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General discussion / Ever need a kebab this badly?
« on: February 04, 2018, 07:21:33 PM »
From Belfast's mean streets I believe:

Sweet Jesus.

General discussion / Haemochromatosis - the Irish curse
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:21:13 PM »

As we all get older it's time for those who haven't been looking after themselves to do so before it's too late.

Haemochromotosis can be a silent assailant. It's a high level of iron in the blood that, over time, will damage the liver and ultimately lead to liver failure

It's estimated that perhaps 1:5 of the Irish population carry the gene - so in some quarters it's know as the Irish or Celtic curse.

I was diagnosed in 2011 - well before any damage was done so I keep a constant eye on iron levels by having blood tests and getting 'drained' maybe once/twice a year.

So if you are in doubt go the GP/doctor and ask for the test and check your iron levels. Before it's took late.

Lots of information out there - I won't post any links.

GAA Discussion / O'Byrne Cup 2018
« on: November 02, 2017, 01:43:05 PM »
While the fixtures list will be out soon it has emerged that there will be no Colleges/Uni sides in the mix from 2018 onwards.

I welcome this return to the traditional format. None of your fancy dan United Nations 'students' diluting what is the greatest GAA competition of them all.

Wonder will the 'Bihatimber' competition be resurrected as well now?

GAA Discussion / Provincial Championship Draws 2018 tonight
« on: October 19, 2017, 12:52:43 PM »
If winter comes can spring be far behind?

Draw tonight live on RTE2 at 8.30 pm.

Longford hoping to draw anyone but Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Carlow, Louth, Wexford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Offaly tonight!


General discussion / 2017 Total Eclipse
« on: August 20, 2017, 11:47:49 PM »

Are you in the Winnebago over to some part where there will be a total eclipse tomorrow?

Next full eclipse visible in Ireland (the very south) will be sometime on 23 Sep 2090

General discussion / Michael Hayes - Birmingham 6
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:09:58 PM »
What an excuse for a human being  >:(

Goes on to apologise for his part in The Birmingham pub bombings, dressed in quasi military gear, then, when pressed, seems to row back and wants to take no responsibility.

I would love to see some way that he could be prosecuted* but I am sure it's impossible.

* Good Friday agreement would mean he could only serve 2 years if I recall correctly.

GAA Discussion / NFL Division 3 2017
« on: January 30, 2017, 06:47:22 PM »
In keeping with other threads just opened.

Outright winners

Tipperary          2/1
Armagh            9/4
Laois                11/4
Offaly               10/1
Longford           14/1
Sligo                 16/1
Louth                16/1
Antrim               25/1

For Promotion

Tipperary            4/6
Armagh             8/11
Laois               evens
Offaly                4/1
Longford          11/2
Sligo                6/1
Louth              13/2
Antrim            15/2

For Relegation

Antrim            1/3
Louth           11/8
Sligo             2/1
Longford        9/4
Offaly          11/4
Laois             6/1
Tipperary     10/1
Armagh       10/1

My money would (heart aside) be on Armagh and Laois to be promoted with Laois the winners
Antrim and Sligo for the basement.

My predictions for this weekend
Laois v Louth                   home win
Longford v Offaly             draw.
Sligo v Armagh                away win
Tipp v Antrim                   home win

Let the games commence


Well. Who would have thought we be still in it?

Lookin for some Cork thoughts on this one.

Hello..........hello.......anyone from Cork?

Perhaps Hardy could give us the view from Leeside, seeing as he may have now committed himself to the Longford cause.

Just for the record it would seem we have only played Cork twice in the League in living memory.

Mid 80s and early 00s

Lost both down in Cork.

After taking one Ulster scalp time to move up and take another.

100% record in Clones in the championship against Monaghan. Great win back in 2004 (ish) when it went to extra time.

Longford hammered Meath in a challenge game the other evening so that bodes well.

See ye Farney boys in Clones next Saturday.

Well - as if we haven't enough bother.

- What with a 7 million price tag on building new stands in Pearse Park due to the ones that are less than 20 years old slowing sinking into the mud
- Money wasted on a Centre of Excellence
- and James 'Bonkers' Bannon not getting a 'sayte' in ayther the Dawl or the Shannid

we have this latest clusterfcuk:

Statement issued by Longford senior team management last night.

"This statement is issued on behalf of the Longford  Senior Management Team namely Denis Connerton, Ciaran Fox, Enda Macken and Derek Ryan.

Our Management Team held a meeting on Wednesday 27th of April to reconsider our situation in regard to continuing in our role with the Longford Senior Football Team.

At our meeting we discussed the difficulties in preparing our team to compete in the Leinster Championship. Our preparation has been made seriously difficult due to the fixing of League Games involving County players on the following dates: March 16th ,17th ,19th and 20th, April 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 19th, 23rd, 26th, 29th and May 1st.

After a productive training camp abroad funded by the players we met  with the Fixtures Committee to voice our concerns regarding players' welfare and fatigue and pleaded that Round 5 of the Club Leagues in Longford  be postponed to aid our preparation for the first round match in Leinster. We stressed that we had already lost home venue due to Glennon Brothers'  Pearse Park being unable to accommodate the expected crowd for this match even though the stadium was able to facilitate a Division 1 fixture involving our neighbours Roscommon with a very large attendance.

We further stated that our record in the Leinster Championship has been poor and as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our National League Victory surely everything that is possible within our own county to enhance our young players' chances  of progressing should be done.  Our request for postponement was not only denied  but games were fixed over three separate days  spanning from April 26th to May 1st.

This is the fourth time that a round of League Games couldn't be completed in one day. This has hampered our preparation for the Championship as we have had to cancel numerous training sessions and at this stage we unfortunately feel that we are unlikely to win the first round  versus Offaly. Therefore we feel we are now preparing for the Qualifiers and we hope our preparation for this competition will receive  greater support .Our Elite Players deserve better.

We have to  ask  how other counties manage to have much greater free time  leading up to their respective provincial championships and we can't. This was never an issue in Longford before as previous management teams got ample time to prepare."

Well eff me. I hereby surrender to AZOffaly and his colleagues as there is no point even discussing the match as it's just this side of a walk-over.

General discussion / Anyone (else) in a choir?
« on: April 13, 2016, 11:54:57 AM »
I was wondering if there are any fellow GAAboarders in a choir?

I am in one here in Site Dublin. One of 6 tenors in a 30+ strong group of mixed sexes and ages. It's a great distraction and we were one of the choirs that were in the recent Centenary RTE production. (I can be seen Dad dancing at one stage  :-[ )

I think it's a wonderful way of de-stressing and if you've ere a note in your head you should seek out one in your locale. There are hundreds of them all over Ireland.

Hi boys and girls

Would anyone be able to convert a .pdf file into iXBRL format for me?

Long story - but I need it done by 22 March.


GAA Discussion / Longford's Pearse Park stands need to be demolished
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:10:31 AM »
Dramatic headline for sure. The entire covered stand area has to be demolised and rebuilt. See below from The Longford Leader:

Longford GAA County Board are staring down the barrel of a crippling multi-million euro bill after an expert report has recommended the demolition, redesign and rebuilding of the covered stand areas at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Following the emergence of structural subsidence issues at the venue during June of last year, Collins Boyd Engineers & Architects were commissioned to investigate the situation.

They conducted a series of examinations, the findings of which are published in a comprehensive report presented to delegates at last night’s County Board meeting in Áras Uí Bhriain, and it recommends that the only commercially viable solution to deal with the issues identified is to demolish, redesign and rebuild the stand.

County Board secretary Peter O’Reilly outlined, “There was also the option of underpinning the stand and trying to get it pile-driven underneath to support the structure that is there but the most cost effective option is to demolish, design and rebuild.”

Earlier this year, as a precautionary measure, a section of the stand – affecting approximately 600 seats - was initially cordoned off but as investigative work intensified, the entire stand area was sealed off and declared out of bounds.

Owing to the significantly reduced Pearse Park capacity, Longford had to forfeit home advantage for their Round 3A All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Kildare.

The 'original' foundations went down 2 meters. Due to the nature of the ground the foundations should have gone down 21 meters.

Another disaster following on from the money wasted on the so-called 'Centre of Excellence' and the county becoming the poster boy for a 'Second Tier' chanpionship after the roasting handed out by The Dubs.

I wonder will anyone approach Tallaght Longford Town to discuss a ground share  ::)

General discussion / New Eircodes launched today for ROI
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:50:58 AM »
For folks living Dine Site you can now find out what your eircode/postal code is by visiting

By all accounts it's a balls of a system (or maybe that's just disgruntled people disgruntling) that isn't google maps etc enabled.

I hope to Jesus it's not another waste of money like e-voting, P-pars etc.

Well. Welcome to the thread.

Not having beaten the Dubs in the Leinster since 1970 (a game former Dub Gay O'Driscoll described as his lowest point on a pitch) and shipped a few beatings since (although 2006 was a close game) is there any point in getting excited about this?

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