This tiny corner of world punches above its weight in sport
It has been a great weekend for major sport and the stunning victory of the boxer Carl Frampton will unite people of all backgrounds.
Carl's cool dispatch of the talkative but much-battered American challenger Chris Avalos in his first defence of his world title showed that we can expect much more from this extraordinary Ulster boxer.
The same might be said of the Irish rugby team which saw off a strong English challenge in Dublin, and which may go on to win further glory. Without doubt, this part of the world can punch above its weight, in more ways than one.