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Could he be mixing a trad session with a Rebs night somewhere?

General discussion / Re: Religion.
« on: Today at 09:41:14 AM »
Fr O'Kane was on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday.His comments were taken out of context.He said he had a very fulfilling life as a Priest,but sometimes he gets lonely,the same as everyone else,Priest and lay.

General discussion / Re: On this day.
« on: Today at 09:37:48 AM »
It was 50 years ago today,I attended my first ever big football match live,N Ireland V Scotland in Belfast,with the likes of Pat Jennings and George Best up against a Scotland side containing 4 of Celtic's Lisbon Lions,Denis Law,and Rangers captain John Greig.As you can see I still have the match programme. Can still recall the excitement the night before,we had watched these guys on tv now we were going to see them live.I remember the wee man at the turnstiles at Windsor Park telling my dad to "lift the wee boys over the turnstile" (they didn't charge for children in those days),the excitement when the teams took the pitch,George Best's brilliance as he ran the Scotland team ragged on his own,Ronnie  Simpson,Celtic's goal keeper,winning his third cap at the age of 36,keeping the score down to 1 nil,Scottish supporters,in boisterous but non threatening  form,with parcels  of drink in the front row seats of the Stand,(can you imagine that being allowed nowadays).To cap an amazing day my dad bought me a poster of the Spurs team that had won the FA Cup earlier that year,from a bloke with a makeshift stall outside the ground (there were no club shops or football stores in those days),and
 the sheer joy of the train journey home and unable to wait to see the highlights,on black and white TV on Match of the Day later the same night,to see if we could spot ourselves in the crowd on tv! The kids today might have everything,but they'll never have childhood memories like this.

General discussion / Re: Orange Order Museum in Belfast and Loughgall
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:53:00 AM »
I am and always have been confused by Orangeism.I accept that probably the vast majority of its members aren't filled with hatred for Catholics.But they don't seem to realise that ridiculing catholic beliefs (and in that they are joined by many people on this Board) is deeply offensive to catholic people who are serious about their beliefs.Likewise if they are simply a religious organisation why are their utterances invariably political?

I am not offended by Orange parades,and any Orange Order members I have dealt with in ordinary every day life have treated me with the utmost courtesy and friendliness (I concluded a business deal with one the other night where I got everything I asked for immediately!).

I do not Iike some of the bands they engage for marches (though some of the bands at Republican marches wouldn't ever be mistaken for classical music artistes either).I would never consider going to watch a March or Band Parade of any hue,be it Orange or Republican.

Is it the siege mentality that makes people come together in some sort of brotherhood commonality and parade to demonstrate "We are still here" etc.

I am even more confused.

General discussion / Re: Tim McGarry Ulster-Scots
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:21:28 AM »
Tim is a good lad.He was the MC at a recent business breakfast I was at.One of the speakers was from a company with a word in Irish in its title.On introducing her and her company,Tim emphasised the Irish word,then asked the DUP MP in attendance if he was happy with this!😂😂😂

General discussion / Re: Orange Order Museum in Belfast and Loughgall
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:09:38 PM »
Surely the biggest Orange Museum/Visitor attraction in the World is located at the site of the Battle of the Boyne,and funded entirely by the Dublin Government? Also if I'm not greatly mistaken a senior Government Official in the South,whose name escapes me,was instrumental in securing significant  EU Peace and Reconciliation Funding for Orange Order projects North and South of the border,on the basis that these would contribute significantly to peace and reconciliation? How,I'm not sure.

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:38:26 AM »
A just dessert? Thought Jelly and Ice Cream was the only just dessert as far as Celtic fans were concerned?

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:31:51 PM »
Difficult night.But still scoreline wasnt too bad and might have scored at least one as well

General discussion / Re: Orange Order Museum in Belfast and Loughgall
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:30:27 PM »
Surely there would need to be an AOH museum to be an exact opposite and equal

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:35:28 PM »
Lord Kilclooney has suggested a Civil War would ensue from loyalists should a United Ireland come about as a result of a 50% plus one scenario
Designed to cause more fear in Dublin.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:33:05 AM »
You make a valid point.If the UK is ever unable to bail out the North,the certainty is that Dublin will never be able to do it.

I still maintain there is no meaningful proportion of the Northern electorate who are amenable to economic arguments for a United Ireland,if any real arguments in this regard,do exist.Add in cultural differences,eg the role religious belief plays in the North,and you have after one hundred years,two practically irreconcilables entities.

The federal option,doesn't change anything,unionists would still control the North

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:24:36 AM »
The SDLP are and always were mere Dublin proxies and SF have their hands tied by the Brits about the past.There is no desire for unity by any southern parties,except SF,far less any strategy to deliver it.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:16:44 AM »
So you think the UK is just going to magically and completely turn off the money tap?

If economic arguments won the day, catholic/nationalists up here would long ago have decided the UK link was preferable,or unionists might have even been mildly tempted to look at Re-Unification during the Celtic Tiger years.Alas,not a chance

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:09:34 AM »
In other news,Leo,barely hiding the Freestate establishment's utter fear and paranoia over the mere prospect of reunification,stated yesterday that 50 plus one percent in favour of Irish unity,in any referendum,would not be sufficient to gain unity.The GFA does not compel unity by referendum but merely states that the UK and Freestate will jointly examine the best way forward in the aftermath of a referendum.

Oh for those of you North and South who do not yet understand,economic arguments,in favour of unity or the status quo,will not have any impact on unionists or nationalists in the North whatsoever,as identity and what they see as their birthright,trumps all reason and logic.

Armagh / Re: The Armagh Harps Thread
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:43:57 PM »
Good to see a famous name back among the honours.Brought back poignant memories for me of their last win against the same opponents 26 years ago

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