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Sunday 15 December 2019

Have Your Say: Return to hosting players in Croker

Garth Brooks at Croke Park earlier this year
Garth Brooks at Croke Park earlier this year

In the fullness of time it may well emerge that one of the many anticipated negative knock-on effects of the Garth Brooks saga will be a reluctance by headline acts to perform in Croke Park.

Perhaps now the Central Council of the GAA might reserve dates for the under 21 All-Ireland hurling and football finals which are currently played at provincial grounds as Croke Park has been ruled out for these finals. It matters not whether it’s at senior, minor or under 21 level, every All-Ireland final, including camogie, should be held at Croke Park.

To reach an All-Ireland final is the pinnacle of a player’s career and should be acknowledged appropriately. It is not unreasonable for those counties who have secured a place in an All-Ireland final to expect to play the decider in the spectacular surroundings of Croke Park. It should not be the players having the honour of playing at Croke Park but Croke Park having the honour of hosting these players.

Tom Cooper.

GAA take a bow for TV blackout

Three of us have been going to hurling matches for years and years. Sunday fixtures found us in various Munster venues and now and again there has been the occasional thrill of Croke Park. On Saturday last we did not have far to travel. The foundation place of the GAA was the venue and we were happy campers coming out of Semple Stadium. On returning to the car, an elderly gentleman approached us from a nearby house to have a post-mortem on the game.

“Are ye happy with the result?” he asked. “Tell me, how did Lar Corbett play, and Maher?”

He had a particular interest in his own local Thurles Sarsfields players. “Did you not see it?” I said. 

“Ah, how could I see it; I listened to it on the radio,” he replied.

Our jubilant mood on the road home was also tinged with sadness after this exchange. In an era when at the touch of a button , you can see and speak with a family member at the far end of the world, this gentleman and his cohorts nationwide, avid followers of the game of hurling, were consigned to putting an ear to the radio once again.   

Well done the GAA, take a bow!

Denis Gleeson

Use technology to catch the cheats

The general consensus of the World Cup is that it has been one of the best, if not THE best tournament ever. While there is no doubt that some of the football displayed has been excellent, the overriding feeling for me has been one of disappointment. I’ve watched football for over 40 years and I’ve seen the game progressively get worse and fall behind so many other sports.

For every glorious piece of skill from Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar et al,there are 20 examples of foul play or cheating. Meanwhile the old fogies at FIFA and UEFA bury their heads in the sand at any suggestion of improving the game through video technology.

True, goalline technology has finally been introduced but just think if it was used to weed out the divers, shirt pullers and the other blatant dirty players that get away with it. Proper suspensions would quickly return ‘the beautiful game’ to its former glory.

Paul Mack

Number of the week


The record-breaking number of tweets per minute during Germany’s defeat of Brazil. It was also the most discussed sports event ever on Twitter, with 35.6 million tweets written during the game

Quote of the week

‘I just wanted to give some joy to my people, who deal with lots of suffering every day. One day I’ll make them happy somehow’

— Brazil’s David Luiz vows to make amends

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