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10 Things About Irish Sport You Wouldn't Believe If You Awoke From A 10 Year Coma

10 Things About Irish Sport You Wouldn't Believe If You Awoke From A 10 Year Coma
By Mikey Traynor
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Yesterday we were amused to see an article about a Roger Federer fan who awoke from an 11 year coma and was shocked to hear that his hero was still up there at the top of the sport.

So we started thinking.. If you slipped into a coma on September 22nd, 2005, and woke up today, what things that have happened in Irish sport since you've been asleep that would be difficult to believe.

One of Ireland's most famous athletes is a mixed martial artist.

Firstly "What the feck is MMA?" is what you would probably ask, and unless you had brazilian jiu-jitsu listed amongst your hobbies then your idea of the UFC would be a feint image of "cage fighting". In the meantime, MMA has become one of the world's fastest growing sports, the UFC is an absolutely huge global brand, and one of the biggest stars is The Notorious Conor McGregor.

The Triple Crown is now the minimum expected of the Irish rugby team.

You would have seen Ireland win their first Triple Crown since 1985 the year earlier, but the idea the following would happen in the next 10 years would have been highly optimistic.

Irish rugby has come on quite a bit since 2005. You missed a Grand Slam in 2009 too, by the way.


Damien Duff plays for Shamrock Rovers, Robbie Keane plays in America.

You would struggle to believe that by far the two biggest Irish soccer stars, then at Chelsea and Spurs respectively, are now playing in the League of Ireland and MLS. While Duffer's career is winding down after a stint in Australia, Robbie is a star in Hollywood, and in fact...

Robbie Keane is still Ireland's most consistent striker.


And he's added a further 44 international goals to the ones you've already seen to become the highest scoring currently active international player by the time you woke up. Some people don't want him in the team now, but there's really no better option.

Legendary manager Giovanni Trapattoni managed Ireland for a while there.

And despite guiding us to our first major tournament in 10 years, everybody got fed up with him.


Croke Park has been used to host rugby and soccer matches.


It was a huge debate that you're probably better off having missed, but 'God Save The Queen' rang out at Croke Park as Ireland faced England in rugby's Six Nations. You'll probably want to watch the DVD of that match. Don't worry, someone you know has a copy.

Roy Keane now works for the FAI.


Yes, Saipan is all in the past as Roy Keane is now the assistant manager to Martin O'Neill, who took over from Trapattoni.

Irish boxing has done superbly well at the Olympics.

In 2004, Andy Lee was the only Irish boxer who qualified for the Olympics and we hadn't won a medal in it since Barcelona '92, but at Beijing 2008 Kenny Egan won silver, while Paddy Barnes and Darren Sutherland won bronze. Better yet, in London 2012 we took home three bronze, a silver, and Katie Taylor won gold in convincing fashion.


Padraig Harrington went on to win three majors.

Harrington only joined the PGA tour when you dozed off in 2005, but he's had a cracking decade since and has had some great showings in the majors:


Oh and by the way, Google Rory McIlroy - he's arguably the best golfer in the World right now.

GAA is now shown on Sky Sports.

Yes, seriously. But no, Richard Keys and Andy Gray are not involved.

Ireland have beaten England, Pakistan, and the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup.

We're not that good at it, but we know how to upset the big boys on the biggest stage, which is just as good really.

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