Eamon de Valera is reputed to have said that the two games that most suited the Irish temperament were hurling and rugby. It nicely reconciled Dev's attachment to all things Gaelic and his schooling by the Holy Ghost Fathers at Blackrock College. There might be something in it, too, though the two games are about as different as you could get.
With its sizeable representation of private schoolboys, the cabinet is at least as well...
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