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General discussion / Re: RTE Salaries
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:03:49 AM »
So what? I'm sure everyone here is trying to get paid as well as possible. And the usual solution applies - if you think they're overpaid, apply for their job...
If they want to pay them such big wages that's one thing, but the fact that the quality of programming is in constant decline (look forward to another Christmas season of repeats they'll be putting on) and they have lost so much of the sports rights they enjoyed in the past suggests that the money (which is substantially provided by us taxpayers lest we forget) could be put to better use.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2018
« on: November 17, 2018, 10:02:19 PM »
I see the Kerry Intermediate (Senior B) and Junior (Intermediate B) Champions are enjoying their cremation of their respective grades in Munster.
There is a huge disparity given how Kerry organise their championships alright, and in fairness to Cork they honourably send forward their junior champions to the junior grade and not the intermediate champions.

Who sends their intermediate champions to junior grade?
AIB Leinster Club Junior Football Championship 2018

Senior Europe
Intermediate Champions Kilkenny & Offaly
Intermediate Runners Up Longford
Intermediate A Champions Wexford
Junior Champions Remaining Counties

In fairness it's more in the fact that junior is the fourth tier in Cork whereas the rest of Munster are the third tier, and Kerry's structure means it's a very good team by the province's standards. But they're not really doing anything wrong. There's a few counties taking liberties with it - I see Laois and Offaly send their Senior B hurling champions into Leinster intermediate and their intermediate champions into junior, as Wexford do with their Intermediate 'A' champions. Dublin have a playoff which often sees their Senior B winners in the intermediate hurling also.

It's up to each county to configure its structures to suit its club scene. Some have too many teams at senior and that has a knock-on effect at the lower grades, we used to have 16 which in a county of 23/24 clubs was madness. I'd say Mayo and Tyrone in football, and Kilkenny in hurling, have it well balanced of the lot with usually competitive teams at every grade.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2018
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:27:28 PM »
I see the Kerry Intermediate (Senior B) and Junior (Intermediate B) Champions are enjoying their cremation of their respective grades in Munster.
There is a huge disparity given how Kerry organise their championships alright, and in fairness to Cork they honourably send forward their junior champions to the junior grade and not the intermediate champions.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: November 17, 2018, 06:56:40 PM »
Congrats to Easkey on the win, they looked to have blown it from such a good position but credit to them for digging it out at the end. Connacht titles are rare so it's good to see them do it, hopefully they can give the All-Ireland a rattle now.

Good to see Sligo football this strong
In reality it isn't. Obviously the game took a slightly different course after you posted but in any case it isn't. Easkey are an anomaly in that they were in Junior to start with, they were senior two years ago and a bit unlucky to get relegated, and then last year it went badly wrong on them and they went down again. They coasted through the Junior and even though we put it up to them in the final they never really looked like being beaten. If they were in intermediate this year they could easily have reached the last four if not more, were near the top of Division 2 in the league this year.

So Easkey's win is great news but it doesn't mean that we are on the up as a whole. Next year it'll be ourselves or St Michael's coming out of the county and neither will offer the same challenge as Easkey have. Shamrock Gaels did win their first round tie but were well beaten by Fuerty, and Tourlestrane failed at the first hurdle once again, a bit unlucky it being the Mayo champions each time but if it was Corofin....The overall standard of club football in Sligo is imo far poorer than it was over a decade ago, back then you had a few teams that could be competitive in Connacht, Harps beat Corofin and Ballagh, Curry beat Ballina and were close v Caltra and Brigids, indeed Calry beat Breaffy in intermediate too. Teams like Coolera and indeed Easkey were stronger as well, the town had Mary's and John's who could be brilliant or brutal year on year but at least were contenders, and even smaller clubs like Bunninadden, Ballymote, Castleconnor asked plenty of questions of the leading teams on their day. And while the present Tourlestrane team are the best team in the county by a distance, I'm not convinced that team is better than the one of O'Hara, McGowan, Durkin etc. of that era. I'd be interested in Mano and sligoman2's thoughts on that though.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: November 09, 2018, 03:05:25 PM »
Senior Football
QFs - 4th November
Tourlestrane (Sligo) v Ballintubber (Mayo)
Clann na Gael (Roscommon) v Tir Conaill Gaels (London)

SFs - 11th November
Aughawillan (Leitrim) v Ballintubber (Mayo)
Corofin (Galway) v Clann na Gael (Roscommon)

Final - 25th November

Intermediate Football
QF - 3rd November
Fenagh (Leitrim) v Shamrock Gaels (Sligo)

SFs - 10th/11th November
An Spideal (Galway) v Belmullet (Mayo)
Fuerty (Roscommon) v Shamrock Gaels (Sligo)

Junior Football
QF - 3rd November
Easkey (Sligo) v Glenfarne/Kilty (Leitrim)

SFs - 10th November
Kilglass Gaels (Roscommon) v Clonbur (Galway)
Balla (Mayo) v Easkey (Sligo)

Senior Hurling - 18th November
St Thomas v Liam Mellows

Intermediate Hurling
QF - 29th October
Tooreen (Mayo) v Athleague (Roscommon)

SF - 10th November
St Gabriels (London) v Tooreen (Mayo)

F - 18th November
Oranmore/Maree (Galway) v winners

Junior Hurling
SF - 29th October
Coolera/Strandhill (Sligo) v Carrick (Leitrim)

F - 3rd November
Carrick (Leitrim) v Ballygar (Galway)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:03:46 PM »
Lads this is a Connacht club championship thread.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:28:03 PM »
Big opportunity missed. Unfortunately started without a few players (L Gaughan and Surlis) and then G Gaughan got injured early on. Ballintubber are very ordinary. How on earth did they beat Castlebar? Diarmuid OConnor carried them over the line. Cillian was anonymous from play,  McIntyre won that duel easily. Harsh sending off helped them keep possesion of the ball for large portions of the last 15 minutes and bore to death those in attendance.
I wouldn't imagine the previous 45 minutes were particularly thrilling to be fair.

Pity for Tourlestrane to lose out so narrowly, at least Easkey and (grumbles) SG got wins, both should be in with a shout in their respective semis next weekend.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: November 01, 2018, 09:20:05 AM »
Senior Football
QFs - 4th November
Tourlestrane (Sligo) v Ballintubber (Mayo)
Clann na Gael (Roscommon) v Tir Conaill Gaels (London)

SFs - 11th November
Aughawillan (Leitrim) v Mayo/Sligo
Galway v Roscommon/London

Final - 25th November

Intermediate Football
QF - 3rd November
Fenagh (Leitrim) v Shamrock Gaels (Sligo)

SFs - 10th November
An Spideal (Galway) v Belmullet (Mayo)
Fuerty or Oran (Roscommon) v Sligo/Leitrim

Junior Football
QF - 3rd November
Easkey (Sligo) v Glenfarne/Kilty (Leitrim)

SFs - 10th November
Kilglass Gaels (Roscommon) v Clonbur (Galway)
Balla (Mayo) v Sligo/Leitrim

Senior Hurling
St Thomas v Sarsfields
Liam Mellows v Cappataggle

Intermediate Hurling
QF - 29th October
Tooreen (Mayo) v Athleague (Roscommon)

SF - 10/11 November
St Gabriels (London) v Tooreen (Mayo)

F - 18th November
Kilconieron or Oranmore/Maree (Galway) v winners

Junior Hurling
SF - 29th October
Coolera/Strandhill (Sligo) v Carrick (Leitrim)

F - TBC
Carrick (Leitrim) v Ballinasloe or Micheal Breathnach (Galway)

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General discussion / Re: Presidential Election Vote
« on: October 30, 2018, 04:35:02 PM »
Well done Casey. It's working perfectly. The sheep are bleating.
I suppose the 56% who followed the approved agenda of the media, academia and the bulk of our political class aren't sheep so  ::)

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA clubs named after Republican figures
« on: October 30, 2018, 10:25:25 AM »
Any club named after a woman.... other than a saint?

I can't think of any. Strange, considering there's even one named after a British prime minister.

Who's the British pm
Churchill?

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Interesting comments coming out of Kilkenny in recent weeks with lads once gracing the field at IC level bemoaning the lack of club games now that they're not involved.

IMO that is the one negative of having the hurling in the round robin format that in counties like Kilkenny where club games were played during the old format 3/4 week gaps in the IC calendar that they now aren't able to do that being out 4 Sundays in 6 weeks.

WRT to Wicklow, unless there were a load of draws or appeals like in Galway the last few years then that doesn't make sense.

I'm sure whoever was doing their fixture planning took the date that their clubs were to enter the Leinster Club championship and pencil in the final with a two week gap prior to that. If they didn't then they need to start doing that.
The problem was that they couldn't play the replay last weekend as Glenealy were playing in the county hurling final. They draw a number of players from Rathnew who were in the football final as well.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: October 25, 2018, 01:52:19 PM »
Isn't Kevin Johnson a native of Sligo?
Yes from the Eastern Harps club.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Soccer words that are not used in Gaelic analysis
« on: October 25, 2018, 11:10:48 AM »
Pre-match handshake should be one but sure the Croke Park suits know better  ::)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:18:34 PM »
The general consensus is it's corofins to lose with clan maybe the nearest to them , I'll stick my neck out here and predict tubber to give it a right good rattle .

Based on last night's game, I can't see ballintubber doing much

First of all congrats to Ballintubber and I hope you are right mac danger.  Tourlestrane should give them a run for their money in enniscrone, I would prefer if it was in tourlestrane...
And it should be. It's perfectly capable of holding such a game.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club IFC/JFC 2018
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:17:24 PM »
Senior - Crossmaglen 3rd Div 1A (3/45)
Inter - St Peters 1st Div 2A (17/45)
Junior - Keady 1st Div 3 (33/45)

Think Armagh have it more or less spot on in dividing teams equally relative to ability, had 49 clubs competing across 3 grades with 16/16/17 but over last few years a few clubs folded or withdrew from junior which now only has 13 teams.
Which clubs folded?

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