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Have any of you heard Tiarnan play An Chuilfhionn on the pipes? In one version he plays in Armagh Cathedral and in another on an album with Stephanie Makem.  The first part of the tune is an air, but at the end he launches into dance time.  Can anyone tell me what type of dance it is?  Sorry for being so woefully ignorant about Irish dance music, but I never progressed beyond The Siege of Ennis, The Walls of Limerick and the Waves of Tory.

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Hurling Discussion / Kilkenny Hurler named Tommy K?
« on: October 31, 2015, 03:16:17 PM »
Can anyone think of a famous Kilkenny hurler called Tommy K?

Or, better yet, who is the Tommy K after whom the bar on McLean Avenue, Bronx, is named? With the black and amber facade, and the hurling stick on the top right, I just wondered if he had any affiliation to Kilkenny.  I suppose the colors could be an attempt to give it a Guinness look.

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General discussion / Republican Presidential Debate
« on: August 07, 2015, 05:00:53 PM »
Anyone watch it?  I missed the earlier, children's table affair, but caught the prime time spectacle. So, who was the winner?  I suppose it depends on what you're looking for.  For me, Kasich came across as the most compassionate and reasonable, but then again I'm not the GOP's target audience.  I don't think a lot of Republicans want compassionate and reasonable.  Trump just reinforced how much of a bombastic buffoon he is.  While Carson came across as a super smart ignoramus, Rubio seemed to have a decent grasp of the issues.  Huckabee was a down-home humorous evangelical, but I don't think he did anything to expand his voter count.  Christie was a more appealing Trump--confrontational with the ability to think on his feet.  I don't think Paul, Cruz or Walker did anything to woo new support.  Bush didn't hurt his cause by refusing to get into a mud-slinging match with Trump and so bolstered his chance to be the eventual front-runner.  He, with Kasich, in my view, came across as the most presidential.  None of the candidates screwed up so as to eliminate themselves from the race, but Trump guaranteed that anyone with a brain will not vote for him no matter how much raw meet he throws to the Neanderthals.

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General discussion / Women's World Cup
« on: July 02, 2015, 02:15:59 AM »
England lose 2-1 to Japan in WC semi-final.  English center back, Bassett, scores an own goal in the second minute of additional time. Heart-breaking way to lose, and player has to feel terrible.  The sad thing is that England outplayed defending champs Japan.  No way they'll be able to rebound for the third-place game against Germany.  The final will see Japan against the USA on Sunday.

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General discussion / Nearest Catholic Church to the Sandy Row?
« on: April 04, 2015, 01:24:14 AM »
I know, I know.  This must rank as one of the more absurd questions ever posed on this board, but I was thinking the nearest church might be St. Paul's.  Is there a closer one, if you're heading down, on foot, from the Malone Rd. area and up the Sandy Row?  And why would you do that, you may well ask.  Well, I really don't have an answer.

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GAA Discussion / TG4 Laochra Gael - Ogie Moran
« on: April 01, 2015, 07:21:17 PM »
Just watched TG4's Laochra Gael show about Ogie Moran.  What a footballer.  8 All-Ireland medals for Kerry - not too shabby.  Marked him a couple of times in hurling when he was a student at Gormanston College.  He was greased lightning. 

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General discussion / 'Burning Man' structure in Derry
« on: March 18, 2015, 09:52:35 PM »
Haven't seen a lot of coverage of the Burning Man structure in Derry.  It's due to be set on fire on March 21.  Remarkable to have a bonfire that is not daubed in KAT, FTP or KAH, is not built of donated pallets and rubber tires, and is not festooned in insignia intended to incite.

What's the general feeling about this effort to purge some of horrors/memories of the past?  Is it really a cross-community effort? Or do people see it as money going up in smoke rather than the architectural marvel that it appears to be?

BTW, here's the Daily Mail coverage of the event.  Not a Daily Mail fan, but it has good images and a video link to the Nevada Burning Man gathering:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2997361/Two-years-planning-hard-work-hundreds-people-lot-torched-just-one-hour-Burning-Man-artist-s-latest-Temple-unveiled-Londonderry.html

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GAA Discussion / Clare vs Armagh. NFL March 15, Cusack Park
« on: March 15, 2015, 01:46:12 PM »
Did I miss an Armagh vs Clare thread?  No one has thoughts? 

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General discussion / Croagh Patrick climb this time of year
« on: March 09, 2015, 06:49:56 PM »
I have friends and family making the climb at the end of March.  Have never done it myself, but would like to hear from people who have.  What's it like?  Is it worth it?

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Hurling Discussion / Tony Reddin, Tipp. Hurling Legend RIP
« on: March 02, 2015, 01:32:50 AM »
Tony Reddin, Tipperary goalkeeping great, died today.  A humble gentleman and a GAA legend.  RIP

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GAA Discussion / GAA website
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:09:22 PM »
What's up with the GAA website?  It's already Tuesday and the league standings are not yet posted.  Not exactly professional.  The snow build-up must be worse than I thought.

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GAA Discussion / Wexford vs. Armagh NFL Div. 3, Round 2, Sun. Feb. 8
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:41:05 PM »
Well, after robbing Tipperary, Armagh has to make the long excursion to Wexford.  As far as I recall, we've had some big wins there but also ignominious defeats.  We should be favored, but after nearly allowing the Premier to win in the Athletic Grounds, I feel uncertain, even despite Wexford's miserable first outing.  Time to have the other forwards do their thing and not rely so heavily on Jamie Clarke's magic. 

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GAA Discussion / Armagh vs. Tipperary NFL Div. 3, Round 1
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:20:57 PM »
So, how does Armagh look going in to this campaign?  Any insight into Armagh's starting 15?  I'd expect Armagh to win this one handily, especially playing at home and Tipp having to make such a long trek.  How's Tipp been playing?

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General discussion / Pop-Up Ads
« on: November 03, 2014, 04:36:56 AM »
Is anyone else having pop-up ads appear when they access the discussion board, blocking their view of the topic titles?

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GAA Discussion / Watching Matches on the Internet in the U.S.
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:39:58 PM »
Now that Premium Sports no longer streams championship matches for residences in the U.S., I see that gaago.rte.ie is airing individual games for 10 Euros.  Has anybody tried this yet?  Any feedback would be helpful.  Thanks.

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