Giving ourselves a plaque on the back

Sports fans are prone to wild exaggeration. It only takes the emergence of a fresh-faced 19-year-old with the ability to kick a ball accurately over 30 yards for millions of otherwise sane people to declare a new deity.

The Superbowl may be one of the world’s leading sporting events, but it is the Hyperbole that unites most sports fans.

rugby plaque Shannon
Possibly the wildest exaggeration since Joe Lapira was heralded as the new John Aldridge.

Even taking this into account, a new sculpture in Shannon Airport is quite something. Commemorating a rugby game between Ireland and England, the plaque which accompanies the 20-foot statue proclaims the event to have been “the day that changed Ireland”.

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