"It's a one-off event, it's of huge importance to the city, both financially and culturally," he said.Hundreds of years? Not the ban, certainly; that only goes back 83 years. And Good Friday certainly goes back centuries, but since it is still occurring, I'm not sure that's what Loftus had in mind.
But Mick Loftus, medical doctor and former head of the Gaelic Athletic Association, said it was a "very sad day for Ireland" and an end to a tradition "going back hundreds of years".
And of course, remember as well that the rugby league is funded and sponsored by Magners, the hard cider giants of the Island.
Personally, I can't imagine watching rugby without having a drink or five. And I can't imagine a rugby fan having to not watch a match of significance without resorting to a drink for succor. The Irish Church, especially in the aftermath of the current sex abuse & pedophilia crisis, just doesn't have the same savor as a Guinness.