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General discussion / Irish History for Beginners
« on: March 29, 2017, 10:11:22 PM »
So I was chatting to a work mate in the pub last night (I live in Sydney, he's from Sydney and spent a few years in the states) who was quizzing me on Irish history. I was giving him a quick rundown and he is fascinated.
He asked me to recommend a book that would explain in more detail. Any one have any ideas - I want to point him down a fairly balanced path

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General discussion / Pedometers
« on: January 25, 2016, 05:02:46 AM »
Looking to pick up a fitbit / jawbone or similar but don't know where to start researching - does anyone have either of these or would a different model be better?

I have recently started a job where I will be doing a lot of walking, including up/down stairs and in basements (so GPS coverage may be iffy at times). I would like a gadget that tells me what distances etc I am doing without having to turn it on per trip (I already have a Nike+ watch for running and a Garmin for the bike), and maybe monitor my sleep, but not too pushed about that.

Also, I have signed up to do a stadium stair race (6,000 steps  :o) and have started to do some training towards that.

HR monitor would be preferable, the infrared type would be fine as it doesn't need to be accurate, just to give an idea of the range.

Thanks in advance

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General discussion / Deaths while abroad
« on: November 26, 2015, 05:18:25 AM »
I'm sure most of you have heard of the sad, tragic deaths of 2 x Irish lads on a construction site here in Perth yesterday (Wed).

To those of us living away, it is our worst nightmare, the thought of our own loved ones getting that phone call in the middle of the night. I'm sure its the same for those sitting at home wondering if that call is going to come.

Unfortunately I have recently had some very close dealing with the Claddagh Association (who were assisted by the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust) and I realised the extent that these people help at the time of most need. They were a dream to deal with.

The following is taken from the Claddagh Association Facebook page, as it is already public I hope it is OK to share here. I have no association with Claddagh or KBRT.



"MEDIA RELEASE – CLADDAGH ASSOCIATION INC
The Committee of the Claddagh Association Inc in Western Australia wish to extend to the families, friends and colleagues of the two young Irish men killed in a workplace accident in Perth on Wednesday 25 November 2015 their deepest sympathies. May they rest in peace.
This was tragic accident which is subject to an ongoing investigation so we are not in a position to comment any further at this time.
We also offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the other people who have recently lost their lives here in Perth. We will continue to offer our support however we will not be commenting on specific cases.
The Claddagh Association is a not for profit organisation and we rely heavily on the support of the Irish community in Perth and WA to help us to continue our work. We receive a grant from the Emigrant Support Program (From Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland) for administrative costs, so 100% of our donations go directly to help our clients. We are grateful for all the support we receive.
If you or a friend requires support as a result of recent events, please contact us via email at support@claddagh.org.au.
About
The Claddagh Association Inc. has assisted Irish people during times of crisis and trauma since 1997 throughout Western Australia. Our aim is to assist where possible the entire Irish community in Western Australia in times of crisis, ensuring both the young and older Irish community have access to appropriate and valued support services. We provide a safety net to assist people in crisis situations where all other avenues have been exhausted.
We are a voluntary non-profit organisation with Gift Recipient Status. Our committee is made of a small group of volunteers whom all hold fulltime jobs while assisting the Claddagh.
www.claddagh.org.au
https://www.facebook.com/Claddagh-Association-369242429927…/
For any general enquiries please contact our Media Liaison - Liz O’Hagan on 0419 767 004."

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General discussion / Aussie surfer Mick Fanning
« on: July 20, 2015, 06:46:54 AM »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-19/mick-fanning-clashes-with-shark-in-south-africa-surfing-event/6632214

Insane footage - Mick Fanning fights off 2 sharks during an event in South Africa.

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Looks like the Aussies will be putting together a strong lineup - I suppose they are interested in the venture continuing, as it is a scouting opportunity for them.

One off game this year, would expect it to be a sell out merely due to the amount of Irish here

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-04-23/all-australians-only

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ONLY All Australian players will be eligible to represent Australia in this year's International Rules Series under a raft of changes to the hybrid competition designed to revive the flagging rivalry with Ireland.

The AFL announced on Wednesday that the IRS would continue in Australia later this year with a one-off Test at Perth's Patersons Stadium on Saturday, November 22 – the first time in the competition's 30-year history that just one game will decide the series winner.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will coach the Australian team, while Collingwood president Eddie McGuire's considerable spruiking skills will put to use when he takes on the promotional role of Chef de Mission.

The Australian team will not be selected exclusively from this year's All Australian team, with players selected in previous All Australian teams also eligible.

The series will almost certainly be played under modified rules too, with the AFL and Gaelic Athletic Association well advanced in rule discussions aimed at ensuring a broader range of AFL players can compete successfully under the hybrid competition rules.

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans said the League remained committed to the IRS and was keen to revive public and player interest in it after Ireland's stunning dominance of the 2011 and 2013 series.

"Australian and Irish fans want to see a spectacular and competitive contest played between the most talented AFL players and Ireland's best Gaelic footballers," Evans said.

"We are determined to restore the prestige and popularity of the International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland.

"The AFL and GAA continue to believe the IRS is an important opportunity for players from both codes to be recognised for their elite talent by receiving the honour of representing their country."

Evans acknowledged the AFL's inability to field the best Australian team in recent series had hurt the IRS's standing, but said the revamped 2014 format should help solve that problem.

"Ireland's players have proved extremely keen and competitive in recent times and so we simply cannot afford to put forward anyone less than the AFL's best players," Evans said.

"By limiting selection to All Australian players, by scheduling the Test later in the year at the end of most players' leave, and by amending the rules, we believe we will field a strong and competitive Australian side that will re-establish the event's standing in the eyes of fans.

"The calibre of AFL players and officials involved is clearly a vital component and the early personal commitment and enthusiasm of so many of the competition's big names augurs well for the future of the series."

Evans said the AFL had extensive discussions with stars including Travis Boak, Patrick Dangerfield, Darren Glass, Luke Hodge, Steve Johnson, Nic Naitanui, Scott Pendlebury, Nick Riewoldt, Joel Selwood and Jobe Watson to come up with a format that would attract the best AFL players back to the IRS.

In the past two series, Australia has fielded undermanned teams that have lost by record margins.

In 2011, the squad captained by Brad Green lost by a combined 65 points, while last year the all-indigenous team that travelled to Ireland was even more comprehensively defeated, losing by 101 points.

GAA president Liam O'Neill said such one-sided series had negatively affected attendances and general public interest in the IRS, but that this year's later fixture would assist enormously with player availability.

"A sell-out crowd in November and a competitive contest that engages attendance would certainly give us something to build on for the future," he said.

In the IRS's initial stint from 1984-1990, series consisted of three Tests, but a two-Test format has been used since the IRS was revived in 1998.

The 2014 series will be the latest ever played, with most previous series played in mid-to-late October.

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GAA Discussion / Graham Geraghty - Evergreen
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:36:51 AM »
Has anyone ever made their debut in a competition after managing in it?*

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Meath’s Graham Geraghty is about to write himself a place in the GAA history books as at the tender age of 40, he is about to make his Sigerson Cup debut.

Geraghty, who recently enroled in to Blanchardstown IT to study Social and Community Development has now become eligible to line out for their Sigerson team. Geraghty, who himself was manager of the IT’s Trench Cup team who won the competition earlier this year.

See Also: Queen’s University Belfast to host 2014 Sigerson & Fitzgibbon Cup competitions

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Geraghty told of how playing Sigerson Cup football was the last thing he had expected to be doing at his age.

“It came as bit of a surprise, I didn’t think I’d ever play college football at any stage and it’s definitely a surprise to be playing at this level. I was meant to do a sports and recreational course in Colaiste Ide but I never did and 23 years later here I am.”

See Also: The Sigerson Cup will have to deal with Michael Darragh MacCauley next year

The college will face off against NUIM in the first round of the Cup for 2014. Geraghty is hopeful for the upcoming season.

“We have lost eight of the team from last year and it’s a massive blow for a small college like us. But it’s a challenge and we managed to stay up in the league.”

http://gaabanter.ie/graham-geraghty-40-years-young-making-sigerson-debut/

* I know, Trench Cup is technically not Sigerson, but really a different division of same comp

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General discussion / South African Marikana miners charged with murder
« on: August 31, 2012, 07:22:19 AM »
Crazy story - even though it was reported that many of the 34 deceased were shot in the back, police are claiming self defence.

Although you have to read to the end of the article to learn that ten people, including 2 police officers and 2 security guards, were killed in the riot before the police opened fire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19424484

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General discussion / AFL 2011
« on: March 25, 2011, 07:28:33 AM »
First game of the new season - Aerlik's beloved Dockers vs my beleaguered Lions!

Its going to be a long season for the Lions fans, however I think they can get off to a good start. The evergreen Simon Black and Jonathan Brown will again have to shoulder most of the burden this year after the disaster that was Draft '10

Dockers are notoriously poor travellers, so hopefully we can start the year off the bottom of the table, although we will probably end up pretty close to the wrong end   :-\

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General discussion / AFL 2010
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:10:33 PM »
The new season got out of the blocks last night (Thurs) with Carlton Blues soundly beating Richmond Tigers at the MCG.

Blues, who have sold their troublesome but prolific frontman Brendan Fevola, were also without skipper Chris Judd.

However, they spread around the goal scoring duties, with 9 different scorers and Setanta O Hailpin among those who top-scored with three goals.

Carlton have persevered with Setanta, who has played all over the field for them, but late last season it was as a target man he most impressed, and it looks like he will play a large part for them this season.

More here: http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/91077/default.aspx

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General discussion / Tragic Story in Cairns, QLD today
« on: January 06, 2010, 09:52:56 AM »
Just heard on the news this evening; a 23yo Irish backpacker killed when an out of control car hit him as he was sitting on a grassed area. Terrible stuff. My heart goes out to his family.

Horrible news to receive in any circumstances, but cant be easy when he's so far away from home.

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