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Volvo Ocean Race Galway Chief Lambasts 'Unfair Sniping'

27th June 2012
Volvo Ocean Race Galway Chief Lambasts 'Unfair Sniping'

#VOLVO OCEAN RACE - Miriam Lord's "sniping" on the Volvo Ocean Race and Global Village festivities in Galway was "unfair, unwarranted and misunderstood", according to the chair of the event organisers.

In a letter to the editor of The Irish Times, Enda O'Coineen (currently racing Green Dragon in the Round Ireland race) of Let's Do It Global took to task the political writer and satirist's article in last Saturday's edition of the paper, in which she opined about the VIP nature of some of the week's corporate hospitality events.

"'Sniping' at a critical time like this damages the work of a small core of professionals and almost 2,000 volunteers making it happen in the heart of Galway," wrote O'Coineen.

"Much of the hospitality is for international corporate visitors who bring business. Our ambition is, once again, to deliver a massive return on investment for our North Atlantic island residents and diaspora."

The VOR Galway head invited the Irish Times writer to "come to Galway and share the vibrance, the energy, the fun and adventure" of the week from 30 June to 8 July.

Lord herself has yet to respond to O'Coineen's comments, but we'd expect something just as wry as her columns.

Published in Volvo Ocean Race
MacDara Conroy

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