One of New Zealand’s largest news websites is busy publishing clickbait articles describing the Irish as ‘rugby’s new whingers’. Don’t read the comment sections if you are thin skinned (or indeed, a whinger) and Irish…
The era of the baggy jersey was drawing to a close and Irish voters kicked the Nice Treaty into touch.
Gerry Thornely wrote:
A hard one to swallow for this Irish team to have given themselves and a throbbing Lansdowne Road a real sight of a famous victory.
The men in black foraged in twos or even clusters, and usually offloaded even before going to ground. You have to wonder if Irish fatigue was a factor in just not getting support ruckers to the breakdown. But Gatland like the players was not having any of it. “I don’t want to repeat myself here, but that’s again down to the intensity they play at week, week out.”
Snatching a draw from jaws of yet another defeat to the all-conquering All Blacks.
When some of the goys played twice a week such was the demands of the amateur game at the time.
Paul MacWeeney reported:
The All Blacks can kick themselves all the way back to New Zealand for allowing Ireland to snatch a draw, with two penalty goals and a try to a goal and a try, six minutes from the end at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Completley inflexable thinking cost Kirkpatrick and his team the glittering prize of becoming the first from their country to beat all four HOME countries on a single tour, and assuming that the captain is the final arbiter of policy once play has started,
Kirkpatrick, one of the greatest forwards of history, must shoulder much of the blame for not ending with a margain of at least 10 points.
From left: Gavin Carey Danny Nash, Ben Mulvey and Hope Glynn with Former Irish International rugby star Paul O Connell in Aldi Terenure at the launch of Aldi Play Rugby.
Aldi Play Rugby is an IRFU initiative aimed at assisting teachers, coaches and parents involved in rugby at primary and early secondary school level to “deliver an introduction to repeated concussion rugby for boys and girls”.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny hijacks joins the photoshoot.
Above, from left: Jamie Heaslip; Sean O’Brien, Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney
Lemon & Duke
Formerly The Grafton Lounge and, during the boom, Cocoon, petrolhead playboy Eddie “The Swerve’ Irvine’s personal fleshpot.
Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper, Dublin 2
Lemon & Duke. Dublin’s newest bar opens today. Good food, tank beer, a unique draught range and a stylish but welcoming vibe, the all new Lemon & Duke is the latest venture by former rugby pros Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip with business partner Noel Anderson, follows their recently extended Ballsbridge [Dublin 4] bar The Bridge 1859.