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General discussion / Re: Running
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:55:06 PM »
Can anyone recommend any cream for the knees?
Touch of arthritis so thought one of you might be able to recommend something to help loosen them up a bit

Go running. Gradual progression of volume or intensity over prolonged period of time (months / years).

General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: November 10, 2019, 08:44:29 AM »
Enjoyed The Irishman, but prob 30-45 mins too long. Best DeNiro has been in years and years.
Was going to go but saw the run time and thought f**k that, life's too short !

General discussion / Re: Running
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:48:09 AM »
Smells of business trying to plunder what they can get, nice entry fee hike as well likely. Can't see the lottery system lasting as demand will fall after a few years many other options of city marathons available now.

General discussion / Re: Running
« on: October 24, 2019, 11:15:13 AM »
Good luck everyone! Absolutely crapping myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Itís not too bad, once you get to the real halfway point at 20 miles...the true agony only becomes apparent then... 8)

General discussion / Re: Running
« on: October 24, 2019, 10:56:09 AM »
Good luck all lads going on Sunday! Looks like weather will be ideal

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 04, 2019, 02:07:03 PM »
Was Timmy really on the Mayo team bus??

GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 16, 2019, 01:30:14 PM »

Me actually.

I'm still not over the fact the ref missed John Small picking the ball off the ground in the draw in 2016. Nor the ref letting O'Callaghan take 8 steps in 2017.
It was Bastick...and ref gave a free out...Regan his temporal bone too in the collision  :-* :-\

GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:57:57 AM »
True? Not true? Who knows?

Former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is strongly tipped to be named the new Galway senior football team manager within the coming days.

The Connaught Telegraph understands that the Ballinrobe coach is the top choice of the Galway County GAA Board to replace Kevin Walsh, who retired from the position earlier this month after serving five years in the role.

It is understood Rochford will be joined on his management team by Padraig Joyce and John Divilly, the duo who led the tribesmen to the Connacht Under-20 title this year, with a view to Joyce and Divilly taking over the senior post in three years time.

The telegraph speculate plentyful but are right a lot of the time. I wonder are Joyce and Divily to stick managing the U20s while part of Rochfords senior management?
Joyce and back room team went on the beer on a training weekend in Limerick post Connacht final and pre AI semi final to Dublin. Team meeting had to be delayed because they all had heads on them the Sunday morning. Doubt that has gone down well.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 02, 2019, 02:58:53 PM »
Why the very noisy booing of Diarmuid Connolly when he came on? I would have expected more from the usually very sporting Kerry supporters.

What were the thoughts on him taking on that shot at the end? I know it was central but must have been 50M out. I thought it was fairly clear that Dublin were passing the ball around trying to create space for a high % shot and think that was a waste.

That said, can you imagine the roar had he landed it.
Most decent club players would have fancied that one. For one of the most talented players to ever play the game youíd expect him to score that in his sleep. Thank god he missed it though.

Really? I donít even consider him one of the greatest Dubs ever to play the game.
Off topic but heís up there, ability wise. Can do things with the ball not many others ever can do. May never get back to his best now though. Either way, youíd expect him to kick that score easily.

Maybe he can, but we havenít seen it on the pitch.

Watch the 2nd half of the 2017 All Ireland replay or 2014 All Ireland club final if you haven't seen Connolly as his best.

I think Clifford is carrying am injury. He was gone with 10 minutes left and it was only on the pitch at the end because of his reputation.


I think that's just the way Clifford is, not down to injury. He doesn't have the legs or work rate that other forwards have. He's a big lad so will feel the pace of the game more than others.
Clifford has a history of shoulder instability and had stabilization surgery as far as Iím aware. Cooper of course wouldnít have known this and all pulling type more movements were accidental.  ::)

GAA Discussion / Re: Rural Ireland's football future
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:47:03 PM »
Mayo got a centre of excellence in the middle of a bog
Oh, sorry Connacht got the centre
And soon they'll have a giant bouncy castle

Mayo got huge funding for McHale park
AND a bailout when they blew the budget

A lot of money spent on those projects

Still paying back the bailout. Clubs are I mean. I do believe there's another centre of excellence in the pipeline although I'm not sure when.

Back to Loose Cannon's point, amalgamations are happening left, right and centre in Mayo at underage. We even had a situation 2 years ago having Ballyhaunis and Aghsmore joining up at minor. Terrible indictment on Ballyhaunis imo.

Population loss or just young lads no longer want to play?
IMO, a  bit of both to be honest but the former is the more serious one.
After all, every part of the country has problems with kids not bothering to play any sort of field game but if you donít have youngsters, you get them to play anything.
I went to a small rural school in near Swinford back in the 60s. The teachers in the parish organised an 11 a side  tournament back then. Today, there is only the town school open.
Thatís something Dubs canít understand and think life can go on as it has always with Dublin growing bigger and their country cousins just moaning and whining, as always.

This year I think half the county panel are based in Dublin. 
It seems reasonable that a good number of these lads will settle down to work and live in the city so in the next few years, they will be lost to the county, probably forever. Odds are that their kids will play with a local club and grew up as Dub supporters.

I can't blame Dub supporters for wanting to keep things the same as always and getting the lionís share of whatever money is available, the gap between Dublin and the rest will become unsustainable.

This is a huge issue, and something that also crossed my mind when starting the blog. You cannot measure the impact of this. As I recall one of the Dublin subs this year, his father played club football for Swinford until he headed east back in the 80's. I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands of such examples.

Back to the Airport, if the entire politics BS, play into its under developement, then shame on the elected officials involved. A no brainer would be to create an exclusive tax free zone around the airport or even extend it to twenty or twenty five mile radius around the airport as a tax free zone. As well as east and north Mayo, it would encompass parts of south Sligo, part of Roscommon, north Galway and parts of Leitrim. Areas prone to folks migrating to Dublin etc. If there were 25k or 50k jobs created over a decade or two, then the positive knock-on effect of this would be very significant.

I happened to be at a presentation back in November, discussing rural Ireland, two presenters, both decent, second one a tad boring TBH, my biggest take away was, north of Galway city to south of Sligo town, the electric grids do not have the capability of carrying enough power(wattage whatever it is) to service a major plant, ( The example given, was that if a guy in England or USA or where ever wanted to set up a major plant in Claremorris (was the example used), he or she would not be able to.

I took the train from Ballymote to Dublin a few weeks ago, there is one train track, comical. It means that only one train can pass at a time, and the schedule is dictated by where there are multiple lines. How difficult or expensive would it be to put another track alongside it. The west, north west, and tourism or the wild Atlantic way my backside.

Maybe the answer is to put aside the parochial politics, of FG, FF and SF, and form a west of Ireland party. Pie in the sky, but if the combined elected politicians controlled a majority, you may see a lot more resources heading out of Dublin.
Did the person making that presentation forget that the Coca Cola factory in Ballina is the worlds largest producer of Coca Cola drink concentrate ?

GAA Discussion / Re: Retain the Super 8ís series?
« on: August 16, 2019, 11:42:58 PM »
Where's a long winded Padraic Duffy "everything's great festival of football " interview when you need one!

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:25:34 PM »
The question is rather what are you smoking, as you've either not read the article fully or because you've completely misunderstood the point he is, controversially, trying to make.

He's not questioning their commitment as footballers. He's referring to a mercenary element within the mayo panel who have knifed two management teams in the last few years. He may not be unbiased but he's not wrong about some of the power struggles that have gone on in mayo and how they have held the team back.
In what sense ?

Maurice Fitz free
Startled earwigs
Cluxton free

Fitting that we score 5 goals against Sligo in McHale Park this week given Mick Burkeís passing last weekend. We scored 5 goals against them in 1985 at McHale Park when Mick managed the team to All Ireland victory

And ye wonder why your neighbours hope ye never win Sam. Disgusting arrogance.

The game shouldn't have been in McHale anyway. The whole thing is a disgrace.
Hope never kicked a ball over the bar sure !

General discussion / Re: Running
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:56:03 PM »
Ross Tucker has a great podcast on the science of sport on running shoes .

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