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The Dubs In Aughrim - 6 Like(s)
Best of luck to Wicklow & John Evans today in their on average three hour 160 km round trip journey for their home game v the football, financial & political clout of the mighty Dubs. Great credit to the Leinster Council, our outgoing DG, our current DG & the Gaa for creating such inequity. I'm sure that next years meet & greet for Wicklow footballers will be a massive success, probably best to hold it in the home pitch at O Moore park. C'mon Wicklow !!

moc.dna (National) - 27/05/2018 10:41:16

Kildare V Carlow - 5 Like(s)

Replying To 11jm11:  "This population argument that says Kildare should be a top team because we have one of the largest is a complete falsehood. In my own town I would say about 20% of the people are kildare through and through. Theres another 50% have moved in over the last 30 years and couldnt care less if kildare won tomorrow in fact most of them woud probably take some enjoymemt out of it. Then there is about 30 % of the town who are not irish and couldnt even tell you the first thing about gaa never mind kildare gaa. So Kildares population in real terms is no bigger than anywhere else in Leinster. Its the same with meath, their population may have doubled in recent years but their current team is worst meath team i have ever seen. Dont equate the number of people living within a county with potential strength of the countys GAA teams. As for tomorrow game Kildare will have too much, have beaten a few top teams ( division 1) in recent weeks while i have to admit i was very disappointed with carlow in the division 4 final"
This population argument that says Kildare should be a top team because we have one of the largest is a complete falsehood. Please equate to Dublin or whoever in it's entirety. In my own town I would say about 20% of the people are kildare through and through. Theres another 50% have moved in over the last 30 years and couldnt care less if kildare won tomorrow in fact most of them woud probably take some enjoymemt out of it. Then there is about 30 % of the town who are not irish and couldnt even tell you the first thing about gaa never mind kildare gaa. There is no county in Ireland that hasn't been effected by immigration /emigeration least of all Kildare, I could remind you that in 1998 when immigration was at its lowest and at 165000 ish in Kildare, Kildare had 20% of its starting 15 imports from other counties, namely Karl O Dwyer,Kerry, Brian Murphy, Cork, Karl Lacy Tipperary, where as, as far as I can remember Carlow always palay'd with its own bred born and rearted. Carlow will take the field tomorrow as the 2nd smallest county in Ireland with no imports. Kildare have one Import tomorrow at least, never the less. - - - May the best team win.

supersub15 (National) - 26/05/2018 22:19:53

Kildare V Carlow - 2 Like(s)

Replying To leitrim4sam:  "If this weekend has shown us anything it is that tradition is still a huge factor and divisional national league status dictates everything. By that reasoning Kikdare will win easy. For those backing carlow- 1)look at tradition 2) look where both played in the national football league- Kikdare div 1, carlow div 4. 3) read above again Kikdare will win this with a good bit to spare"
Spot on there. Any other tips.

Dubh_linn (National) - 27/05/2018 15:51:58

Longford V Meath - 2 Like(s)

Replying To MesAmis:  "It'd be great to see an upset. To see one of the minnows have their day in the sun and give a little joy to the long suffering fans but I just can't see it I'm afraid. Longford by 2."
It went exactly the way it was expected to.

MesAmis (National) - 27/05/2018 16:41:02

Longford V Meath - 2 Like(s)
Meath seriously need a change of manager. They have gone from bad to worse under him and its a shame to see them so bad

Cuckoosinging (National) - 27/05/2018 16:58:44

The Dubs In Aughrim - 2 Like(s)

Replying To 37thHeaven:  "Game drew less than 12,000 and yet everyone else has to go out of their way to make room for the hordes and hordes of travelling Juggernaut fans What am I missing????"
Apart from bias and a brain I can't think of anything else at the moment.

Dubh_linn (National) - 27/05/2018 17:58:55

The Dubs In Aughrim - 2 Like(s)

Replying To 37thHeaven:  "Game drew less than 12,000 and yet everyone else has to go out of their way to make room for the hordes and hordes of travelling Juggernaut fans What am I missing????"
You expected us to sell out O Moore Park for a game against Wicklow ? Our we idiots? Plenty big games coming up you'll see our support don't worry about that.

clondalkindub (National) - 27/05/2018 17:59:02

Leinster Hurling Championship - 2 Like(s)

Replying To Past hurler:  "That's a scary scoreline for Offaly hurling. I know Wexford are a strong outfit but I really thought Offaly would give them a good game in Tullamore. The game was over as a contest after 20 minutes."
There's been a campaign to keep Offaly out of Mcdonagh cup even if they get relegated. They would be better off there playing Laois, Carlow and Antrim for a few years as these beatings can't be helping

carlovia (National) - 26/05/2018 21:22:03

Kildare V Carlow - 2 Like(s)
If this weekend has shown us anything it is that tradition is still a huge factor and divisional national league status dictates everything. By that reasoning Kikdare will win easy. For those backing carlow- 1)look at tradition 2) look where both played in the national football league- Kikdare div 1, carlow div 4. 3) read above again Kikdare will win this with a good bit to spare

leitrim4sam (National) - 27/05/2018 00:13:14

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)
My predictiona have been going well so far so ill go with Meath 0 16 Longford 2 14

11jm11 (National) - 27/05/2018 09:48:51

Kildare V Carlow - 1 Like(s)

Replying To supersub15:  "Are you for real."
I got it completely wrong. Turns out Carlow by 7. My bad! Well done Carlow! Better players, and a better team all round today. A big result has been coming for ye for the last few years and I'd love to see you in a Leinster final.

Daith (National) - 27/05/2018 15:43:15

PUNDIT CHARADE, PUNDIT FACADE, PUNDIT FARCE - 1 Like(s)
Comment by Ger Loughnane at 1/2 time in Cork/Tipp when Cork were were leading by about 9 points: "end of of Game for Tipp , end of current Tipp team, too many old players or players who have done too much hurling and legs are gone" paraphrase , per , Tipp too old, legs gone, they are finished. A fierce second half comeback by Tipp with gamer ending in a draw.. 1/2 time comment by Michael Duignan: "Some (of pundits ) have said (Tipp) have no energy, well they have energy now." My comment at end of game: How can anyone whio claims to know hurling ever make a comment like Ger made at 1/2 time. ( He pitifully tried to laugh it off at the end of second half). I for one will never again take Ger seriously. Time to evaluate and upgrade our pundits, starting with Mr. Loughnane..

PatOLogical (National) - 27/05/2018 15:58:29

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)
Congratulations to Longford. Well deserved. Great GAA people in longford. The men of 68 would be proud of that win. You can be very proud of your county well. Best of luck in the rest of championship. Congrats.

Furlong1949 (National) - 27/05/2018 16:45:57

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)
Leinster football is dead.

11jm11 (National) - 27/05/2018 16:52:51

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Cuckoosinging:  "Meath seriously need a change of manager. They have gone from bad to worse under him and its a shame to see them so bad"
Armagh gave McGeeney 4 years and be hasnt won a single match in Ulster and spent 3 of the last 4 years in div 3. Boylan Dwyer and McGee had nightmare results in the first three years in charge. Boylan was hammered by laois in year 3, Dwyer walked away in year 3 after bad loses to teams like louth in first season to return in second term and suceed in year 5 as manager. McGee had 3 dreadful years with Offaly. First round loses. The supporters the county board wanted him gone. Only for chairman support he was gone and kerry would have won 5 in a row. Gilroy had record defeats to kerry in year 1 and record defeats to Meath in year 2. In Walsh first year Galway were hammered by Mayo, in year 2 they were hammered by Tipp and in year 3 hammerd by Rossies. It took him 4 years for Walsh to turn the corner. It took Boylan McGee Dwyer 4 years and in Dwyers 5 years. Jimmy Barry Murphy and Nicholas English had nightmare results in charge of Cork and Tipp in first few years in charge in 90s. When a traditional county is in the doldrums it takes years to turn the ship around. We have sacked managers before it aint the answer. I believe if McEntee goes this year we will probaly end up like Laois and Derry and end up in div 4. Give him two more years. If the same results in year 4 he goes. Have a sucession plan where someone like Geraghty is in charge of the under 20s. No knee jerk reactions. Thats just my opinion. Today is about Longford and their great win. Well deserved win. The fact is the better team won. Thats it. longford have done excellent work at underage they have great clubs and great gaa people and Pearse Park is one of the toughest places to win. Very shrewd manager. Congratulations to Longford. Well derserved winners.

Furlong1949 (National) - 27/05/2018 17:37:48

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)

Replying To 11jm11:  "Leinster football is dead."
Could you be anymore insulting to Longford and Carlow gaels? Kildare and Meath have been pampering over the cracks for a while. A few false starts but big issues in both camps.

commander (National) - 27/05/2018 17:47:33

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)
Leinster football is dead and ill tell you why. Kildare and meath are the only two with the resources to potentially put it up to dublin and both are going backwards. The levels of apathy in both counties to intercounty football is frightening. The gaa is not in a good place in kildare and meath Well done to carlow and longfors but lets be honest, both wouldnt get within 15 points of dublin

11jm11 (National) - 27/05/2018 18:01:29

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Furlong1949:  "Armagh gave McGeeney 4 years and be hasnt won a single match in Ulster and spent 3 of the last 4 years in div 3. Boylan Dwyer and McGee had nightmare results in the first three years in charge. Boylan was hammered by laois in year 3, Dwyer walked away in year 3 after bad loses to teams like louth in first season to return in second term and suceed in year 5 as manager. McGee had 3 dreadful years with Offaly. First round loses. The supporters the county board wanted him gone. Only for chairman support he was gone and kerry would have won 5 in a row. Gilroy had record defeats to kerry in year 1 and record defeats to Meath in year 2. In Walsh first year Galway were hammered by Mayo, in year 2 they were hammered by Tipp and in year 3 hammerd by Rossies. It took him 4 years for Walsh to turn the corner. It took Boylan McGee Dwyer 4 years and in Dwyers 5 years. Jimmy Barry Murphy and Nicholas English had nightmare results in charge of Cork and Tipp in first few years in charge in 90s. When a traditional county is in the doldrums it takes years to turn the ship around. We have sacked managers before it aint the answer. I believe if McEntee goes this year we will probaly end up like Laois and Derry and end up in div 4. Give him two more years. If the same results in year 4 he goes. Have a sucession plan where someone like Geraghty is in charge of the under 20s. No knee jerk reactions. Thats just my opinion. Today is about Longford and their great win. Well deserved win. The fact is the better team won. Thats it. longford have done excellent work at underage they have great clubs and great gaa people and Pearse Park is one of the toughest places to win. Very shrewd manager. Congratulations to Longford. Well derserved winners."
As gracious as ever sir. I have immensely enjoyed reading your posts on the meath forum over the last number of weeks and will continue to do so. I am just in from the game an an absolutely overjoyed, even if it does mean an away game to Dublin. The genuine longford supporters have known, that there could be a good group of footballers there, but, I suppose, because of our history, are afraid to say it. Today, wasn't "a shock" for us, but we knew we would have to put in a performance. My own club have come out on top, twice in the leinster club championship, against o mahonys, while St columbas have also beaten meath opposition. We, as supporters, knew they could do it, but whether they believed it themselves or not was the key. Added to this also, was the Pearse Park, factor. We are not naive enough, to think that this meath team is of the calibre of the eighties, nineties. We would do anything here in Longford, to have had teams like that. However we are trying to progress with what we have, population of players etc. Great work has been done at underage level, which has made us competitive, more often than not. The same type of work is, I understand, going on in other counties like Carlow for eg. I understand a comment was made by another poster, about leinster championship being dead. I would argue to the contrary. It is extremely competitive now, because of the work being done, at the so called weaker counties. It is disrespectful to the people doing this work, to make such comments. Remember two yrs ago longford dumped the ulster champions out of the all Ireland series. This is just one example. The dubs are hammering other teams, as well, outside of leinster. The other provinces are just lucky, their not in their championship. Anyway as I said, enjoyed your posts. I'm going now to have a cold one. We'll think of the dubs tomorrow!!!!!

Longfordbaz (National) - 27/05/2018 18:24:34

Longford V Meath - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Htaem:  "Well done to Longford, great result for them, but honestly, this can't be considered a shock, there's nothing between Longford and Meath at present and the better team won, simple as."
Thats the truth. Simple as better team won. They have a gameplan and a shrewd manager. They have done great work at underage. And they deserved their win. This a great day for two leinster counties today . Carlow have beaten kildare for the first time since 1953 and longford have beaten Meath for the first time since 1982. We should compliment Carlow and Longford for all the work they have done. They have worked hard for years allot of the time through bad days and tough defeats. This is their moment and they should be prasied. leaving the Dubs to one side the performances of laois Carlow Longford and Wicklow v Offaly have been brillant they deserve full credit. Meath kildare and Offaly need to take their beatings, get on with it and keep working. Meath need to give McEntee time and organise an sucessor over two year period and keep working at underage. O Neill is a brillant coach, coachs dont make good managers. Glen Ryan with D Earley with J Doyle are the men to take Kildare forward. And Offaly need to bring in a manager that has a better CV then Wallace and keep working away. Meath kikdare and Offaly have had many great days. Now its Carlow longford laois time. They deserve all the praise and plaudits. This didnt happen over night for these teams. This is years of hard work and determination through bad times to get to the good times. Congratulations to Longford better team won.

Furlong1949 (National) - 27/05/2018 18:30:13

The Dubs In Aughrim - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Wicklowman:  "Dublin won by exactly what they were expected to win by. There is a massive gulf in class. Wicklow did well to score 1-11 in fact. No need for the snide comments. The lads tried hard. No doubt it would have been better to have had the game in Aughrim. Yes the scoreline would have been roughly the same, but are entitled to home advantage as was stated last October and which would have been given to Offaly. Our home ground holds 10,500... there were only 12,000 there today, so could Aughrim have held the match. Certainly it could. If Manchester United draw Bury Town in the FA Cup we dont switch the game to Anfield."
Totally agree, the lads played well and all gave it a great shot, it is a pity it wasn't played in Aughrim, for the sake of 2000 people but I thought the Wicklow support done well, they were noisey and cheered everything on. It was lovely st the end to see the Wicklow children getting jerseys signed and taking pictures with the Wicklow players, this team could regain some much needed support, the qualifiers could prove interesting

WW9 (National) - 27/05/2018 18:48:17