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GAA Discussion / Re: Safe Return for Gaelic Games
« on: June 12, 2020, 08:33:57 AM »
The GAA document is 15 pages long. It asks for a a Covid admin person for each group - U6, U8, U10 ...Seniors. It wants a log of everyone who attends training showing that they measured their temperature before they arrive at training (no way to check they did this so its just ass covering). It wants the coaches to sterilise all equipment, balls, cones flags etc after every session (does that mean kids cant kick the ball from one to the other?) They want door handles wiped down after every session. They want every parent of a child to go on line and do a course. Thats some of the highlights.

This is the GAA response and its a total deflection onto parents and coaches and away from themselves. No financial help has been offered either. A very poor response, I hope in light of Varadkars announcement last week that it is re considered.


Questions Itchy

What response would you have preferred to see from the GAA? Ultimately they will be gatherings that could facilitate the spread of Covid-19. So I think their choices are 1. Cancel everything, or 2. Put in place stringent measures that minimises the potential for spread, and also enables track and trace in event of Covid being detected among a participant. I don’t think there is a number 3 tbh.

Why did you mention money? What financial undertaking is required here? The purchase of a thermometer and several litres of sanitizer? This is going to be a costly exercise in terms of time. But not financially.

Wobbler - when you go down to the local Tesco or Dunnes to go shopping did the security guard at the door ask you for your temperature and log it in a book, insist on you doing a online course before you enter the shop or did someone in the shop sterilise everything you touched after you left?

If I ran the GAA, I think I would have waited another month at least until I saw that cases and deaths in the country were zero before doing anything. But if we are deciding that we are going to start up again then we need to not make it so that volunteers at club level are accountable for a whole raft of idiotic requests that they could not possibly police.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Safe Return for Gaelic Games
« on: June 12, 2020, 08:28:54 AM »
The GAA document is 15 pages long. It asks for a a Covid admin person for each group - U6, U8, U10 ...Seniors. It wants a log of everyone who attends training showing that they measured their temperature before they arrive at training (no way to check they did this so its just ass covering). It wants the coaches to sterilise all equipment, balls, cones flags etc after every session (does that mean kids cant kick the ball from one to the other?) They want door handles wiped down after every session. They want every parent of a child to go on line and do a course. Thats some of the highlights.

This is the GAA response and its a total deflection onto parents and coaches and away from themselves. No financial help has been offered either. A very poor response, I hope in light of Varadkars announcement last week that it is re considered.



I'm not sure what the GAA centrally can  do. They cannot dole out money as they have no money coming in, they can't send out a load of cleaners, they can  only provide advice. If local clubs don't want Covid in their community then they just need to get on with it and make it clear to people that vigilance is needed in the times that are in it.

Their advice is to do a load of stuff that most companies are not even doing and asking amateur volunteers to document it which makes them fully accountable for it. What they could have and should have done was to issue some advisory notices to say stuff such as

1- Follow all government recommendations as published on HSE website
2- Until date X social distancing should be followed at training and small groups used (of 15 same as government recommendations)
3- All people entering and leaving the ground such wash their hands with soap and water.
4- Ask parents and players not to attend training if they feel in anyway unwell.
5- Recommend every club assign "1" Covid officer to "oversee" the clubs roll out of the above

They should then have provided the clubs with poster graphics that they could print off and a youtube video that a link could be sent to all members to ask people to attend.

All that could have been communicated to clubs in a 2/3 page document. In addition there are tonnes of GAA people out there like myself that have worked in factories/businesses all the way through this pandemic that could have told them this.

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To save the East Belfast Club being sidetracked time to resurrect this one.
Wonder what Snap, Evil and Michaelg make if this

https://www.balls.ie/football/linfields-uvf-kit-is-really-causing-a-storm-in-northern-ireland-436632

I've always though Linfield a biggoted shower of scumbags so this announcement doesn't make any difference to me. However, I assume that these jerseys are somehow run past the IFA so its hard to see how any body that is genuinely interested in getting catholics involved would allow this to go ahead?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Safe Return for Gaelic Games
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:25:02 AM »
The GAA document is 15 pages long. It asks for a a Covid admin person for each group - U6, U8, U10 ...Seniors. It wants a log of everyone who attends training showing that they measured their temperature before they arrive at training (no way to check they did this so its just ass covering). It wants the coaches to sterilise all equipment, balls, cones flags etc after every session (does that mean kids cant kick the ball from one to the other?) They want door handles wiped down after every session. They want every parent of a child to go on line and do a course. Thats some of the highlights.

This is the GAA response and its a total deflection onto parents and coaches and away from themselves. No financial help has been offered either. A very poor response, I hope in light of Varadkars announcement last week that it is re considered.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Safe Return for Gaelic Games
« on: June 10, 2020, 09:09:33 PM »
What the gaa sent out to clubs last week was the greatest effort in arse covering that I've ever seen and is impossible to implement or police.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: June 06, 2020, 03:50:23 PM »
Brilliant to see the virus receding, especially when it's pretty obvious that a lot of the measures are all but being ignored in many cases.

What is the rationale behind the rates dropping so consistently?  Even in England, they are seeing their 7-day average death rate coming down pretty consistently.

Have they got the principal mode of transmission wrong?  Is it spread by skin-skin contact?  Because that is the one thing that I think almost everyone is still avoiding (and/or sanitising hands well).  Or has the virus mutated into something more benign?

RadioGAAGAA, what are your thoughts on this?

It seems today's Corona virus doesnt pack the same punch as the one that came a few months back. Its clear there is still an awful lot unknown about this virus.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: June 01, 2020, 09:19:32 PM »
Two Italians doctors/scientists have reported the virus is weakening which should be massive news

https://www.google.ie/amp/s/www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2020/06/coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-doctor-200601044959952.html

Yep was just reading that seems very encouraging

Was reading the same story from a different paper

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8376105/Is-Covid-19-really-potent.html

Mad isn’t it , like who the hell do you believe . Social distancing is near out the window at this stage in Ireland , I’m looking at it all weekend , hundreds gathering , thousands today in Dublin City centre protesting . Be an interesting few weeks .

Earlier in this thread i praised the restraint I was seeing at my local beach but this weekend it all went out the window. Thronged with people, no social distancing and no guards. I hope it is weakening as the reports above suggest as the masses are losing patience

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 31, 2020, 09:03:13 AM »
Seriously though. Teachers sitting around getting good tans doing fcuk all. And people like Bunker working their arses off. Something not right.

You forgot the bit about getting full pay while sitting around! They've kicked the can down the road until September! It's gas when you consider that most teenagers are hanging out in large groups with the weather being so good. And younger children are now not said to be a great risk.

Meanwhile Shop assistants, Postmen, Nurses and the like have to plough on encountering thousands of people every week!

But it's ok, Teachers have Parents are there to take up the their slack after a days work. They'll just send out an e-mail of what needs doing this week and pass the parcel onto them.

I hear they will be applying for the 350 euro themselves to cover the exam correction money they wont have access to this summer

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 29, 2020, 11:59:51 PM »
What teacher is not continuing to teach? If they are not doing so they should be sacked, not put on €350 a week.

What teachers are continuing to teach is the question?
Most to all?
You could have furloughed them at the beginning. That’d be 80% pay (up here in the bit you didn’t want) and doing absolutely zero work. A bit late now.

Most to all me hole!

Most are on holiday since mid-march. An e-mail on a Sunday night and that's the weeks work. Feck off there Mammy and Daddy and do my work for the week and I'll just collect my wages on Friday. It's the biggest gravy train show in town.


In the beginning we were told the schools would be closed for three weeks. Then another 3 weeks and so on! And with all the scare mongering talk of the fear of going back in September, this Sh1te could drag on til Christmas.

In my experience it's a mixed bunch. I've 3 kids with 3 different teachers. 1 of them is very active, sending out stuff, checking in  correcting and organising classes on some app. One is doing a bit, sending out homework and a bit of correcting. Then there is another who sends an email every 2 weeks, loaded to the gills with stuff to do,  stuff they've never covered and hes making no attempt to follow up. If course there will be nothing gone to him, no accountability she the INTO will back home to the hilt even if there is. It's a shame the good teacher gets no extra incentive and the useless one gets no punishment.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:06:08 PM »
Who in the name of God is "Eoin" on Claire Byrne show who thinks 3 in a row is fine,(same thing as two apparently) and HEPA filters in the airplane is all you need. Poorly challenged by Claire too.

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Townlands of my grandparents.

Derryneskin (Doire Naoscán - Oakwood of the snipes)
Derrinraw (Doire an Rátha - Oakwood of the Rath)
Dernasell West (Doire na Saille Thair - Oakwood of the salted meat)
Cushenny (Cúil Sionnaigh - Corner of the fox)

Fantastic.

Mines would be 

Edenballymore x2( Eadán An Bhealaigh Mhór- Brow Of the Main Road. Bogside is in this townland and it is not Eadán An Bhaile Mhór as most people claim)
Coshquin(Cois Caoine-Next to the pleasent water)
Creggan(An Cregáin- Stony Place).

All Derry City townlands. Creggan which I mention above isnt actually where the present estate is, it is where Glenowen is today. The creggan estate is made up of Glassagh , Ballymagowan and Edenballymore.

Derry city on the westbank  was part of Inishowen long before modern borders.



+1 to the fantastic comment.

Mine would be:
Farrandeelin (Fearann Díleann - townland of the floods)
Knockmore (Cnoc Mór - big hill)
Lisaniska (Lios an Uisce - fort of the water)
Rinmore (Rinn Mór - the big promontory)

PS, why did towns change* their Irish names?
Nás na Ríogh has a nicer ring to it than An Nás, likewise Gort Inse Ghluaire instead of An Gort.

They didnt change them, the british sent a guy around surveying the place names of Ireland. It was a good piece of work too as he recorded both the Irish name but also an anglicised name for the town. Over time as the mother tongue was lost the anglicised name came to the forefront. The real question is why did governments from 1922 to today not revert back. As I said earlier, I would rather see all our town names in Irish in big writing with the english version underneath in smaller writing. That would do more to promote the language than most efforts in my lifetime.

Anyway, for those interested watch this show which i thought was very interesting..

https://www.rte.ie/player/series/creedon-s-atlas-of-ireland/SI0000005960?epguid=IH000379664


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Swanlinbar.
Known locally as "Swad", possibly because the mane Cavan bastards thereabouts imagine one syllable is cheaper than three?

Anyhow, I remember once hearing that Swanlinbar wasn't an Irish name at all, but rather was named for three (English?) people, Messrs. Swann, Lynn and Barr, who had owned/operated a Spa in the village.

On consulting Wiki, it appears that I was close(ish), but the details differ somewhat.
According to Jonathan Swift, writing in 1728:
"There is likewise a famous town, where the worst iron in the kingdom is made, and it is called Swandlingbar: the original of which name I shall explain, lest the antiquaries of future ages might be at a loss to derive it. It was a most witty conceit of four gentlemen, who ruined themselves with this iron project. 'Sw' stands for Swift (Swift's uncle, Godwin Swift, for whose memory he had no special regard, was the instigator of the ironworks and the person named. He lost his fortune due to the mismanagement of the business), 'And' stands for Sanders (Robert Saunders of Dublin), 'Ling' for Darling (Richard Darling of Dublin), and 'Bar' for Barry (Richard Barry). Methinks I see the four loggerheads sitting in consult, like Smectimnius, each gravely contributing a part of his own name, to make up one for their place in the iron-work; and could wish they had been hanged, as well as undone, for their wit."

Meanwhile, wiki notes that:
The earliest name recorded for the village was Sra-na-muck which means "The River-field of the pigs". The current official Irish name An Muileann Iarainn meaning 'Iron Mill' reflects the foundation of an ironworks in the town in 1700.

And Swift's typically humourous, if unsparing, comment was included in an essay of his entitled: "On Barbarous Denominations", which might be better referenced in the "Irish placenames that might make you snigger" thread:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=JC4CAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA147&lpg=PA147&dq=%22on+barbarous+denominations+in+ireland%22&source=web&ots=2wLJ_Vb7Az&sig=Wkjr3s91-eKvf2L0gzAL3XVu2XE&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22on%20barbarous%20denominations%20in%20ireland%22&f=false

I didnt know that about Swad, interesting.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 21, 2020, 01:24:27 PM »
There looks like there's a possibility of a pregnancy style test on the mass market by July and could cost about £25, would take 30 minutes to get a result too.

Perhaps there is hope for a championship this year.

That'd be massive. It'd be essentially killed off in 4 weeks. [£25 is a pittance if everyone was tested compared to the cost of continued lockdown - it'd be ~£1.75B for everyone in the UK - a bargain at twice the price]

Even better, anyone trying to get international flights has to get a test at both departing (no embarking prior to result) and arriving airports (no leaving airport prior to result).

Assuming they can get billions on the market to support such an approach.

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I think irish towns should be primarily spelt in Irish with English written underneath in small letters. The Irish is the only thing that makes any sense. Amount of people that don't even know the meaning of the place name they are from is cat. Yer man Creedon had a interesting show on it on tv.

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Fatima Mansions.

Better than Herberton anyway

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