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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« Last post by Hound on Today at 02:30:09 PM »

I thought his piece today was excellent. Comparing all the unheralded work done by volunteers in the GAA against Colm Copper's "testimonial" dinner.

While I generally like Brolly and generally don't like Cooper, I find this type of comparison as pure nonsense.

Cooper's dinner has no impact whatsoever on the "unheralded work done by volunteers".
Cooper is a GAA superstar, and if he wants to sell a dinner, then I couldnt give a rat's ass. Doesn't affect me one iota, and I certainly won't buy a seat. But there's no reason for me to stop someone else buying a seat, if that's what they really want to do.

FFS, the "woe is me" shite about volunteers is vomit inducing. Of course it's "unheralded work", that's why we need to get volunteers to do it!

Cooper is also a volunteer at Dr Crokes, still playing senior and helps out with coaching of one of the underage teams (U16 I think). And turns up for all kinds of events run by the club.

General discussion / Re: Halloween or Hallowe'en
« Last post by GJL on Today at 02:26:46 PM »
Remember the preparations would be going on well in advance. One of the lads would bunk off school, get the train to Dublin, head straight to Moore Street to buy fireworks with all our saved up cash and get the train straight back down. We'd have an awful job not to let them all off before the actual night. Also got caps that you'd use in a toy gun and folded them and wrapped them round stones with sellotape. Made a nice bang when they landed.
Forgot about that one! Looking back on it now the old folks must have been tormented round our way as there would be lads running along roofs of bungalows etc. in some of the estates.

2p bangers. Wrap a full roll of caps around an 2p and cellotape.

"Improvised explosive device".....we could all have been locked up!

Fold them up inside a pen lid with a match sticking out as a fuse. Light end of match and run!
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Last post by johnneycool on Today at 02:24:51 PM »
Rossa by all accounts were very impressive at the weekend..

I was up at the Rossa game, pure quality from start to finish - nailed on for the u21's this year again. Pub talk is St.Johns bad week about to get worse with a player from A/G receiving serious facial injuries from a dirty joe.


is this a dirty joe?

Things have gotten out of hand if it is!
General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« Last post by johnneycool on Today at 02:21:19 PM »
Koeman sacked

One man for the job... Big Sam  :P

Ancelotti is at home kicking his heels, wonder would he like a new challenge.....
General discussion / Re: The Great Tracker Mortgages Robbery
« Last post by Billys Boots on Today at 02:19:59 PM »
Is the 'crime' not that the banks were 'advising' customers that foregoing their tracker mortgages was a better financial option for them (their customers)?  Which it wasn't.
I don't think so. At the time the ECB rate was relatively high and so switching from the tracker for a fixed period made obvious sense. The unwillingness to allow lenders to revert to the tracker is the issue I'm aware of.

Surely this is the point though - they were told they would be able to revert and when they wanted to they were told different, is that not correct?
Yes, as far as I understand it.

For the purposes of completeness here (and just for information, I'm not arguing with anyone), I've been (for commercial reasons) following the ECB rate since 2002 and at no point did commercial mortgage rates fall below the ECB plus margin rates being offered for commercial mortgages.  As I recall, the last time I changed my (domestic) mortage (2006), the rates I was offered were indistinguishable from the commercial rates being offered at the time. 
General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by Gabriel_Hurl on Today at 02:19:23 PM »
***shite meme***

People in glass houses

If any team wants to buy Lindelof in Jan I'll deliver him myself.  Can't believe we passed on the opportunity to buy Michael Keane back to buy that donkey.
General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by Armamike on Today at 02:16:51 PM »
While Lovren and Mignolet were exposed, can and Henderson and indeed Milner were also complicit.  Keita will make a significant difference, but happy to hand any of this 5 a free transfer. I'd rather have the kids play than 4 of them (Milner the exception). Wijnaldum is often overlooked but he puts in more hard yards than can and JH.
Klavan sadly not the answer either.

Would agree with this.  While the backline is obviously not good enough, there is very little cover from midfield. Can and Henderson don't offer much.  That back 4 would need somebody of the quality of Kante or Matic in front of them.

Gary Neville made a good point yesterday in saying that these players continue to get picked despite continual mistakes.  It's actually hard to believe that 3 out of that back 5 yesterday were about in Rodgers' time, and were heavily criticised then.  This still hasn't been fixed 3 years later under Klopp and is a pretty poor indictment of him imo.  He's now got a major problem on his hands that has festered for 3 years.
Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« Last post by GetOverTheBar on Today at 02:15:44 PM »
I can exclusively reveal plan A (the blanket) will be continued next year. However a few tweaks will be implemented with our lord's prayer said before all matches and a decade of the rosary at half time. Yes!! Let's do this. ( Maybe somebody is feeding me bullshit?)

Do Tyrone pray before matches? I can't see that being true. I'm calling bullsh1t on that accusation

Ronan McNamee said in an article in the irish news (i think!) that they all went to mass on the morning of games, I definitely remember reading something like this in the summer perhaps that's what the reference is about.
General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« Last post by lurganblue on Today at 02:14:56 PM »
Koeman sacked

One man for the job... Big Sam  :P
General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by Aaron Boone on Today at 02:08:27 PM »
The weekend was a pointed example of why you don't get carried away over drubbing an outfit like Maribor.

Maribor have things back on track, 1-0 winners over the weekend.
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