I have just finished reading Dermot Gilleece's article on the build-up to the US Open. I have always enjoyed his writing on golf and his particular interest and support for the Irish golfers without bias.
This particular piece I found so communicative and really enjoyed the anecdotes stitched into the piece that brought it to life. Venturi, Ballesteros, all heroes of the amateur golfer, and McDowell, Harrington, McIlroy and Lowry, the local guns that do us proud weekly.
I read out the piece about Venturi's local priest writing to him and his profound revelation on winning the event. Wonderful writing and always a pleasure to read. So thank you Dermot for making it okay to read out golf articles at the kitchen table!
Poetry in motion from Spanish heavyweights
I thoroughly enjoyed Tommy Conlon's superb technical analysis [June 5] describing how Barcelona toyed with their opponents in the recent Champions League final. I watched the destruction of Manchester United while on holiday in the south of Spain and in the aftermath while browsing in shops it was interesting to observe English kids asking parents to buy them Barcelona shirts -- unbelievable but true.
We still remember the exploits of the legendary Muhammad Ali who "floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee" and no doubt the poetry in motion of Messi, Iniesta, Pedro, and Xavi will also be revered in years to come like the mighty Ali.
Barca play the game
in best possible spirit
I must admit I was a bit surprised by the different game Manchester United and Barcelona seemed to be playing.
I'm a football supporter as distinct from any allegiance and Barca were playing the football I would always stop and look at and especially the kind where you can bring somebody to ground and he gets up, dusts himself down and goes looking for the ball not the ref
Introducing some Pides and Woints
Here's a couple of additions to the GAA lexicon that are likely to be very useful over the summer -- Woint: A wide that is flagged as a point; Pide: A point that is called wide.
Managers are entitled to express their views
Your many columnists who last week commented on the GAA managers' boycott of RTE in support of Brian Carthy seem to have missed the point completely as well as being guilty of lazy journalism.
In concentrating on Mickey Harte and his apparent friendship with Carthy, nobody bothered to ask any of the other managers involved why they were supporting the RTE commentator.
They cannot all be 'friends' of Carthy so it was obvious that they all felt strongly enough that he was not getting fair play with regard to his commentary duties.
As an avid listener to RTE radio, it is obvious to me that Brian Carthy has been brushed aside. Here is a man with 25 years of commentating behind him, and as soon as he becomes RTE's most experienced radio GAA commentator, he is overlooked for both League finals.
Since the start of the Championship he has not commentated on one of the top Sunday games. Instead, RTE have used their television commentators to do radio commentaries, so much so that they are alternating between television and radio every Sunday in covering the top game.
There is absolutely no sharing involved at all by RTE with Brian Carthy very pointedly the only one losing out, and that is why the GAA managers came out in support of Brian Carthy, and in my opinion, as decent GAA men this was something that they were perfectly entitled to do.
Yet none of your columnists bothered to check the RTE schedules to see if the managers had a point. Brian Carthy has been a great ambassador for RTE over many years and his work as the station's GAA correspondent is widely acknowledged and respected. He is entitled to better treatment from his employers, and all the listeners, including GAA managers, are entitled to make their feelings known to the public service broadcaster.
Referee error debate
goes back a long way
After reading Eamonn Sweeney's column in the Sunday Independent [June 12] in which he highlights the referees' errors over the last few years in GAA matches, I wonder what he thought of John Gough's error in 1983 when he sent off four players. Talk about no retribution.
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