We’ve been a bit starved of sporting success in this country in recent years. Italia 90, Olympics 92, and Atlanta 96 are all distant memories but yesterday we had an Irish victory significant enough to go into the history books and lift the nation. Our national rugby team, under achievers for lat last decade at least, finally put their fears of winning to bed and conjured up perhaps our greatest achievement in rugby ever.
I for one expected the usual narrow and unlucky defeat but moral victory and a crippling inability to shoulder the favorites tag that Ireland as a nation commonly shows on the sporting field, but everyone you listened to before the game from people on the street, to TV pundits to the team themselves showed an unusual but inspiring confidence and that seems to have carried the team through.
Lets hope it has an uplifting effect for all of us on an economic downer in a similar way that the success of the national soccer team had in the late 80’s and early 90’s just before the start of the CT!?