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Another Spectacular GAA PR Own Goal - 16 Like(s)
Let's call a spade a spade here. It's that old, blinkered republican viewpoint - down with soccer, down with rugby, down with anything with a the remotest Anglican hint about it. Complete and utter bullshit which should be consigned to Saoradhs meetings. Not part of a modern and inclusive GAA.

Lockjaw (National) - 23/04/2019 17:56:53

Donegal V Armagh - 12 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "And if this year we would have won it as we actually topped the table. As for superior ? Ahh please come back to me when Donegal have more than two all ire. One won playing what can only be described as a afront to the gaa and football. Run along lad."
As opposed to assaulting their way to All Irelands?

Lockjaw (National) - 04/11/2020 12:45:23

Perspective - 9 Like(s)
As I'm sure all of you are aware west Donegal suffered an awful tragedy last weekend with the deaths of four young men in a terrible accident. Life can be so cruel and God only knows how the families are going to cope with the desperate loss of their loved ones. It just got me thinking though. These days we are bombarded daily with Brexit updates, Trump's incoherent ramblings, climate change warnings, fitness gurus telling us what we can and can't eat, do more exercise etc. It is very tiresome and overwhelming. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, I for one plan to take stock of life and concentrate on the important things. My family and closest friends. Take the time to call or visit your parents and grandparents. Reach out to that friend you haven't seen in a while to see if they'd like to head for a coffee and a catch up. Forget social media - I'm talking about real human contact. The past few days up here have been very sombre. You never know what's around the corner so don't have regrets when it comes to those you love most.

Lockjaw (National) - 01/02/2019 11:40:50

The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches - 8 Like(s)

Replying To KillingFields:  "To go a bit further on that nonsense that only 100 died from Covid The graphic that is represented as evidence that only 100 people died from Covid in Ireland is nonsense and an insult to those who died, their relatives and friends and to all the health workers risking their own lives to help them. The truth is that the graphic is exactly what the science predicted. The most at risk were firstly, but not solely, those with underlying illnesses and the elderly. That was always the stated reason for the lock down. Nothing new or sinister about this. On top of those underlying illnesses, Covid killed all 1777. They died because of Covid. No subterfuge at play here just ranting nonsense of people with big opinions matched only by their lack of understanding of the nature and threat of the virus."
Well said. It is truly amazing the amount of experts who have emerged in our time of crisis. I mean, Dr Glynn, Paul Reid, Dr Holohan etc needn't have bothered spending years of their lives studying for and acquiring their qualifications. Not when hard, bullet proof medical facts were so readily and easily accessible through Facebook and the likes. Another example is the idea that Bill Gates is some sort of Illuminatti/Lizard person. Imagine Bill - You spend 30 years of your life and the guts of $50 billion of your own dollars supporting humanitarian causes. You directly save hundreds of thousands of lives in South East Asia by providing anti malaria netting to half of a continent. You drop infant mortality rates throughout the entire developing world by funding vaccine programs including vaccinating 40,000,000 children for polio, and, amongst a plethora of philanthropic endeavors, you fund free educational platforms like Khan Academy so people can have free access to high quality education. Arguably doing more to better life on earth for humanity than any other human being to ever live. Then after donating half of your wealth to charity and pledging 90% of the remainder to charity in your will..... You then hop on the internet only to find a million scientifically illiterate imbeciles that are using the very computers you pretty much invented in the first place to call you a child murdering arch villain anti-christ because they watched a YouTube video made by some other yokel with the comprehension of a duck..

Lockjaw (National) - 09/09/2020 09:18:22

The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches - 8 Like(s)

Replying To zinny:  "To be honest there is nothing in this statement that wasn't expected, club was always going to happen before inter county and saying October for inter county would allow most club championships to finish - we altered formats perhaps. The behind closed doors is a bit more complicated I think. To make up for lost gate receipts they would have to show more live games but would the broadcasters have the ability to show all the games as there would so much overlap. The delivery platform is there through GAAGO but how many live games could the broadcasters manage in the one day. What however it does show is the GAA has not given into the doom and gloom merchants who are similar to what we see on here."
Doom and gloom merchants? Or realists? I still can't believe that after 10 weeks or whatever it is, that people cannot get their heads around the seriousness of this pandemic. I know that this is a GAA website and forum, and that we all obviously love our sport but my God, priorities lads. There seems to be this attitude that we've done our bit for 10 weeks so that's us now, let's get the show back on the road. The virus is still out there. 37 people died yesterday. 37! The only reason that it isn't way more is because the vast majority of us have practiced social distancing and obeyed lockdown measures. All we've been doing is smothering the flames. If we're not extremely careful it could easily reignite, overwhelm the HSE and we'd be back to square one. 30 lads sweating and puffing on a football field is definitely not being careful. Lads saying club will be played before county?!? How is this any less dangerous to public health? Christ above! I said it before on this thread, we have absolutely gone soft as a country, used to just having what we want when we want. This pandemic has forced us all back to brass tacks. People talk about sport returning being a morale booster? Completely agree it would - but not at the potential devastating cost. Your morale should be boosted by the fact that you and your family are keeping safe and well please God, that we can still get out in the fresh air for exercise and we're not going to starve. If we have to make do without sport for 2020 then so be it.

Lockjaw (National) - 07/05/2020 09:31:53

Donegal V Armagh - 8 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "Assaulting. Haha. Yeah tell that to Murphy."
When did Murphy assault someone?

Lockjaw (National) - 04/11/2020 15:27:25

If Lee Keegan played for Dublin - 8 Like(s)

Replying To Toney:  "No doubts but Lee is one of the top footballers in the country.

However, he and controversial incidents always seem to go hand in hand together.

I wonder would the national media view him in a different light if he lined out in the Sky Blue of Dublin?"
Fed up with all this sh*te.
Defender targets opposition's star man! Shock f****** horror!

The sooner the ball is thrown in on Saturday evening the better!

Lockjaw (National) - 28/09/2016 15:41:59

The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches - 8 Like(s)

Replying To Galway9801:  "I'd give SF a term, not because I have alot of time for them, but because if they do a good job it's great, and if they don't do a good job avd fail to bring about the type of change they say they will (I'm guessing they won't), then they'll finally be exposed as the opportunist spoofers that their critics say they are. Either way it's worth a try. No harm to give the traditional parties a kick up the backside every now and again anyway."
Exactly. Politicians are like nappies, they need to be changed regularly and for the same reason.

Lockjaw (National) - 01/03/2021 09:21:24

Charlie Redmond's Jim McGuinness comments - 8 Like(s)

While I don't want to wade back into the ins and outs of the Diarmuid Connolly saga I thought Redmond's comments were a bit silly?

I can remember McGuinness staunchly standing up for Ryan Bradley after his first Championship match in charge against Antrim live on RTE.
Also, the comments about McGuinness bringing the game to depths it had never seen previously? You'd swear he rewrote the rulebook or something.

Redmond is a great GAA man but he's not talking sense on this occasion in my opinion.

Lockjaw (National) - 18/07/2017 11:27:19

Clucko - I doff my cap - 7 Like(s)
A remarkable achievement and a testament to his dedication and quality over the years. He will rightly go down as the best goal keeper of all time and one of the GAA's most iconic players. The perception of him is that he's a bit of an introvert. But I would actually commend him for that. Too many players nowadays aren't happy unless they're on social media promoting themselves or some product or other. Stephen has shown himself to be a GAA player first and foremost and he has reaped the benefits of that approach. Well done that man!

Lockjaw (National) - 04/08/2017 11:51:04

All Ireland Championship 2020 - 7 Like(s)

Replying To Crinigan:  "Better fist of it? Ye'd be hammered year after year until you've barely a panel left like the rest of Leinster."
Really? With players like Neil McGee, Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Ryan McHugh, Paddy McBrearty, Michael Murphy....players who have experienced actually beating Dublin. Good lad.

Lockjaw (National) - 16/10/2020 18:48:42

The League - 7 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "Why is it only ulster that still holds this view ?? I am genuinely interested, is it self belief? Is it a unwillingness to see what's goin on ? I'm not having a go but no county in Leinster thinks like that. And I am talking about counties that have more all Ireland than either Donegal or Tyrone, Meath are in the top 5 in traditional counties, Offaly have a huge tradition, Kildare same, Laois Westmeath etc have all beat or win provincials this century yet they have all come to the belief that the all ire is now a dead competition, The view that it's only a warm up (the league) seems to only come from ulster counties. Do they still believe they can beat Dublin? And Kerry ? Let's be honest and I'm not having a go here, neither Donegal nor Tyrone are going to win Sam this year or next for that matter, neither would beat dubs and either would find it hard to beat Kerry, they really are in the also rans along with a lot of other counties. I admire ur optimism, sure I am always a half full glass man. But how many all ire will dub have to win to change these counties minds ? I know Donegal were last team to beat them and all that, however just 4 years previously Meath put 5 goals past cluxton and destroyed them yet we can see what the gaa created , why can't some ulster counties ?"
Right so. Let's disband county competition altogether and concentrate solely on club. Dublin are the best team ever granted, but they haven't annihilated any team in a final. Mayo and Kerry have both gotten close. Could Donegal and Tyrone beat Kerry or Mayo on their day? Yes. I don't understand this defeatist attitude at all. Meath used to be renowned for their teak toughness and would never yield an inch to Dublin. Where has that attitude disappeared to? Like meek lambs these days it seems.

Lockjaw (National) - 28/04/2021 16:22:30

Diarmuid Connolly - 7 Like(s)
A real maverick. Too few of them in the modern game. He will be sorely missed from the county game. For me, he was the prototype Gaelic footballer. A big strong man who could cover the ground. But that only tells half the story. His skill set was sublime - left foot, right foot, vision, technique, passing..... Hopefully we'll still see him occasionally on TV with the club.

Lockjaw (National) - 01/10/2020 09:52:48

You Couldn't Pay Me To Go And Watch A Game Of Football - 7 Like(s)

Replying To Convert1:  "Neil Moyna's of DCU comment on current senior and intercounty football not to mention 3rd level inter college being a turn off. What do folks think. For me I have to agree with him that defensive systems and 14/15 men behind the ball in your own half is a turn off. Hurling or rugby now have far more appeal. No enjoyment to watch and I can imagine no enjoyment to play as well. Maybe the 5 new rules being tested might breath some life into the game. For a game I enjoyed to play, coach and watch now becoming something i do not feel worth watching anymore."
Yawn. I think football has evolved into a more attacking game in the last season or two, and we'll hopefully see more of it in 2019. This idea that football is suddenly going to nosedive in popularity is simply just not true.

Lockjaw (National) - 19/12/2018 13:58:08

Best Of This Generation - 7 Like(s)

Replying To Breffni39:  "Poor aul Kerry"
Aye the poor cratúrs. Kerrygold must only have been providing the butter for their post match spuds all these years....

Lockjaw (National) - 06/10/2020 12:19:36

Bubbles O'Dwyer Swearing - 7 Like(s)
I thought there was no need for it. A bit of a, "look at me!!", type comment.

Lockjaw (National) - 05/09/2016 14:21:26

NFL Division 2 - 7 Like(s)

Replying To Royal.Legend:  "I think you find every team is missing players in February, only team using it as an excuse is Donegal"
Are you serious?!? On the Donegal vs Meath thread that was going a few weeks ago I think there were a couple of essays written about the players Meath were missing!

Lockjaw (National) - 20/02/2019 09:44:10

Support Rant - 6 Like(s)
Let me preface this by saying that I know every county has it's bandwagon support. It's also not easy or cheap for that matter getting the whole family to games etc. But this has really been irritating me the more I think of it all week. On Monday at work while dissecting the carnage we saw in Clones last Sunday and reflecting on the qualifier draw one of the lads said something along the lines of, "well that team (Donegal) is nowhere near ready and will be winning nothing anytime soon. I won't be going near another game for the foreseeable" Yet the same boy, a Liverpool fan, will spout shite all the live long day about his beloved Red men who haven't won a Championship in 27 odd years. He'll be heard giving it the "we're in to sign this lad or that lad, we had too many injuries etc etc" He'll be over to Anfield at least twice next season throwing his money at the Premier League machine. All for a team whose marketing department really and truly just considers him another consumer of their 'product'. Now don't get me wrong, I follow the Premier League as closely as anyone but I came to the conclusion years ago that it wasn't something to get seriously upset over if the team I follow (Newcastle) weren't going well. And let's face it I'd have been in a pretty bad place a good few times if I did! Supporting your county is totally different. You're from there. Born and bred. I'm lucky enough to be still living in mine. Gaelic Games are part of our DNA. These men train like pro's and are under more scrutiny than ever. (I personally think we've reached saturation point with the analysis, podcasts etc). The point is they deserve better support than supposed fans dimissing them out of hand after a bad day at the office. I'll be in Ballybofey this day week hoping to see our lads bounce back against Longford and our younger men especially to better demonstrate their massive potential and talent. Just hope the majority of our support are thinking the same. Tír Chonnail abú!

Lockjaw (National) - 24/06/2017 05:55:21

Donegal V Tyrone - 6 Like(s)
A tough one to take for sure but if we're being honest the better team won and we can have few complaints. We had put ourselves in a decent position but just didn't have the same incisiveness and freshness Tyrone were able to bring to the closing stages. I thought some of our substitutions were a wee bit strange, would have liked to have seen Mulligan and Stephen McBrearty but wasn't to be. McQuillan was poor for both teams - hard to make sense of a lot of his decisions. Very inconsistent and frustrating for both sets of players & supporters alike. Tyrone look to be ominously knowing their best team. They're in great shape and if they can transition the ball a bit quicker into the likes of Brennan and Bradley they'll give Monaghan and Dublin/Galway their fill of it, For ourselves it was a disappointing end to an uplifting year. Ulster success is not to be sniffed at and we have developed a lot. Div 2 next spring might not be the worst thing. We'll hopefully have the likes of Jason McGee, Micheal Carroll, Kieran Gillespie, Eoghan McHugh back in the squad. Lads like O'Baoíll, Mulligan, O'Donnell, S McBrearty etc will also hopefully push hard and God willing Paddy will be back and at 100%. In short, beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach!

Lockjaw (National) - 06/08/2018 12:19:24

The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches - 6 Like(s)
Lads we need to get real here. If the GAA are saying county football can't go ahead, even behind closed doors then how exactly will club activity be any different? It's the same sport if I'm not mistaken so the risk associated with close contact exists no matter what level of football/hurling we're talking about. Also, it is my firm belief after watching events unfold over the last number of weeks that we have gone absolutely soft as a country. This is an international emergency affecting all of mankind. Yes of course having some sport to look forward to would be a morale booster for the country. But I would counter that by saying your morale should be boosted by the fact that we can still go outside (per restrictions), we have all the food and water we need and please God none of our families will suffer bereavement at the hands of the virus. Hopefully, it won't be too long before the majority can safely return to work. Sport just isn't in the top bracket of priorities. We're being asked to adhere to a few simple rules, not go to the front line to face bullets and bombs. We all love our sports but a bit of pragmatism is badly needed.

Lockjaw (National) - 28/04/2020 09:32:39