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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 26, 2022, 05:11:37 PM »
Or... and don't shoot me for suggesting this... can ETH not come in, spend no money and work with/improve the players at his disposal? Is spunking more money at the situation the answer when there are players in situ who are clearly very good players. The Man Utd model of throwing good money after bad is broken, how about biting the bullet and working with the players already assembled at insane cost to change the culture and fortunes of the club?

Utd have in effect a 38 game season next year, and for that they need a squad of 18-20 first team players, cup games are for the fringe lads number 16 onwards, with academy players getting their chance in the cups too, and then bounce off the Juve/Liverpool models, look for out of contract stars and value signings from the lower half of the PL, they need to put a stop to the chronic overspend on transfers and wages, whether they have it or not, its not a healthy model

There's a possibility of 10 players going out the door this summer, mostly ones you want rid of but they still need to be replaced. The players left aren't up to challenging for anything if we're honest about it.

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General discussion / Re: GAA Catfish
« on: May 26, 2022, 03:31:18 PM »
Listened to it today. Crazy carry on - I think as someone who was never on dating apps etc I can't understand how you get into that situation but it's obviously more common than you would think.

How much time did your woman Nicky have on her hands?

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Dublin v Kildare. Dublin by 10
Kerry v Limerick Kerry by 12
Galway v Roscommon Galway by 2
Donegal v Derry Donegal by 2

Offaly v Wicklow Offaly by 6
Carlow v Tipperary Tipperary by 5
Laois v Westmeath Westmeath by 6

Longford v Fermanagh Fermanagh by 4
Leitrim v Antrim Antrim by 5
Sligo v London Sligo by 4
Cavan v Down Cavan by 4

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General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: May 24, 2022, 03:10:37 PM »
cash in on Pickford and Richarlison

Who'd buy the England No1, Newcastle are all I can think of.

Most other top teams have a better keeper.
He's suit Spurs or Man U. they could offload De Gea

I think United have enough problems ffs.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 24, 2022, 10:30:13 AM »
Utd are clearing the decks it seems;

Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic  Jesse Lingard are all gone, Anthony Martial , Eric Bailly. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Dean Henderson and Phil Jones probably should be leaving also.

Who's replacing them?
I’d say Bailly, Martial and Wan Bissaka will stay. Not because they’re any good but because realistically 10 or 11 players won’t be coming in this summer. Henderson is apparently one of the leaks in the dressing room along with Lingard, if so then good riddance to both.
He probably wont be able to get shot of them all in the one window, but if offers come in I dont see Ten hag wanting to keep any of them.
Very very few players in the squad deserving another chance. Genuinely wouldn’t be bothered by any of them leaving as the only ones who were anywhere near meeting the standards needed were Ronaldo and De Gea. Problem is who will want our cast offs on crazy money.

The fact those 2 players stood out with their own limitations, Ronaldo's age and De Gea just not being the modern keeper you need now, tells you where that squad is. You could make a genuine argument to get rid of every player in the squad, including those 2 and Bruno.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry V Donegal Ulster final 2022
« on: May 19, 2022, 01:32:12 PM »
No.

Derry and Donegal were in both the 92 and 93 Ulster Finals.

It pished in 93!

Were Donegal in 4 ulster finals in a row? 90 - 93?

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General discussion / Re: Irish men Rosary
« on: May 18, 2022, 03:02:01 PM »
I’m not what’s you’d call up to date with the bible. But I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t look well upon unnecessarily public praying.

I'm a bit out of the loop with religious stuff - when did this become a thing?

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 18, 2022, 11:35:01 AM »
Same as above really I'd say bring a few disposable BBQ's as they have an area out the back for it.

Not sure if you have to book the swimming pool but it's first class and make sure you don't miss out.

Depends on the kids ages what to book really. There's a pedal boat job if they're young or a kayak if a bit older which are good craic. It's first class you should really enjoy it.

I'm not sure on the prices for the week but I heard its expensive, Would the camps in France be similar in price or more expensive? No offence to Longford and its surrounding areas which are lovely but weather wise and campsites I'd rather pay that bit extra.. The price for a family of 4 in July is nearly £3000 at Centrepark in Longford

That seems expensive of the activities and food is extra.
Booked a week all inclusive in Turkey, July peak season £4500. Huge big resort waterpark etc.

I punched in the dates and that's what came up, I'm only saying this because as a family if you asked my adult kids now if they look back at their best holidays it was the parcs in France/Spain/Italy even better than the clatter of Disney hols,  we did them for 2 weeks, Longford are looking nearly £3000 for a week!

I did Eurocamp in Brittany when the kids were younger and it was great too. Took the car on the ferry from Rosslare and was able to tour about. The parks we went to then are nearly the same price now for peak season and the better cabins as Longford is, maybe €2.5k, but the boat price is €2k nearly now compared to about €800 4 years ago. We looked at a few places this year but couldn't get a decent deal anywhere. Bella Italia was working out near 4.5k (flights included) for a week and no food.

Booked all inclusive next year in Tenerife for less but couldn't get a deal for this summer. Might go mad and book something late on for August.

Booking ahead is the key, I have 4 of us in a 6 bed good quality mobile in a great site in South East France, on the med, camp site next to a great beach, flying Ryanair, 20 nights from 22nd June total cost c€3,100 plus $500 for car hire. Have been to the site twice before, great spot, good restaurants on site and in town which is just outside the camp site, lovely pools, great entertainment at night and all the usual on site like kids clubs (mine are all too old for that now), football pitch’s, tennis, etc… but booked all last July and booked the flights when they came out in November

You got me thinking about a trip this year. Had a quick search there and found a center parcs in Belgium (heard good reports about it from others), premium lodge (only ones available) for a week, flights to Brussels with Aer Lingus for €2,400 at the start of August. So much more to do than the ones here too.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 18, 2022, 09:51:27 AM »
Same as above really I'd say bring a few disposable BBQ's as they have an area out the back for it.

Not sure if you have to book the swimming pool but it's first class and make sure you don't miss out.

Depends on the kids ages what to book really. There's a pedal boat job if they're young or a kayak if a bit older which are good craic. It's first class you should really enjoy it.

I'm not sure on the prices for the week but I heard its expensive, Would the camps in France be similar in price or more expensive? No offence to Longford and its surrounding areas which are lovely but weather wise and campsites I'd rather pay that bit extra.. The price for a family of 4 in July is nearly £3000 at Centrepark in Longford

That seems expensive of the activities and food is extra.
Booked a week all inclusive in Turkey, July peak season £4500. Huge big resort waterpark etc.

I punched in the dates and that's what came up, I'm only saying this because as a family if you asked my adult kids now if they look back at their best holidays it was the parcs in France/Spain/Italy even better than the clatter of Disney hols,  we did them for 2 weeks, Longford are looking nearly £3000 for a week!

I did Eurocamp in Brittany when the kids were younger and it was great too. Took the car on the ferry from Rosslare and was able to tour about. The parks we went to then are nearly the same price now for peak season and the better cabins as Longford is, maybe €2.5k, but the boat price is €2k nearly now compared to about €800 4 years ago. We looked at a few places this year but couldn't get a decent deal anywhere. Bella Italia was working out near 4.5k (flights included) for a week and no food.

Booked all inclusive next year in Tenerife for less but couldn't get a deal for this summer. Might go mad and book something late on for August.

Booking ahead is the key, I have 4 of us in a 6 bed good quality mobile in a great site in South East France, on the med, camp site next to a great beach, flying Ryanair, 20 nights from 22nd June total cost c€3,100 plus $500 for car hire. Have been to the site twice before, great spot, good restaurants on site and in town which is just outside the camp site, lovely pools, great entertainment at night and all the usual on site like kids clubs (mine are all too old for that now), football pitch’s, tennis, etc… but booked all last July and booked the flights when they came out in November
same. book flights way in advance then accommodation the moment it is available for booking and then

trying to book centre parcs now for july/august is madness. most people going there got it for half that price and booked 9 months ago. they will always keep one or two lodges free for people prepared to pay crazy money.

The problem with this summer was a lot of people didn't risk booking last year because of covid restrictions etc and the worry of losing out. There was still a lot of uncertainty. We looked for this summer but ended up just booking ahead for next year.

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Offaly by 3
Wicklow by 6

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General discussion / Re: building a house
« on: May 17, 2022, 03:37:07 PM »
Someone said to me recently that it might be cheaper to heat the hot water with immersion heater (Electric) in summer when no other oil is needed rather than put (now expensive) oil on for 30-40mins in morning and evening for hot water. I thought this sounded wrong but don't have the expertise to figure it out. Anyone any idea.

I came from a home where if you left the immersion heater on by accident you got a right big slap! :)

That will probably be the way to go. Keep as much oil as you can heading into the autumn/winter.



Put a solar panel on the roof, great job.

Has anyone here any experience of solar water heating tubes on the roof? Would be interested to know cost/payback on those. My house is pretty well insulated so the heat does not be on from April to about October usually. But between us the hot water requirements is probably four showers a dau on average. At the minute the water is all oil heated so I a thinking those tubes might be good for summer?

I put them on when I built my house 12 years ago. Similar to you I wouldn't have much heating on from May to September. My hot water and heating are separate though so I knock off the oil completely from now to usually mid September. Mostly during that time there's more than enough hot water to do everyone. I'd say a month either side of that you only need to boost the hot water for 10-15 minutes per day to keep the water hot for everyone's needs (family of 5). I think the rest of the year I have it on 20 minutes in the morning, then another 2 boosts of 10 minutes later on.

Cost wise I got them for a lot less than you'd pay today no doubt. I can't remember the exact price but it was around £2k and the plumber did it with the rest of the house.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 17, 2022, 11:56:08 AM »
Same as above really I'd say bring a few disposable BBQ's as they have an area out the back for it.

Not sure if you have to book the swimming pool but it's first class and make sure you don't miss out.

Depends on the kids ages what to book really. There's a pedal boat job if they're young or a kayak if a bit older which are good craic. It's first class you should really enjoy it.

I'm not sure on the prices for the week but I heard its expensive, Would the camps in France be similar in price or more expensive? No offence to Longford and its surrounding areas which are lovely but weather wise and campsites I'd rather pay that bit extra.. The price for a family of 4 in July is nearly £3000 at Centrepark in Longford

That seems expensive of the activities and food is extra.
Booked a week all inclusive in Turkey, July peak season £4500. Huge big resort waterpark etc.

I punched in the dates and that's what came up, I'm only saying this because as a family if you asked my adult kids now if they look back at their best holidays it was the parcs in France/Spain/Italy even better than the clatter of Disney hols,  we did them for 2 weeks, Longford are looking nearly £3000 for a week!

I did Eurocamp in Brittany when the kids were younger and it was great too. Took the car on the ferry from Rosslare and was able to tour about. The parks we went to then are nearly the same price now for peak season and the better cabins as Longford is, maybe €2.5k, but the boat price is €2k nearly now compared to about €800 4 years ago. We looked at a few places this year but couldn't get a decent deal anywhere. Bella Italia was working out near 4.5k (flights included) for a week and no food.

Booked all inclusive next year in Tenerife for less but couldn't get a deal for this summer. Might go mad and book something late on for August.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 17, 2022, 08:47:10 AM »
Do's and Dont's for Centre Parcs, Longford? Booked to go at the end of August.  We were due to go in the summer of 2020 but that didnt happen of course.

Haven't been to Longford but did Whinfell in the Lake District a couple of times.
Bring your own bikes if you can
Book a few activities but don't go too mad, it can be costly - we did the birds of prey stuff, kids loved it
You can lose a lot of time there in the pools depending on your kids ages - our ones went every day
We always planned a day or 2 out but I've no idea what's local to Longford to do
Food can be expensive so maybe plan that out

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 11, 2022, 12:29:25 PM »
Who were the 4 that walked off the panel? Don't blame them with the Tier 2 cup as they can play with clubs and have a life

The Gaelic Life named Ryan McEvoy, Gerald Collins, Corey Quinn and Charlie Smyth

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Dublin v Meath - Dublin by 9
Kildare v Westmeath - Kildare by 6
Tipperary v Limerick - Tipperary by 1
Monaghan v Derry - Derry by 2

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