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GAA Discussion / Kimmage article about the scandal at O Dwyer's
« on: June 03, 2018, 12:14:33 PM »
 Can't post a link as I haven't found it online but anyone read this today? Unlike the Athenry article where he named and shamed volunteers over minor/disputed incidents, I'd say fair play to him on this one. It seems to have uncovered improper use of GAA funds by top officials, breach of confidentiality on a purportedly anonymous helpline and a very malicious allegation against a coach by the club chairman, whose apology came across as very begrudging.

I imagine we'll see a series of these kind of articles from Kimmage as he becomes a watchdog for disgruntled GAA club members everywhere.

GAA Discussion / Paul Kimmage article about Athenry club dispute.
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:14:02 AM »

Anyone else think this was way out of order on the Sindo's part?

The club handled the situation terribly and it's unacceptable to use that language when coaching u-12s, but tarnishing the name of two volunteers and sensationalising this matter with a journalist who doesn't seem to like or care about the GAA, was wrong of the Sindo imo.

I don't think O' Rourke, Brolly or Dermot Crowe would have touched this. Be interested to hear Brolly's take on it.

General discussion / Gmail question
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:58:04 AM »
I just sent a group email to some people. In my sent mail its showing a previous 1-to-1 email conversation I had with one of the recipients in a thread with the group mail even though I'm sure I clicked on compose new mail. I'm using Gmail. Is it likely that the group can read the previous conversation I had with 1 of them?

GAA Discussion / The All-Ireland Alphabet Championships
« on: May 20, 2016, 11:52:33 PM »
Might be the saddest thread ever, but was just thinking there that if teams were formed on the basis of the first letter of a player's surname, which letter would win the All-Ireland in either code?

I'm thinking in hurling:
 "H" would have some good players: Harnedy, Horgan, Richie Hogan, Holden, Harte

so would "C" - Canning, Callanan - Colm and Seamie, not to mention Aonghus, Podge Collins, Patrick Curran, Noel Connors and Cody at the helm.

but "M" would be the strongest - All those Mahers - John and Noel McGrath, the Mannions, Kevin Moran, Paul Murphy, Graeme Mulcahy, McMorrow, Conor McGrath, David McInerny etc.

Didn't give the football too much thought but off the top of my head

"O" would take some stopping - O' Donoghue, the O' Se's, O' Connor, O' Carroll

and "C" would have the Coopers, Connolly, Damien Comer and Sean Cavanagh for starters.

General discussion / I need a favor from someone up North.
« on: December 18, 2014, 06:11:49 PM »
Hey everyone in the six counties. I have a bit of a problem and need to get hold of an APS2 passport application form to apply for a passport for my daughter. I recently moved back to Ireland (it was a bit sudden as I had to get surgery) and my wife and daughter are still overseas. My wife sent me an APS 2 form(it seems to be impossible to get them in Ireland) from overseas but I gave it to my doctor to witness it and she filled it out wrong( she filled out the section to witness my wife's signature as well by mistake, and it would have been impossible for my wife to have even been in the country) so anyway , the end result is that I need a new APS 2 form. After a few phone calls and emails it seems these forms are unavailable here but are freely available in post offices up north. If I wait for my wife to post one from Asia, it will delay the process further and I don't know anyone up north so I thought I'd try on here.

If anyone could pick up one of these forms for me and post it on, I would be eternally grateful. I can PM you my address.

General discussion / Great documentaries / shows on youtube.
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:11:55 PM »
I know there's a classic youtube thread already but that's for short, funny clips and there's lots more substantial stuff on youtube so I wanted to create a thread for that. Also it hits -30 in the winter here so I'll be spending a fair bit of time indoors.

This is a brilliant, moving documentary about Canadian police and how they treated drug addicts in their community with kindness and respect and actually got results too. It's called Life through a blue lens.

This is a short, interesting one about Ryan Leaf, the unfortunate NFL player who went second in the draft after Peyton Manning.

The Wet house. A documentary about chronic alcoholics living in a hostel where they're allowed to drink. Rough but fascinating. And a few Irish lads proudly flyig the flag of course.

Dylan Moran, stand-up live in Sydney. Class.

John Sweeney's BBC documentary about scientology. There's a scientologist called Tommy Davis who is some piece of work. He needs to be seen to be believed.

I'm off work for the next week and feeling lazy so if anyone knows of any cracking documentaries or shows out there please post a link to them.

Hurling Discussion / Quick quiz question
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:29:18 PM »
Can anyone, without looking it up obviously, name (some of) the top 10 all-time scorers in Championship history?

A small clue - there are 7 from the modern era(last 20 years) and 3 from the old days.

After almost winning our draft at work last year, despite having very little knowledge of the Premier League, I'm doing my homework(or hoping someone here will do it for me) this year and looking for advice on players to watch for this year. Aside from the usual big-hitters like Toure, Hazard, Aguero etc. if you have any tips on players who will score big this year, please post them here. I'm sure Costa, Fabregas and Sanchez will be sought after but I don't know much about other new signings or promoted teams. Still lots of transfer business to be done of course.

General discussion / Johnny 5 is alive.
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:02:10 PM »
I was just reading there about someone having his 5th kid. Best of luck to him, but does anyone else think that, on a dying planet where overpopulation is arguably our biggest problem(and I would argue that it is), that having five kids is extremely selfish?

General discussion / Albuquerque police shooting
« on: April 01, 2014, 12:25:47 AM »
The video speaks for itself.

How have these guys not been charged with murder yet?

General discussion / Useful online courses to improve job prospects
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:00:52 AM »
I know there's quite a few members here who work in IT and I'm wondering if you could give me any advice about some online courses I could take which would improve my job prospects when I come back to Ireland. I've been teaching English as a foreign language in Asia and I plan to return early next year so I'm looking at online courses I could take that would improve my job prospects on my return. I have a Commerce degree from years back, though I'd struggle to tell you more than 3 things I learned from it. I've had about enough of the teaching and I wouldn't be qualified to teach at home in any case. Obviously it's not the greatest time to be going back, but I'm excited and optimistic about it. I have pretty basic IT skills  - Word and Powerpoint, but I'd say I'm a fast learner. At least, I used to be years ago. Any pointers?

General discussion / Visa for my wife
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:03:27 AM »
I'm married and living in Asia. My wife is Asian and we don't have any kids yet. I'm looking for some Visa advice. It might seem strange to be asking on here but I think it's as good a place as any and it's a genuine request. I think from what I've been reading on this website

that if myself and my wife go to Ireland on a visitor/holiday Visa and get married while in Ireland, then my wife immediately has the right to reside in Ireland and it's a  matter of going to a Garda station to register the marriage, then to the appropriate office n Dublin to get the residency permit. I could phone my local embassy with this question but you can understand that I'm reluctant to phone them about my wife moving to Ireland and then send off an application for a holiday visa. I plan on working obviously, and my wife would like to work too if the conditions of her residency permit allow, but the most important thing is that we'd like to move home.

Hurling Discussion / Mount Leinster Rangers
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:52:33 PM »
Congrats to MLR on making the All-Ireland club final. Great for Carlow and for hurling.

General discussion / u Torrent
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:45:22 AM »
Hey lads, my u Torrent has stopped working at the worst possible time (NFL Playoffs). If i go to Pirate bay and select a torrent it appears in utorrent but nothing happens. It still says connecting to peers a few hours later but it's not doing anything. It had worked fine for years and suddenly it's stopped for no apparent reason. I didn't change any settings that I'm aware of. I even tried removing utorrent and re-installing but it's still the same. Any ideas or alternatives? I'd be very grateful for any help.

According to this quiz there are 34 countries in the world where soccer is not the most popular national sport. I was able to guess 18 of them in 7 minutes. That doesn't sound that good until you see how obscure some of the answers are. Anyway, if anyone (like me) has too much time on their hands give it a try.

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