Tuesday 10 December 2019


Inflexible attitude is damaging GAA

One wonders at times if the GAA authorities lose the run of themselves. My story is that I was involved as a mentor with my club Douglas in the Féile hurling county final. The venue was Ballinlough, the headquarters of the City division in Cork.

Three of our players were unable to tog out because of ill health and injury. I asked that they be left on to the pitch to sit in the dugout with their colleagues. The gentleman manning the gates refused, quoting rules.

One of the boys had a cast on his hand. I explained he had been injured in one of the previous rounds of the competition. The boy was refused entry.

How often in the past have we seen inter-county players on crutches sitting with the subs in Croke Park? Hurling standards and numbers have fallen in Cork city. It is hard work to convince teenagers to continue to play hurling, the fall-off figures are very high.

We need to encourage, not discourage, our youth. Perhaps those in charge need to use more common sense and be less inflexible.

The views expressed in this letter are those of the writer and not those of Douglas GAA club.

Pat Harrington

St Kevin's efforts worthy of praise

Over the Easter weekend, St Kevin's Boys Club in Dublin organised a wonderful and entertaining soccer tournament for players under 13 years of age.

Six teams from five different countries took part. The teams were Real Madrid, Arsenal, Glasgow Celtic, West Bromwich Albion, Ajax (Amsterdam) and St Kevin's.

The players displayed a lot of skill and enthusiasm. The spectators thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the sun even shone for the three days. St Kevin's acquitted themselves very well and reached the final where they were beaten by a very good Ajax team.

St Kevin's is one of the most famous clubs in the country. It is run by an excellent group of volunteers and the tournament organising committee deserve great praise for their efforts. The tournament has taken place over the last six years and long may it continue.

Kevin McLoughlin

RTé see Red over sacking of Moyes

I couldn't believe my eyes and ears on Tuesday's RTé 1 News that the main story was about the sacking of David Moyes by Manchester United.

While it deserved to be the main story of the sports segment of the news, putting it at the head of the news was ridiculous. There must be a clatter of Man U supporters in the RTé Newsroom.

Pat Cullen

'Fifth Province' a viable solution

In lieu of having certain counties playing in 'foreign' provinces, I propose the following:

1) Implement the 4x8 in FRC II, but have the opening-round losers in all four provinces (Lein 3, Uls 1, Muns 2 & Conn 2) enter a new 'Fifth Province' (maybe let's call it the acronym-derived 'CLUM-ster').

2) Award the 'Fifth Province' the Tommy Murphy Cup, giving new purpose to this competition, as well as a place in the final Qualifying Round.

3) After the opening round, the four provinces are left with quantities of 8, 8, 4 & 4.

4) Munster and Connacht champions contest a 'Munsacht' conference play-off to determine the winner who gets a bye to the AI quarter-finals (along with Lein & Uls champs) and the loser who enters the final Qualifying Round.

5) To avoid the moral hazard of taking the easy 'Fifth Province' route to the All-Ireland title, the champion must play the 'top or second seed' remaining through the rest of the championship, from Last 13 to the All-Ireland final.

Is this not the best 4x8?

Anthony 'Tony' O'Mahony

Women part of sporting race too

I wonder whether you could give more coverage to women's sports? At a time of a national obesity epidemic you could do a lot to promote health and participation by women in sport by giving our efforts some coverage and I might feel less alienated as a reader.

Shame on you. Sport is not just about men, I hope you revise your coverage in the future and realise that women are part of the sporting race.

Karen Raine

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