Sir -- Reading Declan Lynch's ranting about the mediocre parochialism of hurling, I am inclined to give him a fool's pardon and let it be. However, it occurs so frequently in articles he has written for your paper over the years that I have to ask what is his problem?
Is he frantically searching for something controversial to write? Did he suffer at the hands of some 'mad' Christian brother wielding a hurley? Was he a sporting underachiever envious of the prowess of others? Or is it some deep-rooted antipathy toward the people who play and enjoy the game of hurling?
Despite what he says about the amount of Irish people who have never played the game, it has captured the imagination of many Irish people as indicated by the 1.2 million who watched the All Ireland hurling final on TV, and not counting the number who listened on the radio, or the overseas figures. Hardly a sport that may be deeply unpopular with most Irish people as he seems to think. The amateur players are playing for a sport, place, and people that truly matter to them. They are not on huge salaries and endorsements. He fails to understand the emotion associated with a truly sporting occasion. If he tuned in, he might have witnessed the round of applause from all sides when Henry Shefflin had to leave the field because of injury
Since this joy in a sporting occasion is beyond his comprehension, let him stick to his obsession with the 'beautiful game', and leave us Paddies to, in his words, "our endless capacity for self delusion".
Rathfarnham, Dublin 16