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General discussion / Re: Gas or Oil
« on: Today at 01:45:13 PM »
No gas in our area but I'm considering upgrading my old oil burner to a condenser type. Is there a grant for such?

No gas in our area either. We have underfloor heating and although it's a nice heat it definitely uses more oil than radiators. Have been talking about getting a condensing boiler but haven't got around to it yet. I think the grant is means tested.

A bigger initial investment but an air source heat pump is best for running under floor heating
Have you liquid screed and what depth is it


I've underfloor in and don't find it expensive at all.
In saying that I spunked a fortune on insulation and with the ultraflo screed less than 50mm you get the heat quicker than conventional sand/cement screed at 100mm.

When did you put in the underfloor?

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: Today at 01:39:24 PM »
Chris Henry says signing the steroid South African is unacceptable. But look at the size of Henry. He reminds me of those cheap chickens bred for their fillets. Size FF . Organic chickens might be a B.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/rugby/international-rugby/it-is-unacceptable-ireland-international-hits-out-at-signing-of-gerbrandt-grobler-36501599.html

How big was Chris Henry when he was 20? I doubt he took any shortcuts, I say doubt because who the f**k knows really! Look at the size of some of the Galway hurlers!!!


Can roids make a 20 something year old taller?

Galway hurlers are lean but not bulky in the way a Cian Healy would be.

Ha! My sport is clean, every sport is dirty, those Galway hurlers aren't skinny.

Galway forwards.     Height                  Weight                   

Cathal Mannion -          6 ft 1 in.                    88 kg.

Joe Canning -                 6ft 2 in.                     92 kg.

Joseph Cooney -            6 ft 4 in.                    96 kg.

Conor Whelan -             6 ft 0 in.                    88 kg.

Niall Burke -                   6 ft 0 in.                   94 kg.

Conor Cooney -              6 ft 4 in.                    94 kg.

Cian Healy-                    6 ft 0 in.                    104kg.
Sean O'Brien                  6 ft 2 in.                    108 kg.
Joey Carbery                  6 ft 0 in.                    88 kg.
Robbie Henshaw             6 ft 3 in.                    103 kg.

I'm not saying "my sport is clean" but they don't look overly unnatural to term a phrase whereas IN CERTAIN POSITIONS in rugby there must be a huge onus on the players to bulk up to play in those positions and with professional contracts on offer the shortcuts may be very tempting.

When the likes of Robbie Henshaw line out at centre, he's no man mountain, yet he's 6'3" and almost 10KG heavier than any of the Galway lads of a comparable height.

I'd consider Henshaw to have a reasonable body shape just like most of the Galway hurlers. Some other lads you wouldn't like to be cleaning their cage.

 

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA doing a deal with SkySports
« on: Today at 12:24:55 PM »
Can this eirsport be got on Kodi by any chance?

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: Today at 11:52:06 AM »
Why do young players have a 3 week to return to play protocol but older (who you'd imagine are getting hit harder) players don't? While there has been some steps to address high tackles it's nowhere near strong enough. It's not just about direct impact to the head.......the brain can get a fair jolt from a collision also. Tackles aimed at stopping the offload will have to be outlawed.

The NFL was forced into taking radical steps. Money was the thing that made it happen. Rugby will be the same at some point. Guys are going into car crashes multiple times and then doing it again the following week.

Young players are still developing physically, so they get a month out. It's 21 days for an adult player before they can play. Every concussion is reported to the IRFU at every level. Referees will remove a player if he suspects any kind of head injury and he will report that as well.

In the professional game they have strict return to play protocols, player cognitive responses are bench marked at the start of the season and are used as a guideline when returning to play but by no means only requirement to pass before you can play.

The choke, wrap tackles are being addressed at every level and if you make any contact with the end even if initial contact is below the shoulders it's a penalty and a good chance of a yellow card, it's a change in culture it doesn't happen immediately. Anecdotally speaking there has been a lot less head injuries this season at all levels, however it will take a few years of collecting data before a proper trend can be identified.

That's the key bit there. It's all well and good having rules in place but sure as night follows day someone will try to find a way round it. Players deliberately not having HIA brought into action as they got a "shoulder" injury or whatever to get away with not sitting out the 21 days even if it is for their own benefit.
Independent doctors along the line is the only answer.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: Today at 11:45:49 AM »
Chris Henry says signing the steroid South African is unacceptable. But look at the size of Henry. He reminds me of those cheap chickens bred for their fillets. Size FF . Organic chickens might be a B.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/rugby/international-rugby/it-is-unacceptable-ireland-international-hits-out-at-signing-of-gerbrandt-grobler-36501599.html

How big was Chris Henry when he was 20? I doubt he took any shortcuts, I say doubt because who the f**k knows really! Look at the size of some of the Galway hurlers!!!


Can roids make a 20 something year old taller?

Galway hurlers are lean but not bulky in the way a Cian Healy would be.

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Big Sam is the closest thing to a real life Mike Bassett 'England Manager' in the game today.
Hes the living embodiment of British twattery. Gum-chewing, arrogant, snarling, untrustworthy top blokey bloke. The Man's man.

Except Mike Bassett's favourite formation was 4-4-f˙cking 2.

Big Sam likes 5-4-1

Other than that there's not a whole pile in it.

Ricky Tomlinson for Everton management.

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Why don't you rate him JC?

Has he just got a bad rep for no reason?
He was the England manager after all until he messed it up but I think he's a wise old codger and is as good as Moyes or Bobby was and we saw what Koeman did to us.

It's too easy to say this lad and that lad isn't up to it but who is?
I think he's a lot more experienced than say Eddie Howe or man other young managers.

To be precise, he's full of his own shit.

A few of his Everton TV interviews when he took over and stumbled on a winning streak aided by a few ropey penalties was all we did this and we're doing that, but just look at the interviews he's given since the 4-0 drubbing by Spurs it was all they, they didn't do this and they didn't do that.
He's distancing himself when there's a poor result, but all smiley look how great I am when they win.

Parking the bus against West Brom and being happy with a 0-0 draw, tried the same again a week later against Bournemouth and got stung by a late goal with one shot on target the whole game and he moans about Bournemouth being lucky. If you don't shot, you don't score, its simple SAM.

I don't think they've improved or changed a whole pile since Koeman got the chop. Still haven't got a replacement in for Lukaka who seems to have been papering over a whole load of cracks last year.

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No one was saying patting someone on the butt was the same as rape, though.

Damon making the sorts of logical jumps that would mean he'd fit in very well around here.

Is Damon's comments not in a similar vein to the open letter penned by 100 leading French ladies the other week?


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General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:38:14 PM »
Big Sam will want the ball booted long and early for the likes of Walcott to run onto.

It's going to get even direr, but maybe Walcott can manage a shot on target if he's not injured.

Big Sam out.

Terrible decision to put him in place.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Gilroy new Dubs manager
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:25:44 PM »
So Keaney back on the panel and now Tom Ryan from Limerick has transferred to Cuala/Dublin - interesting summer beckons anyway
Absolutely. Gilroy seems intent on doing a good job. Danny Sutcliffe back, Paul Winters in good form. It looks like a united camp who have a good panel of players. A lot of these lads have had underage success and have played to all ireland finals,leinster finals and League finals. Not necessarily winning out but have the experience of meeting the best along the way

Still need that marquee forward in O'Callaghan to push on to the next level all the same.

Tipp, Galway and Waterford are slightly ahead of the chasing pack. Kilkenny are an unknown at this stage.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Transfer rules
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:11:12 AM »
This is a prime example of what issues there are at large;

From Hoganstand;

Wexford senior hurler Cathal Dunbar looks set to be involved in a controversial transfer given the stance being taken by his club Ballygarret-Realt na Mara.

Dunbar is seeking a transfer to senior club Naomh Eanna, but Ballygarret are keen to retain the services of the player who represented Ireland at the under-21 Shinty series last year.

Last weekend, Dunbar handed in the transfer request to his club, but chairman Murt Fleming told the Wexford People that they would do everything in their power to retain the services of their main player.

"We received the form over the weekend but we will not be signing it," said Fleming. "We will be opposing the application to transfer to Naomh Eanna.

"We dispute the fact that he is living in Gorey. This is a crazy situation and we will be doing everything possible to keep the player. Naomh Eanna have five or six players in the Wexford squad, so they hardly need another inter-county player. We have asked him to give us one more year to help us get out of intermediate 'A'."

Dunbar is set to feature strongly for Davy Fitzgerald's side this year, but the transfer saga looks likely to drag on for some time, which could cause problems for the player.






It's hard to see what pull the home club would have. Don't sign the transfer request and the lad in all probability won't play for them anyway.

Interesting to see what Wexford do now.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:21:11 AM »
I don't like to use the IRA/SF thing but they were the same grouping from 1970 to 2005.
SF are only now beginning to knock the odd Provo atrocity.
I was responding to Bombast's nonsense and all those things I mentioned were visited upon the Nationalists by the Provo IRA.

Why would SF knock any more than the odd one? Whilst mistakes were made, they were all justified. And just to mention Syferus, so nothing can be done to change ''SF'S toxic reputation in Irish society'', but FF or FG along with the banks can leave the country on their knees, thousands of young people leaving the shores, but their role in that wasn't toxic. God one there. We in the North don't ask for you to completely embrace SF, but at least be consistent. We have an affinity with SF in the north that those in the South will never understand.

I'll let this sit here. No commentary needed.

Im really hoping he is referring to something else, and not the likes of Kingsmill/Omagh etc

There's no justification for Omagh. I'll make that clear now. That was completely 100% wrong.

Kingsmill? Enniskillen? Warrington?

Canary Wharf, Manchester?

IMO the big city centre bombs in England brought a new impetus for the British government to find a resolution to the mess they'd created over here. Canary Wharf in particular.

They didn't give a f**k for Enniskillen, bloody Sunday or Kingsmills as it was just dead paddies as they saw it irrespective of the hue.

It's not going to console the Parry's or anyone else caught up in them, but that's the hard facts.

As for the Dublin/Monaghan bombings, the various Irish governments since knew only too well that loyalist didn't have that sort or expertise and it had to be British security services, yet the families have been let down by their own in an attempt not to sling mud at the neighbours. Lack of backbone.

As for balance, FG in Varadker and Coveney to date have played the border/brexit issue well but they need to ensure the final deal meets the criteria they've set out. The Brits have double speak down to a fine art.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:20:02 AM »
 RIP Dolores, great distinctive voice.

She suffered from Bi-polar disorder according to some commentators on RT╔

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:54:40 PM »
Fairly brutal from Klopp about Coutinho, as we thought he basically refused to play anymore so they had to sell

Disappointed with that. Would have thought better of him.

Some club needs to call a player out on this. Would Couthinho have really refused to play in a world cup year? But with tens of millions potentially at risk  the club cant afford to take the chance.

Unfortunate but sadly it seems players are a lot more dispassionate these days about their clubs. Maybe it was always the case to a degree, with players angling moves, but it seems a lot worse now.  People like Coutinho want it both ways though - screw the club, but end on a high note with the supporters through a 'heartfelt' message to them through social media.  I tend not to read that dung.

Same as the badge kissers. It's a mercenary game and has been for quite a while.

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