Thursday 14 November 2019

Fitting tribute to the late McLaren

I JUST wanted to say thanks to Kevin Myers for his beautifully evocative piece on the late Bill McLaren (Irish Independent, January 22).

I was saddened to hear of his passing as he was the definitive “voice of rugby” on television for as long as I can remember.

Ironically enough, I’ve never even had more than a passing interest in rugby – but I always loved listening to Mr McLaren’s commentaries. He epitomised the notion of rugby being “a game for ruffians played by gentlemen”.

I recall hearing him being interviewed a few years ago after he retired from the BBC and he told a story about doing a commentary on a Scotland game in which his son-in-law was playing. He said it was one of his proudest moments, not because of his commentary, but rather because of its impartial manner.

England had Dan Maskell for tennis, Scotland had Bill McLaren for rugby but we still have Michael O Muircheartaigh for GAA – we should declare him a national treasure before it’s too late.

Thanks again to Mr Myers for a lovely tribute to Bill McLaren.

Sean Griffin
Dunboyne, Co Meath

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