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TG4's 'rugbaí beo' only alienates fans

Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00

We would like to make a complaint and recommendation about TG4's rugby coverage. We are keen rugby fans, but are growing increasingly disgruntled with TG4's rugby coverage. We are, unfortunately, in spite of at least 14 years of education, unable to speak Irish. We regret and are somewhat ashamed of this, but because of it we are regardless unable to follow TG4's rugby coverage. Could an alternative audio not be broadcast simultaneously, like S4C's rugby coverage?

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To be honest, when forced to watch your coverage these days owing to your monopoly on the rights of some Pro12 games and Heineken Cup highlights, it evokes similar feelings of antipathy towards the language which were inculcated in us during our school years. As opposed to promoting the language, we feel that your exclusively Irish coverage is alienating those who don't speak it.

We applaud your winning the licence to broadcast Heineken Cup coverage, but we think that its popularity provides TG4 with an opportunity to really promote Irish. An alternative audio commentary, which blends English with core targeted linguistic turns in Irish, presents an opportunity to spread the language beyond TG4's current limited audience.

As people who long to speak the language, but who admittedly will not take the time to do so formally, we plead with you to consider the proposal.

Rónán Mills, David Monaghan and Richard Murphy

Some of us will never boo the Irish

I agree with Eamonn Sweeney when he says Trapattoni did well with a limited pool, but Irish teams have a habit of playing better away -- don't know why -- whether they try too hard to please or we expect too much at home, I can't tell you, but I have never booed an Irish team.

I enjoyed the piece and a picture of the celebrating Irish team that came with it. Young Dayo Duff grew up a few doors down from me and it's great to see that he still has that roguish smile he had 20 years ago.

Paddy Purcell

All hurling teams are going with flow

I have read with interest the recent correspondence about Kilkenny hurling and, like most of these disputes, I believe there is truth on both sides. In this case, however, in the rush to defend and attack, I believe both sides are missing the real point. There is no doubt that Kilkenny are an exceptional team with exceptional players in every position. There is, however, no doubt that they play with an intensity which brings them close to, and sometimes over, the edge of fair play.

A few years ago the talk was of Kilkenny getting away with too much. This didn't bring about any change from referees and therefore managers decided the only way to beat Kilkenny was to match their intensity. But while managers could produce teams to match their intensity, none had the quality that Kilkenny had.

The high-intensity approach of modern-day hurling means that all teams break the rules regularly and are not always punished. This is the point being missed. The main and perhaps only priority for referees in major hurling matches is to "let the game flow". The result of this is that the first foul is rarely punished. Either no foul is given or the third or fourth foul is given. Often this means the team originally fouled against is punished and excellent play does not get the reward it deserves.

Until referees and their masters replace the priority of letting the game flow with applying the rules, teams will continue to see higher and higher intensity as the way forward and we will continue to have debates such as this

Aidan Hamill

Paterno viewpoint not very balanced

I don't think Eamonn Sweeney's article 'Paterno pays price for putting his team above everything' was very balanced. Clearly, you are into sport and I feel you are too close to sport to write about this. Why I say this is because you only talk about the victims at the very end and don't mention them as much as you mention how good he is. Why did he not see that the guy he complained about was still in the job and do more?

Should he have done more? Yes, clearly. This article is like what you would have heard from the Irish Catholic at the start of the clerical abuse stories. "Oh how he is such a good priest and what he did for the church". They were too close to the story.

I am not a bible basher. I am just someone with an opinion. And yes they are like a***holes -- everyone has one. Eamonn, I do like your writing, but in this case you could have said more on both sides of the argument.

Rory Nee

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