The D marks 10 yards from the spot - the rest of the penalty area is at least 10 yards from it. only the taker and the keeper are allowed in it before the ball is kicked. I don't think interference
, bar verbals, would be allowed if a player took a longer run up. The penalty taker must be identified to the keeper and ref before its taken.
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BTW, this is Ireland we're talking about. It will take 3 years longer than expected, have cost overruns x 4 and then have to be closed because some brightspark forgot to file the right papers and remove the toxic waste dump (aka Navan) from next door. Add to this the inevitable fall out over who is to operate it, until it's outsourced to a FG buddy whose offshore company also has links to some unsavoury regime (Merkel) and the Catholic church.
Apart from that it looks fine :-)
Really though, having such facilities can help Irish sports and tourism, but look at what we have and what we do with it? Initiatives like this can come from a) government, b) big business or c) both together. It's long term, community based and for the betterment of everyone - the only way this is going to work is if it's outsourced to the GAA.
A fair point, although actually Houvenaghel had to live in Manchester for years to be near the velodrome. As did Wiggins and many of the other top British cyclists. Bodmin (a small town in England's most remote, poorest county) had about as much chance of getting one as Maghera.But here's the thing. The Coleraine rowers and Maghera cyclist live in London, Maidenhead and Cornwall
Tsk, who's winding up now. We don't emigrate to Manchester or London, even if you doHow many medals would be coming back to Ireland (whatever colours the athletes are togged out in) if our best chance wasn't relying on people who have emigrated to places with proper facilities?
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As for spend on Olympic standard facilities, Ireland already has three (Abbotstown, Belfield and Limerick) with a fourth about to complete in Bangor. There seem to be only eight in England according to Wiki, so that's hardly ungenerous. The priority in spending should be more modest but still high quality facilities eg 25m indoor pools in all large towns, astroturf pitches for every school etc.
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GR, the Irish boxing team travel for training camps as well as host teams in Ireland thanks to long term vision from the IABA and investment that matched their ambitions. Athletics Ireland couldn't agree on the colour of the bib let alone what spot to develop, ditto the FAI etc.
As for Olympic standard facilities, don't leave out DCU, top class facilities and they host a number of high end professionals (Cricket, tennis and boxing).
The rowers have a National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra in Cork, which is on the reservoir on the river Lee. it probably isn't a world class facility but the union probably made the best of it with the money they have. The female rower Sanita Puspere moved to cork from Dublin so she could use the National rowing centre more often.
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Well, we have our first medal. 2nd up tomorrow, and 3rd too!
Great stuff from Nevin, although I thought it was closer than the judges called it. That punch to the body really took the stuffing out of him in the final round and I was a bit worried as he hung on, but he'd done enough.
Happy days. Medal number 24! chalk it down.
Fighting the world number 1 cuban in the semi but nothing to lose now.
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I'm struggling with the scroll bar within the quote function on my iPad, so jumping on a bit: facilities are sh1t in Ireland notwithstanding the DCU and Iniscarra comments above.
Did anyone here go to the lake in Poznan? We went out there the morning of the Croatia game and witnessed a state of the art municipal rowing facility every bit as good as Eton Dorney (I know, I've raced there) with a whole host of family things to do at the weekend and ways of making the facility pay for itself. I mean all it is is a big hole in the ground, filled with water and a pavilion with pretty rudimentary spectator facilities but does anyone in government circles have the vision to create anything like that? Eton Dorney makes more money from hosting regular triathlon events than rowing so it's commercially viable - and triathlon is a rapidly growing sport in Ireland. I guess my point is that alternative uses make these projects worthwhile. I wasn't aware of the national rowing centre in Cork until Peadar posted about it above, but did the planners factor in alternative uses? The Poznan place was full of recreational joggers (OK, they don't pay) and families looking for a fun and affordable destination. I'd take my kids there every weekend for the play facilities which included a cheap bobsleigh run type thing and a dry ski slope. Does the Cork facility have an adjacent series of paths and tracks like those that make Eton Dorney such a popular triathlon venue (every fortnight during the summer season I reckon)?
Even if the rowing centre isn't a good example I think we're an ideologically fcuked up country. We let some parts of the private sector run wild, let the government run parts of the country unchallenged, spend the public purse woefully yet deny economically valuable funding to projects that improve the health and happiness of the nation. I visited Reykjavik in 2008 and thought they had better municipal facilities than Dublin. My local running track in Willesden (that's all it is - a local facility) would be our national athletics stadium. But as long as the GAA lads and the greyhounds are OK sure we're grand. I'm a huge believer in the power of the public purse and the role of the state as long as it's not looking after vested interests and cronies. The daft thing is, good facilities are good vote winners but somehow and somewhere we missed a huge opportunity during the boom years. I'm a dyed in the wool Keynesian: public works yield economic dividends. They get people off the dole reducing welfare liabilities, they give people incomes which are taxed and which they spend, creating jobs and incomes for other people. Sure, some public expenditure is misguided and probably wasted but that's a question of accountability and there's a moral case for the state stepping in where private interests won't anyway.
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But I think the boxers are the real example here. The point is that they do have world class facilities here on their doorstep. Everything I've heard from people who know what they are talking about would suggest the Irish set-up is amongst the best in the world and that other countries are coming here to see what we are doing. Sending people abroad for better competition is all well and good, but bringing them here for better competition should be the real goal.
In sport these days it is important to be developing people from early on. It's no good realising at 17 that a kid has something, and sending him to England to see what he can do. You need to be picking up on that at 12/13, and kids that age simply can't leave their parents so sport has to come to them. That is what other countries are doing (well some effectively kidnap talented kids but that's not a great idea) so if we want success for those kids we have to provide the facilities within not much more than 2hrs round trip.
And for these purposes the border should be next to invisible. I've said this before but with the roads we have built / will build if we put these things somewhere around Portlaoise and Ballygawley they will be within a reasonable drive of almost everyone.
Totally agree on the basic facilities though. No point in having world class facilities for world class athletes if you don't have the basic facilities to identify them. From what I have seen the north seems to be ahead of the south on that one. More or less every market town in NI has a Leisure Centre with a 25m pool, badminton/squash/tennis courts etc. I don't see those sort of things down below (apologies if I'm wrong about that). But a lot of the pools seem to be private, attached to a hotel or gym or whatever.
Again, I didn't realise we had a rowing facility in Cork, but its no use to you if your from Ballymoney. If your any good you may as well take the scolaership to OxBridge, have a go at the boat race and get the really impressive arts degree. If we had a rowing lake in Dublin and a culture of competition between Trinity, UCD, QUB, UU, UCC, UL & NUI Galway, we would be bound to find a few great athletes
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Annalise just caught by Belgium at the end. Poor girl, great effort.
Peadar - how come down wind is a struggle?
She did seem to pick the left hand side every downwind leg as well, whereas van Acker and Bouwmeester were able to sail to her right with speed, she might lack a bit of the experience needed to defend clear air downwind. She still sailed an incredible race, just not quite incredible enough. Beaten by three very talented girls. I'm proud of her, and hoping for a windy Rio in 2016!
Yep, Belgian girl saying now that switching to the RHS on the last downwind was what made it for her. She went left the first two times.
Just in to watch Katie Taylor. Feeling a little bit proud. 1st ever official women's amateur fight in Ireland was in October 1998 between a girl from Galway and one from Tipp (Helen Fitzgerald). Took place out in NUI Maynooth and was shown on TV3. The then Kildare County Board Chairman who attended and oversaw it was....Dom O'Rourke! He pushed women's boxing and, well, hopefully we get medal number 2 today!
I was at this fight - I was actually on the bill that night, but can't remember if this was one of the (unfortunately common) occasions my fight was cancelled.
I trained a Maynooth girl to win...something....against a girl from UCD...but I can't remember her name now.