Football (No Irish lad would say Soccer) has been finally officially declared the national sport of Ireland.
The game has been played in Ireland for centuries. However it has been tagged as being too 'gay' and therefore not 'manly' enough to be accepted by the proud virile Irish as their national sport.
All the hugging and kissing, along with crying and lean bodies meant that the sport was perceived to be a sport no 'real' man would watch or play.
However changing societal norms have led to a greater acceptance of a sport which has had to compete with the testosterone-driven bloodier and more brutal rugby. With sensitive men being in vogue and homosexuality more acceptable, a national poll found the Irish to agree that a 'gay' sport might just be the right sport to be a national sport. It would also bring focus to the new more tolerant Ireland.
Football authorities now believe that they will be able to get more of the youth interested in the sport which will eventually lead to a revival of Irish football and Irish society as such.
Rugby authorities are meanwhile attempting to reduce testosterone levels in their sport so they can give football a run for its official status.