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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:32:05 PM »
it was hard to tell there last night if it was the full size. How big is that pitch?

I was at a schools game there last year and IIRC there's one line across the middle of the pitch where 65's were taken from in both directions.
Ormeau Park GAA pitch is the same and the Ballycran Keeper I was talking too thinks its the same up in Cherryvale as he tells me he was hitting the other 21 in a recent game up there with no wind.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:45:14 PM »
I'd warn as well that the Brexit referendum proves that the prospect of a unification referendum in the North is an extremely worrying one.

Such a poll should not be held unless and until opinion polls show a consistent, clear majority in favour of unification. A clear majority means minimum 55-45.

The threat to peace would be too great, and peace is much more important than a united Ireland.

A 51-49 majority in favour of unification would be a nightmarish prospect which would all but condemn the North to another outbreak of bloodshed.

How so?

We've have "democracy" rammed down our throats by Unionists for almost 100 years, are you suggesting that they would change stance on democracy if it didn't work out in their favour?
50% +1 will do me BUT we cannot allow bigotry and sectarianism of any kind to take hold just because the shoe is on the other foot.


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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: December 13, 2018, 01:24:55 PM »
First of all the facilities at Coláiste Feirste are some of the best ive seen in a long term. for watching a game thats the best ive been to in an age.

In terms of the game i thought we were comfortable throughout the match and defended very well. Rossa started well and both teams were nip and tuck at 0-04 each until we got 3 points in front and took that lead into half time.

Im not sure but is that our first U21 football final we have qualified for? i know we have never won it before.





Good enough for county games DR?

Parking would be an issue for a large crowd there but in terms of spectating its the best ive been to. you would be out a few quid in balls as well flying into the houses behind the goals all the same lol

Pitch would be too small for adult games. It's only 130 metres long as are a lot of these 3G pitches in Belfast.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:30:58 AM »
Peston reckons Nige and the DUP are giving Teasie a way out of this impasse;

"Politics is all about words, which only sometimes mean what they seem to say.

So if you took what the DUP leader in Westminster said on my show last night you would think that just maybe there is a route through the current parliamentary chaos for the PM towards a Brexit deal that MPs could approve.

The DUP’s Nigel Dodds told me:

“Well I think that the Prime Minister if I may say so maybe is extending a bit of an olive branch to us in the sense that she is now sitting down with us, acknowledging that we have an issue, acknowledging that it’s not just an issue we have but many in her party are now saying that she’s listening and she’s now prepared to go out she says to get those legal changes that are necessary.”

The mots justes in what Dodds said are “legal changes”.

Following a meeting he had with her, he thinks she will try to secure legally binding changes to the Ireland backstop so that either it does not drive a regulatory wedge between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, or it is strictly time limited or there is a break clause unilaterally exercisable by the UK.

And the PM seemed to confirm that offer when she said last night on the steps of Downing Street that “when I go to the European Council tomorrow I will be seeking legal and political assurances”.

How likely is the PM to secure any of that from EU leaders in Brussels, where she (and I) are heading today?

The answer is that if Dodds and his colleagues continue to be purists about all of this, there is not the remotest chance. Because, as Dodds has previously said to me, only changes to the so-called Withdrawal Agreement would deliver absolute legal certainty. And the draft conclusions to the EU Council where May is a supplicant already say the Withdrawal Agreement will not be altered.

So the question is whether after EU27 leaders sign up to some kind of codicil or addendum that says the backstop cannot be forever, which they will do, and when there is an accompanying opinion that the addendum has legal significance, which again there will be, Dodds and his colleagues suddenly announce they have achieved a great victory.

Will they - to avert a total impasse that could lead to a brutally hard Brexit, or no Brexit or a general election - pander at last to a constructive ambiguity for which the EU is rightly and widely celebrated?

Or will they continue to shout that the union of Northern Ireland and Great Britain is being betrayed?

For Theresa May pretty much everything hinges on how and where Dodds and the overall leader of his party Arlene Foster jump - especially after 117 of May’s MP colleagues voted yesterday to get rid of her.

The reason is that the DUP’s opposition to her Brexit plan provides cover and substantial justification for Tory Brexiter MPs who also hate the plan.

If the DUP is brought round, the PM won’t be home and dry. But the idea of some version of her Brexit plan EVENTUALLY being approved by MPs would not be as laughably absurd as it seemed only yesterday.

To be clear, I am not saying that today in Brussels the PM will get a concession from EU leaders that solves all her problems. But what she is attempting is no longer Mission Impossible, even if it remains Mission Improbable."

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:24:07 AM »
Sort of missing the point that Customs for goods don't have to be conducted at the border itself at all.

What world is that your in?

So how do you stop cattle being smuggled across the border on the back of a lorry?

Cattle raised in (say) Armagh taken across to (say) Monaghan - retagged as local cattle and put into the EU food chain.

Are Customs gonna have helicopters and drones watching every farmyard and tracing lorries that drive up and down the road with proverbial SWAT teams cruising around in white transit vans ready to swoop and catch everyone loading/unloading the livestock?

If they ask the farmer after the event - "Ah, just buying a rake of straw bales from a man up the road - no import duty on straw bales there fella".

Not sure how Animals are tracked in the South but there's two issues with that scenario if they follow the same processes as Northern farmers and I think they do.

1- How will the farmer in Armagh explain to local officials where those animals have gone without the proper paperwork?
2- How will the farmer in Monaghan explain to the Abattoir (or whoever if selling on) where the paperwork will be checked and suddenly produce tags for animals out of fresh air.

It probably can be done but isn't as simple as it seems.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:26:18 PM »
Wha.........

Are the Mexicans not paying for this wall?

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:09:20 PM »
A Hard Border is a bit of a bogeyman, very unlikely to see any physical infrastructure, it'll be a technical border if it comes to it. The UK has repeatedly said it won't man any border and can't be compelled to by the EU in a no deal situation, the ball will be in the EU / Ireland's court if that particular chicken comes home to roost.

Wait until all these immigrants come into Dublin and board the bus to belfast and then the boat to Liverpool and beyond.


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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:15:37 PM »
I'm hearing we're moving to U13/U15/U17 in 2020, anyone else hear that as well?

Would this not have to be a motion for the County Convention?  No mention of it in the motions published

Not sure TBH, was just told that by a lad on the County committee.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:58:48 PM »
Heard someone on the radio earlier saying that anyone talking about a border poll should learn the lessons of the Brexit poll - make a decent plan before asking people to vote!
Correct, I have not seen any plan from either SF or SDLP that would get me to vote for a UI, and I consider myself a republican, small r. I'd abstain.

In any UI poll, both of those parties should take a backseat for the following reasons 1) them shouting  from rooftops would alienate the 15% - 20% of soft unionists needed to carry a vote - Mary Lou and co will not be able to help themselves however 2) neither party has really contributed to the factors that has made the Irish economy and culture attractive to Unionists, so it should not be their plan or vision that is on offer

The form of government in a UI needs to be put forward by the Irish Government sitting in the Dail, not the Shinners or whoever.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:00:44 PM »
Van Dijk was worth every penny of that £75M it seems and some on here were questioning that.

Better spunking that money on one great player than two average ones.

When you look at United even, they could really do with doing the same and someone like VVD would have made a huge difference to that defense. Would give the opportunity to the likes of Bailly, Rojo to play alongside and help their confidence. I honestly believe he's had a great impact on Gomez.
Same for Alisson. You can see the defense happy to keep the ball on the ground and pass it around and use Alisson to keep position. And I'm thinking back to Lovern who's first option was usually a hoof up the pitch.

Lovern's contribution last night was to slice a clearance and then let the Napoli lad inside him for the shot Alisson saved.
Liability at this stage.

In fairness, a right back he ain't.

Why would it matter what patch of grass you are standing on to shank a clearance?

Maybe a bit of leeway with the Napoli chance as it came over the head of Matip, but still a bit sleepy there.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:17:40 AM »
Van Dijk was worth every penny of that £75M it seems and some on here were questioning that.

Better spunking that money on one great player than two average ones.

When you look at United even, they could really do with doing the same and someone like VVD would have made a huge difference to that defense. Would give the opportunity to the likes of Bailly, Rojo to play alongside and help their confidence. I honestly believe he's had a great impact on Gomez.
Same for Alisson. You can see the defense happy to keep the ball on the ground and pass it around and use Alisson to keep position. And I'm thinking back to Lovern who's first option was usually a hoof up the pitch.

Lovern's contribution last night was to slice a clearance and then let the Napoli lad inside him for the shot Alisson saved.
Liability at this stage.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:11:03 AM »
That p***k will still have nothing stick.

Nice to have friends willing to pay for two high end on beach villas for 5 nights at £1K a night each though.

Surely this Government watchdog crew only need to ask Ian O'g to produce the financial transactions relating to this holiday to catch him out again.

Bloody weemen and their social media nonsense.........

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:06:07 AM »
Alleged extracurricular activity with an assistant to another assembly member, not a unionist MLA by the way. Heard this from several different sources.

Sure simpson was caught red handed and the rumours about IJP and ELP are rife so whats the problem? or is it because he did it with one of themmuns lol

Depends if the assistant was male or female though...


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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:02:00 AM »
Van Dijk was worth every penny of that £75M it seems and some on here were questioning that.

Better spunking that money on one great player than two average ones.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:25:13 PM »
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everyone looking paid and the days of the volunteers is finished unfortunately

That is not true at all.

So who is going to head into schools during a working day and give up 2 hours of their time 2 or 3 days a week? unless the person is retired and ha sthe time you'll struggle, maybe its different up the country, or someone in a flexible job

People on shift work. That is how we worked within our club when I was involved.I am not currently so am not sure we still do that but it went on for years and I doubt it's any different in a lot of places.

Well fair play to them, I'm only refereeing now and I find it difficult enough to fit in with a busy family life, nevermind looking after a club team and coaching at a school.. It certainly reaps benefits for the club, mixed parish or will they all head to same club afterwards?

Most of our players stem from Bredagh and Carryduff, but we would also get a mix from St Brigids, St Endas, St Galls, Glenavey, Rossa, St Teresa's etc.  We are definitely seeing this starting to pay off, with our Y10 team winning the Corn Na nOg Shield there; first ever A title for the school.  Schools and clubs have to put in the hard graft to reap the rewards.

Any Down coaches going into you considering you're on the Down side of the Lagan?

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