Monday 21 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Vote No in the divorce poll to avoid more shattered homes'

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

In the referendum next month, we will be asked to facilitate more liberal divorce laws. We will also be asked to pave the way for the recognition of divorces granted abroad.

We already have in our country too many victims of shattered households. Those of us who are involved with homeless services, youth support or societies like St Vincent de Paul, are all too aware of the heartache and confusion caused by divorce and the fragmentation of families.

Every marriage worthy of the name has to try to withstand the storms of life; it is more than just a fair-weather relationship.

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My family and I will be voting No.

Eamon Fitzpatrick

Strandhill Road, Sligo


Tiger has ability to captivate and transcends sport of golf

Very rarely in sport, or in life for that matter, does one person command as much attention as Tiger Woods has in the last week.

The two sports closest to my heart, tennis and football, were relegated to the back benches for 48 hours or so as Tiger Woods made – and if Heineken was to claim it you would have to agree – probably the greatest comeback in the history of sport.

A couple of years back, I wrote that Leicester City winning the Premier League was the greatest achievement by an underdog in sport, but the Masters in Augusta produced something really special and memorable. Even those of us who don’t follow golf took an interest.

Could Tiger really win another major –and the major of majors, the Masters, at that? While many pundits predicted it was going to be Rory McIlroy’s year to erase bad memories in pursuit of the elusive green jacket, those of us who follow the history of sport intrepidly wondered was it just possible that the player once dubbed the greatest of them all could win big again.

He did and without going into his roll of honour, it’s obvious that only Jack Nicklaus’s haul of 18 majors to Tiger’s 15 to date is preventing universal declaration of Greatest Of All Time when you look at his achievements.

One that stands out for me is that he is the only golfer in history to have held all four majors at the same time in 2000/2001 – the Tiger slam.

But back to the present day and we are living in a tremendous sporting era of Usain Bolt, Tiger, Michael Phelps, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, Katie Taylor, etc.

Some people transcend their sport and this achievement puts Tiger Woods up there with that other icon who, before he matured, said that “Image is everything”, namely Andre Agassi.

Long may sporting giants set the standards of achievement that we all aspire to.

Mike Geraghty

Newcastle, Galway


RTÉ’s gripping news agenda misses the real burning issue

Tuning into ‘Six One’ news on RTÉ on Monday evening the top story was the news that FAI executive vice president John Delaney is to step aside.

This was followed by other items on a delay of sorts on the National Broadband Plan being brought to Cabinet. After seven years’ gestation, I don’t think that’s much to get excited about.

Meanwhile, over in Paris the truly sad news that Notre-Dame Cathedral, the most famous building in all Christendom, was going up in flames. Still nothing on ‘Six One’ about the unfolding story in Paris.

Onwards to a break over at ‘Six One’ and next up the first international news story about a woman who broke into Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat appearing in court. Gripping stuff, while in Paris it looks like, thanks to the live pictures on almost every news channel around the world, Notre-Dame Cathedral is burning to the ground.

It’s great to see that our taxpayer-funded national news channel is on top of its game.

John McLoughlin

Ballisodare, Co Sligo


Aussie rugby star is in no position to cast the first stone

Israel Folau, the 30-year-old Australian rugby player and devout Christian, said on his Instagram account on social media last week that “hell awaits” for “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators”.

A few years back, the Wallabies full-back revealed he drank and partied to excess in his time in the NRL, particularly after moving from the Melbourne Storm to the Brisbane Broncos in 2009.

“I got caught up in all the party things and I guess I’d say my head was above the clouds. It got really bad,” Folau said.

“I just got caught up in the alcohol, women and all that sort of stuff.”

Let he among us without sin cast the first stone, Israel – or else take a seat on the hell-bound bus!

Seamus McLoughlin

Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim

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