Wednesday 24 January 2018

Eoghan Harris: Chariots of integrity for Katie and Con

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Katie Taylor is a Pentecostal Christian who refuses to compromise her principles. Not many people knew that. The late Con Houlihan vowed never to set foot in Kerry again after Martin Ferris was elected for Sinn Fein in 2002. Not many people knew that. Ryan Tubridy says he would love to have Katie Taylor on The Late Late Show. Everybody knows that.

My point? That when the media fulsomely praises famous men and women for their sporting skills alone, it misses other important things. Like the light of faith that shines in Katie Taylor's eyes. Like the pluralism that led the late Con Houlihan to loathe the Provos.

Katie Taylor and Con Houlihan had something in common beyond sport. An integrity of character and conviction. And jumping too noisily on their sports bandwagon may deafen us to other things they can teach us.

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