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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin over the next few years
« on: November 12, 2019, 04:58:20 PM »
Kerry are 7/2 for next year. The Dublin CB could earn a tidy sum by placing the GAA funding on Kerry and taking it easy for a year.
It looks like a good punt okay but that's down to Dublin having an off day rather than Kerry being the better side. The Dubs' level of aerobic fitness is phenomenal. Kerry had prepared as well as they possibly could for the replay this year but couldn't last the pace in the final quarter. I had wondered why Cooper was dragging Clifford all over the place throughout the game until he was exhausted- he never threatened to score in the closing stages. Indeed the same could be said for the rest of the team.
Same with Mayo in the 2015 replay; they gave as good as they got until the final stages. Probably the heat and humidity played a part in their downfall but that's no to take from Dublin's win. Same as against Kerry this year, none of the Dubs looked out on his feet when the game ended.
To catch Dublin in Croker, an opposition needs to hit it lucky early on as the odds of actually beating them will diminish the longer the game goes on.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin over the next few years
« on: November 12, 2019, 03:42:02 PM »
If anyones up in Dublin, il give you a tour of Innisfails grounds.

PM me.
Ah, Jaysus, will ya get away up the yard, will ya? ;D
I thought most normal Dub supporters would be still buzzin’ after the five in a row and saving their energies for number six, instead of trolling half truths on mickey mouse boards like this one.
I s’pose it  takes all types. You should be gearing upp for Sanat now and stuff the oul’ crap about the Dubs training on shitty grounds, worse than you’d find in most other counties.
Some months ago, in case you forgot, there was an unholy row when the county board threw a hissy fit when they removed some specialist training equipment from the sports centre in Adamstown.
They bought and installed the equipment but when they weren’t allowed access to this gear at times that suited them, they removed it all in a big huff.
Now, where did they relocate this?
Hardly in Innisfails, did they??
Every county needs pitches for outdoor work and it’s no big deal that the Dubs train in Innisfails but that’s not even half the story. What centre)s) of excellence do they use and where does the barrage of sports specialists work? Dieticians and the rest of the backroom backups don’t put on wellies and trot out the Malahide road, do they, not to mention physiotherapists and probably  psychiatrists also.
It’s like saying that the Dubs fundraise for their holidays like everyone else but they don’t have to stand out on the pissings of rain shaking plastic buckets at passersby, do they?
Look, make the most of what you have won so far and accept that the good times won’t keep rolling forever and leave the coat-trailing and slagging until ye f**k up the AI series same as the Leinster championship.

A lar come on, we are all friends here, its a genuine offer, il show up their training base, and you can compare it to the multi million Euro facilities around the country. PM me and il send on my mobile. Kinsealy is a nice place, the reopened the old Campions pub there accross from the Graveyard, does a bit of food.

I remember the story, they moved the gear to a new Gym built in Parnell Park (makeshift).

I am enjoying it, its a great time to be a Dublin supporter and i know it wont last forever so will enjoy, i plan to  watch the 9 All Ireland finals played this decade the Dubs were in over the Christmas period. Il skip 2012 and 2014  :D and will throw in the Semi final v Kerry 2013, one of the greatest games ever played.
Indeed we are!! I love a good row once in a while as there is no better way to pass the time. I have been known to start a row when things are too quiet on the board for my liking!
I cannot feel too bad/mad about the Dubs either. I spent my entire working here and I was heavily involved with underage/schoolboy football for most of the time.
I don't really begrudge Dublin anything either as every county in the land would be doing  the very same if only they had the chance. As you say, the good times won't last forever but that's because  there is very little chance of any other county being able to put up a sustained challenge, Maybe one of the others will catch Dublin on the hop but to do a two or a three in a row is the stuff of fantasy.
All the mickey mousing about with supper eights and two-tier championships is never going to prevent the inevitable.....ARMAGEDDON is coming! ;D
PS. I know Fingallians very well and Campions even better.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin over the next few years
« on: November 11, 2019, 08:38:09 PM »
If anyones up in Dublin, il give you a tour of Innisfails grounds.

PM me.
Ah, Jaysus, will ya get away up the yard, will ya? ;D
I thought most normal Dub supporters would be still buzzin’ after the five in a row and saving their energies for number six, instead of trolling half truths on mickey mouse boards like this one.
I s’pose it  takes all types. You should be gearing upp for Sanat now and stuff the oul’ crap about the Dubs training on shitty grounds, worse than you’d find in most other counties.
Some months ago, in case you forgot, there was an unholy row when the county board threw a hissy fit when they removed some specialist training equipment from the sports centre in Adamstown.
They bought and installed the equipment but when they weren’t allowed access to this gear at times that suited them, they removed it all in a big huff.
Now, where did they relocate this?
Hardly in Innisfails, did they??
Every county needs pitches for outdoor work and it’s no big deal that the Dubs train in Innisfails but that’s not even half the story. What centre)s) of excellence do they use and where does the barrage of sports specialists work? Dieticians and the rest of the backroom backups don’t put on wellies and trot out the Malahide road, do they, not to mention physiotherapists and probably  psychiatrists also.
It’s like saying that the Dubs fundraise for their holidays like everyone else but they don’t have to stand out on the pissings of rain shaking plastic buckets at passersby, do they?
Look, make the most of what you have won so far and accept that the good times won’t keep rolling forever and leave the coat-trailing and slagging until ye f**k up the AI series same as the Leinster championship.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Club Championships 2019
« on: November 10, 2019, 10:30:12 PM »
Apart from fairly soft goal given away Ballintubber defended well, no club side better than Corofin to win tight games though. If Pearses defend well against Corofin it should be a competitive final in Tuam but its hard to look past Corofin winning yet another Connacht title.
They gave away 3/4 scorable frees because their players didn't know how to tackle
The only things Ballintubber did well was hold onto the ball and manufacture frees for themselves
They certainly held on to the ball but it was frustrating over and back stuff and few had the conjones to attempt to land a score.
Given the heavy conditions, it was inevitable that they were going to lose possession and Corofin were far better at moving the ball out of defence.
Apart from the two Plunketts, nobody seem likely to split the Corofin, although I felt Diarmuid O'Connor held Ballintubber together for most of the game. Dunno what to make of Corofin; I thought they always looked likely winners but that was more because of Tubbers' shortcoming than and brilliance of their own.
Maybe it's just grumpy me or maybe it's due to the lousy weather conditions, but the standard of football was poor.

On reflection, it is probably both!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin over the next few years
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:02:07 PM »
Are they likely to win 6-7-8 and draw more and more criticism ?
Or would they throw 2020 and start the clock again in 2021 with no hassle ?

Being a Dublin fan, i think we can win it next year, however i dont think we will win 7 in a row and it will open up a bit. Nobody dominates forever, watching the Hurling in the 00s with Kilkenny so far ahead of the pack i probably felt the same as the begrudgers on here feel but look a the hurling now, wide open, tight games, different winners every year.

If you hear Cluxton in the media last week, he doesnt sound like he will be around for much longer, and few will join him, already two high profile players gone. Cracks will appear.

On the other hand, you will see Ciaran Archer join up with the panel(Hopefully), he has the potential to surpass the current talented crop of forwards and be one of the greatest, but must learn his trade.

The obvious problem with that analysis is that Kilkenny don't have the pick of the next ten counties put together.
You can add in that Kilkenny  during those years were so strapped for money that  AI winning players had to fundraise to pay for their overseas holiday. I don't think we are gonna see Dublin players standing outside church gates with plastic buckets cadging a few bob from mass goers for a while yet.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin over the next few years
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:33:14 PM »
I'd expect that Kerry team to win it within the next 23 years.
There, fixed that for ya!  :D :D

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Mayo / Re: Mayo Football and Hurling - Discussion pages
« on: November 06, 2019, 11:13:42 AM »

Bedad,it's getting curiouser and curiouser...

Shane Phelan
New questions raised over how millionaire Mayo GAA backer's €150,000 donation was spent
A supporters' group has raised further questions over how a donation of €150,000 from a millionaire backer was spent by Mayo GAA.

The donation was made by UK-based options market trader Tim O'Leary, who says there was an agreement the cash was to go towards the preparation of the Mayo senior footballers in 2018.

But a letter to clubs from the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation, which Mr O'Leary chairs, claims receipts provided did not reflect the terms of the agreement.

It claims an analysis of receipts produced by the county board showed €37,000 of the expenditure was incurred in advance of the donation being made and that a receipt for only €34,000 was produced in respect of one item said to have cost €54,000.

The letter also said "a significant portion" of the receipts reflect a period after Mayo exited the championship.

The foundation questioned whether the senior team benefited from the full value of the donation. There was no immediate comment from the Mayo county board on the matter.

The issuing of the letter is the latest twist in a row which has been rumbling for several months.

The foundation has withheld €250,000 raised at a New York fundraiser earlier this year, earmarked for an academy and a centre of excellence, until business plans are produced for both projects.
It has also said the cash will not be handed over "until appropriate governance structures are put in place".

In the letter, the foundation asked clubs to mandate the county board to seek support from Croke Park for the appointment of an independent mediator.

A behind-closed-doors meeting of the board and its delegates took place last night where issues raised by the foundation were due to be discussed. However, it is understood matters raised by foundation were not discussed as a result of legal advice received by the county board after a solicitor's letter was received from Mr O'Leary.

To further complicate the dispute, Mr O'Leary was called a "donkey" in an email sent from a Mayo GAA official's email address last August.

Last week Mayo county board chairman Mike Connolly insisted there were no governance issues within the county. He also rejected the suggestion Croke Park may be required to intervene.

In its letter, the foundation said it was clear the relationship between it and the board had completely broken down.

"We see no point in engaging further with them," it said.

The letter said that if the county board did not comply with conditions the foundation attached to the funding by the end of the year it would instead engage with clubs in Mayo to establish how the money could be used to further the development of the GAA in the county.

Irish Independent

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GAA Discussion / Re: Johnny Joyce RIP
« on: November 01, 2019, 08:04:38 PM »
Johnny was a descendant of the sole family survivor of the Mamtrasna Murders (1882)

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/crime/innocent-man-pardoned-by-irish-president-1-8445698

Condolences to his family.

That's a very interesting piece of information.

Johnny Joyce was a big hero of mine when I was an kid, and over the years I've been fascinated by the story of the  Maamtrasna Murders but I never knew of the connection.

Many thanks for that.
Johnny was the sacristan in he local church and was well-known to all the parishioners. He was extremely popular and people who haven't seen the inside o a church turned up to pay their respects. RIP

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2019
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:12:58 PM »
The All Stars to be named tomorrow, any surprises expected? Cluxton strongly tipped to win footballer of the year.
I'd agree with you there. I can't honestly see a serious challenger.

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GAA Discussion / Re: TG4 - Club Championships Coverage
« on: October 29, 2019, 02:57:10 PM »
Why does TG4 keep flashing the message "Ta ait dúinn uilig ann" every few seconds during periods of live play? I find it extremely distracting and annoying, to put it mildly, and apart from that, it makes no sense whatever.
Anyone know what the reason  for this is?

There's a place for eveyone a chara!
That's alright Marty mo chara but there's sweet fa use in telling me what I l already know every five seconds or so! I can see the empty seats, y'know. Besides, when I'm in mo shuí ar mo thóin os comhair mo theilíse maybe 50 miles away, it can give me a pian in the said tón without a bother!  ;D

Lol...it tells you you're part of it Lar Naparka....don't be left out.

Not sure why, maybe it's part of the contract ?  It's a space filler also I'd say. 

TG4 are doing some job with the club scene in fairness.  Over the years, they shown some club games.

Since refereeing has curtailed my chances of seeing my own club games and being involved as a ref stops you in a way of enjoying the games to an extent, TG4 have enabled me to sit in front of the TV when the local club scene is done and watch the best of the clubs, those club players which don't get the attenion get to show their skills.

Plus i can have a few beers and get feck all done around the house on a Sunday!
I have absolutely no problem with any of that! But my original question remains answered. What's the point in flashing a slogan across the screen every 10 seconds or so?

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GAA Discussion / Re: TG4 - Club Championships Coverage
« on: October 29, 2019, 12:10:51 AM »
Why does TG4 keep flashing the message "Ta ait dúinn uilig ann" every few seconds during periods of live play? I find it extremely distracting and annoying, to put it mildly, and apart from that, it makes no sense whatever.
Anyone know what the reason  for this is?

There's a place for eveyone a chara!
That's alright Marty mo chara but there's sweet fa use in telling me what I l already know every five seconds or so! I can see the empty seats, y'know. Besides, when I'm in mo shuí ar mo thóin os comhair mo theilíse maybe 50 miles away, it can give me a pian in the said tón without a bother!  ;D

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GAA Discussion / Re: TG4 - Club Championships Coverage
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:49:26 PM »
Why does TG4 keep flashing the message "Ta ait dúinn uilig ann" every few seconds during periods of live play? I find it extremely distracting and annoying, to put it mildly, and apart from that, it makes no sense whatever.
Anyone know what the reason  for this is?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:18:23 AM »
Now we have former players in the media claiming the County Board aren’t paying their bills.

The incompetence of the current Board led by Gombeens needs action. Start with Connelly and ensure that family are kept outside for years to come
? ? ?
Hadn't heard of this before. Any details?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: October 24, 2019, 07:54:04 PM »
Happy retirement Bernard, at his peak he was as good as any forward I seen in my lifetime.
I'd agree with that. In his prime he was a class act and seems to be a helluva nice, unassuming individual. I wish him well in his retirement.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 23, 2019, 05:13:53 PM »
Not very nice !

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/financier-called-a-donkey-in-mayo-gaa-county-board-email-1.4058274
I think it's fair to say that there are always two sides to any story and I imagine this one is no exception.
The CB hasn't responded to any of Tim O'Leary's allegation, never mind refuting any of them and this is to be expected.
But, somehow, reading between the lines, I am no surprised that a county official or two might think the man is a donkey. Stating this in a public email is another matter!
It seems Tim isn't the only donkey involved!

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