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I don't understand why we have to wait 4 extra evening starved weeks for the Hour change.?As well as energy savings, there is also the opportunity for kids and Adults to get out in the evening and for Clubs to get back to outdoor activities.

If you look at Sunrise and Sunset for the 26th of February it is perfectly set for the hour change! So why wait another 4 weeks?

GAA Discussion / Mayo v Monaghan Saturday, February 04, 2017
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:05:24 PM »
Well Aido is out with an ankle injury from Basketball.

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Lee will be devoting his time to Westport for the moment.

Mayo are 4/9 Monaghan 9/4 and Draw 15/2.

Hard to know if Mayo will be happy to just retain League status or have a go at winning.

Dublin are so strong, it's hard to see Mayo putting the push on to win a League title they would get no credit for.

General discussion / English FA Cup 2017
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:04:18 PM »
Does anybody care?

Cardiff City v Fulham

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Hull v Swansea

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Clarke hoping to sign for New York Red Bulls

Former Armagh ace Jamie Clarke is keeping himself fit on his travels by training with Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls.

The 27-year-old Crossmaglen star is rubbing shoulders with the likes of former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and The Irish News reports that he hopes to earn a contract with the club where French icon Thierry Henry finished his playing career.

The talented all-rounder has also been playing for Longford GAA club in New York and it is understood he will find out in November if he has a future with the MLS side.

You know the GAA is in decline when they charge for young kids into games. I know people who have stopped bringing kids!
You know the GAA is in decline when you get games where no one kicks the ball.
You know the GAA is in decline when pundits determine rule changes.
You know the GAA is in decline when pundits with personal issues with Managers gets a outlet to abuse that power
You know the GAA is in decline when Players and Managers stop giving interviews
You know the GAA is in decline when ask amateur players to go out 3 weeks in a row to fulfill fixtures
You know the GAA is in decline when you don't have a clue between a Black, Red or Yellow Card
You know the GAA is in decline when the most exciting part of the Leinster final is a Streaker
You know the GAA is in decline when Sky forces people to go to the Pub to see a match
You know the GAA is in decline when Referees become to afraid make big decisions
You know the GAA is in decline when Red Card suspensions don't stand up because of Solicitors

Any one got any more?

Well who would you want next? On paper Kildare look the easier draw. Cork away would be a stinker and could be the end of us.

So it looks like we are out next Saturday week July 09, 2016?

From reading here and there we are in the B side of the draw. Which includes the winner of games next weekend Saturday, June 25.

Offaly v London
Antrim v Limerick
Down v Longford
Wexford  v Fermanagh

From a quick look down the line and looking to see who we would meet in the Quarters (if we are lucky enough to get there) We would play the Ulster Champions or the Leinster Champions!

Any disagreements with this?

Why is the hour not changed back earlier? Like February 28th or March 6th? Why do we have to wait until March 27? God knows we have a long enough dark winter without prolonging it. I'm sure it would benefit Sporting organisations without floodlights, help part time farmers, etc

Why don't they do it earlier?

GAA Discussion / Players you love to hate (but are not really bad lads).
« on: February 13, 2016, 12:34:06 PM »
There are a lot of players out there who are not really bad guys, but get up your nose. For some reason, you just don't like them.
Kerry's James O'Donoghue! Really annoys me. Hate the smirk on his face. Donnacha Walsh another.

(This is not an anti Kerry Rant!)

General discussion / Another Turkey being sent to Eurovision?
« on: January 13, 2016, 09:33:51 PM »
Look we don't really have a hope in Eurovision, no matter who we send, Do we? So is it better to just ignore the annual gig and send nobody? Should we look to the old formulas that did the business in the past? Personally I think that we have disrespected the competition for the last 20(ish) years sending moderate to poor songs and performers. And then complaining about block voting. If the Song is good enough it will get votes.

Where did this Nicky Byrne idea come from? Seems like a bit of a quango for a new boys club in RTE.

GAA Discussion / All Ireland Junior Club Football Championship 2016
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:11:30 PM »
Looking forward to seeing how Mayo and Connacht champions Ardnaree get on in this competition. Monaghan champions Rockcorry are the Ulster representatives. Pat Spillane's Club Templenoe cruised to a junior Munster title. St Brigid’s Killashee are in action against Curraha (Meath) in the Leinster Club Junior Football Championship Final.

Is there any dates/venues set for semi final games? Anyone know who is representing the UK?

General discussion / Great Sporting injustices.
« on: October 19, 2015, 09:43:55 PM »

France getting nothing from Referee in Rugby WC final.

Roy Jones Jr robbed in 1988 Olympics.

Louth robbed of a rare Leinster at the death.

Spain and Italy robbed in 2002 WC.

Any takers on Holmes and Connelly? Tomás Ó Flatharta? Jason Ryan? Jack Sheedy?

GAA Discussion / Is there a way of taking more games out of Croke Park?
« on: September 07, 2015, 04:16:18 PM »
Just wondering is there a way of taking League Semi-finals, League Finals, All games up to Leinster final, last 12 games and All Ireland Quarter Finals out of Croke Park? Most of these would be better served played in a Provincial venue. It's seems that the corporate boxes and Dublin rule the roost.

Apart from the now unbelievable advantage that Dublin players and supporters have of playing all their Competitive knockout games in Dublin. There's also the economic considerations for towns around the country. Spread the wealth.

You'd have to wonder how much damage the various hammerings teams are suffering will do to attendances and viewership on TV. There are quite a few games I have stopped watching over the last couple of years as they were over after a quarter of an hour. As a supporter both fan and neutral crowds are going to collapse at this rate. Kildare who always have a good following have been humiliated twice this year. Any fans not affected by the first loss to Dublin must surely be rocked by todays performance. I know the break over the winter can clear the head, but there will be a lot of Kildare badly burned and not willing to spend their euros following the team next year.

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