“On a personal level, I’m delighted to see so many of the players I had the honour of working with achieve their ambition in getting to these finals. They are, to a man, special individuals at a time when many modern-day players invite spite. Courteous, clever and humble, they remember clearly where they came from and the clubs and volunteers who helped get them where they are.
In many ways they are a team of the people and the game of soccer in Ireland – north, south, east and west, and some of the wider diaspora. The Irish nation has yet to truly embrace them as they did Jack and Mick’s Armies, but I hope their time comes and they enjoy the reverence afforded those teams. This lot deserve it even more.”
– Brian Kerr, in the Irish Times