Brian O''DriscollI-2000


For the weekend that’s nearly in it.

March 19, 2000.

Ireland is gorging on foreign direct investment, near full employment and mounds of cocaine flown in by private jet.

A nation turned its lonely, puffy eyes to Paris.

Where a stocky tyke in a loose-fitting Irish jersey and tinted highlights entered the hairy cauldron of the Stade de France.

He was a very modest 21.

“I won’t say the French played poorly. We just hung in with them and emerged the better team on the day,”

To top off a great weekend Geri Halliwell’s ‘Bag it Up’ hit number one in the Irish charts.

Bon times.

(BOD pic: AP/Ticket pic: Rugby Relics)