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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« Last post by omaghjoe on Today at 05:23:33 AM »
Anyone got experience of driving down the West Coast of the USA? It’s in the frame for the family holiday this Summer probably,  take 12/13 days at it starting in Seattle and finishing in maybe SAN Diego..
yes. did the entire coast a few years back. you could camp all the way if you wanted
the road isn't actually along the coast in a lot of places

Washington - fantastic coast. Olympic national park area is brilliant. You can go inland to Mount Rainier NP too before hitting the coast

Oregon - great big beaches, though with not much along them. Portland is definitely worth a look. My favourite US city.

Northern California - redwoods are pretty cool. the road doesn't actually go along the coast for a lot of it
wine country - the mendocinno wine country is a lot less busy than sonoma or napa

ask away

Any of ye experience of driving from San Fran to LA coastal route. Staying in Monterey half way to break up trip(Heading to us for 3 weeks in May). Giving 2 days for coastal drive. Any bits for LA. Trying to convince herself to go down to San Diego for a day. Stayed by in LA for 4 nights and hear mixed reviews about LA. Staying in Santa Monica in Airbnb. Sound

There was plenty said the last few pages but for that stretch it would be:
Vineyards around Gilroy/Morgan Hill
Big Sur
Missions: Carmel, Santa Barbara probably the pick on that stretch
Hearst Castle kinda pricey
Pismo Beach
Solvang/Los Olivos: more wineries, more picturesque but more crowded
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General discussion / Re: Nicest Towns in Ireland
« Last post by seafoid on Today at 03:37:07 AM »
Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Beach, cliffs, archaeology, birdwatching, walking, whalewatching and a wonderful café at the bottom of the hill.


Not many jobs up there unfortunately though. A friend of mine living in killala has a young son (~10) who plays with Naomh Eoin (or Pádraig)? Anyway, it's an underage amalgamation of 3-4 clubs, doesn't bode well for those clubs in north Mayo

Ah yeah. There are no jobs there. Secondary school closed down 20 yrs ago as well. When you take kids out of a town, you take the soul out of a community. Garda station, I suspect, is gone too. The football clubs are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. Ballycastle had Tom Langan on the Team of the Millennium. Unreal to see his portrait on the wall in their tiny dressing rooms. They also had a player on the 36 AI team. The whole of rural North Mayo is football heartland but with depopulation it is very difficult to keep the show on the road. Amalgamations the only way but that is never without issues as well.
 The area is spectacular though. Anytime I'm ever around Downpatrick Head (I try to visit regularly to do same bird pics.), there are always numbers of people there. One time a lad was running a mobile chipper there.
 As regards tourism, I think there are people locally looking at ways to get people to stay around North Mayo for a few days.

What do you do about that though? You cant force them to stay.

I meant the kids were bussed out and educated elsewhere because the local school was considered inefficient due to falling numbers. Schools in Mayo have been educating kids for migration/emigration forever. It's nice for a rural town to have them about for a while though. Once the school shut the tumbleweed effect kicked in.
Did the school.close after Asahi left?
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GAA Discussion / Re: We need to talk about Diarmuid
« Last post by Syferus on Today at 03:05:13 AM »
Could Connolly Tog for the hurlers yet!?
hes no keith higgins

It would make as much of a joke adding him at this late stage of the season as it would adding a lad just back off the plane from Australia with no senior experience.

You wouldn't get that in Ros!

You literally wouldn't, because the player you're referring to took part in winter training, the FBD and the NFL and still didn't make the championship panel..
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Portlaoise didn't win then?  Not many cesspits beat that dunghole even on a good day.
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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by StGallsGAA on Today at 12:52:11 AM »
Shoot delivered










Putrid every one of them. Your postman probably vomited delivering them.
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General discussion / Re: Car Problems!!
« Last post by ONeill on Today at 12:51:45 AM »
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major

Have you definitely turned the car off?
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General discussion / Re: Car Problems!!
« Last post by GJL on Today at 12:36:59 AM »

Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.

Would a long drive sort this out ? Burn out all the dirt

Yea. All modern diesel cars with a DPF benefit from a good spin out a motorway at 70mph so that the system can perform a full regeneration. You can also get an additive for the fuel that you can put in every 10000 miles or so that will help clean the whole system.

Is that what AdBlue does ?

As Owen explained AdBlue is for a slightly different purpose. I'd recommend an additive every few thousand miles as I will clean the whole system including injectors, EGR valve, DPF filter etc. Basically it de-carbons the components.
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Never mind Dublin.
There are still 4 Qtr Final places through the Qualifiers.

+1 i think Dinny needs to get his hole rather than worrying about dublin all the time. Kildare should be qualifying for last 8 with all their resources. Poaching players from other counties over the last 30 years and trying to buy Declan Browne at it as well. They lads 4 lads who gave up professional sports to play with their county. Did the players get compensated for that?
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GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2018
« Last post by Rossfan on Today at 12:09:12 AM »
Never mind Dublin.
There are still 4 Qtr Final places through the Qualifiers.
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GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2018
« Last post by Dinny Breen on Today at 12:03:32 AM »
Less than 4 weeks now, salivating at the prospect of who's going to finish runners up..
Time to let the other 10 play for the Leinster Intermediate Championship and a big shiny cup. Winners play Dublin in the Senior Final..
Sadly.....

You probably should expand that to an All-Ireland Intermediate. Winners play Dublin in the Senior Final. Because you are all just as shit as the rest of Leinster, we don't pretend any different.

The facts don't back that up though:

2017 Quarter Finalists:
Connacht x 3
Ulster x 3
Leinster x 1
Munster x 1

2016 Quarter Finalists:
Connacht x 2
Ulster x 2
Leinster x 1
Munster x 3

2015 Quarter Finalists:
Connacht x 1
Ulster x 4
Leinster x 2
Munster x 1

So over the past 3 years, you're looking at:

2017 Quarter Finalists:
Connacht x 6
Ulster x 9
Leinster x 4
Munster x 5

Even looking at the league standings for next year:
Connacht: 3 x D1, 1 x D3 & 2 x D4
Ulster: 3 x D1, 3 x D2, 1 x D3 & 1 x D4
Leinster: 1 x D1, 2 x D2, 6 x D3 & 2 x D4
Munster: 1 x D1, 3 x D2 & 2 x D4

Meh! How many All-Ireland's have the other provinces won in the last 6 years? The problem isn't Leinster football, it's Dublin. Put Dublin and all their home games and all their financial resources in any other province and you would all be just as shite. Freakonomics could probably a do a podcast on it.
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