Let's celebrate a sporting banquet
We have been treated to a weekend banquet of sport across all of the four codes which matter to the majority of the Irish nation.
Croke Park was twice filled to capacity for showcase games of Gaelic football and then hurling; our national soccer team did their Euro 2016 qualification prospects no harm at all; and our rugby side posed many talking points as they went down to the "old enemy" at Twickenham, ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
The hurlers of Galway battled hard to give the Liam MacCarthy Cup its first trip west of the Shannon in 27 years. But, after a fine first-half display, those princes of hurling, Kilkenny, asserted themselves and got the upper hand to retain their All-Ireland title.