Five times the Irish public lost their minds in defeat

Sometimes it’s everyone else’s fault but our own

The Irish people are world-renowned for their craic-having, good natured and sport-loving ways – but we really don’t deal with it well when we feel our side has been wronged.

A good example of this was Ireland loss to the mighty All-Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as the country seemed to lose its mind over the defeat. Finding every reason under the sun to excuse not coming out on the right side of the result.

Yes, New Zealand did land more head shots than McGregor did on Alvarez and we agree that Jaco Peyper is about as good a ref as Howard Webb. However, we lost by 12 points, only scoring nine points and conceded three tries to none in return – while squandering great attacking platform regularly too.

Don’t get us wrong, at Paddy Power we love Irish fans (Paddy still hasn’t sobered up from partying with them at Euro 2016), but sometimes we do lose the run of ourselves more than a little.

Here’s a few blasts from the recent past:

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1. One night in Paris

No not that one you filthy animals! We’re talking about Thierry Henry’s act of treachery against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualification play-off in 2009.

To be fair, it was one of the worst acts of cheating in football history – but did we really ask to be a 33rd TEAM IN THE WORLD CUP?

The nation almost came to a halt for three or four days in the wake of the incident as everyone from FAI Chief Executive to the Irish Justice Minster called for at least a replay with France.

Of course, we were never going to get one and as a certain Corkman would say we had to “get over it”.

2. Rio robbery

The second event on our list took place just this past summer and it always one of the very few times our outrage had some results.

Having been favourite for gold in the men’s Bantamweight division at this year’s Rio Olympics, Michael Conlan was on the other end of a scarily believable decision in his quarter-final bout against Russian fighter Vladimir Nikitin.

Even though it looked like the Irishman had clearly won the fight the judges went for the Russian causing Conlan to protest in the ring by showing the judges the finger.

In the wake of the result the Irish public flooded social media in protest.

The result was allowed to stand however, and to make matters even worse Nikitin then pulled himself from the competition with injuries sustained in the Conlan match, settling for his bronze as a result.

Conlan has since moved on to the pro ranks, but the protestations had an effect as several judges were suspended straight away.

3. Neil Back drops the hand on Munster

This one drove fans of Munster’s Red Army absolutely potty in May 2002, as they went in search of a first ever Heineken Cup.

With Munster trailing Leicester 15-9 with just 60 seconds left on the clock flanker Neil Back flicked the ball from Peter Stringer’s grasp just as he went to feed it into the scrum. The ball was won against the head and Leicester cleared to run out winners.

He was utterly vilified by Irish rugby fans for denying Munster a first European crown and anti-Back columns filled the papers for weeks afterwards. Since Munster went on to win the competition in 2006 and 2008 Back has been forgiven slightly, but says Irish supporters never miss an opportunity to remind him of his past discretion.

Thankfully for him, there was no Twitter those days.

 4. Louth feel ‘Wee’ injustice at Croker

Not quite an international example, but we did feel sorry for Louth here as it looked like they’d end a 53-year wait for provincial honours in 2010 before it was all taken away after Joe Sheridan threw the ball over the line stealing the title for Meath.

The ref, Martin Sludden, promptly admitted his mistake on the goal after he was disgracefully attacked by Louth fans at the final whistle.

Louth fans and the county board demanded a replay, but this is the GAA we are talking about and with Meath refusing to comply, the complaints of the people of the Wee County fell on deaf ears.

5. The Lisbon Treaty

The British weren’t the first people to reject the wishes of the EU, Ireland got in there long before they did, shocking the rest of Europe in 2008.

The referendum vote was defeated by 53.4% to 46.6% originally, but Irish politicians wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and we agreed to the treaty in a second referendum after getting a number of concessions from the EU a year later.

Or maybe the 2009 ‘yes’ vote had something to do with this guy backing our original decision:

How did we not see Brexit coming eh?

Honourable mentions

Now, Paddy Power are no strangers to tossing our toys out of the pram either. Just look how we reacted to losing $4.5m on Donald Trump being elected US president:

Other that spring to mind include the Irish Civil War, Sonia O’Sullivan’S running battles with the Chinese, the Aussie brutalisation of us in the 2006 International Series and Bono overcoming the adversity of being a man to scoop Glamour’s ‘Women of the Year’. Is there anything he can’t do?

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