RTE expert slams ‘nasty’ online abuse after Sunday match appearance

“I never entertain or give keyboard warriors an ounce of time or thought, but sometimes enough is enough.”

Sunday Game and RTE Hurling analyst Ursula Jacob has slammed the “nasty” and “tasteless” comments she was subjected to online following the All-Ireland semi-finals over the weekend.

Jacob was on duty for RTE during the weekend action at GAA headquarters, but it was after that that she learned of the abuse via a prominent Facebook page.

The tweet in question read: “We say the games are on SKY but thank goodness the option is there to disable Ursula Jacob..”

The comment was included in a post shared on the mentioned Facebook page, which has more than 300,000 followers.

“Enough is enough..”

“That’s enough,” Jacobs replied on social media with a screenshot of the comment. “I usually never entertain and never give keyboard warriors an ounce of time or thought, but sometimes enough is enough and standing up for yourself is more important than just constantly putting up with nasty, tasteless comments from faceless cowards. .

“I am well aware that being on a public platform you are always open to debate and discussion, not everyone will always like you.

“I also have no problem with anyone disagreeing with the comments I make while working with RTE or on the Sunday game, it’s part and parcel of the job.

“What troubles me is an anonymous person or persons creating a page trying to create titles from scratch, facilitating nasty personal attacks and again targeting another expert or presenter.”

“Have we seriously not just moved with the times at all..”

Jacob then quizzed asking if people had “moved on” over time as a result of the abuse she had suffered.

During her playing career, the Wexford hero won 10 Leinster titles with the Yellowbellies and also has four All-Ireland titles to her name after a long 15-year inter-county career.

“Have we seriously not just moved on with the times or are we still stuck in the past?” she added. “I have always been and will be proud of what I have achieved as a player, but I also know that I can support myself by working like an expert who knows both hurling and camogie.

“I’m not into symbolism or making numbers. I’m here because I have a voice and can give an informed, well-informed opinion.

“Fortunately for me, I’m a strong woman who has a brilliant support network who always supports me and who is super proud of me, but I would seriously encourage anyone who thinks of writing something nasty, tasteless or personal on someone on a social media platform to think before you type.

“At least I’m brave enough to stand up for myself on national television when a faceless coward has to hide behind a keyboard trying to promote nothing but pure nastiness and intimidation.

Ursula Jacob

“But as my wise mother always told me ‘if they talk about you, they must be worried about you!’

“Finally, I would like to thank the overwhelming number of people who have continued to support me, their positivity will always be outside of the few narrow-minded individuals.”

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