Tuesday 20 February 2018

Kate Rowan: Things to do on our return to Paris that will inspire us to victory at a thawed-out Stade de France

Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris

IN the Oscar nominated Midnight in Paris Owen Wilson plays a weary writer seeking inspiration from the City of Lights. He yearns to walk the streets in the rain in a desperate search for inspiration and escape from life’s more mundane aspects. Whether we like it or not the Irish rugby team will have spent two weekends there by the end of this Six Nations tournament as a result of the cutting chill rather than soft romantic showers.

Although this is a terrible inconvenience, some of the French capital’s sites and landmarks serve as reminders of the positive attributes this Irish side already possess despite the loss to Wales and the postponement of the match in the Stade de France.

This all may seem a little bizarre but this idea was sparked upon reading a tweet sent last Friday by Ireland and Leinster loose-head prop, part-time painter and art enthusiast Cian Healy expounding on the virtues of one of Paris’ many cultural and artistic focal points “Centre Pompidou is seriously cool… great time alone to think and just enjoy.”

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