England having jsut beaten Northern Ireland 4-0 at football, I have been reminded of a question that has often puzzled me.
Why does all of Ireland manage to unite for Rugby and nothing else?
I have never met anyone who knows why there is only one Irish rugby team rather than separate Eire andNorthern Ireland teams. Sometimes it feels as if people are reluctant to talk about it in case they break the spell.
Whenever I have been to watch Wales/Ireland rugby matches in Dublin I have also noticed that they never play any anthems. I wonder if this is because of some political sensitivity.
Come to think of it, they have Irish players in the team that I have always called the British Lions.
It would be good to understand a little more about the history of this inclusiveness.