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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA attendance 2021
« on: June 22, 2021, 09:10:25 PM »
The sight of many unmasked Biffos zitting together won't do much to convince NPHET /Government to increase permitted attendances earlier than planned.

Maybe they are all vaccinated.

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: June 22, 2021, 03:00:46 PM »
Such an improvement there has been in big Lukaku.  I don't watch the Italian football really so I was so surprised to see how good his touch and holdup play has become.

Everyone seems to disimprove when they join United. Then improve again when they leave. I reckon if Martial was to leave this summer, he'd improve greatly too. Someone else mentioned Depay earlier...

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: June 22, 2021, 02:54:01 PM »
Great to see Sam McConkey crawling out a few weeks before indoor dining is allowed. I'm not sure if it will go ahead on July 5th myself. Hopefully I'm wrong on this.

GAA Discussion / Re: GAA attendance 2021
« on: June 22, 2021, 09:16:07 AM »
If I get to any match I'll not go near any cnut without a mask shouting and spraying germs all over me.
As for the English.......

You're going to be nice and quiet yourself so?

GAA Discussion / Re: GAA attendance 2021
« on: June 21, 2021, 09:57:44 PM »
With the 2021 Championship about to get underway in both codes, wanted to open the discussion about potential attendances. As of now the “powers to be “ are saying that All-Ireland at the end of August may have 25k in attendance.

Don’t really want to turn this blog into a pissing contest about shabby vaccine rollout, which looks like it is as much an EU issue as much as an Ireland issue.
However, can somebody explain, that as it stands now, you will be able to go to Castlebar on July 24th, (assuming Mayo are in it) and be able to watch the game in a hotel, restaurant or a pub while having a pint, but you may not be able walk up the town and watch the Connaught final in an outdoor stadium, even though you have been vaccinated.

Has anybody questioned the GAA hierarchy in Croke park, the civil servants/ Govt who are deciding on attendance policies, and more importantly what science are they basing their allowed attendance on.

Not sure of % attendance of UK events.
Current examples of attendances in US. Btw, no masks whatsoever required at in bars and restaurants.
There were 135k at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago. Outdoor event.
NBA indoor attendance as of this week.

Back to Ireland. Just got this info on line.
As of a few days ago, there were three million vaccines administered, (2MM first doses)one could safely assume that in six weeks’ time there will be at least another million plus vaccinated.
Most experts agree .It is pretty much impossible to get the virus if you are vaccinated and in an outdoor environment.

 A little more analysis,
Population of Ireland is 5MM
Excluding 1MM under age of 14= 4MM
Right now 2MM have gotten one dose. If in six weeks another Million get a first shot, that would bring total to at least 3MM.
4MM divided by 3MM is = to 75% of population over 14 that will have received one dose.

All puzzling to say the least. Hoping common sense will prevail and let folks who are vaccinated and want to attend games to do so. I have no problem going onto a GAA website and providing proof of same and wearing a mask if that is required also.

Decided to follow up on this one, especially relevant as the Championship begins next weekend.
so read that as of this morning 3,434,053 doses have been distributed.
The govt stats show this at;
60% one dose
31% fully vaccinated.

Apparently over 900k new doses are set to arrive here in the next two weeks, with existing 300k current weekly vaccinations, that would give over 1.2MM additional vaccinations in next three + weeks. That would make over 4.6MM that will have been distributed.
At that point close to 70%% of the adult population will have one vaccine, not sure how many will be fully vaccinated.

How can the powers to be, I suppose Dr.T (etc) not acknowledge that it is pretty much impossible to get Covid if you are fully vaccinated, in addition, the chances of you passing it to someone else are similarly low. One small point, someone may mention to the D4 crowd, GAA games last time I checked are in outdoor stadiums.
To summarize, 50% of the population could be fully vaccinated, show proof, wear a mask and the maximum capacity for GAA games is 20-25%, and that is for the All-Irelands nine weeks out from here. You know what, on July 25th five weeks from yesterday, as someone who is fully vaccinated, I would take my chances that if Mayo are in the Connacht final, I would attend.
I would love for some Debbie Downer Dr, or WHO expert to debate me on the subject that it is not safe to attend an outdoor event if you are vaccinated.

Last night at MSG in NY, there was an indoor rock concert, you had to show you were fully vaccinated to attend. As I watched the news reports, I could not but reflect on the asinine rules still in place in Ireland.
"On Monday last , the governor of NY said he would lift virtually all remaining COVID restrictions once 70% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose. As of Tuesday, 68.9% of them have had at least one job, Cuomo says CDC data shows.
Baseball stadiums are back to full capacity, i.e. folks can go to a game and have some long missed fun.

Would love to hear some thoughts on this.

The 'Delta variant' will put the kibosh on a lot of things. Tony H is already warning about it. ::)

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2021
« on: June 21, 2021, 09:53:12 PM »
I dunno. Donegal were well placed (according to most) to take out Dublin last year and look what happened. A lot depends on how long Murphy is out for.

GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: June 20, 2021, 10:10:54 PM »
Mayo will be favourites to beat Sligo and Leitrim. That's maybe where the run might end though.

Ros and Galway are both going in slightly down in themselves it seems as both were relegated from Division 1 of the league. If Mayo do get to the Connacht final, then Ros or Galway will fancy their chances against a Mayo team whose defensive issues are very problematic and without Cillian O'Connor also who is a massive loss. They'll also have the advantage of playing the top teams all summer long as well.

Weirdly enough for me, I expect Mayo to beat Sligo and Leitrim. They're both Division 4 teams and the only win between them was for Sligo - against Leitrim. The gap should be too big. Apologies to the Sligo folk here but that's how I view it anyway.

P.S. Given the above worries I have for Mayo it probably won't be and it'll be heart in mouth stuff for us. :-\

General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: June 20, 2021, 09:56:35 PM »
Echoing the above replies BallHopper. Your positivity is an inspiration to us all. A bump in the road as others describe it, luckily you haven't had many. Keep her lit.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2021
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:35:20 PM »
Yes indeed Cunny. Mayo only scored 9 points in the second half and my heart was in my mouth until they scored the last point to make it four. Whilst not sounding too arrogant, I did expect us to win today. We're either a serious football county or we're not. I did expect Clare would put it up to us however partly because we never put teams to the sword fully and our defensive 'system'. COC's injury just proves how valuable he is to the team. The forwards struggled to penetrate the Clare backs and if he was there, I think he might have steadied the ship up front. Job done however and promotion secured. Lots to work on in the coming weeks if Connacht is to be retained, especially if Cillian is out for a lengthy period.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2021
« on: June 13, 2021, 03:08:26 PM »
If anyone runs at us in championship we're frigged.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2021
« on: June 13, 2021, 06:54:27 AM »
Cork 2-17 Westmeath 0-19 53 mins played. Two Cork goals in a few minutes has swung this contest and both goals was errors in the Westmeath defence.

A tough one for Westmeath as they ran Meath and ourselves close in the opening two rounds.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2021
« on: June 12, 2021, 03:11:11 PM »
Mayo team to play Clare:

Rob Hennelly;
Enda Hession, Oisin Mullin, Lee Keegan;
Rory Brickenden, Paddy Durcan, Stephen Coen;
 Matthew Ruane, Diarmuid O'Connor;
Fergal Boland, Darren McHale, Bryan Walsh;
Tommy Conroy, Cillian O'Connor, Ryan O'Donoghue.

Kildare team to play Meath:

Mark Donnellan;
Mark Dempsey, Mick O'Grady, Eoin Doyle;
Kevin Flynn, David Hyland, Ryan Houlihan;
Luke Flynn, Kevin Feely;
Fergal Conway, Neil Flynn, Paul Cribbin;
Jimmy Hyland, Daniel Flynn, Darragh Kirwan.

Carr misses out after scoring 2-1 from play , yet boland starts . Cant see what's happening in training i suppose . Eoin o Donoghue dropped for hession who looks about two stone too light for county yet .
Horan has been an absolute revelation for mayo football and will be long remembered for making us serious but I just dont get some of his line of thought at all . Defensive structure is so easily exposed because of no protection too . If he doesnt want to play a sweeper he cant allow Mullen and Keegan to push up , it's just bollix , how many goal chances do we giveaway every game . Its farcical in the sense its gung ho but shur let Mullen play further up the pitch then if that's your philosophy,  its like it's a cotradicion of sorts .

That team won't start larry.

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: June 11, 2021, 08:13:43 PM »
Italian National Anthem is class.
It's one of my favourites.

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: June 11, 2021, 11:36:48 AM »
My tip of the euros is Hungary to be lowest scorers in the tournement @ 5/1. Very tough group with Portugal, Germany and France.

Watched them against Ireland a few days ago and created very little, especially considering they had home advantage.

Will this group provide 3 places in the last 16? I'd say it might.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: June 10, 2021, 08:21:56 PM »
Perhaps the shenanigans after a lot of games last August/September might just be still in NPHET 's memory.

True, but there's a helluva lot progress with vaccines since then.

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