Saturday 23 March 2019

Dublin 4 was black with All Blacks ... and we heard the Haka

New Zealand All Blacks Fans celebrate a try while watching the match at Paddy Cullens pub in Ballsbridge
New Zealand All Blacks Fans celebrate a try while watching the match at Paddy Cullens pub in Ballsbridge
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They performed the Haka in the heart of Ballsbridge last night as Irish-based Kiwis celebrated their stunning Rugby World Cup victory over Australia with pride.

Paddy Cullen’s famous watering hole in the heart of the south city enclave was ‘black’ with overjoyed New Zealanders.

At the same time, across the city Aussie ex-pats were drowning their sorrows at the Woolpack Bar in Parnell Street.

 The 34-17 win was richly deserved – although the All Blacks came under immense pressure in the final quarter as Australia mounted a comeback of sorts.

All Blacks talisman, Dan Carter, said afterwards: “I’m pretty grateful to be where I am, considering what happened four years ago.

“I’m so proud of the team. To win back-to-back World Cups is a dream come true. It’s a pretty strong group of guys. We try to do things no other team has done before – it’s a special feeling to be part of such a great team.”

But few of the New Zealanders at Paddy Cullen’s were not listening to the all-time great as he was interviewed. Instead, they were performing the Haka.

New Zealand, where rugby is a religion for the people, had captured their Holy Grail once again.

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