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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: September 24, 2017, 07:13:16 PM »
Is it fairto say Swatragh are the second best team in the county?

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:52:44 PM »
Man lads day buck, make up; youse are ruining the GAA in the county. The city is laughing at you.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:39:01 AM »
Shantygael, if you are stewarding today and any of them south Derry culchies mouth about having to come to the city for a game, through down the banking to the gasyard.
Wise up.

This was idle threat lad, I meant throw them into the Brandywell end instead  ;D ;D  ;D

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:20:54 AM »
Shantygael, if you are stewarding today and any of them south Derry culchies mouth about having to come to the city for a game, throw them down the banking to the Gasyard.

The bould Cahair O Kane not happy about on the oul twitter too. Well, hard lines mucker. Celtic Park , through the help with a huge number of gaels in the city, developed this ground in the mid/late 80s. A lot of money was raised to do so. None other than the late Mickey Doherty, he would be happy the way Celtic Park has turned out.

If you can't come to Celtic Park for a championship semi-final double header,  the second most important domestic club match of the year, then are you that interested? Best pitch by far in the county and the best for supporters in the wintery weather which comes around this time of the year. As the years have gone by, Celtic Park has become less used, this is a huge shame.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:49:53 AM »
City saves the day ...............Wo Ho!

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 08, 2017, 06:04:50 PM »
Well i was in draperstown the other day and I seen Tony Scullion running up and down the street wile fast.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:24:42 PM »
Good to see Ballinderry still involved in championship football tonight, hosting the Foreglen and Ballerin game. Looked a pile of shit.

Anyone at the Glen game; Kilrea have gone to pish.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:11:19 PM »
Mickey Doherty has passed on......

Copied from Steelstown's Facebook

Hi All,

It is with sadness that we must report the death of one of our founder members Mickey Doherty. Mickey along with his wife, Anthony & Mary McGurk and Philip Devlin were our founders.

Until retirement a well-respected teacher in St pats and St Brigids Claudy. Also a nippy corner forward for Claudy in 60s and early 70s.     
Founder member of club and served as secretary, coach, referee, transporter of players, rep to city and north Derry boards and fund -raiser all at same time!!.  He was an expert administrator and a calming influence at the club when all around were impetuous and impatient. As a coach his humorous and gentle manner drew
the best out of even the most modest player.                 
He also was our quiz master and bookie at fund raising events. He had a catalogue of old gaa stories and while suffering from ill health this last few years was still able to repeat them until very recently.
Funeral at 12pm in Pennyburn Chapel tomorrow Thursday.

A Mhuire na nGael, guí air. I bParthas na nGrást go raibh sé.
Ar Dhéis Dé go Raibh a hAnam Uasal

GAA Discussion / Re: Presentation of Results
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:51:54 PM »
Like the second last one

GAA Discussion / Re: Presentation of Results
« on: August 22, 2017, 10:03:55 AM »
good man. I have heard of that before actually.

But my main focus would be on Facebook and twitter.

GAA Discussion / Presentation of Results
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:40:53 AM »
I've gathered information on a particular matter ( which I like to keep quiet until I'm Ready to release it) about GAA players and I want to present as a set of results.

I am just wondering the best way to represent these?

I have the usual things in mind:

- Key findings (Conclusion)
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Breakdown of Results
- Different ways to represent the results ( bar graph , pie charts) ANY OTHER IDEAS ???
- Why I undertook this mini 'questionnaire'
- Sepeartion of Men/Ladies
- why the results are accurate
- who helped me in gathering results

I believe this topic could be first of its kind (I could well be wrong).

Anybody any information on how best I could do this?


Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:27:12 PM »
curious after you posed the question; looked - but couldn't find nothing.

In the senior, they won the all-britain

-hammered scotland
-beat lancashire by point
-hammered warwickshire in final

-meath stuffed them in all-ireland semi-final
-kerry hammered meath in all-ireland final

General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: August 20, 2017, 08:47:40 PM »
2 weeks for the big dog here!!!!!!!!! WOOF WOOF WOOF

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 19, 2017, 02:08:21 PM »
Has there been a media release about this?

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:23:39 AM »
Memories of the opening round of the Championship 2017

If you remember I did one of these about 4/5 years ago and due to huge popular demand it’s back............... (Drici was waiting on this for a long time, he actually PMed me to show his gratitude). I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands recently, the reason being I’m doing feck all.......


 “Hi lad, can you do me a £20 accum on Loup, Ballinascreen, Glenullin, Ballinderry, Slaughtneil and Coleraine, tis an £80 quid return” I texted my mate

“No probs” came the reply

I awoke late. I was travelling a lot on Saturday from different parts of Ireland so I had a lie in; I missed mass. As I came downstairs, my mum didn’t ask me about being late for the ’10 O’Clock’ and I didn’t want to tell a lie to her - so there was a mutual respect between us. We both feared getting different answers; the joys of being back home. Me Da came wondering in then returning from the ’11 O’Clock’ up the road (When ye live in the big smoke, ye have the choice of masses in a not-so-far-away chapel, up the city!!!!!!!!) He didn’t ask why I wasn’t at mass either – Theticklemister 2, parents 0. Toast was the only thing available in the house for breakfast, not great for a feast of championship football, but 4 slices did the job (I would live to regret this later).

It was Me Da’s turn to drive, so in his new car (which was 12 years old) we collected our other passenger not so far away. We passed the local chapel and me head went down so I wouldn’t make eye contact with the oul lad; it worked.

Free from guilt............ until next Sunday.

In came Mr. £%^$” into the car and off we went, a quick stop at Tescos in the ‘Wateryside’ for a charging lead was the only pause in our journey to Draperstown City. A lot of discussion about the potential team ensued on the journey down and we were 95% correct upon arrival. We were confident of victory. We took the back roads down past Benedy and enjoyed in the wonderful views. Old stories were brought back up of how Craigbane came into existence in the early 70s and how the hell they kept going with a sparse population. Another one was told of the existence of a small dedicated monument to Republican Volunteers of yesteryear situated in the Benedy area. It couldn’t be found.

We travelled on and Ballinascreen City was seen on the horizon. We pulled into the carpark opposite the church and off we went to the pitch. I have been at this pitch a number of times before as a waen, but this time I actually playing on it for St.Patrick’s Pennyburn a few years later, under the great guidance of the late, Brid Kelly McElroy - Brid took us down there to compete against the ‘culchies’ for a primary school blitz. Brid was a fantastic GAA gael. Born in the ‘Bog’, she stuffed the GAA down our throats and by feck, she made no apologies for it (editor’s note - and thank feckin heavens for that). She later became Chairperson of Steelstown GAC in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, cancer took her in 1998 and my last time seeing her was on a wheelchair in Celtic Park at the Derry final between Lavey and Bellaghy. She was behind the goal at the changing room area, loving the culture and sport which she enshrined in many people at the school and club. She passed on a month later in October and memory is remembered in the pitch which is named after her. I can’t remember how we did in the blitz, but we swore we travelled 8 hours that day to some distant land and we had a great day out. Farewell Brid.

We entered the chapel-side of the ground, beside the ‘new’ clubhouse area. I quickly raced back to buy a wordpad in the shop to take some notes   - as I’m a bit of a GAA geek- and I then got into the ground. A quick £1 to the ticket seller and I scurried along to the stand before throw-in. The stand was packed in blue and yellow, a lot of faces which I have never seen before – a wonderful sight. It shows the club has grown and by feck I was never as happy to see as many people as I didn’t know before. I’ve been away on foreign shores and don’t get to see my club as much as I want to. It’s growing. I use to know every person who shouted

‘ ‘ Mon Steelstown’

Not anymore.

The game threw in and ourselves and ‘Dawson tangled with each other for the opening 30 minutes without much difference. The second half Castledawson pulled away and played the better football to deservedly win. No complaints. I was thinking I should have went to mass earlier in the morn, but............... unfortunately I didn’t. I followed last year’s final through twitter sitting at the end of a bar, a double whiskey went down me throat on the 59 minute mark.  I was cheering on the lads in 2010 from the sideline, when your man Ciaran *&*%* - wait that’s too obvious- we will go with *&*&* Brolly, made a few ‘strange’ decisions. A few double whiskeys went down that night too.
In bad humour, we stayed for the Ballinderry v Claudy game. To be fair to Claudy, they competed well for the opening 20 minutes; but the class of Ballinderry proved in the end. They look on a mission this year, so I have been told by a mate of mine (Slaughtneil could stop that in two weeks time however). We decided to leave just after the half-time as Claudy’s brave efforts were beginning to wane – not before getting a lovely box of chips from the classy ladies in the Ballinascreen kitchen. A great bunch of girls altogether.
Walking out the gate we met a couple of lads from Greenlough

"How did youse do?" I asked

"f**k sure we were up by 10 and they came back and nearly beat us" came the reply

"Well done, yer doing well this year" came my positive response.

It was 5:13pm, the games in Owenbeg didn’t commence until 6:15pm. An hour and 2 minutes -the chance of a pint hung in the balance, when suddenly a voice came from the back seat

"Any chance of getting a bite to eat?"

"f**k!" I said, the chance of a pint evaporated.

We made our way to Dungiven town and the traffic was beginning to build up. We pulled in beside Skippers and ignored our usual stop of Brians. I took over control of the vehicle as the others didn’t know what they wanted. I ventured up to turn at the bus stop with McReyonld’s on the side making it a more inviting stop. Down I returned and pulled opposite Skippers. The queue was getting fierce as the South Derry lads were arriving en-mass. I stuck on the radio to listen to the aftermath of the hurling, but me Da’s car refused to acknowledge the position of the radio dial.

“f**k it!” came my reply.

I looked out the window and there were the two aforementioned Greenlough crawling past in the traffic.

“Alright lads!” I shouted towards them.

No reply came.

On the plus side, my two ‘passengers’ emerged from Skippers and we were ready for Owenbeg.

“f**k there was some queue in there” came their arrival into the car.

“That's why we normally go to Brians” came my response.

Less than 5 minutes later we arrived at Owenbeg.

“Drive on into the ground” said me Da.

“Yeah” came from behind me.

In I went. Greeted by a few lads from various clubs who we welcomed; greeted by the R.U.C. which we did not welcome - we parked the car and made our way to the stand. We were expecting an easy win for Slaughtneil, but by God Swatragh played well.

“They’ll soon fade” came one remark from not so far away. But they didn’t.

Conor McAtamney is a class act. By feck he is some footballer. He glides through the pitch as if he is skating on ice. He scored the goal to put them ahead with 10 minutes to go. I took a picture of the scoreboard and sent it to one of my best mates in Birmingham.

“You’re going to win!”

Swatragh then lost. I am a terrible jinx.

Slaughtneil took control in the closing stages to a flattering 6 point victory. Slaughtneil, are a great club, on and off the field. They gathered 100s of jerseys for the ‘GAA Jersey for Palestine’ Campaign and in Oliver McCusker, they have a tremendous secretary who wanted to do more for the same cause to help the most unfortunate. The Tuesday before playing the All-Ireland Club Hurling Semi-Final, they paused with the ‘GAA Jerseys for Palestine’ Flag during a training session in Celtic Park, to show solidarity with those in a tortured land. A few days earlier in Slaughtneil when they handed over the jerseys, Oliver said

“We understand the suffering of those people, anything we can do more to help, let us know. We in Slaughtneil understand what they are going through." 

But I didn’t want them to win, such is the case when the underdog is about, but they did and I’ll cheer them on when they play again.

We expected fireworks in the second game.

Will Coleraine’s powder be kept dry with their non-playing Derry contingent? Will Magherafelt’s underage promise finally develop? The stand was ‘dubh le daoine’ and opposite, the terrace was half-full. A close game expected................. but was it f**k.

 Coleraine led Magherafelt on a merry dance and the huge crowd felt pity on the Magherafelt defence as the McGoldricks were in ‘some’ form. Half-time came and I went to get some tea. I had only euros on me and I asked the nice lady

“Do you take euros?”

“No” came the reply. I returned to my seat with nothing to show for my efforts.

“Where’s the tea?” was asked

“Your girl wouldn’t take euros” I said

“For fucksake” came the response from the pair, in a delicate harmony.

Credit to the oul lad, me da went up and got the merchandise and returned to welcome applause.

Coleraine went onto blitz Magherafelt and should have killed the game within 5 minutes of the second half. They then began to toy with them. They took pity on their South Derry opponents. The game was over before it started, so my mind began to wander. Charlie Bonner was in front of me. The great Na Magha gael and steward, who does excellent work for the County, had to sort out a fight between a couple of youngsters in the corner. He returned 30 seconds later, mission accomplished. My mind came back to the game. Ciaran McGoldrick was on the ball – same story, dancing around the Magherafelt defence.

“GREAT TO SEE!!!!” I thought.

See here’s the craic: I grew up playing underage within the North/South divide and still have a wee (big) bit of hatred for those SOUTH DERRY -superior-thinking-better-than-us-in- the -north- GAELS. ‘Mon Coleraine. My first year of Senior football, Eoghan Rua were struggling at Junior, playing in the university grounds, they have come on well. Fair play to them. 

Alas, we decided to leave a second game of the day early to see if we could catch the hurling on the Sunday Game. It said 10:00 on me Da’s car when we got in, but me Da’s car is an hour fast; so it meant 9.  30 minutes to get back home, for 9:30 throw-in.

The weekend of ‘great’ football did not come to pass. My other 'team'down the country did exceptionally well in the second half on Saturday (on a different matter altogether), but the fare all day on Sunday was poor. The Championship intensity was lacking in each game.
Anyway, returning to the start of these ramblings, my bet failed.

“Here’s £20 quid” I said my mate on Monday morning.

“Take, it back; I forgot to do it” came his response.

All well, the weekend could have been worse.

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