Ireland comes of age for Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94
COUNTRIES which qualify for major tournaments experience a positive spin-off, creating a general sense of well-being and positivity as well (believe it or not) a greater willingness in the population to work.
Paddy being Paddy, of course, means that we took it a few steps further. Three major finals in six years, we were positively drunk (pun intended) with happiness.
There is a school of thought that the seeds of the Celtic Tiger were, ironically, sown in the German city of Stuttgart on June 12, 1988 when Ray Houghton stuck the ball in the English net. Certainly, things were never the same again!