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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: Today at 10:52:49 AM »
Sean Hughes is a shock. Liver issues it seems  :(
Caroline Ahern died young as well

General discussion / Re: Official Leicester City Thread
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:03:37 AM »
5 points. 18th place

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:38:57 PM »
Donnie d**khead said this morning he met with the President of the Virgin Islands when touring hurricane damage. He is the President of the Virgin Islands  ::)

“I think he’s crazy,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) confided to his colleague Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a July exchange inadvertently caught on a microphone. (“I’m worried,” she replied.) CNN’s Don Lemon, flabbergasted after a Trump speech last month, concluded that “he’s unhinged. . . . There was no sanity there.” Even some Republicans have grown more blunt, with Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) recently suggesting that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence” to succeed as president

GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:34:39 PM »
What sort of sentence are people expecting ?

Longford / Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:29:39 PM »
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(In case anyone is wondering why the names in Mullinalaghta team photo in the programme seem somewhat amiss, the photo that was sent to us to put names to was not the same as the photo that went into the programme.)

Eamon Reilly also some man according to the programme. He is both chairperson and vice chairperson

The pitfalls of copy and paste.
Nobody remembers programmes,  LaurelEye. They remember who won. In 50 years' time people will see Mullinalaghta on the roll of honour . It will be like Nottingham Forest on the list of European Cup winners. A very special coming together of players and management a long way from the centres of power.

General discussion / Re: Apple's data centre in Athenry
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:59:57 PM »
The Apple data centre reminds me of an Elvis Costello song called shipbuilding. The jobs are needed but the system they are part of sucks.

GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:27:54 PM »
The GAA should be fighting for a new economic system that supports wages rather than asset bubbles

Galway Senior final on Sunday. Corofin going for 5-in-a-row v Mountbellew/Moylough going for their first since 1986. (Lost their last 2 finals in 2009 and 2 years ago). Corofin the obvious favourites but are showing aging signs and creaked their way past Annaghdown in the semi'. Some say that is their bad game out of the system but I don't necessarily agree. They're a long time on the road and, of their main forwards, Ml Farragher tended to play more out the field recently, Ian Burke was well held last day and Gary Sice just looked so tired and off-the-pace. M/M seem fresher and have been putting up fair scores in the past few rounds, always a good sign, and if they play to their own strengths are a good bet at 5/2 (PPs).
Who else do Mountbellew have apart from Michael Daly? Is Joe Bergen still.togging out?

GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 12, 2017, 04:54:59 PM »

Lads, claiming this without any evidence makes it no truer. The super 8's was a response to the demands of the counties and the limitations they placed on Duffy. I doubt very much it would be what he would have proposed if he had a free hand.

Perhaps those of you who feel it was just a monetary decision could tell us how we could provide IC teams with more games, keep the provincials and not impact on clubs?

In excess of 20K people attend league games and most IC teams want to play there so should Dublin have to play in a 10K stadium when 20-30K want to go to the game and both teams want to play there?
Some evidence for you. 
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Man himself Mr Duffy recommend that the quarter-finals be replaced by two groups of four, playing off in round-robin format to increase those attendances figures.
Thosé numbers are shocking.
Emigration post crash and a dead football championship are probably the main reasons.

The four 2017 provincial finals had an average winning margin of 0-9, the four quarterfinals concluded with an average margin of 0-15, and the semi-finals’ concluding average was 0-9.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL 2018
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:34:55 AM »
FBD kicks off on Wednesday Jan 3rd !
It will tie in nicely with the end of the Christmas cake

Following on from the map controversy on the Late Late Show,this week we have had Sean O'Rourke laughing on air at Liam Cosgrave's suggestion that water was too good for the hunger strikers and Eamon Dunphy thanking God on air for "Londonderry" (referencing the contribution of Martin O'Neill,Mc Clean and Duffy in Cardiff).

This has caused a howl of protests up North,but no adverse reaction at all in the South.Are we too sensitive up here? I must say I did laugh at Dunphy's comment,which I interpreted at the time as being tongue in cheek

The blocking of certain programmes is particularly distasteful. For example, why would they block Ireland soccer matches, but allow Rugby or Gaelic?
First guess : Quality control
Second guess : Health and Safety

Sure there are no decent soccer managers in the 26 counties anyway. At least Martin O Neill has decent experience.
The panel during 26 county matches are like 3 mothers talking about a child with very little aptitude for the game. Dunphy is hilarious. Especially rapping about Hoolihan.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:36:22 PM »
The NYT is very interesting these days.
David Brooks had a super article on Saturday.

"The US needs "some sort of synthesis on the larger postindustrial/populism war. Over a century ago industrialisation brought on culture clash between agrarian populist and the genteel Victoria aristocrats.  Théodore Roosevelt transcended the fight by inventing a new kind of American nationalism. Meanwhile the progressives cleaned up elite corruption and nurtured a square deal for those left behind by technological change. Cultural leaders introduced new institutions and community forms like the Boy Scouts and the settlement house that drew from both cuktures replaced them.  Today we need another grand synthesis that can move us beyond the current divide, a synthesis that is neither redneck nor hipster nut draws from both worlds to create a new social vision progress on guns will be possible when the culture war subsides, not before. "

The UK needs the same to overcome leave/remain

GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:22:37 PM »
honest question where why do you think people abuse children ?
is it evil or a sexual persuasion or a control thing or a mental illness or something else?
also would people make a distinction bewteen under age sex and classic pedophilia where victim has not reached puberty?
There has to be a distinction between 16 and below 10. At what age would it have been okay anyway? 18 ? .

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:13:08 PM »
I saw a stat earlier that Ireland hadn't beaten anyone higher ranked than 33 in the world from 2002 to 2015, since then then we've beaten world no 2, 12,13 & 20 in competitive games.

Some of those players mentioned are very average and aren't good premiership players. Ward is 32 and has spent most of his career floating between the championship & Premier League. Clark is average, another player who will end up floating. Duffy has made 7 PL appearances and Randolph is now on loan in the championship. From midfield on we have more established top level players but none of them would get near a top 6 side, I just don't see where your expectancy comes from AZ given there's no class in that team at all, just plenty of players who've spent their career playing for teams trying to stay in the PL or in the championship.

Ireland haven't had a decent set of players since 2002 and thats reflected in only qualifying for 2 tournaments since. Qualifying for the last Euro's was about right though given 24 teams qualified but if Ireland were to qualify from the play offs it would be a huge success given the quality of the squad.
No decent team since 02 means Armagh. And nobody would expect much from Armagh these days.

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