Barely three years after a bloody and violent war of independence, and less than 12 months after a bitter civil war, a football team representing a new Ireland walked out at the Olympic Games in Paris. Cian Manning looks back.
There’s something about the Olympics. It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts. Every athlete is equal as an Olympian. And countries attire their competitors in the naffest gear. This is the horrific garb the likes of Juan Mata, Jordi Alba, and Javi Martinez will be wearing for Spain. All together now, ‘De de de de de, we’re hating it.”