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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: July 02, 2020, 10:50:52 AM »
Fair play to him for that, but he also seems to have been a very active driver of the evolution of that “superclub” over the last 10 years.
I keep saying it, but it really isn’t acceptable in my opinion.

Yes there’s seems to be an element of looking after na fianna first and foremost when it comes to things like gradings and bringing in more clubs into that amalgamation

The likes of Ballyfin,Slieve Bloom,Mountmellick and Clonaslee should be able to stand on their own especially at 13 a side u13 even if they all have to go into the B

It’s doing nothing for the development of those 4 clubs having a whole load of lads standing on a sideline

Fair enough if you don’t have the numbers in any given year,then there’s a case to be made 

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:00:24 AM »
Ah ok, I see now that Clonad are going solo at u13 level.
As well as Ballyfin, Mountmellick & Clonaslee, are Na Fianna likely to draw from a collection of other clubs also? The likes of Kilcavan, Emo, even Slieve Bloom?

Overall it’s good to see so many clubs taking the plunge at A level.

Na Fianna are the “designated club” for Slieve Bloom even though a lot of their Juveniles have  transferred to Castletown in the last year.

Emo would be part of St.Pauls and they would be then isolated players from u15 onwards

In fairness to Sean Connolly he has been resisting valiantly the natural inclination of a lot of clubs to automatically head for the B and maybe pick up a handy cup.

If you have the numbers or anything approaching the level required,he will grade you in the A,end of story

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:59:06 PM »
Thanks ClonadMad.

Can you tell us who makes up the following teams;

Raithin Og (U13B)
Na Fianna A&B (U13-U17)

Do Clonaslee, Ballyfin or Mountmellick not have a single juvenile team of their own?


It’s a pity to see that neither of those 3 clubs see fit to enter teams on their own even at B level.

Clonaslee seem to fallen off a cliff in the last few 2/3 years as a juvenile club

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: June 29, 2020, 01:17:57 PM »
Under 17 Hurling

A Championship (10)

Borris-in-Ossory Kilcotton
Camross
Castletown
Clough Ballacolla
Na Fianna A
Portlaoise
Rathdowney Errill
Rosenallis
St. Lazerians Abbeyleix
The Harps




B Championship (5)

Park Ratheniska Timahoe
Ballinakill/Ballypickas
Na Fianna B
Raheen Parish Gaels
St Fintans Mountrath



R1 - Mon 10 Aug
R2 - Mon 17 Aug
R3 - Mon 24 Aug
R4 - Mon 31 Aug
R5 - Fri 11 Sept
R6 - Fri 18 Sept


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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: June 29, 2020, 01:16:46 PM »
Under 15 Hurling

A Championship

Borris-in-Ossory Kilcotton
Camross
Castletown
Clough Ballacolla
Portlaoise
Rathdowney Errill
St. Lazerians Abbeyleix
The Harps






B Championship (7)

Ballinakill/Ballypickas
Na Fianna
Park Ratheniska Timahoe
Portarlington
Raheen Parish Gaels
Rosenallis
St Fintans Mountrath

R1 - Wed 5 Aug
R2 - Wed 19 Aug
R3 - Wed 2 Sept
R4 - Sat 26 Sept
R5 - Sat 10 Oct
R6 - Sat 24 Oct


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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: June 29, 2020, 01:15:30 PM »
Under 13 Hurling

A Championship  (12)

Borris-in-Ossory Kilcotton
Camross
Castletown
Clough Ballacolla
Na Fianna
Park Ratheniska Timahoe
Porlaoise
Rathdowney Errill
Rosenallis
St Fintans Mountrath
St. Lazerians Abbeyleix
The Harps


B Championship (7)

Ballinakill/Ballypickas
Clonad
Na Fianna B
Portarlington
Portlaoise B
Raithin Og
St Pauls

R1 - Fri 7 Aug
R2 - Fri 14 Aug
R3 - Fri 21 Aug
R4 - Fri 28 Aug
R5 - Fri 4 Sept
R6 - Sun 13 Sept
R7 - Sun 4 Oct
R8 - Sun 18 Oct

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GAA Discussion / Re: East Belfast GAA
« on: June 23, 2020, 03:56:19 PM »
As I've said here before all Sports bodies in the North should have a protocol of no National Flags or Anthems .

So you expect the GAA to have separate rules for either side of the border? You expect that an organisation which, according to it's rulebook "has as its basic aim the strengthening of the National Identity in a 32 County Ireland", should ban the Irish national flag and anthem from it's activities in the six counties?

Partitionism is alive and well in Roscommon, I doubt. ::)
An adult debater would have said
" I don't agree. I don't believe the GAA which has a basic aim of....
should have a separate rule for the 6 Cos."
Anyway hope the 6 Cos Executive let sports activities catch up with those of  the 26 fairly soon.

An adult debater would have copped on to the fact that I haven't expressed one single opinion on the issue of flags and anthems beyond arguing that there should not be one rule for the north and another for the south within the GAA on the topic. That has been my sole argument, and for holding that position you have described me as a "narrow minded extremist" with a "no surrender, not an inch" mentality. Is that a mature reaction to someone merely advocating the GAA maintaining it's 32 county organisational structure? Or is it arrogant, condescending, judgemental horses**t?

An adult debater wouldn’t constantly refer to people from the 26 counties as “freestaters” either unless it’s designed deliberately to insult and provoke.

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Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: June 22, 2020, 12:45:10 PM »
Tough crowd to please.

Not too long ago all we had was the Leinster express and the Nationalist, both of which are a far cry behind LaoisToday in terms of local news and especially GAA. They also have a 21st century online presence. I think they are doing a fine job and I don't really see that there is that much bias in terms of one part of the county over the other. They are a young small team and provide plenty of entertainment and enthusiasm.


Aye

Football Today

Even when it’s a hurling story they find a way to shoehorn a mention of football into it

Editors Bias and all that

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: June 11, 2020, 03:46:12 PM »
Laois Minor Hurling Championship to start 10th of August

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GAA Discussion / Re: East Belfast GAA
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:35:39 AM »
If the National Anthem and National Flag and grounds names  that were problematic to Unionists were removed and renamed in the morning.

Would there be a massive upsurge in PUL community involvement in the North

Or

Would it be more a case of we demanded this,we got what we wanted and we ain’t going near ye one way or the other.


Would be an interesting one for some polling company to tease out

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: June 06, 2020, 11:37:40 AM »

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:44:35 PM »
Open letter to Laois CB and HQ from Laois Chairman

https://twitter.com/parkratheniska/status/1268515342055280641?s=21

Attn: Peter and all GAA administrators,

     Peter, we have spoken in past weeks and I expressed my views regarding the reopening of the GAA grounds. Further time has passed whereby I feel the need to write to you and the GAA leadership in general. The GAA 'lock out' has gone on long enough. 

COVID19 has obviously had a huge impact on all our lives and I am very concerned regarding the impact on people in general and in this case GAA people and clubs. As we know the GAA is rooted in communities across Ireland and GAA people have been doing their best to help in any way possible in their local areas. However, regretfully, I feel in other ways, the GAA is not helping enough.

The national GAA 'lock out' closing gates of all GAA clubs across the country is too draconian in my view and fails the people that we pride ourselves in caring for. It fails in a number of ways:

1.   The GAA is currently not functioning as a result. Interaction, young and old, interest in our sport is paused and connection with the community waning.

2.   Physical Wellbeing: GAA and sport is about exercising, testing yourself and staying physically fit. The closing of clubs sends out the message this isn't important currently.

3.   Mental wellbeing: It’s obvious the national COVID19 lockdown is having a huge impact on mental health. For the vulnerable, mentally fragile at this time, locking the gates fails these members. I think of the quiet fella that just loves to smack the Sliotar off the hurling wall on his own and let it all out. Or the father that can only get some life from his son/daughter by going to the pitch to kick a few balls. I could go on and on.

4.   Safety: Referring back to point two, physical exercise. The 'lock out' has resulted in new road exercise. In my case, I have 3 kids and to get them to do any exercise we take to the local roads on the bikes. Trying to keep this fresh within 5km, using different routes if possible is tricky. I see many, many other locals doing similar things. While this is good, it’s now silage season and the roads can be dangerous places. Ending the 'lock out' will allow families to return to off road activity and reduce the road safety issues.

5.   The elderly. I can’t imagine the isolation of not meeting anyone for a full day or a number of days. Here I think of the local bachelor/widower that loves to drive into the club, park on the grass bank and watch any game that's on or training session. He might make it as far as lying against the pitch side fence. I noticed two such elderly local members 'hanging' in their cars at the statue of Mary in the village. We need to support these people better.

6.   Participation: I would have a great fear that kids/adult players who are lukewarm about sport or parents who are lukewarm about driving their kids everywhere will get out of the habit of the GAA and sport in general. The loss to the Association may only felt in the coming years, not just 2020. The loss to the individuals and society might be much greater in terms of a lack of sport in people's lives. I won’t even get into girls participation in sport. I have two girls and I would worry about their interest level to return to GAA. The GAA has approx. 2,200 clubs in Ireland. If each club averages 8 teams across all ages. If each team in every club was to lose 3 players in 2020. That's over 50,000 players lost! If like in many clubs those 3 players make numbers at for example U15 too tight to make a minor team next year, the club may lose a team. You get my point, which I don't believe is too far fetched

7.   Financial: Not the main concern of my letter but a huge area also.     

I could go on. I see golf clubs now reopened and that is good. However, I can see the odd occasion on every round where players are rooting in the trees for a ball and social distancing is compromised, or on the green by the flag. None of this will be perfect, and the GAA should not expect to be either.

People are showing compliance out on the public road outside the grounds, I have no reason to doubt it won’t be the same inside. There will be some exceptions, some urban clubs will open slower/differently, some members in every club will stay away for a bit longer due to personal/family health situations. But let these be understood exceptions. 

I am not calling for matches to return at this time, not full time training, just to open again to our members and community. Let the walkers return, let the Kelly's puck around in one goal, the Baileys kick around at the other goals. Let the local bachelor sit on the grass bank and look at what's going on, even if that is very little. The GAA need to step up now, end the 'lock out' and open our arms once again to our communities.

Le mise,

John Kelly

Chairman Park Ratheniska GAA

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Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:43:15 PM »
Open letter from Park Chairman to Laois CB and Croke Park

https://twitter.com/parkratheniska/status/1268515342055280641?s=21

Fair fucks to him for using his office to say what we are all thinking

Attn: Peter and all GAA administrators,

     Peter, we have spoken in past weeks and I expressed my views regarding the reopening of the GAA grounds. Further time has passed whereby I feel the need to write to you and the GAA leadership in general. The GAA 'lock out' has gone on long enough. 

COVID19 has obviously had a huge impact on all our lives and I am very concerned regarding the impact on people in general and in this case GAA people and clubs. As we know the GAA is rooted in communities across Ireland and GAA people have been doing their best to help in any way possible in their local areas. However, regretfully, I feel in other ways, the GAA is not helping enough.

The national GAA 'lock out' closing gates of all GAA clubs across the country is too draconian in my view and fails the people that we pride ourselves in caring for. It fails in a number of ways:

1.   The GAA is currently not functioning as a result. Interaction, young and old, interest in our sport is paused and connection with the community waning.

2.   Physical Wellbeing: GAA and sport is about exercising, testing yourself and staying physically fit. The closing of clubs sends out the message this isn't important currently.

3.   Mental wellbeing: It’s obvious the national COVID19 lockdown is having a huge impact on mental health. For the vulnerable, mentally fragile at this time, locking the gates fails these members. I think of the quiet fella that just loves to smack the Sliotar off the hurling wall on his own and let it all out. Or the father that can only get some life from his son/daughter by going to the pitch to kick a few balls. I could go on and on.

4.   Safety: Referring back to point two, physical exercise. The 'lock out' has resulted in new road exercise. In my case, I have 3 kids and to get them to do any exercise we take to the local roads on the bikes. Trying to keep this fresh within 5km, using different routes if possible is tricky. I see many, many other locals doing similar things. While this is good, it’s now silage season and the roads can be dangerous places. Ending the 'lock out' will allow families to return to off road activity and reduce the road safety issues.

5.   The elderly. I can’t imagine the isolation of not meeting anyone for a full day or a number of days. Here I think of the local bachelor/widower that loves to drive into the club, park on the grass bank and watch any game that's on or training session. He might make it as far as lying against the pitch side fence. I noticed two such elderly local members 'hanging' in their cars at the statue of Mary in the village. We need to support these people better.

6.   Participation: I would have a great fear that kids/adult players who are lukewarm about sport or parents who are lukewarm about driving their kids everywhere will get out of the habit of the GAA and sport in general. The loss to the Association may only felt in the coming years, not just 2020. The loss to the individuals and society might be much greater in terms of a lack of sport in people's lives. I won’t even get into girls participation in sport. I have two girls and I would worry about their interest level to return to GAA. The GAA has approx. 2,200 clubs in Ireland. If each club averages 8 teams across all ages. If each team in every club was to lose 3 players in 2020. That's over 50,000 players lost! If like in many clubs those 3 players make numbers at for example U15 too tight to make a minor team next year, the club may lose a team. You get my point, which I don't believe is too far fetched

7.   Financial: Not the main concern of my letter but a huge area also.     

I could go on. I see golf clubs now reopened and that is good. However, I can see the odd occasion on every round where players are rooting in the trees for a ball and social distancing is compromised, or on the green by the flag. None of this will be perfect, and the GAA should not expect to be either.

People are showing compliance out on the public road outside the grounds, I have no reason to doubt it won’t be the same inside. There will be some exceptions, some urban clubs will open slower/differently, some members in every club will stay away for a bit longer due to personal/family health situations. But let these be understood exceptions. 

I am not calling for matches to return at this time, not full time training, just to open again to our members and community. Let the walkers return, let the Kelly's puck around in one goal, the Baileys kick around at the other goals. Let the local bachelor sit on the grass bank and look at what's going on, even if that is very little. The GAA need to step up now, end the 'lock out' and open our arms once again to our communities.

Le mise,

John Kelly

Chairman Park Ratheniska GAA



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General discussion / Re: Website building
« on: April 15, 2020, 03:45:46 PM »
Wordpress is probably the best option for an off the shelf solution

Building it is one thing but being able to maintain (SEO) and add to it going forward off your own bat is also key unless you have a budget to hire in the “experts”

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: March 22, 2020, 07:38:49 PM »
How many GAA grounds are being used as testing centres? I see Páirc Uí Caoimh has joined the effort.
None in the 6 counties, of course.
Croker, De Páirc,  Páirc na nGael and Nowlan Park that I've seen mentioned.

Thurles and O’Moore Park on standby if needed

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