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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: Today at 09:56:58 AM »
Donegal

We went for a wee week before the kids went back to school. I'd been in my youth to other places in Donegal but not really since. We booked a nice if basic chalet type house in Downings. Here follows a brief summation.

In short Donegal is seriously overrated. The drive is pretty awful, with not a good road to be had. The scenery is spoilt by un-kept hedgerows and awful buildings. Indeed nothing seems to ever have been finished off properly. It's like they were nearly done and then said we'll finish that tomorrow, but they never came back.

The planning committee for Donegal Co. Council or whoever makes such decisions is doing a very bad job. An awful lot of poorly thought out planning decisions seems to have been made. Where we stayed for example, was a little cull de sac of 5 or 6 houses, the road wasn't finished even with a base coat of tar just hardcore and likely won't ever be by the looks of it and there was no footpath to walk to wee town. There was barely a footpath in the town. Surely footpaths should be mandatory?
There's chalet type houses EVERYWHERE. You can't see anything for houses. Awful.
Some of the building that built are truly awful. They look awful and they all seem to be finished with a grey render that bleeds red. It's absolutely awful looking.

There's nothing much in the town. The two shops just about have the essentials, one didn't have bottled water. They' were pretty awful to be honest. We went for Breakfast to a cafe one morning. It didn't accept card. It was just hassely. Who doesn't accept card in 2019?? The food was good.

There's two pubs. One isn't really accessible unless your driving. We had the kids so weren't on that sort of holiday but certainly they seemed nice places if as I say a little inaccessible.

The beach was fine. You could drive onto it which is handy, but it's a beach and certainly not worth going to as one off.

It rained a lot. Indeed Downings appears to get more rain that the other town beside it. We were out for a drive and it wasn't raining in Ramelton (I think that's the other town) but it was in Downings. Quite heavily.

So it was great to be away for a few days etc but I don't think I'd ever go back because there are other places that are far more beautiful and picturesque.
The people are nice enough though.

Has anyone else been and what are your thoughts?

And what did your therapist say, Mariah?  ;)

Donegal is what it is. Maybe youíre used to Sun kissed Tenerife with everything laid on for you.

Been in Downings loads of times. Great for relaxing, golf, nice drives, beach, walks, eating out etc.

Iím surprised you didnít take a few euros cash with you. Not everyone takes card, thankfully. Burger vans, pitch and putt, corner shops, ice cream vans, those are things kids usually want and few of those wouldnít have cards. Plan ahead, man.

By the way, isnít it protocol now that hedges arenít cut while birds are nesting in summer?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:06:05 PM »
349 pages...

But yet he 'doesnt attract viewers'

A lot of the stuff on here is regarding TSG in general or other pundits. I know Iíve posted on here about non-Brolly issues because thereís no other appropriate thread.

Someone said the original poster is no longer a member so they canít change the title thread.

Dear God, talk about clutching straw.
Benny, when youíre explaining things youíre going backwards.

Is that you Mrs Brolly?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:24:09 PM »
349 pages...

But yet he 'doesnt attract viewers'

A lot of the stuff on here is regarding TSG in general or other pundits. I know Iíve posted on here about non-Brolly issues because thereís no other appropriate thread.

Someone said the original poster is no longer a member so they canít change the title thread.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:11:19 AM »
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Peter Canavan said that Dublin uphold an amateur ethos with a professional structure while the rest maintain an amateur ethos within an amateur structure.

The irony is that in 3 to 4 years football will be totally ruined. The unintended consequence of this is that you have promising talent in counties outside Dublin that will turn to soccer, rugby and Aus rules. Why would they bother with GAA?

Yesterday a Meath man told me that two of the better Meath minors from a few years back are now gone to Australia, I also heard that one of our best Mayo minors from this year will go down the rugby route.

When the same effort as professional sportsmen and women is now needed to match Dublin then itís hard to blame a young lad or lassie outside Dublin switching codes. We are going to see a lot more of this in the next few years.

Forget about 3/4 years time. Football is already ruined.

In order for any county to win an AI, they have to match what Dublin do. But how is that even possible with all the funding Dublin get? Itís a futile exercise. Players wonít even bother participating anymore, as theyíd have to train like animals, and still get nowhere near the top prize.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:05:15 AM »
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Peter Canavan said that Dublin uphold an amateur ethos with a professional structure while the rest maintain an amateur ethos within an amateur structure.

The irony is that in 3 to 4 years football will be totally ruined. The unintended consequence of this is that you have promising talent in counties outside Dublin that will turn to soccer, rugby and Aus rules. Why would they bother with GAA?

Yesterday a Meath man told me that two of the better Meath minors from a few years back are now gone to Australia, I also heard that one of our best Mayo minors from this year will go down the rugby route.

When the same effort as professional sportsmen and women is now needed to match Dublin then itís hard to blame a young lad or lassie outside Dublin switching codes. We are going to see a lot more of this in the next few years.
It's also the Allstars missed out on,  the teams that didn't make it past the blue ceiling that in other years might have kicked on and won all Irelands, the kids who didn't experience their county winning etc
It reminds me of the difference between the provincial rugby teams and the rugby clubs. The GAA built a provincial team but forgot to build teams to play against it.

The problem won't fix itself.  Something drastic will have to happen.

Excellent way of putting it!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: September 18, 2019, 03:51:38 PM »
If there is two tiers what is to motivate the lesser counties in the top tier?

Take Kerry, Mayo, Tyrone and possibly Donegal out of it and the Dubs will hockey every other team by double figures who are also in the top tier (they will beat those 4 mentioned teams by 5-9 points usually on any given day)

Kildare, Cavan, Roscommon, Galway etc are around 7th-10th ranked last few years. Each have been stuffed by Dublin, Kerry, Tyrone etc last few years.

Whats to motivate those players to participate in the HIGHEST tier? Never mind the lower tiers. The tankings will still take place in Tier 1.

What it there to motivate them now? We have 1 tier and tankings occur regularly even in the so caller Super 8's.

Yes, but all along itís been little Leitrim, Waterford, Antrim etc getting stuffed, and we need a tiered system because they clearly canít compete with the big boys.

Brolly sat on TSG earlier in the championship and moaned about Div 4 Antrim getting stuffed by Div 1 Tyrone, and that they should be in a B championship because they canít compete. Yet a week or two before, Div 4 Derry pushed Div 1 Tyrone all the way in their clash, but he never mentioned that.

The bottom tier teams will never make anything from being there, because HQ wonít be funding them. Theyíll just tell us, ah sure thatís just where they are, thatís their level, they need to get off their arses and sort it out. Eventually tier 2 will drift off into oblivion, never to be seen again. But they donít bring in huge revenue to the GAA anyway, so they donít care. They already have their tier 1/Super 8/ Champions League groups cash cows.

Tier 1 will consist of the massive-funded Dublin, and 4/5 on a similar level that wonít be catching the Dubs. The other 10 counties below the top 6 will be treated the same as the tier 2 teams - ie. get up off your arses and sort it out. Theyíll get no funding either.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 18, 2019, 02:08:11 PM »
Its fair to say Brolly was missed over the weekend then. Sad times ahead by the looks of things #JusticeForBrolly

He certainly wasnít missed in our house! Any time Brolly was there, the sound would have more often than not, been muted.

That tells me more about you than it does about Joe Brolly.
You are the weakest link. Goodbye

Judging by comments on here, the majority are glad to see the back of Brolly, as heís made TSG unbearable in recent years. So itís not just me.

That's a little bit anecdotal!
I for one think the Brolly, Spillane, O'Rourke mix was the perfect mix and it's just nowhere near the same without Brolly.
I watched the half time analysis of the replay, bored me to tears. When the final was over I switched off. On another day, I'd have been sitting watching the after match discussion also as I wanted to hear what they had to say and it was always entertaining.
I'm only speaking for myself, but whilst TSG might have been unbearable for you with Brolly, its becoming quickly unbearable for me without him.

Each to their own. But Iím glad to see the back of him.

Maybe a poll would give a more clearer view on what people think of Brolly getting the chop.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 18, 2019, 02:06:42 PM »
RTE have an Irish commentary option for matches. Iíd like to see a no commentary option.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:28:30 PM »
Awful disease. At least heís suffering no more. Saw him in an interview a while back and it was difficult  not to be affected by it. RIP.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:01:51 PM »
With the Gibraltar crest on the shirt. Is she campaigning for them too?

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Phil Brownís half-time team talk makes The Simpsons.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 17, 2019, 03:08:51 PM »
Its fair to say Brolly was missed over the weekend then. Sad times ahead by the looks of things #JusticeForBrolly

He certainly wasnít missed in our house! Any time Brolly was there, the sound would have more often than not, been muted.

That tells me more about you than it does about Joe Brolly.
You are the weakest link. Goodbye

Judging by comments on here, the majority are glad to see the back of Brolly, as heís made TSG unbearable in recent years. So itís not just me.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 17, 2019, 01:32:23 PM »
DeGea signed up for another 4 years. Great news.

Only because nobody else wants him.

Stuck with him for another 4 years. God help us.

What utter BS

Top keeper in the EPL for the last 5/6 seasons. Player of the year numerous times.

Glad to see him signed up.

Itís not BS.

He nearly signed for Real 3/4 years ago. Then after a shite WC in 2018, nobody was sniffing after him. Real got Courtois instead. De Gea was pissing about over signing a deal, but nobody else was interested. De Gea clearly doesnít want to be at United by his behaviour this last few years.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 17, 2019, 01:28:09 PM »
Its fair to say Brolly was missed over the weekend then. Sad times ahead by the looks of things #JusticeForBrolly

He certainly wasnít missed in our house! Any time Brolly was there, the sound would have more often than not, been muted.

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