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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh next steps
October 02, 2023, 01:48:14 PM

CONLEITH Gilligan has been added to the Armagh backroom team, The Irish News understands.
The former Derry forward will join Kieran McGeeney's coaching ticket for the manager's tenth season in charge of his native county.
Gilligan will share coaching duties with Ciaran McKeever and Kieran Donaghy after the Kerry man having confirmed last week that he is staying for a fourth season.
Under Mickey Moran, the Ballinderry man and Richie Thornton coached Kilcoo as they guided the Down side to a first ever All-Ireland club title in 2021/22, an achievement Gilligan had managed as a player twenty years earlier.
When Moran stepped down after that final, the coaching duo – who had previously taken Coalisland to a Tyrone final together – took up the reins, retaining the Down title but losing a gripping Ulster final to Glen last winter.
They then stepped down and Gilligan headed for Edendork, whose hopes of a dark horse success in the Tyrone championship were dashed by a stoppage time Lee Brennan winner for Trillick on Saturday.
Having secured Division One status with a strong finish to the season, they had knocked last year's finalists Carrickmore out in the first round last weekend.
It's unclear at this stage whether Gilligan will remain in charge of the club next season.

Despite only having only retired from club football in 2018, his coaching career goes back to 2010 when he helped Naomh Conaill to a Donegal title. His first-hand experience of Armagh club football was a spell with Maghery in 2015.
Meanwhile, Louth have called a county committee meeting for Monday night at which they are expected to appoint former Dublin star Ger Brennan as their new manager.
Ex-Down boss James McCartan and Niall Moyna are speculated to be joining him as part of the setup.
General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
September 28, 2023, 08:00:17 PM
Quote from: bennydorano on September 28, 2023, 07:53:32 PM
Quote from: Smokin Joe on September 28, 2023, 06:30:14 PMI have 90 days free Apple+ TV.
I have watched (and enjoyed) Hijack.  Is there anything else worth watching on the platform?
If you like Sci Fi, Foundation is excellent (s2 just over). Also sci fi, The Silo, started strong, ended ok.

Morning show for a TV show related drama is pretty good.
non sci fi

Ted Lasso
Bad Sisters
Slow Horses
The Last thing he told me
General discussion / Re: One Punch
September 28, 2023, 02:36:27 PM
Quote from: cornerback on September 28, 2023, 01:01:00 PM
QuotePreviously, defence barrister Joe Brolly had contended that "it's as obvious a case of self-defence as I have come across in 30 years of practice as a criminal defence barrister".
GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh next steps
September 27, 2023, 04:43:42 PM

Donaghy's commitment a huge boost as Armagh aim to take the next step

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has received a considerable boost following confirmation that four-time Kerry All-Ireland winner Kieran Donaghy will remain as part of his management team.Donaghy has been coaching the Armagh forwards for the past three years and has struck up a considerable rapport with the entire county panel.His input into Armagh's endeavours has been considerable and he is set to have an even more significant role in the team's tactical input in 2024.
With Ciaran McKeever also expected to remain as part of the managerial team, the indications are that Armagh will enter the new campaign strongly focused on two major objectives — attaining promotion from Division Two of the Allianz League and winning the Ulster Championship.
Donaghy's continued alliance with Armagh has been given a particular welcome following the appointment of Mickey Harte as Derry manager and the installation of Raymond Galligan as the new Cavan boss with Jim McGuinness set to embark on his second term in charge of Donegal.Armagh were singularly unfortunate in the Ulster and All-Ireland Championships when they lost out to both Derry and Monaghan in penalty shoot-outs.In the Ulster Final, Derry had scored 1-15 to Armagh's 0-18 at the end of extra-time before the Oak Leaf side retained their trophy following a 3-1 success in the penalty shoot-out
Then in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals, Armagh and Monaghan were deadlocked at 0-14 each following the end of extra-time before Monaghan just managed to scramble over the line by winning the ensuing penalty shoot-out 9-8.Success may have been singularly uplifting for Monaghan but defeat heaped a torrent of sickening anguish on a devastated Armagh side.
But right now Armagh are adopting an upwards and onwards stance as they prepare to function on the 2024 season.While it had been thought in some quarters initially that manager McGeeney might be forced to step aside, the fact that he has been given another year by the county board suggests that this might well prove his most high-pressure spell to date.
Having been in charge of Kildare for six years before taking up the Orchard County reins, McGeeney has been singularly unlucky in striking it rich in terms of capturing trophies.Indeed, the two penalty shoot-out losses incurred earlier this year only served to rub salt into Armagh's wounds.McGeeney requires no reminding that 2024 will carry big challenges for his side within the confines of their own province never mind elsewhere yet he is resolved to transform his team's fortunes if he can.As the longest-serving manager in either football of hurling in the entire country, McGeeney has acquired respect and admiration for his commitment.But with fans focused strongly on the capture of silverware, the next number of months will see McGeeney put his shoulder to the wheel more forcibly as he bids to revive the Orchard County's fortunes.
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
September 26, 2023, 08:04:56 PM
The games this weekend are all fairly uninteresting. Ireland, England, Wales and France all have the weekend off.
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
September 24, 2023, 04:22:12 PM
Quote from: screenexile on September 24, 2023, 04:09:36 PMGreat viewing for the Solheim Cup today. Some great shots on the way in from the Europeans!

Can they hold on to retain it?
Europe have retained it. Leona Maguire played all 5 matches
I have Aaron Rodgers and Nick Chubb on my team :(
General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
September 12, 2023, 04:45:10 PM
MRI confirmed torn Achilles, out for the season
General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
September 11, 2023, 08:12:26 PM

Paul Pogba: Juventus midfielder provisionally suspended for anti-doping offence

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended from playing because of an anti-doping offence. Italy's national anti-doping tribunal (Nado) said Pogba returned a test with elevated levels of testosterone after Juve's 3-0 win at Udinese on 20 August.France international Pogba, 30, was an unused substitute but was selected at random for post-match drug testing.If found guilty of doping, he could face a ban of between two and four years.
Juventus said in a statement: "Juventus Football Club announces that today, 11 September, 2023, the footballer Paul Labile Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal following the results of tests carried out on 20 August, 2023.
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
September 09, 2023, 04:33:16 PM
Quote from: seafoid on September 09, 2023, 04:20:01 PM
Quote from: thewobbler on September 09, 2023, 04:16:07 PM
Rugby needs 20 teams at a World Cup about as much as I want kneecapped.
Rugby needs a Tailteann or Joe Mac Cup
It's like Galway vs Leitrim

It would be better to drop back down to 16. Tournament would be 2 weeks shorter. 3 group games and no bye week. Add an 8 team tournament along side it with the winners qualifying for the next world cup.
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
September 09, 2023, 04:24:27 PM
Point a minute
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
September 07, 2023, 04:29:57 PM
For those of you in the US, all the World Cup games are on Peacock TV (which also gets you a lot of Premier League and Six Nations games as well)
General discussion / Re: The DUP thread
September 06, 2023, 02:09:04 PM
Quote from: seafoid on September 06, 2023, 10:46:48 AM
The GFA has to be rewritten so that no party can boycott Stormont. The DUP boycott is a disaster for the people.

Or that they can boycott it if they want, but the rest can go ahead without them.
Quote from: Itchy on September 02, 2023, 08:35:25 PM
Evan Ferguson with a Hattrick today for Brighton. What an exciting talent he is for us

Out injured
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
August 31, 2023, 03:46:47 PM
Has anyone watched a Down GAA TV game using the browser on a firestick? Or is the only way to get it on a TV to cast or attach a HDMI cable to a laptop?