when I was living in Artane, hurling was the sport, very popular, all the boys were playing hurling instead of "english" football. I was very surprised and well I loved the guys who played hurling!
they were so cute!
field hockey is also popular in Barcelona, great tradition in summer games.
if your local club got to the big final probably the game was played at Croke Park! as well as Waterford. To play in Croke Park is the biggest honour for an Irish, it's the cathedral of gaelic sports.
Roche, oh well, he beat Delgado that year and you know they all cheat, only the best who won more are respected and don't get caught, it happens in other sports, maybe also in tennis.
I remember your swimmer who won all those gold medals in Atlanta.
Sonia O'Sullivan was a great inspiration and a wonderful athlete.
Sean Kelly was great, he won la Vuelta, great you have the chance of talking to him.
IMHO Ireland is a big country in sports.