rigght Taking a sporting break
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.