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Hurling Discussion / Re: hurler of the year so far anyone?
« on: Today at 01:02:56 AM »
Mannion the half back from Galway was the unanimous choice from the experts on the sunday game.

Was scripted as Des let the Cat out of the bag.

Connacht final 1997 Mayo v Sligo! Referee gives one minute extra time! Sligo had us on the rack. Would have lost if the proper injury time was given.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo! f**king Hell
« on: Today at 12:57:36 AM »
1989 All Ireland Senior Final  Cork beat Mayo
1991 All Ireland Minor Final  Cork beat Mayo
1994 All Ireland U-21 Final  Cork beat Mayo
1995 All Ireland U-21 Final  Kerry beat Mayo
1996 All Ireland Senior Final  Meath beat Mayo
1997 All Ireland Senior Final  Kerry beat Mayo
1999 All Ireland Minor Final  Down beat Mayo
2000 All Ireland Minor Final  Cork beat Mayo
2001 National League Final  Mayo beat Galway
2001 All Ireland U-21 Final  Tyrone beat Mayo
2004 All Ireland U-21 Final  Armagh beat Mayo
2004 All Ireland Senior Final  Kerry beat Mayo
2005 All Ireland Minor Final  Down beat Mayo
2006 All Ireland U-21 Final  Mayo beat Cork
2006 All Ireland Senior Final  Kerry beat Mayo
2007 National League Final  Donegal beat Mayo
2008 All Ireland Minor Final  Tyrone beat Mayo
2009 All Ireland Minor Final  Armagh beat Mayo
2010 National League Final  Cork beat Mayo
2012 National League Final Cork beat Mayo
2012 All Ireland Senior Final Donegal beat Mayo
2013 All Ireland Minor Final  Mayo beat Tyrone
2013 All Ireland Senior Final  Dublin beat Mayo
2016 All Ireland U-21 Final Mayo beat Cork
2016 All Ireland Senior Final  Dublin beat Mayo
2017 All Ireland Senior Final  Dublin beat Mayo
2018 All Ireland U-20 Final  Kildare beat Mayo

Even Kildare are getting in on the act now!

Fcuk that that's enough to give you a nose bleed my grandfather was a Mayo man can't believe I am descended from such an unfortunate people.

I would say your grandfather is/was pretty happy being a Mayoman. Maybe it is a reason we fail to seal the deal but football is much bigger than an All Ireland medal for most Mayo people! It is more spiritual, probably to do with the fact the county has been ravaged by emigration! It is a reference point for all Mayo people all across the world and to this day it's special to meet up on All Ireland final day or a semi final in Dublin. My brother and sister live abroad and three of my oldest friends so it is as much about meeting up with them as Mayo people as winning Sam!! The defeats are tough but that passes and the couple of nights out with my mates and my family are top notch despite the losses!!
Great post Crete!
You've 100% summed up what Mayo football means to me and why I only take a peripheral interest in what's happening every time the green and red re no longer involved.


God, I love my county despite all the hardship! The gas thing is - Northern Counties give us the hardest ride on this forum. The one who know the most about Hardship. Guess thats the way it goes!

GAA Discussion / Re: Hurling puts football in the shade
« on: Today at 12:51:15 AM »
He's from Kerry, no interest in the small ball!

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: Today at 12:32:44 AM »
Bring back Ronnie Deila! Massive Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup record!

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: Today at 12:28:51 AM »
Lads, Lads, Lads, You have to give the man time! What would have happened if you did not give Ferguson time? You are just to quick hopping from one decent Manager to another. Every season has been progress under Maureen. Every one! After all, as he said Liverpool are just buying the Premier League title. Buying it! The dirty Scouser scum!

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 18, 2018, 08:01:48 PM »
Tyrone have now been in finals in the 80”s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s. Only the solid core like Kerry and Dublin have done that.


Yes I would say his comments were naive and in the heat of the moment and he regrets them thoroughly. There have been enough veiled apologies since from others. Best left at that. Hope this is a great event.

His comments were what the common man on the street were thinking! Fair dues to Cork GAA for letting a British game to be played in PUC! The only other place it has been let play is Croker! But sure we all know Croker is British Soil from Lincolnshire. So that British game did not really play on Irish Soil.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:28:52 AM »
There's only one thing for it...

Absolutely, we have NEVER meekly surrendered in any All-Ireland Final, and we're not about to do so now! :)

Good job you don't include semi-finals in that! Last years semi-final was a disaster and you had the same talk going into it.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 18, 2018, 12:09:19 AM »
Tyrone are the 2nd best team in the Country based on they've made the final but if they'd played Dublin in the semi nobody would be lauding them as that.

It's a huge opportunity for Tyrone as going forward I can't see them
making too many finals in the coming years
; I just don't see enough scores in that forward line to trouble the Dubs based on what we've seen this year.

Why not? This Tyrone team have been knocking on the door for a few years with the profile of an improving team, consistently getting to semi finals, winning an U21 All Ireland, winning back to back Ulster Championships. Tyrone haven’t come out of nowhere to get here and the age make up of the squad is relatively young. I also think the super 8 actually suits us as we tend to play our way into form. The other thing is that, bar maybe Kerry with a lot of great minor teams coming through, there is nothing coming from the chasing pack to make you think Tyrone will be pushed further down the pecking order. Who knows if Mayo will make it back, Galway showed against Monaghan that they are a long way off the required level and everyone else is just making up the numbers.

If we are the second best team it's only because Mayo (the only team who were actually close to the Dubs) and Kerry have gone backwards. It's great to be in the final but I don't see any real evidence that Tyrone are any better equipped to deal with the Dubs than we were last summer. We still haven't beaten a genuinely class team. The only real indication we might be better is keeping the Dubs to within 3 points in Omagh, but I remain unconvinced by that one. Suspect Dublin were comfortable enough. And like a number of league games against them, we could say it was close and we were getting better, but we still didn't beat them.

My own feeling, and I know some Tyrone fans will disagree strongly, is that our system is as flawed as it was last summer. A handy enough run to an AI final doesn't change that. The system itself is outdated and the novelty factor with it that helped Donegal is gone, teams know how to counter it now. On top of that, we don't play it anywhere near as well as Donegal did. How often do you see Tyrone men in good attacking positions panicking and kicking the ball away or into the keeper's hands. The system doesn't suit this team. People talk about a curveball but we were beaten after 5 mins last year and there was no Plan B. Where is the evidence we have one now?

I said before the semi last year that if Tyrone went behind the system means they can't come back. If they get ahead then they try and defend the lead and get caught. I don't see what's changed. The only slight hope is if it's close in the last 15 and to then go all out. But really it's blind faith rather than total faith to think Tyrone have a realistic chance here.

And while I'm ranting, all the talk about dark arts etc is nonsensical and shows people are incapable of independent thought. Tyrone have had their moments but so have every contender. Dublin can be as cynical as anyone. Don't believe everything you read.

Enjoy the next two weeks. AI finals are nice to be in. It will take a huge effort to beat the Dubs. If ye beat the Dubs! Ye will get all the plaudits and rightly so. You will be able to look down you nose at the efforts of Mayo (and maybe Kerry) the last couple of years. That's the way sport works. You win, you did all the right things, you made all the right decisions, all mistakes or cracks are painted over. Winners get to write history. You lose mistakes are analysed, character is called into question. Losers get to sit there and take the flak. There is no defence.

I wonder what result Kerry folk want. Dublin win and it's another step toward equaling AI records held by Kerry. Tyrone win and well it's Tyrone winning again in a final (and doing what Kerry has failed to do since 2011)!

GAA Discussion / Re: Derry 1993 - 25 years on
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:30:41 PM »
"Colin Corkery - a deceptive type of player.

He's slower than he looks"

Would beat any lad over 10 yards, but usually stood for a couple of minutes with his hands on his hips after a score.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:12:22 PM »
I have a very small passing interest but just can't get excited about it like down the years.

It's surreal the lack of interest , everyone I chat to are saying the same thing from the length and breadth of the country .

Although they’ve been involved in a few great finals recently  I’m not sure mayo fans are in a great position to talk about lack of interest in finals. They were involved in two shocking finals in 04 and 07 which were truly awful for neutrals. They bottled the final v Donegal and everyone knew they’d lose to Dublin the next year.

If social media had been about in 1982 no doubt there’d have been similar chat with it all being a waste of time. Turned out to be one of most talked about finals ever.

It was '04 and 06 we were hammered! We were a average side that fell into finals those years.

We did not bottle it against Donegal they were further down the line development wise. To say we bottled it is disrespectful to what was a very good Donegal side.

'13 we lost because of Cuniffe going off before half time. Game changed after that. Not good enough again as we should be able to cope with this happening.

There will be loads of interest the week before the game. Hurling and the Premiership starting up has stolen the limelight this week.

GAA Discussion / Re: Gaelic Football RIP
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:12:33 PM »
Taken form another board.

Interesting stat from Colm keys in indo today.

Limerick around 2006 had only 8% of primary kids involved in playing GAA sports, after then starting 5 year plan, this jumped to 57% in 2011…now paying dividends.

"They were the only county in my nine years on CCC2 (Dublin) that were in contact with us to ask us what we were doing and to get some advice. On the contrary we had clubs from Meath, Wicklow and Kildare trying to enter our under age club competitions because their set ups were cat. Well done Limerick.

Did not see anything in the article about what you mentioned?

The first part is from the article, the contact to Dublin part is from the board.

You are throwing up a  unreferenced quote from another Board as Bible? Why was it not mentioned in the original article?


Why everyone should stop watching Gaelic football
Rule changes needed in Gaelic football. No matter how stupid, they must be implemented for the greater good
Uniting Ireland by forcing protestants to be Irish
Gaelic football tactics for beginners
Why the GAA should raise money for Multi Millionaire professional footballers and be happy about it

Ah, come on now! The people voted with their feet.

GAA Discussion / Re: Gaelic Football RIP
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:37:06 AM »
Kilkenny hasn't 1.3m population.
I think hey've the smallest population of the 9 main hurling Counties.

And? So its just a numbers game? The county with the biggest numbers wins? Kerry have 37, 10 more than Dublin

Kilkenny won 11 from the year 2000

Dublin have won 5 in that same time period
So Leitrim just need to work harder and they'll win a scatter if AIs? ?
Anyway what about Antrim with 200k Nationalist population and a Traditional hurling area.

200k nationalist population, so cut that in half (women) then put in the different sports that people play, soccer, drinking and chasing women.. As for hurling we are at the right level, good competitive games aginst teams of the same level..

Football christ knows, we havent been competitive (bar one year) since the 50's there's a whole thread on it on the Antrim section if you care to read.. But this isnt about Antrim our Leitrim or even you're own county, its about people getting worked up over Dublin winning 5 titles since 2000

They have won 8 Leinster, 5 (and more likely 6 this year) All Irelands and 5 League titles since 2011.

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