Sporting View

Very mixed weekend from a sporting viewpoint. Ireland fought bravely in the second half yesterday at Lansdowne Road but in the end a late French try means that the Grand Slam dream seems as far away as ever.

That said, the old enemy were vanquiahed today in Crossmaglen (that's Down I mean, not the British army!) as Armagh climbed to joint top of div 1B of the National Football League. On a absolutely freezing day in Crossmaglen a decent crowd watched Armagh miss a huge number of chances before running out narrow victors in a game which is unlikely to live long in the memory.

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