It's exactly 10 years now since the International Rugby Board (IRB), the organisation that controls world rugby, decided to drop the old amateur status of the game.
Last Saturday night the unionists of Belfast treated us to an evening of truly surreal proportions.
For the best part of two years now this column has been calling for a unilateral act from the IRA.
It's the same story every year, I'm afraid. I look forward to the GAA football championship and by the end of the season I have come to the same conclusion: that a potentially wonderful field game is still being ruined by its failure to agree proper