•It has often been said that sport is the toy department of human life, but I think anyone who was fortunate enough to have watched Ireland fell Australia, or who saw the Dubs conquer the Kingdom, would agree that this was far from child's play.
With the nation -- and, arguably, the entire continent -- struggling to keep from going under, the exploits of a few dedicated athletes lifted the siege momentarily.
They gave us a precious spark of hope.
I do not view sport as an escape; I believe it is the most accessible outlet the common man has ever had to grasp a dream.
Even Caesar recognised its power; he held the people in check with promises of bread and circuses.
It was his way of enabling the plebs to touch the imperial mantle of greatness.
These are still early days, and everyone would do well to remember that talent wins games but teamwork wins championships.
People have always admired effort and achievement and abhorred apathy.
The Dubs have reached the Promised Land.
The Golden Generation has been given the opportunity to go platinum.
In such ways, mere mortals get to walk with gods.
G G Wright
Dalkey, Co Dublin