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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: January 13, 2020, 08:43:20 AM »
Derek McGrath coaching Faythe Harriers

You’d wonder how he’s going to coach our minors with a Wexford senior team

According to some on here, Derek McGrath must he finishing up shortly as he is only involved on a limited basis..........


Faythe Harriers posted the following on their Facebook page:

The Club is delighted to announce that Tony ‘Sack’ Walsh will manage our senior hurling team for the coming year 2020. We want to wish Tony and his management team the very best of luck for the year ahead. They will be supported by Derek McGrath who will be providing back up support and advice on certain occasions throughout the year. Derek’s involvement is limited throughout the year as we understand his full commitment lies with the Laois minors. In saying that we are excited to have someone of Derek’s calibre involved. Safe to say we are in steady hands and look forward to the year ahead.

He’s getting close to a 5 figure tax free sum for his back up support and advice with them

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: January 12, 2020, 08:25:17 PM »
Derek McGrath coaching Faythe Harriers

You’d wonder how he’s going to coach our minors with a Wexford senior team

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Laois / Re: Walsh Cup 2020
« on: January 09, 2020, 06:21:11 PM »
It is a bit like groundhog day but im sorry im going to have a whinge. After the unbelievably heart throbbing and unexpectedly exciting 2019, I cant help but feel extremely disappointed with the unavailability of so many players. I was sure all last years panel would be back with the addition of maybe 10 lads that also should have been there.
2019 was massive for Laois hurling, I never though I would witness such a day as we had against Dublin in the town. If you told me this time last year that we would be taking on Tipp in an all Ireland quarter final in Croke park, I would have said your off your rocker. If you told me that we would give them a serious rattle too with 14 men for half the game I would be sending you to a psychologist too. I was never as proud as I was for those three weeks. People in South Laois had a real spring in their step, a smile on their face and hope in their hearts.
You ask me why im so downbeat now? Well here it is
Cha Dwyer
Joe Campion
Picky Maher
Ciaran Collier
Leigh Bergin
Cahir Healy
Gearoid Burke
Ben Conroy
Dwayne Palmer
PJ Scully
Sean Downey
Cian Taylor
Eoin Fleming
Mark Dowling
Tricky Joe
Robbie Phelan
Stephen Phelan
There are injuries too but they can be excused. For the rest I guess its a life choice but I believe its one these lads will regret in time.
I believe 5 from the above list would start in the championship and at least 5 more would play a part. I dont want to be too critical but I was at the game in Borris last Sunday, i would say three or four of our starting team did not feel the weight of the ball once in the game, these lads are young and will improve but I would be fearful going into such a hard hitting Leinster championship. We have other lads to come in and we wont be too bad but with the list above available I think we would really take a bit of beating. Pity

In previous years,you’d be hearing

No point in committing

The Set up is shite

The management is shite

We are going nowhere,not worth my time

Etc

Etc

Etc

We were a top 6 team in 2019

We gave Tipp more of a rattle with 14 men than what Kilkenny did

And yet the above named crew won’t commit,everything is in place to build on last year but it won’t happen.

We are facing the mother and father of all battles this year even to stay competitive with everyone on board and lads have turned their backs on the county.

There’s no other Liam McCarthy county where you’d have lads refusing to play.

At least next year with Brennan gone and we gone back to disarray and momentum lost,ye can get back to moaning and bitching again

We had our chance,we blew it

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Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: January 02, 2020, 03:14:50 PM »
You’d think after the year we had in 2019,lads would be begging Brenman to get on the panel and drive the thing on,

It seems the same level of apathy and indifference is prevalent amongst many when the opposite should be the case.

We needed everyone on board this year to be competitive,no wonder Brennan is frustrated

It wouldn’t go on in any other Liam McCarthy county.

Cue the excuses


https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/it-is-disappointing-to-the-point-of-frustration-eddie-brennan-on-stay-away-laois-hurlers-38823864.html
couldn't agree more, and this is the reason why Laois will never compete at a consistent  level at the top table.

I'd imagine Eddie wont stick another year of this. I feel for the lads still involved but the mentality in this county will never change.


If Lads won’t commit and we a top 6 Hurling team in 2019,

it kinda says it all about us

It wouldn’t go on in any other county

I can see Brennan finishing with us this year,no doubt he is flabbergasted at the attitude

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Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: January 01, 2020, 01:31:52 AM »
You’d think after the year we had in 2019,lads would be begging Brenman to get on the panel and drive the thing on,

It seems the same level of apathy and indifference is prevalent amongst many when the opposite should be the case.

We needed everyone on board this year to be competitive,no wonder Brennan is frustrated

It wouldn’t go on in any other Liam McCarthy county.

Cue the excuses


https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/it-is-disappointing-to-the-point-of-frustration-eddie-brennan-on-stay-away-laois-hurlers-38823864.html

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Laois / Re: Laois Hurling Team 00-20
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:34:12 PM »
That Laois team in its prime wouldn’t have a chance against either Kk or Tipp,they wouldn’t get a puck of it off the Kk backs if they faced them and the Tipp forwards would run some total up against them as well,in a game.

They would struggle physically against Limerick 18 and Galway 17 as well

The only one in the last 15 odd years,I could see them giving a game to would be Clare 13 but even then it could get ugly.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 16, 2019, 04:48:52 PM »
ClonadMad its something the GDA seem to be eager to tackle. Clubs should take advice from these people as they are objective and have no vested interests in the clubs they are dealing with.

The power resides with the Coiste na Nog committee on the county board,the GDA’s and clubs can suggest all they want,the decision resides with them and one man in particular.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 16, 2019, 03:22:20 PM »
My source tells me only for Derek McGrath it would be a shambles

This would be surprising. I have been very impressed with the Laois minor set up for quite a number of years. They have the same training facilities as a senior set up with all the supports you would expect from a nutrition, physio, transport and physical conditioning perspective. Last years setup under Enda Lyons for example was very impressive. Even when we had teams that not much was expected the setup was of a high standard. Derek McGrath might be bringing freshness to the hurling itself but to paint a picture that the approach would have been a disaster without him is unfair. 

Hopefully they give a good account of themselves. Hopefully Derek McGrath’s brains can be picked to help in any shape or form for player’s development across the ages.

I see potentially Ballypickas look to be pulling away from Raheen Parish Gaels at juvenile level and joining with Ballinakill underage. Leaves 1-2 teams short in numbers however but logistical point of view would make sense.

It’s that time of year when the bed hopping starts

In the last 2 years

Ballinakill have been in with Ratheniska and Abbeyleix at Juvenile level.

Each a short term marriage of convenience which doesn’t do anyone any favors

If the juvenile board were any use,only amalgamations with a minimum 3/5  year term should be allowed 

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 14, 2019, 09:17:17 PM »
Great to see laois underage hurling panelists coming from traditional football strongholds. HOPEFULLY this can promote the game further into these areas.
On a side note has anyone heard about the minor setup these year. Has Derek McGrath been able to put his stamp on the panel or is his role simply advisory.
There is a great buzz in the minor panel and Derek McGrath is very involved. Has been at almost every training session (two to three a week ) and runs the entire session. The lads love him and he has really inspired them. There is huge potential in this panel and competition is very strong. Some of the in house training matches have been at championship pace despite the conditions and weather this time of year. There are some challenge matches coming up in the next few weeks against other county teams that will be interesting. There has been great attendance from the full panel (about forty I think).

I hope all that you say it’s true,I really do

I hope to be looking back at your post in early July when we are in a Leinster final

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 12, 2019, 11:25:07 PM »
I did a quick tally of the players and their clubs across the 3 squads...
Jayz. Lots of Harps! That's great!

I think while it’s laudable to congratulate the Harps,by even this rough metric,it proves yet again the sterling work they are doing at juvenile.

But from my perspective,it’s good to see the club base being broadened,the likes of Port contributing hurlers now and the concern in relation to Mountmellick.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 12, 2019, 07:51:34 PM »
I did a quick tally of the players and their clubs across the 3 squads

The Harps have 17
Camross 11
Abbeyleix 10
Portlaoise 9

Clough Ballacolla 8
Rathdowney Errill 8
Castletown 8

Borris Kilcotton 7
Park Ratheniska Timahoe 6
Mountrath 5

Rosenallis 5
Emo 4
Portarlington 4

Ballyfin 3
Clonad 3
Clonaslee 3

Ballinakill 2
Shanahoe 1
Mountmellick 1
Kilcavan 1

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 12, 2019, 07:34:14 PM »
Players from 14 clubs announced on the Laois u15 and u16 squads today

Players from 16 clubs on the u14 panel,well done to Portarlington with 4 lads on it

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 12, 2019, 08:34:25 AM »
There are very few southerners looking to take on the north on this board, not surprising though.

No more than yourself,ably representing the castle catholic demographic

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:22:26 PM »
Some double standards by the superior Irish posters, when they get a bitta stick back you’re a partitionist!

Given a chance I’d say the south would vote against an UI

Oh I thought you were Irish also

Make yer up mind son

As you for presuming to know how “the south”  would vote,

wouldn’t it be your wet dream if we did vote against a UI,

you could then claim it was us who wrecked any chance of a UI while at the same time delighted that you can remain a British  subject.



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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 11, 2019, 06:12:34 PM »
Get a proper job!

Very well paid job, thanks very much, there was a report out recently saying Dublin is more expensive that London! good luck
Tut!

Have you not heard that the UN has just come out and said Ireland is the third best place in the world to live?
 
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Ireland has the third highest quality of life in the world, according to a new study by the United Nations.

The annual Human Development Index rankings are calculated using three categories: health, education and income.

Norway topped the list, followed by Switzerland, with UK and US taking 15th and 16th places.

Ireland has a life expectancy of 82 years, 16th of 189 countries, with the highest life expectancy coming from Hong Kong at almost 85 years old.

In terms of expected years of schooling, Ireland is ranked seventh behind Australia.

Leading the wealth category is Qatar, with a gross national income of €98,630, as Ireland ranked 12th on the list with a gross national income of €55,265. The lowest for national income is Burundi with €596.

Ireland has shown significant growth in the quality of life index, it is up from fourth place last year, while between 2012 and 2017, it jumped 13 places.

The lowest country in the quality-of-life ranking is Niger, with the bottom 10 countries coming from Africa.

Top 10:
1 Norway
2 Switzerland
3 Ireland
4 Germany
5 Hong Kong (study done pre recent events)
6 Australia
7 Iceland
8 Sweden
9 Singapore
10 Netherlands

I live in Ireland
Absolutely

Just not the "Ireland" that was assessed above. Would have been first otherwise  ;D

So is your food different down there? Do you exercise more? As far as I'm concerned I live on the island of Ireland, 40 miles from the border won't have any affect of my quality of life, length of life, or schooling, as in the north, its very good, plus the free health service is hard to beat.

I didn't realise you looked at Irishmen in the north differently, what about ones from Donegal? Can't get more north than that.

I seen all those coats on the Halfpenny bridge in Dublin the other day, what's that all about?


You don’t live in the same jurisdiction as us in the Republic of Ireland,that’s what this is covering.

Nice jibe about the coats though at the end,I guess that’s to be expected from a castle Catholic

Wants to be part of Ireland,insulted when he isn’t and then sticks in a jibe about homelessness to feel that bit  “superior” to the south even though by any metric,NI is a failed state

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