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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 25, 2023, 10:14:41 PM »
Maybe the team was submitted for printing before Rian got injured on Wednesday night 😉

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 24, 2023, 09:43:23 AM »
RTE's GAA podcast have reported that Rian O'Neill is out on Sunday and most likely for first round of Championship as well.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 22, 2023, 01:10:56 PM »
Will be some craic when news filters through from Castlebar that Monaghan are two up, and Armagh two down going into injury time :-)
And then big Raff buries one in the top corner ;).

Looking like division 2 for us next year. Maybe do no harm, get a few wins together and decent chance at silverware.

In fairness, he looks like the only Armagh player likely to bury one in the top corner this year ... and that says alot.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 22, 2023, 12:00:15 PM »
Will be some craic when news filters through from Castlebar that Monaghan are two up, and Armagh two down going into injury time :-)

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 21, 2023, 12:54:20 AM »
I'm hoping, from an Armagh perspective, that this new over defensive strategy was just a tester in the league, and somewhere, soon, Armagh will unleash their foot passing attacking football they became known for last year.  I think they over-focused on the free flowing, attacking game last year and left the back door open, so it does no harm to strike a balance, however this ultra-defensive set-up allied with hand-passing the ball back and forwards across the 45 yard line, back and forwards, forwards and back, sideways, back again .... jeez, it's awful stuff. 

Get the ball in early to marquee forwards, and utilise O'Neill as the target man which everything hangs off ... not have Rian sweeping in the halfback line.  I don't think we'll see much change in Omagh this Sunday with Armagh trying to eek out a result anyway possible, but hopefully later in the spring when the ground hardens, we'll see more of the fast moving attacking play from 2022 ... I can't believe it has disappeared so quickly. 

Sunday will not be one for the purists Ö and with more than a passing interest in proceedings in Castlebar 😳

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General discussion / Re: What happened the DUP thread?
« on: March 10, 2023, 01:03:40 PM »
They're shouting it's f**ked while f**king it at the same time. Clever when you think about it...

I don't think that super majority is going to be a thing. It was Ian Og taking the piss as he usually does.

While itís Paisley taking the piss, the Tories had already been discussing changing rules for a Scottish Indy referendum to a super majority. He will get support for this. The DUP and TUV have no interest in protecting the GFA. They never supported it. They have been angling for awhile to change what consent means. It means a simple majority for constitutional change and Dublin/Nationalist parties need to stay awake.

Dublin parties would be quite happy to move away from 50%+1. In fact they regularly voice such support. Micheal Martin has spoken of his desire for a wholly undemocratic and anti-GFA "parallel consent" mechanism while Varadkar has repeatedly stated the view that 50%+1 would not be a success.

Both FF and FG are vocal advocates of what essentially is a unionist veto of a pro unity vote.

Itís funny because  you always  hear the line about Britain donít want the north and would get rid if they could. Same with   the south  though , they clearly donít  want the north . The people maybe, but  not the establishment.

Next election should sort that out hopefully.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: March 09, 2023, 06:56:48 PM »
Sad news about  the one year  old boy killed in an accident in Moira yesterday


Tragic beyond belief, and the Grandmother in a critical condition, the poor family.

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General discussion / Re: What happened the DUP thread?
« on: March 07, 2023, 12:04:13 PM »
Everyone has an agenda, Nolan is no different.  The problem is the platform he has and whether he likes it or not, he is destructive.  Needs taken off the air given the lack of editorial balance and his apparent agenda to only further a unionist/loyalist cause.  All nationalists should boycott him,  I think his handling of Mathew O'Toole yesterday will be a watershed moment for Nolan.

Does Nolan set  the agenda/topic/discussion on his  shows? Or is  there a team above him who dictate the topics?

I'm sure they have production meetings where they agree on topics to cover ... the problem is Nolan is live at the mic, how he handles issues is on him, and his bias is obvious for all to see.  I understand when he has to tow the legal line in the BBC and move discussions away from possible litigation, however he does let a very pro-unionist/loyalist view point come through in his questioning time and again.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 07, 2023, 12:05:53 AM »
Galway are safe on 6 pts anyway, hopefully won't be too interested in collecting the points in Armagh ... sure they need to think ahead to the 2024 league and 6000 Armagh supporters landing into Salthill for the weekend, bonanza for the local economy.  Galway lads will hopefully see the bigger picture  ;D

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General discussion / Re: What happened the DUP thread?
« on: March 04, 2023, 01:20:34 PM »
Everyone has an agenda, Nolan is no different.  The problem is the platform he has and whether he likes it or not, he is destructive.  Needs taken off the air given the lack of editorial balance and his apparent agenda to only further a unionist/loyalist cause.  All nationalists should boycott him,  I think his handling of Mathew O'Toole yesterday will be a watershed moment for Nolan.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 03, 2023, 08:09:52 PM »
Would love to see Walsh lining out in the Athletic Grounds on March 18th, full house, one of Ireland's top players on view plus Walsh, will be some spectacle  :D

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 03, 2023, 11:49:17 AM »
6 pts was the safe zone 14 out of the last 15 years.  This year could be different with potentially 7pts needed to 100% guarantee safety.  This weekend will tell a story.

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General discussion / Re: What happened the DUP thread?
« on: March 02, 2023, 10:01:16 PM »
PM needs to drop the joint authority option into a discussion with Jeffrey and co., see how they want to play it then.  It's time for Westminster to move onto other things, DUP have run their course on this one, if they've any sense they'll jump at the deal and try to stabilise their position for another few years.  It's like watching the march of the dodo's to their eventual destiny, not going to be pretty in the latter stages.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 28, 2023, 08:47:46 PM »
McGeeney made an interesting suggestion a few weeks ago ref. the league being a great competition, said he'd love to see it in a home and away format with 14 games.  That would be some league in fairness, though the calendar couldn't accommodate it as it currently stands.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 28, 2023, 11:25:17 AM »
Bottom line for Armagh is home wins against both Donegal and Galway, anything less and we're in bother.  Athletic Grounds should be rockin' on Saturday night!

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