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General discussion / Blasphemy referendum
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:30:17 PM »
Got the literature from the Referendum commission today in the post - it's literally about removing one word from the constitution.

Is this not a huge waste of money?? I agree that it should be removed but ffs, does it need a standalone vote? I'm not sure how much it's costing but I've heard radio ads about it so presumably between that and letters to every house, it's a decent amount. If we're really that desperate to remove it, surely there are 3/4 other minor changes that could be lumped in with it. Otherwise, leave it off until the next referendum

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General discussion / Ulster Rugby Trial - Poll
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:46:53 PM »
New thread to see what people think believe happened on the night and what will happen with the verdict. Keep discussion to the main thread

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GAA Discussion / Maigh Eo v Dubh Linn, 24-Fea-2018, Páirc Mhic Éil
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:59:17 PM »
I was very down hearted leaving Salthill a week and a half ago, facing Dublin in "fortress" McHale is not the ideal recovery. Bookies have us as 5/2 outsiders. Lose this and we're well and truly in the relegation battle

The spoon burners Dubs by 5+

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Galway almost safe after 2 wins from 2 so far, another win here would practically guarantee D1 football next year.

After a somewhat fortuitous win against Monaghan, we came badly unstuck against Kerry.

Bookies have us as marginal favourites to end our losing streak to the neighbours

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Starting a standalone thread for this game, too much chat from the riff raff in the main D1 thread  ;)

I believe the weather has continued to be poor down at home so I'd say the pitch won't be in great shape for this (from looking at youtube videos, it was in muck for the FBD games - two in three days).

Some of the younger Kerry players (Sean O'Se & Clifford at any rate) played Sigerson during the week and are due to play again next week so it'll be interesting to see if they play the full game. Same with some of our lads - DOC and Loftus played midweek anyway, not sure who else. Would lilke to get gametime for Loftus but no point in flogging him either, better to wait until later in the league. DOC doesn't need to play imo.

Mayo will likely play a similar team to last week, Boyler is injured so will probably drop out but Parsons may be back (based on info from WJs blog).

Bookies have Mayo as ~1 point favourites @ 4/6


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GAA Discussion / Connacht senior football championship 2017
« on: April 06, 2017, 03:06:07 PM »
After a good league for Galway, mixed enough for Mayo & Sligo and fairly disappointing for Roscommon & Leitrim, the current odds are:

Mayo 4/5
Galway 11/4
Roscommon 11/4
Sligo 50/1
Leitrim 80/1
London 200/1
New York 200/1

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship
Sunday, May 07, 2017 Preliminary Round  -  Gaelic Park, New York
New York  v  Sligo

Sunday, May 21, 2017 Quarter-Final  -  Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar
Mayo  v New York / Sligo

Sunday, May 28, 2017 Quarter-Final  -  Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip
London  v Leitrim

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Semi-Final  -  Pearse Stadium
Galway  v Mayo / Sligo / New York

Sunday, June 18, 2017 Semi-Final  -  Dr Hyde Park
Roscommon  v London / Leitrim

Sunday, July 09, 2017 Final

It looks like a decent draw for Roscommon but unless they learn to defend, chances are they'll lose the Connacht final or even the semi final if Leitrim can get things together.

Sligo were up and down in the league and would need to beat Mayo & Galway away to make the final, hard to see that happening.

Galway are on the up and if they can bring in a couple of their U21s, they'll be hard beat although they're still weak enough at the back so unless they develop a defensive system, they'll struggle to get past a QF.

Mayo will need to improve their forward play between now and hitting Croke Park but even with that, none of the others in Connacht play a very defensive game so it shouldn't hamper us too much here - it might serve us all better if this wasn't the case.

For the match against Sligo, I'd probably go with something like this to try and give us more options in the forwards:

Clarke
Harrison Caff/Newcombe Barrett
Durcan Coen Keegan
AOS Parsons
Higgins Kirby McLoughlin
COC Loftus Reape

Subs: Andy, Boyle, SOS, DOC, Doc, Boland, Nally, Gibbons, Drake

In reality, it'll probably be Andy, Boyle, SOS & DOC in for Loftus, Coen, Kirby & Reape.

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General discussion / The Health System
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:46:53 PM »
Anyone watch the documentary about waiting lists in the health system? Very sad to hear some of the stories behind the numbers. It seems like we've been listening to essentially the same story to some degree or another for the past 20 years regardless of who has been in government. By far and away the biggest scandal in the country over that period but not a single large scale protest about it.

Having been in the health system with my daughter recently (and while the care she received was very good), one thing that struck me was the amount of times we had the exact same conversation with different nurses / doctors in a ~12 hour period was amazing - what was wrong, symptoms, etc. etc. It seems to be run in a completely haphazard manner, everyone busy but not enough actual work getting done.

I'd like to see three things being done to help resolve the problem 1) invest in technology (apparently in Macedonia, GPs have access to an online hospital booking system, we're still f*cking about with paper files; the Revenue seem to be very adept at using technology so why not the HSE?) 2) simplify the way things get done so that patients are "processed" through the system with minimal duplication & wasted effort and 3) develop a 10-20 year cross-party plan so that the overall aim doesn't change every time a new minister comes into office.

Unfortunately, I doubt any of the three will come to pass



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GAA Discussion / New household name for 2016
« on: May 21, 2016, 11:10:35 AM »
Who do you think will be the big "new" household names will be for this year? For example, the likes of Fenton and D O'connor last year would have been relatively unknown outside their own counties before the championship began

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General discussion / Final election poll
« on: February 25, 2016, 10:59:46 AM »
So all the spin has been spun and all the promises made, who will you be voting for?

Despite their candidate being so-so at best, I'll be voting Green party. Yes, they were useless in govt but I think climate change is going to be a huge problem in the coming decades and I'd like to have a Green voice in govt.

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GAA Discussion / NFL Division 1
« on: January 26, 2016, 10:48:11 PM »
Don't think there's a thread for this yet. Most teams will be happy enough to stay up and discover a couple of players, you could see from the league semis last year that there wasn't much interest in winning it. How many teams with new mangers, four? - Mayo, Cork, Roscommon & Down.

Odds for winning it outright:
Dublin - evens
Mayo - 9/2
Cork - 5/1
Kerry - 15/2
Donegal - 9/1
Monaghan - 11/1
Roscommon - 20/1
Down - 33/1

For relegation:
Down - 1/3
Roscommon - 11/8
Monaghan - 7/4
Donegal - 11/4
Kerry - 3/1
Cork - 7/2
Mayo - 11/2
Dublin - 28/1

It'll be a big step up for the two newcomers as reflected by the odds.

Monaghan to win it @ 11s seems like best value as does Mayo @ 11/2 for relegation considering our injury list although I'd hope we'll have enough to stay up.

I'll go with down and cork to be relegated and Dublin to beat monaghan in the final


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General discussion / GAA attendance data
« on: March 30, 2015, 09:54:03 PM »
Hi

Working on a project for college and I'm looking for attendance figures for intercounty GAA league & championship matches for the last 3 years - anyone know where I'd be able to find this information? I've emailed the GAA using the contact form on the website but still waiting to hear back from them.

Also, I'm looking for stadium capacities and I found these but at least some of them don't look right (and indeed the two pages don't agree in some cases)
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gaelic_Athletic_Association_stadiums

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stadiums_in_Ireland_by_capacity

I've emailed each of CBs but if anyone has any corrections on those capacities, that'd be great

Here's the capacity data:

County   Capacity
Antrim   32500
Armagh   16500
Carlow   21000
Cavan   32000
Clare   14864
Cork   32550
Derry   22000
Donegal   18000
Down   20000
Dublin   82300
Fermanagh   18000
Galway   33000
Kerry   43180
Kildare   6200
Kilkenny   24000
Laois   27000
Leitrim   9331
Limerick   49866
Longford   10000
Louth   3500
Mayo   38000
Meath   15000
Monaghan   36000
Offaly   20000
Roscommon   18890
Sligo   18558
Tipperary   53500
Tyrone   18500
Waterford   17000
Westmeath   11000
Wexford   25000
Wicklow   10000

Thanks



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Last game of the league on Sunday and while it hasn't been overly impressive, we'll stay up barring getting a tanking from Donegal while a win would likely see us into a SF.

We've only won one from three at home and that against Monaghan who had 13 men. Our other two games have been insipid performances against Tyrone and Dublin. Away wins to Kerry (who were just back from holidays) and Derry haven't exactly been inspiring either.

I'd imagine the team won't change a whole pile from what played Cork, maybe Andy to start or at least come on a bit earlier.




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Tough game for Mayo after getting tanked by the Dubs. Cork are going reasonably well and a win here will guarantee them a SF spot.

I honestly find it hard to see us getting anything out of this one but a spirited performance is the least we'd expect

I presume COC will be back for this? I'd probably start with something like this:

Clarke
Cafferkey    Keane       Higgins
Durcan    Cunniffe    Coen/Hall
SOS      B Moran
DO'C   COC      Vaughan
Doc      AOS      Dillon

With COC providing good balls into AOS instead of the muck he got against Dublin. And the two of them swapping during the game as needed.

Obviously McLoughlin, Boyle & Keegan are all pretty much guaranteed starters but no harm in resting them so they'll be fresh for the game against Donegal the following week where we might need a point to stay up depending on results.

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General discussion / Best tourist attractions in your county
« on: March 09, 2015, 12:25:44 PM »
Was thinking about this following on from a thread from Heganboy that was on here asking where you would bring some American visitors – what / where in your county would you rate as the top tourist attractions?

Mayo:

Most iconic attraction:       Croagh Patrick

Best natural attraction:      Croagh Patrick
Best man-made attraction:    Céide Fields
Uniquely Irish attraction:   The Gaeltachts out in Erris / Achill
Best "obscure" attraction:      Davitt Museum in Straide or the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina (haven’t been to this but it’s supposed to be good)





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Might as well get this one started, I'd say there'll be a big crowd at this one.

Sounds like some of the experiments (Kirby at MF and Caff @ CHB) were only so-so against Derry, it'll be interesting to see if they persist with those or not.

COC being out is a big loss for us, good to see Dillon back though


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