Just over a week ago I spent Saturday evening on the message board. My bag was packed, the alarms were set, all three of them, and I was just about ready for a four day trip to the Republic of Ireland.
After a good start to our trip to Belfast we were soon ready for day two after enjoying a full Irish breakfast in the hotel. No black or white pudding but plenty of soda bread and potato bread to enjoy.
Scotland last week, and this week I was paying my first ever visit to Northern Ireland having been unable to make the pre-season tours in 1996 and 1997, sadly missing the delights of Adrian Heath's super signing Bambo in the first of those two tours.