Eamonn Sweeney [Hold the Back Page, Jan 9] seems confused as to who's dancing on whose grave.
He may be correct in saying that Roy Keane still has an animus towards Mick McCarthy, but I don't believe he would have been delighting in McCarthy's misfortune, had McCarthy been in the same situation.
Keane hasn't mentioned McCarthy and Saipan that much over the last few years, maybe because they're both managers or maybe because times have moved on.
Keane's been honest when he's said he needs football more than football needs him. Maybe it's time some journalists, Eamonn included, acknowledge they need people like Keane more than Keane needs them.
Punters essential for racing survival
I found John O'Brien's article on horse racing [Jan 2] rather confusing.
I agree that the welfare of the horse should always comes first and I applaud the two riders he mentioned for looking after their mounts. But racing needs punters as much as it needs owners and I'm puzzled by John's claim that it might survive without them.
To support his argument, he asks us to consider other countries with betting systems less open to manipulation or corruption. I presume he means tote monopolies. Surely the only major difference in racing there and in these islands is the absence of bookmakers? Even tote monopolies need punters.
GAA publications let the side down
As an avid GAA man for more years than I care to remember, I was delighted to receive a selection of books on the subject from family and friends as Christmas presents. The vast majority were, as Maxwell Smart once said, "very interesting" but the joy of reading them soon turned to anger as I browsed through the names of the printers.
As we all know, Ireland is crying out to keep jobs at home but here to my disgust all of these books were printed in other countries.
The following is the list of books of which the producers should be ashamed of in denying the Irish printing industry jobs and the resulting salaries circulating at home in Ireland.
No 1 (2009) GAA -- A People's History (Mike Cronin/Mark Durcan/Paul Rouse -- Printed in Italy by Printer Trento).
No 2 GAA 1884-2009 (Mike Cronin/William Murphy/Paul Rouse -- Printed in UK by MPG Group).
No 3 Voices from Croke Park (Editor Seán Potts, Foreword Dessie Farrell of the Gaelic Players' Association -- Printed in Britain by Clay's Ltd, St Ives).
No 4 Sunday Game 2010 (Printed and bound in Italy by Lego).
No 5 A History of Hurling (by Seamus King -- Printed in Spain).
No 6 A GAA History (No 2) (Marcus De Burca -- Printed in Malaysia).
At least the Dáil Stars, a fine book on politicians' GAA connections, was printed in Ireland. And two members of that foreign game we call rugby had a bit of national pride when recalling and telling their stories in book form.
Well done to Bernard Jackman (Blue Blood) and Alan Quinlan (Red Blooded). It was as on the field with these two great warriors when they gave the job of printing to Print Precedure Ltd Ireland, thereby keeping the work at home.
Whilst the writers of these GAA publications are quite entitled to have their books printed wherever they wish, surely in the present economic climate they might have given the job to an Irish firm.
Hawk-Eye should extend its powers
Fair play to the GAA in contemplating the introduction of the Hawk-Eye technology system to the field of play.
The Golfing Association of Ireland should follow suit and add a sound system to Hawk-Eye. We might then hear the conversation that took place between Mr Cowen and Mr FitzPatrick on the golf course, and with other parties later on in the clubhouse.
Government and banks please note that the Hawk-Eye technology system would be much cheaper than any bank bailout.
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