Tuesday 20 March 2018

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TV panel blind to McGeady quality

Being one of the misfortunates who had to endure watching the Irish soccer team in recent years in Croke Park, I vowed like thousands of others not to renew my overpriced ticket allocation for the current European Championships in the Aviva Stadium.

Perhaps the only redeeming feature on those bitterly cold nights as I sat high up in the Croke Park stands was being entertained by the flair and subtle skills of players like Aiden McGeady and Damien Duff.

Both players again did not disappoint last Saturday with Aiden, in my opinion, shading the man of the match award. I was glad to see Seán Ryan award a high 8 rating to McGeady and the favourable comments on his performance by other Sunday Independent sports writers.

Contrast this to the negative comments on RTE by Messrs Giles and Dunphy in their analysis of McGeady's performance. Had I watched the same match? Dunphy even suggested that he would play Everton's Seamus Coleman in preference to McGeady.

No surprise here as this guy recently claimed that a superb Barcelona team were made to look good because they played in a weak Spanish La Liga.

Raphael Kavanagh

Time to get young talent on screen

For many years now, sports programmes (rugby, GAA, soccer in particular) have been dominated by very well-paid male presenters and commentators, some of whom are beyond the accepted retirement age -- for the majority of employees.

All have given lengthy and, mostly, commendable contributions. These contributions should be acknowledged, and afterwards these various personalities should enjoy their retirement at home.

In this way RTE would save substantially and the many younger presenters would finally have an opportunity to progress, learn, demonstrate their skills and bring badly needed innovation and freshness in those areas.

Edward Boland

Earls' displays not given due credit

I am quite amazed at the consistently poor review of Keith Earls' performances by your columnist Jim Glennon.

For Earls only to receive a mark of five out of ten for the match against Wales beggars belief. Glennon's own colleagues clearly recognised Earls' true performance with one giving him seven out of ten and going as far as to remark that Earls has been Ireland's form three-quarter in the Six Nations. Other analysts in both print and visual media have also lauded Earls for his efforts.

I would suggest that Jim address the poor performances of Luke Fitzgerald, Jonathan Sexton and Gordon D'Arcy prior to pointing a finger at Earls. It strikes me that Jim has never given Earls even a modicum of the praise that he has deserved. Why did Keith Earls only get five out of ten in that game and the truly awful performance of Luke Fitzgerald earn only a point less?

Josh Browne

Positive message on mental ill health

I am writing in relation to your article 'Hope is always close at hand' which appeared in the March 27 edition of the Sunday Independent.

Through the lens of the world of sport, your article provided a very positive and informative discussion of the stigma that surrounds mental ill health. By highlighting the incidence of depression among sports personalities and challenging our perceptions and commonly held stereotypes of those with experience of mental ill health, your article will go a long way towards normalising the idea that anyone can experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. This will encourage people to support others in distress and prompt those experiencing difficulties to seek help.

Articles like this promote discussion, encourage public understanding of the complexities of mental ill health and help de-stigmatise mental health issues. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on publishing the article.

Headline, the National Media Monitoring programme, promotes greater awareness and understanding of suicide and related mental health issues. The programme aims to tackle the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues by encouraging accurate and responsible reporting. The media have a huge role to play in encouraging positive mental health. I hope that you continue to publish such positive articles in the future.

Sorcha Lowry

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