After the demolition of Lansdowne Road, Ireland decamped to the imposing Croke Park while its replacement was built.
The 80,000-seat home of the Gaelic Athletic Association was steeped in the animosity that existed between Ireland and England during British rule.
The venue was the location of one of the worst tragedies of that period in 1920 when British forces gunned down a total of 14 players and spectators, including Michael Hogan, after whom the Hogan Stand is named.
Against that backdrop, England’s first visit to the stadium made the febrile atmosphere of Murrayfield in 1990 look like a tea party.
No sporting victory could atone for the deeds committed on either side of the Irish Sea during the troubles, but that didn’t stop the references being used to hype the contest in 2007.
And in some way, it seemed to galvanise an Irish side never anything but hell-bent on beating the Red Rose brigade.
This hammering was on another level to anything seen before as England were crushed.
Leading 23-3 at half-time after tried from Girvan Dempsey and David Wallace, Ireland’s advantage was reduced by 10 points through a penalty and a David Strettle try, but Shane Horgan and Isaac Boss added another two tries to help Ireland smash their all-time record winning margin of 22-0 against England in 1947.