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GAA Discussion / Improving Gaelic Football
« on: July 25, 2010, 02:03:04 PM »
after watching 3 poor games yesterday and 2 the previous weekend whats to be done with gaelic football? the good news is that from now on the standard will be higher as only the better teams are left but what has gone before was mostly dreadful.

imo poor kicking is the root of most of the problems, the number of wides in games is evidence of this and i can think of some shocking wides that youd expect an average player to score. whats the reasons for this and how do you fix it? in weaker counties players just dont put in the time needed, kicking a ball over the bar from 40 yards out is not that hard if you put in the hours practicing, it aint going to happen unless the gaa go professional in a lot of counties. one thing that professionalism would bring is a lot higher standard game. professionalism isnt going to happen so what else can be done to improve scoring? i suggest outer posts like in international rules. 1 point for a behind 2 for a point and 3 or 4 for a goal. it would take pressure off kickers if they knew they would more than likely score something and also give teams struggling some chance with easy scores to get momentum.  at one stage yesterday id say even pat gilroy wanted louth to score to get a game going. A 1 or 2 point lead would lead to exciting finishes thats for sure but mostly the appalling scene of horror miss after horror miss would be camouflaged if nothing else. before the purists start jumping i read somewhere that behind post were in gaa years ago

General discussion / Not kosher
« on: July 24, 2010, 01:19:47 PM »

General discussion / Log Cabins
« on: June 22, 2010, 10:36:28 PM »
anyone have an experience of one of these? thinking of buying one for the extra space/bedroom. cost about e15k so not cheap but the salesman tells me there well insulated and are easily kept warm in the winter but then he would. dont want to buy iy and find out its freezing in the winter. they look well and this one is at least 400 sq feet. thanks for any help

General discussion / Anyone Recommend a site for Online US Open Golf
« on: June 20, 2010, 05:18:36 PM »
anyone know a good site? there are a few offering it for about e10 which is for nothing but dont know if there any good.. ta

General discussion / The Official USA World Cup thread
« on: June 12, 2010, 03:25:08 PM »
i think we can win this thing, who are england?

General discussion / whose a little p***k then?
« on: May 31, 2010, 07:16:03 PM »
army officer dismissed for bad language despite 28 years of unblemished service. what a joke

GAA Discussion / Championship Attendances
« on: May 30, 2010, 11:02:19 PM »
38,000 at cork v tipp anyone know donegal v down or other games

General discussion / Mcllory closing in on first PGA Title?
« on: May 02, 2010, 08:47:34 PM »
tied for the lead with 7 holes left

General discussion / ian baily thread
« on: April 27, 2010, 07:26:22 PM »
anyone know what happened this thread?

cant believe all the man u/liverpool heads here havent started a thread on this already. maybe they dont know there is soccer beyond the premiership? It really doesnt get better then this - the special one vs the special team. think barca will do it but cant wait to find out...

General discussion / Irish Times Sports Coverage
« on: April 18, 2010, 09:14:00 PM »
imo the times sports is gone to hell, todays magners league match between connaght and munster leads its online sports coverage. this is a fixture that connaght have won once in the last 32 meetings (get that) and had an attendance of about 2,500. why is this the top sports story?

feck all about the last round of hurling league matches and a bit on the arsenal game which i would have had no problem with had it led as it ended arsenals league hopes.

the indo is a rag so where do i go?

General discussion / Favourite Sporting Event This Weekend
« on: March 27, 2010, 11:24:08 AM »
whats the most anticipated sporting event this w/e

GAA Discussion / Relaunced
« on: March 25, 2010, 09:22:25 PM »
relaunched yesterday, any opinions? all i want is football tables updated if they can do that great.

interesting perspective in ny times. no regulation led to the problems

General discussion / Cuban Political Prisoner dies on Hunger Strike
« on: February 26, 2010, 10:06:50 PM »
from yesterdays irish times, not that long ago it was going on here. may he rest in peace. very little coverage in the news in ireland but at least he got a mention

A CUBAN political prisoner died on Tuesday after 83 days on hunger strike in protest at his treatment in jail.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a 42-year-old plumber, died in a military hospital in the capital Havana, according to his family.

Considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, he was jailed for demanding the release of another dissident and is the first political prisoner to starve himself to death on the communist island since 1972.

Zapata’s mother said her son’s death was “premeditated murder” by the Cuban authorities.

In an interview with Miami’s El Nuevo Herald newspaper Reina Luisa Tamayo said: “They managed to do what they wanted. They ended the life of a fighter for human rights.”

Cuban President Raúl Castro has expressed regret about the death and said he was not tortured or executed because neither practice existed in Cuba, according to a state-run website.

Cuba’s regime customarily refers to political prisoners as agents of the United States. Since the communist revolution in 1959, the island’s government has suppressed all political opposition to its rule.

Zapata was arrested in a crackdown on dissidents in 2003. Initially sentenced to three years in prison for disrespecting the regime, by May of last year his term had been increased to 36 years following a series of clashes with prison authorities, according to Amnesty.

During his detention he was convicted of “disorder in a penal establishment” and among other acts his refusal to wear a prison uniform, claiming as a political prisoner he would not dress as a common criminal.

His mother said Zapata was “skin and bones, his stomach is just a hole” and his back was “tattooed with blows” by the time he was transferred to a military hospital on February 17th.

Amnesty says there are 55 prisoners of conscience in Cuba and that repression has increased in recent months.

“We have seen an increasing number of arrests, detentions and harassment in Cuba. There is ongoing intimidation of human rights activists,” says Gerardo Ducos, Cuba researcher at Amnesty International.

Some 50-jailed dissidents have sent an open letter to Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva pleading for him to intercede on their behalf.

President Lula was due to meet Fidel and Raul Castro yesterday as part of his three-day trip to the island.

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