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Martina Devlin: Let's not force athletes into Games of two halves

Published 16/08/2012 | 17:00

Richard (left) and Peter Chambers (centre), who took silver in the lightweight fours, and Alan Campbell, who won a
bronze in the single sculls, at their homecoming in Coleraine, Co Derry, yesterday
Richard (left) and Peter Chambers (centre), who took silver in the lightweight fours, and Alan Campbell, who won a bronze in the single sculls, at their homecoming in Coleraine, Co Derry, yesterday

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.

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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.

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