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The Irish Sporting Landscape Was Very Different The Last Time Guns 'N Roses Played Slane

The Irish Sporting Landscape Was Very Different The Last Time Guns 'N Roses Played Slane
By Michael McCarthy
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Guns 'N Roses will return to Slane Castle tomorrow, 25 years after their last show there. The RTE News report from the big day in 1992 is well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US7YZZ8Z7uU

Sport was very different in 1992 as well. Sure, there wasn't even a Pro 12, nevermind a Pro 12 Final clashing with the event.

As ever with sport though, some things have changed, some have stayed the exact same.

For example, Gerry Kiernan's crown as the "Best Hair in Irish Sport" was as secure in 1992 as it is today.

Rugby in general was a very different game. Professionalism was still a few years off, and Ireland hadn't exactly built on their good showing at the 1991 World Cup, finishing the Five Nations with a hefty belt of the Wooden Spoon.

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At least rugby jerseys left a little more to the imagination in 1992.

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An up and coming young Irish swimmer was still a few years off her peak.

The Ulster Hurling Final was a thing, with actual crowds.

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In hurling, it was safety first with helmets worn by at least 8% of players. Interestingly, the wearing of moustaches hit 29% in early '92.

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Football referees didn't need fitness regimes, just common sense.

Alcohol sponsorship was all the rage for League of Ireland clubs.

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Ireland were getting ready for the US Cup where they would get spanked to the USA and Italy, and an argument between Roy Keane, Mick McCarthy and Maurice Setters (?) that would sew the seed for Saipan ten years later.

At least Mick got a goal and Irish fans were introuduced to hilarious American soccer commentary two years before their World Cup.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmGONudG1ak

Donegal would still be wearing their Kerry style colours for another few months, until a forced change to their now traditional yellow jersey with green shorts for their All-Ireland semi final with Mayo was inspiration enough to drive them on to their first ever All-Ireland title.

With craziness like that it's fair to say Axl and the lads won't know what country they're in when the come out to the Slane crowd tomorrow.

 

Pictures credits: Sportsfile 

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