Trump used sport for his own benefit

Roy Keane has had many famous utterances throughout his playing, management and subsequent media career. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” may be the most famous thereof, but, for me, his correct excoriation of the “Prawn Sandwich Brigade”. Those corrosive … Continue reading Trump used sport for his own benefit

Going for the ‘big story’ when there is no story is just pure badness

Take our own case as a starting point, small though it may be in scale. Strip away the whole debacle that is Covid-19 and the fact that both dad and Paul have been struck by illness and injury respectively at various stages during the year. More fundamentally, the fact simply was that the prices weanling and forward store heifers were commanding in marts around the country were eons above where we could afford to go. Continue reading Going for the ‘big story’ when there is no story is just pure badness

Beef industry in danger of stifling its own potential

Occasionally, dreams do come true. Earlier this year, it did for yours truly. Having been raised in and around farming – between there being cattle at home in years gone by and my brother working in farming for a long time – agriculture has always been one of the great loves in my life. Preceded only, maybe, by sport. Due to personal circumstances, though, it was always felt that, apart from harbouring ambitions – which still abide – to write about farming matters on a broader scale, the nearest yours truly would actually get to being a farmer was observing … Continue reading Beef industry in danger of stifling its own potential

Policy makers would do well to heed the old proverb

A column in defence of certain parts of the education system coming from this corner might seem strange given some of what’s gone on in the past. Extraordinary circumstances call for unusual things though. Simpler than that, when a passion is held for something, no matter what it be, when threat looms, the case for the defence will always be advocated. Despite difficulties – to put it mildly – with circumstances at the time, history was always one of my favourite subjects in school. That and Irish. Talk of the latter being at the very least downgraded, when it cropped … Continue reading Policy makers would do well to heed the old proverb