Particular tribute..?

The First and Deputy First Ministers-to-be seem very keen on joint statements at the moment.. despite not, officially, being in office yet. The latest is a congratulatory message, and an invitation to tea, to the Ireland Cricket team.. fresh from their adventure in the West Indies. But there’s something less than statesman-like about the manner of the congratulations.. Adds The statement is hereFrom the Belfast Telegraph report

In the letter to the Irish World Cup cricket team Mr Paisley described their success as “a marvellous achievement”.

“I warmly congratulate the team and pay particular tribute to the Northern Ireland players and their manager, Ulsterman, Roy Torrens,” he said.

While the Deputy First Minister-designate singled out other players..

Mr McGuinness, an avid cricket fan, added: “When these are achieved against the odds and confound all expectations it makes them all the sweeter.

“I am of course particularly delighted to have seen the contribution made to the teams success of local players Jeremy Bray, Peter Gillespie, Kyle McCallan and Andrew White.”

Given the vital roles played by the South African-born coach Adrian Birrell, his deputy and next national coach West Indian-born Phil Simmonds, not to mention the players who qualified to play for Ireland through residency such as captain Trent Johnston and Andre Botha, singling out ‘Northern Ireland players’, or even ‘local players’ [no mention of Boyd Rankin? The O’Brien brothers? Dave Langford-Smith? – Ed], strikes the wrong note entirely.

ANYhoo.. outgoing coach Adrian Birrell points to the way ahead for the Ireland cricket team.

Adds More from Trent Johnston

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  • BonarLaw

    Pete

    Perhaps, unlike a lot of posters on this site, the FM & DFM designate realise their remit is restricted to Northern Ireland.

    Well done the entire team (which was warmly congratulated) but why shouldn’t the local boys get highlighted, er, locally?

  • Oilibhear Chromaill

    I look forward to the day, not too far hence, when these statements will be issued bilingually, in English as well as Irish….

  • Peter

    No doubt Bertie Ahern will congratulate them all, equally as good Irishmen, lol

  • Peter

    Posted by Oilibhear Chromaill

    “I look forward to the day, not too far hence, when these statements will be issued bilingually, in English as well as Irish…. ”

    Don’t forget about Ulster-Scots, oul mucker.

  • oilibhear Chromaill

    I didn’t forget….that’s why I used ‘bilingually’……:-)

  • GavBelfast

    Well I think it’s just lovely!

  • Yokel

    Now it is important that the small fraction of people who actually want to read it in Irish do have the opportunity to do so……

  • darth rumsfeld

    Marty an avid cricket fan????

    Mick will give £50 to the first confirmed sighting of the DFM ( not wearing a balaclava, natch) at Brigade or Glendermott….even at St Johnston. At least John Hume was a half decent spinner..er, perhaps Marty has misunderstood the meaning of the word “spin”

  • I opened an envelope this morning so perhaps Ian and his new mate Marty would like to congratulate me as well.

  • Michael

    Martin has praised cricket before and spoken of his admiration for Andrew Flintof. This is not a unique phenomena. His party colleague, and fellow Derry-man, Raymond McCartney is also an avid fan of the game, as was veterna Derry republican, Sean Keenan.

  • Genuine Snanpshot

    I can’t offer any pictures of Martin at City of Derry or Eglinton or Sion Mills: I can, on the other hand, offer you the names of members of all those cricket clubs murdered by the Provos (prop. Martin McG). Still, why rake that up? Best forgotten, eh? My, even I feel ashamed of the vulgarity in raising doubts about our wee, Art Garfunkelalike prince of peace. What’s that you say? ‘Is there any lie Martin *won’t* tell?’ Well I suppose not. Unless he’s about to confess to being a keen polo fan too.

  • cricketlover

    Fair play to the two boyos and fair play to the Irish cricket team. It was a great achievement and as a Republican I have no bother also being a cricket fan. Didn’t know we had a monarchy test before being allowed to admire the game and the people who play it.

    As for polo, i perfer mine with a hole in it.

  • Peter

    Thanks goodness the english didn’t politicise cricket and try to keep it for themselves.

  • Aaron McDaid

    Genuine Snapshot,
    You seem to be implying that it is somehow more wrong for soldiers in wartime to kill soldiers who happen to be cricketers as opposed to those soldiers who aren’t cricketers. Do cricketing soldiers and policemen have some special rights that I haven’t been informed of?

    So you’re telling me the British troops in Iraq will check Iraqis for cricket membership cards before deciding whether to kill them? Is that what these ‘smart bombs’ do – only kill non-cricketers?

  • Patrique

    My love of cricket, second best game after hurling, comes from my father who was from the bogside. It seems to be a popular game in that neck of the woods, add Eamon Mccann as a follower as well.

    And it is normal for local politicians to concentrate on local players.

  • Genuine Snapshot

    Only ‘war’ in history Aaron where one side cried and cried and cried whenever anyone fired shots back. Can’t have it both ways old son. And now, since your great war hero (who only ever murdered people who deserved it) draws his British salary openly and administers partition while aparently not murdering anyone, you don’t get to have it either way. Poor you.

  • kensei

    “It was a great achievement and as a Republican I have no bother also being a cricket fan”

    As a Republican, no problem. As human being with all my senses in tact, however…….

    “Only ‘war’ in history Aaron where one side cried and cried and cried whenever anyone fired shots back. Can’t have it both ways old son.”

    Actually, being entirely hypothetical, you can. That’s what asymmetric warfare is about.

  • Yokel

    Patrique

    I’d agree, the North West is comparatively big on cricket. The old idea of nationalists playing such an English game was once the subject of a BBC radio documentary.

    Its not a big deal, Indians play it, Paksitanis play it. Its a sport, not an English sport or a garrsion sport or whatever else. It doesn’t carry any real political baggage, its just a sport.

  • Genuine Snapshot

    “Actually, being entirely hypothetical, you can. That’s what asymmetric warfare is about”, um, planet earth to Kensei, your email home has bounced back. It’s neither war not ‘warfare’ if one supposed party to the supposed war or warfare injects to being shot at whilst it itself shoots. That’s just whining.

  • Genuine Snapshot

    My apologies for the mistype: for ‘injects’ read, of course, that next door letter, ‘objects’. Perhaps my subconscious had the UVF’s valuable [sic] community work in mind.

    Duncan Dalton would never have made that mistake.

  • George

    Genuinesnapshot,
    I don’t believe the IRA ever “objected” to their members being shot by the British Army, Sinn Féin did. The IRA took it as part and parcel of the “trade”. Does that make the IRA alright in your book, or at least more “noble” than Sinn Féin?

    The hammering by Sri Lanka took the gloss off the tournament for me.

    The way forward is investment in cricket but there are so many other hands out these days.

    Maybe we could scratch the Maze and some project down south and get north and south to put up 100 million each to fund the greatest cricket academy the world has ever seen.

    It’s about time we decided to pick a sport we could really be good at. Either that or archery.

  • Genuine Snapshot

    Yeah George, of course that satisfies me, because the distinction between Sinn Fein and the Provos is soooooo profound and meaningful [rolls semtex & ballot boxes].

  • merrie

    >>nationalists playing such an English game << Except for Irish football (which Ireland regularly plays with Australia using special International rules) and Hurling (is hurling an international sport?) just about all the other team games Ireland plays against other countries are English games. Soccer, rugby, tennis... and now cricket. That's one thing in England's favour - it is pretty good at inventing games. Not so good lately as winning them. Someone said on the BBC that the English brought rugby to Argentina and left it there.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “Didn’t know we had a monarchy test before being allowed to admire the game and the people who play it.”

    You don’t. But you also don’t need to jump on every bandwagon going. In fairness, I doubt if Big Ian has spent too many warm Sunday afternoons at Waringstown cradling a pint of tepid beer and dozing in his deckchair either. But NIO press officers reinventing Marty as an allround good guy and closet friend of the middle class is just nauseating.How long before he’s judging the flower arranging at the WI? He’s already been in the Ulster Reform CLub FFS!!!!

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Sport and alcohol on the Sabbath day, Mr Rumsfeld? The fires of hell await you.

    Though they couldn’t be much worse than that Sunday in Waringstown you describe.

  • Rory

    “I opened an envelope this morning so perhaps Ian and his new mate Marty would like to congratulate me as well.”

    I for one would like to congratualate The Watchman, I still haven’t summoned up the courage to open the three rather threatening looking envelopes that landed on my mat this morning.

    Rory