Monday 18 December 2017

Christmas advert affront to ghosts of battles past

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THE empty, cavernous expanse of Croke Park can be an eerie place late on Sunday evenings as it settles in for the night after hosting the various dramas of championship afternoons. You can sense the spirits of the past congregating to discuss what they've seen and to re-live their own experiences in the famous stadium.

I was reflecting on that coming down from the press area last Sunday when I spotted it. There, on the lift wall, was an advertisement for Christmas parties. "Enjoy a tinsel town Christmas in Croke Park," it proclaimed.

It makes business sense, no doubt, since other venues are already promoting their Yuletide goodies but, ho bloody ho, Croke Park advertising itself halfway through the championship will surely alarm the venerable old ghosts who populate the stadium. Do they -- or we -- want to be reminded of Christmas in July?

Irish Independent

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