Friday 24 May 2019

Charles Haughey and Othello's forgotten lines

In his last speech to the Dail as Taoiseach, Charles Haughey quoted from the closing lines of Othello, saying: "I have done the State some service; they know't. No more of that". If Mr Haughey had read on a few lines further, he would have seen Othello refer to himself as a man who was "perplexed in the extreme", who had "traduced the State" and was "richer than all his tribe.

In his last speech to the Dail as Taoiseach, Charles Haughey quoted from the closing lines of Othello, saying: "I have done the State some service; they know't. No more of that". If Mr Haughey had read on a few lines further, he would have seen Othello refer to himself as a man who was "perplexed in the extreme", who had "traduced the State" and was "richer than all his tribe." What possible reason could he have had for omitting these lines? BARRY WALSH, CASTLETROY, LIMERICK * I would like to voice my concerns over the issue of dogs being banned from Co Clare beaches. The new regulations stipulate that dogs will not be allowed on the beaches at all from 11am until 6pm.

Some working dogs, the trusty Sheepdog who is in the field all day, the Labrador who works for disabled people and others who are sent for the paper without pay at all will have to suffer because of this madness. The poor dogs won't be able to get a bit of exercise when the middle of the day is the only convenient time for some owners and also when I have my tea break from the sheep. Furthermore, dogs don't drive cars on beaches, litter beaches, attempt barbecues on beaches or jet ski! FEARGHAL O'FLIONN, (FREELANCE SHEEPDOG), DOOLIN, CO CLARE * I cannot agree with Jason Davis (Letters June 15) when he suggests that Roy Keane was "the greatest footballer ever to come from this island." He was, perhaps, the most dedicated but not necessarily the most skilful. Above him in the list of greats I would place, in no particular order, George Best, Danny Blanchflower, Noel Cantwell, Jimmy McIlroy and John Giles. MALACHY DOHERTY, DERRY

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