Let's agree to disagree, Joe
I was enjoying reading last Sunday's interview with Joe Brolly when I came across this gem: 'Nobody actually believes in God. Nobody that I actually know really believes in God'. He then went on to cast aspersions on Noah's Ark. As I was reflecting on making a response to Joe's rather rash statement, I received the following email from a friend.
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.
One: Don't miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark .
Four: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you're stressed, float awhile.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.
So Joe, for some people Noah's Ark has importance. God might have as well.
Final word is what counts
Donal vaughan the outstanding centre-back this year??? Maybe because his togs are halfway up his stomach!
Like Aidan O'Shea, he was anonymous in the final. The only times he stood out were kicking the ball into empty nets when games were won. That's not what centre-back play is about.
Even Keane has moved on
I see that Robert O'Sullivan had a go at me over Roy Keane. For me it was always about respect for the jersey and respect for Ireland. Even his new boss Martin O'Neill accepts that Roy was wrong in Saipan.
As an active sports supporter, I also accept that we all need to move on and support our team. It would appear Mr O'Sullivan has not and trying to justify a bad decision should not be an option. We all make mistakes in life and Mr O'Sullivan should accept that Roy did. There is no doubt he was a great player but he is not God!
F McGrath (TD)
BOD doesn't get a mention
I see that Eamonn Sweeney was the only reporter who had the guts to write that O'Driscoll's omission from the final Lions Test was not the greatest injustice in the history of world sport! He was terrible yesterday (against Australia) and all Neil Francis (is he a comedy writer?) could say was absolutely nothing about O'Driscoll but don't leave Henshaw near the ABs 'cos he missed a tackle.
Your other reporter B Fanning never mentioned O'Driscoll once in his match report! Is this a record or are Francis & Fanning afraid of upsetting the new freeman of Dublin?
Best LOI star ever? Ndo way
Whoever J O'Reilly is, he/she is making some statement regarding Ndo [Have Your Say, Nov 17]. The guy could not wipe the shoes of some of the greatest players ever to play in the LOI. Better than Best, Charlton, Tambling, Roy Keane, Paul McGrath, Moran, Giles, Ray Treacy etc (I could go on and on and on and that's only the last 30 years or so). I don't think so.
Showing us lasting values
CONGRATULATIONS to Eamonn Sweeney. Your article featuring Castlehaven was outstanding.
Your native Spiddal, your Sligo and now your Castlehaven will, like the rest of us, be proud of you. You have stood steadfast and showed us the real lasting values of belief and love and work – as you exemplified so brilliantly in your article.
We recently said goodbye to a true Christian Brother in Philip O'Reilly, who used rugby to instill the values for life which Eamonn portrays in Castlehaven. The people rejoice in these values, just as the pupils of CBS Monkstown and Cork can thanks to people like Bro Philip, RIP.