After 10 years of hurt, we're there
After a gap of a decade the Boys in Green have qualified for the finals of a major international competition. Next summer, Trap's Men will be heading off for the finals of the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Long before then every credit union manager in the country will be deluged with all sorts of unlikely loan applications as desperate fans attempt to scrape together the money they need to finance their trip to the finals. Thank God Finance Minister Michael Noonan has already announced plans to recapitalise financially stressed credit unions.
The Ireland of 2011 is very different from the Ireland of 2001, when we edged out Iran to reach the finals of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea. Way back then, just after the turn of the century, the Celtic Tiger was merely getting into its stride and the newly wealthy Celtic Cubs were spending like there was no tomorrow.