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GAA Discussion / Re: OíByrne Cup 2019
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:19:33 PM »
Seems not only did The Dubs get a bye to the semi-final at a home venue in Parnell Park, the final is also set for Parnell Park.

So can we all call Liveline to complain (even it Meath do beat the Dubs)

Talk-to-Joe number is 1850 715 815

They're not even pretending anymore.  ::)

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:47:34 AM »
Let's be honest here - they are not playing that well recently, but as you say, neither is anyone else (consistently).  I reckon there are still 10 teams in the promotion race in the division, and there are no easy points.  The main worry for me is that this young squad will run out of energy in the next few months, and they will miss Philips in the middle now with the suspension. 

General discussion / Re: 2019 PDC World Darts Championship
« on: December 20, 2018, 02:49:13 PM »
Go and do a bit of work AZ!

GAA Discussion / Re: Half Parishes
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:36:03 PM »
I think half parishes came about when the (Catholic) church authorities decided to build a second (or third) chapel in a parish.  There could have been several reasons  for this- generally it was because the parish was so large that many parishioners found it very inconvenient to attend the parish church. These chapels of ease, as they were called, were then  used by the GAA in many parts of the country to base clubs new back in its early days when populations were greater and travel more difficult than today.
Dunno what the story was with the half parishes of Gowna and Mullinachta or if there is a church in each half  and I'm sure nobody in either gives a damn right now!

We were originally part of the parish of Columbkille(sic) as Billy can ruefully remind us, but the parish boundaries in north Longford and the adjacent parts of Cavan were redefined in 1839 (Killoe was split in three, and Abbeylara, which previously had had four detached portions, was rationalised and its boundaries with Colmcille and Granard redefined). We, being the part of then-Colmcille on the eastern shore of the lough, were united with Scrabby which had earlier been part of the parish of Killeshandra in the diocese of Kilmore. I suppose we might be thought of as the parish of the offcuts.

Point of order, it wsn't rueful when I used to remind you - it is now.  :-[

the parish of the offcuts.

Is that not Ballymore/Bunlahy? I'll get my coat. 

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:34:17 AM »
Jaysus, this much positivity can only end one way ...  :o

GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster Club SFC 2018
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:02:00 PM »
Missed the game today as I was performing ye Olde Christmas Carols with the choir I'm a member of in Blackrock (or, as Laoislad once described it, signing with me posh mates). I must say this is the greatest day in Longford football since 1968.

Laureleye has been with the Board from the beginning and is a staunch Mullinalaghta man so I am delighted for him - through thin, thinner and even thinner times him and his club have now reached the top in Leinster. Had someone said this to me 5 years ago I would have said they were mad.

I predicted a Mullinalaghta - Croke final ages ago. I knew Mullinalaghta could win it outright. Just didn't want to say it and fcuk up their chances. They have the right mixtures of skill and doggedness to get to the very top. They have shown this in Longford for 3 years now and have beaten good teams like Abbeylara, Killoe and Mostrim(!) consistently.

Here's to them v the Kerry Dr. Crokes in the New Year. Will hurt Longford's 2019 League but what the hell. Pack the team with Dromards and Edgeworthtowns and Abbeylaras. We'll be grand.

Snap, feeling the happiness for Laureleye since yesterday.  Great to see the pictures of the village last night on the telly.  Magic stuff.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:43:03 AM »
Pete Shelley lead singer with The Buzzcocks
They made some 3 minute crackers.

Ah, he was one of the great punk talents.  RIP Orgasm Addict. 

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:41:37 AM »
I'm watching s1 of Babylon Berlin, Berlin in Weimar republic times 1929, based on a series of books by a Volker Kutscher, following a detective recently transferred to Berlin -  sleazy, poverty, left political plots, just anything goes.
The tv drama is epic, episode 2 the nightclub scene was just perfectly choreographed extravagant music theatre.

Loved it.  Books are pretty good too.  The music is amazing ... listened through the closing credits to the end, every week.  Bryan Ferry did all the music, I think. 

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:29:28 AM »
Sure who would voluntarily choose to be a Larry?

Good point.  8)

General discussion / Re: Tautologies
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:28:22 AM »
Simultaneously, at the same time, all together now. 

Longford / Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
« on: November 27, 2018, 09:38:51 AM »
Great stuff from the half-parish, finish the job now. 

Longford / Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
« on: November 23, 2018, 04:27:09 PM »
Good luck to the Mullanyarta boys on Sun.

Yup.  Do us all proud!  :D

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:36:13 AM »
Always put The Wire off, couldn't be arsed with another big show but realized yesterday its only 5 seasons so going to start it when off at Christmas.

Youíll need to get past the first 3-4 episodes.

First 3-4 episodes introduce you lightly to around 40 characters, many of who are barely discernible from each other until you get used to their character traits. Itís wild confusing. Then a light starts to come on. Then youíll watch it all in 3 days.

You probably wonít enjoy season 2 until you watch the entire series again a week later, and realise that 3 seasons of plots spawn from it.

Itís genius. The greatest show ever made.

Good synopsis wobbler, well said.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 21, 2018, 05:24:46 PM »
O'Neill and Keane are gone  :-[

If the problem is the system it won't make any difference.
The FAI missed the boat on the development of young players and this is now a problem at senior level
It is not easy to fix. Mick O'Dowd said the Meath manager after the next one might start winning. Maybe it's like that. 

Losing attitudes are insidious. You have to drop people even if they have loads of experience when they have no belief. You have to build it in young players.
Ireland are disorganised and will be playing teams who aren't. It takes time for young lads to build experience. Kilkenny are learning that now.
Fan expectations are not realistic.

Look at how well the rugby team is doing but that took years to get right. 

If you look at Dunphy analysing the manager after the honeymoon period in videos going back to Staunton there is a constant theme.
I don't think it's been about the manager for the last 14 years.

I have an issue with the sentence in BOLD, it is simply not true.  Our underage teams are doing well, even more so since the implementation of the player development plan (PDP).  Last week, our u18s in an invitational tournament in Spain beat both Belgium and Holland, and lost unluckily to England after leading for most of the match.  The issue is that there's no connect (in the lifetime of O'Neill & Keane) between the underage structures and the senior 'structure', though I understand that there has been an appointment made in the last few weeks whose purpose is to introduce the appropriate players from the underage system into the senior system.  That has to be a positive development.

There's only so much you can do at international level in terms of development, are these youngsters playing at a good level for their clubs to warrant being called up?

I hear you - England have had probably the best underage setup in the last three years in Europe, and there seems to be a pattern emerging of their young 'stars' going to the European leagues to get first-team football.  Jaden Sancho is the one making a splash in Germany - got the Bundesliga player of the month last month and has made his England debut at 18, but can't get a sniff at a Premier League club.  Phil Foden is probably their midfielder of the future - gets an odd 10mins for Man City, if they are 6-0 ahead.  It's not just a problem for us - I actually think that youngsters are better off staying at home until they're 20-22 befoee heading for the championship, or better again to France, Belgium or Holland. 

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:09:34 PM »
I'm sure Mick McCarthy will have the cv ready.

The FAI tried the local man before in more recent times. Not sure if Kenny, great manager and all that he is, could manage lads with notions.

Brian Kerr has the best record of any permanent Irish manager ... easily.  As you say, the issue appears to have been with the primadonnas on the squad.  I'm a fan of Kenny, but I don't know if he would want the job yet. 

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