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GAA Discussion / Re: FBD League 2018
« on: Today at 11:43:22 AM »
Heard today's match in Tuam called off. No surprise given the deluge once again falling in the west. Prenty must now act decisively and postpone the Connacht championship to ensure that this tournament is played completely to a conclusion.

GAA Discussion / Re: Gambling in the GAA - the ethical aspect
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:22:20 PM »

Thereís a number of basic inaccuracies in the article.
Heís a current panellist.
Heís from Mullagh not Loughrea.
It is still shocking though.

Iím not suggesting that itís not shocking. But, for a national newspaper, you’d think theyíd have the basic details right. Itís not like theyíre a tabloid.

It was reported on GBFM yesterday that he was from Loughrea also. Probably read out officially in court that he was from that region rather than specifically mentioning the parish/townland whatever. A trivial point. Seems to get more exposure than Hehir, whose indiscretions were probably more serious.

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD League 2018
« on: January 18, 2018, 03:16:44 PM »
All feeds in.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:39:28 PM »
Johnny Giles on TBIG as the national mojo
January 17 2018 7:19 PM

There is now a serious issue of trust between hardcore fans of the Ireland senior team and Martin O'Neill over his willingness to talk to Stoke about the job vacated by Mark Hughes and now filled by Paul Lambert.

Over his time as manager, OíNeill has often spoken of the bond he feels between the team and the fans that follow them across the world to support the players and the manager. I think that connection has been broken.

It is an important bond and one that has played a significant role in many of the great nights and indeed, some of the not so great nights down through the years.

When the wheels came off in Poland in 2012, the fans stood to a man and offered their support.

Some were just there for the event but many were hardcore supporters, people passionate about Irish football and not just the senior international team.

When Robbie Brady scored against Italy in Lille in 2016, the relationship between players and fans, perhaps damaged by the two barren years after Euro 2012, was cemented when he ran straight to his family among the Irish fans in the corner of the stadium.

The scenes which followed had a national impact, dominating our hearts and minds for days after the event. The images showed what the team meant to ordinary people.

Back in November, when Denmark shredded OíNeillís team at the Aviva Stadium, I think many, if not all of those fans were shocked by the performance and shocked by the mistakes made on and off the pitch.

In the weeks after, people were numb and analysis difficult. The debate broadened to include all aspects of the game in Ireland and OíNeillís future as senior manager was put on the back-burner.

Think people (well, the media) are getting carried away with the whole thing. O'Neill wasn't officially contracted to the FAI so was free to speak to whoever he liked. Suggestions that he should be made interview again to renew his contract are bonkers. ("Well, Martin, what would you bring to the role as Irish manager?") Talks of a "bond" are silly; management and players are professional - players really only care, correctly, that they get fair treatment and are in the run for selection. Fans didn't show much of a bond when they left before the end of the WC qualifier.

The fact that we're absolute drek makes the whole thing amusing. I was numb for about a whole minute after the Denmark match, we got a hiding that was unfortunately a long time coming.

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD League 2018
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:26:56 PM »
Prenty has a nice line in that peculiar strain of arrogance that runs through GAA officialdom.

Connacht Council CEO John Prenty has defended the decision to go ahead with Sunday's FBD dead rubber fixture between Galway and Roscommon at Tuam Stadium.

With both teams having already advanced to the competition's final, there has been rife criticism over this weekend's meeting going ahead but Mr Prenty has backed the Council's choice, stating: "you have to respect the integrity of the competition (and) can't be moving the goalposts mid-season."

"We've had several people telling us how to run the fixtures," Mr Prenty is quoted saying by The Irish Times.

"But last year, in the last round of the Allianz Football League, Galway played Kildare in a dead rubber, then played each other again in the final. No one said that should be called off.

"Roscommon are playing Cork in the last round of the league this year, and could meet each other again in the final. Will they call that off? And Galway and Roscommon have all used about three different teams, each week, so I'm sure they can find 15 players for Sunday."

He doesn't even have the basic facts straight, as the 2017 round 7 Division Two match he references wasn't even a dead rubber, if Galway had not won that match then Meath would have advanced to the final against Kildare. Given the palpable relief both on the pitch and in the stands when Galway finally fell over the line, it was far from a dead rubber.
Given that Munster made the final round adjustments to their pre season competitions, Prenty can't even say that there's no existing precedent for the type of change that both Galway and Roscommon want made for the match this Sunday.

Prenty is a slieveen of the highest order. Turns up on Connacht final day with an old tattered anorak, looking like something pulled through a hedge.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:23:54 PM »
Yeah a right pain in the ass for a group of us coming from Dublin.
Besides getting a Bus Eireann but are there any other ways to get there
Do they have special buses laid on from Galway city?

Might hire a wee cheap car between 5 of us

Tuam quite handy from Dublin now by road as you have the 2 motorways (much handier than driving through Galway city out to Pearse stadium in Salthill). None of you own a car between you?

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD League 2018
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:39:41 AM »
When was the last time 12 men won anything in football?


Hurling Discussion / Re: Kilkenny
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:46:46 PM »
All Kilkenny clubs have been asked to observe a minute's silence before their next game to commemorate the retirement of Brian Gavin.

Now, now, PE. Can't recall Tipp doing likewise when John Denton called it quits.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:39:57 PM »
Bit surprised Stoke not (apparently) offering the job on a short-term contract to Steptoe & Son. Worth nearly anything for them to stay in the Premier league and the two speak English (O'Neill does anyway).

General discussion / Re: PDC Premier League of Darts
« on: December 31, 2017, 02:10:15 AM »
The way MVG is playing, Taylor could very well go out with the win.

Anyone think the boards are chewing up really badly? It was noticeable enough in the first match but it's shocking in this one with more sets. Could potentially play a part in a long final.

Looked fairly pock-marked on the treble-19s alright, but it was/shudda been a new board after the first semi'.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:34:01 PM »
Man City might be heading into a Fergie decade. That will hurt down the Stretford End.

Citi are heading into an era where arab owners with simply bottomless wealth can buy clubs like Citi and PSG and manipulate fair-play rules to buy whoever they want and pay whatever wages are required to get them to come to the club. The  Qataris tried to buy United from the Glazers before buying PSG and personally I am glad it didnít happen.  As bad as the Glazers are viewed, at least the money buying players is coming from the clubís legitimate revenue streams and not from oil wealth off the back of human rights abuses in the Gulf.

Surely only a matter of time before middle east money makes the Glazers an offer they won't refuse.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: December 22, 2017, 12:16:22 PM »
Probably.As will James Kernan,cousin of Joe,and a year above me at St Pat's College in Armagh in the 70s.

Thought they were brothers TF?

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:16:23 PM »
Brian McSharry, equestrian commentator on RTE. Synonymous with Ireland's Aga Khan victories in the late 70s/early 80s.

General discussion / Re: Ballyjamesduff
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:08:44 PM »
I agree that this thread should stay open because it is educational. There are also a few questions to which there is no straight answer. Discussing these openly here might actually help someone.

Iím no counsellor, but if Hawe had spoken to someone openly about his issues, then five lives could have been saved. Isnít that the important lesson here?

Not so sure. He did consult his GP and had counselling earlier in his life. Not an expert by any means, but sometimes these issues are very, very hard to resolve.

GAA Discussion / Re: Michael Meehan retires.
« on: December 21, 2017, 01:19:57 PM »
Great talent. Swatted Killererin aside in the 2003 county final in Pearse stadium. A shame he was too young for the 98-01 era; instead he had to play with some very moderate Galway teams unworthy of his ability.

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