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Ciarán Murphy: ‘The darts’ isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life – The Irish Times

It is quite a remarkable statement on my lack of imagination as a person that I always take a look at those lists of the most-watched Irish television programmes of the year, and think – yeah, sure 960,000 people watching the All-Ireland hurling final seems like a lot of peop. . . but what the hell was everyone else doing?

If it’s not the All-Ireland hurling final at the top of that yearly list, it’s the All-Ireland football final; and if it’s not either of those, it’s probably a rugby or soccer international. These are all events I cannot conceive of missing, and it appears I cannot conceive of anyone else missing them either.