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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: Today at 09:33:40 AM »
Attendance didn't look good at the wexford game the day. I know we not the best supported in a long while but I been at club championship games in Bellaghy where its packed. I wonder where all the genuine supporters have disappeared to.
Maybe the penny will finally drop for some people. It doesn't matter if the game is in Celtic Park, Bellaghy, Glen, Owenbeg or Screen. We are a poorly supported county at present. Now, in fairness, this game was a dead rubber with Derry not fielding a first 15, people knew this in advance. Ticket prices are a bit high for Division 4 too, this could stop a small portion of people attending as well.

PS. Well done to Doire Colmcille, some result for them.

PPS. Fair play to Ballerin, Craigbane, Desertmartin and Lissan for fielding reserve teams this year in a bit of a farcical league. Should have been put in with 1B or recreational league instead IMO.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: March 22, 2019, 12:32:30 PM »
With Division 2 starting on Saturday, what are the thoughts for the year ahead with the new league structure in place?

Doire Colmcille v Drum - Drum by 10
Sean Dolans v Lissan - Lissan by 8
Ardmore v Slaughtmanus - Slaughtmanus by 15+
Desertmartin v Moneymore - Desertmartin by 2
Glack v Ballerin - Ballerin by 3
Craigbane v Magilligan - Craigbane by 4
Doire Trasna - bye

The three teams in bold could be in for a tough season with a few heavy defeats dished out by the likes of Craigbane, Slaughtmanus and Ballerin who will all be pushing hard for promotion.  I reckon the other seven teams in this league will give each other decent games but won't trouble the top three.
Desertmartin and Lissan would have to be up there with the three teams you have mentioned. Moneymore, Doire Trasna and maybe Drum would fancy themselves to take some points off them too. Magilligan have had a strong pre-season and i'd expect them to put it up to a Craigbane team who are in a bit of a transition period this weekend. I think Glack, Colmcille, Dolans and Ardmore will struggle. Glack have the beating of those other struggling teams but I think they might struggle against the better sides. I hope Ardmore survive the season as they'd be low on numbers and some of them top sides could put up big scores.

Div 2 Prediction

Doire Trasna
Doire Colmcille
Sean Dolans

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:14:39 AM »
Perhaps when the dust settles on this tragic event, we can have a serious conversation about the drinking culture in Ireland, not only among young people, but in general.  The utter dependency on alcohol is frightening -even check out the t-shirts on those hen night girls and you can see that virtually all our down time with friends is spent in the company of alcohol and we have a crazy obsession with it.  400 people in a car park is not a risk and should never be a risk, but young people getting off buses, tanked up, drunk and possibly many having taken cocaine and suddenly the vulnerability of those at the front and those who are smaller and lighter can be understood.  We also need to realise that parents allowing their children to have fake ID is not good parenting.  This was an 18+ disco.  If so, why was there a crowd of 400 children of 16 and under in that car park?  Why did parents let them out?  Did parents know they were drinking?  Are parents so stupid as to turn a blind eye to their children drinking at that age?  The thing that drives me mad is the old story - 'sure we all did it when we were their age'.,  This is why there needs to be a serious culture change in this country, starting with a bit of soul searching as to how we interpret St. Patrick's Day. Around six dead at the last count. Arresting the hotel owner is just typical of an attitude that will seek to punish a man for putting on an event, checking ID and assuming they were all over 18, therefore selling alcohol, while the parents, the bus drivers, the off licence owners and the teenagers themselves will go scot free.

The absolute cut of this post. Please seek help from a trained professional. You are not well in the head.

Other than the unsubstantiated cocaine claim, I don't see much wrong with that post.

And whilst the cocaine claim is completely unsubstantiated, drugs are absolutely everywhere at the moment and are a serious problem with a large number of young people.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:51:57 PM »
Keeper dives out feet first at a player shooting. Itís the very definition of a foot block.
Thought the ball was kicked at his legs as he came out myself.

Enniskillen were very well organized and very patient when needed. Their decision making was very good for lads of this age and the coaching has obviously paid off. Congrats to them

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:23:08 PM »
Barry Cassidy has had a busy 24 hours

The 2 penalty decisions were terrible.

Second one was a stone wall penalty for me. Far too many referees donít give it for me.
Funny I thought the first one was a penalty and the second one wasn't.

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 18, 2019, 08:14:37 AM »
Certainly seems to be confusion about what happened:
That's no longer on BBC website and Police this morning said they were crushed at the front of the queue. To be fair the DJ may not have been aware of what happened in the aftermath.

General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:57:25 AM »
Oh jeez. Went there loads of times years ago. Any idea what happened?
It seems they were crushed at the front of a queue. Unfortunately a third young person is confirmed to have died. So very sad.

General discussion / Cookstown Incident
« on: March 18, 2019, 12:43:55 AM »
A parents worst nightmare. 2 confirmed deaths with others in hospital:

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:10:55 PM »
323 people paid in to Celtic park today,8 dogs and 1 cat were Also seen running around but as they didn't pay they aren't included in the final total. Isn't it great that we have A City man involved in our County team. At last,we have something to show for all the money and effort we've spent in that area. Long may it continue. We now need to focus on getting some quality from the rest of North Derry
1 thing I did notice. I don't think there was a North Derry man named on the 26 man panel today .Surely that's strange.
What's your issue with North Derry?

General discussion / Re: Mass shooting in New Zeland
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:00:26 AM »
Read a stat online there - 49 dead in New Zealand is the equivalent of 333,000 in the US.

Brutal attack & terrible news to wake to.

Where did you read that? Because whoever wrote it (and you perhaps) needs to go back to maths class. It would be about 330 people. Horrific obviously, but missing out by a factor of 10≥ a bit mental.

To be dead honest the source was just a highly retweeted tweet. However having done the maths (which admittedly I'm poor at) I believe it would be roughly the same as 3,300?

However after an attack like that I don't think it's quite relevant to be arguing about maths
Perhaps it was factoring in murder rate also (which I am assuming is a lot higher in the US) and not a direct population comparison. In any case, still terrible news and sad that we as humans are capable of such attacks.

General discussion / Re: Mass shooting in New Zeland
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:35:53 AM »
We've spent thousands of years killing each other........ :-\
A lot of it because of religion too

General discussion / Re: Messi or Ronaldo - Who's best
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:01:47 PM »
I think they are the best two we've seen so far and it's not that close to third. Who's better is up to personal preference, don't think there is a definitive answer.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:22:37 AM »
Charlie Whiting: F1 race director dies aged 66

General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:52:25 AM »
The money being spent in Free Agency is only getting more and more insane.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:55:33 AM »
It looks like it effectively boils down to whether the DUP can accept it or not.
. Itís a bit like the last slow set at the Slaughtneil disco at this stage. The DUP has run out of options. If the party wants the ride it has to take Mayís deal.
All that's left then is to stand for AmhrŠn na bhFiann

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