Kevin Myers: It's an Irish characteristic. We are comfortable with failure. It's a familiar condition and it suits us.
Sneering is one of the occupational hazards of journalism. It is also one of the most inexcusable. For no one ever sneered without intending to amuse some by hurting others. Which was no doubt what, sub- consciously, I had in mind in 1992, when writing what is called a 'colour story' about the Ireland-Wales game.
Colour stories, I should tell you, are usually penned by the technically ignorant but adjectivally incontinent. One of the many Irish players who had an off-day that afternoon was Brendan Mullin.
Some of you might not remember the name. Let me try to be adjectivally continent here. Brendan was simply the greatest Irish back for a span of about 20 years: say, between Mike Gibson and Brian O'Driscoll.