My earliest memories of Lansdowne Road were from a misty old black and white television in the front bar of the pub my father managed in Holywood. It was also the unofficial clubhouse of the local Rugby club. Rugby.ie has some poignant photos of the old place slowly being dismantled. Time to look forward to the new. Question is, will the IRFU ever want to leave the glorious, and international, proportions of Croke Park?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty