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the Dubs have never travelled to Ulster for a championship match

They beat Derry in Clones in 2003. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/na-fianna-duo-put-wind-up-derry-in-clones-1.485012

How many of the current Dublin squad or management were involved that day?

Sherlock

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General discussion / Re: Running
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:54:41 PM »
Went out on Sunday morning for a small run, first time in about 5 years running and i have to say it was tough. I had the sense to not go too far first time out but only done 2 1/2 miles and it was bad. My leg muscles after run didn't know what had hit them and still sore today, i ran slow enough (eight and a half minute miles) but could't believe how hard the leg muscles got it.

I played football all my life until 8 years ago and took up cycling 4 years ago, wouldn't think twice about cycling 100 miles so am fit enough but couldn't believe what a 2 1/2 mile jog done to me...
In fairness it works both ways. As far as running goes I'd consider myself fairly fit at the moment.
I went back cycling though a month or so ago and my first time out I nearly collapsed off the bike at the end. It's like anything though, keep doing it and it gets better.
First night out I think I only averaged 21kph, after a few weeks I was doing the same route at 28kph.
Me personally though I don't get the same buzz from cycling as I do from running.

Have you tried going out in a group - lots of cycling clubs around Dublin that cater for beginners/improvers

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It always amuses me at how supporters from Ulster counties really over rate their championships and teams from their province. Connacht use to be like that then their counties got good.

Who is overhyping Monaghan? It's just a response to all the media talk being about Kildare. Or maybe you agree with Bolton that it should be an easy win this weekend.

Nope it's just an observation that supporters/media from Ulster over hype Ulster teams. How did all that Tyrone hype work out for them last year?

Emmet is excited but he also put a caveat on his analysis, 'IF' Kildare got an early goal or two he could see Kildare winning by 5 points or more.  Otherwise he felt the Monagahan inside line could be the difference.

Majority of Kildare fans are expecting an arm wrestle, the core are happy to see this Kildare team play to their abilities, personally I think the draw might be the value bet or Monaghan on the handicap. 

Kildare unfortunately can't control the media narrative, it's a good story though, couldn't buy a win in 12 months, reach the pits of despair with Carlow defeat, The Kerry Mafia sticking the knife into O'Neill, followed by wins in Derry and Longford, #newbridgeornowhere, redemption against Mayo, blow defensive Fermanagh apart. Losing to Monaghan will kill it dead though, nothing like sport to bring you back to earth. For the media and sales Kildare are a better story than Monaghan who are a good team but no romance.

I was talking to a Dub this week who has been involved ad-hoc and says Kildare are like a new team since the Newbridge thing. Said their previous preparations and application were no different to Dublin but obviously were under a cloud with the 12 month losing streak. Best of luck them Sunday.

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General discussion / Re: Steroids
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:42:34 AM »
Gym culture is certainly more prevalent than it was years ago but I'd say it's fairly certain there's lots of this shit knocking about. What's more dangerous, vanity or aspirational sporting gains?

I reckon vanity would account for the majority of the abusers, that is not to say that sporting needs is not a big problem it is just that there are less aspiring sports stars than instagram models.
A general rule too is that once you take steroids the use of cocaine on nights out increases, I don't know why but from personal experience any of my acquaintances who take steroids are also coke heads.

Pretty generalised there but that's the case for myself as well. Although the whole coke problem in Ireland needs a thread of its own.

Not that I mix in those circles generally but anyone I know that is taking steroids also anecdotally takes coke on nights out too

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:09:02 PM »
Kildare have really hoisted the white flag on this one. What a message to give your players - we know you have no chance of beating Mayo in Croke Park, your only hope would be to play them in Newbridge. With that sort of leadership this Kildare team will never win anything.

I don't see how you've drawn that conclusion - if anything I'd say they'll be far more together.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:33:02 PM »
A world-class review of Kildare’s county ground

We have spoken before about the issue of Kildare’s home ground in Newbridge, St Conleth’s Park. The lack of facilities there have forced Kildare onto the road all summer and while it is so far, so good enough is enough for Leinster Leader writer Tommy Callaghan. He devoted a few paragraphs to the state of St Conleth's, and they make for great reading.

"The dressing rooms are about as big enough for a couple of five-a-side teams; the referee's area is overcrowded once the linesmen join the match official and as for the press box, Jesus, don't get me started ...

"For a county that boasts one of the biggest followings in the country it is nothing short of disgraceful that we cannot hold a home game that is likely to attract anything close to 8,000...

"St Conleth's Park remains, in this writer's view, an absolute ideal location in the centre of town if it can get not just a makeover but a complete and utter revamp...

"If the refusal of the CCCC to allow Kildare play Limerick in round three of the qualifiers does nothing else, it might, and I emphasise might, just help to concentrate the minds and finally put an end to the embarrassment that Kildare GAA's number one ground is. The time for a splash of paint, fresh soap and new 'smellies' in the loos to keep the natives on side is well and truly gone."

https://www.joe.ie/sport/the-best-thing-ever-written-about-a-kildare-gaa-ground-38451

If it's suitable to host a Div 1 league game it's suitable to hold a qualifier game

*unless it was made clear to Kildare ahead of the championship it wasn't

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:20:33 PM »
Surely Kildare county board have agreed to this on some level? Couldn't go ahead without them giving the go ahead.... could it??

They should threaten to not field but they don't have to agree, the CCCC or any CCC for that matter can fix games as they wish and you can't object/appeal a fixture (that is assuming of course there is a get out clause in the rules that they don't automatically get home advantage without conditions)

Interesting, are you aware of any clauses Heffo? Is this tied back to the bail out do you think?

I'd imagine any new competition being drawn up would have a rule along the lines of first team drawn out gets home advantage *Provided home ground meets certain requirements and final decision rests with CCCC*

Would be very surprised if there were still any strings around the bailout - more likely a behind doors deal was done.

KCB should stand their ground, no reason the game shouldn't go ahead in Newbridge.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:07:41 PM »
Surely Kildare county board have agreed to this on some level? Couldn't go ahead without them giving the go ahead.... could it??

They should threaten to not field but they don't have to agree, the CCCC or any CCC for that matter can fix games as they wish and you can't object/appeal a fixture (that is assuming of course there is a get out clause in the rules that they don't automatically get home advantage without conditions)

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That's why I can't believe he's the parent - he'd have to know he'd never get away with that.

He's not

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As a local involved in the club people seem to be missing two points.

1. The GAA, in the absence of any censure are perceived to be backing the club and Liam Howley.

2. Howley is destroying the club. And the club was struggling long before this incident.

The Driver is a committed Gael and refused to take money from the club. He is entirely the wronged party. His treatment is disgusting and the ordinary members have been cut off at the knees. Refusing to allow the kids on that team play, punishing them to get at the Driver, is a disgrace. We aren't losing kids to other clubs, we are losing them to the far better run soccer and rugby clubs in the area. Better facilities, none of this messing.

I can only assume the DCB and Croke Park are backing him because of the property play with Fingal CC to move up the road in a land swap. And they are having to do that because the facilities are a shambles.

I have serious fears for the club and efforts to get answers, let alone accountability have been stonewalled.

To the best of your knowledge,
a) Was Paul Kimmage in attendance at the AGM? Y
b) Was he 'The Parent', whose actions were described in the article? N

AFAIK

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Why would GAA insurance even cover something like defamation?

I’d imagine it’s a catch all cover for GAA officers that they will be underwritten for issues arising discharging their role (however hairbrained they may be)

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:19:37 PM »
Walter, what's your budget?

Sukhimvit Road has all the big hotel chains , Sky train & is reasonably central from memory, decent hotels there shouldn't be too bad.

For the full on backpacker experience head for Ko San road, dirt cheap hostels/guest houses etc there.
Cheers Subbie. Just the 2 nights in Bangkok prior to heading down to the islands. Have heard Sukhimvit Road is the place to stay. Walking distance to the madness. Any ideas on which islands to go to folks? Obviously Koh Phangan for the full moon party but for the remainder of the week I'd prefer a mix of lively/chilled out islands.

If it's only the islands you want to do get a flight Bangkok to Ko Samui, 1 or 2 nights there then get ferry and head Ko pagan nagn do full moon, allow a few days either side of full moon 3 before and 2 or 3 after as accomodation is hard to get just before the full moon, after you've recovered head for Ko Tao, get ferry from Ko pagn nagn, lovely chilled out spot.

Phuket and Ko Phi Phi are other options but if you want to hit a full moon Phuket is a fair hike to Samui.
Ko phi phi is a grand spot but I found it a bit boring after 3 days , it's tiny and you'll be eating and drinking in the same few places if there for longer.

A place worth considering is Krabi, I went there and only gave myself 3 nights there and regretted it ever since, loads to do, not as expensive as the islands ( Thailand wise if that makes sense, it'll still be cheaper than what you are used to!)

If you can try and get up north , Chiang mai or Chaing Rai, easy cheap flight from Bangkok, loads to do that in both places, I went to Chaing Mai intending to stay 3-4 nights ended up staying there 2 1/2 weeks !

You'll have a ball there no matter where you go though, Asia rooms.com and Agoda.com were best I found for good deals on accom , never trust the taxi drivers , make sure when you are in Bangkok to get a motorcycle taxi, not a tuk tuk, a motorbike taxi, you'll see them, jump on the back and away you go, madness but a great way to get round Bangkok!!

Also, is it hard to get free upgrades? Any secrets such as DONT check in online but get in early and ask at the check in desk?


Very hard if you don't have status. If Economy is overbooked they'll upgrade economy passengers with the highest status first and then slide down status-wise.

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General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 24, 2018, 10:18:12 PM »
Speaking of Specialized bikes I see the old Browns Barn restaurant on the N7 at Citywest is being turned into a Specialized bike shop.

Due to open next month

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Athenry didn't cover themselves in glory with how they handled the complaint by any means but Kimmage shouldn't have named the two people involved.

Having been a Juv Chair, Club Chair and lots of other county and national positions, I can honestly say that about 80% of issues I encountered in all that time were from pushy parents who felt their son/daughter were too good to play on a B team or their teammates on their own team weren't good enough for their son/daughter.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:27:52 PM »
In Dublin I believe the county board assigns the schools to each club and then that clubs GPO can only attend those schools......


No parish rule in Dublin - the club Steering committee would typically look at what they're getting out of different schools and concentrate resources accordingly - lots of schools in Dublin with crossover between clubs.

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