Hey, leeches, leave this kid al-Eoghan..!

IT was probably inevitable that in a society as broken as this one, that someone would attempt to politicise Eoghan Quigg, the 16-year-old Dungiven boy on X Factor. First, the News Letter stepped up to the mark with its story on ill-informed unionist complaints that Eoghan didn’t attend an armed forces rehab centre with other contestants (he had other commitments). Then, when Eoghan wore a poppy and sang along with the others on the massive single Hero, which is raising money for veterans and is currently topping the charts, out pops some diehard republican killjoy with sinister comments about how this could be a problem for Eoghan and his family. By Sunday, a banner was being carried at the Army’s homecoming parade declaring that Eoghan supported the troops. Presumably the implication was that if a Dungiven lad can then others should too. All rather tragic, putting pressure on a kid just who’s living his dream. Perhaps it was a mistake for the X Factor to choose the cause it did, but the victimising or ‘claiming’ of this talented teenager by the two tribes is both pathetic and sad.

  • Rumours

    Pathetic is the most apropriate word there. The young fella was only about 2 when the first ceasfire was called … what does he know? I was at the protest on Sunday against the RIR march in Belfast but for God sake Eoin has a fantastic talent and is so lucky to be given this opportunity. Leave the kid alone!!!!!!

  • slug

    I hope we can all agree on this. I totally agree with Belfast Gonzos post (apart from the terrible headline !).

    Eoghan seems like a really great guy and his parents are rightly proud. I think he and his family have acted with infinitely more maturity than the groups that are criticising him/them.

  • Jimmy

    Stop the world,I want to get off!!!!

  • Rumours

    I had a wee laugh at the title, lol!! Good spin on his name 🙂

  • Neil

    If Eoghan wishes to wear a poppy, or sing for that charity, or even (as highly unlikely as it is) join the army himself, whose business is it? The boy is in all likelihood from a Republican background, (Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter).

    The boy is the first signs of youth which has grown up with no troubles. He’s behaving as a product of his times, all the time and investment in bringing this place to peace – he’s the product.

    That he decides that the cause of his background comes second to the cause of making money for himself and his family, fantastic and just right. As the man said, you can’t eat a flag.

    As an afterthought, I wonder if the person behind this threat had been handed an opportunity to make millions of pounds when they were sweet sixteen, would their political beliefs have prevented the from doing so? Would it fuck.

  • Dunno about his politics OR his voice, but he looks like an Ewok from Star Wars.

  • Rumours

    I think us discussing this pathetic behaviour gives the dissedents more credance than they ever deserve, the least said about it the better tbh.

  • Yes, leave the fella alone. He’s only a kid, for Christ’s sake. Even if I am supporting Rachel. Followed by JLS…

  • 6countyprod

    Leave the kid alone, you bunch of yahoos.

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    Ah sure this can only be expected! Each mob/tribe trying to claim him. I don’t watch the X Factor at all, but jasus, one has to pity the poor kid and his folks.
    But surely the good sensible and fair minded folk of Ulster can rise above it all!

  • ggn

    I’ll second that Gonzo.

    I think that all people with an IQ over 17 will condemn the attacks from ‘dissident republicans’ on this.

    I would have expected more from the Newsletter, they have a unionist agenda but one would expect that they could have avoiding politically exploiting a child.

  • Driftwood

    That last link to the Sun led me to another of its articles:
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/article1888077.ece

    Great stuff! Good to know the Sun cares so much.

  • deus beus

    I’ve not herd such rubbish since speaking to an RUC man whose kid had a trial for Celtic! (he was wary about the back lash his kid would recieve, both here and there).
    While i must admit a great lothing for the mediocrity that is reality television, I think the Politicisation of this lad and his family is sad.
    Now, if we were having a cultural revolution……….. first against the wall, with Cowell, louis and the Minogue and the Geordie bint!!!

  • Louis

    Eoghan reminds me of a young Jamie Oliver in that picture.

  • Louis

    Eoghan reminds me of a young Jamie Oliver in that picture.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    anyone know why Irish TV channel TG3, which broadcasts the X Factor, have stopped people from the Republic voting this year?

  • Modernist

    Same usual reactionary drivel as usual coming from the newsletter. A unionist version of An Phoblacht. Making a 16 year old a target for sectarian nut jobs…. How much lower can you get?

  • Glencoppagagh

    “Perhaps it was a mistake for the X Factor to choose the cause it did”
    Why? It is a British competition after all.
    Are you suggesting that as such it should pander to Irish republican sensibilities just because one entrant is “perceived” to emanate from such a background.
    Anyway, is there not an equivalent competition on RTE for those willing to trade less limelight for absence of potential political embarrassment?

  • pfhl

    To think he hurls for Kevin Lynch’s, Sluggers most mentioneed club.

  • pfhl

    “Perhaps it was a mistake for the X Factor to choose the cause it did”
    Why? It is a British competition after all.
    Are you suggesting that as such it should pander to Irish republican sensibilities just because one entrant is “perceived” to emanate from such a background.

    Posted by Glencoppagagh on Nov 04, 2008 @ 03:22 PM

    Are you suggesting Irish republicans are the nly ones in Britian who are uncormfortable with the glorification with the war in Iraq? I would suggest there is a significant body of opposition in England including different anti-war groups and of course a muslim population who may also feel uncormfortable.

  • disgruntled of omagh

    phfl

    I think you mistake a charity that looks after the interests of Physically and mentally Injured Kids (and lets face it, thats what most of them are) for one that promotes the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts.

    I would suggest to you that, Irish republican bigots aside, The majority of those who are against the war, are still in favour of ‘our boys’ a being given proper treatment. the only misgining being that its payed for by charities and not the government

    Its about the person, not the politics!
    Think things through in future!!!!

  • Neil

    The majority of those who are against the war, are still in favour of ‘our boys’ a being given proper treatment.

    http://www.irishnews.com/articles/540/606/2008/10/29/601428_361715638185Hardtoes.html

    Yet the same people seem to be quite keen to physically and mentally injure these kids themselves..?! Or perhaps a good kicking is ‘the proper treatment’ to which you refer?

  • Shore Road Resident

    This has been a bit of a disaster for RSF national publicity director Richard Walsh, or “RSF mouthpiece Richard Walsh”, as the front page of the Sunday Life described him (complete with photograph).
    It’s gone a bit quiet from him since. Not such a brave soldier after all, it seems.

  • A N Other

    UMH,

    Don’t know of any channel called “TG3”.

    I do know of one showing X Factor called TV3…

    Maybe you’ve spent too much time watching “Rós na Run@ on the Irish-Language Channel, TG4??…. 😉

  • Shades40

    Ant truth that show bosses asked the family not to wear their GAA tops on saturday nights anymore?

  • 1goat

    Shades40, yes. The tops had the name of INLA hunger striker Kevin Lynch, after whom a Dungiven hurling club is named, on one of the emblems.

    A complaint was made, ITV contacted the family and they agreed not to wear the shirt again. And they didn’t. The family had nothing to do with designing the shirt. The only connection was that Eoghan plays for the KLHC.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    A N Other, aye that’s the channel I was on about TV3.

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “anyone know why Irish TV channel TG3, which broadcasts the X Factor, have stopped people from the Republic voting this year?”

    Ulsters my Homeland…

    I googled this and got the answer for you….

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081012064210AAqZEtL

    Something to do with the ITV watchdog Ofcom and ITV overcharging phone-in viewers!

    BTW, Do you enjoy watching TV3?

  • Barnshee

    “but the victimising or ‘claiming’ of this talented teenager by the two tribes is both pathetic and sad. ”
    Says it all

  • Ms Wiz

    Shades40

    ‘Any truth that show bosses asked the family not to wear their GAA tops on saturday nights anymore?’

    They wore their GAA tops in the tv studio? Oh dear.

    Actually he does look like a ball of fur…

  • DK

    I drove through Dungiven recently – Eoghan posters are everywhere – including flags from cars.

    He’ll not win though – his voice is too weak.

  • dosser

    Ditto – I also had the pleasure of recently passing through Dungiven. I have to say I found the sight of the town draped in 10ft high posters of Eohgan slightly bizarre. Passing tourists must think they’ve wandered into some new version of the Wicker Man.

  • RepublicanStones

    Morons, those who criticise the young fella and those who watch the show. Makes me pine for the days of yonder when i use to settle down on Sat night for my weekly fix of Miami Vice (and Dempsey and Makepeace, Glynis Baber mmmmmm).

    Followed later by V and Sledgehammer of course.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “[i]Something to do with the ITV watchdog Ofcom and ITV overcharging phone-in viewers!”[/i]

    That was a peculiar email sent by Sian Shepherd of TV3. In reply to someone asking her why there is no voting for viewers of TV3, she said:

    “[i]The X-Factor is a UK programme that TV3 simulcast with ITV. We have no control over content as a result.”[/i]- (Sian Shepherd TV3)

    What has the content got to do with not being able to vote?

    “[i]In recent years voting has been available in the republic of Ireland, however due to an incident of overcharging and unregistered votes for previous ITV and Channel 4 programmes in the UK, the regulation of voting lines has become increasingly strict.” [/i]- (Sian Shepherd TV3)

    Waffle

    “[i]Therefore ITV and Offcom in the UK will not accept any votes from outside of the UK.” – (Sian Shepherd TV3)[/i]

    So it’s UTV and offcom to blame? but according to the other poster on that thread, ITV said they have to take the matter up with TV3.

    “[i]BTW, Do you enjoy watching TV3?”[/i]

    It’s not a bad station, some good films. It hasn’t tempted me into buying an Irish passport yet. lol.

  • pat

    ‘It’s not a bad station, some good films. It hasn’t tempted me into buying an Irish passport yet. lol.’

    If you’re looking an Irish Passport, contact Jackie McDonald, he can get them double quick from his mate , the Irish president.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/irish-presidentrsquos-husband-helped-uda-chief–get-fasttrack-irish-passport-14033726.html

  • Ulsters my homeland

    good one pat

  • Richard Walsh

    Don’t worry Shore Road Resident, I’m still here.

    It will take more than that to silence me.

    For the record, I had said that X Factor were to blame for their cynical use of an Irish contestant. It was not young Quigg who I said was primarily to blame for this sick escapade on the part of X Factor.

  • Outsider

    “Perhaps it was a mistake for the X Factor to choose the cause it did”.

    What a load of left wing garbage, typical of the tripe churned out by Slugger.

  • read-it

    ‘It’s not a bad station, some good films. It hasn’t tempted me into buying an Irish passport yet. lol.’

    If you’re looking an Irish Passport, contact Jackie McDonald, he can get them double quick from his mate , the Irish president.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/irish-presidentrsquos-husband-helped-uda-chief–get-fasttrack-irish-passport-14033726.html

    Posted by pat on Nov 05, 2008 @ 03:40 PM

    This McDonald story is a straight rewrite of the Irish News front page the day before, credit where its due.

  • ciaran

    Serves the wee boy right for entering that boring shite of a program.He’ll be in big brother next.