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A goal in New York and gunshots in Ireland - The darkness that fell at home after burst of light at USA 94

The Loughinisland massacre of six supporters in a Co Down bar cast a shadow over a famous victory. Aidan Fitzmaurice recalls a black day and its aftermath

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Ray Houghton watches his shot home in on Gianluca Pagliuca’s goal during the
1994 World Cup clash in New York. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Ray Houghton watches his shot home in on Gianluca Pagliuca’s goal during the 1994 World Cup clash in New York. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Ray Houghton watches his shot home in on Gianluca Pagliuca’s goal during the 1994 World Cup clash in New York. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

It's a small piece of material, black in colour, which means so much to some and causes angst to many more.

Two images of the Republic of Ireland team, playing in a World Cup game on foreign soil, tell a story which says a lot about this island and the meaning of flags, symbols and football.

In September 1997, the Irish side play in Reykjavik in the closing stages of the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup. It was the day of Princess Diana's funeral.


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