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For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, March 3rd, 1979.

Ireland travelled to Scotland on a weekend when Edinburgh was dry due to a public service employees strike…

Highlights were few and far between.

Edmund Van Esbeck, writing in the Irish Times said:

A few inches of woodwork was destiny’s determining factor at Murrayfield on Saturday. With six minutes remaining, Colin Patterson crossed for a try in the right corner to bring the scores at 11 points all. Ireland’s ace marksman,

Tony Ward took the conversion attempt and the ball followed an erratic path to the posts, struck the upright and fell the wrong side. Thus, it was that, for the first time in three quarters of a century, Ireland and Scotland played a draw with each side, scoring two tries and a penalty goal…..

Laces out Tony.

Six Nations 2017 (RTÉ Sport)



StrangefishIrish hip-hop superteam from the archives

What you may need to know…

01. Strangefish was/is a collaborative effort between Northern emcee Jee4ce, Belfast beatmaker SertOne, and Limrock cutman(s) Deviant & Naive Ted, operational between 2012 and 2013.

02. This self-titled E.P. was assembled inbetween shiftwork and fits of existential crisis in bedrooms in Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh, with ideas and bits flung back and forth over the interwebs.

03. It’s streaming and available for download in the widget above, releasing via Liverpudlian label Fly High Society.

04. The blurb/copy accompanying this record states that this is the “first compilation” from the outfit, implying either more archive material or fresh cuts down the road.

Thoughts: With the recognisable sonic fingerprint of each participant evident, this extended-player provides plenty for Irish hip-hop heads to dig into, while the EP’s digs into psychedelia and playfulness ought to appeal to first-timers.



This afternoon.

President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins meet Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, Republic of Scotland along with Donegal Fine Gael TD, Joe McHugh (right).

President Higgins begins trip to Scotland (RTE)

Via President of Ireland

For the weekend that will be in it.

Saturday, March 15, 1986.

From champions to wooden spoon recipients in the space of a year.

At least Edmund van Esbeck was jovial, he wrote:

Often enough in Ireland’s history of involvement in international rugby, defeat has been a visitor to the door.

So Scotland won and gained a share in the championship with France. Ireland lost and take the wooden spoon, yet, in their play the won the crowds’ admiration, their vociferous support and left us considerably encouraged.


Final score: Ireland 9 Scotland 10

Retro Rugby on Broadsheet.ie


Gordon D’Arcy: Confident Scotland can tear up Ireland’s winning script


Lansdowne Road Nua, this afternoon.

Conor McNamara tweetz:

Bring your kid to Ireland v Scotland in Dublin. Buy them a scarf… Hang on, what? 

Needs more half-and-halfs.


Mind-numbing and spirit-crushing.. but enough about the pundits.

Irvine Welsh narrates RTÉ’s promo for Ireland’s must win European Championship qualifier versus Scotland, tomorrow in Lansdowne Road Nua.

Sick, bhoy.

RTÉ Sport

nicola sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon (top) and the Scottish Nationalist Party.

What’s all that about?

DubEdinburgh writes:

If you readers want to know why Labour were destroyed in Scotland and/or would like to understand Nicola Sturgeon’s appeal to voters please share this short video [from the Leaders’ Debate]. It wasn’t just about Independence. Labour’s policies weren’t progressive enough. Let that be a lesson…


‘This is not the scenario I would have wanted’: Nicola Sturgeon declares war against David Cameron’s Tories (The Daily Mirror)