Thursday, October 16, 2008

GAA Clubs on Google Earth

This is a great initiative. Help him find the last few!

Not sure how to find the pitches on Google Earth though?

I'm locating all the clubs in the country and putting their locations on Google Earth/Google maps. I have the vast majority done now over 1600, with just 20 or so left to do. What I'm looking for is the exact location of the clubs pitch. 

The following links are to mapping sites, where aerial photographs can be used to pinpoint pitches. They both have a double 6 digit map reference, and this is what I am looking for(centered on pitch)

For Northern Ireland, follow this link HERE
For Rep Ireland, follow this link HERE

The following are the clubs I'm still trying to locate:

Henry Joy McCrackens - Falls Park???, 
John Mitchels - Pantridge Rd?, Brians Well Rd?, Twinbrook?
Michael Dwyers - Falls Park?, Twinbrook?, 
Sean McDermotts - Cherryvale??

Grange GFC - around Fermoy somewhere, but I can't find it.
Youghal - can't find it.
Dripsey - new club, new pitch?
Ballyphehane GFC - around Tramore Rd?
Rochestown GFC - closer to passage???
Fr O'Callaghans - North side/south side???
Brian Dillons - Murmont Rd/Ave?
Shandun Rovers/Gurranbraher - Any Pitch?

Coleraine Eoghan Rua - University Pitches or do they have their own now???

Gale Rangers - Near Listowel?
St Pats East Kerry HC - which pitch do they play on most regularily?

Naomh Brid HC - same as Round Towers???

Glengar - Near Doon?
Knock - near Roscrea???

St Josephs - any pitch in town, training even?

St Pauls - near Waterford Crystal?

Bradley's bang on: Scrap Aussie nonsense

Colm Bradley usually has something sensible to say. This week is no different. 

"It is time to bin the International Rules Series. It does nothing to enhance or promote Gaelic Games or culture and is of zero benefit, except in monetary terms, to the GAA."

Hear, hear.

Look at all the disruption it causes.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

International Rules folly to muck up club fixtures

There's many reasons why the International Rules series shouldn't go ahead. But the major one in my book is the disruption it causes to club fixtures at the most important time of the year. It's hard enough sitting on the sidelines for months waiting for your inter-county stars to return from the All-Ireland final so that your own club championship can continue. 

But, postponing matches to cater for the International Rules takes the matter too far. Surely the real GAA should come first?