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Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton after the World Cup 1990 Group F match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands in Palermo, Italy, on June 21, 1990. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton after the World Cup 1990 Group F match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands in Palermo, Italy, on June 21, 1990. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton after the World Cup 1990 Group F match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands in Palermo, Italy, on June 21, 1990. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

As the vaccination programme proceeds apace, things are indeed looking positive for the country. But we could all still do with a lift.

May I suggest that when the pubs reopen fully, that RTE plays all the matches from Italia ’90 in their entirety on a Friday evening, including all the pre- and post- match analysis.

Relaxing on a bar stool with a pint of amber nectar (remember to drink responsibly!) watching the Boys in Green at the peak of their powers…

What better way to put a big smile back on everybody’s faces. And maybe this time, Schillaci will miss!

Henry Cruise

Celbridge, Co Kildare


Look out, Dubs: Law-abiding Kingdom is in flying form

Kerry is blooming since the restrictions were relaxed. The vaccine is working the oracle. We all have more freedom to meet and greet.

Kerry is open for business and eagerly awaiting the staycationers, who are assured of a warm welcome and great value for money. Kerry has never looked so beautiful nor so inviting. Local weather watchers are predicting the balmiest summer in Kerry since the last heatwave.

But what really has us in a euphoric state of giddy anticipation is the news from the Kerry football camp.

Our boys weren’t involved in any furtive training during the lockdown, unlike the cultured city boys. The training is up and running. The county panel is in flying form and looking forward to a successful season.

Pods of fifteen are popping up in GAA pitches throughout the county. Balls are being hopped in every school and village in Kerry.

Yes indeed, the Kingdom is back to normal!

Peter Keane, our trusted manager, has forgiven himself and his team for conceding the late goal against Cork last year.

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He gave out about the Jackeens, the Farneys and the Rebels breaking the rules. But he is now at peace with himself and focusing on the new campaign.

By all accounts, he’s a new man with his mojo back. The rejuvenated manager is talking up attacking football.

Why wouldn’t he, when he has the best set of forwards in the country at his disposal as Galway discovered on Saturday?

The Dubs broke the rules and got away with a gentle slap on the wrists. The real punishment will be meted out when they meet the law-abiding Kingdom on Sunday in round two of the national league!

Billy Ryle

Tralee, Co Kerry


It’s clear Poots will drag DUP into the twentieth century

Following a very lack-lustre campaign, and hugely unexciting vote, we now know who will lead the DUP in Belfast and London.

It is clear, and I love it when any politician uses that word, that Edwin Poots is gearing up to drag his party, willingly or not, into the

twentieth century even as some diehards are reluctant to exit the nineteenth.

Any politician using ‘clear’/’crystal clear’/’abundantly clear’, etc. is always doing his or her best to muddy the waters as much as possible.

David Ryan

Co. Meath


We need to control our minds and break the cycle of fear

I agree with what Ian O’Doherty was saying in his column recently (‘We’ve reached the stars but we’re still scared of the dark’, Review, Irish Independent, May15).

The far-left have taken over civilised parties. Their entryism amply demonstrates that identity politics is not just sad, but dangerous and also scary.

These individuals shame the working class because they want them to ‘respect’ others rather than themselves. Sounds like coercion. Like what he was saying about the dark.

I must confess, that happened to me a number of years ago.

I’m not as superstitious as the elderly rural-dwelling folk he mentions in his column, but I swear I once heard the wailing of a banshee too. It frightens me to this day! But it’s our minds telling us. We must control our minds before we can let it control us.

We are savouring too much fear, it creates an unhealthy balance.

Break the cycle of fear, people – break
the cycle.

Tomás Mac an Phríora

An Cabhán


Well done, Leicester! We needed the good guys to win

Congratulations to Leicester City – this year of all years, it was imperative in the world’s oldest footballing competition that the good guys won.

Mark Boyle

Scotland


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