Drub­bing to for­get, Leo?

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

SPORTS fans like to brag about the mis­eries they’ve seen their teams en­dure. Yet the Taoiseach seems to have for­got­ten wit­ness­ing one of Ir­ish soc­cer’s low­est points. Talk­ing to Tip­per­ary man John Doyle of Canada’s The Globe And Mail, Leo rem­i­nisced about be­ing in Poland for the 2012 Eu­ros fi­nals for two matches in Tra­p­at­toni’s ill­fated cam­paign.

Asked if one of them was the in­fa­mous 4-0 drub­bing by then­world cham­pi­ons Spain (at which de­fi­ant Ir­ish fans sang The Fields Of Athenry for the last 15 min­utes) then-sports min­is­ter Leo couldn’t re­mem­ber. Sports web­site Balls.ie found that he had in fact at­tended the event. It may have been an evening to for­get, but true sports fans know, you’re not ac­tu­ally meant to.

RTÉ’s archives con­tinue to un­earth gems like this snap of Prime Time’s sil­ver fox David McCul­lagh with a copy of the McCracken Re­port – pub­lished 20 years ago this week. McCul­lagh took its re­lease on­line in good hu­mour, tweet­ing: ‘Ah Jay­sus, look at the hair...’, Tack­led on his tie by an on­line critic, he said: ‘Also, the shirt. But hey, fash­ion­able at the time. Pos­si­bly.’ Or not.

Fake news… or for­ward think­ing

It’s IT’S been in the news a bit re­cently, but Amer­i­can al­tright news web­site Bre­it­bart made a hu­mor­ous mis­take this week. Un­der the head­line ‘Span­ish po­lice crack gang mov­ing mi­grants on jet skis’, they pic­tured a man on the back of a jet ski be­hind a dark­skinned man driv­ing.

Only prob­lem was that the pic­ture showed former Arse­nal and Ger­many foot­baller Lukas Podol­ski. Who knows? He was renowned for get­ting through de­fences af­ter all.

THIS week comes news that a lit­ter of piglets res­cued from a UK barn fire have been served up as sausages to the fire­fight­ers who saved them. A lit­eral case of out of the fire and into the fry­ing pan?

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