Euro 2012 qualification

Joyous Ireland earn craic at Euros

November 16, 2011
By Kevin Palmer
You don't have to look far to find misery in an austere Ireland just now, so the joyous scenes that greeted the national team's qualification for Euro 2012 served to re-ignite long lost optimism.

Two years have passed since the sport that has a history of lifting Ireland in times of crisis gave an already battered population a hearty kick in an especially tender spot, with Thierry Henry's infamous handball in the World Cup play-off in Paris sparking worldwide sympathy for Giovanni Trapattoni's ...

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