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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 01, 2019, 09:11:26 PM »
Congratulations to Kilcoo on a great win - Good luck in the semi final

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: November 29, 2019, 08:44:30 PM »
Good luck to Kilcoo

Yes I did

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:52:43 PM »
What happened next was all the stars in the heavens looked at each other and asked " Lets all line up perfectly and just see how far  we can run with this" and it was a most enjoyable run until McComisky was substituted

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 20, 2016, 01:41:18 PM »
The last time we played Longford was in the 2010 championship in Newry and we won thanks to a jammy penalty

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: May 21, 2016, 02:18:42 PM »
You are correct, it was no big deal -I guess I had not written my reply in such a way to reflect that - As a side note, we later tried to sister Burlington with Newry, but I'd didn't work out6

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: May 21, 2016, 12:58:07 PM »
He was mayor of Burlington at the time and went to a sister city  there as part of a 10 person delegation and made it his "honeymoon"

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 26, 2016, 04:21:48 PM »
Because I will be 3000 miles from Newry on Sunday

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:57:14 PM »
Oops! I now see it's on GAAGO

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:54:32 PM »
Is the match being broadcast on radio?

General discussion / Re: My Way Access
« on: January 14, 2016, 06:50:53 PM »
Ziggy  - That was awesome

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:42:54 PM »
Local media are reporting that the Trump campaign have issued 20,000 free tickets for a talk he is to give tonight in a theater up here in Burlington Vermont  with a seating capacity of only  a couple of thousand - Needless to say the local police are apes*it about it in regards to crowd control for those who cannot get in - It's a first come first in admission system

General discussion / Re: The run up to conflict in Northern Ireland-
« on: December 24, 2015, 05:49:58 AM »
The State of Northern Ireland was set up as a result of the Unionists fear of Rome influence in the South, and hence any form of Home Rule or independence was seen as Rome- Rule - (Regrettably the Unionists were right about that; the British were kicked out down south and the Catholic Church took over for eighty years - Thankfully their influence on Irish society both South and North has considerably waned in the last decade or so, mostly through the rampant pedophilia activity of many of their clergy - Regrettably many innocent people had to suffer along the way)

Having established the State, the Unionists copper-fastened their hold on Protestant domination and Catholic subservience by legislation such as the Special Powers Act, intimidation by the B-Specials, whose members were allowed to keep their guns at home and the membership of which was 100% Protestant (while the unarmed at the time, R.U.C. were 90% plus Protestant, and less than 10% Catholic)

In addition to the intimidation from the Special Powers Act and the B Specials, which was intended to constantly let the Catholics know that they were second class citizens,political power was maintained by gerrymandering voting districts, by permitting only those who paid rent to vote (so only the household heads of large Catholic families could vote and the many children were disenfranchised), plus property owners and business owners had multiple votes.

And to round-off all the above were the annual Orange-men's, Black-men's and Apprentice Boy's triumphalist parades - All for the purposes of physiologically keeping the Catholics second class and reminding the brethren that the root of it all was the threat from Rome

The Education Act that was passed in Britain after WW II was adopted in the North, and as a result the number of educated Catholics grew significantly through the 50's and 60's - These educated Catholics said enough is enough, started the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) and pulled the veil away from the Unionist regime and let the British public and the world at large look in

The Unionists immediately reacted against the use of their marching highways being used by NICRA and believed the civil rights movement was an IRA cover (the IRA being their bogyman since the twenties) and went so far as to blown up some utility services in the 60's and blamed it on the IRA to make their case

NICRA was a completely non violent political movement, until the civil rights march in Newry where violence was first used. Many in NICRA formed or joined the SDLP and started the process of equality for all through political means. Unionism saw both NICRA and the SDLP as a threat to the State

There was no effective IRA until the Protestants attached the Ardoyne area and that was only in the role of protectors of the catholic neighborhood. It was subsequent to that and the arrival of the British army to keep the two communities apart that the Provisional IRA was formed to counter the bollix of a job the British Army did in treating the Catholic community, and with the birth of the Provisional IRA came the call for a united Ireland which was never a part of NICRA or the civil rights movement

General discussion / Re: The Official 2016 US Presidential election thread
« on: December 20, 2015, 01:48:33 AM »
Question to Foxcommander, Whitey and Stew - Which of you have a vote in the upcoming presidential election?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:10:20 AM »
I was at both semi-finals and the minor final and Division 2 final over the last 2 weeks and barely noticed any of the incidents reported as serious, except for the one flair up - Sorry to hear it bothered some kids - I didn't see much wrong with any of the on field tackling and physicality - Barney was still with Jordanstown when I sat beside him at Sunday's games

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