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Replying To yew_tree:  "A Mayo man may be credited with the idea of the GAA.

Patrick Nally was a member of the Supreme Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and well-known Connacht athlete from Balla, Co Mayo.
It was Nally who suggested to Michael Cusack the idea for what would become the Gaelic Athletic Association.
In 1881, he was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Mountjoy for what became known as the 'Crossmolina Conspiracy' where he was subjected to harsh treatment. Nally died in prison in November 1891, and the resultant Nally GAA Club in Dublin would be closely associated with working class Fenians in the 1890s.

The Nally stand/terrace is named after Nally, and is unique for being the only stand in the stadium named after a person who had no connection to the Gaelic Athletic Association.

In January 2003 the Nally stand was dismantled and found a new home at the grounds of the famous Tyrone club, Carrickmore.

Still don't know why the stand was not moved to Balla..?"
And the Hogan Stand was mover to Páirc na nGael Limerick in 58 and then I think to Kilmallock later but not sure bout the second bit

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 1022 - 19/02/2020 19:43:55    2268503

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Replying To achara:  "Monaghan have never won an all ireland under a ff or fg government!"
That's why we elected 2 SF this time!

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - Posts: 451 - 20/02/2020 07:00:09    2268555

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Replying To cavanman47:  "Another useless fact which might contradict the above. .

A Wicklow team HAS won the all ireland title.

It was commonplace, and almost always the case, back in the day for the county champions to represent their county in the provincial and all Ireland championship (no club all ireland back then).

Bray Emmets entered the Dublin championship as Wicklow had no championship of their own at the time. They won the Dublin championship and went to win the all ireland as 'Dublin'."
Thanks, cavanman47 for your reply. I always enjoy learning different angles of looking at the past. Thanks, again.

tommy58 (Dublin) - Posts: 167 - 20/02/2020 10:45:03    2268587

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Replying To Malonemagic:  "That's actually not true. Laois and tipperary are neighbours and played each other in the 1889 football final and the 1949 hurling final."
Thanks, Malonemagic for your correction. You might have saved me from a bit of bother in the future.

tommy58 (Dublin) - Posts: 167 - 20/02/2020 10:47:29    2268588

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The solo/ ball to hand is said to have been invented by a Kiltimagh man, Seán "Baller" Lavin who weaved through the Dublin defence to smash home a goal, only for the ref to disallow it as the solo was unknown at the time.

http://www.irisholympians.com/2009/07/sean-lavan-from-kiltimagh.html

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1796 - 20/02/2020 12:11:10    2268601

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Just came across a few useless facts on a site there:

1. Oulu Elks GAA are the first GAA club inside the Arctic Circle
Set up this in 2013 by a Donegal man called Cathaoir Sóna. Their neighbouring clubs are in Helsinki, 600km away and in Tallinn in Estonia.

2. The earliest record of hurling in North America comes from the 1780s
By 1845 people were banned from playing it on the narrow streets of Quebec City as it was considered too dangerous.

As an aside, some believe that the origins of Ice Hockey came from hurling.

3. They play Hurloween in Milwaukee each year at Halloween - where as you have probably guessed, the teams dress up in Fancy Dress and play a game of hurling.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3992 - 20/02/2020 12:24:48    2268604

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Replying To oneoff:  "Kerry played Wicklow that year as well"
Useless Fact: This game and the Wicklow v Kerry match in the previous round are the games that promoted the GAA to give home advantage to the "Designated" counties in future years.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - Posts: 451 - 20/02/2020 13:42:05    2268620

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Replying To tommy58:  "Thanks, Malonemagic for your correction. You might have saved me from a bit of bother in the future."
No worries. Your other two stats were cool though. Keep them coming

Malonemagic (Laois) - Posts: 649 - 20/02/2020 14:33:14    2268629

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Replying To tommy132:  "Not a fact but could be soon enough..The 'IRA' will have an All Ireland before Mayo will :-)"
How??

wishfulthinkin (Cavan) - Posts: 1476 - 20/02/2020 14:42:02    2268632

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Replying To FootblockREF:  "That's why we elected 2 SF this time!"
AND 2 FF....so yer still screwed!

wishfulthinkin (Cavan) - Posts: 1476 - 20/02/2020 14:43:43    2268633

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Dublin are the only team to play London and the 31 other counties in the Championship. Twelve of these teams have never beaten the Dubs in the Championship. These are Antrim, Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Leitrim, London, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford and Wicklow. Limerick is the only team that the Dubs have never beating in the Championship. No team has beating the Dubs more times in the Championship than Meath have with twenty wins.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 12224 - 20/02/2020 19:13:10    2268667

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Replying To OLLIE:  "Dublin are the only team to play London and the 31 other counties in the Championship. Twelve of these teams have never beaten the Dubs in the Championship. These are Antrim, Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Leitrim, London, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford and Wicklow. Limerick is the only team that the Dubs have never beating in the Championship. No team has beating the Dubs more times in the Championship than Meath have with twenty wins."
Only way they could win the 5 in a row was by avoiding Limerick

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 1022 - 20/02/2020 20:37:00    2268680

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Replying To Breezy:  "Only way they could win the 5 in a row was by avoiding Limerick"
I like your thinking!

witnof (Dublin) - Posts: 1578 - 21/02/2020 13:01:55    2268785

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Replying To Breezy:  "Only way they could win the 5 in a row was by avoiding Limerick"
The Dubs have been avoiding Limerick since 1898.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 12224 - 21/02/2020 17:54:15    2268849

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"A donkey would eat anything, even a pallet" according to Damian Hayes on that podcast intro.
Would it?

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 807 - 04/03/2020 11:01:02    2272142

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Replying To StoreysTash:  ""A donkey would eat anything, even a pallet" according to Damian Hayes on that podcast intro.
Would it?"
Yeah - but not in one go.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 367 - 04/03/2020 14:31:04    2272193

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Replying To StoreysTash:  ""A donkey would eat anything, even a pallet" according to Damian Hayes on that podcast intro.
Would it?"
It might eat anything but that's not to say it would be around too long after. Mouldy hay for instance - might eat that but good chance it will kill it.

If you shout abuse at a cat for ten minutes it will burst in to flames. Don't believe me - try it! Best though to find a cat out in the street and do it in public rather than do it to your own cat and risk burning your house down.....

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3992 - 04/03/2020 14:52:30    2272196

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Sam Maguire was a Republican Protestant who worked in the British civil service."
... and became a suspect in the murder of Sir Henry Wilson (from Ballinalee in Co. Longford) in central London hence he fled the British civil service in London for the Irish one in Dublin.

arcadia (Longford) - Posts: 161 - 04/03/2020 15:27:14    2272202

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Someone might have mentioned this already, clutching at straws here for Tyrone, but Dublin have never won an All Ireland in a year ending in 0

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 130 - 04/03/2020 16:38:11    2272216

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A Garda cannot arrest you if he is not wearing his hat.


(I've actually met people who swore blind that this was true. Apparently the concept of a plain clothes, or undercover officer was alien to them).

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2853 - 04/03/2020 21:46:00    2272264

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