Sunday 21 January 2018

Emer a hurler on the ditch

Sir -- Two articles appeared (Sunday Independent, July 18, 2010) reflecting on the debacle that was the end of the Louth v Meath Leinster Football Final. The first by Declan Lynch 'Unsporting conduct on and off the pitch' was an excellent read by someone who knows and understands sport, and who realises that for all its faults sport usually reflects the good in people. The article was also full of Lynch's typically wry humour and insight.

In contrast, Emer O'Kelly's article 'Behaviour that brings shame upon our 'culture'' was a strangely bitter and overblown piece. Whatever about her elitist and narrow view of Irish "culture"; her sly, ungracious dig at the work that people like Roscommon's Stephen Ormbsy (and many others like him across all sports) do in their communities was unbecoming of a journalist who can, and regularly does, so much better.

The worst aspect of O'Kelly's piece was the rather confused attempt to link misbehaviour on the sports field to a general malaise in Irish society.

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