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GAA Should Campaign For A United Ireland. - 4 Like(s)

Replying To yew_tree:  "[quote=Whammo86:  "[quote=cavanman47:  "Many will be silent, and many on here are calling for the GAA to be silent. I, like yourself and most on this island, would welcome a United Ireland. I am not a Sinn Fein supporter and wouldn't use them or any party as the most appropriate platform for the expression of a nationalist standpoint. The GAA on the other hand, as I pointed out in a previous post, would represent one of the biggest (if not the biggest) outlets for cross-community harmony in a united Ireland. For this reason, and the fact that the vast majority of their members are of the nationalist persuasion, they have a responsibility not to be silent on this issue."
I doubt love the term nationalist. I would be very much of the broad persuasion that Northern Ireland would be better served as being part of a united Ireland rather than a part of the UK. It would still depend on the details of how that was negotiated. I couldn't be for a united Ireland at all costs. A united Ireland at the end of the day doesn't put food on my table or anyone else's table. To be stable a united Ireland would have to work and work for a large majority of the country across the entire island. I am a member of the GAA not because it is a nationalist organisation, but because it is a sporting cultural organisation. That is why despite being broadly in favour of a united Ireland you or Joe Brolly or anyone else should not be leveraging my membership of the organisation for your own agendas. If you don't like the current political parties but want a united Ireland set up your own party and appeal to me and others through that. The right channel to discuss the shape of a united Ireland is in the political arena not the GAA."]Good post and it is after all About quality of life and food on the table as you say. The DUP though seem rooted to the past where it's all about flags and attachment to the queen etc...utter nonsense."]The DUP are pretty much the antithesis of everything I stand for. I wrote a scathing post on them in response to bloodyban saying he'd vote for them over SF any day. It didn't get through. I was vocal on here last year when Arlene was praised for going to the Ulster final. Which was in my mind very much an empty stunt. The problem is though a large number of people still vote for them. It does show me that there's not really a place for me within some independent Northern Irish state. Unfortunately it also shows that a united Ireland is not tenable in the near term. I don't see anyway that the DUP's sizeable supporr could accept being part of a united Ireland in spite of it likely being better for them. That's the reason why a united Ireland can't be stable at this point.

Whammo86 (National) - 23/03/2019 10:19:18

Mayo V Monaghan - 2 Like(s)
1. David Clarke - Ballina Stephenites 2. Stephen Coen - Hollymount/Carramore 3. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore 4. Eoin O'Donoghue - Belmullet 5. Paddy Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels 6. Michael Plunkett - Ballintubber 7. James McCormack - Claremorris 8. Matthew Ruane - Breaffy 9. Aidan O'Shea - Breaffy 10. Fergal Boland - Aghamore 11. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole 12. Diarmuid O'Connor - Ballintubber(C) 13. Kevin McLoughlin - Knockmore 14. Darren Coen - Hollymount/Carramore 15. Conor Diskin - Claremorris 6 changes from the Kerry game. James McCormack gets his first start. Interesting full forward line with two strong men in Coen and Diskin. Fergal Boland impressed when he came in v Kerry. Average age of this particular team looks around 25....won't please the "Mayo are too old" brigade. Any Monaghan team ?

yew_tree (National) - 23/03/2019 08:43:11

The Last 5 Years In Football - 2 Like(s)
I suppose it's only human nature for some people to make a case against teams or individuals who are perhaps being seen as better than anyone else. If they accept it, it downgrades their favourites. Not everyone loved Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Ronaldo ,Real Madrid, Messi ,Barcelona, Pele , Brazil, Man Utd ,Stephen Hendry,Steve Davis , Maradonna,Ayrton Senna,Kerry , Kilkenny or Dublin in their day. There's always a case for your individual or team buts that's always been the way. The only real barometer is the record books and that's what they'll be looking at down the road.

catch22 (National) - 23/03/2019 09:27:51

GAA Should Campaign For A United Ireland. - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Whammo86:  "[quote=cavanman47:  "Many will be silent, and many on here are calling for the GAA to be silent. I, like yourself and most on this island, would welcome a United Ireland. I am not a Sinn Fein supporter and wouldn't use them or any party as the most appropriate platform for the expression of a nationalist standpoint. The GAA on the other hand, as I pointed out in a previous post, would represent one of the biggest (if not the biggest) outlets for cross-community harmony in a united Ireland. For this reason, and the fact that the vast majority of their members are of the nationalist persuasion, they have a responsibility not to be silent on this issue."
I doubt love the term nationalist. I would be very much of the broad persuasion that Northern Ireland would be better served as being part of a united Ireland rather than a part of the UK. It would still depend on the details of how that was negotiated. I couldn't be for a united Ireland at all costs. A united Ireland at the end of the day doesn't put food on my table or anyone else's table. To be stable a united Ireland would have to work and work for a large majority of the country across the entire island. I am a member of the GAA not because it is a nationalist organisation, but because it is a sporting cultural organisation. That is why despite being broadly in favour of a united Ireland you or Joe Brolly or anyone else should not be leveraging my membership of the organisation for your own agendas. If you don't like the current political parties but want a united Ireland set up your own party and appeal to me and others through that. The right channel to discuss the shape of a united Ireland is in the political arena not the GAA."]Good post and it is after all About quality of life and food on the table as you say. The DUP though seem rooted to the past where it's all about flags and attachment to the queen etc...utter nonsense.

yew_tree (National) - 23/03/2019 08:45:28

Mayo V Monaghan - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Pericles:  "That's the freshest looking selection I can remember in the league over the past 7 or 8 years. I think only AOS and JDoc have started all games, so certainly the management have delivered on their intention to try new faces. The risk of doing this is obvious. Monaghan don't really need to win imo, as I don't see Kerry wanting to finish their campaign with two losses and the risk of a third in the final, which is likely to be against Tyrone. With our selection, the emphasis rightly is on giving the newer players selected a final chance to be considered for the summer. But with a more seasoned team out, Monaghan are by far the better bet. On that basis, I'm thinking a 4 to 5 point win for the Farney. Anything better than that for us, and particularly a win, will be a pleasant surprise."
Not to fussed about the result if im honest , and i wouldn't mind seeing Monaghan stay up either. I'm just happy horan has began the rebuilding process and i like the way hes doing it , a nice blend of experience and youth and i don't think Mayo will be going anywhere during the this phase. connacht and super 8s is aim, and if we get to croke park we can do some damage .

Vishred (National) - 23/03/2019 11:43:18

Mayo V Monaghan - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Yondu:  "Rotation I can understand for the previous rounds but to continue to rotate when the opportunity of final is there makes little sense. Mayo would win with a stronger and more experienced team but Monaghan should be winning this game on Sunday now if Mayo start without the likes of Keegan,Boyle,Higgins,Barrett etc starting."
Makes sense if we find more players for the championship squad. I'm surprised but happy he's given so many new faces a chance and that we've avoided relegation doing so. Championship will be the real test for them. Hopefully he won't revert to same old and players like Ruane and McDonagh, hopefully more, will nail down starting spots. Our championship team has picked itself for years. Good to see competition for places. Hopefully it'll be real competition and we can improve.

GreenandRed (National) - 23/03/2019 16:33:52

NFL Division 2 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To eunans4ever:  "Show me where I used that as an excuse We have no need to make excuses - we have already beaten Meath We will top the division and win the league also"
Whatever happened to these predictions??

royaldunne (National) - 23/03/2019 18:35:42

Mayo V Monaghan - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Shelbourne1:  "Lads just enquiring ...........how far is ground from rail station ? ...... hope we have a good game tomorrow !"
10 minute walk.

ispeakwisdom (National) - 23/03/2019 19:51:10

NFL Division 2 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "Whatever happened to these predictions??"
The league final hasn't happened yet, so what's the issue?

Donegal_abroad (National) - 23/03/2019 21:31:04