Ireland V England at Croke Park

Ireland played England in rugby at Croke Park yesterday, and Ireland won, 43 points to 13!

This was an historic occasion. Landsowne Road, where rugby and soccer matches are normally played is being renovated. Croke Park is the headquarters of the GAA, the native Irish sports of football and hurling. Playing “foreign sports” there was like someone desecrating holy ground. Not that that stopped American football being played there a few years ago. I guess some sports are more foreign than others. It literally took years for this to happen. I kid you not. Year after year, the issue of “foreign sports” came up at GAA meetings and it was only recently they allowed them in. Bravo!

Anyway, to pile insult upon injury, the first second rugby game there would be Ireland vs England. Republican supporters were up in arms during the week. “800 years!” “Bloody Sunday!” “1916!” “Black and Tans!” Imagine, “God Save The Queen” would be played in Croke Park? It’s hard to fathom but it’s all over now.

This is the closest I got to the match. We were in town, I wandered around a bit with my camera before heading home and watched a DVD, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. What a wacky film. I loved it! Yes, I don’t have much of an interest in sport.

17 thoughts on “Ireland V England at Croke Park

  1. The first game played there was actually Ireland – France two weeks ago on 11th Feb. Now that one was emotional, never seen so many players shedding a tear during the anthems…

  2. The first time the English National Anthem was played in Croke Park was during the Special Olympics. People tend to hype things out of proportion at times

  3. Actually, I heard on the radio a few times already that “God Save the Queen” wasn’t played at the Special Olympics at all. A quick Google search took me to this page where Deiseach says, “I’m pretty sure the simple answer is ‘no’. If every country that competed had had their anthem played, they’d have been there for days.”
    Even the Guardian repeated that the anthem was played at the Special Olympics too so it’s a pretty widespread misconception.

  4. “Republican supporters were up in arms during the week.”

    That’s not true at all, the vast majority of Republicans either supported the the playing of God Save the Queen or simply didn’t care. Other than hearing about some loony RSF members protesting outside the ground, I don’t know of a single Republican who opposed the playing of the English anthem.

  5. “Republican supporters were up in arms.”

    Oooh… wouldn’t have phrased it that way myself.
    Weren’t all arms decommissioned? :)

    Love the site btw

  6. Does anyone know where I can purchase a DVD of this match. I have a dear Irish friend who was travelling on “Bloody Saturday” and would love to keep it for imortality, and doubtless trot it out at every oportunity.

  7. “OH ,come on you boys in green” What a win for the Irish and hard luck to the English the boys in green just wanted it more.!!!

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  9. God Save the Queen was NOT played during the Special Olympics. It just goes to show how if something is repeated often enough it becomes truth. The Union Jack was displayed as the British team came out. That was it. How this myth was let propagate is beyond me.

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