Sportsmanship Is Never far Away

A guy walks up to me and says “I really like your Great Sportsmanship Programme – you should talk to my brother I’m sure he can give you a story.” “Why’s that?’ I ask. “Oh,” he says, “he’s a fantastic sportsman himself. He plays Gaelic and Hurling for Limerick.” “Really”  I said “That’s interesting – … Read more

How Sportsmanship Can Change The World

Can a man throwing a spear stop a war? Can a woman reading a poem stop a war? Can sworn enemies become friends just for two weeks every four years? The answer is ‘Yes, Yes and Yes!’ And it’s been going on for some time ….in fact over a thousand years…….. How Sportsmanship Can Change … Read more

2011 Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments

Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments of 2011 Romanian captain, Cristian Petre, who after suffering a 67-3 loss to England,  was asked by a reporter about the game and replied “I play rugby for happiness.”  More The French rugby team won the toss to choose who wears their own home jerseys in the Rugby World Cup Final … Read more

Dignity in Defeat – This Is Magnificent

This is magnificent. An All Ireland Gaelic Football Final between arch enemies Dublin and Kerry went all the way before it was won by the Dubs in the last second of the match in front of 82,500 fans. With the game over, the defeated young Kerry player retrieved the ball, carried it up the pitch … Read more

A Virtual Tour of the Newest Stadium in the Oldest Venue

The oldest international rugby venue in the world, Lansdowne Road, and its brand new 51,700 all-seater Aviva Stadium opened its doors to the world on Saturday 31 July 2010. Here is my virtual tour as I sat in awe of this wonderful new stadium. One wonders what historic moments in rugby and football (soccer) will … Read more

The Sacred Venue Bears No Crown But Just The Mantle Of Nobility

And so the dream was taken away by the better side on the day, Scotland (20-23). It was interesting, when I asked Scottish fans before the game to forecast the result, all but one said ‘A Win!’. The other singular Scottish voice said he forecasted ‘a good weekend!’ Whilst most of our Welsh friends the … Read more