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GAA Discussion / Re: Rural Ireland's football future
« on: Today at 07:10:54 PM »
Mayo got a centre of excellence in the middle of a bog
Oh, sorry Connacht got the centre
And soon they'll have a giant bouncy castle

Mayo got huge funding for McHale park
AND a bailout when they blew the budget

A lot of money spent on those projects

Still paying back the bailout. Clubs are I mean. I do believe there's another centre of excellence in the pipeline although I'm not sure when.

Back to Loose Cannon's point, amalgamations are happening left, right and centre in Mayo at underage. We even had a situation 2 years ago having Ballyhaunis and Aghsmore joining up at minor. Terrible indictment on Ballyhaunis imo.

Population loss or just young lads no longer want to play?
IMO, a  bit of both to be honest but the former is the more serious one.
After all, every part of the country has problems with kids not bothering to play any sort of field game but if you don’t have youngsters, you get them to play anything.
I went to a small rural school in near Swinford back in the 60s. The teachers in the parish organised an 11 a side  tournament back then. Today, there is only the town school open.
That’s something Dubs can’t understand and think life can go on as it has always with Dublin growing bigger and their country cousins just moaning and whining, as always.

This year I think half the county panel are based in Dublin. 
It seems reasonable that a good number of these lads will settle down to work and live in the city so in the next few years, they will be lost to the county, probably forever. Odds are that their kids will play with a local club and grew up as Dub supporters.

I can't blame Dub supporters for wanting to keep things the same as always and getting the lion’s share of whatever money is available, the gap between Dublin and the rest will become unsustainable.

This is a huge issue, and something that also crossed my mind when starting the blog. You cannot measure the impact of this. As I recall one of the Dublin subs this year, his father played club football for Swinford until he headed east back in the 80's. I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands of such examples.

Back to the Airport, if the entire politics BS, play into its under developement, then shame on the elected officials involved. A no brainer would be to create an exclusive tax free zone around the airport or even extend it to twenty or twenty five mile radius around the airport as a tax free zone. As well as east and north Mayo, it would encompass parts of south Sligo, part of Roscommon, north Galway and parts of Leitrim. Areas prone to folks migrating to Dublin etc. If there were 25k or 50k jobs created over a decade or two, then the positive knock-on effect of this would be very significant.

I happened to be at a presentation back in November, discussing rural Ireland, two presenters, both decent, second one a tad boring TBH, my biggest take away was, north of Galway city to south of Sligo town, the electric grids do not have the capability of carrying enough power(wattage whatever it is) to service a major plant, ( The example given, was that if a guy in England or USA or where ever wanted to set up a major plant in Claremorris (was the example used), he or she would not be able to.

I took the train from Ballymote to Dublin a few weeks ago, there is one train track, comical. It means that only one train can pass at a time, and the schedule is dictated by where there are multiple lines. How difficult or expensive would it be to put another track alongside it. The west, north west, and tourism or the wild Atlantic way my backside.

Maybe the answer is to put aside the parochial politics, of FG, FF and SF, and form a west of Ireland party. Pie in the sky, but if the combined elected politicians controlled a majority, you may see a lot more resources heading out of Dublin.


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: Today at 01:07:59 PM »
This talk of the British government saying "well, we're not going to put up a manned border but yer fellow paddies will" should be called out for what it is - the classic British diplomatic trick of divide & conquer, in this case trying to pitch republicans and nationalists (as well as all others that support the "invisible border" as it stands) in d'north alongside neighbouring communities on the other side of the divide, verses the Irish government.

Also, would anyone here reading this forum regard Johnson and his fellow knackers as being trustworthy? Only the gullible or naive IMHO.

Whatever the state of who or what mans the bordering the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement is only part of the story about future events concerning all of Ireland. As tempting as it might be to some, any attacks on customs officers or facilities on the southern side will be counter productive and play right into the (worryingly large) lunatic end of Brexiteers along with the ERG, Aaron Banks, Nigel Fa**ge and many associated with the rise of the so called "alt-right", "alt-lite" and right-wing authoritarianism in many parts of the globe - including the USA & Russia - there, I said it. They see the fragility of the peace process here as an opportunity for them to smash the EU apart for their own goals concerning the world's trade & power axis. They don't give two f*cks about any part of Ireland, they only see an opportunity for their own means, using the border as a proxy for an international power struggle.

Those the are behind the likes of Border Communities Against Brexit need to be wise as to what's going on and how they might be unwitting pawns for all other interested actors. I'd have no doubt in such a scenario there will be civil disobedience, in fact I expect it. But they need to know whom is doing what, and quickly build alliances and understandings with the right people. Otherwise, they'll be played as puppets and won't realise it until it's too late.

Excellent post.

+1

There have been some excellent and thought provoking posts on this topic over the past few days.

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GAA Discussion / Rural Ireland's football future
« on: August 21, 2019, 01:33:44 PM »
"Ireland West Airport receives less State funding than Kerry or Donegal airports in recent years
 Published: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:26


A Mayo Councillor has repeated his call for State funding of €100 million for Ireland West Airport Knock, to kick-start development at the airport.

Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray made the call, as figures were released this week which show that Ireland West Airport received significantly less direct state funding in recent years than Kerry or Donegal airports - despite outperforming them in terms of passenger numbers.

Figures from the Department of Transport show that, since 2012, Kerry Airport received a total of €37 million in State funding followed by €29.5 million for Donegal Airport.

Ireland West Airport Knock received €17.9 million over the 7 year period.

Councillor Gerry Murray said Knock should receive the lion's share of the funding, given the airport's passenger numbers, and its potential for further development.
"


This may be a digression from normal GAA and maybe it belongs on another forum. It just hits home with me.
I was walking into the Dublin V Mayo semi-final two weeks ago, Michael Ring who I have never met in my life was walking in ahead of me with his family, I was going to say to him, "the only way Mayo will win an All-Ireland in the next twenty years is if you push decentralization and invest in Ireland west Airport" . Given the situation, I decided to leave the guy alone going into a football game. However when you read the above, you have to wonder, what if ?.

In addition to Mayo, The development of this airport would benefit, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford, Donegal, and maybe a few more, i.e. counties that have have experienced decades of folks leaving to go to cities like Dublin.

I have no political affiliation, but believe that a large part of Dublin's prolonged success is population growth + or (money by the Government). Not brain surgery.
But when you see decentralization opportunities blown, by short sightedness, then you just shake your head.
What is even more frustration is that the last Taoiseach was from Mayo, mind you he inherited a bucket of sh*t, so he deserves a pass on on at least the first few years in office for sure but........
I feel the current guy in office, will most likely provide lip service on the same.

It truly is pathetic when you see these numbers, meanwhile a lot of people who live in Dublin, now cannot afford to, or have significantly altered their spending habits due to increased cost of housing up there.

A chance blown, and one that will most likely still possibly impact another generation of potential rural county footballers.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: August 20, 2019, 01:36:53 PM »
If this continues, Attendances, Sponsorship, Partnerships, TV money, Corporate boxes, Jersey and merchandise sales, will all decline. You have to love RTE, the general media et al who have stuck their heads in the sand for fear of offending their sponsors. There has been a general media shut down. Brolly (the voice of the people) has his gob in the trough, brown nosing at every opportunity and totally ignoring the elephant in the room.

Will be interesting to see how the Multi-million organistaion called the GAA deals with the shortfall in revenue.
Pundits won't even bother talking up matches.

 "I was interested in their game management after Lee Keegan’s goal. I noticed that they there was a signal given and they went into a hand-passing drill back and forth to take the sting out of the game after that score. Any bit of rebellion that Mayo may have had was drained out by this couple of minutes of patient recycling. This was only the 52nd minute. The 12 points in 12 minutes is over: they have the game won and they can control the tempo and just see it out. "

Patient recycling is like watching paint dry. Punters will switch off and hurt GAA revenues.  The Dublin funding paradox.

Its called game management. It is what is missing from the Mayo lads over the last decade.

Thanks Kerry for Sam.
You better set up under a new alias.

Sure it happens in every game club and county, your winning by a bit, slow it down, hold the ball, run it, its more common sense than anything. The guy above thinks money makes the dubs do it.

Thanks Kerry for sam
you are now up to 503 posts  ;D ;D

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: August 20, 2019, 01:27:30 PM »
If this continues, Attendances, Sponsorship, Partnerships, TV money, Corporate boxes, Jersey and merchandise sales, will all decline. You have to love RTE, the general media et al who have stuck their heads in the sand for fear of offending their sponsors. There has been a general media shut down. Brolly (the voice of the people) has his gob in the trough, brown nosing at every opportunity and totally ignoring the elephant in the room.

Will be interesting to see how the Multi-million organistaion called the GAA deals with the shortfall in revenue.
Pundits won't even bother talking up matches.

 "I was interested in their game management after Lee Keegan’s goal. I noticed that they there was a signal given and they went into a hand-passing drill back and forth to take the sting out of the game after that score. Any bit of rebellion that Mayo may have had was drained out by this couple of minutes of patient recycling. This was only the 52nd minute. The 12 points in 12 minutes is over: they have the game won and they can control the tempo and just see it out. "

Patient recycling is like watching paint dry. Punters will switch off and hurt GAA revenues.  The Dublin funding paradox.

Its called game management. It is what is missing from the Mayo lads over the last decade.

Thanks Kerry for Sam.
You better set up under a new alias.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 01:23:37 PM »
The doubt about the football final is we don't know how good Kerry might be.

I would have loved to have played them last year, as even though Clifford and O'Se were emerging as stars, Geaney and JOD were struggling and their defence was just absymal!

This year, the turnaround in their defence has been huge. I presume credit has to go to Keane in that regard. Add in the form of Geaney and O'Brien to an improved again Clifford and O'Se and, well, they're All Ireland finalists. 

They played very well against Mayo and turned it into a non-contest (Mayo missing a few in fairness to them). A very good game v Donegal, albeit Donegal didn't turn out to be as good as maybe we thought. Also has to be remembered that Kerry played Donegal without David Moran, who'd be a massive loss. Kerry were not good in the first half v Tyrone, but turned that around very impressively in the second half, and Tommy Walsh adds another wildcard factor.

As is always the case, if you take chances, Dublin will give you chances. If Kerry get 1-on-1s with Dublin defenders they will get a lot of joy. But very hard to do that without leaving 1-on-1s up the other end too, so that's a quandary Keane will have to figure out.

Have to disagree.
I was at the semi-final, and the Tyrone forwards were so dominant, that their outfield players were just hoofing it in, and still were winning 80% of the ball.
Kerry's full-back line is brutal. I have a feeling they will employ a sweeper(s) to stay in the game.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 18, 2019, 05:08:59 PM »
Liam Sheedy a unlikeable bollix. Jumping up and down on the sideline when they are more than 10pts clear.

RTE production as much to blame.
Showed way too much of him IMO
Wait a minute more of same
Jesus just as I write this

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 18, 2019, 04:12:27 PM »
Duignan going on about conditions. No bearing whatsoever on that challenge whether it was lashing down or the sun was splitting the trees.

+1

What an ass Duignan is, Hogan tried to take his head off with an elbow.
Red Card full stop.
That other useless idiot Marty has not stopped talking the “controversial “ decision.



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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:13:59 PM »
Hopefully Marty Morrisey will not ruin the game.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:51:58 PM »
Met a former player last week, who said as long as this chairman was in place Glenn Ryan would not get the job.
Some bullshit if true.
Also cannot stand Jack O Connor.
He ego-ometer must need a refill.

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GAA Discussion / Re: This day thirty years ago .
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:49:47 PM »
Thanks for the links,
A bit of therapy after a bad week.
Some amount of bandages in the Connacht final replay in Roscommon.
Jimmy Burke, sweet Jesus, what a goal.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final Tickets
« on: August 13, 2019, 05:02:21 PM »
I live overseas and this will be the first one I will not go to since 2010.
Why pay a lot to see an uncompetitive game, with one result.
Btw, I was there on Saturday and Sunday last, and the games four weekends ago.
I truly believe that the 33,500 attendance last week was a clear message to the GAA, who most likely will ignore it. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Dublin - AISF - Saturday 5pm
« on: August 11, 2019, 12:28:09 AM »
Thank God that is over for this year. Kudos to the Gaa for inventing a competition where the best supported travelling team can lose twice and still make a semi-final. There are some decent Accountants in GAA headquarters.  In the past I would feel sorry for my fellow Mayo brethren who make the trip to Croker today. But of late I just see them as gullible idiots. Boosting the coffers of the GAA and helping with the funding of Dublin GAA. All this crap of we are in this together, it's the journey that matters and its important to be there. Oh, the irony, when you look closely at it. Or maybe most here are to close and need to take a step back to see the real picture.

The blinkered will call me mean spirited and devisive.


I have had quite a few beverages tonight, but tbh,  what you are saying crossed my mind four hours ago.
By the way this is probably the real beginning of the end of one of the most remarkable Mayo teams ever. They for the guts of a decade have make me proud to say I am from Mayo.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Dublin - AISF - Saturday 5pm
« on: August 10, 2019, 11:45:07 AM »
Any word on a Mayo team or are we just going to let the u17s play on?

Nice one

Windy in Dublin, sun trying to break out.

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Thank you kerryforsam.

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