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General discussion / What's your relationship with alcohol?
« on: October 12, 2018, 11:27:30 PM »
I always loved a beer from my teenage years, actually think it might have been the craic I craved rather than the actual beer but I partied hard through those years right up to my mid 30s. I never missed a day off work though or 'had' to have a drink, it never had control of me. As time went on though I found that I resented drink and felt down/anxious after taking it especially on the now less frequent occasions I overindulged but still felt socially awkward when not having a drink...

A couple of years back we had a few setbacks in our lives and during this I was diagnosed by my doctor with depression. I stopped drinking completely, wasn't hard I had nearly stopped by that stage anyways!! I'm working my way through it and doing fairly well but it has set me thinking about the role of alcohol in our lives!!

Everything we do revolves around it, I sometimes feel like a pariah for not drinking within my peer group and I know I'd be (unintentionally) left out of some gatherings because of it. Recently a close friend got married and I was invited to the stag and after having no drink for 20 months I felt I couldnt go without taking a drink, so I went and had a good drink and had a blast in fairness, I also had a drink at the wedding but now I'm happy to give it a miss again but already the cracks have started, well meaning I know, ' so youre back to being a dry shite' etc..

Is drinking too important in this country?

PS I apologise if this makes no sense I just typed it off the top of my head while trying to avoid the Late Late. 

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General discussion / Ryder Cup 2018
« on: September 26, 2018, 05:26:34 PM »
Might as well give it a thread of it's own.

From a betting perspective it's hard to see how the teams are ranked almost even. USA 10/11 Europe 5/4. The Ryder Cup is great viewing but Europe is an entity I can't get too excited abput, I can't imagine getting into a heated debate in the pub over Europe..

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General discussion / USPGA 2018
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:22:59 AM »
The final Major of 2018 gets underway tomorrow in Missouri with all usual suspects in contention. 4 Irish teeing it up, or 3 if you prefer. A Spieth win sees him complete the career Grand slam.. An unusual set up for those on this side of the pond with no TV coverage (bar the dodgy box  ;), Elevensports have the rights and are showing via their website and Facebook page  :o

Rory has been very consistent lately without getting over line so I'm going for this to be the week it all clicks for him and he'll romp home. Bubba also at a big price considering the form he's in.

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General discussion / Predict the Premier League
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:03:00 PM »
Folks in the spirit of the prediction competition that worked so well during the World Cup I've created a league on this site https://premierleague.predictthefootball.com/ just enter the code 684689 once you have registered. I will donate €50 to the chosen charity of the winner at the end. Its a long season and your interest could wane if not going well so there is scope for a manager of the month competition too if others want to pledge €10/€20 for each month..


The Predict the Football scoring system works as follows:

* 3 points for predicting an exact score
* 1 point for predicting the correct result (ie. you correctly predict the winner, or you correctly predict a draw, but by the wrong number of goals).
*2 point bonus for predicting the correct result if that result was predicted by less than 20% of your competitors.
*2 point bonus for predicting the exact score if that score was predicted by less than 5% of your competitors.

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General discussion / The Open 2018
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:03:26 PM »
Let's get the haters started early and YES it's The Open not The British Open  ;)

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GAA Discussion / Video Analysis
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:16:26 PM »
Have any of you coach types used this for video analysis or know would it be easy to tailor to GAA?

www.coach-logic.com

The club manager is interested in getting a bit of analysis done and this seems cheaper than the bespoke GAA options?

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General discussion / 50th Birthday
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:02:56 PM »
There’s 3 of us hitting the big 5-0 towards the end of next year and we’re looking to mark the occasion by doing something out of the ordinary. All well travelled, family men with plenty of ‘life’ experiences, would be willing to travel and spend a few quid if necessary but not essential. Vegas has been mentioned but I’d like to do something less obvious although I will go if I have to  ;D

Any suggestions?? Probably 4/5 days max would be the only restriction.

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General discussion / 1st news story you remember from tv as a child.
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:51:45 PM »
The Dublin bombings in 1974, so I’d have been around six. It was a much different time and information would have been sketchy at best. I think they were breaking into the tv schelude every now and then with updates. I remember worried faces in my house, my father had 2 brothers in the Civil Service in Dublin and I found out years later that he knew that they’d get their buses home in Parnell St. Every so often he’d go out to the hall to make a phone call to ring and see was there any news.

It was terrifying to a young lad like me that didn’t really understand what was happening..

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General discussion / George Hook
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:01:49 PM »
I'm surprised this hasn't reared its head, or maybe it has and I've missed it if so apologies...

Opinions? I'm not a fan of his at the best of times and obviously what he said was crass but really this have gone too far its trial by social media at this stage?

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General discussion / Learning to drive
« on: August 10, 2017, 09:09:09 AM »
Incredibly I've gotten myself to the age of almost 50 without learning to drive  :-[.
Circumstances have now dictated to me that I must learn so I've taken 3 lessons this week. I've been shocked at the level or aggression other drivers have shown to an obvious learner driver in a fully marked up instructors car.

Any tips for me??

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General discussion / Croagh Patrick
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:18:49 PM »
Reading there about all the people carted off it today https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0730/893998-croagh-patrick-injuries/

What's the story? Why would you put yourself through something like that on a day like today.. anyone here do it or ever do it?

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General discussion / The Open 2017
« on: July 17, 2017, 01:45:09 PM »
Almost upon us again, it's definitely one of my favourite sporting events every year.

It's one of the most open Opens  :D I can remember with most bookies going 14/1 the field... I haven't really studied the betting yet but will have a few speculations. I'm not sure what the forecast is but if it's calm I might chance Rory, he's in a similar vein of form as he was the last time he won it when I'd a decent few quid on him at 20s!

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General discussion / Dublin accommodation
« on: June 12, 2017, 05:57:29 PM »
Can anyone tell me is there someone on in Dublin this week that I don't know about? I need to be in Dublin early Wed morning for a hospital appointment of someone close to me. Sometimes I travel up and stay the night before, usually for reasonable price. Tomorrow night though I can't even get a grotty b&b for anything less than €200 (for 1 person). I know it's tourist season but is accommodation really that hard to get in Dublin.. I could stay in Manhatten for less!!!

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General discussion / Russian Ambassador to Turkey murdered live on TV
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:49:52 PM »
I won't provide the link but its all over internet if you want to look.

Appears to have been done by one of his own security detail who does the 'Allah Akhbar' shout and ISIS one finger salute.

Edit: Appears he was a serving Turkish Policeman

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General discussion / The Grand Tour
« on: November 18, 2016, 01:41:46 PM »
Anybody watch?

Basically the same as they were on Top Gear,  same format, same jokes, same innuendo, but the chemistry between them is good and it works in a 'it'll pass an hour' kind of way...

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