Monday 26 June 2017

Calm down, lads, you do realise it's only a game?

Eilis O'Hanlon

THEY say the Irish remember too much and the English too little; but why should the Brits bother remembering anything when they know they'll always have us moaning away next door to remind them? And with the England rugby team's trip to Croke Park creeping ever closer, you couldn't honestly expect us to pass up an opportunity to rub English noses in past infamies once again. H

THEY say the Irish remember too much and the English too little; but why should the Brits bother remembering anything when they know they'll always have us moaning away next door to remind them? And with the England rugby team's trip to Croke Park creeping ever closer, you couldn't honestly expect us to pass up an opportunity to rub English noses in past infamies once again. Hence the plan by Republican Sinn Fein to picket grounds next weekend in protest at the flying of the English flag and the playing of God Save The Queen at "the scene of a massacre of Irish people by British forces in 1920". There were even reports that Northern Secretary, Peter Hain, was considering laying a wreath, or making some other symbolic gesture, to apologise for what his ancestors did to our ancestors all those years ago.

Well, maybe not his ancestors exactly, because he was born in South Africa and didn't come to the UK until his teens, but let's not quibble over details. The point is he's a filthy servant of the Crown and some of us wanted to see him grovel. Both Hain and the Irish Government now deny there were plans to do any such thing, which, on past experience of the two administration's tendency to be "economical with the actualite", probably means it was almost a done deal until the media got wind of it.

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