Letters to the Editor: 'Mullinalaghta's win was no miracle - it was down to club's hard work'
I am writing following Mullinalaghta's fantastic achievement of winning the club's and Longford's first Leinster football championship.
Mullinalaghta's victory was a fantastic achievement for a club of its size and more so when playing against a club with the player, member and other resources of Kilmacud Crokes (which I see first hand as a result of my children playing there).
Nonetheless, the reason I am writing is that it is very disappointing when I read the media coverage of Mullinalaghta's victory, which in a word summarised it as a "miracle" of various forms.
Apart from being an insult to the significant skills, abilities and efforts of the Mullinalaghta players and management, this serves no purpose except to further convince every small club and county in the country that it is not practical for them to aspire to compete with the "big guns" and it requires miracles or "acts of God" for them to have a chance.
On the other hand, the reality is Mullinalaghta's success is a result of several years of carefully building a solid structure, training regimes, team spirit, a playing style that is embedded in the whole club, and a winning mentality. This is evidenced by winning three county titles in a row and improving every time they have played in Leinster.
Given its small playing resources, Mullinalaghta has undoubtedly had luck in terms of injuries but, in summary, Mullinalaghta is Leinster champion because it has focused on how to make the best of what it has (ie, what is in its control) rather than worry about what it doesn't have (ie, what is outside its control).
The GAA has a duty to ensure the considerable amounts of funding it distributes to all counties is deployed to allow players in all counties to maximise their potential.
To conclude, Mullinalaghta's Leinster victory is not a miracle - instead, it is an example of what can be achieved with the right approach and planning (and a little bit of luck) no matter how small you are and should be a blueprint for other clubs and counties to follow their lead.
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Assent for united Ireland would bypass the DUP
Should Leo, and the EU, not now point out as per Theresa May's own words that the backstop ceases if and when there's a united Ireland?
À la the Good Friday Agreement, this requires the assent of NI. When we include assent of the Republic and of Britain this could be subject to Britain continuing the annual subsidy to NI, more than £10bn (€11.1bn) and phasing it out over some years.
That and a concession on delaying the process could be seen to offer some escapes for the Brexiteers, make it a clear choice for Britain, eliminate fears of the backstop and bypass the DUP veto.
Blackrock, Co Dublin
May needs concessions, not grandstanding
IAN O'Doherty (Comment, Irish Independent, December 11) points to the fundamental political and historical illiteracy of many in the House of Commons on the Irish Question.
Theresa May is one of the minority of adults in the room. We need to support her with real concessions and not indulge in hard-ball grandstanding on the immutability of the backstop mechanism.
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Good Brexit advice for Leo and Simon to follow
LEO and Simon have stressed Theresa's Brexit deal is not just the best deal, but the only one. So excellent advice from your correspondent Ian O'Doherty: "Whether we like it or not, there is now a need for the Irish negotiators to try to help May as much as possible."
Glenties, Co Donegal
Players' solidarity the key to driving out racists
MAY I suggest as a show of solidarity that whenever racism is vented at sports events, all sports people involved in that fixture simply walk off the field. You can be guaranteed it won't be long before the public turn on these racists for good.
Clondalkin, Dublin 22
We risk second generation lost to greed of the State
WHAT crisis? Dublin City and Fingal councils own thousands of acres; Ireland is awash with builders; an affordable house is €250,000 (3.5pc over 35 years is a €1,000 pm). Sell the sites for €40,000, scrap the contribution (currently €120,000 in three to four years) and you would have all the houses you need.
A generation will never own a house and will be the new poor, having to rely solely on the State for housing and pensions as they will have no equity or savings.
Do we now have to lose a second generation to the greed of the State?
RTÉ doing an excellent job on limited resources
IN RESPONSE to Tony Moriarty's letter (Irish Independent, November 11) re our RTÉ licence announcements and the "far superior" service by the BBC, I think RTÉ does an excellent job.
Look at all the scandals and irregularities it has exposed and, proportionately, RTÉ has a much smaller income.
I watch RTÉ and consequently would not really know how the BBC performs... I can't watch both to compare but Tony can - or is it his relatives he said watch for him?! Faraway cows, etc!
Killarney, Co Kerry
Arithmetic counts in favour of the BBC
IF RTÉ was to price the licence on a per capita basis, we would be paying an awful lot more as a programme costs both RTÉ and the BBC the same to make.
Sixty-five million people wouldn't pay as much as four million.
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