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GAA Discussion / Re: Maigh Eo v Ros Comáin 25-5-19
« on: Today at 10:58:51 AM »
Ah, it's summertime again!
For me, the first championship game for our lads begins when the ref first throws in the ball and the journey to god knows where begins. I have always felt the upsurge of anticipation and know that I am sharing the same hopes and aspirations as millions of Mayo ex-pats and, in many cases, second generation Mayo enthusiasts will. That's not forgetting those fortunate to live at home or, better still, those who turn up for the game and urge on the red and green to greater glory.
Well, hat's the preferred option anyway.  ;D
I have left McHale Park and the Hyde and Tuam many a time as well, with my hopes blown away and my morale sunk down to arse level, if not the soles of my boots. That's always been the case and always will.
Today, I can't make it to the game but I'll be there in spirit and as much of a nuisance to all around me as I have ever been. My nearest and dearest tell me I use more bad language during the course of a Mayo game as I do for the remainder of the year.
Today will be no different and I do expect I'll be more chilled out at the end of the game than I will be at the end. I can't see beyond a home victory today but I won't relax until the long whistle sounds. My problem is that, for me anyway, Mayo's form is about as predictable as a baby's bum.
Far too many times they have been motoring nicely and seem to have everything under control and then they lose the plot. Could have so easily happened in the league final this year.
However, Horan appears to be motoring on from where the team was when he was last in charge.I do expect a bit of daylight between the sides at the end and I can't see any reason why Mayo won't advance to the Connacht final. On form alone, I can't s any other outcome but then consistency isn't somethiing Mayo are noted for. I won't b able to breathe easily until that whistle blast!



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GAA Discussion / Re: Maigh Eo v Ros Comáin 25-5-19
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:29:54 AM »
I’m expecting a Mayo win but then I would, wouldn’t I?
However, I’ve a touch of Larryitis as I wouldn’t put down €9,000 to win €2,000 on this particular outcome.
Roscommon are a limited side but Mayo are an unpredictable one so you take your pick here.
Mayo finished the league on a high note but thy started the same competition on a pretty low one.
I think the Rossies are an improving side; their key players are still relatively young but there is talent there, waiting to develop. (I’m no expert on my neighbours’ affairs but that’s what Liam McHale once told me and he should know better than I do.)
When I say this side is limited,I wouldn’t dream of insulting them bustards, I never do, but I’m talking about maturity here, not talent.
Mayo have both in abundance but are about as predictable as a baby’s bum so the outcome isn’t a forgone conclusion.

Mayo started the league with 3 wins in a row for the first time in years which included a win over Roscommon and a nine point margin v Tyrone in Omagh.  Who in your view (or told by McHale) are theses key players for Roscommon?
I guess I didn’t explain myself very well here.
They actually started off quite well with three straight wins but there was nothing there to suggest that they would finish in near the top never mind win it.
They could easily have lost to Roscommon who were just up from the second division and Tyrone were playing as poorly as I have ever seen them play. Kerry had walloped them the preceding week.
I was happy enough so far; Horan was obviously team building and I think most Mayo supporters would regard remaining in Division One to be as much as could be expected.
Then I felt we were brought back to reality when Dublin, in second gear, showed how far Mayo had yet to go to get back to where they were last time Horan was in charge.They should have beaten Galway in the next game but the old, old failing showed up again. They slackened off in the last twenty minutes and allowed Galway back into the game again when they seemed to be in serious trouble.
Then something unexpected happened and they hammered Kerry down in Tralee. I don’t think many, if any saw that coming. Kerry were odds on to win and win well. Mayo had then well beaten in the final and showed they result in Tralee was no fluke but still could have lost the game at the end. Again, they lost the plot when the had the upper hand.
If it hadn’t been for Hennelly’s magnificent save, we might not even favourites for next Saturday never mind serious contenders for the AI.
So, I am not knocking the team, just feeling that the game next Saturday isn’t there for the taking. If Roscommon are a team where the best is yet to come, Mayo can’t afford to take anything for granted.

When I spoke to Liam Mac, we didn’t spend much time discussing Roscommon. He felt the team had plenty of potential but the average age was very young and it would take another year or two to get the best out of them. He singled out Ultan Harney as one to watch. Harney wasn’t  twenty three yet but he would develop into a top class player if he could stay clear of injury.

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General discussion / Re: Anastasia Kriegel
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:12:12 AM »
I can't speak for the others, but I'd be in favour of locking the thread because discussing this feels wrong in every way. It's right that it's reported, it's right that people know what happened, but at the same time there's something about speculating on how it'll end up like it was an episode of Murder, She Wrote - no. It's too much for me.

And I know that people don't mean any harm by it and I'm sorry if anyone feels insulted by this. It's just my opinion. All I personally read about this case are the headlines. The details are the last thing I need. God help them all. Everybody loses in this one.

Also, as others have said before me, that was beautiful post by EasyTiger. I don't know who you are, but I wish there were more like you.
I am also in favour of locking the thread. It’s not easy to say why I feel this way but any reference to what happened to Ana stirs up a feeling of unease, I can’t express it better than that.
However, Easy Tiger’s post did strike a chord with me also  as I think he spoke for a lot of ordinary people here when he expressed his fears. Unfortunately, we are all well used to stories of unspeakable atrocities from all quarters and for all sorts of motives but this one was somehow different.
In my own ineloquent way, this was a case of Jamie Bulger revisited.
Even depraved Isis jihadists or their equally fanatical counterparts who bombed the mosques in New Zealand had motives of some sort and and are adults and both are lacking here. Security forces everywhere and the general public are at least aware of the possibility of future attacks occurring and are taking all possible  steps  to prevent them happening anywhere again.
Here we are talking about children- two boys barely into their teens, in no apparent way any different to other children around them.   
Yet, this assault and murder seem to have been premeditated and the Google search for gruesome torture methods bears this out. But the behaviour of the pair of suspects seemed to be no different to that of their peers. They could have been from any other housing estate or rural village anywhere -  and so could their victim.
I guess I can’t look at children of any age or place right now without thinking, however briefly, of what happened to Ana.
I won’t be returning to this topic again.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Maigh Eo v Ros Comáin 25-5-19
« on: May 20, 2019, 08:50:07 AM »
I’m expecting a Mayo win but then I would, wouldn’t I?
However, I’ve a touch of Larryitis as I wouldn’t put down €9,000 to win €2,000 on this particular outcome.
Roscommon are a limited side but Mayo are an unpredictable one so you take your pick here.
Mayo finished the league on a high note but thy started the same competition on a pretty low one.
I think the Rossies are an improving side; their key players are still relatively young but there is talent there, waiting to develop. (I’m no expert on my neighbours’ affairs but that’s what Liam McHale once told me and he should know better than I do.)
When I say this side is limited,I wouldn’t dream of insulting them bustards, I never do, but I’m talking about maturity here, not talent.
Mayo have both in abundance but are about as predictable as a baby’s bum so the outcome isn’t a forgone conclusion.

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Next time we play ye it will be on that pitch out on Inisturk
Well, I heard on good authority that the game was originally fixed  for the new Prenty Bowl in Bekan but for safety reasons, it was switched to an open air stadium instead.
Seems there were concerns that with the amount of hot air to be expected from the sheep shaggers fans, the dome could lift off and wind up in  Inishturk.
Mind you, if Rossfan were to turn up, it mightn't come down again this side of New York. ;D

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GAA Discussion / Re: Anton O’Toole RIP
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:21:39 AM »
I was shocked and saddened to hear of his premature passing. He was a standout player on a rally great team and by all accounts a gentleman off the field as well as on it.
I honestly never heard anyone say a negative or disparaging remark about him.
RIP Anto.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:00:38 PM »
Here goes my fiver's worth:
LEINSTER SHC ROUND-ROBIN
Hard to call but anyway...

Sat May 11th – Rd 1: Kilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park (7.0, Sky Sports)
Sun May 12th – Rd 1: Galway v Carlow, Pearse Stadium (3.0)
Sun May 19th – Rd 2: Carlow v Kilkenny, Dr Cullen Park (3.0)
Sun May 19th – Rd 2: Dublin v Wexford, Parnell Park (3.0)
Sat May 26th – Rd 3: Galway v Wexford, Pearse Stadium (4.0, RTÉ)
Sun Jun 2nd – Rd 3: Carlow v Dublin, Dr Cullen Park (3.0)
Sat Jun 8th – Rd 4: Wexford v Carlow, Wexford Park (7.0)
Sun Jun 9th – Rd 4: Kilkenny v Galway, Nowlan Park (2.0, RTÉ)
Sat Jun 15th – Rd 5: Dublin v Galway, Parnell Park (7.0)
Sat Jun 15th – Rd 5: Wexford v Kilkenny, Wexford Park (7.0)
Sun Jun 30th – Final: Croke Park

MUNSTER SHC ROUND-ROBIN
Hmmm...
A lot harder to call.

Sun May 12th – Rd 1: Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park (2.0, RTÉ)
Sun May 12th – Rd 1: Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (4.0, RTÉ)
Sun May 19th – Rd 2: Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium (2.0, RTÉ)
Sun May 19th – Rd 2: Limerick v Cork, Gaelic Grounds (4.0, RTÉ)
Sun Jun 2nd – Rd 3: Waterford v Limerick, Gaelic Grounds (2.0, RTÉ)
Sun Jun 2nd – Rd 3: Clare v Tipperary, Cusack Park (2.0, RTÉ)
Sat Jun 8th – Rd 4: Cork v Waterford, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (7.0, Sky Sports)
Sun Jun 9th – Rd 4: Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds (4.0, RTÉ)
Sun Jun 16th –Rd 5: Tipperary v Limerick, Semple Stadium (2.0)
Sun Jun 16th – Rd 5: Clare v Cork, Cusack Park (2.0)
Sun Jun 30th – Final:

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GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: May 06, 2019, 05:05:36 PM »
It's a total dogs dinner of a yoke altogether.
Hopefully the Rhubarbs will be laughing so much at it early on we'll be gone miles ahead before they compose themselves.
Grrr..
We'll shove 'em up yer arses when we meet ye! >:(
Come to think of it, we'll do the same if ye are too embarrassed to wear them and use the oul' wans instead. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht SFC 2019
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:55:26 PM »
It only took Kildare to beat them last year. Galway too.

Yes and what's the point you're making exactly . Mayo are no longer the second best team in Ireland , we all know that.

Mayo seem to be building for the future from what we hear , this year is not a realistic chance of glory . 2021 you'd guess is the aim to have this squad primed , new facilities will be built, the whole "brand Mayo " thing is really taking off .

Horan will win Sam Maguire IMO ,just not yet ,hence his four year term also .

My point is that I don’t agree with the poster who said that it will take a very good team to beat them this year. They were beaten by two less than good teams last year and for me beating New York isn’t evidence that anything will be different this Championship.
Hon Larry, keep the faith! :D
Sure, they were beaten by two less than good teams last year and didn't seem to know their arses fro their elbows at the beginning of this year's league also.  But they comprehensively defeated Kerry twice afterwards, once in lousy weather in Tralee and again in good weather in Croke Park.
Kerry, btw, was the popular choice as favourites to face Dublin in the AI.
Mayo have another manager since the defeat to Newbridge and he is one with a record of excellence and have a load of new additions to the panel as well.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Eugene McGee
« on: May 05, 2019, 02:19:21 PM »
Sad to hear of his death, an important figure in GAA and sports journalism. I personally enjoyed reading his Indo articles.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/legendary-allirelandwinning-offaly-manager-eugene-mcgee-has-died-38080517.html
I enjoyed reading his articles too but I seldom, if ever, agreed with what he had to say!  He was a traditional and stood for what is good, and bad, in the world of GAA affairs. I will miss him and sincerely regret his passing.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Another PR disaster
« on: May 04, 2019, 02:26:43 PM »
Then it's controlled by the GAA and that rule (6.40??) applies.
Why so?  If the GAA don't own the property, who dictates the terms of the lease.? Imo, the parish should unless the terms of the lease expressly stated otherwise.
In any event, nobody here seems to have a clue about the real state of affairs. It's hearsay or downright prejudice all the way. We may never get the real story but  nobody involved in the parish is willing to spill the beans.








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General discussion / Re: Alan Partridge - aha
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:57:53 PM »
Maybe I'm missing something that others can apparently see but I find him about as funny as a demand from the revenue commissioners.
Reading the above, I decided to look him up on Youtube and was underwhelmed to say the least. I watched Come Out Ye Black and Tans and figured that was enough for me. I found the look on the bucko's face who sat beside him a lot funnier.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Breheny's Big Ideas
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:17:31 AM »
I agree with the suggestion that the provincial championships should be  dropped for a trial period of two years.. it would be a sea change for the Fior Gaels who are obsessed with tradition and refuse to accept that times are changing and the GAA needs to adapt in order to survive. After that, the only thing we can be certain about is that there is going to be a load of dissenters no matter what is proposed. Nothing will please everyone or even go close to it but I can't see anything being successful as long as the provincials remain in place.
A lot of people seem to think that the two tier system would be the way to go but the Tommy Murphy tournament never got off the ground  and any such system will just be a variation on that competition.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: May 01, 2019, 10:47:40 PM »
He's a class apart. He would have stood out if he played for any other county at any time. He seems to be a decent individual as well because I don't think I ever heard anything negative about him. I wish him well in retirement.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« on: April 28, 2019, 10:07:15 PM »
Plenty of lads dropped off our panel over the last two years as Andy upped the standards required in terms of fitness and commitment. Plenty of lads walked away, most famously Paddy O’Rourke who was vocal about how it was pointless but we seem to be going in the right direction now in Andy’s third year. Takes time for these things to work out.

We play Roscommon today at 3:30 for the reopening of my old clubs pitch in Ardcath. Get down there if you can.
I was at the game. Enjoyable and entertaing but not too serious at the same time. Typical pre- season stuff.  I was there to meet a couple of old friends from my time living in Bective over 25 years ago so I wasn't took fussed about the programme details or individuals's names etc. Still,  very enjoyable afternoon. Good turnout and the pitch looks top class.

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