Sunday 8 December 2019

This iconic flag was taken during the Ireland-Sweden match and now the owners want it back

Peter O'Connell with his sons Stephen (9) and Eoin (7) and their pal Carole Murphy pose with the flag shortly before the game
Peter O'Connell with his sons Stephen (9) and Eoin (7) and their pal Carole Murphy pose with the flag shortly before the game

Cathal McMahon

This iconic flag was taken during Ireland's Euro 2016 group game and now the owners have issued an appeal for its return.

Peter O'Connell travelled to the clash with his sons Stephen (9) and Eoin (7) and their pal Carole Murphy.

They brought a famous flag with the time 16.24 written on it. This was the time that Jason McAteer scored his iconic goal for Ireland against the Netherlands in 2001 to catapult us into the 2002 World Cup.

Eoin said: “Before the game we were very early and we went to hang up a flag that we made with the time of a guy who scored for Ireland against Holland.

“When we came back after the game it was gone. We asked a guy he said someone nicked it.”

Peter, from Dublin, explained that the flag went to Japan and a number of other away trips.

“If anyone knows where it is please let us know and we'll get the flag back. It's no big deal but it means a lot to us.

“We really enjoyed our evening except for this.”

Carole said: “It's historic, it's nostalgic, it's legend. It's older than Eoin.”

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