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Are Louth Best Placed To Challenge Dublin?

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Jaysus I thought it was April fools day when I seen the title. As a Louth supporter I am over the moon that wee landed Mickey Harte but he has his work cut out. A few of the players have come back most notable Andy Mc Donnell and the Byrne brothers Declan and Ciaran. Louth have not beaten the Dubs in the Championship since 1973. Since then they have lost the last 15 Championship matches including two years ago when they suffered their biggest ever Championship defeat losing by 26 points. They have failed to score a goal against the Dubs in their last 7 meetings. Louth seem to beaten before they take to pitch against Dublin.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 275 - 18/01/2021 21:52:28    2328002

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Louth has the same population as Mayo (more or less) despite Mayo having six times the area of Louth. Population per se isn't the reason they're not competitive.

I lived in Drogheda for a few years and found interest in GAA scarce on the ground there, maybe it's different up the county. The Premier League and League of Ireland soccer seemed to draw far greater interest.

Hopefully they can improve under Mickey, have a bit of time for Louth folk.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1846 - 18/01/2021 23:15:35    2328012

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TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 7063 - 19/01/2021 03:13:18    2328019

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Replying To waynoI:  "Leinster is dead, we know that and it has been for a long while. The dubs will win it in 2021 but with Mickey Harte taking over at Louth, are they now best placed to give Dublin their closest contest in leinster in the next few years ahead of Kildare and Meath ? I think with Louths plans to build a new ground in Dundalk and the arrival of MH, alot of potential want away players could be persuaded to give it a bash and will be potentially very excited about the future and have alot more to be hopeful and upbeat about. You can see a vision and its bold.

I like Louth. I've tonnes of time for them and I'd like if they were the ones to give it a good rattle cause the others have been brutal let's be honest."
Hahahaha. And who ever said you don't have a sense of humor :)

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17286 - 19/01/2021 17:39:57    2328114

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Replying To Gleebo:  "Louth has the same population as Mayo (more or less) despite Mayo having six times the area of Louth. Population per se isn't the reason they're not competitive.

I lived in Drogheda for a few years and found interest in GAA scarce on the ground there, maybe it's different up the county. The Premier League and League of Ireland soccer seemed to draw far greater interest.

Hopefully they can improve under Mickey, have a bit of time for Louth folk."
Gleebo you were living in the bad part of Drogheda in County Meath.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 275 - 19/01/2021 17:56:54    2328117

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Replying To Galwaymaster9:  "I'd give them a better chance than the rest now..kildare a close second as well, the rest no chance..."
The rest a bit like galway in other words ?

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17286 - 19/01/2021 18:03:41    2328119

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Mickys goal will be to be the 2nd best team in Leinster although that wouldn't be hard.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 497 - 19/01/2021 20:11:59    2328133

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Replying To Ollie2:  "Gleebo you were living in the bad part of Drogheda in County Meath."
That's true, Ollie, strictly speaking my abode was just over the border in Co. Meath. Try telling that to Meath people, though! A lot of them seem to see that area from Laytown onwards to Drogheda as Louth, really. I seem to remember it got incorporated into the Louth constituency for general election purposes, too.

I worked for a few years in an establishment well-known to yourself and Biggy and there was very little interest in GAA generally afaics, other than when the Colmcilles won something. Those were lively nights!

Come to think of it, the 2010 Leinster final was also a messy night. Maybe the less said about that, the better!

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1846 - 20/01/2021 12:38:37    2328194

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I wonder what spark of interest this will have in the local community in Louth, is he a lightening rod to spark interest, participation and a draw for commercial and sponsorship opportunities. All of those can go a long way to enabling success.

I think its going to be fun.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3924 - 20/01/2021 13:29:02    2328205

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Replying To Saynothing:  "Mickys goal will be to be the 2nd best team in Leinster although that wouldn't be hard."
Yeah at least its achievable for him to be second best team in the province he's managing in now, not like what he's left behind ;) See how that works.

Have a lot of time for Tyrone people but like a small minority in every county, my own included, they let the rest down. Pity they wouldn't heed those words of old that if you've nothing good to say then say nothing at all.

brian (Meath) - Posts: 1079 - 20/01/2021 14:12:11    2328212

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Replying To TheUsername:  "I wonder what spark of interest this will have in the local community in Louth, is he a lightening rod to spark interest, participation and a draw for commercial and sponsorship opportunities. All of those can go a long way to enabling success.

I think its going to be fun."
Wouldn't disagree with that viewpoint. Hopefully as Ollie said with a few guys coming back and getting involved Louth could start rising and winning might provide a bit more interest. Mickey alone won't do it all no more than Micko or Paidi in Kidare/ Laois and Westmeath. Needs to have a string base of players which might not be there with Louth, but good luck to them and hopefully a rising tide will raise all boats.

brian (Meath) - Posts: 1079 - 20/01/2021 14:15:31    2328213

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Replying To Ollie2:  "Gleebo you were living in the bad part of Drogheda in County Meath."
Now now Ollie. Wasn't that where poor Betty met the quare wan who took him away ??

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17286 - 20/01/2021 14:26:05    2328214

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I agree with Mickey Harte wont win games for Louth, but he will surely give them a bit of a lift, and isnt it kind of like old times with a big name manager going into a smaller county (smallest in this case:) and taking charge, never a lover of his tactics, they were playing abit more football in the last year or two of his tenure to be fair, I wish him well with Louth and I wish Louth themselves well..county has produced some excellent footballers over the years with little or no sucess or recognition...great to see them on this venture and hope it goes well.

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 597 - 20/01/2021 14:30:41    2328216

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Replying To brian:  "Yeah at least its achievable for him to be second best team in the province he's managing in now, not like what he's left behind ;) See how that works.

Have a lot of time for Tyrone people but like a small minority in every county, my own included, they let the rest down. Pity they wouldn't heed those words of old that if you've nothing good to say then say nothing at all."
Brian, you'd be good craic on the high stool. Murphys sing 1 about reeling them in.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 497 - 20/01/2021 17:27:43    2328246

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Now now Ollie. Wasn't that where poor Betty met the quare wan who took him away ??"
Royaldunne he met her in the Bull which is in the Wonderful Wee County. Last I heard he is living up in Cooley with her.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 275 - 21/01/2021 12:42:52    2328304

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Replying To Ollie2:  "Royaldunne he met her in the Bull which is in the Wonderful Wee County. Last I heard he is living up in Cooley with her."
Ahh jasus. She kept him quite since. :)

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17286 - 21/01/2021 18:13:10    2328366

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lo-louth
the lockdown is getting to people.

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 3929 - 22/01/2021 09:58:55    2328437

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