So Ireland have gone out of the European championship hammered by Spain and Croatia .
The first team out of the tournament but still with a game to go .
The fans had spent all this time plotting and planning their trip to Poland .
They had spent all the money they had . They had borrowed all the money they could to go .
The dejection was palpable back home but we were surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the pub .
We didn’t hear the pride , the positivity in the stadium that night ! The voices in that polish night carried irish pride around the stadium and from the looks of u tube the world too !!
I note this old irish saying which is apt I regard to the singing
“It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.”