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.