THERE

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

are pre­cisely two ways to deal with vile, abusive and ob­vi­ously un­wel­come let­ters, text mes­sages, emails, so­cial me­dia com­mu­ni­ca­tions, or what­ever.

1. If they con­tain a threat or any­thing that, within rea­son, causes con­cern to your or yours then off with you to your lo­cal friendly garda sta­tion – and let the boys and girls in blue take it from there.

2. For all the rest – it’s the bin. All this talk about how some of our elite sports per­son­al­i­ties have been vic­tims of such out­ra­geous abuse leaves me un­con­vinced – and, frankly, not a lit­tle bored.

For­mer foot­ball man­ager Éa­monn Fitz­mau­rice was on about it as he quit the Kerry job. His com­plaints about of­fen­sive com­ments to GAA play­ers from cer­ti­fi­able and wholly inadequate weirdos were echoed by oth­ers dur­ing the days that fol­lowed. But, as Tony So­prano was in­clined to won­der, what­ever be­came of the strong, silent type – like Gary Cooper of the cow­boy movies? What Tony, left, was get­ting at was for­ti­tude, a strength of char­ac­ter to get on with it, know­ing that there are nut­ters out there with noth­ing bet­ter to do than vent be­hind the veil of anonymity. Their re­ward should be plenty of ‘no-no­tice’. They de­serve to be ig­nored as en­tirely ir­rel­e­vant.

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