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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 05, 2019, 05:20:05 PM »
Looking back I think Dermot Dougan's display against Galway in the AI semifinal was his best performance ever in a Derry shirt …. but because we got beaten it just wasn't recognised

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:37:54 PM »
The County Convention takes place next Monday night in Owenbeg. 

Can anyone tell me who is currently the County Treasurer ? I know Michael Hasson resigned early in the year for personal reasons. 

Also this is Brian Smiths last year as Chairman so there will be a few changes.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: November 10, 2019, 05:41:15 PM »
Well done indeed   …… some achievement by the Camoges and the Footballers …. its so hard to win a County title and they have (Camogie) are headed for 3 all-Ireland titles is it …. and the Hurlers  tremendous

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: October 20, 2019, 08:04:27 PM »
Not surprised all programmes were gone, not many would have anticipated a crowd of over 9 and half k

That was hard luck on Danny Tallon and Glen if he wasn't aware he had to score !!!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 31, 2019, 07:12:46 PM »
Did any part of the process contravene the GAA guidelines on managerial appointments? If so, pursue it. If not, forget about it.

I would very much doubt if any of the successful counties ( ie generally speaking the current top 8 Football & Hurling Counties) follow GAA guidelines …. they Head Hunt who they want and get their man …. this is 2019 and that's the way it is done provided of course you have sources the finance that is needed for all the costs involved …. Allegedly Donegal are still paying 'off' their costs for "Jimmy, Jimmy winning matches"

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:56:37 AM »
Play all games off as normal with all players. We are hardly a force at County level currently and that not WILL change in the near future.

Correct WW …  time to plan about 'starr' games when we are playing in Div 1 until then Lenny is spot on

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 23, 2019, 11:55:54 PM »
In fairness to Donnelly this is just a speculative story, with no direct quotes or sources. He can't be held responsible for this type of lazy journalism. If you read the article again, it could easily have been written by one man sitting in his kitchen under pressure to come up with something to fill part of the back page. Though Mountain Gael makes an important point - those appointing the next Derry manager need to show some ambition. The County is desperately in need of some inspiration. Unfortunately there is no evidence the current County Board, with all the same faces that have been there for years, are able to convince some of the top managers to takeover at Derry. So, in the end, a mediocre set up gets a mediocre manager.

Unfortunately it is the clubs that vote in these faces.

There are a lot of very good people on the County Board who are giving many voluntary hours and its hardly fair to lambast them like this.  The Clubs are not nominating people because the Clubs don't want  to loose their most dedicated people.... in general all over Ireland there is a shortage of volunteers.  This year has saw a few changes ( people that haven't been there for years at all ……and you have the audacity to write about lazy journalism !!!!! )

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 20, 2019, 02:39:42 PM »
Malachy O'Rourke would not take the Derry job for any money.  Why,  because he had in Monaghan the most committed bunch of players in Ireland who always put the team first … the players and their Co Board also put the County Team first and they had INVESTIC as their sponsor.   Derry couldn't match that. 

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 17, 2019, 05:37:12 PM »
The Bellaghy boys on the U20s have a great word on Donnelly and Collins. They say they are the best they ever played under. Maybe they should get a chance to progress these boys. After all the won Ulster and and got to a second final.

And whatever/whoever caused all those injuries !!!!!!!!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Rossies v Tyrone Hyde Park 13th July 5pm.
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:45:31 AM »
This Tyrone team is not a nasty team …. it will very interesting to see how Roscommon deal with Niall Morgan's variety of kick-outs … at the moment Tyrone are the best in the business in gaining and retaining possession (Dublin aside !!)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry v Mayo - Super 8s Round 1
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:29:02 PM »
O'Mahony seems very testy about any criticism of Kerry.

He threw a little strop after Sean Cavanagh criticised them on The Sunday Game.

Mahoney is a straight talker. Straight to the point
Very good footballer who was also a "cynical" player and always playing on "the edge" .  Did whatever/whoever needed to be done to win the game

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: June 26, 2019, 05:53:59 PM »
Malachy O'Rourke would not take the Derry job (if it was available?) for any money.  Why,  because he had in Monaghan the most committed bunch of players in Ireland who always put the team first … the players and their Co Board also put the County Team first and they had INVESTIC as their sponsor.   Derry couldn't match that. 


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: May 27, 2019, 11:08:22 AM »
There's still a slight majority of remain MP's in  Westminster

How it is all going to pan out is impossible to predict

Best and most capable person in the Con leadership contest is Stewart … probably wont have the support to win it !!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 10, 2019, 01:12:00 PM »
A couple of good games thrown up in the Championship draw last night - Magherafelt and Coleraine being the pick of them for me in Senior Championship and Steelstown and Claudy in the Intermediate Championship. I can't understand why we have such a large gap in games in May/June/July and then start the Championship in September. It is just madness.

That space may be to give the U20's/Minors freedom to play with their County and the Seniors to get a run in the Qualifiers (really !!!)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: May 09, 2019, 11:27:54 AM »
The primary issue in this debate hinges on how to take the inequality in the structure and the overriding power of the Provincial Championships out of the equation.  I don't see how this can be resolved …. its not about a 'further tinkering' of the current system …. its about starting with a 32 county group of teams (forget about London and New York) and planning an exit to the Provincial Series in 2022 … in this scenario currently the Ulster Football Championship and the Munster Hurling Championship are the greatest avenues for financial income to those provinces , so how can that be solved ????

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