The Holy Family Contemplate the Crucifixion

by Kieran Healy on June 15, 2012

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is right.



LeftAtTheCross 06.15.12 at 1:56 pm

That was the tragedy. This is the farce:


P O'Neill 06.15.12 at 3:11 pm

Wall Street Journal:

In a game not nearly as close as the blowout on the scoreboard might suggest, Spain made the Irish national team look like a Trinity College club side Thursday night


Latro 06.15.12 at 4:20 pm

Well, if it is any consolation, the Spanish Internet is commenting with amazement, respect and a healthy dose of our trademark “why have we to behave like Spaniards?” on the singing by Irelands fans after the match.

Mostly how we would be yelling “Hang the whole lot of them” instead of something like “The Fields of Athenry” after losing 4-0.


Kieran 06.15.12 at 4:26 pm

Though bear in mind that the topic of “The Fields of Athenry”—transportation for life to Australia—is technically only one step down from hanging.


Lee A. Arnold 06.15.12 at 4:31 pm

How did they all get green eyes?


Latro 06.15.12 at 4:39 pm

The topic, yes, but you arent sending the team to Australia, right?

Me, I dont know if I have to fear our squad elimination (and several million Spaniards waking up and realizing the country has died in the meantime) or if we happen to win the Cup and people get carried away into the idiotic “see, we are the Masters of Europe! They give us money cause they fear us!” triumphalism of Rajoy I the Dim (and, maybe, the Short)


Andrew Smith 06.15.12 at 5:00 pm


Neil 06.16.12 at 12:32 am

I just wish more Irish people shared Kieran’s disdain for Australia. I’d have a got a lot more sleep over the past 5 years if that was true.


Ed 06.16.12 at 1:09 am

The Father, the Son and the Goat? Something like that, never got much churchin’.


Guido Nius 06.16.12 at 10:01 am

Harlem Globe Trotters finally came to soccer. Instead of being giants they were dwarfs, and their opposition vice versa. Ireland and Sweden should get a chance to play for rank 16.


rf 06.16.12 at 2:40 pm

We’re willing to concede 15th place, Guido


Stephen 06.16.12 at 7:22 pm

kieran @4

Bear in mind that “Trevelyan’s corn” in the Fields of Athenry was in reality American maize, imported by the UK Government in a scheme organised by Charles Trevelyan, at a time when (on account of actions of UK Government) nobody starved, to feed the potato-deprived Irish.

Obviously, stealing this was the duty of every patriotic Irishman.

Pity Trevelyan. No good deed ever goes unpunished.


Giovanni da Procida 06.17.12 at 2:13 am

Stephen @11

Bear in mind that the corn was imported to be sold at “market price”- in a land in which work for wages was generally quite scarce, the majority of folks being tenant farmers.

Bear in mind that it was Peel who ordered the corn and that Trevelyan turned back ships carrying corn for fear that Ireland was becoming “habitually dependent” on the British government.

Bear in mind that Trevelyan is quoted as saying ‘The judgement of God sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson, that calamity must not be too much mitigated… The real evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the Famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.”

Your claim that at that time in Ireland nobody starved is risible. I am tempted to request a citation of some kind, just to see what kind of twaddle you bring forth.

We are fortunate indeed that there are few deeds as good as those of Trevelyan.


Belle Waring 06.17.12 at 10:36 am

I have to think Stephen is being sarcastic somehow, Signore.


Belle Waring 06.17.12 at 10:44 am

Oh, and, um, sorry about the soccer have it your way, the entire world football, Kieran and Henry and Maria and so on. Congratulations, contrariwise, o ye Spain supporters what I wot not.


jim 06.17.12 at 11:57 am

I am confused. I thought it was Ireland vs. New Zealand.


Niamh 06.17.12 at 2:46 pm

This is my own favourite picture from recent days:


stostosto 06.18.12 at 3:05 pm

This much is certain: Michael had more business stealing Trevelyan’s corn than Ireland’s mediocre squad had beating Spain.

And where Ireland goes, so go we, the Danes. When advancing is beyond the pale, one will usually not advance.

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