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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: October 18, 2018, 04:43:36 PM »

Wicklow lead drive for Tier 2 football championship

Martin Breheny

October 18 2018 2:30 AM

Wicklow are leading a campaign for the introduction of a Tier 2 football championship for 16 counties, which would spell the end of the current format where all counties beaten in the provincial series re-enter the All-Ireland race via the qualifiers.

It comes following a discussion at Central Council last month where there was unanimous agreement that the Tier 2 option should be explored. Wicklow's plan proposes that Division 3 and 4 counties drop out of All-Ireland contention unless they reach their provincial final. Instead, they would play in a Tier 2 championship, with the semi-finals and final played in Croke Park as curtain-raisers to the Sam Maguire equivalents.

If Division 3 or 4 counties reach provincial finals - as Fermanagh and Laois did this year - they would continue in the All-Ireland race.

Wicklow are proposing that a 'Super 8s' system, which replaced the All-Ireland quarter-finals this year, also apply in Tier 2.

"Bringing in a Tier 2 championship would provide welcome light at the end of the tunnel for Division 3 and 4 counties. The new competition would give them something to aim at with a chance of winning and would also and give them a chance of playing in Croke Park on the biggest days," said Martin Coleman, Wicklow's Central Council representative.

"The important thing is that every county gets to play in their own provincial championship. There's no change there.

"The new competition would have to be promoted and marketed. There's no point running it unless it's sold as an important competition designed to give Division 3 and 4 counties something to aim at," said Coleman.

More talk of Tier 2.
It's bad enough doing that as it is, but in a Tier 2 competition too? What would they call it like, the "Not-so-super 8's"?

GAA Discussion / Re: Row in Mayo LGFA
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:08:41 PM »
As we stood up to leave, he had one more question. If I wasn't the free-taker this year, how would I feel about it? I said I wouldn't mind if I was the free-taker or not, so long as the best free-taker on the team was the person taking them. That person, I told him, was standing in front of him. And, with that, I turned and walked away.

I'm really surprised they didn't pull this bit from the book.
It puts the free-taking episode in the Connacht Final into fuller context.
Yeah that is a rather telling passage alright.

GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:50:16 AM »
Update on how things stand. Anyone know where the Galway junior picture is at?

Senior Football
QFs - 4th November
Tourlestrane (Sligo) v Breaffy or Ballintubber (Mayo)
Clann na Gael (Roscommon) v Fulham Irish or 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 or Annaduff (Leitrim) v Curry or Shamrock Gaels (Sligo)

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

Final - TBC

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

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

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

F - 18th November
Galway v winners

Junior Hurling
SF - 29th October
Sligo v Leitrim

Galway v Sligo/Leitrim


Curry v Shamrock Gaels


Calry/St. Joseph's v Naomh Eoin
Coolera/Strandhill v Easkey


Fenagh v Annaduff


Carrick v Manorhamilton

Breaffy v Ballintubber

Belmullet v Burrishoole



Clann na Gael

Fuerty v Oran

Clann na Gael v Kilglass Gaels - latter are through to Connacht


Annaghdown v Corofin
Mountbellew v Salthill

An Spideal v Michael Breathnach


Sarsfields v Castlegar
Loughrea v Cappataggle
Liam Mellows v Tynagh Abbey Duniry
St Thomas v Gort or Clarinbridge

Meelick/Eyrecourt v Kilconieron
Oranmore v Kinvara or Rahoon/Newcastle


Fulham Irish v Tir Conaill Gaels

St Gabriels

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club IFC/JFC 2018
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:45:51 AM »
Glenfin won the intermediate title in Donegal yesterday.

GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:12:28 PM »
Easkey seen off our crew in the junior final as would have been expected. Better team obviously but we missed chances that might have made it a tighter game. They are not the team of older days but it'll be interesting to see how they get on in Connacht.

Senior final tomorrow, in a local derby it could be a tight affair but you'd be inclined to think that Tourlestrane will prevail. The final being played in Enniscrone will make it a novel occasion.

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:38:18 PM »
70 ???  :o
I seen that alright, all the jerseys seem to be hiked up. If you happen to be within reach of the O'Neills stores in Dublin or Strabane it might be worth trying out, from previous visits there the prices there were about 20% lower than what they were charging online or the likes of Elverys etc were charging.

GAA Discussion / Re: Championship Draw 2019
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:31:29 PM »
Jaysus that Emlyn mulligan is some negative hoor. He'd be poison in the dressing room.
A honest but awful attitude.
can yee elaborate for us expats

They got roscommon. Said it was a terrible draw, he wanted Sligo. Hard to motivate himself for it he said.
We'll swap our draw with him gladly if he wants so.

It'll be another beating from Galway for us, though hopefully not as pitiful as it was this year, and at least the journey home will be short.

GAA Discussion / Re: Championship Draw 2019
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:31:33 AM »
Lets the provincial councils sort out their fixtures programme for 2019 I suppose.

As usual the Connacht draw has the two predetermined ties, two from ourselves, Ros and Leitrim to meet in the other first round tie.

General discussion / Re: Ashers cake controversy.
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:06:22 PM »
Supreme court rules in favour of Asher's.

I think that's the correct outcome. You should be allowed to accept or decline any work you see fit.
Well said.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club IFC/JFC 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:17:12 AM »
Donegal finals are:
IFC - Glenfin v Aodh Ruadh
JFC - Urris v Red Hughs

Mayo / Re: Mayo Club Football.
« on: October 06, 2018, 11:56:02 PM »
Crossmolina relegated from senior football, some fall from grace.

GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 12:08:53 PM »
I'm sure this has been answered somewhere before but going to ask anyway.
Are there 3 championships in Kerry?
- "Club" (clubs only?)
- "County" (clubs and Divisional teams?)
- "Divisional" (Divisional only?)

Is it the winners of County that go into provincial championships?
The County Senior Championship includes the 8 clubs in senior football and the 9 divisional teams.
The Senior Club Championship only involves the 8 senior club teams. The lower adult grades operate as clubs only.
Kerry people can answer better re the divisional championships, they do exist for say North, South Kerry etc. but for all divisions I don't know. Also whether they are open to all clubs in the division is another I'm unsure of. When South Kerry won the county title it was the winner of the divisional championship who had the right to decide the Kerry captaincy.

GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:40:47 AM »
Updated for the latest movements. Two senior final pairings confirmed.

GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:36:21 AM »
Tipp senior hurling is between Sarsfields, Nenagh, Clonoulty and Toomevara. Cashel in the intermediate as it's Sars second team facing them in the final. Senior football betwen Clonmel Commercials, Moyle Rovers, Loughmore and Ardfinnan.

Midleton into Munster from Cork senior hurling also.

Seems like Crokes were impressive winners yesterday.

GAA Discussion / Re: Underdogs- Tasty
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:26:19 PM »
Watched the first episodes there, some lads from my own county on it

Ronan O'Neill of Derrytresk
Ryan Trainor of Dungannon
Ruiri Cunningham of Clonmore (sure it's Dungannon parish ;))

Seems like a decent bundle of lads they have so far, the army camp wouldn't have been for myself either but its true the lad from Sligo near blew it with his antics - pity they don't really show too much football on it, maybe that'll change with later episodes, would like to hear how the management actually tell the lads how to go out saying as they've basically pulled them all together.

Galvin comes across quite well on it, indeed so to Valerie Mulcahey and Ray Silke. Agree with some of the X-Factor like build up, not for me - but that's what engages audiences these days.

Fair play to the men who applied, takes some heart to go for it.
I haven't watched any of this but I think I know the Sligo lad involved and it wouldn't surprise me at all that he'd be up to something!

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