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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:20:32 AM »
Lafferty is actually married to a catholic, think it was a drama at the time think he was married in a catholic church, him and Darren O'Dea are married to 2 sisters i think. Lafferty not the worst guy, hes a unionist from NI, loves Rangers, id expect him to bust his balls everytime he plays us, no big deal just have a look at Stokes when he played for Hibs against Rangers, used to be like a man possessed

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:36:18 PM »
Ballers.... started watching it, think its a great show, 25 mins episodes short and sharp. Good cast, good laugh very like entourage. really enjoying it

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:21:26 AM »
No chance of going through now. Wouldn't even be confident of a Europa league place.

Really? we played well without getting the 2nd goal, they packed the defence and defended for their lives, i dont think they'll set out to do that for 90 mins in Greece, we def have enough about us to get at least one goal. the thing that will work in our favour next week is that if they score it changes nothing we still need to get a goal. we have more than enough attacking threat to get at them and get a goal or 2. any idea when Dembele is back?

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:57:12 AM »
As the old saying goes, without them thereís no game! As Iíve gotten bolder Iíve tended to say thank you to a referee after a win lose or draw. If I think theyíve had a good game Iíll mention it. Sometimes the ref might think Iím taking the piss but I do be genuine, I think the older you get and have a family etc you realise these are people giving up their time for the game same as me. What hit home to me one tome was a referee getting dogs abuse for a whole game, reserve game nothing above the usual didnít know what he was doing etc. I didnít realise until after the game he had his young son with him who came to watch a game his father was involved in and listen to his da take abuse for an hour. That really hit home to me, no body elseís son there had to see their father take 60 mins abuse. Was just a small thing but made me think.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 30, 2018, 05:22:36 PM »
Fair comment HS. I totally get the product isn't good enough, but even when we fluctuated between divisions 3 and 4 for years, there was always a decent crowd at our home games....maybe 800 to 1200 home supporters.....a guess I admit. The product wasn't much better then. People you saw at matches all the time have literally just stopped going. We hadn't 200 at Pairc Esler and even less in Tullamore for the qualifier against Offaly.

So why such an obvious drop off in support inside a couple of years? Has the product got THAT much worse?

Personally, im just sick of the county game in general, even on TV i find watching county football difficult and thats the top teams, this has filtered down to me going to Antrim games, i used to go to every championship game, most league games and the odd mckenna cup game. Its been at least a few years since i went to a county game, just got out of the habit and i have zero interest in going back just apathy i suppose. Flip side of that, ive driven to Toome, Portglenone, ahoghill and other places to watch club games as a neutral just as i find them more enjoyable. dunno what we can do about the county, suppose my point is i dont think the rapid decline in numbers is exclusive to Antrim, i think all bar maybe 5-6 counties are experiencing it.
I obviously canít talk about Antrim football specifically but I think youíve hit the nail on the head in a general sense there.
I know a lot of people (Galway & Mayo mainly) who would have been big into going to every game who now would go only occasionally as they find county football a hard watch.
It can still produce fantastic games from time to time but a lot of it is drab enough.
I go to all the Galway football games league & chanpionship but would also watch a fair amount of club football in both Galway and Mayo - one thing I find in these counties anyway still is that the very defensive football you see at county level hasnít overly filtered down to the club scene.
Not in Galway and Mayo anyway from what Iíve seen.
There are exceptions of course - but few enough teams go that way from what Iíve seen.
Bad club games are more about just old fashioned bad football rather than defensive football borefests.
Was up in Casement for the Galway Antrim game in 2012.Awful day for Galway football but an enjoyable day out

Always good to get an outside view and see that we aren't unique in Antrim. Unfortunately i think now, a lot of clubs are introducing a defensive style, was chatting to a div 1 player few weeks ago who was said he really wasn't enjoying his football anymore because of 'the system' this is a team full of quality players with lots of flair but who are being held on a leash by a system, let the players go and express themselves i dare say it would surprise managers what can happen.

On that game at casement, i remember it well, we had a good side at that time. I remember Galway were on a slow decline at the time and remember being quietly confident we could get a win. Would that have been seen as a catalyst for change in Galway? i seem to remember a lot of the older guard playing that day, was that the game that finally finished a lot of them off? When i look at Galway now i wonder was that day we beat them the rock bottom and they've built from it? Which then begs the question, we are at rock bottom now, how do we get that bounce to start going again

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 28, 2018, 12:57:42 PM »
Fair comment HS. I totally get the product isn't good enough, but even when we fluctuated between divisions 3 and 4 for years, there was always a decent crowd at our home games....maybe 800 to 1200 home supporters.....a guess I admit. The product wasn't much better then. People you saw at matches all the time have literally just stopped going. We hadn't 200 at Pairc Esler and even less in Tullamore for the qualifier against Offaly.

So why such an obvious drop off in support inside a couple of years? Has the product got THAT much worse?

Personally, im just sick of the county game in general, even on TV i find watching county football difficult and thats the top teams, this has filtered down to me going to Antrim games, i used to go to every championship game, most league games and the odd mckenna cup game. Its been at least a few years since i went to a county game, just got out of the habit and i have zero interest in going back just apathy i suppose. Flip side of that, ive driven to Toome, Portglenone, ahoghill and other places to watch club games as a neutral just as i find them more enjoyable. dunno what we can do about the county, suppose my point is i dont think the rapid decline in numbers is exclusive to Antrim, i think all bar maybe 5-6 counties are experiencing it.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:05:11 PM »
Was there ever provisional dates set out for the championship games?

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:45:30 AM »
I thought that Tupac and Biggie Unsolved show on Netflix was decent enough.

Was just about to write about it, i found it pretty good, unlike any other films/ documentaries etc that looked at the cases, they were very rushed. This although quite a bit of creative licence used, told the story pretty well and it was good to get an insight into the fact that some within LAPD thought there was collusion with LAPD and Shug Knight, took its time and switched between the stories of the investigation then, investigation 2008 and the actual tupac and biggie story. Really good watch

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GAA Discussion / Re: Concerned Gaels
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:46:02 PM »
If you flew a Palestine flag inside a premier league ground would you be asked to leave?
(Honest question, I dont know the answer).

It would be confiscated. Not sure if you'd be asked to leave, I don't think so, but you'd be closely watched.


My son had one at the R.O.I v USA friendly a couple of weeks back. No one said boo to him

There was a Palestine flag at one of the WC games today, not sure which one (possibly portugal) was hanging in one of the corners of the stadium. wasn't watching the games just caught a glimpse of it so not 100% sure what game

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:02:11 PM »
I don't understand his reasoning behind not playing him. His size and ball winning ability would get him onto most teams in ulster - he is also not a full forward the fella has good hands not feet. Lenny baffles me some of the players on the panel would struggle to make some of the top club teams on the county. Another disappointing year for the saffrons :(

Some of these players are the only ones who will make themselves available. Their maybe not the best but they are trying their best and that is all you can ask if they are willing to commit.

I understand that but the amount  of top players we don't have representing our county is a disgrace no other county has this situation. Crozier McCann brothers Dermot McAleese, John Mcnabb - who best keeper in the county by a mile, Niall oneill worth his place, Martin Johnston ,  Eoin McKeown , Donal Nugent if he got into shape I could go on I know there are different reasons and it is unrealistic that every player will commit every year but we need these type of players in the saffron jersey - Phone calls need to be made accommodating these players situations or else sadly we will be in the basement for the foreseeable future.
Nonsense

Pretty much every county outside the top 6 or so has this problem, in smaller counties you tend not to see too many players over 25 as work and life at home becomes more a priority and the fact the chances of winning something is slim makes opting out of the county panel a bit easier.

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA doing a deal with SkySports
« on: June 10, 2018, 10:33:34 AM »
Dave McIntyre.

I thought some of the black card calls were worthy of debate. Reilly's late foul was very close to a drag down. So he though the McAliskey effort went in, big deal. He made a mistake. Compared to Canning, Cairney and Carr, I know who I'd prefer.
Who is Sky's primary commentator? David someone. He's absolutely terrible and it's like he's watching a different game at times.

They made some absolute howlers last night. Wrong player names, not knowing what constitutes a black/yellow card and let's not get started on the Mcaliskey "goal" from out the field.

Yes but when he started rambling on about his surprise as to why the guys who got red cards in normal time had not reappeared for the extra time it showed that he does needs to brush up on the rules a bit 😂

That had to go down as one of the stupidest comments from a commentator in GAA ever, Ben Brennan standing on the line crucially the free taker not coming back on after his red card at the end of normal time!

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General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:05:01 PM »
The de-catholicisation of Ireland by itself has been such an incredible positive for society over the last twenty years. This country has modernised itself at an incredible rate.

Donít answer this if you donít want to syferus as I understand itís quite a personal question did you/ would you get married in a Catholic Church, will you have your funeral in a Catholic Church?

I couldn't give a shŪt either way. It's not entirely my decision either so asking me the question is a bit facetious.

The only time I go near a church is if someone has died or it's Christmas for family reasons. I know very few people my age who have any engagement with the church.

Having a catholic funeral is 100% your decision. Iíll give you the marriage one as it is a decision for both.

You kind of made my point for me by saying yoj go at Christmas for family reasons. We have a massive culture in this country of running the CC down and mocking the church and those belonging to it m yet when it comes to funerals, weddings (and Christmas) was use the church for our own gain.

I only go for my parentsí sake. Iím utterly bored to tears and wouldnít go otherwise. Iím not using the church in any manner whatsoever besides sitting on a wooden bench in a chilly hall for 40 minutes. I donít think the Catholic Church has any monopoly on dignified funerals either. Once a certain generation die off were likely to see many more secular funerals.

Didnít say theyíd a monopoly on dignified funerals, but there are plenty of places you can have a funeral which are non religious. Same as with weddings.

I understand fully your reason for going at Christmas. Personally, I prob am one of those hypocrites people talk about. I 100% class myself as a Catholic, I donít attend mass as often as I should, I have had a child out of wedlock. But you know, I still believe in the catholic teachings, I still pray to god I still feel that as a religion it is what I identify most with, I do t believe in every teaching and I fax Iíve had many discussions/ arguments with priests with regard to how the church has to interpret and include the modern era. I do know quite a lot of priests who are forward thinking and have their own views which they tend to keep to themselves, like any massive worldwide organisation there are going to be people with different views.
I completely understand peopleís choice to leave the Catholic Church as is their right I just did that when they need something for example a wedding or a funeral they expect the church to facilitate it no matter how out of sync they are

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General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:46:12 PM »
The de-catholicisation of Ireland by itself has been such an incredible positive for society over the last twenty years. This country has modernised itself at an incredible rate.

Donít answer this if you donít want to syferus as I understand itís quite a personal question did you/ would you get married in a Catholic Church, will you have your funeral in a Catholic Church?

I couldn't give a shŪt either way. It's not entirely my decision either so asking me the question is a bit facetious.

The only time I go near a church is if someone has died or it's Christmas for family reasons. I know very few people my age who have any engagement with the church.

Having a catholic funeral is 100% your decision. Iíll give you the marriage one as it is a decision for both.

You kind of made my point for me by saying yoj go at Christmas for family reasons. We have a massive culture in this country of running the CC down and mocking the church and those belonging to it m yet when it comes to funerals, weddings (and Christmas) was use the church for our own gain.

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General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:07:40 PM »
The de-catholicisation of Ireland by itself has been such an incredible positive for society over the last twenty years. This country has modernised itself at an incredible rate.

Donít answer this if you donít want to syferus as I understand itís quite a personal question did you/ would you get married in a Catholic Church, will you have your funeral in a Catholic Church?

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:01:41 PM »
In South Antrim (mostly the belfast clubs) we have a south antrim league. its pretty much recreational football, played every thursday night. 15 a side if both teams have 15 if 1 team has 13 then 13 a side is played. works great, clubs grade 15 players who can't play. its always a good mix of older lads in their late 30s early 40s and some lads who need game time and also some lads who just dont wanna commit to senior or senior reserve. i think there are 12 teams in the league and there are very few fail to field. also have a championship for it. As its pretty much all belfast teams there is very little travelling which probably helps a lot too.

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