For the weekend that’s in it.

Ireland Vs Scotland.

Lansdowne Road, Saturday, February 19, 2000.

Ireland took to the pitch with a quintet of debutants, among them, Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer (airborne above), hoping to break a 12-year-long record of defeats.

The victory would usher in a golden era for Irish rugby.

Gerry Thornely, in the following Monday’s Irish Times, wrote:

And with one bound, Ireland were free. Just like that. It’s amazing what a bit of pace and variation, a bit of old-fashioned aggression and a little of confidence and luck can bring. But what a day, what a metamorphosis.

It was scarcely credible really. The sun shone for once gloriously on this normally overcast fixture, Lansdowne Road rediscovered its spirit and even the singing was good.

Any excuse

Ireland v Scotland: 10 Things You Really Should Know (Irish Times, February 21, 2000)

Pic: Getty


This afternoon.

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Scotland rugby fans , from left, Dave Cockburn, Fran Costello, Stevie Douglas all from Edinburgh about to be horrifically overcharged for liquor.


16 thoughts on “Iron Brew

    1. rotide

      Do you hate all Austrians because of hitler?

      Do you hate all movies because of harvey?

      Do you hate all women because of Thatcher?

      Or do you just make sweeping generalisations based on the current outrage ?

  1. Cian

    Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer?

    P’ah lightweights the two of them. They’ll never get anywhere in rugby! Too small by half.

      1. rotide

        Great question. I’m going to guess no and am off to wikipedia to find out

        Edit: He is by a milimeter apparently. 1.71 and 1.7 respectively

      2. Cian

        yes (according to Wikipedia) by a whole ½ inch. 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Vs 1.71 m (5 ft 7 ½ in)

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          DUH. I’m deleting my stupid post as I took rotide’s millimetre thing to heart: it’s a centimetre, rotide.

  2. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    Do they wear kilts everyday in their part of the United Kingdom? Buffoonery. They deserved to be overcharged on dress sense alone.

  3. Otis Blue

    Interesting to see how things have changed over the years. In 1998,12 of the Irish team that lined out against the Scots, played for club sides in England.

    Professionalism and all that.

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