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Donie Vaughan

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Disappointed by Donie Vaughan's decision to move to Castlebar Mitchels. His club get relegated to intermediate and he jumps ship. He lives and works in the town but Ballinrobe is just a 20 minute drive from Castlebar. How many other players around the country are in the same situation or worse (longer commute to work etc) and stick with their club through thick and thin.

LeftHalfBack10 (Mayo) - Posts: 29 - 15/12/2017 10:58:31    2065238

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It happens all over from time to time. I remember Eamon Fennell got a transfer to the mob in Marino when O'Tooles had gone Inter.

Something about needing to be playing senior club to make sure his inter-county development continued…..despite the fact he had made the Dublin senior panel as an O'Tooles player. He didn't last too long on the Dublin panel after that transfer in anyways ;)

Don't know the ins and outs of Vaughan's situation. Maybe he sees his future in Castlebar and wanted to switch the club anyway in the future with kids etc etc. This relegation for his home club might have seen like the perfect opportunity to make the switch.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12007 - 15/12/2017 12:17:07    2065245

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This is so wrong.

Monica (Wexford) - Posts: 25 - 15/12/2017 12:23:13    2065246

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You often hear of players from lower grades moving to a senior club to aid their inter county development but how many games do they actually play or train with their new club a year? They don't be seen until their county is out of the championship. Rubbish talk.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 661 - 15/12/2017 13:46:38    2065252

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He lives and runs a business in Castlebar so he is perfectly entitled to get a transfer to a club there. I don't see a problem.

bananaskin (Monaghan) - Posts: 47 - 15/12/2017 15:02:38    2065259

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Also Vaughan is 29 years old nearing the end of his playing career. I don't see this being a case of a player swapping clubs to win some silverware.

bananaskin (Monaghan) - Posts: 47 - 15/12/2017 15:10:29    2065262

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Replying To bananaskin:  "Also Vaughan is 29 years old nearing the end of his playing career. I don't see this being a case of a player swapping clubs to win some silverware."
Are you blind?

This is a toxic move, Donie has made some mistakes over the years but this is just two fingers to your grassroots who worked so hard over the years to make you into what you are today.

republican (Sligo) - Posts: 244 - 15/12/2017 15:20:17    2065263

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Replying To republican:  "Are you blind?

This is a toxic move, Donie has made some mistakes over the years but this is just two fingers to your grassroots who worked so hard over the years to make you into what you are today."
Obviously not blind.

He is not contracted to Ballinrobe GAA, is he? They have agreed to the move so what about.

bananaskin (Monaghan) - Posts: 47 - 15/12/2017 15:28:00    2065265

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There has been rumours for a few years that he was going to transfer to Castlebar. Its a hard one, cause yes hes turning his back on his home club and after relegation. He is only about 25mins drive to Ballinrobe. He was only really playing club championship games anyways, he always seemed to pick up Injuries for club league games. I know Ballinrobe people were not happy with him but at the same time when he did play he was there best player. I dont think he be great friends with Ballinrobe players either so its not the hardest decision for him

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 210 - 15/12/2017 16:25:17    2065270

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Replying To bananaskin:  "Obviously not blind.

He is not contracted to Ballinrobe GAA, is he? They have agreed to the move so what about."
"not contracted"

Will you listen to yourself. This is the GAA not pro sport. I'm conscious of spewing the same old jargon (pride of community, playing with your childhood friends blah blah blah ) but this is nothing short of a disgrace. I'd be furious if I was from Ballinrobe

republican (Sligo) - Posts: 244 - 15/12/2017 16:44:24    2065272

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Replying To republican:  ""not contracted"

Will you listen to yourself. This is the GAA not pro sport. I'm conscious of spewing the same old jargon (pride of community, playing with your childhood friends blah blah blah ) but this is nothing short of a disgrace. I'd be furious if I was from Ballinrobe"
I was being tongue in cheek with the contract incase you didn't realise! You're over reacting calling it a disgrace. Enough of the pride of community bulls**t. It happens all the time in the GAA no big deal. Again Vaughan resides in the town and has a business there so he's perfectly right.

bananaskin (Monaghan) - Posts: 47 - 15/12/2017 18:10:13    2065281

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Replying To bananaskin:  "I was being tongue in cheek with the contract incase you didn't realise! You're over reacting calling it a disgrace. Enough of the pride of community bulls**t. It happens all the time in the GAA no big deal. Again Vaughan resides in the town and has a business there so he's perfectly right."
Pride of community bulls**t ??? Thats literally what the ethos of the Gaa is built on. You need to take a step back, maybe think of the Ballinrobe kids watching Mayo in croker focusing in on every single movement their hero clubmate is making. That is one of my earliest memories of GAA. I remember being borderline obsessed with the intercounty guys from my club. And I'm from Sligo! imagine the difference with Mayo with all the exposure they get. This statement reeks from Vaughan.

republican (Sligo) - Posts: 244 - 15/12/2017 19:30:22    2065288

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This looks bad especially when Ballinrobe is less than 20 mins drive from Castlebar, this looks worse when lads from clubs around Belmullet area work in Dublin or in London yet still manage to make it home every weekend for matches and no talk of transfers

riverboys (Mayo) - Posts: 1289 - 15/12/2017 20:35:15    2065294

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Replying To bananaskin:  "Also Vaughan is 29 years old nearing the end of his playing career. I don't see this being a case of a player swapping clubs to win some silverware."
His business also has a shop in Ballinrobe. At 29 he is still young enough to play club for another 6 years at least. It's a move that has not gone down well in Mayo but we don't know he whole story but it's not a move I agree with. Club comes first

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9285 - 15/12/2017 21:29:59    2065303

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Replying To republican:  "Pride of community bulls**t ??? Thats literally what the ethos of the Gaa is built on. You need to take a step back, maybe think of the Ballinrobe kids watching Mayo in croker focusing in on every single movement their hero clubmate is making. That is one of my earliest memories of GAA. I remember being borderline obsessed with the intercounty guys from my club. And I'm from Sligo! imagine the difference with Mayo with all the exposure they get. This statement reeks from Vaughan."
Think about the kids of Ballinrobe? Look it's about the player in question first and foremost and what's best for himself, his family, work commitments etc. not the club or his club mates etc. If Donal Vaughan had no ties with Castlebar town I would be against his move but he has and people have to respect his decision. Ballinrobe GAA will continue on without Vaughan and the kids will have other hero club mates.

bananaskin (Monaghan) - Posts: 47 - 16/12/2017 00:10:24    2065314

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This is not good. What next? Kevin McLaughlin and colm Boyle transferring to Westport? Seeing as they both work there?

mayotyroneman (Tyrone) - Posts: 1586 - 16/12/2017 09:31:44    2065320

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Replying To mayotyroneman:  "This is not good. What next? Kevin McLaughlin and colm Boyle transferring to Westport? Seeing as they both work there?"
Half of the Mayo team works in Westport, but I see your point. Given their recent All-Ireland and U-21 success, they'll probably stick with what they have.

As a Mitchels man I'm not in favour of playing country players if it's avaoidable, IMO it's part of the reason we went into decline for 20 years. But if Vaughan's living and working in Castlebar, there is an argument for his transfer, though it's weak enough, given the relative closeness of Ballinrobe.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1524 - 16/12/2017 09:53:53    2065321

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Club football is the heartbeat of GAA football. It's a disappointing move and I presume his business in Ballinrobe won't be too popular now.
He will always be resented in Ballinrobe now and he will never be fully loved in Castlebar Mitchells either.
It's funny but would not winning a County Intermediate title with Ballinrobe and maybe a good run in the AI series be more fulfilling to him than any medal he may win with Castlebar.

I have seen it plenty of times in Kerry and someone who transfers from their local club loses a lot of respect within the county even if their move proves successful in winning silverware.

woops (Kerry) - Posts: 1981 - 16/12/2017 10:54:30    2065323

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Any resentment that he experiences will be from GAA quarters only.It's ingrained in the ethos of the organisation and it's amateur status. Of course, it's guys like him who are putting other parts of their lives on hold in order to dedicate it to the game he loves.
GAA people can be small minded people at times too.
It's not rampant and shouldn't be but it was obviously agreed to in order to accommodate the move.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 1785 - 16/12/2017 11:35:00    2065326

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It is an amateur game and where the man plays his football is irrelevant to me or indeed to any poster. We are all very good at advising other folk about what is best for them. I may not have transferred (in his position) but that does not mean that I should tell him what to do. I wish him the best of luck.

browncows (Meath) - Posts: 1870 - 16/12/2017 11:42:13    2065327

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