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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: Today at 03:28:04 PM »
Mogg and some of the ERG moving towards Mays deal is better than No Brexit. Whilst the DUP are holding out for no Brexit at this time. Who is more likely to be thrown under the bus?

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: Today at 08:23:23 AM »
RONAN O'Neill has quit the Tyrone panel in frustration after failing to feature in any of the Red Hands' Division One games this year.

The sublimely talented Omagh St Enda's clubman was an ever-present throughout Tyrone's successful Dr McKenna Cup campaign this year but he was unable to nail down a place in Mickey Harte's National League squads and has walked away with a heavy heart. At 26, hopes to return to the inter-county scene at some stage in the future but will concentrate on the club game for the rest of this season.

“Towards the middle of the League I wasn't getting a look-in and I thought to myself: ‘Should I maybe step away from this?'” he explained.

“Ultimately it was an extremely hard decision to make because Tyrone has been the best part of my life for eight years. I sat down and chatted to my father and he said to see how the League went and to keep pushing at training.

“But I wasn't getting into the matchday squads and people were asking why I wasn't and I just thought ‘You know, maybe it's time to take a step back here' so I saw out the League and met Mickey on Sunday night and explained my decision.

“I had to think what was right for me. I was sitting about being part of the squad but not making much of an impact and I wasn't really happy doing what I was doing.

“Mickey listened to my reasons and he was supportive.

“He said that I wouldn't be the first person to step away and then come back again the following year. He gave me some things to work on and I'll use this club season to do so and reassess where I am for next year.”

O'Neill first came to prominence as a schoolboy with Omagh CBS, spearheading their runs to the MacRory Cup finals in 2009 and 2010 and he was the star forward when the Tyrone minors won the All-Ireland in 2010, scoring 1-4 in the semi-final and two points in the decider against Cork.

He announced himself on the senior scene with a first-touch debut goal in the McKenna Cup two years later and, by 2013, aged 19, he was captain of the Tyrone U21 side and an established member of the senior panel.

He suffered a serious setback when he ruptured his cruciate while training for the Ulster SFC quarter-final against Donegal but returned to the fold the following year and, after top-scoring for Ulster University in the Sigerson Cup final, hit the target in every game of Tyrone's Division One campaign.

Since then O'Neill has won two Ulster Championships with Tyrone, lighting up Clones in the 2017 decider with an audacious chip into the Down net that showcased his natural, uncommon flair and fans will remember his 'Dab' celebration after a goal against Cavan in the 2016 Division 2 final. However, as the era of the footballing athlete took hold and with Tyrone regularly playing just one inside forward, O'Neill found his opportunities becoming limited.

His last Championship start was as a lone frontman against Mayo in the 2016 All-Ireland quarter-final but he did feature regularly as a substitute in last year's run to the All-Ireland final.

“I'm only 26, so I wouldn't like to think my county career is over yet,” he said.

“Not getting game-time is the most frustrating thing.

“You do all the hard training and you want to be rewarded. It's the manager's worst nightmare picking 15 boys and then putting five in, they can't keep everybody happy especially at Tyrone with the panel being so competitive.

“But it left me frustrated and I was probably a bit snappy about the house with my parents and brothers and my girlfriend. I love playing for Tyrone and I love my county and I wish all the boys all the best – I sent them a message and I really do think the team will go on to win the All-Ireland and that's what made the decision even tougher.”

O'Neill now intends to focus his energy on playing with Omagh St Enda's, the county champions in 2014 and 2017, before weighing up his inter-county options.

“Mickey has decided that Mattie (Donnelly) and Cathal (McShane) are more dangerous and physical up front and Petey (Harte) is playing off them,” he said.

“The three of them are playing fantastically well and then you had myself, Connor McAliskey, Darren (McCurry), Lee (Brennan) and Kyle (Coney) fighting for other spots. It's a competitive field and sometimes those boys are going to be ahead and other times vice-versa.

“It happened to be me this time and I just thought I wasn't doing myself any justice sitting about there. I want to go back and play club football with Omagh which I love doing. I want to get a full year, hopefully injury-free playing football and playing to the best of my potential.”

He added: “I thanked Mickey for helping me out over the years and the rest of the management – the boys who were there before and the boys who are there now – and the county board for supporting me.

“It'll not be the end of me but, for the time being, it'll be a halt of the progress.”
A year of club football will do him the world of good.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:03:35 PM »
Right so it is full steam ahead with the real football now.

General discussion / Re: Maddie McCann
« on: March 25, 2019, 11:26:49 AM »

That looks like there should be a more direct route skirting the pool, line of site almost.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: March 25, 2019, 11:23:29 AM »
I mean Harte could have scored from 50 yards out into an empty goal

Sounds interesting!

Can anyone describe the passage of play that led to this, and what kind of attempt did Harte make?

Galway lost possession with the keeper way out the field. He hit it about a foot high and a yard wide.

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:20:25 PM »
That’s not coffee and I’m not your mate!

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 20, 2019, 02:38:14 PM »
You said "It's only safe because people have manners." ONLY! ONLY!

You're nitpicking now. Read the totality of what I said, which included the point that if you don't have manners, you will be quickly lifted for it.  But in confined spaces at rush hour, safety does depend on that.
Quickly lifted for it would indicate some form of policing of the crowd!

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 20, 2019, 08:46:02 AM »
No. It hadn't opened
Are you sure. A neighbour of mine said she was inside and they knew something was going on but didn't know what.

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 20, 2019, 08:38:45 AM »
Firstly, deepest condolences to the familes and friends of the 3 teenagers. Absolutely shocking and really hits home as it could have happened to literally anyone, including myself or my friends at any venue in the country. I’m not going to point fingers without all the facts, but a serious review and changes need to happen with the way bouncers handle crowds at all night clubs. This keeping crowds outside for no reason needs to atop. If true that the doors were locked and people were refused to be let in when they were literally being crushed then thats absolutely shocking and horrifying. I hope justice is done and families can get some closure.

Was the venue not already full. That was my understanding. They have a duty of care to not over-fill it either.

General discussion / Re: Bloody Sunday killings to be ruled unlawful
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:16:06 PM »
I wonder how history would have different here if Jackson could have put his hands up in 1972 and admitted one 1 brick went rogue and the 4 offenders had been court-martialled and demobbed.

General discussion / Re: Bloody Sunday killings to be ruled unlawful
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:13:42 PM »
From the Spectator!

Very interesting article.

I think this same unit caused x2 deaths in the Shankill as well if I'm not mistaken ? Although I am unsure of the time frame in comparison to Bloody Sunday if it's an unfair assumption to say the same people could have been involved.
Ballymurphy would be another. Both Derry and Ballymurphy were the 1st battalion and were only 7 months apart. Maybe F got a taste for it and knew he could get away with it after Ballymurphy!

General discussion / Re: Bloody Sunday killings to be ruled unlawful
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:05:11 PM »
Soldier F:  I don't know if he is the oldest and most infirm but he was the one that was most caught out in previous inquiries.  Not just for stonewalling (as many others did) but for outright lies.   He changed his story multiple times, starting when he found out that ballistics tests were done on his rifle.

He is definitely the most open and shut case.

That said he and the other 3 soldiers with him did most of the killing and you wonder why they get off.


2 of them are dead.

That rules them out then.


There is an article in the Spectator today stating he was responsible for 4, not just the 2 they are able to charge him for.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:09:59 AM »
I think it's the opposite. The reason why they don't issue the league fixtures before the championship draw is because they want league fixtures between championship drawn opponents to be played early in the season, so we should see all these fixtures played in the first few rounds of the league.

Sunday 7th April

Dromore v Trillick
Edendork v Tattyreagh
Eglish v Errigal Ciaran
Omagh v Dungannon

But then

Saturday 5th October

Coalisland v An Charraig Mhór
Donaghmore v Killyclogher

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:22:12 PM »
I heard Gavin Devlin is over the coaching of all the development squads....
Right.  I’m not sure that is a good move.  Surely the negative defensive football philosophy that he has been associated with before would be best kept to 1 team.

i agree with that..something not just sitting right with that appointment....
Thought there was no money and coaches being let go. Now suddenly we have money to pay horse to do the same job!

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: March 08, 2019, 10:58:08 AM »
Its a great article with some interesting ideas and a great core message - I don't care if the call happened or not.

I assumed that whole phone call with Canavan was written tongue in cheek by Joe and he never meant anyone to seriously think that the conversation happened.,

That was my take too
I assumed that about all his "I was talking to an Inter-County player" spiels. They are just vehicles for his opinions.

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