Radio reviews: Shane Coleman cutting through America’s Cup guff like a catamaran


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The strange case of Ireland’s ambition to host the America’s Cup teaches us a few things about how the world works. For starters, that wasn’t really the ambition of all of Ireland as such, just people like Simon Coveney and the other Cork boaters for whom it has always been a beautiful dream.

And this dream was sold so well at the beginning, mainly at RTÉ. A Six One News The report said the America’s Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup – and that a successful bid could bring the economy up to € 600 million. .

So the PR game had won a massive victory over the truth, in what was a race even older than the America’s Cup.

At the time, I pointed out in this article that these claims were obviously ridiculous, but it wasn’t until last week that the issue really started to air on mainstream radio – which is of course another. example of how the world works except we usually call it earlier than that.

Progressing quickly, Shane Coleman on Current affairs lunch called him perfectly. He insisted that if you went out on the streets and asked someone about the America’s Cup, they would hardly know what you were talking about. He had heard of a TV audience of 900 million, when a more reliable global figure had narrowed it down to something closer to 70 million.

Not 900 million, not even 700 million, more like 70 million. And not 600 million euros in benefits for the economy, rather 200 million euros, to which the Irish government may have to contribute to secure this event which most of us have thankfully ignored forever.

Coleman went through this one like a deep sea catamaran, looking for our old friend, a cost benefit analysis. He mentioned the words ‘Finn Harps’ to illustrate how much EUR 200 million could be of use to needy Irish sports. Yet there was also a strong counterpoint from Ciara Kelly, who argued that maybe we need to attract the high-end type of person to Ireland as well, that the € 200million could ultimately pay off.

But the really fascinating thing was how such blatantly false impressions of the stature of this event were created in the first place and stayed there for weeks.

The same day Coleman called him, Today with Claire Byrne eventually caught up with this one too, debating the wisdom of poor Paddy who offered this 200 million euros for a yacht race that was originally declared to be essentially a gift to us, of 600 million euros .

A great swing there, not far from a billion – although there was no mention on Claire’s show of how RTÉ originally presented this scenario, in which the Irish were being told something. that we knew deep down to be wrong, but had accepted on some level because…. because we assumed we must somehow have missed out on this global enthusiasm for high class yachting?

Or maybe the trick is that it’s a potential A TV audience of 900 million, which is only achieved if people can actually bother turning it on – something hundreds of millions of people apparently don’t.

Shane Coleman got it – and the next day the government got it too.

Again, many of us only believe what we want to believe. So we turn to Audrey Carville Morning Ireland interview with Mary Lou McDonald at Sinn F̩in think-in Рdespite ample evidence that some of the thinking has already been done, by other people, elsewhere.

There was no question in this interview of the nationalist ideology of Sinn Féin, which amounts to covering the Greens a bit without speaking of the environment. This would always favor a Sinn Féin leader, because as they prepare for government they would rather talk about their “policies” on pensions and the like, rather than their more colorful visions.

Yet what should have been a soft interview has become quite difficult. Indeed, I’ve even started to identify with Mary Lou, because she seems to spend so much time thinking about pensions and other trivial matters as I do.

“I can’t give you a number on that yet,” was a characteristic response.

Try 600 million euros … 900 million … it usually works.

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