Thursday 20 October 2016

An apology to Web Summit's Cosgrave for our begrudgery

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Paddy Cosgrave: Web Summit co-founder
Paddy Cosgrave: Web Summit co-founder

I am writing to apologise for our behaviour as brothers and sisters to Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave during the week of his big event. I thought that we had all promised each other that we wouldn't repeat our poor behaviour of the 1980s, when we begrudged anyone who succeeded in their goals.

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Paddy was simply organising a big party and invited many guests from around the world and just wanted them all to have a good time. And he was naturally hoping that his brothers and sisters would all behave themselves while his guests were here.

But, instead, we all tried to publicly humiliate him in front of all his guests every day until they all went back to their homes, and we embarrassed ourselves on this occasion.

I don't think we actually know how much damage we have done to the brand and concept that Paddy spent years putting his neck out there to build - and just when it came true for him, his big brothers and sisters came in and tried to destroy it for him.

I don't think people get what the Web Summit is about, and these are probably the same people who don't understand that the difference between a recession and a boom is simply a positive attitude. And the Web Summit fosters enormous positive attitudes amongst all the young people who partake in it.

I have been to both the Web Summit this week and the Surf Summit, and once again I was impressed with the level of detail Paddy went to to ensure that everyone who travelled from so far was given the best treatment possible, right down to the quality of the food that he organised from quality Irish food providers.

After the great week that we had, it seems to me to be a good idea to try to host the next event in Portugal.

It is similar to Dublin in that it has a lot to offer for the world to see and will give the event a new angle, and it will be great for Portugal to experience the positive energy that this event creates. Maybe Paddy could bring the event to other cities around Europe that want and could use this positive energy.

I would like to congratulate Paddy on what he has achieved. People don't understand that the only way to achieve the vision that he had required a personality of someone who puts their neck out there. So Paddy shouldn't have to apologise for being who he is and he should just continue to aim for the stars and we should all start backing him again all the way.

Paul Montwill

CEO, Magico


Disgraceful treatment of ladies

In regard to what occurred during the penalty shoot-out at last Sunday's final, it can only be described as the most disrespectful act to ladies' football in the history of the FAI.

While I have sympathy for Cork and Dundalk for the limited time left to warm up, surely they could have utilised the warm-up areas adjacent to the dressing rooms, thus avoiding this shambolic scene?

Philip Chambers

Monread Crescent, Naas


O'Doherty shows his ignorance

I wish to comment on Ian O'Doherty's article 'Too much Religion puts us bottom of the class'.

I found the article disrespectful, uninformed and unintelligent.

The author's choice of words and poorly supported statements are beyond belief. He stated that half-an-hour a day is spent 'to the teaching of fairy tales'. He repeated this phrase twice. By this does he mean the 'Alive-O/Beo Go Deo' programme? Has he ever seen this programme? I assume he is calling Biblical stories fairy tales? There are actually few stories from 'The Bible' included in the above programme. In fact there is a new programme just out. In short it is about developing our children morally, ethically and emotionally.

I am shocked that a journalist for a national newspaper could write in such a poor manner (use of the word 'stuff' three times).

I found the ironic wording of another article on the same page (same author) particularly confusing. He commented "what we're seeing is the intellectual destruction of reasoned argument in favour of 'feelings' and any culture which places emotion over logic is doomed to self-destruction".

It appears that his first article is based on his personal 'feeling' of anger towards the Catholic Church, and his limited knowledge of the same. He believes that no school should teach anything about any religion at any time. I suggest you inform yourself about the curriculum you are slating and come back and write a balanced, rational, more intellectual, more insightful article.

Siubhán Ní Chasaide

Teacher, mother of four and, yes, a practising Catholic

Address with Editor


More faiths confuse children

Many parents I have spoken to are concerned about the proposed new programme for primary schools regarding world religions (Irish Independent, November 4). 'Education about Religion, Beliefs and Ethics', however well intended, would undermine the important work of parents and teachers in the faith formation of our children.

Looking back on our own lives, we are deeply grateful to those who, during our primary school days, gave us a foundation in faith that helped us to chart our course.

When children are struggling to master their alphabet, we do not confuse them with other alphabets. Neither do we want our children at primary school level to be confronted with an outsider's or secularist view of world religions.

It is not a coincidence that the decline in faith formation has been accompanied by an increase in youth depression. Let us not add to the confusion.

Eamon Fitzpatrick

Strandhill Road, Sligo


Support people of Myanmar

We should stand together with the voices of hope to ensure a brighter future for the people of Myanmar.

In 2012, we welcomed Myanmarese opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Ireland, in what was her first trip overseas since being released from 15 years' house arrest. Should Ms Suu Kyi's party win this election, it is important that the international community stands with the National League for Democracy.

All too often we seem to choose the easy option and back whichever representatives are in power.

This is why I believe Aung San Suu Kyi is essential to the future of Myanmar and the region. It is not often that such a champion of the people comes forward. Her determination and personal sacrifice shows that this woman will do what is right no matter what the cost. She will go down in history along with such figures as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Gandhi.

Fergal Kilkenny

Dundalk, Co Louth

Irish Independent

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