Why England will always hold a special place as our sporting enemy
The Tricolour flying over Windsor Castle was indeed a sight to behold last week. The incongruity of our flag alongside the Union Jack made for a curious juxtaposition and was a rare sight for Irish people.
While we have reached a new phase in our political and social relationship with Britain, there is another rivalry which is not likely to dissipate or be diluted by our new-found friendship any time soon. And that is the one played out on the international sports field.
Sporting encounters between Ireland and England hold a unique fascination for Irish sports fans. There is something visceral and almost tribal about the encounters.