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General discussion / Re: What TV to Buy
« on: December 18, 2018, 04:28:18 PM »
Want to get a tv that will pick up rte etc in the north without using a set top box. Will one with built in freeview be enough to pick this up? Checked models on saorview approved site and the models Iím looking at are coming up as approved - but will this mean I can get them up here in the north ok?

Given the size of the room Iím thinking of a 43Ē Panasonic TXF532B Smart Full HD. Says it has Saorview included. Anyone have one of these or know will it automatically pick up rte tg4 etc?

Havenít a clue here so any help appreciated.

I believe that a "Full HD" TV will pick up rte without a box but "HD Ready" will not.  I'm not 100% on that though unfortunately.

As thewobbler says, needs a Freeview HD tuner and some even mention Saorview in the specification.

A "Full HD" TV should have a Freeview HD tuner but check the fine print just in case.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 18, 2018, 04:01:40 PM »
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the bookies favourite for next manager.

Mike Phelan expected to work as his number 2.

Hardly a combo to get the juices flowing at the theatre of dreams, is it!

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General discussion / Re: No more evictions!
« on: December 18, 2018, 10:38:34 AM »
I have great sympathy for any person who loses their house but I have to say that sometimes you need to sit back and look at things. Maths may not be my greatest thing but the Revenue got an judgement against this man for over Ä400k. Of that Ä177k was under declared VAT,  not undeclared but under declared so he obviously declared a significant amount too. That would suggest to me that over a period of time this man had been turning over a significant amount of Ďfarmingí transactions to accumulate that level of VAT. The reality is if you donít pay your way you have to pay the price. The sickening correlations people are making to the 1880ís is a disgusting red herring in my eyes. If this man hasnít paid his way, which seems to be the case, then he is stealing a euro or more from the pocket of every single person who is paying their taxes and paying their mortgages.

The use of this security firm and their tactics is a totally separate issue in my opinion and there should be stronger licensing requirements for these types of organisations with a strong emphasis on mediation as opposed to strong arm in my humble opinion. The reality is though the farmer here in this case is not the man to be hanging the flag on in terms of garnering sympathy.

Excellent post
Excellent post me hole, it's a crŠp post, brokencrossbar knows fťck all about how this farming couple got into debt (in 2008?) when the economy crashed. But with heaps of speculation  about how the private company business was transacted,  claim knowledge how debts spiraled, got transferred to property  and can come to a firm determination that the couple deserve little or no sympathy.
Sympathy is a subjective emotion, claiming that "I do not feel sympathy for this couple"  is an utterly worthless statement.
 The evidence to the contrary is that there is very strong support from the locality for this family.

That may well be the case, but that doesn't mean what happened wasn't legal.

Granted it looked poor but in Ireland there's almost a respect for a rogue, a shyster who gets away with this sort of thing as its deemed as a victimless crime.

Not paying taxes isn't victimless.

Still, those "British" hoors did need a good rodding to put them back in their box.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 18, 2018, 10:32:39 AM »
Thoroughly odious human being

Who would turn down a threesome with Roof Dudley Edwards and Kate Hoey?

You'd need a brave dose of viagra and some other hallucinogenic substance to stir the loins..............

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:59:32 AM »
Is there anything to be said for Steve Bruce  8)

Yes: I wish he was still at Vile Park.

I just hope they dont come for Dean Smith  ;D :P

Will be interesting to see who Utd get. It has to be a forward linking, modern style coach.

Big Sam it is then.

Would Gareth Southgate leave the Engerland job??

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:41:43 AM »
I'm hearing we're moving to U13/U15/U17 in 2020, anyone else hear that as well?

Would this not have to be a motion for the County Convention?  No mention of it in the motions published

Not sure TBH, was just told that by a lad on the County committee.

There won't be any choice with this most likely. It's going before Congress next year as a motion and will be a done deal. U19 down to U13

Well that would be the right way to do it rather than letting counties decide in isolation.

We've teams in the Antrim leagues who operate different age groups already, so we play for instance Primary 6 in Down and U10 in Antrim, no biggie as it's go games but then we may have an U13 team in Antrim and an U14 team in Down, then you have the complexities of inter county club competitions like Feile and Ulster Minor club hurling championships where one county will be playing out U19 and another U18.

This has been handled very badly by Croke Park from the get go with little thought for exams in the North which happen from 15-16 yrs old for GCSE and the 17-18 for A levels so there's little gain in moving to the odd years due to exams.

Iím not sure Croke Park could have played it much different. Such a change is always going to involve a transition period, and from what I can gather theyíve allowed clubs and county boards across the country a couple of years to let the concept bed in, rather than force a clean break.

Exams are a moot issue imho. Fellas are now sitting GCSEs and A-Levels from 4th year through to upper 6th, so May is always going to pose problems, regardless of football/hurling age grades.


Personally Iím in favour of u17, as it creates a clean break between adult and juvenile sport. I think I mentioned it on here before, but last year Liatroim had a handful of players involved simultaneously in minor and intermediate hurling and football championship semi finals. Trying to implement a ďfairĒ fixture list through September when thatís happening, just isnít possible. Itís the definition of player burnout.

Conversely Iíd be against the u19 grade, as it would only replace the problem that removing u18 is meant to fix, and magnify it somewhat by virtue of most clubs relying on lads travelling back from University in April, May and June to play matches or train.

I entirely agree with you on the U17 grade as I believe there in merit in that as it can run along side adult competitions with no cross over like we see with U18 at the moment. U19 isn't needed unless to replace U21 as a one off round robin competition.

I'm not against these changes, I just think they're a bit piecemeal and with us also playing in Antrim (who may be going odd in 2019) and going to various blitzes in Tyrone, Derry and so forth, you could be going with an U12 team one day and an U11 or U13 the next.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:36:40 AM »
But you knew it was happening the following year for sure, so the plans/preparation you have made for this year will have to be brought forward earlier?

Feile will be either under 13 or 15? New committee in place some changes are expected, in the scale of things itís not a biggy. The under 12 manager becomes under 13 manager and so on?

That's a decision to be made at a National Level and TBH how this is being rolled out by Croke Park is shameful.
This has to be rolled out across all counties at the same time with things like Feile, inter county club championship like the minor one in Ballinascreen all aligned.

Will Go Games be U11 or U13?

Is U13 too young for Feile as you may have 9 year olds on a panel? We're going odd in Down in 2020 and when I asked a county delegate what was happening with Feile he didn't know but felt it may stay U14 and then each county would have to run off just that one competition as U14. Didn't make any sense to me. The Feile in Down is run off on the one day.

Time for Croke Park to be more vocal on this and give direction.




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General discussion / Re: No more evictions!
« on: December 17, 2018, 02:47:33 PM »
These being loyalist security men has really muddied the waters here.

Itís being played out as three elderly people being evicted from their family home, they owed Ä400k to revenue from a settlement in 2009 for under paying VAT, thatís 10 years ago. Itís virtually impossible to evict someone in Ireland, these people have just ignored their responsibilities. Itís ordinary tax payers who end up footing bills like this! The bank had a court order for the repossession, the tenants were aware of this. You owe money, you pay it back or you lose the asset thatís security.

A massive faux pais by KBC though with their choice of security company, although itís probably hard to get people to do this kinda work.
The people who came and did this have achieved nothing, the house remains repossessed and they are wanted for assault etc.
It stinks of SF/IRA scumbags

FG voters done it I was told.


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 17, 2018, 11:28:55 AM »
She's botched everything she's touched during her whole tenure as PM. There was a poll of sorts last week where she came second only to Cameron as worst PM ever. I actually think she's worse; Cameron took a stupid gamble and lost but wasn't all bad. May is just thoroughly and utterly useless.

I think she has been unlucky. Brexit was the worst hospital pass ever.

She knew it, Gove knew it, Boris knew it, Little Lord Fauntleroy knew it too, but she was too power hungry to see it and went for it, career is over now, but her and her Venture Capitalist husband can ride off into the sunset with zero impact of their quality of life.


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GAA Discussion / Re: pairc ui chaoimh
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:35:35 AM »
Was there much incentive for them to keep the cost down if they knew Croke Park would have to step in and bail them out?

Croke Park don't do bail outs, they do refinancing deals.

Cork GAA will pay in the long run.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:33:01 AM »
I'm hearing we're moving to U13/U15/U17 in 2020, anyone else hear that as well?

Would this not have to be a motion for the County Convention?  No mention of it in the motions published

Not sure TBH, was just told that by a lad on the County committee.

There won't be any choice with this most likely. It's going before Congress next year as a motion and will be a done deal. U19 down to U13

Well that would be the right way to do it rather than letting counties decide in isolation.

We've teams in the Antrim leagues who operate different age groups already, so we play for instance Primary 6 in Down and U10 in Antrim, no biggie as it's go games but then we may have an U13 team in Antrim and an U14 team in Down, then you have the complexities of inter county club competitions like Feile and Ulster Minor club hurling championships where one county will be playing out U19 and another U18.

This has been handled very badly by Croke Park from the get go with little thought for exams in the North which happen from 15-16 yrs old for GCSE and the 17-18 for A levels so there's little gain in moving to the odd years due to exams.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:23:43 AM »
Nebulous means nebulous!!
the sun is shouting and roaring about Juncker insulting May . ~It is all a big distraction from the fact that the UK is goosed.

Ah but it's ok for the Sun to cut seven shades of shite out of her, but god forbid if Johnny Foreigner points out what is plainly obvious to everyone that May hasn't got the foggiest what deal she can get through Parliament.

She's fucked this up from day one but not appointing a cross party committee to deliver a Brexit of sorts.

Corbyn is deluded if he thinks that if he gets in he's going to re-open the process.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: December 17, 2018, 09:46:05 AM »
Is there anything you havenít done ffs ::)

I know it is somewhat down to parents / coaches but if you think U10ís arenít competitive in their own right your very mistaken.

Kids are inherently competitive and that's a good thing which can be harnessed in the correct manner.

What MR2 is talking about is something different when coaches and parents think they're shouting at adults in a senior championship game rather than a bunch of 10 or 12 year olds.

It's hard to get through to a coach that winning isn't important as wrongly they think they are judged by results, well by those with a titter of wit.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:32:05 PM »
it was hard to tell there last night if it was the full size. How big is that pitch?

I was at a schools game there last year and IIRC there's one line across the middle of the pitch where 65's were taken from in both directions.
Ormeau Park GAA pitch is the same and the Ballycran Keeper I was talking too thinks its the same up in Cherryvale as he tells me he was hitting the other 21 in a recent game up there with no wind.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:45:14 PM »
I'd warn as well that the Brexit referendum proves that the prospect of a unification referendum in the North is an extremely worrying one.

Such a poll should not be held unless and until opinion polls show a consistent, clear majority in favour of unification. A clear majority means minimum 55-45.

The threat to peace would be too great, and peace is much more important than a united Ireland.

A 51-49 majority in favour of unification would be a nightmarish prospect which would all but condemn the North to another outbreak of bloodshed.

How so?

We've have "democracy" rammed down our throats by Unionists for almost 100 years, are you suggesting that they would change stance on democracy if it didn't work out in their favour?
50% +1 will do me BUT we cannot allow bigotry and sectarianism of any kind to take hold just because the shoe is on the other foot.


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