In early 1964, the US was getting its first taste of The Beatles. On this side of the Atlantic, Sir Alec Douglas-Home was prime minister, Teilifís Éireann (Irish TV) had just dipped its toe in the world of soap opera with Tolka Row.
And in a time before Rugby World Cups, the New Zealand team was on a tour of the home nations.
The tour was a big deal. New Zealand had come to the northern hemisphere about once every 10 years since the turn of the 20th century.
In the first international game of that 1963-64 tour, Ireland ran New Zealand close, 6-5. Wales and then England both failed to score against the All Blacks.
Then came Scotland. They too failed to score. But crucially, they held the New Zealand attack. The match ended 0-0. And the game had an Irish connection.