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Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 7 Like(s)
Sad day, for those raised on song and stories. Mick MacAuley, what can you say, in the vanguard of new warriors that led to a new Dublin who wouldn't be rolled over, wilt or give quarter ever again, not with Mick manning the midfield anyway. A great set of hands, that created and stole in equal measure and at their most dangerous in the biggest games in the biggest years when the game was their for the taking by those at their hungriest. Legs and engine the envy of the country and was often at the appex of that Dublin drive and flood at pace that overwhelmed so many teams and broke so many lines. All the talent in the hands and he would say himself he wasn't the most talented point taker or kicker of a ball, never stopped him trying though ;). Hes also not the best at knowing where he parked his car! ;) A player for the big day, who made serious plays in the biggest games. Driving Dublin over the line in 11, that interview with Marty after full time. Robbing important ball - who can forget getting the better of three Kerry lads, to get the hand on ball to set up Mackers fabled goal in 13, driving at defenses when all legs were going and coming home with Player of the year. If there was a melting pot there, Mick was in the thick of it. With Bastick he shepherded Fenton's development and got a second wind once Denis retired. Willfully manning more All Ireland wins. The memorable impact he made coming on VS Mayo (trying to remember which one) when we looked on the ropes and contributing massively to the scorers with Costello that eeked out the win, we werent winning that day without him. To the renaissance of the last couple of years coming back in his 30s from what was a serious knee injury to impact and complete the 5 and 6 in a row. A scorer of important goals and setting Dublins tempo, he kept going when other stopped, amassing 8 All Ireland winning medals, 10 Leinsters, 5 NFL and one POTY. Ive never seen happier then after the All Ireland Club Final win with Ballyboden in 16. Were i am sure we will see him for a years to come. A big character behind the scenes and one who was always calm and relaxed on the big days, a wicked sense of humor, not to speak to much about him personally but he epitomizes the word "role model" with the civic, developmental and charitable work he does in Dublin and internationally. He deserves every accolade as a player and person and leaves no achievement left unfilled in the game. Thanks for so many brilliant days Mick enjoy the well deserved fruits, look forward to seeing you knocking around before games, you owe Dublin nothing. True Dublin warrior and will be remembered as such.

TheUsername (National) - 21/01/2021 13:37:35

71 Million Croke Park Development - 5 Like(s)

Replying To hopballref:  "Conference, hospitality and museum facilities to be upgraded. For 71 million!! What in God's name are they going to do them them with that much money?! Think of all the clubs across the country that would benefit from a percentage of that but the GAA opt to spend it on keeping the fat cats entertained in HQ! https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/gaa/croke-park-set-71-million-23355863"
Its not about fat cats in HQ. Croke Park like any modern international class stadium is in use 5/6 days a week and could make a return of that 71 million without matches even going ahead. CP can host thousands in wide range of events with the corporate boxes, premium level etc. From a dozen or less meeting in one corporate box to hundreds of people in the hogan suite.

TimeForChange2021 (National) - 21/01/2021 11:12:49

71 Million Croke Park Development - 4 Like(s)

Replying To FoolsGold:  "There is plenty of Counties who don't have proper floodlighting for County games. Meath, Westmeath, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim to name a few. Getting all Counties up to standard should be a priority. Croke Park had to let staff go during the pandemic, it might generate more funds but lots of what ifs."
I'd personally prefer to see the money going into county grounds myself but obviously they want the dollars to generate more dollars. The GAA has moved away from a lot of its traditional values IMO and has morphed into a tunnel visioned commercial enterprise where cash is king. Sport at Croker has become secondary when it comes to revenue. It's all about tourists and suits munching on canapés in conference rooms now with the odd Coldplay gig thrown in.

Joxer (National) - 21/01/2021 14:11:45

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 4 Like(s)

Replying To Viking66:  "Y do you follow a sports team at all if you are that negative?"
Cos he can moan ad nauseum about every perceived advantage that Dublin have despite many people from outside Dublin saying whilst some of what he's saying has validity, not all of it does. Then he gets all huffy when people don' agree with him, answer him or disprove what he's saying and sinks to the lowest common denominator of the gutter to try and meaninglessly point score. I mean if something caused me this much displeasure I think I'd move along and say it's time to concentrate on other passions, cos this one is going to cause him to have a coronary at the rate he's going ;) Just my opinion of course....

brian (National) - 21/01/2021 16:56:03

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 4 Like(s)
Best wishes to Paddy Andrews and MDMA, they owe the Dubs nothing at all. Some operators the pair of them and still made an impact in the twilights of their intercounty career.

brian (National) - 21/01/2021 16:59:14

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 4 Like(s)

Replying To DUBJOHN:  "To be fair to Kingdomboy id probably feel like that if my county were the third best team in a province where hurling is king !"
Third at best John, not absolutely guaranteed.

brian (National) - 21/01/2021 17:13:45

71 Million Croke Park Development - 4 Like(s)

Replying To sourmilk93:  "Will Dublin County board have to fund any of it? Seeing as the use it full time as their home ground surely like all other counties they should have to contribute to upkeep of their home venue?"
Well you're right. But as our venue I don't think the DCB should allow provincial games or AI series games not involving Dublin to be played at our home ground. Those games are just messing up our pitch. €71m is a huge investment for a museum and to extend some conference rooms. I presume there's a lot more to it but that money would go a long way elsewhere to upgrade provincial grounds.

Joxer (National) - 21/01/2021 11:26:34

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 4 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "You say defeatism where as I call it realism, and it doesn't matter if I know that dublin are going to win the allireland its what the teams that are playing dublin thinks is all that matters, of they think they can beat dublin well fair play to them. But to me it looks like the Mayo and kerry teams think they can't beat the dubs with the amount of players retiring from both sides, whereas only 1 dublin player ( who wasn't in the squad) has retired which shows me that they know they will win it again."
Y do you follow a sports team at all if you are that negative?

Viking66 (National) - 21/01/2021 13:39:05

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Viking66:  "Y do you follow a sports team at all if you are that negative?"
To be fair to Kingdomboy id probably feel like that if my county were the third best team in a province where hurling is king !

DUBJOHN (National) - 21/01/2021 14:37:35

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 3 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Well it's very hard to be positive when the sports governing body is favouring 1 team above all others by giving that team eternal home advantage and more than 10 times more money than their nearest rivals, those advantages along with dublins population advantages makes me very pessimistic. A lot of posters from outside of dublin remind me of that picture of those native American Indians happily standing on the beach watching Christopher Columbus and his crew sailing towards them not knowing the annihilation that was going to happen their people."
And is that why you're third best to Tipperary and Cork ?

DUBJOHN (National) - 21/01/2021 14:39:14

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 3 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "Sad day, for those raised on song and stories. Mick MacAuley, what can you say, in the vanguard of new warriors that led to a new Dublin who wouldn't be rolled over, wilt or give quarter ever again, not with Mick manning the midfield anyway. A great set of hands, that created and stole in equal measure and at their most dangerous in the biggest games in the biggest years when the game was their for the taking by those at their hungriest. Legs and engine the envy of the country and was often at the appex of that Dublin drive and flood at pace that overwhelmed so many teams and broke so many lines. All the talent in the hands and he would say himself he wasn't the most talented point taker or kicker of a ball, never stopped him trying though ;). Hes also not the best at knowing where he parked his car! ;) A player for the big day, who made serious plays in the biggest games. Driving Dublin over the line in 11, that interview with Marty after full time. Robbing important ball - who can forget getting the better of three Kerry lads, to get the hand on ball to set up Mackers fabled goal in 13, driving at defenses when all legs were going and coming home with Player of the year. If there was a melting pot there, Mick was in the thick of it. With Bastick he shepherded Fenton's development and got a second wind once Denis retired. Willfully manning more All Ireland wins. The memorable impact he made coming on VS Mayo (trying to remember which one) when we looked on the ropes and contributing massively to the scorers with Costello that eeked out the win, we werent winning that day without him. To the renaissance of the last couple of years coming back in his 30s from what was a serious knee injury to impact and complete the 5 and 6 in a row. A scorer of important goals and setting Dublins tempo, he kept going when other stopped, amassing 8 All Ireland winning medals, 10 Leinsters, 5 NFL and one POTY. Ive never seen happier then after the All Ireland Club Final win with Ballyboden in 16. Were i am sure we will see him for a years to come. A big character behind the scenes and one who was always calm and relaxed on the big days, a wicked sense of humor, not to speak to much about him personally but he epitomizes the word "role model" with the civic, developmental and charitable work he does in Dublin and internationally. He deserves every accolade as a player and person and leaves no achievement left unfilled in the game. Thanks for so many brilliant days Mick enjoy the well deserved fruits, look forward to seeing you knocking around before games, you owe Dublin nothing. True Dublin warrior and will be remembered as such."
And so say all of us ,great post.

DUBJOHN (National) - 21/01/2021 14:41:52

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 3 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Well it's very hard to be positive when the sports governing body is favouring 1 team above all others by giving that team eternal home advantage and more than 10 times more money than their nearest rivals, those advantages along with dublins population advantages makes me very pessimistic. A lot of posters from outside of dublin remind me of that picture of those native American Indians happily standing on the beach watching Christopher Columbus and his crew sailing towards them not knowing the annihilation that was going to happen their people."
Ah you poor little Lamb :-)

superbluedub (National) - 21/01/2021 15:07:01

71 Million Croke Park Development - 3 Like(s)
Good idea, likely bad timing. Croke Park is a huge money spinner for the GAA, a significant part of its revenue comes through corporate and premium seating and associated sponsorship in Croke Park, i suspect they are trying to meet interest and demand. Equally on non match days stuff like the Skyline, Stadium tour and Museum all seem to thrive. I dont have a problem with the plans, but its likely poorly timed given the financial difficulties the games face for a couple of years. They seem determined to develop the area into a campus, this is on top of the new handball center that opened last year in Sackville Ave. and the additional developments planned around Ballybough. Then we have the plans for the new hotel, playing pitches and facilities at Clonliffe College. All in all if it creates revenue for the GAA in the long term thats only good for the game, but it will be a hard pill for many clubs around the country with a few years of austerity to be experienced at grass roots up. Cant see the GAA letting Dublin out of Croke Park any time soon if this is their thinking.

TheUsername (National) - 21/01/2021 11:03:11

71 Million Croke Park Development - 3 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "Good idea, likely bad timing. Croke Park is a huge money spinner for the GAA, a significant part of its revenue comes through corporate and premium seating and associated sponsorship in Croke Park, i suspect they are trying to meet interest and demand. Equally on non match days stuff like the Skyline, Stadium tour and Museum all seem to thrive. I dont have a problem with the plans, but its likely poorly timed given the financial difficulties the games face for a couple of years. They seem determined to develop the area into a campus, this is on top of the new handball center that opened last year in Sackville Ave. and the additional developments planned around Ballybough. Then we have the plans for the new hotel, playing pitches and facilities at Clonliffe College. All in all if it creates revenue for the GAA in the long term thats only good for the game, but it will be a hard pill for many clubs around the country with a few years of austerity to be experienced at grass roots up. Cant see the GAA letting Dublin out of Croke Park any time soon if this is their thinking."
"Letting" Hahahahahahahahaha!

cavanman47 (National) - 21/01/2021 11:10:46

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 3 Like(s)
MDMA gone and best of luck to him. He never looked the most gracious players but boy was he effective and a real physical presence that frightened the life out of defenders. Great contribution over the last decade and wish him all the best in his retirement from county.

Dubh_linn (National) - 21/01/2021 11:37:53

71 Million Croke Park Development - 3 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Multiple username has been peddling that 1 for a long time now, as if the gaa have a gun to dublins head and won't allow them to build their own stadium. But the thruth is that the gaa and dublin have a symbiotic relationship 1 hand washes the other and the rest of the counties are just cannon folder."
Well when you can produce evidence of the DCB dictating to the Leinster Council and the other Leinster counties where Dublin play their fixtures then please ask the admins to make your post a sticky. I suppose Leinster counties asking for fixture venues to be reversed to Croke Park was the poor aul Dubs fault as well. Always the villains.

Joxer (National) - 21/01/2021 14:05:37

71 Million Croke Park Development - 2 Like(s)

Replying To gahfan:  "Only the best for the dubs."
Absolutely :-)

superbluedub (National) - 21/01/2021 15:12:51

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 2 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "Sad day, for those raised on song and stories. Mick MacAuley, what can you say, in the vanguard of new warriors that led to a new Dublin who wouldn't be rolled over, wilt or give quarter ever again, not with Mick manning the midfield anyway. A great set of hands, that created and stole in equal measure and at their most dangerous in the biggest games in the biggest years when the game was their for the taking by those at their hungriest. Legs and engine the envy of the country and was often at the appex of that Dublin drive and flood at pace that overwhelmed so many teams and broke so many lines. All the talent in the hands and he would say himself he wasn't the most talented point taker or kicker of a ball, never stopped him trying though ;). Hes also not the best at knowing where he parked his car! ;) A player for the big day, who made serious plays in the biggest games. Driving Dublin over the line in 11, that interview with Marty after full time. Robbing important ball - who can forget getting the better of three Kerry lads, to get the hand on ball to set up Mackers fabled goal in 13, driving at defenses when all legs were going and coming home with Player of the year. If there was a melting pot there, Mick was in the thick of it. With Bastick he shepherded Fenton's development and got a second wind once Denis retired. Willfully manning more All Ireland wins. The memorable impact he made coming on VS Mayo (trying to remember which one) when we looked on the ropes and contributing massively to the scorers with Costello that eeked out the win, we werent winning that day without him. To the renaissance of the last couple of years coming back in his 30s from what was a serious knee injury to impact and complete the 5 and 6 in a row. A scorer of important goals and setting Dublins tempo, he kept going when other stopped, amassing 8 All Ireland winning medals, 10 Leinsters, 5 NFL and one POTY. Ive never seen happier then after the All Ireland Club Final win with Ballyboden in 16. Were i am sure we will see him for a years to come. A big character behind the scenes and one who was always calm and relaxed on the big days, a wicked sense of humor, not to speak to much about him personally but he epitomizes the word "role model" with the civic, developmental and charitable work he does in Dublin and internationally. He deserves every accolade as a player and person and leaves no achievement left unfilled in the game. Thanks for so many brilliant days Mick enjoy the well deserved fruits, look forward to seeing you knocking around before games, you owe Dublin nothing. True Dublin warrior and will be remembered as such."
Great post. I think if one play or instance summed up Mick McAuley it was the one mentioned above v Kerry in 2013. 69 mins on the clock, draw game. A kickout is landing between 3 Kerrymen. Mick followed the flight of the ball beautifully and actually began his jump with his back to the ball, his timing was perfect and he managed to break the ball. Even then he's 2nd favourite for the break seeing as he's still in flight as it's breaking but somehow still managed to dive at full length to flick it to Kev Mac. A couple of seconds of sheer willpower from McAuley and Kerry's, nearly 70 mins, effort counts for nothing. Kev Mac does what Kev Mac does. He was brilliant off the bench in the 2 Mayo replays in 2015 and 2016. In 2015 his introduction was vital to the 2nd half comeback as Mayo couldn't handle him round the middle. Same in 2016 when he gave Dublin some serious energy round the middle and I think was involved in nearly all Dublin's scores in the last 20 mins or so.

MesAmis (National) - 21/01/2021 15:17:11

71 Million Croke Park Development - 2 Like(s)

Replying To TimeForChange2021:  "You cant manage stadiums on fresh air and all the match days alone isnt enough and its a waste not to have events in them when they have the facilities for these events. The GAA like any sporting organisation has to think significantly about its commercial value or else it severely reduces its income to plough straight back into the sports. You cant have games in Croke Park most days or even most weeks but you can utilise the excellent bar, food, restaurants, conferencing facilities to the fullest of their capabilities. County Boards, Provincial Councils and fans of individual counties need to pitch in more for facilities to be improved around grounds around the country."
Wexford have been saving the last few years to do a few upgrading jobs on Wexford Park and the Centre of Excellence in Ferns. Hopefully this year!

Viking66 (National) - 21/01/2021 16:12:28

Tradition - 2 Like(s)
I've come across a fascinating new book for schoolchildren 7-11. It's called "Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists,Mathematicians and Supersmart People" by David and Jaclyn Warren. Illustrations and biographies of Pasteur,Mendel,Copernicus,Braille ,Hildegard etc. It could help to know that faith and science are entirely compatible. Norma Foley should get it into every primary school in Ireland.

worple (National) - 20/01/2021 21:42:59