There is a wee drop of madness sweeping the county here.
Katie Taylor is from the north end of the county and is down for an Olympic medal in boxing [though no one knows which one, yet].
Now Don’t get me wrong. I’m delighted for her. She has obviously been working towards this for a while, so whatever medal she wins, I say well done, even if it is for boxing.
For some reason though the whole county has gone mad as if the fact that she lives in their geo-political area somehow reflects on them. What is this strange tribal force that says I have to support someone because we share an approximate postal address?
There are banners and flags all over the county. They are all home made and generally carry the same message. There are “Come on Katie” banners, and the rather strange “Up Katie” ones, which could be misconstrued? There was even one I noticed, that had obviously been scrawled by a Texter – “Cum on Katy” which may have been a word of encouragement or a fetishist’s dream. Seeing is it is highly unlikely that Katie Taylor is ever going to see any of these [and in the case of the last one, it’s probably just as well] I don’t really see the point.
Frankly I find it rather sad that the only sport at which we seem to excel is boxing. I am no great fan of that “art”, as really it all boils down to two people trying to knock the shit out of each other. That’s all well and good outside the pub at closing time, but I can’t see it as a “sport”, and declaring to the world that it’s the only thing we are good at is a tad embarrassing.
All I can hope for is that some Irish person or team can win something at a sport that is a little more honourable.