Tuesday 12 December 2017

These men were no great shakes

JOE Duffy's description of James Connolly as 'unselfish' is at odds with his portrayal of a man who consistently put his political fanaticism ahead of the welfare of his own family.

Michael McDowell's endorsement of Michael Collins was equally nauseating. Presumably, 'Ireland's greatest', if indeed there is such a thing, would not be a person of violence but rather someone drawn from a field in which we can truly claim greatness, for example English literature (Joyce, Beckett and Wilde are conspicuous by their absence). Whilst I do not agree that Bono is the greatest Irish person of all time, he is surely the best on RTE's list, given that he is a successful global superstar, highly influential and has never killed anyone.

Simon Keating
Killarney, Co Kerry

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