rig­ght Tak­ing a sport­ing break

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WHEN AN­NOY­INGLY whiny rocker Meat­loaf sang that he’d do any­thing for love, we’re pretty sure that putting an Ir­ish Six Na­tions game on the back burner wasn’t one of the things that crossed his mind.

But that’s ex­actly what the ro­man­tic old fool ‘ In­side Right’ did for the week­end that was in it.

Ac­tu­ally the idea of jet­ting off to Rome with her good self for the match against Italy and dou­bling it up as a ro­man­tic get­away had been bandied about. Af­ter all it was the city where we had ex­changed vows just last sum­mer.

How­ever, it was de­cided that a re­turn to the Eter­nal City for an an­niver­sary would hold more res­o­nance.

In­stead we opted for a quiet re­treat at a spa ho­tel near Aughrim as a per­fect way to spend St. Valen­tine’s day and it does have a nice Ital­ian restau­rant to reignite wed­ding mem­o­ries.

So in­stead of the usual Satur­day rou­tine of flick­ing from Sky Sports to BBC1 to At The Races to keep up to date with all the sport­ing action, ‘In­stead Right’ went from sauna to hot tub to hy­drother­apy pool.

The clos­est we got to sport was get­ting plas­tered from head to toe in mud, some- thing not too un­fa­mil­iar for any­one who has taken to the play­ing fields in re­cent weeks.

All this pam­per­ing and girlie stuff had yours truly feel­ing as re­laxed as the un­der-worked Ed­win van der Sar in re­cent Premier League matches.

What was hap­pen­ing on the rugby fields in Paris or Cardiff barely crossed the mind, al­though ‘In­side Right’ will ad­mit to flick­ing on the tele­text for a few sec­onds to check the rugby, G.A.A. and soc­cer re­sults while her­self was ap­ply­ing the make-up be­fore din­ner.

We de­cided to fur­ther in­dulge in the de­lights of the spa treat­ments the fol­low­ing day in­stead of rush­ing home to watch Ire­land in action against the Ital­ians.

Feel­ing to­tally re­freshed, ‘In­side Right’ con­tented him­self with lis­ten­ing to the match on the car ra­dio on the way home al­though it’s def­i­nitely not a sport that lends it­self par­ti­c­urly well to that medium.

G.A.A. we can just about bear on the old wireless but you need a very de­scrip­tive com­men­ta­tor to bring rugby or soc­cer to life.

Any­way, we made it in the door for the last 25 min­utes, most of which was em­i­nently for­get­table apart from the two late tries that put a wel­come gloss on the score­line.

Af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, ‘In­side Right’ took a quick look at the cal­en­dar and dis­cov­ered that Satur­day, March 21 is the saints day of St. Ni­cholas of Flue, a Swiss her­mit, who was looked upon as a great prob­lem solver and peace maker.

Okay, ad­mit­tedly he mightn’t stir the same kind of ro­man­tic fer­vour as a cer­tain Mr. Valen­tine but it’s a good enough rea­son for an idyl­lic week­end away in some­where like Cardiff, for talk’s sake. Co­in­ci­den­tally Ire­land just might be play­ing an im­por­tant rugby match that week­end. Think it could be against Wales.

Ire­land fans en­joy­ing them­selves in Rome.

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