Wednesday 18 January 2017

Declan Lynch: We're cursed with the luck of the Irish

Even when things seem to be going our way, we can't help feeling a sense of ancient dread, writes Declan Lynch

Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00

WILL poor Paddy ever catch a break again? These were the words of a friend of mine who has emigrated to England, and they were spoken with the deepest pathos.

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They were uttered on the night that both Liverpool and Manchester City were most unexpectedly knocked out of the Europa League, to which the uninitiated may respond: and how is that supposed to be a bad break for poor Paddy?

Well, it's like this -- the final of the Europa League is being played in Dublin this year, in the Aviva Stadium. And if Liverpool or City had made it, there would have been a great outpouring of Celtic soul brotherhood, with much feasting and drinking.

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