A chara, - Mr Robert O'Sullivan (January 22nd) is unnecessarily pessimistic in what he says about the Irish rugby team's defeats - glorious defeats - and the recent "mega-glorious" defeat against France.

Can we not agree with Bill O'Herlihy and Tony Ward when they proclaimed on Network 2 that we had a moral victory against France? Let's now be optimistic and look forward to a Grand Slam of such moral victories in the coming weeks. - Le meas,

The Batteries, Athlone.