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GAA Discussion / Ulster Schools GAA 2016/17
« on: September 24, 2016, 01:40:15 AM »
Usually there's such a topic thrown up every September over the last few years, but I haven't seen one yet so I may as well create one.

I can't recall how the Rannafast went in 2014/15 to give a rough guide to the MacRory Cup so maybe someone else can fill that in. Off the field, the big shakeup is now that there is one single schools GAA body in Ulster with the merger of the Colleges and Vocational Schools boards. Unfortunately so far there seems to be little practical information on what grade of competition each school is competing in at each age level outside of the schools themselves. I know there is at least five grades for football (the old colleges structure had three) and either three or four for hurling. While there's likely to be little notable difference in "A" grade competitions at least in the short term, it's going to take at least a couple of years for lower grades to effectively sort themselves out so that some schools that might be in D or E grades aren't so overwhelmingly strong that they should ideally be competing at C or even B grade instead.

GAA Discussion / Hoodoos and Jinxes, Graveyards and Fortress'
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:49:50 AM »
As an offshoot from a post in the "10 Years Today" thread, nearly every team tends to have something in them that often allows them to have a sign over a team over a consistent period and vice versa. Also some counties tend to have some very poor records at some grounds, but have otherwise excellent records at another in the sense of being a fortress for them even if its not their home pitch.

It doesn't have to mean that a team always wins, loses against another, or always wins or loses at certain grounds, but over the years I've noticed a certain pattern with Tyrone county representative teams...

Voodoo sign over: Fermanagh & Kerry were two mentioned in the same thread. Concerning the latter while the records in recent years are fairly balanced, the emphasis is often leant that Tyrone has had the upper edge when it has mattered the most at least at senior level, 1986 obviously excluded. The former, at least 9 times out of 10 Tyrone will win the battle. Others that spring to mind are Monaghan (minors this year an obvious exception) and there's also a tidy record over the years against Galway.

Jinxed by: The immediate one that springs to mind is Mayo. They have a decent record against Tyrone and even when Tyrone do win, it's rarely by a big margin. Meath perhaps also falls into that category.

Graveyards: The first one that immediately springs to mind is Páirc Tailteann in Navan, I'm struggling to think of a Tyrone side at any level which has won a knockout game there.

Fortress': At home Tyrone teams have a good record in Dungannon compared to Healy Park in Omagh. Away from home, Tyrone sides have a decent record in Casement Park and Newbridge. Nothing elsewhere that anywhere close to being a fortress on travels that I can think of.

There's always at least one story floating about each December, and to kick it off this year...

Last week, a kindergarten teacher at Austin's Pease Elementary School ("the oldest continuously operating school in the state of Texas,") ruined Christmas for her five-year-old students in a particularly dick-ish manner."None of you believe in Santa, do you?" the Grinch-like teacher, identified only as "Mrs. Fueller," reportedly asked her class before telling them Santa was a lie and their parents were responsible for all the presents under their tree.

Just a reminder that those watching terrestrial TV in or from the north that BBC2 analogue shuts down permanently next Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (looking at the schedules it'll either be 11.50pm or 12.20am) and will be replaced by a new digital multiplex which will carry all BBC channels in standard definition at high power. Relays will also broadcast digital for the first time so if you haven't received Freeview up until then and still rely on analogue you'll be able to now have at least part of the service. Majority of viewers should be able to view this new multiplex from 6am but those at some relays might have to wait until mid-afternoon before they become available. If you currently have Freeview reception you will have to retune on the Wednesday or you'll lose some BBC Channels (BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, CbbC and BBC News at least).

Two weeks later is the big analogue switch off across all of Ireland - in the north all remaining analogue TV is shut down, and new full-power multiplexes will take their place, including one multiplex that will carry HD services (BBC1, BBC HD, UTV HD, 4HD and another future service) which will be available at all transmitters and relays. The commercial multiplexes will remain only being broadcast at the main transmitters (no relays) and anyone who currently receives them should still get them though there might be a few problems in parts of Tyrone & Fermanagh. The RTÉ mini multiplex will also fire up on this date which should be available to many across the north (the north coast being a general exception) especially if they can't get Saorview though it will only carry RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4 in SD. The RTÉ mini multiplex and HD multiplex require a Freeview HD receiver to watch - Freeview (non-HD) and Saorview receivers won't receive them. The switch-off and conversion to full digital service will follow a similar pattern to the first stage two weeks before - analogue channels shut around midnight, majority of viewers should be able to tune in by morning time but a few will have to wait until mid-afternoon. Again a retune of Freeview receivers are required.

In the south on the same day the analogue TV broadcasts of RTÉ1, RTÉ2, TV3 and TG4 will shut down at approx. 10.00am. The Saorview transmission network is almost complete and most viewers won't have to perform retunes with a few exceptions - in the south-east, viewers receiving from the Mount Leinster transmitter will see their current frequency for Saorview broadcasts move from channel 45 to channel 23 - they'll be a brief simulcast period before the transmission on channel 45 is switched off. That should improve coverage and reception particularly along the coastline where Welsh signals interfere on the same channel. Secondly the Clermont Carn transmitter in Louth will also change frequency from channel 53 to 52 (with a short simulcast period) and the new Saorview broadcasts on channel 52 will come from the current analogue TV aerial meaning that Saorview coverage in the north will significantly increase, but parts of the south especially around north County Dublin should also have an improved service. Both these new frequencies should be transmitting on the 24th from around lunchtime or mid-afternoon.

Useful resources...

In the north if you, a relation or a friend is 75 or over, or is eligible for certain disability benefits they can avail of the Switchover Help Scheme. If you are eligible you should have already received a letter from them, more info is available from

GAA Discussion / GAA Fixtures & Results service
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:40:11 PM »
I'm going out on a limb here because I'm in a bit of limbo, but does anyone here know about integrating the GAA club Fixtures & Results into a website? I think it's done through but I'm not 100% certain.

If anyone can help me, could you please send me a PM?
Thanks in advance.

Twetted by @TyroneGAALive
In the event of Donegal vs Tyrone semi final will be held in Clones, if Derry vs Tyrone the venue will be Casement.

GAA Discussion / Rarities
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:54:59 PM »
 Couple of thoughts just came into my head that I don't know can be answered or not...

(1) Anyone know (both football and hurling) what the longest distance from the goal line that a point or goal has been scored? I've heard a story once at a Dublin hurling club game of a goalkeeper scoring two points from puck outs in his own square aided by a stiff breeze behind him while in football similar conditions can occasionally allow points to be scored from about 65-70 metres out.

(2) Has there been any recorded cases, again in either football or hurling, where a goalkeeper has scored a goal where the ball was live i.e. not from a penalty, free, sideline, kick out/puck out or 45/65? Davy Fitzgerald hit a few goals in his time for Clare but they were from dead balls. On a more localised level, I remember a few years ago in a reserve game against Glenelly our starting goalkeeper played in goals in the first half, was taken off at half time, came back on in the second half as an outfield player and scored a goal a few minutes later, but that doesn't really count.     

General discussion / Fionntamhnach's "Huh?" Caption Competition
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:29:15 PM »

...with (a) going back to an event or a place that you now wish you had been at and you weren't at the time, and (b) something in you life that now looking back you would have now done differently, what would they be?

For myself, (a) would be to be at Croke Park for the 1986 All-Ireland football final and (b) to have looked for a modern apprenticeship rather than go to university - though I have a few others that are a bit more minor.

I've been wanting to know for years here how you can ignore certain posters that are either irritating fuckwits, trolls, spammers, arseholes etc. and it seems that with the upgrade of the forum software this can finally be done. It's not a 1-click operation though. The following assumes you're using the default board template (the one with the blue-fade-to-white background).

* On "Profile", click "Account Settings"
* On the side menu under Modify Profile, click "Look and Layout"
* Tick the box beside "Hide messages posted by members on my ignore list" and then press the "Change profile" button.
* On the side menu click on "Buddies/Ignore List"
* Click on "Edit Ignore List"
* Fill in the username of the poster you wish to ignore their posts from, make sure you spell it right.  Then click on the "Add" button.

Once you've done this the first time you just have to go to "Buddies/Ignore List" in future to add any more on to your ignore list.

Now when a user on your ignore list starts polluting a thread, instead of what they've posted you will see a bit of text saying "You are ignoring this user" with a link beside it if you want to view that single post. It won't stop their text necessarily being quoted by other posters who are not on your ignore list, but at least you get the satisfaction of your page being less cluttered and your bandwidth not being wasted.

Some posters have said that this has been available before, but I've never been able to activate it until now myself.

General discussion / Worst pop song of all time
« on: March 01, 2012, 01:25:40 AM »
It's the early hours of the morning and I want to get something off my chest again...

* Axel F - Crazy Frog
The bane of the mid 2000's. Novelty at first in 2004, irritating as **** around spring/summer 2005, now dead in the water. Thankfully. Unfortunately, Jamster's owners weren't strung up over it.

* Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
Useful slogan to fire right back at stuck-up b*tches, has no redeeming qualities otherwise. About as painful as a wasp sting on your anus.

* Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid II
In hindsight at least, this version of the song ranges from a bad parody to obscene showing the worst of SAW's output, especially with wide sh*t eating grins whilst going on about the devastation of famine.

But for me, the worst of them all is
* No Way No Way - Vanilla
Supposedly this came about as a bet between two record producers to show that you could throw any crap at the public and with enough promotion it would still sell, and this was achieved roughly a couple of months after Rebecca Black was born. Coincidence? If the Spice Girls were "Girl Power", these four were "Whore Power". This is probably the worst noise I've ever heard, and I've had the misfortune to have overheard two deaf people having sex.  :-X

General discussion / ESPN Free Weekend: 3rd - 6th February
« on: January 30, 2012, 10:26:33 AM »
Just a heads up for anyone with Sky, Freeview, BT Vision or TopUp TV, ESPN are doing a free weekend viewing this coming Friday morning to the early hours of Monday. Looking at the schedules, highlights will include full live coverage of Manchester City vs. Fulham in the EPL, the first time in its history that a full live game will be shown free-to-air, along with live UFC 143 coverage (repeated in full again on Sunday evening). The German Bundesliga is on live on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, live Serie A soccer on Saturday evening, Sunday lunchtime and Sunday evening, and live NBA action on Friday night/Saturday morning.

If you have Freeview only ESPN is on channel 34 - if it's not there but you can get ITV4, 5* and 5USA, you can get it if you rescan your tuner but make sure it seeks all channels and not just free ones as it'll be scrambled until Friday.

And yes, Sky subscribers in the Republic should also be able to get ESPN as well (not sure about ESPN HD)

ESPN to screen free-to-air Premier League match‎
 The stars of Manchester City are to appear in ESPN's Free Weekend ©
 ESPN will be free to view for millions of sports fans over an unmissable  weekend in February as we offer fans the opportunity to sample our  extensive range of live British and international sport for free.
 ESPN's Free Weekend, sponsored by Nokia Lumia, begins at 6am on Friday February 3 and will make ESPN and ESPN HD available to all Sky, TopUp TV and BT Vision subscribers in the UK and Ireland.  Additionally, the channel will be available for free to the 10 million  UK households who have the subscription-free digital TV service  Freeview, meaning that in total, some 20 million UK households will have  free access to the channel.
 Jeroen Oerlemans, ESPN Vice President, TV Channels Europe, Middle East  & Africa, said: "Millions of UK fans have already discovered the  great range of great sport ESPN offers - from the Barclays Premier  League to Serie A, to cricket, darts, motorsports and UFC. This is a  great opportunity for us to introduce that to millions more and let them  sample the programming ESPN has on offer."
 The weekend runs until 6am on Monday February 6 and will provide fans  access to a great line-up of live sport, including top-flight football  from across Europe, action from the NBA, Ultimate Fighting Championship  and live studio shows.
 The Barclays Premier League takes centre stage on Saturday at 4:30pm as  Roberto Mancini's title-chasing Manchester City host Martin Jol's  Fulham, who will be looking for points to push on towards the European  qualification places. Viewers will see ESPN's unique matchday coverage,  including ESPN Arena, the augmented reality technology that allows  enhanced studio analysis by ESPN's pundits and special guests via a  virtual pitch.
 European football action kicks off Friday night as German champions  Borussia Dortmund travel to face FC Nuremburg, then on Saturday night  Roma take on Inter Milan in Serie A. Sunday will see three more games  from the Italian top flight, including the evening kick-off between  title-chasing AC Milan and Napoli. These games, along with FC  Kaiserslautern v FC Cologne from the Bundesliga, form part of ESPN's  newly launched Sunday line-up, where the sporting action is complemented  by wraparound studio analysis and highlights as well as ESPN's football  debate and chat show Talk of the Terrace and Pardon the Interruption,  as Mark Chapman and Steve Bunce dissect the week's sporting stories.
 The Free Weekend will also feature ESPN's live and exclusive coverage of  the NBA regular season, with Friday night action as the New York Knicks  travel to the Boston Celtics. The Knicks will be looking to stars  Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire to secure a win over their East  coast rivals. In addition, UFC 143 will be live from Las Vegas on  Saturday night, as Nick Diaz fights Carlos Condit for the UFC Interim  Welterweight Championship.
 New to ESPN, the ATP World Tour 250 is in Montpellier for the Open Sud  de France, with top 20-ranked players including Tomas Berdych, Gilles  Simon and Robin Soderling set to compete. There will be coverage from  the quarter finals through to the final across the weekend.
 Nokia's new Lumia smart phone range will sponsor the weekend, and  follows ESPN and Nokia announcing late last year the introduction of a  special product offering the ESPN Hub specifically for sports fans who  are users of the new Nokia Windows Phone. Nokia will run co-branded  idents on the channel throughout, plus short co-branded spots across  both ESPN and ESPN Classic. Online, Nokia Lumia will run homepage  takeovers on ESPN's portfolio of sports websites such and, and on mobile will run pre-roll video ads on ESPN  Goals, the sports media company's free app which brings UK fans video  action and goals from every Barclays Premier League match within just  minutes of it taking place.
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General discussion / The Big Fact Hunt Thread
« on: December 29, 2011, 08:57:37 PM »
Just thought I'd start a thread to post interesting bits of trivia that you reckon few people know that is interesting, useless or somewhere in between. The only condition is that it must be a conclusive fact or be true, no urban legends or stories that you head from a friend who heard it from his sister who herself heard it from the village gobshite. I'll start if others join in...

The only evidence found so far of the Nazis landing on North American soil while armed during World War II was of a weather station erected by the crew of a U-boat in 1943 in Labrador. They departed only 28 hours after dropping anchor having installed the station and made repairs to their boat.

***PLEASE NOTE*** This run down from 30 to 1 is intended to be done in a humorous, sarcastic and/or caustic manner among other things that may not appeal to everyone and doesn't necessarily reflect my views on the person in question. No offence is intended to anyone at all and the whole thing isn't meant to be serious. There, got that out of the way!

The votes are in, although I would have liked to have got a few more thanks to everyone who sent in their nominations. Unfortunately a few couldn't be counted for various reasons, but it's been interesting to see the Top 30 Tw*ts for 2011 list and just as curious, who hasn't made it!

The countdown will begin shortly...

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