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16 things that were true the last time Ireland beat Italy

Prepare to feel ancient.

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IRELAND’S LAST BIG meaningful win against Italy in a major tournament was in Giants Stadium, New Jersey on 18 June 1994.

It spawned another Great Green Hope that Ireland could recreate the magic of Italia 90, and it spawned the most famous tumble in the country’s history.


USA 1994 was *whispers* 22 years ago.

(Italia 90 was 26 years ago but we can’t even think about that without having palpitations. Sure 1990 was only ten years ago WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!)

Here are some other 1994 happenings to make you feel elderly…

1. Ireland got this £5 note


Yep, Catherine McAuley on the orange fiver made its first appearance in 1994.

2. Take That’s Babe was the number one single at the start of the year

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3. Riverdance carried us through the World Cup and straight through to August

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3. While East 17′s Stay Another Day was the Christmas Number One


4. Saoirse Ronan was just a couple of months old when Ireland beat Italy in New Jersey

She was born on 12 April 1994.

She’s been nominated for two Academy Awards. Two.

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6. Justin Bieber was just a month older than Saoirse

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7. And Harry Styles was practically elderly, at four months old

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8. The Cranberries sold seven million copies of No Need To Argue in the US

That’s the one with Zombie and Ode to my Family on it.


9. Schindler’s List was the big winner at the Oscars


10. While 11-year-old Anna Paquin (her from True Blood) became the second youngest Oscar winner ever for The Piano

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11. War of the Buttons hit Irish cinemas, and starred half the population of Cork


12. The Lion King was also big at the box office

Twenty. Two. Years. Ago.


13. The Sony Playstation burst onto the scene

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14. And this was the Irish TV show on everyone’s lips

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15. (Not forgetting this one of course)

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Friends debuted in the US in September 1994, and spawned ‘The Rachel’.

16. And these





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