Thursday 14 December 2017

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Comparisons not fair on Limerick FC

I read with interest Mike Brennan's letter, 'League not at fault if fans don't show' [Mar 17], but found myself baulking at his indictment of the Irish public by making a comparison between Munster rugby's attendances and those of Limerick FC.

Firstly, attendances for Munster rugby weren't all that great until after one particular televised game v Saracens about 12 years ago. Munster proved on that day that they were offering a product that was the equal of anything available, anywhere in the world, in their sport. Nobody is going to argue that the League of Ireland is on a similar plane in its sport. Worse again, it exists in the shadow of the most exciting and glamorous league in the world.

Was it not surprising then, that RTE contrived to re-arrange the kick-off of the Limerick v Cork game for the same time that three of the top four English sides (and also the well-supported Liverpool) were also on TV? Given that the game also clashed with a Six Nations match and a double-header, a mile away, in the Gaelic Grounds, surely the 3,500 crowd should be regarded as a decent turn-out in difficult circumstances? If 3,000 were Limerick fans and that is the core support available to the club, then I would argue that this progressive club should be encouraged rather than unfairly compared to the most successfully developed franchise in Irish sporting history.

Perhaps in time, and with a bit of common sense from RTE with regard to kick-off times, Limerick FC and other League of Ireland clubs can grow in stature, something akin to the way Munster did.

Sam Windrim

Saints didn't need Ming intervention

Congratulations to St Brigid's on becoming All-Ireland club football champions. I wonder, however, had the last-second winning score gone to Ballymun, would Luke 'Ming' Flanagan have been lobbying anyone to have two points expunged?

Michael Cowley

Boo-boys will never beat Cats

Fair play to N Morrissey for his letter [Mar 17] regarding Tommy Walsh. It is nice to know that there is someone who feels the same as I do about T Walsh, one of the greats.

It is not a bit unusual to see he was booed by the Tipp supporters. After all, it looked like they sent out Lar Corbett, the seven-day wonder, in last year's All-Ireland semi-final to get Tommy sent off! It must be pure galling for them also to realise that back in the 1960s they led Kilkenny by seven in the All-Ireland title stakes; now Kilkenny are seven ahead.

Galway learned in last year's All-Ireland final that dirty play won't beat Kilkenny; I hope Tipp will learn that the 'boo-boys' won't beat Kilkenny either.

Jim Butler

Cliftonville's rise worthy of praise

Eamonn Sweeney [Mar 17] was entitled to claim that standards in the League of Ireland are generally higher than in the Irish League, but it was surprising that he highlighted poor performances by Linfield and Glentoran while ignoring Cliftonville's dramatic recent progress.

If he had checked the IFA Premier table, he would have found that Cliftonville, with only seven games to play, are cantering to the championship, 19 points ahead of Linfield and 24 in front of Glentoran. Cliftonville, with limited resources, fielded a reserve side in the Setanta Cup, which came at the wrong stage of their season, to concentrate on the league title. Eamonn has justifiably claimed that unheralded clubs like his beloved Sligo Rovers do not get the attention they deserve, but he would appear to have been guilty of an equal oversight in the case of Cliftonville.

Kevin Sheridan

Boorish Ferguson brought to book

Jerry Daly is correct in his description of Man United manager Alex Ferguson, who is a soulless monster. I felt sorry for Mr Prendergast that his faith in this team was sullied by Ferguson, a boorish bully and he showed his ignorance and arrogance when he ignored Rafa Benitez recently.

When he came to Old Trafford, he claimed there was a drinking culture at the club so he got rid of Paul McGrath and Norman Whiteside. He did not attempt to get rid of Bryan Robson, one of his leading drinkers. If he did, Ferguson himself would have been gone the next day as his brother was here in Waterford years ago.

I would suggest to all Man United fans they read the book Manchester DisUnited by Mihir Bose. It might open their eyes to this man and his methods. When ssked why he would not sue, he used the old Gerry Adams line, that it would be useless.

Michael Melay

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