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16th Mar 2017

One Of Irish Sport’s Greatest Days Is The Subject Of Tonight’s RTE Documentary

James Fenton

Can you remember where you were?

On February 24 2007, the Irish rugby team hosted England at Croke Park amid much anticipation from sports fans and the general public alike. 

Given the history of the two nations and the venue in question, not many Irish people will need to be told how much it meant to the nation to host the old enemy on the hallowed Drumcondra turf. 

The build-up to the game was dominated by talk of how the Irish crowd would react to England’s anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ being blasted from the tannoy at Croke Park but people needn’t have worried.

In fact, the song was met with mass respect and a deafening silence from the 83,000-strong home crowd. A clear sign that much of Ireland had moved on as a nation.

The Irish players and crowd then belted out Amhran Na bhFiann with massive gusto and once the tears of pride were wiped away, we wiped the floor with our opponents on the pitch as the Boys In Green played like men possessed, winning 43-13. 

No Words Needed airs tonight at 10.15pm on RTE 1 and we’ll definitely be tuning in. If you’re out on the town celebrating Paddy’s Day, make sure to set the recorder.

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