Ireland on Film: Glory Days Revisited

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“So Ireland’s remarkable World Cup journey is over, but all they’ve lost is a match. Along the way so much has been won, the respect of all countries on the playing field, and the respect of the populations of the cities visited by the Irish supporters. The legacy left behind will survive long after this World Championship has been committed to the record books” – Jimmy Magee

The match action itself has been re-run many times. Now for your viewing pleasure, we’ve unearthed some lesser known footage of the television coverage surrounding Ireland’s remarkable early successes under Jack Charlton. Beginning with the official film of Euro 88, followed by ITV’s coverage of the game with England when Liam Brady reveled in putting Brian Clough straight. From there, we move onto the heady days of Italia 90 qualification through to the finals themselves when RTE’s pioneering coverage rewrote the manual on football punditry.

From small noteworthy points such as the old adverts indicating simpler times, to the lump-in-throat opening montage of Ireland’s quarter-final clash with Italy, to the sheer joy of the moment overcoming RTE’s presenters; these videos are a journey back in time to some 0f Irish sport’s greatest memories.

Tor! The Official Film of Euro 88

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It was the finals of the mesmerising Dutch; Gullit, Koeman, and that Van Basten goal. But it was also a first major tournament for the Republic of Ireland. Tor! Total Football, the official film of Euro 88

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ITV’s Coverage: Ireland vs England, Euro 88

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Brady 1 Clough 0: Brian Clough is non too complimentary of Mick McCarthy in the build-up to Ireland’s first ever game at a major finals against England. Liam Brady’s retort at half-time is simply brilliant. ITV’s coverage of the opening Euro 88 game.

“I know who’d I’d rather have in my team. I’d rather have my pair than their pair.”

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Que Sera! Sera! Ireland’s journey to Italia 90
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The full documentary of Ireland’s qualifying campaign for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

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RTE Coverage: Ireland vs Holland, World Cup 1990
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The pre-match, half-time, and post-match analysis from the RTE panel with analysts, Johnny Giles and Billy Hamilton.

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RTE’s Coverage: Ireland vs Romania, World Cup 1990
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The half-time, and post-match analysis of an historic match and nail-biting penalty shoot-out from the RTE panel with analysts John Giles, Eamon Dunphy, and Shay Brennan.

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RTE’s Coverage: Ireland vs Italy, World Cup 1990 Quarter-Final

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Current Republic manager Martin O’Neill was an analyst for Ireland’s historic World Cup quarter-final in 1990. The pre-match, half-time, and post-match coverage from RTE includes snippets of Jimmy Magee’s commentary and wonderful musical montages at the beginning and end.

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