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IRFU needs to stand shoulder to shoulder with its 'patrons'

Neil Francis


People who backed the game here with their cash should get a break in time of crisis

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One for all: Peter O’Mahony makes a lineout catch in front of a packed house against Wales – the IRFU must ensure it repays the loyalty of its supporters, especially ten-year ticket holders. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

One for all: Peter O’Mahony makes a lineout catch in front of a packed house against Wales – the IRFU must ensure it repays the loyalty of its supporters, especially ten-year ticket holders. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

One for all: Peter O’Mahony makes a lineout catch in front of a packed house against Wales – the IRFU must ensure it repays the loyalty of its supporters, especially ten-year ticket holders. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

A patron in a sporting sense is someone who is a paying guest. In the art world it is someone who endorses somebody who they think has talent. A patron saint is a guiding or protecting saint who gives special help from heaven to a worthy cause, place or people.

The people who watch the Masters at Augusta are also referred to as patrons. This term has been greeted with derision across the world except for here in Ireland, where the paying public at GAA matches are also referred to as patrons - you couldn't possibly point your finger in a disparaging fashion at them now could you? On the flip side, in any book I have read or film I have watched about Pablo Escobar - everyone calls him patrón … or they die.


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