Monday 14 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Kerry and Dublin prove football is greatest game'

A view of Croke Park during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile
A view of Croke Park during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

What a wonderful display of fast attacking football we were treated to in Croke Park on Sunday! The scene was set by the gallant youngsters from Cork and Galway, who delivered one of the best minor finals for many years. Kerry and Dublin seniors contested their final in the same spirit in a sporting, tense and dramatic game.

We were privileged to witness a display of supreme skill by amateur sportsmen, who proved Gaelic football is the greatest game in contemporary sport.

The players contested the game with determination, passion, commitment and courage. They thrilled and excited us with a display of Gaelic football of an extraordinarily high standard.

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The suave Jim Gavin of Dublin and the shrewd Peter Keane of Kerry did their best to make all the right tactical moves, Gavin hoping to make history, Keane determined to restore the Sam Maguire to Kerry after a five-year absence. Both men did well.

Hopefully, they will serve up another classic on Saturday week, at the end of which Kerry will be first amongst equals. The Dubs will still be great but never the greatest!

Billy Ryle

Tralee, Co Kerry

Being a Dubs fan turns out to be a lovely life for a dog

I was on Hill 16 yesterday wearing my Dublin jersey (Mick O’Dwyer got it for me when he was managing Wicklow). Beside me was an old Dub accompanied by his faithful Jack Russell.

We exchanged a bit of good-natured banter about the cleverness of the Jack Russell versus the Wicklow Collie. When the match started the old Dub said: “You’ll soon see how smart my dog is.”

At the first Dublin score, a point, the dog jumps up and runs in a circle around his master’s feet.

And so it went. Every time Dublin scored a point the little canine ran once around his master’s feet.

Until... Jack McCaffrey scored a goal. The dog jumps up and does three circles around the old man’s feet.

When it went into extra time, I said: “Be gob, your dog is amazing. He must really love Dublin... but what does he do when Dublin lose?”

The old man looked at me but didn’t answer me until the final whistle blew.

“I’ve no idea” he replied. “I’ve only had him five years.”

Mattie Lennon

Blessington, Co Wicklow

‘Mother of parliaments’ gives birth to hypocrisy and ridicule

I absolutely agree with Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Letters, September 2) about the 2016 EU referendum having been free and transparent and that the result should be respected. Also, that a general election should be held to end the present impasse.

However, I do not agree that the UK parliament is the “mother of all parliaments’ and a “shining beacon of democracy”.

For a start, its second chamber, the House of Lords, is mostly appointed and partly hereditary – all MPs must swear an allegiance to an unelected sovereign of 67 years and counting from a dysfunctional House of Windsor.

Why should Sinn Féin members (or any republican) be required to take such an oath?

The “mother of all parliaments” voted for war against Iraq in 2003 in defiance of the UN, and failed to respect the 1918 election results in Ireland – won by Sinn Féin.

The UK Parliament should be the English parliament when the Scots and Welsh regain their independence (and elected heads of state) and Ireland is finally reunited. Britain’s parliament is the mother of all hypocrisy, ridicule, and nothing to boast about.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Middle ground must work together to save peace process

While watching a programme recently on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a thought struck me that one person who is rarely given credit, but should be regarding the Good Friday Agreement, is David Trimble.

We would not have had an agreement if he hadn’t stayed in the room and stuck with the negotiations. It wasn’t easy for him or his party as he had the Reverend Ian Paisley of the DUP outside the room shouting: “Never, Never, Never.” And I’m sure Mr Trimble himself had huge reservations at the time as everyone acknowledged the agreement was a work in progress.

Two years later, Dr Paisley did come on board and all the middle ground parties got sidelined – UUP, SDLP, the Alliance Party.

After that it was a case of appeasing the two extreme parties, Sinn Féin and the DUP, and no one else really mattered. Now Stormont has shut down, Brexit is on the horizon and the DUP has a powerful role due to the parliamentary arithmetic at Westminster.

Is it time for the middle ground parties to take the initiative and get politics working again in the North so as to safeguard the peace process?

Eamonn Kitt

Tuam, Co Galway

Irish Independent

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