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.
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.
Archer Lars Anderson demonstrates the dark art of ‘uncentering’ an arrow on release to bend its flight.
Achieved by a combination of air resistance and a deliberately offset shooting technique, the trick can send arrows around corners, over obstacles and even – with a sufficient headwind – right back to the archer.