Vincent Hogan: Sad farewell to rugby's emotional Croker union
Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00
It was a pity that the final, memorable acoustic of rugby in Croke Park should be a cacophony of jeers for a visiting goal-kicker. Dan Parks may or may not have noticed. His winning strike was such a brazen read of the wind, chances are he heard nothing at that moment beyond some inner voice preaching cold procedure.
Still, the din was ugly and disappointing. It spoke of a loss of grace brought on by the realisation that this Triple Crown maybe wasn't to be grasped from the cheap shelves after all.
You wonder how we'll remember it all in our dotage. Ireland's four years in Croker were book-ended by two defeats that cost the team silverware, yet it was ultimately a time of plenty. They played some wonderful stuff and carried themselves impeccably.