Kingston - I’ve just had an audience with St Patrick and he convinced me Ireland would follow up Thursday’s remarkable tie with Zimbabwe by sweeping aside Pakistan.
“St Patrick’s going to perform his greatest miracle yet today,” he said, with a thronging mass cheering his every word and an RTE crew relaying his message back home.
"We killed off all the snakes in Ireland and now we’re going to win our first World Cup game.”
“Unfortunately, the Jamaican police were not believers… in the art of fun and decided to pull the divine one aside for a quick chat. It was one of those Santa Claus having his beard ripped off moments as St Patrick, aka Dave O’Connor from County Dublin, disconsolately handed over his staff for safekeeping.
You need permission for everything at this tournament and there was no way Dave was getting his instrument through to the Party Stand. Talking of which, it’s already packed as I write – now we’re getting close to the estimates of 1,500 that had been optimistically suggested for the Zimbabwe game.
The Pakistan fans, clearly outnumbered were also in great voice too - and far more alert than one of their players, who could not be identified, who walked on to the Irish team bus by mistake this morning.
After the game the Ireland fans, and the players and families are all heading to the resort of Ocho Rios for the mother of all parties.
I think it’s already started.