Why should it be news that an Ireland-England sporting event passed off peacefully?
Don’t we play them every year in the Six Nations?
Didn’t they come to Croke Park in 2007? Didn’t we all listen respectfully as they sang God Save the Queen and didn’t we all shed a manly tear when we beat them 43-13? The only trouble I can remember at that match was some fool protesting outside the ground in a Celtic jersey.
Every time they play us at Lansdowne Road, don’t their supporters fan out around Dublin and join our people in celebrating our shared love of sport?
Of course they do, and we welcome them into our hearts, just as they welcome us when we go to Twickenham.
What’s more, don’t we play them sporadically at cricket, and even win occasionally? Is there ever any trouble at those matches?
Of course not.
So what was all this talk about possible riots at Lansdowne Road today? Listening to the hysteria, you’d nearly imagine we were expecting some sort of Nazis to be following the English soccer team.