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General discussion / Short/Medium term internet access in Ireland
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:52:24 PM »
My US based in-laws will be staying in Ireland for about six months. There is no land line in the house where they will be staying, they will rely on a mobile phone. They have a laptop, what would be a good way to get internet access for about six months (they don't want to sign a long term contract). This would be just for email, browsing news websites etc. no heavy bandwidth video streaming or downloading.

Do the any of the mobile phone companies have wifi hotspot devices that would allow this?

General discussion / National Poetry day in the UK
« on: October 06, 2016, 02:53:58 PM »
It's National poetry day in the UK.

"Prince Charles launches National Poetry Day with Heaney poem

The Prince of Wales has been heard reading Seamus Heaney's poem The Shipping Forecast poem to mark National Poetry Day.
The recording was broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today as part of the annual nationwide poetry celebration..."

If only he had read Heaney's "An Open Letter"

    Be advised my passport's green.
    No glass of ours was ever raised
    to toast the Queen.

Armagh / Senior A/B Intermediate A/B ?
« on: April 20, 2016, 09:04:02 PM »
Does anyone know why the decision to split the Senior and Intermediate divisions into A and B section was made?

General discussion / Tony O'Reilly bankrupt
« on: November 23, 2015, 08:20:03 PM »

Sir Anthony O’Reilly declared bankrupt by court in Bahamas
Cliff Taylor, Lamech Johnson
Last Updated: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 09:35

Sir Anthony O’Reilly has been declared bankrupt by a court in the Bahamas and given the go-ahead to file for a personal insolvency arrangement.

The move will give him protection from creditors under Bahamian bankruptcy law, despite objections by AIB, one of his creditors. He will now be able to apply for a formal deal with creditors, know as a composition, which would involve the sale of assets and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.

Sir Anthony had asked the court to grant his application for insolvency under Bahamian law. In court yesterday, AIB opposed the application and asked the court to refuse to approve an arrangement that would offer Sir Anthony protection from creditors, in return for an agreement to sell off assets and repay the proceeds raised as a final settlement.

The former billionaire’s lawyer, John Delaney QC, told Justice Milton Evans that the claims of AIB that the proper guidelines for the filing of the application were not followed by Sir Anthony were not correct.

Mr Delaney said the guidelines were followed to the ‘T’ , except for registering his client’s notion of motion to the Bahamas’ Supreme Court Registrar. He said it was due to the dispute with AIB, the only unsecured creditor opposing the application.

Justice Evans ruled that Sir Anthony should now be adjudged bankrupt and allowed file for personal insolvency, or a composition, under Bahamian bankruptcy law. A written judgment is expected on Tuesday, but it is a landmark in Sir Anthony’s attempts to find a way out of the massive personal debts he faced. It is not clear whether AIB has any legal route to dispute the judgment.

Sir Anthony had filed a notice of motion in petition for bankruptcy subject to section 97 of the Bahamas Bankruptcy Act. He has been seeking a so-called composition with creditors.

Having held meetings with his creditors, Sir Anthony was seeking, as part of the arrangement, protection of his property from being accessed or seized, the approval of the composition with creditors and its official registration and the appointment of a trustee of his assets and affairs. The trustee would be responsible for the sale of assets and distribution of the proceeds.

He has also asked that the protections extend to the US and Ireland, meaning creditors such as AIB could not take further action to seize his assets on foot of money owed.

At the hearing in the Ansbacher House courtroom, Sophia Rolle, one of three lawyers representing AIB, asked Justice Evans to strike out the original and amended petitions of Sir Anthony on the basis that the proceedings were not properly placed before the court and that it had a lack of inherent jurisdiction.

She focused on the provisions of section 97 of the Bahamas Bankruptcy Act, the 1871 Bankruptcy Rules and referenced affidavits in support of her argument. For Sir Anthony, Mr Delaney argued that the application should be granted and that it had the support of the bulk of creditors.

AIB, which has also secured judgments in Ireland, has long signalled its opposition to Sir Anthony’s plan to strike a deal with creditors in the Bahamas.

In essence, it is a a battle over who will get what when his assets are sold off. It appears AIB would prefer to continue action through the Irish courts to try to maximise its return on the sale of assets, but the court in the Bahamas has accepted that Sir Anthony should be allowed to avail of the bankruptcy proceedings there.

The composition procedure requires an approval by a majority of creditors by number, and these creditors must represent more than three-quarters of total debts owed. A trustee takes control of the assets of the person involved and sells them off, distributing the proceeds to creditors on an agreed basis.

Selling assets
Sir Anthony, pushed by his creditors, has already started selling assets, disposing of his properties on Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, Glandore in Cork and Castlemartin in Kildare, sold to media mogul John Malone for €28 million last year.

O’Reilly’s debts are substantial, and under the proposal creditors would take a significant cut on what they are owed. Information before the Irish High Court suggested last year that his total debts stood at €195 million. This figure is believed to have since reduced significantly, possibly to somewhere closer to €100 million.

Sir Anthony owed money to about 10 banks in total, but AIB has been the most aggressive in pursuing its debts through the court, appearing to steal a march on some of the others through its actions.

By mid-2014 AIB had judgments totalling €45 million, including a judgment for €22.5 million against Sir Anthony personally and the remainder against a number of his companies. Its move ended a forbearance arrangement under which his creditor banks had allowed him time to sell assets and formulate a repayment plan.

The matter has come back before the courts sporadically since, most recently last month, when Sir Anthony was told to produce further information to AIB in relation to his assets, ahead of the court hearing under way yesterday.

The bank said in court that his total indebtedness to it at that stage stood at €15 million.

International banks
Previous court actions had shown that other international banks were also major creditors , including BNYMellon and EFG Bank and Trust (Bahamas), and Ulster Bank, ACC, Lloyds TSB, Bank of Ireland and Lone Star.

AIB’s objections in court yesterday were a continuation of its previous contention that Sir Anthony had made procedural errors in his application before the courts in the Bahamas and also that the courts there did not have proper jurisdiction to make the decision, despite Sir Anthony’s residence there.

The story of how it all came to this is now well familiar – the then Tony O’Reilly’s rise from marketing success in Ireland to head Heinz in the US, and then investments back home in Independent News & Media and Waterford Wedgwood.

A former Irish and Lions rugby star, he was the leading business figure of his day. However, his two big Irish investments were eventually to prove his financial downfall. First the collapse of Waterford Wedgwood, and then the loss from the share price drop of Independent News & Media – followed by a fierce battle with businessman Denis O’Brien – destroyed Sir Anthony’s finances.

By 2009 he was borrowing from Irish banks, gambling that he could somehow restore his finances, perhaps via a shareholding in Providence Resources. In the end it all unravelled, leaving the former billionaire to apply for what is in effect a personal insolvency arrangement. It now appears the way is clear to do this, though further legal action cannot be ruled out.

Lamech Johnson is a journalist with The Tribune in Nassau

GAA Discussion / A full house at Nowlan Park - for football?
« on: November 11, 2015, 09:34:41 PM »

Dublin footballers will play their first championship match outside Croke Park since 2006 when they face either Laois or Wicklow in Kilkenny's Nowlan Park next summer. The decision to take the All-Ireland champions out of the capital for the Leinster Championship quarter-final was made at a meeting of the Leinster Council this evening. Laois and Wicklow meet in a Leinster first-round clash, with the winner awarded the dubious honour of facing Dublin, who will be seeking their sixth provincial title in a row.

Calls for the Dubs to forego what has been seen as their unfair home advantage at Croke Park have been growing in recent years. Earlier, GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail echoed those calls when he said he believes it is "important" Dublin are taken out of Croke Park to spread the game and boost provincial venues across Leinster.

In Sunday's New York Times there was an article on Hurling on the front page of the sports section and continued inside (title in the print edition "An Irish Sport, All Its Own" the title of the online article is "A Passion for Hurling, the All-Ireland Game"). The main focus is an Inverin vs Kinvara match in Galway but it touches a few other areas and there is slide show of photos online as well.

GAA Discussion / GAA Hall of Fame
« on: February 11, 2013, 06:07:06 PM »

GAA opens Hall of Fame

Mon, Feb 11, 2013

GAA: Players from the football and hurling teams of the millennium have been inducted into a new GAA Hall of Fame, along with Offaly footballer Tony McTague and Limerick hurler Eamon Cregan.

The Hall of Fame, which will be housed in the GAA Museum at Croke Park, will have two players inducted on an annual basis.

“Former players have a special place in the history of the GAA and nowhere is this captured better than in the GAA Museum where their achievements are highlighted and revered,” GAA president Liam O’Neill said this afternoon.

“This new facility will serve as a permanent reminder to the greatness of the players who adorned our game at the highest level. It is important that these players are remembered not only by those who were lucky enough to see them, but crucially by those who did not have that privilege.

“This is one way of assisting in that process and I congratulate them and their families.”

Football team of the millennium: Dan O'Keeffe (Kerry); Enda Colleran (Galway), Joe Keohane (Kerry) Seán Flanagan (Mayo); Sean Murphy (Kerry) JJ O'Reilly (Cavan), Martin O'Connell (Meath); Mick O'Connell (Kerry), Tommy Murphy (Laois); Seán O'Neill (Down), Sean Purcell (Galway), Pat Spillane (Kerry); Mikey Sheehy (Kerry), Tommy Langan (Mayo), Kevin Heffernan (Dublin).

Hurling team of the millennium: Tony Reddin (Tipperary); John Doyle (Tipperary), Nick O'Donnell (Wexford), Bobby Rackard (Wexford); Paddy Phelan (Kilkenny), John Keane (Waterford), Brian Whelahan (Offaly); Jack Lynch (Cork), Lory Meagher (Kilkenny); Christy Ring (Cork), Mick Mackey (Limerick), Jim Langton (Kilkenny); Eddie Keher (Kilkenny), Ray Cummins (Cork), Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary).

So who should be the next two players inducted?

GAA Discussion / 2013 Fixtures - League and Championship
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:36:13 PM »

H: Galway v Kilkenny
F: Donegal v Mayo

Without looking it up can you say what year Munster last failed to provide a senior All Ireland fianlist?

And when was the last time that Ulster/Connacht provided a majority (at least 3) of the senior All Ireland finalists?

General discussion / Caption Competition (Commander in Chief edition)
« on: June 27, 2012, 07:26:08 PM »

General discussion / Caption competition - World Leaders edition
« on: May 21, 2012, 03:38:17 AM »

General discussion / Baby Jesus stolen in Waterford
« on: December 20, 2011, 02:29:27 PM »
The top story on at the moment right under the Kim Jong-Il picture

Baby Jesus stolen in Waterford
13:26 Gardaí investigating theft of a statue of Jesus from a crib outside the Cathedral in Waterford

Really Irish Times?

GAA Discussion / No drinking on the way to the match
« on: August 02, 2011, 02:13:08 PM »

People caught with alcohol on a hired vehicle going to a major sporting event could be jailed for three months under new laws.
The same sentence could apply to those caught with flares or fireworks inside stadia at major matches.
The new provisions mean anyone involved in sectarian chanting, throwing missiles on the pitch or invading the playing area can be fined up to £1000.

The justice minister said the new laws will make sport more family friendly.
"The three sporting associations - rugby, football and the GAA - have invested a great deal in making their major sporting events memorable for all the right reasons," David Ford added.
"However there still can be times when the actions of a few can spoil it for the majority of fans and this new legislation allows the law to deal with those individuals."

For football, the new laws apply to international matches, IFA Premiership and Championship matches.
They also apply to Football Association of Ireland Premier League and First Division matches played in Northern Ireland.
For gaelic games, they apply to matches played at any ground which requires a safety certificate under the Safety of Sports Grounds (NI) Order 2006.
For rugby, they apply to matches played at Ravenhill.

Hurling Discussion / The Edward Carson trophy
« on: July 20, 2010, 02:13:36 PM »
Gerry Adams hurls tribute at unionist icon Edward Carson with GAA trophy

A new GAA trophy has been named after the founding father of unionism.

Competitors in the first hurling event in the Stormont estate in Belfast will be playing for the Edward Carson trophy.

On face value, the Dubliner who led the campaign against Irish independence a century ago is an unusual choice for anyone looking to christen a prize for the nationalist sport.

But Sinn Fein MP Gerry Adams, who has helped organise the inaugural ‘Poc ar an Cnoc’ (Puck on the Hill) which will take place below Carson's famous statue in Stormont next month, thought otherwise.

“I discovered, much to my surprise, that Carson was a hurler in his days at Trinity College (Dublin),” he explained at Parliament Buildings yesterday.

He added: “He got an honourable mention in the Irish Sportsman (journal of the day) as having distinguished himself on the field, so we thought it would be a great idea to have an Edward Carson trophy.”

The Poc Fada (long puck) will see hurlers hitting sliotars (hurling balls) up the mile-long Prince of Wales Avenue.

General discussion / World Cup Tips Competition - Final and 3rd place
« on: July 08, 2010, 03:25:26 AM »
Last round
Predictions due by kickoff off 3rd place match on Saturday at 7:30pm

"Secret" predictions
Because you could get an advantage by waiting to see what other people pick anyone can PM your picks to me, though it really should only matter for those who can still win.

After the deadline I will publish all the picks I get by PM

Scoring is 4 points for the 3rd place game and 12 points for the final.
Prediction is for the end of normal time, extra time and penalties don't count

format is username followed by picks all separated by commas.

Saturday, 10 July 2010
Uruguay v Germany, 3rd, 19:30
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Netherlands v Spain, F, 19:30

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