Saturday 16 December 2017

A little belief

•It's Monday morning in Wellington city centre and what's left of the Irish walk by with their heads down, a look on their faces as if their hearts have been ripped out and stamped on -- but they are still proud enough to be wearing their green jerseys.

I know, I know, nobody died. But the devastation of it all stems from a belief that we Irish aren't used to after years of job losses and bailouts and worse news after bad news.

Back in the big city of Auckland, where nobody ever thought the Irish of all teams could defeat the Aussies, we, the supporters, became celebrities to the Kiwis, who would repay us by filling in the green at the stadiums of the following games.

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