Saturday 21 September 2019

Sing both our songs to the world of rugby

Sir - Having watched our wonderful rugby team beat the All Blacks, what a rendition of our national anthem! The crowd sang with pride.

Next year, at the World Cup in Japan, we will not have our anthem played and there is no reason for this. We should do as South Africa do and play our two songs together.

I know as a musician that can be done very easily. I wrote to World Rugby and they rang me and said they have no objection.

It was Nelson Mandela who said when he became president: "If we take away a people's anthem we will lose the people."

This is our chance to win a World Cup and if the Irish Rugby Football Union do not let this great team have both songs next year, and if we lose the World Cup, I will not blame the players. I will blame the IRFU for not representing all the people in this country. Play our anthem.

Brendan Savage,


Co Dublin

Mixed messages

Sir - What a mixed grill of matches we've had recently - and political uncertainty as well. Our beloved country is in crisis.

I will start with the good news and how proud we all were of our wonderful rugby team and their never-say-die attitude against the All Blacks. Bring on the World Cup.

The bad was having to watch our soccer team drop to such a low position with only Darren Randolph up to standard.

I always loved soccer and played it a lot in my youth, even though it was banned to do so by the GAA bullies. But the ugliest thing of all is the violence at what is supposed to be a sporting occasion, which seems to be getting out of control.

We have a great love of sport in Ireland, so why not make it sport and accept it with grace if you lose as we can't try to win at all costs. Never in my playing days did I try to hurt anyone.

Brian Connolly,

Co Monaghan

Ask GAA for help

Sir - Why, oh why does the FAI continue to bury its head in the sand when searching for replacements for Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, when the answer to their problem is practically next door? Yes, I did say next door. Why not have a chat with the GAA and ask how they do it?

Year in, year out, their players are ready to die for the jersey, when they fill stadiums for football and hurling, when their clubhouses and pitches can be seen in every village in Ireland.

In fairness to soccer, gone are the days where the skills of the game were learnt on the streets of the cities. Now it's all done via data boards and stopwatches.

Suits and those who talk a great game contribute nothing, except that of their own importance. I'm sure the GAA would be glad to lend a hand to an organisation that is fast losing its grip and with it the great fan-base that is the Irish.

Wake up FAI before you lose it all.

Fred Molloy,


Dublin 15

Stay happy

Sir - In the school yard almost 90 years ago, when I started, they used to say a tongue-twister: "I rattled my bottles against Wallace's back door," to be said quickly.

Well, it came to my mind this morning and I laughed out loud.

Do you know, it sure raised the serotonin (happy hormone) and I really felt better as I hobbled along.

Real laughing is a must. Hell, I'll keep rattling.

Kathleen Corrigan,


Co Cavan

All's well...

Sir - Our parish priest, Father Gerard, makes wonderful homilies. He recited a wonderful old lady's words last Sunday. I can't seem to get them out of my head. Wonderful words coming up to Christmas.

Please let me share them with your readers: "All will be well, all will be well, and all manner of things will be well."

Brian McDevitt,

Co Donegal

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