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GAA Discussion / Re: Spillane article
« on: January 16, 2020, 01:11:15 AM »
I just canít see any way around managers getting paid myself, much as Iíd love to.

Put them ďthrough the booksĒ and the ultra-black market of sponsors sending envelopes directly to managers, will become the norm for everyone. The GAA canít control this. Send a top investigative journalist onto the case and he might unearth and shame a few, but the majority will trundle on.

Tie them to club membership, and they become strength and conditioning coaches / physios in name, which means they can run the show from the sidelines, in every way apart from wearing a bib on championship days.

These moves would only feed whispers and resentment, while changing nothing.

Itís an insipid part of associationís culture.
You are bang on and no amount of waffling about tying managers to club memberships or putting their income through the books will solve the problem. That is, if you regard it as a problem in the first place.
I believe that most managers derive most if not all of their income through covert sponsorship deals- probably with the knowledge of county boards or club executive. I mean that clubs or cbs could manage to pay some of the payments being bandied about on this board and prevent it showing up on the books.
Apart from that, a great many clubs and counties are already struggling to keep going as it is without stuffing thousands of euros into brown envelopes on the qt.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin Hate Thread 2020
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:40:19 PM »
Happy new year all !

I am happy to assist all users in creating this thread so they can direct all their hatred, jealousy, ignorance, misinformation, gossip and downplaying on the one thread for 2020.

Thank you Kerryforsams and Eire90 for another wonderful thread.
Mods please wake up, before this website becomes pure dung.

My 2 usernames on this board are TheGreatest and Thearistocrat. Happy for the mods to confirm and check IP addresses etc. The thread saves the hassle for all non Dublin posters to post all things Dublin in one place, saves having the board swamped with Dublin centric threads set up by non Dubs to get something off their chest! :)

Why do you need two usernames?
Split personality?

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD 2020
« on: January 14, 2020, 02:36:26 PM »
There is a helluva difference between saying Mayo hasn't regressed and that they have disappeared off the radar. Mayo have gone back somewhat without a doubt and will take some time to rebuild and there is no guarantee that that will happen anytime soon.
But, IMO, they are still a Super 8 team at the very least. And that's more because there is a scarcity of top teams about rather than perceived excellence on Mayo's part.

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD 2020
« on: January 13, 2020, 08:38:30 PM »
Very difficult to know with great certainty where mayo are at , how do you even define ďfinished ď in todayís inter county world . Letís pretend Mayo get to the super 8 this summer,  for arguments sake if they progressed to a semi final say v Kerry , would you bet your house on a Kerry victory ? 

There is definitely some promise in a dozen players coming into the reckoning now and with Boyler (50mins r so)Higgins(same as boyler),Tom p (? Over getting back to the player he was obviously) Aido, lee, Cillian, paddy , Diarmuid  still very much top players itís not beyond them to win games . So ,finished as all Ireland contenders, probably have been since after 17 (should of won Sam simple as ) but finished as a top 4 side , I wouldnít be certain thatís for sure .
I go along with that. I'm not confident that Mayo will recapture the form of '16 or '17 this year but I see no reason to suppose they won't make the Super 8s. With the obvious exception of Dublin, I can't see any side I'd be 100% certain we would not be able to handle- and that includes Kerry.
Kerry had an indifferent league, a relatively easy run-in to the Super 8s and like Mayo on more than one occasion ran Dublin close in the first game.  But Dublin made no mistake in the replay and were in cruise control long before the end.
Apart from Clifford, OíShea and possibly Geaney upfront  and David Moran at midfield , I donít think they have anyone else whoíd bother Dublin in the slightest.
Donegal? Seems MacNiallais is and McBrearty wonít feature this year so Iíd respect them but certainly not fear them.
Who else is left?
Galway I suppose but theyíve been stuck in the same gear for some years now and unless Pee Joyce has something up his sleeve, thereís no reason to suppose they will do any better this year than in the previous couple.
Itís far too early in the year to start coming up with firm predictions about anything but Iíll still predict that Mayo will  be a top four side when the season finishes.

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD 2020
« on: January 13, 2020, 12:05:37 PM »
Convinced they didnít want to actually win that , last train now too cause of that shite

Mayo teams have beaten Galway twice in the last 21 attempts, ye haven't made a final of a Connacht competition for 6 years, and yet Mayo didn't want to win. You're consistent at least, have to give ya that

You cannot take anything from today. Mayo are on the slide, only to be expected. Galway are not going forward or backward. They reached a standard a couple of years ago and flat-lined at that.

Both are a long (long) distance from the Dublin Machine,  So I would not get to excited by local rivalries!

why would you think Mayo are on the Slide?
league champions and All Ireland semifinalists (only losing to the 'Greatest team of all time EVER' from last year and another Excellent bunch of lads look like they're coming through this year another 40 or so playing sigurson Cup and half the starters  on holidays taking a break etc?

I Just don't get the logic
TBH, neither do I.
Mayo are from from being a spent force. It remains to be seen if they as as good as they were in, sy, 2016 , but there's life in the oul' dog yet as the saying goes.
Andy is the only first choice player to have retired and given the number who are game for another go, I feel Mayo won't lack confidence, whatever else may turn out to be lacking. Only time will tell and I'm not giving up on Mayo.
However, having said that, I see one of our old, old failings hasn't gone away, ya know!
Six points up with 12 minutes and Mayo still managed to blow it.
I guess life was never meant to be easy for Mayo and the fans.

General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers...I'll start
« on: January 13, 2020, 12:17:36 AM »
Keep the faith, BH!
You are an inspiration for your fellow board members and, without a doubt, all are wishing you well.
Rath Dť ort. May God bless you and yours.

General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 12, 2020, 06:38:14 PM »
No not 90% in Dublin, 60% actually. Still higher than ideal, but the main thing is there is jobs growth outside Dublin and unfortunately you canít force companies to locate in particular counties. Thereís no question that IDA does their best to showcase regional locations and offers incentives for the regions.

Here is what IDA have just released re regional investment by MNCs:

ď54,868 jobs were created outside of Dublin over the past five years leading to 33,118 additional direct jobs (net) on the ground in regions at the end of this strategy. 110 investments were won for regions in 2019 with 5,368 net jobs created.

Every region hit the five-year strategy targets of a 30% uplift in investment we set out to achieve and three regions - the Mid West, Mid East and South East exceeded 40% of targets. Investments in The Border region increased threefold since the outset of the strategy.

This is clear evidence that our deliberate and focused strategy of targeting investment for regions is paying off. That includes our Regional Property Programme which has delivered seven of 11 planned advance building solutions Ė technological or office buildings Ė to offer investors attractive turnkey building solutions in regional locations.

All seven of the buildings completed are now occupied by businesses, demonstrating the success of this strategy of stepping into the market where we see opportunity and can secure clients when the necessary properties arenít being provided by the private sector.Ē

Some great work being done and some great successes.

Hound, GDP per head in the BMW region is half of that elsewhere.
How can that be considered a success ?
I don't think he is necessarily saying that it's a success- or a failure either for that matter! The IDA says it set out to achieve a 30% uplift in investments in a number of regions over a five year period and investments in the Border region increased threefold since the outset of the strategy.
That has to be considered a success by any rationale but since since investment in the region was very low to begin with, the improvement is relative- the region still lags behind all others.

General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 10, 2020, 11:38:47 PM »
Speaking of his experiences as Minister for Health, Brendan Howlin once said it was clear that departmental policy was to make, and keep, the public health operating at such an inefficient and unacceptable level of inefficiency that the greatest number of those who could afford the cost would opt to take private insurance policies. Ministers are transient, whereas senior bureaucrats are permanent so ministers have minimal influence on policies.
(I can't recall his exact words but that's the gist of what he had to say on the matter.)

GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: January 10, 2020, 10:08:30 PM »
Clucko is staying on  ;)
So is Dermo. Glad to see the pair are staying on. Pure class, the pair of them.

General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:13:16 PM »
If the election was held at the present time, I canít see anything other than a hung DŠil, much the same as we have now.
The election is Fianna Failís to win but there is no sign that they will attract enough votes to become the largest party in the new Dail, never mind winning an overall majority.Martin just doesnít have the mass appeal needed to demolish Varadker in a head-to-head and in this media-centred age, their TV confrontations will have more influence on proceedings than any amount of spoof about policy differences.  Manifestoes  wonít matter a whole lot as both major parties break their election assurances once they get into power.
Martin is a hangover from the days of Bertie and Brian Cowan and, until he and Willie OíDea and anybody else who held ministerial office back then has stepped down, Fianna Fail wonít have the mass appeal needed to return to government. The electorate seems to have long memories in this regard.
At least, thatís what I find when talking to those around me and thatís my personal feeling also.
Sinn Fein didnít do well at the European election; I think itís fair to say Mary Lou isnít performing well since she replaced Gerry Adams. She has gone backwards in the popularity stakes. A loss of only 3 or 4 would be a good result for the Shinners.
The Greens stand to pick up at the very least five seats- with the complexity of our PR system, itís difficult to predict the outcome in most constituencies with any confidence. The last seat , or maybe two, in a large number of them will be decided by a handful of votes. But the Greta Thunberg factor and the greater awareness of environmental issues could see the Greens coming back with double figures.
Labour will be lucky to hold what they have. Brendan Howlin hasnít been a success as a party leader and all of their main spokespersons are largely anonymous. We are going to wind up with a proliferation of mini parties and loony lefties, much the same as at present.
Iíll go with:
FF 58
FG 48
Shinners 16
Labour 12
Greens 15
The Rest 19

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD 2020
« on: January 09, 2020, 08:54:05 PM »
Lucjy GAAboard.
He's still ruining stolensheep with his absolute boloxology.
He's got worse if anything and is finding any excuse to have a pop at Anthony Cunningham.
What's the name of the Rossie website?
I thought it was but I see that domain is for sale.

General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers...I'll start
« on: December 31, 2019, 03:34:43 PM »
Any sufferers of gout on the board?

Have had a few attacks of it (I think, havenít had it properly diagnosed yet) but the symptoms are very similar to what doctor goggle says!
I'm afraid you can include me in as Groucho Marx might put it.
Used to be crippled with the damn condition- frequent attacks in both feet that left me unable to walk without great pain and difficulty.
However, without really understanding why, the attacks have eased off considerably and I can't recall experiencing severe pain in the last five years or so.
I have been using Alpurinol for the condition and it probably is effective in stopping all but the most severe attacks.
However, it is no use when I am experiencing a severe attack but since I was also prescribed Colchicine when I felt an attack coming on, I have managed to get away with nothing more than relatively minor discomfort.

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: December 30, 2019, 01:32:42 PM »
The FAI has apologised to the hundreds of thousands of people involved in Irish football

So the Dubs must be their fault
Did you start your New Year's celebrations a bit early or what? ;D
I mean what's the connection above>

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Shinty Ties - Insurance - Any other info
« on: December 28, 2019, 02:13:28 AM »
I remember - many years ago - playing shinty for Edinburgh University, and we played a match against the Trinity (I think) hurlers. We swapped sticks at half-time, and it was all great craic. I have no idea how the insurance worked, but I'd have thought the club's own insurance would cover it? Why not just ask the club you're thinking of going to?
The year wasnít 1976 by any chance?
Because if it was, we were on opposing sides that day!
I played for Trinity College, Dublin, against Edinburgh University during the Easter holidays that year. We all swapped sticks that day also. (Not that it made much difference because most of us, the Trinity lads anyway, were totally pissed from the night before.) Things may have changed since then but there were no special conditions imposed by our insurers for the games we played while in Scotland - a total of three in three days.

General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: December 23, 2019, 04:07:14 PM »
Only you would think that

You much prefer one way traffic? I donít agree with some of his views but hes put plenty back in their box
+1 ;D

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