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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo manager resigns - for defo.
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:29:32 AM »
Ask them yourself. A Mayo man was running the country until last year.

The very same GAA players are all able to find work in Kerry. Don't think I need to ask a politician why the Mayo ones can't.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo manager resigns - for defo.
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:53:50 AM »
Horan doing videos talking about Adventures, Quests and Odysseys. "Brand Mayo". Some amount of cringe. It's not the presidency he's taking over

He seems to have you rattled anyway  ;D ;D

My eyes rattled from cringing?

"Brand Mayo". He's the manager of an average rural county's amateur football team, not the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Quests and Odysseys is even stranger again. Perhaps he's a World of Warcraft fan
who are hugely popular and successful in fundraising allowing them to compete at the top level of football for the last decade from our impoverished county rather than whinge about dublin.
Welcome to footballs real world

Should he not be trying to extract less money from people in one of the countries more impoverished counties rather than more? Brand Mayo, sounds like a racket to take yet more from loyal fans. I do agree that Mayo's fundraising from far afield has been phenomenal from a county that wouldn't exactly be known for big businessmen abroad.
Dont worry about us lad, we have plenty of big businessmen at  home and abroad. And by big businessmen I mean big as in the type with money not big as in fat lads who eat burgers. Not sure which you meant.
Another positive is that we werent found with our hands in the till like one of our neighbours!

Not quite sure what the Supermacs dig is about. A family run business that give endless amounts of money to local charities and initiatives.

Mayo have the 4th lowest disposable income per person in Ireland and a similarly low GDP per person. I'm not particularly worried about it but perhaps you should be.

Hard to know where to start with your wayward posts. As one of the lads said you obviously didn’t watch his interview. He doesn’t buy into the quest stuff, never has.
As for Mayo not being known for big business men at home or abroad? Have you ever been to London or New York? Full of wealthy Mayo men. At home, who do you think owns Portwest, Carraig Donn, McHale machinery, CBE, Smyths toys etc, some clever Galway lads?
Finally your understanding of economics is limited. Mayo has two of the wealthiest towns in Connacht. It also has big businesses and big backers throughout  the county. Per head GDP doesn’t come into it when you’re looking for serious backing, we have been blessed with rich and generous people behind the scenes, Howleys and Corcorans don’t exist in every county. Look at the map on the link you sent. We are grouped with Kerry. Ranked low like ourselves but with much wealthier individual towns than most counties, thanks to tourism and a sprinkling of big business.
We’ll be grand, as we always are. We’ll be competitive next year and that’s all of most of us are looking for, i.e. be better than last year and take it from there.

If Mayo is that rich & prosperous & has so many wealthy backers, how come so many Mayo folk (including the players) have to leave it to find work?

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:43:45 PM »
Are they putting any stars on it

Why? How many Heineken Cups have they won?  :P

GAA Discussion / Re: JP McManus - Christmas comes early
« on: September 27, 2018, 06:47:30 PM »
Irish man does good. We'll show him, bring him down a peg or two. Begrudgery alive and well.
It should probably be looked at as a Swiss man with Limerick roots who's been giving generously to Limerick/Munster sports and has now decided to give €3.2m to the GAA as a whole.

We could go down a route (I think the US has something like this), where if an Irish resident wishes to move tax residence elsewhere, part of the process is that he hands in his Irish passport.

And then if you wish to come back to Ireland as a resident in the future, you need to file tax returns for all the periods you were resident outside Ireland (again, I've heard that the US has such a rule for US residents who go away and come back - hence when they do emigrate, they continue to file US tax returns so as not to fall into this scenario).

However, the above would obviously have bad consequences for all the Irish who move abroad because the have to for jobs, etc. and forcing them to give up Irish passports, just so we can get at the McManuses and Denis O'Briens, etc, would hardly be fair.

A Swiss man with Limerick roots my hole !  ;D  ;D  ;D

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage interviews Sean Cavanagh
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:28:58 PM »
It's a Kerryism.

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage interviews Sean Cavanagh
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:34:32 PM »
Sportsperson writes book. Sportsperson promotes book. Jesus you lot didn't take into Kieran Donaghy or The Gooch when they were doing the same, but yerra it's Kerry and aren't they lovable cute hoors, yerra.

Nail meet head.

The PL interview was excellent. But calling him the most influential voice in GAA  is ridiculously over the top hyberbole. No single journalist can claim that title. Even if they could, it would be someone from RTE, or one of the other mainstream media outlets & not the mere host of a podcast.

GAA Discussion / Re: Row in Mayo LGFA
« on: September 06, 2018, 06:42:34 PM »
Not if you're a journalist, it isn't. Especially one who does radio shows and podcasts. Who are you going to interview if players are giving you a wide berth?

GAA Discussion / Re: Row in Mayo LGFA
« on: September 06, 2018, 06:25:03 PM »
Why are the media so happy just to take her word for it all.

As Wooly was just saying on GAA Hour some of the language used implies something v dodgy and if not true is borderline defamation.
This craic of not saying wtf is going on and claiming that they don't want it in the media when Cora is on OTB, Sinead Kissane wrote a big thing about plkayer welfare issue being lost in all of this - without the fuckin issue being explained.

The media are always going to side with players in cases like this. They are the life blood of podcasts like Woolys, Off The Ball etc etc. They are who the media turn to to fill all the dead air on their programs, not the faceless county board officials.

The meeja will always give the players an easy ride. If Wooly - or anyone else - asks hard hitting questions such as "So Cora, is the welfare of your own ego the only thing under threat here?" they'll soon find fewer & fewer players wanting to give them the time of day.

Expecting the journos to ask Cora the questions that everyone listening at home wants him to ask, is like expecting turkeys to vote for Christmas. It just ain't gonna happen.

GAA Discussion / Re: Up for the match
« on: August 19, 2018, 01:08:44 PM »
Grainne's near constant laughing was very annoying.

It's as if she laughs every time someone says something, to cover up the fact she doesn't have a clue what they are on about & the girlish giggle is a good substitute for an intelligent comment.

« on: August 12, 2018, 11:45:36 PM »
You could certainly come up with a team, on paper anyway, where every player would be in the view of the majority better or at least as good as his Dublin counterpart.
The odds would still be on the Dubs to win and win well because of their greater teamwork and their unrivalled preparation, physical and psychological, over any knocked together side you’d care to mention.
I mean Michael Murphy and Paul Geaney would make any team in the land but getting them, Ciaran McManus, Lee Keegan and everyone you’d probably consider together for training sessions would be a logistical nightmare.
Y’see, to properly appreciate the effect the present Dublin team has on the GAA as a whole, you’d need to consider what it would take to build another county side that would equal or at least approximate the Dubs in every facet of the game – clone of Dublin.
You would need to begin by merging some counties for starters.
If you started with the least heavily populated Leitrim (31,972 ) and worked your way up to Wicklow, (142,425) merging the populations as you go, you’d get a total almost identical to that of County Dublin. (All courtesy of CSO, 2016 via Wikipedia.)
That’s a total of 16 present counties, all rolled into one!
So the equivalent of 15 county boards and 15 senior intercounty panels go by the board, to begin with.
How many players get to play for their counties at senior level in the course of a year? If all types of games are included, I’d say a (very) conservative estimate would be 40 per county.
So if all 16 merged, 40x15 or 600 players would be denied the chance to play intercounty football every year. That would only be the beginning. Where you now have 16 senior clubs championships, you’d only have one. Assloads of senior clubs would have to amalgamate, go out of existence or downgrade.
Imagine the domino effect on clubs of lesser status!
You’d have far bigger, richer and better organised clubs but only a fraction of the number we have at present and given that they’d have to draw their memberships from a wide area so intimate contact with small local communities would be severed.
If if you somehow managed to effect this super merger and all the consequent changes, you’d still face one huge disadvantage- those counties are spread throughout the country while all of Dublin’s population and resources, (40% of the republic’s total according to Simon Coveney earlier this year) are concentrated in the third smallest county in the country.
So, all in all, any side capable of going toe to toe with Dublin doesn’t exist right now

So how come Dublin only won 1 All Ireland in the nearly 30 years between the last one of the Heffo era in '83 & Gilroys in 2011? That is 1 paltry All Ireland in nearly three decades. All your CSO stats about population were as true then, as they are now. Explain that one then..

GAA Discussion / Re: David Clifford to surpass the Gooch?
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:56:32 PM »
Yes and no. A few of the former Ulster Bank employees who took a redundancy offer, got a daycint lump sum payment. They lived off that during their year(s) off focusing on their GAA "career". Darren O'Sullivan & Karl Lacey did similar. Am going purely on interviews the players themselves gave & not any insider knowledge.

GAA Discussion / Re: David Clifford to surpass the Gooch?
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:39:19 PM »
I mean I don’t think he will end up working for the Bank or doing a 9-5 job. He will effectively be a full time Gaelic footballer. I think Jason Sherlock was the closest I can remember to being a GAA star in Ireland. There have been others who have taken the odd year out to concentrate on GAA but I think Clifford could end up being the first proper GAA star in Ireland.

The first proper GAA star?

What about Joe Canning, Bernard Brogan, Aidan O'Shea etc etc.

What are they, milkmen?  ???

GAA Discussion / Re: DICK v WOOLY
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:16:19 PM »

While you may have that opinion of Conan i don't agree that pundits should just be ex players or managers, some of the best soccer podcasts regularly get journalists in as they have more to say and say it better than ex players. Eg Dan McDonnell and Tim Vickery on Off the Ball.

There is a Mayo lad on the GAA hour regularly, can't remember his name. Agree they could probably get a Munster representative on.

I didn't say the pundits should only be former players. (Although I can see why that might have been inferred from my post.) I said his analysis wasn't good enough to make up for the fact that he himself isn't a former intercounty player and, the others all are. Malachy Clerkin and Vincent Hogan are not intercounty players either, but they are well able to provide excellent analysis and, participate very well in podcasts in ways that Conan doesn't. He just seems out of his depth imo.

Yes, I have heard the Mayo chap a couple of times too. Unfortunately, he is on so rarely, neither one of us can remember his name.

GAA Discussion / Re: DICK v WOOLY
« on: July 26, 2018, 03:11:12 PM »
The Gaa hour is the best podcast in my opinion, Ward is the best and makes some great points which I wouldn't think of. Conan can also make some good points but he's not essential to the podcast, i'm probably biased on him though as he is from Derry so I can relate to his stories more. Wooly is entertaining but I don't take him very seriously, sometimes i think he sees things the way he wants too, for example will never once criticises how Dublin play and always blames the other team for setting up a certain way but if it was another team he'd be all over them. Stevie is ok, he's not the most articulate for radio but still likeable and it's good to have a top player on there.

Conan just doesn't fit in. All of the pundits are former players or managers and they all have a unique perspective that only intercounty players will have. He's just some random lad from the Sports Joe office who sits in on the podcast, for no apparent reason that I can tell. His insight isn't exactly so brilliant that he merits inclusion, purely because he is such a good talker. I'd dump him and get someone else in from a Munster or Connaught county. When the podcast is Wooly and Cian Ward, or Wooly with Conan and Stevie, there is too much of a weighting towards Ulster and Leinster football and, not enough from the other 2 provinces.

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