Durable warrior emerges gloriously from obscurity

To mark the Centenary of the GAA, the All Ireland hurling final was played in Thurles, where the entire story of the association began. Undoubtedly it was a fitting thing to do, but, even leaving the never ending Dublin-in-Croke Park debate to one side, such a scenario would surely be an impossibility nowadays. Continue reading “Durable warrior emerges gloriously from obscurity”

Opinion often leaves a distorted view of class

As youngsters, we surely all had a few little model racing cars. Which, when raced around the table or wherever it was, had us all believing we were Ayrton Senna or Nigel Mansell or Damon Hill or Eddie Irvine. All sports have their devotees, of course, but, in the case of Formula One, for many of us that’s where the fascination ended. Continue reading “Opinion often leaves a distorted view of class”

Belatedly listening to the views of those who matter most

Outside of the agriculture sector, awareness that Ireland is currently home to two World Champions in competition ploughing is probably minimal at best. Likewise, prior to their landmark victory over England some years ago, only a devout aficionado would most likely know of the class of Kevin O’Brien and the assent of fortune he has spearheaded for his colleagues and, as a consequence, all of Irish cricket. Continue reading “Belatedly listening to the views of those who matter most”