When it comes to the World Cup, there is only one truth: you’re either in or you’re out. Thanks to goalscorer Amber Barrett, her team-mates and their incomparable manager Vera Pauw, Ireland have a golden ticket to the tournament of dreams.
Winners are those who think they can, and this exemplary group of women never seemed to have the slightest doubt that the world was their oyster.
It is said that to get joy we must give it, and to keep it we must give it. With the final whistle, the Girls in Green unleashed a tsunami of joy.
What a pity, then, that a chorus of “Ooh ah, up the ‘Ra” was sung in the exuberant afterglow of a historic triumph.
Pauw apologized for the Irish players singing the IRA chant and could not have been more sincere or honest. “The problem isn’t that it shouldn’t have gone out, it’s that it shouldn’t have happened,” she said.
It was a special moment in one of the sport’s most dazzling showcases. After walking away with glory, the last thing this team needed was to offend anyone. Hopefully the sincerity of the apology and early acknowledgment of the pain caused will allow everyone involved to get over a very unfortunate incident a little wiser.
With customary class and humility, Pauw insisted on paying tribute to the generations of Republic of Ireland players who laid the foundation for the team’s qualification.
It is said that strength is developed through your struggles, and this group has faced many adversities.
It should not be forgotten that in 2017 they still had to protest publicly to show their unequal treatment. At one point, they were only provided with tracksuits at the airport and had to use public toilets to change. With perseverance, the river finds a way through the rock.
They stood up, not just for themselves, but so that every girl in the country wouldn’t feel inferior.
In retrospect, its tremendous success makes the FAI seem very small.
As the saying goes, if winning isn’t everything, then why do they matter?
At its best, beyond results, sport also has the ability to rise. By dedicating her winner against Scotland to ‘The 10 Beautiful Souls of Creeslough’, goalscorer Barrett sent a heartfelt message to the mourners in the village of Co Donegal.
Things tend to work out best for the people who make the most of how things work out. In 2017, footballers wore the word “respect” on their T-shirts to highlight a shameful lack of it in their treatment.
You’ve earned the right to it without ever having to spell it again.
Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe’s invincibles were an inspiration and made sporting history along the way.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/ireland-womens-world-cup-victory-over-scotland-hopefully-will-not-be-tainted-by-stupid-mistake-42062357.html Hopefully Ireland’s victory over Scotland at the Women’s World Cup will not be overshadowed by a silly mistake