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GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 3 Like(s)
Regarding Irish culture, the FFG govt gave the Irfu, Irish rugby 90 million euros to redevelope the Aviva stadium. This fact is never mentioned in the media.

galwayford (National) - 16/12/2018 16:49:59

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 3 Like(s)
There are a lot of issues facing rural Ireland at the moment. Not being allowed to get into a car after a few pints is not one of them. There are advantages and disadvantages in living anywhere. One of the disadvantages of living outside of a town or village in rural Ireland is that in order to go to the pub and have a few pints you must be a little bit more organised now and make sure you have transport home from someone who is sober.

MesAmis (National) - 17/12/2018 12:31:07

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 2 Like(s)

Replying To facethepuckout:  "You could'nt put a price on the contribution of the GAA to the social and economic development of Ireland, particularly but not exclusively for rural Ireland . It is the only reason why many young people stayed around or kept the link by returning to play and then coming back to live. There would be nothing but tumbleweed in many small villages and towns in Ireland only for it. Still a bit concerned about the rate of change in rural Ireland in last 10 years. The life and vitality is being drained out of the place and Minster Ross is going to close the few remaining open pubs accelerating the decline and irreversibly changing a way of life and the character of Ireland. Mullinalaghta is a great story , they represent themselves , their club and county really well on and off the field and epitomise the values we should fight hard to retain."
Ross can be an absolute buffoon about a lot of things but I think he is 90% right about the drink driving. 90% because, for me, if you drink any alcohol you shouldn't get behind the wheel. If the man hadn't a posh accent attitudes towards him would be different. He faced down the vintners association, many of whom paint it as black and white as saying if a man or woman can't drink and drive it'll kill their business. What Ross should do, is get O'Donoghue to give the rural publican a tax rebate to pay for taxis, give free soft drinks, tea, coffee etc to day designated drivers to bring drinkers to the rural pub. God knows they get enough revenue from alcohol so less alcohol sold is less tax take. The drink driving culture has killed many for many years. Meeting up in the pub isn't the only form of social activity for young and old. It's a very nice one when it happens but publicans and drinkers need to work with local politicians to arrange some type of transport to do it safely and revenue can rebate anyone out of pocket.

GreenandRed (National) - 16/12/2018 17:57:46

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 2 Like(s)
i hate amalgamations,i would feel no sense of pride if my club joined up with another team or got an influx of players from another club. my club are senior but have spent a long time in intermediate and even a while in junior.i remember our first junior title and it meant as much then as anything we won after. one life,one club.

perfect10 (National) - 17/12/2018 08:51:48

Meath V Dublin - In Support Of Sean Cox - 2 Like(s)
Nice occasion and good to see all the families in attendance. HT was good laugh Money very well spent and I hope the support shown was of some comfort to the Cox family at this time. Wishing Sean every bit of good fortune in his recovery. Well done to all involved and congratulations to Meath.

jimbodub (National) - 17/12/2018 11:41:55

Pairc Ui Chaoimh - 1 Like(s)
This will all get aired in the new year when the Public Accounts Committee call in the parties responsible and they get well aired in public. If the attitude is replicated what I have read in public then I suggest GAA will end up footing this completely. GAA would have probably been better off creating a purpose built concert venue rather than a sports stadium for all the matches going to be played there. I am totally on for County boards being given capitol money to bring their grounds up to scratch but this is really taking the biscuit.

arock (National) - 16/12/2018 15:37:57

Your County Board - 1 Like(s)

Replying To dontlookback:  "So many inaccuracies in that, 1, Mountain South was purchased for €2.8m in 2006 by the Hurling Board which later amalgamated with the Football Board to form a County Board , the sell on price was, from memory, €0.75m 2. Croke Park were asked to investigate matters some 18 months ago and reluctantly stepped up to the plate about 6 months ago 3. The "independent audit" was a review of Financial practices and procedures in place in the County Board offices and a sample financial audit covering the last 6 months so hardly a forensic financial audit (watch this space) 4. To the best of my knowledge,Galway leased Pearse Stadium in its entirety to the promoters, Cork had the good sense to retain the food and beverage sales franchise so you're comparing apples and oranges."
Tell me what is inaccurate in my post: 1. You've literally repeated what I said. Purchased for €2.8m and sold for less than a million. The decision was taken by the hurling board, which is now affecting the footballers as part of a joint county board. The actual sell price was reported as being less than a million, which €750K as you've mentioned, happens to be. 2. The fact that Croke Park had to step in is the point I made. It highlights how bad the situation is. Whether they it off their own bat or not, I never even mentioned. 3. Who said it was a forensic audit? It was an audit carried out by an independent firm, Mazars, on behalf of Croke Park. In fact, I have no idea how forensic or otherwise it was as very little has been reported. 4. That's the point. The arrangement made by the county board led to the paltry financial return. You haven't contradicted any point I made, only referred to a few things I hadn't even mentioned.

WanPintWin (National) - 16/12/2018 16:18:59

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 1 Like(s)
http://www.theliberty.ie/2010/10/19/the-real-cost-of-the-aviva-stadium/

galwayford (National) - 16/12/2018 16:59:49

Meath V Dublin - In Support Of Sean Cox - 1 Like(s)
Entertaining game, well done to all involved in organising the game. Was disappointed not to see more of Dublins all Ireland winning team playing for a good cause.

bert09 (National) - 16/12/2018 18:04:09

RTE Sports Awards. - 1 Like(s)
Jonny Sexton - Sports Person of the Year Womens Hockey Team - Team of the year Graham Shaw, hockey coach - Coach of the Year Rhys McClenaghan - Young Sportsperson of the year Ray Houghton added to hall of fame

DonaldDuck (National) - 16/12/2018 18:46:47

Meath V Dublin - In Support Of Sean Cox - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Richieq:  "Watched the live stream, seemed a decent game in front of a decent crowd, I'll take any sort of a win over the Dubs at the minute, good for morale, any reports from anyone at it in terms of performances and crowd?"
Good game played under 2018 championship rules. Great to get the win. Biggie playing 2 games in 18 hours was some achievement, campion getting injured in warm up main worry. Impressed with a few of the lads. Others gave their best. All in all a good cause and a good crowd. It was nice to have that bit of excitement from both sets of fans in last 10 mins. Reminiscent of times gone by. Btw just to say , I did write here a couple of years ago that Andy McEntee would beat Dublin in his 3 years. Rd is as good as Nostradamus :). And before we get the usual from some people I say that with something firmly in cheek.

royaldunne (National) - 16/12/2018 19:18:41

Meath V Dublin - In Support Of Sean Cox - 1 Like(s)
congrats on the big scalp boys, the dubs will be looking over their shoulder come summer

lilypad (National) - 16/12/2018 22:01:06

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 1 Like(s)

Replying To galwayford:  "Regarding drink culture, the Guinness company or sponsoring the 6 nations for the next few years. What does this say about the relationship between alcohol and rugby?"
You tell us.

GreenandRed (National) - 16/12/2018 22:34:03

White Elephant GAA projects - 1 Like(s)

Replying To jimbodub:  ":) Ah well..."
i come across a fair few cork people in my job,and they knew that this location was a terrible choice,but yet they ploughed on!!

perfect10 (National) - 17/12/2018 08:53:38

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 1 Like(s)

Replying To GreenandRed:  "Ross can be an absolute buffoon about a lot of things but I think he is 90% right about the drink driving. 90% because, for me, if you drink any alcohol you shouldn't get behind the wheel. If the man hadn't a posh accent attitudes towards him would be different. He faced down the vintners association, many of whom paint it as black and white as saying if a man or woman can't drink and drive it'll kill their business. What Ross should do, is get O'Donoghue to give the rural publican a tax rebate to pay for taxis, give free soft drinks, tea, coffee etc to day designated drivers to bring drinkers to the rural pub. God knows they get enough revenue from alcohol so less alcohol sold is less tax take. The drink driving culture has killed many for many years. Meeting up in the pub isn't the only form of social activity for young and old. It's a very nice one when it happens but publicans and drinkers need to work with local politicians to arrange some type of transport to do it safely and revenue can rebate anyone out of pocket."
Has anyone ever been killed by a hungover driver? The amount of morning checkpoints is unbelievable lately. That's the real way one could be caught.

yew_tree (National) - 17/12/2018 10:51:15

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 1 Like(s)

Replying To galwayford:  "Regarding drink culture, the Guinness company or sponsoring the 6 nations for the next few years. What does this say about the relationship between alcohol and rugby?"
You need to be drunk to play rugby!

neverright (National) - 17/12/2018 11:59:45

Pairc Ui Chaoimh - 1 Like(s)
Lets be honest here, how many games was PUC going to get where things like corporate entertainment were going to be required? The Munster Football final every 2nd year and a few Munster hurling matches. That is it. I mean, where were the Cork Co. Boards heads when they thought about this? Croke Park gets games from June till September, so I get the demand there. I just don't get where the Cork Co. Board thought they needed this. What they needed was a 50k seater stadium without all these swish boxes which will sit idle for 350+ days a year.

StoreysTash (National) - 17/12/2018 12:04:41

Playing Games In December. - 1 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "What vintage are you?? I recall vividly Meath playing in December in league and giving them guard of honor and vice versa the previous few years. Nonsense. Too many bloody snowflakes these days. I remember winning the Christmas turkey in the halftime draw ffs. I"
I am of the age of the current player and while you might call us snowflakes, don't then ask why players are retiring so young. I don't care when you won a turkey, but I know a good few county players in college and they are all saying this is absolutely poxy time of year to play football. Plenty of them have exams, etc at present to juggle with without throwing more football in on top of them. Just because something was always done, doesn't make it right.

StoreysTash (National) - 17/12/2018 12:09:22

Pairc Ui Chaoimh - 1 Like(s)
Time for the PAC, Dept of Sport & media to step in & start asking the hard questions here, especially in light of the €30 Million investment of Taxpayers money. It is beyond incredulity at this stage that we now have two completely contradictory stories. This is not Monopoly money or the local Ballymagash committee, this is a multi million project. When you see two contradictory stories, you know that the questions such as, who was project managing this, did Croke Park have any oversight on it & their €20 Million investment, were tendering processes above board, who costed the project & was all advice followed, where was the overspend, these questions will never be answered. Any future funding should be withheld till all questions are answered. The two stories going at the moment throw the whole credibility of the Association into question.

Uimhir.a.3. (National) - 17/12/2018 13:00:14

GAA Keeping Rural Ireland Alive - 1 Like(s)

Replying To yew_tree:  "Has anyone ever been killed by a hungover driver? The amount of morning checkpoints is unbelievable lately. That's the real way one could be caught."
I don't know but a sober driver has his wits more about him than a hungover driver so either don't drink if you're gonna drive the next morning or don't drive the morning after drinking. Guards being too lazy to have checkpoints at night is definitely another issue. Wanting to be seen to be doing something rather than sorting out serial drink drivers.

GreenandRed (National) - 17/12/2018 13:02:47