Epic encounters: Sport casts sunny spells

NOW that our so-called summer has come and gone, there may not seem much to light up our lives between now and winter time. Do not despair. Even if the weather is as bad this month as last, an array of spectator sports will bring a little internal sunshine.

Sport is the ultimate triumph of hope over experience and, perhaps, explains why we in Ireland remain eternal optimists.

We tend not to carry umbrellas or raincoats even when the forecast is dismal. During the depths of the recession we showed resilience and looked forward to renewed prosperity while other EU nations succumbed to despair.

On the playing field, when our team is beaten, we remain hopeful that better days lie ahead. Sport also brings us together as a nation in a way that other activities like politics rarely do and nowhere is that more evident than in the GAA championships. As yesterday’s epic encounter between Dublin and Mayo heralded, there will be even greater thrills in the weeks ahead in both football and hurling finals, as well as the football semi-final replay.

This month also sees our rugby boys heading to the World Cup while the international soccer team will be hoping to qualify for the 2016 European Championship.

Players of all hues will bring us sunny spells long after Mother Nature has given up.


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