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Monday, March 05, 2007

Classic Encounters - Ireland thrash England - 2007

Classic Encounters - Ireland thrash England - 2007

After a heart breaking loss to France the previous week in the closing seconds of the match, Ireland had refocused themselves for their second home game of the Championship at Croke Park.

It was to be a game of huge physical intensity and high scoring. The French had survived, barely, but for the English there would be no escape. With Irish Rugby's home, Landsdowne Road having been closed for repairs, the union had looked to the Gaelic Athletic Association (G.A.A.) and Croke Park for a temporary venue.

To many fans around the world following the Six Nations, such a situation would seem rather ordinary but to the Irish and the English it was a subject of immense tension and deep passion.

It had been a bloody Sunday in the November of 1920 that 14 Irish civilians were massacred on this ground by British Security forces in pursuit of a suspected IRA sentry that took refuge in the ground.

The football match that was underway was interrupted as confusion broke out amidst the sounds of revolver fire coming from the British Security as they pursued the "IRA sentry" into the ground. Amidst the chaos, 14 civilians were shot dead which subsequently led to the banning of any foreign sports (football and rugby) at Croke Park.

In 2007, the doors to Croke Park were opened, once again to Irish Rugby in their 2007 Six Nations season. Emotions ran high amongst the Irish in the both the changing room and the stands as they prepared to deliver their long awaited vengeance unto England.


Final Score: 43-13 to Ireland
Time: 07:29

Posted at 12:20 pm | 32 comments

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Anonymous March 05, 2007 4:31 pm

Come the day and come the hourCome the power and the gloryWe have come to answerOur Country's callFrom the four proud provinces of Ireland Ireland, IrelandTogether standing tallShoulder to shoulderWe'll answer Ireland's call From the mighty Glens of AntrimFrom the rugged hills of GalwayFrom the walls of LimerickAnd Dublin BayFrom the four proud provinces of Ireland Ireland, IrelandTogether standing tallShoulder to shoulderWe'll answer Ireland's call Hearts of steelAnd heads unbowingVowing never to be brokenWe will fight, untilWe can fight no moreFrom the four proud provinces of Ireland Ireland, IrelandTogether standing tallShoulder to shoulderWe'll answer Ireland's call

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Anonymous March 06, 2007 10:58 pm

well we showed them 80 minutes of rape, pillage and oppression

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Anonymous March 30, 2007 11:23 pm

yeh u irish have improved but wait till world cup the all blacks are guna kill u

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RedMtl April 05, 2007 4:41 pm

I know mate. Youre right. But our goal is to beat france and avoid you guys til the final. Then all the pressure's on you guys. It has been known that the ABs crack in world cups. Anyway, may the best team win!

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Anonymous May 15, 2007 7:23 am

ha, don't write off the wallabies yet... but seriously NZ v SA is a shoe in.

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Anonymous June 23, 2007 7:39 am

Great match by the Irish, but they`ll have a tough task against us ARGENTINA, we kicke their ass twice this year. Anyway, against all odds, I`d say that France will be out in the first round. Argentina and Ireland will pass. I wonder why Argentina always gets the most difficult groups

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Anonymous June 26, 2007 7:06 am

I watched this game in an Irish bar in Sydney, was a terrible decision to sit in the front row surrounded by huge and slightly worse for wear Irish fans! ha

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H July 02, 2007 4:07 pm

As long as ireland beat evryone in their group and nz do the same they wont face each other until later in the competitions, where im sorry to say nz are renowned for choking odds on with paddy power are for aus or SA world cup win

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Anonymous July 14, 2007 9:56 pm

that is what u deserve after u slave a nation for 800 years, thats what u get for selling OUR crops when our potatoes and our lives were rotting away,thats what u get for laying a finger on my great grandad and his buddies and that is what u get when u face the irish!u get slaughtered and slaughtered until we cant move for blood!never bowing, always rowing, showing all of our pride until we get to gods right hand side! those men represented ireland for ireland of today and of yesterday!

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fishboy July 23, 2007 6:27 am

Awesome win by Ireland there. But as for the previous comment: dude, relax - it's just a game! You want revenge? Live a long and happy life.

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Anonymous July 30, 2007 10:37 pm

Previous comment but one: I see the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process hasn't quite filtered down to the inbred hicks yet, still one day perhaps.All the same a terrific performance by Ireland, and indeed the Irish crowd who showed respect for the anthems etc. The correct way to approach such an emotional spectacle, unlike the rather un-enlightened writer posting above.

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Anonymous August 21, 2007 3:50 pm

It's all well and good keeping quiet for the anthem, being respectful and all that, but deep down in every Irishman's heart we agree with the last comment a little bit. We were baying for blood. Would it have felt quite so sweet if we had done it against the French? In Croke Park? Not a hope! Can't wait for the RWC - what a time to end our loosing track record against the ABs. Worried about playing three pressure games in a row like the last RWC. Had no gas left in the tank after the Aus heart-breaker to put up a show against the French in 03. Cant afford to loose the French tie this time and face the ABs after playing two very tough games in the week before. There is a chance the Argies'll put one over on them though

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Anonymous September 04, 2007 4:40 pm

Ireland are at least the 2nd best team in the world!England lack talentGo on the IrishWorld Cup Victory could be round the corner!

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Anonymous September 29, 2007 12:27 pm

whoever put up up that piece of sh1t, irelands call, isnt a true irishman!! in this world cup, argentina have been so passionate singing their anthem!!! how can the boys in green get passionate about what is basically a pop song!?

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Anonymous November 05, 2007 5:01 pm

im a proud irishman but the rugby anthem is fucking shiteget a gud anthem like argentinas or scotlands at least sumthing worth whileoh yeah, fuck the english and the french

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Anonymous November 05, 2007 5:01 pm

im a proud irishman but the irish rugby anthem is fucking shiteget a gud anthem like argentinas or scotlands at least sumthing worth whileoh yeah, fuck the english and the french

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 12:05 am

Post RWC............As an Irishman all I can say in Thanks be to God for MUNSTER.............from WEB !

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 6:03 pm

Last time does english came into Croke Park with guns Killing 13 spectators and the Tipperary Hurling captain Micheal Hogan! That time they came in with nothing which made it an even playing an we beat them cunts off the pitch! C'mon Ireland!

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jam1994 April 21, 2008 2:31 pm

after a disapointing rwc i think osullivan should go . i mean looking at the irish team i cant belive they arent winning grandslams and beating nz , sa i mean get an ozzy get a sprinboks but get osullivan out

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peppers May 06, 2008 12:50 pm

Amhran na bhfiann is the true irish anthem (by the way its a completely diferent song to irelands call its not just translated into irish)

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Anonymous May 30, 2008 11:22 pm

Common knowledge though, lads:The only reason God invented alcohol, is to keep the paddies from ruling the world.Ruck on!

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Dave June 06, 2008 6:43 pm

that is what u deserve after u slave a nation for 800 years, thats what u get for selling OUR crops when our potatoes and our lives were rotting away,thats what u get for laying a finger on my great grandad and his buddies and that is what u get when u face the irish!u get slaughtered and slaughtered until we cant move for blood!never bowing, always rowing, showing all of our pride until we get to gods right hand side! those men represented ireland for ireland of today and of yesterday!Jesus Christ man, chill out, that shit's in the past, I think it's about time you moved on, and I'm not just english, I'm half Irish too and fuck Ireland's call this is the real shitAmhrn na bhFiann Sinne Fianna FilAt f gheall ag irinnBuon dr sluaThar toinn do rinig chugainnF mhid bheith saorSeantr r sinsear feastaN fhgfar fn torn n fn trillAnocht a tham sa bhearna bhaoilLe gean ar Ghaeil, chun bis n saoilLe gunnascrach, f lmhach na bpilarSeo libh canadh Amhrn na bhFiann

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Lank Lankusson September 15, 2008 10:06 pm

I don't know if any of you remember oliver cromwell? A bloody hero, and the founder of democracy.

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Anonymous September 25, 2008 6:18 pm

not old enough to remember cromwell, sorry. I remember Ray Houghtons goal in euro 88 though...

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Anonymous October 28, 2008 3:20 pm

great match, shame ireland didn't perform at the RWC, but i'm sure they'll come back in 2011

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Anonymous November 07, 2009 10:23 am

"that is what u deserve after u slave a nation for 800 years, thats what u get for selling OUR crops when our potatoes and our lives were rotting away,thats what u get for laying a finger on my great grandad and his buddies and that is what u get when u face the irish!u get slaughtered and slaughtered until we cant move for blood!never bowing, always rowing, showing all of our pride until we get to gods right hand side! those men represented ireland for ireland of today and of yesterday!"
i am not irish but i totally agree wuth you, stupid english comments below that trying to dismiss england's enslaving of so many countries around the world, telling us to relax obiviously have never lived under foreign rule. always love to see england getting thrashed in any sport, especially rugby.

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Anonymous December 02, 2009 4:44 pm

Pistol fire? They drove an armoured car onto the pitch and opened fire into the crowd with machine guns.
Don't belittle such an incident with dulliing down the actual events.

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blogveritas December 24, 2009 10:04 pm

It is true that there were many massacres in Ireland over the years of occupation. But remember this: the patron saint of Ireland is a slave taken from the British mainland. This was at a time when the Irish clans were savagely running riot not only across large sections of the British mainland but into France as well. So we were doing it to them before they ever came to us. Lose the victim mentality please, we are a modern nation at the heart of Europe, with a peace agreement in NI which allowed Adams and McGuiness to sit in government with Paisley. If you didn't take part in the struggle, stop being a paper republican on the net. I've lived in the UK for 20 years and mostly they're good people. I go past the biggest mosque in Europe in Regents Park on my way to touch games with every colour skin in the rainbow.

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MCB February 25, 2010 11:29 am

An armoured car wasnt driveen on to the pitch on Bloody Sunday, that was just how it was depicted in the film 'Michael Collins'. Still a terrible act. People fail to mention that the IRA murdered 14 British officers that morning so their blood was up. And can people stop with this up the 'RA crap, its a fuckin joke. Anyone who commented on this never experienced British rule during the famine, feudalism or Cromwell so shut up. Great win over England, more of the same hopefullt this saturday

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 8:39 pm

2.35 Horgan goin past strettle, Brilliant! Shows just how much more Ireland where up for that game.

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keh December 01, 2010 7:43 pm

Dunno why people are putting down Ireland's Call. Watching the anthems, I'd say there was more emotion in Ireland's Call than Amhrn na bhFiann...but maybe that's just me. Both are great, but I like the implication behind Ireland's Call - that whether from the Republic or the North, you're Irish, and you're coming together as such.

One of the best matches I've ever seen - almost everything in it was perfect. Great stuff. This documentary makes it even better, thanks RD!

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river2rock March 14, 2012 3:46 am

Love this video, looking forward to the game on Paddy's day now, both teams coming off good wins, come on Ireland!!

Cheers RD

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