Earlier this year, managers Eamonn Fitzmaurice, John Kiely, Micheál Donoghue, Jeffrey Lynskey and James Horan all spoke of the abuse, anonymous of course, they had received at various stages, either on social media or through the post.
Two weeks ago, referee James Owens (Wexford) talked of the nasty comments fired in his direction following last year’s Cork-Waterford All-Ireland hurling semi-final.
He advised family and friends to stay away from social media.
“If your family is suffering from decisions you make, it’s going to affect you in a way as well, but that’s social media for you. I can’t do a whole lot about it,” he said. Indeed.
Last week, Roscommon County Board concluded a statement on problems that arose over the appointment of a football manager by noting that “some of the public commentary on social media has been extremely unhelpful.”
The sentiments expressed by all of the above are, no doubt, correct but highlighting them merely feeds the social media monsters who crave a reaction.
Nothing frustrates them more than a feeling that their cowardly musings are seen as irrelevant trash that’s binned the moment it arrives.