After a busy weekend of sport and particularly GAA activity, there is much to discuss. But, today is St.Valentines Day and I want to remind you to do what is necessary to show you affection to the one you love today! Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine.
It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. So there’s no need to take today too seriously, just another day hijacked by businesses that want to take money from you.
Ireland rugby supporters travelled to Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world, last Saturday to watch France play Ireland in the Six Nations Championship. The game was called off minutes before the scheduled kick off because of a frozen pitch. Surely, this should not happen in a professional sport and must have been so disappointing for the travelling supporters who would have paid a lot of money to witness this event.
It didn’t affect me since I was at home and contented myself with watching the closing stages of the National Football League game between Kerry and Armagh, the latter emerging victors. Donegal, who were beaten by Laois in Letterkenny on Sunday, have a small mountain to climb if we are to retain Division status. Donegal were poor in comparison to a very fit Laois team whose forwards were accurate and sharp.
One has to be realistic in pointing to the fact that we are missing key players, namely Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden who were our linch pins last season. Donegal’s focus is still the championship game against Cavan on May 20th. There is a three week break now before the National League resumes. I have no doubt Donegal will reflect on what has passed and will make the necessary adjustments for a very tough campaign ahead.
Racism in sport continues to dominate the news in England. Even if you are not a sports fan, it will have been difficult to ignore the latest episode between Liverpool and Manchester United. Luis Suarez refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra when the two sides met on Saturday. When there are overpaid superstars displaying their prejudices in front of millions of viewers, then this only serves to support the views of xenophobic people and organisations.
What we are witnessing in English football is only a microcosm of what is a social stigma existing in England and indeed in many parts of the world. Last Saturday’s incident made for very uneasy viewing, as was the violence that occurred on the half time whistle between Monaghan and Kildare. So, we have our own issues to sort out.
Black is beautiful and so was Whitney Houston who passed away over the weekend at the age of 48. She was of my generation. I wonder what John Terry or Luis Suarez thought of her. She was a stunning woman with perfect features and had the voice of an angel. Anyway Whitney, “I will always love you”; you were fantastic.
Just a reminder that the first of a series of four Spring races begins on Sunday 19th February at 11am at the Finn Valley Athletic Club.