The Old Sod
I enjoyed very much John Garrity's Ancestral Links (Nov. 17) about Belmullet and its Came golf links. My family, like Garrity's, is from County Mayo. Both my grandfather Peter Heraghty and my grandmother Anne Egan emigrated to America and settled in Worcester, Mass., in the early 1900s. And just as Mr. Garrity's family name was changed from Geraghty, our name was changed to the current spelling of Harrity. I have had the opportunity to play many of the great courses in Ireland, and my favorites are the courses that are out of the way. There is nothing better than pulling up to a club and noting the absence of tour buses, long lines in the pro shop, crowded fairways and too many people at the 19th hole. Two years ago I had the good fortune to take 11 of my friends to Ireland for golf. We played Came, and the guys are still talking about Belmullet. I have already received calls from my friends who were with me in Belmullet exclaiming about what a great article Garrity wrote. I also want to tell him that I am angry with him for letting the leprechaun out of the bag and telling the world about Carne. I hope that this little piece of heaven on earth does not become spoiled with tourists.
JOHN M. HARRITY (Heraghty) Worcester, Mass.
You once wrote that in order to maintain focus, Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden goes so far as to not eat breakfast at the same table as his children (Coach Chucky, Sept. 9, 2002). That kind of determination, to the detriment of his family, helped his team win the Super Bowl last year. When Brandel Chamblee says he is quitting the PGA Tour to spend more time with his wife and children, he is taking actions that will be a detriment to his golf game (So Long, PGA Tour, Dec. 1), but he will win his family's Super Bowl every year.
PHIL DOHERTY, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
President Kennedy's great respect for football and its value to him as a cultural calling card were demonstrated a year before his death when he gave one of his most inspiring speeches at the Rice University football stadium. Kennedy spoke eloquently about increased funding for U.S. space exploration and his goal to land Americans on the moon by the end of that decade. "Why choose this as our goal?" Kennedy asked. "And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?" Then he asked, to the cheers of many in his audience, "Why does Rice play Texas?" (The month after Kennedy's speech, by the way, Rice and Texas battled to a 14-14 tie.)
BOB CULLEN, Baltimore