Friday 17 August 2018

Our victories in the 1980s came against the run of play

 

Republic of Ireland's Charlie O'Leary, left and Ray Houghton celebrate after defeating England in Euro 88 . Photo: Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland's Charlie O'Leary, left and Ray Houghton celebrate after defeating England in Euro 88 . Photo: Sportsfile
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

You mention the 1980s in Ireland to me, and the things that come to mind are poverty, and emigration, and profound unhappiness brought on by the fact that the wrong people kept winning all the elections and the referenda, and the wrong people kept losing.

You mention the 1980s to me, and what I remember is stuff like the Kerry Babies scandal, which seemed to be going on for the whole of the decade, and which still hadn't been resolved as of last week.

You mention the 1980s to me... well if I am being completely honest here, if you mention the 1980s to me, the very first thing I remember is Bruce Springsteen at Slane Castle - which is also the very first time I heard the music of the Pogues, on a tape recorder in the back of a van on the way to Slane, the morning sun already promising at least one glorious day in the middle of all this wretchedness.

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