Our World Cup heroics
NOT perhaps since Cu Chulainn slew the fearsome hound of Culainn by the means of a sliothar has a sporting establishment had to swallow so much as the English did yesterday when the Irish cricket team made history.
Most of us might glaze over at the finer points of "leg before wicket" but we recognise heroics when we see them and the exploits of Johnston, Mooney and O'Brien might rightly be seen as the best thing we have seen since the invention of the sliced pan.
Even their most faithful followers must have had their doubts. The English regard cricket as the last bastion of quintessential Britishness.