Irish Rugby…. come on lads!

September 16, 2007

Ireland 14: Georgia 10

Oh dear … and what a display. Stuck in my armchair I regretted the decision not to watch this match in the nearest pub! I was in bad need of a pint to calm my nerves as the Georgians went ahead after scoring their first ever try in the World Cup. Boy…. those guys really threw everything they had at the Irish. And the lads looked rugbyball.gifcompletely lost. Brian O’Driscoll looked totally shell-shocked as wave upon wave of Georgians, most from French second division rugby clubs, battered the Irish defence unmercifully. The Georgian players seemed to be operating on some high octane fuel that the Irish lads didn’t have access to.

By the time the referee blew the whistle for full-time I was almost as exhausted as the Irish team looked after a magnificent display of defence. Eddie O’Sullivan did a great job keeping his calm in the upper reaches of the stands but god only knows how he must have been feeling.

So… what happened? What has gone wrong? Can the Irish team rally in time to meet France and Argentina?

Gulp……. I’m off to book a seat in the pub for the next match anyway!


Anthem… sure, what’s in an anthem?

August 24, 2007

Well… (sigh) here we go again with all the usual positions being adopted in the current re-run of Northern Ireland sporting fixture between the “Soldier’s Song” and “God Save the Queen”. Of course this saga has been played rugby2.jpgout many times – see this interesting account for a pretty balanced view of the various twists and turns of the history – and is there really an answer? Do we really want to find one!

Sure….. the television air time taken up by the debate could be used to cover something important instead – like the impending disappearance of the bee population – and the time spent by politicians representing our various views could be spent instead on figuring out what to do about:-

the disturbance of student parties in University land!

the flaunting of dangerous dogs in Northern Ireland.

– the continuing use of petrol attacks on ordinary people sleeping in their own homes.

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