with his news feed (it was throwing up random news stories that had nothing to do with the GAA).  His response was I could go somewhere else if I didn't like it and "your constant whinging about this site is getting to be a pain in the hole." 

He once made a rule about Heysel, banned all discussions of the subject because of some thread that had gotten out of hand. So later the issue of the Hill 16 wall came up and I was talking about crowd control and pressure and how people underestimate how much pressure a big enough crowd of people can exert.  I happened to mention that it can be enough to knock a wall down like at Heysel.

Well the next day I awoke to a tirade of angry abuse in my personal email inbox saying he was "disgusted with my behaviour" and castigating me about my attitude.  That was me banned for life.  In theory I could have registered a fresh account and gone back but I'd hate to be posting under a regime like that, so I never bothered going back.