Opinion

Monday 10 December 2018

O'Neill and Keane have done us proud - and should be lauded

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant manager Roy Keane at training in Abbotstown. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant manager Roy Keane at training in Abbotstown. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The recent criticism of the Irish team management of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, and the tactics employed in the recent away World Cup play off in Copenhagen against Denmark, was way over the top. These two passionate football men learned their trade under those wonderful coaches, the late Brian Clough, at Nottingham Forest, and later with the great Alex Ferguson, at Manchester United, over many years.

To describe either of these two men as a charlatan is very disrespectful and so far off the mark it's laughable. Both of these guys have won the European Cup and the Champions League respectively as players. They also managed Ireland to the recent European Championship finals, beating former World Cup winners Italy along the way.

Some of their harshest critics on TV recently have never played or managed at this level of the game, but feel the need to boost the ratings by making outrageous statements. The ordinary Joe Soap might be fooled into believing their comments, but genuine football people all across the land understand why such tactics were employed in a crucial first leg play-off away game.

We are a small soccer nation, and as such do not possess the spread of talented players necessary to play an expansive game, that would be easy on the eye.

Nonetheless, what we do have, in spades, is tremendous fighting spirit in our national teams, supported by wonderful fans who travel all over the world to support the boys and girls in green. Our great management duo deserve all the support they and their team get at home and on their travels, and not harsh criticism and name-calling from 'hurlers on the ditch' who should know better.

Tom Towey

Cloonacool, Co Sligo

 

Getting tangled in a web of insults

Reading John Daly's story about the cobweb cure ('Old Moore still guiding the future', Irish Independent, November 13) puts me in mind of a story I once heard.

A young lad cut his finger while slicing bread and was bleeding rather badly when a visitor to the house advised that the best way to stop bleeding was to wrap a large cobweb around the wound. Whereupon the woman of the house instructed her eldest daughter to run next door to Mrs Murphy and get a cobweb.

Those two families didn't speak to each other for the following 15 years.

Bernard Larkin

Ballinasloe, Co Galway

 

Brexit was caused by propaganda

The complaints about the consequences of Brexit and the blame for those who are dealing with the consequences fill the media daily. The basic cause is ignored.

Some 87pc of the people who voted for Brexit were English. They were fed a diet of neo-racist anti-EU propaganda for decades, by much of the London media.

All of Europe, but especially this former colony, will have to live with the consequences.

That is mirrored by the complaints about the consequences of the bankrupting of this country, and subsequent bailout in 2010. All of us are still living with the consequences of that, the most painful episode in our history since independence.

Blame is being spread far and wide. In the case of Brexit in the UK, the propaganda was critical.

But in the decade or so prior to the collapse in this country, the message was that all in the garden was rosy and critics should shut up. Present day propaganda consists of spreading muck and ignoring causes in both cases.

A Leavy

Shielmartin Drive, Sutton, Dublin 13

 

Care is so crucial with social media

Time is a peculiar thing. At the start of our days it seems we have all the time in the world, we can't wait to be older and off travelling the world, or just finish school. But as our days draw closer to an end and we grow old, we pray for more time; to be young again and to once again feel the vitality of youth.

We are placed with this juxtaposition for a number of reasons. To respect and be thankful for what we have, but also to remind us that we will not always feel or believe everything we feel now.

When we think about the growing number of trolls on Facebook, Snapchat and other social media sites, why are people continuing to use social media to shame and humiliate?

I can remember when I was small, we were all taught "don't air your dirty laundry outside for everyone to see". Now the opposite is occurring and apparently emerging as gratification.

Social media, unlike old letters, is not so easy to throw away; nor will it burn on the fire. Words burn much more slowly on Facebook and continue to inflame as people hit 'like', or 'share'.

We have witnessed the implication of people's personal accounts hindering job applications and other future endeavours, where one is easily caught out by one admission or another.

People's good names and a lack of tact and decency have all somehow become mirrored - mirrored in the most unpleasant way.

Where is the implication for destroying a person's good name? Why are bullies still allowed to go another round before they are knocked out with intellect and rapport?

What people forget, in receiving their five minutes of fame and glory, is that they may receive a lifetime of detest and travesty, the travesty being that an angry schoolgirl's words can have unknown implications later, which may or may not be detrimental to her career or even her family.

Time is a funny old thing. It's only with time that a niggle of doubt, worry and redemption emerges; in the dark of the night you twist and turn and wish you hadn't rose and hit send. Yes, arguments are crucial to forming independent thought in a democratic country. Open debate lays the foundation for a fairer country for all - but there is no place for bullying, name calling or crude manners in free debate.

My mother always told my sisters and I "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all", and I'm starting to agree with her.

Julie Bennett

Mountrath, Co Laois

 

Word to the wise...

Could I comment briefly on John Downing's light-hearted piece ('Leo's policy plan is so vague, we'd best wait for its second 'iteration'', Irish Independent, November 13)? Here, John does his best to explain 'iteration' to the great unwashed. Call me one of your 'posher' readers if you like - those who know me wouldn't agree! - but I must set the record straight. 'Iteration' comes from the Latin verb iterare, meaning 'to do something again'. (The word iterum, as John says, is related.) This means that 'second iteration' in the title is tautological. Dictionaries again?

Tom Seaver

Incoming Honorary President, Classical Association of Ireland, Murroe, Co Limerick

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