As a proud Leitrim person, I wish to reply to the letter printed in last week’s paper. I too am a Leitrim exile living in Kildare for the past thirty years. I have and will continue to support Leitrim football and am proud to do so.
Living in a county where people are passionate about football I have never received “a ribbing” from anyone in my adopted county regarding the Leitrim team’s performance. They, like me, understand that the Leitrim players and management put in the same amount of work and effort as the “more successful counties.”
You ask if it would be the appropriate time for Leitrim to abandon any further activities in football and leave it to those counties that do the game proud? If I may answer your question with a few of my own...
Should we suggest that Ireland don’t compete in the Olympics this year? (They may not win any medals!).
Should we suggest that the Republic of Ireland soccer team don’t bother trying to qualify for the Euros or the World Cup? (The probably won’t win).
Should we suggest that only 6 teams participate in the Premiership in England? (None of the others will win).
Each day the Leitrim panel go out on the pitch we should be so proud of them. It is easy to field (for those successful counties) when a chance of silverware is round the corner. It is a labour of love when you go out there and give your all and take occasional abuse from “supporters.”
Leitrim players do the game proud, they participate with pride. Be proud of our county of birth, enjoy the good days and stick with the team through the tough ones.
Maybe you should support Roscommon. Are they one of the teams that do the game proud? Don’t forget Galway this year!!!).
Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
P.S. We are also so proud of our Colin Griffin and Laura Reynolds who will represent Leitrim and Ireland in London. Best of luck to you both.