Despite our vast wealth and privileges, who among us would really want to be a monarch?
Living in the real world is difficult and getting harder by the week, but consider doing it in a fishbowl in the glare of the media and the dreaded social media. Not for all the tea in China or all the gold in Zurich!
The newly crowned Charles III. is welcomed in his new role.
In fact, given his past interest in Ireland, he may be of some use to us, while his elected government seems to care little.
I’m surprised the Queen didn’t want the games to continue
Given the amount of long-term planning that went into dealing with Queen Elizabeth’s death and presumably the instructions she left behind, I’m surprised she didn’t leave a specific inquiry about how the sport would be played out or what else more important is to keep playing.
If anyone is interested I have left instructions on my departure with my rugby club not to cancel anything and if they feel they need a ‘minute of silence’ 10 seconds would be enough as I don’t like to see the boys get it cold.
That and two national anthems!
dr Michael Foley
Rathmines, Dublin 6
Don’t miss your chance to vote for the next head of state
To the people of the Republic of Ireland, your next opportunity to elect a Head of State is in 2025.
We in Britain just got King Charles III. foisted without a single vote being cast.
Democracy in action – not.
London, United Kingdom
Paying €200 for a Garth Brooks ticket hits a bum
It’s hard to believe that 400,000 Irish people could pay up to €200 for a Garth Brooks concert ticket. They could have saved their money and boiled an egg on Christmas Day.
Then it’s time to clean up. How much
will it cost to sweep all those little onions off the stage?
Firehouse, Dublin 24
Life has never been better for Dublin’s cyclists
I read the article on Saturday Irish Independent where cyclists outlined their concerns and fears regarding bike lanes and the poor quality of some surfaces.
While I sympathize with them, I would ask cyclists in Dublin to at least acknowledge the number of cycle lanes that are now in place.
Every street I ride seems to have a bike lane and they cause traffic jams with loss of space for motorists.
However, my main gripe with cyclists is the lack of bells on their bikes and the danger posed to pedestrians in areas with no bike lanes. Cyclists just fly down the street or through the parks or housing developments, sometimes at crazy speeds.
Surely it’s not that hard to get a bell and use it to let us know they’re coming.
The aversion to the Irish language is due to it being forced upon us
Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh (Review, 10 September) theorizes that the aversion to the Irish language in Ireland stems from post-colonial trauma, when foreign invaders and famine led us to associate Gaeilge with poverty. Post-colonial trauma is at the root of the phenomenon, but I suggest that it can be more accurately traced to the experience of having an unfamiliar language forced upon us.
Our invaders did this with the English language, but after independence they were merely supplanted by another ruling elite, which also chose to use coercive methods to impose their preferred language on the populace. These included closing professions such as teaching and law to those without Irish, denying them access to universities and making the language compulsory in schools.
It would be strange if the animosity fostered by a foreign invader’s attempts to impose a language were not repeated if the striving itself was echoed by the native government that followed it.
If Ms Ní Cheallaigh was offended by the negative reaction from dentists and taxi drivers to her decision to speak Irish, perhaps it gives her an insight into the feelings of those whose career paths have been diverted or exported because they were unable to do the same to do. The Catholic Church also avoided Latin in the interest of broader participation and understanding.
It seems that proponents of the Irish language are less progressive.
Darragh Vincent McDonagh
Carnahan, Balla, Co. Mayo
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/would-you-be-a-monarch-not-for-all-the-tea-in-china-41980730.html would you be a monarch Not for all the tea in China