Galway v Clare


#1784

Most books about sport are “opportunistic”. When reading books like those two by Sweeney I’d be more interested in whether they’re any use or not. I thought both were pretty entertaining.

I’d have thought that it’s not at all implausible to be both a Sligo Rovers supporter and a GAA fanatic.

As previously stated his newspaper columns are usually dreadful. They’re like something put together in a pub for a pub audience. He’s been phoning it in for years.

Not sure what your beef with Lynch or Morgan is, apart from their varying levels of dislike for the GAA.

Lynch generally writes good columns in a shit newspaper.

If ever anything deserved to be mercilessly mocked, it was “De Valera’s Ireland”, as you put it.


#1785

Maybe so in general about sports books (although I would query this nostrum) but the passage from a LOI fanatic to a GAA fanatic in less than seven years is the quintessence of journo opportunism. If you like those two books, you like those books. I think they are half successful bilge. Then again, my aesthetic standards would be way higher than your criteria.

DM had certain small abilities. DL is putrid on any level. His Sindo columns…? Embarrassing, as per his fluffing of BO’C’s television career. You are way too impressed by someone having a national print column. DL is beyond dreadful.

I realize the vacuities of satirizing ‘De Valera’s Ireland’ represent a touchy point, because you are fond of the small low road. But so it goes…


#1786

I’d be surprised if 1000 people read the Red Army book,

But I know lots of hardcore LOI and GAA fanatics, that’s hardly unusual?


#1787

Maybe there was no passage though, maybe they were always two cars running on parallel lanes on the same carriageway, and one alighted the slip road at one exit, while one got off seven exits later.

If I was impressed by somebody having a national print column I’d be praising Sweeney’s or Eoghan Harris’s or Stephen Collins’s.

I love travelling on both the wide, elevated road, like the one over the Pennines on the M62 or the (Johnny) Brenner Pass, and the narrow, low road like the one out to the local dump on the Headford Road just outside Galway.

The narrow, low road is great for throwing out toxic stuff which needs to be thrown out.


#1788

Crikey, the m62 over the pennines is as unlikeable as it gets. Rochdale to the left, Brady and hindley to the right, and traffic everywhere.
It gives me the creeps.
As you were.


#1789

To be honest I was just trying to think of any sort of big, wide, elevated road, mate.

Maybe it’s proof that the big, wide, elevated road isn’t so beautiful.


#1790

That one isn’t.
I’d be fond of small roads low and high myself.


#1791

We fundamentally disagree. So there is no value in stretching the elastic of this disagreement.

One last thing: Eoghan Harris…? Boring and predictable. The one thing a good columnist cannot be is boring and predictable. A Stickie narcissist turned Neo Liberal narcissist.

More significantly, EH disgraced himself with An Tost Fada (2012), his Peter Hart-derived ‘documentary’. Even John A Murphy, hardly a sneaking regarder, Hush Puppy variety or otherwise, called out EH.


#1792

Eoghan Harris is a gobshite.


#1793

Read him on Sunday first time in about 18 months. He’s all over the shop somehow trying to link varadkar with sf to destroy Martin the only politician who stands up for Ireland kind of thing.
He’s really lost what few marbles he had left


#1794

PM, is that you again?


#1795

Harris lost all cred when he cried for fianna fail in the 07 election


#1796

Too true, amongst many other bells.


#1797

And there we tee totally agree.


#1798

So true… Every Sunday is the same bilge.

Boring and predictable, as mentioned.


#1799

Just when there’s a possible internet haggling match between perceived intellectual heavyweights over the prowess of some quasi-successful “scribe” - in jumps the “I’ve skin in the game here” merchants to ruin the thing.

The internet is serious business. @flattythehurdler you could have kept our beak out of it cos you ruined it. Who gives one solid fuck about the M62.


#1800

Rugby League fans.


#1801

You what mate?