THE Lansdowne Road riot of 1995 can now be rightly consigned to where it belongs – in the past.
While yesterday’s international friendly between Ireland and England at the Aviva won’t be too fondly recalled in the annals of great Irish matches, the footnote will reference the event was a peaceful and friendly affair.
The only minor disruptive point was a few clowns whistling when God Save the Queen was aired.
By Saturday it was clear that those travelling across the Irish Sea for the game had come in search of hospitality, fun and craic.
A scoreless draw ensures one record is intact – we remain unbeaten by the English since 1985.
We can all raise a glass to that.
The culinary world has been saddened by the death of chef and critic Paolo Tullio, who passed away on Friday aged just 65.
In a profession that has more than its share of big egos, Paolo is remembered as a keen wit and – most of all – a kind and authoritative voice.
His criticism was constructive rather than destructive, and he was known as a man to accentuate the positive.
Well known on radio and television, where his knowledge and insight often went beyond the world of food and restaurants, Paolo’s loss will be felt by all that knew him and the wider audience who respected his knowledge.