The curse of the Irish…

Nice column in the Glasgow Herald, in which their Dublin correspondent talks about where the Irish money has been going in this World Cup…

WITH the row about who Scots should support in the World Cup rumbling on, we asked our Dublin correspondent how the Irish coped with not being in the finals either. He tells us: “There was early interest in Trinidad and Tobago on the basis that they also are small islands who like a good party. There was also support for the Ivory Coast because their flag is the Irish flag backwards – getting into the World Cup through the back-door, as it has been described over here.

“There was considerable backing for Poland because there are so many Poles – most of them incredibly attractive blonde women – living in Dublin. But having got sick of the underdogs being humped on a regular basis, the country then united behind Brazil – something made easier by the fact that portly Ronaldo is built like most strikers in the Irish League, but with a tad more skill.”

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