Watching as the Irish team repelled attack after attack from the Italians (as the TV coverage belatedly granted the Irish women's rugby team more than a desultory 23 seconds' time) was the somewhat nerve-wracking highlight of my St Patrick's Day.
March 16 represented a nadir for the Irish men's team. But what a difference a day makes.
Twenty years on from the first Irish women's international match in Edinburgh, the Girls in Green scaled a mountain in Milan to deliver a Six Nations Grand Slam with a show of guts, commitment, character and no little skill.
Thanks, girls. You made me proud to be Irish.
To email your letter to the Editor click here