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GAA Discussion / Re: Interview with Father Vincent Stapleton
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:39:28 PM »
Saw the clips of the interview..couldn't get away from the thought that only someone who is quite mental would become a priest really.
Or truly dedicated. Fair play to him. He had a degree and a teaching job that he gave up to follow this path. How much the poorer would our communities be but for him and others like him.

So instead of educating kids, he now dedicates himself to an imaginary being..how noble!  ::)

You may believe that but he and his congregation don't.

Thankfully (in my view) the number of people involved in such things is ever decreasing.
Another fine example of the smug superiority complex that atheist/non-believing types tend to hold over those who obviously aren't as enlightened as they like to think they are themselves.

I said "in my view", so get over yourself. Believe what you want to believe, knock yourself out..but in this country, the church has wielded way too much power and used it control and abuse the population largely. Anybody denying that is either a liar or deluding themselves.
That's my last post on the matter here.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Interview with Father Vincent Stapleton
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:54:53 PM »
Saw the clips of the interview..couldn't get away from the thought that only someone who is quite mental would become a priest really.
Or truly dedicated. Fair play to him. He had a degree and a teaching job that he gave up to follow this path. How much the poorer would our communities be but for him and others like him.

So instead of educating kids, he now dedicates himself to an imaginary being..how noble!  ::)

You may believe that but he and his congregation don't.

Thankfully (in my view) the number of people involved in such things is ever decreasing.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Interview with Father Vincent Stapleton
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:00:18 AM »
Saw the clips of the interview..couldn't get away from the thought that only someone who is quite mental would become a priest really.
Or truly dedicated. Fair play to him. He had a degree and a teaching job that he gave up to follow this path. How much the poorer would our communities be but for him and others like him.

So instead of educating kids, he now dedicates himself to an imaginary being..how noble!  ::)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Interview with Father Vincent Stapleton
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:37:34 PM »
Saw the clips of the interview..couldn't get away from the thought that only someone who is quite mental would become a priest really.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Clubs formed from splits in other clubs
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:36:19 PM »
Dripsey in Cork, is a very new club having only formed in 2004. It was as a result of a split in the Inniscarra club. Dripsey went on to win the County and Munster Junior hurling in 2008. There is a serious battle for "hearts and minds" around there now as they are in the same parish and neighbours, cousins, friends often end up playing on opposing sides.

Down in South Kerry, the famous Dromid Pearses (Jack O'Connor, Declan O'Sullivan) would be in the same parish as Waterville and despite forming in the 40s, they disbanded for a long time again, with players from the area lining out with Waterville. They setup again themselves in the 70s I think and in the last 25 years or so, Dromid have solidified and despite operating off "the slopes of a few mountains" as a club member said to me, they have a good pitch and field decent teams, despite the low numbers all over South Kerry.

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Anyway, Durcan surely will start and possibly Doherty to lose out for Mayo?

I'd imagine Barrett on JOD, Harrison on the real Geaney, Vaughan on Donaghy, Higgins sweeper. Very interesting to see how that battle goes. Harrison v Geaney is a serious one. 2 very effective players.

The concern for Kerry is Keegan getting space/time to attack. The other Geaney will have zero effect on the game most likely. O'Brien works hard but is hit and miss when starting although to be fair, had an excellent game in the wet v Tyrone in 2015.

I think this is going to be a tight, niggly game with a goal being crucial either way. Discipline and frees also obviously will be massive.

Unless Kerry have a very bad day around the middle and only get 45% possession or less, I think we'll do enough.

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Was Walsh not starting ever much of a blow even in his prime? To be honest, he always came across as just another 'guy', a player that wouldn't leave a gaping hole in a team but who never would be the winning of a game either. Kerry's Jason Doherty, so to speak. Certainly not in the Paul Galvin or TOS class, and not even in the David Moran or JOD class either.

I think in this sport we have a tendancy to reward longevity with unwarranted plaudits - Padraig Joyce was being lauded as the best forward Connacht had ever seen on his retirement, lest we forget.

You are so clueless it's amazing really!

You always come back with some stupid remark, but just for fear you might get some sense, do you recall the 2013 semi final where Donnacha Walsh totally bamboozled Jack McCaffrey for example? If a player can do that, surely he's not a total plodder,no?

Walsh is no silky, skillful player and has limitations but he's had a serious effect in a lot of high quality games in the last 7/8 years. His loss on Sunday (pulled hammer in training I'm hearing) makes the squad a bit weaker. O'Brien does well off the bench but has a mixed record starting games. Mikey Geaney is just a Fitzmaurice pet-project and it's a bit annoying. He's a glaring weakness.

Wet day, frees and discipline will be crucial, so this game looks tighter as we get closer to it.

Was Jack Mc out of nappies in 2013? Is that really your example that disproves what I said? An old vet beating a talented but raw young lad?

"You always come back with some stupid remark"..QED.  ::)

If you're good enough to start for Dublin, what difference does age make? He was outstanding for most of that year, won young POTY etc. Anyway forget it, you've proved that logic is no part of the equation with you numerous times.

What difference does it make? He was a teenager FFS, going up against a fully grown man about 30.

If experience doesn't matter why is the average age of the key players on Sunday so high? Surely if you're good enough to play for Mayo or Kerry it should matter if you're 18 or 28?

You're trying to take some sort of intellectual high ground but all you've done is call me playground names and say that experience and physical conditioning doesn't matter in senior IC..

Yes exactly, phyiscal conditioning, speed etc is seriously important at the highest level. Jim Gavin deemed Jack McCaffrey up to the standard of starting in an All-Ireland winning team in 2013, the year in question, despite his lack of experience.

And I've no problem calling you an idiot, based on your posting record. I won't be alone there either.

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Was Walsh not starting ever much of a blow even in his prime? To be honest, he always came across as just another 'guy', a player that wouldn't leave a gaping hole in a team but who never would be the winning of a game either. Kerry's Jason Doherty, so to speak. Certainly not in the Paul Galvin or TOS class, and not even in the David Moran or JOD class either.

I think in this sport we have a tendancy to reward longevity with unwarranted plaudits - Padraig Joyce was being lauded as the best forward Connacht had ever seen on his retirement, lest we forget.

You are so clueless it's amazing really!

You always come back with some stupid remark, but just for fear you might get some sense, do you recall the 2013 semi final where Donnacha Walsh totally bamboozled Jack McCaffrey for example? If a player can do that, surely he's not a total plodder,no?

Walsh is no silky, skillful player and has limitations but he's had a serious effect in a lot of high quality games in the last 7/8 years. His loss on Sunday (pulled hammer in training I'm hearing) makes the squad a bit weaker. O'Brien does well off the bench but has a mixed record starting games. Mikey Geaney is just a Fitzmaurice pet-project and it's a bit annoying. He's a glaring weakness.

Wet day, frees and discipline will be crucial, so this game looks tighter as we get closer to it.

Was Jack Mc out of nappies in 2013? Is that really your example that disproves what I said? An old vet beating a talented but raw young lad?

"You always come back with some stupid remark"..QED.  ::)

If you're good enough to start for Dublin, what difference does age make? He was outstanding for most of that year, won young POTY etc. Anyway forget it, you've proved that logic is no part of the equation with you numerous times.

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Was Walsh not starting ever much of a blow even in his prime? To be honest, he always came across as just another 'guy', a player that wouldn't leave a gaping hole in a team but who never would be the winning of a game either. Kerry's Jason Doherty, so to speak. Certainly not in the Paul Galvin or TOS class, and not even in the David Moran or JOD class either.

I think in this sport we have a tendancy to reward longevity with unwarranted plaudits - Padraig Joyce was being lauded as the best forward Connacht had ever seen on his retirement, lest we forget.

You are so clueless it's amazing really!

You always come back with some stupid remark, but just for fear you might get some sense, do you recall the 2013 semi final where Donnacha Walsh totally bamboozled Jack McCaffrey for example? If a player can do that, surely he's not a total plodder,no?

Walsh is no silky, skillful player and has limitations but he's had a serious effect in a lot of high quality games in the last 7/8 years. His loss on Sunday (pulled hammer in training I'm hearing) makes the squad a bit weaker. O'Brien does well off the bench but has a mixed record starting games. Mikey Geaney is just a Fitzmaurice pet-project and it's a bit annoying. He's a glaring weakness.

Wet day, frees and discipline will be crucial, so this game looks tighter as we get closer to it.

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GAA Discussion / Re: galway v kerry all ireland quarter final
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:20:08 PM »
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GAA Discussion / Re: Cork v Kerry 2nd July 2pm
« on: July 04, 2017, 03:57:12 PM »
Just so people are fully aware of the current situation in Cork football, the current Cork Senior football management is comprised of the following: (Be cogniscent here of the fact that on the surface the manager has freedom to pick his own selectors, but in reality, Frank has a veto on everyone and has just point blank refused to allow certain individuals to get involved. This is part of the reason John Cleary refused to take the job, along with several other factors.)

Peadar Healy (Manager) - In the last 5 years has been in charge of O'Donovan Rossa (Senior club team in Cork) who had a shambles of a year including getting hammered by Clyda Rovers (most defensive team in the competition). He was removed after 1 year there. He then was somehow involved with Dr Crokes in Kerry. This too was a disastrous year for that club culminating in their defeat (for the only time EVER I think) by arch rivals Legion in County SFC and after that year Healy was sent packing. Some people will do a quick google and point to Healy being Selector (nominally Coach even in some reports!) of the 2010 All Ireland winning Cork team. He was a selector it's true, but Counihan was very much the man in charge. The other key guy in the coaching staff was Aidan O'Connell, who also works as an S&C coach with Munster Rugby. He was the main reason for Cork's super conditioning in the 2009-2012 era.
Billy Sheehan (Coach/Selector)- For starters, Billy still lives and works (and plays club football!) in Dublin. Some 5 hrs of a commute to Cork is an exceptional commitment but you might say, well if that's what they need to get the right candidate in place, fine. Let's look at that. Billy's involvement with teams in recent years, reaches as "high" as UCD Freshers and Ashford Footballers. Ashford are a team that play in the Wicklow Intermediate championship. They failed to get into the last 4 of the competition during Sheehan's tenure. So from that level in Wicklow Intermediate football to Cork Senior footballers in one leap. You may ask, why and how? Truthfully, I have no idea myself.

Eamonn Ryan - Eamonn Ryan achieved amazing results with the Cork ladies and I don't want to diminish or disrespect that. However, Ladies football is a different game. Eamonn had not been involved in a mens football team at ANY level for 25 years or more prior to this. He is also now 75 years of age.

Conor McCarthy - Still only 36 and playing Senior club football. As far as I can see his invovlment is based on a few articles he wrote for the Irish Examiner detailing his time on an internship with the Crusaders rugby team in New Zealand. He is doing or has done a Masters in Coaching Psychology. He has never coached or managed any team at any level prior to his invovlement as far as I know.

Morgan O'Sullivan - Managed his own club to a County Intermediate title in 2012,which probably makes him the only truly qualified person to hold his position as far as I can see!

Eoin O'Neill - Don't know a lot about him but was also involved in 2010 as a Stats guy apparently. No club record to speak of according to anybody I've spoken to.

Now, players have to perform and take responsibility for their performance on the field to a certain degree, regardless of any level of management. However, how anybody can look at that in black and white above and not marvel at the sheer ridicuous nature of the setup and the incompetence of the people who appointed them, is beyond me. To say it's a bad joke would be mild! God knows what they will come up with to replace them when they inevitably depart after this year. They will probably find another stooge somewhere who will happily bow to the board's ridiculous demands and standards for their County football teams. Even for a Kerry man, it's quite sad and pathetic to observe.

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I think it's a weird one for us, because there was no expectation of facing Dublin in a League final again after the way results were going. The fact it come just 7 days after Tyrone game aswell doesn't help with build up.

I don't think we're fully ready yet to take on Dublin. We need 100% strength and that means Jameso, Enright, Young and a few of the 21s. All unavailable for this game Sunday, so much like last year I can see us competing for much of the game but possibly falling off a bit in the last quarter. Dublin's bench (whoever is on it) will make an impact and if they had the same personnel to come on as they had in Tralee a few weeks ago, it would make a bigger difference in Croker.

Some of the shite in the media recently (Paul Curran etc) hasn't even had much impact, although Fitzmaurice fired a few shots back the other day. I don't think it makes a blind bit of difference. Logically, Dublin are 5/6 points a better squad right now and that will probably show again on Sunday. If Gavin decided to try out a few options again (Reddin, Scully etc) to see how they handle it, it may narrow the gap somewhat, but still hard to see Kerry winning unless they improve hugely from even last week when an abject Tyrone limped in and out of Killarney.

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If Tyrone don't cause Kerry a lot of trouble at least then they aren't at much. Absolutely muck half forward line by us and the fullback line looks massively vulnerable.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Kingdom v The Pale
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:18:57 PM »
Fitzmaurice is just a dour man so the photo is just normal for him. Charismatic, he ain't.

If you look at the Kerry team last August, those who are gone now or impact players at best (my view of Donagh and Gooch if he doesn't retire) and those who are taking their place in the squad..it's bordering on delusional to see us beating Dublin this year. Barring a few 21s stepping up in a big way, which I think is 2 years away yet.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Kingdom v The Pale
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:12:53 PM »
I think this photo sums up how Kerry people must feel about Dublin at the moment.
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With the Dubs drawing with Tyrone in HQ, hammering Mayo and drawing away to Donegal this was probably the last chance for a Dublin defeat, in the league anyway, for 2017. Dublin had put out quite an inexperienced side yet Kerry again failed to get over the line.

I didn't see the game on Saturday night but I heard it was quite dirty. Do people think Kerry are any closer to overcoming the Dubs or will they maintain this run over their old enemy for a few years yet?

No wonder Fitzmaurice is happy to get the super 8s as they will get a few more challenging games before playing the Dubs again.

Kerry dont play "dirty" according to Daragh O Se. Their football is of the "manly" type.
Its great to see Dublin go down to Tralee and let Kerry know they are not going to be pushed about

You'd be far better off concentrating on your own disaster of a county team I'd say rather than posting childish stuff like that.

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