Euro 2016 feels different and we should dare to dream despite nightmare draw
Forget religion, booze or even opium itself - sport is the real opium of the people and while we tend to go overboard with our claims that we are the best fans in the world, nothing can bring this country to a screeching halt quite like a massive match.
I've never bought into the notion that the Irish football team helped to create the Celtic Tiger. It's too glib and open to factual rebuttal. But it would be wrong to deny any links between how well our national team performs and how the national mood, and in turn, the economy, can be both elevated and deflated by the results.
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