Monday, 18 September 2017

Heart-break again for Mayo.

All-Ireland Senior Football final: Dublin 1-17; Mayo 1-16.
Once again Mayo have to swallow the the bitter pill of defeat in an All-Ireland Senior Football final;on this occasion they were beaten by a 76th. minute pointed free from Dublin's Dean Rock.They lost,by a similar margin,to the same opposition in their last encounter in an All-Ireland senior final.I have a special fondness for Mayo football.In my early youth I had an obsessional interest in Gaelic Games.In the part of Tipperary that I come from the interest in Gaelic Football,as well as hurling,not alone in our own county,but country-wide was intense.In those relatively stress-free times in my life,Mayo were one of the footballing giants.I can recall the names of practically all their All-Ireland winning team of 1951.
     This present Mayo team is very close to the Holy Grail.The indomitable spirit Mayo's Michael Davitt,and the Land League,failed to be crushed by the cruel Land Lord system .In July 7th.1980 Mayo lost one of it's greatest-ever footballers,John Morley,when he was brutally shot down by bank-robbing terrorists.Let next year be your year.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Deadly destruction of atomic explosion.

With the current war-mongering rhetoric between U.S.President,Donal Trump,and the leader of the North Korean regime,Kim Jon Um,it is well to reflect on some of the short reports that appeared in Irish Independent,of August 9th.,1945,following the dropping of an atomic bomb,by the U.S. Air Force,on the Japanese city of Hiroshima at 8 am on August 6th.1945.

#-"All living things,human and animal,were literally seared to death......the dead are simply uncountable."In these graphic words Tokyo reports told for the first time of the cataclysmic damage caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.The major part of Hiroshima was destroyed."The destructive force of the new weapon is indescribable, as is the terrible devastation it has caused" said the report.
 The bomb was described as more powerful than 20,000 tons of TNT and with more than 2,000 times the blast force of the British ten-ton bomb,hitherto the largest bomb used in warfare.Bombs many times more powerful are available in the arsenal of the the present time.
 Another atomic bomb was dropped by U.S.on the Japanese seaport of Nagasaki on August 9th.1945.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Extracts from the past.

The following are taken from 'Irish Independent'of July 1945.
The first Orange demo held in Derry since 1939 was unique by virtue of the fact that it was held in a Gaelic sports ground.The organisers,unable to find other ground in the Waterside area,were granted the use of a 10-acre field in Irish Street rented by St.Patrick's Gaelic football club.
     Irish Independent,July 13,1945.

Dealing with his visit to the German Minister on the occasion of Herr Hitler's death,Mr De Valera said that he knew his action would be open to misrepresentation.What he had done was his duty.The envoy came here as a representative of his people,not of a particular government.

King George and Queen Elizabeth,accompanied by Princess Elizabeth,arrived on a visit to the North of Ireland yesterday.They flew from Lisburn to Lisahally,and after boarding the patrol yacht,Hiniesta,sailed up the Foyle to Derry.

The death has occured of Ald Richard Corish T.D.,Mayor of Wexford.He was a leading member of the Labour Party,and had an unbroken record as mayor of his native town since 1920.
      The last three items were taken from Irish Independent,July 20,1945.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Kevin O'Higgins assassinated 90 years ago to-day.

90 years ago to-day the then Minister for Justice,Kevin O'Higgins,was assassinated while walking to mass near his home at Booterstown,Co.Dublin.It was in revenge for the execution of 4 leaders of the irregulars on Dec.8,1922 after their group had shot two deputies on their way to the Dail the previous day.
   O'Higgins had told the Dail that it was the only way"representative government,or democratic institutions"could be maintained.
        As Kevin O'Higgins lay dying he referred to Eamon DeValera,"Tell my colleagues that they must beware of him in future life he will play down to the weakness of the people"
 The culture of violence at play in those years;glorified in song and story-in which we were all participants,until some of us saw the light-has been responsible for 1000's of deaths-completely needless-in this country and outside.The most glaring and tragic was in recent years,when a group calling it self "Provisional I.R.A.",and others equally sinister, engaged in a killing campaign for more than 30 years.
     Unfortunately there is still an attitude prevalent in this country among many that their political outlook should be accepted by others who differ,and the latter should be pressurised to do so-though the number who believe that force is acceptable to achieve their aims is diminishing,it is still there.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Fine win by Tipperary footballers.

All-Ireland Senior football championship qualifiers:Cavan 0-18;Tipperary 2-15.
Tipperary Senior Footballers made the long trek to Kingspan,Breffnie,Park,Cavan yesterday evening to take on the home side in the senior football championship qualifiers.Tipperary have been hard hit by the loss of players in recent times;a number due to various injuries-one notable retirement in Ciaran McDonald-and all-star nominee,Peter Achinson,working in Dubai.Tipperary seemed to give Cavan too much respect in the first half by adapting an overly defensive mode and found themselves trailing by 12 points to six at half-time.In the second half they began to express themselves and dominated Cavan scoring 2-09 to their opponents six points.The points came early in the second half,and a goal each from rangy corner forward,Conor Sweeney,and another from lion-hearted half-back,Robbie Kiely,enabled them to forge a memorable victory.Maybe the'ghosts of '35'can rest more easily.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Cork sucker-punch floors Tipperary's footballers.

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final; Cork 1-10; Tipperary 1-09.
Tipperary went into Saturday's game,played at Pairc Ui Rinn,Cork,minus a number of players due to injury.They,also,started without last years outstanding captain,Peter Achinson,who has gone to work in Dubai.They also had the misfortune to have star forward,Micheal Quinlivan,stretchered off mid way through the first half.They took the game to Cork and held the lead until around the 45th.minute.Cork then started to hold the initiative and went into the lead,which they still held going into the concluding stages of the game.In the 68th.minute,Tipperary's star forward on the day,Conor Sweeney,scored a dramatic goal to give Tipperary a two points lead.Cork,however,weren't finished,they moved the ball swiftly up field to score a dramatic reply in the form of a goal by substitute,Lucas Connolly.
  Now is a time for everyone that would love to see Tipperary football progress to the top to put their shoulders to the wheel to make it happen.It would be very foolish indeed to sit back and expect that a long run in the qualifiers,similar to last year,is guaranteed.   Every game is a banana skin.The development of Tipperary football is an ongoing process.Top coaches should be used to train would-be coaches for teams at juvenile,and up to adult level.The structure,and playing,of club competition should be geared in such a way to enable games to be as competitive as possible,with a consequent improvement in standard.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


              On thy cold grey stones,O Sea!
               And I would that my tongue could utter
               The thoughts that arise in me.

               O well for the fisherman's boy,
               That he shouts with his sister at play!
               O well for the sailor lad,
               That he sings in his boat on the bay!

               And the stately ships go on
               To their haven under the hill;
               But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
               And the sound of a voice that is still!

               At the foot of thy crags,O Sea!
               But the tender grace of a day that is dead
               Will never come back to me.
                                                          Alfred Lord Tennyson.