The European Championships, Wednesday, June 15, 1988.
The Niedersachsenstation, Hanover, West Germany.
Jackie’s Army travelled north to face Dynamo Kiev the Soviet Union achieving a stunning, unexpected and comprehensive 1-1 draw.
Kevin Myers, in the Irish Times, ruminated:
If there had been a little more justice in the world and a little less discreet burning of votive candles in the Kremlin, Ireland would have bagged three goals and we would be booking our hotels in Munich.
This Irish side showed itself to be one of great class, sophistication and courage. The days of eye-rubbing disbelief, suggestion that we had all been smoking illicit vegetables and were having the most preposterous hallucination should now be dispelled forever.
Willie Clingan writing in the following day’s Irish Times said:
Somebody said that Dublin yesterday evening reminded them of Rome the day Italy won the World Cup in 1982 – a hot summer’s day with a crowded city centre in high spirits, spilling onto the streets to celebrate a great football victory. The blaring car horns added the continental flourish to Dublin’s celebrations