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30 signs you're a hardcore Republic of Ireland football fan

Featuring Trigger, Thierry Henry, THAT Schillaci t-shirt and much more.

1. You think this is the greatest goal of all time


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2.  And this is a close second


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3. You have a desire to play Gary Breen in every position


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4. You’re skeptical MONKeano will work, but you’re really looking forward to it nonetheless

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5. You share a soft spot for Daniel Timofte along with the rest of the country

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(INPHO/Billy Stickland)

6. You leapt for joy upon hearing of this goal


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7. You argued a lot with family members over the events of May and June 2002

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(INPHO/Andrew Paton)

8. You knew all the words to this song


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9. And this one


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10. You couldn’t help but laugh at this


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11. You have an unusual fear of Toni Polster


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12. You can still list off every member of the Euro 88 side

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(INPHO/Billy Stickland)

13. You know and retell this Jason McAteer anecdote


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14. The phrases ‘I’m the gaffer’ and ‘magnificent’ give you shivers… bad shivers


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15. You used to keep an eye on Bournemouth’s results because they had Gerry Peyton in goal

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16. This video makes you all nostalgic


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17. You couldn’t sleep for days thinking about this catastrophe


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18.  You lost a lot of respect for Thierry Henry after this


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19. You wanted your parents to buy an Opel car in the early 1990s

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(INPHO)

20. You think Roy Keane is a far more complex individual than he’s often portrayed as being

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(INPHO/Billy Stickland)

21.  The words ‘danger here’ bring back bad mem0ries


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22. You’ve stuck with the team despite the occasional embarrassing result

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(INPHO/Billy Stickland)


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(Members of the Liechtenstein team celebrate — INPHO)

23. You miss these lads

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(INPHO/Billy Stickland)

24. You didn’t always agree with Trapattoni, but you still found him to be utterly charming


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25. You constantly disagree with the RTÉ panel, but you wouldn’t swap them for anyone else


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26. Except, maybe, for Aprés Match


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27. You know who put the ball in the English net


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28. Paul McGrath vs Italy was the greatest central defensive performance you’ve ever seen


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29. You own one of these t-shirts

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Get it at Spreadshirt.

30. You remember where you were when this goal was scored


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(Additional suggestions by Patrick McCarry, Christine Bohan, Sinead O’Carroll and Fintan O’Toole.)

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