Wednesday 7 December 2016

These men were no great shakes

Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00

JOE Duffy's description of James Connolly as 'unselfish' is at odds with his portrayal of a man who consistently put his political fanaticism ahead of the welfare of his own family.

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Michael McDowell's endorsement of Michael Collins was equally nauseating. Presumably, 'Ireland's greatest', if indeed there is such a thing, would not be a person of violence but rather someone drawn from a field in which we can truly claim greatness, for example English literature (Joyce, Beckett and Wilde are conspicuous by their absence). Whilst I do not agree that Bono is the greatest Irish person of all time, he is surely the best on RTE's list, given that he is a successful global superstar, highly influential and has never killed anyone.

Simon Keating
Killarney, Co Kerry

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