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GAA Discussion / Re: Concerned Gaels
« Last post by give her dixie on Today at 03:48:52 AM »
If anyone is to blame for this GAA / Palestine flag issue it's the members of this board who first came forward with donations
of money towards my crazy idea to fill a van or a lorry with aid and go join a convoy to Gaza in the UK organised by George Galloway.

His idea was in response to the 21 day assault on Gaza by Israel called Operation Cast Lead that left over 1,400 dead in late 08/09. Having rallies was one thing, direct action was another and he came up with this idea of a convoy through North Africa and into Gaza via the Rafah crossing.

It was an incredible journey, and when we broke the siege I was so so proud to drive through the Rafah Crossing into Gaza in a Rocwell lorry filled not only with a token of aid, but with the love and solidarity from not only everyone on this site, but everyone in Ireland, and beyond.

What we witnessed over the time we were there so soon after the attacks changed each and everyone of us forever.

It got into our blood and we all pledged after our journey that we would do all we could to help in any way we could.

Because of the support of this site, I had a big GAABoard.com sticker on the lorry going in, and it represented everyone here.

The lorry stayed along with the aid. The GAA had arrived in Gaza.....

Throughout all that time from then to now I have dedicated my life to Gaza and Palestine.

With the love and support from my family and friends I have been able to do what I can for the Palestinians.

I have a big Tyrone to Gaza flag that has been signed by too many people to mention.

In 'early 09 when I decided to go to Gaza, Tyrone were All Ireland Champions.

Their sponsors Rocwell donated  a lorry, members of this board paid for the fuel, O'Neills in Strabane donated hundreds of jerseys, clubs across the land donated jerseys, I had the Sam Maguire in the lorry before departure,and on the front page of the Irish News. I had the full support of the All Ireland champions and beyond and off I went.....

And I turned my drive to Gaza into a journey of the GAA showing solidarity to Gaza........

When I got to Gaza I got to hand out Dublin and Meath jerseys, among others, and had something smart to say about it...

Gaza and Palestine is in my blood, an by my actions I tried to associate the GAA into their suffering.

It wan't long ago when we were suffering, and we were glad of all the help we could get.

The Choctaw Indians sent us help, the Ottoman Islamic Empire sent us help, and the least we can do right now is send some solidarity to the Palestinians, and repay the love and respect we got from others when we needed it.

If that means flying a flag at a GAA match, then so be it.


Let's not become the cow that forgot it was a calf...........

Please?


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General discussion / Re: No Country for Women - RTE1
« Last post by Oraisteach on Today at 01:21:19 AM »
The documentary is on YouTube
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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by Syferus on Today at 01:17:57 AM »
Inform me please? i was asking a question!

Would’ve thought there’d be loads after him but only ever heard Juve’s name mentioned and that’s going back a good 9 months

He had the privilege of having his pick because every halfways big club would be willing to overpay him on wages because he was available on a free. It doesn’t mean he would be interested in them, though. So it ended up being about which big club could offer him the role he wanted, which is exactly what the article above says. Juve obviously did the leg work six plus months ago to get him as good as tied up as you could in the circumstances.
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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by gawa316 on Today at 12:49:39 AM »
Inform me please? i was asking a question!

Would’ve thought there’d be loads after him but only ever heard Juve’s name mentioned and that’s going back a good 9 months
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Put the Dublin club champions into the Leinster cship with the other counties. The likes of Vincents,BBoden etc. have as big a population as most counties anyway. That would level it out.

The Leinster championship result last November in case you missed it. Rathnew (Wicklow) 1-13. St. Vincent's (Dublin) 1-9
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General discussion / Re: Biggest Sh*t Stirrers
« Last post by Oraisteach on Today at 12:33:37 AM »
OK, what dis Fearon actually do?
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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by Carmen Stateside on Today at 12:32:44 AM »
Inform me please? i was asking a question!
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General discussion / Re: Biggest Sh*t Stirrers
« Last post by armaghniac on Today at 12:31:45 AM »
Is Fearon gone? What’s the story?

He suffered the fate of the Armagh 10 for punching below the belt.
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General discussion / Re: Biggest Sh*t Stirrers
« Last post by under the bar on Today at 12:22:48 AM »
Is Fearon gone? What’s the story?

Like Armagh GAA he's largely faded away and irrelevant these days
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GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« Last post by SpeculativeEffort on Today at 12:21:07 AM »
Leinster Football final attendances 1980 to 1990 inclusive

1980    50,276
1981    28,398
1982    32,504
1983    36,921
1984    56,051
1985    33,423
1986    43,765
1987    48,122
1988    42,302
1989    56,839
1990    53,847

What was Meath and Laois in 1991? I suspect that might be the one of the few occasions it has fallen below 40000 in the last 30 years. Westmeath and Laois in 04 and Dublin Westmeath in 2016 being the other. 2017 was an aberration that won't occur again.

28,157

Thanks, I didn't think it would be that low. Of course the 230,000+ who turned up the Meath and Dublin matches would have more than made up for it.
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It was played on a Saturday and was Meath 8th Leinster game that year. Westmeath/Laois had attendance 56,449 and replay played following had lower crowd of  38,300. Very unusual crowd was much lower for replay.

Most clubs would mobilise buses of juveniles etc to Leinster finals but with replay maybe just a week later it can be hard to do it two weeks in a row. Could account for some of the shortfall
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