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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: August 19, 2019, 02:23:33 PM »
I see all the teams from the higher division won the play off games, playing against higher level opposition every week def gives teams an advantage, what was the reasoning for the 2 legs both at neutral venues? Found that strange, either 2 legs with a home and away or a one off at a neutral ground. Maybe next year they’ll tweak it a bit

didnt make any sense at all to me that as well. would of potentially got each team a decent gate but i assume the county were at the gate collecting as it was a neutral venue?

Doesn't make much sense at all.

Our neutral venue was in St Galls, about 2 mile from the Stewartstown road.

I suppose in fairness the next game will be in Ballycran   ;)

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:24:19 AM »
Eoin Larkin reckons nobody deserves to be sent off on All Ireland final day, well probably just Benny Dunne in ‘09

What planet are these lads on?

Are Munster finals and Leinster finals also to be exempt?

What about Gerry Quinn taking a go at Henry in an AI semi-final replay, that's probably OK now as well?

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 09:24:58 AM »
Yeah in isolation Hogan's tackle is a red card but when looking at consistency compared to other decisions that is when it becomes more controversial.

I think eventually Tipp would have taken control anyway. Feel a bit for Hoga although I do think there was some red mist from previous incidents.

Barratt and Hogan was flaking each other just before Barratt broke out to the wing to collect that ball.

Hogan had the mist on and was about to bury Barratt but was undone by Barratts neat set back, throwing the elbow up was just too tempting in that situation.
Hogan probably wasn't helped by his lack of remorse but IMO the referee was right to send him off and as Barry Kelly said on the Sunday Game, if that wasn't a sending off offence then what is?

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:58:01 PM »
Body found in the search for Nora Quoirin. Likely to be her.
Very sad case. Small consolation though it is but at least they have a body, (if it is her obviously)

Agree, an awful tragedy - but some small consolation as you say that they have found her when you think of the likes of the Maddie McCann case. Terribly sad.

Seems like the police are saying she was wandering around lost in the jungle for days and foul play not suspected. She was still alive when the search efforts started it seems. Terribly sad.

I would say there are still a few question marks surrounding this case.

It seems the family are still guarded in their response to the local coroners report;

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/nras-family-are-treating-cause-of-death-with-caution-lawyer-warns-38408541.html

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GAA Discussion / Re: Who will you be shouting for and why?
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:22:56 PM »
I’ll be shouting for Tipp, mainly because they have surprised me this year, Kilkenny deserve some credit also in fairness but Tipp just shade it for me.

What kills me mainly is the amount of crap discussed about football! It’s literally dung but it doesn’t stop the shit being talked about it. I hope Dublin continue to wipe the floor with everyone in football as you can produce ‘footballers’ with money, but no amount of money will produce hurlers

Ahem. JP. Cough.

One every 40 plus years is a very poor return of investment

P Kinnerk should be on Dublin's shopping list if AIG are serious about lifting a hurling AI.

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General discussion / Re: The Official UFC Thread
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:18:07 PM »
I still like watching him fight all the same.

In the Octogon I presume.

Big lad on the stool wasn't overly perturbed by the sneaky punch.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:14:24 PM »
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The difference is that we are not in Britain and any attempt to convince people that they are something else is always a hard sell. The unionists are in Ireland and them being Irish is simple normality, in the end normality asserts itself.

And right there you have a perfect illustration of why we will never be able to persuade the unionists to leave the UK and join a united Ireland.

I post white and you say black. Perhaps you might want to elaborate.

Rather than recognise their identity and look to ways that it could be incorporated into a united Ireland you simply tell them "No you're not British" and expect them to agree to it. If you can't understand why that won't persuade them into a united Ireland then there is nothing I can say that will get you to understand.

They may consider themselves as being of British heritage if they wish, but that has no implications for political structures any more than Irish Americans required to be actually ruled from Dublin. All I want is normality.
Except for the fact that Northern Ireland is still part of the United Kingdom.

And a lot of people still die from cancer, but progress will be made in both situations.

4 Years later.

I think there's significant progress on both.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:54:32 AM »
Meanwhile back to United Ireland... 
Will you folks in the 6 be having a Census in 2021?

Yes, but expect some gurning about how certain questions are worded.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:53:50 PM »
I suspect her opinion originates with the pro business economic model in the South and radiates from there. Homelessness and the state of the Health Service in the South probably confound her opinion. Im guessing she probably doesnt have a good gauge of the severity of the present homelessness problem across the developed World.

I dont think she is typical of a sizable section of middle class Catholics who are unionist when it comes to sovereignty. Typically they are more worried about firstly their pensions and secondly distancing themselves from Republicanism which they see as undignified and lacking IQ. Tho the weak pound and immigration controls could affect their holidays on the continent could begin to influence their opinion.

In short Bernie has her opinion but its only that, her politics would not appeal to the the unionist leaning Catholics nor the left wingers as the vast majority are Sinn bots, even more so as when it comes to sovereignty its the glue that keeps them together.

There would never be a united Ireland if the ROI had not made itself prosperous with a pro business model. Homelessness does reflect poorly on the Irish government, but it is largely because people want to live in the 26 counties, there is less in places like Derry because people move away. As for the health service, the limitations of the 26 county health service are rightly publicised, but people live longer in the 26 counties and things like cancer survival rates are noticeably better. If anyone thinks the health service is not a reason for unity then they are very ignorant. Even this week, ambulances from the south have had to be based in Derry and Newry as there aren't enough locally.

McAliskey is like the Shinners, eloquent on how money should be spent, while silent on how the money is to be made in order to have some to spend. It is essentially teenage politics and as you said this low IQ politics puts middle of the ground people off.

It's more the perception that the South s health service is bad and that you have to pay for it.

But yes knowing/idealizing  how to spend money is simple but knowing how to raise it is the real trick. In saying that tho, being constrained and consequently proped up by London is no healthy or sustainable state of affairs either.
The UK NHS is in crisis and it is unlikely to continue in the same model, free at the point of delivery. Brexit quite likely will be the final nail. A hybrid system such as the South's is coming down the tracks at people currently under 40. at the very least charges for prescriptions and GP visits are inevitable in the course of the next few years.

Big fan of the NHS but I do think some sort of nominal charge for a GP visit should be applied, if only to root out the timewasters.

Stick in some sort of clause whereby you didn't pay more for multiple visits for the same condition (on the Doctor's say-so).

There are a serious amount of people who wouldn't actually need an antibiotic for a head cold if they had to pay a tenner for it.

No self respecting GP should be giving them out but a minimal fee might stop some people from clogging up waiting rooms asking for them.

I've known people to get paracetamol, sudocream and the likes on prescription when they're cheap as chips to buy anyway.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: August 14, 2019, 02:39:16 PM »
Fully expected John Cooney to be on the plane I think he's a better player than Luke McGrath and can cover Out half. . . seems strange!!

Is Carbery more important than Sexton at this stage.

Beirne needs to be on the plane as well. Offers something different.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 14, 2019, 02:38:00 PM »
I see some Nally stand tickets went on general sale

€90 is pretty steep for the average supporter

You referees not get one FOC from Antrim CB?

€90 too dear in this day and age without going all Seafoid, wages have stagnated.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Daddies Club
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:16:14 PM »
What are people’s feelings on soft play areas? I feckin hate them. Currently at one with my Mrs and 6 and 3 year old and the place is mayhem. We’re taking turns going in and out to check if the kids are ok but the majority of kids are absolutely feral. Most parents don’t seem bothered as long as they fill their faces with coffee and bringing the 12 and 13 year old brothers and sisters to sprint around doesn’t help. The worst thing is that my kids love it.  :-\

Wouldn't be caught dead in one. Disease infested shitholes. Your children will be sick for next two weeks. Babies in the ball pool slabbering over everything with good knows what bacteria. Children at the toilets and not washing their hands... get me the f**k out.

Builds up their immune systems.

Mother and Smother.

Let them at it I say.

Did a whole pile worse going up, climbed trees, drank water from streams, ate crab apples, blackberries, gooseberries and the likes straight from the hedge, rode bikes with no brakes on the roads, hung off the back of silage trailers and much more.

Kids have shit upbringings nowadays as their parents are far too protective in a bad way.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final Tickets
« on: August 14, 2019, 10:15:31 AM »
https://twitter.com/Paul_Coady10/status/1160989116089229313

The one thing no one has mentioned is it a case the GAA are compensating cost for the amount of free tickets given away. i.e 2 to every club, sponsors, dignitaries etc. Id say its a fair few thousand.

The younger brother was friendly with the son of an ex GAA president and it was a serious amount of free tickets that they got. It was way more than 50 IIRC.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final Tickets
« on: August 12, 2019, 03:10:51 PM »
This being my 8th All Ireland final this decade, the handiest to get tickets was again Kerry in 11 and again 2015. They dont even travel for finals.

Considering the crowd at yesterdays semi-final the final will be 80% Dubs.

Surprised Horan hasn't called for the game to be shifted to the Saturday evening as thats when the Dubs always play.

Can't see anything other than the Dubs winning by whatever they chose it to be.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:19:19 PM »
How much do Croke Park charge Dublin CB for the hire of Croke Park for a National League game?


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