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Euro 88 Night On RTE Has Everyone Sharing Their Memories Of An Incredible Time

Euro 88 Night On RTE Has Everyone Sharing Their Memories Of An Incredible Time

We're worn by the nostalgia. For the last three months, we've done nothing but look back on the glory days. During the week, this writer spent a LONG 90 minutes watching the entirety of Ireland and England's game in the wind and rain of Cagliari 30 years after Italia '90.

We thought we were nostalgia-ed out. And yet something hit home about RTE's Euro 88 special last night. For three hours, there was a studio show hosted by Darragh Maloney looking back on Ireland's first ever qualification for a major tournament, followed by highlights of the famous victory over England in Stuttgart. Finally, they broadcast UEFA's official film of the tournament.

The opening show had a mixture of brilliant archive footage, a contemporary interview with Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton, a report on Packie Bonner, some memories from George Hamilton, and a discussion with on the impact of Ireland's qualification on the growth of Ireland's economy and modernisation, and on the next generation watching at home.

We were even treated to an appearance by Aprés Match.

You can watch the whole thing on the RTE Player now if you missed it last night.

For those old enough, it was a night that got a lot of memories flowing, with many reliving where they were, particularly when Ray Houghton put the ball in the English net.

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Next week, it's Italia 90 night. Maybe we can keep the nostalgia going a little longer.

 

SEE ALSO: In Pictures: The Day Ray Houghton Put The Ball In The English Net

Michael McCarthy

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