Carling Nations Cup

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I was one of the 500 plus at this “international” match. Most interesting parts were the difficulty in trying to buy a ticket outside at the kick-off at an empty stadium, God save the Queen as a national anthem and the sight of a Union Jack with Ballynahinch emblazoned across the middle. Sad lads. I naively thought that Ireland’s Call was more or less the Unionist anthem. Danny Boy was the earlier version and was used in Barry McGuigan fights. I wonder what happened? One minor detail is that Northern Ireland is not a nation and neither is the Republic. Names are troublesome.