Allen's Irelandby Paul Allen
- Irish politicians would have been better off staying at home for St. Patrick's Day
- Ireland is bouncing back despite all the naysayers -- It is time we stopped wallowing in despair and started cheerleading
- Has Gabriel Byrne lost the plot by attacking the Gathering? -- Criticism of the tourism initiative completely misses the point
- When suicide beckons what can a friend do to stop it? Dreadful dilemma as Irish prevention services slow to act
- The politics of anger rules in a recessionary Ireland as political debate turns nasty
Despite the might of its football team and the fact it got a better bailout deal from Europe, Ireland is likely to triumph Spain, writes Paul Allen.
We used to laugh at the English. Every European Championship they qualified for they believed they would win it.
But while England fans took a more sober approach regarding their chances at Euro 2012, Ireland’s cheer leading brigade managed to convince themselves we would crush Croatia, spank Spain and lash