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Friday 19 January 2018

Hands off Carrick

I have never read so many patronising and sometimes uninformed articles about the effects of the forthcoming demise of Bank of America in Carrick-on-Shannon, from a mainly Dublin based and orientated national media. The people of Carrick are industrious, creative and resilient and will continue to innovate and thrive. K Nolan Carrick-on-Shannon

With the Rugby World Cup approaching, it is worth examining whether or not the IRFU's experiment of replacing our national anthem with Ireland's Call for away matches has been a success. In my view, it has not.



The recent half-hearted rendition of this song in Bordeaux was completely overshadowed by the full-blooded rendition of La Marseillaise by the French supporters -- a great anthem that unites the players and supporters for the battle ahead.

An anthem is more than a song, just as a flag is more than a piece of fabric or a collection of colours.

We do not need to shy away from Amhran na bhFiann. We should embrace it as something great -- a unifying anthem of a new republic, an essential element of the mix of team, the green jersey, the flag, the supporters and the game that has brought us together.

As all of our World Cup matches are technically 'away' matches, the current plan is to only sing Ireland's Call at each match. I strongly urge the IRFU to re-consider this policy.

D Murphy by email



coursing is cruel

Con Houlihan is not very consistent in his condemnation of cruelty. While declaring that anyone who shoots hares "will not be a hero in the sporting community" (Herald, August 17), he sees nothing wrong with defending coursing. Con should concede that unleashing greyhounds to chase defenceless hares is equally unheroic. It's the act of a bully.

Considering that hares are running for their lives in coursing, few will be convinced by Con's suggestion that they "take pleasure in playing with the greyhounds". On the contrary, they suffer stress and fear and the agony of mashed innards and broken bones when caught.

Philip Kiernan,

Irish Council Against Blood Sports



fete day

A REMINDER that Rathmichael Parish and School Fete will take place in Rathmichael School Grounds in Shankill on Saturday September 3 from 12pm to 4pm.

•o'neill by email

4pm.communvipARISHveryadvertise the fact that our annual Rathmichael Parish and School Fete will take place in Rathmichael School Grounds in Shankill on Saturday 3rd September 2011 from 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m. Also please include "Find us on Facebook". There will be toys, books, refreshments, games, cakes, jams, white elephant, good as new clothes for adults and children, baby equipment, bottle stall, kids playground, children's fancy dress competition, a jazz band and a grand raffle.







Phone numbers for reference are Rathmichael School 01 2824794 and my mobile 086 1503701.







Many thanks







Trish O'Neill



for the Fete Committee

Rathmichael Parish and School Fete will take place in Rathmichael School Grounds in Shankill on Saturday 3rd September 2011 from 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m. Also please include "Find us on Facebook". There will be toys, books, refreshments, games, cakes, jams, white elephant, good as new clothes for adults and children, baby equipment, bottle stall, kids playground, children's fancy dress competition, a jazz band and a grand raffle.







Phone numbers for reference are Rathmichael School 01 2824794 and my mobile 086 1503701.







Many thanks







Trish O'Neill



for the Fete Committee

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Con Houlihan is not very consistent in his condemnation of in his condemnation of



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