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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: Today at 11:27:10 AM »
A man that got beat by 13 points in his most recent championshp encounter is the front runner for the Sejnior job, you just could not make this shit up. 

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General discussion / Re: It Must be Marching Season
« on: July 09, 2019, 03:06:14 PM »
Tbh I would think that anyone getting held up by a parade along a main road in a car or bus is likely to spout something similar. I'm sure i have said worse about cyclists. And even cows. 

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: July 08, 2019, 12:39:19 PM »
Do I need to get a physical card or does it work through the phone app?

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:02:58 AM »
Anyone know of any reliable sites to order currency online?

Get yourself a revolut card - top it up with your home currency and use in the required country via tap or chip and pin. you will receive a favorable rate. Used it in prague recently for a stag doo. small charge for cash withdrawals

Cheers Gen, that sounds like the ticket.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:58:32 AM »
Anyone know of any reliable sites to order currency online?

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John Horan is full of shit. And appears to be a really arrogant man as well.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 09:55:41 AM »
I donít watch much tennis but have been watching Wimbledon for a change. Gees this kyrgios guy is a knob. Never seen as bad in tennis. Those underhand serves.

Bloody brilliant IMO.

Kyrgios is just one of those lads, bundles of talent but a bit wild.

Takes all sorts as too many Henmans and Federers would bore the pish out of you.

Henman and Federer in the same sentence  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: July 05, 2019, 09:27:05 AM »
It's raining soup and Jeremy Corbyn is out on the street with a fork

He's entirely wrong on Brexit IMO, but he's not far off the mark on everything else.

I used to think that too, but tbh his complete lack of leadership over the past 3 years has made me change my mind on him, there a clear track record of what he voted against but he appears unable to formulate or articulate positive policies or a coherent strategy. A protest voter only.

Having said that I still believe he has more integrity in his wee finger than all the Tory leadership candidates put together. The constant attacks on his character are a fair reflection of the political stance of the vast majority of media outlets in England.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: July 04, 2019, 12:38:00 PM »
It shouldn't be easier for one county to reach the super 8s than another just because of what part of the country you are in.


It will always be easier for some on the basis that they are bigger and more populous than other counties.
Thats a completely different thing though.
What i mean is, how easy the route is for cork/kerry to reach the super 8s as opposed to say an ulster county.

The same as for Waterford Clare or Tipp I would say.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:55:59 AM »
Why would anyone attend a sport that all its commentators on TV, print and SM roundly condemn as a crap 'product'. Maybe a more positive vibe from the sidelines might do more to promote the game in a positive light and help attendances. 

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: June 28, 2019, 02:18:15 PM »
I'm with Keyser on this one, brilliant to have a modern training facility in Owenbeg and it was needed, but the stand and spectator facility at the level it is was not. We have Celtic Park and in a county of our size it more than met our needs as a county ground, infact its a super venue. We now have two county standard venues. Owenbeg was not needed as a county ground. Club pitches more than able to meet club championship crowds until semi-final or final stage where Celtic Park was then the venue

I can only speak for myself but I would have no problem with travelling to owenbeg for a game but would more than likely not go to celtic park. That's both for club matches and county. Owenbeg is a great ground for watching games and is handy to get to. I'm obviously not a die hard fan but I like to go to as many games as possible. I'd say crowds are much bigger in general when games are in owenbeg compared to celtic park because of its convenience.


The teams we play must feel the same way. The Leinster lads and anyone who has a recent run out at Croke pk must think it's great playing on a pitch the same size. Anyone playing at a higher level will have the fitness to take advantage of all that space. Owenbeg has the feel and look of a training pitch and not even one with a good surface. The opposition must love coming there as it has no atmosphere, wouldn't in any way feel intimidating and has great facilities for them. We used to have a great record at Celtic pk. Travelling further to a tight pitch in the middle of Derry probably wasn't something teams looked forward to. By the sounds of it a bit like a lot of the Derry support in recent times. But sure look at, what odds about results or what is best to win a game as long as people don't have to travel an extra few miles. What we should be doing is having a designated county ground every few miles, on the right side of the Glenshane of course and rotate it based on some type of lottery draw and that will keep a few people happy.

Incomparably inferior to the Celtic park surface and indeed a good many club pitches in the county. 

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: June 28, 2019, 12:15:15 PM »
Sinn Fein registered 20 foreign trips after a Westminster watchdog began investigating visits to Venezuela by two of its MPs.

Some of the trips dated back to 2016, and included destinations such as China, Colombia and the United States.

All were registered on or after May 9 this year - in some cases more than three years after they took place. The details emerge in the latest Register of Members' Financial Interests published by Parliament.

Earlier this year Sinn Fein was criticised after it emerged that trips to Venezuela by Chris Hazzard and Mickey Brady, in 2018 and 2017 respectively, had not been registered. The MPs acted as international observers in elections which were marred by claims of vote-rigging.

Although their journeys were paid for at least in part with Venezuelan money, they were not logged with Westminster.

It led to DUP MP Gregory Campbell calling on the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to investigate. Since then, a total of 20 trips by current Sinn Fein MPs have been registered. They include:

A visit to New York and New Bedford, Massachusetts, by Mr Brady, the Newry and Armagh MP. The visit, between March 10 and 18, 2016, was registered on May 9 this year.
A visit by Paul Maskey, the West Belfast MP, to Washington and New York from May 31 to June 4, 2016, also registered on May 9.
The visit to Venezuela, also by Mr Brady, between July 27 and 31, 2017, also registered on May 9.
A visit to New York by Elisha McCallion, the Foyle MP, between May 7 and 10, 2018, also registered on May 9.
A visit to Philadelphia by Orfhlaith Begley, the West Tyrone MP, between October 24 and 27, 2018, also registered on May 9.
In total, 17 trips were registered on May 9, and three more on May 22.

Mr Campbell, who is MP for East Londonderry, questioned why Sinn Fein had suddenly registered so many past trips.

He said: "Following the revelations that Mickey Brady and Chris Hazzard had failed to declare their role as observers at the (Venezuelan) elections, I lodged a complaint with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

"The Commissioner responded by confirming that an investigation was under way.

"In light of that investigation it seems that in May, several months after the Commissioner confirmed her investigation, Sinn Fein MPs registered 21 separate trips on the Register of Interests at Westminster, stretching as far back as March 2016, when beforehand there had been very few registrations."

Mr Brady visited Venezuela for a congressional election in July 2017 and Mr Hazzard was there for a presidential election in May 2018. In both elections, there were allegations of vote-rigging.

The MPs travelled as members of delegations of international observers. The cost of their travel was met by CNE, the Venezuelan National Electoral Council, and they did not receive remuneration. It later emerged the trips were not registered with the House of Commons.

Sinn Fein had been heavily critical of DUP MP Ian Paisley's failure to register holidays to Sri Lanka, then lobbying on behalf of its regime.

Mr Campbell raised the Venezuela issue in the House of Commons in February.

At the time Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill told the media "there's no story here" and the Venezuela trip had been "absolutely declared".

A spokesperson for Sinn Fein commented: "Sinn Fein MPs often undertake international visits to promote the Irish peace process and to share the Irish experiences of conflict resolution and peace building.

"This is an important area of political work which, we hope, assists others in finding a negotiated avenue out of conflict.

"These visits are routinely publicised and never involve personal gain or advantage."

The spokesperson added: "We recently consulted with the Westminster Registrar and are happy to register all international travel."

A spokesperson for the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards said they do not comment on register entries by individual MPs.

Belfast Telegraph
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/sinn-fein-suddenly-declares-20-overseas-trips-after-watchdog-probes-mps-visits-to-venezuela-38250111.html

They will be gutted if it leads to a suspension from attending the HoC!

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If he had  soloed [sp] the ball and it skipped away from him and he then flicked it to another player that would not be deemed a foul by most referees as you would see that regularly happening in matches and I cannot recall it ever being penalised, so why should it be any different because he bounced the ball/

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: June 27, 2019, 11:32:38 AM »
Derry put themselves in trouble jazzing up owenbeg with serious money put into it when many of those games could been played at many venues at club level and celtic Park at County. There was no need to double up on pitches.

Doing up owenbeg was one of the best decisions ever taken by the county board. Great venue for most games and very central.

Nonsense, Owenbeg was a vanity project, to build a massive stand and hold games there is a complete white elephant and a waste of money, not mention an ongoing albatross financially. And it is a shit venue for club games.

Derry third in the list of money distributed from CP in last decade and Owenbeg is what we have to show for it. Along with our Div 4 status this year of course.

On the numbers in the backroom team I remember meeting the Derry minor setup in Magherafelt leisure centre a couple of years ago when Maccers was in charge and was astonished at the number of people in the backroom set up, must have been around a dozen. It must be a full time job managing that amount of people let alone managing the team as well.  Massive overkill IMO.
I actually agree with lenny here. I think Owenbeg is a great venue for club and county games. Pretty much every county has a large backroom team these days, you just had to look at Laois there to see they had similar if not more. The problem is balancing this out financially. There will have to be cuts and the change back to knock out club championship has obviously impacted income.

I would say there are professional football clubs working with a lot less numbers in their backroom teams than many a GAA county. Massive overkill IMO. As Toby says a lot of them have never even been involved at club level.

Owen beg as a training and development hub is a great idea, though I think it shoulda been on the other side of the Glenshane. There was absolutely no need whatsoever to build a second county ground or have a stadium there capable of hosting club or county games 18 miles from Celtic Park.We have a small number of clubs and therefore limited financial muscle and we are trying to support the upkeep of 2 county championship standard facilities less than 20 miles apart. Whoever did the sums on this will be proved to be a fool if s/he hasn't already. 

A second county ground should have been developed, IMO Maghera was the ideal location. Club championship should be held around the club grounds.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: June 27, 2019, 09:59:33 AM »
Derry put themselves in trouble jazzing up owenbeg with serious money put into it when many of those games could been played at many venues at club level and celtic Park at County. There was no need to double up on pitches.

Doing up owenbeg was one of the best decisions ever taken by the county board. Great venue for most games and very central.

Nonsense, Owenbeg was a vanity project, to build a massive stand and hold games there is a complete white elephant and a waste of money, not mention an ongoing albatross financially. And it is a shit venue for club games.

Derry third in the list of money distributed from CP in last decade and Owenbeg is what we have to show for it. Along with our Div 4 status this year of course.

On the numbers in the backroom team I remember meeting the Derry minor setup in Magherafelt leisure centre a couple of years ago when Maccers was in charge and was astonished at the number of people in the backroom set up, must have been around a dozen. It must be a full time job managing that amount of people let alone managing the team as well.  Massive overkill IMO.

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