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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I agree. It's farcical what's been going on. The DUP campaigned and strongly advocated for a hard Brexit despite all evidence and expertise suggesting it was an act of complete economic idiocy. They then go and protest against the very protocol that their esteemed leaders Boris and co negotiated. They're holding the country to ransom while their toys are out of the pram. All the while the people they are supposed to be representing are struggling with real issues. The next election will be interesting whenever it happens. Hopefully their status will be even more diminished and the grown ups can get on with fixing things in Northern Ireland for their constituents."
Theresa May had a better deal on the table for DUP but they couldn't see it because of their blindness for the Union. They helped the conservative's bully Theresa May and were running about full of themselves because they had the vote that counted. How things have changed. DUP and Conservative's both beaten dockets. Protocol seems like an excuse because Sinn Fein have first minister.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 1501 - 30/10/2022 10:56:57    2445932

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Great win last night for the Irish rugby team against the springboks, although I must admit both tries had forward passes in the buildup, not sure how the TMO missed them.

DuhallowRed (Cork) - Posts: 212 - 06/11/2022 13:26:10    2446618

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Replying To Saynothing:  "Theresa May had a better deal on the table for DUP but they couldn't see it because of their blindness for the Union. They helped the conservative's bully Theresa May and were running about full of themselves because they had the vote that counted. How things have changed. DUP and Conservative's both beaten dockets. Protocol seems like an excuse because Sinn Fein have first minister."
The DUP don't want a Catholic/ Nationalist as First Minister. The protocol is just a ruse, it helps NI business, but Donaldson can't see it. They were against the Good Friday agreement, now are in favour apparently. The Unionists are in a minority nationally, and the Tories are heading for election defeat.
Good enough for the lot of them.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1443 - 06/11/2022 16:40:37    2446644

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Replying To DuhallowRed:  "Great win last night for the Irish rugby team against the springboks, although I must admit both tries had forward passes in the buildup, not sure how the TMO missed them."
Good win, got away with second try, however SA got away with red card, important to stand up to such a physical team and get a win even though we were not at our best. Especially after such a poor outing on Friday night, quite a few lads to come back from injury to add to panel debt. Early days and plenty happy to remind them what happened in previous world cups.

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1842 - 06/11/2022 17:44:45    2446652

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Replying To thelongridge:  "The DUP don't want a Catholic/ Nationalist as First Minister. The protocol is just a ruse, it helps NI business, but Donaldson can't see it. They were against the Good Friday agreement, now are in favour apparently. The Unionists are in a minority nationally, and the Tories are heading for election defeat.
Good enough for the lot of them."
Loyalists are so bitter that when the talk about the Good Friday agreement they call it the Belfast agreement, also they just can't help themselves when talking about Sinn Fein, they have to say Sinn Fein IRA.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 1501 - 06/11/2022 19:10:13    2446669

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Replying To Saynothing:  "Loyalists are so bitter that when the talk about the Good Friday agreement they call it the Belfast agreement, also they just can't help themselves when talking about Sinn Fein, they have to say Sinn Fein IRA."
I dont think calling GF agreement the belfast agreement is being bitter. the official name of the treaty is the belfast agreement its just it was signed good friday so has became more popularly known as that.
wont get into second part as mods wont probably publish what id like to say...

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2927 - 06/11/2022 19:57:06    2446676

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Replying To Saynothing:  "Loyalists are so bitter that when the talk about the Good Friday agreement they call it the Belfast agreement, also they just can't help themselves when talking about Sinn Fein, they have to say Sinn Fein IRA."
Calling the GF the belfast agreement isnt being bitter. thats the official name of the treaty. its correct.

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2927 - 06/11/2022 20:29:42    2446683

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Calling the GF the belfast agreement isnt being bitter. thats the official name of the treaty. its correct."
No. It is named the Belfast Agreement and/or the Good Friday Agreement. The British government tend to call it the BA, whilst the Irish use the GFA.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-belfast-agreement

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https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/northern-ireland/the-good-friday-agreement-and-today/

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 2061 - 07/11/2022 10:15:46    2446709

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "No. It is named the Belfast Agreement and/or the Good Friday Agreement. The British government tend to call it the BA, whilst the Irish use the GFA.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-belfast-agreement

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https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/northern-ireland/the-good-friday-agreement-and-today/"
Regardless of the name, the agreement was a considerable achievement by all sides. I think the late David Trimble showed his willingness to achieve a settlement by agreeing to the new structures.
The pity is the DUP are unable to show any willingness to play their part in the Executive.
The ordinary people of NI are suffering because of this childish behaviour.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1443 - 07/11/2022 11:24:24    2446720

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Replying To KillingFields:  "I dont think calling GF agreement the belfast agreement is being bitter. the official name of the treaty is the belfast agreement its just it was signed good friday so has became more popularly known as that.
wont get into second part as mods wont probably publish what id like to say..."
Plus nobody want's to read it

Breffni40 (Cavan) - Posts: 11961 - 07/11/2022 13:18:38    2446743

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Replying To Breffni40:  "Plus nobody want's to read it"
Very funny...
Tough man etc etc
You're so SAD!!!!

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2927 - 07/11/2022 15:59:53    2446766

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Very funny...
Tough man etc etc
You're so SAD!!!!"
It's nothing personal, it's just gonna be the same as every other rugby dad, and completely ignores Irish people in the 6 counties lived experiences

Breffni40 (Cavan) - Posts: 11961 - 07/11/2022 16:46:30    2446774

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Very funny...
Tough man etc etc
You're so SAD!!!!"
You must have really got to him though, he doesn't usually post snide little one liners.....

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1359 - 07/11/2022 17:11:55    2446783

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Replying To Breffni40:  "It's nothing personal, it's just gonna be the same as every other rugby dad, and completely ignores Irish people in the 6 counties lived experiences"
People who lived in that statelet have endured discrimination from the Unionist establishment.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1443 - 07/11/2022 17:51:41    2446789

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "No. It is named the Belfast Agreement and/or the Good Friday Agreement. The British government tend to call it the BA, whilst the Irish use the GFA.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-belfast-agreement

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https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/northern-ireland/the-good-friday-agreement-and-today/"
The agreement is officially the belfast agreement but its more known as good friday agreement especially as it was signed on good friday 1998. The official name is belfast agreement

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2927 - 07/11/2022 18:56:49    2446798

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "The World Cup is fast approaching and I wonder is the relentless playing schedule going to cause problems? The top players are very well paid and looked after but the sheer volume of games inevitably leads to injuries and breakdown. Off the top of my head it looks as though Reece James, Diogo Jota, Ngolo Kante and possibly Kyle Walker are going to miss the World Cup. There will undoubtedly be more in the weeks ahead.

The likes of FIFA and UEFA are supposed to be the guardians of the game but in reality are just money mad corporations with very questionable ethical records. They continue to pile more and more games on to an already congested calendar diluting competition quality as they go. I think the next World Cup is going to have 48 teams? The Euros have similarly become very bloated. OK it might mean Ireland have a better chance of qualifying but the overall tournament quality suffers. The Champions League is a non-event really until the 2nd round, or often times even until the quater finals. But hey, something has to fill the TV schedules I suppose."
Pogba, Mane, Chilwell and possibly Varane can be added to the injury list.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8278 - 09/11/2022 11:25:53    2446946

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With the World Cup fast approaching, and not really much interest in it for a myriad of reasons, thought I'd post a few of my favourite moments, players, goals etc from previous tournaments...(only from World Cups I've seen and can remember)

Earliest WC memory - Kevin Sheedy lashing in an equaliser against England in 1990 and my father going absolutely mental!

Favourite WC memory - has to be Robbie Keane's equaliser against Germany in 02. Pure bedlam! Ray Houghton's goal against Italy in 94 a very close second. But the fact that Keane's equaliser came so late sways it for me.

Favourite WC Goals:
Baggio for Italy against Czechoslovakia in 1990.
Hagi for Romania against Colombia in 1994
Bergkamp for Holland against Argentina 1998
Ronaldinho for Brazil against England in 2002
Cambiasso for Argentina against Serbia 2006
Van Persie for Holland against Spain 2010
James Rodriguez for Colombia against Uruguay in 2014
Pavard for France against Argentina in 2018.

Favourite Wold Cup 11...

1. Buffon

2. Cafu
3. Maldini
4. Matthaus
5. Cannavaro

6. Hagi
7. Zidane
8. Valderamma

9. Ronaldo (Brazil)
10. Messi
11. Stoichkov

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8278 - 09/11/2022 16:53:22    2447004

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "With the World Cup fast approaching, and not really much interest in it for a myriad of reasons, thought I'd post a few of my favourite moments, players, goals etc from previous tournaments...(only from World Cups I've seen and can remember)

Earliest WC memory - Kevin Sheedy lashing in an equaliser against England in 1990 and my father going absolutely mental!

Favourite WC memory - has to be Robbie Keane's equaliser against Germany in 02. Pure bedlam! Ray Houghton's goal against Italy in 94 a very close second. But the fact that Keane's equaliser came so late sways it for me.

Favourite WC Goals:
Baggio for Italy against Czechoslovakia in 1990.
Hagi for Romania against Colombia in 1994
Bergkamp for Holland against Argentina 1998
Ronaldinho for Brazil against England in 2002
Cambiasso for Argentina against Serbia 2006
Van Persie for Holland against Spain 2010
James Rodriguez for Colombia against Uruguay in 2014
Pavard for France against Argentina in 2018.

Favourite Wold Cup 11...

1. Buffon

2. Cafu
3. Maldini
4. Matthaus
5. Cannavaro

6. Hagi
7. Zidane
8. Valderamma

9. Ronaldo (Brazil)
10. Messi
11. Stoichkov"
Lockjaw, myself and yourself really need to get together. I could talk World Cups all night. My ealiest memories are sketchy ones from 1986 but it did leave an impact. By the time 1990 rolled around I was absorbed. I've never been less enthusiastic about any World Cup than this one. The whole thing is rotten. But I will always love the tournament .
My favourite goal is Negrete of Mexico in 86 v Bulgaria ( check it out on your tube with Barry Davies commentary).
My favourite game is probably Romania 3 Argentina 2 in 1994.
The best quality game I felt was Belgium 2 Brazil 1 in 2018.
My favourite Ireland moment was the win in Giants stadium v Italy.
My team is
1.Dasayev
2. Josimar
3. Cannevaro
4. McGrath
5. Maldini
6. Stoichkov
7. Matthaus
8. Gullit
9. Batistuta
10. Maradona
11. Hagi

Malonemagic (Laois) - Posts: 720 - 09/11/2022 18:20:56    2447021

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Yeah that Negrete goal was quality. Such an occasion too. The Azteca absolutely rammed & he scores a goal like that for his country hosting the World Cup. Some buzz. I'd say he hasn't had to buy a Corona or a tequila since!

I rewatched Romania Argentina during lockdown and it was indeed a cracker. Romania were absolutely lethal on the counter attack.

Hard to get excited about this World Cup. Maybe once it gets going people will be more enthused.
I can't see a European team winning it. Brazil look to be in good nick. My personal hope is that Argentina do it & Messi crowns an already outstanding career.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8278 - 09/11/2022 18:56:02    2447026

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Replying To Malonemagic:  "Lockjaw, myself and yourself really need to get together. I could talk World Cups all night. My ealiest memories are sketchy ones from 1986 but it did leave an impact. By the time 1990 rolled around I was absorbed. I've never been less enthusiastic about any World Cup than this one. The whole thing is rotten. But I will always love the tournament .
My favourite goal is Negrete of Mexico in 86 v Bulgaria ( check it out on your tube with Barry Davies commentary).
My favourite game is probably Romania 3 Argentina 2 in 1994.
The best quality game I felt was Belgium 2 Brazil 1 in 2018.
My favourite Ireland moment was the win in Giants stadium v Italy.
My team is
1.Dasayev
2. Josimar
3. Cannevaro
4. McGrath
5. Maldini
6. Stoichkov
7. Matthaus
8. Gullit
9. Batistuta
10. Maradona
11. Hagi"
My first World Cup was that memorable 1966 tournament, won by England, beating West Germany, as they were known then, 4-2. That final was at Wembley, memorable for the late Kenneth Wolsthenholme, uttering the phrase, ' some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over, it is now', as England scored their 4th goal in extra time.
England had 3 WestHam players, Bobby Moore, captain, Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat trick, and Martin Peters. Bobby and Jack Charlton, with Gordon Banks in goal, were other famous names.
Ray Cohen of Fulham was a defender. Lots of happy memories from that glorious summer.
Eusebio played with Portugal who defeated outsiders North Korea, 5-3, in a a/ final, having been 3-0 down.

That tournament shown on Telefis Eireann, in black and white, introduced Soccer as it was called to Ireland, and things sporting were changed forever.
We all followed our favourite teams and players, in the various games. I thought I was Gordon Banks, other heroes were Pele, a young Frank Beckenbauer, UwevSeeler, and goalkeeper, Hans Tilkowski.
Never missed a tournament since then. The World Cup was held in summer then.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1443 - 09/11/2022 19:22:56    2447033

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