Thursday 18 October 2018

The craic will save the world

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Dick Spring Chairman, Ireland 2023 Oversight Board, during the 2023 Rugby World Cup host candidates presentations at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Dick Spring Chairman, Ireland 2023 Oversight Board, during the 2023 Rugby World Cup host candidates presentations at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Everybody loves the Irish. You'll never beat us. And when we turn our minds to it, we can do anything we want. We punch well above our weight for such a small country. We are perhaps best known for our craic, for which they come from far and wide.

 In America, crack is a dangerous drug that has devastated whole communities. In Ireland, craic is a euphemism for drink, a dangerous drug that has devastated whole communities. But somehow, we have also managed to turn it into a tourist attraction, our USP. That's partially why everyone loves us, because we're great craic when we're drinking.

Our confidence that you will never beat the craic-fuelled Irish has taken a bit of a dent in the last week. We thought we were going to have the Rugby World Cup here. We hadn't as much money as other countries, and our venues weren't as good, but we had the cead mile failte and the craic, and we were confident that would see us through. But it seems instead they are picking a country based on all kinds of boring metrics. And while we would win if it was based on the craicometer, they're not basing it on the craicometer.

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