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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 01, 2020, 09:58:25 PM »
Yep a wins a win. Two teams not going well at the minute, but we just about got the result. With the exception of Cork(and i could be wrong!) I don't think there is much between the other counties in the division. 

GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Club Championships
« on: January 19, 2020, 06:26:56 PM »
Kilcoo are masters at the dark arts of the game and Corofin got sucked into a war of attrition during normal time. Crippled with fear and allowed Kilcoo to get under their skin. Amazing what happens when they just cut loose and played their own game.

Tbh thats a bit of a lazy narrative.
      On the game itself, i thought Kilcoo just ran out of steam after playing with 14 for most of the second half. Kilcoo still had the chances to win in normal time but squandered a few. Although they never looked like scoring goals like they did in previous rounds.
       Corofin clearly a better team with a lot more scoring threat, but they were very nearly beaten today and but for the sending off and those squandered kilcoo chances they arguably should have been.

GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Club Championships
« on: January 19, 2020, 05:37:44 PM »
Why did the ref bring the free forward? Kilcoo deserved the draw in the end but the ref can't just bring a free forward for nothing and there didn't appear to be any reason to move it up.

The Corofin player prevented laverty from taking the free and threw the ball away. Stupid and unnecessary. Corofin have only themselves to blame

General discussion / Re: Mountain Biking
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:13:48 PM »
Don't know much about the full suspension ones but i have a Trek Superfly 6 hardtail and its a great bike for trails and will cope with plenty of rough stuff. If you are doing lots of drops it seems full sus is the way to go.

The trail close to my home house is a down hill trail through a forest. Few jumps and heavy enough landings in it. Just hoping to get a bike that will stand up to it for not a fortune. Realistically though Iíd say it would be maybe twice a month maximum that Iíd get over to it. So would I be safer with a hard tail or go full suspension? Or start hard tail and see how I go?
There is a third way, go hard tail, see how it goes and consider a suspension seat post.
I have this one on my mtb 
 though I never had any ambition to do any jumps,  avoid hazards at all cost.

Ha, I didn't even know this type of suspension seat post still existed. Great job. How do you find it. I do remember the early dropper seat posts resembled this a lot. The newer hydraulic seat posts  inadvertently offer a little bit of a cushioning effect.
     There used to be a spring suspension system on the steerer tubes of early mountain bikes way back. And i think specialized have a version of this now for somebof their road bikes.

General discussion / Re: Mountain Biking
« on: January 09, 2020, 09:46:52 PM »
It really depends on what your willing to spend!

Starting at Halfords as they have a sale on. Both hard tails and both good solid bikes. A boardman

And a voodoo.

Thanks. Both getting good reviews, especially Voodoo one. Have you owned/ridden either?
Also Iím 5Ē8 so what size frame would you recommend?

Yes i own a Bizango, though its the older model. Brilliant bike for the money. It can handle nearly all the trails locally in Rostrevor/Castlewellan. I also have a full sus Giant Anthem, which i use for open mountain riding. Both are great. But the Giant was three times the price and i ride the Bizango more frequently!
             That Bizango has good shimano hydraulic brakes and sram 1x11 shifter along with the ok Suntour fork.  Everthing else tyres,wheels are fairly solid. Size wise id say 16. But go to the shop and try it.
              Its £550 at the minute and i think you can get a further 10% off. So for a shade under £500 you will not better it.
              The boardman is something similar. Brakes not as good, with shimano gearing as opposed to sram. Slightly smaller 27.5 wheels. Still excellent for price.
            If you do buy it from halfords get someone who knows bicycles to have a quick check to make sure its built properly.

General discussion / Re: Mountain Biking
« on: January 08, 2020, 08:18:00 PM »
Cycling buy and sell on face book have a number of bikes for sale. However, i would thread very carefully around a used mountain bike. You could get a fantastic bike but these things are quite sophisticated now and they do quite often get hammered around the trails! A few replacement parts could cost a small fortune.
            If you are only using it for a little bit of trail riding and roads/paths then an inexpensive hard tail is a good bet. If you really get into it then you can upgrade to a full sus later.

General discussion / Re: Black and Tans Commemoration
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:22:19 PM »
Your last 2 lines sums it up precisely Main St.

As Pat Vaughan of Castlerea put it
"I had my house burned,one brother killed and another beaten so badly that he suffered all through his life.
But it was worth it.....we put our flag a flying"

And yet we have to move on from the two Gardai murdered from Castlerea in 1980 by a republican group (saor Eire) raising for the cause? While it took longer, the killers were still released under GFA.

I don't mean to be rude but i'm not understanding your point here, specifically how it relates to the proposed STATE commemoration of the RIC.
              I can understand  how it must be unbelievably hurtful for family members to have seen/known that those who murdered their loved ones walk under the GFA. Saying that , the GFA was agreed by the 2 governments, all the main political parties (bar DUP) and gained a majority vote in both NI and the Rep.
            For me, there was no need to commemorate the RIC specifically. They are holding a commemoration for all those who died in the war of independence and that is the best vehicle to remember all the participants of the conflict.
         Anyway i suppose the entire shambles, will give the government a heads up on sensitives that are still present particularly when addressing the civil war in any future commemorations.

General discussion / Re: Blank and Tans Commemoration
« on: January 07, 2020, 01:53:06 PM »
The backlash has started but really what did Fine Gael expect? Leaving aside the Brexit process apart (and that was for purely selfish economic reasons) they have always been the party who gave off a feeling of subservience to British rule. Charlie Flanagan being the prime exponent of it but only one of several within that party.

Flanagan is a balaclava wearing volunteer when compared to John Bruton
and his antics when Charles Windsor came over here in, what, 1995 or so.

I wouldn't argue with that, Bruton despite having retired years ago I see has since come out in the media to tansplain and justify the decision. Meanwhile Micheal Martin appears to have no opinion on it which in itself tells you something about his leadership which has been all about clinging to the coat tails of FG.

"Tansplain"   Brilliant. There is definitely a bit of Tansplaining going on in this thread.

In all honesty the whole thing is a shambles. What is the benefit of doing it?
     I could understand if it was a remembrance of all those who died as a result of conflict fair enough, but to specifically commemorate the RIC and by association the tans/aux is daft.
     Perhaps there is some sort of commemoration for the loyalists who fought for England in the American war of independence? 

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:50:57 PM »
Yes, fantastic by Kilcoo. A real controlled performance, especially as they had a few dubious decisions called against them. Defence outstanding. Daryl Brannigan on a different level. Lavery pulling the strings up front.

General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers...I'll start
« on: December 19, 2019, 08:16:27 AM »
Hope all goes well for your treatment and have a great Christmas

General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: December 18, 2019, 07:45:06 PM »
Sorry for you loss Pj can only imagine how you feel . Donít know why I feel the need to post on the forum but the black dog has got a grip of me and probably has for quite a while though I didnít want to admit it. i have sought help but itís not easy , things appear very bleak at the moment , to the outside it would appear that I have an ideal  life but the truth is my heads is  in turmoil, used to love Christmas but really dreading this one .

A work colleague confided with me that he suffered from depression. I could hardly believe it. He had a good job and a lovely wife and family, he was in his mid 30's and what i thought in the prime of his life. To the outside world all looked fine and well.
           He said it was an accumulation of things. Started with a family dispute and then other things added to it. None of the problems were particularly serious but all together he couldnt cope. But thankfully he got professional help. He knew enough to know things werent as they should be.
            He spent some time away from his family to recover and thankfully he has made a recovery although he said it is a constant struggle but crucially he now has some idea of some coping mechanisms and access to help should he need it.
            I think this is the key. Don't try to go it alone. Talk to someone you trust and get professional help if you need it.
            I hope everything works out for you

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: December 17, 2019, 08:14:23 AM »
Three identical strangers. Fantastic if slightly disturbing documentary on channel 4 last night.
      A true story of Identical triplets seperated at birth who find one another. I assume you can get in on their player.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: December 06, 2019, 07:28:43 PM »
fellas, I'm after recommendations for a waterproof jacket without breaking the bank.

Not a bad jacket here..

General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: December 06, 2019, 11:37:00 AM »
Hang in there PJ, things will turn the corner for you all. As the lads said keep the lines of communication open with others.

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