Declan Lynch: Paddy has caught a break at long last
Dunne's magnificence in Moscow propelled Ireland's game into a different sphere, writes Declan Lynch
Will Paddy ever catch a break again? For a long time now, we had been asking this question. And as each new day seemed to bring some fresh disaster, we knew full well the meaning of the line: if it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.
Hell, even when Dominique Strauss-Kahn found himself in that spot of bother, it somehow turned into another bad bounce of the ball for Paddy, when we learned that the IMF with the Frenchman still in charge would have been on our side in the great macro-economic game. Yes, even when some rich French type goes bonkers in a Manhattan hotel room with a woman from West Africa, ultimately Paddy is the one getting screwed.
Which is why it felt so strange last Wednesday night when the news came through about Armenia beating Slovakia, a result which we thought could never happen, simply because it would have been good for us, and nothing ever happens any more that is good for us.