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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:49:16 AM »
This is not a group of lads having an impromptu game of ball on a green

This is six in a row All-Ireland champions Dublin, the institution of the Dublin football team and Dublin GAA, training away at their usual training venue at the usual time, driving there in their branded Dublin GAA cars, as if there's no pandemic and no rules

It's a two fingers to Covid bereaved like myself, and especially Covid bereaved Dublin supporters like myself, my father was a Dublin supporter for well over 60 years, he could recite to you in minute detail about the 1955 championship, about the time Wexford beat Dublin in Carlow in '56, and every year since then

Is it any wonder other people are breaking the rules more and more when this is the example of prominent people in the public eye - and this team has set itself up as role models

And still people deflect about what this is about

This is not about the risk of the Dublin team spreading Covid as a result of the meeting up yesterday morning, which is minute

It's about the entirety of the rules that every person on this island is asked to adhere to, the millions upon millions of individual and institutional decisions to either adhere to the rules or give two fingers to them

The Dublin team as an institution, through their actions, are giving the two fingers to the efforts of everybody to control and get rid of this pandemic - and it doesn't stop at the Dublin team, it reflects terribly on the whole GAA because far more in the GAA are at it and far more have been at it

That's what its about

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Extremely well put sid. You can turn eloquence into an art form- most of the time anyway. ;D

Agreed. Sums up my feelings on this.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jim McGuiness - 10 Years On
« on: February 11, 2021, 10:26:48 PM »
If I remember correctly Joe McMahon was having a great game that day. Think he was marking Murphy. His loss was the losing of that game for tyrone. Everything Jimmy did seemed to come off in those days

John Doyle v Kildare 2011 and Bryan Sheehan v Kerry 2012 were taken out of game. Both prominent freetaker though the Dubs taking out Karl Lacey was game changer in 2011.

Thatís strange given that Johnny Doyle was booked late in extra time that day for grabbing Ryan Bradley by the ankles to stop a Donegal break.

Also strange that, if I remember correctly, the man who had collided with Doyle early in the game was Michael Hegarty, about as far from a dirty player as Iíve ever seen play.

Doyle didnt score in game. Was taken off and came back in extra time.  McGuinness spoke in the media prior saying Donegal players were been targeted 🤣🤣🤣

The collision between Hegarty and Doyle happened three seconds into the game. Doyle played the entire normal time and was reintroduced in extra time. He took two frees within three minutes of the collision.

"Taken out of the game" me arse!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWlABqUppF0

Kicked both wide too which he kick in his sleep. Eoghan Flaherty took over the frees. Doyle got dead leg.

All right, I'm convinced.

Precision-targeting of thigh muscles by McGuinness using deep-cover players who've never been booked in their lives.

 ;D ;D ;D Brilliant

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General discussion / Re: What is the point of this board anymore?
« on: February 11, 2021, 11:51:43 AM »
There are active mods on this board???  :o :o :o

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General discussion / Re: Eating Habits
« on: January 28, 2021, 12:48:04 PM »
Shopping local generally means choosing to spend a little more for the same product in the hope that your money stays in the local economy.
I shop local from anyone who chooses to shop local. If a retailer is asking me to spend more from my families budget locally, then I expect them to do the same. Is that retailer preferentially purchasing their merchandise from local vendors even if it means that their profits are a bit lower? Are they willing to forego their own 'budget' in order to help the local economy? If not, then they can go and shite; they are essentially looking for private households to do what they are not willing to themselves. Plenty of businesses are struggling at the moment, but so are plenty of households.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jim McGuiness - 10 Years On
« on: January 20, 2021, 01:03:04 PM »
As it stands now Jimmy is a one trick pony, if he returns to the game  to do something more then that status can change. He hasn't put in the shift I think he could have led that Donegal squad to another 2 or 3 AI finals.

He certainly is a one-trick pony. Still ... an AI championship is a pretty impressive one trick to have.

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General discussion / Re: Mother and Baby Home Report
« on: January 13, 2021, 03:35:32 PM »
An issue for me would be the fact someone leaked the report to the indo for a few quid. There's no political or personal gain for anyone or any party by doing it so it can only have been done for money.

Survivors of the home who expected to be given the report ahead of its publication would have seen it splashed all over the front of the paper last Sunday. That wasn't right but of course we'll never find out who leaked it

And let's not forget that the indo went looking to acquire this report, and they decided to publish it, knowing full well the hurt it would cause. The leaker deserved to be punished (fired) but I'd love to see the editors etc in the indo come out and justify what they did.

As for the report itself ... what do you say? Just sick, disgusting and depressing. Those poor people.

And then you have politicians rushing to score points off it ... religeous orders are sorry but no indication that they'll flash the cash ...

Just depressing. :(

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County: Donegal

Are you happy with 2020 achievement?   No
What was your minimal aspiration for '20? Stay in Div 1, Ulster title & AISF
Are you happy with the direction of your county going into 21? Don't know.
What is you minimal aspiration for '21?  Stay in Div 1, Ulster title & AISF
Where do you position your county 1-33?  4
If Dublin are a 10 out of 10. What number out of 10 would you give your county for 2020?  5

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cillian O'Connor wins Golden Boot Race
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:32:56 AM »
What Cillian O'Connor has possibly more than any forward in history is an elite attitude

He is not the most naturally talented forward in the game and far from it

But he has confidence and moxey in spades and a supreme work ethic and leadership skills, and he must be the most annoying player in Ireland to play against, he's narky as hell and cute as a fox

All that enables him to punch way above his weight

O'Connor is the sort of player who loves that Dublin are as good as they are, because he sees it as the ultimate challenge to beat them

He more than any other player is responsible for Mayo having the sort of gang mentality you need

Coincidentally, or not so coincidentally, Mayo's rise started the same year O'Connor came into the team and straight away he took on the mantle of team leader, as a 19 year old

O'Connor's equalising point against Dublin in 2016 is one of the greatest scores I've ever seen - he demanded the ball, made the opening himself and went for it, it was almost psychopathic in its confidence

His equalising score at 1-16 apiece the following year was almost as good

And when he has failed, he has dusted himself down and gone harder again

A remarkable player and man

A pity he struggles from open play so much.

What does the finish line in this argument look like to you? When people agree with you? When people stop replying cause you've worn them down? Or is it the case that it's the process of arguing that is fueling you rather than any actual conclusion/victory? It's interesting reading you on this thread and on the SF thread - your energy for an argument is boundless and you put a lot of effort into it. But, out of interest, what is it all for?

When people who are wrong admit they are wrong.

What do you disagree with what I've said on O'Connor?

It also takes two people to argue.

 ;D ;D ;D
Not a chance you are dragging me into this! There are very few things I care about enough to argue about them with strangers on an internet forum. And COC is definitely not one of them.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cillian O'Connor wins Golden Boot Race
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:26:59 AM »
What Cillian O'Connor has possibly more than any forward in history is an elite attitude

He is not the most naturally talented forward in the game and far from it

But he has confidence and moxey in spades and a supreme work ethic and leadership skills, and he must be the most annoying player in Ireland to play against, he's narky as hell and cute as a fox

All that enables him to punch way above his weight

O'Connor is the sort of player who loves that Dublin are as good as they are, because he sees it as the ultimate challenge to beat them

He more than any other player is responsible for Mayo having the sort of gang mentality you need

Coincidentally, or not so coincidentally, Mayo's rise started the same year O'Connor came into the team and straight away he took on the mantle of team leader, as a 19 year old

O'Connor's equalising point against Dublin in 2016 is one of the greatest scores I've ever seen - he demanded the ball, made the opening himself and went for it, it was almost psychopathic in its confidence

His equalising score at 1-16 apiece the following year was almost as good

And when he has failed, he has dusted himself down and gone harder again

A remarkable player and man

A pity he struggles from open play so much.

What does the finish line in this argument look like to you? When people agree with you? When people stop replying cause you've worn them down? Or is it the case that it's the process of arguing that is fueling you rather than any actual conclusion/victory? It's interesting reading you on this thread and on the SF thread - your energy for an argument is boundless and you put a lot of effort into it. But, out of interest, what is it all for?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 05:55:57 PM »
Well you can't argue with that. 2 soft black cards and some dodgy decisions against them and Cavan still showed what you need to win an Ulster title. Hats off to them.

Hard to know what we were at TBH. Unclear what our gameplan was and we were incapable of getting our main men on the ball. Anyway, that's for another day. Congrats Cavan.

Looks like a few boys got distracted by the Dublin talk.

Cavan won every 50/50 ball, didnít give us a sniff after the half hour mark, and thoroughly deserved that win.

Reminded me of the Monaghan final in 2013.

Yeah, had that feel about it. We may not like it, but there's no avoiding the fact that this team has, for 3 years in a row, not been able to deliver in a knock-out high-intensity game. Our younger lads looked VERY young today. And old older lads looked old. It's a sobering day.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 05:39:43 PM »
Well you can't argue with that. 2 soft black cards and some dodgy decisions against them and Cavan still showed what you need to win an Ulster title. Hats off to them.

Hard to know what we were at TBH. Unclear what our gameplan was and we were incapable of getting our main men on the ball. Anyway, that's for another day. Congrats Cavan.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 05:38:30 PM »
Well you can't argue with that. 2 soft black cards and some dodgy decisions against them and Cavan still showed what you need to win an Ulster title. Hats off to them.

Hard to know what we were at TBH. Unclear what our gameplan was and we were incapable of getting our main men on the ball. Anyway, that's for another day. Congrats Cavan.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 04:50:30 PM »
Cassidy has certainly been easier on us. Sure looked like a mark at the end - must have been a very small touch if there was one.

Having just seen the black card, I'll change my position - it was very harsh.

On first look, I felt the McGonagle challenge was accidental - looked like he was tracking his man. But will need to see it again. Hope Galligan is OK.

We'll need to tighten up at the back if we're to win this, and to take a goal chance when it comes along.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 04:19:44 PM »
Clear black card, not sure how it could be see otherwise. He deliberately ran across Ryan.

After a shakey start our attack has started to click - still look very open at the back.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 18, 2020, 09:43:02 PM »
I think every year (for the last few), people have been dying to think that there's a team that'll put it up to the Dubs. There's a desperation there; a hope that the Championship isn't inevitable. With Kerry gone, people are turning to Donegal and Mayo, and of course, the column inches still have to be written.

IMO we don't deserve to be talken about as challengers to the Dubs. We've shite the bed the last 2 years when the pressure came on, and suddenly we're going to beat what is probably the greatest Gaeic Football team ever?

Cavan will give us a right rattle in the Ulster final. I'll be shocked and incredibly disappointed if we don't win it (no offence to the Cavan Gaels) but it's not a foregone conclusion.

We're a good team; probably as skillful a bunch as I've ever seen line out for us, but I don't think we are the great hope that the country is waiting for.

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