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http://www.chaussuresmagasins.com”Ireland-Australia,soldes Timberland, December 1947 – that was the first match at Lansdowne I attended,tods chaussures. Came up as a schoolboy from Cork,tods Femme. My late brother Frank brought me up,tods chaussures. Stood at the Lansdowne Road end on the grass bank,chaussures puma, we were beaten 16-3,tods pas cher. I don’t think the result meant an awful lot to me,pum pas cher, I was just thrilled to be at Lansdowne Road for the first time,tods pas cher.

“There was a great air of depression around at the time that Ireland were going nowhere, but three months later we completed the Grand Slam.

“(Back then) there was an old uncovered stand up in the north west corner, the West Stand was one tier, the East Stand was up on stills (people stood underneath the stand) – that was turned down then in 1983 and rebuilt.

“The West Stand, the cover went over it in the 1970s or ’60s I think, and then all the terracing was built up and the old uncovered stand – that was deemed unsafe – so they took it away and they built the terracing around from the East Stand to the old Lansdowne Pavillion.

“Winning the Triple Crown in ’82 against Scotland (was one of my favourite moments), we had never won a Triple Crown at Lansdowne Road – that was a tremendous day. Winning in ’85, but a match that I have always had a very special affection for was ’56 here when we played Wales, a Welsh team of all the talents. Jackie Kyle, my great hero, the greatest I’ve ever seen, was in the Irish side.

“They beat Wales that afternoon, it was tremendous performance. Mick assured Supporters Club members that there was nobody around at the time, but Ned quipped: “She had it photographed!”.

“Some great schools matches that I saw here and some great Leinster Senior Cup finals. The ’69 Leinster Senior Cup final between Mary’s and Trinity (Peter Boyle made sure I’d say that!),Lansdowne Road Memories. Mary’s won after a replay with a penalty in injury-time.

“I’ve a huge affection for this ground. I’ve always loved coming into it, even if I’m here on my own I was happy at Lansdowne Road. There’s something special about it. Time moves on and I hope it will keep the unique atmosphere that it has.

“A man who is owed a huge debt of gratitude is Henry William Dunlop who was the first man to establish it, he bought the lease from the Pembroke Estate.

“Then he passed the lease on to a fellow called Harry Shepherd, who happened to be the treasurer of the IRFU and who died a very young man in 1906 and the IRFU fell lucky because Henry Shepherd’s mother offered the lease to them. The IRFU signed a 50-year lease and then in around 1974 or ’75 they bought the freehold of the ground out.”http://pumpascher.chaussurespaschere.info

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