France vs. Ireland WC Qualifier (2009)
Republic of Ireland vs France was a two-legged football play-off held on 14 and 18 November 2009 between the national teams of the Republic of Ireland and France as part of the UEFA second round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
After the second leg, the French captain Thierry Henry admitted to Irish defender Richard Dunne that he had illegally handled the ball in the build-up to Gallas’ match-winning goal, which had been scored in extra time with 17 minutes remaining in the game.
On 1 November 1884, a group of Irishmen gathered in the Hayes’ Hotel billiard room to formulate a plan and establish an organisation to foster and preserve Ireland’s unique games and athletic pastimes. And so, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded.
Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
GAA is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation. It is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world. At that time, it was largely only the gentry and aristocracy who were allowed to meaningfully participate in athletic
Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. It is administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The game has prehistoric origins, and has been played for 4,000 years.
The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden (ash) stick called a hurl to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents’ goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points
From first minute to last, you couldn’t take your eyes off it. And from first to last Ireland went mano a mano and toe to toe with the back to back world champions. There was only one try, and amazingly, Ireland scored it, thereby keeping the All Blacks’ famed running game tryless.
Ireland vs. New Zeland (2018)
Ireland ended a 111-year wait for a victory at Soldier Field, Chicago with a 40-29 win on 5 November 2016. On 17 November 2018 Ireland beat New Zealand 16-9 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin to record their first ever home win against the All Blacks.
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