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Nobody will pay to see incompetence

I see Mick Curley has jumped to the defence of referee Cormac Reilly after last Sunday's game. Is this the same Mick Curley who defended Martin Sludden last year?

Forgetting about the last-minute 'foul', what about the five or six blatant frees the ref gave to Dublin when there was no sign of an infringement? Commentators Marty Morrissey and Kevin McStay gave up on the referee after 45 minutes.

The referees' association seem to have the motto 'we will do what we like, they need us'. Mick Curley, get your association to take responsibility for their actions -- people will not pay big money to see incompetence.

John Cosgrove

Myths about Dubs becoming tiresome

Please can we stop these media-created myths about the Dublin football team -- we will still buy newspapers and watch the matches, I promise. I am referring to the 'soft frees to Dublin', 'the Dublin collapse' and 'Dublin kick-outs' theories.

Every time Dublin play a big game, and again last Sunday against the valiant Kildare team, these points are and were eminent. Cluxton had two kicks early on that didn't go as planned and the commentators straight away scrutinised them and ignored the remainder of the match where he placed them brilliantly. The worst of all is the 'soft free conspiracy'. Now I will admit the Dubs do get a few ambiguous frees (the winner a perfect example) but every single free was shown again and again and the commentators acted like they had a God-given intent to cajole the viewer into buying into these claims. It was very peculiar; it gives the papers and pundits something to talk about and make a big hullabaloo about the matches but it's becoming tiresome.

Also Kevin McStay's celebrating when Kildare got the goal and equaliser was repugnant not to mention highly unprofessional. Maybe I am a biased Dublin fan but it was all a bit Irish.

James Doyle

Cork board still pinching pennies

On the pretext of discussing Brian Carthy's status as a commentator, Mick Finn takes an irrelevant swipe at the Cork hurlers who reached four consecutive All-Ireland finals after rebelling against the antediluvian Cork County Board [June 26]. Recurring disrespect from the board reached breaking point when a hurler, injured in a game against Down, sat bleeding in the bus home from Newry. The penny-pinching board had discarded the notion of flying their team the 260-mile journey .

Recently, the Cork board instructed the county minor hurlers, playing a Munster championship match in Thurles, to bring their own sandwiches as the bus wouldn't be stopping on the way home afterwards for a meal. How low can you go?

Seán L ó Murchu

Cork venue another cop-out from GAA

Why has Páirc Uí Chaoimh been decided upon as venue for this year's Munster senior hurling final? In my opinion this is an absolute disgrace! And a shambles for the GAA. Has the Munster Council any regard at all for the game itself and the fans?

Any hurler in the land wants to play hurling on the best hurling pitch in the country and that by a country mile is Thurles. There is no advantage to Tipperary in playing the match in Thurles. Only two years ago the same pairing played out a fantastic final at Semple Stadium. I couldn't imagine for a second that Waterford would have any objection to playing in Thurles.

As a Tipperary hurling fan who has missed only a single Tipp championship game in 22 years, I feel betrayed by the GAA and Munster Council with regard to their brainless decision to play the most prestigious game in the hurling year, after the All-Ireland final, in Cork.

But once again when it comes to money, and, let's face it, that's what this decision is all about, the GAA falls flat on its face.

Because the Cork County Board have had no big game this year they went crying to the Munster Council and got what they wanted.

The saddest thing of all is that a full house in Thurles with an electric atmosphere, and two great teams has been sacrificed for politics. Time to wake up now lads and cop on.

I hope when the decision-makers look out on a half-full Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Munster final day, they will think of what might have been. But then again something tells me that they won't really care at all.

David Delahunty

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