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General discussion / Re: James McClean
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:02:02 PM »
I wonder if Chris McGimpsey can get his 63K back.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: January 01, 2020, 08:47:03 PM »
It's hard to take the Morelos racist abuse issue seriously. I wouldn't for a second doubt that there's a racism problem in Scotland and no doubt that plenty of Celtic fans are racist, but Morelos gets abuse mainly because he's a hateful wee f**ker who is a total sc**bag on a football field.
Who you would no doubt like if he played for Celtic.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: December 24, 2019, 01:09:48 AM »
Morelos again,   love it   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Yeah but them hoors keep winning, looks like it'll come down to the head to head matches. A win at CP at the end of the month should give us a bit of breathing space and then hopefully they'll start to fall off the wagon

Will he miss the OF game?
Am I right in saying that folk from the Celtic family should now only be referring to the "Glasgow derby"?

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 19, 2019, 07:32:59 AM »
Apology accepted.
Someone was up late for a school night.

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 18, 2019, 10:20:42 PM »
A border poll is far down the list of things that need to happen between now an Irish reunification. Higher on the list is the desegregation of society in the north along religious lines, but I don't see a whole lot of progress being made on that front. SF have had the education portfolio for years and were able to scrap the grammar school system over the objections of recalcitrant people who wanted to retain selection, but don't seem to have the same eagerness for scrapping the unacceptable practice of keeping school kids segregated by religion until they go to the tech or go to Uni.

In fact SF's business model seems to be "complain about how unfairly treated we are by the evil Brits and that should keep the votes coming in." They'll probably spend the next decade banging on about why we need a border poll now and how unreasonable the Brits are for not providing one.
Ahh the magic bullet of integrated education.
Will these schools teach Irish history, Gaelige, do gaelic games?

Yes

No.
Integrated education is a fantastic idea, however, it is not universally implemented in the same way.
In my experience of it, there was no irish history, Irish language or gaelic games. However, there were Ulster Scotts classes, Badminton, soccer and table tennis.
In a school primarily staffed by Catholic Staff, with Protestant management. A primarily catholic intake at that time - and kids not getting places as there were too many catholics. Quite a few Protestant families complaining about the lack of Gaelic/Irish as they wanted there kids to experience something they felt they couldn't get elsewhere and also quite a few protestant families complaining when a teacher wore a gaelic top to a sponsored walk fund raiser.
The quality of education was also not what either the state or catholic schools (primary schools) as hardly anyone sat or had the ability to sit the transfer test.
No-one was happy with the level of integration, or lack thereof, in the integrated school I have experience of.

From what I have seen of it, Integrated education will only work if the management, staff and families who send their kids to these schools live and breath and integrated ethos. Staff, IMO, integrated schools are only there as they couldn't get a job in a school from their respective tradition. In many cases, kids in the schools are the same, though, there is a sizeable number of mixed marriages with kids in integrated schools.

I know I've gone on a bit of a rant there on Integrated Education, but it galls me to hear so much spouted about the virtues of Integrated Education when the realities don't really live up to the expectations.
Can't believe you could get so irked about a  spot of badmington and table tennis!  Surely the main virtue of integrated is that young people are being educated together from an early age, building life long friendships and realising that the folk from the other "community" don't have two heads.

Good point.  Clearly he has an issue with Badminton and Table Tennis.

In fact, you know what would be a good idea.  We should ignore everything else he has said and focus on his irrational hatred for these sports.

 ::)
The sports young people play at school is not the be all and end all.  I was merely pointing out that sharing a classroom from an early age with people from a different background is the main benefit of integrated education.


Please drop the pretence that you were being genuine.  Below is the list of issues he had with the school.  You said it was 'badmington' and tennis.

No Irish history

No Irish language

No Gaelic Games

Protestant families complaining about the lack of Gaelic/Irish as they wanted there kids to experience something they felt they couldn't get elsewhere

Kids not getting places as there were too many catholics

Protestant families complaining when a teacher wore a gaelic top to a sponsored walk fund raiser

The quality of education was not what either the state or catholic schools (primary schools) provided

Hardly anyone sat or had the ability to sit the transfer test

No-one was happy with the level of integration
Do you think that the list above is representative of all integrated schools?  The point that I made (twice) is that there is huge benefit in young people in this country being educated together.  Not sure why you would accuse of me of not being genuine in making the fairly obvious point above.   

Three reasons;

You started your post with a snide remark.

You didnít acknowledge any of the genuine points he had brought up and attempted to belittle the concerns

He literally started his post by saying that integrated education was a fantastic idea (which I also happen to agree with), so not sure why a genuine person would have felt the need to agree (twice) but in a curiously confrontational manner.

Cheers
Great stuff. At least we are all in agreement.

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:48:02 PM »
A border poll is far down the list of things that need to happen between now an Irish reunification. Higher on the list is the desegregation of society in the north along religious lines, but I don't see a whole lot of progress being made on that front. SF have had the education portfolio for years and were able to scrap the grammar school system over the objections of recalcitrant people who wanted to retain selection, but don't seem to have the same eagerness for scrapping the unacceptable practice of keeping school kids segregated by religion until they go to the tech or go to Uni.

In fact SF's business model seems to be "complain about how unfairly treated we are by the evil Brits and that should keep the votes coming in." They'll probably spend the next decade banging on about why we need a border poll now and how unreasonable the Brits are for not providing one.
Ahh the magic bullet of integrated education.
Will these schools teach Irish history, Gaelige, do gaelic games?

Yes

No.
Integrated education is a fantastic idea, however, it is not universally implemented in the same way.
In my experience of it, there was no irish history, Irish language or gaelic games. However, there were Ulster Scotts classes, Badminton, soccer and table tennis.
In a school primarily staffed by Catholic Staff, with Protestant management. A primarily catholic intake at that time - and kids not getting places as there were too many catholics. Quite a few Protestant families complaining about the lack of Gaelic/Irish as they wanted there kids to experience something they felt they couldn't get elsewhere and also quite a few protestant families complaining when a teacher wore a gaelic top to a sponsored walk fund raiser.
The quality of education was also not what either the state or catholic schools (primary schools) as hardly anyone sat or had the ability to sit the transfer test.
No-one was happy with the level of integration, or lack thereof, in the integrated school I have experience of.

From what I have seen of it, Integrated education will only work if the management, staff and families who send their kids to these schools live and breath and integrated ethos. Staff, IMO, integrated schools are only there as they couldn't get a job in a school from their respective tradition. In many cases, kids in the schools are the same, though, there is a sizeable number of mixed marriages with kids in integrated schools.

I know I've gone on a bit of a rant there on Integrated Education, but it galls me to hear so much spouted about the virtues of Integrated Education when the realities don't really live up to the expectations.
Can't believe you could get so irked about a  spot of badmington and table tennis!  Surely the main virtue of integrated is that young people are being educated together from an early age, building life long friendships and realising that the folk from the other "community" don't have two heads.

Good point.  Clearly he has an issue with Badminton and Table Tennis.

In fact, you know what would be a good idea.  We should ignore everything else he has said and focus on his irrational hatred for these sports.

 ::)
The sports young people play at school is not the be all and end all.  I was merely pointing out that sharing a classroom from an early age with people from a different background is the main benefit of integrated education.


Please drop the pretence that you were being genuine.  Below is the list of issues he had with the school.  You said it was 'badmington' and tennis.

No Irish history

No Irish language

No Gaelic Games

Protestant families complaining about the lack of Gaelic/Irish as they wanted there kids to experience something they felt they couldn't get elsewhere

Kids not getting places as there were too many catholics

Protestant families complaining when a teacher wore a gaelic top to a sponsored walk fund raiser

The quality of education was not what either the state or catholic schools (primary schools) provided

Hardly anyone sat or had the ability to sit the transfer test

No-one was happy with the level of integration
Do you think that the list above is representative of all integrated schools?  The point that I made (twice) is that there is huge benefit in young people in this country being educated together.  Not sure why you would accuse of me of not being genuine in making the fairly obvious point above.   

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 17, 2019, 04:59:01 PM »
A border poll is far down the list of things that need to happen between now an Irish reunification. Higher on the list is the desegregation of society in the north along religious lines, but I don't see a whole lot of progress being made on that front. SF have had the education portfolio for years and were able to scrap the grammar school system over the objections of recalcitrant people who wanted to retain selection, but don't seem to have the same eagerness for scrapping the unacceptable practice of keeping school kids segregated by religion until they go to the tech or go to Uni.

In fact SF's business model seems to be "complain about how unfairly treated we are by the evil Brits and that should keep the votes coming in." They'll probably spend the next decade banging on about why we need a border poll now and how unreasonable the Brits are for not providing one.
Ahh the magic bullet of integrated education.
Will these schools teach Irish history, Gaelige, do gaelic games?

Yes

No.
Integrated education is a fantastic idea, however, it is not universally implemented in the same way.
In my experience of it, there was no irish history, Irish language or gaelic games. However, there were Ulster Scotts classes, Badminton, soccer and table tennis.
In a school primarily staffed by Catholic Staff, with Protestant management. A primarily catholic intake at that time - and kids not getting places as there were too many catholics. Quite a few Protestant families complaining about the lack of Gaelic/Irish as they wanted there kids to experience something they felt they couldn't get elsewhere and also quite a few protestant families complaining when a teacher wore a gaelic top to a sponsored walk fund raiser.
The quality of education was also not what either the state or catholic schools (primary schools) as hardly anyone sat or had the ability to sit the transfer test.
No-one was happy with the level of integration, or lack thereof, in the integrated school I have experience of.

From what I have seen of it, Integrated education will only work if the management, staff and families who send their kids to these schools live and breath and integrated ethos. Staff, IMO, integrated schools are only there as they couldn't get a job in a school from their respective tradition. In many cases, kids in the schools are the same, though, there is a sizeable number of mixed marriages with kids in integrated schools.

I know I've gone on a bit of a rant there on Integrated Education, but it galls me to hear so much spouted about the virtues of Integrated Education when the realities don't really live up to the expectations.
Can't believe you could get so irked about a  spot of badmington and table tennis!  Surely the main virtue of integrated is that young people are being educated together from an early age, building life long friendships and realising that the folk from the other "community" don't have two heads.

Good point.  Clearly he has an issue with Badminton and Table Tennis.

In fact, you know what would be a good idea.  We should ignore everything else he has said and focus on his irrational hatred for these sports.

 ::)
The sports young people play at school is not the be all and end all.  I was merely pointing out that sharing a classroom from an early age with people from a different background is the main benefit of integrated education. 

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 16, 2019, 09:23:48 PM »
A border poll is far down the list of things that need to happen between now an Irish reunification. Higher on the list is the desegregation of society in the north along religious lines, but I don't see a whole lot of progress being made on that front. SF have had the education portfolio for years and were able to scrap the grammar school system over the objections of recalcitrant people who wanted to retain selection, but don't seem to have the same eagerness for scrapping the unacceptable practice of keeping school kids segregated by religion until they go to the tech or go to Uni.

In fact SF's business model seems to be "complain about how unfairly treated we are by the evil Brits and that should keep the votes coming in." They'll probably spend the next decade banging on about why we need a border poll now and how unreasonable the Brits are for not providing one.
Ahh the magic bullet of integrated education.
Will these schools teach Irish history, Gaelige, do gaelic games?

Yes

No.
Integrated education is a fantastic idea, however, it is not universally implemented in the same way.
In my experience of it, there was no irish history, Irish language or gaelic games. However, there were Ulster Scotts classes, Badminton, soccer and table tennis.
In a school primarily staffed by Catholic Staff, with Protestant management. A primarily catholic intake at that time - and kids not getting places as there were too many catholics. Quite a few Protestant families complaining about the lack of Gaelic/Irish as they wanted there kids to experience something they felt they couldn't get elsewhere and also quite a few protestant families complaining when a teacher wore a gaelic top to a sponsored walk fund raiser.
The quality of education was also not what either the state or catholic schools (primary schools) as hardly anyone sat or had the ability to sit the transfer test.
No-one was happy with the level of integration, or lack thereof, in the integrated school I have experience of.

From what I have seen of it, Integrated education will only work if the management, staff and families who send their kids to these schools live and breath and integrated ethos. Staff, IMO, integrated schools are only there as they couldn't get a job in a school from their respective tradition. In many cases, kids in the schools are the same, though, there is a sizeable number of mixed marriages with kids in integrated schools.

I know I've gone on a bit of a rant there on Integrated Education, but it galls me to hear so much spouted about the virtues of Integrated Education when the realities don't really live up to the expectations.
Can't believe you could get so irked about a  spot of badmington and table tennis!  Surely the main virtue of integrated is that young people are being educated together from an early age, building life long friendships and realising that the folk from the other "community" don't have two heads.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 22, 2019, 04:52:55 PM »
so how did those hotballs go then  ::)
Genuinely thought they would rig it as per!  The Republic will be deserving qualifiers if they do it with 2 away wins.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:09:26 PM »
UEFA said it would be an open draw for 2009 play offs. Then realised France was in there, so they changed the rules and made the draw seeded.

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/given-frustrated-by-fifa-seeding-move-1.752483

/Jim.
Did Uefa say it would be an open draw for the WC 2010? I doubt it.
The WC 2006 play off draw was seeded.  What is written in their tournament procedures is that they have a meeting a day before the draw and formally decide on the format of the play off draw.
What was different  in the Euro 2000 play off draw  was that they met the day before and said it would be an open draw, but the draw came out exactly as if the  the teams had been seeded.

Yes they said it was open draw. Then when it looked for certain France would be involved, they changed it to seedings. I definitely remember that.
By the same token, I'm fairly confident the ROI will be the hot ball if they beat Slovakia!

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2019, 09:26:54 PM »
But in an away game in Windsor Park, would be 50/50 at best.

RoI are ranked above NI in any table I have seen, would that not mean a home game.
I believe home advantage for the final is an open draw between the two semi final winners.
Quite a departure by UEFA. They normally favour the higher ranked teams at all costs.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2019, 07:41:18 PM »
I thought the performance has been over blown, Denmark were pathetic and still managed to get a draw whilst Ireland struggled to create goods chances which is hardly a surprise when he picked McClean, Browne & Hendrick as the 3 closed players to McGoldrick who I thought played his role very well.


McClean tries but it looks like he has ne legs under him at all. Don't see anything in Browne at all and Hendrick hasn't developed into any type of player at all after threatening early in his career to be something. McGoldrick played well last night but a striker has to score goals and unfortuantely he's poor at that. Perhaps the performance has been overblown but relative to the last few games it was a huge improvement. Thought the two full backs were superb. Tough to see Coleman getting back into the team.
The right back was lauded for his overall performance despite basically giving away a goal.  Defenders need to keep a clean sheet first and foremost.  His and Duffy's combined c**k-up meant the game was basically over given your limitations going forward.

We'll still beat the north.

Bar the conceded goal, Doherty was brilliant.
"The north" are going to get a doing tonight.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2019, 05:11:25 PM »
I thought the performance has been over blown, Denmark were pathetic and still managed to get a draw whilst Ireland struggled to create goods chances which is hardly a surprise when he picked McClean, Browne & Hendrick as the 3 closed players to McGoldrick who I thought played his role very well.


McClean tries but it looks like he has ne legs under him at all. Don't see anything in Browne at all and Hendrick hasn't developed into any type of player at all after threatening early in his career to be something. McGoldrick played well last night but a striker has to score goals and unfortuantely he's poor at that. Perhaps the performance has been overblown but relative to the last few games it was a huge improvement. Thought the two full backs were superb. Tough to see Coleman getting back into the team.
The right back was lauded for his overall performance despite basically giving away a goal.  Defenders need to keep a clean sheet first and foremost.  His and Duffy's combined c**k-up meant the game was basically over given your limitations going forward.

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General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: November 05, 2019, 05:16:48 PM »
Indeed. Living in the 21st Century as opposed to the 17th helps.
Says the man bringing it up for discussion on the forum...

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: October 30, 2019, 06:21:53 PM »
That haka rule is a joke. Should be no rule against a non sporting issue.
Check out the Haka from 70s below before they got the  choreographers in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htCTWZqCMhQ

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