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General discussion / Re: Its snowing!
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:26:56 PM »
Heavy snow in Omagh the roads are dangerous already.
Must be very localised. Just a very light sprinkling here.

To be fair, this rule's been in place now for a few years. Any club breaking it can't really claim ignorance.

In an era where child protection is strong, including coaches being vetted, contact details of youth players having to go through their parents etc. The days of the likes of Stephen O'Neill making his senior club debut at 14 are gone folks.

General discussion / Re: RTE on Freeview
« on: December 16, 2010, 02:23:16 PM »
Just posted what was told to me Fionntamhnach . Thought it may have been of use to someone.
Either way im not concerned as i have perfect recption on all those channels
Fair enough, but it's still rubbish. I've heard too much misleading info given about it all over the last couple of years.  >:(

This site is decent for info on Saorview and Saorsat for recent developments.

General discussion / Re: RTE on Freeview
« on: December 16, 2010, 01:37:58 PM »
Just found out that rte are currently sending signals for freeview from the Sligo and Lonford transmitters only. It was the case that it was available on all transmitters for a short period while testing was conducted. Apparently RTE are under contract with SKY until 2012 and it therefore wont be available until then on other transmitters. Currently have perfect signal through freeview for
Rte1,Rte2,TV3,TG4,3e,Rte news now, Radio1,RnG,Radio2,gold,lyric fm,chill.
It may be of benefit to some of you

Bensars, I don't know who your source is, but that's rubbish. The RTÉ contract with Sky has nothing to do with the Saorview & Saorsat rollout.

Saorview is currently broadcasting from all of RTÉNL's main transmitters and they are rolling out the service to some of the main relays as well, Collins Barracks in Cork came online yesterday, meaning that all of the city should now be covered.

The main problem for many northern viewers is that the current digital services from the Clermont Carn transmitter in Louth (which nearly all RTÉ viewers east of Ballygawley use) is currently using a separate transmitting aerial for its digital broadcasts than its analogue aerial. The digital aerial is lower down the mast and is also shielded towards the north. The reason for this is to comply with current international frequency agreements set down in 2006 to minimise interference to TV services in the north. When analogue TV transmissions are turned off at Clermont Carn, or when the north is fully converted to digital (whichever is first), the digital services will start broadcasting on the analogue transmitting aerial and the northwards restrictions will be relaxed - that explains the red areas on the coverage map in the Irish News a couple of days ago.

Other transmitters close to the border or whose coverage spills over to parts of the north have less restrictions on them right now. Truskmore (Co. Sligo), Carin Hill (Co. Longford) and Holywell Hill (Co. Donegal, just outside Derry City) are currently broadcasting on restricted power, but still quite powerful, and will be on full power in around two years time. The Monaghan relay is scheduled to come on line for this coming Spring.

For places across Ireland, north & south, that won't be able to get a Saorview signal, a mirror service via satellite called Saorsat is to be provided that should cover from Valentia Island to Ballycastle. It will not use the same satellites or receivers that are currently used for Sky though. It should hopefully be up and running some time next year.

As for the article in the Irish News, I thought that it was a lot of hot air with no substance to it (it quoted no actual people confirming the story), or that at best it might end up being a similar job to that of TG4 currently broadcasting from Divis at very low power to only part of the city, but it appears that there might be some substance to it - however it will not have the same coverage across the north as Freeview has though it should benefit viewers in particular in Belfast.

General discussion / Re: RTE on Freeview
« on: December 14, 2010, 01:12:05 PM »
There was nothing in the Irish News today about new expansion plans into the north other that to have an unnamed source say that RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4 would be carried (with rights restrictions) which means very little at this stage. I'll go into a little more detail later.

currently you can buy a freeview hd box which will get it which costs around £149
You can get them even cheaper than that by shopping around, got this one from

Tesco also had a refurbished Technika Freeview HD STB a couple of weeks ago on their eBay outlet store for around £35, but seems to have sold all out.

The Durex Athletic Grounds.

Giving cover to pr*cks in all places!  :P

General discussion / Re: Frankie Boyle
« on: December 10, 2010, 10:24:56 PM »
Hard to know what to make of it, anyone I've heard who has been to see his tour says that the same joke doesn't sound so bad in that context. However when you look at it in print, especially the second part of the joke, it does look tasteless even by Frankie Boyle's general standards, and not a great imagination to back it up either. Harvey Price can't defend himself on this, but as much as Frankie Boyle is wrong to make fun of the boy in this way, I can't take seriously Jordan taking the moral high ground as she's prostituting him in the media as much as possible to advance her own career and often looks a hypocrite (having photoshoots with her kids saying what a great mum she is then leaving them with babysitters to go out and get pissed for several days in a row etc.) She should take this as a wake-up call to do like most celebs do and keep her children out of the tabloid media spotlight for their sake. Had she done so, I doubt Frankie and others would have the ammo to take such pot shots, rightly or wrongly.

General discussion / Re: Gerry Ryan dead
« on: December 10, 2010, 10:07:32 PM »
This report gives a new meaning to "The Ryan Line"...

General discussion / Re: Ziggy's "I Predict a Riot" Caption Competition.
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:49:24 PM »
Special delivery from the Kaiser Chiefs

General discussion / Re: Its snowing!
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:28:47 PM »
What are the roads amd the weather like round Omagh and Enniskillen at the minute, I am supposed to be working there tomorrow.
Main roads are drivable but take care and don't take risks. Side roads and back lanes are probably best avoided unless its urgent.

General discussion / Re: Its snowing!
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:00:20 PM »
My car read -12.5 when I left Strabane at 10am this morning, it had turned into a balmy -1 by Ballygawley. Seriously, the north west is so much worse than the south and east of

Totally agree. Left a sunny Belfast yesterday at 12.30pm or so, and it started to become armageddonish when I reached Ballygawley.

By the way it was -13.5 one morning last week when I was going to work!!
It was -15c in the car at 7.30 this morning. Don't think it's been above freezing around here for the last 10 days.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: December 07, 2010, 06:29:28 PM »
I would be very surprised if any of the teams still involved are actually training for it. The U21 competition has long been the poor relation in Tyrone football - either the county board put it on at a better time of year or just scrap it altogether.
The competition needs a complete revamp at this stage, but to be honest I'm not sure what should be done? Looking at a few other Ulster counties a winter/early year competition around February or March could be an option.

General discussion / Re: Its snowing!
« on: December 07, 2010, 01:44:38 PM »
-14.5c at Castlederg last night, currently -8.9c at 1.00pm.

General discussion / Re: Are we all cheering for England today?
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:29:33 PM »
Can't remember which channel I seen it, but a British news reporter I seen on TV this evening described the awarding to Russia & Qatar as being "Eurovision style voting".

They're not taking it too well.  :-X

General discussion / Re: Are we all cheering for England today?
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:10:28 PM »
If nothing else, it at least means that the next two World Cups will have games scheduled for daytime & evening viewing for European audiences.

The Qatar award is a bit surprising, I must say. It'll be interesting how the proposed air-con will work. There was plenty of talk about the hot & humid conditions some of the games were played in the 1994 tournament in the US. Would also be interesting if Israel make it to the 2022 finals...

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