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GAA Discussion / Re: Team of the decade
« on: November 29, 2019, 02:35:23 AM »
An outbreak of Martin Brehenyism?
I see he was naming the best 100 Dublin players recently.
How about the best redheaded team of the last 20 years?

I always consider October and November to prime Martin Brehony List Season.

10 things everyone needs to do to beat dublin
5 players to watch out for
etc etc

So so true ,

Throw in Kerryforsams aka The greatest and his other alias starting up daily bullshit blogs and you have the icing on the cake.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:19:28 PM »
Flynn is out in the media again today defending the GPA and the junket to NY

"I would love to see a time that we get to when an inter-county player (doesn’t) have to retire because their job has got too demanding — because they are at a mid-management level or have to go international or have to do what they got to do to progress in their career."
so the GPA is being used a networking club to get county players up the ladder in various jobs.
not much good to lads working in a school who don't get to do all this corporate stuff.

"There was 11,500 people in a baseball pitch in the middle of New York. And it was a great day, it was a great event. There was a great atmosphere. Where the criticism is coming from, is it warranted? I don’t believe so.
"We need to develop the game here, but we need to also look at how we can look at short-form versions of our games to grow it internationally.
"That’s ultimately what we are looking to do with the Super 11s. Every sport has a short-form version of the game.

Really?

This guy is either incredibly arrogant or has a serious case of verbal diarrhea. They came to NY to promote 11 a side hurling.
Bulls*it.
Did the journalist ask him about the fundraising or;
A) was he also on the trip
B) is he afraid he will lose access to the elite players if he criticizes the trip.

lastly, why are Colm O Rourke and Brolly the only Journalists bringing attention to this.
A lot of these aholes are tripping over themselves trying to give soundbites to stay relevant all year around, but dont have the balls to address this.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 25, 2019, 04:29:27 PM »
Good to see O'Rourke talking sense
Ah yeah, he knows people will lap up his lies.

I would love to see the breakdown of where all those scholarships have gone. I suspect there would be a weighting towards Dublin.

So Dublin, with the highest population and the highest number of applications, get the highest number of scholarships. Shock, horror!

A lower percentage of Dublin applicants get scholarships than anywhere else.

So the highest number of scholarships go to Dublin, yet an individual Dub finds it harder to win GPA related scholarships than people from anywhere else. Can you figure that one out Colm, or would that be too high brow for the sheep that you aim your column at?



Can you answer the Q, as to the total disregard for the NY GAA who have embarked on the long over due( Not their fault as they did not own property)rebuilding of Gaelic Park.
Why did the GPA feel the need to "fund raise" in NY this year.

Do you think Colm was lying about the former Meath player he mentioned. He comes across to me as a straight shooter, and not one who would make up stories or lies.

I am not a member, nor have been, but I did respect the opinion of a former paid up member who contributed a page or two back. I suppose he is also a "sheep".

It is actually called having an opinion.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 24, 2019, 03:47:50 PM »
Read Colm O Rourke’s piece in the Independent today.
Wonderful summary of what the GPA really are and stand for.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 17, 2019, 01:49:44 PM »
Guess who was in NY for their annual “Dinner” this past weekend.
Absolutely disgraceful, at a time when the NY GAA are in the midst of trying to finance the rebuilding of Gaelic Park. Sums it all up.

Would love to hear the comments of the GPA defenders on the prior few pages on this latest event.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 15, 2019, 12:46:53 AM »
Paul Flynn’s reply to Joe Brolly’s half truths:

“He’s entitled to his opinion as much as anybody is. But there were a couple of things he outlined that were factually untrue. Things around our commercial independence. We don’t actually have commercial independence, just to clarify that.

“We have through our agreement with the GAA, we aren’t actually able to go out and engage with corporates on our own. We can do it through a joint venture that we have with the GAA.

“Also around ‘unchecked, ungoverned’. We’ve very strong governing structures. You were at our AGM, we outlined it all in our annual report. We’re fully compliant with the government code for sporting organisations.

“We’re audited by Deloitte, a big four firm. We’ve a GAA representative on our finance committee. We’ve a remuneration committee with three independents, who decide on salaries, and all salaries are benchmarked against other sporting organisations and similar organisations that exist in our size.

“So when you read things that are factually incorrect, that kind of… because I know the good work that goes on, on our governance side of things, and it’s something that I, coming into the role, would be proud of and always trying to strengthen. I suppose it’s easy to kind of write an article and not be checked on it. That’s the only part.

“Other than that, he’s entitled to his opinion. Do you know what I mean? Like everyone else is. But I’ll keep fighting the fight for the players and representing them, and what’s best in their interest. And the players know that.

“It’s actually a bit like when you’re playing. There can be journalists out there who like you and don’t like you as a player. And I’ve learned one thing in my football career – you can control the controllables.

“You focus on your strategy, your game plan, what you want to achieve and keep driving on. There’s going to be people along the way who aren’t going to agree with you, but you’ve got to keep driving it on.

“Once you have an informed strategy based on feedback from players, based off best practice, that’s what we’ll continue to do. Some people will agree, some people won’t. Some people who don’t might actually start agreeing with me in time, and some will never.”

Good man Flynner! Feck the begrudgers, they’ve already lost. Keep up the great work (even though the begrudgers will completely ignore all you do, but they’re irrelevant )

You must be either a relative or on an employee

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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:36:55 PM »
Just read Joe Brollys comments on GPA , spot on IMO.
They don’t disclose who and how much gets paid what.
Are they full time or part time ?.
Wonder what the ratio of their salaries are as to what individual players in D3 and D4 get in annual mileage etc.


Probably a good idea in the very beginning as I am sure a lot of players were begging for mileage allowance, healthcare, but the lack of transparency and their mega fund raising dinners in the US
just raises a lot of genuine questions that apparently will not be answered.
Surely the gaa shouldn't be funding them until accounts are submitted for scrutiny every year?
The GAA shouldn't be funding them full stop. If the players want a union they should fund it themselves. If they want to be treated like soccer and rugby they should have to pony up like they do. And thats before the whole neutered topic comes up.
The players do not earn a salary. But the players do earn millions for the GAA by dint of their dedication and sacrifice with the game now being played at an almost 'professional' standard. The players are entitled to have a % of those earnings put back into looking after their welfare.
If Joe has any questions about how GPA money is being spent he can download the accounts and refer to actual figures rather than making wild assumptions.

Was that the article where Joe claimed after a challenge game  TCD v Meath that Sean Boylan rushed out to  phone up  Eamonn Coleman and point out that brilliant player for Trinity called Joe Brolly? What are the odds that Joe is confusing reality with a scene from that film 'Back to the Future' where the band member phoned up Chuck Berry?

The GAA funding the GPA means they are toothless. They will never take on the GAA and see the trough removed. So its controlled opposition, the facade of standing up for players.

Amateur players are not entitled to a thing. If they feel they deserve a slice, lets have a discussion about semi professionalism. On welfare, ok, things like insurance need to be in place. If the GPA disappear tomorrow players are no better or worse off. It is a vehicle to make some ex players a few bob and source some commercial work for the top few
Amateur players mightn't be entitle to anything but there's a strong argument that they deserve something which they are getting. I'd have thought the GPA are instrumental in that.

I also don't agree that the GPA are toothless. I imagine the grants issue will be revisited in years to come. It'll also be interesting to see if strike action is anywhere near the agenda come the Tier 2 championship next year.

Balbriggan is right, any craic of strike action out of the GPA and the steady stream of funds to Mr Flynn, Seamus and Co will be threatened.
Once they took the GAA money they neutered themselves and that was done out of pure greed and nothing to do with player welfare.
What are you basing that assertion on?

Basing it on the fact of being one of the original GPA members (paid my dues) and how they lost their way early on.

Their intentions were great in standardising county player entitlements for everyone irrespective of what county you played for and things did improve from what lads on county teams get now to what I got back in the day.

I didn't sign up for having "executives" and directors on big salaries dictating on rules and regulations in Croke Park, sorties for the elites to Boston or whatever.
There are still some good things coming out of the GPA in terms on support and mental health but we really don't need those overheads to do it.

sums up my point and more.

When you hear the arguments for by the prior posts, and this rebuttal from a member.

TKO for the latter.

Call it for what it is, An elite group, who take dues and wont disclose financials,

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: November 11, 2019, 08:18:06 PM »

Currently experiencing some difficulties with a work colleague who is my senior. I'm relatively new in the role compared to the others in the department (got a promotion of sorts 2 years ago) and I'm sitting next to this particular individual so she can assist in a mentoring type capacity and so I can liaise with her as/when required. I carry out my own work and assist with her workload on occasion too. 90% of the time she is sound, but other times she is completely condescending, almost forgetting there isn't a big age gap between us (I'm mid 30s and she's early 40s). She is making me doubt myself over tasks I know how to perform (or should know how) and it's almost as if she has this expectation that I'm going to fail which is putting me completely off balance. She'll question me at times as if I haven't been doing anything, and rather than 'remind' me other times if I've forgot to do something, it's 'Why haven't you....' or 'Am I going to have to continually tell you this...' etc.  It's starting to effect my confidence and whilst I've never been an emotional/sensitive type at work before, at times I've been close to shedding a tear (pathetic as it sounds). Work in the main is good and I'm popular with staff and management alike, but this is getting to me. Thing is, I don't know whether I'm just being abit sensitive to the situation and need to brush it off, or is something underlying like anxiety?

I was in a very similar situation in my last company, and I ended up leaving because of it. Again it was a female employee, but this was a young cub fresh out of college who had become something of a hotshot. Her productivity was higher than everyone else's, and she did a ton of research to get a really deep understanding of how things worked. She was technically good at her job and was getting promoted left and right. Problem was, she wasn't a team player. Everything she did was about accumulating more power for herself. She point blank refused to share her knowledge, spoke at 100MPH so you had no chance of taking in anything she was saying, spoke in technical jargon that she knew full well her audience could not understand, and then gave off a condescending attitude about it when you asked her a question later. She'd roll her eyes up to heaven as if it was beneath her dignity to answer a question. Communication in writing wasn't much better, her replies would be just as barbed and she'd make a point of copying my manager on them just to maximise the damage.

She'll get her comeuppance though. HR investigated her for bullying after someone (not me) reported her. And almost everybody else on the team has had problems with her at one time or another, including other people who left.

If your colleague is pissing you off, chances are she's pissing everyone else off too. I used to think I was the only one with a problem until I spoke to people about it.  I don't know what size of company you're in, but if there's someone you can confide in or some way of talking about the issue then it might help. The sooner you deal with it the better, or sure as fate her attacks might get just a little nastier every time to the point where she'll be flat out abusive.
Make a point to speak to anybody you know, even about bullshit stuff, the conversation will eventually come to “how is everything else”, people will listen and provide encouragement and will help to try to rationalize the situation.

It is a tough time of year, so many people feel down with the shorter evenings, dark when you get to work dark when you are getting home. Watch old movies that make you laugh, same with shows.
Do not turn on the news.

As for work, I world for a large multinational , Bullshitters come and go and eventually are figured out.
Do your job, it may take a bit more time and persistence to get there. I am sure you will, everybody work wise was in the same position as you. Be pleasant to people and work hard. It may even make sense to be proactive and sit down with this person and let her know that you wan to build a career and would appreciate her input.
She still might be a you know what, but may still take this as a positive.
Exerxise, yoga, especially the hot type , bikram, knocks the shite out of you and feels like you have taken Valium an hour after you have finished and cleansed up.
Good luck.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 11, 2019, 03:42:42 PM »
Just read Joe Brollys comments on GPA , spot on IMO.
They don’t disclose who and how much gets paid what.
Are they full time or part time ?.
Wonder what the ratio of their salaries are as to what individual players in D3 and D4 get in annual mileage etc.


Probably a good idea in the very beginning as I am sure a lot of players were begging for mileage allowance, healthcare, but the lack of transparency and their mega fund raising dinners in the US
just raises a lot of genuine questions that apparently will not be answered.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2019
« on: November 06, 2019, 06:54:51 PM »
Quote
I dont want to pollute the thread with crap like the above. Apologies to the Connaught folk. It was a genuine question of how other people within Galway feel about Corfins dominance.

You are polluting it with not knowing the spelling of the province.

Misspelling you mean, is that the best you have, obviously have too much time on your hands....

A genuine question, how do fans and players of other clubs in Galway feel about Corofins dominance? or anyone from Armagh (Cross) or Laois (Port) etc,.

Thank you “the greatest “ aka  Kerryforsams
Time for a new name again

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Mayo / Re: Mayo Football and Hurling - Discussion pages
« on: November 06, 2019, 07:09:51 AM »
They've sent emails to clubs to stop using social media against them. You couldn't make this up. WillieJoe's blog is no better disallowing any comment on the matter.

This sounds like the Ballymagash county council except it is actually the county board of a county that is in the top four in the country, and is one that also has a very very generous list of donors who are not stupid.
Unreal !

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:53:40 PM »
It's a pity they flatly refused any open questions on this subject at the Co board meeting last night. However they are having a meeting with club delegates 'behind closed doors' in the next month.

Any delegate who voted for these idiots should be embarrassed by their behavior.


Were the alternatives of a much higher standard?

A more accurate question may be "How many younger potentially bright and energetic officers are discouraged from running due to the continued BS that is constantly occurring at the County Board level."

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 31, 2019, 12:01:39 PM »
It's a pity they flatly refused any open questions on this subject at the Co board meeting last night. However they are having a meeting with club delegates 'behind closed doors' in the next month.

Any delegate who voted for these idiots should be embarrassed by their behavior.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: October 24, 2019, 01:31:11 PM »
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin

A very good player, wish him well.

Btw will avoid all irish media for the next few days due to the impending OTT lovefest .

Would it be fair to say that a lot of these Dublin/former Dublin players have P.R managers in order to stay relevant even after they retire.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: October 22, 2019, 01:30:34 PM »
I was in favor of it.

However, The GAA have to play it before the senior A final in Croke Park. No Bullshit excuses, otherwise it is DOA.
Give me that V an U17 game.

In addition, as I mentioned previously, the Divison 3 and 4 counties need to get huge funding for " COACHING" (there are too many clowns involved just to think that giving them money will solve anything), it should be a case of here are twenty coaches fore your schools/clubs , use them or lose them. 
Then the respective county boards cannot come back in five years and say, we weren't treated fairly.
simplistic but I think a start.

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