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GAA Discussion / Connacht Club Championships 2018
« on: September 24, 2018, 12:11:05 PM »
Might as well start this as we're near the end of the various championships. The Ros and Mayo contingent can proceed to take over from here.

Senior Football
QFs - 4th November
Tourlestrane (Sligo) v Breaffy or Ballintubber (Mayo)
Clann na Gael (Roscommon) v Fulham Irish or Tir Conaill Gaels (London)

SFs - 11th November
Aughawillan (Leitrim) v Mayo/Sligo
Galway v Roscommon/London

Final - 25th November

Intermediate Football

QF - 3rd November
Fenagh or Annaduff (Leitrim) v Curry or Shamrock Gaels (Sligo)

SFs - 10th November
An Spideal or Micheal Breathnach (Galway) v Belmullet or Burrishoole (Mayo)
Fuerty or Oran (Roscommon) v Sligo/Leitrim

Final - TBC

Junior Football

QF - 3rd November
Easkey (Sligo) v Glenfarne/Kilty (Leitrim)

SFs - 10th November
Kilglass Gaels (Roscommon) v Clonbur (Galway)
Balla (Mayo) v Sligo/Leitrim

Senior Hurling

Intermediate Hurling

QF - 29th October
Tooreen (Mayo) v Athleague (Roscommon)

SF - 10/11 November
St Gabriels (London) v Mayo/Roscommon

F - 18th November
Galway v winners

Junior Hurling

SF - 29th October
Sligo v Leitrim

Galway v Sligo/Leitrim


Curry v Shamrock Gaels


Calry/St. Joseph's v Naomh Eoin
Coolera/Strandhill v Easkey


Fenagh v Annaduff



Breaffy v Ballintubber

Belmullet v Burrishoole



Clann na Gael

Fuerty v Oran

Clann na Gael v Kilglass Gaels - latter are through to Connacht


Annaghdown v Corofin
Mountbellew v Salthill

An Spideal v Michael Breathnach


Sarsfields v Castlegar
Loughrea v Cappataggle
Liam Mellows v Tynagh Abbey Duniry
St Thomas v Gort or Clarinbridge

Meelick/Eyrecourt v Kilconieron
Oranmore v Kinvara or Rahoon/Newcastle


Fulham Irish v Tir Conaill Gaels

St Gabriels

GAA to give the GPA €6 million per annum as part of new agreement.

25/07/2016 - 13:01:17

The GAA will provide the GPA with over €6 million per annum over three years (2017-19) as part of their new framework agreement – a jump of almost two and a half times the value of their current deal, writes John Fogarty.

In a new initiative, 15% of the GAA’s net central commercial revenue (media coverage,
sponsorship, franchising, licensing) will be handed over to the official players body. In 2015, that figure was €2m but €2.5m is the minimum guaranteed.

A total of €1.2m per annum will go towards players’ nutritional expenses, while the GAA have guaranteed an additional €800,000 per year for player services.

Inter-county players’ mileage rates will also increase from 50 cent per mile to between 62.5 and 65 cent per mile with a maximum cost of €1.5m. As of present, county boards pay players’ mileage but Croke Park will now distribute the expenses.

A figure of €200,000 will be set aside for surgical interventions for former inter-county players.

Outside of mileage expenses, the GAA’s interim agreement with the GPA is currently worth approximately €2m.

Providing Central Council rubberstamps the deal, the GPA will also be entitled to submit one motion to Congress as well as an increase of their Congress representation to two delegates. A new working group involving players and officials will also be established to examine demands on players with their proposals going forward to Central Council by the middle of next year.

“Our inter-county players make a special contribution to the Association in so many ways,” said GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail. “The increased commitment involved in playing our games at inter-county level has been commonly acknowledged for some time. We are serious about the welfare of our players and will continue to work with the GPA to safeguard that welfare.”

GPA president Dermot Earley remarked: “By pledging to support the needs of county players and recognising the increasingly challenging environment in which they operate, the GAA has taken a very important step in securing their future wellbeing.”

Earley, Limerick’s Seamus Hickey (GPA secretary) as well as GPA officers Richie Hogan and Paul Flynn were part of the GPA’s negotiating team.

GAA Discussion / What became of the Connnacht minor final thread?
« on: July 29, 2009, 10:52:12 PM »
Was logging in to see what was new in that thread and I see it's disappeared. How so?

Would be hopeful of a similar sized thread as the Mayo/Derry or Dubs/Tyrone threads on this one, well never mind....

Need to get off to a good start, so a comfortable win and a good display by the forwards would be ideal. Word is encouraging about the new regime, not what I'd expected. Still it's only January so a long way to go before we can judge them better. The trips to Clare, Antrim and Wicklow will be real tests of the team's character, and we'd need to win two of those probably, provided the Germans' border raid doesn't come off.

Team is named for Sunday. Sligonian: Care to notice that something, erm, isn't quite right about the panel?

The Sligo Manager Kevin Walsh has named his team which will line out against Kilkenny in Markievicz Park on this Sunday February 1st throw in at 2-30pm The First Round of the National League Division 4

                                                 Phillip Greene

Charlie Harrison (Capt)            Noel McGuire                       Brendan Phillips
St John's                                    Easkey                                      Eastern Harps

Jonathan Davey                        Michael McNamara                    Paul McGovern   
St Mary's                                    St John's                                 Eastern Harps                                                                             
                         Eugene Mullen                                Sean Davey
                           Easkey                                              Curry

Gary Gaughan                          Eamon O'Hara                        Kenneth Sweeney
Tourlestrane                              Tourlestrane                                Geevagh

Dermot McTiernan                    Keith Raymond                     Adrian Marren
Ballymote                                   Calry/St Joseph's                             Curry

Jason Farrell
Neil Ewing
Barry Kivelhan
Pat Naughton
Tony Taylor
Stephen Gilmartin
Alan Costello
Shane Stenson
David Kelly

Mayo lads- fill yer boots.

And Farrell gets dropped after being in goals for the FBD games. Another Spring of Greene howlers awaits I guess. A few questionable selections, such as the ongoing problems at CHB and midfield (though we're not blessed with many options available to us, Taylor will be in early methinks). Raymond didn't convince against Galway but he gets another shot at it anyway. Anyone offering a spread on how long O'Hara survives until his inevitable yellow card? Having just seen who's got our game, I'll call it for 0-10, and we'll probably finish up with 12-13. Yes Vincent Neary is about to torture us again, just as well it's against Kilkenny then.

General discussion / The Cruiser dies
« on: December 18, 2008, 10:21:45 PM »
Won't pass further comment, don't speak ill, etc.:

Former Minister O'Brien dies aged 91
Thursday, 18 December 2008 22:11

The death has taken place of the former Cabinet minister and journalist Conor Cruise O'Brien.

Mr O'Brien, who was 91, served as Minister for Posts and Telegraph during the Fine Gael/Labour coalition in the 1970s.

Mr O'Brien was also a civil servant, a UN official, a writer, an academic and a newspaper editor.

He studied History and Literature in Trinity College and was the author of books, including States of Ireland, which examined the relationship between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

His plays include Murderous Angels and King Herald Explains.

He joined the civil service at 25, before later going to external affairs and then becoming a delegate to the UN Assembly.

In 1969, he was elected to the Dáil as a member of the Labour Party and he became the party's spokesman on Northern Ireland.

He became Minister for Posts and Telegraphs in 1973 but lost his seat in 1977.

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said he was greatly saddened by Mr O'Brien's death.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has expressed his condolences to the family of Mr O'Brien, who he said was a leading figure in Irish life in many spheres since the 1960s.

'(He) was blessed with a strong intellect and he was a man of strong convictions. I never doubted his sincerity or his commitment to a better and more peaceful Ireland,' Mr Cowen added.

General discussion / P.D.'s = Politically dead?
« on: September 17, 2008, 12:14:46 AM »
According to anyway. Looks like the old anti-Haughey crowd are getting off the stage, twas inevitable really:


General discussion / Ronaldo's career may be over
« on: February 13, 2008, 11:43:10 PM »
The real Ronaldo that is, what a player in his prime:

Ronaldo Career Virtually Over

The career of Milan striker Ronaldo is virtually over after it was confirmed that he has completely severed the tendon in his left knee.

Ronaldo collapsed in the penalty area in agony just minutes after coming on as a substitute in tonight’s 1-1 draw with Livorno.

El Fenomeno was stretchered off the pitch in serious distress and he was in floods of tears.

The seriousness of the situation could be seen immediately as the Milan players were clearly shaken up by what they had seen.

Ronaldo was immediately rushed to hospital where tests revealed that he had completely severed the tendon in his left knee.

The 31-year-old has already suffered this injury twice before, first in 1998 and then in 2000. In total these kept him out of the game for the best part of three years.

With this in mind, and also considering the fact that reports yesterday suggested that he was already considering retirement at the end of the season, it seems highly likely that the great career of Ronaldo has come to an end.

Seeing as 2 and 4 have their own, sure why not one for Div 3 too?

A wide open division, hard to call it in relation both to promotion as well as relegation, some decent sides who have enjoyed reasonably good form (or success for some, ahem ;D) in contention. So many possiblities here, will Sligo manage to build on last year's achievements? Can Louth get back up a division after a close relegation last year? Does Down's McKenna Cup form suggest a promising year ahead for the 'aristocrats'? Can Fermanagh rediscover the form of 2004 under new management? Similiarly can Wexford and Limerick end their current decline and restore their own form of recent years? Whose scalp will Laythrum claim, and how many near-misses will they have? And does anybody care about Longford? :P

Round-by-round is as follows:

Round 1

02.02.08 (Sat) @ 7.00pm

Newry: An Dún 1-12 Sligeach 2-5

03.02.08 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

Páirc na nGael: Luimneach 1-10 An Lú 0-9
Carrick-on-Shannon: Liatroim PvP Fear Manach
Wexford Park: Loch Garman 3-8 Longfort 1-9

Round 2

17.02.08 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

Pearse Park: Longfort v Liatroim
Drogheda: An Lú v An Dún
Lisnaskea: Fear Manach v Luimneach
Markievicz Park: Sligeach v Loch Garman

Round 3

02.03.08 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

Sligeach v Luimneach
Longfort v Fear Manach
Loch Garman v An Dún
An Lú v Liatroim

Round 4

15.03.008 (Sat) @ 7.00pm

An Dún v Longfort

16.03.08 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

Fear Manach v An Lú
Liatroim v Sligeach
Luimneach v Loch Garman

Round 5

29.03.08 (Sat) @ 7.00pm

An Dún v Luimneach

30.03.08 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

Sligeach v Fear Manach
Longfort v An Lú
Loch Garman v Liatroim

Round 6

06.04.2008 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

Fear Manach v Loch Garman
Luimneach v Longfort
Liatroim v An Dún
An Lú v Sligeach

Round 7

13.04.08 (Sun) @ 2.30pm

An Dún v Fear Manach
Luimneach v Liatroim
Longfort v Sligeach
Loch Garman v An Lú

From the Connacht champions' perspective, it's looking like a tough campaign in store. Four away ties, including daunting and cross-country travels to Down and Louth, a last-day trip to Longford, and the short journey to Carrick to resume league hostilities after a long time apart (must be early 90's if even that). Can't see us getting anything from the border duo, Longford possibly (may depend on who needs what by then) and Leitrim will be tight, but we could shade it. The home games are hard to know, I'd see us taking Limerick, and possibly Wexford too. Fermanagh is anyone's guess. Mid-table safety will be the likely outcome, can't see us gaining promotion, and I believe that honour will go to Louth and Down instead.

I'm not going to hazard a guess at the two to fall, but Leitrim will need to get on the right side of those close calls, though to be fair they were not far from being in Div 2 this year. Might as well have been there, because that other crowd will be coming straight back down anyway.

General discussion / The 'Joe show' is no more - RIP
« on: December 26, 2007, 05:17:03 PM »
Joe Dolan dies after sudden illness

Wednesday, 26 December 2007 17:11

The singer and entertainer Joe Dolan has died at the Mater private hospital in Dublin.

He was taken ill at his home in Foxrock last night and died just after 3pm this afternoon from a suspected brain haemorrhage.

Mr Dolan, from Mullingar in Westmeath, had enjoyed musical success in Ireland and around the world for over 40 years.

With his band the Drifters his first chart success came in Ireland with 'The Answer to Everything' in 1964 but he is best perhaps known for songs 'Good Looking Woman' and 'Make Me an Island'.

Mr Dolan, who was in his late 60s and one of five children, was recently forced to cancel a number of Christmas concerts because of illness but he was at home in Foxrock in Dublin last night when he was taken ill.

Surrounded by his family he passed away after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage just after 3pm.

General discussion / Petrol/Diesel prices in your area
« on: November 12, 2007, 12:41:49 AM »
Just curious to know how much is being charged for petrol and diesel around the country, given the hike in prices last week. Up by about 7c around Sligo, an utter rip-off, but it could be the case that the Rally might give them an excuse to charge high for the week ahead.

From my travels, the following prices were noted (NB my interest is in diesel, so I'm not 100% certain of the petrol):

Sligo town - 121.9 for both, across the board. Didn't see the off-bypass ones though, but I suspect it's no different. Were generally 114 a week ago.
Collooney - 121.9, up from 112 last week.
Ballymote- a rare case, the diesel is dearer than petrol, 121.9 to 120.9. Up by 9c in diesel's case, a bit less for petrol.
Tubbercurry - Doohan's is 117-115 for P-D, the cheapest i've seen in SO, while the station on the Curry side is 2c dearer. Not sure how much that's up though. Didn't see McCarrick's.
Ballina - the station on the Cross road is 117-115 for P-D, while there's another one there nearer the town 2c higher. Others appear to be higher still.
Crossmolina - around 119-117 IIRC in the station on the Belmullet side.
Belmullet - 120-119 for P-D, that being the one on the Bangor road. One on that peninsula side not showing prices, like the station in Bangor.

Apparently Ballinamore is around 116 for petrol, while Carrick isn't much dearer. I'd expect the one in Castlebaldwin would be reasonable too, but one wonders about that.  :D

Prior to the increase, Galway city was around 116 for both, while Tuam was about 4-5c cheaper. Ballindine was dirt cheap for diesel - all three stations at 107, with the petrol not too much higher. Apparently Claremorris was around that figure too. But they will all be higher now of course.

Any other prices of note? NB for conversion purposes, £1 = €1.42 at present, or €1 = £0.70.

General discussion / George Washington put down
« on: October 28, 2007, 12:07:23 AM »
From the Racing Post:

Curlin's runaway success overshadowed by fatal
George Washington injury

by PA Sport staff

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S Breeders' Cup Classic bid ended in tragedy as he suffered a fatal injury in a race won in brilliant fashion by Curlin at Monmouth Park.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old showed up handily early in the $5million contest, which was run on mud-splattereddirt track, but soon began to struggle.

As Curlin powered away to beat Hard Spun, George Washington's rider Mick Kinane dismounted his horse, who was quickly attended by racecourse veterinary staff.

He could not be saved, however, and the decision was taken to have him humanely destroyed.

O'Brien's wife Anne-Marie was in floods of tears on the rail and was then consoled by her husband as the family walked back into the paddock.

On-course veterinarian and equine joint expert Dr Wayne McIlwraith said George Washington suffered an open fracture of both sesamoid bones.

Dr McIlwraith added: "The decision was made very quickly. The injury was bad and Aidan O'Brien made the request for euthanisation. He was with the horse."

George Washingtonwas never far from the headlines throughout his mercurial career.

An emphatic winner of last year's 2,000 Guineas, he was then beaten by Araafa in the Irish equivalent in heavy ground.

However, O'Brien used all his skills to return the son of Danehill to his very best and he gained his revenge on his Irish Guineas conqueror in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot - a race which saw him crowned as the champion three-year-old miler.

He was then sent off to stud and was obviously a very popular proposition for breeders, but it was discovered very early that he was only managing to get a small percentage of his mares in foal.

He was sensationally returned to training, a move which saw leading Classic prospect Holy Roman Emperor retired early to take his place in the breeding sheds.

It is fair to say that George Washington has only shown flashes of his brilliance this season, but still offered enough to suggest he had retained plenty of ability.

He was not beaten far in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and Prix du Moulin at Longchamp and always sparked excitement and interest wherever he ran.

Monmouth Park 10.35

1 Curlin (Robby Albarado) 9-2
2 Hard Spun (Mario Pino) 8-1
3 Awesome Gem (David Flores) 33-1
9 ran

General discussion / The Official THFC thread
« on: October 25, 2007, 08:46:34 PM »
1-1 currently at the Lane, but that's not the main story, as Jol is heading out the door:

General discussion / Sunderland fans site - "Big Sam catches big fish"
« on: October 16, 2007, 02:39:37 AM »
Seen this posted on AFR earlier, a picture of Sam Allardyce photoshopped with impunity. Some real creativity to be found:

The thread:
The youtube compliation:

Didn't see this one coming I have to say. Hard to know who will take the reigns now, just bloody great news that. From the county's site:

It is with regret that I have to inform you that Tommy Breheny will not continue as Manager of the Sligo Senior Team for 2008.

His reason for this is due to his commitment to work and his family.

While I was very disappointed on hearing this news it was equally hard on Tommy to relay it.

I asked Tommy to get involved and help us out back in February 2006 and I have to say he was willing and gave nothing but total commitment since then.  He of course got due reward in winning the Connacht Championship this year, but if one was to realise his input one would understand that this success was to happen because his work ethic demanded it.

Tommy had nothing but the best interest of Sligo football at heart and he put this before all else while in charge.

While he has come to a point where he has to take a break I know he will help in the future and from time to time when asked.

I wish to thank him most sincerely for his total commitment to Sligo football for most of the past three years but in particular for the last two years when I sought his expertise.

I also wish to compliment those who gave him help in particular his selectors John Kent and P. J. Laughton.

Sligo football is indebted to Tommy Breheny and on behalf of all of us I wish to thank him most sincerely – I already look forward to a time when he can get involved again.

Mile buicohas, Tomas.

John Murphy

Chairman Sligo County Board.

GAA Discussion / Connacht GAA fixtures 2008
« on: October 07, 2007, 08:44:49 PM »
From our county's website, the draw for the Senior not yet finalised of course. But the Connacht Champions (never thought I'd be saying that) will start their defence in Ruislip:
(I assume the dates for the semis will be June 15th and 22nd, more than likely)



Sunday 11th    May

Pre-Lim.                                                                                              Extra Time     

New York                    Leitrim                        Gaelic Park     

Sunday  18th     May   

Pre Lim                                   

Sunday 25th May                                           

London                       Sligo                            Ruislip


Sunday    June                                                 

Sunday     June                                               

FINAL Sunday  13th July                   


Connacht Minor Football Championship

Round Robin:  `

Round 1  Saturday 19th April

Leitrim            v          Roscommon               Carrick on Shannon

Round 2          Saturday  26th April

Roscommon   v          Sligo                            Hyde Park

Round 3          Saturday 3rd May

Sligo                v          Leitrim                        Markievicz Park

Quarter Finals 17th /18th May                       Extra Time if necessary

A:        Winners Round Robin           v          Mayo

B;         Second in Round Robin         v          Galway


Semi-Finals    27/28th June

            Winners A                   v          Losers B

            Winners B                   v          Losers A

Final                13th July


Connacht U-21 Football Championship


Pre Lim;          22nd March                              Extra Time in all games.

            A:        Sligo  v  Galway                     Markievicz Park


Semi-Finals    29th   March

                        Mayo               v          Leitrim            Castlebar

                        A                      v          Roscommon   Markievicz Park/Galway

Final                5/67th April







Connacht Junior Football Championship.


Friday 2nd  May           First named at Home             Extra Time if necessary

Leitrim            v          Sligo                           

Roscommon   v          Mayo


Final:   .


Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling Championship.



Sligo                v          Roscommon

Leitrim            v          Mayo






Sligo                v          Leitrim                                    Markievicz Park

Semi- Finals   

Roscommon   v          Galway

Mayo               v          A




Pre Lim.

A:        Sligo                v          Leitrim


Mayo                           v          Roscommon

A                                  v          Galway




Roscommon               v          Galway

Leitrim                        v          Mayo





A:        Sligo                v          Leitrim

B          Roscommon   v          Mayo


            A          v          B


Galway            v          Semi-Final Winners                           Athleague


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