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General discussion / Raging against the machine
« on: April 12, 2017, 10:30:46 PM »
Bad enough that Armagh has had the bad news today of losing the Observer newspaper and ace reporter Joe McManus being laid off but today's bad news for the city continued with the word that the Observatory weather station is to be automated.

Manual weather measurements have been recorded daily on the site since 1795 but an automated system will soon be implemented.  Shane Kelly who has taken the 9-00am readings every day for 18 years is facing into the same fate as Joe McManus. He has no faith in the reliability of the proposed technology.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39564125

Bit by bit the march of the computer is eating away at our traditions and the elements that have made up our lives through things like the Internet making our local papers no longer economically viable with falling advertising revenues and sales and now the skill and dedication of the technician building a metrological record is being superseded in the name of technological advance.

What will be next?

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General discussion / End of an era!
« on: April 12, 2017, 04:08:42 PM »
The Observer Newspapers group has announced that it is to cease publication of:

Armagh Observer
Armagh Down Observer
Ballymena Chronicle
Democrat
Dundalk Advertiser
Dungannon Observer
Fermanagh News
Lurgan and Portadown Examiner
Mid-Ulster Observer
Newry Advertiser
Ulster Farmer

These publications had retained the large newsprint format and were characterised by their abundance of photographs of locals and reporting of GAA sports, local events and all sorts of personal events from funerals to birthdays.  Always carrying plenty of adverts.

Thursdays won't be the same again!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39576420?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_news_ni&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=northern_ireland

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GAA Discussion / Top 20 Forwards of All Time?
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:32:46 PM »
Breheny in the Indo has thrown out this list in trying to put Colm Cooper in the context of the best forwards.........




1 MIKEY SHEEHY (Kerry)
2 PETER CANAVAN (Tyrone)
3 PAT SPILLANE (Kerry)
4 MATT CONNOR (Offaly)
5 COLM COOPER (Kerry)
6 SEAN O'NEILL (Down)
7 MAURICE FITZGERALD (Kerry)
8 LARRY TOMPKINS (Kildare & Cork)
9 JIMMY KEAVENEY (Dublin)
10 COLM O'ROURKE (Meath)
11 PADRAIC JOYCE (Galway)
12 Eoin 'BOMBER' LISTON (Kerry)
13 BERNARD BROGAN (Dublin)
14 JOHN EGAN (Kerry)
15 BARNEY ROCK (Dublin)
16 MICHAEL MURPHY (Donegal)
17 TREVOR GILES (Meath)
18 MARTIN McHUGH (Donegal)
19. MICKEY KEARINS (Sligo)
20 GREG BLANEY (Down)



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General discussion / Challenge thrown down to O'Neill
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:16:21 PM »
Cavan man, Patrick Shalvey, breaks world record for reversing a tractor and trailer by reversing his trailer for 13 miles. It took him two and a half hours.  The previous record was held by a Kerry man with 10.79 miles.




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39430050




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