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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 19, 2019, 09:48:10 AM »
Well a local farmer told me he went along to a UFU organised event pre referendum and the main speaker was a Mr Poots from Lisburn, a farmer allegedly in his spare time and he espoused the benefits of leaving the EU as an opportunity for NI farmers to have unfettered access into new markets in India and China where they'd get double the current price for milk and £5 a kilo for beef and so forth.

They've obviously changed their stance since it'd become apparent that Boris and the ERG want no deal and not this easy deal that Liam Fox was talking about back then.

You sure it wasn't a DUP organised event with Corrupt Poots or Corrupt Og Poots?

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 19, 2019, 08:58:04 AM »
He expected to be selling his milk into these new markets like China, India and the Middle East with the price per litre rocketing up like the DUP/UFU told him.

The UFU told him?

News to me.


Note the date on the below - 2016-02-25
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-35660084

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"No compelling argument" has been made that Northern Ireland's agriculture industry would be better off if the UK left the European Union, the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) has said.

Farmers in Northern Ireland receive more than £230m a year in subsidies from the EU, which the UFU says is "vital" for farm incomes.

A referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU will be held on 23 June.


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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:36:48 PM »
Draw!

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 16, 2019, 05:48:12 PM »
I see Bozo turned up in Brussels empty handed.
Then dodged Press conferences "because of hecklers"

They are reverting to type.

The 'ol gunboat has been painted, the worst of the dents taken out and is now proudly flying the fleg for the Brit's version of diplomatic negotiation with Johnny Foreigner.

Although they don't seem to realise, someone has swiped the guns from the boat - so all they are left with is tired old rhetoric and chest thumping (economic) belligerence.



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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 16, 2019, 03:49:07 PM »
There is also a reason why 25% of Brits  think no deal means no change, they don't listen to discussions about Brexit and not on tv.

It's 'cos they're farking stupid guv... innit.


Stupid people getting manipulated. Shocker.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 13, 2019, 11:40:26 AM »
Big Phil Hogan appointed as trade commissioner.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49663525

That's who the UK would be negotiating their trade agreement with.


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:52:22 PM »
Interesting from the Tories pollster of choice Lord Ashcroft.

https://lordashcroftpolls.com/2019/09/my-northern-ireland-survey-finds-the-union-on-a-knife-edge/

Going by the letter of The GFA, that is the type of poll that should trigger a Border Poll, although if it failed there would not be another for 7 years (not a long wait really). The irony is a backstop that gives north best of both worlds may dampen enthusiasm for UI.

Indeed - and its further ironic that its nationalists that have less of a problem implementing the backstop and foregoing the move to a UI, and its unionists that are insisting on abolishing the backstop while placing the act of union in serious danger.

I suppose, the split between nationalists/unionists on the poll about the degree of problems a no-deal exit does reflect that unionist mindset. The nationalists appear to see the economic danger  of no-deal & the potential for a border poll sooner - and are prepared to sacrifice the border poll for the economic good by supporting the backstop.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:01:10 PM »
but all the moaning won’t stop Ballykinlar from happening and guys like yourself need to get behind this project , there’s no other alternative

You sound like Boris f**king Johnson.

You just need to believe more and we'll get Ballykinlar done and there will be rivers of chocolate and pots of gold at the end of the rainbows.  ::)

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 08, 2019, 08:59:28 PM »
Ok Wobbler, what’s the alternative, we messed up with Burrenbridge, there’s nothing else out there, so it’s ok for players from east down to go to newry but not for south down players to do the opposite

Newry to me is not a viable option. It would be utterly daft to situate the centre at one end of the county. It'd mean someone travelling from Downpatrick would take ~50mins.


To me, the lack of alternative is no excuse for being forced into an expensive mistake. Better to keep the money for when somewhere more suitable does come up.

Based on 7.30pm arrival time:
Its 40 mins from Cherryvale to Annaclone.
Its 40 mins from Cherryvale to Castlewellan.
Its 45 mins from Cherryvale to Ballykinlar.

You can't seriously tell me that Ballykinlar is the best place for it when the road links are so so poor. Are the Down GAA going to fund improvement of the road from Clough to Ballykinlar?


It is unfortunate that the roads in down are so shite, but we have to live with what we have.

The Finn would probably be the best place if you were not considering players outside the county - its approx equal travel times from Newry and from Cherryvale.
If your considering players travelling from outside the county, then you wanna get closer to the A1.

I suppose my two sentences above raises a question - would it be better to be looking at separate facilities for seniors vs. the underage teams? The underage teams aren't going to be drawing many from outside the county.

Either way, Ballykinlar is very much a sub-optimal solution. For something that we would want to last decades, say yes because its the only land available at the moment strikes me as poor decision making.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:05:07 PM »
I was just wondering why you haven't included Portaferry to Annaclone?
Down teams won all Ireland's in the 90's training in Ballykinlar all winter.  The sand pitch meant they played on a firm sod all year so had an advantage over other counties.

Never thought to include portaferry as I never considered placing hurling and football centres in the same place.

Is there any other club south of Downpatrick bar the Fontenoys that hurls at a high standard?


Pitch construction has moved on an awful lot since the 90s.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 06, 2019, 06:35:41 PM »
Wobbler is making the assumption that Down people working outside the county will be travelling from Dublin. Many do, and that has to taken into account. However, there are also Down people working in Belfast and other northern counties who need to be considered,

I was thinking of that as well when I suggested Annaclone.

@7.30pm arrival time:
Annaclone is 5 mins from the A1.
The marshes are around 10 mins from the A1
Ballykinlar is around 40mins from the A1.



[BTW - def. not from Annaclone so not self promoting here.]

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:16:00 PM »
Newry would be the best place for a centre of excellence

Just having a look using the power of google maps and directions - I think Annaclone would be about the most central for everyone to get to.

All at ~7.30pm arrival time

Belfast >> Annaclone : 35-45 mins
Newry >> Annaclone : 20 mins
Newcastle >> Annaclone : 25 mins
Downpatrick >> Annaclone : 40 mins
Attical >> Annaclone : 30 mins

Belfast >> Ballykinlar : 40-50 mins
Newry >> Ballykinlar : 45 mins
Newcastle >> Ballykinlar : 15 mins
Downpatrick >> Ballykinlar: 12 mins
Attical >> Ballykinlar : 40 mins

Belfast >> Newry : 45 - 60 mins
Newry >> Newry : 0
Newcastle >> Newry : 40 mins
Downpatrick >> Newry : 45-55 mins
Attical >> Newry : 35 mins


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: September 06, 2019, 04:39:17 PM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/northern-ireland-s-economy-is-threatened-by-more-than-brexit-1.4009296

Erm - that article dumps the sum of our problems on the transfer test.

Given that the results of the education system in NI is evidently better performing than elsewhere, it is a strange argument to make:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gcse-results-your-area-see-18983712

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Northern Ireland has scored the highest percentage of entries who achieved a 'pass,' with 82.2% getting a C or 4 depending on the grading system.

The region was also top area for the people getting grades A or 7 and above.

London came in second, with 70.6% passing and 25.7% scoring at least an A or 7.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49351481

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A-Level entries in Northern Ireland declined by more than 2% in 2019, though exam organisations said that was mainly due to a fall in the year 14 population in schools.

However, the overall A*-E pass rate at A-level in Northern Ireland increased slightly by 0.1% to 98.3%.

Pupils in Northern Ireland have consistently outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales in recent years.


There is nothing that boils my piss more than some hippy insisting comprehensive schools are the way to go when the evidence clearly states otherwise.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 06, 2019, 04:29:06 PM »
While the short road from Clough to the village is narrow, there is every reason to believe that it will be upgraded.

Do you know something the rest of us doesn't?

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 06, 2019, 02:07:36 PM »
Challenge matches for juvenile squads against Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath etc will be met with a “can you not find us a venue closer to the border?”.

For any county team its in the arse end of nowhere.

For most clubs in Down its in the arse end of nowhere FFS!


Every other county in Ireland will be coming in the Blackstaff Road as that's what google maps will tell them is quickest. Only a matter of time before there is an accident on the roads.

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