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For the weekend that’s in it.

February 2, 1985.

With the country mud deep in recession, a new-look and unfancied Ireland travelled to Murrayfield to face reigning Triple Crown holders, Scotland,

And – helped by a jaw-dropping ‘give it a lash try’ (3.46) – secured an improbable, nation-lifting victory.

The following Monday’s Irish Independent┬ásummed up how pathetically grateful┬áproud we were:

Ireland’s rugby success against Scotland is the kind of fillip people north and south of the border need at a depressing time in our political and economic fortunes. There is no doubt that an encouraging sporting performance of this nature can restore a measure of pride and confidence undermined in this island, by unemployment, and recession, as well as the continuing trauma of the north.”

And the number one song that week?

Oh yes.

(Team pic: Leinsterrugby.ie/ Ticket pic: eBay)