O'Neill's men can perhaps be excused for lacking some bit in that Sunday stroll friendly with England that will be forgotten by anyone who watched or attended it, but their dull, unimaginative display against Gordon Strachan's Tartan Army can be seen as a yardstick for Ireland's lack of progression in the post-Trap era.
Kilkenny is Ireland's medieval capital, steeped in heritage, culture and the home to master crafts and brewing. But Kilkenny also has a lot more going for it....besides being home to one of the oldest castle's in Ireland and some pretty incredible beer, that is. Below are 13 reasons why Kilkenny might just be the best little city in Ireland.
Back when we in University College Dublin together, Jarlath Regan faced a battle. Not a particularly serious battle, mind: he was running to be the auditor (President) of the college debating society. It quickly became clear that this warm, likeable and funny gentleman also had a quiet, steely determination. And he sailed across the line.
None. No experience in the Health Sector? Not a problem. If recent appointments are anything to go by however, you do have to be white, male, Unionist, and Protestant. Our track record of Health Ministers has been nothing short of abysmal, particularly in relation to abortion and on LGBT rights. With our new appointee, DUP MLA Simon Hamilton, it looks like we're hurtling merrily down exactly the same path as we always have.