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Vuvuzelas would add to Dáil chorus
As one who followed certain matches at each World Cup, I am completely turned off this year by those terrible vuvuzelas making such a racket. They sound like a nest of wasps attacking the microphones and stinging each other.
What an unnecessary racket which may be attractive to certain elements but not to the majority of viewers, even if they have brought in a lot of income to the South Africans with over two million sold.
The drums were part of many of those matches though they seem to have faded slightly from the scene. It would just cap it all off if the two were combined and we could have a full-blown orchestra.
If I may suggest, the vuvuzelas would really finish off the Dáil orchestra as we already have a lot of flutes, a pile of fiddlers, many more blowing their own trumpet, several drum boys trying to drum up a disturbance, the odd piper from the back benches and many various little instruments trying to get in on the racket, with big boss himself on bass drum trying to drown the rest out. Then there's the poor Ceann Comhairle with his little bell trying to get the orchestra in tune with each other, which is an impossibility as we all know one part of the orchestra is always blaming the other for being out of tune.
Fond memories of Tom McNicholas
I must congratulate you on the wonderful article on Tom McNicholas [May 30].
I really enjoyed it for two reasons. First, as an old Roscommon footballer (1950-1966), I had empathy with Tom and enjoyed reading of his great team and many successes. Although we in Roscommon had some success at provincial level, we were never able to make the breakthrough to the final. It's amazing the memory and recall of detail he had at the age of 96.
The second reason is I had known of a Tom McNicholas being a member of the Mayo teams of the 1930s. But on reading your article, and to discover that Tom was a schools inspector, I suddenly realised that he was our inspector in Knockvicar NS when I was a schoolboy. We didn't know then that he was an All-Ireland footballer and a Mayo legend. My teachers there, including my mother, always spoke very highly of him and held him in high esteem. He interviewed me for my Easter Orals in preparation for teacher training. I remember him well.
Earley a genuine man of substance
Congratulations on your Hold the Back Page article on Dermot Earley [June 27]. It was the outstanding article written over the week on Dermot.
I attended any game of consequence played by Dermot from 1967 up through his retirement. You managed to capture how important heroes are to ordinary people in small rural counties where success at anything is rare. Writers from counties used to a diet of success don't appear to understand this at all. To them, Dermot (in a sporting context) was a nearly man.
Dermot was the nearest thing ordinary Roscommon people came to Superman.
Heroes of substance are all too few in the Ireland of today. It's a large part of the reason why the country is in the state it is in.
Galvin singled out on and off the field
For once, I feel Eamonn Sweeney missed the point in relation to the "hysterical caterwauling" emanating from Kerry about Paul Galvin's suspension [June 20].
I have not heard anybody in Kerry condone his actions; in fact all the commentators were of one opinion -- Paul was wrong in what he did but there were other incidents in the game that should have been looked at again by The Sunday Game and, more importantly, the CCCC.
The point being made over and over again was that this incident was one of many -- why was this the only one highlighted? There were others: Graham Canty on Galvin. Anthony Tohill on The Sunday Game did not feel it warranted even a yellow card.
The other incident which incensed everyone in Kerry was Derek Kavanagh's treatment of Gooch -- grabbing a player about the neck was much more likely to cause serious injury than Galvin's grapple with Cadogan.
The overall feeling in Kerry was that a marked man was once again singled out for special attention, on and off the field; more balance was all that was required and Seamus Woods' fudging of the issue on the media in the week only succeeded in adding fuel to fire.
Finally, Kerry were only beaten once by Armagh in championship football in the past decade (2002 by a point) winning in 2000 and 2006 -- hardly a team we could not buy a result against!