Following the draw with Montenegro, Eamon Dunphy’s now-customary recitation of Ireland’s sporting pillars featured several noteworthy points:

  • Confirmation, sadly, that Bernard Dunne’s promotion was as temporary as his world title.
  • Henry Shefflin has receded dramatically into an anonymous  coagulation of Cats.
  • A recall, and perhaps an untimely one, for ROG.
  • A shock for Tiger Woods.
  • First known omission of Aidan O’Brien.
  • Acknowledgement finally for Gooch, Star and co.
  • First known inclusion of a member of a different species.
  • The great Katie Taylor boycott drags on.
  • Demonstrably firmer insistence  than usual that  Billo allow the rant draw to a natural conclusion.

The latest litany in full:

“That’s not the beautiful game…”

“But surely..”

“Hold on.. we’ve got the greatest golfer in the world, Padraig Harrington. We’ve got the greatest horse in the world, Sea The Stars. Our rugby team, magnificent. Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, all those great players.

“We see the Kilkenny hurlers. We see the Kerry footballers. I want our sport to give us that kind of buzz.”

“But Eamon…”

“Let me finish Bill. WILL YOU LET ME FINISH…”

“… that kind of buzz, that kind of pride and most importantly of all, that kind of ambition.”

Given, by Tony O’Donoghue, his latest right to reply, Stephen Hunt was succint:

“Give it a rest.”

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