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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Galway AIQF
« on: June 26, 2022, 11:52:50 PM »
Everyone involved in the melee should be suspended from inter county football for the rest of 2022.

On the basis Tiernan Kelly had no business being on the pitch, treat him like the Louth fans in 2010 and give him a day out in court.

I'm serious. It's not a schmozzle when pitch invasions are involved.
Did you call for Philly McMahon to see court when he gouged?

Clare have done you no favour.

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Galway AIQF
« on: June 26, 2022, 07:54:11 PM »
Incredible game and fantastic entertainment. Galway were a few points the better team in normal team but their inability to deal with the high ball and then kicking away possession when they all had to do was hold the ball cost them dearly. They were otherwise very impressive but lot of questions about the way they almost threw that away. At the same time they deserve credit for keeping going after the disappointment of the final minutes then going a goal down in extra time. Will be a fascinating game against Derry, but that naivety would be punished by Derry you'd expect.

Tough to take for Armagh. For all Galway will be wondering how it went to extra time, Armagh still had to find a way to get those scores and they did. I had a lot of questions about Armagh through the league and early in the Championship but there are certainly reasons to be positive if they can build on the last few weeks.

Only negative today was the brawl. Absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing for the sport. Need to see strong punishments (that aren't rescinded on appeal).
But sure that never happens and that’s why it happens time and again.  GAA is a joke shop when it comes to suspensions.  And if Coldrick randomly selected the two captains for a bit of punishment, that’s pure Father Ted stuff. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Galway AIQF
« on: June 26, 2022, 07:02:52 PM »
Incredible spirit from both teams - Kelly, Tierney, Finnerty all showed Galway aren’t just about Comer and Walsh.  Galway will be a tough task for Derry.

Not sure how the row happened but it’s lingered around Armagh all year as a problem. For me they didn’t own the indiscipline problem earlier in the year - they’d rather appeal than sort it out internally.  So same old today. The subs disgraced themselves and unfortunately it’s something people will associate with Armagh as well as the great football they play.  (And we haven’t even had the Sunday Game yet).

GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry v Mayo AIQF 26th June 4pm Croke Park
« on: June 26, 2022, 05:47:35 PM »
Going from Darragh Maloney and Eamonn Fitzmaurice, to Marty Morrissey and Kevin McStay is a serious downgrade… tough listen atm
Could be worse, could be Paul Earley.

GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry v Mayo AIQF 26th June 4pm Croke Park
« on: June 26, 2022, 05:36:24 PM »
Kerry not playing well here at all!
They don’t play with any patience, always forcing it.  They’ll not win the all Ireland unless they fix that.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 25, 2022, 03:18:27 PM »
At least we’ve big Sean doing a grand job at Parnell today, 30 down 30 to go!
He did well.  Derry lost.  They’ll blame him for years. 

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 20, 2022, 07:38:37 PM »

Imagine a young fella growing up in a mixed marriage in Northern Ireland in the 90s, being confused about his identity... Shocker

Since you brought it up, My understanding is that McIlroy was not from a “mixed marriage”. To understand McIlroy you have to put it into demographic context. There are several thousand “Catholics “ in North Down, but only 1 GAA club, which was vandalised several times. There is no catholic grammar in Bangor/Holywood, so many Catholics attended the local state grammar schools. An elite sportsman such as McIlroy would presumably have been a popular student in Sullivan his local grammar, and like most Catholics in middle class North Down , suffered little discrimination and assimilated into the British/NI culture. Most of his childhood friends would come from that “NI” background, that’s what he knows and he’s obviously comfortable with . Who knows , but if was born ~20 miles down the road, like fellow North Down elite athlete, Ciara mageean , he may have wielded a hurl, and been more bought into Ireland as opposed to NI.
The point I’m making is that we are all a product of our environment and that should be respected . I’d love it Rory was waving the tricolour on the podium , but that’s not what he’s comfortable with and I respect that. I’m just happy to savour a local lad , top of the world. He seems well grounded, and not afraid to speak his mind. He’s committed to brilliant charity work, transforming lives, and he’s loyal to his friends from childhood etc despite his jet set lifestyle . Can’t wait to see him win another major and move from second back up to first in world rankings. Incredible talent.

You said it 100x times better than I did. I agree entirely
Very fair.  All the twisters will be working away on their comebacks, but I think you’ve nailed it.  Ireland is a complex place with a lot of micro identities.

GAA Discussion / Re: Tailteann Cup 2022
« on: June 19, 2022, 03:02:40 PM »
Pat Spillane Jnr is bringing us the goose step.  Love it.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 19, 2022, 06:29:50 AM »
Joe Bidens America has Covid vaccines for 6 months olds  (who don’t need it ) but no baby formula.
Sums up the worst administration of all time .
Worse than the last one?

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 19, 2022, 12:37:40 AM »
If he butchers the 18th it will be a sickener after all the saves.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 19, 2022, 12:10:35 AM »
He’s getting himself into trouble and out of trouble, all over the place, but hanging in.

You're absolutely sure about that? What did you think about Barry McElduff's kingsmill stunt? Just a wee innocent faux pas?

I've no doubt in the slightest that yes it was an innocent mistake. I've even spoken to a unionist politician who conceded as much in private conversation. Barry, for reasons best known to himself, had a long history of posing for photos with random food items on his head. The furore which followed was cure cynical opportunism. I think most people recognised it as such. Certainly anyone who knows Barry at all, or had reason to have met him for any reason, would testify that sectarian mocking of victims is about as far removed from who he is as you could possibly imagine.

Even if you're right and nobody on our side sinks that low, does that mean we should give ourselves a pat on the back and from here on everyone basically gets a free pass until we do get there?
What sort of straw man bull is that? This isn't about patting ourselves on the back. It's about calling out spoofers wlike you who instead of calling out the problem where it lies, instead insist (out of a desire to appear as in some way progressive) that "ah now we are just as bad".
A problem can't be tackled if you refuse to face up to the truth of where it lies.

It's alright to laugh at Andy Goram having cancer because he's a **** and it's nowhere as bad as singing a song about Michaela McAreavey's murder? That's a pretty low f**king bar if you ask me.
Where did I say it was alright to mock him? He is a c**t but I haven't defended anyone for mocking his illness. You're the one trying to draw the equivalence between the two in an utterly pathetic attempt to imply that nationalism has as much a problem with sectarian bigotry as unionism does. You are implying that people (however crassly) mocking the illness of a sectarian bigot precisely BECAUSE HE IS A SECTARIAN BIGOT (ie clearly not because of his religion) is directly paralleled by people mocking a woman who was the essence of innocence that was murdered on her honeymoon simply BECAUSE OF HER RELIGION. If that's the best argument you can offer to suggest that nationalism has as much a problem with sectarianism as unionism does, then you haven't much to go on. It also tells me that you are so desperate to appear as some sort of progressive, that you are prepared to willfully demean Michaela Hartes memory by drawing a parallel between the person she was and the person Andy Goram is.
I never believed Barry McElduff’s denials for a moment.

GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: June 06, 2022, 09:33:21 AM »
They’ve put the iPads away which is good.  Sit round the table and comment on the games.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
« on: June 04, 2022, 11:42:34 PM »
Fair enough, the long hall just looked massively the wrong option in the last 20 minutes on several occasions and I wondered was it ‘Plan Domhnall’ at that stage.

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