Thursday 23 November 2017

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Jimmy Barry

'Where Are They Now' last Sunday stated: "In 1983 Joe McNally became the first and only Gaelic footballer to win an All-Ireland minor and senior medal in consecutive years. He played in goals for the Dublin minors in 1982 and played in the forwards for the seniors a year later," This is incorrect. Jimmy Barry Murphy won minor football in 1972 and senior football in 1973.

L Goold

I may be wrong but Joe McNally was not the first and only Gaelic footballer to win minor and senior All-Ireland medals in consecutive years. I am of the opinion that Jimmy Barry-Murphy achieved this feat in 1972 and 1973.

Indeed, Roscommon's Bill Carlos and Brendan Lynch could technically claim that feat also. Both won minor in 1941. The minor championship was then suspended until the war was over.

Both Carlos and Lynch won a senior medal in 1943, the next available opportunity for them and their county.

J Cuffe

Shocked by dark-age Spillane

On two separate occasions during the Cork-Kerry match last Sunday, Pat Spillane felt the need to control the viewers by telling them not to switch the channel over to the World Cup game between Ghana and Serbia Montenegro.

If I wanted to be told what to do while watching television I would constantly look at the tv adverts. What are you selling, Pat?

As a neutral watching this game with my father, we were both bemused and shocked by Mr. Spillane's dark-age mentality.

Surely, it's Spillane's job to analyse the game and not to be preaching about his preference of Gaelic football over soccer.

I would like to see Spillane's job description and would advise him to take a leaf out of Joe Brolly's and Tony Davis book when discussing the major happenings in a match.

Now, let's begin by focusing on why Graham Canty was sent off.

K Hegarty

Ratings too harsh on rugby players

I would just like to say the player ratings for last Saturday's rugby defeat to New Zealand were extremely harsh.

This crop of Irish players have given an enormous amount of joy and pride to us all and don't deserve such rash critisism after a poor game or two. Give them a break for God's sake.

J Doyle

Solid foundations lead to dominance

It has been a great decade from 2000 to 2009 for Ulster football with great success at all levels. Four senior All-Irelands, six minor All-Irelands, three under-21 All-Irelands, three All-Ireland Clubs, four All-Ireland Colleges, six National Leagues, five Railway cups and five Sigerson Cups.

All of this Ulster success is down to under-age development squads and good consistent coaching which have been in operation for many years.

The only system that is missing is a Divisional club championship at minor, under-21 and senior levels, which the Kerry county board carry out so successfully as can be seen by all the quality players they produce and All-Irelands they win.

This divisional system needs to be researched for some counties to gain success. It could be done on a three-year trial basis.

Mickey Harte was the best manager of the last decade. He won three All-Ireland seniors, three Ulster seniors, one All-Ireland under-21 and one National League.

He managed Tyrone to beat Kerry in two All-Ireland finals 2005 and 2008, also the All- Ireland semi-final in 2003.

Tyrone were the only serious team that Kerry did not beat in the last decade in the championship. Sean Cavanagh, Peter Canavan, Dara O Se, Seamus Moynihan, Kieran McGeeney and Padraig Joyce were among the best and most influential players of the last decade, as they were the driving forces for their teams in their All-Ireland victories.

Tyrone and Kerry were the two best teams of the decade with eight senior All-Irelands between them.

Galway and Armagh won the other two All-Ireland seniors.

Paraic Farrelly

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