Martina Devlin: Let's not force athletes into Games of two halves
Published 16/08/2012 | 17:00
THERE seems to be something Irish in the minds of Irish people that causes us to act in an Irish manner. Specifically, to make things hard for ourselves.
A classic example is the brouhaha whipped up from botched negotiations between the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and Dublin City Council for the Irish team's homecoming celebrations.
A public event went ahead yesterday, after some unnecessary shilly-shallying during which the OCI did not cover itself in glory. But watching that group of athletes applauded by fans who braved a rainstorm to register their support, I found myself thinking about the three Coleraine rowing medallists feted elsewhere.