I have been a Tipp supporter since the time it was possible to cycle to Munster finals and leave an unlocked bicycle on the street.
I am acutely aware that over the past two to three years sport gave us a great uplift even if curtailed: rugby, racing, soccer and much more. The GAA, a wonderful example of real community involvement, gave us something to celebrate. The success of our Tipp minor hurlers, under the stewardship of James Woodlock, was the icing on the cake for us Tipp people this year.
Reading how Colm Bonnar was “relieved of his duties” with the senior side was an embarrassment and made me wonder if our capacity to be grateful, kind and – more importantly – human has been clouded.
I wish him happy days into the future.
Director of services, Alice Leahy Trust, Dublin 8
When official Ireland refers to women who have made real contributions to Dublin life, the heroic Alice Leahy is rarely mentioned.
Alice Leahy has worked tirelessly with the homeless since the early 1970s. She has also contributed to many reports and official bodies dealing with everything from crime to mental illness. Let’s honour this great woman now. Perhaps by building something practical like public wash-rooms for the homeless that are safe and monitored?
Bayside, Dublin 13
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