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'Put 'Em Under Pressure' rings out again as the joy of Italia '90 is remembered

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Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem 'Put em under pressure' at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charlton's funeral comes to a close in Newcastle, England. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem 'Put em under pressure' at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charlton's funeral comes to a close in Newcastle, England. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem 'Put em under pressure' at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charlton's funeral comes to a close in Newcastle, England. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dozens of Republic of ­Ireland fans gathered at the Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin yesterday to recreate the fun of Italia '90 and give Jack Charlton a rousing send-off.

Fans were kitted out in their green, white and orange, and armed with Ireland flags and bunting in honour of the former Ireland manager who was buried yesterday.

His funeral concluded at 12.30pm and as a mark of respect, radio stations across the country played 'Put 'Em Under Pressure', the official song of the Republic of Ireland national football team's 1990 Fifa World Cup campaign.

Italia '90 scenes were recreated in Walkinstown, where the roundabout is famous for the joyous footage which followed David O'Leary's penalty, sealing Ireland's spot in the World Cup quarter-final.

Gerry McGeough, the owner of the Cherrytree pub beside the Walkinstown Roundabout, said an attempt was made to recreate those triumphant memories - but with social distancing.

"We tried to have an event that was socially distanced although we did get quite a big, big crowd in the end but it was well policed," he said.

"It was a quiet and considered remembrance for a man that made Ireland believe. It was such a dark time, the '80s were such a bleak time and in 1990, Jack gave the country something to believe in.

"It was a time when Ireland stepped out of its infancy."

Joyous crowds held up placards that read 'Give it a Lash Jack' and the bar's resident DJ played the 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' anthem, which had revellers singing along.

People danced in the streets, singing along and thinking back to the time of Italia '90.

Catherine Walsh from Templeogue said she remembered the excitement of the era.

"I'm here to enjoy the moment with the kids," she recalled.

"I was only nine or 10, but I remember the excitement and the kids watching it on TV in school, everything closing down for the day. It was brilliant."

Irish Independent