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Editorial: The Blarney army bowls over nation

JUST when we all needed a boost to our national self confidence, along comes Ireland's magnificent cricket team.

Their outstanding performance in Banglalore led to a somewhat unexpected, but still stunning, victory over England.

Big-hitting batsman Dubliner Kevin O'Brien's new World Cup record of the fastest-ever century left seasoned commentators searching for superlatives.

John Mooney, who scored the winning runs, aptly described it as his "Ray Houghton moment".

One of the greatest upsets in cricket history also provided welcome relief for a people bombarded daily with dire economic news.

It is no exaggeration to say they restored Irish pride and showed yet again that sport really does play a key role in the Irish psyche.

Well done the Blarney Army!