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GAA Discussion / Re: pairc ui chaoimh
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:10:54 PM »
According this official looking guy at 1.59 in the video "it's the only stadium in Europe that meets all the standards"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA7YtwokPxI

I wonder what standards he is talking about, any ideas?

He's a Corkman, so it meets the only standard that matters. It's the only stadium in Europe that's in Cork.

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Two-and-a-half languages.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:28:12 PM »
Ha, they done that for Craigavon in early 70's...offered them money to move there from Belfast. The British Government should offer all the Prods money to move to England/Scotland and everyone's happy. That's Brexit sorted...

Moving them to Scotland would secure the Union. The poor people of Scotland might never forgive either us or England for doing this though.

This is the sort of stuff that's designed to encourage them to engage in the conversation about a shared future?

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:26:17 PM »
Before you all get sticking th boot into benny I can clearly recall when all the hard men chat on here was “f**k the eu, ecb, Von rompuy etc etc they put us into this bailout, it’s their fault a semi detached house on a flood plain in Athlone was worth 880,000 Euro.”

I’d find the sudden change of heart amongst the populists funny if it wasn’t so damn pathetic.

You may find it funny or pathetic. I find it a good example of grown up people being able to think in terms other than white hats good, black hats bad. Grown ups know that we were gang-raped by Germany and the ECB. But no process of reasoning would lead them to respond by leaving the EU and thereby impoverishing ourselves by hitching our economic wagon to a nineteenth-century horse and buggy economy that is about to shoot its horse.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:52:11 PM »
I don't think the DUP wants a hard border in Ireland.They just don't want any differentiation with the UK.If the UK as a whole stays in the Customs and Regulatory Unions,they are fine with that.Their obdurance will have no adverse consequences,just like collapsing Sunningdale,the Anglo Irish Agreement,Parades protests,etc had no adverse consequences.As Ian Paisley used to boast,he always asked in Westminster "What are you going to do with 1m Protestants?", no doubt a warning shot across the bows of both London and Dublin.He ended up in the House of Lords in spite of thwarting British initiatives here at every turn almost.The extremes on both sides are always pandered to.

Looking objectively at it,is the DUP opposition to an Irish Sea border any more or less intransigent than Irish nationalism's opposition to a land border in Ireland,by the way?

I'm also wondering how many people in the South,including Sinn Fein members privately,share Gay Byrne's view that Ireland should also leave the EU,to prioritise its trade with the UK and ensure no borders here?


Here you go.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0509/873610-eu_poll/

That report says that 88% believe Ireland should remain in the EU and 16% believe we should follow the UK out of the EU. That means that 4% believe we should remain in the EU and also leave!

Interestingly, that seems to be what some in the UK want to do as well.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:24:31 AM »
The thing about the DUP is that they havé offered no coherent alternative.

I'm certain they believe they don't need any alternative or any policy other than the 'no, no, no' mentality. Like the scorpion, they sting because it is their nature and contemplation of consequences doesn't arise. And, in this case, again like the scorpion, they do it because they can. So, even if they do contemplate consequences, they believe there are no adverse political or electoral consequences for this intervention.

They believe that if the deal goes ahead with a revised wording to accommodate them, they can point  to a victory. If they've scuppered the deal and forced a hard Brexit, they can likewise point to a victory as the heroes who saved the union. Economic consequences? Not even a consideration, they believe.

And I think they (and Tony Fearon in one respect) are right. Everything we know tells us that there is one issue that matters more than any other when it comes to marking an 'X' on a ballot paper in the North. What placement  of the 'X' does the most to piss off themmuns?

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For 5 Sams. He was a great fan of this fella.

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General discussion / Re: Irish Dancing
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:35:01 PM »
Start an alternative tan-free, not money driven organisation for people who are in it for the dancing/culture rather than the competition/fashion/money?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Factors that can help you become a good footballer!
« on: December 03, 2017, 08:17:43 AM »
I think it's really quite simple there are definitely kids born with more talent than their peers which means if they work as hard as their peers they will be better than them. Lots of factors help make a person the player they become but we aren't all born equal. If we could all reach exceptional standards when provided the same environment in which to develop then exceptional players would be far more common. If you took 100 kids from birth and provided them with the exact same developmental environment (sport, music, education and everything else) there would be some exceptional kids, some very weak ones and the majority across the spectrum between those extremes.

But ...

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General discussion / Re: 5 Sams - RIP
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:16:28 PM »
Ah no. That's dreadful.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 02, 2017, 11:08:26 AM »
Varadkar on RTÉ Radio 1 with Marian Finucane now.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:54:53 PM »
Any board members die lately?
OK, all check in.
Anseo.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:44:40 AM »
The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

 - and will be the most interesting part of the whole thing. Except maybe watching whether the Russians bother to rein in their hooligans or just decide to let them at it on the visiting fans.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:32:56 AM »
They expected 450,000+ visitors.
if each viisitor spends an average of 2k what a boost to the economy it would have been.
Ireland is a very small country easy to get around

Have you tried to get from Letterkenny to Tralee?
bus to Dublin train to Tralee
And 10 hours after you set off you'd reach your destination. What's that - average of 50km/hr?
was there going to be games in Tralee and letterkenny featuring the same teams ? If not what's ur point.

Exactly the final list of grounds would have been Aviva, Croke, PuC, Thomond, Ravenhill, Casement, Pearse and Kllarney so all in cities except Killarney but it is the tourist centre of Ireland so all could have coped just fine. The infrastructure is a red herring. Ravenhill was rebuilt for 20million so a similar amount thrown at Pearse and Killarney would have got them up to spec. The only problem i see on the list is the lack of any progress being made on Casement. Looking forward to the games against Wales and Scotland next year. joe wont need much of a team talk lol

Kilarney being the tourist center of Ireland is news to me and probably the rest of the country too.

Spend the money on sports grants and better roads if you want to do real good.

Have you ever been to Killarney? It would host a WC rugby match and hardly notice the extra few thousand people in the town. There are more hotels in the Killarney area than in any other centre in Ireland, bar Dublin and Galway.

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