# Lent
8 things the Irish sports fan should give up for Lent
Give up them aul’ sins.

IT’S THE MOST, magical time of the yea… sorry, no actually… it’s Ash Wednesday.

And here at, for the next 40 days and 40 nights, we’re drinking lukewarm nettle tea, shutting down the bookmakers account and swearing off midnight feasts while we watch Italia 90 games on ESPN Classic. But what can you (*points accusingly*) give up for Lent? Here’s some suggestions, Irish sports fans.

1. Bandwagon jumping

Ireland play England in cricket and suddenly we’re working out the Duckworth Lewis Method on the back of a beer mat. Annalise Murphy is in the medal hunt in the Olympic Sailing and we’re texting each other about the Radial Class.

2. Those insurance ads with Mario Rosenstock

I’ll throw the laptop-a-roony through the screen the next time… Sorry, Mario.

2. Calling for [insert players name here] to be brought back into the Ireland squad.

Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring a goal against Poland. Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Trap doesn’t read your Facebook updates.

4. Don’t mention Leinster v Munster when talking about Ireland

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Can’t we all just get along?

5. Arguing about Saipan


Dunphy’s Law: If you mention a certain small, island in the western Pacific, you lose the argument.

6. The Fields of Athenry

YouTube: Dan Kerins

Just for the next little while? Let’s try the Golden Girls theme tune for the rest of the 6 Nations.

YouTube: Eagles770onCP

7. Saying we’re the best fans in the world ™

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

What about them Poles, eh?

8. Chocolate

Except for St Patrick’s Day, obvs.


Any suggestions?

Snapshot: Pope resigns, Roy Keane reckons he could do a job

Snapshot: The Dublin lads are ‘no craic’ on the bus back home

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