The year in (short) Letters to the Editor
Is this a first?
Sir, – While browsing in a store in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre on Tuesday, September 25th, I was astonished to hear Bing Crosby crooning his version of White Christmas. Needless to say I beat a hasty, Scrooge-like retreat! – Yours, etc, MARY P WILKINSON, Boleybeg, Barna, Co Galway. (September 27)
Duchess in the sun
Sir, – I was appalled and shocked to see that a woman of Kate Middleton’s education and status was sunbathing! – Yours, etc, ROSEMARY COLEMAN MD FRCPI, Consultant Dermatologist, Blackrock Clinic, Co Dublin. (September 19)
European Ryder Cup victory
Sir, – Surely the question of Rory McIlroy’s nationality has been settled once and for all by his rushed late arrival on the first tee at Medinah (October 2nd).
Whatever he thinks himself, he is clearly 100 per cent Irish. – Yours, etc, PAT GRIFFIN, Ardeevin Court, Lucan, Co Dublin. (Oct 3)
Sir, – Despite groundbreaking work by Bertie Ahern, I think Fianna Fáil should concede that the accolade for “most absurd sentence ever uttered by a politician in the line of duty” must now pass to Fine Gael and Dr James Reilly.
I am not sure if this is a sign of the continued, inexorable decline in Irish politics, or if it’s simply a logistical, logarithmic progression (Miriam Lord’s Dáil Sketch, October 4th). – Yours, etc, LARRY WALSH, Templeville Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W. (October 9)
Changing face of ‘The Irish Times’
Sir, – I am delighted with the new format of The Irish Times. I can now read it in the bath without fear of damp corners. – Yours, etc, EMMET DALTON, Balkill Grove, Howth, Co Dublin. (November 7)
Sir, – Page-size just right. Typography more readable. Paper a bit too thin. News as bad as ever. – Yours, etc, JOHN QUINN, Stradbally North, Clarinbridge, Co Galway. (November 8)
Things I love/hate about Dublin
Sir, – Things I hate about Dublin: 33. The prattling pretentiousness and sneering snobbery of writers to The Irish Times. – Yours, etc, JG LACEY, Lough Atalia Grove, Renmore, Galway. (December 10)
Sir, – Things I love about Dublin: 96. Its generosity in taking the rap on the prattling pretentiousness charge for generations of down-the-country letter-writers like Galwayperson JG Lacey (December 10th) and yours truly. – Yours, etc, DENIS O’DONOGHUE, Countess Grove, Killarney, Co Kerry. (December 11)
E-readers on a roll
Sir, – Could the widespread adoption of rollable e-reading technology (Business+ Technology, December 6th) improve the content? Or is it a solution as to what to wrap our silicon chips in? – Yours, etc, ULTAN Ó BROIN, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. (Dec 10)