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post Feb 11 2007, 03:59 PM
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Today saw Ireland lose out in an excellent rugby match against France. Disappointing.

But the significance of the match was that it took place in Croke Park, Ireland's largest stadium, which has in the past been reserved for sports with Gaelic roots.

There is slight controversy over the fact that Soccer and Rugby matches are to be played at Croker while Lansdowne Road is being renovated. The objection stems from 1920 when British police entered the stadium during a match and began firing in to the crowd, killing numerous spectators as well as one player. Some people feel it's in bad taste that foreign (and in particular English) sports are allowed to be played there.

But I'd say the vast majority of people here believe it's about time that Ireland moved on and the stadium be used to its full potential. It'll be very interesting to see the general mood of the stadium when Ireland host England's rugby team at Croke Park in a couple of weeks.


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post Feb 12 2007, 12:13 AM
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Why is it called Croke Park?


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post Feb 12 2007, 04:07 AM
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I had to look this one up:

"The ground became known as Croke Park in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, one of the GAA's first patrons."


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post Feb 12 2007, 11:49 PM
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Why is it sometimes called football and sometimes soccer? Whats the real name?


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post Feb 13 2007, 07:49 AM
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I'm not sure originally, but what the English call football other countries would often call soccer, because we have our own football. When people in Ireland say 'football', they mean Gaelic football. When people in America say football, they mean American football.

I'm guessing the real name for soccer is actually football, because it's an English sport and that's what the English named it.

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Well they are played with balls just of different shapes. Same type of idea tho.


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post Feb 14 2007, 10:51 AM
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Interesting... checked it out in Wiki.

"Documented evidence of what is possibly the oldest activity resembling football can be found in a Chinese military manual written during the Han Dynasty in about the 2nd century BC. It describes a practice known as cuju, which involved kicking a leather ball through a hole in a piece of silk cloth strung between two 30 foot poles."

Football

I think of football as european "soccer", not American football.


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post Feb 14 2007, 11:02 AM
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QUOTE(siscri @ Feb 11 2007, 08:59 PM) *

But I'd say the vast majority of people here believe it's about time that Ireland moved on and the stadium be used to its full potential.
i think that twickenham could have been used when wembley was getting refurbished but i think the stuffy nosed residents around it didn't want football fans making noise and violence around their manor, making everyone go to wales

QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Feb 13 2007, 04:49 AM) *
Why is it sometimes called football and sometimes soccer? Whats the real name?
i know that 'soccer' was short for 'association' as in 'assoication football' which i believe was first usedin england to differenciate between rugby and football back in the day..


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