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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: September 07, 2020, 01:51:55 AM »
Johnny McIntosh was absolutley fantastic!

All about opinions but im stunned that anyone could think otherwise

His enthusiam and craic was 1st class and added to the games...plus he was very clear about the score and reminding the viewers the score which is so necessary when you dont have a score graphic and was lacking in the other games ive seen.

He said a few names wrong bht was honestly the best and most enjoyable commentary ive heard in a long long time

What a service....hope it continues after covid. 4.5k homes watching...incredible

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 01, 2020, 08:55:26 PM »
Bad way to lose....poor that it was in the dark too...how does  a County facility have no floodlights?

Bad missed free to kill it cost Galls...unlucky

Thought ref v v v sore on Galls all game

Galls old stagers still their best ans they played fantastic, eye pleasing stuff. If Aidso rolled that one in at end of normal time  it was game over. Niblock and Terry were immense

Hagan for PG1 a dnagerous leftie

Great nights entertainment...hard for anyone to lose that

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General discussion / Re: Parking Ticket Question
« on: August 08, 2020, 11:28:50 PM »
Got a parking ticket today. Basically the permit adhesive didn't stick to the window because of the heat. It's fallen to the floor and I had a lovely yellow notice in my car when I got back.

I still have the permit of course which I paid for. Is it worth appealing? Anyone done this before?

Yes. Send the permit and your appeal will be successful

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General discussion / Re: John Hume
« on: August 06, 2020, 12:23:39 AM »
Brilliant man - the cornerstone the peace process was built on.
Cornerstone and architect, all other players shifted their position, were drawn/dragged into the process and Hume was the fulcrum.
How he had to share the Nobel prize with Trimble beats me.

Rank wasnt it. Trimble wasnt fit to lace his 4th cousin's boots.
Although as he would say there could be no winners. It was the price that had to be paid for peace

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 05, 2020, 12:39:09 AM »
Obviously they don’t want to throw the towel in and they continue to fulfil their fixtures. I wouldn’t let it bother you.

Ah here it is a joke. Only a few we all know wanna keep that club entering and its not for the platers benefit.
The players arent up to it and couldnt enjoy the 'sport.'....how can you not score a point in a champiosnip match.....how can you not solo a ball?.

Why should teams have to play them? Let them play south antrim b or whaatever.

 that last 3 games is beyond anything ive ever seen at any age or level

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General discussion / Re: Will you take the Coronavirus Vaccine?
« on: July 23, 2020, 01:11:14 AM »
Appreciate it

Gutted.

Booked 5 months ago...thought we would be out of the woods by now

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General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: July 20, 2020, 11:46:47 PM »
Chanting "Border Poll Now" hasn't done the trick.

Tethering your dying party to a FF leader who seems not so much disinterested as downright opposed to reunification should bring instant results alright.
As opposed to Sinn Féin who will give us a UI ...
Next week?
Next month?
Next year?
Maybe ye need to chant louder :D
SF have done more than chant though. They've held countless forums on the topic. Holding such a forum is unchartered territory for the SDLP who are now tethered to the coat tails of a Taoiseach who seems bitterly opposed to the very notion of unity.
Genuine question...
Who attended the SF forums on Unity?

Do you want Unity?

Genuine question...why isnt every Irish man and woman,  north and South, disgusted that part of our Island is ruled by Britain in the 21st century?

We make up 90percent of the population of Ireland. Why do we let colonial masters set the goalposts? The "i'm all right Jack" mentally is nauseating

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General discussion / Re: Will you take the Coronavirus Vaccine?
« on: July 20, 2020, 11:28:54 PM »
Bro in law is a consultant in Edinburgh, says they are planning there for a vaccine being rolled out to NHS by October.

Is that the hospital or what the civil servants are saying, toeing the government lime? Be very surprised is is ready by then.

Whats the story with travel to Barca? Im due there for a week from mid august. I see there are new lockdown measures in place....whats your advice?? Any advice appreciated!

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: July 11, 2020, 09:44:36 AM »
A legend

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: June 14, 2020, 03:07:13 AM »
Bachelors Walk. Rerun from the early millenium on RTE on Monday nights...easy watched sitcom about 3 housemates on the Quays

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:51:14 PM »
Just listened to Whitey and Anto there in conversation about our victory over Down in 2000. What a day that was. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Brian Hugh and JC were a very good management team, all great passionate Antrim Gaa men.


I was taking a training session with Antrim under 16s that morning and after it was over we all headed down to Casement for the game. I told them to meet outside the gate and we would all walk in together. I pulled up with 200 Antrim Flags I had got made during the week and gave all the players a batch each to give away to Antrim supporters in the crowd. That was the time no one would have bought a flag so I think the players might have got some surprise when they ran onto the pitch and seen the colour. The truth was we knew it was on the cards. Antrim had beaten Galway two weeks before in a tough pre championship challenge down in Galway, so I wasnt surprised. I think it was Barney Eastwood who paid for the flags in the end. What a day...I saw a lot of tears being shed that the monkey was finally off our back. A great group who stood even taller a few weeks later in another classic against Derry. The best of times...

Class BS

If only we'd more like you

Class day...minor match roasting, senior game in a deluge and hailstones

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 27, 2020, 01:30:46 AM »
Went to college in Belfast with a lad who played basketball for Dungannon back in the late 80's. I think they played in that league also.

Are those teams still on the go?

Yeah Dungannon/Tyrone Towers still play but arent Superleague anymore

Belfast Star as i said won this years All Ireland Superleague, beating Kieran Donaghys Tralee into 2nd spot. Games are played in La Salle School in Andytown. Great weekend entertainment and atmosphere....especially when a big game v Donaghy etc

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:40:30 AM »
That’s interesting reading gold. Was pj ohare a basket baller? Was he any good? I mind seeing big John Kennedy playing for st galls. If I remember rightly he was a notable basket baller too?

PJ and the MvGourtys and Michael Gribben were all big players on that team Fra Dick also great player and all turned out for the club, hurling and football!

Apparently PJ was great as was Sean McGourty but just before my time.

Big John Kennedy was v strong, great player, as was his brother Paul, v classy player. Aidan Donnelly who played GAA for St Pauls and Antrim for years was a lightening fast point guard for St Galls as was his brother Fergie. All those men wouldve travelled serious miles to play away games in packed Saturday night halls in places like Cork and maybe drove home straight after.  Serious commitment but id say the craic was good too...the noise in Andytown leisure centre was serious...all us kids allowed on at half time to shoot...class times.
Andytown also hosted the Allstar Game 1 year (now defunct) which was basically just 6 foot 5, giant American players dunking on each other...the athleticism was off the charts to see up close...class occasion!

Great sport for helping control a ball in tight spaces and keeping your head up and eyes open.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:25:44 AM »
I never would have guessed that basketball was such a popular sport here with so many knowledgeable followers, who must have played the game at some level themselves and avidly followed the fortunes of Michael Jordon et al in the NBA in the 1990s, however that was possible -  perhaps by a transatlantic phone connection?

Even I was a basketball fan in the 90s - I recorded the late night games that were broadcast by c4 (definitely a few programmes broadcast per week) and followed the league closely at the time. I used to get this bi-weekly magazine/newspaper thing on the NBA, and had poster of Michael Jordan in my room...no transatlantic phonecalls required.

Basketball was big in Strabane and St Colmans HS back in the day
Yeah, the incredibly enthusiastic coach in Strabane certainly got me playing the game (which I kept playing through uni with Queen’s - not an overly-successful team, but the inter-varsities tournaments were great craic).

I remember there being a few teams about the town and I had Gary Connolly as form teacher when he was playing with Star in Belfast.

Connolly was a v good player
St Galls were class in 80s and played in the Superleague (top all Ireland division) until mid 90s. The atmosphere was incredible in Andytown Leisure Centre on Sat nights for games against teams like Liam McHales Ballina. Like now each team had 2 American players who maybe played college ball in the states and came over here for a year to do a Masters and get free digs and paid for a bit of coaching...the Americans are usually able to play above the rim...so always brings the house down when they dunk!

Galls left the superleague and Maguire left Galls and teamed up with Adrian Fulton and Javan Dupree at Star and they won 2 leagues back to back in the mid 90s. the games v the Cork and Dublin teams and Ballina were electric in Maysfield. Queens and Dungannon were playing at the top level too around then...paying the Americans through sponsership etc is incredibly difficult and like most clubs the responsibility falls on too few to sort that...so inevitably many clubs couldnt keep it going and dropped out of the Superleague

Belfast Star are the only Northern side left and won the league last month, the 1st since the mid 90s

Fultons son CJ is still at school in St Malachys but is leaving for the States on a scholarship and will be a huge loss

Interestingly John Stockton came here at the height of his NBA Utah fame and coached at Dungarvan Basketball Camps and Dungannon. The man has the most steals and assists in NBA History

Class sport and so physical...After playing it it blows my mind how people cant work in massive spaces in GAA ...for example in basketball if youre 2 on one you draw the man and pass for an easy layup or dunk...if you dont draw the man and instead you pullup and shoot and miss youll be taken off. Mad that in GAA with so much more space and 2 on 1 some attacker might close his eyes and blast a shot rather than drawing the keeper or full back and then passing to the free man. Maybe thats why St Galls were so good at Summer Football and 7s with their bball background and Ryan McHugh style palmed goals. Even MDMA with his limited football skills will drive at a man, punch holes and lay it off...all from his bball days at Killester. I havent even mentioned the obvious skill benefits gained by Star Donaghy from his lofetime playing bball

Also bball helps with using body and backside to hold onto the ball etc..many transferable skills to GAA

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Stars turning their hand to Acting
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:44:21 AM »
Brolly would be a great panto Villain.

1) Who would make a great actor? Sean Cavanagh...he's been acting like a nice fella/man/genuine decent lad/like he was shot for years.  ;)
2) Who would make a awful actor? Tiernan McCann...who can forget the hair ruffle?

Philly jordan 03 atrocious acting
Aidan o mahony
Was it McGuigan got hit by Greg McCartan throwing the ball?

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