RTE’s greatest — 9 Comments

  1. At Wilson’s Hosp prize day the Warden spoke of his 4 Irish heroes: Horace Plunkett (co-ops); Noel Browne (TB); Ken Whitaker (economic dev); Donogh O’Malley (free secondary ed). Good choices, I thought. Only Noel Browne in this top 40.

  2. How could anyone even think of mentioning Steven Gately, Ronan Keating, Colin Farrell and Daniel O’Donnell in the same breath as WB Yeats, James Joyce, John Hume, Dr Noel Browne – even Roy Keane and Phil Lynnott dont warrant a mention either in my opinion but what do I know !! John Hume gets my vote.

  3. But if John Hume, why not David Trimble?

    Linda’s list from Wilson’s sounds more substantial than the one from RTE.

  4. How about Peig Sayers, Thomas O’ Crohan, Sean O’ Crohan Maurice O’Sullivan, I enjoyed reading about their lives and experiences from the Blasket Islands….

  5. I chose John Hume as he is in the top 5. – David Trimble would come a close second if he was also in the mix. Peig Sayers was the bane of many leaving cert students lives over the years – thank goodness she has finally been put out to pasture !!!!

  6. I have A.N. Wilson’s ‘Our Times’ as part of my holiday reading. His chapter on Ireland is probably the weakest part of the book, including factual errors; he describes Hume as ‘weasly’!

  7. What about Harry Ferguson, that inventive Ulsterman – planes, tractors and more besides. He even made it on to a stamp – an Irish stamp. (By the way, Irish commemorative stamps are great.)
    And while we’re being scientific – Robert Boyle – arguably the first modern chemist – from Waterford I think.
    I’ve had dealings with 5 of the final 10 – most of whom were/are very tolerant.
    One of them had a very odd accent. But which one?

  8. Maybe the first, alphabetically.

    Boyle was suggested on the thread on Bock the Robber’s site. I thought Francis Beaufort might be another candidate.

  9. It was Sean McBride – in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens. Joan Ruddock was there too, the then chairwoman/person/whatever of CND (now Labour MP). We were all there saving the world, as you do.

    The women with whom Joan Ruddock was staying were in awe of her smooth hairless legs – no sign apparently of any human agency in their hairlessness. I pass that on, but I don’t really feel qualified to comment further on it.

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