Wednesday 18 January 2017

There's little room for subtlety of argument in sport post-mortems

Gerard O'Regan

Published 24/10/2015 | 02:30

Maybe it was unfortunate that, in the searing emotion ​following​ such a seminal game, Madigan upbraided himself so publicly on television for his performance
Maybe it was unfortunate that, in the searing emotion ​following​ such a seminal game, Madigan upbraided himself so publicly on television for his performance

Once again, it was a week where the battles we fight in the high stakes arena of international sport held up a kind of mirror to the Irish psyche.

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Some unlikely emotions came​ tumbling out, unleashed by the quixotic nature of success and failure in the sporting sphere.

Two images ​in particular emerged from the hope and heartbreak of recent days. The first ​was​ Ian Madigan, place-kicker on our international rugby team, berating himself for the fact those Argentinians had faced us down as we wilted​ under their heady mix of power and panache

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