Thursday 29 September 2016

Perspective alert - it's just a new venue

Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30

A steward takes up their position ahead of the Roscommon v Dublin game at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A steward takes up their position ahead of the Roscommon v Dublin game at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

A pinch of perspective never goes amiss in the boiling stew of exaggerated reactions.

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Yes, it was unfortunate that Roscommon had to move the league clash with Dublin from Dr Hyde Park to Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday. Yes, it did discommode some Dublin supporters who were on their way to Roscommon when the switch was announced.

But was it such a massive story that RTE still deemed it worthy of coverage on their 9pm TV news bulletin on Monday night?

By that stage, it was irrelevant. Truly, it must have been a tortoise-slow night on the news front if that made the editorial cut. Besides, if the Mayo-Down game was moved from Castlebar or Clare-Tipperary forced out of Ennis, would it still be news on TV 36 hours after the switch of venue was announced? I doubt it.

Roscommon v Dublin was switched from Dr Hyde Park because the surface couldn't handle the heavy rain that fell overnight.

Granted, the pitch is a problem that needs to be sorted out but Roscommon's attempts to host the All-Ireland champions in their own ground were perfectly understandable. Hence their decision to wait as long as possible to make a call, which they did five hours before scheduled throw-in.

They can hardly be blamed for the heavy rain that fell on Saturday night.

Those who complained loudest about being inconvenienced by the switch of venue - and in fairness, most took it in good spirit - might care to reflect on the reality that they would not have to go far from Roscommon to find people whose lives were seriously impacted on by floods earlier this year.

Making a 27-mile journey (the distance between Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon) would be the least of their worries.

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