The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris is hosting an exhibition on the links between French and Irish rugby, which opened on 8 September, the opening day of the Rugby World Cup hosted by France. And there is an online version of the exhibition if you can't make it in person.
The exhibition in the Centre's lovely courtyard retraces 120 years of history between the boys in green and the boys in blue.
As you can see in the online version, there is lots of information on the sport in each country and between the two countries, its history, highlights, the move towards professionalisation and the women's game. There are lots of photos and quotes from players and fans alike. Only an Irish exhibition would contain a quote from Samuel Beckett about which position he would have James Joyce play in rugby! “Very crafty, very nippy, try him at fly-half [number 10]. He might surprise you when the light is fading.”
France-Ireland: 120 Years of Rugby
8 September-29 October 2023
Irish Cultural Centre, Paris and online
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