Style goes out the window if substance speaks for itself

What is a scary number of years ago now, Meath played Laois in the first round of the Leinster SFC at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Sean Boylan’s side won the game in a canter, but what stands out, even now, was the sending off of Colm Coyle. Or more accurately, the reaction of sections of the crowd to same. “Typical Meath, ye’d never win anything if it wasn’t for dirt” came one salvo. To which my normally placid, reserved father riposted “If your lot had a bit in them ye might win something”! The Meath team of 1986 to 1991 was … Continue reading Style goes out the window if substance speaks for itself

Disappointment must not be mistaken for bitterness

Around midsummer, this machine produced a piece relating to the retirement of Willie Lyons as Principal of the local primary school. It was a post which stirred a vast array of emotions. Sadness at the end of an era in our area, yet, recollections of what were undoubtedly my happiest days in education. Even more telling perhaps was the fact that since this website was re-launched on June 10th no single article has attracted more views – 1,100 at the time of typing. Which is evidence in itself of the amount of people’s lives the man from Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo … Continue reading Disappointment must not be mistaken for bitterness

Surviving on winter sports!

At precisely this time three years ago – that is to say, Senior Football Championship Final day in Meath – yours truly keyboarded a piece stating that Pairc Tailteann would be the last place on earth I’d want to be on the day in question. Out of a sense of profound regret that our own lads weren’t present. As it happened, in both the main event itself and the curtain-raising Minor decider. It would, as the headline used suggested, have felt like the loneliest place on earth. The only thing negating upset at the time was the fact that, whoever … Continue reading Surviving on winter sports!