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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:21:52 AM »
Great win for Dromore U21’s today beating a highly fancied Magherafelt bu6 points in the Ulster Semi, Final in two weeks time should be a cracker

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 26, 2019, 05:20:16 PM »
Are tg4 showing the match tomorrow?

No it’s not.

Canavan pulling no punches re Tyrone approach to development of coaching in Independent today

Can you post the article

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:58:38 PM »
is the club u21 comp starting soon?
The U21’s are due to start on the last weekend of January

General discussion / Re: Android Phone
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:31:11 PM »
Changing phone for work, is the iPhone X a good option? I am not paying for it as such so getting a free bat but want to make sure it’s decent

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: December 04, 2018, 04:39:32 PM »
Not sure if many neutrals attended the Paul McGirr u16 final yesterday in dromore. In what was a great spectacle for underage football in Ulster. We were lucky to come out on the right side and bring another underage trophy back to the steps of Quinn’s corner. Some outstanding performances on the carmen team which we hope will drive these lads on to greater things in a not so distant future!!

Even As a Dromore man I have to admit it was an astonishing game of football played in horrendous conditions, a real credit to both teams and an awesome occasion, the atmosphere in the stand in the last 10 minutes was something to behold, Carmen deserving winners and they have some serious talent in that team. For anyone who wants to see the entire production click onto the ’Spirit of Paul McGirr’ on Facebook and you can see the build up and the full game with Michaél O’Muircheartaigh commentating. It was without doubt the best game I witnessed in a long time.

General discussion / Re: Belfast
« on: November 28, 2018, 12:34:43 AM »
At QUB 90-94, great times but dangerous times, was on my way to the ormeau road bookies about 40 seconds away when the shooting happened, was in it all day the day before and had a winning bet from Tuesday night football game to collect on the day of the shooting.  My week consisted of the chaplaincy Monday night, was actually great craic, place at the top of Sandy Row on Tuesday , can’t remeber the name or else the union, Bot Wednesday and never missed Elms on a Thursday. Kebab van opposite the Bot was part of my staple diet, great wee chippy opposite the top of stranmillis gardens too was good spot. Great times but glad the lads there now don’t have to worry about the troubles as we did then.

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:12:35 AM »
Have to say the MFC sports range is excellent.
Very competitively priced especially compared to O'Neills.
Have noticed more and more clubs ( in the North ) making the switch to them.
They customer service is brilliant.
Agree with the comment made earlier about O'Neills getting complacent. Their customer service is a complete joke.
Price wise MFC is the same as ONeills. But quality for me isn’t near as good.

We will agree to disagree

I have found the opposite

I agree with you Fermgael, we have made the switch to Mfc and the quality is first class, priced better than o’neills too but the big thing is the customer service in unequaled, O’Neill’s customer service has went badly downhill imo

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul McGirr u16 Championship
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:37:40 PM »
7 out of the 9 counties still run U16’s, for the other two we select the U15 winners and they can make up the team with their U16’s. Was an awkward situation so this is the way we decided to go, not sure how the St Paul’s U18 competition is going to do it as they are in a similar situation

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul McGirr u16 Championship
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:28:30 AM »
The draw for the 2018 U16 Club Champions Tournament:

Preliminary Round:  Newtownbutler (Fermanagh) v Termon (Donegal)
Quarter Finals:      Burren (Down) v St. Galls (Antrim)
                               Preliminary Winners v Gowna (Cavan)
                                Ardboe / Carrickmore (Tyrone) v Donaghmoyne (Monaghan)
                               Lavey (Derry) v Madden (Armagh)

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul McGirr u16 Championship
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:24:55 AM »
Newtonbutler v An Tearmainn
The 2018 Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions Tournament kicks off this Saturday at 2:00 in Gardrum Park Dromore with an intriguing preliminary round fixture between Fermanagh champions Newtownbutler First Fermanagh’s and Donegal champions An Tearmainn.  Newtownbutler are managed by Finbarr O’Keefe, Brendan Mc Brien, Martin Mc Guinness and Natie McManus and backboned by a group of players that went close to annexing the Ulster Og Sport title earlier this year.   Goalkeeper and captain Kian O’Dowd has been impressive form this season as have midfield pairing Caolan Swift and Diarmaid King but their hopes will depend a lot on how their speedy forward line can penetrate a very strong Termon defence.   The game is one which O’Keefe is looking forward to ‘Whilst we are a very young team the boys have experience of playing in tournament football and are looking forward to the challenge.  In many games it has been a solid defence that has been our platform for success and this will again be vital on Saturday.  Creating and conversion of our own scoring opportunities against a Donegal defence will be an interesting test but one the boys will relish.  We are proud to represent Fermanagh on Saturday and look forward to a strong traveling support.’
Termon are newcomers to the competition but have been the dominating force in Donegal at U16 level this year having done a complete sweep of county titles, experiencing only one defeat throughout the season.  They are managed by Trevor Alcorn who is assisted by Daire McDaid, Dan Conaghan, Ricky Gallagher and Padraig Friel and came out on top by the minimum margin in an epic Donegal final against a fancied Gweedore side to claim the clubs first ever Donegal U16 title. Attacking centre back Marty Steele and the imposing midfield partnership of Jack Alcorn and Kevin McGettigan will look to provide a platform for a highly rated Termon attack and having come through a tough Donegal championship they will be heading into Saturday’s game as slight favourites in what will be a momentus occasion for the blossoming Donegal club.  Manager Alcorn is very pleased with their season so far ‘We set out this year with small achievable goals, to make training enjoyable, to develop players and to try to improve with every game.  Our one major goal this year was to win a county championship for the first time in the clubs history.  We are now delighted to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level at U16 in the Paul McGirr Tournament, and every game from now on is a bonus.  Our motto for the year is ‘when things aren’t going our way, work harder’ and this is something our lads certainly go by’.  The winners of this game will advance to a quarter final against Cavan champions Gowna.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:44:01 PM »
£1,620 per club from JP McManus, cheers JP

Did wemen’s clubs get money ?
With each club getting that much and 50+ clubs including hurling I doubt the ladies got nothing

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:43:03 PM »
£1,620 per club from JP McManus, cheers JP

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:51:49 PM »
Is Omagh going to be playable?

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:25:24 PM »
Not from Tyrone so I'm from the outside looking in. Not from the inside looking out. So probably have a different perspective. I suppose my interest in Tyrone started more in earnest that fateful day in June 1997 when Paul McGirr died after an accidental clash in the Ulster minor championship. Surprisingly not a lot said of his death at that time  But I started to follow them closely for the rest of the championship unfortunately they lost the final. That following year they finally went the whole way. I celebrated like it was my own County won.

Paul was not only coached by Mickey he was from the same club playing along side his son. After the 97 loss it was a young Stephen O Neill who convinced him to stay on. Who would believe the career that man was going to have.

After that, that was it I started to learn about players their clubs what they worked at schools they attended their training routines ect I also took a keen interest in Mickey Harte himself. I enjoyed listening to his philosophies of the sport his approach and how serious he really took it. The great lengths he went to making sure all angles were covered. I believe he was way a head of his time in this respect.

Then there is the other side of Harte I liked. He was  a non drinker and didn't smoke and was very family orientated. I'm the same way.

I hurled with boys from Waterford who told me they enjoyed watching Tyrone play.

I sat down Sunday past to watch the telecast of the big game in Ballybofey.  An unlikely Harte supporter and good friend was there with me. A 98 year old IRA Limerick man who was jailed by freestaters stuck in the Curragh between 1940 to 1944.  He watched his first all Ireland in the 30s. He told me he was a huge fan of Harte. Talked a lot about Michela and kept looking for tv shots of Mickey to see if he looked ok. He really took it bad what happened to Michela. 

Only met Mickey once in my life and it was a enjoyable experience. Was with a couple of friends who were characters and the craic was good. God knows the man has faults like the rest of us I just don't see to many in him.

FYI Paul wasn’t from the same club as Micky, his brother was but Paul played for Dromore and would have been on the same underage teams as Ricey and Colm McCullagh although he was a couple of years younger. His memory is kept alive by the Dromore club with what is one of the best underage tournaments in the GAA and via the ‘Spirit of Paul McGirr Trust’ which is a wonderful charity doing some superb work for disabled and under privileged children in Lusaka, Zambia. There is a group of 15 girls all aged 17/18 from the Loreto Convent in Omagh going out to Lusaka in October to build a new classroom at the complex the charity built out there.

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tyrone U20
« on: June 09, 2018, 12:34:38 AM »
Brilliant game, great value for money, game lasted 2.5 hours which has to be a record.

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