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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:16:24 PM »
Is there ever any chance of a north Antrim team being started up again? it would be good for hurlers at junior/intermediate level to compete at senior?
That was tried several years ago and the logistics proved to be difficult. However, I think that a South Antrim divisional team in the SHC would be a good idea. The travelling wouldn't be an issue and there are many good hurlers in Belfast who aren't all playing for senior clubs.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 19, 2020, 07:49:17 PM »
Derry SHC was 2 groups of 4 where placings determined who played who. Slaughtneil and Lynches finished top of their group and went into the SHC final. 2nd played 3rd from the opposite group to determine who played Intermediate/Junior. Winners played in the IHC Final and losers played in the JHC Final

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: September 23, 2020, 08:16:07 PM »
It was proposed that the Volunteer Cup be taken out of service due to the state and the age of the cup - dates from the 30's and the fact it may have been battered about a bit over the years (I think it is made from Irish silver which isn't available any more). It was proposed that the trophy be presented to the winning captain then withdrawn (like the Scottish Cup, the original is presented to the winning team and a replica presented for the lap of honour etc). Dunloy were the holders at the time and they supported the proposal with no objection from the clubs.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 20, 2020, 02:57:54 PM »
Whats the story with Mitchells ? Will they survive this season at all?

I was looking at their results and they've been on the end of some serious hammerings in the Antrim JFC.

Their hurling team closed down a good few years ago and a few of their hurlers were trying to get a game anywhere they could - think a few played for McDermotts after the Teresa's split, there was a Belfast Shamrocks amalgamation which didnt last too long.

Used to play on that pitch up near Poleglass on Pembrooke Loop Road if memory serves me correctly.

It seems they have slipped through the net with regards to catchment area, underage, primary school links etc and appear to be running on fumes. T

hey were a senior hurling club in the sixties.

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General discussion / Re: Scottish independence referendum thread
« on: March 25, 2020, 11:17:42 AM »
Yeiks .. this explains it very well ... Feckin hell  :o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbfldSrJ-0

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/snp-braces-itself-fallout-after-21742371.amp

You wouldn't take anything the Daily Record says seriously, especially after one of their succulent lamb sports journalists proudly proclaimed that a Motherwell born billionaire with wealth beyond the radar was going take over Rangers (1872) and fund a player recruitment drive to launch an assault on the Champions League which will leave Celtic trailing in their wake.

Tabloid rubbish at its best

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: March 10, 2020, 02:53:12 PM »
seeing this spread of the virus now there are people asking the question if its wise to be allowing so many people to travel to Dublin for the game on Sunday.

we have 2 buses of kids going (around 100 of them) and id say there will be parents asking the same question.
Brendan Crossan tweeting something similar.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: March 10, 2020, 11:17:12 AM »
Tight pitch will suit us.

Where is the pitch anyhow?

I think Amcomri Street in Beechmount is how to get into the Davitts pitch.

Milltown Row or one of the Westies could give precise directions.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: March 10, 2020, 11:14:28 AM »
Down, Derry game set for Davitt Park in Belfast.

Is it a good job there now?

yep.

How do you see it going? Down seem to have picked up a head of steam

Was told last night that Down may be querying the size of the pitch as Davitts is meant to be very short but it's bound to be at least 130 metres.

Not sure if there's any truth in that TBH.

The only other pitch in Antrim that could have hosted the Down Derry match was Portglenone and Ronan Sheehan was in no way allowing that venue due to the fact that Derry is a stone's throw across the Bann.

Id say the Athletic Grounds wouldn't be in great shape either.

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General discussion / Re: GAA Geansaí “Threatening” To Unionists
« on: March 06, 2020, 07:31:40 AM »
I just got round to listening to Lowry on Talkback and I think there needs to be a distinction between a GAA top and an O'Neill's top.

Those proclamation tops that O'Neill's make have nothing to do with the GAA, just like the tractor ones, ploughing championship ones and all that other písh.

Do you have a link for this Johnny ?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fw88

about 1 hour and 10 in.

Lowry was really clutching at straws..

He wasnt half.

Was starting to lose it near the end of the interview, especially when he started going on about the Holylands on Patrick's Day.

He dosent half come up with some dung.

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General discussion / Re: GAA Geansaí “Threatening” To Unionists
« on: March 06, 2020, 07:28:00 AM »
In the interests of balance.

If a person from a nationalist background was in a part of Belfast and finds themselves surrounded by Rangers tops, Linfield tops, and NI tops, I’d expect they’d feel somewhat outnumbered, isolated, unwelcome and perhaps intimidated if alcohol or buoyant behaviour was involved.

How many of these tops have to be on display for someone to feel surrounded is a different matter. But it’s still a very natural feeling in such circumstances.


I worked in those surroundings in a factory in Monkstown for years along with a sizeable amount of nationalist colleagues and not one shit was given for my feelings and with the name I have it was only too obvious what my background was.

Wear your GAA tops if you want but don't be a c**k and antagonise those wearing poppies or whatever else..

The good ship Nortel - underworked and overpaid. No wonder it went to the wall, unfortunately.

It was indeed.. but alas the reasons outlined whilst not untrue was not the reason it went under. The reasons for that would make the executives of Enron look like saints.

The lads and lassies from the "cooler" initially struggled to take instruction from lads who talked about gaelic football and hurling at lunchtimes and funny names with funny spelling but they soon got used to it.

Would have been a lot more Gah chat in NITEC which would have been referred to as The Vatican by the locals. 

Plenty of Rangers (IL), and Linfield tops as well as the paramilitary tattoos on display.

I take it you went on one or two of the GAA trips to Galway??

The test jig screen savers and all were rangers screen savers, I kid you not.

I went on the one where there was a hurling team as well and an eejit from Dessertmartin (who never hurled worth a f**k in his life) had the kitbag on the shop floor with the end of a hurl hanging out of it. My boss at the time was an old lad from Larne and he came into the office disgusted by it, looks at me and says "you're probably going as well, aren't you?, f**k I remember the time when we used to close up for the 12th and everyone in a band would have brought their instruments in and we marched up and down the shop floor pissed as farts."
I nodded to him and told him to "get used to it big man".

Rare place.

The boul PK I believe who dragged the brother along with him.

The minibus was driven by a former Dunloy stalwart if memory serves me right.

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General discussion / Re: GAA Geansaí “Threatening” To Unionists
« on: March 05, 2020, 02:32:47 PM »
In the interests of balance.

If a person from a nationalist background was in a part of Belfast and finds themselves surrounded by Rangers tops, Linfield tops, and NI tops, I’d expect they’d feel somewhat outnumbered, isolated, unwelcome and perhaps intimidated if alcohol or buoyant behaviour was involved.

How many of these tops have to be on display for someone to feel surrounded is a different matter. But it’s still a very natural feeling in such circumstances.


I worked in those surroundings in a factory in Monkstown for years along with a sizeable amount of nationalist colleagues and not one shit was given for my feelings and with the name I have it was only too obvious what my background was.

Wear your GAA tops if you want but don't be a c**k and antagonise those wearing poppies or whatever else..

The good ship Nortel - underworked and overpaid. No wonder it went to the wall, unfortunately.

It was indeed.. but alas the reasons outlined whilst not untrue was not the reason it went under. The reasons for that would make the executives of Enron look like saints.

The lads and lassies from the "cooler" initially struggled to take instruction from lads who talked about gaelic football and hurling at lunchtimes and funny names with funny spelling but they soon got used to it.

Would have been a lot more Gah chat in NITEC which would have been referred to as The Vatican by the locals. 

Plenty of Rangers (IL), and Linfield tops as well as the paramilitary tattoos on display.

I take it you went on one or two of the GAA trips to Galway??

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General discussion / Re: GAA Geansaí “Threatening” To Unionists
« on: March 05, 2020, 02:28:20 PM »
I just got round to listening to Lowry on Talkback and I think there needs to be a distinction between a GAA top and an O'Neill's top.

Those proclamation tops that O'Neill's make have nothing to do with the GAA, just like the tractor ones, ploughing championship ones and all that other písh.

Do you have a link for this Johnny ?

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General discussion / Re: GAA Geansaí “Threatening” To Unionists
« on: March 05, 2020, 08:09:34 AM »
In the interests of balance.

If a person from a nationalist background was in a part of Belfast and finds themselves surrounded by Rangers tops, Linfield tops, and NI tops, I’d expect they’d feel somewhat outnumbered, isolated, unwelcome and perhaps intimidated if alcohol or buoyant behaviour was involved.

How many of these tops have to be on display for someone to feel surrounded is a different matter. But it’s still a very natural feeling in such circumstances.


I worked in those surroundings in a factory in Monkstown for years along with a sizeable amount of nationalist colleagues and not one shit was given for my feelings and with the name I have it was only too obvious what my background was.

Wear your GAA tops if you want but don't be a c**k and antagonise those wearing poppies or whatever else..

The good ship Nortel - underworked and overpaid. No wonder it went to the wall, unfortunately.

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There’s no money for it.
There’s no room for it.
There’s no need for it.
It’s gone on too long.
It has seen Antrim’s greatest monetary asset removed from them.
It has left us with no county ground.

There is money and plenty of it. The longer it delays the more it will cost. Sooner it is built the cheaper it'll be.
There’s no room for it. ? Doesn't make sense
There is of course a need. There's not a decent GAA stadium in the North capable of hold USFC SF & Finals.
Yes it's gone on too long, more reason to get it done.
Antrim gave it up
And your solution to having no county ground is not to build one?

If we took this attitude to everything nothing would ever be built. Everything has a cost. Sometimes the cost isn't relevant.
Bullshit

Well you did give it up quite easily as the Ulster Council had your CB mesmerised by the bright and shiny new things on offer.
Which is true. As part of the deal with Stormont it was the Ulster Council who were to manage the project in the same way as the IFA and the Ulster branch of the IRFU managed the rebuild of Windsor Park and Ravenhill.

Ulster Council ran roughshod over residents concerns etc. with their plans for a 38,000 stadium in West Belfast.

The management of the project was taken out of the hands of the Antrim County Board who at the same time were responsible for letting the safety certificate expire as they went hook line and sinker for what Ulster Council were promising so they haven't exactly covered themselves in glory either.

Antrim were pressurised by Ulster to sign over the deeds of the stadium which they flatly refused to do.

With no safety certificate from the Belfast City Council the doors were closed to sporting events and as a result the stadium has fallen into a state of disrepair which is a pity because it was one of the finest hurling surfaces in Ireland

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There’s no money for it.
There’s no room for it.
There’s no need for it.
It’s gone on too long.
It has seen Antrim’s greatest monetary asset removed from them.
It has left us with no county ground.

There is money and plenty of it. The longer it delays the more it will cost. Sooner it is built the cheaper it'll be.
There’s no room for it. ? Doesn't make sense
There is of course a need. There's not a decent GAA stadium in the North capable of hold USFC SF & Finals.
Yes it's gone on too long, more reason to get it done.
Antrim gave it up
And your solution to having no county ground is not to build one?

If we took this attitude to everything nothing would ever be built. Everything has a cost. Sometimes the cost isn't relevant.
Bullshit

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