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General discussion / Colin McRae
« on: September 16, 2007, 01:04:56 AM »
Former WRC champion is believed to have been killed in a helicopter crash. From BBC:

Rally driver feared dead in crash 

Profile of a sporting legend 
Former world rally champion Colin McRae is believed to have been killed along with three others in a helicopter crash near his home in Lanarkshire.
The helicopter, which police believe was owned by Mr McRae, 39, came down at 1610 BST in Jerviswood, about a mile from Lanark, and caught fire.

Strathclyde Police said Colin McRae, a keen pilot, is thought to have been on board with three others.

However formal identification of those killed still has to be carried out.

Strathclyde Police said the damage to the Squirrel aircraft was so bad it was initially unclear how many people had died.

A police statement said: "Around 1610 BST on Saturday, 15 September 2007, emergency services were called to a helicopter crash in Jerviswood, east of the A73 at Lanark.

"There are no survivors."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been informed and will carry out a full inquiry.

Police have been conducting a full scene examination and area search.

There were no survivors of the crash on the outskirts of Lanark

The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that its own helicopter had been despatched to the scene along with three ambulance crews and the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service was in attendance.

An RAF helicopter was also put on stand-by to assist.

A spokesman for the British Airports Authority said the helicopter did not come from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports, but its flight path is still unknown.

Colin McRae won the World Rally Championship drivers' title in 1995 driving a Subaru, becoming the first Briton to win the title.

He also was runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001.

He is married to Alison and has two children, Hollie and Johnny.

General discussion / Death of Ollie Byrne
« on: August 26, 2007, 03:37:05 PM »

Shelbourne announce death of Ollie Byrne
Sunday, 26 August 2007 14:06
Shelbourne Football Club has announced the death of Chief Executive and majority shareholder Ollie Byrne.

One of Irish footballs most colourful and controversial characters, Byrne had been battling illness lately, and died at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross at 4am this morning.

Byrne played football for UCD, but asthma forced him off the field. He joined the board of Shelbourne in 1976, while also working as a music promoter, handling acts like Deep Purple, Phil Lynott and Joe Cocker.

In the late 1980s, Byrne along with businessman Tony Donnelly took charge of Shelbourne and set about reversing the fortunes of a club in serious decline.

Under Byrne the club have won six League Championships, four FAI Cups, one League Cup and came close to competing in the group stages of the Champions League.

Byrne had been admitted to hospital in January complaining of severe head and chest pains.

General discussion / An Bord Pleanala - Institute of corruption?
« on: August 02, 2007, 02:51:48 AM »
Just wondering what other's views are on our wonderful planning appeals authority, which IMHO appears to be as corrupt as hell. In the few last few weeks we have had a number of planning applications in Sligo, refused by the Council, now overturned by ABP, including four telephone masts. The story from the Champion two weeks ago accounts for three of them:

Three telemasts get planning green light

Wednesday July 18 2007

An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for controversial telecommunication masts at three separate locations in County Sligo.Planning permission for the structures was refused by Sligo County Council because the proposals were contrary to the policy of the County Development Plan that telecommunications masts are not located within 1km of smaller towns and 400m of private dw

By Leo Gray

An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for controversial telecommunication masts at three separate locations in County Sligo.
Planning permission for the structures was refused by Sligo County Council because the proposals were contrary to the policy of the County Development Plan that telecommunications masts are not located within 1km of smaller towns and 400m of private dwellings.
However, the Planning Appeals Board has overturned the decision of the County Council Council and granted planning permission for the structures.

Permission has been granted to the ESB for a 20 metre high structure at its existing sub-station in Tubbercurry while 02 Communications (Ire) Ltd have received permission for 30m lattice structures at Lisananny More, Ballymote, and Castleview, Drumfin.
Objections against the developments at Tubbercurry and Ballymote had been lodged with Sligo County Council by local residents and landowners.

The planning authority refused planning permission for all three structures but these decisions were appealed to An Bord Pleanala by the applicants.

In the case of the ESB development at Tubbercurry, An Bord Pleanala’s planning inspector recommended that planning permission be refused.

The inspector pointed out that the site was some 700 metres from the town centre and on the edge of an established and growing residential area that included a nursing home and a school.

It was national and local policy that telecommunications masts should only be located within a small town or village or within a residential area, where the site was one of last resort and it had been clearly demonstrated to be so.
The inspector said she was not satisfied that the information presented clearly demonstrated that a rigourous examination was carried out and all potential sites were assessed and the information submitted allowed for independent verification of the facts made in support of the site.

She also considered that the design of the proposed pole was unlikely to facilitate co-location and said she would be concerned that the solid brown pole would be visually obtrusive and set a precedent for similar development on the site.
In deciding not to accept the inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, An Bord Pleanala said it had particular regard to the relevant Government guidelines whereby a location within a site already developed for utilities was favoured and noted that the current site was within an ESB compound.

The Board did not consider the development would be visually obtrusive, particularly given its scale and location, and was satisfied that reasonable efforts had been made to locate on other existing support structures.

The Board considered that subject to compliance with a number of conditions, the proposed development would not be visually obtrusive or seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.

The application for planning permission was made by the ESB on behalf of Hutchinson 3G and a letter lodged with the application indicated that Vodafone, Fastcom Broadband and Magnet Networks would also be interested in using the site.
In regard to the O2 Communications proposals at Ballymote and Drumfin, the planning inspector recommended that planning permission be granted in both cases.

In a report on the Ballymote appeal, the inspector noted that the site was in a rural area and that up to four dwellings were within 400m of the mast.

There was, she said, no substantive evidence that adverse health effects could occur if people were exposed to non-ionising radiation below the levels endorsed by ICNIRP. The Assessment of Compliance submitted indicated that the level of radiation would be insignificant and complied with guidelines.


“In view of the limited number of dwellings in the vicinity of the site, the absence of opportunities for co-location, I am satisfied that the proposed development is acceptable in principle”, said the inspector.

She also considered that the proposed mast, which was located beside a group of trees, would not be visually obtrusive as viewed from the main roads in the area.

The mast will give Universal Mobile Telephone System (UMTS) coverage to the Dublin/Sligo railway between Collooney and Boyle as well as to Ballymote town and surrounding areas.

In recommending planning permission for the O2 Communications mast at Castleview, Drumfin, the planning inspector said that in view of the limited number of dwellings in the area, she was satisfied that the proposed development was acceptable in principle.

Furthermore, she considered that the proposed mast, which would be grouped visually with a number of ESB pylons, was acceptable in terms of visual amenity, given the nature and designation of the surrounding landscape and the limited views available of the proposed mast.

The mast will give Universal Mobile Telephone System (UMTS) coverage to the N4 between Collooney and Castlebaldwin.

As highlighted there, one of the applications was rejected by ABP's own inspector, yet it was approved, and this is a worryingly common outcome. In the week this article was published, another mast was given the green light, not very far from our area, indeed overlooking it in one sense. This was refused TWICE by SCC, went to ABP, as with the Tubber mast, the inspector advised against it, and yet it was granted, for reasons amongst others being that it wasn't located on the summit of the hill it will be erected on, which is of little comfort to anyone in this area.

But that didn't take the biscuit, no that was devoured last week, in the case of this application:

06/57: Carrowhubbock South, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. (#220845)

Sligo County Council

211 no. houses, 3 no. retail units, creche, new road, carparking for 424 no. cars, retention and refurbishment of existing farm buildings, landscaping and all associated site works.

Case reference: 21 220845

Case type: Planning Appeal

Applicant: ----- (Applicant)

EIS required: No

Appellant: -----
Decision: Grant permission with revised conditions

This had been granted by SCC somehow (when the local area plan's projected no of housing developments was already exceeded), but went to ABP. Again, the Inspector recommended it should be refused, for a very good reason - it was an excessive development and would not constitute proper sustainable development in Enniscrone. And ABP said? Plough ahead lads.

For Stephenite and others, you may know Enniscrone is a popular coastal resort out near Ballina, and has been a nice small village in that time. However the wonderful housing boom has left the area with more houses than people, thanks to all the many holiday homes built. And now another 200+ are heading their way, leaving Enniscrone to join Coolaney, Collooney, Ballisodare, Ballymote, Dromahair etc. as towns/villages in the county and surrounds, to have been turned into little playthings for developers to build at their convenience. No doubt the boys are working the oracle once more this week.

And the other thing is - if you happen to be a rural club who plan to develop a pitch and training facility, in conjunction with the county board, you will be objected to by, in chief, a person who doesn't live where they say so, and will be subsequently turned down. No doubt we'll have to go through this process whenever we get our plans in motion, while the same folks allow the local town to sprawl at an enormous rate.

GAA Discussion / Sligeach v Corcaigh - AIQF, 4ú Lunasa 2007
« on: July 29, 2007, 06:41:56 PM »
Well lads, lassies and langers, how will this one go? A repeat of the qualifier in Portlaoise two years ago, I guess both teams have improved since then, we have for sure, although the forwards aren't as reliable as one would like. Need to get the free-taking sorted in particular, Masters will be knocking them over with little fuss at the other end, so any misses will be costly. Would have regarded Cork as the ones to avoid, but the Louth game didn't convince me, whereas Meath showed more promise that day. We'll be tight and tenacious, even though HQ is slightly bigger than the Hyde, but Cork were really rattled by us in Portlaoise that day, and were not in a comfortable position, prior to a fluke goal that killed us off. Will be a tough tie, but it isn't beyond us. Prediction - Cork by 17, we'll try to keep the ball kicked out at least. ;)

General discussion / Laptops - best options?
« on: July 05, 2007, 01:39:24 PM »
I suspect a similiar thread may have appeared here at some stage, but can anyone help me with regard to what laptops would be the best performance and value? My current one is going on a long term work-to-rule so it's time to invest I guess. Any ideas, preferably under the €1,000 mark?

GAA Discussion / Laochra Gael 6/3/06 - Mickey Kearins
« on: March 05, 2007, 02:29:49 PM »
This week's edition gives us the story of one of, if not the greatest Sligo footballer, Mickey Kearins. Had known this was been done, but had forgotten until I seen the ad at the weekend. Should be interesting for us Sligonians anyway, don't really get to see any footage of that era, barring the 'Golden Years' clips. :-[ Played for the county from 1962 to 1978, was top scorer in the country in 1968 (and other years too?), All-Star in 1971, and regular on the Connacht Railway Cup team for well over a decade. Holds the record individual score in a Connacht final, 0-13 in the drawn 1971 final. Won five senior titles with St. Patrick's also.

GAA Discussion / TG4 tonight: All-Ireland Gold (Cork-Tipp '87)
« on: February 07, 2007, 12:18:18 PM »
A departure from the usual showings this week, the famous Cork-Tipperary 1987 Munster Hurling Final replay in Killarney. The day the Tipp "famine" (if one considers 16 years a famine!) ended. Should be a decent one, on a bit later than usual though.

GAA Discussion / Worst games ever
« on: February 07, 2007, 12:03:33 PM »
Started this thread yesterday but it was lost in the upheaval. Any views:

My own, plus one or two others that I recall:

Mayo v Roscommon 1993
Mayo v Cavan 2005
Limerick v Cork 2006
Limerick v Derry 2004
Derry v Tyrone 2001 AIQF
Derry v Tyrone 2006
Sligo v Down 2006
Fermanagh v Donegal 2003
Mayo v Galway 2005
Derry v Down 1993 (never seen it myself though)

Limerick v Antrim semis 94/96
Cork v Kilkenny AIF 1999
Wexford v Offaly 2006


Sligo / Sligo Club Football & Hurling
« on: January 17, 2007, 12:57:47 AM »
A bit early to start this thread, or a bit late in comparison to other counties on the Board, but might as well do it now. What's the feelings about the year ahead at club level? There are considerable changes as regards team management, with a host of senior clubs seeking new bosses for 2007, indeed Coolera and St. Mary's still appear to have vacancies.

Of the known changes, Harps "welcome" back Denis Johnson to the helm, six years after his rather successful first stint ended. Tourlestrane replaced Frank Noone with an inside man as expected, but not the man I'd expected. Michael Henry (Co. minor boss 2003-04) defeated Neil Egan narrowly after a vote. Wouldn't surprise me if there is a degree of infighting in that corner this year. Tubbercurry, as previously stated here, have appointed one of Tourlestrane's better management graduates, Anthony Brennan, to the job, and they may well be ones to watch. Word is that Richard Brennan is back over the Bunnies again also. Not sure how Easkey and Castleconnor are fixed, and I imagine Jose Kearney will stay on at Curry. One club who are in a bit of bother are Ballymote, who are stuck for options. Apparently they sought our incumbent for the position, but he's sticking with us.

As regards how the competitions will go, Curry would naturally be one of the leading challengers, and it gives me no joy to say that. Will be hard to beat, though it is 18 years since Owen B was retained (then by St. Pat's, changed times now!). Tubber will be on an upward curve, though they may have to bide their time, aside from that the usual suspects (Tour, Harps, Mary's) will be there or thereabouts, and Coolera may bounce back after a difficult year gone, the Bunnies and Easkey will be hopeful of consolidating their place in 1A, if not more, and should be difficult opposition for all comers. For the 2005 1A intake, it may be farewell. Castleconnor have been surviving narrowly and will need to get the finger out this time (not to mention performing come C'ship). But if they're iffy, Ballymote are rightly fecked. No Munds for the year, no McTernan for some of it at least, and no manager yet. Nailed-on for league relegation, and if they're not careful they might slip out of the Championship too.

For 1B, Coolera and Tubber will be favourites to go up, hard to see who'll challenge them consistently. Shams gave a masterclass in inconsistentcy last year, while Farnan's and Enniscrone don't have enough. The North triumvirate of Calry, John's and Drumcliffe will make for interesting meetings, they may be relegation battles though. Enniscrone may fall here, with one of the town sides probably.

2A is of particular interest to OMS and co., as we continue our upward curve, though it may even out here. Will be hoping to stay in it at least, and not get scotched by any of the teams. Grange should go back up, and will be probable Intermediate frontrunners also(they have some Tyrone fella in charge this year), but Mullinabreena may struggle to return, their weekly cruciate patient list from autumn will take time to sort itself out. Still with all on board they'll be challengers. Harps will be there, but are in transition. One team who will be likely to go up are Geevagh, and probably will. May be a different story in the Championship though. Pat's, Michael's, Coolera and ourselves will likely be in the bottom half, Coolera may fall, and the other spot could be tight. Michael's have Clancy back over them this time so they will surely improve. All to play for here.

2B - With the greatest respect, who cares? Cloonacool may rise above the rest and bounce back, if Curry bother to field they'll be decent, Mary's may get over the line this time though. Farnan's and Ballisodare will be competitive, or the latter at least should be. It's not a league that would enthuse though. Have to stay out of it!

Hurling.....we'll get to that some other time.


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