Back in Ireland 10 months after being away for several years. I'm working in a small accountancy office with about 15 staff and the majority of the conversation that the men have is about football or sport in general. First I thought ok it's summer and the All Ireland is on, then it was the Rugby World Cup but now it's the premiership and these fantasy football leagues. It seems they have nothing to talk about other than football.
Not only do they spend the week talking about football but they watch hours of football at the weekends. I never noticed this before I left Ireland (which was over 7 years ago) but when I was in NZ yes people liked rugby and it was the national sport etc etc but they didn't seem to be so preoccupied with rugby as people are here with football and not only that, they support teams English football teams which they have no affiliation with. It all seems totally bizarre.
For example, there is a woman in the office was telling me about one of her weekends recently where she has two young children, one of them still a baby and the other about 7. She was taking the two kids and her daughters friends out for the day. Her husband was nowhere to be seen because he was watching the match!