Fair Play For Nobber


Sir, - Having irritated BMW drivers, Kevin Myers feels the need to ingratiate himself with them. His attempt to do so (An Irishman's Diary, February 5th) is admirable, but contains a serious flaw.

There can never be any circumstances which justify the trivialisation of Nobber. For the wrong reasons your Kevin concludes that it would not be appropriate to refer to that fair village as the Venice of Meath. He is quite right. Nobber is the Florence of Meath.

The fact that greyhounds were being trained there with the aid of mechanical hares long before rural electrification was introduced merely shows that the place was light years ahead of the field.

Little Nobber, with its big heart, treated so carelessly by Kevin Myers, has produced many distinguished people including an attorney-general, a professor of archaeology, doctors, surgeons and public servants, not to mention a major contributor to the arts, Turlough O'Carolan. Do you think that you could prevail on Mr Myers to be a little more careful with his comparisons? - Yours, etc., T. J. O'Reilly, Curraheen, Greystones, Co Wicklow.