Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Fair play to our proud young citizens of the world

Petty nationalism does not trouble those who have grown up in a different Ireland

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

I WAS, I hope, one of many Irish people who were thrilled and proud when last weekend Dubliner Eoin Morgan, captaining the English Twenty20 (limited-over, three-hour cricket) team, hit a glorious six to draw the series against India.

When he was at my late father's old school, CUS (Catholic University School) in Leeson Street, Morgan's skills as a batsman were honed as a hurler. He played cricket for Ireland, but being talented and ambitious, he wanted to play at the highest level possible and that meant playing for England.

"I've never felt any shame in saying this is what I wanted to do," he told an interviewer in 2010. "And the people at home involved in cricket, they were like, 'Fair play, it's going to be unbelievable if you make it'. So I've never had any shame about this and my father's never had any shame about it."

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