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Irish Mirror
Vincent Whelan

RTE GAA pundit Ursula Jacob hits out at personal abuse aimed at her after Clare vs Kilkenny game

Ursula Jacob has hit back at what she calls 'nasty, tasteless comments from faceless cowards' after being subjected to harsh personal criticism by a popular GAA account.

The RTE analyst shared a screenshot of the since-deleted story before standing up for herself in the wake of the out of order attack which had said 'We give out about the games being on SKY but thank god the option is there to turn off Ursula Jacob.'

She wrote: "Usually I never entertain and give keyboard warriors an ounce of time or thought but sometimes enough is enough and standing up for yourself is more important than constantly just putting up with nasty, tasteless comments from faceless cowards.

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"Firstly, I am a proud female and proud Wexford woman, who just happens to have a Wexford accent too. Shock horror!

"I am and will ALWAYS be forever proud of where I come from so I'm not going to start now or try changing my accent anytime soon.

"I'm well aware that being on a public platform you are always open to debate and discussion and not everyone will always like you.

"I've also no problem with anyone disagreeing with any comments I make while working with RTE or on the Sunday Game, that's part and parcel of the job.

"What I do have a problem with is an anonymous person/people setting up a page trying to create headlines out of nothing, facilitating nasty personal attacks and once again targeting another female pundit or presenter.

"Have we seriously not just moved on with the times or are we still stuck in the past?

"I have and always will be proud of what I have achieved as a player but also know that I can back myself as a pundit who is knowledgeable in both hurling and camogie.

"I'm not into tokenism or making up numbers. I am there because I have a voice and can give an informed and educated opinion.

"Lucky for me I am a strong woman who has a brilliant support network who always have my back and are super proud of me but I would seriously encourage anyone who thinks about writing something nasty, tasteless or personal about ANYONE on a social media platform to THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE.

"At least I am brave enough to stand by my opinion on national television whereas some faceless coward has to hide behind a keyboard to try promote nothing but pure nastiness and bullying!

"But as my wise mother has always said to me 'If they are talking about you, they must be worried about you!'

"Lastly, I'd like to thank the overwhelming number of people who have continued to support me, their positivity will always outshine the few narrow-minded individuals."


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