A few years ago, I went to see a particular singer in concert. As soon as he started, the entire audience was amused. A lot for that.
hen, I went to see an opera at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The chairs on the rafters were placed so far that the size of the stage was reduced to the size of a postage stamp.
Watching races in Cheltenham the day before, all I could see was a sea of umbrellas large enough to shelter an allotment, interspersed with giant crests the size of crate caps.
Type created The wind blows barley into a comedy.
I suppose you could stand in the back and watch it on the big screen. A great day?
It’s Really a ‘Nearly Nationwide’ Broadband Plan
Sure NBI (National Broadband Ireland) is misbehaving as “Country” when it should be ANBI – Almost nationwide. I live in a rural area where my side of the road will get their broadband while I won’t!
Gowran, Co Kilkenny
Maybe we need to take control of our energy supply
Read reports of an increase hit in energy (‘Bord Gais move to push current fees to €300 is a ‘price gouging'”, Irish independence, March 17), I stress that this inevitably raises the need for debate about whether to re-nationalize the electricity and gas supply. Can we really afford to continue to allow private institutions to pursue profit, control access to these important social goods?
Rathedmond, Co Sligo
Ireland was not neutral during World War II
Hugh Duffy (Irish independence, Letters, March 17) tells us that Éamon de Valera’s policy of neutrality saved us during the Second World War. In practice, however, Ireland had quietly supported the Allies. De Valera authorized staff in the Irish embassy in Berlin to spy if they wanted to.
The German and Japanese POWs held at Curragh numbered around 250, and any British pilots found on Irish soil were provided with food and shelter, allowed to refuel and then continue on. journey to the destination.
Regular weather reports were provided to the British, which greatly aided them.
The successful D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, largely due to accurate weather forecasts coming from Blacksod Lighthouse off the coast of Mayo.
Some 70,000 Irish men served in the British armed forces during the war years, 700 of whom will continue to be adorned for their efforts after the war. Furthermore, there were 200,000 Irish men and women employed in factories and mills in England during these years, which was essential to the war effort. Remittances from the UK were a big boost to the Irish economy during these very skinny years. Estimates vary between £5 million and £7 million per year.
Ireland was a friendly brother to the Allies of Great Britain during World War II, and Britain has always been Ireland’s big brother.
Missed the chance to show everyone our amazing talent
After After two years of absence, I look forward to sitting down to enjoy the great event. I have a feeling that it would be more special to make up for lost time.
Yes, it looks like it does all the magic – if only we, the viewers, could hear and see it properly.
What we got was presenters talking to each other and interviewing people performing somewhere while bands marched and performed and performers were trying to entertain us. but is blurred out in the background.
Take into account the amount of travel, expenses, talent, hard work and sacrifice hundreds of people put in to make this parade happen and what do viewers get in return? Everything but the music, the workmanship, the entertainment value, from where I sit. Let’s stop the petty chatter, the rushed, often pointless photos and showcase the talent we can broadcast worldwide on our national holiday.
Ennistymon, Co Clare
Ennis witty recalls when Charles was stabbed in the body
The photo of Prince Charles playing the Bodhi tree (Irish independenceMarch 16) reminds me of industry legend Séamus Ennis (who doesn’t seem to be a fan of the instrument) saying that the best way to play it is… with a pen knife.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/race-to-the-bottom-as-crowds-ruin-so-many-great-spectacles-41459732.html Race to the bottom as the crowds spoil so many great spectacles